Thanks again for hanging in there while I’ve been scarce. I thought I’d be back to normal yesterday. Nope! And today’s even been sluggish……so yeah, that’s why this is going up a little late today. This little sickness of mine has kicked me down hard. Boo. Anyway…….I’m back! :)
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I have a few more little gift ideas to share before Christmas is here………….though, I know, I don’t have much time. Ack!!
But this one turned out fun for me. Mostly because I love having pouches for everything. And if I have a really simple gift to share, for some reason the simple gift turns into a really great and thoughtful gift, when it’s dropped into a little fabric zippered pouch.
And this Rounded Zippered Pouch is a little different. With a leather bottom. (Or, faux leather……which is cheaper. And what I used.)
Stuff one full of your favorite colors of threads and accompany with your favorite brand of scissors………or fill with your favorite pens and gift it with a few tablets of pretty paper. (Or fill with make-up brushes, washi tape, sewing notions, small cords, etc. The sky’s the limit!)
OR………keep it really simple and fill with some delicious sweet treats. And deliver it just like that. Mmmmmmmm.
Not only do these pouches have a leather bottom……they also have little leather zipper stops. Cute little detail.
Fill it up.
Or leave it empty.
Whatever you choose……..these little Leather Bottom Pouches will surely make your recipient smile! :)
Would you like to make one? Or a few?
Remember, I promised to post the 2 winners of the Pick Your Plum grab box giveaway yesterday? Well, I’ve been feeling crummy. Boo. And didn’t post the winners OR my post that I have been working on. Double boo.
The post will have to wait until Monday…..but I thought I’d hurry and post the winner today, so we can get those boxes out to you guys ASAP!
So, let’s let random.org choose, like usual.
Here’s winner #1…
Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2013-12-07 19:46:55 UTC
And who is # 524??
Mom and daughter aprons with gloves! Soooo cute!
And here’s winner #2…
Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2013-12-07 19:49:16 UTC
And who is # 14??
I love the hats too. I battled brain cancer last year and wore hats or cute headbands the majority of the time, despite it being wool, it is darling and with a knit beanie underneath, wouldn’t itch my bald head.
Congratulations Charlene and Lisa!! I’ll be emailing you shortly with more info!
And thanks to everyone else for playing along!! :)
Did you think I completely forgot about the giveaway last weekend? Okay, it sorta slipped my mind. I’ll post the winner tomorrow. Promise! :)
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Oh, I have the funnest little thing to share with you today. And it reminds me so much of my childhood.
I remember my mom bringing home some homemade wooden walking stilts (but they looked completely different from these) one summer afternoon, and all of us kids walked and walked and walked on those things. Inside the house, outside on the lawn, along the front porch, in our bedrooms, down the long hall, around the kitchen………..walk, walk, walk. I remember I tried and tried until I mastered those stilts. And I loved them. In fact, I don’t even know what happened to those stilts after that summer. She probably took them back to her elementary classroom, never to be seen again. Ha!
But I made a different version of stilts yesterday afternoon, for my own kids.
Only Connor was home at the time and honestly, I figured he’d be super wobbly. But that kid hopped right on and took off…….like he was born with stilts on his feet.
The best part…….is that these only cost a few dollars to make. And are PERFECT for all the little kids on your Christmas list this year. (Or for birthdays, play dates, party favors, etc.)
And once your kiddos master one size bucket, graduate up to a larger size. The challenge would be fun.
And if you’re worried about the rope length, you can leave some extra length underneath where you tie the rope ends together.
No joke, this kid had a ball with these stilts. And then when Elli got home, they walked and walked and giggled and walked…….just like I remember doing at their age. Then they got a little creative and had races and made obstacle courses and loved on those stilts, all evening long.
Off you go kiddo…
Want to make your own set of stilts??
Okay, the title says “Holiday” cookie but that’s only because we added some crushed candy canes to the top. So, if you’re reading this in let’s say, June,……..skip the candy canes and just ignore that “Holiday” title. Haha! These little devilish treats are good an ol’ time of year. :)
Also, if you like to take lots of time prepping, shaping, and creating your cookies…….this is NOT the cookie for you. Ha. And that’s because this is super speedy, foolproof, and holy-smokes……..AMAZING!!!! HOWEVER, you will surely trick those who you share this with, into thinking that you spent a good amount of time making them. :)
Anyway, my sister Robin needed a fun dessert to bring to a church function tonight and she had 2 stipulations; fast and delicious. So we whipped these up this morning before the kids were even up for school. I told you they were fast, right? And after they were off to school, we put the toppings on in no time at all. Done, done, and done. All 120 of them! :)
And the result??
