Thursday, December 27, 2012

SNOWFLAKEs are falling

Tis the season to be generous to others. To show love to those that need it - and if you're heart is still a little bit soar by the SandyHook shooting then I have found the perfect
solution to help heal that hurt heart
of yours.
I am planning on participating in 

Here are the details ...
They are asking for everyone to make and send snowflakes for them to hang around the school. Their only request is that the snowflakes have no words on them ... think bright, and sparkly, and happy, and magical ...
Snowflakes are to be sent by January 12, 2013 to:
Connecticut PTSA
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514
You can check out the CT PTA website or Sandy Children Help on Facebook for more information or updates. They are also putting together a photo album of the snowflakes; you can send photos to Please include a note to let them know where the snowflakes are coming from (school, grade or age, town etc).
I'll be back to share our snowflakes - if you have time please join in - these sweet kids deserve to come back to school surrounded by LOVE from around the world.
Happy New Year!!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

(photo taken at the show SANTA CONQUERS THE MARTIANS at the Fllerton maverick playhouse)
Merry Christmas to you and your family ---
from our family and a few Martians !
Because sometimes on this crazy planet we call earth we get a little bit crazy, things spin out of control and time creeps up so fast we forget to take a breath and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season.
Today that's what I plan on doing ---
See you in 2013

Friday, December 21, 2012


Oh geez - can you believe that Christmas is 3 days away? Jinkeez...that came up quick.
I have been busily baking away over here and wrapping presents and most are done.
I wanted to share with you some cool gift wrapping ideas I tried for the first time this year.
Ok so first idea - came about when I was looking for a small package for some small magnets I was giving to a friend - I just grabbed some of my handy burlap and made up some small sacks with my sewing machine and some fun stamps & paint...quick enough to make and easy to add some bulky magnets - but they lay flat enough to add a gift card to.
then just use some of your favorite ribbon to tie them off.

Next idea came from wanting some tags that were re-usable AND could be used for all occasions
So I took some plain wooden shapes and sprayed them with chalkboard paint (both sides) 

To prime them all you need to do is rub chalk all over them then clean it off...

I just need to drill some holes through the wood tags so I can attach them to presents.

The idea for the pom poms below were I really wanted to have my presents under the tree look coherent and sharp.

The idea is nice but really it's not wise unless you have an unlimited amount of time and really who's house looks like those that are all staged like those of the magazines
But in case you want to try---just grab some yarn you already have in your stash wrap it around your fingers a ever thick you want the POOF to be --- wrap that much around your fingers...
when you are done wrapping grab a loose piece of yarn and tie it around the center of poof - tie it TIGHT! then grab some scissors and cut through the loops...

Then snip and trim your POOF until it looks just like you like it. and
doesn't that make for a lovely presentation.

Well there you go some fun gift wrapping ideas.
I hope you can use them and make them fit your design.
Here's wishing you a great holiday season.
I will be dropping a line in here sporadically until the end of the year - my hubby and the kids are all off for the next 2 weeks so I will be busy keeping them busy -
a mom's work is really never done even on vacation .
Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years Blessings are being sent to you and your families...
from ours
I am linking this post up to the following parties:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


today is a BIG day - for several reasons - 1st: it is my daughters 12th birthday...
she is 12 on 12 - 12 - 12 -
2nd: we will never see a date like this for another 100 years --- spectacular right?
Here is my sweet girl
taken today! 
We had a wonderful day celebrating with her!

also wanted to share our Christmas cards for this year.
I found a cool card in the nov/dec paper crafts magazine and cased it.
A bit different but similar. I love me some simple and easy to make cards.
I had everything in my stash already - so no cost.

I used some fun holiday ribbon used a stamp I got in the dollar bin of Joanne's and a MS holly leaf punch. Those red berries are actually clear bling dots that I colored with my red copic marker. I am also including a photo of my kids in our kids this year.
Nice, complete and - look there - they match or coordinate - pretty cool!

Here's wishing your card making and sending is going smoothly.
I am linking up my cards to the following challenges:
sweet stampin Christmas-- anything Christmas
crafting for all seasons - green, red, glitter, sparkle
the perfect sentiment - must have sentiment on front/ xmas
anything goes challenge - traditional Christmas colors
clear it out - Christmas or red & green
top tip Tuesday - Christmas

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Tag Freebies

Just wanted to share with you that
has an entire post devoted to FREE HOLIDAY PRINTABLE TAGS...
the tags and link are all right there - no additional blogs to visit
you can't beat that --- you just gotta sit and pick which ones you want...
this is only one of the many cool tag choices...(printed it)
I am printing lots of extras so that I don't run out and I can even use them next year.
anyway stop by and check our Laura's blog and print away.
Happy Holidays

