Monday, December 31, 2012

Art Birthday Party

People are so creative! This art Birthday Party is such a fun idea. Especially the cake, I love it!  The picture is a link to the blog with the ideas for this creative and fun party!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A New Year, A Few Changes :)

Getting excited for a New Year and an opporitunity to change the way I do things. I'm hoping to keep my blog updated. I will be doing a fun post on Mondays, hopefully a recipe of some sort on Wednesdays and an Etsy Shop Feature on Fridays.  I'm so excited to have this change and hoping for fun new ideas :)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Royal Frosting and Gingerbread Houses

Excited to make Gingerbread houses tonight with my family. We have the Gingerbread made and ready to go. Bought some gingerbread house cookie cutters at Michaels.

 Now I needed a Royal Icing Recipe. So I found this recipe from this website ( You do need Meringue Powder, which can be found at a speciality cooking store, Hobby Lobby or Michaels. The picture is also a link to the website:

  • 1/4 cup meringue powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 3/4 cup cool water

  • Directions

    1. Place the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the cool water, and stir slowly to allow the sugar to dissolve.
    2. Mix on low speed at first, increasing to high speed over several minutes. Beat until the icing is fluffy.
    3. Keep the frosting covered with a damp towel and some plastic wrap until you have time to use it.
    4. Divide the frosting into smaller containers and mix with food coloring for several colors.
    5. To use for piping, put a tip in the bottom of a disposable pastry bag. Using a coupler will allow you to change tips with ease.
    6. Use a tall, heavy-bottomed glass to hold the pastry bag while you add the frosting. Take care not to fill the bag more than half full.
    7. Close the back of the pastry bag with a twist tie or spring clip, to keep the icing from backing up over your hand when you squeeze it.
    This is the beautiful Gingerbread house they made:

    Fairy Necklace with Charm

    I had a custom order in my shop that I made this last week. I thought it turned out so pretty so I added it to my shop. I will be making more similar in the very near future!

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

    Neat Vintage Finds

    Here are some neat things from Vintagetoyshoppe:

    A Vintage Raggedy Ann Doll. She is more rare because she has a music box in her. So sweet. 

    This would make a wonderful Christmas gift too!

    Or this awesome vintage Lego snowplow. For all your Lego Snowplowing needs!

    Friday, November 30, 2012

    CCaria Jewelry on SALE

    This shop is one of my very favorites.  Her items are on sale now for 30% off plus she has free shipping within the US.  Here is a few of her items. Each of the items is a link to her shop.

    on Sale for $9.80 with FREE shipping!

    Monday, November 26, 2012


    16 items from different Etsy shops are being given away to one lucky person! All you need to do is comment on this treasury to be entered for a chance to win all of the items. Items will come from around the world!  Here is the link:

    Saturday, November 24, 2012


    Use the code BLACKFRIDAY to receive 10% off your entire purchase in my shop through CYBER MONDAY. Use the same code in my husbands shop to receive the same discount. He has some fun items right now including a Rare Musical Raggedy Ann Doll. 

    Friday, November 16, 2012

    Happily Ever After

    "How you react to adversity and temptation is a critical factor in whether or not you arrive at your own 'Happily ever after.'" Dieter F. Uchtdorf

    Friday, November 9, 2012

    Christmas Gifts

    So I've been working on items for my shop for Christmas.  I had a friend say I should do ornaments. So I have added ornaments to my shop.  Since I added them one of the items has been on the front page of Etsy two times.  My Christmas Star Jars were also featured on the front page. It has been so fun! Hopefully some of the items will start selling :) I'm having fun making new items.

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    Christmas Memories

    Here is a fun treasury full of Christmas Memories. This is for my friend Cari, hoping she knows what a wonderful person she is! The picture is a link to the treasury. These are some beautiful earrings from her shop.

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

    Mermaid Themed Party

    Awhile back a customer bought some Mermaid Jars from my shop. She submitted her party and pictures to Kara's Party Ideas. A Blog that is FULL of fun party ideas.  Yesterday her party was posted including pictures of my Mermaid jars that they made into bracelets. They told the girls if they sprinkled the glitter in their bath at night they just might grown a Mermaid tail if they were lucky. Here are some pictures of the party with the bracelet. The pictures are links to the blog and to my Etsy shop.

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

    Happy Birthday to an Etsy Friend!!

    A Birthday Treasury for an Etsy Friend!! Click on the Picture for the link to the treasury :)

    Monday, October 22, 2012

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

    Presidential Election

    With the Election less than 3 weeks away I'm on pins and needles waiting to see who the next president will be. I found this interesting website on the History of Presidential Elections from Washinton in 1789 up to 2012 and wanted to share:

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    Levi Stockings

    I know its only October, but I am already getting excited for Christmas. Here is a fun stocking idea that I found through Pintrest. The picture is a link to a blog for a tutorial on how to make this fun stocking!

