Friday, October 26, 2012

It's the Simple Gifts

Each year as Christmas approaches, the malls and shopping centers become crowded with harried shoppers. Each one has a long list of gifts to buy. The process of giving individual gifts can be exhausting as well as expensive. That’s why it makes so much sense to purchase gifts for the whole family instead.

A gift for the family is something that they can enjoy together. It brings them closer and gives them an extra excuse to spend some time strengthening familial bonds. Family gifts don’t always have to be material objects. They can be the gift of shared experiences.

Most families have a certain local attraction that they visit throughout the year. Perhaps it’s a zoo, a children’s museum, an aquarium or a theme park. The simplest gift to give this family is a year long membership at their favorite attraction. In most cases, this membership would give them the ability to visit the zoo or museum as often as they wish throughout the year. If an annual membership is too expensive, gift givers might also consider buying a gift card that would provide the family with one trip to their favorite attraction.

Sometimes, the gift of a quiet night at home is all that the family needs. Gift givers can put together a basket filled with a family oriented DVD, microwave popcorn and some candy. The recipients will love being able to snuggle up together while watching a movie and enjoying some snacks. To really put this family gift over the top, consider including a pajama set for each recipient in the basket. The Crazy for Bargains website features pajamas for every member of the family in a variety of styles and colors. Kids will especially love the many comic book and cartoon character pajamas that are available in their size. With so many popular kids’ television shows, it should be easy to find pajamas that they love.

If the family is more into board games than movies, consider purchasing a game like Apples to Apples or Sequence. The family can enjoy their festive new pajamas while gathering around the table for a game. Families who are into cooking and baking might enjoy some fun kitchen gifts. Consider a new baking cookbook and some fun sugar sprinkles, cookie cutters and other creative kitchen extras. When it comes to family gift giving, the options are endless.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

$25 Plum Box {Giveaway} From Pick Your Plum

We have a winner! Congrats Jonnie! I will be contacting you shortly.

Are you ready for a fabulous giveaway from Pick Your Plum?!?!

One lucky winner will receive a $25 Plum Box full of swank crafting, fashion, baking, and home decor swag! Happiness delivered right to your door!

Every weekday, at 7am (MST), Pick Your Plum posts a new deal. Huge savings!

Supplies are limited and the deal is only available until the product is sold out or time is up!

Here's a few of the products they've offered in the past...

Awesome, right?!?!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Western Wanted Poster Printable

We celebrated my Uncle's birthday this past Sunday. With all the painting I had to do (Seriously! I have severe painters hand), I needed to find something that he would love and that I could whip up quickly.

He has always loved his Western movies and decor. My search was on! Wanted poster it is!

I found this free Wanted Poster Printable. Perfect!

Western Wanted Poster
After finding a picture of my uncle that I wanted to use, I scanned it into my computer. Then, I used PhotoScape, to crop, re-size and antique the picture.

Once my edits were complete, I saved his new picture on my computer.

I opened up the Wanted Poster printable and placed the new antiqued picture on top.

All I had left to do was print and frame. I printed it on Photo Paper and it turned out too cute!

Of course, I don't have a picture of it framed... only the completed project. I was in a huge hurry to get to the par-tay!!!

Since it was a personalized gift... Instead of a card to go with the picture, I wrote a little note on the back of the frame. He loved it!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lucite Rose Cabochon Rings

These are super cute! The flowers come in several colors, sizes and designs. You can easily whip up these rings to match any outfit!

Lucite Rose Cabochon Rings

~ Lucite Flower Cabochon (or Resin Flower Cabochon) 23mm
~ Adjustable Ring
~ E6000

I simply glued the flower onto the ring and let it dry overnight.

Lucite Rose Cabochon Ring

It's ready to wear the next day!

Quick, easy and fun!

Lucite Rose Cabochon Rings

For only $3.50, I made two rings. One for my daughter and one for me. Great price, right?!?!

Shared at:
Transformation Thursday - The Shabby Creek Cottage
Hookin Up with HoH - House of Hepworths


Friday, October 12, 2012

Five Super Cute Machine Embroidery Designs

Of course, there are several amazing and super cute designs available! These just happen to catch my eye!

I've always wanted an Embroidery Machine. Visions of adorable burp cloths, tote bags, kitchen towels, tiny shirts and blankets have danced in my head.

I'm always amazed at the designs available nowadays.

So, I hit up Etsy in search of a few super cute designs to share with you.

To those of you who own an embroidery machine and may have a chance to pick up a few of these... I'm totally jealous!!!

