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The cake topper workshop happened! The {verdigreen} shop, where this took place, was so welcoming and cozy, especially with the workspace covered with supplies, refreshments, and incredible macaroons. Shop owner Azie was busy painting chairs nearby as we puttered away, adding to the workshop vibe.

I showed some tricks and tips for making a charming cake sign that can be used again and again. Mine said “Happy Birthday…”

Lookie what we made!


One participant made a “cake” banner. (Could it be to dissuade others from eating it?)

"Cake" topper (no, really!)


And here’s a variation on the Happy Birthday theme:

Cake topper workshop creation


So cozy and fun! I’m looking forward to more after-hours fun at {verdigreen} soon. Cake topper workshop at Verdigreen


Happy Birthday Cake topper

Customers and fans of the shop {verdigreen} in Montclair have been asking for craft workshops, and here comes one now! We will be making cake toppers similar to the one shown here. Here’s the blurb from Corporate:

Cake Topper workshop at {verdigreen}: March 6, 7-8:30 PM,$20 per person.

Spend a festive evening at {verdigreen} with other creative people & create your very own custom cake topper to enjoy again and again! Resident craft genius, Heather Donohue, will lead the activity and walk you through using cardstock, paper, and fabric to spell out your message of choice on a wavy banner.

You will also create a wee coordinating garland to further embellish your masterpiece.

Registration is now open, and closes two days before the event, March 4th at midnight.

There are spots for 6 people.  Register by email

Light refreshments & tasty treats will be served.”

{verdigreen} is located at 182 Glenridge Avenue in Montclair, NJ. Hope to see you there!

Happy Birthday Cake topper

Happy Birthday wreath, green

When I was a kid, my family had a  handmade Christmas wreath covered in small gifts with handmade bows. It’s been in the back of my mind all this time, and I recently made a Happy Birthday version. Each package is hand-wrapped in paper, then tied with a handmade bow, ribbon, string,  ric rac, or beads. The wreathform is wrapped in coordinating ribbon, and another ribbon, bearing  a cardstock Happy Birthday sign, is attached for hanging.

Each wreath is unique and package styles vary slightly. The wreath is 8″ in diameter.

I figure this makes a nice gift, or you could keep it at home and hang it when birthdays strike!

Happy Birthday wreath detail

Details, details

Happy Birthday headbands

Also in the Birthday spirit, I made more Happy Birthday headbands in assorted colors. The hand-formed lettering spells “happy birthday” in pretty chenille stems, and the headband is wrapped in coordinating ribbon.

Surprise ball party favors

I made surprise balls for my kids’ third birthday party. Surprise balls, for the uninitiated, involve a series of small toys wrapped in a long, long strip of crepe paper to form a ball that is unraveled to release those toys.

The surprise balls were filled with stickers, dinosaurs, star-flecked superballs, and finger puppet monsters. I wrapped, turned, wrapped, tucked and twisted the crepe paper until all the goodies were tucked inside. They were closed with double-stick tape and stickers. I avoided candy and confetti-type messes because I figured most of these would be opened in my house.

Surprise ball party favor guts

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