This post brought to you by PartyLite Simple Pleasures Holiday Sweepstakes. All opinions are 100% mine.

Are you familiar with PartyLite?  I’d heard of the name, but didn’t have any experience with the company.  So, when I was approached about hosting a PartyLite party and then blogging it, I thought hey…why not?


Apparently I’ve been living under a rock, or we Utahans don’t get out that much, because PartyLite is the #1 direct seller of premium candles and home-fragrance products IN THE WORLD.   Their products are sold through direct sales (home parties) and on-line in every state in the U.S. and in 17 other countries.  They tell me this means that there’s a PartyLite party going on somewhere in the world every 18 seconds!  Why haven’t I been invited?  LOL!


I’m excited to get to know PartyLite a little better because nothing changes my mood quite like a fresh scent.  It’s not Christmas until it smells like a tree, right?  It’s not Autumn until it smells like pumpkin.  PartyLite provides a number of different products (scented candles, candle warmers, home décor accessories, reed diffusers, and more) that allow you to redecorate and refresh easily and inexpensively.

So, I’m hosting a PartyLite party (January 4th, 6:30, my place).  If you’re a local, and you can prove you’re not a murderer/rapist/psychopath, shoot me an email ([email protected]).  I’d love to have you come, too.  We’ll experience this together.  I promise the food will be fabulous.  Or at least chocolaty.  Winking smile


Not local/way afraid of me but still want to see what PartyLite has to offer?

I’ve got a couple fabulous ways for you to do that.

1) Host a party yourself!  Have some friends over for lunch or have a ladies night out.  See what PartyLite has to offer.

2) Enter to win one of five $500 gift certificates in the PartyLite Simple Pleasures Holiday Sweepstakes between now and December 15th. (Perfect timing because the PartyLite Winter/Spring 2012 catalog comes out on the 16th.)  FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS, TIMES FIVE!!!  That might even be enough stuff to cover the smell of 3 little boys for the next several years!

3) One lucky Crap I’ve Made reader will win $25 to PartyLite by clicking on over to the PartyLite Facebook page, liking them, and then coming back and leaving a comment ON THIS POST saying that you did.


So, stay tuned.  I’m going to order a few things and check out PartyLite for myself.  I’ll be sure to keep you posted (pun totally intended).

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Giveaway: GoodieJar handmade goodies and art

Is it seriously Thursday already?  CRAP.

Are there seriously only 17 days until Christmas?  CRAP.

I’m in trouble.

If you’ve been around these parts for a year or so, you might remember GoodieJar.  They were here last December, too and I’m delighted to have them back.


GoodieJar makes fabulous flowery earrings and pins (affordable, too!).

(That picture makes me WAY happier than it should.)

They also have rings


and giclee prints.


Did I mention that the earrings only $5 AND buy 3 get 1 free?

(Macy wearing the pair they sent us to review last year)

And, if you order by December 17th, it’ll be there in time for Christmas.  Stocking stuffers or girlfriend gifts anyone?

What’s in it for you?

GoodieJar is giving one lucky Crap I’ve Made reader a $25 credit to their shop.  Do you know how many pairs of earrings you can get with that???


Click on over to GoodieJar on Etsy and have a look around. Come back and leave a comment ON THIS POST saying what you’d spend your $25 on.

How easy is that?

What’s in it for everyone?

GoodieJar is offering all of you 15% off through December 16th using code “CRAPPY11”.

Giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and over only and closes Wednesday, December 14th, at 10pm MST.  Winner will be chosen at random using a WordPress Plugin (And The Winner Is…) and notified by email.  Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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Giveaway: Cut It Out Frames

Let me introduce you to Cut It Out.


I attended the Oh Sweet Sadie! art and gift show back in September with my pals Becca and Lara.  Whilst we were there, I saw these delightful frames.  I somehow resisted (Becca won a gift certificate and totally caved), but I scratched down their website on my hand for later.  I knew I’d need one some eventually.So, FF a couple of months, when I was asked if I wanted to review some of their frames I jumped at the chance.

The frames come unfinished (for maximum craftiness/color perfection) in A TON of different sizes.  Some of the larger ones don’t include glass, but a dollar store frame swap out will work on the 8 X 10’s.  I priced glass for a 16 X 20 at Hobby Lobby and it was $9.99.  Plus, they ALWAYS have a coupon, so you’re looking at like $6 tops.

