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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

How to Wear Buffalo Plaid

Do you guys love the big bold plaid style? I do, and I'm loving all these ideas on how to wear it. With lots of cold weather months still ahead of us, these are the perfect outfits to add to your winter wardrobe.

Plaid Outfit Ideas on Crafting in the Rain... Click through for sources
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Top 20 of 2014

The end of another year means it's time to look back and see what your favorite posts were during 2014. Several posts from other years have remained very popular, but for this countdown I'll be showing only posts from 2014.

You can see other past favorites here:

Friday, December 19, 2014

Ice Cream Cone Gift Tag

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I don't know how things are looking at your house these days, but I'm guessing you're all a little busy like me. Whether you're preparing to travel, preparing for visitors, getting ready for other entertaining, or still gift shopping, you'll appreciate another cute and easy gift idea. These are a special way to say thank you to a friend or welcome your guests.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 Free Printable Calendars

{Printable Calendars for 2015}

I know Christmas is still on everyone's mind, but the New Year will be here before we know it. Whether you're actually ready to print out some calendars for 2015 right now, or you just want to pin this post so you have it available in a couple weeks, I've found a bunch of cute and trendy printable calendars for you. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #54


Lace Merry Banner

{Lace Christmas Banner}

Last month I posted over on Tatertots and Jello during her fabulous holiday series. Combining the simple neutrals of lace, chipboard and glitter you'll have a cut Christmas banner.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ballet Soap Gift

{Ballerina Soap}

Last month I posted over at The Crafting Chicks when they did their fun 12 Days of Christmas gift series.

Of course with my ballerina daughter I had to pick the "9 ladies dancing" for my theme. I wanted to make something fun for her to give to her ballet teacher. Here's how I turned a regular soap dispenser into a cute ballerina.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DIY Screen Printing Kit

If you've ever wanted to try screen printing at home, or just been curious how the process works, this post can answer some of your questions about DIY screen printing. You just may find yourself picking up a new fun hobby!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #53

Hi everyone! I'm sure most of you are well into your Christmas prep and hopefully already enjoying a lot of fun activities with your family. We've sure been busy here!


Wood Sign Made from Foam

{Faux Wood Sign}

This post is brought to you by FloraCraft® as part of their Make it: Fun® Team

Let's make an awesome wood sign that's light weight and doesn't require power tools! It's made from foam--do you like it?  And does that make it a "faux-m" wood sign?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Gift Giveaways

I think you guys are really going to be glad you stopped by today! 

22 fabulous bloggers from 2 countries have gotten together to offer 22 prize packages for this year's Christmas Wish List Giveaway! We have gathered some of our favorite items from our own wish list and put together gifts for you!

Friday, December 5, 2014

White Christmas Sisters Wreath

{Blue Glitter Wreath)

White Christmas has been one of my favorite Christmas movies for as long as I can remember. We watched it every year growing up. Then my first year in college I brought it with me after Thanksgiving break back the dorm so I could watch it with my roommate on our borrowed tiny VCR/TV combo. She’d never seen it before, and didn’t get why I loved it so much. I was shocked! How could anyone not be in love with it? 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DIY Wood Disc Ornaments

{Wood Slice Ornaments}

DIY Wood Slice Ornaments
Natural items are every where in home decor, and when it comes to decorating for the holidays it's no exception. I've seen coasters, parts of centerpieces, and even used as wreaths on a front door. These wood slice ornaments are cute, easy and make great gifts too!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Portland Area Craft Night (and Afternoon)

I'm especially calling out my local friends on this one!

I'm attending and teaching a project at the Scholls Grange on Saturday December 13th and I would love to have you come with me!

The event is hosted by Christie and Claudia of Pops and Podge. Visit their site to get all the details on time and place, see the projects available and register. $7.50 gets you in the door (to help pay for the building use) and then each project price is listed as well.

I'll be teaching how to make glitter ornaments (several colors to choose from) and the Frozen 3-pack will be available to make too!

