{top 11 in 2011}

{Love Buckets} {Conversation Blocks} {Library Bookshelves}{General Conference Treat Buckets}{Older than dirt} {4x4 Block Pencil Holders}   {Beadboard Flag}{Summer Reading Program}{Family Blocks}{Raceway Building Blocks}Chicken Wire Framed Christmas Card Holder {Paper Sack Gift Bags}.....2011 was a wonderful year, and I'm so looking forward to 2012!  A huge thanks to all of you, my wonderful and AWESOME readers, for your incredible support.  I am filled with gratitude for each of you.  I absolutely love reading your comments and e-mails, and I so appreciate all of the kind words and encouragement.  HaPpY nEw YeAr!  … [Read more...]

{giveaway + promo} SILHOUETTE CAMEO!!!

***GIVEAWAY CLOSED***Yes, it's true!  I have dying to announce this giveaway for weeks, and it's finally here! I love doing giveaways for you, because you are AWESOME, and this is just about as big as you can get.My Silhouette Cameo and I are inseparable--I use it ALL the time. It's an amazing tool--hands down my favorite--and I know that even I have only scratched the surface of what it can do.  I love that I can use any font or design on my computer for free (no additional cartridges needed) and the Silhouette software provides the means to create anything I want to!  Additional designs (thousands and thousands) are available in the Silhouette online store for only 99 … [Read more...]

{new year’s ideas}

 I love a reason for a good party, and New Year's Eve is one of the best! It's the best night to stay up late with friends and family, eat yummy food, and ring in the new year! Here are a few celebration ideas that I found and love... Time Capsule in a Jar{kellicrowe.typepad.com}Homemade Fortune Cookies{alisaburke.blogspot.com}New Year's Bingo{hiphiphoorayblog.com}Pucker Up Buttercup Cookies{bakeat350.blogspot.com}Shimmering New Year's Streamers{marthastewart.com} My roots are Southern, and I grew up knowing that eating black-eyed peas on  New Year's is supposed to give you a year of good luck and prosperity, so I couldn't resist adding a couple of recipes with black eyed … [Read more...]

{merry christmas}

Merry Christmas...may you and your families be blessed with health and happiness! … [Read more...]

{paper sack gift bags}

paper sack gift bags | simplykierste.com

Looking for a fun way to package treats or small gifts?  I've got the perfect thing! I took paper lunch sacks and sent them through my printer, making an all-in-one bag and tag.  It's simple, inexpensive, and SO fun! You could actually do this for any holiday, birthday, or as an invitation, too! I love Paper Sack Gift Bags!!! I just love paper sacks.  Not only are they super cute, but they're inexpensive, which means making just a few or in bulk is very reasonable. I'm going to give you directions based on my printer, but you will probably have to make a few changes depending on the kind of printer you have.  Just take a few minutes to experiment with which way the paper goes in, … [Read more...]

{giveaway} shabby apple

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** You guys!  It's less than a week until Christmas, can you believe it?  It hasn't really felt like Christmas around here because there is NO SNOW.  Normally I wouldn't complain about this at all, in fact, our "warm" weather would usually result in me jumping for joy and singing Hallelujah. However, with a week until Christmas, and my kids out of school the week after that, we need snow!  We need sledding, and tubing, and tobogganing, and snowmen in our front yard.  Since we live through seven months of winter, I'm thinking a white Christmas should be the one perk we get.  It can melt in January. Okay, enough about that, and on to this … [Read more...]

{kierste’s hot chocolate with peppermint cream}

I ♥ hot chocolate.       My kids love it too, and since we live in the frozen winter tundra, we have it quite often. (It's also a definite Christmas Eve and Christmas morning tradition...) I almost always make it homemade, and after experimenting with different ingredients and combinations, I've found a version that we have labeled as our favorite! It's simple to make, and is ready in less than 10 minutes.  Delicious!  I really like using chocolate chips, because it makes it so smooth and creamy. The peppermint cream is the perfect complement, and honestly, if you don't like mint & chocolate together, you are crazy.  :)  I prefer milk … [Read more...]

{christmas glitter dishtowels}

glitter towel 2 copy

Every girl needs a little glitter, right? I had the opportunity to try Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Transfer Sheets. by I Love to Create and used them to glam up a few flour sack dishtowels. I really wanted to be able to use them with my Silhouette, instead of cutting everything out by hand--especially because I wanted to use lettering.  The package said that it worked with most die cutters, and even though the Silhouette isn't technically a die cutter, I decided to give it a try.  You can absolutely use them without one though--I've just become impatient.  :) It took several attempts to figure out what I needed to do to make it work, and I finally did--hooray!  ***This is where … [Read more...]

{chicken wire framed christmas card holder}

card frame 5 copy

I just love receiving Christmas cards. Looking at pictures of family & friends and reading little snippets of their lives really brings the spirit of Christmas to me each year.  I'm so excited about this project, because it's the perfect way for us to enjoy them the entire holiday season! My cute husband actually surprised me with this...he knew it was on my list, and went ahead and made it for me while I was gone one night.  I absolutely love it, and it was such a fun surprise!  It also means that there are no step-by-step pictures of the frame making process--he doesn't really think in "blogger" like I do, lol.  However, I am planning to do a DIY frame tutorial soon, so stay … [Read more...]

{steelers girl tee} Plaid Simply Screen Kit

We are a football family.  We love watching football, and we definitely have {our} teams (the best ones, of course ☺).  My husband has long been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and when we got married, I inherited them as my own.I have really been wanting to make myself a Steelers tee shirt, and the opportunity came a few weeks ago when I was sent a new product by Plaid to sample and review.This is how it works:1.  You design your image on your computer--you can use any program that allows clip art, and any font on your computer.  That means that are literally thousands of options! Print it onto regular paper--I love that!  2.  The kit comes with different sized … [Read more...]