I’m DYING at how cute my 16 X 20 Grace oval frame is.  I love it so much that coming up with the perfect project is going to take me a while.

Let me show you what I made with one of the smaller frames, and then we’ll get to giveaway, mmmkay?


I used the 8 X 10 Grafton frame, painted white.  I added a knob from Hobby Lobby and some background paper and a monogram.


You could use the knob for a jacket or a purse.  We’re making our bathroom cuter, one towel at a time.



Would you like a Cut It Out frame for yourself?  Cut It Out (I keep making Joey Gladstone jokes in my head) is giving THREE lucky Crap I’ve Made readers his/her choice of 8 X 10 frame!


Click on over to Cut It Out.  Have a look around.  Come back and leave a comment ON THIS POST (on the blog, not on Facebook or in response to your email subscription) saying which frame you’d choose if you won.  That’s it.  I’m such a giver!

Giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and over only and closes Friday, December 9th, at 10pm MST.  Winner will be chosen at random using a WordPress Plugin (And The Winner Is…) and notified by email.  Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  I was provided with product to review but received no monetary compensation.  All opinions are my own.

Looking for another chance to win?

Becca’s giving away frames this week, too!  Go here for more chances to enter!

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Life, liberty, and the pursuit of crappy-ness

I’m not myself as of late.  I suspect some of you have noticed.

I don’t want you to worry.

I don’t want you to feel sorry for me.

It’s life.

We all have crap.  Some people have health crap.  Some people have job crap.  Some people have family crap.  No one’s crap is any better or any worse than anyone else’s crap…it’s just different crap.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking…reflecting, even.  I went back and read over my resolutions for the year:

I want to visit Omaha. Done.  I have the check stub for BC’s $150 speeding ticket in Wyoming as proof.
I want to say NO more often.  This one is still a work in progress. Winking smile
I want to say YES more often. This was in reference to my kids.  I need to ask them about this.
I want to yell less and laugh more. Epic fail.
I want to DO more and worry less.
I want to take more naps. I think I’ve done OK on this one. Smile with tongue out
And, I want to stop buying diapers for the first time since 2000. I don’t dare say it aloud, but we haven’t used a diaper since last Wednesday.  Could this be the end of an era???

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Yeah…I did it again.  I posted a picture of a kid on the toilet.  The comments and emails telling me I was a horrible parent who better start saving for therapy last time obviously had no effect on my cold shriveled heart.  So, don’t waste your energy this time.  Open-mouthed smile

I’ve let people down.  I’ve said I’d do things for people when I really should have said no.

I’m sorry.

I’m monumentally behind on emails.

I’m sorry.

The reality is that something’s gotta give.

I’m working on it.

I’m not sure what the point of this post is, but I feel like I owe you all an explanation for the lack of creative awesomeness going on ‘round these parts.

And, I wanted to reiterate what I posted on Facebook on Thanksgiving:

I’m grateful for all the usuals (family, friends, health, Diet Coke), but I’m also thankful for YOU. Blogging has introduced me to so, so, SO many people that I needed in my life. Some make me laugh until I can’t breathe. Some inspire with kind words in an email on days I’m ready to throw in the towel. Some make me want to be better and do more. Thank you for touching my life.


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The winner of Fresh Fabric Treats is Joan.

The winner of 101 Tees is Camiele.

And the winner of the Silhouette Cameo is Holly.

Check your email (spam too) and respond within 48 hours to claim your prize.

Speaking of Silhouette…

The Black Friday deal has been announced:



Want 40% off instead?  Use code “CRAP”.  This means the new starter kits can be yours for $24 instead of $40.  Nice!

Want a deal on a Cameo?  (I’m not sure what it is yet, but I’ve been promised it’s GOOD!) You’ll need the secret link (go ahead and click now if you wanna, there just won’t be anything to buy until Friday) and code “CRAP”.


The Silhouette Black Friday deals run Friday through Monday.  The Cameo is expected to sell out, so don’t wait if you need one under your tree.  I picked up some replacement blades last year because this sale is the best deal you’ll see all year.  This year? I’ve got fabric inks on my list.

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Pumpkin Pie Cake

Confession:  I love the flavor of all things pumpkin, but the smear factor of pumpkin pie is too much for me to handle.


My cousin gave me this recipe many, many years ago (seriously…look what color the previously neon yellow Post-It has turned)

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and it’s become a regular part of our Thanksgiving meal.

