From all of us at Modern Posh, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy and healthy New Year! It has been our pleasure to serve you in 2012 and we are looking forward to a continued partnership in 2013. We’re so grateful for you, our wonderful clients, and couldn’t be happier that you continue to choose us for your fine stationery needs.
May each of you ring in 2013 with health, happiness, peace and joy!
As promised last week, when we shared some delicious and simple Hanukkah treat ideas, here are some fabulous and tasty Christmas treats for you to make this year with your family. Enjoy!
Hot Chocolate Dippers
This one could not be simpler! Dip candy canes in melted chocolate (dark, milk, or even white!), then drizzle with white (or milk) chocolate for added pizzazz. If you choose to get fancy, you could even add a mini marshmellow or two!
Brownie Christmas Trees
Cut brownies into triangles, add a thin candy cane as the trunk, decorate with icing and Red Hots – or any candy of your choosing. Simple, fun, and festive!
For these adorable bites of deliciousness, you’ll need a few more ingredients…large marshmellows, lollipop/popsicle/ or pretzel sticks, ribbon, melting chocolate, cinnamon candy, small pretzels, candied pearls (or other candies) for the eyes.
It’s a tad more labor intensive than the other treats I’ve shared with you, so here are directions…
Break the pretzels in half, you’ll need two halves for each reindeer’s antlers. Count out your cinnamon candies, score the tops of the marshmellows (for the pretzels) and put them on the sticks. Once your assembly line is set, it’s time to melt your chocolate.
Place chocolate melts or chocolate chips in a microwaveable glass bowl. Microwave on high at 20-30 second intervals, stirring each time until chocolate is just melted, but not too hot. Dip a marshmallow into the chocolate, covering it entirely. Use the backside of a spoon to smooth out the side and top, and to remove any excess. Repeat the process on the next marshmallow.
After about five or six marshmallows, add the pretzel antlers, by gently inserting them into the scored parts of the marshmallows, and hold them for a few seconds to make sure they are secure. This might take some practice, so be patient!
For the nose and eyes, you can either add them when the chocolate is still wet, or finish the whole batch, then dab some melted chocolate onto each piece and attach it to the marshmallow to make the face.
Once they are completely dry, tie a small piece of ribbon around the stick like a scarf. Ta da – so very cute!!
Merry Christmas! Enjoy your delicious – and adorable – holiday treats!
So Hanukkah 2012 started a few days ago but for all of our Jewish friends, we thought it would be fun to share some quick and easy ideas for Hanukkah treats. The kids (and adults) will love ‘em! And of course one not need to be Jewish to partake in the yummy Hanukkah goodness!
All you need is marshmellows, pretzel sticks, blue sugar, and some Hershey’s kisses. So easy and fun!
These delicious Hanukkah treats are created from Hershey’s kisses, marshmallows, pretzel sticks, and melted semisweet and white chocolate.
This yummy Hanukkah menorah is so simple! Cupcakes (homemade or store bought, whichever you choose), Twix candy bars, and Peanut M&M’s on top for the candle flame.
Stay tuned next week for delicious Christmas treats…
Ballpoint, fountain, calligraphy, roller ball, felt tip…which is your favorite?
Have you ever gotten your hands on the perfect pen? You know – the perfect pen that fits just so in the webbing of your hand…the one whose ink flows perfectly onto the paper…the one you won’t let anybody borrow. Yeah, that perfect pen.
Perhaps one of these can be your new perfect pen – and once you decide, we know where you can go to find your new perfect stationery…
The Apex Collection – for those with a “reach a little higher” attitude
Acme Baltimore roller ball pen – there’s a connection here between this pen and Frank Lloyd Wright. Can you find it?
Aurora Talentum Finesse ball point pen – ultra smooth, slim body barrel
Put the computer or iPad away for a little while and get back to basics. Hand write a letter on fine stationery using one of these, or find a new favorite, perfect pens.
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Hanukkah, that is…it’s early, first night is Saturday December 8th. That’s less than a month away! For all you crafty girls, let’s get movin’…
Star of David Mobile – use pipe cleaners to make a Star of David and hang decoratively in your home. Don’t feel locked into blue – try silver and black too.
Handprint Menorah – baby/kid handprints are a great way to make a unique and special holiday menorah
Dreidel Game in a Jar - fill a decorated baby food jar with with Gelt and a dreidel for a fun gift
Spool Menorah – let the kids paint and decorate each one of the spools., then add the candles for a craft-lovers menorah. For the tutorial, visit Parents.com.
Because Hanukkah is early this year, Modern Posh is offering a special 15% discount on our Hanukkah cards. Create yours today!
Our darling friend, Dasha Wagner of DM Design Collection, has recently published her book entitled “The Best Photo Cards.” We’re so proud and honored to be included! Four of our cards have been featured…
Lovely Baby Cards – Crown Cubes
Birthday Parties – City Party & Notebook Doodles
Thanks a Million – Hello!
Dasha’s book is now available on the Apple® iBookstore. All of you Kindle® (Amazon), NOOK® (Barnes & Noble) & Kobo users -never fear…those versions will be available either later this month or early December. Happy Reading!
Being in the stationery business we, of course, love all things paper. There are so many neat and fun things that can be done with simple paper. But the end result looks anything but simple…
Look how much fun you can have with basic office and craft supplies, some fantastic paper, embellishments, and your imagination!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Giant Paper Clips
Step 1: Gather supplies of your choice, including a few giant paperclips.
Step 2: Punch out some shapes, get stickers ready.
Step 3: Using your Glue, Tape, or Pop Up glue dots adhere the front and back pieces of card stock to the top of the paperclip, creating a great little area to embellish as you desire.
So there you go…very quick and simple!!
Did you catch the embellished paper “bug”? Want me DIY project ideas? How’s this? Paper Embellished Clothes Pins!
Our homes are more personalized than ever before. Gone are the days of being guided by labels such as living room, dining room, and den. Today’s design is dictated by the way we live, not someone else’s notion of what a space should or shouldn’t be. This creates the perfect potential for a spare space to be transformed into a theme or hobby room.
A few tips to keep in mind while creating your hobby room…
To get the biggest bang for your buck, consider a multipurpose space that can accommodate the favorite pastimes of more than one person.
Don’t feel the need to do everything right away. For instance, a game room can develop over time to fit your budget.
Make sure you incorporate enough storage to support your needs. A media room will need cabinets for equipment, while a library requires sturdy shelving for books.
Try to avoid anything too trendy or you might soon tire of your special getaway. Instead of bold paint colors, opt for bright accent pieces.
Some hobbies are messier than others, such as art and craft projects. In this case, select a space that allows you to hide everything behind closed doors.
Whatever you decide, keep in mind that our lifestyles are bound to change over time. That’s the beauty of a theme or hobby room. It can provide a cherished refuge that reflects your current interests, and it can easily be tweaked to suit future pursuits as the need arises.
What kind of crafts and hobbies are popular in your home? Do you have a special place to create? Share with us!
I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for fun and interesting ways to add personal touches to my home decor. Anytime I have the opportunity to bring in something custom and truly unique I jump at the chance. So when I came across this little gem from The Glam Lamb on Pinterest I just HAD to share…
Take something you really love – a letter, envelope, photograph, a ticket stub… anything, really – and take it to a printing place like Kinko’s and have them blow it up to large scale. Voila! Instant art. Brilliant. An old recipe from Grandma would be great for the kitchen!
Think about all the fun you could have with this – in so many different rooms of your home. Kids’ rooms, kitchen, playroom, office, living room…the possibilities are endless.
I don’t know what it is but as soon as September arrives, I’m in total “fall” mode – colors, recipes, football…and I even find myself wanting to break out sweaters, boots, and jackets. Let’s not discuss the fact in some areas of the country the temps are still in the high 90′s, even triple digits. But I don’t care – pumpkins, spices, hayrides, gingerbread, warm apple pie – it’s all I can think about!
So, when I found this delish recipe from A Kitchen Addiction for Pumpkin Bread with Salted Caramel Drizzled Pumpkin Buttercream my heart skipped a beat. I could eat the whole loaf!
Have you ever tasted apple butter? I had the pleasure recently, and I have to say, I’m a fan. So I went looking for a recipe. YUM!!
Crock Pot Apple Butter
Makes a little more than 1 pint
1 dozen apples, peeled, cored, cubed
1/2 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon All Spice
Peel, core, and chop a dozen apples. Toss the apples in the sugar and spices. Put everything in the Crockpot, cook on low overnight. After a few more hours on low, bump it to high and prop the lid. It will cook down and thicken quite a bit. This is optional, but I’m a smooth butter – rather than chunky – kind of girl, so blend the butter down. Finally, pour into clean canning jars.
Who’s ready for fall??