Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mini Coffee Cup Holder

I have a fun project to share with you using Dawn's tutorial for this mini coffee cup holder. You can buy the Mini Coffee Cups and Mini Coffee Cup Lids online. I have had these in my stash for a very long time. I've used a few from time to time for fun little gifts, but I really like this project.

 The straw is cut in half to fit in the little drink spot.
You can fit 2-3 snack sized candies into the cup and then the band in the back holds a gift card. What  a fun idea to give to a teacher, friend, family member with a gift card to their favorite coffee shop.

AFTER I cut one cup apart to make a pattern to add patterned paper to my cup, I came across a blog that has a free cutting file...cut file for covering coffee cup

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Small Halloween Loaded Bag

This Loaded Bag is made with a smaller flat bag that I got at Hobby Lobby. The package came with orange with white polka dots and black with white polka dots.
In the front pocket a treat sized bag of Skittles. 
In the back pocket there is a pen and altered mini composition notepad. 
 cute little epoxy spider peeking out

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Medium Halloween Loaded Bags

Yesterday I shared a Halloween Loaded Bag using a lunch sack. Today I have 2 medium sized ones to share with you. These were made using a flat bag. Our drug store uses these when one buys a card or flat item. I had purchased some from them many years ago and decided to use them for something.

I am just going to show you the bags and items in them. If you would like any details as to any products I used, just let me know.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Loaded Halloween Gift Bag

It's been awhile since I have posted something creative. I showed some goodies that I had made to a friend and she told me I needed to put them on my blog. I've been busy canning, so today is the first time I've had a break where I could photo and edit to get something up.

I've actually made several items, so my blog will be a bit busy showing what I've created over the next few days rather than post everything here at once.

Last year when I was laid up for months with an ankle that wouldn't heal correctly, I watched a lot of YouTube videos and came across something called A Loaded Envelope. I had some sacks in my stash from many years ago and decided to take that idea and use the sacks. There were also some fun ideas on Pinterest, so this is just a accumulation of all those ideas that I saw last year and put my spin to it.

This started out as a regular sized lunch bag. Walmart has single sacks this size and I had bought a few black ones years ago to make a paper bag album and never used them.

I covered the front and back with cardstock and then folded up the bottom gusset piece and added adhesive to the sides to make a pocket. In the back pocket is a notepad and pen and cocoa packet and straw. The notepad and pen are from Walmart a couple of years ago after Halloween and marked down. I think the straws were also from Walmart. I've had them for awhile so not sure. They could have come from the Target Dollar Spot.

On the front pocket I covered one side of a clothespin with washi tape I got at the Target $ Spot and some orange gems from Dollar Tree. The sparkly ribbon is also from Target $ Spot. On the back is a magnet, so you can put it on your refrigerator and It can hold notes, etc.

close-up of the rosette, the 2 ribbons are from Target Dollar Spot and the black tulle is from May Arts ribbon

In the front pocket is a wrapped candy bar. You pull up on the bow and the candy appears. I learned how to make this push/pull project many many years ago. Orange ribbon is from May Arts Ribbon.
The bat is from Silhouette Design Store , Happy Halloween ticket stamp set, candy sticker, and rosette die are all from Tim Holtz. Designer paper was a Halloween paper pad I got at Hobby Lobby about 4 years ago. I don't know if they still carry it or not.

bat cut file:
rosette die:
Happy Halloween stamp:
candy sticker:
black tulle:

Thursday, September 28, 2017

BFB Bringing Maggie Home

Bringing Maggie Home 

I was excited to receive another book by author Kim Vogel Sawyer to review. I have enjoyed every book I've read of hers and I've read most if not all of them.

This book was quite different from her other books and still very well written. The kind that you don't want to put down.

It's 1943 and Hazel was 10 years old, when she and her 3 year old sister Maggie were picking berries and when Hazel had turned her back, Maggie disappears. 

The story continues 70 years later and tells the story of 3 generations of women and the effect on their lives from that day so long ago.

Hazel, her daughter Diane and granddaughter Meghan all end up under the same roof as Meghan recovers from an accident. The secret of that day so long ago is revealed and the mystery of what happened to Maggie is weaved into the story.

I definitely recommend this book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Book Review:"The Proving"

The Proving by [Lewis, Beverly]
The Proving by Beverly Lewis is an Amish story about Amanda. Amanda left the Amish 5 years ago and has come back after her mother passed away. She learns that her mother left to her the B & B, but with stipulations she has to follow for 1 year.

Amanda has a twin sister that she doesn't get along with and the story is about forgiveness through the testing of her faith.

Beverly did not disappoint in this story. I have read almost all if not all of her books and enjoy her writing.

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

BFB Gathering the Threads

Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall is the last book in the Summer Grove series. It had been so long since I had read the second book, I had to refresh myself with the story.

This story did not disappoint. Ariana is back in her Amish home after finding out that she was switched at birth and being forced to spend time with her biological family.

Having lived in the "Englisch" world for 3 months has changed her. She learned to find out what she believes and to stand up for what is right.

This was a completely different view in an Amish story and I really enjoyed it.

There were so many plots and twists and turns that it kept this story interesting. One of the main points was to not believe something just because someone says it's true, esp when what is being told/preached to believe is harmful to others. 

**I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Book Review: The Two of Us

The Two of Us by by Victoria Bylin is about Mia Robinson. Mia is done with the dating scene after two broken engagements. She is a nurse and decides to focus all her energy and time into her 18 yr old sister and patients. Then her sister get pregnant and runs off with her boyfriend to get married right when Mia is planning to work on the mission field.

Mia goes chasing after her sister Lucy and ends up meeting Jake who has his own issues healing from injuries from his police officer job and losing his partner in the tragedy.

This book was hard to put down. It was so well written and you just want more. The story filled with what it means to trust and rediscover your faith was inspiring.

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

Monday, August 7, 2017

Sunshine Basket

I really wish I would have taken pictures of all the baskets I've made so that I could remember all the things I've put in each one. This basket was for the "mom" that I talked about in this post.

I've really been into pom poms lately and love how these little pom poms I made make this basket even more fun. I forgot to take a photo of it, but you can see a hand crocheted dishcloth tucked in on the right side of the basket. It looks like I also missed Gold Bond lotion and chapstick. 

To start off, I created 6 thank you cards and added envelops and tied them all together. I know when I've been in the hospital, there are always people you want to send a thank you to.

 This is a post it note holder with pen. This is the first time I've made one of these and I liked it so much, I've decided I need to make one to have sitting by the computer.
 One of my mini notepad holders.
 Again, a straw taped onto a drink with washi, because drinks are just more fun with a straw.

 fun snack and polka dot napkins, they had planned to be in the hospital for several days, so I thought the napkins would come in handy. As it turned out, they were miraculously out of the hospital 4 days later! But fun napkins can always be used.
 This is the other notepad holder I made with the other 1/2 of the yellow pocket holder.
 This time I made a hand crocheted flower to attach to a yellow paperclip