Thursday, October 4, 2012

Rules, rules, rules

I've made quite a few "Family Rules" signs lately.

Here are a few of them ::

Usually I do them in black with white letters, but I've done some in color too.
What would YOUR rules be? It's fun to think about.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

holiday open house & sale ::

i've been working hard to get ready for a little holiday open house & sale that i'm having {after being hounded by some of my friends who really though i should have one! i'm not so good at saying no, so i gave in and said yes. i am excited about it and looking forward to a fun weekend, but am a little anxious too}.

here are a few pictures to capture the craziness around here as i prepare ::

and you thought kitchens were for cooking ::

lots of etched glass jars just waiting to be filled with hot cocoa mix & mini marshmallows and then doctored up with a bit of cuteness ::

some of the stuff that's all ready to go::

LOTS of magnets::

my plan is to make a bunch of paper flowers in christmas-y colors to sell, but we'll see if i have time for that::
better get back to work . . .

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011


A few Valentine/Winter things that I've been busy putting together::

A glass bottle etched with "you warm my heart" filled with hot cococa and marshmallow and tied with a little yarn pom pom "scarf". Great for Valentine's Day or any winter day that could use a little warmth!::

Got little stubby crayons in abundance? I did, so the kids and I took the paper off all our broken crayons {which takes WAY longer than you would expect or hope}, sorted them by color, broke them in to smaller pieces, made cool color combinations and stuck them in a heart-shaped muffin pan in the oven to melt. After they cooled and we popped them out, my 2-year-old gave them to her little friends along with a Valentine. These chunky crayons are extra great for little hands that are just learning to color::
I had a crazy, long, fun card making night last week and stayed up way too late replenishing my stock of cards {it was getting dangerously low, since I really like to send lots of cards!} after all was said and done, I'm sure I made over 50 cards. They probably won't last too long, but it's good to feel fully stocked again, even if it's short-lived!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


A while back I made these flowers for my mom::

They are made from old t-shirts. I think they look cute and fun and whimsical. They remind me of Dr. Seuss.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

more baby gifts

I'm not the only one who has had a baby lately. Here are some baby gifts I've made recently. I just love babies!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

what i've been up to

I've been pretty preoccupied lately. I've been busy. But I've still been making stuff here and there. This is what I've made recently:::

I made this sweet girl {with help from my hubby}::

and just yesterday I finished making her birth announcements::
and my grandma {Sara's great-grandma} made the blanket!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Today is National Day of Encouragement. What? You didn't know that? Ok, neither did I until about 2 weeks ago, but the minute I heard about it, I was on board What could be more up my alley? So I sent a few extra cards this week (I was a bit bummed that no one to whom I mailed cards could get them on the actual National Day of Encouragement, since it's a Sunday, but since I'm quite sure none of them even knew of the "holiday", I guess I don't feel too bad). I started my whole business, and this blog, because of my passion for encouragement and making a difference in people lives. There are many ways to do that. Usually, I choose to do it through something I've made myself, but sometimes the truth is there just isn't time for that. I always keep some extra-great store-purchased cards (blank notes mostly, but some with greetings as well) around for the times I want to encourage someone and haven't the time to make them the perfect card myself.

One of my favorite verses, a life-verse of mine, and the one I based the name of my business on is this:
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."
I Thessalonians 5.11
I encourage each of you to encourage someone today! A simple note or card in the mail (or hand delivered) is a simple, quick way to do that. Without too much effort at all, you can make a positive impact in someone's day . . . and often it's a much bigger impact than you would have imagined. Go for it!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Saturday, August 7, 2010

baby crafting

I've been busy making some personalized baby gifts lately. Thaddeus is the 2nd little person to enter the family of some friends of ours, so I made him a personalized piggy bank and a wooden block {roughly 3 inches x 5 inches} with his name and birthdate on one side and a blessing from Numbers 6.24-26 on the other.

Then, as it turns out, Thaddeus's parents needed a baby gift for another little man in their lives, so I was asked to make a set of blocks for baby Kyler. The blocks have his name on the front and his birth date on the back. My 2-year-old gave them a little test as I was working on them and they were a hit. She loved playing with them. So, hopefully they'll be both fun and decorative too!
Welcome to the world little Thaddeus and Kyler!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

the latest

I made this over the past day or so for a wedding we are going to this weekend. I also helped my mom design a very similar one for a wedding gift she needed to give. I figure while you're making one, you might as well make two. Right? With all the humidity we've been having, I just hope it dries completely in the 4 days between now and the wedding. With our super-sticky weather, I'm afraid it will still be tacky by then!

I also made all the invitations for this wedding {along with RSVP cards and a sheet with directions and other wedding info} and designed the programs. The wood for the gift is cut from a big 2x10 if I remember right. It measures roughly 10 inches square and is about 1-1/2 inches thick. There's a sawtooth on the back for hanging, otherwise it props up nicely against a wall or on a shelf.

{Retail price $20}

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

end-of-year teacher gifts

i just finished putting together the end-of-the year gifts for our children's teachers for another year. the time sure flies by . . .

i usually like to make something unique, useful and personal for those people who invest so much in the lives of our precious kiddos and this year i came up with this::
handmade soaps from the local blue heron soap company which i picked up at the farmer's market {i love the farmers market!} and some handmade laundry soap in fun {upcycled} etched glass containers that read either "clean" or "wash" that i've been working on all week. {i etched the containers and made the laundry powder myself}. i attached cute little tags to each gift that say "have some good, clean fun this summer". {i was pretty proud of myself for coming up with that one. creativity with words is not usually my strong suit.}

i love gifts that are useful and consumable. and, for me, if it's unique and handmade that is even better! most of us don't need one more "thing" in our homes to clutter things up. right? i'm quite confident that each of the recipients who will be getting these tomorrow both bathes and does laundry, so hopefully they will find it useful . . . and all the more in the summer when so much time is spent outside. especially if you are a teacher and have the summer off!

so, that's what i've been working on . . . along with some shower invitations and a big order of wedding invitations that i hope to finish over the weekend and a baby gift and another wedding gift that i helped my mom to make . . . there's so much creating to be done! i love it!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Personalized Wedding Gift

Here is the personalized gift set that I made for a wedding that we attended over the weekend:: A wooden sign {about 4 x 11 with a sawtooth on the back for hanging} personalized with wedding date and last name, as well as a set of notecards for the couple to use either as wedding thank you's or for general correspondence from this day forward. {pun intended!}

I think a personalized wall hanging like this would make a great baby gift too . . . on some really fun paper with less formal fonts. I'll have to keep that in mind until the next baby I know comes along!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Baby Blocks

We have friends who just had their first little bundle . . . a boy! When I was thinking about a baby gift I wanted to make for him {ok, really it was for his parents. He couldn't care less!} I was thinking about something personalized and bouncing some ideas around in my head when I realized that his first and last name both had 5 letters. Thanks guys, that worked out so well for this project. His little set of letter blocks spells his first name on one side and his last name on the back. The other 4 sides are just fun, cute, boy-ish papers. I love the way they turned out and wanted to add one more little personalized item to the gift, so I etched his name in a bottle and added some change . . . you know, to start on his college savings and all! A personalized, recycled piggy bank of sorts.