Thursday, November 13, 2014

Stocking Stuffer Checklist with Printable

So now you've seen DIY Stocking Stuffers and you've seen a bunch of stocking stuffers from amazing Etsy sellers, but you still have a few more last minute goodies you want to get from the store. Now what to pick up?  Here is a printable check list to cover Stocking Stuffers for toddlers, teens, mom, dad, and kids. Print it out and either leave it a full sheet or cut out the 3x3 squares for a mini check list.
Click the image above to get the full document.
I hope you enjoyed my first mini series of a bigger series. Stay tuned for Gifts for Mom!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

DIY Stocking Stuffers
"And the stockings were hung..." Yesterday we featured some awesome Etsy shops and their stocking stuffers, so visit that post if you didn't see it!  Today I'm talking to the DIYers of the world. All of you who want to put that extra special touch to your gift giving. 

Please note as your read, I do not own any of the pictures shown. If you click on the picture, it should take you to the original blog or source. Show these bloggers some love by visiting their blog and pinning!

First up, Homemade Bath Crayons. Who does love to draw in the bathtub? I've been known to steal my kids' bath crayons and write little messages to my husband! Head on over to DIY Natural to see how to make some at home.
Kids are going to LOVE this one. Glitter Slime!
One of my favorite gifts to give, Hot Chocolate. These are so easy to put together and a great gift for just about anyone. This blogger even includes an awesome printable for Snowman Soup.

 Another creative way to give hot chocolate, these DIY Chalkboard Mugs. These are so cute! I imagine giving these to my husband and writing little messages for him in the morning.

It was way harder to find a DIY Men's Stocking Stuffer than I thought it would be. Luckily I came across these awesome DIY Meat Rubs!
Then I found a classic stocking stuffer for men, coupon books. These are quick and easy to put together. This blogger even includes a free printable!
Teenagers are always hard to shop for, but you can't go wrong with this cute stocking stuffer! 
 Another generous blogger, she includes a free printable too!

 Or, every teen likes getting money. This makes it a little more giftable. This blogger has a ton of cute ideas for wrapping up money.
Don't forget about mom! Sugar scrubs are perfect for the mom that deserves a nice relaxing treat. This blog had some really great recipes; I'll definitely be revisiting this blog to make some for myself!
This next one was from one of my Silhouette Challenge blog trains and is one of my favorite DIYs. If you don't have a Silhouette, this could easily be done with hole punches. I LOVE it!
Another quick gift for those of you with a die cutter. There are still a lot of us who like to crack open a fresh new book and we definitely need a bookmark in our stockings!

Can't forget to include the jokesters out there. I LOVE this idea.
I hope you enjoyed this post and it has inspired you to get out there and make some Christmas gifts. For quick and easy repining, click here.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Stocking Stuffers Found On Etsy

Welcome to my first blog of a series featuring all about Christmas! Over the next couple weeks, I'll have featured etsy shops, DIY gifts and more! Today I'm starting with Stocking Stuffers found on Etsy.

I love supporting small businesses. I understand what it takes to run a small business. What it means to stay up way too late to make sure you get your orders out in time. The thrill and sometimes anxiety that comes with hearing a cha-ching on your phone. So this year, I'm striving to make my Christmas a handmade or found on Etsy Christmas. Join me in supporting small businesses this year.

As your browse through these great Etsy listings, remember, these pictures are not mine. I know you're going to want to shop, so I've made it easy for you. Just click on the picture and you'll be taken right to the shop.

Unique Stocking Stuffers for Anyone
Are you shopping for someone who has everything? Head on over to Couture Light Switches for some unique light switch covers starting at just $6.95!
I think everyone knows someone who knits or crochets and it seems like they already have all the yarn they'll ever need. However, I found this hand dyed yard over at Groovy Hues and I can bet they don't have this yet! So awesome and I love the name for this one, "It's So Easy Being Green"

Having a house that smells like the holidays always brings back the best memories. Head on over to Emmazing Scents and shop. When you buy 5, you get 1 free!!

When the holidays are over, you're going to need this aromatherapy candle to Relax & Revive - Lavender, Rosemary and Peppermint aromatherapy candle with a choice of wood wick for a gentle crackle giving a slight scent of wood or cotton wick. Stop over to Simply Pure Butters for some more yummy candles!
Don't forget about making your car smell fresh! Head on over to Cowgirl Gems to choose from 20+ scents and different shapes!

Stocking Stuffers for Her

Etsy also has some very unique jewelry options, like these turquoise pieces from The Joyful Jewelry Box.
Here's another neat jewelry find found over at Fiera Fashions!

Stocking Stuffers for Him
I really LOVE this idea! Every time the man in your life sees this, he'll be reminded of you and the life you have together. I'm definitely picking one of these up from Message Me This soon!

