Gifts

Social Media Addict’s Gift Guide (Inaugural Edition)

No doubt, there’s a special person in your life who spends most of their time with their face 3 inches from their phone, wiling away the day on Snapchat and Instagram, or on Hoolie’s vast array of apps.

This holiday, what do you get for the person who has everything, because “everything” is on their phone and/or tablet? You could get them a GooglePlay or iTunes gift card. Perhaps you want for them something tangible, something physical, but something that still speaks to the giftee’s dire social media addiction. Most importantly, you want to give them something that’s not a selfie stick (now available in bargain bins everywhere!).

With that in mind, we present the 2016 Somewhat Snarky Social Media Addict’s Gift Guide:

Social Media Frame Cut Out
$8.99 on Etsy

This made to order digital file is perfect for those with big things happening in 2017, like a wedding, birth, vacation, or prison sentencing. Simply frame your selfie with this, uh, frame, post it online, and be prepared for a barrage of “Inception” jokes! Sorry, this is a digital file only, so it’s up to you to print it, cut it out, and mount it.

Like a Boss Social Media Humor Poster
98 cents plus s/h on Amazon

Perfect for: Bosses; Mark Zuckerberg; Fans of Facebook; Fans of dated Andy Samberg references.

 

Social Media Wedding Wooden Hashtag Sign
$27 on Etsy

It’s a wedding sign. Made of wood. Featuring trademarked social media icons along with your own custom hashtag. I don’t get it but hey, if this your thing, more power to you, I guess.

Social Network Shower Curtain
$14.95 on Amazon

According to the description, “(t)here’s a little ‘window’ for your face so it looks like a profile picture on a social networking site.” That is, if your profile picture was taken while you were in the shower, which raises all sorts of questions about your bathroom habits. Again, we won’t judge.

“Not Everything That Pops Into Your Head Needs to End Up on Social Media” Coffee Mug
$21.99 on Amazon

Recommended as a friendly, morning reminder for a oversharing teens, racist uncles, or anyone you know who can post six Instagram photos in 24 hours. 

Selfie Photo Album
$12 on Amazon

For that special narcissist in your life. You could also get them a mirror from the dollar store and save some scratch. The ideal companion to the theoretical photo album, “Meals I’ve Ordered, Photographed and Posted on Instagram.”

Sterling Silver At Sign Cufflinks
$65.99 (marked down from $220) on CuffLinks.com

Description: “Quite literally a sign of the times, the @ Symbol is ubiquitous with the media age thanks to email and Twitter. Constructed of .925 sterling silver, with an engravable backing, this set is ideal for any tech-wiz. Cufflinks by Ravi Ratan.” Fatal flaw: most tech wizes prefer to wear quasi-ironical T-shirts featuring Ninja Turtles rather than formal shirts, thus negating the need to link their cuffs.

Tech Greeting Cards
$3.50/card or $24.99 for 1o pack

(Full disclosure: this is our Etsy store.) Getting a card in the mail is amazing so give your favorite techy person a pack of cards they can send offline to their friends. Sentiments include ‘Let’s leave our phones at home and see what kind of trouble we can get into’ and ‘You speak excellent emoji’ and three others.

In other words, you have plenty off offline options to get your online friends and family. Are there any ridiculous social media gifts we forgot? Leave a comment with your recommendation(s) below!

Too Cute Tuesday: Homemade Marshmallows

This week, we decided to junk our initial plan when we saw the Too Cute Tuesday Saint Louis branch had a better idea: Homemade marshmallows. Not very difficult, these were all the rage a Christmas or two ago when I saw them in higher end gift giving magazines.

Sam got ready for the process of spreading the marshmallow mixture by oiling her hands...it didn't help a ton.

Sam got ready for the process of spreading the marshmallow mixture by oiling her hands...it didn't help a ton.

No matter what, it's kind of messy... but delicious messy.

No matter what, it's kind of messy... but delicious messy.

We used this recipe but most of the other ones we ran into online seem similar: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Marshmallows

The mixture worked hard for us while we did our other dishes. That's right, at Too Cute Tuesday, we practice no trace crafting.

The mixture worked hard for us while we did our other dishes. That's right, at Too Cute Tuesday, we practice no trace crafting.

It was just Sam and I this week but since Dorrie is nice and also has a standing mixer, we crashed her house to craft. That said, we practiced no trace crafting.

You will also appreciate this week that I bought a bottle of riesling for the cocktail portion of the evening only to find Dorrie’s wine bottle opener was broken.*le sigh

Even without our cocktail though, we still had a great time!

Materials
Corn starch
Powdered sugar
Oil
Parchment paper
Pan
Non-flavored gelatin
Corn syrup
Granulated sugar
Pot
Cooking thermometer
Standing mixer
Water
Vanilla flavoring
Scissors
A willingness to get sticky

Cocktail of the Night: Some cheap riesling Nicole got at the grocery store for $6, couldn’t open because the wine opener wasn’t working, then left at Dorrie’s house. D’oh!

Cleaning up, if it involves a crapload of sugar, can be the best part.

Cleaning up, if it involves a crapload of sugar, can be the best part.

