December 4 & 5


December 4 & 5

Daily Advent Design with Scripture – December 4 & 5
Design based on advent calendar via Joe Fleener | Click image for full month view.


Last Minute Christmas Card Sender?

Hello friends! I know you haven’t seen me in a while, but, I’m back with a heck of a deal. My photographer friend, Amber Lianne Photography, is offering 30 minute photography sessions for $50. So, if you live in the Twin Cities (MN) area and still haven’t gotten your act together on sending out Christmas cards, you might not want to miss this opportunity. Check out her Facebook page for more details.  Additionally, yours truly is partnering with Amber and offering a 25% discount on Photo Card Designs from my Shop! I am working on adding more designs and if you don’t see something perfect for you, I am happy to design a custom card for you!

Jolly Chalkboard Photo Card
Click on the image above to check out my shop!

Baking & Other News

This past weekend was a Baking Extravaganza! On Saturday, I got together with a handful of my close friends and baked up a storm. We each made our favorite recipe — double batches — and at the end of the day, each took a portion of the different varieties home! It’s such a fun way to spend the day with dear ones. And on Sunday, I made more cookies and some Banana Bread with my Mother-in-Law and both Sister-in-laws! Needless to say, I now have quite the supply of sweet treats sitting on my kitchen counter.

In other news, Darin and I are planning for a baby GIRL this Spring. We weren’t sure we were going to announce the baby’s gender since we still felt a bit unsure with the unveiling — mostly because our Ultrasound Technician didn’t seem super confident during the ultrasound. But, I’ve had a few people tell me that when it’s a boy, it’s usually pretty obvious. So, I’m going ahead and telling people, even if my hubby thinks I’m being too confident.

Additionally, we’re closing on our new home in just a few short days! We will be sealing the deal early next week and moving in time for Christmas! I’m so very very excited to finally be a home-owner!

FREE Printable Gift Tags

Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of the Holiday, I’ve decided to give away a FREE printable gift tag pack.

Why spend a lot on store bought gift tags when you can print your own? Well, now you don’t have to. Enjoy this freebie and check out more thrifty options in my etsy shop. For only $3, you can purchase the file and print AS MANY as you like, at no extra cost. Love to you all.

Pack includes 6 gift tags (3 “from” and “to” tags, 3 holiday wishes tags).
File includes .ai, .eps, and .pdf versions.

Check out my other PRINTABLE GIFT TAG SETS in my Etsy Shop.

Operation Christmas Child

This week is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s an operation run by Samaritan’s Purse to provide Christmas gifts to needy children, as well as bring them hope.

I turned in two boxes this week filled with candy, toys, hygiene items and clothing (forgot to take a photo). It was actually a lot of fun going shopping for my gifts. You don’t have to spend a lot of money if you think smart. I got most of my items at Dollar Tree for a buck each. I picked up a few additional items in the Target dollar aisle and made some too. I only spent a total of $25 on two boxes full.

If this tugs at your heart strings, check out OCC on the Samaritan’s Purse website. You can watch Idol Star, Scotty McCreery, give you instructions on how-to fill your box. All the tools and information is right there. But hurry – you only have until the end of the week!

DIY Gifts – Dad (free download)

If I don’t give myself plenty of time before birthdays or Christmas, I always find myself scrambling for ideas for that perfect gift. Let’s face it — when it comes to guys — they can be really hard to buy for. But there is at least one safe gift you can give — food.  Men like to eat, right? Well, here’s a simple, inexpensive idea that can be dressed up with a bit of creativity.  I give you The Nut Jar.

Dad label text says “these pistachios belong to DAD thieves will be punished”

I gave these to my dad and brother-in-law last year and thought I’d share a free printable template with you this year. Included in the free download is: one set of “dad” labels, and also one set of blank name labels you can print and either write in a name OR use pretty sticker letters or rub-ons to spell a name. NOTE: Blank label text says “these nuts (in case you don’t want to use pistachios) belong to ______ thieves will be punished”

Downloaded Label Template (.eps & .pdf files included)
Jar (I used an Anchor Hocking Jar from Target-$5)
Craft Paper (or your choice)
Paper Trimmer or Scissors
Glue Dots or some form of adhesive
Corner Rounder Punch (or freehand with scissors)
Pistachios (mine is a 20oz bag from Target) or some form of nutty delight

Once you’ve collected your supplies, print out the template and cut around each rectangle using a paper trimmer or scissors.

If you chose the trimmer route, you’ll want to round the corners using either a corner rounder, or your scissors. Then apply your choice of adhesive. I personally like glue dots because they are less visible from the inside view. Once half of those nuts are gone, you will see the inside of the labels.

Lastly, adhere the labels to the jar (my jar has actual square guidelines and a nice flat surface) and fill with nuts. Decorate it with a pretty bow or get creative another way!

Hope you have fun making your own Nut Jar Gift! And please — share these free printable labels with friends! Enjoy!