Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lots of Cards

Regina over at the Cutting Cafe designs such wonderful printable as well as cuttable files. I was needing several cards for different occasions and her Every Day Block Sentiments was perfect. I just printed the black and white version (also comes in color) and using up lots of scraps I had leftover from other projects was able to make several cards. I kept these quick and simple.

I actually made several more than these, but forgot to take pics before I mailed them out.
             

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

May Day Baskets

I know it's a little early for May Day, but I wanted to share these quick and fun baskets that we made at our Ladies Night Out Monday night. If you are looking for something fun to do to brighten someone's day, these are super quick to make.

We started with peat pots and glued ribbon or doilies to the front, then added this cute little pinwheel from Cutting Cafe's Pinwheel Sentiment Template. The handle or stem is a cut up straw or chenille stem and the handles chenille stems or raffia covered wire.

the tag was created by typing the sentiment and then punching with a tag punch and tying on with string. each one then added tissue paper and a flower seed packet and there was still room to add some candies or other small goodies for the recipient.

this was a fun an inexpensive gift to create esp since the peat pots were purchased last year at 90% off. even if you buy them now you can get a pkg of 10 or 12 for a dollar at most dollar stores.




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Book Review: "The Ebb Tide"

 
If you know me, you know I won't pass up an Amish book and one written by Beverly Lewis at that. I think I've read almost every book she has written. So when this book came up as one to choose from Bethany House, I signed up right away.

The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis is about Sally Riehl becoming a nanny for a wealthy English family for the summer at their New Jersey vacation home. Sally feels this is her chance to get away from her Amish surroundings before she is baptized in the faith as her parents are wanting her to.

With her weekends free, she develops a friendship with Kevin, who is a college student. But Kevin is Mennonite and not Amish and she knows her parents will not approve of their relationship. She has a big decision to make when the summer comes to an end.

I loved the flow of the story and it kept me reading late into the night.

**I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Altered Egg Cartons for Easter

I have a lot of 2017 photos to share of showers and misc, but thought I'd show what I've been working on this week for fun Easter gifts.

I bought some egg cartons online a few years back for CHA ...that ended up getting lost between here and GA, so wasn't able to teach the class in CA...but thankfully, I had purchased a few extra for myself and had never done anything with them until now.

This first one is my favorite. I painted the carton brown and used a bunny from the Target Dollar Spot that I added a ribbon and pompom tail to, along with a sentiment from Cutting Cafe's Easter Mini Words Printable Set.
 Each of the boxes have 6 plastic eggs that can be filled with candies. I tried to coordinate the eggs with the outside papers.
  the bunnies for these cartons also came from the Target Dollar Spot and were just wood. I covered them in designer papers and added a bow.
 

 

this plaid designer paper is a free download from eyeinspire, see the link below this post

  this carton is Reese's inspired, 3 mini Reese's fit into each egg.
 
 and then these....the bunnies are cut from Lori Whitlock's pink bunny cutting file. the sentiment i made 
 

egg cartons *this is where I got mine, but I see the price has gone up quite a bit from when I purchased them. you can also get them here, at Target in the Dollar Spot (if I remember right those were a 4-pk), and from Stampin' Up!

free plaid digital designer paper from eyeinspire

Lori Whitlock's Pink Bunny Cutting File