1. Mix equal parts corn starch and powdered sugar. We did one cup of each and had way more than needed.

2. Put gelatin (3 packets) and cold water (1/2 cup) in the bowl of the standing mixer. Let develop.

3. While the gelatin is doing its thing, mix 2/3 cup corn syrup, 2 cups granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup water in a pot over medium heat. Stir and heat mixture to 244 degrees F.

4. Once mixture is at that temperature, dump it into the mixing bowl with the water and gelatin, which is now puffy.

5. Mix at the fastest setting for 15 minutes. During the last minute, add flavoring and/or coloring desired. We added a couple teaspoons of pure vanilla extract because we like regular marshmallow flavor.

6. While things are mixing, take a pan and line with parchment paper. Oil it and dust the corn starch/sugar mixture from step one.

7. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan. Sprinkle with additional corn starch/sugar mixture. Let set at least four hours (or in our case, overnight).

8. The next day, cover your scissors in the corn starch/sugar mixture and cut up your block o marshmallow into convenient sizes.

I won’t lie, Sam and I did take some tastes while cleaning up. “Wow, this tastes like marshmallow!” she said. That’s always a good sign at Too Cute Tuesday.

The true test was of course trying them the next day. And they’re actually good!

The magical Sam will now hold the whisk with only the force of her gaze... and the power of marshmallow goo.

The magical Sam will now hold the whisk with only the force of her gaze... and the power of marshmallow goo.

So there you have it, an easy way to impress people the next time you serve hot cocoa and cleanup that involves a bowl lick. Aren’t you crafty, and a bit sticky?

Too Cute Tuesday

Too Cute Tuesday is a weekly event involving friends, a craft, and a cocktail. To learn more, check us out on Facebook or browse our crafty archives.

Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

Too Cute Tuesday: Fused Plastic Bibs

Every Tuesday, it’s an easy craft, cool cocktail, and fun friends. To learn more check out the archives at www.toocutetuesday.com or the Facebook page.

I may not have a kid, but I have a small cute model willing to try on my bib. Go Gidget go.

I may not have a kid, but I have a small cute model willing to try on my bib. Go Gidget go.

You may remember our first foray into fused plastic last year. This year, we did a specific baby related craft (dedicated to new mom Michelle and soon to be new mom Sue) with the fused plastic and ignored the extra step that could have involved stitching on bias tap as piping. Oh well, can’t do it all.

Dorrie took the plastic bags her newspaper comes in everyday and fused a few different colors. Ooohhhh, shimmery!

Dorrie took the plastic bags her newspaper comes in everyday and fused a few different colors. Ooohhhh, shimmery!

A fused bib made from grocery bags. I could have added the piping if I wanted to be ambitious!

A fused bib made from grocery bags. I could have added the piping if I wanted to be ambitious!

Don’t have a baby in your life? You can use fused plastic bags to create bags, placemats, snowflakes, shower curtain, tablecloth, pouch, wallet, and much much more. Clearly you could fuse plastic bags all day long and come up with some fun stuff. Voila our original inspiration: http://www.homemademamas.net/2010/02/fused-plastic-bib.html

This week we were joined by Sarah and her daughter. Passing crafting onto future generations…

Materials
Plastic bags (3ish)
Iron and ironing boar
Scissors
Bias tape, needle, and thread (for the optionally motivated)

Cocktail of the Night: Gin and juice… laid back….

1. Heat iron to rayon setting. This is apparenly not 3 on Dorrie’s iron. We recommend starting on the one setting and slowly increasing the temperature if the fusion isn’t working. Too hot and the plastic puckers. Eww.

2. Cut into desired shape. If creating a bib, you can use a bib as a template. We made ours with a pocket and thick wrap around the neck.

3. Fuse the pocket onto the bib on three sides. You can inside out the pocket to hide the fusion.

4. Add velco for closure. Add piping with bias tape if you are feeling super ambitious.

Other variations of the craft also happened (see photo gallery below) and a good and recycling filled time was had by all. Aren’t we crafty, and kid friendly!

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Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

Too Cute Tuesday: Mustache Pacifiers

Too Cute Tuesday logoEvery Tuesday, it’s fun friends, a (relatively) easy craft, and a refreshing cocktail. To learn more, check out the Facebook page (we post additional photos there), the Too Cute Tuesday archives, or our new Etsy store.

My sister just had a baby and somehow it came up that we ought to make some baby crafts at Too Cute Tuesday. And now that Sue has a bun in her cute oven, it makes even more sense to jump on the baby bandwagon.

Pictures you'd never thought you'd post of yourself online...

Pictures you'd never thought you'd post of yourself online...

I saw these mustached pacifiers on the Readymade website and thought this would be a fun easy craft for us to try out. I’m not sure if you’ve had a pacifier in your mouth since you were a baby but it’s kind of weird!

Materials
Pacifier
Knife (for scoring the plastic)
Cardstock in brown or black
Index card and pencil (to create templates)
Cutting mat and Exacto knife
Scissors

Cocktail of the Night: Limeade (Gin optional)

Dorrie tries out her curly creation.

Dorrie tries out her curly creation.

