FEATURE & GIVEAWAY!! Introducing My New Halloween Pillow Collection

I’m super honored that some pillows from my new Halloween Pillow Collection are being featured at  RANDIGARRETTDESIGN.COM today!  Randi is my neighbor and real life friend, and when she asked if she could feature my pillows on her site I WAS SO EXCITED!  Trust me – you’re going to want to STOP EVERYTHING to go and check out her beautiful Halloween Home Tour!

When you’re all finished there…head over to my INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT and enter my $100 Store Credit Giveaway!

Black Glitter 31 Halloween Pillow


I hope you’ll tell your friends the exciting news!!



Happy Blogiversary! Let’s Celebrate!

PurdueAvenue Happy Blogiversary Party in a Box Giveaway Ends 1/9/14 at Midnight!!

Two years ago today I started this lil’ ol’ blog.  I remember sitting down to write my first post.  I was excited & terrified all at the same time.  What if no one read it?  What if lots of people read it, but no one liked it?  What if they TOLD me that they didn’t like it!??!?!  {Luckily, I’ve only had nice readers to date – THANKS FOR THAT!}  I finally decided that, if nothing else came of it, it would be a place for me to share all of the crazy crafty things that keep me awake at night, and a reason to actually finish them.

I can’t thank everyone enough for pinning the things that inspire you, and sharing this happy place with your friends.  It couldn’t grow without your comments, pins, shares and support.

{just a little shout out to Chicky – our #1 pinner !-  thank you for being so supportive and helping me grow this little blog!  And Mandi – for bouncing ideas around with me & helping me make stuff cute! –  I’m sending special THANK YOU’s  your way}

Parties seemed to be the most popular topic of the year, as a very small thank you to you, my kindred spirits, readers & friends – we will be giving away this “Party in a Box”  to the person who spreads the love the most!

Purdue Avenue Party in a Box Giveaway!  Ends 1/9/14 at Midnight!

This Party in a Box includes: 1 Tablecloth {background}/2 Glittered Banners {1 “Celebrate” German Glass Glitter Garland {tutorial to come}/1 Cascading Glitter Bunting}/2 lengths of Newsprint Fringe Garland{tutorial to come}/2 “Celebrate” Paper Ribbon Pennants/2 tissue paper fans/2 dozen Cupcake Liners/2 containers of edible baking glitter/2 tabletop chalkboard inserts with frames/2 chalk pencils/2 serving platters{from Home Goods}/2 packages of paper straws/2 sizes of honeycomb balls {not shown}/2 dozen tinsel cupcake toppers/

To Enter: Use the Rafflecopter Form to FOLLOW THE BLOG, LIKE US ON FACEBOOK, SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS and bonus entries when you pin & share images from our Top 13 Posts of 2013!!

**NOTE:  Once you’ve followed the blog – you will be given a little window at the top of the Rafflecopter Form that looks like this:

Share This Button

This little button is the gold mine of entries!  When you click – it will give you the option to “Share This” through Facebook, Email, Twitter – you choose – for every friend that enters from your “share” you will receive an additional entry!***

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck in the giveaway & thanks for all of your support!!  It’s been a GREAT 2 years!!!


We Have A Winner!!

Congratulations to Monica!!  She will receive a set of 25 treat bags & 25 gift tags of her favorite designs.  Hooray!

Thank you to EVERYONE  for all of your help…I’m so glad that I asked – because I would have picked THEE WRONG ONES!!!   Here are the results of your voting:

From the Delicious Collection:

These votes were actually pretty close…but by 1 vote…the winner is:





The close second was:



So I think that I’ll offer them both.  It was ONE VOTE!!! Right?


From the Christmas Collection:

There was no contest here.  This one got 4 times more votes than either of the others:



And finally, from The Yummy Collection:



I will have them all available not only as bags, but as digital downloads & full printable tag sheets when I reopen my shop after the Holiday Boutique is over!!  When I do open the shop up – I will email everyone that participated a coupon code to use toward your favorite design!!  Thanks so much!












