Nov 25, 2010

"Give Thanks" Blessing Board

Earlier this week, I finally made my "Give Thanks" blessing board I saw from Whipperberry on Tatertots & Jello. Here's my version of her blessing board.

I had a lot of fun making this. I didn't take any before or during pics but I found this super ugly, gold picture frame from the fabulous D.I. (local thrift store). It had a weird picture in it and I was almost embarrassed buying it, it was that ugly and weird! I brought it home and painted it a super cute green color. I used my Cricut to cut out the 'Give Thanks' sign using vinyl I had on hand and stuck it on a piece of green cardstock, also had on hand. I picked up some wooden clothes pins and painted them the same green. I also picked up some twine and strung it back and forth from the staples that were already in the back from the picture before. Whipperberry had a free printable for the cards, which I just printed on cardstock.

For FHE this week, we took turns saying and writing down the things in which we are grateful for this season. I thought it was fitting to help get us in the Thanksgiving spirit.

Nov 24, 2010

Shutterfly's 50 free Holiday Cards for Bloggers

Many of you may have already heard of this awesome promotion that Shutterfly is doing this year...but I'll tell you again! I love Shutterfly's photo merchandise. I've ordered my holiday cards from them in the past and have loved how they have turned out. I'm thrilled to be able to order again from their Holiday Card Collection this year! Who can pass up their fresh and colorful designs.... plus bloggers get 50 FREE cards! What could be better?! I have never been disappointed in their products or delivery. Don't forget their special offers right now, including free shipping if you spend 30 dollars or more! Why is free shipping so awesome!? Also, think Christmas Gifts: Canvas Wall Art, Personalized Mugs, Calendars or fun Ornaments!
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What should you expect in the mail from us? Thats a great question! This is almost as hard as picking the picture that will go on it! (For different reasons, of course, these I actually like!) Here are a few of my favorites from their Flat Stationary Cards:

Elegant Cranberry Damask Christmas Card

See what I mean with the hard choices? These are just a few of them too! Another thing I'm excited for is they have an adorable selection of baby boy announcements too! Watch for those in the next.... ugh, it's too depressing to think how much longer. :)

Nov 22, 2010

Gingerbread Houses

I'm so excited for Christmas this year. Every year, we make Ginger Bread Houses with some good friends. I just came across this super easy recipe over at WhipperBerry for homemade ginger bread! My mom gave me a mold for the houses a few years back and because I've always worked full time, I've never had time to actually make them. Not this year though, this is the year for the HOME MADE ginger bread! We probably still wont eat them, but at least we could if we wanted.

Check out how cute hers turned out. She has a big party every year and makes everyones for them! Now that's love! (I'll post ours next month after we do them.)

Nov 19, 2010

Thankful Banner

I can knock one of the projects off my list. Thanks to Centsational Girl, I got this cute Idea for a Thankful Banner to go over my fireplace. I don't have a lot of Thanksgiving decorations, I don't know why and this was super easy! The glitter was the hardest part and thats just because it's messy. Anyway, I now have a total of 4 things that are fall/Thanksgiving decor. I used fake leaves so they will last until next year and I didn't put them between all the letters. I also did all the same paper background. Which I looked at hers again after I was done and think I liked hers better. Oh well.

Nov 11, 2010

Playing with the Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot

I've been in the crafty mood lately... I bought this awesome new program Sure Cuts A Lot for my Cricut. I don't know why I didn't buy it sooner! It's awesome!

This is the No Soliciting sign I put on the window next to our door a few weeks ago. So far, we have only gotten 1 flier, hopefully the rest see it and are actually paying attention to it.

This is the Welcome sign I put on the center of our door. What do you think?

I found these images online and my awesome new program just cuts it out on my Cricut. Did I mention that I LOVE IT!??? Now I want to get the bigger Cricut machine!

Nov 10, 2010

Projects I'm looking forward to do:

A 2-in-1 Holiday Trio from Lolly Jane Boutique
Give Thanks Blessing Board from WhipperBerry on Tatertots and Jello
The What-cha-ma-call-it Shelf at The Yellow Cape Cod
A Thankful Banner from Centsational Girl

A Paper Organizer from Drab to Fab

Chalkboard Plate from Not So Idle Hands

Cute Photo Block from Fresh Poppy Design
A Cinderella Story Bench Makeover from Christina's Adventures
Nursery Wall Paneling from Fresh Poppy Design

Tie applique onesie from Fresh Poppy Design

Nov 3, 2010

Handmade Gift Exchange

I just signed up for this Handmade Gift Exchange over at Craftaholics Anonymous. It sounds like so much fun!! You should sign up for it too. The more the merrier, right? She hosts a gift exchange twice a year, once in July and once in November. This time around, you have until Nov. 10th to sign up!!

I linked her blog above but you can also check out the rules below:


It's that time again! Twice a year I host a Handmade Gift Exchange here on Craftaholics Anonymous and its time sign up! I look forward to these exchanges for months. It's seriously is one of my fave things that I do with this blog. Such a fun way to meet other crafters AND have an excuse to be crafty :]

Since this exchange has grown quite a bit since I started it, I am gong to format it differently this time around in hopes to prevent some of the headaches we had last time. With this exchange, you will send your gift to the same person that sends you a gift. For ex: I make and send a gift to Jane Crafty and in return, Jane Crafty will make and send me a gift.

Want to see what participants have received in the past? Check out last Gift Exchange's linky party here.

Please read this entire post BEFORE you sign up! If you have any questions, PLEASE email me at before signing up. Wanna play? Here's how to be a part of the UNITED STATES Gift Exchange December 2010
  • If you commit to participate in this exchange, you will need to make one Handmade Gift for a fellow blogger and have it post marked by November 30, 2010. In return, you will receive one Handmade Gift from a fellow blogger in the mail some time in December.
  • Fill out the form below to officially sign up. Sign up will be open until November 10, 2010.
  • After sign up closes, I will personally email you with your "Gift Exchange Partner's" mailing address and email address.
  • Make a gift for your assigned partner. Need ideas? Check out my Tutorials.
  • Have your gift post marked no later than November 30, 2010. It is very important that you have your gift post marked by November 30. If you can get your handmade gift in the mail earlier, that's even better! 
  • Participating in this exchange means you will probably have to make a trip to the Post Office. Please take that into account when you're looking at your holiday schedule.
  • There is no skill level required. A handmade gift is always wonderful, no matter how technical it is! 
  • There is no price minimum on the handmade gift. If shipping costs are an issue, you can make a gift that is light weight and fits inside an envelope. 
  • I have no way of patrolling everyone's participation....but usually, people are honest and do their part. And with this new format, you will have your partner's info so you can help remind them as needed ;o)