Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’

Mike The Tiger


In honor of my favorite person’s birthday this year, I thought I would tell a little story about one of my favorite times I ever gifted something that I made. It also happened to be on Josh’s 28th birthday, about a month after we met.

Rewind back to 2011, and I had been dating this awesome guy for about a month. I really liked him, and was super excited to hang out with him on his birthday, as he was having a get together with a group of his Coast Guard friends. BUT, the dilemma I was having was… we had only been dating a month! Not long enough for me to warrant buying him something nice, but I didn’t want to not get him something either. My solution? I turned to knitting, of course!

I knew that Josh went to LSU and he was a huge Tiger fan. So I decided to knit him a tiger teddy bear, wearing an LSU jersey. Either he was going to think it was totally lame and run far away from the weirdo girl who knit it for him, or he was going to think it was totally awesome! I took a chance, wrapped it up (used yarn as a bow), and gave it to him the night of his birthday.


Judging by his reaction and the ring that I have on my finger, I think he liked it! 🙂 He also wouldn’t let go of Mike the entire night, and even changed his Facebook profile picture to Mike drinking out of a straw. Such pride and love that man had for his newfound friend… That is when I knew I had a keeper!

Mike got to play a very special part in our engagement photos, which I love to pieces! He also now occupies a comfy spot on our mantle, right next to our wedding vows.


Still, to this day, I cannot get over how handsome my hubby is!! How did I get so lucky? Back when we were just dating, I remember obsessing over those photos I had taken from his birthday. He was just too cute, I remembered thinking. Happy 31st, Josh. I love you so much! <3

Pumpkin Spice Toffee Cookie Recipe & DIY Packaging

Yesterday was super fun for me because I got enlisted by friend Danelle to help pretty up the cookies she baked for a fundraiser at her work. There’s really nothing I love more than to craft, eat cookie dough, and drink wine, which is exactly what we did!


I snapped some pictures to show exactly how we made these packages so pretty, and also to share what is probably the easiest cookie recipe on the planet (and it’s also delicious!). Also, if you haven’t tried the Chocolate Shop wine that is shown in the picture below, you need to do yourself a favor and go buy it! You can thank me later! 🙂


Pumpkin Spice Toffee Cookie Recipe:

1 Box Betty Crocker Spice Cake Mix

1 12oz Can Pumpkin Puree

3/4 Cup Toffee Nuggets

Mix all 3 ingredients together in a bowl.

Batter complete!! (Told you! Easiest cookies ever!)

Bake at 400 for 10-14 minutes (depending on the size of your cookies).


I was seriously mind blown at how easy these cookies were. All of the baking powder, flour, and stuff that is always annoying to measure are in the cake mix! So genius.

So, once we had the cookies out of the oven and cooled, we started on the packaging.

I brought over some brown kraft bags, bakers twine, tags, stickers, and a “baked with love by” stamp.


We started by stamping the back of the bags and having Danelle sign her name.


Next, we wrapped 2 cookies in saran wrap and tied them up with gold bakers twine. I recommend doing this with baked goods so the oils and moisture don’t penetrate through the bag and ruin your pretty packaging.


Lastly, we sealed the bags with 3″ stickers, stuck a price sticker on the tag, and tied it on with orange & black bakers twine. Perfect considering the bake sale is on Halloween!


I don’t know about you, but I’d certainly pay $2 for these babies! 🙂 Especially when it’s going to a good cause.

You can replicate this packaging and find everything you need to do so by visiting my Etsy shop: The Petite Package

Items used:

Brown Kraft Bags

Brown Kraft Bags, $5

Gold Shimmer Twine, $3.50

Gold Shimmer Twine, $3.50

Orange & Black Twine, $2.50

Orange & Black Twine, $2.50

Orange Mini Tags

Orange Mini Tags

Custom Cookie Stickers

Custom Cookie Stickers

Custom Cookie Stickers

Custom Cookie Stickers

Baked With Love By Stamp

Baked With Love By Stamp