Easy Gift Tags & Black Friday Silhouette Deals

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I recently got a new goodie in the mail--a Silhouette Portrait.  I've been trying to stop being intimidated by my Silhouette, not because it's hard to use, but because it seems like every time I used it I had to do a million things before using it (update the software, find the power cord, find the right power cord, clear off a large space on my messy craft desk, etc.) But since I am trying to use it more often, these things are getting less … [Read more...]

Rustic Wood Box Tutorial

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These are pretty common and I'm sure you must have seen a dozen tutorials.  But wood boxes are incredibly handy to have for decorating, so I'm going to teach you how to build one so I can refer back to it later.  Also I will teach you how to make it look old and rustic using some special techniques.  But if you want to try making this, please read through the entire tutorial before starting because there is some day ahead prep that needs to be … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey Black Friday

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about Downton Abbey.  And I admit, I'm a fan as well.  Honestly, I haven't agreed with all the decisions the writers have made, but what show is perfect, right?  That being said--I adore the entire period it takes place in.  I love their huge mansion, the fashions, how they are trying to hold on to the past traditions in the evolving world.  I love how it shows the entire story of the servants' … [Read more...]

20 Fabulous Pie Recipes

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Thanksgiving is just a couple days away...craziness! Every year I make several pies, rolls, and something else like a fruit salad. I've even made the whole dinner one year. But this year we had Thanksgiving a couple weeks ago, right before my mother-in-law passed away. That was special. So it's weird that the real Thanksgiving is happening now because it kind of already happened in my head. But that's no reason to not celebrate anyway! I'm so … [Read more...]

Scandinavian Inspired Ornaments

scandinavian inspired ornaments

Hello friends!  As part of the DecoArt Design Team, this month I was challenged to come up with a project with the theme of International Holidays.  There are so many options here, but I was really drawn to the bold red and white of Scandinavia.  I really love their style and art, so I decided to give my own a try.  It ended up being pretty easy and anyone can do it!  I mean seriously, my six year old helped me with this, so yes--anyone can do … [Read more...]

10 Unique Mens Gift Ideas

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I have the same problem every year--my husband's birthday and Christmas fall within three weeks of each other.  So basically I use up all my gift ideas for him on his birthday and Christmas always seems to be a bit of a letdown.  Plus, he is the type of guy to buy himself things that he wants instead of waiting for it, which makes his wish list very short.  So I've had to get creative and I have come up with this list of 15 unique mens gift … [Read more...]

5 Minute Hot Chocolate Gift

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This post first appeared on Tatertots and Jello. It's time to start thinking gift-everything.  Gifts for kids, parents, siblings, spouses.  But don't forget gifts for neighbors, teachers, co-workers, bosses, and anyone else you might need to whip up a quick gift for!  Today I'm sharing a 5-minute hot chocolate gift.  It seriously couldn't be easier! Supplies: Mug (mine was from IKEA) Sharpie, fine tip Hot chocolate mix Mini … [Read more...]

Easy Mini Apple Pies

easy mini apple pies

The other day I needed a quick dessert.  I bought some pre-made pie dough and some pre-made apple pie filling.  Together they cost less than $5.  Then I got out my cupcake pan and spread out the pie dough.  I used a circle cutter and cut some circles that I pressed into the cupcake pan.  Then I opened the pie filling and scooped a little into each mini pie. I used the dough scraps and rolled them out.  I cut them into strips which I wove … [Read more...]