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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Homemade, Unique and Useable Valentine Cards for Kids to Create and Share with Classmates

You Rule ~ grab enough rulers for each child in the class. Use craft or scrapbook paper and cut into 6" X 3" rectangles. Cut a slit in the end to thread the ruler in. Before threading, decorate the paper however you wish, thread the ruler and your set.

Rolo Pencil ~ A roll of Rolos and enough Hersey Kisses for each child in the class. Use Yellow and Pink craft paper and a sliver of tin foil. Wrap and glue the paper around the rolos to resemble a pencil, glue on a kiss at the bottom and add a sentiment card. The perfect, edible pencil!

Gold Fish School ~ You will need the big box of gold fish, small baggies for each student in the class, and ribbon. Make a sentiment card to place in each bag, fill with gold fish and tie with a ribbon.

Friday, January 24, 2014

It's A New Year, It's Time to Get Organized and CUT THAT CLUTTER ~Problem Areas and Solutions

Clean Out Schedule
Problem: An overflowing refrigerator.
Solution: Use trash day as a reminder that it’s time to clean out the refrigerator. You’ll make room for new stuff to come in and get rid of any spoiled food before it gets smelly or messy.

Overwhelmed No More
Problem: There's just too much to tackle.
Solution: Come up with a plan and timeline for taking it one step at a time. Examine the room you want to organize and visually break it into small areas that you can tackle in increments. Set achievable deadlines to give yourself a goal to work toward. Make a list of what stays and what could go to reduce clutter. Focus on the reason you need to reorganize, such as creating a clutter-free area for family gatherings or cleaning out a guest room so there's space for visitors. Prioritize your tasks, starting in an area where you can quickly see progress. Schedule time to work on a project when you're most energetic and least likely to be distracted. Set a timer and quit when the timer rings.

Good Looks
Problem: No matter how hard you try, you just can't get rid of clutter around your house.
Solution: You can't hide all clutter, but you can contain it. Look at where it collects and set up attractive ways to deal with it. Place a large bowl on the kitchen counter to collect keys. Leave a big basket by the door for shoes. Check discount stores and office supply houses for patterned folders for storing bills -- or wicker, fabric, and leather boxes to match your decor.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Best Valentine's Day Cards for Kids of All Ages to Make

Perfect Pairings ~ Best for school-aged kids
Sometimes, simplicity really is best, as these crowd-pleasing valentines demonstrate.
What you'll need:
Card stock
Double-sided tape
Packaged treats
Use double-sided tape to stick treats to card stock hearts, then add a witty greeting. Here are more ideas:
Tape on bubble gum and write: You blow me away!
Tape on a Snickers® bar and write: You make me laugh!
Tape on a small bag of Fig Newtons® and write: It "fig"-ures we're friends.
Tape on a small bag of Craisins® and write: I'm "crais"-y about you!
Tape on a small chocolate-covered mint and write: Be cool, valentine.
Tape on malted milk balls and write: Have a ball this Valentine's Day.
Tape on a snack bar and write: You're the best, bar none.
Tape on an Almond Joy® candy and write: You're a joy to be around.

Valentine Butterflies ~ Best for all ages
With a body made of chewing-gum sticks and licorice-whip antennae, this valentine will be lucky to make it through lunchtime.
What you'll need:
Sticks of gum
Licorice strings
Construction paper
Scissors
Heart stickers
Tape
Place two pieces of string licorice between two sticks of gum, taping the top and bottom closed to secure the antennae in place. Next, cut two heart-shaped wings from construction paper, write your valentine message on them, and secure them to the top stick of gum with a heart sticker. Add other stickers to give personality to your butterfly.

Sole Mate Feet Heart ~ Best for all ages
What valentine is special enough for your child's soul mates? This gem of a card -- drawn from the bottoms of their soles...
What you'll need:
Card stock
Marker
Glue
Plastic jewels
Trace your child's feet on colored card stock or heavy construction paper and cut out the shapes (use them as a template to make more cards. Glue 2 feet at the heels to form a heart, as shown, and use a paint pen or marker to pen a message. Glue flat-bottomed plastic jewels (available at craft stores) to the toes for polished nails.
Message Ideas:
You're my sole mate
I get a kick out of you
I'd walk a mile for you
We're off on the right foot
You are toe nice!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Handmade Valentine's Day Gifts ~ For Spouses, Teachers, Friends, Co-Workers, Etc.

Heart-Shaped Tea Bags
Warm someone up by adding a handwritten note to a tea bag. Cut two hearts out of red construction paper using a heart-shaped crafter's hole punch (available at crafts stores). Use a metallic pen to write a short message on one of the hearts. Next, remove a tea-bag tag and, at the end of the string, affix two hearts, back-to-back, using double-sided tape or a stapler. Package bags to give as a present, or steep one in hot water and serve.














Confetti Soap Globes
Items Needed:
Soft Soft or the like
Heart Confetti
Card Stock
Remove the labels with the help of Goof Off. Once the container is clean and free of debris, gather up the heart confetti and dump some in. Replace the lid and shake, It’s a good arm workout! Attach the Scrubba Dub hang tag and your ready to gift it!

Valentine Votive
Who doesn't enjoy the warm glow of candlelight?
Items Needed:
Clear Glass Containers
Valentine Tissue Paper
Mod Podge
Tea Light Cups or Votives
Apply Mod Podge to clean glass and start applying tissue paper. Rub or smooth out paper as you go. Let dry and plump in your candle.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Holding Our Peace

“The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.” Exodus 14:14

In this key scripture, when the Israelites were facing an impossible situation, God told them, “Hold your peace. Remain at rest, and I will fight your battles.” Notice there was a condition though, something the Israelites had to do and it’s the same for us today  ~ hold your peace! This statement indicates something is trying to take it away ~ thoughts of worry, fear, anxiety. We might think, “What if it doesn’t happen? What am I going to do?” If we will just stay in peace, the Creator of the universe, the Most High God, the PRINCE OF PEACE, will go to work on our behalf.

Remember, nothing can stand against our God, He has all power. He stopped the sun for Joshua and He even closed the mouths of hungry lions for Daniel for crying out loud! Then what in this world would He NOT do for us?

Whatever "fight" we maybe facing now, or in the future, if we will just hold our peace and remain at rest, God promises He will fight our battles and lead us into everlasting victory!

Father, today I put my trust and hope in You. I choose to hold my peace knowing that You will fight my battles. Thank You for working all things out for my good in Jesus’ name. Amen.

What You Can Do With Fat Quarters

As I was cleaning out my fabric closet, I kept thinking that these stinkin' fat quarters so tempting!  Do they tempt anyone else? I mean, fat quarters are for quilters right?  And I don't even quilt, I sew! Well check out these ideas and you will see that these aren't just for quilters anymore =) Who knew the endless list of Fat Quarter ideas was this long ~ try them for yourself and see where your imagination will take you!

A stunning sunglasses case


An apron 

Cute and Easy headbands

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A New Year is here ~ It's time to get ORGANIZED.... in the Laundry Room

Get organized: It's a New Year's resolution we seem to make year after year, BUT as life gets busy, it's easy to let clutter take over again, unless you manage it the right way. Get our advice, tips, and tricks to make 2014 the year you get organized once and for all.....In The Laundry Room!

Decorate Your Space ~ If you have the luxury of having a spacious laundry room, use it as a place to show off favorite items. This room’s combination of closed cabinets and open shelving gives the homeowner plenty of storage and display options. Recessed lighting within the shelves further highlights the display.

Tight-Space Laundry ~ In the compact laundry workstation and storage area of a small bathroom, the stacked European-style washer-dryer set economizes space. A shelf between units pulls out for folding items fresh from the dryer, then slides out of sight. A matchstick shade lowers all the way to the floor, gracefully hiding the utility area when guests are expected.

Use a Serene Color Palette ~ A serene color palette creates a sense of organization in your laundry room. Here, the cabinets and table legs are painted a soothing moss green while a light-colored stone countertop completes the overall calming effect and provides a durable surface for folding.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A New Year is here ~ It's time to get ORGANIZED.... in the Office

Get organized: It's a New Year's resolution we seem to make year after year, BUT as life gets busy, it's easy to let clutter take over again, unless you manage it the right way. Get our advice, tips, and tricks to make 2014 the year you get organized once and for all.....In The Office!

Choose wall shelves of any shape, a shelving system that fits style and space is ideal. Like here the wall "ladder" system.

Repurpose flea market dishes as office organizers. Mismatched pieces add charm to a utilitarian space. Use teacups for pens and pencils, and saucers or small plates for stamps, keys, and spare change.

This office, found in the mudroom, brings in a secondhand pine table and barstools to keep with the homes theme. Remember when decorating your office, stick with thinks you love to look at, secondhand finds or not. When using or repurposing things you love, it may help you keep it tidy and organized.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A New Year is here ~ It's time to get ORGANIZED.... in the Bathroom

Get organized: It's a New Year's resolution we seem to make year after year, BUT as life gets busy, it's easy to let clutter take over again, unless you manage it the right way. Get our advice, tips, and tricks to make 2014 the year you get organized once and for all.....In The Bathroom!

Make It Work ~ A custom cabinet between two pedestal sinks means you can have the style of a pedestal along with the function of a vanity. A shallow upper cabinet offers counter space. Recessed medicine cabinets above the sinks supplement storage.

In the Basket ~ Cut clutter in a bathroom cabinet with baskets. Put like items in each one to stay organized. Use matching baskets for a cohesive look.

