Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! My first New Year's resolution is taking a week off of Facebook and blogging!  That sounds like a pretty easy resolution to keep.  :)

I hope everyone has a blessed New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2012


 I am picturing a warm fire with a cast iron dutch oven hanging over it with hot soup and being surrounded by all my family.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Starbucks ornaments...

My Starbucks store is having a fun little Christmas competition.  One of our partners put together little packets that have several little Starbucks items.  You grab a packet and use at least one item from it to make a little ornament.  Then bring it back, hang it on the little trees we have and then customers and partners can vote on them.  And customers and partners can both participate. 

This last Saturday a few of us girls got together and made our little ornaments.  We had so much fun!  I felt like I was back in grade school working on an art project. 

My ornament is the one on the bottom left of the picture.  The dome lids cause a little glare in the picture so it's hard to see that it has a little Christmas tree in it with a little deer figurine and lots of white glitter for snow. 

Sam made a little Santa shoe out of a Starbucks Christmas sample cup with a bell on the bottom. So cute!

 Erin made this cute little Christmas tree out of a sleeve! 

A cute little snowman set in an ice dome lid covered in glitter. 

This ornament took up one whole side of our little tree!  She's a ferry with a little sample cup and coffee beans glued all over her. 

Plus I had to add this picture of my store this morning.  It was snowing pretty hard when I left for work at 5 this morning.  This picture really doesn't show how pretty it all was, snow is always better in person.  :)  (Thanks to Kharla for running outside on her break and taking this pic for me!)

Tomorrow I'm heading over to my friend Hannah's house to decorate Christmas cookies and let Daniel run around with two of her boys (she has three boys with a fourth on the way!!).  Daniel is really excited to get to play with Billy and Bo.  He and Billy are only 3 months apart. 

Can't believe Christmas is less than a week away! 

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cutie Snowman...

Here's a little card I had fun making yesterday.  I was suppose to be making my Christmas cards but I had to try out this cute little cut too.  (Don't worry, I got half of my Christmas cards done.)  I just think it's too cute that he's  holding a little Christmas tree.  It's more like a tag than a card.  It's about 5 inches by 3 inches.  I used the Winter Frolic and Elegant Edges cartridges. 

I am determined to have my Christmas cards mailed on Monday.  That's actually way better than last year.  I think I mailed them after Christmas.  :)  All my Christmas shopping is almost done.  Just a couple more little things that I will pick up tomorrow and I am done.  My favorite part is the wrapping.  I love sitting on the living room floor surrounded by presents and wrapping paper.  I usually watch a movie or TV show on Netflix.  One of my favorite things to watch while wrapping presents is Everest:Beyond the Limit.  I know, I know, it's not very Christmas-y but there is lots and lots and lots of snow so I'm okay with it.  Although I may be watching episodes of 24 this year. 

What's your favorite gift wrapping ritual?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas cookies!...

My mom came over yesterday to bake Christmas cookies.  We did sugar cookies and gingerbread men and I made little hot cocoa dippers.  They are mini candy canes with a marshmallow on the end dipped in white chocolate and then rolled in little Andes peppermint crumble thingies.  (I can't remember the exact name.)  They could also be rolled in crushed candy canes.

We kept it much simpler this year than we have in years past.  I have to say simple is definitely better.  I made extra dough and put it in the freezer so I can whip out some more cookies right before Christmas. 

Today my hubby is watching Daniel and sending me out for an afternoon of Momma time.  He gave me a gift certificate last Christmas and I am just now spending it.  I am getting an hour long facial, sounds lovely to me! 

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Sparkly snow card...

Love this little card I made with the Campin' Critters cartridge.  It's hard to see in the picture but I added very fine glitter to the edges of the snow.  It's very sparkly.  I'm sad the picture doesn't show how sparkly it is.  I may have to mass produce this one though!  It's the nice petite size that I love. 

Monday is making Christmas cookies with my mom and then Wednesday at my friend Hannah's house.  You can bet I will have scrumptious pictures of that!  :)  I am going to have one happy, sugar hyper little boy on my hands!

Happy weekend everyone! 

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Big Foot...

 I finally had a couple hours today to play with my Cricut.  I felt like a kid who had just opened a toy for Christmas they had always wanted.  :) 

I played around with my Campin' Critters cartridge and came up with this little, or should I say BIG, card.  I meant to make a card that was standard size but since I am getting use to sizes on the Cricut it ended up being pretty big.  It's about 6X6.  I like making cute, little cards but I still like this one. 

