Two {More} Things I Can’t Do Well

*UPDATE* Here are the two winners from yesterday’s fun giveaway:  Winner of the BareFoot Home Essentials is Putting the Best Thing First! Congratulations. And winner of the $20 gift certificate from NikiPets Crochet ‘n Things is Colleen from Mommy Always Wins!  Y’all email me, k?

{TWO Mom Store Giveaways Today!}

I know my limitations.
And I’ve spent a fair amount of time telling you about them.
Well. I was reminded of two more in my preparation for a couple of fabulous giveaways this week.
The first, involves all things sewing with a needle, or hook, as it were. But just because I can’t do it, doesn’t mean I’m not fabulous at buying it!
I love crocheted things. And I love this delightful Etsy store, NikiPets Crochet ‘n Things!
Wouldn’t this scarf be perfect for the cold weather?
Gray cozy scarf with fringe
And I LOVE this hat, although my 9 yo fashion diva daughter doubts I’m cool enough to wear it.
Crocheted Urban Visor Beanie
But, I have to tell you, this is probably my favorite item {and not because eating is something I excel at, although I’d challenge you any day}:
Custom Play Food for Mom4tot It would go perfect with my toddler’s kitchen that I’m hiding in the garage for Santa.
Go, visit, Niki. Come back and tell me what you’d pick or gift with the $20 gift certificate she’s giving away!
Today’s other amazing Mom store is Barefoot Home Essentials.

 Lora produces some delightful, all natural home cleaners. And I’m not even going to talk about my lack ‘o talent in this area. Because it’s none of your business. But I must say, just the thought of cleaning with natural Cinnamon and Spice All-Purpose cleaner, encourages me to want to clean.
And that’s saying a lot.
I’m itching to smell this and try this one too. And if you could see my dirty mirrors, you’d wish it too.
Go visit Barefoot Home Essentials and tell me what you’d choose with the $20 gift certificate being given away today.
Please leave a comment FOR BOTH stores (2 comments). I will drawn a random winner for each Mom store on Thursday afternoon.
Support Mom Stores!
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{Homespun Christmas Gifts II}

I’m excited to share a couple more creative and easy Homespun Christmas Gifts with you today. These are also very inexpensive! 

Personalized gifts are the best! I love using names or sending special messages to the ones I love.
Idea #1 Personalized Family Trees
You will need the following: 
  • artist canvas from craft store (You can use any size, but I used 8×8 canvases from Hobby Lobby, 2 come in a package and the set cost around $5). 
  • Craft paint 
  • Paint brush
  • Leaf-shaped stickers 
  • Thin point Sharpee marker
  • Frame the size of canvas (I bought document frames, much cheaper and sold in this square size).
Before I even begin, let me say that YOU CAN DO THIS. I am not an artist. I am not a painter. I am a thief of good ideas. I got this idea when I saw a whimsical clip art tree and just did something similar. Or you can use a tree stencil like this.
Draw a tree onto the canvas with a pencil. Paint over it with black paint.
I wanted to make a tree for each side of my family, so I did another variety of tree (I think this one was a little easier).

Let the canvas dry. You will probably have to go over branches a couple of times. My limbs kept growing with my fine painting skills!
I found these cute leaf-shaped stickers in the craft section of WalMart, from The Martha Stewart line. I love this stuff.  And who knew Martha shopped at Wal Mart?

I wrote the names of family members with a Sharpee on the leaf stickers and placed them on the branches:
I painted our family name on the corner too.
I put it in the frame (if you buy the size of the canvas, it doesn’t need a mat) and stuck it on an 
easel!
For the other part of the family, I made leaves out of green paper (felt would be cool too) and I put the leaves on raised stickers to make them look dimensional.  Here’s how it looks in a frame:

Idea #2   A Personalized Christmas Message

I saw this idea in a GooberPatch Christmas book I have.  I thought it was such a frugal and simple idea, I decided to give it a try and I love it!  I think it will make a great gift and it cost less than $5 to make!
You will need: a hinged frame, either 4×6 or 5×7. (I found plastic ones and they worked great.) An ornament, a Christmas card with a thoughtful expression or pretty Christmas scrap paper and some buttons.  And hot glue.  
Most of the items, I found at The Dollar Store (God bless the $ store!)
Take the glass and backing off the frames. Insert the Christmas card into one of the openings (I had to cut mine down). Leave the glass out, you can replace the back of this one side.  
You can also personalize this even more by printing a message or poem on pretty paper instead of using a card.  I like it easy, plus I’m out of ink.
Next, take your yummy ornament and hot glue the string it hangs from to the inside of the other framed opening:
I took part of the message from my card and glued it to the back:
I added some cute gold buttons and look at this little gift:
The possibilities are endless-different colored frames, ornaments, cards, scrapbooking paper….
Cute, huh?
For more great tips, visit Works for Me Wednesday.