Monday, December 10, 2012

Advent Calendar

Here's another NOT SO original idea but I did notice that everyone has been sharing their take on the traditional advent calendar. So I thought I would share the one I put together this year for my kids.
This post contains the Tutorial to make your own as well.
Ok so let me start by saying that the base for this advent calendar is a large frame I picked up years ago from a thrift store - that has been painted a ton of times...I use it as props for photo booths at parties..
(see this post)
Last time the frame was used was for my sister-in-laws wedding in their photo booth. So here it is in black.
So you'll need some hemp cord, some stamps, staples, paper bags and clothes pins & some treats...
1st thing is to staple some cord to the back of the frame - the tighter the better
I kind of spaced the cord out to what looked right to me but I guess you could use a ruler and be more precise.

Here is the back of the frame with all three cords stapled on. Spacing looks pretty good right???

Here's a front view of the frame  (sort of)

Now the fun begins: I used tags but you could use scraps of paper I suppose - Just make it look cute-
I have some large letter & number stamps and used them to add the numbers 1- 25 on the tags.

I then grabbed some small paper bags and added the treats ( since the bags are bigger you can add things other than candy - try the dollar store)
Then I used some some clothes pins and clipped the bags with the number tags on the cords and look how incredible my 2012 ADVENT CALENDAR looks.
I added the wreath for some decoration - cool? 

Here is an up close shot of the bags - I stamped a bit more on the tags - just to kick them up a notch.
My kids were super excited to see it and now clammer to open the bags in the morning. I put in 4 items for my 4 kids and they are thrilled with it and it I am happy with the way it looks displayed on our wall.

I love to get on pinterest and see all the fun Advent calendars out there.
Hope you are getting crafty this Holiday season.
I am linking this up to the following parties:

Friday, December 7, 2012

Shabby Tree Skirt

I gotta tell you that this is not MY original idea. I have been seeing these NO SEW
tree skirts all over the blog-o-sphere. I am sharing the way I made my skirt through
my own tutorial. I gotta tell you that this is most definitely PERFECTLY IMPERFECT!
The basic premise is to use some inexpensive fabric something lightweight - I used some MUSLIN - mine was 2.99 a yard plus 40% of course. Now the idea is to cut a circle out of the muslin. I tried folding the 3 yards into a square and attempted to cut out a circle
and this is what I came out with...PERFECTLY IMPERFECT!
Then I cut out LOTS - like 3 yards worth of strips around 3-4 inches wide - just snip the fabric then tear...they will come out more even then if you cut down the strips with scissors.

Then just start to glue down and try to gather as you glue. I laid the glue down then took the fabric in my fingers and crinkled it and laid it on the glue - be careful not to BURN yourself!
This is a long process especially since I made the funky shape and it was way bigger then I expected it to be.
I love the way MY skirt looks - it even kept its original cut shape - weird how that happened.

I wanted to share an up close shot - see you don't have to be PERFECT because it all overlaps so you can cover your mistakes. Remember I told you it took a long time and lots of strips - just be patient. I did it over 2 nights while watching t.v.
The end result is STUNNING. My kids LOVEd it. My husband just asked WHY? Boy, guys are just so dense sometimes - he did add later as it lay under the tree...
"Hey that looks pretty good."
nice save HONEY!

Nice right?
I like that it looks so substantial. and definitely handmade!

Anyway, I say give it a shot and when you are done you will have a lovely YEARLY holiday decoration, perhaps an HEIRLOOM, someday! Common ground blog - is hosting a VINTAGE INSPIRATION holiday decorating ideas party---you should play along.
Wishing you a wonderfully fun holiday decorating season. 
I am linking this up to the following parties:

Monday, December 3, 2012

sweet Snowman

Here is another sweet Holiday D-I-Y couch buddy or gift.
I made these at my last show and they sold like crazy and really quite simple to make.
I thought I would share with you how to put one or bunches of these together.
its the smaller one
Here are the supplies you will need not forgetting the glue gun and the sewing machine
You'll need to some white chenille or any other white thick fabric, a little bit of orange felt, lots of black felt  and some vintage trim for the hat.
I sewed an orange triangle together  on the machine and sewed an oblong circle out of the vintage chenille and left an opening for the stuffing
I used black circles cut from the black felt for the eyes and the mouth.
I made a hat using the black felt too and just cut out a square  wide enough to cover the top of the snowman's head and a rectangle to act as part of the hat...and just glued it in place

the finishing touch is the vintage holly & berrys that I added to the hat to give it that vintage feel.

What do you think? Cute right and super simple....
I am linking this up to the following weekly parties:
Here's wishing you a wonderfully crafty week