Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year...

Yes, it is the time of year that I LOVE!! The week between Christmas and New Year's; it just gets me in the organizing mood. I think it is because during the holiday's stuff gets put everywhere because we are so darn busy. It feels good to put it all back in it's place (and do a little purging while I am at it). My word for 2011 is "simplify" (probably because I am reading this book).
I purchased a bunch of Rubbermaid bins yesterday~I am on a mission to get the closets re-organized (especially Josh's...which I am sure he will love~NOT).

I made a PTI order yesterday~and I am super excited to get my new stuff!!! I will also be doing some stamping this weekend (some holiday Thanks you cards).
Have a safe and Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

been thinking about my friend...

Hi all...
How is your week going? I am so glad that this week is another short work week for me; I am exhausted/drained from the holidays!! Monday was really rough getting up early for work (I fell asleep on the couch when I came home, LOL!); It is also especially hard, since Mike has this entire week off. Today is my last day of work for this week *woot* then Thursday and Friday Mike and I are going to do some major organizing in the garage (I know it is very disturbing that this gets me excited)!! My OCD is showing, I know. Mike is also planning on turning our hall closet into a pantry for me (hooray!!). I get so frustrated trying to put away all my stuff from Costco in my "little" kitchen cupboards; I am going to order some of these (which really make me happy!!). I will post before and after photos~hopefully my hubs will start the project today (since it is suppose to rain all day).

Here is a quick project I made for the Hospitality Teams at church (which I am currently in charge of). I totally copied them from Nancy (since they were so super cute??). I can see more of these spice jars in my crafting future...I am thinking Valentine's Day!!

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On a more somber note...
My very dear friend, Cindy, lost her best friend and husband, Mark, on Christmas Eve. Mike got the call early on Friday morning, and I just sat in disbelief that entire morning (and most of the day). While we know that Mark is now in heaven and no longer suffering~it is still hard for all the people he left behind. I cannot even imagine what my friend is experiencing!! Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers, as she makes arrangements this week for the funeral. Big Hugs to you Cindy!!!

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Monday, December 27, 2010


Hello all...
I hope you had a great Christmas!! Our family enjoyed our usual family traditions, which consists of staying in our jammie's pretty much all day, eating lots of yummy food, watching movies, and just enjoying each others company.

I do have some stamping goodness to post this week, but I am trying to get back into my normal routine. I am back to work today, so that should help me get back into the swing of things. So in the is a picture from Christmas Day; Hershey got some new bowls from Nate's parents (who live near Hershey PA)...SO Cute!!!

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Enjoy Today!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Christmas Eve!!!

I can not believe it is Christmas Eve~boy this year has really flown by!! I think I am all ready for the festivities (and if I forgot something~well, it just isn't going to get done); I am kinda doing the "go with the flow" thing this year (which has been quite interesting for me). I am currently reading this book; and I hope to simplify my life a lot more in 2011!

On Wednesday Ashley came over to "pretty" up some gifts she made for the worship team at church. Of course I was excited to help out!! She made some of this (which I absolutely LOVE~YUM!!), and packaged it up in a mason jar (don't you just love mason jars??).

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I used my new circle Nestabilitie dies to cut a circle for the top (which was the perfect size); out of patterned paper, and used my Holiday treats stamp set (love that set!!), to make some tags for the top. Ashley picked up this cute holiday ribbon at HL, so we tied a bow around the lid (gotta have ribbon!!). I think they came out pretty cute *wink*; and since Mike has been helping out with the band, he got one...and I ate the muddy buddies already!!!

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I want to wish you all, my sweet blog readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year; from my little family!!!
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

merry & bright...

Hi Friends.
How is your holiday planning/shopping coming along? I think I am just about done (one more trip to the store today, and a few groceries and I think that is gonna be it~whew!). We had our office Christmas party yesterday, and I actually brought my camera~I try not to be quite the paparazzi I am with my kids~but I got the ok, so you don't have to tell me twice, LOL!!

