Monday, November 16, 2009


The time has come to get started on my 2nd Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange. I was hoping I would not have to have this at my place again but all the local party halls are too expensive for my taste. So, my mom has graciously offered to help clean, organize, other words, be an additional host. I am so thankful for that because after last year (my first year), I did not think I was going to do it again.

This is how it went down last year:

One afternoon surfing the net I came across an idea.

How brilliant! A cookie exchange! The idea behind a cookie exchange is to bake several dozen of one type of cookie. Then get together with your girls and exchange them so you leave with the same amount of cookies, just several different kinds. Easy peasy!

Well, as I start on a project, I keep adding, and adding, and adding - till it’s so big I don't even realize how it became that way. My cookie exchange was certainly no exception.

It had to be fun, it had to be relaxed, and it had to be memorable.

All was dandy. I got my invites out in a timely manner (impressive considering I am a BIG procrastinator). Then disaster had to strike. My brilliant crafty side of my brain said to wrap the invited with ribbon and two tiny jingle bells. SOOO cute! Apparently the postage machines did not think that was. An unknown number of invites were eaten and destroyed by the USPS postage sorting machines. I guess they were hungry.

When I discovered this, I immediately resent the invites. Not as big of a disaster as I had thought. I could breathe again.

Then came the big day. I had my dough prepped. The house was clean. I was singing Christmas songs. Time to prepare my cookies.

Batch #1- FAIL! Try again


Batch #2- FAIL! Try again


Batch #3- FAIL!

First lesson of the day- I suck at sugar cookies. I know, I know. I should have baked a day or two in advance. I already told you I procrastinate! In my defense, I worked both jobs for a total of over 60 hours that week. So following the official Cookie Exchange Rules, I had no choice but to go to a bakery and buy my cookies. I was the host and I had to hang my head in shame!

By time the guests arrived I was a frazzled mess. I tried to have fun.

To me though, the whole thing felt a bit awkward.

I am still learning the whole hostess thing. I love it but I am not great at it.

I said goodbye to the last fellow cookie exchanger-er.

Then I closed the door and said, "I won't be doing another one of these."

Fast forward one year, and here I am, trying again. One of the girls that came last year said how much she enjoyed it and wanted me to have another one.

Hey, why not, I don't like defeat!

Has anyone else had a cookie exchange? How about an awkward time being a hostess?

Any tips or encouragement is welcomed.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Tis the season to be jolly....

I started working on my christmas gifts.  I decided, for the first time ever, I would make all my christmas gifts.  I took my 20% off everything coupon to Jo Ann's and had at it. 
2.5-3 hrs later, I had almost everything I needed. 


For the men in my family:

   Pint glasses with chalkboard tags

 image:bookcuz on flickr

For the women in my family:

Shower wraps
Body Scrub

For the Teens in my family:

Iron-on printed t-shirts and hoodies
Etched mirrors

image: marajane cre...flckr

For the little nieces:

Some small gifts for everyone else:

Elastic Watch Band
Glass Tile Necklaces

 I'll let you know how it goes and I will post pictures when items are completed.

As of right now, the tile coasters are 70 percent finished, the t-shirts are designed, and the watch is started.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

2009 Blogger Ornament Exchange!!!

Beki at Pameringbeki is hosting an ornament exchange!
I am so excited to be apart of this.
I love Christmas and I always try to tie a personal ornament to my families gifts.

photo : tomosia on
To join in on the fun, go HERE and follow her instructions.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

What's your dirty little secret?

Want to win this?

All you need to do is spill the beans.
Visit Pampering Beki and leave
a confession HERE to be entered to win.

What is my dirty little secret?

Read through her comments to find out!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fish are friends, not food...

Visit USB Geek and you will find some cool USB toys for your desk.

I found this mouse pad and hand warmer and I love it! I got it in the mail yesterday. I had to try it out first thing this morning. I sit right next to a window and my right hand can become numb from the cold air. This was my solution.  This thing plugs into any usb port and only reaches 42 degrees so you don't have to worry about burning yourself.

Here's to toasty hands!

Monday, October 12, 2009

How Much Fabric? Card GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

How Much Fabric? Card GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Grosgrain is giving away a fabulous little fabric buying reference book. Be sure to check it out! Just click the title above!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Another Giveaway!

Check out Wight House Gifts.
She does wonderful vinyl lettering. Find the giveaway here
Its simple, 3 chances to enter:
-Leave her some comment love
-Follow her
-Link back to her blog

There will be TWO winners so get your bum over to see

Lovely giveaways!!!

I am very new to sewing so I need to build up my stash of fabrics.
I figure it wouldn't hurt to find a few giveaways to help.
Check out Needle Little Inspiration for few fabulous fabric give a ways such as this one.
All the giveaways are in celebration of her Open House.
Be sure to give her some comment love for all her hard work and all the goodies!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

BBQ Chicken & Corn on the Cob,Crock-pot Style

Summer is winding down but now is a perfect time for some BBQ.
I am no pro at the grill, so I substitute with the crock pot. Not quite the same but still oh-so-yummy!

Here is a very simple BBQ Chicken and Corn on the Cob recipe:

Boneless/ Skinless Chicken breast, trimmed
Your fav. BBQ sauce
Salt & Pepper
Cooking Spray
Aluminum foil

Simply spray your crock pot with some cooking spray-this makes for easy clean up.
Add your chicken & cover with BBQ sauce,
Wrap your corn in aluminum foil -salt, pepper, and butter to your liking. Place them directly on top of your chicken.
Cover & cook on low for about 6-8 hours. Do not open the lid, I read that every time you do, you will need to add on about 20 min's cooking time. When you raise the lid, it lets out a significant amount of heat. Look, but don't touch till its dinner time!

I had this for dinner last night. Sorry there were no pictures, I was too exited to eat when I came home and smelled it cooking!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bargain of the week!!!!

Great promo!
Courtesy of Oops,I Craft My Pants you can find a promo code onBrylane homefor a FREE mini sewing machine with purchase.
I picked up this throw for $4.99 and paid the same in shipping for a whopping $10! Can't wait to get it!

New to me

I am new to sewing. In fact, 6 weeks new. When I took my first lesson, my teacher commented that the iron would be a very important step. Huh? It didn't cross my mind that I would have to iron. It makes perfect sense, but I don't have a lot of experience with one. So, I found this portable ironing board on Martha. Find it Here. I whipped this up in just a few minutes.
All you need is a tray table, fabric, Cotton batting, and a staple gun.
It is important to use cotton batting, synthetic will melt with the heat of the iron

Martha sewed a cover, I just stapled mine on, later I will sew one up. Happy Stapling!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Here we go

I used to think life was only about pleasing others. That was something I did (and still do) to the point of becoming angry and being left empty handed. I am learning that it is OK to do things for yourself. There really is ENOUGH TIME IN THE DAY if you make yourself a priority. I am also figuring out how to make that happen. This is a blog to share that with all of you. Any suggestions or tips are always appreciated.