What Do You Buy At The After Christmas Sales?

 

Happy New Year! Wow! It’s 2019! That just seems so strange! Do you have big plans in this new year? Travel someplace new, moving, trying something different? I would love to hear about it. We will have Haley’s college graduation this year, which is pretty exciting! I’m so proud of both my girls.

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So, do you do after Christmas shopping? What kind of things do you look for? My items to buy are Christmas wrapping paper, ribbon and tags. I usually find some other little things too, but this is what I hunt for.

gold, white, brown christmas wrap

I had some of the brown Kraft paper with gold polka-dots this past Christmas, and I fell in love with it. It looked so nice under the tree. I decided that is what I wanted for next year and I would combine it with white and gold with a few black touches.

 

gold, black, camel christmas wrapping paper

In my opinion, Target has some of the best paper! It is nice and thick, comes in big rolls, and has lines on the back for cutting :). I headed out late morning the day after Christmas and there was still plenty to choose from. I found the Kraft paper with gold dots and some pretty white with gold too. Do you see the skull design in the back? Haley had found that before Christmas, so I bought one roll and wrapped all her presents in it. I was fortunate enough to find one more roll after Christmas too!

gold, white, kraft paper, skull, wrapping paper

I also stock up on wired ribbon. You really can’t make a mistake tying bows or just knots with this ribbon. Most of the time, I just wrap it around the gift, tie a knot and then fluff up the tails. Done! And it looks good. It’s amazing what a little ribbon can do for a package.

gold, black polka-dots gift tags

I try to find coordinating tags too. I found these lovely white ones with gold glittery polka-dots and the black and gold too. I happened to find the perfect tissue paper too.

gold, kraft paper, ribbon christmas paper

 

I know not everyone coordinates everything this way, but I really like how it all looks under the tree at Christmas. It makes my heart happy!

gold, kraft paper, white, black paper, ribbon, tags

Thank you so much for following along here. Some of you have stuck around even when I haven’t been here. I really appreciate all of you! I hope you have a blessed 2019!

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Creative Easter Eggs!

I AM SO SORRY FOR THIS BEING LATE TODAY!  WE HAD NO INTERNET YESTERDAY SO I COULDN’T UPLOAD UNTIL NOW!  PLEASE ACCEPT MY APOLOGY!

So, Easter is coming fairly soon (April 16th to be exact).  And of course, what is the number one thing that people think of for Easter?  PEEPS!

No, just kidding. It’s the Easter eggs.

And don’t you think that most Easter eggs are boring?  They are just a single color, for the most part, with nothing creative.  So here are some ideas for how to have more creative Easter Eggs!

Supplies you need are eggs, glue, glitter, ribbon, acrylic jewels, and any other things that you think you want to decorate your plastic eggs.

Easter Eggs Supplies

So I started with a pink egg (obviously).  It is very simple and I knew what I wanted to do on the egg.

Easter Egg Pink Egg Before

I took my glue and drew my own design in it to cover with glitter.  I decided to draw a sun with some other designs like dots and swirls.

Easter Egg Pink with Glue

Next, I went with a yellow egg.  This one was going to get a very simple makeover.  I decided to use my pink ribbon to add something to the egg.

Easter Egg Yellow Before

Finally, I went with a green egg that has white polka dots on it.  So, it is a little more creative.

Easter Egg Green Before

So I decided to add a little glue to each dot and bedazzle it!  Is that super obvious for me?  Here is the first one I did before I covered the egg.

Easter Eggs Green with Jewel

So here is the finished eggs in a cute Easter basket!

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I love how they turned out!  They were super easy and it only took about 10 minutes for each egg! I did have some trouble with the green egg because while the glue was drying, the jewels slipped into a different spot.  But, they still look pretty!

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Valentine Gum and Candy Basket

 

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This post was supposed to happen this morning…but my computer just. would. not. cooperate! I couldn’t get anything to load and then it didn’t save my draft. So very frustrating! But I think it’s ready to work now! So here is my Corner News post! Today I am showing you a very simple Valentine craft-and it involves chocolate!

I had the little box already, and you could use whatever you have on hand or buy a small jewelry box. The gum and candy came from the Dollar Tree and I had the ribbon. The gum was packaged in pink, but when I opened it, all the individual pieces were silver. Oh well. I just went with it!

silver gum covered candy box

I started out by gluing all the pieces of gum around the outside of the box. This box took 20 pieces.

silver gum covered candy box glued

I ended up using 2 different ribbons. First I glued a wider black and white polka-dot ribbon around the box and then used the pink polka-dot one to tie a bow in the middle.

silver gum and heart candy valentine box

After that, it was just a matter of adding the candy! I had to fight people off in order to get a picture with the candy still in it!

silver gum and candy valentine box

Hope you have a wonderful rest-of-your weekend!

