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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.

Jan 14, 2015 - Card, gift, Gift Idea, Tips    1 Comment

Tag Set and Raskog Cart

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Today I had a couple hours to myself while the kids were at school. Wow. I should have sat, watched a movie of my choice, and sipped on hot tea. But, no, I worked at my desk on a couple projects…AFTER I got all my pics off my phone from the last few months and organized them onto my external hard drive. First things first, you know.

I worked for a few minutes on my PL layouts for the first two weeks of the year. Then, I made some mini peanut butter pies for us and some as a welcome gift for a new family at church. Well, after I packaged the mini pies, I had to have a cute tag for them, right? Right.

Instead of starting from scratch, I pulled out a Christmas tag set from SU! that I got on sale but never used this season. So, I made them look more like a “daily” tag instead of a holiday tag. Hope you like them!

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Last night, I pulled out my Raskog cart I got from IKEA back in November. My husband talked me into it…although it didn’t take much. Ha! I put it together all by myself. :). I have not filled it with stuff yet, but I love it already!!!

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Jan 21, 2014 - Card, ETSY, gift, Gift Idea    No Comments

You Made My Day

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Just a quick post today.  Sorry, it is only Tuesday and it is already a busy week…and to think, I have 4 more days of busy before I can relax a little.  Oh, and did I mention that I have two sick kids on top of all that?  Yep, some weeks just turn out to be that way, I guess.

So, here is a quick and simple card to make in bulk!  This card set was made as a gift for my daughter’s preschool teacher.  She, like all of us during the year, had a birthday.   :)  So, what do I give best?  Yep.  Card Sets.  :)

This is just washi tape, sentiment stamp, punched out heart, white gel pen, and mini stapler.  Oh, and the Wink of Stella glitter pen (on the heart).

A set of these are also available in my ETSY shop.  So, use the link to the right and go view them in my shop.

Simple, cute and easy to use in a few different situations.  Enjoy.  Have a great week!

 

A Great Friend

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A great friend.  We all have them.  I am blessed with MANY great friends.  But there is one who stands out…who I talk to almost daily in some form, whether it is via the phone, text message or social media (just ask our husbands).  :)  A few years ago, before I had free texting on my phone, our husbands used to tease us on how much I called her house and how much she called me.  :)

Anyway, I asked her if I could feature a gift she gave me a few years ago on my blog, because it is still a precious  possession of mine and I wanted to share it with you!  Her mother had made a few of these for her friends and helped with this one as well.  (I love her Mom too!)  I do not know where her Mom got this idea, but for a mother, who prays for her children daily, it is a great gift and a timeless keepsake.  This is a “Mother’s Daily Prayer Book”…(that is what I call it, but it may have another name).

If you pray for your children (which I hope you do), this little journal gives you something different to pray for each day.  I know in my prayer life, sometimes I feel like I pray for a same general things (which is not a bad thing) but I feel like this little journal adds variety to your prayer life.  It also adds things that you may not have thought to pray for before.  Does that make sense?  Prayer is important to you, the ones you pray for and most importantly it is important to God.  So, I leave you with some pictures of this little gem….and a surprise recipe at the end.

Sunday-Saturday and Extra Pages for Pictures…

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And then, if you didn’t already think that she was the best, she brought me some sugar, cinnamon pecans (picture below) just because she made some and knows that I LOVE them.  This is a healthy recipe for these.  No.  Really!  There is no butter involved.  You really can’t believe that they taste as good as they do unless you try them yourself!  Give it a go.  You will never go back to the “fatty” ones.

Texas Glazed Pecans (AllRecipes.com)

1 egg white

4 tsp water

1 tbsp. vanilla

1 cup sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp salt (I use half that amount)

1 Pound Pecan Halves

1.  Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

2.  Beat the egg in a bowl until frothy; whisk the water and vanilla into the egg.  Stir the sugar, cinnamon, and salt into the egg mixture.  Add the pecans;  stir to coat completely.  Spread the pecans onto the prepared baking sheet.

3.  Roast the pecans in the oven, stirring about every 15 minutes, until the coating forms a glaze….about an hour.  Allow to cool on the baking sheet at least 10 minutes before serving.

PS:  I don’t share these.  I have them hidden.  (The ones I haven’t scarfed down already, that is…)

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

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Dec 16, 2013 - Christmas, gift, Gift Idea, Recipes    No Comments

Peppermint Bark Lollipops

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For those of you who follow my Facebook page, you might have been  wondering all weekend what had become of the cookie cutters in the picture below.  Well, above, is the finished product.  Peppermint Bark Lollipops.  Best lollipops out there, people!  I, for one, am not a huge chocolate lover.  Go figure.  My Mom, on the other hand, can’t keep her fingers off of it.  Sorry, Mom, but we all know it’s true  :)  She is a chocolate lover and all three of her kids are not huge fans of it.  Weird, I know.  Anyway, my point is, is that of all the chocolates, white is my least favorite….UNLESS, you add some candy cane bits to it and make peppermint bark…then, white chocolate is irresistible!  Who knew?

