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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

New Year - New Blog Design...

After much searching, I found a new design for my blog.  I must say I love the new crisp clean look thanks to Adrien of EclairDesign.  I love the mint color against the white, it drew me right in.  Adrien was just wonderful to work with.  She had this amazing blog up and running in less than 24 hours!! There are many designs to choose from.  I love her photography template designs, now I just have to get my daughter to set up her professional page.   We will be purchasing again :-)

The design I chose for this blog is called Peppermint.

If you are contemplating writing your own blog or you need a new design go check out her shop.  Amazing customer service!

Merry Christmas

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas to all! Hoping you all had a wonderful holiday with your friends and family.

It has been quite the eventful and busy day today.  Last night in Syracuse we broke a record!  70 degrees and no measurable snow this year, which is unheard of here in Central New York.  Christmas day and we were sitting outside in just a sweater.  I had to celebrate this gorgeous weather by  barbecuing Christmas dinner, actually my daughter was the one cooking on the grill.  She calls herself the "grill master."  I guess this is what it's like to live in the south during the winter.

 It was a nice day with my family, although we are not too far from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.  It made for some good times and some funny videos that had everyone laughing on Facebook :)

I do have to say I am looking for a little bit of down time this upcoming week.  Between my teaching job and my shop on Etsy I have been very busy these past couple of months.  Now that the craziness has stopped,  I will take a few days off and catch up on all the stuff I haven't been able to get to lately.

I hope everyone had a wonderful day today!

Candy Bar Snowmen

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

It just wouldn't be Christmas if I wasn't crafting up to the last minute.  I've seen the little candy bar snowmen all over Pinterest and decided that they would be a cute little gift for my co-workers.

I found the printable pattern on line here - Robin's Creative Cottage.  I ran to Walmart and grabbed 2 packs of Hershey Chocolate Bars, 1/2 yard of red fleece, 1/2 yard of blue fleece, and a package of 16 bells from the dollar store.

The directions actually call for sewing the little hats for the snowman.  I didn't have time to sew all the hats this evening, so I cut the fabric to 6 inches wide and approximately 4 1/2 inches wide.  I put some hot glue near the edges and then folded them over to give it a finished look.  I then glue the two sides together leaving the top and bottom both open.  I rolled up the hat, grabbed some twine to gather the upper portion of the hat and then sliced down the hat to make it look like fringe.

If you are a visual person like I am, here is a video I found on how to put the snowmen together.
Scroll down to view the video.

I think next year, I may start a bit earlier than the night before the last day of school to make my crafts :)

Syracuse Fan

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A friend of mine from high school messaged me Friday night and asked if I could create a wreath for his mom who will be celebrating her 84th birthday on Monday and that he would be driving in from Connecticut to celebrate it with her.  Of course, I told him I would make one.  Nothing makes me happier than creating a wreath for someone, especially someone who is celebrating their 84th birthday and a huge Syracuse University fan.  I am lucky that I don't live too far from the University, so I dragged my mom out for the morning (she goes on all my craft adventures with me) and headed up to "The Hill" as the locals call it, to one of the shops that carries all SU items.  There I purchased the huge Otto mascot and the wreath was born...

I'm glad to know that I will be making his mom smile later on today.  Wishing her a happy 84th birthday!

Otto - Syracuse University

Sideview of Otto

Santa Key

Saturday, December 5, 2015

I'm finally getting into the Christmas spirit and decided to take a quick break from my wreath making for a few hours. Today I decided to make some Magical Santa Keys for friends and also list a few in my Etsy Shop.  You can find various Santa keys all over Pinterest.  Many have free printables,  but I have to say I didn't really care for the poems that were out there.  I wanted more of a "Twas The Night Before Christmas" feel to it,  so I decided to come up with my own version of the poem.  I really enjoyed making these magical keys - they are available in my shop for $8.00.  

Here is what the finished product looks like:

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