Sunshine and Blessings

Last Minute Gift! Orange, Cinnamon, & Clove Simmer Pot

I love the smell the cinnamon! And oranges! and cloves! Here is a simple way to get these wonderful scents into your home!

These are great if you are looking for a few last minute gifts! They can be made quickly and easily. I made a few of these last year as gifts for my friends and gave one to my sister for her birthday this year. Then my sis asked me to make some for her friends as Christmas gifts! They are that good!! And so easy!

Here is what you will need:

  • glass jar
  • orange peels-I used 6 pieces for my size jar-I let them dry for a couple of days
  • cinnamon sticks-2 sticks broken in half
  • cloves-about 1 tsp.
  • any other goodies you like, such as cranberries, evergreen, vanilla, ect.

Simmer pot supplies

This is what is looks like in the pot. I use a small crock pot that I can leave on when I am home and enjoy the smell all day. You can also use a small sauce pan on the stove and let it simmer, just be sure to regularly check the water level.

Simmer Pot Crock Pot

I started with some glass jars from Michaels. Since these were for a group, I did them all the same, but I have used a variety of jars in the past. Mason jars or spaghetti sauce jars or any other kind work just as well. I bought a few different ribbons to tie around the top. I put a small dot of hot glue on the back to hold the ribbon and then a little more on the front so it wouldn’t slip.

Simmer Pot and Ribbon

I tied the ribbon different ways. Some were a bow and some just crossed over each other. I added a little bell, that I already had, to each one tied on with bakers twine or plain twine.

Simmer Pot Ribbon and Bell

Here is the jar filled with yummy goodness!

Simmer Pot Jar

Here they are, almost ready to go! I will let the orange peels dry for a couple of days, add a tag with directions and they are ready to go to their new homes. I did end up adding some cranberries too. They looked really nice with a little touch of red.

Simmer Pot Stack of Jars

You can customize these many different ways. They would make great gifts for teachers, co-workers or anyone who needs a little extra something.  Have you ever mixed together different goodies for a simmer pot? What did you use? I would love to try some different scents!

Sunshine and Blessings

Dollar Tree Fall Rake Makeover

Good morning! It’s another hot week here in Central California. It’s hard to get into the fall spirit when it’s almost 100 degrees! It’s supposed to rain tomorrow, if we even remember what that is. I will probably take my kids out to play in it if it does!

Even though it is hard to get into fall, I have made another fall craft using Dollar Tree floral, bells and ribbon. I had my husband keep this rake after the wooden handle broke. I’m sure he thought I was crazy :). I sort of forgot about it, until I saw something similar on Pinterest. I dug it out of the shed and went to Dollar Tree to by some fun little goodies. Here is what I bought: 5 stems of feathers and flowers, a string of acorn bells and a roll of ribbon.

Fall Rake Dollar Tree Makeover

The first thing I did was to push the leaves up to the flower and then clip apart the flowers from the big plastic stem. I used wire cutters for this.

Fall Rake Makeover First step

Here is everything all separated and ready to be glued on.

Fall Rake Makeover step 2

I started with the long grassy leaves. I laid them out on the black part of the rake and then hot glued them on. They don’t have to be too close together or perfect.

Fall Rake Makeover Adding Pieces

Next I filled in more of the empty places the pieces that had the feathers in them. Again, nothing has to be perfectly placed.

Fall Rake Makeover Feathers

These feathers are so pretty!

Fall Rake Makeover Feather addition

Then I took the larger flowers and started filling in on the top to cover the black plastic part of the rake. I cut some of the flower stems closer to the leaves so they would lay more flat and the others I left the longer stem. Then I glued them on randomly. Some I placed higher up and some down lower. I also added some of the filler flower in between some of the empty spaces.

Fall rake Makeover Filler Flower

After all the flowers were attached I glued the bells onto the black part and then added a big bow to the top. I don’t have pictures of making the bow. I don’t seem to have enough hands! 🙂

I love how this looks on the wooden fence!

Fall Rake Makeover Fence

Fall Rake Makeover Bells

Here it is inside too with some cute little pumpkins underneath.Fall Rake Makeover Dining Room

I really like it outside on the fence though!

Fall Rake Makeover Dollar Tree on Fence