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day 6 {feeding america}

So today is a two-fold day…  first a project, and then a “giveaway” of sorts…

First, the project…

Saturday, I baked.  And baked.  Our favorite Christmas cookies – Swedish Dreams.  We have made them every year we have been married.  It is a family recipe from Matt’s Gram.  They are these tiny, fluffy, and sugary wonders that are absolutely amazing with hot chocolate.  Today I baked the first round of them.  Which means, subsequently, that we gave away our first round as well.  See, these are not only our family’s favorites, but the favorites of everyone we give them to.  I get multiple requests for them each year.  In fact, it is why I think that I am so popular at cookie exchanges to be honest. 

Anyway, today’s batch was good and of course had to be packaged to go out.  I feel like there is nothing easier than a bag and some fluff to make it just right.  It looks like you spent a ton of time, when really it was 3 minutes. 

A pick for 0.50, some ribbon, a button, fluff, and a doily.  Layer and done!  It looks wayyyy harder than it is, but it adds a little something to the little cookie surprise inside.

And now, today’s “giveaway.”

Today I am giving away food.  Food to Feeding America.  Today I am encouraging you to do the same.  Give – give cookies to a neighbor, to the elderly woman down the street, to your child’s teacher, or just to the food bank.  Small gifts of food can do wonders if we each were to give even one can…

So – I cam laying down a challenge – bake/cook and share with someone or make a donation today to your local food bank or Feeding America.

SO TODAY —-  FOR EVERY COMMENT YOU MAKE, I WILL BE DONATING ONE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM TO MY LOCAL FOOD BANK.  HELP ME GIVE A TON TODAY!!!!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a very blessed Sunday…

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day 3 {quotes}

I have been reading a very great book that was given to me by my amazing cousin Jodie.  It is has inspired me to really re-think gift giving and Christmas this year.

One of the stories that was in there was about how his mother will write her favorite pieces of scripture onto index cards to create books.  Well, as a crafter, that was an amazing starting off point for me.  I couldn’t, however, just stick with plain index cards…  I made it my own.  Now, normally at this point I would start talking about the importance of writing things in your own handwriting.  Then I go and do something like this – hybrid…  yes.  I said it – I went hybrid for this one.  (Now, I am not saying it is great, but it is a start…)I did that for one reason – so that I could share some of it with you…

Here is what I did…

What I decided to do was take a plain and inexpensive photo album and create pages with quotes of inspiration that I could print and then embellish… 

So, this is my gift to you… today’s giveaway…  jpg’s of some of the pages.   It is my way of sharing what inspires me with you…  I hope that it inspires you to create and add to  your book with more quotes or ideas that inspire you. 

Enjoy… (right click then save as)

and..

Ah, heck, why not…  I will send one copy of this amazing book by  Matthew West to a commenter on this post as well…  What is the point of sharing otherwise?????

NOW CLOSED  – Winner has been announced!

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day 1 {cards with ornaments}

This was the project that I did at Silver Bellas.  I absolutely love this project.  I had a blast making the ornaments and playing with the Perfect Pearls.

Christmas Cards with Attached Ornaments (Click here for the directions…)

The pictures of the project kind of stink…  nothing better than trying to take pics inside under flourescent lights…  anyway…  but you will get the drift.

I paid for the images I used, but you can easily find free vintage holiday art online…

Enjoy!

Now… for the CONTEST!!! Now closed… winner has been announced!

Leave your comment and I will draw a winner and send out 3 custom ornaments just for you!!!!  Happy Holidays!

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12 days of gift ideas…

Hey all, starting tomorrow, I will be launching 12 days of holiday gift giving – all homemade, some from me, some from other places, whether links, ideas, etc…  No matter what, however, it is all handmade goodness!

The other thing is that I will giving away prizes, yes, lots and lots of prizes…  So, be sure to check back each day because you never know what goodness might await!

Here’s to a Happy Holiday season!

 

 

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is plugged in again…

After my post on Wednesday last week, I unplugged.  I dialed into family time, friend time, and just being at home time.  Owen had time off school.  I had time off of work.  And we all had time just to be together.