I thought that this little project would be a fun and cute way to display my peppermint bark this year, so I went to work on my strategy.  I took my PLASTIC Christmas cookie cutters and realized that I was going to have to “modify” them so that the lollipop stick would be flush with the edge of the cookie cutter and the flat surface beneath.  So, I pulled out my Crop-a-Dile and made little circles at the bottom of the cutters to fit the little lollipop stick through the end.  I am sure that you can purchase Christmas shaped lollipop molds but I didn’t have time for that, so I just made my own  :)

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The recipe at the bottom makes 6 large lollipops.  If you only have 6 or 7 cutters, you have to do this recipe in separate batches because you have to wait for the chocolate to set in the molds before making the next batch.  The extra on this cookie sheet was eaten by me and my daughter.  :)

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Then, you just add the lollipops to a cellophane bag…

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Make a cute tag…

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And tie them around the bottom of the bag.  And, voila, you have a very cute gift to someone for Christmas.

These will be going to the kids’ school teachers, Bible class teachers and the elders and secretaries of the church we attend. (www.westhuntsville.org)

By tomorrow, I will have made 24 of these lollipops and tags.  I hope they are loved and enjoyed by all!

Have a great day playing the chocolatier and remember, the best candy, is always homemade!

Peppermint Bark Recipe

12 Oz of White Chocolate Chips or Almond Bark

5 Candy Canes (Smashed into pieces)

1/2 Tsp. of Peppermint Extract

Melt chocolate.  Mix in candy and extract.  Put into molds and let set in the fridge.  Pop out of molds.  Package and deliver.

If you do not want to use the molds, you can double or triple this recipe all at once and just spread onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment and let the chocolate harden and then break into pieces.

Nov 28, 2013 - gift, Gift Idea, Recipes    No Comments

Happy Turkey Day!!

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I hope everyone is having a great day celebrating with family and friends.  We celebrated last week with my in-laws so we are at home today eating ham instead of turkey  :)

The kids and I made these cute little chocolate cookie turkeys this week so that they could take them to their teachers and eat the leftovers.  :)  This is, in fact, another Pinterest project.

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The packaging for the teachers…

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

Nov 23, 2013 - Box, Gift Idea    No Comments

Card Box

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How cute are these little boxes, made to fit A2 size cards in, for a gift?  (That sentence is awkward.  English was not my best subject.)  :)

Anyway…How cute are they???

The video on how to make them is below.  Lawn Fawn (a great company) made a video tutorial that I saw via YouTube and I just had to share it with you!

The pics below are my versions…

The pink one is just a box, without a window on the front…

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Here is my version with a window…

I do not have the thinlits she used to make the window, so I used a pattern I cut out by hand and used it as my guide to cut out the window with an xacto knife.

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The box with a card set inside…

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Lawn Fawn’s Video…

 

These would be great for a card set you are giving as a gift for the holidays!  Have a great day and remember, it is always homemade!

Oct 31, 2013 - Box, Gift Idea    No Comments

All Things Halloween…

Project #1

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It’s been “Monsterous” around here this week.  Sorry.  I couldn’t help myself!  Ha!

Earlier in the week…or the end of last week…I honestly can’t remember (I have slept since then, as my hubby would say), I tweeted a pic of Halloween paper strips and such (which is seen two pictures below) that I was working on for teacher gifts.  Well, these cute little monster cookies are what went inside!  Fun, fun, fun.  The kids had a blast making them and taking them to their teachers.  We gave them out to their Bible class teachers and their teachers at school.  They ate a few of them too!  :)

The pic below was on the front of a magazine I saw and I knew I had to make these with the kids.  I used the chocolate covered graham crackers you can buy at Walmart and then used cookie icing as the “glue” for the mini M&Ms and the mini Oreo eyes.

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The paper closures for the cookie bags.

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The end result.  :)

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Project #2

Another project this week was getting cookie snack cups done for my son’s Kindergarten class.  His teacher asked if I could bring in some cookies for the Special Halloween Snack…which means (I can only guess) “small party”.  :)  See what she did there?  :)  Anyway, I was planning on just sending the cookies in cute baggies till I found these adorable cups in the Target dollar section.  Who doesn’t like that section?  So, I took the cups….

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…these cheap little party bags…

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…and this Halloween washi tape…

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…and voila….the cutest little treat cups for the Halloween “snack” at school.