Blow-your-socks-off DELICIOSO!!!!! No joke.
The idea came from Our Best Bites……but we adapted the recipe a bit and added a ganache drizzle and candy cane sprinkle. Oh yum! And they’re perfect for Robin’s gathering tonight.
The reason these are so fast……is that the cookie base is made with 3 ingredients. A cake mix, some eggs, and shortening. (Have you made cake mix cookies? They’re crisp around the edges and soft and chewy in the middle. Everything a cookie ought to be. Truly. :) )
But the marshmallow layer, ganache drizzle, and slight candy cane crunch makes these a master piece!
Once you bite into that layer of marshmallow though, oh gee, that’s what gets me every time! Chewy, fluffy, and mmmmmmmm, so good!
Oh wait, you know I’m gluten free, right? Were you wondering what I was doing biting into that cookie? (Thanks for watching out for me! ;) )
Don’t worry, we tried them with a gluten free cake mix…….and guess what? Just as mouth-watering delicious. (And just as easy……which isn’t usually the case for gluten free bakes items!) Oh, and I’ve already had 3. Yes, all this morning. :)
These have just graduated to my go-to cookie for company, social gatherings……or hey, any ol’ occassion I can think of! (Does doing a batch of laundry count as reason to celebrate? I’m gonna say YES!.)
Want to pull up a chair and enjoy a cookie or two (or five!) with me??
Oh those sweet folks over at Pick Your Plum are at it again.
They have some INCREDIBLE HOLIDAY DEALS going on right now!
And the coolest part, is that they are sharing 7 new items a day, today through Monday. Pick Your Plum always has the best prices…….but since it’s Black Friday today and Cyber Monday next week, they are having drop-your-jaw prices all weekend long.
(PLUS, Free shipping on orders over $25 for lower US states. Hawaii/Alaska and Canada will pay one flat low shipping price.)
Don’t believe me, check these out:
Washi Tape is 80% off…….9 rolls for $9.00. Love this stuff! :)
Wools Hats for 73% 0ff………are $7.99. Okay, those are just adorable!
Cream Square Tins (in 3 sizes) are 80% off…………….and start at $1.99. So cute for any ol’ thing.
Knit Infinity Scarves are 80% off……..and are only $4.99 each. Holy cute!!!!!
Daisy-Cut Mason Jar Lids are 93% off…………and are 12 lids for $2.00. Uhhhhh, that’s kinda like they’re free! :)
Okay, I could go on and on……..but there are too many deals to list. 14 deals are up today, 7 new ones tomorrow, 7 the next day, and 7 more on Monday. Uh, yeah. We can all get a lot of Christmas shopping done this weekend! :)
(And remember……FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25 for lower US states. Hawaii/Alaska and Canada will pay one flat low shipping price.)
Just be sure to visit Pick Your Plum each day…….all deals are posted by 7am (MST).
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Oh, but wait…….one more thing!
Pick Your Plum has decided to give 2 of you a fun box of awesome gifts!
Are you ready for this?
2 of you will be receive a box filled with the following goodies:
- 6 rolls of christmas twine
- 9 rolls of washi tape
- Craft Tags
- Christmas gift box sets
- Christmas baking cups and matching bags
- 4 scarves
- Boot leg warmers
- Arm warmers
- Christmas Sisal Stars and hearts
- Chicken wire baskets
- Gifting tins
- 2 Necklaces
- Little boy and girl hat
- Advent boxes
Yep, you read that right…….gobs and gobs of goodness! Keep some for you, gift some away……or save for future gift giving! That’s almost $200 in prizes for 2 separate winners!
Here’s how to enter:
- Visit Pick Your Plum right now and tell me your favorite deal going on right now. (Be sure to include your email address in the comment form, so I can contact you if you win!)
- Okay, that’s it! Only 1 way to enter!! :)
**Giveaway open to US and Canada only
**Giveaway ends Monday, December 1st at 11:59 p.m., MST.
Now, enjoy the rest of your weekend!
First of all, thank you all SO MUCH for your feedback/interest in possibly contributing to Make It and Love It. There were SO many of you who filled out the form……so, there’s lots of reading for me to do. But I kinda LOVE it! However, it would be impossible (unless I took a vacation just for this) to respond to each of you individually……so please know, they’re rolling in. And thank you! But I probably won’t be contacting anyone for several weeks, until the Bloggers Wanted forms are due (Dec 15th).
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Thanksgiving is in, oh, 2 days…….and I had one more thing to share. But it may just have to turn into a Christmas Dinner decoration. Ah well. I’ll share it one of these days. :) (Along with some fun Christmas gift ideas!!!!!)
