• holidays,  Valentine

    easy valentine bags

    Ellie’s elementary school has instituted a wellness policy to promote healthiness in the children. This means that no treats are allowed for birthdays or special events. I think it’s great (we still have a whole bowl of Halloween candy left!) but it can get tricky to make fun bags for Christmas & Valentine’s Day. So the kids and I headed out to Hobby Lobby to see what we could find that their friends might actually like that wasn’t candy. HL had lots of things to choose from (erasers, jewelry, stickers, puzzles, toys, etc) and they were all on sale! We chose some color-able puzzles, game rings and glitter stickers. I…

  • 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…

  • create,  holidays,  tutorial,  Valentine

    Tuesday Tutorial: Valentine Heart Wreath

    I’ve never been one to decorate for holidays (except Christmas) but in the past year I’ve really loved making wreaths so I decided to make a heart Valentine wreath for my front door. Today I’m going to show you how to make your own as well! I got all of my materials from Hobby Lobby and it was $10 for supplies, which made two wreaths. You’ll need: – wire heart wreath form – thick yarn (or ribbon) – ruffle trim (2yd) – hot glue gun – scissors – cardboard (for wreath #2) Start off by tying a long strand of yarn to the bottom of your wreath form. I used…

  • 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…