Weekend of Family Fun

Dec 23, 2014

This past week­end, my sis­ter and her fam­i­ly came up for the week­end. Her Christ­mas gift to Brit­tain was a tick­et to see the Cow­boys play the Colts, Sun­day. It was­n’t the game Brit­tain was hop­ing for but it was a fun time spent with his mom. Since he isn’t able to go to Beau­mont for Christ­mas I decid­ed to have a fam­i­ly Christ­mas par­ty for him at our house. Sat­ur­day morn­ing, Made­lyn and Bel­lie made snow­men out of donuts for break­fast. These were a big hit with the girls. All you need are pow­dered donuts, orange jel­ly beans for the nose and mini choco­late morsels for the mouth and eyes. A cup of hot choco­late is a great drink to go with the snow­man donuts too. Sat­ur­day evening, we had our fam­i­ly par­ty....

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Fun Getting To Know You Christmas Questions

Dec 19, 2014

Here are some fun get­ting to know you Christ­mas ques­tions you can share with friends and fam­i­ly at a fam­i­ly gath­er­ing or par­ty. I always find it inter­est­ing in how oth­ers cel­e­brate the hol­i­day sea­son. If you don’t cel­e­brate Christ­mas you can eas­i­ly change the ques­tions to fit your hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tion. My sis­ter and her fam­i­ly arrive late tonight and I can­not wait to have some fun with every­one. You know I’m on “best week­end ever” notice for Made­lyn and Isabel­la. I LOVE being their aunt. I have a week­end of fun all planned out that includes lots of hot choco­late, s’mores, cook­ie bak­ing, hol­i­day light look­ing and presents. It’s going to be a fab­u­lous week­end. 1. Wrap­ping paper or gift bags? This year it’s all about Gift Bags.  2. Real tree or arti­fi­cial? We...

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Now Selling At The Crafty Scrapper

Dec 18, 2014

I’m so hap­py to tell you that I am now sell­ing my hand­made vin­tage tin neck­laces at The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie, Texas. Car­olyn Ross moved her amaz­ing store to a new build­ing and she now has a bou­tique that offers unique hand­craft­ed items. So, if you are look­ing for a lit­tle some­thing spe­cial for a friend, co-work­er or fam­i­ly mem­ber please go check out her store. All my neck­lace pen­dants are cre­at­ed from vin­tage tins and jew­el­ry pieces and each piece is one of a kind. No two will ever be alike. Also, I still have a few Mys­tery Goody Box­es avail­able. If you are inter­est­ed in pur­chas­ing one, each box is a Medi­um Sized Flat Rate box filled with new and very gen­tly used prod­ucts from major man­u­fac­tures like Ranger, Maya Road, Fiskars,...

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I believe…

Dec 17, 2014

Orig­i­nal­ly Post­ed Decem­ber 12, 2011 and to this day it’s still one of my favorites. Just recent­ly my 8 year old niece was ask­ing if San­ta was real. My mom asked Made­lyn what she thought to which she replied, I think he is real. Mom left it at that and Made­lyn went on her mer­ry way. I remem­ber when I found out about San­ta and for a moment I was sad but then dis­cov­ered since I had younger sib­lings I was in a spe­cial secret club… I got to be a secret elf and help with wrap­ping and shop­ping which I just loved. I found this part just as reward­ing if not more on Christ­mas morn­ing. Watch­ing my broth­er and sis­ter run down the stairs, through the hall­way and into the liv­ing room star­ing in amaze­ment...

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Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Dec 16, 2014

A few days ago, my sis­ter found this Lemon Crin­kle Cook­ie recipe and shared it on my Face­book page ask­ing me to make them when she comes to vis­it this week­end. I’m not sure who orig­i­nal­ly cre­at­ed this recipe but my good­ness am I ever so hap­py they did. These cook­ies are amaz­ing and have been giv­en two thumbs up from every­one that tries one. I high­ly rec­om­mend you make these this hol­i­day sea­son, your friends and fam­i­ly will love them and you! Ingre­di­ents: 1 Box Lemon Cake Mix 1 Egg 2 Cups Cool Whip, thawed ½ to 1 Cup Pow­dered Sug­ar Direc­tions: In a large bowl, com­bine cake mix, egg, and Cool Whip. The bat­ter will be sticky! Form dough into table­spoon­fuls and roll in pow­dered sug­ar. Bake for 8 to 10 min­utes in hot 350 oven...