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Thanks Scott for snapping this one of Josh, Ashley and me with our "Super Dooper Reindeer Pooper" dispensers, LOL!!

I am off work until the 27th, and I am thrilled!! I really wish I could be concentrating on my DDA, but I will have time to print photos, journal, and hopefully complete it next weekend *fingers crossed*. I will post pictures once it is done; I have been faithfully recording my daily happenings, so I don't forget things (old age is setting in, LOL!); I am excited to get to the finished product!!

Here is a quick card I made a few days ago. I just love old olive (SU!) and Pure Poppy (PTI) cardstock together!! So Christmas~ie!!

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Have a wonderful today!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

photo ornament...

Hi Blog Friends!!
As you can see...I never made it back to post *sad face* on Friday; it sure has been a crazy weekend (but isn't that how December usually is??). Friday night Mike and I went out for dinner, then picked up Ashley & Nate for some Starbuck's and Christmas light crusin' (I just love how people decorate their cactus' with lights!!). It was a fun night! Saturday my to-do list was a mile long...but I am happy to report that I have only 2 things left to complete, which I hope to cross off tonight...then I can make a new list, argh!!

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Last night the kids/teens from my church put on a musical called "Back to the Manger"; it was such a great performance and can you believe I snapped 217 photos??? Crazy, I know! I just loved watching the kids do their "thing" and convey such a powerful message!!

I saw a blog post a while back on making cute photo ornaments; and since I am a "clickin mom" I was all over it!!! I had a few moments last night to whip one up, so I could have something to post today, LOL!! They are super easy (and inexpensive) to make!! I just resized a photo to 1.5 x1.5 inches, cut it out, rolled it gently and put it inside a clear ornament (along with some garland), It did take me a while to get it positioned the way I liked it (I just used a pencil (eraser side), to move the photo around inside the ornament). Then just tie a bow one the top, and that is is ready to hang on the tree.


Have a great day today

Friday, December 17, 2010

"O Christmas Tree"

Hi Friends!
It is Friday and I have a full schedule! I am hoping to post a little later today or tomorrow~so make sure to check back :) I used my Hobby Lobby coupon the other day, and want to play with my new item *smile*

In the mean time, I thought I would post this old photo of Ashley and Josh; it seems like yesterday that they were this little. Every year we would cut down a small tree, and they would take turns having it in their room. They would use colored lights and lots of fun decorations. Here they are at my mom's old house getting their special tree (it kinda looks like a Charlie Brown Tree, LOL!).

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Happy Friday!!! See you soon.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

chocolate snowman...

Hi Friends,
Am I the only one that thinks December is flying by? Can you believe that Christmas is 10 days away? YIKES!!

Today's post is gonna be a quickie!
Here is a quick project that I made last week...very quick and easy (my favorite kind of projects!!). I usually like to have some small gifts on hand during the holidays, just in case you need one at the last minute; So I whipped up a few of these guys/gals. And if I don't use them~I am sure the chocolate bar will NOT go to waste, LOL!!

Start with this:

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After some cardstock, a few punched shapes, ribbon, and a button you get this:

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A yummy chocolate snowman/snowwoman!!

As Christmas is creeping up on me~I am going to do my best to post on my regular days...but I may miss a few posts, due to the hustle and bustle.

Enjoy Today!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

the cookie party...

Happy Today!!! (a little late!!).
This weekend was a whirlwind! I was busy, busy, BUSY!!! I did however have a fun time at my church's Women's Christmas Party on Friday night, got my out of town packages wrapped and boxed up for shipping (mailed most of them today *woot*), my Christmas cards written, and had a very FUN cookie decorating party with my kiddo's and friends!

Ashley and I baked up a TON of sugar cookies on Wednesday, so they would be ready for the party on Sunday~let me just say "I ate way too much cookie dough!!! That stuff is like CRACK to me!!". Here is a photo of the delish'ousness!!!