Stocking Stuffers for the Kiddos
Oh my goodness! This little girl is so cute, but take a look at her simple, comfy, everyday wear headband! I just love it and I know you will too, so skip over to Cara's Custom Tutus to get one for your little girl!
I stopped over to Alaska's Adornments and found some super cute stocking stuffers like this felt elf puzzle. It's the perfect way to keep the kiddo's busy on the way to Grandma's or keeping the early birds occupied till everyone else wakes up!
Also over at Alaska's Adornments, she had these cute lip balm holder. Perfect for all the girls you're shopping for, young and old!
Another great way to keep the kiddos busy (and organized) are crayon roll ups. I found this adorable one over at Paper From Heaven.

Stocking Stuffers for Teens
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Teenagers can be so hard to shop for! But you can't go wrong with these boot cuffs from Boot Cuff Susie! They are sure to bring on the ever so rare teenager smile.
And if you thought it was hard to shop for a teen girl, finding something cool enough for a teen boy is even harder! Luckily, I found this cute (I mean totally cool!) key chain wallet over at Hello Petronille.

Of course shopping for stockings stuffers wouldn't be complete without also shopping for stockings. Here are some of my favorites from Etsy. All the links are over on my pinterest board below or linked to each individual picture..

To quickly view all these links and more in one place, visit my pinterest board here.

Image Map

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Coming up!

It's coming guys! Winter! And winter means Christmas! You're going to be starting to shop soon if you haven't already. So gear up for some exciting Christmas themed blogs this week.  Here's what's on the schedule:

Monday November 10th
Shop small business with some featured Etsy shops. The shops featured will be showing off their stocking stuffers!

Tuesday November 11th
DIY Stocking Stuffers

Wednesday November 12th
I'm browsing Pinterest as we speak to find some awesome stocking stuffer ideas!

Stay tuned! I have some awesome stuff planned!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I Interupt This Crafty Blog...

Usually I show you some DIY products or introduce a new product in The Sensory Emporium, but today I'm going to take a break from that and bring you another topic.  I always have more intentions of blogging about my family, but who really wants to read about that. A few months ago, I posted my miscarriage story and the amazing bench my husband and I made. Today, we're going to talk about that, but the positive side of it.

Every October I add a little blue to the sea of pink. You see, October isn't just Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it's also Pregnancy and Infancy Loss Remembrance/Awareness Month (PAIL).
And during the month of October, I change my profile picture and I speak up as much as possible about it. It's such a taboo subject and not many people want to talk about it. That's okay. I understand. You don't have to say anything to me to make me feel better, but don't be afraid to recognize it.
Nearly 4 years ago, I lost a son. I had a late term miscarriage and it was devastating. I wasn't sure what was going to happen with my life. I had a lot to live for, I didn't go that far down. I had my amazing son and my husband, my best friend and my family, all of who supported me. But I went through an internal battle with myself. If I had another child, am I just replacing the one I lost? How can I ever get through another pregnancy without fear that history would repeat? Is there any way I could possibly love the next child knowing I lost the one before? The answers, for me anyway, were no, support from the above mentioned people, yes.
You see, when people tell me they are sorry for my loss and feel sad for me, I don't want them to be. It's actually okay. Of course I'm sad that my baby boy is not with me. But I'm not sorry it happened. A lot of times it's hard to explain. I lost my baby for a reason. Whatever reason he had to spend 16 short weeks on this earth is unknown to me but I'm sure it was a great one. And I am honored to have been chosen to see his mission through. 
We only wanted 2 children. I'll never know Gabriel. I'll never watch him grow, hear his sleepy I love yous as I tuck him into bed, give him medicine when he is sick, and all the other things that come with being a mom. Gabriel wasn't meant to spend his days on earth with me that way. Sometimes I'd give anything to have him back, but knowing that he had a different purpose gives me comfort. If I had never lost Gabriel, I'd have never had Emma. She brings a special light to my life. She is the most amazing child I have ever known. I'm so grateful to be her mommy.
So when you feel sorry for me, just remember, I'm okay. I'm at peace. I was only meant to know Gabriel for a short time. Raising my sweet first born and this little miss was my true meaning.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Family Command Center

It's been a looooooong summer and we decided to unplug a little bit. But with one of my kiddos in school and the other adjusting to being an only child for half the day, I finally have some free time. I'm just barely getting in on the blog train for The Silhouette Challenge this month, but I really wanted to do this one so it would motivate me to finally get this project done.

My first day as a parent of one, I decided to take everything out of the dining room, clean the carpets and rearrange. The dining room doubles as my office. I have a decent craft room, but the lighting in the dining room is so much better. Plus, it isn't shut away from the rest of the house, which is nearly impossible to do when you have one kid or 10. With school starting, we're going to have a lot of paper coming our way. I didn't want B's important papers getting mixed with my work papers. Hence, a family command center!