Until then, I almost forgot about my Burlap Table Runner that I made from last year, that I need to pull out……PRONTO!!
Remember, the leaves already came printed on the burlap……and was a super quick project to make. There’s still time to make one if you’d like one too! :)
And then, once the runner is in place……..the table can be set and each of the Name Ribbons can be wrapped around each plate setting.
Then, it’s time to start making, baking, and stuffing the bird.
We’re trying a few new recipes this year (which is risky when company is coming, right?!?!) but I decided that if none of us like a particular dish…..there will be like 17 other sides to choose from! :) No biggie.
Here are some recipes that we’re still trying to narrow down:
Mmmmmmmmm……….I’m so ready for food, family, and some holiday cheer!
I hope many of you are doing the same! :)
No, no, no…….I’m not going anywhere. I’m still hanging around, doing what I love to do best on this blog.
However, I have been thinking about this for a long while……and finally decided that since I don’t fill this blog up every single day of the week like I used to, others may really like to fill in those gaps. There’s so much talent out there and I know some of you would like to share what you’re doing……but don’t have the platform to do it. But don’t worry for one minute…..I’ll be around just as often! I get asked quite a bit about blogging and how I started and how people can get their name out there, etc. I wish all of you could feel just as fulfilled by all of this blogging stuff as I do. The contributors aren’t going to take over…….I just want to kinda help give some of you a space to join in on the fun! I swear one of the biggest reasons I have grown was timing. If I were to start blogging now, I’m not sure where I would be. So I figured, hey, why not let others get a feel for blogging (if they don’t currently blog) or add to it (if they currently blog)……and join me here!
And yes, it’s no secret I have ads/sponsors, which help fund this blog. So, the days that one of you are possibly blogging, I’ll pay you a set price…….and it will be like the ads are paying YOU for the day. :) (And yes, if you have your own blog…….you go right ahead and share that and tell people where you’re at. Then they’ll know where to find more of you!)
I don’t know…….just thought it would be fun! I used to blog every single day (where I found the time, I have no clue, because I swear my babies were fed and happy!)………but now with kids in school and more and more “life” added to my day, I’m no longer blogging every day.
Anyway, I’m kind of rambling……so hopefully this makes a little bit of sense. Ha!
But here’s what I’m thinking. I would love to share this space with others. With a whole huge variety of you. So, even if you don’t sew……no worries! (But if you do……..let me know. I would love to have you!) But maybe you’re a fantastic crafter. Or a killer party planner. Or would blow people away with your cooking/baking. Or maybe your thing is photography. Or interior design. Or home renovating. Or making printables, etc., etc., etc……. If so, Join me!!
My thoughts go first to you stay-at-home moms who are kinda starting out like I did……and have a teeny tiny one at home, but need a little creative outlet. However, that doesn’t have to be the case……because ALL are welcome!
And just to re-iterate…….none of this means I won’t be blogging. I’ll be around just as often, doing my thing. I’m just allowing others to fill in the gaps. That’s all. :)
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Okay, so here’s a few anticipated questions, I’m sure one or more of you will have. (If you have more, please ask!):
Is this a permanent gig? Yes. Well, I’m thinking for at least 6 months to a year. However, we can do a trial run of 2 posts and see if it works for you and me……and if you’re happy with how things are going, you can be a regular around here.
Can I just contribute once? I think I’ll create a list of those who only want to contribute once and pull from them when I have spots that are available. So yes, go ahead and let me know! But I’m telling ya…..the party is so happenin’ around here……you may never wanna leave! ;)
How much will I be paid? Well, that depends…..and will be decided on before you start creating. (But anywhere from $20-$50.) Plus, a whole lot of social media sharing. I will always share a contributor’s content, the way I share my own. So that everyone knows there’s something new on the blog! :)
When will this start? January 2014. Let’s get those holidays out of the way first.
How often are you thinking? 1-2 times a month. Or maybe every other month. We’ll just have to see what the interest is, what your schedule is like, etc.
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Okay, now I have a few questions for YOU!
Here’s a form to fill out, if you’re interested. I’ll keep this open until December 15th……in case you need a little more time.
(The form below is bigger than what you see. If you click inside the form and then scroll, you will see a few more questions. Fill it out and then click SUBMIT at the bottom.)
I can’t wait to see if there are any of you who want to join me! And keep in mind, if you’re not sure, just apply anyway. You never know…..you may really enjoy having your own little space to share what you’re creating! :)
You have until December 15th to decide……and then I’ll start notifying people. And if the spots fill up really fast, I will keep a list of people who are interested for future spots to fill!