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Of course you have to have some fun sprinkles, sugar, and candy for some "fancy" decorating!!!

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Everyone got in on the fun~I was surprised that even the boys had a good time!!!

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Here is Nate singing a Christmas carol at the top of his lungs~I cannot remember what song it was for the life of me~but we all enjoyed the serenade!!

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My hubby even took a few moments out from his football game to join in the fun~Now that says a lot when his favorite team is playing!!!

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There were so many cute cookies!! It was fun to see everyone's creativity at work~here are a few or the masterpieces.

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And of course they needed a container to bring home all their creations in!! I found these cute take out boxes at the Target dollar spot, and pulled out my Holiday Treats stamp set and made a tag for each box. Then just added a cute little ornament (also from the dollar spot), and some curling ribbon~viola!

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And last but not least~my favorite "little dog" Hershey came to the party too!! I shared some frosting with him...because he is so stinkin' cute!! And who can say NO to that cute face??? He and Kodi are starting to make some progress in "getting along". Hopefully by Christmas they will be best of buds!! Kodi just has to realize he is 45 pounds and Hershey is 5 (although he (Hershey) doesn't know that, LOL!! He thinks he is a big dog the way he goes after Kodi!).

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Enjoy the rest of your Monday!!!

a little delay...

Please check back later this afternoon (when I get home from work) for my post~lots of fun photos from our Cookie Decorating Party!! And a little stamping fun :)

See ya a little later!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

more doilie goodness...

Happy today!!
I hope you are having a marvelous week!!! Are you finished with your shopping? I am just about done, just a few stocking stuffer's to pick up, and some cookie decorating stuff for Sunday night. I am excited for out little cookie party!! (I am gonna be baking lots and LOTS of sugar cookies tomorrow night~it is all about planning ahead, right?!)

Last night everyone came over for dinner and haircuts (do you think I took photos for my DDA?? Nope~it got too crazy, LOL! we may have to recreate the evening so I can photograph it, see I am going with the flow with my DDA *wink*).
Recently I found this website (warning a video starts playing right away and usually scares me) for quick dinners, (I am always looking for those!!), and thought I would pass it along; this is what I made for dinner last night and it seemed to be a hit with the fam; and it only took me about 20 min (included baking of the chicken), to prepare *sweet*

A friend of mine is celebrating her birthday today, Happy Birthday Cindy!!!; so on Monday afternoon, I had a few moments to play with my stamping stuff *smile* Here is the card I made for her.

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Enjoy your day!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

I'm planning a cookie decorating party...

Hi all!
Hope you had a FABULOUS weekend!!

I didn't get much cleaning done, but I am pretty much done with my Christmas Shopping~*woot woot* All I have left is to pick up is gift cards (one of my favorite types of gifts to give and get!!).
I have today off from work today *another woot woot* since I am trying to use up my hoarded vacation time. One of my goals get my naked tree decorated.

Each year Ashley and I (and the boys, if they are in the mood) decorate a gingerbread house/make cookies; when they were little, Ashley and Josh LOVED decorating cookies (the more sprinkles the better)!! I thought it would be fun to have a "cookie decorating party" this year for Ashley & Josh and a few of their friends (plus it will give me another page in my DDA, LOL!). So on Saturday night I put together a little invite for them to give to 3 of their friends (Lindsay~wish you were going to be in AZ to join us!!!). It was fun to use my digi supplies!! I think I am going to try to do more scrapping in 2011 (I kinda miss it!!). I used the kit "Deck the Halls" (purchased from Digichick in 2009) I couldn't find the same kit I have, but the mini one is here.

Here is my finished invite. You can download one here if you'd like, just bring it into photoshop to add your info, or hand write it in.

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I have lots of fun ideas in store for my cookie decorators next Sunday :)

Of course pic's will follow!!

Have a Splendid day!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

without futhur adieu...

