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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, 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.

Disney Shirts and (Randomly Enough) Manatees


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Last week, my family and I spent time at my parent’s home in Central Florida.  They live about an hour and fifteen minutes from Disney World.  We have only taken the kids to Disney once, a couple of years ago…so, we decided to spend a day in the Magic Kingdom this past week while we were in town.  Needless to say, the kids had a blast.  We did too.  :)  Before we left, I made these shirts for the kids to wear while at the park.  They chose the silhouette they wanted and I went to work.   Harrison wanted Donald Duck and Darcie wanted Princess Aurora.  They picked the shirt and paint colors.  :)  I used Freezer Paper to cut out the design and then ironed the design onto the shirt.  It took several layers of paint just because the shirts were such dark colors.  They were amazed when I pulled up the design stencil off of the shirt.  Fun times.

On the ferry to Magic Kingdom…



And just for fun, here are a few pictures of some Manatees we saw while in the area as well.  If you haven’t ever seen them for yourself…it is worth the trip.  :)  If you ask real nice, my parents will take you out in their boat for free as opposed to the hundreds you could spend with a diving boat.  :)




Feb 12, 2014 - Craft, Decorations    No Comments

Canvas Valentine Banner



Well, today is the second “snow day” for all 4 of us today.  It snowed here yesterday and all schools around us have been canceled until the roads get better.   Even the University where my hubby works is canceled.  Yippee.  He got to stay home with us and play in the whopping 1 inch of snow we got that has closed down our town.  :)  It really isn’t the snow that has closed us down, it is the ice on the roads that have led to the closing of all schools and such around us.  When we have a day like this, I always feel I start a little later in my day than normal.  I am used to getting up at 4:40am to exercise, do my Bible reading and just have some quiet time to myself before the whole family gets up.  Well, not today.  Today I slept in.  I will have to rearrange my time today.  I haven’t even had a shower which is something that is usually done by 6:30am every morning.


So, here I sit, while the kids are eating a late breakfast and watching cartoons, to blog about my Valentine’s Banner that I made using the Canvas Banner Pieces from SU!.  These were sold in the Holiday Catalog and yes, I have just gotten around to using some out of the two boxes that I purchased. They were easy to use and I love the way this banner turned out.  An easy, cute and simple project that now hangs on my mantel for only a little while longer.  It has been hanging for a few weeks and I just love it.  I will be sad to take it down.  I don’t know what holiday I will decorate for next.  Maybe a “Spring” themed one?

Hope you enjoy the project and make one for yourself soon!

Dec 25, 2013 - Christmas, Craft    No Comments

Paper Christmas Trees


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!  I hope you all are spending this special day with friends and family.  It isn’t about what’s under the tree but who is around it that counts!  (I stole that quote :) )

Aren’t these the two cutest kids you have ever seen?  Well, their mine.  You can’t have them.  :)

They love doing Christmas-y crafts this time of year and one of those this year was to decorate their own paper trees which are hanging on the wall outside of their rooms.  So.  Much.  Fun.


I cut out the trees and stars using my Cricut software.  They are 12 inches wide and 24 inches long.   I tacked them to the wall and let them get to work on the decorating.


The sequence “ribbon” is from the holiday decoration area at Walmart.  $2

The little balls (that sparkle in the light) were from Walmart craft area.  $1.49

The snowflakes were in the holiday decoration area as well.  $3

With the paper cut out and supplies leftover, we made two for about $5.

Not too shabby for an evening of fun!


Nov 19, 2013 - Craft, Video    No Comments

AWOL On YouTube


I posted this picture last week, of my craft desk, which was an embarrassing picture…It was a MESS!  So, last Friday and Saturday, I cleaned, rearranged and through away a lot of stuff.  Junk.  :)

After it was all clean, I actually made my first video since the summer.  Yeah, that is pathetic.  :)  It has been a year since I showed you my craft area, so, that is what I did.  The video is below.  Enjoy.

Oct 25, 2013 - Craft, Decorations    No Comments

Fall Centerpiece


Pinterest.  Saved October.  Again.

I saw this idea a while ago and couldn’t wait to  make this centerpiece for the fall this year.  I finally got around to it last week.  My Mom was coming and I wanted to get it done before she got here.  I bought the vase at a garage sale for $2!  And then, it is as easy as it looks.  Get a large candle, split peas, kidney beans and popcorn…layer as you like.  Viola!  Done and super cute!

Have a great day and remember, it is always homemade!

Oct 21, 2013 - Christmas, Craft    No Comments

Crafty Finds


My Mom has been in town.  Shopping is what we do.  :)  She usually comes this time of year because her birthday is in October.  So, October, is a perfect month to start Christmas shopping as well.  Especially when you have someone to do it with, right?  Since most of the items I want are at “crafty” stores, I do a little shopping of my own.  Ha!  Here are a few items I lucked up on while out shopping this week with my Mom.

The picture above are wooden tags made to put onto Mason jars when given as a gift.  I found these jewels at Joann’s for only $1.49 a bag.  I bought the three they had left.  Yes, I did.  I make jelly, jam and preserves and thought these would be awesome tied around the top of the jar with twine.  Or on any other gift for that matter.

The picture below is of a stamp set I bought in the clearance area at Hobby Lobby.  Only $3.49 I think.  I thought this would be perfect for my growing stash for Project Life.  I plan to start using PL in January.  I am very excited about it…some of those things were on my Christmas list for my Mom.  :) (Which we bought at Hobby Lobby using our coupons!)


The picture below is some yarn I picked out for my sister to make ME a scarf out of for this winter.  I wanted something that I could easily use with both my black and brown jacket.  This yarn was perfect for that!  She knits all the time, something I have never even tried!  So, I pay her to make me stuff.  :)  She is going to make my kids one as well with pink and yellow yarn they picked out for themselves.


Sorry for the hiatus on the blog last week, but with company and shopping, there was no time for crafting.  :)

Have a great day and remember, it is always homemade.

Aug 24, 2013 - Box, Craft, Gift Idea    No Comments

Teacher Gifts


So, this Wednesday was the first day of Kindergarten for my little boy…who isn’t very little anymore…  :(

But, with school, comes projects for the teachers.  (Which is what will hopefully keep me busy so that I don’t go crazy with worry.)  We spent most of his last day before school doing what HE wanted to do which included going to the park, the book store, getting his favorite lunch, and getting a snow cone at his favorite place.  We also made these very cute oreo “apples” for his teacher for the first day of school.  We had a blast making these.  They are so cute!  Great Pinterest project!


We bought this glass container at Hobby Lobby to place each little apple in after they were packaged in the cute little bags.  It turned out so cute…hope she likes it!

The making of the “apples”…



Followed by the card and envelope…


Hope you all have a great day and remember, it is always homemade!