Taking Stock

 

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Making: A cute new dress for Bella. As soon as I pick up the sewing machine from my Mom.

Cooking: Spaghetti for dinner tonight. Made with bacon-burger and lots of cheese. And it’s calorie-free. Yep…

Drinking: Lots and lots of water. And hot tea and coffee. That’s pretty much it.

Reading: Edits for the third book in my vampire series.

Waiting: On my new planner from Emily Ley. Not so patiently….

Looking: For fun, unexpected gifts for those hard to buy for people on my list. Three of those left. What to get… What to get…

Playing: Is there time for this?

Wasting: Energy. Picking up the same toys over and over and over…

Sewing: Nothing yet, but I have a long list starting with the dress for Bella. Also, drapes for my dining room, a pillow for the bench in my entryway…

Enjoying: The season. Can’t believe there’s only three weeks left. What will I watch on tv when Hallmark is no longer playing Christmas movies?

Wishing: For snow. The light fluffy kind with no ice.

Waiting: For something in particular.

Wondering: What kind of surprises the future holds. Don’t we all?

Loving: Three sweet faces and a handsome one.

Hoping: That my book is finished by the end of the month. Not so sure I’m gonna make that deadline…

Marveling: At the way of the world. This is a broad one I know, but it truly confounds me everyday.

Needing: A new mattress for my bed.

Smelling: Christmas cookies. And Downy.

Wearing: The comfiest sleep shirt from Target. And those really soft, fuzzy socks they have for wearing around the house. They’re the best.

Following: A tight schedule. Always…

Noticing: Everything. I notice everything and can recount it to you years later.

Knowing: That I should be sleeping right now. Oh well…

Thinking: That I have so much to do today/tomorrow. Hey, it’s 3am. I never know whether to consider it today if the sun hasn’t risen yet.

Feeling: Lucky, stressed, blessed, under the weather…

Bookmarking: My favorite shopping websites. Am I the only one that loads up an online cart just for the fun of it?

Opening: A bag of muddy buddy chex mix – in just a minute.

Giggling: At pawn stars. The Old Man on that show cracks me up.

Feeling: Accomplished.

Thanks to Pip’s blog for her fun idea.

 

Hope you’re sleeping better than I am right now!

Goodnight (Or good morning! Whichever way you want to look at it.)

XOXO,

Erika

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DIY personalized Christmas gift tags

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Okay, so obviously there will be lots of Christmas filled posts for the next 3 weeks. I’m kinda on a roll and completely in the spirit, soooo… On with the post!:)

Can you buy gift tags from Target, Walmart or pretty much anywhere that would adequately serve the purpose of identifying who a gift is for and who the giver is?

Absolutely.

But, why not scrape up a few craft supplies you probably already have and whip up your own that serve the above mentioned purposes while being unique and fun?

Besides, it gives the kids something to do while your trying to wrap everything. Not that you didn’t totally need their help…

So… What you’ll need:

scrapbook paper ( the thicker the better)

scissors

pop-pops ( or any other embellishments you’d like)

stamp and ink

twine

hole punch

I had most of these things in my craft box and picked up the green ink for the stamp at Hobby Lobby.

Let’s get started!

First, I used this handy paper cutting thingy. But if you have scalloped scissors you could use those, or anything really.image

I chose to use a letter ‘T’ which is the initial of our last name. I can think of a ton of holiday stamps I could have used though.

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Now the fun part!

Decorate!

I used poms in sparkly colors. But I think buttons, glitter, lace, ribbon or sequins would give it pizzaz as well!

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Cuteness, right?

Next, just punch a hole, thread in some twine and add it to your gift.

See? Really easy. Plus, I just sat there and made a huge pile of  assorted colors so I’ll have them at the ready for whenever I’m wrapping gifts.

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The present above is for my husband. I flipped the tag over and used a metallic pen to write the to and from part.

An added bonus. I don’t have to worry about smashing bows. I may even do some using ribbon instead of twine. The possibilities are endless and I like it so much better than the little sticker tags.

All crafted out yet?

How about baking? I whipped up my first batch of made  from scratch cookies courtesy of a recipe posted on abc’s 25 days of Christmas Facebook page.

So yummy!

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How about some Elf business?

Cody the Elf has returned and with him the responsibility of reminding him to change positions nightly… I may forget to remind him occasionally.

Here’s a snapshot of the morning he returned. My youngest, Bella, looks a little untrusting of him, haha!

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Hope you enjoyed my holiday update and tutorial!

XOXO,

Erika