What's even better is that they're letting me bring one of you with me for FREE! Enter the giveaway below and you could have your $5 admission fee taken care of. 

Please check it out, and then enter too, 'cause it will be fun!! Hope to see you there.
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Snickerdoodle Recipe with Cinnamon Chips

While I was devouring a delicious piece of homemade cinnamon chip bread the other day, I was thinking about what other kinds of recipes would be amazing with cinnamon chips in them. When I thought of adding them to already-cinnamon-y snickerdoodles, I knew I had to try it!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

North Pole Hot Chocolate Stirrers

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Today I get to show you my last BIC Merry Markings idea and I think you'll really like it.

Hot Chocolate Stirrers

With the cold weather that’s settled in around most of us, it’s time to break out all those warm drinks. Between mulled ciders, different flavors of hot chocolates and steamers there are tons of ways to stay warm and cozy all day. And since everyone likes them, they make great gifts too!

One way to create a cute and easy gift is to make some peppermint stick hot chocolate stirrers.

You’ll need 
  • peppermint sticks
  • large marshmallows
  • small treat bags
  • BIC Mark-It™ markers 
  • white cardstock and stapler

Peppermint Drink Stirrer

Push a large marshmallow on the end of a peppermint stick and put it down in the treat bag. Create the label with #MargaritaGreen, fold it over the top of the bag and staple down. For a fun neighbor gift, make several of these and give them a can of hot chocolate mix to go with the peppermint stirrers.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Stirrer

With 36 vibrant colors and a 8 metallic colors pack you dream up all kinds of designs. Be sure to get the booklet of merry marking and a coupon to start marking.

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What’s your favorite flavor of hot chocolate? I love adding caramel syrup and a dash of salt to mine.

Today I’m challenging my 3 sisters to make a few hot chocolate stirrers and hand them out to friends. So Chris, Elise and Aly, you’re up. Be sure to tag pics of them, or any other project from the Month of Merry Marking with #BICMerryMarking so we can see them! And if you missed them, here are my other two posts.
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Red Hot Punch

{Cinnamon Pineapple Punch}

This recipe is one I got from my sister years ago. If I didn't know and trust her, I'd say that the flavor combination was just too crazy to work. But it is good! If you're looking for a party drink that will surprise your guests, this is it.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cheese Ball Recipe

{Easy Cheese Ball Recipe}

This cheese ball has been a staple at my house growing up during the holidays. It makes a great appetizer with your favorite crackers. Plus, it's easy, which is always awesome! And don't be scared of the blue cheese. Even if its not your favorite, it actually doesn't leave a strong flavor here. Make sure you make it up a day ahead of time to let the flavors meld.

Spray Mop and Cleaning Tips

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#CleanForTheHolidays #CollectiveBias

Ok friends, Christmas is fast approaching and I'm sure you all have lots of fun things planned, but it turns out that housework doesn't really take a vacation. And that floor cleaning just has to get done!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

OREO Cookie Ball Tree

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{OREO Cookie Ball Recipe}

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we're full swing into the Christmas season. We know parties are on the horizon and I have the perfect treat for you to put together. If you need to bring something to add to the dessert table, make sure it stands out!

This lovely Christmas tree is made of white chocolate covered OREO cookie balls and you won't believe it's so easy.

First off, my girls really wanted to show off where we found the OREOs at Walmart.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 4 pkg. (4 oz each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
  • OPTIONAL: I replaced the semi-sweet chocolate with white chocolate/almond bark and added red candy melts as well. 

For the tree:
7 inch foam cone
white yarn

Start by making the OREO cookie balls. Blend OREOs in the blender until they're all tiny crumbs. Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended. Shape into 48 1-inch balls and freeze for 10 minutes. 

Dip balls into melted almond bark and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Drizzle red candy melts across the top of each cookie ball and refrigerate for 1 hour.

While they are chilling, it's time to prep the foam piece. Starting at the top, wrap yarn around the whole cone, securing at both the top and the bottom with glue. This will prevent any bits of foam dust from getting onto the treats.

