Friday, December 24, 2010

Jewelry Stands

This is what I made my YW for Christmas this Year. A cute little Jewelry "stand". I attached a cute little pair of earrings to the card.

They are so simple to make. Just like making the cake stands (SEE HERE)

All you need is a glass candlestick holder, a cute picture frame with a little bit of a raised edge, some cute scrapbook paper or fabric, and E6000 glue.

Put your cute paper in the frame and then glue the candlestick to the bottom of the frame. Don't use a glue gun it will not stick and will pop off over time. The E6000 is very durable and dries pretty quickly. I recommend letting it dry at least 24 hours.

The frames I used held a 5x7'' picture.

I made each of them in their favorite color. This was the 2010 YW theme but I added the words STAND TALL to help tie in my jewelry STANDS.

I think it would be a cute friend gift too. You could put a cute picture of their friends in the frame instead of paper.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tutorial: Crayon Roll

Cut (2) pieces of Fabric 8.5'' x 16.5"
(I used 1 patterned and 1 plain)
Put Pretty Sides together and sew 1/4'' seam around entire rectangle. Leaving a 2'' gap un-sewn so you can turn it inside out.
Turn inside out, and sew shut the 2'' gap you left to turn inside out.
Fold Fabric 1/3 of the way to create a little Pocket.

I put my elastic right where my little "pocket" is and sew it in the pocket about 0.5''
Then go around entire rectangle with a 1/4'' seam (top stitch) just to finish it off nice.

Now to get the little Crayon pockets.
I just use a piece of masking tape and sew vertically along that line. Then move the masking tape to my next seam and sew another line.
You could get a fabric marker and draw perfect lines to sew on exactly 1'' a part.
But the masking tape is faster for us lazy, non-technical sewers!

That's it.
Put your crayons in their individual little pockets.
roll it up and wrap your elastic around the roll.

These would make cute little stocking stuffers, or little preschooler friend gifts.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Winner is...

The winner for give-away #2 is...

(Thanks to my crazy-haired lovely assistant)
Congrats Jessica!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Give-away #2

This give-away is over
Okay guys you know the drill. Leave me a comment with what Item you hope to win. I will draw a random winner out of a hat, and mail the winner the item they wanted.

The give-away will end
FRIDAY DECEMBER 17th at 9:00 pm

#1 a crayon roll. perfect for church, car, playroom, etc.

#2 a "good job" white erase board (tell me what color you want)

#3 an "ugly" buzz doll. Made of felt.

#4 mystery prize. I will choose your prize. It could be something seen on the blog already or something you haven't seen yet (:

Good luck!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Give-away #1 Winner

and the winner is...

Picked out by my jammie-wearin helper...

Congrats Melissa, please email me your address ( and I will mail your Christmas Journal!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My {first} give-away

Sorry This give-away has ended.

I had a few things left from my boutique and thought it would be fun to do a little give-away. So to all 5 of my readers, your odds to win are pretty dang good (:

All you have to do is leave a comment with what you hope to win.

I will draw (put all your names in a hat and draw out a winner) on December 12th @ 9pm. I will post the winner on the blog and After the winner emails me their address I will ship them their item.

I will start a new give-away on Monday December 13th with 3 different items.

{Item 1} christmas earring 3-pack.

{Item 2} Christmas Journal (premade kit with accessory pack)
(All you have to do is add your own Christmas pictures)

{Item 3} a cute fabric camera strap cover.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Lesson #46 lm2 Financial responsibility

I attached this little quote from the lesson to a cellophane bag with some chocolate gold coins. (I found the gold coins at Winco in their bulk section).
I forgot to take a picture of the "finished product" but they turned out cute. My original idea was to stamp a $ on some muslin fabric and make a cute little money bag to put the chocolate coins in but, I ran out of time.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Free Christmas Cards!

I saw this on one of my friends blogs and decided to try it!

