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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

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!

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!!!


Feb 14, 2014 - Box, Card, gift    No Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day


So, a few weeks ago, we had our monthly stamp club and as we always do, we have a period of “show and tell”.  Basically, it means that you bring projects/cards that we have worked on in the past month.  Well, one of the girls always tends to bring a 3D project.  Well, she brought one of these “cards in a box”.  A week later, me, her and our SU! demonstrator got together to make one for our Valentines.  Well, we made the base box and took it home to decorate it.  This is the one I made for my hubby…which he thought was totally cool.  I couldn’t disagree.  :)  He was traveling today so I couldn’t post this until he had opened it.  Hehehehe.

This is how it appears when you open the envelope…


When you open it…



Here is one I sent to my parents for their anniversary on the 12th of February…


The inside…


41 years of wonderful marriage…


You can make these for any occasion…I plan to make a Birthday themed one for  someone soon.  :)

Here is where you can find the tutorial:

Have fun making this fun little gem.

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

You Made My Day


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


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…









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 (

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!


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

Peppermint Bark Lollipops


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  :)



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.  :)


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


Make a cute tag…


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. (

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!!


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.



The packaging for the teachers…


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

Jan 30, 2013 - Card, gift, Gift Idea, Uncategorized    1 Comment

Chalkboard Paint Tags


I have been wanting to pick up some chalkboard paint for a while and play with it a little.  This week was the week.  I made these tags with the paint at the bottom and then added a little strip of paper with a decorative border.  How fun will these be to place on a gift.  You can use chalk or a white gel pen to write onto these tags!  Quick, easy craft to make!  Enjoy and remember, it is always homemade!

Nov 21, 2012 - gift    No Comments

Turkey Gift Boxes

I was in a hurry when I took this picture and I just snapped one with my iPad….sorry for the fuzziness.  But, you can still see how cute these little gift boxes were that I sent to school with my son today for his teachers.  I saw on Pinterest a little turkey that had the rosette as the feathers and that is how this little turkey came into existance.  Really simple and really cute.  Everything is just held together with ATG gun adhesive and/or glue dots.  The feathers are made out of a 1 1/2 x 12 inches (scored and folded at every half inch).  The kraft boxes are from SU! and the paper that wraps the box is measured at 8 1/2 x 2.  The turkey body is made out of two circle punches.  The rest is self explanatory.  Hope you have fun making these!  Have a wonderful day of baking (as I am) and remember, it is always homemade.

Sep 12, 2012 - Craft, gift    No Comments

Candy Pencils

Pinterest.  Again!  How cute are these???  Inside the paper is a roll of ROLOs candy and then on top is a Hershey Kiss.  I attached the tag underneath the Hershey Kiss so that it would stay put and not move.  I hear the teachers loved them.  I have been wanting to make these for a while but couldn’t because it was the summer…not anymore!  :-) 
Directions:  (Video Below)
1.  Cut yellow cardstock to about 3 3/4 inch x 4 1/4 inch.  Then run the longer side into a paper crimper.
2.  Cut a pink piece of cardstock about 3 1/2 inch x 2.  Ink the edges and attach the long end to the end of the yellow paper with red tape. (You will have to overlap the paper, depending on length of the ROLOs.  Just measure it before you attach the two pieces together.)
3.  Place some glue on the inside of the paper as well as red tape on one of the long ends of the prepared paper piece.  The red tape will be at the closer of the roll after you wrap it around the candy.
4.  When the ROLO candy is covered, add glue dots, tag string and the kiss to the top to appear as the “lead” of the pencil.
I hope all these directions make sense….it is making me think I should do a video for this project….
And….so, I did!  It is below.  It is really quick, just shows you how instead of telling you how….Hope it helps.  Have a great day and remember it is always homemade!