Clip Art Gift Tags

Use your resources! That’s what I say! I’m not the best artist and free resources on line are too incredible not to take advantage of! Check out these adorable Gift Tags I made by printing off Images from my Clip art in MS Word…

Print these off for yourself and go nuts! Image searches or “Free Clip Art” searches will turn up tons of wonderful images for all sorts of occasions!

Clip art Gift Tags

Print off your images.

Cut them out!

Glue them onto scrapbook paper!

Cut them out again!

Add some detail! I love Distress Ink! Yes…you can call it an Obsession!

A little Hole punch and Ribbon finishes them off!!

The sky’s the limit when it comes to finding awesome images!

A collection of these adorable gift tags would also make a wonderful Neighbor, Teacher or Co-worker gift! Tie them up in a bag or pretty little gift box and give them away to someone Special!

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Socks + Hands = FUN!!!


Everyone always seems to ask me “How Do I craft with kids?” I grab what ever free time I can when they are asleep but to be honest they are usually right beside me working on their own activity or projects! This year for their birthdays they received some pretty cool Kits that have been entertaining and fun!!








Now when anyone asks what to get my girls I always say something crafty! Beading kits, Paper Dolls, Leather Bracelet kits! They are a huge hit in this house! It seems like you can find a wide variety of premade kits for kids not only in your local craft stores but now in Toy sections at Target and Walmart! It’s cool to create at any age and if selfishly I love it simply for the fact that it occupies my kids while I sew then so be it!

This year for Christmas consider giving a gift that allows for a little creative exploring and imagination!

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Wait!?! Did you just say $15???

Ok… I know I say this like every time I leave a thrift store but this time I mean it! I scored the greatest find EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

I’ve gotten pretty chumie with a local guy who buys from Estate sales. I’ll check in with him every once in a while just to see what he’s gotten in !

Well once upon a time I stopped in and hit the Estate Sale jackpot!

There in his latest stash were two, yes TWO beautiful antique beds! They were beautiful. Yes they needed a little TLC but I was in love! I was almost certain they were going to be too expensive and I was leary to show up at home with yet another refinishing project we didn’t have room for and a need for for that matter!

But like the title of this posts reveals they were only $15 each! WHAT!!!! SOLD!
Headboards, Foot boards, rails and planks! GET OUT!!!!

I have visions of a girls dormitory someday where all three of my girls share a huge room! I could see these two beds in that future room! I paid the man and prayed my husband wouldn’t kill me! Lucky for me he saw the potential in them as well!

So now… What to do to them! A distressed turquoise? A Butter yellow!!!?? What to do! What to do! So for now they sit waiting for me to beautify them. I have all winter to mull over it!

What would you do to them? Input please!

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Easy Peasy Cake Donuts!!

I think it was written in the by laws of Winter saying it’s totally cool to eat treats more often and in larger quantities! It’s our animalistic instinct telling us to pack on the pounds for the colder months in order to survive! So as to not go against nature I think it’s my duty to share this sweet treat with all of you!

Cake Donuts:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 quart oil for frying
  • optional – powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar mixture

Sift flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add melted butter. Stir in milk and egg. With floured hands, lightly knead ’till dough becomes smooth.

Heat Oil in pan! Oil should be approximately 2/3″ deep.

Roll dough onto a floured area making it 1/4″ thick!

Cut dough with Donut Cutter! This is my favorite part! Be sure to dip cutter into flour to make sure it won’t stick!

When Oil is approximately 375 degrees, carefully add your doughnuts. Bake on each side for about 1- 2 minutes or until golden brown!

Remove from oil and let cool on paper towels.

Toss in Cinnamon Sugar and eat 4 or 5…whatever you can handle! I can eat 4! ( I’ve fully given into the idea that winter eating should be different and totally acceptable!)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Turkey Day my friends!
May you wear a smile as wide as this fine Lady’s!

Things I am grateful for in no particular order!

  • Donuts! Maple bars to be more specific!
  • Living 2 miles from a Roberts Craft Store!
  • DVR and On Demand!
  • Little girls who while in trouble slip me Love Notes through the bottom crack of their door.
  • Down comforters that beg me to sleep in.
  • Green Bean Casserole.
  • Family…the entire crazy bunch of them!
  • 3:12 a.m. appointments with a warm baby in need of a cuddle.
  • And last but not least…My Blue Cricket Family!
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Thanksgiving 101


I’m sure I’m not the only one who is searching the internet trying to figure out how to cook a turkey! It’s all I can do not to stress out about timing it right and not making my guests twiddle their thumbs in anticipation while my Mashed Potatoes go cold and my Green Bean Casserole goes limp!!

While surfing the net I came across a few helpful resources that I thought I’d pass on…

Want to know how long you need to cook your bird? Thanks to WikiAnsers now you will be an expert!

USDA Roasting Timetable for Fresh or Thawed Turkey at 325° F.