I came to realize a few things during my time unplugged:

  1. If you host Thanksgiving, you take no pictures.  I feel like a scrapbooking failure as I totally did not get a lot a of good pics.  We always get a family picture of the 4 of on Thanksgiving – nope.  I always take tons of the table and food.  Nope.  Oooops.
  2. My kids are really funny.  Owen has an amazing sense of humor and can make jokes with the best of them. 
  3. My grandpa really did do tons of magic tricks to us as kids…  now, he is doing them with my kids.
  4. There is nothing better than a day in comfy clothes, with a fire in the fireplace, Christmas lights twinkling, and nothing to do…  days like those are few and far between and should be cherished and relished.
  5. I make a mean turkey soup!
  6. My family is the most important thing in my life and I love them dearly and I don’t spend nearly enough time with them and I need to change this…
  7. I miss my brother and sister on holidays when they are not at home.
  8. Christmas movies and music make me smile.
  9. Ending old traditions is hard – aka the Choo Choo restaurant on Black Friday. 
  10. Creating new traditions is fun – aka the fire truck parade in Sun Prairie on Black Friday.

Here are a few photos I did manage to get this weekend…

 

Owen and Nana playing checkers by the fire…

Owen teaching Grandpa Fetters to play Mickey Mouse Yahtzee…

mmm…  turkey…

Matt and Owen on the sleigh ride…

Jake and I on the same sleigh ride…

One of the fire trucks from the parade and the boys…

Owen being himself…

Jake “smiling” for me…

Beautiful horses…

Hope you had an amazing weekend!

PS – keep posted…  some fun holiday goodness is coming your way very, VERY soon…

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day 6 {we say thank you}

Today we say thank you…

Today I have a card I created very simply with the L.  It took me a few tries to get it, but once I did, I love this thing.  It makes amazingly beautiful and elegant cards.  I  hand wrote my sentiment of Thank You on the front and added one simple pearl bling. 

Then, I got to work. 

At this time of year, I find it quite important to say thank you to those who have made an impact on my life.  I also find that just sending a quick text or email is not enough.  It is time to take a step back and actually, GASP, handwrite a letter.  In this day and age, a handwritten note of thanks seems to carry even more weight than it used to.  It shows that you took that extra moment, that extra step, and that extra time to say Thank You. 

For me, it is the neighbor who brought dinner over last week after hearing about my grandma.  It is the teacher who is going the extra mile to help Owen this year.  It is the people who truly stand out for doing what should be ordinary, but is so often not anymore. 

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  Hebrews 10:24

So, today, I say thank you…  Who are you grateful for?  Who would you write a note to?

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day 5 {we share}

Yesterday was about baking pumpkin bread and muffins, while today is about sharing all of it with others. 

To me, there is something amazing about sharing baked goods with others.  They understand you and you can reach people in a whole new way.  The neighbor that brings banana bread straight from the oven while you are unpacking boxes while moving in, the friend who makes your favorite cookies when you are going through a rough patch, or, your mom, making Texas cake just because she can and just because she loves you.  There is something about baking and eating those amazing treats that speaks to all of us. 

That is why I never bake without sharing – I can’t.  So, after a large batch of bread and muffins, I did some crafting. 

It is absolutely amazing what you can do with a chipboard tag – can I just say that?  You put some amazing paint on it (like this from Viva), you put some pretty paper on the back, stamp it with a sentiment, add some fluff (in this case, some fabulous vintage trims from my dear friend Margie…) and suddenly it goes from plain tag to a pretty bit to add to someones gift. 

 

 

It is also amazing what you can do with a punch and some vinyl if you have 15 minutes.  I punched out some pumpkin shapes, grabbed a plain glass plate and glass I had picked up for $0.75 each at Goodwill, and got to work creating using some etching creme (follow your directions – mine were 15 minutes.  Just read the bottle…)  For the plate I etched the negative of the image.  For the glass I etched everything but the image.  Now, this was my first time ever trying this, but I wanted to find cute ways to give my little bits of baked goodness.

Finally, once all of the goodies are on their special plates, in their baskets, or nesting nicely in the glass, take some celo wrap or even just some plastic wrap, and tie it all together with your ribbon or trim, and attach your tag. 

When it is all done, you have somehow managed to channel your inner Martha and create something beautiful to present your baked goodies in.  There is nothing better than sharing not only your heart in baking, but in creating something amazing to give it in as well… 

God has given gifts to each of you… Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you.  1 Peter 4:10

Who will you share a smile or cookie with today?

From our house to yours, please enjoy your week and our gratitude…

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