Free Printable (+ Colorable!) Milk + Cookies Placemat for Santa

Free Printable (+ Colorable!) Milk + Cookies Placemat for Santa

When I was a kid, I didn’t just leave milk and cookies for Santa. I love Mrs. Claus and the elves their own plates, and then I left a plate of carrots for each (individual) reindeer. I was either really generous, or really trying to keep myself off the naughty list. For those of you whose kids look forward to leaving a treat for Santa (and/or his whole brood) I have THE BEST printable placemat for you today! Kate worked her magic again and made this colorable (!!) placemat for the kiddos to work their magic on. It’s the perfect activity for them to stay occupied this weekend while you finish decorating, baking and wrapping! AND speaking of baking… see those cookies there? Alison from The Alison Show sent them over and there’s a special discount for her online cookie making course at the bottom of this post so you can learn to make them too!!! Double WIN!

Free Printable (+ Colorable!) Milk + Cookies Placemat for Santa

Click through for the free printable + cookie discount code!

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Studio DIY is Hiring – Operations Manager!

Studio DIY is Hiring

Hey folks! Studio DIY is continuing to grow and I’m ready to hire someone to fill a more significant administrative position as an Operations Manager. The full job description and requirements are below and please thoroughly read them before applying. I want to stress this position is not a crafty or creative position. Tasks involve accounting, time management, errands, studio maintenance, and email correspondence. If you’re a business-minded, organizational master who just happens to like to do such things amidst sugar and confetti, then please read on!

HIRING: Operations Manager

Studio DIY is looking for an Operations Manager to join our lively little team! This position is part-time to start, with potential for growth to full-time. Perfect for someone who wants to get into brand management, business or marketing, and wants to work in a fun, colorful environment.

Do you dream in spreadsheets? Have more formulas than a baby? Live and die by your to-do list? Are you an “i” dotter and “t” crosser? We want to hear from you!

We’re looking for someone to help us create and implement systems as we grow, and perform daily operations tasks including:

Managing scheduling and to-do lists
Organizing and responding to emails
Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest account management
Accounting – managing invoicing, payment and expense systems (we currently use fresh books, so if you know that, it’s a bonus!)
Reading contracts, corresponding with advertisers
Running errands as needed
Studio maintenance (cleaning, organizing the studio. keeping it presentable in general)
Workshop/event management

Requirements:

Ability and interest in the above tasks
Must have own car and laptop (Mac preferably)
Proficient on said laptop and general programs (think google drive!)
20 hours/week at the studio in downtown los angeles (we’re thinking 2 full days, one half day, but we are open to working out a variation of that with the right candidate.)

To Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter and website/portfolio (if you have one) along with links to your social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest–so we can get a feel for who you are!) to jobs@studiodiy.com.

Please include why you think you’d be a great fit for our team and your salary requirements (hourly rate.)

DIY Christmas Light Leggings

DIY Christmas Light Leggings

I told you guys I was going Christmas light CRAZY! This time, I didn’t just wrap a tree in ‘em, I wrapped myself in ‘em! These Christmas light leggings are the BEST idea for those of you who have a new Christmas PJ tradition… ’cause they are PJs you can wear all day! Or at least, I intend to do so on December 25th…. Get the full tutorial (using the Cricut Explore!) below!

DIY Christmas Light Leggings

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Candies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Candies

I’m excited to share a little holiday tradition of my own today! Every Christmas my mom makes hundreds of chocolate peanut butter crispy candies to give out to everyone and anyone she knows. Friends, fellow volunteers, the folks at the grocery store, the mailman, the garbage men… basically anyone who’s been a part of her life that year. Let me tell you… people LIVE for these candies, myself included (I get a batch of my own.. ehm!). And they are the EASIEST THING to make, even the kids can get involved! Some chocolate cereal, a little chocolate and peanut butter chip action and that is IT! These are the perfect thing to hand out to people who deserve an extra holiday hello, and also the perfect thing to serve at an event… and let guests take home as favors! I’ve teamed up with Target today to make them look just as good as they taste, and to share the (top secret crazy easy) recipe, too!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Candies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Candies

ingredients

MAKES: About Five Dozen Candies

4 Cups Chocolate Crispies Cereal
1 11oz Bag of Milk Chocolate Chips (We always do milk, but I bet dark chocolate would be AMAZING!)
1 11oz Bag of Peanut Butter Chips
Sprinkles
Mini Baking Cups

1. Lay out your mini baking cups on a large cookie sheet. This helps make sure you’re ready to go once the mixture is ready!
2. Melt peanut butter and chocolate chips in a double boiler, stirring intermittently, until smooth.
3. Pour melted chocolate/peanut butter mix over the chocolate cereal and stir until well coated.
4. Spoon into mini baking cups and sprinkle as desired. I recommend spooning about a dozen, then sprinkling, then repeating as you go.
5. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes or until set. Then they are good to go and can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Candies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Candies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Candies

If you’re throwing a holiday party, you can place them on a tray like this festive snowflake one and serve alongside other Christmas cookies! I also happen to be OBSESSED with this mittens garland and think it would look great placed along a dessert bar.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Candies

If you want to give the candies as gifts or favors, package them up in small bakery boxes or cellophane bags. BAM! You just won the holidays.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Candies

All Photos by Jeff Mindell

Props Shown: Snowflake Tray / Mittens Garland / Gold Bowls

Do you have any holiday traditions that have to happen before it really feels like Christmas!? This is definitely the thing for me. Hope you try ‘em, gift ‘em and love ‘em! I mean, how could you not like anything that involves chocolate and peanut butter!?

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