Treat Pocket Tutorial

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Hello everyone! I hope your week is going well. Today I wanted to share a little tutorial on how to make these little treat pockets. You don’t have to have a fancy cutting machine to make these little cuties and just imagine the possibilities for every season, holiday or celebration.

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Here’s what you need:
Paper
Adhesive (I used this tape gun by Scotch)
Fasteners (we used paper clips)
Stapler w/ staples
A treat to put inside!

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Cut your paper to 5×6. You could use any size square so feel free to play around with it. This size fits two pieces of candy easily.

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Put your adhesive along the edge of the longer side.
TreatPockets-tubeRoll your paper and secure ends to form a tube.
TreatPockets-stapledFlatten one side of your tube and staple. I tried to place the crease of the fold close to the seam to keep it out of the way.  You may also want to put the “flat” side of the staple on the side with out the seam to have a nice clean “pretty” side and have all the seams and bumpy staple parts on the back.
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Trim off any excess paper.  You could also take a pair of decorative scissors and trim into a pretty/fun pattern.  I had some left over margin on the edge of my paper that I trimmed off.

TreatPockets-topFill the pocket with your treat or goodie and flatten the open side in the opposite direction than the bottom of the pocket.  You will form a sort of pyramid of sorts.  I folded down the top a bit and used a paper clip to fasten the flap down (we used ours for Emma’s class Halloween party and I wanted the kids to be able to get into them easily) but you could staple them again or use a small hole punch and tie off with baker’s twine or fold over and tape down with washi tape or a sticker.  Really, the possibilities are endless.  These make a great option for any class treat you may need to bring for your little ones and I’ll be making more for our advent calendar this year.

So, there you have it!  What do you think?  Send me pictures of your projects, I’d love to share them here on my blog!!!

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The Last of the Gifts

Hello friends! How are you enjoying the end of January? Things are going well for my brood. I wanted to share the gifts I made for my and my husbands parents this past Christmas. The age old adage “what do you get for the person that has everything” plays out often when I am thinking of what to do for our parents when it comes to gift giving. I’ve taken to giving photos over the last few occasions. This year I went through my photos and picked out a photo for each side that was special from the last year. In both cases the photos were from our summer vacation time spent with each family.

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This photo is of three generations of women in my family when we biked/hiked to the upper Sol Duc river. I hadn’t personally been up that far before and it was beautiful and so peaceful. There were many photos of this time and I am thinking of ways to document the fun. It will most likely be a photo book or album but I haven’t decided. It is hard to get all of us together let alone get away and outside so this is a photo that is near and dear to my heart and my mom appreciated it as well.

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This photo is with my husbands family out on the Peninsula. We spent a few days with them at the Yurt while poppa was on a youth trip. It was quite a trip to remember as Finny came down with a 103.4 temp that resulted in a trip to urgent care and Emma came down with the stomach flu a couple days later while we were at G-ma’s house. She threw up spaghetti all over G-ma’s white couch. By the time poppa came home this momma’s nerves were a bit frayed. But I do have this wonderful photo of the calm before the storm.

So tell me friends, what is your favorite photo(s) from the last year and what are you doing to make sure you are enjoying them outside the confines of your computer or phone?

Lovely Pendant Light

Hello friends! Now that Christmas is over I can start showing you some of the fun stuff I made for my family. This first item is my favorite. I’ve been wanting to try this technique for a while and had a great reason to this holiday season. I scored some crafting time when my husband took the kids Christmas shopping for my gifts and set up shop. Using a light colored shade with the pendant light fixture from Ikea I cut some white card stock with my Cameo and Mod Podged it to the inside of the shade.

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Here is the final result and I am very pleased with it. The “E” is for my cousin Erin to whom this lovely went to. I can’t wait to make more for my own house!

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A Gift Card Twist

Hello friends! How is your holiday season going? Our family is in full holiday mode and I’m loving it!!! We have quite a few birthdays in December in our family, one of them being my husband’s cousin. I’m not sure how it started but we have a little tradition of finding unique ways of giving our cousin his gift. Last year he wanted money toward an iPad. We were all to happy to oblige however we couldn’t just give him $20 in a nice neat bill we wanted to mess with him a bit. So, I got two rolls of quarters and used packing tape to tape them to the inside of a fairly large diaper box we had just emptied. I wrapped the whole thing up with a pretty little bow and card. When he opened it I thought he was going to fall over. It took him a minute of looking into the “empty” box to figure out what the gift was. Then he saw it and we all had a fit of laughter as he peeled each strip of tape off and counted his quarters. Good times!

