Apr 2, 2015 - gift, Gift Idea    No Comments

Cute Carrots


  Do you need a quick Easter gift? These are great for a little, simple gift for teachers, Bible class teachers, etc.  All it takes is a 4 x 6 piece of paper, a few green strips, some glue or tape, and a paper crimper. And of course, a treat to put inside. I used jellybeans.

You can see below how I put together the green pieces. I took a few strips of green paper, placed them how I wanted them, and used the mini attacher to make them easier to place into the carrot. The stamp is a little baby chick and I used a 1 inch circle punch to cut those out. That’s totally optional but it just made a little bit cuter.


I made about 25 of these in about an hour and a half. Part of that time I had “help “from my four-year-old. So really it should not have taken me quite that long. So, we will be handing the majority of these out at church services to the kids Bible class teachers, preachers, elders, etc. The rest will go to the kids’ school teachers.

Mar 21, 2015 - Card    No Comments

Birthdays And “Old Hands”


Birthdays. They come around each year. March is a big birthday month in my family. My two siblings and myself were all born in March within 10 days of each other. My brother’s is the 18th, mine is today, the 21st, and my sister’s is on the 28th.  And in addition to all that, some of our family friends (while growing up) were born in March and I married into a family that also have two birthdays in March. So, in short, March is a time of celebrating around here.

Yesterday I had to make a couple birthday cards for some family members. I looked around on Google a little bit just to get a few ideas and saw one very similar to this layout.  Like always, I always tend to pick the simple and easy cards. One that you can make several of in just a few minutes. When you have a family of four, laundry, and all the other things that come with that, you always need something simple and quick.  

 Today is my 34th birthday. Yesterday, just in time for my birthday, my daughter, while sitting next to me at the computer, says, “Mom, why do you have such old hands?”  She’s four. Even though she is only four, I replied, “My hands look like Grandma’s, hers look like my Nanny’s,  and one day yours will look the same way.”  She gave me a blank stare and then said, “Oh. Okay. Good.”  At that point I didn’t know if I should be offended or glad. I chose the glad option.

I don’t think they look THAT old…


Mar 9, 2015 - Homemade Clothes, Sewing    No Comments

Sewing Spree

These are a few of the fabrics that I bought this weekend to work on this coming week. These fabrics will all become something for my daughter to wear for this spring/summer. The lack of modest shorts or comfortable, cool (as in temperature) capris at the kids consignment sale that I went to recently, made me decide that I need to make her some things for the spring and summer. I had planned on doing this last year as well, but I never got around to it. So, this week begins a sewing spree.

I plan to cut out the patterns today and tomorrow and start sewing tomorrow night or the next day. To me, cutting out the pattern is the worst part. Call me crazy but I just can’t stand doing that part of a sewing project. 

What are you working on this week?  

Mar 4, 2015 - Craft, Decorations, Tips    No Comments

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Truffala Trees

The Lorax has been one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books since I was a kid. So, it seems only right, that I would honor this book, the week of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, for my son’s class activities. I volunteered to make cupcakes for them on Friday to celebrate the end of the week which is ‘Reading Across America’ which includes Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

So, of course, I hit Pinterest in search of ideas. When I saw these Truffala Trees made out of pixie sticks and pom-poms, I knew that that’s what I wanted to do for a cupcake decoration.

Instead of using pixie sticks, as the person did on Pinterest, I used decorative straws. The pom-poms came in a large bag of different sizes and I use the largest size. I bought all these items at Hobby Lobby. 

It was basically just a few minutes of work with my glue gun. These trees will now just stick into the top of a cupcake that has white icing with green sprinkles on top to make it look like grass.

Monday was wear your wacky or favorite hat. He represented in his Auburn hat. 

Tuesday was tacky tourist day. Cuteness. 

Read a few Dr. Seuss books this week to your kids.

Feb 14, 2015 - Card    No Comments

Valentine Card

Okay. I know that this is way past Valentine’s Day but here’s a quick card that I made my husband for this past Saturday. This is a card layout that I saw on Google Images. It was a little bit different but the basic layout was the same. I used a 6 x 6 pad of paper that was designed for Valentine’s Day. This layout could be used for any celebration card that you might make. This would be really cute for a birthday card.

I haven’t made many cards lately and I miss it. I was talking to my friend at church services the other day and she asked me if I had made any lately. Because of the holidays and everything that goes along with that, I have not been making as many cards as I would like to. When I have needed/wanted to send a card I have been going through my stash that I made in the past. I’m going to work on putting a stop to that. Hopefully you’ll see some more here soon on the blog and in my ETSY account. Hope you guys have a great day!

