Friday, August 21, 2015

Summer CHRISTMAS SALE - 40-60% off!

Oh my goodness!!  I was having so much fun with my family this Summer that July came and went and I never put up my annual "Christmas in July" Sale!! Shame on me!!  Hahaha!! :)  To make it up to y'all (as I know many of you wait for this sale)... I'll just run it in August instead!  So, take note of the dates above - and hop over to my shop to start filling your carts today... then you'll only need to come back and enter the codes once they are activated.  I'll send out my newsletter on Sunday evening once they are activated (hint, hint), then will also announce here and on FB.  Don't miss it - this is only a twice annual sale and you won't see discounts like this again until Black Friday. :) 

Great HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS: Framed Subway Art, Recipe Binder, Bottle Cap Key Chains or Necklaces, Menu Boards, KISS Jars, Nuggets and more! 

Thanks, guys!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

*NEW* Missionary Subway Art!

One of THE most popular listings since I opened my shop has been my Missionary Subway Art.  Over the years, I've accommodated a ton of requests to incorporate the flag of the country the missionary is serving in.  This week it dawned on me I needed to just create a special listing for flag themed art!  It's a bit more expensive than the standard black text - as I have to create the flag and work on colors... but the extra few dollars is definitely worth the final product.  I'm ABSOLUTELY loving these and I hope you do too!  They make great mission mementos for any missionary or missionary parent! 

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

How to Make CHUNKY BEAD Key Chains!

Oh my goodness... my blog is getting DUSTY!!  It's Summer, what can I say?  Kids home, sleepy mornings, camping trips, grandparents in town... it's been wonderfully-lazy-busy. ♥

HOWEVER... I MUST take a break from my Summer Blogging Break and show you my latest BEAD obsession!!  Look how DARLING these chunky zipper pulls are!!  Just clip them to your key chain and they roll right over your wrist, making it super easy to fish them out of your purse or church bag... I'm in love!

Of course, you'll need some colorful supplies - my FAVE SHOP for all things bead is... of course, Fizzy Pops!!  Some of the beads shown in this post I received as thank you gifts from them (because so many of you now shop there too) - however many of them I've purchased from them and other shops because I have a rare obsession for stripes that must be fed constantly. Ha!  

Below is a list of what you'll need:

5 ♥ 20mm Beads
9 ♥ Assorted 12mm Beads
2 ♥ 8mm Pearls
17 ♥ 2mm Silver Spacers
1 ♥ 4mm Jump Ring
16" of wire, cut
1 Large Lobster Clasp (I found this at Joann's)
1 Crimp Bead

Tools needed: Wire Cutters (to trim your wire) & Crimp Tool or Flat Nose Pliers (to set your crimp)

Now that you have your supplies - it's time to lay out your pattern.  I've been making these up all week and this is the pattern that I created and have continued to copy with each one.

You'll notice that the "central" bead is the round crystal at the bottom of the picture.  Start stringing one up from that one and go all the way around until they are all on the wire.

Oh gosh.  Bright stripes make me happy!

Once you have it all strung, you'll want to add that central bead to join the wires.  See image below...

This part takes a bit of patience, but once you've done it once and you get in a groove - it gets easier and easier!  Next...

If you've never worked with crimp beads - they are pretty easy, but it's helpful if someone can show you what to do.  Here's a video tutorial on Fizzy Pop's Blog where Erika shows you how to set a crimp.  If you fast forward to about minute 7:00 - you can see how she does it. :) 


So... that's where my little creativity bug has been occupied lately.  I've made about a dozen so far and plan to give them as gifts to my girlfriends this Christmas!  They look DARLING in a little white organza gift bag by the way!!  Definitely swing by Fizzy Pops to pick up your beads and supplies - I got everything from them for the pink one I made in the tutorial (except the heart lobster clasp which is from Joann's).  Then don't forget to use CANVAS10 to save 10% on your order!!

Where I find my polka dot beads : Whimsy & POP and Bubblegum Bead Co

Happy beading!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Patriotic Bottle Caps!

