Crafting in the Rain

Friday, November 20, 2015

Easy Holiday Gift Giving

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So you saw yesterday how I was already getting excited for Christmas cookies. Today I'm working on some Christmas gifts, and have some easy ideas for both gifts and gift wrapping. First off, we head to Big Lots

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Heidi Swapp Christmas at JoAnn

This post is sponsored by Heidi Swapp. I was selected for this opportunity as a community member of Snap. All content and opions are my own.

It's almost Christmas cookie season! Who else gets excited about that like I do? They taste delicious, my house smells amazing, they're beautiful, and perfect for giving to friends. Plus, at what other time can you simultaneously have 5 different cookie recipies going in your kitchen at the same time and no one will judge you!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cool Brands Text Cool and Knit's Cool

I love craft project kits, and so do my kids. Everything's included that you need, so you can start your project right away and you just need your creativity. Today we're showing off two kits from Cool Brands. The Text Cool and Knit's Cool.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Gold Stencil Wall

This post brought to you in partnership with Modern Masters. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

You know those projects that you start out, and you think you know exactly what you want, but then as you get farther along, you're not loving it? That totally happened with me on this one wall behind my craft table in the bedroom. I knew I wanted a custom stencil, so I cut one with my Cricut and stencil material. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Holiday Funfetti® Mini Cookie Cups

This week has kind of been a crazy week around here. Extra activities for the kids, a day off in the middle of the week for Veteran's Day (thank you veterans!), regular school and homework and music for the kids, and of course school for me. I've had a big graphic design project I'm working on this week plus I took a computer programming exam too. 

It was definitely nice to take a little break in the kitchen and do some recipe creation with FunfettiCake Mix and M&M's® . Baking for the holidays is so relaxing, and comes with so many fun memories too. Today's recipe is a fun and easy one to add to your list of Christmas cookies.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Scents of the Holidays

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Have you ever been back to visit a place where you’ve previously lived? I was recently in California for my brother’s wedding and decided to make a quick detour on my way back to the airport at the end of my trip. I stopped by the apartment that my husband and I lived in when we first got married. It was a tiny little place. If you opened the dishwasher, you trapped yourself into the kitchen. And there was a little drawer that couldn’t even open because the fridge stuck out too far and got in the way. But it was a perfect place for us to start out.

We had a little Christmas tree there; it was even shorter than me, but it was a real tree, and it was ours. Mostly we’ve gone the artificial, pre-lit route since then, but I still love the smell of a real Christmas tree. Every Christmas growing up we had a real Christmas tree that we decorated on Christmas Eve. Even still, my mom lights a favorite pine candle every season.

The new Glade® BE AT PEACE™ scent, which has notes of balsam fir and juniper, reminds me of all that together. Aren’t memories wonderful? I love how that smell takes me back to my own excitement of Christmas as a kid, and even that first Christmas as a married couple.

Now I get to create memories like that with my kids. This will actually be our first Christmas here in our current house; we moved in back in February. So while I’ll be rearranging some decorations, (we have a fireplace with a real mantel in this house!) and searching for the best place to set up our Christmas tree, we’ll still make gingerbread houses, decorate sugar cookies, drink hot chocolate and sing Christmas carols. The different cozy scents of our home will someday transport my kids back to this time, and I hope it makes them smile and feel loved too.

Any one of these crafts or treats could be a fun addition to your holiday festivities:

            Glitter Foam Trees          

Which Glade® scent will set the scene for your holiday celebrations this year? In addition to BE AT PEACE™, look out for the rest of the Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection. I was able to find some of the Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection scents at my local Kroger store and you will be able to find the perfect scents to bring out the feelings of the holiday season in your home too!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

goodnessknows® Easy Teacher Gift

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This easy teacher gift is cute, useful, easy to put together, and great for any reason. It's the perfect way to just send a little "Thank you" to your kids' teachers and let them know you appreciate all their hard work. Have you ever been in to volunteer in your kids classroom, or been a chaperone on a field trip? Then you've seen first hand the patience it requires to be a teacher. I think there's a lot of planning ahead, and thinking on the fly.