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We HEART Mom Printable Coloring Banner

SDB We HEART Mom and Dad banner_beauty with glitter punch ribbon

In my ongoing effort to maintain my status as #1 Aunt, it is vital to have a handbag filled with projects, markers, crayons, glue dots, paper punches and the like… Just last week we had a dinner date with some of our favorite kiddos and I brought along this sign for them to color.

"What are we crafting today, Aunt Dan?" Ahhh music to my ears...

“What are we crafting today, Aunt Dan?” Ahhh music to my ears…

"Aunt Dan, I brought my own markers to use" (YES!!)

“Aunt Dan, I brought my own markers to use” (YES!!)

Growing up, coloring was one of my favorite activities and its still quite a satisfying activity at this age. Said to “ease stress and calm one’s inner child”, adult coloring books are making their mark these days as a relaxing and wonderful outlet for creative and relaxing time.

Amanda and I couldn't resist taking a banner triangle for ourselves. Very soothing activity. Especially when paired with a nice SuperTuscan!

Amanda and I couldn’t resist taking a banner triangle for ourselves. Very soothing activity. Especially when paired with a nice SuperTuscan!

Banners are still having their festive moment. This one is simple with a lot of room for coloring interpretation…

Cut out triangles using an exact knife or sharp scissors. Use a hole punch to punch 2 holes at each triangle corner.

Cut out triangles using an exact knife or sharp scissors. Use a hole punch to punch 2 holes at each triangle corner. Thin ribbon or cord works best for stringing banners.

I'm packing this one up to take to Mother's Day lunch with Cecelia tomorrow!

I’m packing this one up to take to Mother’s Day lunch with Cecelia tomorrow!

You will need 2 pages to print this banner. I used a medium weight cardstock but you can certainly use paper. A lighter color or craft paper would add a fun element to coloring. To download the first page of the banner, click here: We heart Mom Banner WE HEART  and the second page is here: We heart Mom Banner MOM  Print a few! One for you, one for the kiddos… Look for our follow up for DAD coming soon!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mom’s out there! Wishing you a fun and festive day filled with relaxing activities (and maybe a few glasses of SuperTuscan)! Xo Dani

I wonder where Van & Bette hung their banner?

I wonder where Van & Bette hung their banner? Can’t wait to see the final!

 

Cookie Critters & Flowers Ball Jar Centerpieces

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Happy Spring! Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Spring! Happy Mother’s Day!

Spring has Sprung! Mother’s Day is just around the corner. What a perfect time to break out the various ball jars that have been collecting in your cabinet and make these adorable centerpieces!

SDB Mothers Day Cookie Ball Jars_1 baking supplies cutters candy

We used a mix of cutters here… most from CopperGifts but a few mixed in from the craft store.

Supplies: flower and animal cookie cutters, mason or ball jars (which do you call them?), rock chocolate candy (order here or if you have a Wegmans food store near you, they carry it- and they have an epic candy aisle), chocolate sprinkles and or chocolate covered raisins (dark is my fave!), toothpicks, wood skewers (I used 8″ but you can always trim them down with a floral or wire clipper), sugar cookie cutout dough, royal icing and food coloring and our SDB Expert Icing Kit.

SDB Mothers Day Cookie Ball Jars_2 bake cookies on sticks

Bake your cookies on “sticks”. For the taller and larger cookies I used an 8 inch skewer. For the smaller, lower animals I used toothpicks.

 

SDB Mothers Day Cookie Ball Jars_3 sprinkle black eyed susan

To make almost any petal cookie look like a sunflower or black eyed susan, ice it yellow then add a big, round brown center in royal icing then add chocolate sprinkles.

 

SDB Mothers Day Cookie Ball Jars_4 ice cookie backs

If you are going to be using these at the center of your table, you may want to consider icing the backs and fronts of your cookies. It takes extra time but looks really amazing and then everybody has the perfect view!

 

SDB Mothers Day Cookie Ball Jars_ 6 sprinkle raisinette dirt

While your cookies are drying prep the ball jars with “dirt”. We used the rest of our chocolate sprinkles and some dark chocolate covered raisins.

 

SDB Mothers Day Cookie Ball Jars_ 6 pick out good rock candies

These rock chocolates are so amazing. Some look so real- I pick through and put the really good ones off to the side to use as toppers and as table sprinkles.

 

SDB Mothers Day Cookie Ball Jars_ 9 fill in with candy rocks

Add your rocks to the jars, arrange your flowers and animals, then top with extra amazing rocks.

 

SDB Mothers Day Cookie Ball Jars_ 10 arrange cookies in ball jars

Wheeeeee its SPRING!

 

SDB Mothers Day Cookie Ball Jars_11 sprinkle table with candy rocks

For a finishing touch to any table, I like to add a sprinkle of something… in this case I used the candy rocks.

 

SDB Mothers Day Cookie Ball Jars_ 12 Spring ball jar cookie centerpieces

There’s no way I can pick a favorite! They all make me smile!

If you are decorating with and serving these for Mother’s Day, get your jars ready with the candy the night before and close the lids. Keep your flowers and critters on sticks in an airtight tupperware and stick them into the jars right before everyone comes over. When you serve dessert, don’t forget to welcome everybody to munch on the centerpieces as well! YES!!! Life is Sweet! Xo Dani

PS. For a similar look that includes a delish dirt pie dessert for all, check out our Cookie Flower Pot Pies on SweetDaniB TV…