Monday, November 30, 2009

Blog Background

I have been asked this question over and over again . . . "Where did you get your blog background? I love it."

Thank you. I am glad that so many of you like the background. I picked it because my favorite color is pink, and I thought it was classy with that little bit of "sassy" thrown in . . . kind of like me.

I wish I could take credit for it, but I cannot. I found it at They have so many wonderful backgrounds there. Also, if you go to the very top left hand corner of my blog, you will see that there is a logo and link to them built right into the background. I guess I should suggest that she make this bigger since so many of you have asked where I got the background and did not see that logo.

Make sure you check out The backgrounds are easy to use, and there are so many too choose from. I may pick out a Christmas one to use for the next month, and then we will go back to the standard background.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas Stockings

Thanksgiving is over, and the Christmas season has officially begun. Did you go out and do any shopping yesterday? Did you get the stocking stuffers?

Here are the Christmas stockings that I made for my family several years ago. I actually purchased the fabric as a After Christmas sale, and then made them to use the following year. I purchased a yard of several different Holiday fabrics, and then once I got them home each family member was able to pick the ones that they liked and wanted to use on their stocking.

And of course, since my sewing machine does embroidery, I had to personalize them!

I think that my favorite thing about these stockings is that they are personal and unique . . . no one else will have a stocking like this because it is not a store bought item . . . it was hand-made with fabrics we picked out.

If you are looking for some good deals for YOUR stocking stuffers this year, make sure to check out

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Crafting for the Holidays

If you are like me, the holiday season is when your crafting spirit kicks into overdrive. Here are some of our retailers that you should check out for your crafting supplies.

Free Shipping on Handmade Gifts

Silhouette SD Cutter

Stickers Galore

Nordic Needle Stitching Heaven

Electronic Die Cutting Cartridges & Sheets

Cut shapes; emboss shapes; or cut then emboss shapes.

Yudu Silk Screener Kit

JoAnn coupons and doorbusters

If you are planning on going to JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts tomorrow morning, then make sure that you print out these coupons.

You can get 20% off your entire purchase, including sale items!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Christmas cards

Are you a Christmas card sender? Do you make your own cards or purchase them in the store?

I used to send out Christmas cards EVERY YEAR, along with the letter sharing with everyone what had happened in our family and pictures of the kids. There were some years that I was sending out 50 or 60 cards.

Once we had our second child, I did not have the time to sit down and write out that many cards. I always feel bad around the holidays that I did not send out cards. I always love getting the ones from people who put the extra time into making the cards themselves . . . they sat down and created these beautiful cards, and I didn't even have time to go and pick up a box of pre-made cards and send them out.

Even if I do not have time to make them, I love looking at the cards others create and the ideas that are out there. Archiver's is doing a card making event. Maybe that is what I need to do . . . go to one of these events and just make them there.

So, what are you doing for Christmas cards this year?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What are you looking for?

Do you have a hard to shop for person on your list? Let us help you find the perfect gift for them. In the next few weeks we will be featuring items for sports fans, animal lovers, coffee lovers, music lovers . . . you name it! We want to help you find a gift that you will be happy to give and people will love to receive, so tell us who you are shopping for this year.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Saving from Simplicity

I had to share an email that I just got . . .

In honor of Veteran's Day we are extending our 20% off promotion. Now, you can shop through Sunday, November 15th and save 20% off everything, with a minimum order of $40 and coupon code SUB20. Stock up and save... Patterns, Ribbons, Scissors, Trims, Sewing Notions & Tools, Quilting Tools, Knitting Needles, Crochet Kits and much more are all included in the variety offered at With the holidays just around the corner, this is a great time to make that perfect gift and wrap it up in one of our gorgeous ribbons. Fill your cart with all your favorites and enter coupon code SUB20 at checkout; orders totaling $40 or more will receive 20% off. It's that easy...

Lucky Penny Sale!

Embroidery Library is having a Lucky Penny Sale.

11 designs for $11.11

Monday, November 9, 2009

Money Saving Monday

If you are like me, you like to save money on all of your crafting projects. To help all of you with that, I am going to try and post even more coupons and links to crafting deals.

Anniversary Special - 15% Off Entire Order

Clearance Sale

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Create for Less

The holiday season has arrived at CreateForLess. The holidays start even earlier for our customers, they're already busy making holiday cards, gifts and home d├ęcor items for the season.

EK Sale

Savings at Simplicity

Fill your cart with all the items you want from and enter code "SUB20" at checkout. Hurry, this is a limited time offer. Expires on November 12, 2009.

You haven’t shopped our new site yet? Simply log on and create your new account today. Then you can enjoy all the fabulous products, services and savings! Plus you get free shipping on purchases over $10.50 within the contiguous United States

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Archiever's news and events

It's our official kick-off to the holiday season and you can't miss it! Create two FREE projects--a festive card and fun ornament--as well as a cute pail for just $5 (fill it with a gift card or treats and it's perfect for teachers, friends, and more). See lots of ideas for handmade gifts, cards, and more, too. Plus, we're opening at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday--be one of the first people either day and receive a FREE gift!

Set your packages apart with handmade gift tags that are festive and full of style! Create ten unique tags using the latest products and fun techniques, including die-cuts, stamps, embossing, and much more. Once you see how easy (and fun!) it is to make your own tags, you'll never go back to store-bought tags again. Sign up today

Archiver's annual holiday card showcase is THE place for new, fresh card ideas and inspiration! Join us and see over 50 unique designs using new papers, stamps, and embellishments, and featuring lots of different styles, shapes, sizes, and colors. You'll leave with a print-out of each design shown, plus a shopping list so you can get started right away. Seats fill up fast, so sign up today!

Go to for a listing of times and days at the store near you.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween scrapbook layout

These pictures are from a couple of years ago . . . I am not that current on my scrapbooking that I have already taken care of this year's pictures.

Since I posted information on the Naruto costumes that I created for my kids, I though I would also show off the scrapbook layout of them wearing the costumes.

I used my Cricut to create the ghost and spiders, and I included a picture of the Naruto characters so that when family members who are not familiar with the cartoon look at the pictures they can see who the kids are pretending to be.