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Monday, February 29, 2016




Last year we moved to a beautiful new home.  Many friends have visited and toured our place, but THIS is the most photographed item in my house.  No joke!


(I'm thinking I really need to spruce up my place, if THIS is what people take a picture of when they visit?)




It's so simple, yet used everyday.  It's a tray to hold our family's water glasses.  I can't stand washing multiple glasses for each family member because they forgot where they put their glass. I don't know why this bothers me so much, but it does. 


Remember this post from way back when we put them in an iron crate?  It worked OK, but our glasses were really too big to fit in the small openings, and we needed one more opening.


 (I'm actually still on a hunt for a 4 compartment vintage crate with a handle.)




I found this Pier 1, ceramic, 4 compartment tray at a thrift store years ago.  I've used it for displaying snacks, but one day I decided it was perfect for our glasses.



Using a dry erase marker, I wrote the name of each family member in the corner of each compartment. 




(You could use a Sharpie if you wanted a more permanent solution.)


After drinking out of a glass, each family member has a home for their specific glass.  The tray sits on our counter by the sink.


When someone decides their glass needs to be washed, they place it in the dishwasher.  Then, they get a clean glass to put in their compartment. 
(I do live with a husband and 2 teenagers, so most of the time, I decide when their glass needs to be cleaned.)




This works so well for our family, that we've been doing this for years, now.  I love how clean it looks on our counter.

One of my friends wanted a tray with 3 compartments for her family.  I found this sauce dish at the thrift store that was perfect. I especially love the handle to transport all the glasses to the table!


Of course I fancied it up with a little ribbon, tag and tissue paper. Wouldn't this make a cute housewarming gift?




Here's some dishes I found online that are very similar to mine.  Check them out. *These are affiliate links to help you locate products.
White Melamine 4 Section Compartment Tray 
 
 Red 4 Section Compartment Tray.




Look at this fun dish I found in white or in green:  
 Joseph Joseph Triple Dish Set, Stone and White


   
Joseph Joseph Triple Dish Set, White and Green











Here's some printable housewarming gift tags for you:  Click here.




 *This post contains affiliate links to help you find the products I mentioned. All opinions are 100% mine. No product was given to me.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

I've got a Huey Lewis tune stuck in my head!
You're going to have it too, after reading this.






Yep, I've turned into my mother!  Remember when she had me make Lap Band Surgery cards?   Now, look at me!

A good friend of ours at church just had hip surgery.
I wanted to take him a few little get well soon treats...and somehow my 80's brain came up with this theme.  
(Yes, he didn't really know what I referring to, but oh well...it's the thought that counts, right?)

Yes, ...I grew up listening and dancing to the music of the 80's.  What can I say?  Those tunes will always be in my head!  My best friend, Jana, had this album and we took turns listening to it on her walkman.  No joke!  Oh, the memories!


I wrapped a shoebox up with colorful wrapping paper and filled it up with 'square-shaped' snacks.  I also made some dark chocolate brownies packaged up in a cellophane bag with curling ribbon.
Square shaped pretzels, crackers and chocolates.  I even found some checkered ribbon in my stash.



Know someone going through a hip surgery?
Click here to print your own hip surgery cards.





and because you're already humming the tune...









 
Did you see my 'Cereal'ously 70 gift?  Check it out.




Or this 70 Sparkles Party




And this 70th Hiking Party


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Wednesday, February 24, 2016


My brother in-law recently had a birthday.
He loves Starbucks.




I pulled together a quick birthday card with a few of my craft supplies.  Take a look.


Letter Stickers are so fast and easy to use.  I usually use black letters so I can mix and match whatever fonts I have.


Yellow star is cut out of cardstock.  'Buck' sticker from Provo Craft.  I can't find these online, but here's another option. Cardstock Stickers, Hunting Season.




Here's a 'star' 'buck'...  or two.


Using Washi Tape, secure 2 Starbucks cards to the inside.






Don't you love those big Washi Rings?  They are the BEST way to organize all your tapes. Click here to purchase.



We added our personalized birthday greetings to the inside of the card and hand delivered.
Have anyone in your life who could use a little 'star' 'buck' greeting?









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Monday, February 15, 2016

So, I don't know if this happens to you or not?

When my mom comes to visit or I visit her, (she lives 5 hours away) she always says, "Help me think of something creative to do for so and so."  We brainstorm ideas and together we come up with some incredibly creative gifts! 

My mom is always doing things for other people.  She's always thinking of other people and loves to shower them with treats and gifts and notes.  She's incredible at sending cards and thank you notes and never misses a birthday!  I inherited my gift giving and creativity from her yet, here she is once again with a challenge for me.

TODAY'S MISSION:  CREATE A CLEVER 70TH BIRTHDAY GIFT.

Um, OK.  Let's see... Male church friend of my parents, likes a laugh, likes puns, surprise 70th party, need to bring a creative gift....hmmm.


Want to see what we came up with...(in under an hour, since I was trying to pull off a party for my dad at the same time?)



'CEREAL'OUSLY 70?!
7 cereals for your 70's. 




It's a great big bowl of mini cereals, all with a clever pun.




Mom and I ran to the grocery store to get the cereals.  While scanning the shelves, we came across these cute plastic spoons with printed sayings on them.  Perfect for our gift.
Say It Spoons, 1-Pack (18 Spoons in Total)



Due to the time restraints, there are no fancy tags.  I simply typed these messages in a Word document and printed them on colored copy paper.  Simple and fast!



My sister-in-law helped me mat them on black cardstock.  We taped them to paper straws and then taped the straws to the back of each box. On the little round oatmeal container, we stuck the tag directly to the top.



We finished our cereal puns with #7 a full size box of Lucky Charms and a birthday wish.



I added a bit of tissue paper and propped all the boxes in a big ceramic bowl that I had.
Later, I added cellophane and tied the entire thing up with ribbon, but somehow, didn't get a final picture of that.  Oh well, you get the idea.




Here's our 7 cereal puns.  If you'd like to make your own Cerealously 70 gift, feel free to copy these and then paste into a Word document to print out.




‘CEREAL’OUSLY 70?!
7 cereals for your 70’s.



1. Frosted Flakes-
You may hear the
young ones call
you a flake or
two. You’ll
get used to it.

2.  Cocoa Krispies-
‘Snap, Crackle, Pop’
comes from more
than your
cereal, now.



3.  Froot Loops-
Your mind tends to
get a little loopy
at 70…Yes, we
happen to know.




4.  Apple Jacks-
Hate to break it to
you, but these are
the only kind of
‘jacks’ you should
be doing.

5. Corn ‘Pops’-
…and this is what
happens when
you try those
jumping jacks.



 6.  Oatmeal-
This is what you
really should be
eating at your
age. It just slides
down.

7.  Lucky Charms-
Who knows?
70 might just be
your ‘LUCKY’ year.
Here’s wishing you
 a ‘CHARMING’
birthday!








Now, I wonder what mission mom will bring to me next?
Remember when she had me making bridal shower invitations with feathers? 
 That was a doozy!












Did you see this 70 Sparkles Party




And this 70th Hiking Party?




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