Coffee Gift Card Holder

I made a gift card holder over the weekend.  I am super happy with how it turned out!  The coffee cup is actually a detachable magnet!  Sometimes the cutest paper embellishments go to waste sometimes (I eventually throw cards away) so I put a magnet on the back so that it can be kept longer!  All she had to do is pop off the coffee cup off the card & put it on her fridge!  Plus, the magnet give it a pop out look!




(BTW, she is not getting this ToysRUs gift card...I just needed a sample card to demonstrate the holder :)  I am going to do a Starbucks card to go with the coffee theme :)

Here is the "recipe" to make this card:

COFFEE GC RECIPE

Gift Card Holder from Cindy Lou Cricut Cart cut at 6 1/2"
Coffee Cup (actually the hot cocoa cup) from Winter Frolic cut at 3"
Thanks from Cindy Lou cut at 3/4"
r from Cindy Lou cut at 1"
White fabric paint for the dots on the "r" and at the bottom scallop
1 Magnet
Re-positional glue (for the back of the magnet to give it a temporary hold to the card)

Christmas Card: Check

Finally came up with a Christmas Card from Shutterfly!  What do you think?  I am totally in {love} with Shutterfly!!  They are like the best photo/card website out there!!

Stylish Snowflakes Black Christmas 5x7 folded card
Make a statement with custom Christmas cards at Shutterfly.
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Vinyl Wristlet Bag

Look what I made!!! {sew} proud of it!

Remember that vintage fabric I got a while back?  I decided to finally use some of it!  I used iron vinyl on it...to sturdy it up & to protect it!  It was really fragile.  I am using the bag as a make-up bag, so the vinyl on it was a must!  I looked around at different bags online & took what I liked about them and combined it into one cute bag!!! 

Today was my first time using the vinyl, sewing pleats  and sewing a zipper!!  I took a LOT of risks doing all of these new things to such rare fabric.  It is not like I could run back out to the store & pick some up.  This was a one shot deal!  I got lucky that it turned out!!!




I decided to add a button (one of my grandmother's old buttons) to give it this old retro feel to it!!

I L-O-V-E how this turned out!!!

Turkey: The Buckeye Way


(Mmmm...isn't your mouth watering?)

For the longest time, my goal in life was never to cook a Thanksgiving dinner by myself!  I would hop from family to family making them responsible for cooking the MOST important meal of the year.  If anyone was going to screw it up...it was NOT going to be me!  Well for the past few Christmases I have put on my big girl panties & braved baking a turkey...and it has turned out soooo good EVERY TIME!!!  Who knew I could bake a turkey so tasty!   Soooo juicy, tender & flavorful!  Well, this year we get the opportunity to have Thanksgiving dinner at my house.  This will be the first year Joe & I will have ever spent Thanksgiving with my parents.  Usually we spend it with Joe's, but we decided to share the love with my parents :)  It is only fair, you know!

I found the most awesome recipe on allrecipes.com (my go to place for everything yummy!) for this great turkey recipe.  I did however change the name of the recipe, 'cause any self respecting Buckeye would never admit to using a recipe from Michigan ;)
  
Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander BUCKEYE Way

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 pound) whole turkey
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 3 tablespoons chicken bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons seasoning salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse and wash turkey. Discard the giblets, or add to pan if they are anyone's favorites.
  2. Place turkey in a Dutch oven or roasting pan. Separate the skin over the breast to make little pockets. Put 3 tablespoons of the butter on both sides between the skin and breast meat. This makes for very juicy breast meat.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the water with the bouillon. Sprinkle in the parsley and minced onion. Pour over the top of the turkey. Sprinkle seasoning salt over the turkey.
  4. Cover with foil, and bake in the preheated oven 3 1/2 to 4 hours, until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C). For the last 45 minutes or so, remove the foil so the turkey will brown nicely.

This is How I Roll...

Pumpkin Rolls, that is!

One of my most favorite things to eat in the world is pumpkin rolls!!  They are soooooo yummy!!  Making your own pumpkin rolls is not difficult, but a lil tricky if you do not know what you are doing.  I found this recipe on allrecipes.com and LOVED it!!  But the method on how they rolled the pumpkin was a lil tricky, so I decided to skip the cloth part in the instructions & just use parchment paper (my favorite baking tool!).  Here is a video tutorial on how I roll a pumpkin roll!


