Friday, December 24, 2010

Lemon Sugar Scrub

So this Christmas, our theme was "Homemade". I think we did pretty well with most of our gifts for family and friends. My dear friend Izzy, shared this lovely recipe she found with me and I had to give it a try. Well actually, hubby made it and I packaged it. We tweaked it a little and used the following ingredients which yielded 6 little jars:
2 cups grape seed oil
6 cups sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
  zest of 4+ lemons and limes
4 tsp vitamin E oil
It's to die for! I just love the fresh scent and the way your hands feel after using it. You could eat this stuff! It's all natural and smells divine! I found the label idea here and added my own little touch. There are several recipes on the net if you google "lemon sugar scrub", Give it a try, you're bound to love it too!

Wishing all my friends a wonderful Christmas with your family and the very best of health and happiness for the new year! Hugs, Kathy

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Few More Projects to Share

Well today is our day to wash the carpets and upholstery to get ready to host Christmas dinner this year for our families. Right now, I'm procrastinating though as you can see. I have a lot of work to do but wanted to share a few more Christmas projects with you all.

The little cookie tins are altered using baby formula tins my friend Carrie gave me and Echo Park's Merry Christmas line from Yolanda's Tiny Seed Shoppe. The bottles are altered Starbucks bottles and the Snowmen chocolate wrappers are super easy to make. I got this cute idea from Laurie Furnell's blog and found the template to download here.

Hope you're all enjoying your holidays! Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Projects

So, I've been a busy little bee over the past few weeks but have also been struggling with my aching wrists and trying to get as much done when I'm not having a flare up. I've made several little gifts to give to teachers and friends over the holidays. Each little tin below will hold some yummy chocolates. Who doesn't like chocolate right? I'm almost finished making my Christmas cards too. I'll finish them up this weekend and will share some more photos with you once they're all complete. One of my favourites this year is posted below. I just love this poinsettia die! Hope you're all enjoying this festive season! Can you believe there's only 15 days till Christmas?! Are you ready?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Steampunk Debutante

Here's a layout of my mom and dad back in the 50s in Montreal. I love this new Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante for these old photos. It's perfect! I couldn't believe how great my Tim Holtz hardware went with this paper. I cut out a few butterflies and added a little liquid glass to them and that's all this layout really needed. Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Some Vintage Christmas Projects

I've been making more Christmas gifts and felt a little "vintagey" so I pulled out some of my Crafty Secrets images and made these fun postcard wall hangings. I'm definitely feeling the Christmas spirit! I also made a couple Christmas cards to go with them. Are you getting in the Christmas spirit?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

CD Calendar and More Nook & Pantry

Ok, so I can't stop playing with this Nook and Pantry set lol. Here's a little CD Calendar I made for my mother-in-law to go with the gifts in my last post I've made for her. Today, I'm working on some more fun little Christmas gifts that I'm going to share on Tiny Seed next week. I've included a couple sneak peaks for you to get you in the Christmas spirit. I'm loving this cloudy weather and have been playing all weekend! Can you tell? Happy crafting!

Here's a couple sneak peaks I'll be sharing on Tiny Seed on November 18th. Stop by and check them out and be sure to peruse through Yolanda's little Tiny Seed Shop. She's got some great products to get you inspired too!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Altered Items to Match My Recipe Box

Do you remember the altered recipe box I made the other week with my Nook and Pantry paper kit? Well...I wanted to add a few more items to match to give as a gift to my mother-in-law for Christmas. My dear friend Izzy, gave me the idea of altering a coupon keeper and I had already decided I wanted to alter a little note book but was reminded by Izzy about including a pen to match. The R.S.V.P. pens are perfect for this. You can pick them up at any local office supply store. I also altered a little day planner to go with this set. Thanks Izzy for your abundant inspiration!

Here's a photo of the notebook and matching pen,
Here's a photo of the coupon keeper,
And here's a photo of the altered pocket day planner.
And finally, here's a photo of them all together. I'm really pleased with how they all turned out. I think they'll really look cute in my mother-in-law's kitchen. They're totally her style!