Talk to you soon!
That sweet Kari and Becky over at U Create asked if I’d join in on their Homemade Ornament series this year. Yes please!!! For some reason, I’m so into Christmas REALLY EARLY this year. It all started with that tree I decorated……so I guess I can blame Michael’s. ;) But I am going crazy that we still have another 2 weeks before Thanksgiving is here and we can officially pull out the rest of the decor.
Anyway, I’m kind of in love with how this little ornament turned out.
It’s kind of raw and earthy…….and goes well with the burlap, pine cones, and twiggy garland that I already used on my tree.
However, I couldn’t resist adding a little gold glitter spray. Ahhhhhh….
And if it looks familiar…….well, it’s very similar to the large Twig and Branch Snowflake that I made last year. Which, I’m excited to pull out and hang from my door again!
But this one is just itty bitty and fits perfectly on a tree.
See? There’s definitely a use for those dried out twigs laying around outside.
Find the full tutorial over at Ucreate.
Then, make a few for yourself…….and then a few more to pass around as small gifts of love this Christmas season!
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Have you noticed my newest Sponsor, North Pole Chocolates?? I’m in LOVE! They have a wonderful selection of chocolates and sweets but my favorite part is the personalized bar of chocolate you can create and send to a loved one…….or the “Santa Claus” letter that you can customize. You just add in the name of the child, the item(s) they are asking for….and the sweetest little letter is created and will be sent to your little Believer! We better send some letters off to Santa soon! Visit North Pole Chocolates and check out the rest!
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Okay, one more project (or, maybe 2) for Thanksgiving. And then I have several things that I want to make for Christmas gifts this year that I’m dying to share.
However, this little project may be my favorite of all the Thanksgiving posts this year. Mostly because it gave us some great things to think about, chat about, and share together as a little family. One thing that I hope to really instill in my little wigglers…….is gratitude. I know they’re small and their understanding is limited but I want them to grateful. And happy. And appreciative for even the smallest of blessings.
So, my sister Robin (remember she’s staying here in our home…) came up with this great little Gratitude Tree. And I just took the pictures. And contributed minimally. :)
And you know, I really REALLY love it.
And it sits perfectly up on that big mantel that we recently constructed (with that rad big brother of mine!).
I think I enjoy looking at it….mostly because it reminds me of the conversation we had with our littles, while talking about anything and everything that we are really grateful for. I could see their little eyes light up, as they rattled off their most treasured blessings.
Each of those items were written on paper, attached with a little jute string, and hung from each of the burlap leaves on the tree. Oh, and each of those little leaves have wire attached……and are bendable and stay right where you want them.
For 2013, this definitely made the list. The kids feel the same way….because having our home means no more moving. And they remind us of this fact often.
Some items are more serious……while others are a little more trivial. But hey, Elli appreciates the small things too.
And Chloe appreciates the vain things. (That 2 year old of mine could LIVE in her dress up high heels. Or the ones from my closet. Grrr.)
It sure is a perfect fall decoration. And a lovely center piece for Thanksgiving.
And the cost is minimal. A few branches from outside, a little jute string, some pebbles from our landscape, and a metal container that was stored away, unused. The only thing I purchased was the metallic marker, to write out each item of gratitude.
My heart is feeling full. And this little tree helped fill it right up! :)
Would you like to make your own Gratitude Tree??
Thanksgiving is going to be at our house again this year. Which makes it easier because Steve (my husband) has to work that morning at the hospital and hopefully once he gets home, we can all enjoy our holiday meal. It makes it a little easier on us, so I’m glad some of our family is willing to travel to our home again this year.
And since my sister Robin is living with us for a little while (and can help me create things), we decided to add a few extra touches this year.
Nothing too extravagant or time consuming. Just simple.
So we kinda put our heads together and created these little Name Place Ribbons…..you know, like place cards. But ribbons.
A simple strip of ribbon, tied together with a little jute ribbon. Nothing easier than that, really.
And okay, after we both pitched in a few ideas and made the first ribbon, Robin jumped all over the rest and made the other 11 that we would need. Bless her little ever-loving heart! :)
**Yeah, every place setting needs a napkin. I’m jumping on that next. :)
The ribbon hugs the dinner plates, and easily slips off once it’s time to serve dinner.
Ahhhh, name assignments. Now there’s no confusion of who sits where.
And the punch of color? Perfect for our Thanksgiving table setting.
Thanks Robin! Onto the next little touch of Holiday love, right? ;)
Want to make your own Name Place Ribbons?