1. Acquire supplies at the craft and drug store.

2. Browse online for mustache inspirations. Just go to Google Images and type in ‘mustache’ to see all the fine examples the internet has to offer.

3. Create a template on an index card. We did it straight onto the cardstock and unless you really take your time, it doesn’t work so great.

4. Cut the template out of your colored card stock. We used a combination of Exacto knives and scissors to get the desired crisp edges.

5. Lightly score the pacifier where you will add the hot glue. This gives more surface area for the glue (I think).

6. Heat glue gun and add a bit of hot glue. Attach to mustache and let dry.

7. Mail to your sister and wish you could see her reaction when she opened the package.

Aren’t you crafty, and kid friendly?

Our mustache pacifiers on the table, awaiting cute babies to model them.

Our mustache pacifiers on the table, awaiting cute babies to model them.

Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

Too Cute Tuesday: Mustache Pacifiers

Too Cute Tuesday logoEvery Tuesday, it’s fun friends, a (relatively) easy craft, and a refreshing cocktail. To learn more, check out the Facebook page (we post additional photos there), the Too Cute Tuesday archives, or our new Etsy store.

My sister just had a baby and somehow it came up that we ought to make some baby crafts at Too Cute Tuesday. And now that Sue has a bun in her cute oven, it makes even more sense to jump on the baby bandwagon.

Pictures you'd never thought you'd post of yourself online...

Pictures you'd never thought you'd post of yourself online...

I saw these mustached pacifiers on the Readymade website and thought this would be a fun easy craft for us to try out. I’m not sure if you’ve had a pacifier in your mouth since you were a baby but it’s kind of weird!

Materials
Pacifier
Knife (for scoring the plastic)
Cardstock in brown or black
Index card and pencil (to create templates)
Cutting mat and Exacto knife
Scissors

Cocktail of the Night: Limeade (Gin optional)

Dorrie tries out her curly creation.

Dorrie tries out her curly creation.

1. Acquire supplies at the craft and drug store.

2. Browse online for mustache inspirations. Just go to Google Images and type in ‘mustache’ to see all the fine examples the internet has to offer.

3. Create a template on an index card. We did it straight onto the cardstock and unless you really take your time, it doesn’t work so great.

4. Cut the template out of your colored card stock. We used a combination of Exacto knives and scissors to get the desired crisp edges.

5. Lightly score the pacifier where you will add the hot glue. This gives more surface area for the glue (I think).

6. Heat glue gun and add a bit of hot glue. Attach to mustache and let dry.

7. Mail to your sister and wish you could see her reaction when she opened the package.

Aren’t you crafty, and kid friendly?

Our mustache pacifiers on the table, awaiting cute babies to model them.

Our mustache pacifiers on the table, awaiting cute babies to model them.

Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

Too Cute Tuesday: Candied Pecans

Too Cute Tuesday is a craft, a cocktail, and friends. To learn more check out the Facebook page or check out the cooking related Too Cute Tuesday posts in the archives.

Candied pecans cooling on the sheet, absorbing their own deliciousness.

Candied pecans cooling on the sheet, absorbing their own deliciousness.

Jen and Dorrie taste our wares, and Sparks hopes they'll drop something.

Jen and Dorrie taste our wares, and Sparks hopes they'll drop something.

Twas the week before Christmas, and everyone was stressed, so we gathered in Dorrie’s kitchen to make a mess.

The sugar was melted on the stove with great care in hope that tasty nuts soon would be there.

Soon all were gathered to sample the treats, so crunchy so tasty, salty yet sweet.

OK, I’ll stop rhyming now. But the nuts were great and something we’ll do again I’m sure.

Materials
Pecans
Sugar (brown or white)
Salt
All spice, cloves, and nutmeg
Vanilla extract
Parchment paper
Cookie sheets, wood spoons, and pans

Cocktail of the Night: Modified Black Santa (Creme de cacao, peppermint schnapps, Baileys)

1. Queue up the recipes.

Nut recipe #1: Candied nuts from Cafe Johnsonia

Nut recipe #2: Candied walnuts from Simply Recipes (we used brown sugar instead of white to change it up)

Nut recipe #3: Sugared and Spiced Nuts from Cooks.com (Jen added nutmeg to the mix and *gasp* didn’t measure

Recipes one and two need to have the pecans seperated quickly so have the parchment paper, forks, and helpful friends ready.

Recipes one and two need to have the pecans seperated quickly so have the parchment paper, forks, and helpful friends ready.

2. Cover three cookie sheets with parchment paper.

3. Roast nuts in a 350 degree oven for about five minutes. We used pecans but Dorrie made a batch of almonds after the fact for her dad and they were also great.

4. Prepare coating of your choice. Coat and separate on a cookie sheet. Let dry. Yum.

Of the recipes, #3 had the best coating and overall consistency. Number 1 was clumpy and not so uniform and number two was better if only because we roasted the nuts in the oven precoating (note: this does make a difference).

Anyway, these nuts can almost make a salad tolerable and they make good presents when you put them in little jars. Aren’t you crafty, and festive?

Happy Holidays from the Too Cute Tuesday crew!

Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.
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