Feb 14, 2015 - Card, Craft, Stamps    No Comments

Pegz Snap-Together Stamps

These snap – together stamps are great and are useful in so many ways. My husband got these for me for Christmas this past year and I have used them several times since. They are great when you want to make your own phrase. I have used them several times in my Project Life layouts…I have made my own hashtags and such with them to put on certain pictures.

This week we used them on my son’s Valentines. He had about 40 to make, and since he sat down and made them all, I stamped “Love, Harrison” on the back of them. I did the same thing with my daughter’s. When you have so many valentines to make, a quick tool like this will help you finish signing them much easier.

These types of stamps are now a little cheaper than they used to be when they first came out. I think you can buy a set for about $20. They are very versatile and helpful and I believe they are very much worth the purchase.

Valentine’s Day Tradition

The last couple of years on Valentine’s Day, the kids have put together homemade valentines for the widows and widowers in our church family. They put up no fight putting them together and actually quite enjoy it. On the other hand, the most important side of this, is that they learn to be a servant and think about other people’s feelings. The widows and widowers are so excited to get these homemade valentines from the kids each year. I don’t write about this to be boastful or put myself above anybody else…I sincerely write about this to give you an idea of something very simple and easy to do with your kids that instills so much into their hearts and souls. Just by doing a very small, simple act you can help your kids be a better servant throughout their life and you also melt the hearts of some very sweet men and women who deserve a little extra love this time of year.

All it takes are some paper hearts, Valentine-ish stickers, and any other little embellishment that you can find for a cheap price. It literally only took the kids about 20 to 30 minutes to make about 40 Valentines. In our congregation we have 38 widows and widowers. The kids made a few extra for a few other couples that they are close to as well.

Another little tradition that we do around each holiday is to make treats for their Bible class teachers, the elders, secretaries, and the preachers of our congregation. It’s usually something very simple, very cheap to make, yet very delicious. :)  The picture above are the small bags of caramel popcorn that we gave out this year.  The kids love to pass the bags out to those we have on our list.

Our preacher’s wife, Cindy has a blog and she has several articles involving things that you can do with your kids to make them better servants.  I suggest you go and read a few of those.  They are simple things that can instill so much into their little hearts. The following link, is one that involves widows specifically.


We hope you and your family have a wonderful Valentine’s Day this year.  Remember to take a little time out of your life to show someone a little extra love this year that you might have originally overlooked.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Add Videos To Your Scrapbook Page



I mean, seriously, I would never have thought to do this…  But, if you are like me, I take videos on my phone or our video recording device regularly.  I would say that at the very least we have a significant memory in video form at least once a month.  I usually upload them pretty quickly to YouTube and then they sit there.  Oh, I watch them every so often but, mostly, they just sit there for viewing in the future.  So, here is the answer to keeping those videos at the forefront of your mind and it allows others to see your memories when looking through your scrapbook pages.  Instead of saying, “Oh, I have the cutest video of that day.  I will have to show it to you”, (Knowing that you will prob never get to it…), you can say…”Hey, get your phone out, scan the QR code, and you can see the cutest video of that day.”  Obviously, the second statement is much more fun and rewarding to you and to those who may peruse your scrapbooks.  So, here are two ways to do this.  I use the first example just because that is what works for me and then I can place the square wherever I want it on the page.  The first example prints at a size of about 1.25 inches.  I used my square punch to cut it out.  The second example, you can make it whatever size you prefer.  Have fun!  I have been printing QR codes like crazy to add them to my old scrapbook pages.  :)

Example #1:  http://scrapaneers.com/how-to-include-videos-on-scrapbook-pages/

Example#2:  http://tracireed.com/news/2013/01/add-video-project-life/



Jan 29, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Recipe Card Dividers

So, I needed some new recipe card dividers. The last ones I made were about five years old and I was in desperate need of some new ones. As much as I cook and bake, they were pretty scuffed up and dirty.

And, you know me, I am not going to go spend money when I can just make it myself. So, I went to work. I used the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Label punch, folded it in half and used the mini stapler to attach it to the card.

Here is a picture of the finished project. They are simple, cute, and effective.


Project Life: Week 1-3

So, I have been keeping up this year so far!! Yay. It’s the small things, people. I have kept on schedule of organizing and printing my pics on Sunday. I pick them up on Monday and start scrapping on Wednesday. Now, just to finish 2014…

Week 1:




Week 2:




Week 3: