Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Five - ecards

Ecards are all the craze right now.  I thought I would bring back Friday Five with five of my current favorite ecards that I have seen around the net.

I hope they could give you a good laugh like they do me.  TGIF everyone and I hope everyone is sleeping off their turkey hangover or out scoring some wicked good deals at Black Friday.  For us, well we celebrate Thanksgiving today with the family, so we're off to my aunt's.  Ciao!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

DIY Christmas Candles

This was SO easy - I made these super easy and fun candles as Christmas gifts last year.  All you need is glitter (I used Martha Stewart brand, red and silver), red tape (the SUPER sticky kind), and candles (I bought white and red from Walmart for pretty cheap).  The hardest part was getting the glitter stripes in the same spot on the same style candles.  I found the best was to do this was to lay the candles down and line them up and tape them all before glittering.

Here is the before.

And the after.

Seriously SO easy.  You can do this! Thanks, as always, for checking in!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kit complete!

I used to subscribe to a super awesome monthly kit club produced by the company Button Farm.  If you haven't heard of it, check it out here, it's fabulous and is always full of AMAZING and super great quality products.

I am finally getting around to actually doing (and posting) the projects from the kit and just had to share the amazing cards (and bags) I was able to make out of just ONE kit.  And I had enough scraps leftover to make at least 6 more cards (which I used to make wine tags previously posted about).

Thanks for looking! Do you subscribe to any monthly kits/clubs for paper crafting? If so, share which one in the comments, I'd love to check them out!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Another fun wedding/shower gift idea

I shared in the past about my handmade wedding gift idea (search under the wedding label for my past post).  I wanted to share another fun and easy idea.  I love to give this as a bridal shower gift.  I know lingerie is fun to give, but I also like to give something for the home (something off their registry) as I remember how awesome it was to get stuff of your registry.  Soooo....... I thought I would just combine the two.

Below you will find an example of said gift - I get them either their champagne, wine, or really any type of their glasses that they registered for and put a pair of sexy panties in each glass.  Thanks for looking and I hope this post inspires you for a future bridal shower gift!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful Thursday

I haven't posted a Thankful Thursday in quite sometime, but that does not mean I haven't had anything to be thankful about! I know I have posted about my husband before, but I again must shout it on the rooftops about how very thankful I am for my amazing husband Tim.  He has been so supportive this year as we have gone through our struggles of me leaving my job and having a miscarriage.  Through all times of turmoil he has been my rock, my man, my amazing husband and I am astonished every day at his amazing love.  With Thanksgiving coming up next week, please take a moment to reflect on all that you have to be thankful for this year.  Even in hard times, there is always something to thank God for, to be thankful for even the small blessings in your life. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day

I wanted to take a moment today to thank all of those, active, reserve and veteran military men and women for their sacrifice to our country.  I am eternally grateful.

A special thank you to my husband for his prior service with the USMC.  I love you so much, I admire you more than words can express! XOX

Photo from our wedding day 8/21/2010

Saturday, November 10, 2012

DIY Chalkboard Labels

I ordered some adorable chalkboard labels from a gal on Etsy with labeling my kitchen jars in mind.  Much to my dismay the labels were too large for the jars and bubbled and didn't allow me to use them.  Instead of ordering more and waiting around to receive them, I decided that I can just make my own!

I purchased some chalkboard vinyl from my local Hobby Lobby store for about $7.00 for a big roll.  I cut off a piece that was the size that I wanted to use and went through all of my Cricut cartridges looking for the right label design.  I found the perfect one on the Storybook cartridge which I used to make these 3" long labels.  I just LOVE how they turned out! ps: the jars were 50% off at Hobby Lobby right now too!

ps: my new FAVORITE find are chalkboard markers which write WAY better than chalk and can just be wiped off any chalkboard surface with a damp cloth or towel.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Stampin' Up Ornaments

I went to the lovely Lis Ljung's Stamp Camp a few months ago where we made the most adorable ornament (which is also featured in the most recent Stampin' Up holiday catalog).  I absolutely fell in love with the ornament and wanted to make some on my own to give away as gifts this year.  Problem was I didn't have pretty much any of the necessary supplies.  Therefore, it was time to get creative and figure out a way to make a similar ornament with what I had on hand. 

Here is the original

Here is my interpretation

As you can see mine has different components.  I don't have the die cut machine used for the original shapes, but I have the ornament punch and matching stamp set.  I also used a heart stamp and punch for the interior layer.  I hope you like my interpretation and thanks for looking! If you too would like to make an adorable ornament but don't have the right supplies don't get discouraged, GET CREATIVE! I would love to see what you come up with so please leave a link to your interpretation in my comments so I can check it out!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Nephews' Baptism

I was so honored to participate in the baptism of my two nephews.  I have the cutest nephews alive! Tim and I were also incredibly honored to be asked by my cousins to be the Godparents of their youngest son, Jack.  Isn't he absolutely adorable!?

The proud parents and both of my nephews

Tim and I with our Godson, Jack

Tim and I with our Godson, Jack

I wish I had taken a photo, but I got them the most adorable blocks to commemorate their special day.  I am instead pasting a photo from the Craft-e-family website of a sample block so you get the gist of the gift.  I just fell in love when I saw them and I thought it was a very special way to remember such an important day.  Click on the photo below to go to their website for ordering info (ps: they offer blocks for all sorts of important occasions). 

 Another exciting thing happened this weekend - one of my very best friends, Sarah, and her long-term boyfriend, Ben, got engaged! I can't wait for your big day friend and I am so very happy for you both! XOX

So, it was quite an exciting weekend!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Post Halloween Post

So it's been a few days and I just didn't get a chance to get on here to give my post-Halloween update.  We ended up having 212 kids who trick-or-treated, just a few shy of last year.  We have some candy left over which means I have a stomach-ache.  LOL. 

We didn't dress up in costumes to pass out candy, but we did put some festive ears on. 

 Every year I give my husband a little Halloween treat.  Think he liked it?

I decorate our front porch - this year hubby tore apart some pallets we got for free and made a fence which he painted black for me to decorate on the porch.  My favorite decor of course are the jack-o-jars which are SUPER easy to make!

And I finally finished my fun wreath that I made!

Thanks for looking and I hope you all had a fabulous holiday!