packages-impactSoon, these packages will be under your trees. I wanted you to know today that your purchase impacts more than just my family. They impact the family of Amber, who helped me cut bands in November to prep for a sale. They impact the single mom at the post office. They impact members of my church’s food pantry. It’s more than just me.

I live in a small town – the kind of small town where there’s just 1800 people. We have a small country post office with two employees. The other day the lady at the post office told me that one of the town’s business owners who shipped a lot moved to another town. Now there’s just two of us that own businesses in our town that ship packages. She told me how much she needed my packages because otherwise they’d be hurting, insinuating that she’d lose her job if my packages weren’t there. She’s a single mom to two boys and knowing that every time I bring packages to the little post office, I’m impacting her family keeps me going. YOU are impacting the lives of this single mom and her boys…simply by purchasing something on my website.

A portion of the profits each month is given to my church. I do this because I believe God commands it in the Bible. This portion given to the church helps the ministries of the church, including the food pantry. Our food pantry feeds around 200 families every week and your purchase helps provide food for a family in need. There is hardly a greater gift than that.

It’s not only about me (although we’re grateful that this job helps pay for our needs) and it’s not only about you. Lives are being impacted with every sale and every package sent out. Thank you for giving that gift.

Much love.

After an insanely wonderful season with the business, on Friday I was able to take a few days off and just enjoy the Christmas season. Time to focus my mind on things like Christ, cooking, traditions and family. I’d be lying if I said up to that point my mind was focused on the most important things, but I think all of us fall into that trap at one time or another.

For whatever reason, traditions were really important to me this year. I had an urgency to celebrate traditions that have been in years passed, like making Read Entire Post …

One of my favorite things about the holidays is traditions. We talked about traditions at MOPS this week and a few of my favorites are about my dad. He used to make the best cinnamon candy from scratch…he’d walk around the house while the sugar was melted and make the house smell like cinnamon. Another favorite tradition is that he’d make my grandma’s noodles for Christmas. It’s been a while since he’s done either, so I told him all I wanted this year was cinnamon candy & noodles. I can’t wait until Tuesday!

A new tradition we started this year is decorating gingerbread houses. It’s a simple, fun Christmas craft to do together. Next time we do them though, I’ll be hot gluing the pieces together. The icing wasn’t quite as sturdy as I’d hoped, but we made it work. (tip: put houses in the fridge to harden the icing, making them easier to decorate)

We’ve never decorated gingerbread houses before as a family and surprisingly Hubby was REALLY into it. I mean, so into it that we were all done well before him, as he’s delicately forming the icicles and cutting the gum drops to make windows. I’m just not that patient.

Yep, icicles.

Hubby’s is the prettiest, so naturally it’ll get all of the attention. And he says he’s not crafty…

What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

Today I’m revisiting a tutorial from last year that I loved and had so much fun with (I’ll be making more for gifts SOON). It’s the Glitter Ornament Tutorial. It’s super easy and fun – and who doesn’t love glitter? Let’s get started!

All you need is some blank glass (or plastic) ornaments, Christmas rub-ons, glitter & diamond glaze (or other thin glue). Spread out your rub-ons and pick ones that are appropriate for your ornaments. I used my Christmas ones from StampinUp! but also used some “friend” phrases for an ornament for my best bud. Being very careful, place your first rub-on onto the ornament.

Carefully rub on the rub-on (that sounds funny) with a plastic tool or Popsicle stick. Make sure you don’t squeeze the ornament too hard, you don’t want to break it and shatter glass in your hands. Keep adding rub-ons until you’re happy with how it looks. Be careful not to drop your ornament…not like I know from experience or anything. Then create a funnel with a spare sheet of paper.

Here’s where there are two different ways to glitter the inside. First I’ll tell you how I did it on my sample, then later I’ll explain how I did it for the other 3 that I made. Take off the top of the ornament, pick out your glitter colors and add them to the inside of the ornament. You’ll only need about a teaspoon or so at first.

Then, drip your diamond glaze on the inside…you’ll need quite a few drips. Covering the opening with your finger (or your finger and some paper towel) shake, shake, shake to cover the inside. You’ll add more glue & glitter until the inside is as sparkly as you want. Allow it to dry upside down so that the excess glue will fall out. Then finish it off using tulle or ribbon and hang it on the tree!

(Alternatively, for the rest I made dots of diamond glaze all over the inside of the ornament as my first step. Then I put in a few sprinkles of each color while turning around the ornament. Then I shook them, adding more glue and glitter. Both methods have the same result.)

If you’re a person who does NOT love glitter (what?!), here’s another easy way to make a beautiful ornament and it’s super easy. Cut scrapbook paper into 1/4″ strips. Curl the paper around a pencil and then put the paper curls inside the ornament. (and if you want you can add a little bit of glitter to the bottom for sparkle when you shake it). Add some tulle or ribbon to finish it off.

Pretty ornaments for your tree! Happy crafting!

It’s been crazy busy here in the studio, so you’ll forgive me for posting a Tuesday Tutorial on a Friday, right?! Yesterday & today I had time to craft and I had some fun with Martha Stewart glitter making these pretties…

I know that you’re super busy this time of the year so I won’t dilly dally, let’s get to how to make your own!

 All you need is some blank glass (or plastic) ornaments, Christmas rub-ons, glitter & diamond glaze (or other thin glue). Spread out your rub-ons (if you’re like me you have too many to ever use) and pick ones that are appropriate for your ornaments. I used my Christmas ones from StampinUp! but also used some “friend” phrases for an ornament for my best bud. Being very careful, place your first rub-on onto the ornament.
Carefully rub on the rub-on (that sounds funny) with a plastic tool or Popsicle stick. Make sure you don’t squeeze the ornament too hard, you don’t want to break it and shatter glass in your hands. Keep adding rub-ons until you’re happy with how it looks. Be careful not to drop your ornament…not like I know from experience or anything. Create a funnel with a spare sheet of paper.
Here’s where there are two different ways to glitter the inside. First I’ll tell you how I did it on my sample, then later I’ll explain how I did it for the other 3 that I made. Take off the top of the ornament, pick out your glitter colors and add them to the inside of the ornament. You’ll only need about a teaspoon or so at first. 
Then, drip your diamond glaze on the inside…you’ll need quite a few drips. Covering the opening with your finger (or your finger and some paper towel) shake, shake, shake to cover the inside. You’ll add more glue & glitter until the inside is as sparkly as you want. Allow it to dry upside down so that the excess glue will fall out. Then finish it off using tulle or ribbon and hang it on the tree!
(Alternatively, for the rest I made dots of diamond glaze all over the inside of the ornament as my first step. Then I put in a few sprinkles of each color while turning around the ornament. Then I shook them, adding more glue and glitter. Both methods will have the same result.)
If you’re a person who does NOT love glitter (what?!), here’s another easy way to make a beautiful ornament and it’s super easy. Cut scrapbook paper into 1/4″ strips. Curl the paper around a pencil and then put the paper curls inside the ornament. (and if you want you can add a little bit of glitter to the bottom for sparkle when you shake it). Add some tulle or ribbon to finish it off. 

Pretty ornaments for your tree! Happy crafting!

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