Burlap Party Favors

finished party favors

It’s been quite a week around here. We have had parties, a funeral, and a birthday.

I have been working steadily on several projects, still haven’t finished any of them.

My phone died, our car died, and our son needed a tow.

Life seems to have gone crazy in just a few days.

I crave calm and simplicity.

I also crave chocolate when I am under stress.

I love these simple Burlap Party Favors, filled with chocolates and candies.

finished party favors2

The flowers, although they look pretty real, are faux Daisies from the Dollar Store.

I beheaded them for the cause. It made me feel better.

These were very easy to put together. It only took a few minutes while I was watching TV.

Burlap and candy

I used 6″ squares of burlap. I pre-washed the burlap so it’s not quite so stiff and messy. The squares were filled with chocolates and candies also from the Dollar Store.

Then I tied them up with twine, and inserted a pretty flower into the holes in the burlap above the bow.

burlap and flowers

I left the flowers a 2″ stem to insert into the fabric, it was just short enough to disappear in the folds of the burlap.

These Burlap Party Favors were part of some dinner decorations I made, you can see the Budget Fall Centerpieces that went with them here.

finished party favors

Simplicity is beautiful!

 

 

Charmed Collections

Bracelet and necklace

 

I thought I would build you up today.

Somedays we all need some encouragement.

You know the encouragement I mean, the kind that takes you by surprise when you least expect it, and fills you up so you can pick your pathetic self up, off the floor and do great things against all odds.

Who doesn’t need something like that?

Trouble is, it’s hard to find.

 

These beautiful jewelry items from Charmed Collections are just the ticket. They are meant to build you up, no matter what stage of life you are in.

These pieces were a gift from the SNAP Conference that I attended recently. It’s amazing how much I have worn them. They fit very comfortably, which is rather unusual. Most costume jewelry that I find runs very small and is usually too tight around the neck in the necklaces, and too small around the bracelet to even get it on my arm. These pieces though, are different, they fit. I am even allergic to most costume jewelry (it turns my skin green), but these don’t bother me at all.

It must be a SIGN.

 

necklace

In my mind I am afraid of so many things. Put on this necklace and suddenly……………..

I am fearless. I can do anything. I can take on the world and be successful even though I have no idea what I am doing.

Sometimes I feel like I drag my feet all day long. I trudge through life, shuffling one foot at a time because I am in a time warp where I can’t keep up no matter how hard I try.

Have you ever felt that way?

bracelet

But today, I put on this bracelet and suddenly I can …………………

Hustle.

Then the world has to keep up with ME.

I feel energized. Who doesn’t need more of that feeling?

Hummmm, I could use more of this inspiration.

I am very tempted to order these adorable custom rings.

Check out Charmed Collections for more beautiful things that will build you up in every day living. Oh, and if you read the testimonies of some of their customers, be sure to have a box of Kleenex handy. You’re going to need it.

 

Blessings!

NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream

This is a sponsored post that I was compensated to write. Any opinions stated are my own.
cream and lilacsI have a confession to make. I have a baby gut belly. This may not be that unusual, after all I am a Mom. Most Moms have baby gut. However, it is irritating to me. It’s irritating because, despite all my efforts, it won’t go away. My kids are nearly grown up and I still look like I just gave birth yesterday.

Who wants to look like that?

Not me.

I have tried cleanses, colon water therapy, vitamins, herbs, exercises, diets, you name it.

There is one thing I haven’t tried, that is using a body firming cream.

So, what do I have to loose? Nothing but wrinkles and fat.

Sounds like a plan to me.

cream and lilacs2So, what does this magic cream do?

NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream will “improve the appearance of cellulite and dimpling and help smooth, tighten and firm the appearance of loose skin”. You can use it on your abdomen, hips, thighs, upper arms and buttocks. The recommended application is twice per day, until you achieve the results you are looking for. Then you can reduce it to one application per day.

What have you got to loose?

This is an all natural product that has been developed with more than 5 years of research.

Celebrity David Kirsh is a believer, check out his video testimony:

Are you ready to try it? You can order this amazing product here.

 

 

cream and flowersI have used the Nerium Products with great results for the last couple of years and LOVE them. If you would like to read my success story, here it is!

If you would like to learn more about their fast growing company, inspire others and learn how you can earn your products for FREE, click here.

I will have some before and after pictures in 30 days so stay tuned!

What have you got to loose?

 

Valentine Loot Bags

lead valentine

 

February is here and I am all about hearts right now. Heart charms, cookies, cakes, valentines, chocolates, love letters, sappy romantic Hallmark movies, you name it.

I am a sucker for romance, I admit it.

Being such a romantic, I couldn’t resist putting together some little Valentine Loot Bags for an upcoming class I am teaching.

No particular reason, just because they are do darn cute.

Who doesn’t love Valentine Loot?

It’s the best kind there is!

wide frame

I bought the little fabric bags in the “blanks” section of the craft store.

Blanks are fabric items pre-made and ready for your personal decorating touch. There is no sewing involved.

The bags come in packs of four and run about .50 cents each.

These bags are small, about 5″ square.

Just the right size for collecting Loot.

supplies

I also picked up some polkadot ribbon, heart and arrow charms (Walmart), Heat Bond (in the sewing notions) and 1/2 yard of red fabric.

Directions:

Cut a heart shape out of scrap paper.

Using the paper as a template, cut a heart out of the Heat Bond material, and the red fabric.

Using an iron on the medium setting, iron the Heat Bond fabric to the wrong side of the red fabric. Keep the iron moving slightly so it doesn’t scorch the bag.

When the two pieces have adhered together, peel of the paper backing and position the heart on the bag. 

Iron again so the heart adheres to the bag.

Cut a length of ribbon for a bow to decorate the handle.

pin detail

The final touch was a big safety pin with some cute button and charms.

Just thread the buttons and charms on the pin and attach to your bag.

That’s it, your finished!

love letters

 

You can fill your Valentine Loot Bag with any number of things. I love these little plastic hearts from the Dollar Store, and of course, chocolate.

I even added one of my Grandmother’s love letters, there is quite a story about her.

She will be the topic of another post!

Pink Wash Towel

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I have been knitting for weeks. It’s part of my winter routine, each night I spend an hour or two working on projects. You would be amazed at how much you can produce in such a small amount of time.

I made a number of small gifts for the holidays. My favorite gift combination was hand knit wash towels and home made soap. If you would like to make your own soap, check out my tutorial here.

Now it’s time to get back to my own knitting projects, I have been dying to make a couple of Wash Towels for myself.

 I love their soft cotton texture, it feels like a gentle exfoliant on the skin. They look as luxurious and beautiful as they feel.

The towels hold up amazingly well with regular use. They do stretch a bit as they are wet, but put them in the laundry and they shrink back to their original state in the dryer.

Who knew yarn was so resiliant?

in progress

The biggest plus of this project is it’s compact size, it’s easy to stick the needles and all in your purse and take them on the road with you.

This is Peaches and Cream 100% cotton yarn in Rose Stripes. I love how the variegated yarn makes stripes appear as you knit. It’s like the yarn has a story to tell you that is revealed as you work.

Who doesn’t love a good story?

For this project, you will need 1 skein Peaches and Cream yarn and a pair of size 8 knitting needles (I love the Susan Bates needles).

Here’s the pattern:

Cast on 44 stitches

*Knit 4 stitches, Purl 4* Repeat until end of row.

Repeat all rows the same until work measures 10″. Cast off, cut yarn leaving a small tail. Weave in ends.