    Friday, October 12, 2012

    Breast Cancer Awareness Ornament

    I had a friend suggest for me to make an ornament. One for Breast Cancer and maybe some others.  This ornament is from her idea.  Turned out beautiful.  I feel like most of us have known someone or been affected by Breast Cancer in some way. 

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

    Saturday, October 6, 2012


    This is such a fun Jewelry shop having a great sale on Etsy this weekend!  The picture is a link to her shop.

    Friday, October 5, 2012

    Columbus Day SALE Shop Feature

    There are many shops having a Columbus Day Sale-all weekend!  This is one of my favorites:

    Here is one of her cute Halloween items:

    Monday, October 1, 2012

    Cookie Update

    We made the Sugar Cookie Recipe (from 2 posts prior) that we found in an old book. This was probably the most DELICIOUS Sugar Cookie Recipe I have ever tried. If you have Sour Cream, and Cream of Tarter, I highly recommend these cookies. They are SO soft fluffy and yummy.  We baked them for 10 minutes in our oven. The recipe says to bake in a "quick oven." I told my husband I thought our oven was pretty quick!

    Friday, September 28, 2012

    Key Chains

    Added Key Chains to my shop.  I can now make any of my jars into Key Chains!

    Friday, September 21, 2012

    Neat find in a Vintage Book

    My husbands shop has not only toys, but books. As we find these old books he always goes through each book carefully. In this particular book he found a letter dated 1923 and an old hand written recipe. His shop is

    Principles of Cooking. Copyright is early 1900's.

    This recipe is probably delicious. I'm excited to try it :)

    March 14, 1923

    Friday, September 14, 2012

    Tooth Fairy Gift Set

    So this is the latest I have been working on! I'm super excited about it. Turned out very cute. I only wish you could see how beautiful the box is with the iridescent glitter sprinkled all over it.
    The cute little envelope and care are from this shop:

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

    New Shop!

    My husband opened a New shop today!! A vintage toy shop! He has mostly Lego's right now, but will have vintage books and other vintage toys as he gets them.

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012


    Today I am thinking of my many blessings.  Reading about Ronan, a 4 year old boy that passed away from Cancer about a year and a half ago makes me want to hug all of my 4 children a little tighter.  This blog : Tells all about this little boy, his journey, losing the battle to cancer. The story touch Taylor Swift and she wrote a song about Ronan, for Ronan, title Ronan. All proceeds go to Cancer, ways to find a cure and ways to help.  Here is the Youtube video:

    Saturday, September 8, 2012

    New Ideas...

    Working on some new ideas. One of which involves another shops items. I'm super excited about them! Stay tuned this week for an update :)

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    Birthday Treasury!

    This fun treasury was made by a team captain for my Birthday! Thanks Cari!

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    Fairy Party for an 11 Year Old

    When my 11 year old daughter asked for a Fairy Party, I wondered how I could pull it off. After much thought and lots of searching I think we made it work :) Here are some of our ideas:

    We started with this invitation. This party was the inspiration for adding this invitation to my Etsy shop. The girls loved the invite probably as much as the party itself :

    For Decorating we did something similar to this Etsy Shop:
    Only I added flowers to ours.  They were so perfect hanging in the trees.  It would be easy to make, or fun to buy these little mirrors. We found a package at Michaels of round mirrors for inexpensive and made our own.

    Its harder to see, but they were just so fun. Each girl took one or two home with them when the party was over.

    When the girls came the first thing we did while we waited was played a fairy matching game. We bought this digital print then we could print as many copies as we needed.  We also made a game for each of the girls for a party favor:

    You won't be able to copy this image, it is watermarked, but the cost to purchase the digital image from this Etsy shop is only $3.50. I felt like it was well worth the money.

    Next we painted "Fairy Houses."  We went to JoAnn's and found some cute little bird houses for $1.  Perfect price for me :)  Then I bought some paints and bought some glitter to sprinkle on top. The girls enjoyed making their houses:

     While we had the paints out, we made Fairies to go with the houses.  This is a fun idea we found on Pintrest.  The picture is a link to the site.  They are very simple and so fun!

    Then all the girls went in the back yard and searched for a Fairy. There are 8 Fairies included and they are $3 to print as many as you want. Once again, this picture has a watermark so you won't be able to print this one. These Fairies came from this shop:

    To the back of these Fairies we added a small house charm from this Etsy shop:

    Then it was time for presents and Cupcakes. With the cupcakes I decorated with a beautiful edible butterfly from this shop. These are so beautiful and easy to use.

    For Party Favors, the girls each had their Fairy Houses, a Fairy Light, Fairy charm, the Fairies they made, a delicious candy stick, a Fairy Magnet made out of buttons from this Etsy shop:

    and we included a Fairy necklace from my shop :)

    Overall, the party was a great success. Hopefully some of these ideas help with your Fairy Party!