Category Archives: Holidays

DIY Christmas Shadow Lamp

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Hey everyone!  If you are looking for a last minute Cricut decor project, look no further!  I cut these and got them pasted up and I think you might like them.  I will admit I fell in love!!!

All ya gotta do is use your Cricut and cut the image you’d like (or use scissors and cut) then use sticky tack to adhere them to the inside of your lamp.  Of course, if you’d like you could do this with anything.  No need to rein in your creativity!!!  (so did ya at least giggle at my intended pun???)

Anyway, got any quick crafty stuff that you are loving???  Leave your pinterest URL and I’d love to follow to check out what you’ve been up to pinning!  Loving Pinterest!  😀

Originally posted 2012-12-14 06:00:00.

Quick Recycled Bulb Christmas Ornaments

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Hey Everyone!  It’s been a super long time since I did any tutorials and I thought I’d post one for ya today.  😀  These are super easy to make!  Promise!

I will be honest and say I forgot to take pics during the process, but it’s super easy so I’ll just do directions.
1.  take old lightbulbs that would normally be thrown away and dip them in glue or spray them with glue
2.  dip the wet bulb in glitter
3.  lay on something to dry that it won’t stick to, I used freezer paper.
4.  there is a small hole in the metal part of the bulb, use it to put your hook into then hot glue or super glue it into place.

TIP: Don’t use clear glitter like I did!  Eventually, they will turn yellow!  I suggest using other colors.  I’m going to try again with red glitter.  😀

Originally posted 2012-12-12 06:00:00.

Halloween Cake Pops


I think these cake pops are adorable and since it’s the season….  So hook em up and enjoy your Halloween!

Some of you may remember catching my review of the 175 best Baby Cakes cake pops recipes (find it here).  This one was my fave Halloween centerpiece!  Here goes.

18 cake pops
White, orange, lavender, green, and black candy melts
Pumpkin or Halloween motif bowl
styrofoam block

Melt 1/4 cup white candy melts and use to attach sticks to 6 cake pops.  Freeze cake pops for at least 15 minutes to set.
Repeat with orange and lavender candy melts, using each color to attach sticks to 6 cake pops.

Add 1 cup white candy melts to those left in the cup and melt until smooth.  Coat the cake pops secured with white candy melts.

Set in a cake pop stand to dry.

Repeat with orange and lavender melts, 6 per color.

Melt 1/4 cup green candy melts.  Use a pastry bag to pipe a pumpkin stem onto each orange cake pop.  Set in the stand to dry.

Pipe two green eyes onto each of the 3 white cake pops.
Set in stand to dry.

If you like this recipe and would like more, you can order yours here.  I’d love to see pics of your creations!

Excerpt from 175 Best Babycakes Cake Pop Maker Recipes by Kathy Moore & Roxanne Wyss © 2012 Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

Originally posted 2012-10-27 05:00:00.

#TheStarMovie Coming Soon! #FlyBy

The Star is a new film produced by Sony Pictures will be released in theaters November 17th! So excited for this adorable new Christmas film!  Be sure and check them out!  What a great movie to get the holiday season started!

About the Movie

In Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

Find it Here!

Have Some Fun

The movie itself is a ton of fun but they couldn’t stop there!  On the website, they have an interactive coloring book and it’s not only adorable, but also such a fun and relaxing activity!   The Star Animated Coloring BookThere are also free printable Dioromas to add to your holiday fun!  I love love love these adorable little cutouts!  What great fun to have with the children before Christmas!  Being a sucker for craftThe Star Printable Dioramas

Further Things Worth Checking Out!

Christmas Love Letters from God

Where Jesus Slept

Christmas Tract & 10 Must Do Christmas Crafts

Saving Christmas

The First Christmas

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath

Nightmare Before Christmas has been played so many times in my house it’s insane.  Check out this DIY wreath.  My nephew can’t wait to hang it in his room and was devastated that it goes on the door first!

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DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath

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Happy Halloween everyone! Looking for something original or new for your October decorations? Try this awesome The Nightmare Before Christmas wreath. For just around ten dollars you +can make a one of a kind decoration that will look awesome for years to come.

All you will need is:

A wire wreath

6 wooden circles

Black and white acrylic paint

Halloween garland

Hot glue

Twine (optional)

*most of the supplies you can get at your favorite craft store. I got my garland at the local Dollar Store*

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath
Help from the Nephew! My best Big Boy Helper!

Step one

Paint the wooden circles white and let dry. Pick out your favorite Jack Skeleton facial expressions and draw them on the circles once the white paint is dry. For those whose free hand skills are not up to par, you can print off stencils and use them. The paint over with black paint and let dry.

Step two

Lace the garland trough the wire wreath. I secured mine with twine but that is optional.

Step three

Place the finished Jack faces where you like on the wreath. You can glue them down if you like, however I hot glued some twine to the back so I could just tie them to the wire wreath.


DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath

Once the faces are secured your wreath is ready to hang.

My four year old decided that we needed a spider web in the center. I had extra hot glue so I made a web out of hot glue (use hot glue and parchment paper to do that. Simply glue the web to the parchment, once it is dry you can carefully remove the web. We painted it first then removed it once it was dry. I just hot glued the web to the back of the wreath…honestly it would have been just as easy to buy fake webbing from the dollar store, but I didn’t want to make another trip into town or spend any more money)

I had a few things in our Halloween decoration supplies that I could have added as well. Like the purple twigs that I tied to the top. You can add whatever Halloween décor you choose and make it as original as you like. The kids loved helping with this. I let them choose the facial expressions, wrap the wreath in garland, and let them pick where to hang it. (Although my son was convinced it would look best in his room. Lol.)


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Anyway, guess we’ll get to the point.  LOL.  Empty nest pity party is over.  Well, at least in my writing, I can pout in my head over missing my young Monkey all I want!  haha

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Hanging Hearts Decor

Good  day all!  I wanted to show you some cute Valentine decor I made.  Actually, I made them for my daughter’s room but they work for both!  😀  They are super simple to make!  They take longer to dry than anything else!  I love that they add dimension and something a little different!  For a teenage girl, nothing ordinary ever works!  But, if you have one you know that!  

Here’s the How To:
1.  Cut out your hearts.  I used my Cricut, but if you don’t have one just make sure they are the same sizes.  You could use a stencil as well.  Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, they’ll cover each other a good bit.
2.  This part is optional, I do it because I don’t like to re-make things!  Take mod-podge, liquid laminate, or some other sealant and coat one side of the heart.  Make sure you coat the side that will be showing!  Let it dry…  ***Just play jeopardy music in your head while waiting!***
3.  Fold each heart in half so that the sides are equal. 
4.  Thoroughly, that’s our key word here, thoroughly glue two halves of the heart together.  Just do two at a time and let them thoroughly dry before going to step 5!
5.  Place whatever string you are using to hang it on the crease of the heart.  You can let the string end inside the heart or you can let it dangle.  I let mine dangle so that the weight would help the heart not fly all over the place.  I also thought about hanging a charm at the end to weight it, but I didn’t and it worked out fine!
6.  Glue the halves together to close in the string and form the heart.  Don’t worry about gluing the string, it won’t go anywhere with all the paper being glued!  
***Some Tips***
Remember to always do odd numbers!!!  3, 5, 7, 9  you get the drift!  You don’t want them to be perfectly even!  You could do any shape that is equal on both sides!  Don’t limit yourself to hearts!Get creative and use different colors!  You can hang with tacks, tape, etc.
 The View from below

Originally posted 2012-02-05 15:17:00.