And here is this oh-so-yummy recipe:

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  •  
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch jelly roll pan or cookie sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in pumpkin puree, eggs, and lemon juice. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Spread the mixture evenly.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 15 minutes.
  4. Lay a damp linen towel on the counter, sprinkle it with confectioner's sugar, and turn the cake onto the towel. Carefully roll the towel up (lengthwise) with the cake in it. Place the cake-in-towel on a cooling rack and let it cool for 20 minutes.
  5. Make the icing: In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and sugar with a wooden spoon or electric mixer.
  6. When the cake has cooled 20 minutes, unroll it and spread icing onto it. Immediately re-roll (not in the towel this time), and wrap it with plastic wrap. Keep the cake refrigerated or freeze it for up to 2 weeks in aluminum foil. Cut the cake in slices just before serving. 

Gobble Bags

Cookies taste even BETTER in Gobble Bags!!!



I used the Create A Critter Cart (I seem to use this cart more than anyother one I own!) I cut the Turkey at 2 1/4 and the Gobble at 1 1/4.  I made this for Joe's secretary for all of her hard work! :)  We are VERY thankful for her!  When Joe has been without a secretary, he has to stay late.  Now, he can come home at a reasonable hour! 
If you want to make some Snickerdoodles, HERE is the recipe!

Possible Christmas Card Photos




 

Well, not these last two of Jett...I don't think they will make it on the Christmas card, but he is just too cute not to share them with you!!! 

Christmas Chandelier Decor

So, remember my last blog post about the Christmas Bulb Wreath and how I had an excess amount of bulbs?  Well one of the things I decided to do was hang some from my dining room chandelier.  I added 5 bulbs to each of the "arms" of the chandelier and then hung one of my favorite ornaments from the middle loop at the bottom of the chandelier body.  I think I got that ornament from Cracker Barrel a few years ago. They have the prettiest ornaments, believe it or not!  I hung my bulbs with ribbon.  I do that to pretty much all of my ornaments on my tree.  I will have to blog about my tree later :)



Last year I made paper snowflakes.  I had intended to use them again this year, but they did not make it.  Poor lil guys got crushed!  I tried so hard to keep them safe, I hung them on the wall of my closet with a tack.  But the tape I secured them with came undone & they fell apart...falling from the tack.  Then they got trampled my lil feet.....oh well!  They were too hard (not really hard, but time consuming) to remake.  



Click HERE to read about how I made them & the link to the tutorial!

Christmas Bulb Wreath

So I was totally planning on doing THIS wreath with the grapevine wreath I had laying around the house (for 4 years...I was waiting for something perfect I guess), but ended up doing a Christmas bulb wreath.  The reason being...I do not have a Christmas wreath for the door that I adore.  Anyway, y'day I went to Sam's Club and bought a HUGE pack of 100 shatterproof bulbs for the Christmas tree.  Last week, one of my kids decided to break a bulb, then went on to EAT part of it! (one guess...JAXON) Thank goodness I caught him before he swallowed or we would have been in serious doo-doo!  Knowing Jaxon's track record & knowing that Jett could follow suit in another year, I decided new plastic bulbs were in order.

What I did not expect was just how many 100 really meant!  I was left over with a HUGE amount of bulbs.  And speaking of bulbs...the light bulb went off in my head!  Make a wreath out of the left over bulbs!  Of course my crazy brain of mine could only have the same kind of bulbs on the wreath.  Well....I came up 2-3 short :(  I have to make due with how it turned out, cause I am NOT going to buy another 100 pack just to make up for 2!

To make this wreath, just grab a grapevine wreath, bulbs of your choice, a glue gun & some ribbon.  It was pretty easy...just a matter of gluing them all down.  I really do not like the position of the bulbs...but it is too late now.  Oh well.

Oh...and the funny thing is....the wreath is TOO  big for the door!!! LOL!!  It will not fit between the door & glass storm door.  I decided that the perfect spot would be on the wall in the stairwell.  I did not have anything to put there & it would be out of my line of constant nit-picking vision.



Oh-so-pretty!





 Ok....isn't this wreath beautiful?!?!?!  I think it is feminine, chic & just plain awesome!!  You will never guess what it is made out of......ready for this.....coffee stained coffee filters!!!!!  I love it!!!  Jo from Smilemonsters made this wreath.  Check out here blog on how she made this!  


Gobble-Gobble

Today, some of my favorite turkeys made a craft with me!  This went towards Jaden's art time in school (we homeschool him, just in case you didn't know) & some preschool craft time for Jaxon & Kylen (my oh-so-fabulous nephew!)!



To recreate this masterpiece with you kids, just grab some paper, glue sticks, crayons or markers, pics of their faces, craft sticks (or pipe cleaners would work too!) and go to town!  I had to do the cutting, but the kiddos did the coloring (obviously...I am not that bad! lol) and gluing.  They did such a good job holding still getting their hands traced.  It is funny, but preschoolers love to get their hands traced.  Joe & I use to teach the Two's in church & this was their favorite thing!  Even though this craft might have been a lil pre-schooly for Jaden, he was the one who enjoyed it the most!

