Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wednesday Websitz and Friday Freebeez

Free Printable/Colorable Calendar Pages--January

Start 2016 year off with this free printable from Parade Magazine
Print on white cardstock, then color your stress away!

click here

Check back each month to get the next month's calendar page.




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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas Week




Wishing all a Happy Crafty Holiday Season.

We will be celebrating with friends and family
and rejoicing in the birth of a new Grandson!

Garrett Alan was born on Dec. 21st.
at 11pm.
6lbs 12 ozs, 20 inches long.
Mom Katie and Dad Jeff are all happy and well.
What a Christmas Blessing!
(More blessings in 2016 with another grandson expected in April!)

Merry Christmas,
 Craftin' with Suz
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Monday, December 21, 2015

Monday Make Itz


Merry Christmas Week! 
Make some fun memories.
Enjoy all the last minute hustle and bustle.
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a grand son!
What a most wonderful gift!


I was gifted this mug, so someone knows me well!





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Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday Freebeez


More Ideas

Check out the Fiskar's Website for more
Holiday and Gift Ideas:


click here



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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thursday Treatz

SPICED OR FRIENDSHIP TEA

I'm making my annual batch of Spiced Tea to give as gifts and
to enjoy during the winter months.
I know I have posted this before, but it is good enough to rerun.
Here is a very easy version that mixes up
in no time:


1 Large Container Orange Type Drink Mix
1 Large Container Half/Half Tea and Lemonade Mix
(these can be found in the powered drink aisle. Store brands work.)

Ground cinnamon
Ground cloves

I pour the powered drink mix into a bowl with a tight lid to mix.
Add the spices a teaspoon at a time, you don't want them
to over run the other flavors.
Shake to Mix all ingredients.
Taste test small amount, add spices as needed.

Pour into pretty jars or canning jars.
Decorate the jars with pretty paper, ribbon and stickers.

Add a tag with directions on how to use:
1 to 2 teaspoons of mix into boiling water, or to taste.

ENJOY with cookies next to a crackling fire on a dreary day!







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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wednesday Websitz

CANDY CANES


Incredibly Clever Things You Can Make With Candy Canes







Dollar General Stores has a fun website
filled with recipes and craft ideas.
Here is a link for ideas with candy canes!

click here

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tuesday Tipz


MORE LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS

--Remember the Back to School stash you have from the Tax Free Holiday?
  Fill a fun tote with new coloring utensils and a coloring or activity book.

--Gift Cards--read somewhere this is the most asked for gift among the senior crowd--
especially restaurant gift cards since this may be the only way some seniors can treat themselves.

--Subscriptions to Netflix or other streaming sites, or pay the cable bill for a few months.

--Memberships--Sam's Club or Costco (my gang loves theirs),
Amazon Prime, museums or zoos.

--Photo gifts--make your own, or use one of the online sites to purcharse a gift.
 If you are making a Shutterfly book, order two and send one to the g-rents.

--Personalized calendars (the gift that gives 'all year'.)

--The big box stores are already marking down Christmas items--make a holiday gift basket.

--The gift of your TIME!!!! There are people who have no one, all they want is a smile, a hug and a few moments of your time. Take time to connect with family and friends.
This is a zero cost gift that will make a difference in someone's life.



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Monday, December 14, 2015

Monday Make Itz



Last Minute Gifts

Here is a great last minute gift idea from Joanns Fabric and Crafts:
An Oven Mitt filled with kitchen utensils!
Their instructions show how to make the oven mitt, but
to save time, purchase a mitt and kitchen tools to fill it.
Joanns usually has these items on sale.
The Dollar Tree store also has quality kitchen tools
--think Betty Crocker.
Even if the receiver has these tools, it is always nice to have more
than one spatula and hot mitt.
Tie a pretty ribbon around the mitt and add a gift tag!


Makers Guide: Oven Mitt Gift




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Friday, December 11, 2015

Friday Freebeez

Need Last Minute Cards and Tags?


Free Printables from Kodak

Here is a link to free printables from Kodak.com.
Kodak.com also has free printable projects to make, such as calendars.

click here


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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Thursday Treatz


Reindeer Chow


Waffle Pretzels
Red and Green M&Ms
Cocoa Puffs Cereal
Chex Muddy Buddies
(Add other favorite ingredients as well)

Mix all together, place in festive tin.


adapted from American Profile Magazine



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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wednesday Websitz

ELMER'S (that old favorite glue from our childhood!)

Need more ideas for the Christmas Season?

Visit the Elmer's Holiday Hub!

click here

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tuesday Tipz


'Tis the Season for Last Minute Gifts

Home Depot has the cutest bucket and 'apron' from the Black Friday Ad.
This would make a great craft and/or coloring tote.
The apron has many pockets, both inside and out!
All for under $10.00!
(Remember--one cannot have too many coloring utensils or totes!)

2 galloon tote and apron with pockets

Bucket and apron 

Inside of tote



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Monday, December 7, 2015

Monday Make Itz

WOODEN WHIMSICAL STOCKING


Home Depot Do It Herself Project

November's Home Depot Do It Herself Workshop project
was a fun large whimsical wood stocking to paint. I decided to use mine as a stand up
decoration, but a hook could be added to the back to hang it up.
Our awesome teacher Josh had all of the stockings cut out of underlayment boards.
Time only permitted a few coats of paint in class, so I finished mine up at home.
To add ot the whimsey, I painted the stocking Christmas red and lime green.
I used a gold Sharpie Marker to outline the stocking and add swirlies to the green areas.
I still may add more 'bling', just haven't decided what kind yet.
It will be a working in progress.

Free hand stocking cut out of thin wood. 
Whimsey swirls on the green areas.

I think this project could also be made out of strong coardboard if you do not
have a way to purchase or cut wood.
Instead of paint, you could decoupage pictures or cut outs from Christmas cards to decorate the stocking. Other shapes could be cut out as well, such as a star, a large
ornament--the possiblities are endless!




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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wednesday Websitz

EASY PAPER CHRISTMAS LIGHT GARLAND

Need something to keep all busy after the
turkey coma? Check out this fun and easy
Christmas light garland made of paper.
Try it with sparkly paper!

http://www.stubbornlycrafty.com/blog/paper-christmas-lights-garland/

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday Tipz


KISS--Keep It Simple Santa


When we started our family, we had a one-salary budget.
I started a Christmas Club Account to stay within our means,
and shopped throughout the year,especially the after Holiday Sales.
We also made special gifts for friends and family.
We left the 'spoiling' to the grandparents!
(Blessed to say I'm the grandparent now!)

A recent article in the local paper about a
gift giving challenge that is making its way
around social media:

4 Gift Challenge:
--Something they want
--Something they need
--Something to wear
--Something to read

While just four gifts may be difficult to adhere to,
even cutting back just a bit this year may make all the difference!






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Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Make Itz

SNOWMAN COOKIES


Need an activity over the Turkey Day Holiday?
"Do You Want to Bake a Snowman?"

Check out the Snowman Baking Kit
at Domino Sugar Website.
You will need to give an email, but then
you will receive the booklet to download, including the
recipe, patterns and gift tags.


Click below, then click on the snowman kit.
https://www.dominosugar.com



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Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Freebeez



Turkey Day Printables

Here is another resource for free printables,
these are from Elmer's--the glue company! Click below.

http://elmers.com/printables/printable/thanksgiving-word-scramble


Fun trivia--- The Rubbermaid/Newel company owns Elmer's glues, along with other 
craft type products like Sharpie Pens. I found out that all the ink for every Sharpie in the 
world is made in a factory that I pass by on my way to my house. That is incredible!



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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesday Websitz


MS CHEAP

 http://www.tennessean.com/lifestyle/ms-cheap/

Click on above link to read great ideas from
Ms. Cheap. I have been following her column
in the Tennessean newspaper for years, even
when I didn't live in Tennessee.
Even though many of her ideas/tips/freebies are
local, she also has ideas that work for anyone/anywhere.






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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tuesday Tipz

Be Sure to Date it!
(a repeat, but good to remember)

Just a gentle reminder to date a product when you bring it home,
and/or when you open it. I use a fine tip sharpie pen.
This will help you to remember the age of your supplies,
since some craft products such as glue and adhesives
do not have a forever shelf life.
It is also good to date ink and ink pads,
especially after opened.
And, if you are like me--can't remember what I
had for dinner last night, much less when I purchased
something, this is a must-do!
Happy Craftin'!





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Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday Make Itz

Salute to our Vets!


Walmart came up with the green light campaign to
show support for our Military men and women.
The idea was to replace an outside white bulb
with a green bulb.
With many vets in the family, we
tried to locate a green Walmart bulb.
The program must be very popular since we were
not able to find one.
However, we did find a string of green LED lights
in the Hallo-Thanks-Mass area.
Resident Veteran used the string of lights
to make this salute:
He taped wires together to form the star,
then added the string of lights.

Green Star Salute

All aglow!



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Monday, November 2, 2015

Monday Make Itz


TURKEY TIME
 Handprint Turkeys!

Image result for handprint turkey clipart
Materials--
    Different types of paper, yarn, coloring utensils, glue.
    Gather other craft supplies to 'dress' up the Turkey!

Gather the kids and adults around the Turkey Day craft table
to make a handprint turkey.
Draw around the hand, then color in, or use
different types of craft paper and glue the different parts
of the turkey--make a fun turkey feather fan.

DON'T FORGET to SIGN AND DATE!

Cut out and make a turkey garland, or attach to chipboard
and hang up around the feast!

Save from year to year to see how the kids have grown!



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Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Freebeez

FREE PRINTABLE MASTER GIFT LIST



With Halloween almost a memory, and
Thanksgiving not far behind,
can it soon be time for Christmas?
I 'shop' all year for little gifts for friends and family.
I enjoy picking out just the right gift when I find it.
Now if I can just remember where I put them and 
who I bought it for! hahahahha

The solution?
A master gift list!

Organized Christmas (another of my fav websites)
has the perfect free printables :a master gift list, among others like
a budget plan and completed gifts.

Click below to read more:

Organized Christmas

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wednesday Websitz



LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN PRINTABLES

Need a mask, coloring sheets or decorations?
Kevin at FREEPRINTABLE has you covered.
Go to one of my favs to see what all he has.
Click below.

click here
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday Tipz

STORING CANDY CORN

(That is if you actually need to! hahahaha)

Once opened, store candy covered, room temperature, away from heat and light.
This should last 3-6 months.
Unopened, it can last 9 months on the shelf.
Buy up extra and freeze it to enjoy throughout the year--
     when ready to use--place in fridge for one day, then on the counter for a day. This
helps the candy to defrost without getting soggy. (Also great for chocolate candy.)





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Monday, October 26, 2015

Monday Make Itz


FALL PUMPKIN
(made out of wood)
Size is approximately 2x3 feet.




September's Home Depot
Do-It-Herself project was a wood pumpkin planter.
We could also leave the planter off and just make a
pumpkin, which is what I did.
The wood was pressure treated for outside use.
Four pieces of wood were nailed together,
then the pumpkin shape was drawn and cut out.
I think this could also be made from a discarded wood pallet.
This was stained with a wood sealer.
The stem has been spray painted.


stem made out of scrap wood from the part cut off for the curves


4 boards held together with cross pieces, then cut into a pumpkin shape

Sisal rope 'bow' will be added to the stem.
This pumpkin can be used throughout the fall season. 


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Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday Freebeez

FUNNY FACE JACK 0' LANTERN




Need a pattern for a funny pumpkin?
Go to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, download
and print!

click here
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Thursday Treatz


Does it get any better than this?
Peanut Butter Candy Corn!





I also read Brach's has a mini version of its famous candy corn,
but I haven't been able to find it here.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tuesday Tipz


Sign and Date!!!

I have shared this before, but remember
to sign and date your coloring pages.
I also put a few notes about something
that happened the day that I finished a page.
One book has become a bit of a journal.

Use a rotary date stamp like libraries used to use
for a fun way to date each page. These are very popular now
and are very easy to find.

Take some time each day to color, it is very relaxing.

Happy Coloring!


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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thursday Treatz


APPLE PICKING TIME!!!!

Visit a local orchard for fresh apples and pumpkins,
along with other fall produce.
Some even have a U-pick option.
Dip apple slices in peanut butter spread,
caramel or even pimento cheese!
Sprinkle apple slices with cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Bake apples in your favorite pie!

What's your favorite apple?
How do you like to eat it?




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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wednesday Websitz

Highlights Magazine

Highlights Magazine has a fun website.
Watch how a Hidden Picture Puzzle is made.
Highlights is also offering puzzle/color books for adults!

click here

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tuesday Tipz

Jack O' Lantern Tips

(from Oct. Real Simple via Extreme Pumpkins by Tom Nardane)


--Use a dry erase marker instead of a Sharpie to make the design, easier to erase

--Fillet knives work better, adults only please!

--Cut the hole for the light in the bottom of the pumpkin

--Use a glow stick (Dollar Tree) or battery votive light instead of real candles

--Ice cream scoop works great to help get all of the seeds out

--spray the inside and the outside with a bathroom cleaner that
  contains bleach. Helps with the mold.



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