For Mouthwatering Monday this week I’m sharing a Simple Pasta Salad Recipe. This is a great way to use the veggies left over from the fourth of July celebrations. The recipe calls for bell pepper and tomatoes, but broccoli, carrots, black olives, and spring peas make great additions Continue reading →
My favorite thing about Christmas is the special time I get to spend with The Kiddo. We make Hot Cocoa and curl up and watch “Polar Express” together. When she was little, she would sit in my lap and we would pretend that we were on the Polar Express too. I miss those days. (insert wistful mommy sigh) I know that I only have a few more Holidays like this before she is grown up and I plan to hold on for as long as I can.
Check out the Youtube Video below
As many of you know the Kiddo, my family and I have lost some very special people this year and I searched for a way to honor them through the holidays and for years to come. After searching the inter-webs … Pinterest … I found a great option. There are many different versions of the memory ornament from a photograph of the loved one inside the ornament to a tiny scroll letter to heaven. I liked the idea of feathers.
For a fast holiday DIY I am sharing a super quick and inexpensive Door Decoration. You can get these wooden ornaments in different sizes at most craft stores. Play around with sizes and shape to fit your creativity and decor. I choose simple this year.
Add a bell and thread back through the hole.
3 flat wooden ornaments
Ribbon (measure the length you want the hanger + 4″ or more you can trim away any excess)
Bells (Santa’s jingle bells)
Measure and cut the ribbon the length you want + 4″ at least. I doubled my length and cut away the excess.
Decide on your layout. A great design would also be to use a large ornament as the base and hang smaller ornaments a different lengths from the base.
Tie a loop through the top of the first ornament. This will be the hanger loop.
Thread the ribbon through the bottom of the first ornament
Thread the next ornament from back to front.
Thread a bell on to the front of the ornament. Then thread the ribbon back through the same hole.
Continue the process with the remaining ornaments. I like to add a bell to the bottom of the las ornament as well.
If you want them to have more movement, do not thread the bottom of the ornaments.
I did not thread the first bell because there was a bell already on the ornament.
The more bells you add the more the decoration will jingle.
Hang up on the front door or as a wall decoration.
The decoration is minimal and beautiful at the same time. I know I usually can not stop at simple and I have to add a bunch of ribbon or glitter or paint, and you can do all of those things with this decoration as a start. Add a little mistletoe or holly and it would be even more beautiful. In this case simple works for me and I think it is beautiful. The sound of jingle bells when I open the door reminds me that it is Christmas and to be thankful for all that I have.
For Christmas Kindness I decided to turn the blog over to the Kiddo and allow her to share her thoughts on what Christmas Kindness means.
Christmas kindness is really what Christmas is all about, in my opinion. It does not have to be a gift to be kindness, it also doesn’t even have to be on Christmas day. You should be kind all the time; Christmas is just a holiday that honors kindness. Lots of people seem to forget that it’s not very special or kind when you wish for presents, get them, say a quick thank you, repeat. I have found that getting what you wish for is cool but…
Being surprised or finding out someone really knows you enough to get you something you love, without your having to tell them, is the best most love filled feeling in the world. Another thing is, lots of people think Christmas kindness has to cost a lot and having a mom who sews shows that the hand-made less popular “Designer” things are the best.
Christmas is something that most people, including my mom and I, get a little bit overwhelmed or infatuated with depending on our mood, but we always find a way of reminding each other that Christmas is way more than just sales and pretty decorations. This is, in fact, the reasons most people forget the real meaning of Christmas. There are so many fun and carefree things going on that people forget about the other people who might not be able to celebrate Christmas or any other holidays because they are working extra hard to just get food on the table. This is why I have decided to do something to help fix this issue.
Here are some ideas to help out the less fortunate year round.
Go to your local fire department/police station and see what kind of donations you can make to help out.
Donate to Good Will this is an obvious one but it really can help out.
Donate to a local children’s hospital because there are hurt and sick kids that have parents paying for them to get better. They may not be able to buy presents or even household necessities.
Volunteer. (Animal shelters and Soup kitchens are two good ones.)
Last but not least on my list of ideas is someone you may know or pass on the street may be homeless or in need, a dollar can go a long way.
I want to remind you that all these suggestions are just ideas and to feel free to help out however you feel necessary. Just remember to have fun and be thankful for the little things.
I hope every one had a family filled and festive Thanksgiving.
To Celebrate the Beginning of the Holiday Shopping season and Black Friday I am offering a 30% off coupon for the H and P Artistry ETSY shop. 30% off on orders of $20 or more.
Some of the Items Available are:
Children’s half aprons in sizes 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 Custom orders and adult aprons are available click the custom order button in Etsy or contact me directly.
The Kitchen towels are embroidered with 4″ x 4″ designs. Custom orders, Monograms, and bath towels are available click the custom order button in Etsy or contact me directly.
I look forward to working with you on current orders and custom orders. I am working on a line of personalized wine bags made in flour sack cloth and stretch velvet. These are a pre-order only item and are designed and personalized for you.
Remember this Saturday is Small Business Saturday. Support the small businesses in your area and online. Also Take a break to eat at a family owned restaurant for lunch.
Supporting your community is a great way to form relationships with others in your community and to help the economy thrive. As a small business owner (party of one and the Kiddo) I appreciate the moments when I know I add value to the people and places around me. I love creating and nurturing relationships with my customers and providing helpful customer service.
A great way for me to add value is to support other small business in my home town and online.
I am making journals and journal covers for my family for the Holidays. I did a quick tutorial on one of the journals and got a great response, so I decided to share the projects with you.
Today is a cover for the note taker in your life. My father is that person for me. He carries a small spiral flip notebook in his pocket at all times. He works for a plumbing company so I wanted to give him something to protect his notes. It is also a great way to carry pocket spiral pads in a beautiful and meaningful way by adding a monogram or initial. I’m positive he will love it and the three notebooks I included.
1 Strip of vinyl 17″ x 4″
Needle and thread/machine/hot glue
Marking pen or chalk to mark folds
Small spiral notebooks
For an added detail I added an embroidered design.
Measure and mark the fold lines for the base and cover.
Fold up the strip to the length of the back cardboard page and mark a line on the fold. This makes a pocket for the notebook.
There are three ways to secure the pocket.
1. machine stitch the sides. I used a blind hem stitch.
2. hand stitch the sides.
3. Run a bead of Hot Glue down both sides of the vinyl and glue the pocket together. Put a heavy book or heavy flat object on the pocket until the glue sets.
A Blind hem stitch stitches both a straight stitch and over the edge.
Slide the back cardboard page in place in the pocket.
The cover is now ready. the pocket is large enough to hold an extra notebook or a pen.
To add a little detail curve the edges of the front. I traced a ribbon spool with chalk and cut out the edge.