Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thrifty Thursday #202

Here's my secondhand haul from this week. . .

I got this brand new package of Wilton heart cookie cutters
 just in time for making Valentine's Day cookies.
They were only fifty cents.
I love that there are so many sizes!

I love this old photography book.
I got it for twelve and a half cents.
That's right- there was a book sale again. Two books for a quarter!

I also picked up this cool book.
I actually may read a few chapters out of this.
I got it because I love the old look and the tree on the cover.

My final purchase was this brand new pack of scrapbook album refills.
They were only fifty cents. Such a bargain!

What do you think? Not too bad of finds.
Did you get anything good this week?

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
These things I command you, that you love one another.
John 15:17

This post is linked to Blue Willow House 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Lovelies That I Love

If you've put off doing your shopping,
 here are some fun last minute gift ideas for Valentine's Day .

This necklace can be personalized with a name or a fingerprint or both.
How awesome is that?

I love this leather cuff.
I think the leather is manly enough that you could give it to your special fella.
You can customize it, but I personally love the message that's on it.

This painted mug would make a great keepsake
and you could have fun with your kids while making it.

I loooovvve this locket.

And last, but not least. . .
how fantastic is this pillow?
This is a sweet gift to give to your honey, but one you can enjoy too!
Love it!

By the way, I'm not affliliated with any of these businesses; I just like their stuff:)

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

This is My commandment,
that you love one another as I have loved you.
John 15:12

This post is linked to Plucky's Second Thought and Embracing Change. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Recipe of the Week #207- Birthday Cookies

Birthday Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 cups flour
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Add into the wet mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips and sprinkles. Place dough on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Cookies should still be soft in the center.
I have to say that these are my new favorite cookies. The sprinkles really do add an element of fun:)

I found this recipe here.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

In you, O Lord, I put my trust
Psalm 71:1

 This post is linked to The Dedicated House and My Girlish Whims.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Mini Album Monday #70- Valentine's Day Album

There's a gift you can give your spouse or kids that truly is the gift that keeps on giving. . .
a mini album listing what you love about them.
And Valentine's Day is the perfect time to do it.

Here's a simple album I did doing just that.

The cover is a partial heart cut out of red cardstock.
I printed the title out on my computer,
then used a decorative punch along the bottom edge of the strip.

The book is bound with rings and the pages are just white cardstock.
I used five pieces which gave me ten pages-- just enough to list 10 things that I love about my hubby.

For my journaling, I used my handwriting and cut it into strips.

I used bits and pieces of pattern paper on the different pages.

I kept the embellishments simple.

I used photos of my hubby alone, of the two of us, and some with our boys.

The back cover is a plain piece of chipboard.
I added two stamps to it.

I finished it off by adding a few pieces of ribbon on the office rings.

This was a very simple album and would be easy to make your own.

Let me know if you try it!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27

Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine Craft Round Up

I love Valentine's Day.
I think it's great to have a holiday that celebrates those we love.
Here are a few Valentine's Crafts
from Valentine's Day past. . .
This cork heart was super easy to make.
Go here to see how I did it.

This bling-y heart garland can be made with glitter paper an a heart punch.

I used a simple file folder to make this 10 Things I Love About You mini album.
I heart vintage maps.
You can too with this garland:)
Here is an easy idea for a Valentine's gift for a teacher or neighbor.
It's a soda with a little pouch that has room for chocolate.
Sweet, huh?
Come back on Monday for a new Valentine craft.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Greater love has no one than this,
than to lay down one's life for his friends.
John 15:13

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thrifty Thursday #201

When I walked into my favorite thrift store, you're not going to believe what I saw. . .

this awesome container.
I totally love the print on it!

I was happy to pay $5 for it.
I think I'll use it to hold ribbons or buttons in my craft area.

It reminds me of a hotel ice bucket.

Isn't is the cutest thing?

Any ideas of what it actually is?

I hope you stumble across a treasure this week.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

He who has My commandments and keeps them,
 it is he who loves Me. 
John 14:21

This post is linked to Too Much Time, Blue Willow House, and Embracing Change.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Layout of Week #125

Do you have a few minutes to spare?
Would you like to whip up a quick scrapbook layout?
Then you're in luck.
I've got a very quick tutorial today.

Here's the layout we'll be creating.

To make it, you'll need:
one piece of 12"x 12" cardstock
one piece of pattern paper measuring 7 1/2 x 5 1/4"
one piece of pattern paper measuring 7"x 4 1/2"
four strips of pattern paper measuring 1/4"x 10" or decorative tape
two large embellishments
three small embellishments
letter stickers or pre-printed title
journaling card (a notecard will do)
one 4"x 6" vertical photo
paper trimmer

Take your two pieces of pattern paper and tear the edges off the narrow sides.
Adhere them overlapping about 1" from the top of the 12"x 12" cardstock.

Center your photo on the two pieces of pattern paper.

Place your two large embellishments under your photo.
I used two tickets from an event.
If you'd like, you can skip this step.

Place your title below the embellishments
or below the photos if you didn't use the large embellishments.

Place your journaling card in the upper left corner of the photo and mat.

Place your three small embellishments along the lower right edge of the photo mat.

Take two of the pattern paper strips and adhere them in the lower left corner of the background.
Place the other two in the upper right corner of the background.
Before adhering mine, I angled the outside pieces.

Sweet and simple.
Just how I like to scrapbook.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.
 No one comes to the Father except through Me."
John 14:6