This year is no different. After talking to our Aunt I bought an iTunes gift card and 4 boxes of nerds. Yup, I couldn’t just give him a boring old gift card, I had to mess with him a little.

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Using my Sillhoette Cameo and a pillow box shape from Lori Whitlock
I made a small pillow box, filled it with nerds and burrows the gift card as far down as I could in the nerds and securely tied it off. When he opened it our cousin burst out laughing right away. After he showed everyone he found the card and we all had a good laugh.

So what are you working on? Who are you messing with this season?:)

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!

Giving Thanks

Hello friends!  I know, I’m a little behind the ball on the whole giving thanks thing but better late than never right?  I’ve been enjoying my “Give Thanks” banner in my house since September.  In thinking of my fall decorations I really wanted to focus on wrapping fall and the Thanksgiving holiday in together.  I don’t have a lot of time to redecorate all the time so my decor has to last.  Yes, I am one of those people that still has holiday decorations up past Valentine’s day.

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One of my most favorite items that came with our house when we bought it is the branch and draperies above the picture window in the living room.  There is no end to the items I can and have put on that branch.  Banners have caught my imagination lately and this window loves them.

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For this project I went to the red tag section of Joann’s to find any neutral fabric I could find.  Because I never intend to wash or treat the fabric it really doesn’t matter what kind of fabric I choose here, just some that I like.  They had some cream upholstery fabric on sale for $8/yd so I grabbed a yard and a roll of jute and headed home.  I cut some paper samples first and pinned them up on my branch to get the scale right and then, using my rotary cutter, went to town cutting out my triangles.  I had brown paint already so I borrowed an angled paint brush from my daughters Crayola set and painted the letters one by one and dragged the edges of each piece through the paint to “seal” the edges.  The ends curl a bit but I really love the finished result.  I added the white twinkle lights in November for some extra light in that area of the room and I think they will stay there forever.

I am so thankful for this time in my life, albeit a little crazy.  I hope you and your family had a fabulous Thanksgiving celebration.  Do tell me, what Christmas projects are you working on???

Until next time, thanks for stopping by

Stationary Fun

Hello friends and Happy October!  It’s been a while since my last post but I have been a busy bee.  Today I thought I would share with you some of my stationary adventures of late. I am a big fan of mail and finding cute stationary is not hard to find.  Making cute stationary is even better!

Here are some of my favorites using my letterpress tool…

Thinking Of You

I’m a big fan of flat cards.  On this card I used an A7 flat card (5×7) with envelope.  You cold write a quick note between the text and lower design or fill up the back with a lengthier note.

Bird Cage

Perfect for a quick “hello” this is an A2 flat card (4.25×5.5) and envelope.  I’ve been really enjoying the super saturated and rich color palette available in envelopes lately.

 

One can never have too many thank you cards.  This little guy is also an A2 flat card.

Here is another A2 thank you note.

I’ve used a “blind emboss” on this card which uses the letterpress plate image with out ink.  When I don’t have the ink color I want I use a blind emboss, it’s like the color black, it goes with everything!

All of these designs make me happy and are in my stash that I send to real people.  Because I rarely have time to sit down and make a card when I actually need one so when I do sit down and make cards I don’t make just one.  I make at least five to make sure I have some on hand for later.

So, friend, when is the last time you sent a little note to someone?  Do you even have stamps in your home?  I challenge you to send a note to someone this week!  Send someone a little ray of sunshine and give them a reason to look forward to getting mail.

Apples to Apples

Hello Friends!  We got’s our selves some apples!  A friend of ours heads back to the east side of the mountains a couple times each year and let’s us know when he’s going in case we want any produce from the growers over there.  We asked for apples.

Ginger Golds, Gravenstiens, and Gala Apples

Last year we got two boxes of apples and split them with my in-laws.  We made applesauce and fell-in-love.  I’m not sure that batch lasted through October.  So, this year we asked for three boxes and didn’t share.  During the Labor Day weekend we headed over to Jeff’s family’s house and got to work!

Magic in the making…

If you are so inclined as we are to make large quantities of applesauce you may want to take a gander at this little baby.  We had our peelers and knives all packed and ready to go and Aunt Kathi brings out her apple corer/peeler/slicer thingy.  I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical but after three apples we were sold!  We got through all three boxes of apples in no time.  We were going so fast we bagged two batches of apples to make when we got home.  We may be in the market for one of these bad boys for next year.

All said and done we ended up with 16 quarts of applesauce canned and ready for eating.  I opened our first jar last week for the classic pork chop and apples dinner.  Delicious!!!  Nothing better than some homemade applesauce.

So, dear friends, what do you love that is way better when it is homemade?

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!