Put it all together & you get some turkeys of your own!!!

gobble-gobble

Christmas Cards

Call me crazy, but I am stoked about Christmas this year...and Thanksgiving isn't for another 10 days!!!  I have most of my shopping done & my tree is up!  Now I am get all excited about picking out my Christmas cards!!!

I am going to get my Christmas cards at Shutterfly this year.  I got my Fall cards from them & was so super happy with how they turned out (see the card later on in this post!), there was no other option! And if that was not enough of a reason to get my cards from them, THIS was!!  Shutterfly is offering 50 FREE cards to bloggers!!  And not the small ones...the GOOD ones...the 5x7 cardstock cards...folded or flat!!!  Can you believe that?!?!?!?  Seriously, thank you shutterfly for doing this!!  I will totally come back year after year for cards!!!

Now the hard part....picking out a card....there are SOOOOO many good ones to choose from.  Whoever their graphic designers are who design these cards....they rock!  I used to get my cards from Walgreens, but the choices were so limited.  And there are well...boring.  Not these cards!!!

I really like THIS one because it has this modern, classic look to it.  Having multiple photos is a plus because it is darn near impossible to get all 3 boys to look at the camera at once, let alone all of them smiling!  I would be able to pick 2 photos each of them.




I really like THIS one.  It is whimsical, fun & just plain CUTE!!  I really like their choices of font & color!  With this one I can put a pic of each of them in the square.



I also really like THIS one.  I was thinking of possibly doing a photo shoot of the boys making Christmas cookies.  Live action shots, instead of posed ones.  Last year I did that with the hot cocoa.  I got the best smiles out of the boys.  There was no pressure on them...just have fun!  If I pick this one, then I can do an array of photos.

Oh my goodness...isn't THIS a cute idea!!!!  It was a pretty grim year for us, but we had some awesome moments this year as well!  Wouldn't THIS be a cool card!


 If the stars aline & I cross my toes and I do get a photo of all the boys smiling....then I will get THIS one, I love the multi-colored cards against B&W images.


Ooooo or maybe THIS one or THAT one...


I just LOVE all the whimsical colors!!!  I am leaning towards a card with multi-colors in it!

 So many GREAT choices!  I have never gotten any Christmas cards from shutterfly, but I did get some Fall cards from them.  I got a coupon for 10 FREE cards from them & decided to see what they were all about.  I was soooo impressed with the cards.  The paper was nice & heavy.  The printed photo came out perfect.  I was so impressed, I wish that I would have ordered more!  Here is what I got:


Which one do you like the most?????

I know that times are tough for people, but if you can, please send out Christmas cards. I don't know about you, but the best part of my day is opening up the mailbox & seeing envelopes with Christmas cards in them!  Every year I get less & less.  It makes me sad.  I hope that Christmas cards do not go extinct like the dinos!  Check out Shutterfly & go order you some Christmas cards...and send some to me!! :)

The 12 Days of Thanksgiving

Christmas can have 12 days....so why can't Thanksgiving?

I love countdowns!  To be able to physically look at the days go by makes the build up to a special day more exciting.  Especially if you have children who love to count down the days as well!

Each morning, one of my boys will be able to take a leaf off, revealing how many days we have left till Thanksgiving!!  As of today, November 13th, we have 12 more days!!!

I made this countdown, or advent, with the Create a Critter Cricut Catridge for the turkey & leaves.  I used Plantin Schoolbook for the numbers.  I cut the turkey at 5 1/2", the leaves at 3" & the numbers at 1".  I just taped some brown ribbon to the back of the turkey & taped the leaves on with scotch tape.  I am so happy with how it turned out!  I am going to use this year after year!!




Birthday Girl Sneak Peek

Today I got inspired to work on some birthday decor for my sweet niece, Cora.  She is turning 1 in January.  My sister & her family will be here for New Years (They live in Ohio), so we are going to throw her a small 1st birthday for her while she is here.  It will be a few weeks early...but honestly, she should have been born early!  She was a chunk of a baby!!!  10 lbs, 6oz & 22in!!!  That is one big baby!!!  Here is a blog about here birth! So in all honesty if she were born earlier, she would have been a more manageable baby to push out ;)  My sister is a saint!!

So since this may be the only time to throw a girl's first birthday....I am going to go all out!  Here is a sneak peek of what I made for the cupcakes today:


Cupcake Wrap



The Cupcake Toppers