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Tea and Cookie Gift Holder Tutorial


Hey there Peeps! Ginny here and I’m dropping in to share a fun little project you can make with 1 sheet of paper, a ruler, and bits and pieces from your scrap and salvage box. And of course some super scrumptious ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It’s a very easy tutorial….and you’ll be making these for every occasion!
First a sneak peek of the finished project:

IMG_3822Okay…now for the tutorial:

IMG_3818You’ll need an 8″ x 8″ square of patterned cardstock. Make sure you pick a sheet that you like both sides of as you can see them when you fold it up.   This looks like a bit of an difficult measuring process…but it’s really too easy.  On the top left corner measure in 2 3/4 inches and make a small tic with a pencil. Turn the page 1/4 turn to the left and measure in 5 1/4 inch and make another tic. Connect the tic with a ruler and fold on that line. Now turn the page 1/4 turn again and measure in 2 3/4 inches and make a tic. Turn the page 1/4 turn again and mark at the 5 1/4 inch. Connect the dots with the ruler and fold on that line. Now you have the outside folds all ready.  Now measure in 1 inch from the right side. Turn the page 1/4  turn and measure in 1 inch from the left. In the opposite corner do the same. With your ruler fold up on the lines creating a strip diagonally down the middle. Now you get to fold!

IMG_3819Fold down from the top.

IMG_3820Fold up from the bottom.

IMG_3821Now fold in from the sides. The white strip in the back is only there to show the shape of it folded.

IMG_3822One more look at the front.

IMG_3823That lovely ribbon I used is Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon…heavily inked for an extra shabby antique look.

IMG_3824 I added some tea bags to the pockets of mine. But sadly there were no cookies to go with the tea : (


See there’s plenty of room for a little bag of cookies. If I had any…which I don’t….I would hope they would be my favorite snickerdoodle or oatmeal cream.  Just sayin : )

I’ll be making up a big pile of these with hot chocolate, little candy canes and cookies…..wouldn’t that make the nicest little gifty?

Okay that’s all for me..wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : )

Inspired by Virginia


My post for today was inspired by my new friend Virginia. She is the lovely and talented creator of Bel’ Occhio’s. A blog about life, food, and friends. We have recently begun communicating back and forth and I must say she is so absolutely charming and we share loads of things in common! Her writing style is sooo engaging and I find I could read her posts and be enthralled to the very end. She has a way of sharing that draws you in and makes you feel like part of the story….be it memoirs of her family or pictures of tiny cute bunnies outside her window.

So today I am sharing the story of why I needed to bake today. You see…I bake to comfort myself…and today was a very off putting kind of day. My youngest son has been on a trip to an amusement park in another state with a group of friends from school band. I’m sure he is having an awesome time and I’m happy about that. But I realized he is now old enough to go on trips and have adventures without me and his Dad. And I’m sure you’ve read in a previous post that my older Son just got his first car. I know they have to grow up but it’s all coming along too fast.

So I found myself in the kitchen needing to cook. I haven’t been baking since we went vegetarian nearly 8 months ago. Not to say that I haven’t wanted too…but I’m still getting used to new ingredients that don’t preform like my old standbys of eggs and butter. I whipped up a batch of coconut chocolate chip cookies. They were not quite as tasty as my usual go to recipe of homemade oatmeal sandwich creme with marshmallow middles. But I have to say they were pretty good. They tasted better than they looked that’s for sure.

Even better with a nice cup of tea. Vanilla almond is my current favorite. I also made a pretty tasty dinner of homemade pizza with white bean sauce and sauteed peppers and onions. Kenny of course had to add a hearty heap of hummus to it : )

I also managed to clean the utility room and pantry…and do a mountain of laundry. This is the busy work I need to keep my mind off being sad. good thing he is only gone for one day…otherwise I might run out of things to clean and have to go to other peoples houses and clean out their closets and rearrange their furniture.  Don’t laugh…I’ve done it before : /

Okay that’s enough of me rambling for one day. Hope you all enjoy your evening and find some time to be creative.