Thursday, February 7, 2019

Heart Treat Boxes

Hello on this very cold, snowy, blustery morning! BRRRR! While the temps outside are freezing, we are trying to stay warm inside. I have some cute Valentine treat boxes to share with you for my Cutting Cafe design team challenge. This week, we are all sharing projects with a Valentine theme and we got to choose any files to work with we wanted.

I chose the Heart Treat Box file. I cut them from different floral cardstocks that all came in a paper pad. This is very heavy cardstock and was perfect for creating these boxes. I will fill with some candies and other treats as soon as I can get to the store.

I cut some hearts from felt and hand-stitched around them, added a cut gold arrow (also from the file) and some fun heart stickers, paper doily, and sequins.

Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog later today to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Monday, February 4, 2019

January/February Goals

I can't believe we are already well into Feb! I wanted to pop in and let you know how I am doing on my goals.

My January goals were:
*completing a declutter challenge for the month of January. I chose to follow this one: 30 MINUTE, 30 DAY ORGANIZATION CHALLENGE.  


Yes! I did this.
*decluttering and organizing craft room
We have had a LOT of cold weather and the upstairs (where my craft room is) is not heated. So while I didn't get to work up there as much as I wanted, I took advantage of every "warm" day we had and put a big dent in getting it done.

*friendships: 
          *have some friends over for a cup of tea/coffee "just because"
This was fun. I had a couple friends over for a Winter White party. You can read about it here.
          *send a card to someone letting them know I'm thinking of them
I didn't send a card, but did send several messages.

*my health: I had a lot of health issues that happened in 2018 and are carrying over to 2019, so my goal is to keep better notes of what is going on when and to increase my exercise to 5 days/week
I didn't exercise 5 days/wk, but did exercise a lot more than I had been. Also on the days when I was gone all day out of town, I would park far from wherever I needed to go in and walked to get in more exercise.

For February, again I'm keeping it simple...

*do another declutter challenge

*have another mini party with friends

*exercise 3x/week

*keep working on craft room

*make a new recipe

*do a craft project

Monday, January 21, 2019

Christmas Planner

Hello! It might seem strange to be creating a Christmas Planner in January, but as cold and wintry it is outside, it does seem fitting. I can fill this out and work on it throughout the year and be all ready for when Christmas 2019 comes around.

For my project I chose to create a Christmas Planner using the Holiday Planner Printable Set. I created the base of the planner with a pocket folder cut to size and then covered with designer paper. 




The front of the Christmas Planner I used a  pre-colored Emma the Skating Elf image from FredSheSaid.

Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog later today to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Winter White Party

Yesterday I had a couple of friends over for the afternoon. I have missed getting together with people the past year. It was a hard 2018 and this year I am determined to focus on those things that I missed last year.

I have been so inspired by youtuber Olivia (Olivia's Romantic Home) and the book "Just Open the Door" by Jen Schmidt. Olivia is always decorating her home to make it special. I used to do that and the last couple of years haven't done much. It is something that I really enjoy and I had fun making my home warm and cozy with candles, snowflakes and anything white and cream I could find in my home. Jen's book talks about just have friends over and stop making excuses. She is so right and I had so much fun and can't wait to do this again.

So back to yesterday afternoon...I kept it small and simple, but great thought went into the afternoon to make it a special time in the middle of a cold and dreary day.

I created an inexpensive, but fun little gift for each of my friends. I already had some white berry baskets I had gotten on sale a couple of years ago from Hobby Lobby. I added some gold polka dot tissue paper, white Kit Kats, white Cocoa packet, caramel candy cane, and hand-crocheted natural dishcloth, and glittery white snowflake ornament and a cute mini clothespin with a white felt snowflake.

For the tablesetting, I used a gold tablecovering, my cream Fietsta plates, a gold and white striped napkin, white mugs on a handmade white on white coaster.

Here is a pictures of the table with the food on it. I served homemade hot chocolate and had marshmallows and red hots for stir ins, powdered sugar donuts, white chocolate covered puff corn sprinkled with gold sugar, and artichoke/spinach bomb with chips. The only decor on the table was handmade white yarn pom poms on chopsticks in a cream vase. I had candles burning around the house and soft music playing on Pandora.




Thank you girls for coming and enjoying a fun afternoon!

Monday, January 7, 2019

My Password Keeper

For the month of January, the Cutting Cafe Design Team will be showcasing planner projects using any of Regina's planner files.

While I do types of planning, it's not the normal kind. LOL I have bits of this and that, that I keep track of. One of those things is passwords. I had them all written in a notebook that is about to fall apart, so thought that this would be the perfect time to put them in a binder. By adding some reinforcers over the holes punched out and some washi tape on the outside edges, this would protect my pages and they would last longer.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog later today to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store. 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

My Word for 2019

I chose "focus" for my word for 2019.

2018 was a very hard year and so many things that I planned to do did not happen. I have many things that I want to focus on this year, in part those that didn't happen last year and in part focus on things I learned from some of the hard last year that I feel is /are important. I will be sharing these throughout the year.