Embroitique on Etsy
Fairytale Applique on Etsy
Appliquetion Station on Etsy
Maine Mom Boutique on Etsy
Sew Cha Cha on Etsy

If you make these, I would love for you to stop back by and leave me a link showing all the cuteness!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Halloween Awesomeness and Freaked.Me.Outness

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. It's so much fun handing out candy and seeing all the kiddos in their costumes! But, last year, we didn't get to hand out candy. Instead, we took our kiddos trick or treating. I'm not exactly sure what we will be doing this year.

If you celebrate Halloween, do you usually stay home and hand out candy or do you take your kiddos trick or treating?

I've seen some pretty cool, crafty stuff for Halloween, but I have to admit... some of the things I just seen on Etsy... almost scared the crazy right out of me! Almost!

But, I won't share those with you. You'll thank me later!

Vintage Amber Bottles by Blue Moon Collectibles on Etsy
Wicked Witch Dictionary Print by Reimagination Prints on Etsy
Creepy Macabre Book Dust Jackets by South House Boutique on Etsy
Halloween Banner Decoration by Green Jazz Face on Etsy
Spooky Halloween Vintage Labels by Songbird Greetings on Etsy
Potions and Elixirs Halloween Textbook by Elves in the Attic on Etsy

Do you decorate for Halloween?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Five Ways to Make Your Home Scary

You don't need thousands of dollars to create a scary atmosphere at your home during the Halloween season. With a few materials from the house and a local craft store, you can easily have a little fun with your Halloween guests. Read ahead for five ideas for spectacular Halloween delights.

Create a Cemetery

You can create your own creepy cemetery by placing a series of fake tombstones in your front yard. This simple decoration requires only a block of foam or a piece of cardboard. Write a few funny or witty names on your tombstones, and plant them in your yard with the help of a yard stake. If you want to go for a more polished look, spray paint your material with gray paint and add some fake moss to the tombstones.

Porch Cobwebs

Give your porch a scary makeover with a number of cobweb strands. You can achieve this look by carefully shredding some fabric batting. As you pull the batting apart, you can create a series of intricate strings for your web. Attach your new web to your door for a truly frightening look. To finish your new look, place a few plastic spiders on the web.

Scary Characters

If you want to further enhance your scary porch, consider adding a few fun characters. For example, a plastic skeleton dressed up as a doctor might entice a few rounds of laughter from your guests. You could also add a stuffed scarecrow or a witch to your cast of characters. For this look, place a chair or two on your porch for your characters to sit on.

Window Art

If you have children, ask them to join you in making fun window art. Using construction paper, you and your children can create a number of spooky shapes, including bats, witches and cats. After cutting out the shapes and adding a few embellishments, hang up your new decorations on your windows.

Porch Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a common porch decoration during the Halloween season. You can add a few creative twists to this tradition by using different materials. If you enjoy sewing, make a few fabric pumpkins for your porch. If you love to paint, consider painting fun faces on your pumpkins.

Creating a frightening Halloween atmosphere in your yard and house is easy to do with a few simple items. With a few new ideas, you can make your own memorable Halloween display.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Bursting My Bubble

On our way to the grocery store for our monthly shopping trip (I try to avoid the grocery store as much as possible and usually send my main squeeze to pick up bits and pieces later on), we had to make a pit stop by the gas station because that annoying light on the dashboard kept staying on.

While the hubster went inside to pay, the kiddos and I sat in the car and waited.

Little Mama: There's a boy at school that has these (As she's picking up and showing me the non-named product).

Me: Oh, really?! I think they're cute. But, only one person entered the giveaway for them on my blog. (Insert sad face)

Little Man: (giggles)

Me: Are you laughing at me?

Little Man: Nope. I'm laughing because I knew no one would want those. (I, of course, knew that he was too old for non-named product and wouldn't think they were "cool" enough.)

Me: Well, other bloggers have had giveaways for non-named product and they had thousands of entries.

Little Man: That's because they are more awesome then you.


I had to immediately tell the hubster when he got back into the car which caused my teenage boy to throw himself in the backseat with a huff and a sigh while saying, "Gah! I was just joking!"

I may or may not have stuck out my bottom lip while pouting and whined to the hubster, "He hurt my feelings".

I have to admit. The lack of entries definitely burst my bubble and made me second guess what I'm doing. But, I'm not ready to give up! I still have fight in me. Just figuring out what direction to go.

Gotta love kids honesty!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

DIY Pumpkins For Fall and Halloween

With Halloween fast approaching, I've been keeping my eye out for decorations. But, I keep overlooking witches, spiders and monsters for pumpkins!

White Pumpkins from Seeing Ink Spots
Pretty Painted Pumpkins from Alisa Burke
Patchwork Pumpkins from Retro Mama
Patterned Pumpkins from Lolly Jane
Pumpkin Door Decor from Everyday Celebrating
Is it bad that I want them all?!?!
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