5 Best Small Appliances for Busy Wives and Moms

My Top 5 Small Appliance Picks for the Kitchen

When it comes to choosing any small appliance, as busy wives and mothers we need to think about those that best fit our needs.

Slowcooker

 

These can be expensive, and when we take the plunge into purchasing them, we need to ask “How will they help me save time and money in the kitchen?” Buying them during the holiday season can save you money on most of these.

As a busy wife and mother, I’ve outlined my top 5. I’ve personally used each one of these and I hope you’ll use this as a guide when choosing what will work best for your own kitchen.  (more…)

DIY Christmas Wine Bag

Sew a Holiday Wine Bag for Gift Giving

Wine Gift Bag

Christmas is right around the corner and I’m working on holiday gifts. Today I’ve combined my love of sewing with this awesome wine bag.

We all know that the best crafting projects start with great tutorials. I used a tutorial from Craftsy for making this “fat quarter friendly” project. (more…)

Quick and Easy Christmas Gift Tags

Holly Tags with Free Cut File

 

I love to study historical traditions, so I’ve been reading today about holly and its role in the Christmas season.

Here are just a few links to articles about its use in Christmas tradition, in case you’re interested:

Holly, Ivy and Christmas Plants 

Christmas: eight things you didn’t know about holly

Why do we decorate with holly at Christmas? 

 

Since I’ve been busy creating gift tags, I wanted to share with you these simple gift tags that I created using my new “holly” SVG file.  In case you missed my first free SVG, you can find it HERE.

Holly Christmas Gift Tags

My basic oval tag was created with my Silhouette Cameo 2. I drew an oval 2″ x 3″ and then did an internal offset to make the white part of the tag. (more…)

Creatively Give A Gift Card

Make a Match Box

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Today I wanted to share with you one way to give a gift card creatively, using a handmade Match Box.

With Christmas right around the corner, there is no doubt you’ve been searching for gift ideas.

A gift card almost seems like a last resort, doesn’t it? You shop… and shop for the perfect gift, and then you throw up your hands and say, “I’m going to give a gift card.”

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Creating Gift Tags from Scraps and Free SVG File

Tag set and cutting files.
Christmas Tag Set
Gift Tags are a wonderful way to use up bits and pieces and they make gifts look so special. These turned out so cute that nobody will know they came from scrap bits in your stash.

I’ve cut these little tags in Silhouette Studio from a file I created myself in Inkscape. With the cut file below you can make tags like these as well as something that is the right size for your gift.

I was able to cut out 4 tags, the white layer and these cute little trees from small pieces that I grabbed from my overflowing file drawer. Each tag is only 1.5 inches x 2.5 inches and is the perfect size for gifting those smaller items on your Christmas list. 

This tiny sentiment comes from  “A Little Love”, stamp set from Close to My Heart. It’s the smallest stamp that I had available and fit perfectly in the amount of white space on the tag. For the hole at the top of the tag, I simply used a paper punch. This is something that could be added to the cut file, but this way you can use your own punch to make it larger for ribbon or smaller for baker’s twine or other string. Of course some bling, like these enamel embellishments, provide some extra dimension.

This is my first time trying to make my own cut file and it’s been an enjoyable challenge to learn this process. Today I’m sharing it as a free file in Zip format. There are formats in PNG, SVG, DXF, and JPEG. You can download the entire file by clicking on the link below.

 

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Layers of tag cut file.

These files have been tested on my personal Silhouette Cameo 2. Files are for personal use only.  Say It With Simplicity assumes that you are familiar with the downloading and use of these files. You may share these files on social media by linking directly to this page, not the files themselves. Please be sure to credit Say It With Simplicity as the source of these files. Thank you!

 

Learn How to Make Lovely Home Decor from a Dollar Tree Plate

Dollar Store Charger plate to Home Decor

Today I’m going to share with you how I created this awesome fall home decor plate with a simple plate from the Dollar Tree. You can also make a piece that is uniquely yours with a scrap of vinyl, your Silhouette or other cutting machine and some spray paint. Home decor has never been easier. (more…)

Early Holiday Wishes 4 Kids

Snowman Joy

This little snowman is bringing you some early holiday wishes!  I love making handcrafted cards for others and today I wanted to share this cute Doodlebug Designs Snowman with you that I made for Send a Smile 4 Kids. They are hosting a Early Holiday Wishes challenge HERE,  and this was a fun card to make for that challenge.

Send a Smile 4 Kids Early Holiday Wishes Card

I chose a double z fold design for my snowman card. I used to shy away from the fun fold cards, but found that many are much easier than they look. I made this one at Valentines Day and I think they are so adorable standing up on a table. A scoreboard really helps and it is a tool to put on your Christmas list if you don’t already have one. 

There are many tutorials on Pinterest for various types of fancy fold cards if you do a search. I won’t go into detail on how I set it up.  I wanted to keep the layering minimal, so I chose red card stock and simply layered the patterned paper on top.

I purchased the patterned paper pack for this card last year and it was perfect for this card. It’s by Doodlebug Designs. The little snowman was from the Silhouette Store and is from the Doodlebug Designs Here Comes Santa collection.

I offset the letters for “Joy” so that it would not blend into the card too much.

Foam tape was used to adhere the little snowman so that he would stand out a little more.

The little bit of snow sparkle on the hat, ends of the scarf, and the nose, come from Diamond Stickles.

To make the card so that someone could write a little greeting, I added a white panel on the inside.

Handcrafted card with snowman cutout and the greeting "Joy".
Snowman Christmas Joy Card

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed this little card. Create something simple for your home, family or friends today!

Connie

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Grateful Thankful Blessed Sign

Cabinet Door to Farmhouse Sign

Shopping at Habitat for Humanity can be a real treat and this reclaimed cabinet door inspired me to make this sign for our dining room. I’m fairly new to sign making but learning is half the fun! It’s just one of a few signs I’ve made for our home and it’s now hanging on our wall, and I simply love it!

I painted the cupboard door with this RUST-OLEUM Flat Black and did about 3 light coats. It had been sitting around for awhile and I was going to repaint it, but I started to sand and liked the look of the distressed frame. I decided to mask off the edges and only repainted the center.

RUST-OLEUM in flat black.

Oramask 813 has been my go-to product for stenciling and it cuts like butter and adheres so nice. For another Oramask and spray paint project, check out my first Youtube video HERE.

The file was purchased from Etsy and I cut the material using the matte vinyl settings. My blade was set on 3, Speed 5, Force 10. These are the settings I use for the Oramask and it works out wonderful on my machine. I use Transfer Rite tape to transfer my cuts to the work.

I did several light coats with white paint and a sponge brush. I did have a little paint peel up when I removed the vinyl, but I think it’s because the cupboard door is a sort of laminate and so the paint couldn’t really soak in like it does with wood. If I had it to do over, I might have used a spray paint like the RUST-OLEUM Ultra for the lettering because it adheres to just about everything. I ended up filling in a couple tiny areas with a liner brush. Hubby says I’m too picky, but in the end I was pretty happy with it. It’s a nice addition for fall decorating.

Have you shopped at Habitat Re-store? What did you find for decorating your home?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll venture out and make something special for your home today.

 

 

 

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