Like handmade ornaments?

You’re in luck!
Kristin over at Write It Down (click on over, even if it’s just to listen to Sarah Mclachlan’s version of Silent Night — #8 on her playlist) is hosting 12 days of handmade ornaments starting tomorrow and running through the 12th.

I’ll be posting on the 7th.
Here’s the scary part: I have no idea what I’m making yet. And, I’m leaving town Friday.
Guess I should get busy?
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You might be a redneck if….

you blow up rubber gloves and convince your kids to color them like turkeys so they’ll stay out of your way whilst you’re making Thanksgiving dinner.

We also may have cooked 2 turkeys for 10 people (6 adults). We wanted to try 2 new methods.
#1 came from Martha and is called “spatchcocking” (yes, really). Click here if you want to check it out. It was delicious and super juicy.
#2 came from a Costco impulse buy last year. We have an oil-less turkey fryer from Char-Broil. Also delicious, although it took a little longer than anticipated because our temperatures were below 40 degrees.
I’d do both again. Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!
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So sparkly I could be a vampire

My sister and I decided to make ornaments for the Christmas tree at her store. We used the same method I used for the peace sign ornaments, but we cut out high heel and fleur de lis shapes instead. And used hot pink glitter. And made like 50 of ‘em.
What a mess!
No, really. Look:
The Christmas gift crafting has begun. I’m making these fabulous family trees using the templates by Erin from Sutton Grace. My grandma loves a good homemade gift and appreciates the work that goes into them. And she doesn’t read my blog.

In other news, nerdy pants Macy got an award at school today for getting 100% on a district math test. I heart math.

We’re headed over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving….be back Saturday. Hope your holiday is great!

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You know that fabulous Eddie Ross wreath?

This one.

Everybody’s making them, and I’m a follower….a cheap follower.

So, I loaded up the fam and headed for Dollar Tree. I found plenty of ornaments and almost everything else I needed. They were out of white glue. Weird.
The line to check out was long and winding.
Bennett was about 10 minutes into nap time, so I asked BC to take him and Campbell out to the car and get them buckled. That just left me with the 2 big kids. Smooth sailing, right?
Wrong. Very wrong.
I heard a crash. 50 shoe box sized plastic storage bins went down. And a Scotch tape display. And 2 boxes of bubble mailers.
Guess who spent the next half an hour re-stacking storage bins?
At least the wreath is cute?
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Peace Sign Ornament Tutorial

Have you seen these ornaments in the Pottery Barn catalog?


Here’s a whole tree full:


Cute, right? BUT, they’re $6 a piece. And I’m cheap. Here’s how I made mine.

Print out a template of a peace sign. Here’s mine. It measures about 5.5”. The PB ones are 7”.

Cut out the template and then trace it on some craft foam. I got a pack of 40 sheets for $4.99 at Michael’s.


Cut it out with scissors and punch a hole for hanging. I used a small hole punch but you might want to use a regular size, depending on what you’ll be hanging them from.


Spray paint both sides with a color that matches your glitter.


Here’s what you should have now:


Next you’ll need one of two things: Mod Podge or glittering glue. You can get the glittering glue at Michael’s in the Martha Stewart section.


On the left is Martha Stewart Glittering Glue with a brush applicator. On the right is some Martha glitter. It’s a fine glitter. You want fine glitter.

Brush the Mod Podge or glittering glue all over one side of the peace sign. Don’t be alarmed that the glittering glue looks like this:


It doesn’t dry super fast, so you’ve got some time to make sure you get a nice even coat. If there are any drips around the edges, wipe them off before you glitter. The glittering glue is more like a paste and doesn’t drip as much. It also dries slower.

I made one using each product and liked certain things better about each one. I’ll post both pictures at the end and let you decide if you can tell a difference.

Move the peace sign onto a clean piece of paper and sprinkle glitter all over it.


Tap off the excess glitter and set it aside to let it dry. You may need to use a skewer or something to make sure the hanging hole stays open.


Once it’s dry, flip it over and do the same thing to the other side.