Countertop Solutions ~ A double vanity gets a storage boost with a countertop cabinet. Keep clutter at bay and store toothbrushes, styling products, and other grooming accessories in drawers and cabinets. A divider in the open lower shelf keeps towels organized. The unit also makes use of vertical space between the sinks of a double vanity and provides easy-to-reach storage for both sink areas. For extra savvy functionality, include an outlet in the cabinet for razors, hair dryers, and more.

Monday, January 13, 2014

A New Year is here ~ It's time to get ORGANIZED..... in the Living Room

Get organized: It's a New Year's resolution we seem to make year after year, BUT as life gets busy, it's easy to let clutter take over again, unless you manage it the right way. Get our advice, tips, and tricks to make 2014 the year you get organized once and for all......in the Living Room!
You can make your living room attractive and inviting by reducing clutter and organizing everything in it. It is actually easy to keep your living room organized. It only takes one’s discipline and creativity in order to do that. Home organization is vital to make sure that your home can give you the comfort that you expect from it. To help you organize your living room, here are some tips to de-clutter your living room.

Develop Zones ~ Creating a sense of togetherness is effortless when you choose integrated storage. The first step is to be realistic about how everyone uses the room so you can give each activity some space of its own. Such agreed-upon zones keep activities enjoyable while containing clutter.

Task-It Baskets ~ Unlike a kitchen or mudroom, living rooms -- designated for relaxing and conversing -- often encompass more form than function. But even these livable spaces are required to have a little storage. Utilize large baskets or decorative bins to conceal blankets, toys, or media. If your front door opens directly into the living room, set up a console table with baskets tucked beneath for storing outerwear accessories, umbrellas, dog leashes, and more.

Cut the Clutter ~ To do away with clutter, have enough storage spaces. Create smart storage areas in the living room that will make your room look neat and organized. Think of a way that it can add beauty to the area. If you notice that there is still some clutter, maybe it is time for you to add some storage space. You can have magazine racks for your reading materials. The key to having a neat storage space it to place only the number of items that can be accommodated in your storage area. Place the excess in other storage spaces.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Etsy Store ~ Pink Petunia Pearl ~ New Year New Sale on EVERYTHING....Tons of Fabric including Rare Pieces

As I have mentioned I will be closing my Etsy Store by the end of this year. I just don't have the time to put into my business that I once did ~ my kiddos are older and all over the place! I am ridding myself of most of my fabric which includes many high end quilter brands, chain store brands and much much more! Please take a look ~ here is a sampling of what I have listed so far, there is plenty more that I will be listing over the course of the next few months.

Click the Etsy Store button on the right of the screen for the New Year Sale ~ 14% off all orders, enter code 14off with no minimum purchase OR 25% off your order when you spend $25 or more, enter code 25off

Alexander Henry Bangle dot in blue

Nancy Mims for Robert Kaufman Chick Chick Farmyard Chicken Lime

Fabric Traditions Stonehill Collection Donna Wilder Rambling Rose

Springs Creative Products Patriotic Pinwheels

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A New Year is here ~ It's time to get ORGANIZED..... in the Mudroom

Get organized: It's a New Year's resolution we seem to make year after year, BUT as life gets busy, it's easy to let clutter take over again, unless you manage it the right way. Get our advice, tips, and tricks to make 2014 the year you get organized once and for all.....In The Mudroom!

Create a Room That Flows ~ This rustic, cottage-style mudroom is a true indoor/outdoor breezeway that flows from one room to the next. In room-to-room mudroom pathways, be sure to incorporate elements from both indoor and outdoor surroundings to create a successful movement.

Determine Your Mudroom's Functionality ~ Much like choosing the function of a spare room, a mudroom should be well thought out and have an ultimate purpose in the home. According to Susan Howell of Howell Custom Building Group, the homeowner should first make a list of everything they plan on storing in the mudroom and how they want it to look and flow with the rest of the home.

Efficient, Family-Friendly Storage ~ To ensure a mudroom stays organized and clutter-free, make the space functional and efficient for everyone. Designer JoLynn Johnson of Crystal Kitchen Center says, "Coat hooks are much easier than hangers for storing outerwear, plus you can hang backpacks and purses from them, too.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A New Year is here ~ It's time to get ORGANIZED...In the Kitchen

Get organized: It's a New Year's resolution we seem to make year after year, BUT as life gets busy, it's easy to let clutter take over again, unless you manage it the right way. Get our advice, tips, and tricks to make 2014 the year you get organized once and for all.....In The Kitchen!

Create Zones ~ Group items in your kitchen by their function. In this kitchen, a stand mixer tucks in the corner by the refrigerator and shelves above house mixing bowls and baking necessities. On the opposite side of the refrigerator, a breakfast prep zone has all morning must-haves: shelves with bowls and glasses, coffee mugs, and canisters of cereal.

Roll in a Cart ~ Invest in a cart that can transport heavy dishes from kitchen to dining and act as extra counter space for cooking and entertaining.