To apply OREO balls to the tree, first stick a toothpick into the foam at a diagonal. Then place the ball onto the other end. Repeat until the tree is covered. Depending on the size of your foam cone, you may need more or fewer balls. Once the tree is full, place remaining around the base on a plate.

Here are a few tips for you:

  • Spray hands with cooking spray. 
  • Roll cookie crumb mixture longer than you think you need to and this will make them smoother.
  • Add a bit of vegetable oil to melted candy to make it a bit easier to work with.
  • Dip balls twice if using white to cover completely.

Which holiday gathering would you take this to?

Print out this coupon for 50c off a package of OREOs before you go shopping!

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Rhinestone Kit Tutorial

This post is brought to you by Silhouette America. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

{Learn how to use rhinestones with the Silhouette machine}

Who here has made their own rhinestone template before? I never had until last week and it was so fun. I'm hooked! I used the rhinestone starter kit which made it so easy. 

Inside the starter kit you'll find Silhouette rhinestone material, transfer tape, backing board, rhinestones, a rhinestone brush, free template downloads and an instructional DVD.

We recently adopted a 2 year old chihuahua and I wanted to dress up a few of the storage items we have for her. 

Design your rhinestone template in Silhouette Studio--remember that you can't resize the templates. The circles in the design are set for specific rhinestone sizes and resizing will mess that up.

I used the doggy bone and script letters from the Design Store, using the 10ss rhinestone size.

I chose to edit up the designs just a little bit. I cleared out all the circles from the middle of the bone (ungroup, then delete circles leaving just the outline.) Then I lined up the corner of the bone and the bottom of the "y" and deleted two circles that overlapped.

Now the image is ready to cut. Load the rhinestone template material into the machine (no need to put it on a mat) and under "cut settings" select the correct material type. Adjust the blade to 6 and then send to the machine. 

When it's finished cutting, unload and peel everything off the mat. Cut the design out (the rest of the material is still usable for more templates) and peel the template from the white backing. It is adhesive, so press it down on the board.

Since I was using two colors of rhinestones, I had to hand place a few of the black rhinestones in the bone where it overlapped with the name.

Then I could pour a bunch on and use the brush to swirl them around until all the bone was filled. The stones are weighted, so after a bit of time they will all fall into holes. Repeat with pink stones for the name. Remove all extra stones.

Cover with a piece of transfer tape and press down over the design to pick up all the rhinestones. 

These can be applied to any fabric surface, so lay it down, cover with a thin cloth and iron down for 30-60 seconds, making sure to cover all parts of the design. I wanted this design on a little canvas basket I had for our dogs's toys. 

And here it is all done! Isn't it cute! I also cut some vinyl labels for the treat and food containers we have for her. 
I combined the arrow journal cards and LD Kracken fonts and cut them from white vinyl.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Berry Christmas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Time for the second installment of BIC Merry Marking ideas. Today I’m going to show you how you can brighten up a teacher’s day this holiday season. You can make up some easy teacher gifts with a cute note letting them know how much you appreciate them.

I chose berry gum for this gift, but it would be just as cute with some berry flavored lip gloss, or a homemade berry pie!

Berry gift idea

Use the BIC Mark-It in #PrairieBerry and write “sweet” notes to your kid’s teachers. I cut some scalloped tag shapes and decorated them, and then wrote "Berry Christmas!" Have your kids sign the back or add message to the back. Tie the tags onto the package of gum with colored twine and you're done!

Berry gum gift

Click here to get the booklet of merry marking and a coupon to start marking then download the available coupon to take with you when you pick up your markers! These low-odor permanent markers come in 36 vibrant colors and an 8 pack of metallic colors. Possibilities are endless!

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Now I would like to challenge 3 of my blogger friends to make a few berry gifts and notes for teachers. So, Randi from Sowdering About, Allison from Two Thirty Five Designs and Dee from and Cupcakes and Crowbars you’re up. Be sure to tag pics of your tags, or any other project from the Month of Merry Marking with #BICMerryMarking so we can see them!

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