Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Homework Dress Code: holiday style with No nonsense

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I have to confess, although I used to be really stylish and into clothes my everyday-work-from-home style has become boring. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to make an effort to break free from my typical yoga pants and t-shirt uniform.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Little Crafts: kiwi crate holiday fun

Kiwi Crate 12I’ve mentioned before that my son is now a teenager – so when Kiwi Crate asked me to review their holiday craft crate geared for kids age 3-7, I had no choice but to borrow some little crafters. My friend Katy also has a teenage son but she has lots of nieces and nephews who were happy to help out. How cute are these happy crafters?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Good Taste: enjoy the holidays with an edward’s pie {giveaway}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Edwards for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of my favorite desserts is a chocolate cream pie. I consider it in a totally different category than fruit pies - I love those too but chocolate cream pies are so light and fluffy. And although I enjoy baking, it’s hard to find time around the holidays to make everything homemade.

Sew & Tell: needle felted penguin

Have you ever tried needle felting? This is something that I’ve been wanting to try for awhile but I never got around to. Thanks to EK Success Brands, I was able to make this little penguin fairly easily.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Inkling: glitter tags and boxes

I’m really into glitter this season! Here’s a quick and easy project that will add some sparkle to your plain tags and boxes.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Celebrations: it takes a glitter village

Every year I like to change up my holiday décor. Some years have been all natural elements but this year I’ve gone glitter crazy!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Celebrations: ribbon roll advent calendar

Every year I try to come up with a different type of advent calendar or Christmas countdown. This one doesn’t involve treats so it won’t be very popular at my house. But that’s okay – I like it.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Celebrations: sparkle & glitter with Tulip Shimmer

It’s that glittery time of year. I’m usually not a sparkle and glitter type of person – except around the holidays. Then I love the look of silver, white and iridescent glitter.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Giveaway: plaid holiday cheer

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays and Plaid Crafts is kicking off the holiday season with some good cheer. Plaid has put together a sweet prize package of some items just in time to craft your way through the holidays.

The holiday package includes:

(4)  FolkArt holiday color paints
(4)  FolkArt Extreme Glitter holiday color paints
(1) Sparkle Mod Podge
And a value pack of 25 brushes

Here are some fun project ideas from the Plaid website.
Mod Podge gift boxes.

Glitter paint ornaments.

Gift bags and wrap.

Here’s an example of some fun gift tags that I made with Plaid glitter paints.


Here’s all you have to do to enter for a chance to win this fun and festive Plaid gift prize.
  • Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect (on the right sidebar)
  • Leave me a comment and tell me how you would use the Plaid craft supplies.
  • For extra entries, Tweet or Facebook about this contest and leave me a comment letting me know.
 Contest Rules:
  • This contest will run from Saturday, November 19, 2011 (1:00 a.m. PST) until Wednesday, November 23, 2011 (6:00 p.m. PST)
  • Anonymous or “no reply” comments will not be eligible unless you include your email address
  • I will draw a winner from the comments using a random number generator and announce the winner on Friday, November 25, 2011. 
Good luck!

And here’s more good news - Plaid is having a Crafty Christmas Contest.


Here’s the scoop from Plaid:

We're celebrating the holiday season with a craft contest! We'd like to see your best Christmas or winter holiday projects. Send us a photo of your favorite Christmas creation which uses at least one Plaid product. Beginning November 18 and for the next 5 Festive Fridays--Plaid staff will select their favorite project of the week and award a $50-value basket of Plaid products.  After week 5, we'll select a grand prize winner from the previous weekly winners. The winner will be awarded $100 and even more products from Plaid!

Prizes include:
Grand Prize: $100 cash and a Plaid gift basket of merchandise worth $50 retail value
Runners-Up: 5 recipients will receive a Plaid gift basket of merchandise worth $50 retail value. 

This giveaway is sponsored by Plaid Enterprises, Inc. and I received no compensation for hosting this giveaway.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sew and Tell: pin cushion gift box

I made this cute fabric covered gift box. The inspiration came from a craft on The Better Homes and Garden Handmade Christmas Gift site.

It’s a gift package pincushion. BHG used a foam square and wrapped it in fabric and ribbon. I made mine with a small sturdy gift box stuffed with fiber fill and topped with quilt batting. Then I wrapped the box in fabric and added the ribbon.

Either way, the pincushion is a perfect crafty gift for someone who sews.

This project is linked at the following:

 Photobucket  Texas Monkey  

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Inkling: it’s a wrap – take 3

Here’s another inexpensive gift wrap idea. Create a snowy mountain complete with trees.

I used kraft wrapping paper with snowflakes but you can use plain kraft paper or any color wrapping paper and stamp snowflakes with metallic ink. The snowy mountains are made out of white corrugated paper and the trees are made out of twigs and green cardstock.

I plan on making a lot of these little trees to use on gift tags and gift bags. The trees can be used year-round. Just switch from a snowy mountain to a stream or meadow using pretty colored paper.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Upcycling: sequin candles

I’m not much of a glitter, sequin person. But there’s something about the holidays that brings out the sparkle in all of us.

For the red sequin candle, the sequins are stuck into the candle with sewing pins. Cut the pins using a wire cutter to a desired length and push the pin through the sequin hole. The green and gold sequins are glued onto the candle.


As with any embellished candle, use caution when burning them. These sequin candles are going to be used as decorative pieces and not burned.

What a transformation - from plain white candles to dressed up tapers.

This project has been linked to the following:

 giveaways  Fox Hollow Cottage

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sew and Tell: Christmas stocking

Here’s a twist on a traditional red and white Christmas stocking. The cuff of the stocking is a mane of white yarn.

To make this stocking, you’ll need:
  • Red felt
  • White embroidery thread
  • Yarn 
Make a stocking pattern and cut 2 pieces out of red felt. Stitch around your stocking with embroidery thread.

To make the yarn fringe, wrap yarn around a 3 inch piece of cardboard approximately 10 times. Slide the yarn off and tie the top of the loops together. Make several of these and stitch the loops to the top of the stocking. Fluff the yarn and trim.
Hang your stocking and hope for goodies.

This project is linked at:

This project has been submitted to the handmade holiday challenge at: