Tuesday, December 29, 2009


It all started when my friend Rachel asked me to make her a "give thanks" banner like one she had seen online. So, I did::

It turned out so cute, I made one for myself too.

Then my mom wanted a "Merry Christmas" one. So I made that. Then, that one turned out so cute that I made this one for myself::
Everyone {well, the women anyway} at our Christmas Open house loved them and wanted one too, so I figured they'd made pretty good Christmas gifts, so I made a few more.

Then people saw those and it just kept growing! Rachel, decided she needed one for New Year's as well, so I made her this one::

Then my friend, Jenny, is in town from California for the holidays and hinted strongly at how cute a "Home Sweet Home" one would be . . . so I made her this one::

Now, I'm helping my mom make a "Celebrate" one for a friend of hers {great for just about any occasion, wouldn't ya say?} then I might take a little break . . . or maybe not.

What would your banner say?

{Banner prices are based on length of sentiment, but are roughly $15 each.}

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I've been busy!

I've been crazy lately crankin' out orders for Christmas gifts right and left::
Personalized, commissioned stuff.
Hopefully everyone will be happy with their finished products!
Sets of magnets {18 to be precise}::
A Christmas banner {this one was actually for me!}::
and I LOVE it:
so I made 4 others that weren't for me.
A few little fun "match book" notepads::

On top of all that {literally, since it's taking place upstairs} we're in the middle of doing this::
Actually, I'm not having to much to do with it. It's my parent's Christmas gift to our girls to give their room a little makeover, so they are doing the work!
Now I've got to get my crack in gear and start working on my list of projects that I need to make for my Christmas gifts . . . I'll need them before I know it, next week is coming fast!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Give Thanks

A friend of mine saw a "give thanks" banner for sale online and fell in love with it. She was going to order one and then she thought "I bet Shana could make this. I'll ask." So ask she did, and I said "sure". This one isn't quite like the one she saw online {I like this one better and hope she will too!}, that one had glitter and I'm not a huge fan of glitter. Rachel said she could do without the glitter too, so here is the glitter-free finished product; I think it turned out great::

Saturday, September 26, 2009

A creative afternoon

For some reason, as I was sitting outside reading a very good book, I was overwhelmingly compelled to begin this project, one I was inspired to do after seeing this tutorial. I hadn't planned to do any projects at all today. I was really enjoying my book and had planned to enjoy it the entire time the littles were napping, but then those plans went right out the window!
I found a board {not too old even, but pretty beat up} in our yard and got to work. First I slapped a pretty thin, messy coat of white paint to the board, rubbed in a little anitiquing glaze and let it dry. Next I sanded it a little. Then I traced some chipboard letters onto the board {I didn't measure before I started tracing, I had just eyeballed it. When I got to the end I realized I would only have room for "199" and I didn't want to do '96, so I erased it all and started again}. Then I painted the letters with black paint and let that dry. When it was all dry I sanded it again and then hosed it down to get all the dust off {and age it even more!} and I was done!
I love it!
I can't decide if we should put it in our bedroom {it would look great in there} or somewhere more "public" so that people will actually see it. Not many people venture back to our bedroom when they come for a visit!

Monday, September 14, 2009


If you have not yet discovered Wordle you have GOT to check it out! It is amazing and wonderful and fun and addicting and just plain great! I love it! {Big thanks to my sister-in-law for bringing it to my attention!}

I went to a baby shower for a friend who is soon to have a set of twins and this was {part of} the gift that I brought. I think they turned out really cute. Unfortunately, they are going to spell Ellah's name with a H at the end. {it's not unfortunate that they're going to spell it that way . . . just unfortunate that I didn't know that ahead of time. I was going to double check on the spellings, but, #1, I didn't think you could really screw up Ella or Eddie. -- little did I know! -- and, #2, I wanted it to be a total surprise and not clue her in that I might do something personalized}. I didn't know this and thus will need to do them again. But, it's so easy it won't really be a problem. Except for the fact that I don't have any more of those exact coordinating papers, so I'll have to pick some different prints.

Want to make your own? Here's what you do:
  • Come up with fun words {the more times you type the word, the bigger it will be}.
  • Create your Wordle
  • Print it on to fun paper
  • Stick it in a clear, plexiglass box frame.
  • Wrap a little ribbon around the outside for some dimension and added fun {or don't!}
Now you're all done, wasn't that easy? And super fun too! Of course you could put it in any type of frame, but for this particular project, I really like the look of the clear box frame with the ribbon on the outside. If you wanted the sides to coordinate you could cut paper to fit in there too.

If you don't mess around with the fonts and colors and layouts for too long {don't follow my example, I tend to over-mess!} you could be done in about 10 minutes and for a grand total of about $5 each.

Give it a shot next time you need a gift and want something unique and personalized. I'm pretty sure it will be loved and treasured!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Another project

A big {8x8}, antiqued wooden tile for my sister-in-laws birthday with my favorite picture of my nephew. I made them a similar one with a picture of their wedding 5 years ago, so, now they have a little set! A fun, unique gift and way to showcase a special picture.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Late night

Every once in a while I really get "in the groove" and stay up way, way too late making cards. Well, I did it again this week. I'm sure that I'll be paying for it for at least a few more days {with crabbiness, limited patience and eye-drooping exhaustion -- wait, that sounds like most days around here}, but I got LOTS done. Long after everyone in the house was sleeping {Dad included} I was still downstairs working away. Here's what I came away with after my {nearly} all-nighter:

I think I made over 50 cards in one sitting; no 2 of them alike. It was fun and relaxing {well, except for the missed sleep part!}

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Handmade gift pack

I made this gift pack to donate to a silent auction for Northern Voices, a school for children with severe hearing loss. The daughter of a friend of mine goes there and asked me if I could donate anything. And I was happy to!

The gift pack contains a 6x9 inch {memo-sized} decorated clipboard, a jumbo clothespin {a fun, unique way to display a favorite picture, or keep your recipe right there as you cook or hang on to important little papers that may otherwise get lost!} and an assortment of 10 all-occasion cards {birthday, thank you, new baby, get well, thinking of you}.

Here's hoping it will bring some money in for a worthy cause.

Retail value of the gift pack: $35

Monday, July 13, 2009

Baby gift

8x10 framed baby name and birth date with verse "Children are a gift from the Lord. They are a reward from Him." {Pslam 127.3}

This one was made as a baptism gift, but would be great for a new baby gift or a special gift on any other important day early in life {baptism, dedication, first birthday}.

Friday, June 26, 2009

wedding: print only

8x10 print only . . . ready to be framed

Monday, June 22, 2009

wedding gifts

Here are a couple wedding gifts that I did recently. They followed the color schemes of the wedding invitations and I'm hoping that for years to come they will remind the couple of their big day with fondness!

The frames are 16x20 and the art in the middle is matted to 8x10. These show last name and wedding date but could be customized with initials instead "K & S" or "est. 2009" rather than the exact date or whatever your heart desires! Shorter last names (6 letters or less) work best if you want entire last name, though, otherwise it would get too small to look good.

Framed: $45
8x10 Print only (frame it yourself): $17

{See a similar project for the birth of a baby here}

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Graduation Gifts

personalized small clipboards (approx. 6"x9")
and a coordinating set of thank you notes

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Personalized notecards

A set of bright, spring-inspired notecards personalized with a name (or a simple "thanks") make a perfect gift for most any occasion.
($8 for a set of 5)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Wedding Set

Framed verse with initials & wedding date, matching clip and card.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Fridge Fun

Here are some fun magnets I've been cranking out lately.

Some sets of "Fruit of the Spirit" magnets ($7 for a set of 9):

and a set of fun tree magnets that I love ($5 for a set of 5):

Dress up your fridge today!
These also make a great, unique gift.
Magnets can be customized with words or images of your choice. {My 8-year-old daughter and I just made some with cute pink cupcakes as prizes for the girls at her birthday party}.
Just let me know what you want!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

fun card

I just finished making this card for my brother who had lasik surgery yesterday. I got the idea for it in the middle of the night and, amazingly, still remembered in the morning without writing anything down or scribbling a little picture. I think we'll run it over to his house with a bag of carrots . . . you know, since they're good for the eyes!

If your brother (or anyone else for that matter) is having lasik, I'd be happy to whip up another one!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Time to get to work!

My "office" (actually a closet in our partially finished basement with our old dining room table and some shelves in it . . . we outgrew our old dining room table a few years ago and got a new bigger one to seat our crew -- 5 kids! -- so I inherited the old one for my workspace) has been such a mess lately that I can't even get anything done. see:

So the other morning I got up early (thanks to my 10-month-old daughter's nasty cold) and went to work spiffing it up so that I could work again! Ahhhh, much better!

It took the better part of 2 hours, but it's once again organized and cleaned up, so . . . "let's get to work!"

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Valentine Fun

Here's the little something I made for my hubby for Valentine's day this year:

The idea wasn't unique with me [few of my ideas really are]. I found my inspiration online somewhere. The little tag says "there aren't enough words to tell you how much I love you!" The hearts have the text from I Corinthians 13 on them [little heart-shaped chunks of it anyway!]. We're not big on buying each other gifts for every little "holiday" but I wanted something to show him that I was thinking of him and that I love him! This was pretty much free and did the trick perfectly!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sending some love

A great way to show someone a little love . . . on Valentine's Day or any day!
Jumbo clothespins (6 inches tall, 1.5 inches wide) are a fun way to show off a favorite picture or card, to keep track of an important paper or hold up your recipe when your hands are messy!
Retail price: $6.

Fun & Cheer

I helped my 2 older girls and their best friends make Valentine's to be given to kid's in local Children's Hospitals! We had a blast and made more than 3 dozen Valentine's, hopefully they will cheer up some kid's who could use a little extra cheer in their lives!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Recent projects

Here are some of my most recent projects:

These 2 are pictures of the decorative clipboards that I make each year as teacher gifts for my children's teachers. The backs are decorated with teacher-friendly alphabet papers with the initials of the teacher highlighted in some way. The fronts of the clipboards are a little more subdued and have personal notes from my kids to their teacher. They are always a hit!
Retail price: $12. (Specify colors and any personalization that you would like.)

Framed wedding: Personalized with wedding date and intials of the bride and groom visible underneath velum printed with "I have found the one my heart loves." (a verse from Song of Songs).
Retail price is dependent on size and choice of frame.

Perfect personal, unique baby gift: Unique framed keepsake shows baby's name and date of birth visible under velum printed with scripture "Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from Him." Matching 6 inch clothes pin decorated with baby's initial and a coordinating ribbon -- great for holding a picture, card or note!
Retail price is dependent on size and choice of frame. Jumbo clothes pins retail for $6 (can be personalized with letter and/or shape and color scheme).