Always in my heart ❤️

A Christmas Ornament with Special Meaning.

The holidays are especially hard for people who have lost loved ones.

The year I lost my Dad, right before Christmas, I found it really hard to celebrate.

I found myself just going through the motions.

This year, I decided to make a special ornament to place on my tree to remind me

that my loved ones will always be in my heart.

At Christmas Time and Every Day.

To make my ornament…

I used a simple whitewashed wood ornament that I picked up at Michael’s.

I cut the words “Always in my Heart” using my Silhouette Cameo Wireless Die-Cutting Machine* out of matte black self adhesive vinyl from Styletech Craft.

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Directions:

  • Using an electronic die cutting machine, I cut the words.
  • Using a weeding tool carefully remove the negative spaces in and around the letters.
  • Place a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* over the letters.  Rub over the letters using a vinyl scraper tool to help the vinyl cling
  • Apply words onto the whitewashed wood heart.

A simple little ornament and a whole lot of love.

You can now find the full line of StyletechCraft online at ATSM.


“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the StyleTechCraft Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

Simple Country Christmas Vase

Simple Country Christmas Vase

Create a sweet Country Christmas Vase with a little help using Joy Iron On Embroidered Letters.

Supplies Used:

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Directions:

  1.  Spray the mason jar with a couple coats of ivory colored spray paint.

2.  After the paint has dried, lightly sand the jar to remove the paint off the letters.

3.   Drill a hole on the top of a small wood slice and paint the center with red acrylic paint.
4.  Glue the embroidered letters and wood star onto the wood slice with craft glue.
5.  Tie ribbon around the neck of the jar and add embellished wood slice.

You can find a wide selection of Joy® embroidered iron-on letters and alphabet sheets in different sizes at your local craft stores. 

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Joy® Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

Holiday Diamond Art

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The Gift of Organization

The Gift of Organization

I’m a little bit of an Organization nut.

I like things to be neat and tidy. (I’m sure I’m not the only one.)

With the holidays around the corner, for that hard to buy person,

why not give the gift of organization.

I like to use the Deflecto Interlocking Single Tilt Bins* all around the house.

I figured everyone else might like them too.

You could give the bins as is or fill them up for the ultimate gift.

Add a bow and your set to go.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

For the Kids

Craft supplies, playdoh, Legos, the list could go on and on.

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In the Bathroom

Hair ties, make up…Clear up the clutter on the bathroom counter.

In the Garage (or Mancave)

for the golfer in my life.

In the Baby’s Room

A great gift for the new mother.

In the Craft Room

The bins are interlocking and stackable.

Great for little storage needs in the garage, craft room, nursery, kitchen, and even the kid’s room.

Wherever you need a little extra storage.

The nice thing about the interlocking single tilt bins* is that you can use just one or use

several.  You can also hang them on the wall or use them with a mounting bar*.

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A Merry Little Holiday House

How to make A Merry Little Holiday House.

A cute little holiday decoration using the Eileen Hull House Ornament Die.

Perfect for gift giving.  Just add a small battery operated tea light and see it glow.

A Merry Little House Supplies Used:            (*affiliate links)

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Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of Red and Black Buffalo Plaid paper 6″ x 8″.
  • Run both pieces of paper design side up through the Xyron Creative Station*.  As the paper moves through the Creative Station it adds adhesive to the underneath side of the paper.  You get full and complete adhesive covering on the paper.
  • Cut two pieces of Mat Board* 6″ x 8″.
  • Adhere the buffalo plaid paper onto each one of the mat board.  (underneath will be plain)

  • Lay covered matboard on top of the house ornament die and sandwich it between two sizzix cutting plates.  Run the die, mat board and cutting plates through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine*.  The Big Shot will cut out the house shape and two tiny houses that you can use on a later project.
  • Cut two houses shapes.

A Merry Little Holiday House bits and pieces.

  • Carefully fold on the scored lines.
  • Cut off the top tab with the two holes on both houses.  (This tab is used if you want to make it an ornament.)
  • You will also need to cut the bottom flap from one of the houses.
  • Use Super Glue to assemble the house. Glue all sides of the house together before gluing the roof tabs.  Leave bottom tab unglued so that you can add a small battery operated tea light.

  • For the Roof:  Cut a piece of Black Corrugated paper 2 1/2″ x 4″.  Fold in half and glue to top of the roof.
  • Place two small pieces of white matboard over the window section of the ornament house die and run through the big shot die cutting machine.  Trim around matboard to create two small windows.  Glue windows frames onto house.

  • Add the “Merry” chipboard sticker from the Christmas Market Chipboard Accents to the front of the house.
  • Make wreath out of a 6″ piece of the craft pine stem.
  • Create a small bow from the red twine and glue onto front of wreath.
  • Glue wreath to front of the house.

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Creating a Mini Thanksgiving Room

Creating a Mini Thanksgiving Room…

Time to get your rooms ready for the Thanksgiving holiday.

I love making miniature rooms, especially for the Holidays.

I created this special little room for Xyron using the Xyron Creative Station*.