I have been a long time follower of Ali Edwards (LOVE HER!!), she is a scrapbooking genius IMO!! I love how she puts her pages/journaling/transparencies all together to tell a wonderful story of daily LIFE!! I have been drooling over her December Daily Album (DDA) this year, and was contemplating if I should take on this task...isn't December already hectic enough without adding more pressure??? But since I love scrapbooking (my first love, before stamping), and I LOVE photos; I bit the bullet and purchased her templates. Of course I wanted to make my book just like hers...but everything was pretty much SOLD OUT (darn all those DDA participants!!), so I figured I would use my creativity and use Ali's book as a template (much more fun that way too!!), so off to Joann's, Michael's and Hobby Lobby I went gathering supplies (how fun!). My next thought was "will I have enough stuff to scrap about???" since my kids are young adults now...but the creative juices started flowing and I think I will be ok *wink* I have never scrapped pages first and then added photos/journaling, so this was a new concept for me to get my head around (I think I will like it though!!). Even though I am pretty busy with work, church, Christmas shopping, etc. I am keeping a small notebook handy to jot down my thoughts for each particular day; that way if I don't have time to get the day scrapped right away, it is no big deal! I may end up scrapping the entire book at once~but that is ok~I am letting myself go with the flow!!!

I am excited that I will have December 2010 documented for my family!!! I may just make this a Clark tradition ;) It's not too late to start one~will you join me in being a family storyteller???

Here are pages 1 thru 5 (lots of pic's!!):

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pg 2a

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pg 3a

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pg 4a

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I still have not decided if I am going to use an album or make my own cover like Ali. I do like the fact that each of her templates have lots of space for journaling, photos, or both. I plan on doing a mixture of digital and paper scrapping (hybrid scrapping)...I will post more as I plug away at it :)

Have a super weekend!!!

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hi'ya friends...
Happy Friday to you!!!
I will have a larger post later today...with photos of my recent December project (I am thinking I may have bitten off more than I can chew, LOL!! just kidding).

Last night instead of photographing my project, I was sitting on the sofa with my hubby (in our jammies), watching this and this, while eating nutella with a spoon, right from the jar~YUM!! Have you ever tried this stuff??? I don't ever buy it; because it is soooo DELISH and tempting (that is why I had to eat it all last night, to get it out of 'da house' *wink*).


see ya in a bit!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

random chit chat...and cannot believe that I won!!!

Happy Wednesday Friends!!
This week is zipping right along *smile* I don't know about you, but I am having a really hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. Usually by this time I am almost finished with my shopping, my tree is up, and I am getting ready to decorate cookies; but this year I have none/zip/nada of that accomplished yet (granted it is only December 1st today, but someone with a type A personality gets a little stressed out by this sort of thing, LOL!). I think the biggest obstacle for me this year is that we are cutting back on our spending this holiday season, and since gift giving is my love language, I want to make sure that I get the perfect gift for each recipient with the limited amount of Christmas funds. Not an easy task. I hope to, at least get my Christmas list (in Excel, LOL!) finished today, so I will have a starting point.

I have also taken on a fun holiday project that I had hoped to post about today, but it wasn't quite blog ready yet. I will be working on it today and tomorrow, so hopefully by Friday.

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(Pictured above the On the Go Bag).

A few weeks ago I was the winner of a cute prize!!! *woot woot* Seriously, I could not believe that I won, because, well...I never win!! Have you heard of Thirty One??? If not, you need to check out the website, because they have the cutest stuff (online catalog here)!!! It is reasonably priced too!! I plan on getting a few of my Christmas gifts there as well!! Aren't the lunch bags super cute?!!! It will be hard not adding a few things to my order for myself!!! Tiffany is awesome to work with too, just contact her if you want to place an order or have any questions!

Enjoy today!!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

happy new week...

Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?? It has been so nice to have 4 days off in a row to enjoy with my family/hubby!!

