Dani’s Blog: THE JUICE

Blank Canvas New Year Craft

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Xo Dani & KF

Like many people, I like to look every January and the New Year as a fresh start or in artsy-er terms, a blank canvas. Every year we love to host a little New Years Day brunch and anytime the kiddos in our lives come to visit they pretty much expect to craft- which I LOVE! Its one of my very fave things about being everyone’s #1 Aunt!

New Years Day Brunch Table

New Years Day Brunch Table

This year I set the table using these cute cut out paper boy and girl people by Creatology at each place. I wrote each person’s name on them to use as place cards. After breakfast we pulled out the markers, googly eyes, crayons, stickers, scrap fabric and glue and got down to business.

Donovan working on his amazing self- portrait

Donovan working on his amazing self- portrait

Each person was asked to make a self portrait on the blank side, then on the other, where their names were written, write down one thing they hope to do this year that they have never done before. This proved to be a tougher question for the adults at the table- interesting!

SDB New Year Craft Blank People Canvas_Aunt Dan goal

Yup, even though I think its kinda scary, I think it would be AMAZING to learn how to gallop on a horse! This is the year!

Of coarse the most fun part was sharing all the things we hope to do. The results were amazing!

Group shot!

Lining up our “guys” for a group shot!

Bette's is a true work of art (as usual)!

Bette‘s portrait (center, pink head) is a true work of art (as usual)!

In addition to this being a fun craft, you can continue to enjoy these paper friends all year round as Kevin Kane proved by stashing his guy on our shelf “Flat Stanley” style!

No need to miss your elf on the shelf with these friends around!

No need to miss your elf on the shelf with these friends around!

What do you want to do this year that you have never done before? This is a great question for kids and adults! As you think more and more and make plans for the year ahead, I hope this lil’ project inspires you to make your own self portrait blank canvas for 2016, set your intentions and get creating! We’d love to hear and see what you come up with!

Happy New Year! Life and blank canvases are SWEET! Xo Dani

Bette and Donovan self portraits on display in their kitchen. Photo Credit: Amanda Kane

Bette and Donovan self portraits on display in their kitchen. ADORABLE!  Photo Credit: Amanda Kane

Always a Good Year

Happy 2016! Woohoo!

Happy 2016! Woohoo!

Happy new year! 2015 was a good year for me… coined “my year of yes” (me and Shonda Rhimes apparently!), I not only kept busy with cookie orders and workshops, but closed out the year busiest I have ever been. Thats a lot of love spreading and I enjoyed every minute! As KF put it, another year we are here, enjoying life, laughing and having fun with the ones we love is “always a good year”.

The irony of the way my last cookie set of the year turned out, however, was not lost on me. I spied this adorable Baby New Year cookie on CopperGifts website right after Christmas. Knowing it would be tight to decorate in time, I ordered it anyway. If you look closely you can see the evidence of how many times I scraped this cookie. As adorable and fun as the shape is, technically it was such a challenge! I declared it a “fail” around 12am on New Year’s Eve eve and vowed to master it by next season. Maybe even a how-to-ice video will be in order depending on how the final turns out (but this is not it)!

Baby New Year Cookie- Not a full fail but not quite there yet.

Baby New Year Cookie- Not a full fail but not quite there yet. Back to the drawing board!

With Baby New Year I also ordered this NYE party clock. Super fun, but alas, I dropped it while placing on drying rack!! It could use some fine tuning as well.

Wishing you love in this new year! And no broken cookies!

Midnight strikes and its time to party! OR drop your cookie and crack it!

At about 1am on New Year’s Eve eve, I got the message. I had decorated enough cookies in 2015. Time to call it a year! Both my gingermen and hug monster cookies learned how to hug (thanks to Food52 for the inspiration) and 1 out of 3 is not bad!

BIG COOKIE HUGS!!!

BIG COOKIE HUGS!!!

As I look out onto the canvas of a blank new year I could not be more excited. Our goal list is set and I can’t wait to see what sweetness is on the horizon. Thank you for all of the support and love you showed us in 2015! I know 2016 will be even more sweet! HUGS and HAPPY happy new year! Life is sweet! Xoxo Dani