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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?”

We also need to ask, “How can I save when making purchases on these small appliances?” I know from personal experience, that buying them during the holiday season can save you money on most of these.

As a busy wife and mother, I’ve cooked lots of meals. Today I’ve outlined my top 5 picks for my “must have” in the kitchen.  I’ve personally used each one of these and I hope you’ll use the following reviews 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

 

Quick and Easy Christmas Gift Tags

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 Quick and Easy 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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Devotional Note Sheets

Bible Study Note Sheets

The Bible study note sheet can be a helpful tool for looking into God’s word and applying it to your life.

As a SAHM of older children, I no longer need to feed, dress, and keep out of mischief the little ones. The family dynamic has changed greatly. It has been about 5 years since I last homeschooled. Gone are the days of everyone sitting around the table studying God’s word together. Gone are the days of memorizing catechism passages with them in hopes that they remembered them for their lesson, and also hid them in their hearts.

One thing has not changed about my parenting. There is still a need for me to share the word of God with my family. Whether it be on my daily runs taking my son to school, or time spent with my grandchildren. As a middle age mom, I also need to keep God’s promises close to me as I daily serve Him as a wife and mother.

I like a focused morning devotional and often times I turn to Bible Gateway. Bible gateway has a number of versions to compare, various commentaries and other tools to enrich your study. I enjoy pouring my coffee and sitting down in a favorite chair in the quiet part of my day.

Writing down the passage, recording related scriptures, commentary notes, questions I have, help me to focus on the passage and take it to heart. “How does it move me to worship and praise God, serve my neighbor and share the gospel with those around me?” 

I’ve designed a couple of Bible Study Note Sheets and I’m sharing them with you.  These can be used for family devotions or personal study. They may also serve you as a journal to record thoughts you may want to look back on.

I currently have a Spring/Summer themed one, and I also have also created a fall sheet for you to use.

 

May you be richly blessed in your studies.

 

Fall Note Sheet

Fall Note Sheet

 

Hope you have a great day!

Spring Note Sheet PDF

How to Save Money Creating for Your Home and Family

Stick to the Budget and Enjoy Your Craft

How to Save Money Crafting

Let’s face it. We all know crafting can get expensive. Have you ever felt like you wanted to hide the bag of craft supplies that you just bought because you knew that you spent too much? I bet we’ve all felt that guilty a time or two.

Maybe we see a neat craft on Pinterest and we know we want to try it. By the time we buy all the supplies, it turned out to be much more expensive than we thought. We often find ourselves making impulse buys from time to time. I’m here to tell you though, there is hope. These are just a few of the ways that I’ve found to make the crafting journey less expensive.

Reuse and Repurpose

These are some of my favorite crafts. Jars, reclaimed buttons, scrap wood, denim…more and more I’m starting to see things in a new light. When we start to think outside the box, we find more items that we can obtain on the cheap and even for free.

Thrift Stores

Thrift Stores can be a great place to buy crafting supplies. Often times you can find knitting needles and crochet hooks, fabric, patterns, glassware, pans for baking projects and so much more. I’ve even created couch pillows from old flannel shirts. Sometimes you need to use your creativity, but thrift stores are a wonderful place to find discount craft items.

Organize Your Stuff

This is one of the most difficult for me because I’m limited on space, but I do try to work toward better organization of my materials. This prevents buying more of things I don’t need and also saves lots of time when I’m trying to work on a project. Find ways to organize that work for you and then spend some time getting the job done. You might be surprised how much room you actually do have.

Shop Your Own Stash

Once your stash is organized, it’s so much easier to see the possibilities. I enjoy lots of different crafts, but my all time favorite is basketry. I have a good assortment of handles that I’ve collected and my husband has teased me from time to time that I need to “get a handle on my handles”. Now and then my “self challenge”  has been to choose a handle, and now incorporate it into my next project. Offering yourself a challenge from your stash can sometimes be just the inspiration needed to get yourself out of the crafting doldrums.

Use Library Books for Patterns and Inspiration

The library is a wonderful source for your crafting needs. Rather than buying patterns, try finding a project in a library book. Even if it’s an older book, you can use updated fabrics or yarn. There are also a wealth of books on techniques for sewing, embroidery, woodworking, and so much more. Choose to focus on your favorites, or explore something entirely new.

Take Advantage of Seasonal Clearance

If you have room to store some craft items, consider buying at the end of popular craft seasons. Jingle bells will still be jingle bells next year. Stock up on wrapping paper, gift bags, holiday tea towels and anything that you know you’ll use again.

Shop Dollar Tree and Other Discount Stores

It’s pretty amazing what folks come up with for Dollar Tree Crafts and organizing tips. Some of my personal favorites are gift basket bags, basket filler, ribbon, floral items, zip ties, stickers and glass items.

Watch Online Classes and Tutorials

There are so many areas to explore. Online classes, tutorials, and videos are some of the ways to learn new things, brush up on techniques, and understand current trends in arts and crafts. I regularly enjoy Creative Bug, Craftsy, and You Tube as well as a number of favorite blogs and websites.

 

These are just a few hints and tips. What are some of your favorite ways to save money crafting? I’d love to hear some of your ideas. Thanks for stopping by today. Remember to keep it simple and enjoy the journey!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Z Fold Valentine

Good Morning,

Hope you’re having a wonderful and creative day! Today I wanted to share this cute little double z fold Valentine that I made for the Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge. If you have never tried a double z fold card, give it a try! They are not that hard and provide lots of wonderful possibilities.

For this card I used a piece of white card cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 2 3″ and 5 1/2″. The bottom strip is cut and scored somewhat the same but only 1 1/2 inches tall.

This is only the second card I’ve done like this, so while I’m enjoying the adventure, I’m not super professional at it yet. There are lots of nice tutorials out there on how to make these.

The Silhouette Store had lots of fun stuff for completing this card. I chose the “Assorted Houses”, “Dear Lizzie Fence” and “Truck Christmas Tree” for my images. I removed the tree in the truck image and replaced it with a cute little heart cutout and used welded circles and the knife function to make my clouds.

I chose papers from Stamps of Life “Forever” collection, Simple Stories “Sn@p! Color Vibe”, and just some tiny pieces of “Beau Jardin” by Penny Black Inc.. I’m still working out the greeting section, so for now I just stamped the little generic “Happy Valentines Day” tag. Hope you’ll send some of your own smiles across the miles. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

Very Merry Tags Easy Christmas Card

Elegant and Easy

Good Morning,

Can hardly believe that Christmas is less than 4 weeks away! I decided to work on another Christmas card design that is fast and easy to do. Cricut access is  a great tool and it’s where I found this little tree, in the Very Merry Tags images. I cut my tree layers from green and white and added some Star Dust Stickles to highlight the snowy overlay.

The card background is simply a piece of white, cut off at an angle. I ran it through the Cuttlebug with a snowflakes embossing folder. The “joy” stamp is a mini from Close to My Heart. The red shimmer trim is a retired CTMH product that I still had in my stash. A shiny red enamel dot tops my tree to cover the tag top.

Streamline the Process

  • Start out with a white card base
  • Cut and assemble all the trees
  • Add the red dot to tops of trees
  • Cut all snowy backgrounds
  • Add shimmer tape to snow background
  • Stamp your simple word greeting
  • Layer the snowy background on to card
  • Add your tree to your card

 

I love the simple elegance of it.

Thanks for stopping by today and we’ll see you next time.

 

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

CTMH City Sidewalks

Fast and Fun Easel Card

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I traveled to western Wisconsin to teach a basketry class and enjoyed every minute of my time. It was a beautiful drive through the Wisconsin Driftless area.

Today I wanted to share a sweet little easel card with you.

I used the following stamps and paper:

  • CTMH City Sidewalks paper
  • Joy to You and Me stamp set by CTMH
  • Sentiment stamp from Stamps of Life.
  • A Darice embossing folder
  • Coordinations Card stock

I had a great time making this card, and I love the little surprise element when it is opened.

 

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Mojo Monday 463

MOJO Monday 463

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Just a very quick tall and skinny MOJO Monday card today.  I chose papers from Echo Park “Hello Winter” and used a stamp from the Fiskars “Latte Love” stamp set. I thought that these silver hearts from Close to My Heart had been sitting in my stash long enough, and so I decided they would work for this card.

No, I’m not ready to say “Hello” to winter yet, but I do like this Echo Park paper and can’t wait to use it for some more joyous winter cards! Take care and have a great day.

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

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