Pumpkin Pie Cake

1 pkg yellow cake mix (reserve 1 cup)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c butter, melted
Mix together, press in bottom of 9 X 13 greased pan. (I don’t recall ever actually greasing it, but I’m lazy like that.)

1lb canned pumpkin
1 c sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 c milk
2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Mix together, pour over crust.

1 c yellow cake mix
1/2 c sugar
1/4c butter, softened
Crumb together and spread (more like sprinkle) over filling. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

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2 things…

If your name is Debra Lee, check your email.  You won Omaha Steaks.  I MUST hear from your within 48 hours.

And, because I’m a giver Winking smile, here’s a linky list of the other places you can enter to win a Silhouette Cameo.  (My giveaway is here, in case you somehow missed it.)

1. Infarrantly Creative

2. The Idea Room

3.  Crap I’ve Made

4.  Eighteen25

5.  Shanty 2 Chic

6. Ucreate

7. I Heart Naptime

8. Our Best Bites

9. Prudent Baby

10. Little Miss Momma

11. Make It and Love It

12. Skip to my Lou

13.  Kara’s Party Ideas

14.  Craftaholics Anonymous

15. Tip Junkie

16. I Heart Organizing

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Faux Feed Sack Pillows

IF YOU’RE HERE TO ENTER TO WIN A CAMEO, IT’S ONE POST DOWN.  (And this would TOTALLY be a great first project for it!)

You’ve seen the fabulous pillows made from feed sacks all over the internet, right?  Pottery Barn had some made from coffee bags, even.  I love them, but I don’t happen to have an abundance of feed sacks sitting around.  OK, I don’t have any feed sacks sitting around and I don’t know where to get them either.  So, I came up with this project to satisfy my love of the feed sack.  Desperation is the mother of invention, right?  And, this tutorial *might* even be better than the real deal because you can totally personalize a faux sack.  What are the odds that you’d find an actual feed bag with your last name (or Santa or whatever) on it?  (Hint: none.)


(I went the Santa route, since I originally developed this project for the A Swell Noel series over at Positively Splendid, but this technique would work for any image/lettering.)


Canvas drop cloth, from the paint section.  You can get a 6’ X 9’ one for around $10.  That’d make A LOT of pillows.
Contact paper, vinyl, or freezer paper.  I used contact paper because it’s cheap and can easily be fed through my Silhouette.
Silkscreen ink.  I like Simply Screen by Plaid.


Cut your design or lettering out of your contact paper (or vinyl or freezer paper).  I used a Santa silhouette from the Silhouette download store and then cut it with my Silhouette (on vinyl settings but slowed down to a speed of 5 and a depth of 7).  You could easily do this with a craft knife as well.


Apply the contact paper to your drop cloth.  I cut an 18” X 18” square because my pillow form was 18”.


I used that green scraper thing to get a good tight seal around the edges.

I like to stick the vinyl backing under my fabric to keep the ink from bleeding through and getting on my table.


Apply silkscreen ink with a sponge brush.


I like to use a scrap of contact paper to squirt the ink out onto.


Once the ink is dry, you can peel off the contact paper.


Then, take some sandpaper to your design.


Keep sanding until it looks old and worn and like it’s been part of the canvas forever.


Assemble your pillow (I made a simple envelope back).


And you’re done.


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This thing needs no introduction, right?

The Cameo is the new and improved personal craft cutter from Silhouette.  The Cameo connects to your computer allowing you to cut fonts and images in cardstock, vinyl, heat transfer material, etc.  I was a HUGE fan of the Silhouette SD and I wondered just how much better the Cameo could be.  The answer:  WAY WAY WAY better.  In addition to the bigger cutting area, it’s quieter.  The blade adjustment is easier and you don’t have to worry about losing the little caps.  Your media loads SO much easier and there’s a pause button.  The display is lighted, in case you like to craft in the dark.  ;)


One lucky Crap I’ve Made reader will win her (or his) very own Cameo!


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***3 possible entries per person***

Giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and over only and closes Tuesday, November 22nd at 10pm MST.  Winner will be chosen at random using a WordPress Plugin (And The Winner Is…) and notified by email.  Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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Morning Tides Winners!

The winners of 6 yards of fabric courtesy of Mark Cesarik and Free Spirit are:


If one of those is your name, go check your email (including the spam folder).  You have 48 hours to respond with your mailing address.

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