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Project #3

And lastly, I think, was a friend’s phone call last Friday (from Florida) who says, “What are the odds of you cutting out 200 little orange pumpkins for me and getting them in the mail to me by Tuesday?”  To make a long story short, someone who had volunteered for this project at her son’s school was not able to do it at the last minute.  So, I said, “Sure, why not, right?”  :)  I love her, so, it was done and in the mail on the same day.  :)  I have to say, they were cute little pumpkins.  They were going to make bookmarks with them.  I told her I wanted a picture of the end result.

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To add to the list, we of course, carved pumpkins, had Trunk or Treat with the church, a costume Birthday party, and we are getting ready for the school Fall Fest and a Fall Fest (the same day) with the church.  So, to say the least we have been busy.  Not to mention, my hubby is out of town for most of this week.

The kids are hoping to go trick or treating tonight if the weather holds out…I am not so sure it is going to happen.  They are going to be broken hearted if we can’t go!  I will be a little too, but there is always next year, I guess.

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween and stay safe!  Don’t get TRICKED!

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

Sep 21, 2013 - Card, Gift Idea    No Comments

Cards As A Gift

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A set of cards is a great gift for someone who loves handmade things.  A set of cards is a great gift for someone who sends cards out on a regular basis.  A set of cards is a great gift, well, for anyone!  :)

As I stated in a few earlier posts, last Saturday, we had a Ladies Seminar at West Huntsville church of Christ ( www.westhuntsville.org ).  Our speaker this year was our preacher’s wife.  She travels all around the country, all year long (her calendar is a nightmare), teaching groups of ladies on various topics.  We were lucky enough to have her this year for our Ladies Seminar.  Her topic was “FAQ’s of Life” and it worked this way….She answered questions, to the best of her ability, with the Word of God as her base, that the audience either sent ahead or asked on the spot.  (That was a really long sentence…)  I know no other person who could do this as well as she did.

I say all that to say this…My friend, Emily, and I are the ones who put this day all together (with the help of many other wonderful ladies) each time it rolls around.  As is the custom, we always have a gift for the speaker.   Even though she did not want us to do this, we did it anyway.  :)  She got over it.  :)

We put together a box…why I did not get a picture of it, I do not know…that included a few canned items, homemade bread and lots of handmade cards.  The cards I made are the ones you see here.  I made 4 of each design using this same vintage-y paper pack from Spellbinders.  She is a very vintage-y lady and I thought this pack of paper would be perfect for her.  Emily made her several packs as well that were mostly Christmas themed.  She also made a pack of Christmas tags that were so very cute.  To say the least, she is set with cards for a while  :)

I liked these so much, I wanted to steal a few away but, that is a project for another day!  They are all simple designs and easy to replicate.

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Enjoy and have a great day!  Remember, it is always homemade!

Aug 31, 2013 - Box, Gift Idea    No Comments

Halloween Box…Repurpose #4

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In the month of August, I have had a post each week that focused on repurposing objects that you most likely, on a normal day, would have thrown away, never to see it again.  Hopefully, I have made you think first before throwing away a few things this week and in doing so, have lightened your trash can, even if it was just a little.

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The object today, began as a box to hold Chicklets gum.  The congregation where my family and I are members (West Huntsville church of Christ: www.westhuntsville.org ) is having its biannual Ladies Seminar in two weeks!  I and a friend of mine are “over” (for lack of a better word) the planning of this event each time it rolls around.   This year the theme is “The FAQ’s of Life”.  We are allowing the audience to ask whatever Bible related question they would like to have answered.   If you would like to attend, please use the link above for West Huntsville and you can register for FREE!  It is sure to be a great weekend.  We will have one session on Friday night and then a full day on Saturday.   The date is September 13-14.

Back to the Chicklets box…

Each year, we have a little treat for each lady that attends.  This year we are wrapping Chicklets gum in scrapbook paper and putting the verse, “Chews” this day whom you will serve….but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  (Joshua 24:15)  I posted this same project ( www.hshomemade.com/gum-wrappers/ ) last year after I found it on My Pink Stamper.  I made them for Bible teacher gifts.  The ones we are making for the seminar, however, are a different type of gum (much cheaper than the Extra gum I used for the past ones).  I will post the outcome at a later date.  We needed to make 300+, so, Chicklets came out to be the cheapest answer to the type of gum we would use.

So, we ordered 300+ Chicklets from the Dollar Tree website.  We obviously bought them in bulk packaging and they came in these little boxes.  With the boxes being orange, my first thought was Halloween.  All I had to do was cover the outside with a black chevron printed paper and I also placed a piece inside the box.  I am thinking treat boxes for the teachers…I will decorate them a little more by the time Halloween rolls around and show you how they turned out.

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Remember, that many things in our daily lives that we think to be trash, can possibly be turned into a treasure!

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

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