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Red Velvet Cookies with Peppermint Icing

Dec 12, 2014

These cook­ies are so easy to make and are per­fect to take to the office, give to neigh­bors and will of course put super big smiles on the faces of all your fam­i­ly mem­bers. Every­one will be com­ing back for more. My fam­i­ly likes medi­um sized cook­ies so I get 24 — 28 cook­ies per batch. Ingre­di­ents: 1 Red Vel­vet Cake Mix, 2 Eggs, 1/2 Cup Oil, Ande’s Pep­per­mint Crunch Thins (one small pack­age), 3 Pep­per­mint Can­dy Canes Direc­tions: In a large bowl mix togeth­er cake mix, eggs and oil Form small/Medium sized balls and place onto ungreased cook­ie sheet about 2 inch­es apart. Bake in pre­heat­ed oven at 350 for 10 min­utes. While cook­ies are bak­ing Unwrap Ande’s Pep­per­mint Crunch Thins (one small pack­age) Place 3 Can­dy Canes into a ziploc bag­gie, seal and gen­tly...

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Recycle All Those Saved Christmas & Holiday Cards

Dec 10, 2014

In keep­ing with the “I’m using what I have for Christ­mas and cut­ting out the need­less things I don’t” I recy­cled some saved Christ­mas cards and cre­at­ed two super easy gift card hold­ers from one Christ­mas card. I know I’m not the only per­son that saves hol­i­day cards. I can­not throw Christ­mas cards of any kind away. I love them all and espe­cial­ly cher­ish the ones that have my grand­par­ents sig­na­tures inside. I start­ed with a Christ­mas card that mea­sured 4″ x 5.75″ but you can use any card size you want. This size just allowed me to keep the entire image with­out hav­ing to cut it down to fit a gift card. My com­plet­ed gift card hold­ers mea­sure 2.75″ x 4″. Once you have your card picked out and if you’re like me and save all your Christ­mas cards...

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DIY Holiday Gift Tags

Dec 9, 2014

I post­ed this tuto­r­i­al last year and since it was so pop­u­lar I decid­ed to repost it again. This Christ­mas I am still deter­mined to use what I have and not pur­chase any­thing if I can make it and gift tags were the first things to get knocked out of the pur­chas­ing depart­ment in this house. I made these cute gift tags using vin­tage images I’ve saved over the years. I think they make the most adorable tags and fig­ured I should share them with you. Sup­plies Used: Mani­la ATC’s, Dia­mond Stick­les, Red & White Bak­er’s Twine, Laser Print­ed Images Tools Used: Scis­sors, Xyron Cre­ative Sta­tion Home, Fiskars Cor­ner Punch, Crop-a-Dile Instruc­tions: Using a laser print­er, print each image to wal­let size. Using scis­sors, cut around each image as close to the edges as pos­si­ble....

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Weekend of Holiday Decorating

Dec 8, 2014

The Christ­mas tree is the first item to go up in our house dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. Ans­ley designed this “Pep­per­mint” tree a few years ago and we’ve kept it since. It’s a fun tree that is easy to put up and take down and lets face it dur­ing the hol­i­days easy is the key word. Once the tree is all set Ans­ley and I start to plan how we want to dec­o­rate the house. This year it is all about lights. In the den, we decid­ed to hang three wreaths with white lights and some gar­land with red and white lights in the bay win­dow. We added white lights on the fire­place man­tel and I accent­ed it with some of my favorite vin­tage mer­cury glass orna­ments, gar­land and green depres­sion glass. I say “I” accent­ed...

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You’ve Been Grinched

Dec 5, 2014

Here’s a lit­tle some­thing fun to do with your fam­i­ly, this week­end. We “Grinched” some neigh­bors one year in our neigh­bor­hood and had a blast. That year, we also dec­o­rat­ed our Christ­mas tree super bright and funky and called it our “Grinch” tree. This is the one tree we still talk about to this day. You’ve Just Been Grinched! You’ve been select­ed as the recip­i­ent of this orna­ment. The Grinch made it espe­cial­ly for you. If you want to see presents under your Christ­mas tree, Christ­mas morn­ing, you must fol­low his demands. 1. Hang up a copy of his fes­tive face where all can see so you aren’t Grinched again! 2. Make or buy two orna­ments. 3. Send the orna­ments to two unsus­pect­ing friends-you must include a pic­ture of the Grinch and a copy of this let­ter so...