These times are approximate and should always be used in conjunction with a properly placed thermometer. The USDA does not recommend cooking turkey in an oven set lower than 325° F.

Unstuffed
8 to 12 pounds 2 3/4 to 3 hours
12 to 14 pounds 3 to 3 3/4 hours
14 to 18 pounds 3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hours
18 to 20 pounds 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hours
20 to 24 pounds 4 1/2 to 5 hours

Stuffed
8 to 12 pounds 3 to 3 1/2 hours
12 to 14 pounds 3 1/2 to 4 hours
14 to 18 pounds 4 to 4 1/4 hours
18 to 20 pounds 4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hours
20 to 24 pounds 4 3/4 to 5 1/4 hours

And are you wondering if you bought a Turkey large enough to feed your hungry crowd? Her’s what WikiAnswers says about Bird Size…

“You should estimate about one and a half to two pounds per person.”

So get a head count and a calculator and see if you’ll be ordering Pizza to top everyone off or if instead you’ll be sending home tons of left overs!

So good luck my friends on your Poultry endeavors! I’ll be saying a small prayer for all of us Hostesses out there!

Cheers!

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25 Days of Christmas Count Down

With so many wonderful Advent Calendars and Count Downs out there you know I had to put my spin on the Holiday tradition! I created this smaller version of a Christmas classic for all of you out there with limited space and for those of us who’s husbands would kill us if we brought home one more Huge Christmas Decoration!

Gather the following supplies…

1 pack of Library Book Pockets/Envelopes. ( sold at teacher/learning stores)
Approximately 12 Sheets of Scrapbook paper
3 Sheets of Colored Card Stock
Distressing Ink
Glue Stick
Paper Cutter
2″Circle Punch
# Stencil
Sharpie
2″ Ring
Ribbon

And away we go!

Measure and Cut 25 pieces of paper. You will want the cut paper to be slightly smaller then the envelope. I used standard sized envelopes so my paper was cut to 3.5 x 3.25″.


Use your Distress Ink to add detail to the edges and corners of the cut paper! This step is well worth the added time! Attention to detail always pays off!


Now you will want to lay out all 25 pieces of paper. Arrange them in a random order being sure not to put two of the same prints next to each other!

It’s now time to add our 2″ Circles. First we will need to cut them out! I have fallen in love with my new Martha Stewart Circle Cutter! It cuts Circles from 1″ – 5 7/8″. All that versatility in one tool! Gotta love it!

Cut 25 and distress!

Assign a circle to each piece of paper being sure to make it look random and complimentary!


Taking one at a time you will now add the numbered day to each circle! I used a Stencil and a sharpie but if you have awesome free hand skills by all means show ‘em off!!


To make your inserts you will measure and cut a new piece of paper slightly longer then you did your first pieces of paper. In my case I cut mine 3.25 x 4.5″


You know the drill…Distress and arrange them to each envelope. At this point you can also adhere each circle to envelope.

@5 Days of Christmas Count Down Ideas

Now we need to add our Daily idea. I have created a list of 25 fun activities! Use these suggestions and add them to your inserts! I created my idea print outs on Photoshop! Come up with a customized way to display yours based on the Colors you you are working with!


Cut each Idea out and glue them to the insert cards. Be sure to lay them all out first and make sure certain suggestions are closer to the beginning of the month then the end! Putting up Christmas Decorations is something you don’t want to do December 24th!

Punch a hole in the corners.


Add them to a 2′ ring and tie on a Bow!

Hang on a Knob or on your Mantel and enjoy counting down the days until the Fat Man comes and raids your cookie jar!!!

Happy Count Down!

The DIY Show Off

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Bread Sticks 101

There is nothing like a hot and fresh “Home made” Bread stick to finish off the perfect meal! Bread for me is Comfort Food! I love baking fresh bread for my family but it always seems like we run out when I really need it! Warm bowls of soup or plates of Pasta always beg for a little Carbohydrate don’t you think!!

On night when I need a quick bread side dish I always reach for a Tube from my good friend The Philsbery Dough Boy! You only need a few items to jazz up a standard Tubes Dough and turn it into something that looks like a lot more effort went into it!


  • Take the standard bread stick dough and brush on melted butter.
  • In a bowl combine1/3 cup grated Parmesan, 1/2 cup Thinly grated Mozzarella, and 1 1/2 teaspoon chopped Rosemary.
  • Dip each buttered bread stick in Cheese mixture and coat completely.
  • Twist your bread stick dough before putting on your greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake according to the direction on the Tube!



To make a sweet treat for dessert simply butter the dough and roll it in a Cinnamon Sugar Mixture. Bake it according to the directions on the tube and drizzle home made Cream Cheese Icing on top while they are still warm!

Cream Cheese Icing

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup Cream Cheese

Soften and mix together.

2 1/2 Cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1-2 Teaspoon Milk

Mix until smooth.

