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The tooth fairy box

We had a momentous occasion take place this past weekend.  My daughter lost her first tooth!  She was so excited when she realized that I had pulled it out.  I knew we had to make something special to keep that little bitty guy from getting lost.  Here is what we came up with:

We dug in our huge stock of craft stuff and found a little oval paper mache box.  It is about 3 3/4 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide.  Still big for a baby tooth but also big enough to fit a little trinket and some coins from a winged fairy who spreads glitter and magic in exchange for them.  :)  I negotiated hard for the printed paper.  It is from the Emma's Shoppe Collection Fabrics from Crate PaperI showed my daughter many different prints and she wasn't interested.  She chose the solid pink and blue and I had to tell her I would hardly use the floral at all.  Tough sell!  First, I hot glued 4 plain wooden beads on the bottom of the box to make feet.  I then measured the box and cut the paper accor…
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some card eye candy/is scraplifting ok?

We have another snow day today!  It has finally stopped, but not before giving us a good 8 inches of that powdery stuff.  Hurray!  We played outside twice today before the bitter cold chased us back inside.  It was so much fun. 

Now that I'm back inside and warm, I wanted to share a few cards that I made a while back.  I need to put a disclaimer out there before you see them.  Many times I am not that creative.  I need a jumping off point so I will browse around until I see an idea of what I am wanting to make and then I make it my own with what I have.  It is not exactly scrapliftingper se, because I don't make scrapbook pages, but in essence it is because I am getting inspiration from someone else's work.  There are a lot of arguments about whether or not it is appropriate.  Personally I think it is ok because I almost never have the same exact papers or supplies that were used in a particular project.   I usually subtract or add elements as well.  I mean, card-making an…

a gift for a baby girl

A little over a year ago a sweet baby girl named Lila was born.  I had never met her.  My husband worked with her father and had asked me to make a gift for her.  I quickly obliged since it meant being able to use my craft goodies.  After thinking a while, I decided upon a foot stool and some blocks.  My cousin gave me a stool at my daughter's baby shower five and a half years ago and it is the single most thing we use.  Every day.  So much so that I had to make another one for my son since my children were getting too big to both stand on it at the same time.  Seriously, if you are scrambling for a gift that will stand out and be remembered, a stool will do it.  Even if you aren't creative, you can just paint the thing and be finished. 

I got the stool and blocks at Hobby Lobby.  If you go there weekly, like I do, (did) you can figure out when things will be on sale so you don't have to pay full price, or you can just use that precious 40% off coupon that comes out weekl…

Salt dough ornaments for Christmas

We have been chomping at the bit to decorate for Christmas!  Haven't you?  There is only one problem, though.  All of our decorations are at our house four hours away.  We have people living there and we are living here in a tiny house with no room for all of our decorations. :(  Boo....hiss......The only thing we brought was a box with three little tinsel trees in it that I happened to grab during one of our visits to pick up winter clothing and such. 

I wanted my children to be able to decorate the trees but we didn't have any and I really didn't want to buy a whole bunch of ornaments to use for just this year.  So we decided on salt dough ornaments!  This was our first time and it was so much fun!  We had all of the ingredients so it didn't cost us anything to make them.  Like my son always says, Hurray!  My friend always makes salt dough ornaments every year and I used her recipe:

preheat oven to 200 degrees

1 cup flour + a handful for dusting
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup wat…

Can't Mess It Up Cranberry Sauce

Mmmmmm...it's almost here!  Thanksgiving!  Our family will be doing something non-traditional for us.  Usually we go to Georgia to visit my parents or we celebrate with our family in St. Louis.  However, since we moved to Branson we are going to stay here this year.  The family that my husband works for will also be staying here as well so we are going to celebrate together.  I am very excited to share Thanksgiving with them!  They have a great tradition.  Each family member gets to choose any side he or she wishes, so there will be at least one thing that he or she will eat!  Sure, we may have 10 starches and one green bean casserole but this day comes once a year so bring it on!  I am going to adopt this tradition for our family as well as my children don't eat much except maybe rolls and a little turkey. :/ 

We have chosen to split the menu in half, pretty much, to share the cost of this gargantuan meal.  One of the things I am bringing will be cranberry sauce which I made …

SOAP, GLORIOUS SOAP

April of 2012 I quit my job at McDonald's.  I worked for McDonald's for 26 and a half years, starting when I was 16!  Craziness, I know.  It's definitely not for everyone but it was always there for me through high school, cheerleading, college and after.  I didn't know what I wanted to do even when I was in college, so I did what I was good at.  McDonald's. 

I was so excited to be a stay at home mom.  For a while.  Then I started getting restless!  No surprise for me considering at McDonald's I was always running and always had things to do.  During my time at home, my husband and I visited his aunt and uncle in Georgia.  It was there I saw what I wanted to do.  They do direct-to-garment printing, machine embroidery and heat press vinyl.  They had a SERIOUS craft room.  So, I got started and planned on doing all of this from home myself.  But then, I saw the cutest retail location in the little town of Festus.  Had to do it.  On November 9, 2012 I opened my st…

A foot stool for my little man

Hi!  Today's post has been brought to you courtesy of my little man!  Yesterday morning my children were brushing their teeth and were arguing about who could stand on the stool that allows them to reach the sink.  My cousin gave the stool to me and daughter as a baby shower gift.  It was the best gift because over 5 years later, it is a gift we still use!  She hand-painted it and put my daughter's name on it.  We use it to brush teeth and my babies (they're 5 and 4 and I still call them that. not sure why.) like to use it to help prep and cook in the kitchen and those sneaky stinkers also use it to reach snacks on the high shelves in the pantry!  Now that they are getting bigger they both can't fit on it and it got ugly today.  To fix the problem, I promised my son that after preschool we would buy him one and he would be able to decorate it any way he wanted.  That made him happy.  We went to Michael's (one of my favorite stores in the craft trinity-Michael's…