Words of Whimsy

Category: Holiday


Cheap & Easy Thanksgiving Classroom Craft for Kids – Pudding Turkeys
November 24th, 2015

Last year I had Thanksgiving plans all ironed out months before the big day, and planned in time to prep, assemble, and distribute Turkey Oreo Packs in Miss P’s preschool class. This year I’m still in denial that Thanksgiving is even on this page of the calendar. Where did the time go?!?!? I hadn’t really…


Quick Easter Hostess or Teacher Gift
March 30th, 2015

Look at these pretties! These will be little Easter gifts for Miss P’s teachers, but they would also be great little projects for your Easter dinner or egg hunt hostess, teens who have outgrown the cutesy baskets, Sunday School teachers, coaches, service industry extras, etc. Yes, I realize that Easter isn’t necessarily a gift-giving holiday,…


Gorgeous Jam-Filled Sandwich Cookies – Perfect for Valentine’s Day!
February 13th, 2015

I have made these shortbread sandwich cookies a couple of times now, and while they are pretty time consuming, they are so beautiful it’s worth all the work – especially when you are making them as a Valentine treat, the whole point being to show someone that you care! It’s an impressive presentation for sure….


Halfway Homemade Valentines
February 9th, 2015

There is some TV cooking personality who has made a whole career on halfway homemade, isn’t there? Like how to dress up a store bought cake or throw a few extra ingredients in hamburger helper and create something new? Well I totally get that, for two big reasons. #1 making stuff from scratch usually bites….


Cute, Non-Candy Valentine DIY Idea
January 22nd, 2015

There are lots of great ideas floating around the interwebs these days for DIY Valentines and a whole subculture dedicated to non-candy card ideas. While I don’t have anything in particular against candy, I fell in love with these sparkly heart shaped sunglasses at a local party store and knew they would be a fun…


Spreading the Holiday Cheer (Tradition + Giveaway!)
December 4th, 2014

Alison and I have had such a busy and fun couple of weeks with The Whimsy Factory, full of of moments to take in holiday merriment: tasting seasonal cheesecakes, listening to a live musical trio playing carols, bustling holiday shoppers, and many beautiful displays of trees and lighting. We even incorporated some sparkling snowflake garland into our own display…


Uff da, as we say
December 4th, 2014

Alison and I have been spreading the Whimsy all over town these past couple weeks with events in Burnsville, St. Louis Park, and St. Paul,  our Minneamama giveaway, and a bunch of online specials! We have LOVED meeting so many new people (customers AND other vendors!), doing our own holiday shopping, and enjoying the sounds, sights,…


Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Whatever Sunday is Called…
November 24th, 2014

We at The Whimsy Factory are looking forward to feasting with our families this Thanksgiving! Heather’s family is heading out to a turkey buffet at a historic inn, and Alison is hosting her family for a home cooked meal. Alison gets leftovers, but Heather avoids dishes. We’re both planning to eat, and talk, and eat…


Giving More Than Toys
November 22nd, 2014

Blogger Rachel Jones recently published a list of 18 Excellent Gifts for Kids that are NOT Toys that has been making the rounds on Facebook and other sites – did you check out #11?  The Whimsy Factory agrees, kids who get dress up outfits for the holidays are being given endless hours of imaginative play, discovery,…


Preschool Paper Crafting: DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Treats!
November 18th, 2014

My little turkey LOVES to do art projects! And I love handing out party favors! So this year we adapted a cute little project I saw at a Stampin’ Up display into a kid-friendly craft that will be a perfect little Thanksgiving treat for Miss P’s teachers and classmates. Here’s what you need: brown paper or…


Holiday Traditions – Yearly Ornaments
November 16th, 2014

We have a few fun holiday traditions in our household. I like to send Christmas Cards, preferably getting them out the day after Thanksgiving (because I seem to get a lot more in return when I send mine out early!). I like to listen to Delilah just once a year when I’m baking cookies (is…