Ok…I’m hungry!

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Fabric Barn!

I am excited to share a little shopping joy with all of you! You all know I am a sucker for ribbon!
I can never have too much and it’s almost always used in my creative process so I think of
it as an investment!

I recently spent a week in CA visiting my old stomping ground! It would not be a trip to CA without visiting a Classic stop! Fabric Barn in Long Beach has been a staple in my life. For as long as I can remember I have visited Fabric Barn. As a young kid my mom dragged us there. We sat at the pathetic childrens table with baby toys and waited for our mom to finish her shopping!

Funny how it’s come full circle! Now I too drag my kidlets to this wonderland and they whine and complain and I promise to hurry! But it’s all worth it!

Look what I scored this time…

5/8 in. Satin Ribbon is only $2.50 for 100 yards! No Joke!


Ric Rack! My most favorite decorative embellishment was $1 for 25 yards!


And the Ruffles! Oh the Ruffles! It was all between .37 -.22 cents a yard!
Ruffle Butt Onsies here I come!!!


And Tulle was $1.75 for 25 yards! I’m a sucker for a good roll of Tulle for gift wrapping!

See why I love it so much! The prices can’t be beat! There Long Beach store open to the public
and they do have online store but it looks like you need a resale license to order!

check em out HERE!

Do you guys have a favorite Ribbon supplier? Seeing as I only get to California about once a year I would love to find other online suppliers that are tried and true hits!

So hopefully this week I can bust out some awesome projects using my new stash!

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A tiny Nursery for a girl named Charlie

I was recently featured on one of my most favorite Design blogs, “Design Dazzle!” Yes I did a cart wheel or two! It was such an honor! I was more then excited to show off my Baby Charlies nursery! Care to take a little peek…


This room soon became my favorite room in our home! It was a labor of love with plenty of hunting for the perfect accessories and tiny touches to make it feel special! My design attitude shines in our little girls nursery! I believe anyone can have a stylish room on any budget! Many of my favorite features in this room were thrift store finds, clearance section deals and “DIY” projects! Jaw dropping design tricks fool everyone who comes to see where my “Charlie Bug” snuggles in for the night! This tiny nursery has big effect without feeling too cramped with over styled detail!


The entire room was centered around the Window Treatment! I fell in love with the Print and color pallet the moment I saw it and would you believe it’s a simple Table Runner I found at Pier 1 Imports!!! It’s my first example of creative decorating! Re purposing things that you would have never imagined using in a room is my specialty! I simply sewed on ribbon and tied them to Iron Medallions I spray painted red!



Also while cruising the Table lined section in Pier 1 I came across Coordinating Cloth Napkins marked down to .78 cents each!!! I snagged as many as I could and set out to create the Crib Dust Ruffle and Throw pillow I used on the Rocking chair. I love how the fray detail on the napkins adds texture to the dust ruffle and Pillow!



The yellow Book Case was a fun and easy project. We picked up the Book Case at a local Thrift store for $8. We loved it’s interesting shelves! I painted it with one of my “Oop’s Paints” called “February Gold” by Behr I had on hand that I picked up at Home Depo for $1. Oops Paint is paint a store will sell at a discount because it was wrongly tinted or returned!! It’s a great way to save money! I distressed the Book Case with my favorite Raulph Lauren Glaze treatment in Tobacco. Check out this link for my furniture refinishing tutorial with all my best tricks and tips found HERE! You’ll notice that I also used those Cloth Napkins to make simple Curtains! Spring loaded Curtain Rods make this treatment super simple!



The dresser in the room is a crowning jewel! I found it at my favorite local Consignment store “Home Again” in Midvale, UT! It’s the most expensive Piece in this room and a steal for only $175! It’s a beautiful Antique with original hardware and charm. If you look close, Lime Green paint peeks through in it’s crackle finish! I’m a frequent shopper at Consignment stores! Treasures await you and a single find may inspire an entire rooms theme! The adorable blue cabinet that sits behind the rocker is also a “Home Again” find.



Charlies Crib is a family hand me down form her two other sisters! I can’t bare to let her go! The fitted sheet in Teal Gingham was bought at Target. I kept it simple and didn’t bother with a bumper. I didn’t want it to make the room feel heavy. The green rug was picked up on clearance from Target as well! A $7 punch of color!



The Shadow boxes were picked up as an unfinished three pack from Roberts Craft Store. I spray painted them a soft yellow and lined them with Scrapbook paper. The best thing about this project is that I adhered them to the wall using 3M Command strips. I use these things as often as I can when it comes to hanging light weight frames and art work. They eliminate nails in the walls and it makes spacing a breeze!




Small accessories pepper the room! A refinished crate! My $4 retro Resin Framed Mirror from a Thrift Store! Childrens books and my favorite tiny detail…a photo of my mom as a baby! Each add color and sentiment!

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