• Christmas,  jewelry

    it makes a difference…

    Soon, 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…

  • Christmas,  family,  holidays

    christmas 2012

    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

  • Christmas,  family,  holidays

    new traditions

    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…

  • Christmas,  create,  holidays,  tutorial

    Craft Tuesday {glitter ornaments revisited}

    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…

  • Christmas,  create,  holidays,  tutorial

    who doesn’t love glitter?? (sparkle ornament tutorial)

    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…