His & Hers Soiree: Party in A Box Giveaway

I’m cracking up at all of the messages I’m getting of people trying to guess the phrase already.  Ha Ha.  Sillies.  Makes me smile!  I will give the final part of the phrase on Monday morning and then you can throw up your comment on THAT POST to win!!  I decided today that you would probably like a sneak peek at what it is that you’re winning…


For more details on how to win, see THIS  post.  I’ve hidden key words & phrases throughout this weeks post – be the first to the phrase together on Monday and win!

{The final piece will be given on Monday}

Good Luck!!!


p.s. Here is a list of the links to the products shown above.

Ruffled Bed Skirts {used to make the ruffled table skirt -the link contains a tutorial}

Mustache Molds, Crown Molds, Edible Gold Glitter {from the Food, Glorious Food}

Honeycomb Balls, Tissue Paper Fans, Bunting Banner {tutorials found in the Hanging Decorations post}

**Legal Garb: All items for the giveaway were purchased by PurdueAvenue.com; I will receive a commission on any items purchased through the links on my site.


These are a Few of My Favorite Things…GIVEAWAY!!


I’ve decided that I’m an ego-maniac.  I don’t like it.  I feel really needy.  

When I do a post and get crickets (no response) it starts to make me wonder if anyone is out there…

 We are working on fancy-ing up the blog and the feedback will help us know what direction to take!

Between the 3 of us – we have some mad skills and just need you to point us in the right direction so we know what to share…

So…to enter this giveaway:

 leave a comment giving me some feedback about what you would like to see more of on the blog.  

More crafts, home projects, recipes, photography, digital scrapbooking tutorials, etc.

1 entry per person.  Nice & Simple.  

I decided that with the craziness of the holidays – I will leave it open until January 2, 2013 – hopefully that gives everyone enough time  to enter.

Here are links to what is included in the giveaway:

1. Q & A a Day: 5-Year Journal  I love to let my kids answer the questions in this journal.  I think it makes a WONDERFUL family journal!  It asks cool questions like:

____________ is funny. ** Where do you think your road is going? ** How could today have been better? ** What is your most cherished memory of this year?**

And the book itself is darling.  Love Love Love it!!

2. Mustache Rubber Stamp & Stampin’ Up Ink Pad.  So many hillarious possibilities with this one.  It had to be included.

3. Au Lait Hand Lotion. It feels powdery smooth, not greasy. And it smells like more grown up baby powder. I love the soap, the body butter, all of it.

4. German Glass Glitter.  I’ve talked about this before.  I love it so much.  It’s chunkier – so it looks awesome.  It’s more sparkly & it tarnishes with age.  Worth it!!

5. Edible Glitter.  I’m a little bit obsessed with this stuff and it comes in so many fabulous colors.  The rainbow is my favorite because it goes on clear – it just adds the sparkle.

6. Sharpie Pen.   Weird?  Maybe.  Don’t knock it til’ you try it.  I LOVE them!  They make my handwriting look so much better & they don’t bleed through paper!!

7. Polka Dot Smash Tape. Seriously – do I need to explain??

8. Vintage Tinsel I’ve been using this on everything lately. Wrapping gifts, Crafting, Looking cute on my shelf. Ha Ha.

9. Red & White Bakers Twine. Perfect for those brown paper packages that need a little string. And hey – you can tie up a Christmas Roast with it, too!

10. A CD of some of my favorite Christmas Songs. Here is the play list: (I published the playlist on itunes, – but can’t find the link!!!  Sorry!!)

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Thanks for being great readers and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


Pin It To Win It Giveaway!!

We are so excited about our Etsy shops finally being open and we’d like to ask for your help in spreading the word… It’s time to play Pin It to Win It!  What’s that? How do you play? Well… You will be given various tasks through rafflecopter [more on that below] and with each completed task you will be entered for a chance to win one of these fantastic prizes…

**In the Bubblegum Alley Shop Mandi will be giving away one of each of the following:

Hello December Journal Kit

Hello December Flair – full set [that’s 16 flair buttons… including those designed for and sold exclusively in the December Journal Kit]

Merry & Bright Chalkboard Art Printable

Santa Please Stop Here Customized Printable

Hello December Digital Paper Pack

**In the Purdue Avenue Shop Erin will be giving away:

1 OF EVERYTHING  {Click them all.  ha ha.}

All you have to do is click on the link and it will take you to Rafflecopter to complete the contest.  You will be directed from there.  Winners will be announced on Saturday December 1st.  Thanks for your help!!  Good Luck!!


Click here to play Pin It to Win It


P.S.  If you can’t find the pin it button in the Etsy Shop just click the image of the item you would like to pin. The pin button will be in the bottom right corner.   Here’s a picture of where it is located:

**For the Customizable Cards in the PurdueAvenue shop – it will include the customization & a digital file that will be emailed to you.  Professional Printing is not included, but can be added for the fees stated in the store.  :0)

Happy Pinning!!

**Erin & Mandi

Tempting Tub Treats! Want Some?

While visiting my Sister-in-law in Utah a few weeks ago – she showed me these products her sister was creating.  I was in LOVE!!!

GENIUS!!  I just had to share these with you!  I immediately asked her to invite her sister to be featured on our blog.  Happily, she agreed!!  Not only agreed – but offered up a very good variety of products to give away to our fabulous followers!

Not a follower?  Become one!

When I was taking pictures of the products – I wanted to hop in the tub immediately.  The smell that filled the room was – well – DELICIOUS!!  She was gracious enough to give me one to try.  So fun!!  The cookie/cake portion is a bath bomb.  It works all of it’s fizzy magic and smells amazing!  The frosting portion is lathery and basically becomes a bubble bath.

All of that – and ZERO CALORIES!!  They couldn’t be more perfect!  They are continually adding new products – in fact – here is one that was just added today – a layered slice of cake.  So cute!

They have a great variety already – but they will customize anything for you.  The flavors include:

Strawberry, Violet Candy, Lime-Basil, Lemon, Chocolate, Caramel, Honey, Raspberry and many more!
I loved what their tag said…”Add to a warm bath – and let our sweet treats devour you.”
Go check out their website HERE.  Don’t want to wait for the drawing?  Their ETSY store is now open!
To enter the drawing you must follow the blog and then:
1st entry:  Leave a comment
2nd entry: Like it on Facebook and leave a comment that you did
3rd entry: Pin this post and leave a comment that you did
Good LUCK!!  We will announce the winner on Monday June 25th.
Make sure to tell all of your friends about these great products!!
**Update: There is now a second giveaway at the Paddy Cakes Bath Bakery website where they are giving away their new
 Layered Cake Bath Bombs!!
And THANK YOU to Paddy Cakes Bath Bakery for their generous giveaway!!
P.S. Here are some closer looks at their products:
Ice Cream Cones
Push Pops
Pedicakes (just the right size for a pedicure!  How cute would these be in a gift basket with nail polish, toe spacers, and pedi tools?)

Drumroll Please….

Good Morning!!  Before I announce the winners of the Giveaways from our posts last week – I want to say THANK YOU!!!!  We did this giveaway to try and get more traffic to the blog – so we can get some sponsors.  Having sponsors means more fun projects and giveaways!  We had 1,784 hits last week!!!  THANK YOU!!!  

With that said:  The winners are:

For the $25 gift card to Walmart:

Comment #15

I want to try this, but don’t know if I have the patience…It looks so yummy & Fun!


For the Martha Stewart Cake Plate and Dome:

Comment #4

I want that so bad!!! I’m a follower!


For the $25 gift card to Michael’s:

Comment #18

i liked the post on FB


For the Ruffler Foot:

Comment #18

Becky P.

  1. I see a ruffle foot in my future – whether or not I win. 😉 Such fun!!

    {Congratulations!!!  You must be be psychic!! What do you see in my future???}

If you are a winner – please email me at purdueavenue@yahoo.com so we can get your information where to send the prize!  Thanks again to everyone that entered and spread the word about our blog!!  



Garden Party Activities & Giveaway of the day!

What is a garden party without appropriate attire?  The girls had a lot of fun making these party hats.  The best part??  It was super easy to make and even easier on the budget!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Package of Paper Plates.   I wanted plain white – so I went with the Chinet – but in hindsight – they were a little stiff.  I would suggest getting the super cheap fluted edge ones.

Tulle Ribbon (or whatever kind of ribbon you want to use)

Flowers  (I used the silk flowers – but thought it might be fun to use the tissue paper flowers from last weeks post.  I think the girls would have fun making them!!)

Hot Glue Gun

**Note: Mine has 2 temperature settings – so I set it to the cool setting and let the girls do all of the work ;0)  Otherwise you may want to glue so there are no burned fingers!

To Make:

It really is as simple as

1. Cut a length of ribbon long enough that it can tie underneath their chin.

2. Run a line of glue across the bottom of the plate for the ribbon to attach. Make sure you cut the ribbon long enough that it can tie underneath their chin.

3. Let the girls design their hat, just glue the flowers as they create!

Our next activity – was painting their own garden lanscape.  My daughter loves to paint – she is quite the little artist – so this was definitely perfect for her.

What you’ll Need:

1 table top easel for each child (I’m sure your friends would loan you these…mine did :0)

I bought each girl:

1 package washable paints

1 package paintbrushes

**Note:  I didn’t realize one was included in the paints – so you don’t actually have to buy these!!

1 canvas (these are super cheap at wal-mart or a craft store)

I just tied them up with some ribbon and had them set out for them.  I offered some books that had pictures of flowers if they needed some inspiration…

Give them a pencil to sketch it out first…

And let the creativity flow!  This was definitely the quietest part of the party!!

And of course they got to take their masterpiece home!

Today’s Giveaway: A $25 gift card to Michael’s!!

Remember – to enter you must follow our blog and leave a comment

For a second entry – you can like this post on Facebook below!

And don’t forget – you can enter all of the giveaway’s we are having this week!!

Here are the links:  Monday’s & Tuesday’s

Tomorrow: The Decorations!  & of Course – our BIG FINISH GIVEAWAY!!



Garden Party Day 2…the Luncheon & Giveaway

Day 2 of the party post…and it’s all about the food!  I stacked up some of my cake plates

(I have a few…okay – I have an obsession.  I love them.)

Top Tier: I went really simple and just made cheese and jelly sandwiches – but if you put them on this fabulous cake plate – it makes them so much more desirable!

Middle Tier: With a side of grapes & apple slices (I sprinkled some Ball Fruit Fresh Produce Protector on the apples so they didn’t brown) and some yogurt to dip them in.

Bottom Tier: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.  I used these darling mini strawberries from our garden…because I thought little fingers needed little treats. :0)

The Drink:

My daughters favorite drink is a Shirley Temple…and it just happens to be super cute!

To make:

Put a little crushed ice in your glass

Pour some Grenadine Syrup (in the alcohol section – but not alcoholic!) into the bottom – this is kind of to taste – but I put about the bottom eighth.

Spear a cherry and a lime with a toothpick and drop it in.

Pour in Gingerale until the glass is filled.   **Note: I would buy cans of Gingerale if you have little people making their own.  They couldn’t pour it from the 2 liter **

Put in your cute paper straw and stir!

I had to show you a close-up of this cute thing I found at the flea market last week, I actually found 2 – the straws are in the other!  LOVE  THEM!!

The Cake:

This was super easy!  It’s just a 2 layered 6″ cake frosted with white frosting.                         (I like the betty crocker cream cheese and add a little orange extract…yummy!)

Then I sprinkled on some edible glitter

Then added these super cute paper butterflies.


Today’s Giveaway:  What else – but this fabulous cake plate and dome!!

Just Remember: To enter you need to Follow Us and leave a comment.

For a Second Entry : Like this post on Facebook and leave a comment that you liked us!

Tomorrow’s Post: The Garden Party Activities

And don’t forget to check out yesterdays post and giveaway!  Winners will be announced on Monday!!