Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Two Fun Finds

For me, spring cannot come fast enough!  Thinking about spring makes me think about our gardening, and right now we're having a blast designing this year's gardens.  Yes, I said "gardens".  We always have a vegetable garden and often an herb garden, and this year we plan to add a butterfly garden and a garden of sorts to attract more birds to our yard.  My herb garden is done in containers, and I keep it close to the kitchen door so that when I'm cooking and need one herb or another all I have to do is pop out the door and snip it off.  Last year I moved my cherry tomoatoes and lettuce there too, and it was awesome!  I can taste those sweet cherry tomatoes already!
I am incredibly lucky to be married to one awesome green thumb!  My hubby can grow anything and often plants some interesting "things" for fun.  I want him to have fun, but this year my goal is to be somewhat more purposeful, and I'm working on putting together a list of what I'd like to have in the pantry and in the freezer by the end of the growing season.  I'm looking forward to planting what we'll need and some things for fun!  This is only my second year at this, and I learned a lot last year but still have so much to learn - at least I'm no longer afraid of the pressure cooker!
I'd also like to keep track of the amount of produce we harvest this year.  I've been looking for a vintage scale to help with that, and I found this handsome guy on Etsy.  I love him, and he looks awesome in my dining room.  I can't wait to put him to work!
I also found this adorable monkey face candy at our local candy shoppe named The Confectionary.  Isn't it just so cute?  And the taste is amazingly unique...banana and licorice!
Of course I had to buy a few and make some fun treats using the monkey in Papertrey Ink's Tiny Treats: Birthday stamp set.  I colored the monkey accents with my Copic markers and layered them with the pinking circle die from PTI's Limitless Layers.  I packaged two monkey face candies in a small cello bag and snuck them into an ADORABLE package made using the lunch box note die in Dark Chocolate CS.  I used the Woodgrain impression plate to bring some texture to the package and some Vintage Cream ink to break up the darkness of the brown.  The packages are tied closed with some yellow twine.  I love this twine and the tiny splash of color that it brings to these little goodies!
I thought that these little packages would like great in a wooden berry box, and I think I was right! What a fun presentation!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for you sweet comments! 


  1. Oh my goodness. I love those cheeky monkies (both the stamped one and the candy)! This is one fantastic goodie bag and a basketful of them to boot! So creative. Stellar presentation. Well done.

  2. These are too cute Sue! Oh my love the monkeys! They put a smile on my face!

  3. Oh, such fun Sue!! Smiling here!!!

  4. Love the monkey sweets!!! I have that same stamp used on a card on my blog..Funny! Yu did a fantastic job on everything!!

  5. Fantastic! Love the packaging...what a great little favor. You always do such a great job! Thanks for today's inspiration. xoxoxox

  6. how cute!! adore those little monkety treats.....love how u have packages them up!

  7. Love this! That candy is adorable