Sorry for the terrible pictures. My camera charger is missing! So you get cell phone pictures this week.

So here is my command center before. It's a mess. It's disorganized. It's also the previous home to our Deployment Countdown for my step-dad. That has been moved and this wall is going to be a fantastic command center.

No tutorial this time. But I did make this sign. I'm pretty much in LOVE with it. I used vinyl as a stencil and painted. So pretty! And if you're looking close, I know my wall is overwhelmed with EST. 2009. I'll have to change the clock eventually.

Here's the after! Picture a really trendy table cloth for over the book shelf, but black is what I have on hand this week. So top to bottom, left to right:
1. Our Family Sign (LOVE!)
2. Clock
3.Calendar (A must have to keep us all on track)
4.Pictures of my kiddos
5. Clipboard for B's papers, lunch menu, etc.
6. Cork board for art work, notes and other misc. important stuff.
7. E's clipboard (I'll probably use this for myself since E isn't in school yet)
8. No command center is complete without a Hello Kitty blue tooth player.
9.Our fish bowl that currently just holds a moss ball. Coming soon: A beautiful Beta fish.
10. And the messy bookshelf that is still messy (though not as messy as the before picture) but all concealed behind a beautiful table cloth.

This space is going to be so functional! I'm so excited to have all our stuff in one area and to have my office area a little neater.

To check out more home d├ęcor from the ladies with The Silhouette Challenge, check out:

1. The Moberg Family // 2. Sandpaper and Glue // 3. American Honey // 4. Weekend Craft // 5. Grey Luster Girl // 6. From Wine to Whine // 7. Cutesy Crafts // 8. Practically Functional // 9. Home At Eight // 10. McCall Manor // 11. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 12. Adventures in All Things Food // 13. Create it. Go! // 14. Please Excuse My Craftermath... // 15. The Outlandish Momma // 16. The Sensory Emporium // 17. My Paper Craze // 18. unOriginal Mom // 19. My Favorite Finds // 20. Architecture of a Mom // 21. Black and White Obsession //

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Trying Something New

Lately I've been in a little bit of a crafting rut. I love to craft and do so often, but a lot of the time, I craft to sell and I've just been uninspired. So I'm trying something new...Digital Instant Downloads! I've done some journaling cards for Project Life type scrapbooks, Potty Training Cards and a few odds and ends. But most recently I've been working on projects to get your more organized. Last Winter I opened a second etsy shop just for paper, clay and metal projects and that is where I'm featuring my instant downloads as well.

The first product I'm offering for the organizer in all of us is a direct sales planner.

I'm pretty excited about it. It includes everything you need to get organized in your direct sales business. I know it's going to help me stay organized with Origami Owl!
But now it's back to school time and time for all you students to get organized too! So I'm presenting my Student Planner!
A few features of the student planner:
Class Schedule Organizer

2 Page Monthly Spread

Notes Section (There's also a doodle page)

2 Different Week Of layouts to choose from.
To see more of this awesome planner, visit my new etsy shop!  More designs to come! If you have a theme you'd like to see, please message me on etsy or leave it in the comments.
I'm so excited for this new venture in digital downloads and hopefully it'll lead me to a new passion!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

DIY Chevron Photo Frame

Hey guys! It's been a while. I'm going partially unplugged this summer and when I am on the computer, I'm gearing up for Christmas projects and products. Don't remind me that it's only June, I know and I'm no where near ready for winter, but I just sold on of my Santa Plates the other day, so people are starting to shop.

So on to the project.  My sister is doing her baby's bedroom in grey and red chevron and asked me to recreate a few things she found on Amazon for about 3 times the cost of what I could do them for. I love being able to do gifts for people and they don't have to spend an arm and a leg.  This is one of the projects she gave me...a chevron frame.
Paint your frame your base color. I'm doing white and it took 2 coats. I found this basic wood frame at Michaels. Make sure it is 100% dry. I'd let it dry overnight, because I did not and the final result is not spectacular.
Cut your chevron out of vinyl and apply to the entire frame. Don't weed anything yet. My frame is going to be dark grey, light grey, even lighter grey and white so I labeled my chevrons D,M,L,W for the different colors.
Then I weeded away all the ones that had a D on them for my darkest color.
Then weeded away all the M's for the next shade and painted that color
Finally all the L's for the lightest grey.
Then all the W's for the final reveal. It turned out great except for the fact that I didn't wait for the white to be dry enough and it gave it a bit of a rustic look. So I think I'll sand the whole thing a little bit and even it out. This one will be for me!
Other projects on the horizon: A chevron growth chart and chevron clock. I'm so excited!
These are soon to be available for purchase in my etsy shop.