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My Artistic Teenagers...they come by it naturally!

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I remember when my kids were little I really wanted them to WANT to draw, color, play with clay and just want to be crafty WITH me. It took my son a lot longer to catch the "craftying fever" but my daughter was always drawing, coloring, crafting, knitting...just being overall creative. But now I complain about all their crafty pursuits...but not too much. 
In fact, this month my kids both participated in the Legacy Jr. High Annual Art Show. 

My daughter who is in 8th grade created this painting with acrylics of her most favorite topic, sharks! 
My son who is in 9th grade also participated in the art show. He was even fine with me taking a photo of him at the even (not normal). 

He did this pencil sketch of a World War II air assault. Not only did most of his peers vote this among their favorite, but it also made it on the flyer they created to advertise the Legacy Jr. High Art Show.

He created a similar painting with acrylics for his World Geography class term project...this too…

My Mom is Crafty Too!

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My very hip, cool mom just celebrated her 64th birthday. She's my rock, my mentor and my "reality check" for all these years. I remembered clear back to Jr. High school when my so-called friends decided not to be my friends any more, my Mom was the only girl that would hang with me. We've enjoyed trips together, skiing together and we even took some College classes together (a while back). We've gone to the Park City Arts Festival for so many years I don't even remember the last year I missed going with her. One thing though though that we tend to do a little different is the way we CRAFT. She likes knitting (beautiful afgans), cross-stitching (published samples even) and her recent obsession is beading! 
However, I will admit I thought she was only "collecting" beads for the past year...but guess what, she isn't. She is actually making us all jewelry and working on her own beautiful creations. This GORGEOUS green bracelet was something she "…

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours

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We wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas! We are so thankful for the friends and family that have touched our lives this past year for the good. Thank you for your kindness, love and support. We are blessed to remember our dear Saviour that we celebrate his birth tomorrow. And let's face it, we're just plain thankful for a few days off of work!!  Oh and I still have a few Christmas cards sitting here awaiting some postage...you'll get them, but they will be late. This is the photo we enclosed in our cards this year. It was taken on our trip to Seattle to visit Kirk's little sister and her awesome family. It's not the best picture, but it was one of our favorite memories from this past year!

Christmas Subway Art: Inn Crowd or Stable Few Gift Idea (free download)

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A friend of mine stopped by one day to show me this idea she called "Christmas Subway Art" that she found on a blog (sorry we have no idea what blog), but she wanted me to spice it up a bit more with some fun fonts, etc. So after a few minutes of playing around in Illustrator we ended up with this awesome piece. She told me she was going to frame it and give it as a gift to neighbors and friends. What a great holiday idea and very inexpensive....so I spent my Saturday making some of these for friends (be surprised when you get yours).  I took it a step further and pulled out my Cricut - Christmas Village cartridge and cut out the scene you see behind the wordart. I added glitter to the baby Jesus (because he should be sparkly don't you think) and the star. I popped up both the star, baby Jesus and Mary to give it a little depth.   So here's a picture of it in an 8x10 frame. I found a bunch of frames on clearance and Joanns and didn't mind they were the wrong color.…

Simple Frame Holiday Card Holder

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I got this idea when I stopped by Teresa Collins home one day and she was showing me her Countdown to Christmas Tag holder that she would featuring when she introduced her 25 Days Countdown on her blog. Anyway, her friend Lara said she picked up the frame super cheap at Taipan, painted it black, attached eye hooks and ran wire back and forth through it. I LOVED it and couldn't wait to make one for myself. Every holiday season I end up hanging all my cards and photos I receive on the "wall" of all places and I don't really like it there. So I knew I would be whipping up my very own simple frame holiday card holder super quick before all my cards started arriving.

Here's what I did:

1. Took a trip to Taipan and rummaged through their clearance and/or scratch and dent frame area until I found a frame I liked that would fit in the spot I wanted it. Luckily I planned on painting it so the color of the frame the the picture in it didn't matter. I scored what use to…

Simple and Inexpensive Christmas Gift and Decor Ideas

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I've been doing a little blog hopping and came across some darling ideas worthy of sharing with you. Especially if you're still trying to come up with those last minute gifts or decoration ideas. These simple and inexpensive Christmas gift and decor ideas are among my favorites I've come across recently.
First, I loved this darling idea over on Stephanie Ackerman's blog and she's so sweet you can even download a PDF of the tag. But how cute are these simple lunch sacks filled with cookies or whatever you want. I tell you, ribbon totally makes a gift!!  .
Shanty2Chic is a new blog I stumbled across and I LOVE it...they offer up all types of crafty inspiration for bargain prices. This darling photo holder looks like the ones I've seen at those darling boutiques for $20-25, but when you check out how they made it you'll be shocked how inexpensive an idea this is.

And never have paper beads seems so beautiful...I saw these on a Nichole Heady's blog and she eve…

2011 Calendars - Link for Walmart

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I'd like to share my Walmart Digital Photo Center photos with you. Once you have checked out my photos you can order prints and upload your own photos to share.

These are the 4x6 photos calendars I've done for the past four or five years. After I print them and give them with a magnet photo holder I offer up all my friends a link to print the years after that. These are printable at Walmart. I'll post a link to Walgreens shortly!! Enjoy!

Northridge Christmas Kit Video & GTU Recap (videos, winners)

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About a month ago I was asked to create a fun Cottage Christmas kit for the Northridge Publishing fans. Then with the help of the talented Kristine McKay I shot a video showing off what was included in the kit and the projects you'll get when you purchase the kit. I'm excited to do more project like this in the near future for Northridge and some other fan favorites!! I'll keep you posted. You can read more about the kit on Northridge's blog.



Now as many of you know I did a segment on Neighbor Gifts featuring Imaginisce's Cottage Christmas collection last week. I wanted to share some back stage photos and a video of the segment for those of you that missed it (like my mom). Be sure to scroll down to find out the winners from last week!!


I heard from the producer the day before that my most favorite ELMO would be on the show the same day as me. Oh how excited I was...I couldn't wait to get Elmo's autograph! I even brought my TMX Tickle Me Elmo and a sharpie s…

As Seen on TV: Simple Neighbor Gifts with Imaginisce (giveaway too)

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Segment airs on KUTV4 - Wednesday December 8th:
I am very excited to be invited to do a segment on Good Things Utah on Wednesday for Imaginisce. I'll be featuring ideas for Simple Christmas Neighbor Gifts. Best part is that you can make these with very little effort and all of them feature the Gingerbread Village border paper...

Christmas Fudge Gift Idea
This has been one of my favorites over the years and couldn't resist sharing these with everyone. It's super simple and only requires those large candy bars, like a Hershey's bar or Symphony bar. Wrap it with some Cottage Christmas paper and print out the poem (download your copy below). 


Download a copy of this poem to reprint for your neighbor gifts.
Christmas Fudge Poem

Bucket of Popcorn
My families favorite thing ever are those big buckets of popcorn for Christmas. But when I saw these fun clear paint buckets at Ben Franklin (or Roberts...can't remember) I had to put caramel corn in it and dress it up a little. Ag…