Be sure to check out your Michaels for items you can alter! They make great gifts! Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Christmas Layout

Last weekend was Diane's annual Timberline retreat. I had a great time as always and created a few layouts and almost finished another mini album. This retreat, for me, was more about connecting and bonding with friends. There were a few tears and lots of laughs. I feel so blessed to know these women! You know who you are.

Here's a layout I created while I was there using some Cosmo Cricket and other misc. stash. I am definitely in the mood for Christmas and am spending the day making gifts.

I hope you all took a moment this morning to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed and continue to sacrifice their lives for our freedom. Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Altered Recipe Box

I had lots of fun altering this little recipe box that I picked up for a $1.50 at Michaels. I used the Basic Grey Nook and Pantry line. I'm going to design another one, a little more modern for my sister-in-law for Christmas. Have you ever checked out the $1 bins at Michaels? You can find some great deals! Add your own little touch and make a great little gift for someone special. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Old....Newly Weds LOL

Here's my reveal over at Tiny Seed that I gave a sneak peak to a couple weeks ago. I'm a big fan of the Girl Paperie collection. I love the soft colours and patterned papers. I haven't scrapped many wedding photos as I didn't start scrapbooking until my daughter was born so I'm having fun pulling out some of my old photos and using my vintage yummies. Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mission #0027 at Mission Create & Some Other Fun Things to Share

I'm a little late posting this, but finally found some time to participate in Mission Create's latest challenge. I loved this one. The concepts...Deborah - use a cupcake liner, Jocelyn - use the colors pink, blue, yellow, Nicole - Use a bow, Vanessa - Use the word Happy, Birthday or Celebrate in your title, Sasha - Stamping 

I used 4 of the 5 concepts. I found these cute cupcake liners at Michaels. I loved the cute polka dots on Vanessa's liners on her layout and was thrilled to find some similar ones at Michaels! 

Here's another layout I showcased over at Tiny Seed last week using the new Fancy Pants Happy Together line.
Last week was obviously my lucky week as I won Jo's fabulous Elmer's challenge that she participated in. Check out the beautiful project she made using their products. I can't wait to receive my goodies in the mail! Thanks Jo! I also won Mission Create's Blog Hop and get to go shopping at any online scrapbooking store using my $40 gift certificate! Oh Happy Days! Thanks ladies at MC! if that wasn't enough, I also got two lovely bits of "fun mail" in Canada Post. The picture below is of the darling little buttons I ordered from my friend Carrie's new Etsty store Whoo's Got the Button. The second item was a special gift from a dear and equally special friend. 
Below is my Friendship Jar that I made for my good friend Iris. Jo had the wonderful idea to swap some yummy vintage goodies between friends and so we all drew names, filled our jars with all kinds of vintagey good things and decorated them. We then passed them on at our last crop. Here's Iris with her jar that I presented to her at Crop for Kids. 
I also want to share with you all the altered Guest Book I designed for my mom's Celebration of Life. I so miss my mom!
And lastly, here's a sneak peak at my next reveal over at Tiny Seed. You can pop over there next Thursday to see the complete layout. Yolanda will be back by the end of next week and so I'm sure she'll have more new goodies in her store for you to check out so be sure to stop by for a visit! Thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Layout Revealed on Creative Scrappers Today!

Creative Scrappers is celebrating their 125th Sketch and I'm one of the Readers Revealed today! So cool! I just love Kristine's sketches and all the talented Design Team members sketches and their wonderful creations! I really enjoy participating in the challenges over there. Be sure to check them out! Thanks so much Kristine for choosing my layout to reveal! :)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Check These Little Gems Out!

My friend Carrie has started her own little Etsy shop selling these adorable little buttons to match our scrappy projects! Be sure to check out her new blog here for a chance to win some...they're so adorable! I had to buy some of her little chickadees! lol

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hallowe'en Is Coming...

Are you ready?

Here's a couple more layouts I created at this year's Crop for Kids. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours :)