Thursday, December 18, 2014

diy - oreo cookie hostess gift

diy oreo cookie hostess gift

I don't always have a lot of time to do holiday baking and over the years I have come up with a few creative ways to make store bought items look like they are homemade. Dipping oreo cookies in melted chocolate is one of my favourites right now and if you add holiday sprinkles they are sure to delight both young and old. Package a bunch of these cookies up in a gift box and you've got a great gift for a teacher or your next door neighbours. 

Here's how I make these ... 

diy oreo cookie hostess gift

Step One. Gather your ingredients. Oreo cookies, chocolate candy melts in a colour of your choice, holiday sprinkles.

diy oreo cookie hostess gift

Step Two. Melt the chocolate candy melts according to the instructions on the package. Dip cookie into melted chocolate as shown. 

Tip to keep the chocolate melted a little longer ... I place the container in a larger bowl containing boiling water.

diy oreo cookie hostess gift

Step Three. Quickly add sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.

Tip: I use a baking drying rack to keep the cookies standing upright to dry so I can keep dipping more cookies.


diy oreo cookie hostess gift

When your cookies look as good as these, you want a clear box or a box with a window like this one for your gift packaging.

These are so simple to make and the kids will love to help you out ... so go ahead and let them!

Find more of my food packaging ideas for the holidays here.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

paper straw wreath tutorial

paper straw wreath tutorial | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Today I thought that I'd share with you a quickie tutorial that you can make in an evening with the kids. Paper straws are one of my favourite party and crafting supplies because they come in so many great colours and patterns. I've been making these wreaths for a few years and  they may look difficult to create but they really are not. I always make them using all of the same colours of straws but for this tutorial,  I've broken down the different steps and layers by using 4 different colours of straws so it's easier to see and explain. 

paper straw wreath tutorial | Lorrie Everitt Studio

First you will need to gather all of your supplies. 
1.  ninety-six paper straws (of course, I purchased my paper straws at Creative Bag)
2.  my template (download it here and use it to cut out a wreath form or to use as a guide) 
3.  a six inch diameter flat wreath form (like this one or make one from foamcore)
4.  glue (I used a clear drying glue that is suitable for paper) 
5.  scissors

paper straw wreath tutorial | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Step one. Print out the wreath template to use as a guide for your straws if you are using a premade flat wreath and tape it to the back of the wreath. 
Optional Note: if you can't find a flat wreath base, use the template to cut your own.

Now you are ready to glue your first 24 straws (pink) to the flat base. I started by gluing down the first 4 straws as indicated above. Let them dry completely before continuing. Next you want to glue five straws in each of the four open spaces. Use the template to make sure that your straws are all spaced evenly to create a circle. Allow to dry completely before moving onto the next step. 
Tip: You can add a large book on top of the straws to keep them flat while they dry if you want.

paper straw wreath tutorial | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Step 2. Cut "1 off the ends of 24 (green) straws. You will not need the 1" pieces for this project but you can save them to make a paper straw garland. Glue the shorter (green) straws in between the (pink) straws as shown above. To keep the straws at the same distance from the centre - you may need to pinch the end of some of the straws if space is a little tight. Allow the straws to dry before going onto the next step.


paper straw wreath tutorial | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Step 3. The next 24 straws are going to be cut down again but this time we will use both pieces of each straw. Cut 2" off twenty-four (purple) straws. You are going to glue the longer straws on top of the first layer of straws  - you can see there is a purple straw in between, and on top of, the pink and green straws. The (purple) straws are positioned so they meet in the centre of the wreath just like the pink straws on the first layer. Allow these to dry.

 paper straw wreath tutorial | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Step 4. Glue the twenty-four 2" (purple) straws in between the longer (purple) straws on the second layer as shown above. Again, if the space is a little tight, you can pinch the end of any straws that you need in order to keep the spacing even. Allow to dry.

paper straw wreath tutorial | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Step 5. This is our third and last layer of straws. This layer requires 24 uncut (blue) straws. They will be glued directly over the twenty-four 2" (purple) straws. Allow to dry. Remove the paper template from the back and attach a piece of twine to hang.

paper straw wreath tutorial | Lorrie Everitt Studio

After looking at my finished wreath ... I kinda like the look of the different colours! I think that this would be sweet for a child's party.

paper straw wreath tutorial | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I'm using paper straws in my holiday decorating (again) this year. I added a red and white striped wreath to a chalkboard piece that I made for the mantle in our family room.

