Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Candy Cane Bath Salts

I have long wanted to make this recipe, but I keep forgetting! If I post it here I can't not make it, so here is the recipe:

12-12oz canning jars with lids and rings
1-4lb cartons of Epsom Salts
4 lbs of sea salt or kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of glycerin, divided
12-15 drops of red food coloring
12-15 drops of peppermint essential oil
Cardstock, Ribbons, etc., for decorating

Wash, rinse and dry jars. Empty one carton of Epsom Salts and add 3 cups of sea salt. Stir well. In a small dish Add 1/4 teaspoon of glycerin and 6-8 drops of peppermint oil and add red food color. Stir until blended. Mix with salt mixture until completely blended. A Kitchen-Aid works well for this on low speed. Don't use a hand mixer or small stand mixer. If you don't have a high powered mixer use a spoon and elbow grease! Set aside red salts. Mix remaining salts with remaining glycerin and peppermint oil using same method above. Holding canning jars at an angle, layer salts in the jar alternating the white and red mixtures.

Makes 12 gifts at less than $2 per jar! There are other ideas and recipes you can find similar to this here and here and here AND here! ENJOY!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Paper Piecing

Everyone is looking for ways to get more out of their supplies and save money too! I think paper piecing is a great way to do this! It's a great way to use paper you think you would never use AND it's a great way to use scraps too! I found this link to 30 paper piecing templates (free-you may have to register, but that's what your hotmail email address is for), and hopefully you can find one you will use!

The link is HERE!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Should Have Taken More Pictures!

I feel like I take TOO many photos. I go to scrapbook or make a simple photo greeting card and I never have the right photo. . . is it just me?!??! I took 58 pictures at the Fiesta of Lights Parade. I took 15 pictures of my kids on the fireplace and do you think I could make any of them look like they fit in these digital cards?!!?! I should always take MORE pictures!!!

Twigs in faces or distort the image?!?!?!
Mikensee at the parade, Kids in front of the fireplace?!?!?! Weird!
This is supposed to be a vertical photo. . . ridiculous tipped on it's side!!!
I give up! One of these will just have to do, but which one?!?!?

I'll just call it INSPIRATION

If you have 20 minutes and a tissue click below and read about

Stephanie Nielson

You'll be glad you did.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Organizing Christmas and a Funny

Seems like I forgot this project in my previous post. These have been around for a while. . . A file folder converted to a pocket holder. Planning pages are from Organized Christmas. . . I just converted them to green since I'm not a fan of black at Christmas!

So this morning while getting Walker ready for school he asks me,

"Mom, what will you grow into?" (I understand Walker speak and knew exactly what he was asking!)

"Well, Walker, when you grow up and have kids I will be a grandma!"

Walker thinks for a minute and says,

"I don't want you to grown into a grandma, I want you to stay my mom. . ."

"You are growing up, Walker. . . every day you are getting bigger. You can clearly see you are not a baby anymore."

There is a long pause and then he says, "I want you to come over to my house then. I'll bake you some cookies."

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Goodies and a Christmas Wish

Running out the door (again!) but I wanted to post a few Christmas goodies before Christmas is over and done for 2009! Thanks to the numerous artists who inspired these projects.

Perpetual Keeping Christmas Calendar

Gift Tag Gift Set

A Minty Kiss For You!
Key Chain Post-It Note (if your name starts with T, it may be for you!)

Christmas Cocoa for 4

Mini Milk Crate - MMMMMMMM Good!

Hope your holidays are the best and that you enjoy the true spirit of Christmas no matter what the circumstances in your life happen to be. Christ is alive and well and that is what Christmas is all about!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ho Ho Radio to Make you Merry!

Too nice to have playing in the background while I work!

Try it!

Ho Ho Radio

Hope you are decking the halls and enjoying the season! Artwork soon!


It didn't work that way, so you'll have to go HERE and then CLICK Ho, Ho Radio!