In the past I have made plans/resolutions/goals for a whole year. While I have reached some of those goals, it seems for the most part I start out gung-ho and then get distracted/bored/unfocused. So this year after reading one of my favorite blogs (thehomespunheart), I've decided to follow her lead and just set monthly goals.

So to keep it simple, I only have a few goals to focus on for January...

focus on:

*completing a declutter challenge for the month of January. There are so many out there, you can just google it or look on Pinterest and you will have many to choose from. I chose to follow this one:

30 MINUTE, 30 DAY ORGANIZATION CHALLENGE


*decluttering and organizing craft room (this will take a good part of the year as I would like to completely remodel it as well and this will take time and money that I need to save for)

*friendships: 
          *have some friends over for a cup of tea/coffee "just because"
          *send a card to someone letting them know I'm thinking of them

*my health: I had a lot of health issues that happened in 2018 and are carrying over to 2019, so my goal is to keep better notes of what is going on when and to increase my exercise to 5 days/week

That's it for January...simple, but things that will take my time and focus. My goal is to post in Feb how I did and list some new things to focus on for February.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Favorite Cutting Cafe Project

The design team is showcasing their favorite project that they made this year for The Cutting Café. That was so hard to do as I had many. Last month's Mason Jar box was probably my all time favorite, but since I just posted that, I chose this project that I made in June.

As you can see, it was also made with the Mason Jar Shaped Card Template and Cutting File. Hmmm...wonder what one of my favorite designs to create with are? LOL

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog later today to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Christmas Mason Jars

It's all about Christmas this week for the Cutting Cafe Design Team. We got to choose any file from Regina's Christmas file section to create with. I chose to use the holly from Christmas Bag Toppers and then a non-Christmas file; the mason jar from Mason Jar Shaped Cards to create my projects.

I love how they turned out. I got the idea to make these boxes from Pinterest here. I made my own pattern for a box to go between two cut jars. Then I wrapped some gold twine around the top and tied off with a jingle ball.

Each box has a packet of hot cocoa mix, some mini marshmallows, chocolate macchiato candy cane, and I will also add a ghiradelli chocolate when I am able to get to the store. I think these turned out really cute and plan to make a few more for gifts.




Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store. 

I am linking these up to Lori Hairston's visions of Sugarplums challenge. You can go HERE to play along. chouxchouxpaperart.com

Cozy Sister Shoebox Swap



Monica and her sister Carrie hosted another Sister Shoebox Swap and I was able to participate. I have loved doing these swaps and have missed them as they took a break for awhile.

This year my swap partner was Tamara and we couldn't have been more perfectly matched. We were both going through some really tough stuff this year and were really able to relate to each other. I forgot to take a picture of everything I sent her and she doesn't have any social media to post on. But I did take pics of what she sent me....






                                                   she even sent a burp rag for my DIL









Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fun with Crates

The Cutting Cafe design team is sharing gift ideas with you this week using files from the Cutting Cafe. I chose to use the Fun with Crates Cutting File. Inside I inserted a box of candy and handmade dishcloth. Also behind the box that you can't see is some hot chocolate packets. I will add a candy cane to the box as well.

After cutting my crate box, I embossed it with a wood grain embossing folder and then distressed it with ink to look like wood.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog later today to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving Large Circle

We are creating with large word circles this week on the Cutting Cafe. I chose to create this 6 x 6 scrapbook page with my preemie granddaughter's feet, using Happy Thanksgiving Day Huge Circle Word printable file.


Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Halloween Scrapbook Pages for NICU

Back in September when I made THESE cute Teacup Mouse Kisses for the nurses in NICU, one of the nurses asked Kassy (my DIL) if I would be interested in making Halloween scrapbook pages for the doors of each NICU baby's room. I said yes and this turned into making Thanksgiving and Christmas ones as well. :)

The nurses are so good to the families in the NICU where my granddaughter is. On their own, they create scrapbook pages and take pictures of the babies and put them on the outside doors to their rooms. This is just one of MANY things they do to make something "normal"/special for the parents and babies.

I quick took these pics and then headed to see my granddaughter and kids and didn't view the pics first, so they aren't the best quality, but I have some friends who wanted to see what I created. I made 28 pages. If it says "babies", ghost footprints of multiples (twins or triplets) go on those pages and if it says "baby", footprints of one baby.










and here is what the page looks like with Saoirse Grace.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween

I haven't talked a lot about my granddaughter on here, mostly for security/privacy reasons. My beautiful granddaughter was born 10.5 weeks early and is still in NICU. Friends of my son and DIL gave Saoirse Grace a cute stuffed turtle. The kids asked if I could crochet a turtle outfit that matches the little stuffed turtle.

I was able to and took it when I went to visit on Monday. They put it on her after one of her cares and she totally rocked it! Isn't she "turtle-y" adorable?!


 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

12 Halloween Loaded Bags

I shared one loaded bag HERE that I made for the nurses in the NICU where my granddaughter has been since her birth. Here are the rest of them that I made. I made these up and took them to the NICU for my DIL to pass out to her favorite nurses as a thank you for all that they have done for Saoirse Grace and my kids. I have a new and deep appreciation for these nurses and the care that they give to these precious little ones born early.