My paper straw wreath project was featured on Rogers TV Daytime (Durham) show last week. You can see it here ...

Lorrie Everitt on Rogers TV Daytime (Durham) | Creative Bag

If you make a paper straw wreath, I'd love to know what you did with it. Leave me a comment or a link to your project on your blog!



Monday, November 17, 2014

what I've been up to .... Creative Living online magazines


Creative Living online magazine - Lorrie Everitt's holiday diy projects using products from Creative Bag

I am so excited to share with you the online magazines that I created for Creative Bag. If you have not been following me on the Creative Bag blog - you can find the links to each of these online magazines on Issuu

The first magazine is all about holiday gift wrapping. It features the three holiday gift wrapping collections that I designed for Creative Bag - Into the Woods, Holly Jolly and Glitz and Glam.
The magazine is full of creative gift wrapping ideas using products available at Creative Bag.  


Creative Living online magazine - Lorrie Everitt's holiday diy projects using products from Creative Bag

The second magazine is all about holiday food packaging. If you are thinking about hosting a Cookie Swap this year, I have lots of ideas in this magazine and a number of free downloads for printables to use at the party. 

Creative Living online magazine - Lorrie Everitt's holiday diy projects using products from Creative Bag

The third magazine is full of ideas to use around the house during the holidays ... countdown calendars, table decor and sweet table set ups. 

Creative Living online magazine - Lorrie Everitt's holiday diy projects using products from Creative Bag


I hope that you will check them all out and let me know what you think. 

Events in my day timer I'm looking forward to right now ... a photo shoot with Weddingbells magazine this week and on December 4th, 2014 I will be in Oshawa with Roger's Daytime TV (Durham). I've been invited to talk about a number of the projects featured in Creative Living holiday magazines and to do some quick tutorials. I hope that you will tune in!


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dr. Maya Angelou quote to live by


Celebrated American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, beloved for her inspirational thoughts, is in my thoughts today.

This is one of her best-known quotes. Words to live by. Pass it on.






Monday, May 26, 2014

Backyard entertaining inspiration using my free printables

free printables for paper bows and chalkboard inspired gift tags from Lorrie Everitt

Summer is fast approaching and my family has been spending a lot of time over the past few weeks getting the backyard ready for summer entertaining. The weather was so beautiful this past weekend and I was able to take advantage of the patio space to shot a few pictures of the {free} printables that I recently created for Creative Bag. I can totally see using these printable for an outdoor gathering this summer. I designed a printable for the paper bows in yellow a little while ago for Weddingbells magazine. You can find the paper bow bunting project online and in the Spring/Summer 2014 Weddingbells magazine which is still on news stands. At the end of this post I will give you the purple paper bow printable. 

free printables for paper bows and chalkboard inspired gift tags from Lorrie Everitt

I made lemon-lime water and served it in mason jars for a casual afternoon gathering in the backyard. I love these light purple paper straws and they match the purple baker's twine that I used to tie the chalkboard circles to the glasses. The chalkboard circles are sold in kits to make bunting but I think that they work great as drink labels.

Plain white paper bags were filled with kettle chips. I thought that this would look nicer than setting out a bowl of chips. Everyone would get a bag of their own and the clothespins at the top
would keep them fresher. My printable tag could be personalized with each guest's name on the flip side. 

free printables for paper bows and chalkboard inspired gift tags from Lorrie Everitt


You can find the download for my chalkboard mason jar flowers on the Creative Bag blog post here.


ranunculus photos by Lorrie Everitt

I fell in love with ranunculus after seeing them in so many wedding photos on Pinterest and had to plant some in containers in our backyard. Here's a few of the pictures that I shot of my planters this weekend.

ranunculus photos by Lorrie Everitt

These flowers come in so many beautiful colours ... it was difficult to pick just one or two so I bought them all!

ranunculus photos by Lorrie Everitt


Gerber daisy have been a favourite of mine since I was a young girl. My bridesmaids carried long stemmed peach coloured gerber daisies as their bouquets almost 30 years ago. I filled two large containers with gerber daisies in our backyard this summer ...  

gerber daisy photos by Lorrie Everitt

Okay summer ... I'm ready! Bring it on. 

free printables for paper bows and chalkboard inspired gift tags from Lorrie Everitt


And now here is the download for the pretty paper bows!


