One of the reporters from our local TV station's morning show has been doing a segment called "Pinterest Pass or Fail". She takes a couple of the things that she has pinned and tries them out, then reports on whether they worked or not. This week wasn't a good one, two of the three things she made failed, but the one that passed was really too cute--so cute that I had to try it myself.
It really was a simple idea, and truthfully as easy to do as it sounded. Take a clear vase (I suppose you could use a colored one in red or green), put a rubber band around it (in my case I couldn't find a rubber band the right size, so I just used elastic) and tuck candy canes the whole way around under the elastic. Once finished, tie a ribbon around it to disguise the elastic--voila! The original idea looks like this:
I just happened to have a clear tall hurricane that I used, and instead of putting flowers in it, I put in a flameless candle with a timer.
I think it turned out great, and I will probably encourage my guests over Christmas and New Years to help themselves--it took almost 4 boxes of candy canes which turns out to about 36. I suppose I could freeze them to save for NEXT Christmas and make peppermint bark. One bit of advice I have is to put a plate underneath it, it is rather difficult to move in it's current state, I'm going to dig around and see what I have that will work under it.
Earlier this week I decided to make a run to Pittsburgh to Red White and Blue, I haven't been there since I found the wonderful argyle sweater. I found a couple of really great items for both me and the hubby, I should be good until the spring thaw. Afterwards I decided to go to the LLBean store at the Ross Park Mall--it's only been open for four years! I just rarely go to that part of town anymore, but wanted to check out a couple of things. I picked up some fun stuff:
I had been wanting some really good maple syrup and when I saw the bear, I couldn't resist. He may be the extent of my holiday decorating in the kitchen!