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Friday, November 30, 2012

It's ok to be Silly

There's a young women that I know that was having 'one of those days' recently, so I put together a small gift for her. Basically, it's just a can of silly string that I wrapped in patterned papers and tied a ribbon around. I also tied on a note with one of my favorite quotes on it: Life is to be enjoyed not just endured.
I had also created a little word art (added after I took the photo, obviously). The word art says, "It's ok to get a little silly sometimes." The circle was placed on top of the lid.
Anyway, I hope you are having a good Friday. Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Have a terrific weekend! {Can you believe it? Tomorrow is December 1st!}

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sugar Scrub

Have you ever used a sugar or salt scrub? Oh man, if you haven't you're missing out! My hubby gave me a lemon salt scrub a few years ago for my shower. I've been hooked ever since. Especially because I live in the desert. My skin gets super dry. {Not pretty} So, when I stumbled on THIS recipe for a pumpkin spice recipe I thought it would be the perfect gift for my church friends that I visit each month. You know, with washing our hands every other second while we are preparing holiday feasts or so we don't get sick our hands can take a real beating.
I found the little jars at Walmart for less than $2 each. I created and printed my own labels. Somehow I didn't get a pick with the ribbon tied on but oh well. What's a girl to do? I've already gifted them away. Thank goodness I have this picture, right? I made my version using coconut oil. At first the coconut smell was overwhelming the other spices so I added a bit more. After a couple days you almost couldn't smell the coconut at all. The pumpkin spices smelled fantastic!! I definitely recommend making this a couple days a head if you're planning to give this for a gift.

[EDITED post to add this picture ]

Time for me to run to the UPS store. I've got my parents' Christmas gift all done and I'm shipping it off today. They'll have it by Friday! It's not even December yet and I'm already checking Christmas to-do items list. {Happy dance!!} I'll be sharing what I made soon. Wait till you see it. It's fab! ... well, i think so anyway.
Have a fantastic day! Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

First ornament

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm not a huge Black Friday shopper. It dates back to when I worked retail. Now, I just have no interest to be apart of that mayhem. I'm sure many of you love it... or at least endure it. Hope you all survived the chaos and found the best deals. :) At the behest of our son, last night we attempted to put up our Christmas tree and discovered only one part of one section would light up. That makes for a sad Christmas tree. So.... off to the stores we went to find a new tree. Man, the pickings were slim. But we did find one at the second store we visited. It's a bit wider at the base than our old one but I think I will learn to love it. At 9pm last night after dragging the old tree out and setting up the new tree our son insisted we decorate it. Well, after hefting the box and pieces I wasn't in the mood. Instead I showed him this cool little video and we turned it into a quiet wind-down activity.... We made an ornament!

The tutorial can be seen at this video HERE. My son wanted to cut the circles personally but I showed him how I could easily put it into my software and have my cricut cut it. Truthfully, he wasn't impressed. He said next time he wanted to cut the circles himself. {HA!} In any case, we both made the layers that were incorporated into making this ornament. The colors are his teacher's favorite. {Any guesses who's getting this one for Christmas?}
{EDITED: Added some glitter to the ornament.]

I have been busy with several other projects. I hope to be back soon to share. Enjoy your weekend!
Thanks for visiting.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Rice Krispy Hugs

Just popping in with a quick and easy "thinking of you" idea to share. I don't know who originated the idea but I recently saw it on again Pinterest and thought I'd use the idea.

I used a funnel to get the conical shape. Once the rice krispy treat base was solidified, I used additional treat to build out the base to give the cone a more Hershey kiss shape. I then wrapped the treat with aluminum foil, shiny side out. I created a couple little banners using my computer, hand cut them out, and glued them to a toothpick with the point trimmed off. I slipped the toothpick into the top of the crimped foil and called it done.
Thank you to those who share their ideas online and inspire the rest of us. Sometimes when I need to share a quick treat and I can't think of what to do, I love having the resource of the internet to help me get beyond my creative block. So, Thank You!! Thank you!! Thank You!!
Have a terrific day! Thanks for visiting.

Friday, November 16, 2012


A number of weeks ago I was wrapped up in preparing for a Young Women activity at church. I was involved mostly with the invites and the handout for the girls. I also helped with decorating and making the treats. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it. First up, the invites....
I came up with the design based on ideas from the girls on the committee. Then those same girls came to my house and we made them. As you can see, the theme for the night was "I See the Light." The idea was based on the Disney movie Tangled and as you will see we incorporated a lot of LIGHT and Tangled elements into the event.
We went with a votive for the handout with a sun icon cut from the front wall. Inside each votive we placed a battery operated tea light and a picture of Christ. We also put a little quote in the blank space above the sun which read, "Don't shine so others see you. Shine so that through you other see Him." For some reason I have the in-progress picture but not the finished picture.
I was asked to take the same quote and create a larger 11x14 size picture version of it to include in the decorations. I had recently purchased the Bright Season stamp set from WMS so I was able to stamp, scan, and scale up the size to use on my poster.
The lady that was in charge of the decorations did an A-MAZ-ING job! She created this fantastic tower. Remember how I said light played a big part of the night's event? Check it out....She strung 15 bolts of golden tulle with white lights....
...which continue around part of the room. She also painted a mural of the floating lights similar to the one in the movie and created a little vignette with a fireplace.
She incorporated lights into the display table as well. They are hard to see from the pic, but several of the young women and leaders got together for a couple hours and folded together a lily flower for each of the displays. The young woman's name was written on the leaf.
Then, she made arrangements to borrow a canoe from some friends and we set the votive handouts in and around the canoe. (we wanted a small row boat but a canoe was as close as we could get.) We were able to hang several of the votives on the wall above the boat similar to the floating lights in the movie. Also, see the little white "things" hanging in the air? Those are additional votives hanging on fishing line which we strung across the room. In case you were curious... YES! Every single one of the votives has a tea light in it and it's turned on. It's hard to tell in this picture but we dimmed the lights in the room so that the tea lights would show better.
Here is another picture of the "hair" continuing around the room towards the refreshment table. We created "tower" cupcakes where the batter was baked inside an ice cream cone, which we then frosted with purple swirled frosting on the top for the roof of the tower, a little arched window in brown frosting for the window and yellow frosting hair coming out of the window towards the base of the cone. Some how I managed to not get a picture of that. Sorry.
Here's a great shot of the "during" portion of the program. as you can see, we dimmed the overhead lights so that the hair and votive lights glowed much more brightly. Many of the girls and their parents were amazed at the transformation. We were so pleased with the results of our efforts.
Phew! What a night! It was really terrific. I'm so grateful every day for the opportunities I have to get to work with some incredible women and young women.
Thanks for visiting. Hope you're having a great day!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fall Wedding

Long time no blog, huh? I've been busy, busy, busy. Creating lots of different things. Trying out plenty of new recipes. Just haven't had a chance to take pics and post. I created a card for some friends that are getting married this weekend. We were invited to attend, but it is out of state and I couldn't justify pulling my son from school so soon after returning from a two week fall Break.

 The couple are getting married in Salt Lake City so I used a picture of the temple to decorate the front of the card.
It's hard to capture the shimmer that I added to the picture... you can almost see the sparkle if I used my cell phone camera instead of my regular camera.

Hope your having a terrific week so far. I'll be back to share some more projects soon....
Thanks for visiting.