Fast, No Clean-up Holiday Treat

Fast and Easy Christmas TreatNeed a quick snack item to take to that Christmas party or just want to say thanks but short on time? These little salty sweet snacks are just what you need!

Ingredients:

– Pretzels ( I like to use square ones)

– M&Ms ( Peanut butter ones are good but the red and green look great! Peanut M&Ms work too!)

– Hershey Kisses (either milk, dark or hugs)

Step 1. Heat oven to 175 degrees

Step 2. Place wax paper on cookie sheet or baking tray. Arrange unbroken pretzels on baking tray.

Step 3. Unwrap all the kisses and place one each square on top of each pretzel

Step 4. Place in oven for 7 minutes or until chocolate can be pressed down with an M&M

Step 5. Pull sheet out of the oven and place an M&M on each kiss pressing down until you hit pretzel.

Step 6. After the pan cools to touch, place tray in refrigerator to chill.

Step 7. Enjoy!

Quick, Affordable, Christmas Craft Idea: Peppermint Bath Salts

Peppermint Bath Salts - Make your ownLooking for a craft that is quick and easy and won’t break the bank right here at the holidays? Have teachers gifts to give or an office party? I have the perfect gift! Best part, the more you make the cheaper the overall cost of each gift.

Peppermints are the scent of the season. Their bright red and white stripes are cheerful and the smell of peppermints relaxing during a hectic holiday season.

Make these Peppermint striped bath salts for as little as $2 each!

Materials needed: (makes approximately 8 depending on jar size)

– Box of Epson salts ( can be found in the health aisle at any grocery or pharmacy) $3

– Glass jar or plastic ( I used a cute one from the Dollar store – should have a screw on top) $1

– Bottle of red food coloring $2

– Bottle of Peppermint Extract/Oil ( found in the baking section with the spices and vanilla flavoring) $3

– Scissors

– 6″x6″ square of Christmas Fabric ( I like red stripes) $2 for a 1/2 yard

– white 1/4″ ribbon $1

Optional

Peppermints, construction paper tag or a Teaspoon for decoration. Funnel for pouring.

Step 1. Separate salts into two bowls.

2. place 8-10 drops of food coloring in one of the bowls and stir until desired red/ pink color is achieved.

3. Place 5+ drops of Peppermint Extract into each bowl and stir.

4. Alternate pouring salts into jar to create a stripe effect. Between each pour, tap the jar on the table to even out the layer, never shake.

5. Once filled to top, place fabric square over the opening and secure the lid.

6. Tie on any additional decorations and your done!

** and no, it will not turn your bath red, tested and approved 😉 **

Make your own Peppermint Bath SaltsMaterials to make Bath Salts

Make your own Red Stripe Wine Glasses

Red Striped Wine GlassMy mom fell in love with these great red striped wine glasses at Pier One. Unfortunately they were $6.50 each! That can make for an expensive party before you ever buy the wine.

Answer: Make your own!

What they would cost you to buy for 8 dinner guest: $52 + tax

What they cost you to make: $10.50 + 8 minutes of your time. (Hey going to the store would take at least 30mins and gas!)

Materials:

Wine glasses from the Dollar Store $1

Glass puff paint from the craft store ( must be for glass, can be found in the stain glass section- see image below) $2.50

Step 1: Clean glass and dry.

Step 2: Turn glass over and begin to draw a swirl starting at the stem of the glass with your paint. Turn the glass slowly following the line to the lip of the glass. Let drive overnight.

Done!

Red Striped Wine GlassesGallery Glass

Convert a Word Doc into Clean HTML

Easy Way to Convert Word docs to HTML
Microsoft Word has to be a web and graphic designers arch enemy. How many times as a designer have you heard “Wonderful design Sally, now send it to me in a word doc?” -or- “Great website Joe, now here is a 32 page word document for the content of the site. I made sure to include lots of formatting and bullets. Can you have it tomorrow?”

This is the point at which I look for the closest bridge to jump off. MSWord is the devil.

Well graphic designers unfortunately Adobe has not come up with a decent cure for this issue but, lucky for web designers, I have a somewhat quick trick to converting the copy with minimal editing.

1. NEVER use the code that MS Word produces.

2. A lot of the online conversion sites do an okay job, but they are not all updated with the newest rules in HTML

3. Do you have a “newer” copy of Dreamweaver? If you do, you are in luck. If you don’t have Dreamweaver but are familiar with WordPress move to #5.

4. Open a new HTML doc in Dreamweaver. Copy the text from your Word doc and paste it into the Design tab in Dreamweaver. Click on the code tab in Dreamweaver. Wa La a somewhat decently formatted HTML doc. You can further filter how your text gets pasted in by choosing “Paste Special” from the Edit Menu and then choosing Copy/Paste Preferences.

5. No Dreamweaver? Go to WordPress.com and sign up for a free blog.

6. Once you have your blog, go to the dashboard and click on post.
Paste your word doc text into the text field. Click the HTML or Code tab (version dependent) at the top of the text box.

7. Note that WordPress does a pretty good job as well. They just don’t include paragraph tags. You will have to manually insert these. This may seem annoying, but it is better than having to comb through and remove all the nonsense you don’t need.

Hope you found this helpful!

Launch Day

Hello to all. Tonight is my official launch day for my blog. That is why I only have a hand full of post. My hope is to build a collection of articles on trends in Graphic Design, Web Design, Photography and Crafting. Why these categories? Because I love what I do and love to share the thoughts and work of others as well. Hope you find my site helpful and enjoyable! Thanks for visiting!

-Britt