After both sides were dry, I took a small brush and touched up the edges with glue and glitter.

String a ribbon or some fishing line through the hole and hang!

Finished product?


And here’s the side by side comparison. Glittering glue is on the left and Mod Podge is on the right.

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They’re baaaaaaaaack!

I wait all year for these babies to appear in my grocer’s freezer case.

I think they’re even better than I remembered.

The holidays can begin.

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Winner! Winner! Winner!

The winner of the Piggy’s & Petals crocheted beanie and flower giveaway is:

Kristin, who said “These are so cute. I think I’d pick white or shocking pink!”

The winner of the Piggy’s & Petals pettiskirt giveaway is:

Lydia, who said “Hmm. I might need two – chocolate and pink, and pink and white. Sooo cute!”

And the winner of the Piggy’s & Petals $25 gift certificate is:

Alicia, The Constant Gardener, who said “Definitely a couple beanies and some flowers to go with!”

Email Randi at [email protected] to claim your prize!

All of you non-winners remember you can still get 20% off your entire Piggy’s & Petals order. Email Randi at [email protected] and tell her you’re a reader!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

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Whole lotta random

First up, I’ve only gotten an address for one of the 3 winners of the Germ Free 24 giveaway last week. SS/Susan and Infertility Goddess – Please email me at [email protected] to claim your prizes! We’ll draw someone new next week if I don’t hear from them. If any of you are still interested in buying some to try for yourself, don’t forget to use code “CRAP4YOU” to save 20%.

Dont forget! Today is the last day for the Piggy’s & Petals giveaways. Pettiskirt is here, beanie plus flower is here, and $25 gift certificate is here. You have until 8:00 Mountain time tonight to enter! Want to save 20% even if you don’t win? Email Randi at [email protected] and tell her you read my blog. Remember, everything but the pettiskirts ships for free anywhere in the US! I saw her last night and she said you guys are keeping her BUSY. I also picked up some beanies for Macy. They’re darling even on big girls.

It seems like a lot of the questions I get in my email are the same, which means there are probably more of you that are wondering the same things. So, here are some random Q & A’s.

Can you give me some tips on painting _________ ?
I can, but they’ll probably ruin your project. KIDDING! I’m going to tell you all my secret….find the oldest dude in the paint department at Home Depot. You know, the guy who permanently has paint under his fingernails. Ask him what you should use. There’s a guy at my Home Depot that cringes every time he sees me coming. He’s helped me through many a painting disaster. Now you know my secret.

Can you do a tutorial for (insert pattern number here)?
Most of the time when I make a pattern, I don’t make it more than once. Taking pictures of every step of a project is pretty time consuming, so I don’t usually do it. Maybe I should? Dunno…but I try to share anything that was wrong, confusing, etc.

What is that thing on your wall next to your piano?
It’s a magazine rack that I use to hold our music. I got it at Down to Earth in Gardner Village. If you’re not a Utahn, that won’t make sense. I went back and got 2 more. That project should be blog-able in the next week or so.

Honest Scrap/Kreativ Blogger award
A few have you have been kind enough to share awards with me. I’m flattered and appreciative. However, I SUCK at passing on awards. I always get nervous and afraid I’ll forget/offend/annoy someone. Know that I really am honored, I swear!

I think that’s it for today. If anybody else is interested in doing a giveaway, email me at [email protected] and we’ll work something out!
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Triple Thick

Why have all you craft gurus been holding out on me?

Why did I not know this product existed?

Holy crap, I’m in love! It’s like Mod Podge on glossy diamond hard finish steroids!

More on my Triple Thick project in the next few days!

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Epic Fail

Do you ever have one of those days?

I had one yesterday.

No reason, really.

I tried to be good mom and make RMCF style Apple Pie Apples for a treat.

I even made my own carmel!

Only we didn’t have sticks. Skewers are OK in a pinch, right?

And then I have no idea what went wrong…seriously I made these things pretty much weekly last year, but this is what we ended up with:

Go ahead and laugh. I am.

Today’s a new day, right?

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