Thanksgiving day was done in the usual Clark manner~relaxed!! I just love spending time with my family, eating lots of yummy food, and dressing comfy (Ashley even brought her Jammie's for later when we watched a movie). Setting the table is always one of my favorite jobs... This year, I wanted to update my table linens (and not break the bank!!), so Wednesday after work, I ran over to Walmart for a few things and decided to check out the linens (they were pretty picked out), then I happened to check the end cap and found some clearance items that would work perfectly (and they were neutral, so I can use them year round) *woot* Dave Ramsey would be proud LOL! (that is a joke for my former FPU classmates). I also found a cute place card template here (I just opened the document in Photoshop and added a text box to type in our names, or you could easily write them in); I printed them on cardstock and made them into mini cards, they worked out great!!!

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The rest of my Thanksgiving photos are here.

Here is a quick Christmas card I whipped up last night for the Clean & Simple card challenge...I have been fascinated with numbers lately {because of a project I am taking on} more on that later in the week, so it has carried over into my card making.

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I was reading a blog post last week on making your blog more user was very informative!! I implemented most of the suggestions and hope it makes reading/commenting on my blog much easier in the future...if you are interested you can read the post here.

Ok friends~make today AWESOME!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

clean & simple birthday...

Howdy all!!
Can I get a TGIW??? Today is the last day of work for me before a LONG weekend~ *woot*

I am so looking forward to spending time with my family and eating too much (2 things that go so well together~family and food).

Last night Mike and I stayed up WAY too late making these for his team at work today. Every Wednesday they take turns bringing in a breakfast item to share~It kinda makes me laugh that my hubby tries to be like Martha Stewart (but he always brings his A game!); the last time it was his turn he set up an omelet bar, (he brings out the big guns, LOL!)!!!. I hope they enjoyed our labors, LOL!! I am sure they were yummy~because they are def not FAT FREE!!!

My SIL will be celebrating her birthday on Thursday. Here is the card I made for her; I wanted to keep it clean and simple~you know "less is more" I really do love this set Delightful Dahlia from Papertrey Ink!!! I seriously need (NO...really want) to make a PTI order~but I am being a good Dave Ramsey student!!!

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Ok Friends~Enjoy your Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

bright and cheery...

Hi'ya friends...(today is gonna be a quickie)
I am super excited that it is a short work week *woot woot* Mike and I both have Thursday (Thanksgiving) & Friday off!!! And I already have my Thanksgiving shopping done (just have to cook it) procrastinating this year!

I am still debating if I am going to do Black Friday shopping again this year...I don't get nearly as excited as Ashley does to get up at the crack of dawn and push through grouchy people to save a few dollars, LOL!! Last year we waited in line (to check out) at Kohl's for over 2 hours; and I thought I might get into a fist fight over a parking place at Target (just kidding, but people get funny about their parking spots~LOL!). I do however, enjoy the company of my favorite daughter, and getting one of these.

Here is a quick card I whipped up for a dear friend of mine~she has had lots of things going on in her life and I wanted to cheer her up with a bright/girly card.

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Ok peeps~Have a Splendid Monday!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

it's begining to look a lot like Christmas...Friday post 2

well not really looking like Christmas here in AZ...but I have been trying to get ahead of the holiday craziness by planning and list making (a true OCD'ers dream, LOL!!).

Here is a quick, inexpensive and easy holiday gift idea (love those!!!). While browsing in my favorite store the other day~I walked down the aisle with unfinished wood stuff (not sure of the correct term for those items, LOL!) and found this Frame that was $3.99 and on sale for 50% off (have I mentioned how much I love HL?). I immediately thought about a modge podge craft (I forgot how much I LOVE modge podge!!!), after spending some time in the scrapbook paper aisle...I came home and started assembling my holiday frame (seriously this took me about 30 min from start to finish).

Christmas Frame

And since I had some left over paper, I decided to whip up a matching card to go along with the gift. Because I had the modge podge and paint already in my craft stash~this project ended up costing me $2.59 gotta love that!!!

