{twine-covered cans}

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With two babies at home, we go through an ENORMOUS amount of formula. Thus, we have a plethora of formula cans that I've saved, not wanting to throw them out, knowing I would want to do something (or more than one thing) with them. The first thing I decided to do was use them to add a little more space to my craft closet. I am lucky enough to have a large walk-in closet with storage drawers that houses all of my craft & sewing supplies. It's amazing, however, how fast I have filled up that space! In making these cans for some of my supplies, I emptied out a couple of drawers to make room for other things. Yay! They are cute, and organizational...how can you beat that? You could really … [Read more...]

{christmas hand sanitizers}

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I fell in love with THIS hand sanitizer idea as soon as I saw it (follow the link for a complete tutorial). It's a fun, personalized gift, and perfect for so many occasions, including teacher gifts and baby gifts (with baby's name). They can be personalized with first names, last names "the ___________ family", or even holiday greetings. I have experimented quite a bit with some of the different options, and usually I use the clear hand sanitizer. However, I was excited to discover how cute the green was for Christmas--tie on some ribbon, and voila! It also works really well with liquid soap--it is just as easy to work with the sanitizer. With soaps, you could really make one for … [Read more...]

{monogrammed taggies}

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Okay, okay. I know I am crazy about anything and everything monogrammed. It can automatically make anything ordinary into something special, and SO adorable. I made these taggies for my baby boys for Christmas, and the felt initial just makes it! I followed THIS tutorial. This is also a personal accomplishment--I am most definitely not a seamstress. After a rough go in my 8th grade sewing class, I figured it was not for me. Finally, last year I got a sewing machine, and although I have tried a few small projects here and there, this one definitely taught me some new things. Merry Christmas, babies! … [Read more...]

{for your favorite teacher}

This is the gift we made for our favorite 2nd grade teacher this year. I found the paper box at Walmart for around $1.30. (I am a sucker for a scalloped edge) I got out some of my favorite BasicGrey paper and covered the box. I inked the edges with chocolate brown ink and added a cute tag on top that says, "clips and bits". I made a matching notebook, some matching magnets and threw in a bunch of paper clips. It ended up looking like this:The magnets are a fun project to do with your kids. You just buy some clear pebbles from your local craft store and then use a circle punch to punch out circles the size of the pebbles. Glue the paper to the back of the pebble and then glue a magnet to the … [Read more...]

{personalized treat containers}

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I was at Target (my favorite store--I could live there) when I had an epiphany. I was buying all new Gladware (LOVE that stuff!), and pondering all my options, when I suddenly knew exactly what I could do with them. Even better? The holiday version with the red lids was perfect for what I had in mind. I love to give treats to my friends/neighbors every Christmas, and this is such a fun and easy way to dress up a regular container. And who doesn't love something personalized? You could use this technique for any holiday, or anytime you g ive treats--just change up the paper! Personalized Treat Containers ITEMS YOU NEED: -Gladware container, any size (holiday ones with the red lids … [Read more...]

{peppermint popcorn crunch}

I SO wish I had a picture of this to post, but I just discovered it yesterday, after a good friend made it. It's actually just like one of my favorite recipes, but with a Christmas twist. I usually make it with toffee bits (delicious), but the peppermints are delightful. It's so fast, and so easy, which is good, because you will want to make batch after batch!PEPPERMINT POPCORN CRUNCH-popped popcorn (I usually use around 9 cups or so. I like to use air popped popcorn, but my friend made it with a bag of butter microwave popcorn. Both are good, just depends on your preference.)-1 bag white chocolate chips, or equivalent amount white baking chocolate-candy canes or peppermint candies, … [Read more...]

{monogrammed felt stockings}

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Several years ago, before my girls were born, I bought the cutest stockings ever. They were on a great sale, plus I loved them, so it was a win-win situation. I also only had one child, and after years of infertility, I didn't think I would ever be able to have another baby. So, I picked out three stockings, and then, with some wishful thinking, grabbed an extra one, just in case. Well, fast forward four years, and four more miraculous children later, we no longer have enough stockings. As Christmas was quickly approaching, I was starting to feel a little desperation. I really wanted to have stockings for my kids, but I did not want to buy any that I didn't absolutely love. I also was … [Read more...]

{rag garland}

It's been so fun to see these around again... I have been making rag garland for years (in fact, it was Angela who first introduced it to me when we were both first married), and love it! I think it's the perfect addition to my Christmas tree, and this year I was excited to make one with longer pieces and different fabrics.ITEMS YOU NEED:-choice of fabric or ribbon, cut (or ripped) into 2x8-10 inch pieces. -jute, however many feet you needNow, make yourself comfy, turn on a Christmas movie and tie, tie, tie! When you have the length you want, cut the jute, and tie a double knot at each end.You can also make these much shorter, and hang on a mantel, or a piece of furniture. My next rag … [Read more...]

{burlap ornaments}

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It's that time again! We cut down our tree yesterday, and today was the tree-trimming party. What fun we had, on both accounts. Now it feels like Christmas! Every year I like to add a few homemade ornaments to the tree, and this year I made two different kinds. One was more of a makeover (see the next post), and the other was a continuation of my love for burlap, foam stamps, and all things monogrammed. I love love love how they turned out! Burlap Ornaments ITEMS YOU NEED: -burlap -foam stamps -craft paint -ribbon -hole punch -jute DIRECTIONS: -Cut your burlap into desired shape. I traced a cornmeal container (the perfect size!), and it worked well. -Punch hole in the top of … [Read more...]

{dollar store ornament makeover}

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Can I tell you how much I love the dollar store? It is a treasure trove to be sure, and I love finding things there that I can re-do or makeover. I love having cute tree ornaments, but I just can't make myself spend a fortune to buy them. So, when I discovered these berry ornaments at the dollar store, I immediately saw their potential. (I'm also crazy about berries...) They started out with too much fake greenery/pine stuff at the top, and I knew they would be much cuter without it. Add a little ribbon (my solution to a lot of things...), and voila! … [Read more...]