I had to cut out this Big Foot.  I think he's just too funny!  Plus I live in the Northwest and when you live in the Northwest you've got to believe in Big Foot.  I watch ALL the You Tube videos.  ;)  But seriously one has to wonder just a little bit. 

I used a CardzTV stamp for the sentiment.  It is from her "Encouraging Thoughts" stamp set. 
On the back of the card I used one of my stamps from Norajane.  I love all of her sweet little stamps.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

My new Cricut...

Look what came for me this last week!  My new Cricut paper cutting machine!  This is to card makers and scrapbookers what a sewing machine is to a sewer.  Now you definitely don't have to have one of these to make cards but it sure is nice!  :)  

This is the first cut I made.  It's from the Campin' Critters cartridge which I love!

I can't wait to try all the cuts from this cartridge. 

I also have the Elegant Edges cartridge and the Cricut Classic Font Cartridge.  I know I am going to use Elegant Edges like crazy for card making. I can't wait to start scrapbooking all my pictures from this past summer. 

Saturday, December 01, 2012

And the winner is...

And the winner of my giveaway is the only person who entered my giveaway, my cousin Joy!!!! :) I know she'll enjoy these little stamps! Thank you to everyone who entered! ;)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Giveaway...

One of my favorite Christmas traditions that we started a few years ago is heading up to Leavenworth in the Cascades on Christmas Day.  It's lovely little Bavarian village nestled in the mountains.  It is decorated so beautifully at Christmas time with Christmas music playing all over town.  Plus there is snow! 

Today I am having my first giveaway! I am giving away two of Norajane's lovely little stamps.  A little snowflake and Nativity scene.  They are both about 5/8 inch wide.  They are perfect for card  making, scrapbooking, gift tags and any other Christmas craft you might be doing.   I love all of Norajane's little stamps. I used the little Nativity scene stamp on the back of my Christmas cards. To win these two stamps all you have to do is post a comment about your favorite Christmas tradition.  The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Saturday, December 1st.  Good luck!  :)

You can also find me on Facebook!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

There's an app for that...

Soooooooo, I just discovered the Blogger app for my iPod. Yes, I am sure that it's nothing new and I'm just a little behind. When it comes to technology that's how it usually is with me.

Anyhoo, here is my first post from my iPod! Kind of fun! :)

Happy Sunday everyone!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tis' the season...

My mom just decorated her house for Christmas. Love that holiday glow!

Have a happy weekend everyone! 

Friday, November 23, 2012


Dad and I working in the kitchen.  His main job is carving the turkey and he always does an amazing job.  I was back there making the gravy.

Add frozen cranberries to sparkling cider and you get a very festive effect.  :)

My father-in-law is never without his camera.  

My mother-in-law Bonita.

My handsome hubby.  They watched America's Funniest Home Video re-runs while they were waiting for the food.

My little sweety pie is sick so he enjoyed lots of cuddling on the couch. 

Daisy was crazy excited about the rolls.  

My brother-in-law Taraz made handcrafted Chai, his own recipe.  It was amazing!

My sister-in-law Ruhiyyih and her hubby Matt.  She is expecting a little girl in February!  This Auntie is very excited!

Daniel with my mom, the photographer. :)

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!  Let's not forget to be thankful all year long!  

Let the holidays begin! :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Shoppe News!...

I have some new items now up for sale in my Etsy shop! 

Do you still need to pick up your Christmas cards? Check out these cute little ones lovingly made by me.  :)
I am simply in love with the little red cabin. 

                    Here are some fun little Christmas tree cut outs perfect for all your Christmas paper crafting projects.  The sparkly evergreen ones above are cut from acid and lignin free cardstock.  The assorted pattern ones below are cut form acid and lignin free scrapbook paper. 

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow!  I am very excited!  The two things I am most thankful for, first my Savior and second my family.  (But there really is about a million things I can be thankful for but that might be a little too long of a post.) Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

So cute...

The other day I ordered this sweet little handmade Starbucks charm from Tiny Tinker Industries on Etsy.  All of her little creations are so sweet and she is quite the little artist.  I wore it to work today and all the girls loved it.  :)  You must go take a peak at her shop!