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Our burlap Christmas stockings ... a quickie tutorial to make your own!

burlap stockings that you can decorated yourself | Lorrie Everitt Studio

After almost 20 years, I finally decided to make Christmas stockings for my whole family. Not that my children did not have stockings for the past 19 years. I designed and quilted three large "sacks" that featured appliqued images of Santa the first year my oldest daughter was born. I made one for my daughter, one for my husband and one for me.  By the time my next child was born, almost 6 years later, my husband and I decided to stop buying presents for each other and my handmade stocking/sack became my youngest daughter's stocking. I never displayed our stocking as part of our Christmas decor ... they only came out the night before Christmas along with the special plate and mug that we used for Santa's treats.

A couple of weeks ago, after seeing so many magazines and blogs with stockings hung on fireplaces, I could not resist the urge to have stocking that I could use just for Christmas decorating. So I bought four plain burlap stocking from Creative Bag. I already had the lace ribbon and wood letters. I picked up the four beaded snowflakes from Creative Bag ... I think they were the last four and I was so happy they had four left because I had my eye on them for a while but just didn't know what I would do with them. 

Here's what I did:
burlap stockings that you can decorated yourself | Lorrie Everitt Studio

1. Gather your supplies - burlap stocking, lace ribbon, ornaments, wood or metal letters, baker's twine, thread in colour to match the stocking and a needle. 
2. I sewed two rows of lace ribbon to the cuff on my stocking. You add as much or little lace as you want ... there is no right or wrong way to do it. 
3. Embellish each stock to personalize. I used wood letters stained brown for each of our family members. First I sewed the beaded snowflake ornament to the stocking. Note that I sewed the ornament with the hanging element facing downward so I could attach the wooden letter to it with the baker's twine.

burlap stockings that you can decorated yourself | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Here's another close up of one of the stockings. Santa will not be filling these stockings. Ever. They are just for me.

burlap stockings that you can decorated yourself | Lorrie Everitt Studio
This is the project that inspired me to make my family Christmas stockings. I originally purchased one burlap stocking to use for a baby gift. One of our friends' daughter was expecting her first child early December and I thought that it would be cute to package the baby's gift in a stocking. Since we didn't know if it was a girl or a boy when I was giving the gift, I left the burlap stocking plain and just added a gift tag and spoon ornament that I made for the baby's first Christmas. 

The spoon was a vintage silver baby spoon. I hammered it flat and engraved the numbers "2013" using metal stamps and a hammer. The bird charm is a metal scrapbooking piece that I have had for a few years and I tied a vintage green velvet ribbon to the handle. My wonderful hubby help me by drilling the hole so I could add a jump ring and piece of twine for hanging. 


Saturday, December 14, 2013


chalkboard bunting - {free} twenty thirteen and fourteen download | Lorrie Everitt

In my last blog post I showed you how to create your own chalkboard bunting using canvas banners, chalkboard paint and chalk markers. Today I'm going to give you the {free} download for the "twenty thirteen" graphics I used on my holiday bunting. 

I added my twenty thirteen chalkboard bunting to one of my fireplace mantle displays by tying it onto an antique frame. I used lots of white satin ribbon and wrapped it around the frame for a very casual look. 

chalkboard bunting - {free} twenty thirteen and fourteen download | Lorrie Everitt

I really dislike the fireplace mantle in our living room. It's on my list to change ... someday. I painted three antique frames in decorator's white to match our fireplace and leaned them against the wall for my display. I think that the style of the frames compliment the (ugly little) wood molding on the fireplace.

chalkboard bunting - {free} twenty thirteen and fourteen download | Lorrie Everitt

My mantle was pretty simple to pull together ... three white vintage frames (only one was decorated with bunting and a special ornament), pre-lit garland, burlap ribbon and a large letter "E".

As I was creating the download for the "twenty thirteen" graphics I was thinking that this bunting would be great for a New Years Eve party ... so I add "fourteen"! You can see my tutorial for making the chalkboard bunting on this post.


If you make a "twenty fourteen" bunting to use for a New Year Eve's party please let me know! I'd love to see pictures!