Alisa Bangerter’s Latest Obsessions

Many of you love to keep up with the latest and greatest finds in cooking and
crafting. And no one keeps up on the current creative trends like Studio 5
Party, Holiday and Ideas Contributor Alisa Bangerter.

Alisa Bangerter shares her 5 current obsessions.


I love all things ribbon! I also like to make custom ribbon and lately love the
vintage look crinkly ribbon made from seam binding. Simply use silk or rayon
type seam binding and spray with dye (my favorite is Tattered Angels
Glimmer Mist). Mix and match colors. To make ribbon crinkle, scrunch up
damp ribbon in a plastic bag and twist until tight. Let set over night and
then remove and air dry.

A great source for the Hug Snug seam binding: (they also
sell on ebay – they have tons of colors, great
customer service)

Some other sources to find unique ribbon:
Ben Franklin Crafts (Kaysville)
Dear Lizzie (Alpine)

Candy Sprinkles

Candy Sprinkles are eye candy literally! Placed in little jars – they can make a
stunning display in addition to being the final touch for your baked items.
You can create custom sprinkles by placing white jimmies in a bag and
coating with powdered food coloring. You can also color clear crystal sugar
by placing in a bag and adding several drops of liquid food coloring,
kneading to distribute color and then pouring out to air dry.

Some of my favorite places to buy sprinkles are:
Orson Gygi (Salt Lake City) – great local source for bulk

Cake Plates

Cake plates, especially pedestal cake plates are one of my very favorite things
and I love to collect them! One of my favorites right now is from Martha
Stewart Lisbon Collection found at Macy’s store and online. It is a 10″ square
cake plate that is a dishwasher, microwave and oven safe porcelain. It comes
in plain white or with black, grey or blue stenciled florals on the top. There
are also matching serving items that coordinate with it available.

Check out your local Macy stores or online at:

Fringe Scissors

I have been using lately some fabulous scissors that are amazing and so fun!
They have five blades that cut simultaneously and are made for chopping
herbs. I have been using them lately not for herbs but for creating fringe on
all things paper! They are so fun and create a perfectly even fringe. Try
cutting old book pages, tissue paper, paper napkins, crepe paper,
newspaper, plastic tablecloth edges, paper napkins, etc. They are a great
tool for making party decorations. The price range is usually about $8-$10
dollars. They are available at many places online (search under Endurance
Herb Scissors) and locally at Orson Gygi. Martha Stewart also has a pair of
fringe scissors that are very similar and can be found at many craft stores or

Downton Abbey

I am really loving the British made period drama called Downton Abbey. It
has taken America by storm. It airs on PBS and is a story of a very wealthy
family and their servants and how times change especially with the coming of
World War One. There are two seasons with a third in the works. I
recommend watching it from the first episode so you can understand the
story lines and characters.

For clips and more information go to:

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