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Photo Ornaments

Dec 4, 2014

  These orna­ments were first blogged about on Decem­ber 13, 2007 and are an easy and fun orna­ment to make for an orna­ment exchange, to give as a house­warm­ing gift using their fam­i­ly pho­to or attached to gifts for fam­ily and friends. Just one thing though, be care­ful… these are very frag­ile! I know first hand because I broke one. I think I’m going to look for some clear plas­tic orna­ments as they will be more durable. Sup­plies Need­ed: Clear Orna­ments, Trans­parency, Maya Road Rubons, Rib­bon, Faux Snow Tools Need­ed: Coluz­zle (cir­cle), Scis­sors Instruc­tions: Print wal­let sized pho­tos in greyscale onto trans­paren­cy Cut out pho­to using your Coluz­zle or oth­er form of cir­cle cut­ter to appro­pri­ate size for your orna­ment Roll up trans­parency and place inside of orna­ment (you might need to flat­ten it out just a bit once it is...

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A Joyful Snowman

Dec 3, 2014

This is one of my very favorite orna­ments I’ve ever cre­at­ed. It was orig­i­nal­ly post­ed on Decem­ber 4, 2009 but I love it so much that I thought I would repost the tuto­r­i­al again today. All the dif­fer­ent tex­tures and the col­or scheme make me super hap­py. Sup­plies Used: Paper Mache Rec­tan­gu­lar Orna­ment (Hob­by Lob­by), Cream Felt, Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Vin­tage Sheet Music, 2.5″ Sisal Brush Tree (Christ­mas Sec­tion of most large Craft Stores), Maya Road Mini Snowflakes, Maya Road Mini Noah Chip­board Let­ters, Fab­ric Rem­nant, Red, Cream and Black Embroi­dery Floss, Rhine­stone, Gold Self Adhe­sive Gems, Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter, White Seam Bind­ing, Gold Jin­gle Bell, 3 — Vin­tage But­tons, 24 Guage Wire, Fab­ri-Tac, Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage — Glossy, Sizzix Snow­man Die, Adiron­dack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dab­ber — Gold, Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Acrylic Paint...

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Lol­lipop Orna­ment

Dec 2, 2014

I’ve been search­ing through my “Blog Archives” and thought I would re-post this cute hol­i­day orna­ment that was orig­i­nal­ly post­ed on Decem­ber 3, 2006. It’s a fun hol­i­day craft that’s per­fect for any age. Get­ting the tri­an­gles just right is a bit tricky but once you get the hang of it this project moves along quite fast. Sup­plies Need­ed: Pat­terned Paper, 2″ Cir­cle Punch (I used the Whale of a Punch), Adhe­sive, Craft Stick, Rib­bon, Eye­let, Jump Ring, Embroi­dery Floss, Stick­les (Crys­tal) Tools Used: Crop-a-dile, Scis­sors Instruc­tions: Punch out 10– 2 in. cir­cles. See Image One Fold up the edges of each cir­cle so that you form a tri­an­gle in the cen­ter of each cir­cle. See Image Two Glue 5 of the fold­ed cir­cles togeth­er mak­ing sure the tops of the tri­an­gles are point­ing up in order to form a cir­cle. Make sure to...

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25 Days Left To Bake Countdown Tray

Dec 1, 2014

I was­n’t kid­ding when I said I love count­down cal­en­dars as much as any kid… here is a count­down cal­en­dar for all you bak­ers. It’s per­fect to place on your counter next to your cook­books or placed on your kitchen island.  And this year, I’m all about using what I have so the hol­i­day pick is from years past. Hob­by Lob­by has one with faux pep­per­mints that is call­ing my name but nope I’m not gonna do it… I’m stick­ing with the, use what I have method this year. Prod­ucts Used: Tray, Dis­tress Paint Linen, Amer­i­cana Chalk­board Paint, Hol­i­day Pick, Vin­tage Wood­en Sporks, My Mind’s Eye ~ Joy­ous Dec­o­ra­tive Tag & Alpha Stick­er Sheet, Cof­fee Archival Ink Tools Need­ed: Paint­brush, Craft Mat, Blend­ing Tool & Foam, Hot Glue Gun, Hot Glue Sticks This tray is real­ly sim­ple to...

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