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Football Season Koozie

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Pick Your Poison Halloween Glass Slippers

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Last Minute Gift for Dad

You've still got time to whip up this special Photo Bookmark for your dad today!

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Grab a piece of 2-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon 3 inches longer than twice the height of the book; snip a point at each end to prevent fraying. Sew a 1 1/2-inch-by-2-inch photograph to the ribbon by hand-stitching each corner. I bet he would like one of his grandkids too!  Place inside a new book and give both as the gift.  Voila!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

(photo from marthastewart.com)


Who Wants Ice Cream?

I do! I do!  Especially when it is these adorable SOAPSICLES!  Yes that's right-they are soap.  What a terrific gift idea for mom, friends and children.  They would also make great party favors. 

Here are a few of my favorites, there are many more over at Soapy Love!

Nilla Sammie

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Peachy Keen

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Lemonade

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All Soapsicles are the same size as a real popsicle and only $8!


Personalized Mother's Day Gift

Here is a great and easy way to give Mom something personalized by you this Mother's Day!  

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You'll need

  • Gingham and floral craft paper (or any print you like)
  • Scissors
  • Paper-edger scissors
  • 1 1/2" x 2" photocopied snapshot
  • Chartreuse craft paper (or any color you like)
  • Glue
  • Candle in glass holder, 4" diam. x 5 1/2"H
  • Ribbon

1. Cut 3 1/2" x 13" band of gingham and 1 1/2" x 13" band of floral paper. Trim floral band with paper edgers. Create border for snapshot by cutting 2 1/2" x 3" rectangle from chartreuse paper. Glue photo onto border.

2. Glue the floral band lengthwise onto gingham band two inches from top edge. Glue square in center of gingham band. Glue collage to candle. Tie ribbon around top edge; center bow above snapshot.

(photo from allyou.com)


Margarita Time

I just love my new items over at Hostess Jo!  The colors of these are so bright and cheerful.  Everything in this line is hand painted, raised ceramic.  They all look three dimensional.  I wish you could see them in person!  Oh yeah, you can if you order one ;)

Perfect for the pool or summer entertaining.

Chip and Dip

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Party Bowls

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And for the seafood lover:

This tureen would be perfect for your lobster or crab bisque, or your clam chowder.  The matching soup mugs would definitely impress your guests.

Lobster Tureen

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Soup Mugs

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EVERYTHING in the store is on SALE 15% OFF through March 31!  So hurry!


Easy Spring Craft

I'm so ready for Spring!  How about you?  Here is an easy wreath to get your home ready for the the season.  I got my original inspiration from my friends at No Fuss Fabulous with their Yarn Wreaths that I absolutely love.  Here are mine and my mom's versions!

Supplies: wreaths, butterflies, bugs, nests and some of the birds from Hobby Lobby (the rest I ordered from a wholesaler).  Ribbon, moss and "Family" from Michaels.  Glue gun and lots of glue!

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Various butterflies and bugs.  I used bees and lady bugs.

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Birds and nests.

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Moss and "Family".  I found the "Family" in the scrapbooking section at Michaels.  I was looking for "Welcome" but had no luck.

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The results: Mine

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My mom's:

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I am thrilled with how they turned out!  What do you think?  I love my mom's little bird with the nest.  We wrapped them in ribbon first then placed everything where we wanted it then started gluing.  Both only took about an hour and a half.  Be careful, they are very fragile!  Do you decorate your house for the different seasons?  Hope this inspires you to!


Jessie Steele Aprons

I'm excited to let you know about our new retro-chic hostess aprons at Hostess Jo! You may have seen them on "Lipstick Jungle" or "30 Rock". They have also made an appearance in EveryDay with Rachael Ray magazine.
They are not only fun but functional. You can cook and host in them or give them as a housewarming, bridal or hostess gift.

Cherry Cupcakes Apron

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Don't forget our coordinating "pot-mitts"; a combo of a pot holder and an oven mitt!

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