Christmas Frame card

I have included a step by step photo board for you in case you want to whip up some of these for your holiday gift giving!!

Christmas Frame steps

1. paint edges of frame with coordinating acrylic paint
2. trace paper to fit frame
3 cut out
4. apply thin layer of MP to frame; adhere paper
5. lightly coat top of paper with thin layer of MP; allow to dry
6. lightly sand (optional)
7. reapply another layer of MP; sand; allow to dry
8. add photo and Viola!!!

Happy Weekend Friends!

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happy HAPPY Friday!!

Last night Mike and I were invited to preview the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which opens in theaters on December 10th.

My kids grew up watching this video.

And even though I did not see the second movie in this series (I saw the first one), The third one, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, was AWESOME!!! (I had great company too, LOL!). It is a great family film with a positive message (not too many of those around these days).

I give it 2 thumbs up!!!

And since I got back kinda late last night~I will have my usual paper crafting post up later this morning (I have a card and a non stamping item for you)~so make sure you check back a little later!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Just stopping in for a quick post~last night we had our last night of Financial Peace University (which was a great, btw!!!). Baby step 7 (the last one in FPU) Dave Ramsey talked about giving~this was one of the best lessons IMO!!! I cannot wait until Mike and I are completely debt free, so we "can GIVE like no one else (I think we will be stuck at Baby Step 2 for a while, LOL!!!!). My mom always said, "it is better to give than receive!!" and that is so true!!

As Mike and I drove home we both had someone come to mind that we want to bless this week~I cannot wait!!!

Is there someone you can bless this week (it doesn't have to be expensive~a card/phone call/word of encouragement or small gift)? You will be blessed even more than the recipient!!

Enjoy Today!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

an easy peasy gift bag...

Howdy friends!
It has been a busy weekend at the Clark house!!

I am happy to report we are now the proud owners of these bad boys (pic below)!!! *woot woot* They are AWESOME!! I had planned on getting a cheaper model, but my hubby wanted me to have the best (love that guy!!). The only thing this pair does not do is fold and put away the clothes, LOL!! It has Steam clean and dry (not sure how to use that yet, but I am told it sanitizes and disinfects~which I am all over that!!), plus tons of other knobs and buttons (which I need to read the manual for). Luckily I was able to figure out regular wash and dry cycles, LOL!! So I did lots of laundry this weekend. And let me just add that when the delivery guys came to take the old ones away and install my new "friends" I was grossed out with all the dust and random things under the old machines!!! I found a few socks (not matching), a package of AA batteries, plastic forks, a roll of double stick tape, and lots of pennies (it was quite an interesting mix of items!), I would have taken a picture, but I only had about 3 min to vacuum and clean it up and I still made the guy wait until I was done~I am OCD ya know!!

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Today I have a easy sewing project for you!! I needed a gift bag for my friend (and Mike's assistant), Heather, who celebrated her birthday last week. I wanted something with pink because she always jokes about working in the church office with Mike and Nate, and there is nothing girly there. I was browsing in my favorite store, and came across this denim fabric bag for $2.99, and then it hit me~I could pretty this up and not break the bank!!! I used my 40% coupon on the bag (since it was the most expensive thing I bought that wasn't on sale, which made it $1.79), then I purchased some pink trim for $1.12, I already had the felt and buttons for the flowers so that was $0, so the grand total of this gift bag was $2.91 (cheaper than buying one at Hallmark!! and way cuter, IMO!). All I did was sew the trim around the top of the bag, then I stitched on the felt flower and added a button.

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and Of course I had to make a matching tag :) I think the entire project took me 20 min from start to finish~EASY PEASY!!!

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I filled the bag with a gift card and some of these (because they are pink). She does so much for my hubby and I just wanted to give her a pretty birthday present.

I also opened an Etsy shop over the weekend~I was amazed at how easy it was!! If you want to check out my store...I linked it to the tab on the top of my blog (I will add more cards soon).

Happy Monday!!