The Xyron Creative Station* is perfect for projects like this.  I wanted complete adhesive coverage on every corner and edge of the paper.  (No wrinkles, no bubbles, easy to use.)

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To make the Mini Thanksgiving Room…

  • Cut chipboard into 4 pieces:  9″x7 1/2″, 5 3/4″ x 9″ and two 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″
  • Cut woodgrain paper just 6″ x 9 1/4″ and run it through the Xyron Creative station design side up.   As the paper runs through the machine it adds adhesive under the paper.
  • Adhere the paper to the chipboard.  I like to cut my paper slightly wider than I need so I can trim the edges with a craft knife.
  • Gently sand edges with a extra fine sanding block for the perfect edge.

  • I cut the patterned paper half the size of the other three chipboard pieces and added a 1/2″ strip of  woodgrain paper to cover the seam.  (it looks like chair rail)
  • Using the Creative Station makes quick work of covering the walls.

  • I covered the back of my room with coordinating paper and added small strips of paper on the inside and back corners for added support.  Run those strips through the Xyron Creative Station* as well.

  • I picked up some inexpensive Doll furniture* at Dollar Tree* and painted them with black spraypaint.
  • I gave them a light sanding after they were dry with a sanding block to smooth.

  • I created additional furniture by cutting small pieces of chipboard and adhering them together.  (simple building construction)
  • A couple coats of black paint to finish the job.

  • To Make the tablecloth…Run a piece of lace through the Xyron Creative Station* and adhere the lace to the top of the table.  Trim around the edges of the lace with scissors.
  • I created a small vase with playdoh and painted it with acrylic paint after it was completely dried.  I added craft glue inside my vase and inserted snippets of artificial flowers.
  • I added a platter of turkey on the table. (don’t tell anyone but mine’s really a chicken)

A small little handmade bench for extra seating.

A shelf on the wall with special pewter pieces.

And a cute Turkey Decoration on top the sideboard to make the room more festive.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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If you liked the Thanksgiving Room you’ll like the Christmas Magic Room I made last year.

Buffalo Plaid Potholders

Crisp air, falling leaves, and a big pot of soup to warm you up…

Just a few of the reasons I love Fall.

So while you’re warming things up…

Warm up your plain potholder and add a little personality with Joy Iron-On Embroidered letters.

Supplies needed:

  • Joy Iron-On Embroidered Letters
  • Cotton Potholders
  • Iron
  • Pressing Cloth

Directions:

  1. Remove letters from the sheet.
  2. Position letters shiny side down on potholder.
  3. Cover letters with a clean cloth.
  4. With firm pressure iron cloth over the letters for 30 seconds.
  5. Turn potholder over and iron the reverse side for an additional 30 seconds.
  6. Allow to cool 1 minute before using.

 You can find a wide selection of Joy® embroidered iron-on letters and alphabet sheets in different sizes at your local craft stores!

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Joy® Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

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*Disclosure:  This blog uses ads and affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Shared Kindness…

 (project tutorial at Bottom of Post)

Blessings are the Harvest of Kindness

When I create, I create projects for a variety of reasons. 

Sometimes the project helps me tell a story. 

This particular project reminded me of a sweet exchange that happened between

my mom and a stranger several years ago. 

Just a reminder… World Kindness Day is November 13th. 

Please take a moment to spread a little kindness.

Shared kindness…

After eating lunch with my parents and sister at the local Steak and Shake,

Dad got up to pay the bill at the counter.  I stayed back to help Mom. 

When Mom got up, she noticed a lady sitting at a nearby table and said: “I know her”. 

Mom was in later stages of dementia, so I questioned her, “I don’t think we do Mom” I said. 

As I was trying to get her to leave, she said:  “I want to talk to her, I know her.” 

The lady must have heard us and looked up.  I quietly asked, “Does she know you?” 

Mom had worked at a school for many years and she knew a lot of people that I didn’t.

The lady shook her head no.

Then without missing a beat, the lady got up, put my mom’s hand in hers and said:

“So, you think you know me?” and introduced herself.

After Mom struggled to get her name out, the woman smiled and said: “so nice to meet you”.

And with that, my mom was happy and left the restaurant with a smile on her face.

It only took a minute for this sweet woman to make a difference.

Mom’s been gone for a while now, but, It’s something I’ve never forgotten.

To create the Wood Plaque…

Supplies used:                                  (*affiliate link)

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Directions:

  • Lightly sand the wooden rectangle with the sanding block to prepare the surface for paint.
  • Paint four horizontal autumn hued stripes on the wood.
  • With a flat dry brush blend the colors together to create a “Fall Rainbow”.
  • Lightly sand over the painted surface to smooth the grain of the wood.

  • Using an electronic die cutting machine, I cut the words.
  • Using a weeding tool carefully remove the negative spaces in and around the letters.
  • Place a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* over the letters.  Rub over the letters using a vinyl scraper tool to help the vinyl cling
  • Apply words onto a small wood rectangle.


“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the StyleTechCraft Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

You can now find the full line of StyletechCraft online at ATSM.