Merry Christmas

Hey everyone!  Hope this post finds you well!  I thought I would give you a few laughs to go with your day!  Hope you have a blessed and Merry Christmas!  Remember that we were given the Ultimate gift and it is that gift which is the true meaning for everything.  May God Bless You and Keep You throughout the year and always!

funny christmas pictures 01 - funny christmas comics-counting down to xmas #2      
Simply because my Monkey says the same thing to me, I give you this one:
Funny Christmas Cartoons 7 - funny christmas comics-counting down to xmas #2

Here is our living room, we caught Santa on candid cam!  You can too, check out the giveaway for it!  Hope you like our decor and enjoy your holiday.  I’ll leave you with a classic poem to share with your loved ones or just enjoy yourself with a hot cup of cocoa!


by Clement Clarke Moore – Published in 1822

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

Originally posted 2011-12-25 04:21:00.

Snowflake Ornament/Gift

Hi People!!!  Sorry it’s been so long since I put up a ‘real’ post!!!  My stinkin’ camera thing went AWOL and we JUST found it!!!  Obviously, I’m super organized and super responsible!!!  😀  Anyway, on to the reason for your visit!!!
I made this hanging out of a straw, ribbon/thread/forgot what this stuff is called, and a beer tab.
 I glued a straw on the back so that I could make sure it hung straight and hide the knot where I tied the pretty string stuff together.  I wrote on the paper the following poem, which I found online somewhere!  
The Legend of the Snowflake 
Long ago,
a gleaming star led
the way to a child 
born in a manger.
Today it is believed
that Snowflakes are 
little pieces of that
special Star
that leads us to
The Light of 
The World, Jesus.
I have to say, Chief Zoo Keeper responded with “WHO says that!?!  What legend!?!”  
Sometimes, he just doesn’t get it!!!  
Now, to the bling!  I made these with re-purposed bottle caps.  I’ll be posting them on my Etsy shop, so come and pick you some up!  They can be used for decoration, ornaments, necklace/keychain charms!  They really are adorable!!!

Merry Christmas and God Bless You!

Originally posted 2011-12-20 01:41:00.

Artificial Christmas Tree Tips

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We’re running late on that whole decorating thing this year!  Life has been really crazy!  Of course, it usually is!  Anyway, I thought I would post some tree tips for you.  Ours is old.  We got it from someone for free on Craigslist and I’m too cheap, oops, FRUGAL to buy a new one!  So, frugality creates lots of room for creativity!

Tip #1:  Cleaning Your Tree (The Easy Way)

So my brother was cleaning out my garage, being the sweet brother he is, and had his not so wise friend helping him.  Said friend put my tree up in the attic.  What said Friend DIDN’T think anything about the fact that there was loose cotton ALL over the attic!!!  For some reason, they chose to insulate it with cotton!  Anyway, my solution: furniture vacuum extension!!!  Works like a charm!!!

Tip #2: Marking the light strings!

If you have a pre-lit tree, or even if you simply use regular string lights, tying a bright piece of ribbon on the ends of the cords will help you be able to easily find them so that you don’t have to spend hours going through the branches trying to find them!  However, you will see that I used a gold ribbon—  don’t use gold!!!  It was very hard to find!  The orange worked great though!!!

Tip #3: Keep would-be helpers at bay!

 For the four legged friends, bones maybe???
 For the Monkeys, might I suggest busy work?  LOL

Tip #4: Fixing broken branches

 If you have an artificial tree, you know the pains of the infamous broken branches!  Obviously, you put them back in their place and use a screw to hold the branch up but we all know that won’t keep the branch where it needs to be!  So, made a chain with paper clips and hang it from the branch above where it’s supposed to be.  Just remember not to hang heavy ornaments from it!!!
I would love to show you the finished product, but I am waiting on my Monkey to get around to helping me!  She wants to help, but she keeps having to go to bed or do something else (stupid homework!).  So, whenever it gets up, I’ll give ya a peek!  In the meantime, let me know if you have any tips or tricks of your own!!!

This next one would be a great Christmas Gift!

DIY Jewelry Hanger

Originally posted 2011-12-03 14:14:00.