Who doesn't love something free?
{one} around Christmas time
{two} for something you needed to get anyway!

Shutterfly is offering 50 free Christmas cards to bloggers. All you have to do is post a little something on your blog and waaaala. They will then give you a promo for 50 free cards! I have used shutterfly for photobooks, and they are really easy to navigate.

They have a ton of really cute, unique designs (see here)to choose from. I love that they come in different sizes: a {four by eight}, {five by seven}, and I loved the square {five by five} cards.
A few that I thought would be super cute were:

I must be in a black, white, and red mood (:

I also thought this one was cute and original. One that could tell a little bit about your story from the year.

and if you need some cute thank-you cards for after the holidays or just to have on hand, they offer a ton of fun designs for any occasion.

It's also the time of year when we all need new Calendars. They would make a perfect gift for yourself, or the grandparents.

I have already received a couple Christmas Cards this season, and am so excited to get mine sent out. I just need to decide which adorable design to use!

(: wow only 22 days left!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sneak Peak for J

One of my Best friends asked if I would take a couple pics for her in-laws. They had everyone in town for Thanksgiving and wanted an updated pic. They all have so much personality, and I loved their outfit choices.

This is the first grandbaby for this family. They are all totally smitten by this adorable girl.

I think Ms. N could be the real-life Rapunzel from Disney's Tangled.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Lesson #42 lm2 Gratitude & Appreciation

My friend showed me this adorable tutorial {see here} a while ago and it went perfect with the lesson. The tutorial even comes with a printable pattern. Instead of putting it on a clip, i put it on a pony tail holder. And I only sewed the middle bud part. The rest I just used the glue gun to save me a little time! I was suprised at how quick they came together. I made 10 of them in an hour.
I gave each girl a real rose, and challenged them to give it to someone in the ward to tell them thank you for something.
I loved this quote.
I think it was a great reminder not to look at what we don't have but to be thankful for all the things we do have!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lesson #41 lm2 Optimism

For this lesson I read the talk by Elder Wirthlin "Come What May, and Love It!" We talked about how being optimistic helps us with our friends, family, and faith. And how important it is to learn to laugh. And trying to find the joy in things.
I made each of the girls a little magnet with the quote "come what may, and love it". It was a fun lesson

I gave each of the girls these questions from the lesson manual.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


I am putting a few crafts in this cute lil boutique. DECEMBER 4th.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lesson #40 Self-Mastery

We talked about the "four-keys" described in the lesson manual. I really felt the 2nd key was really important for my girls. To believe in yourself with an understanding that you are a child of God, with Godlike attributes to be discovered and developed.

So for the handout I just made some cupcakes and attached the words "Believe in yourself"
These clear plastic cups are perfect for individually wrapping cupcakes.
I found this delicious oreo cupcake recipe at your homebased mom
who got it from your cup of cake.
Both are delicious websites!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Senior Pics

This cute girl is one of my laurels. She is the funniest, sweetest, girl. I love her gorgeous red hair and A-mazing eyelashes. We took most her senior pictures on her Grandpa's land. It was a dream. There were so many props: old cars, houses, barns, and horses. It was so fun. We also stopped on our way home to take a few on the railroad tracks. Thanks A I had a ton of fun!

Her Grandpa was so cute and kept wanting his picture taken. He was adorable!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

I found a template to make cute cupcake wrappers at snow&graham

2 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Kosher Salt
2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar lightly packed
*mix dry ingredients first

add to dry mixture
4 extra large eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1 cup vegetable oil

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with liners. Fill liners 2/3 full of batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Set aside and cool completely

Maple Frosting
12 ounce Cream cheese (room temperature)
6 TBSP unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/2 tsp Natural maple flavor
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners sugar

Mix cream cheese & butter until smooth. Stir in the maple, and vanilla. With mixer on low slowly add the confectioners sugar and mix until smooth.

Top with coarsely chopped heath bar on top of frosting