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I have seen top 10 lists on other sites and I thought it might be nice to do one of my own. I have only posted sporadically this year and I hope to post more often in 2011. Here are my top 10 posts for 2010!!

1.)  Gazebo Chandelier: I loved this project because it really added to the new gazebo and cost very little. https://mommyidea.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/gazebo-chandelier/

2.) Harry Potter Birthday: This was fun and my son loved it. What more could a mother want? https://mommyidea.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/harry-potter-birthday/

3.) Dessert Cups: What a great way to make an ordinary dessert special. https://mommyidea.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/48/

4.) Princess Party: This cake was a challenge but in the end it was just what the princess wanted.


5.) Vacation Picture Frame: This was a wonderful way to preserve our memories.


6.) Card Display: This Project was very easy and I might do it again next year.


7.) Inspiration: I still have not worked on that chair. I hope the chair makes it into my top 10 for 2011.


8.) Deck Chair Redo: Well the deck is covered with snow. I can’t wait to sit on the deck next summer and watch the kids play. https://mommyidea.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/deck-chair-redo/

9.) Summer Gift Bag: How simple and inexpensive. I have to keep my eye out at the local Target next summer. I need to pick up more. https://mommyidea.wordpress.com/2010/08/22/summer-gift-bag/

10.) Kid’s Craft Center Organized: unfortunately it doesn’t look that great right now. It’s something I struggle with all the time. I am toying with having a weekly organization post in 2011.


Onward to 2011. I hope to get organized, clear out clutter and find some balance.

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Summer Gift Bag


I was in a hurry to wrap a gift for my niece. We just came home from vacation and had leave for the party in an hour. (I was going to wrap the gift before vacation but I didn’t make it that far down on the to-do list.) I remembered that I bought a straw bag for her a few weeks before with the intention making cute flip-flops to go in it. The flop flops never worked out to my satisfaction so with a few weeks left of the summer I realized that I might as well give her the bag. I bought it at target for $2.50. It might have even been half-off. I quickly attached a flower with my hot glue gun. The gift fit perfectly and it made a pretty presentation.

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If you have boys this would be the coolest thing to make. My friend Rosie at 3rosebuds made them for her son’s birthday. Read about them at her blog.


My son went crazy when he saw them and wanted me to make them.

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My son wanted to have a Harry Potter birthday party. We decided that he could invite three friends to watch the first Harry Potter movie. I didn’t do a lot of advance planning because it was a small party. I chose to make a Hogwarts cake. I had made a pink castle cake for my daughter’s birthday so I figured I could pull it off. (Note to self: it might be easier if you try to make the cake more than three hours before the event.) I had a little mishap with the cake because I tried to shape it before it was cooled. I hope you like the results.

Here is the castle cake under construction.

For the goodie bags I took white paper bags from target and scalloped the ends and folded them over. I then stamped yellow stars and blue wands. I filled them with some candy, glow stick wands from the Dollar Store and magic tricks.

I set up a snack bar for the kids. I bought popcorn boxes and filled them with popcorn. I also served drinks and candy at the snack bar. Later, the kids got to eat pizza while watching the movie.

The kids had lots of fun watching the movie together. They are all Potter fans!! It was so fun listening to the giggle and laugh as they watched the movie.

Today my son turns nine. I can’t believe how much he has grown in the last few years.

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Here is an easy way to make a simple dessert look special.

I used the silicone cupcake cups, candy wafers and sprinkles.

Melt the wafers according to the directions. I put the sprinkles on the bottom of the cups. I then added the melted candy to the cups and used a spoon to push the melted candy up the sides of the cups. I put the cups in the refrigerator to cool. When they were cooled I carefully pulled back the cups away from the candy. You can then fill them with anything you like.

The kids loved eating these. I thought the strawberries and blueberries looked great for the Fourth of July.

What would you add to candy cups?

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My daughter turned three in January. She wanted a pink castle cake.  I dipped ice cream comes in melted vanilla candy wafers. I sprinkled them with pink sugar. I used chocolate bars for the drawbridge.  I sprinkled the leftover melted wafers on pretzels. The princess was very pleased with her cake.

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