I LOVE joining up with Fizzy Pops and Artsy Fartsy Mama for fun and unique projects!!  With the 4th right around the corner... Lindsay tackled Patriotic Accessories and this is what she came up with using the July Image from my Annual Bottle Cap Collection!  

She didn't stop there... and with beads from Fizzy - she made these too!  Are you dying?!!  Hop on over to ARTSY FARTSY MAMA for the tutorials AND to enter a giveway to win all of the supplies to make your own Patriotic Accessories just like these!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015


There's so much going on in society right now... it troubles me how quickly biblically sound and traditional moral values are constantly devalued in politics and media (and how I can't even check out at the grocery store without being blasted by it). So, in an attempt to raise my voice using the SAME RIGHTS... I believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. I also believe that God has divinely created us, individually, as men and women for specific and eternal purposes. I understand that my beliefs are not shared or practiced by all... but it's important for EVERYONE (not just celebrities, political figures and the media) to stand up and state or defend their beliefs... even if it's not the popular opinion or going to land on the cover of a magazine. I have chosen to practice tolerance for the beliefs and choices of others; I hope and pray in return, that the same consideration and tolerance for my beliefs can be given. heart emoticon

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Printable PERSONAL PLANNER: June 2015 to June 2016

They are FINALLY ready!! YAY!!!  Same great planner you guys have enjoyed year after year, but with a collection of fun new covers to choose from!  This edition is 13 months, it runs June 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016!

ON SALE NOW through Sunday... then back to $12.50!

A few things to point out if you are new to my Personal Planner... Each month has a two-page monthly calendar with lots of extra places to jot down notes and reminders.  In-between the monthly pages are weekly planning spreads.  Each day there is tons of room to record appointments, to do's and reminders + in the lower part of the page, you have 4 "To Do" Sections.  Each week, I label these areas based on what I have going on.  Typically I have one for family items, work, church and whatever special project I have going on that week (like a party, event, home project, etc.).  I love the way this list section works - as I have lots of to do's every week, but they are not necessarily assigned to particular days - so this lets me see not only what's in store each day... but gives me a place to manage several areas in my life all in the same glance.  I think this is the single biggest reason it's my best selling printable and most viewed item in my shop. Like... EVER! :)

Of course, there are also other gems that make this a complete package deal!  There's at a glance annual calendars, note pages, printable sticker tabs, contact pages and more.  

Happy Planning, my friends!!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

{NEW} Mother's Day Bottle Cap GIVEAWAY!!

I severely underestimated the popularity of the Teacher Bottle Cap Images that I released earlier this week... and was astounded at the requests for a Mother's Day Set!  Man... you guys love these little circles of cuteness as much as I do!  Of course... you can make all the fun goodies with this set as usual (necklaces, key chains, zipper pulls and magnets) + I also included a 4x6 gift card, just like the teacher set.  For suggestions on where to get your bottle cap supplies and tips/instructions for how to make your bottle caps, please check out these posts here and here. :)

To launch this new set, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway!  I KNOW y'all love my beaded key chains, so instead of making just one for myself - I made two!  One is for me and one is for you!  To enter for a chance to win the extra one... use the Raflecopter entries below!  I'll close the entries at 12 Midnight on Wednesday (5/6), then will announce the winner Thursday morning and get it mailed out so my winner can have it hopefully by the weekend (to use for herself or to give as a gift)!

In the meantime... be sure to visit my shop to grab the whole set so you can also make some up yourself!

Good luck!!

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Two New Subway Arts!

I've had a little bit of a "Subway Art Bug" lately and these are my two newest creations!  I started with a new, more sophisticated LDS Baptism Subway Art - a much better option for Youth and Adult Converts - since the Primary Version is more of a cutsie "It's Great to Be Eight" theme. Of course, this version can certainly be used for Primary aged kiddos as well!  You'll find it {HERE} in my shop...

Then - in an effort to breathe some cuteness into my laundry room... I whipped up this fun one!

Oh sooo many projects... so little time! ♥

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