Monday, February 22, 2010

How Sweet It Is

Just because Valentines is over it doesn't mean that we have to put away all those super cute jars and dishes full of candy and goodies. In fact, at the "too Blessed to Stress" home, there is always some kind of yummy goodness in a cute jar somewhere in the living room or kitchen.

I think it all goes back to my lovely Grandma. She always had a cuter than life candy dish full of lemon drops and seasonal candy. Of course she passed that on to my amazing Mother and now on to me. I'm trying to pass that value on to my child as well, but alas, four-legged-canine kids just eat all the candy and don't share with others. I'll have to wait till I have a real kiddo.

Since my only real usable counter space in the kitchen is a huge slab, I try to keep some kind of tall-ish decoration in the center. Two reasons why: 1) It keeps me from filling up the whole counter with random stuff that never has a home. 2) I think it makes my kitchen look pretty, warm and inviting.

Most of the time, I have a large pedestal with a yummy candle in the center of the counter. But the other day I was putting away the baking candy in their glass jars ( I buy the candy in bulk) and thought it would look real cute on my counter sitting on a cake pedestal.

To make it a little fancier, I made these simple tags in coordinating colors. When I'm done with the candy in the jars or just get tired of the tags, I can remove them and attach to something else. Repurpose, reuse. I like it!

I used a tag punch, ribbon, and some other flower and heart punches to make these tags, but you culd hand cut, print off the computer, or have your kids make the tags. The possibilities are endles!

There is a jar for every member in our little family of three: dark chocolate rounds for me, white chocolate chips for my hubby, and mini marshmellows for the dog. Yep the dog. Hubby has a marshmellow gun he got for Christmas. He loads that thing up and shoots it in the air (not at the dog, mind you) and she merrily runns aroung the house gobbling up the marshmellows.  Gotta keep the whole family happy!

Delicious touches that make my kitchen feel special. And best of all, this was super simple to assemble. Little to no time involved, used things I already had in my home, and instant gratification.

What simple ways are you dressing up your home this week? Have you posted about it? Please let me know in the comments below so I can check it out!

All photos taken by yours truly. Also, I think it's obvious that these were not taken on the kitchen counter but on a small table. There's just better light in the livingroom, in case you were wondering :)

This yummy post is linked to parties at the following blogs: Making The World Cuter, and The Girl Creative. Are you linked up to these fun parties?


  1. The candy display is charming and so easy to change out... for the obvious reason. YUM!

    Talk to you soon ;)
    Bunny Jean

  2. SUCH A CUTE AND SIMPLE IDEA!! And it's always nice to have a little something around to satisfy that sweet-tooth!! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!!


  3. I would love to come to your home and eat all your goodies!!!

  4. Those are too cute! I need to do something like that for my island.
    BTW thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  5. How sweet your sweets and their containers and tags. I think I have to do something like this too. You are so right, it very warm and inviting. Have a wonderful evening.

  6. These are so cute. They would be fun to make for St. Patty's with some green candies.

  7. Great idea! Much better than keeping a bag of goodies in the pantry with the top half rolled down so they can spill out all over the floor when someone grabs for a treat! :)
    ~Rebekah @ All Thingz Related~

  8. Those are cute and yummy. I love those little butter mints, mmm!

  9. Your tags are really cute! What sweet jars to have around.

  10. All I have to say is...YUMMO! Please stop by our blog..we have SOME THING for you!!!

    ~Bridgette & Rebekah