Giving Christmas

Our home is surrounded by giant Texas pine trees.

They are beautiful.

And they are messy.

Millions of pine needles blanket the ground this time of year. It’s really pointless to sweep them away because a gust of wind will only bring more.

But every couple of weeks (when I can’t see the ground or driveway), I start to feel claustrophobic (!) and my hubby tackles the big job. I sent my two older kids out to help him rake and bag the pine needles. 

If you want to read more, click here. I hosting over at The Internet Cafe today too. Thanks.

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 21

Grab the button, email me the answers, join the club!

Picture of the week:


The Week in Review:

On our long, long journey home from a Thanksgiving Gone Wrong (1 out of 2 people got the flu), we stopped at a cotton field (who knew this was a dream for my children? A dream! I tell you!) My hubby gave them an agricultural lesson. Boy, is he smart. They must have been impressed because they hurried home and planted the cotton seeds in my front yard.

Introduction into Society: Welcome Supernanny Where Are You (a question I’ve asked myself often) She submitted this post!


1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog): 


Supernanny Where Are You?  I blog to get some stress relief.  I am a mom, and a mail carrier, and we have family far away that constantly bug us to give them updates.  That’s why I blog….oh, and it is cheaper than therapy, and even better in my opinion, because since we are THAT family I love getting comments from other members of the club.

2.    How long have you blogging? 

I have had my blog for about a year, but I really started blogging a few months ago.  

3.    How would you define THAT family? 

Not completely crazy, just trying to survive without killing each other.  

4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?  

I think it was when we missed our flight home from vacation.  

5.    Where can we find your blog?

And the Winners ARE…

Congratulations to the following winners of the newest Baby Blues Comic Strip Book!  Heather & Chaos, (reader) Sandi Willis, Meg, Lorie, M, Mrs. Nurse Boy, Poopsie, (reader) H.S., Normal to Natalie, Chaotic Joy!

Please email (kristenwrites@yahoo.com) me your address as soon as you can, so you can receive your book before Christmas! If I don’t hear from you within 5 days, I will choose another winner.
Because I’m mean like that. In a nice way.

DIYP {Christmas Decor & Ideas Part 2}

{Scroll down for my Nester-inspired garland!}

Sometimes it’s all about The Simple & The Cheap. Here are some more fun Christmas decor ideas for the recession-minded (plus they are really cute ideas):

Idea #1 Pine cone garland of sorts

Supplies needed: 
  • Pine cones (I sent my kids out with a bag) 
  • Hot glue 
  • Ribbon

I saw this idea in a magazine several years ago. I was tired of putting garland on my stairs and I thought this was the perfect (cheap) solution.  But I was on bed rest with a difficult pregnancy. So, my hubby and kids collected pine cones and I woke up to find this:

My man can handle a glue gun.  Back off, he’s mine.

Count how many pine cones you’ll need. Cut same number of ribbon strips.  Glue ribbon to top of pine cones and staple to the underside of banister.  This would also look cute in an entryway, hanging from a mantle or doorway!


I re-use the pine cones for a couple of years and store them in a safe place to avoid breakage.  And with all the fun Christmas ribbon, this DIY-selfer is cheap, fun and family-friendly!
Of course, Ike the Cat, thinks the pine cones are there for his personal pleasure:

Idea #2
I love decorative nutcrackers.  Wal Mart and The Dollar Store have small ornament nutcrackers.  I hung the little guys from my dining room chandelier, added candle rings around the base of the lights and a glittery ornament.  You can hang any themed item to create a merry atmosphere!
Idea #3  My Nester-inspired Mantle:

The Nester went to great lengths to show the blog world how she manages such a luxurious garland on her mantle.  I thought I’d give it a try, using stuff I already had, plus a few new Christmas picks. 
It has a THAT family feel, don’t you think?

Isn’t my Texas-style Nester-inspired garland scrumptious?

Go visit the Nester to see some more fabulous mantle-makeovers!

O {Share Your} Christmas Tree

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time decorating your tree. {You also spend a lot of time re-decorating your tree if you have a toddler. I’m just sayin’}.

Here’s your chance to SHOW IT OFF. Join me on Friday, Dec. 12 and link up your Christmas tree! Mr. Linky will make an appearance late Thursday night.

You still have time to Deck The Halls. So get with it!