Thursday, April 28, 2011

Etsy Thursday: Tutu Cute

TUTU CUTE. I love tutu's on little girls. For dress up, dance, or parties, nothing is sweeter. Probably just me wishing I had something like this when I was a little girl! I thought I'd share some great tutu finds from Etsy with you:

Strawberrie Rose has this fantastic tutu. At first, I thought it was made with feathers. But it's really just rows and rows of tulle to give it this super soft and fluffy look

This denim skirt is a nice change of look, and has a little more of a rocker edge to it. I think it's great for a slightly older girl. From MisFitCouture:

How about a dress option? Lover Dover Clothing offers some adorable dresses, perfect for birthday parties or super special events.

Another creative take on the tutu skirt. I like the fabric topper, which adds some more color and visual interest. Great job Ties to Tiaras Couture!

Dream Spun Kids makes super dreamy petticoat skirts. I love the can-can look of pettiskirts. Wouldn't you want to kick up your heals?

You can find much much more, in colors and sizes and styles to suit any event or need you have, and even any price point. This is why I love Etsy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Who doesn't love bunting? It's the big thing in party decorating. You can go crazy and fancy, or sweet and simple. I prefer buntings that I can use each year (ie: no date, age, year, etc on them). Here are some great ways to make pretty buntings for your home:

Blue Cricket Design has a free tutorial on how to make this paper bag bunting shows an easy way to make miniature bunting. Perfect across a cake.

Dana Made It has an adorable Peep bunting.

Aunt Annie shows you how to make a Valentine's Day bunting. But it could easily be adapted for any holiday or event.

Just remember, they don't have to be the traditional triangle shape. Square and rectangle looks nice too!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tweet Tweet. Parties.

Little birdie parties. A little birdie told me spring is on its way (yeah, right...I'll believe it when I see it!). What better way to celebrate a special occasion than with a delicate and pretty bird themed party?

Browsing some of my favorite blogs, I stumbled upon a couple bird themed parties to show you. They are gorgeous and inspiring. Perfect for birthday parties, baby and bridal showers and new homeowner parties. Take a look:

From Frost Me (baby shower). Don't you just leave this dreamy bird garland?

From A is for Anna Kate (5th birthday party). She had the kids make graham cracker bird houses (just like you would at Christmas as gingerbread houses)!

From Hip Hip Hooray blog, the most gorgeous bird cage cake!

From Alannah Rose, a beautiful pink and red bird inspired birthday party. Love the pom poms and the garland.

From Accent The Party, a little boy baby shower. The drink straws are such a nice touch.

From Concrete & Lullabies, a very sleek gray and yellow bird themed shower.

Hopefully these images and fantastic blogs have inspired you to be creative today and create something pretty!

Friday, April 15, 2011

May The Force Be With You

Forcing spring bulbs. Around here, spring seems to be taking its sweet ole time arriving. I shouldn't complain, at least the last pile of snow has melted. But I'm dying for some sunshine and spring flowers. Why wait for my garden to bloom when I can bring inside by forcing bulbs? It's not a lot of work, but if you want them in time for an event, plan ahead (ie: don't try this 3 days before!).

Here are some links with ideas and how to's:

All Free Crafts

Savvy Gardener

Martha Stewart

Now that you have these beautiful flowers, how about some fancy and unique ways to display them:

Casa Sugar

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hey Hey Do You Know The Way...To Maddysons Lane?

Maddysons Lane. Fabulous blog and Etsy shop. Drooling fabulous. Why didn't I think of that fabulous?! And, I'm going to do that at my next party fabulous!

She has a great tutorial on her blog about making Crepe Paper Banners. And kids, these aren't any crepe paper banners! If you're thinking string some crepe paper across the room you are missing the mark. I love these. You could make them for any holiday or event. The bonus is, they don't even look that complex.

Go check it out and save it as a PDF to your computer. You won't be sorry you did!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spinning a Yarn

Yarn Carrots. Seriously, could this craft be any cuter, easier or cheaper? Maybe you have to buy some yarn for it, but at Wal Mart they are practically giving it away. Think how nice these yarn carrots would look on gifts, attached to a wreath, in a basket on the table, decorating an Easter brunch, or even in a little girls hair (make teeny tiny ones).

I found two sites offering photos and how-to-dos. The first is Homework and the second is Nap Time Crafts. Here's what they came up with:


I like that each one is a little different, depending on what type of yarn you use. You could make a whole bunch of differnet one. No two carrots look the same, right? And seriously, I think one could whip these out during a nap (not yours...your kids! Silly). 

Enjoy this healthy decorating treat. I just hope the Easter bunny doesn't hop away with them!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Easter Cookies

It's time to bake! This morning while The Bean was in preschool (ie: no "help"), I set out to make a TON of miniature cream cheese sugar cookies. The recipe I use is my mother in laws, and it's been passed down from generation to generation. You know you're going to have a good cookie when the raw dough tastes DE-lectable! Yum. This recipe from Allrecipes is darn close! 


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, almond and vanilla extracts, and egg yolk. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour until well blended. Chill the dough for 8 hours, or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough 1/3 at a time to 1/8 inch thickness, refrigerating remaining dough until ready to use. Cut into desired shapes with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Leave cookies plain for frosting, or brush with slightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with candy sprinkles or colored sugar.
  4. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light and golden brown. Cool cookies completely before frosting.

Turns out, miniature cookie cutters are a lot of work. Eventually (3 cookie sheets later) I switched to honking big Wilton cutouts. (Did I take pictures for you? Of course not. Next time, pinkie promise.)

My desire to make sugar cookies sprinkled with the beautiful colored sugars is the fault of this woman: Sweet Sugar Belle. And her damned delectable crazy cookie website, The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle. Of course, mine don't look anything like this, but I am using plain ole Wilton colored sugars from the know the one with 5 colors in the one jar, right? Not exactly professional. But yummy all the same. Plus, I think she iced hers and then sprinkled. I was too lazy for that.

Try not to do what I did when I discovered her site, spend an entire afternoon on the couch drooling over her cookie artwork. Or maybe you should!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Spring Designs

Photo Cards. Because you can NEVER send enough pictures of your kids!

I've been working on some Easter/spring designs, even though I'm not really sure why...I think it's a little late in the game. However, I like to think it never hurts and at least I'll be ahead of the game for next year.

Thoughts and feedback are always appreciated. Hoping to get my Etsy store up and running this weekend and have them in the shop. There are two versions, a girl and boy version. Both are there, I'm not sure why there HUGE space between the two!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Hi and Hello, thanks for visiting. My name is Jodi and I am the founder of Beanz Thingz. I've always had a passion for party planning (I loved planning my wedding...that was one big party!), gift basket preparation, crafting and design. I'm hoping to combine all these areas into one and share it with you.

Shortly, I will be setting up an Etsy shop where you can purchase items and Facebook page where I can share other fabulous ideas that are out there (and there are many!).

I'm sure you'd like to know a few things about me:

  • I am a proud graduate of Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I received my undergraduate degree in marketing.
  • I am also a proud graduate of New Jersey's own Seton Hall University. I received my master's degree in Corporate & Public Communications. 
  • I am a huge Parrothead (for those not in the know, that's a Jimmy Buffett fan). I even wrote my master's thesis about the phenomenon...the marketing of Margaritaville and how Jimmy took a song and built an empire around it
  • I married a fantastic man in 2006 after MANY years of wasting time with the wrong ones :-)
  • Bought out first house in a great lake community in November, adopted a dog in January and got pregnant in February. I don't like to do things slowly
  • Had my fantastically funny, bossy, adorable daughter that November and can't imagine my life without her
  • I love to decorate, plan parties, shop, rearrange my furniture, craft, bake, learn new things
  • I yearn to be a gardener and a knitter and a sewer (working on that one)'s good to have goals, but I doubt I'll ever become a gardener

Keep checking in. We'd love to see you again.

PS: If you have questions, need ideas or assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We love to share.