Happy New Year ...

Happy New Year! Wishing you Peace, Prosperity, Good Health and Joy In 2012. 

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Merry Christmas ...

Luke 2:8-14 “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! I will be back on January 3, 2012.
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Primcat Snowballs

I wanted to share this awesome tutorial that Carmen from Primcats had on her blog. These are so cute, easy and cheap to make. I would sprinkle them with glitter and make them sparkle. lol. Take a moment to check out her blog, she has a lot of great posts! Click here for the tutorial.

Thanks Carmen for the great idea!
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Homemade Christmas Gifts #1

 I have an easy and inexpensive gift idea for you that would be great for a teacher, day care worker, new mom etc. I have seen so many cute pictures online but this one really caught my eye. Go to your local dollar store get a couple of bottles, take off the labels get creative!

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Homemade Christmas Gifts #2

I purchased these at a local craft fair and thought they were so cute and easy I wanted to share them with you. Cut out 2 long johns and sew them together, leave a slit were the pants flap would be to insert the cards in there. Decorate with scrap ribbon and buttons. They sell felt glue so if you don't want to sew you can use that.

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Homemade Christmas Gifts #3

I was visiting Kendra from The Stone House Primitives and she showed how to make the cutest prim ornaments. Its basically simple and super frugal. All you do is take stale bread or cheap bread. (I used white) cut out shapes with cookie cutters and let air dry overnight on a wire rack. They will be dry and crusty when ready. Melt wax in double boiler, (I use a pie tin over a fry pan) and add 1/2 crayon for color. Dip in wax and place on parchment paper to set.  I dipped mine 2 or 3 times and right after the last time I decorated them with pepper corns. I added a hole with a toothpick after they were dried. Sooo cute!


Give it a try, they're lots of fun to make.
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Homemade Christmas Gifts #4

This week I'm going to show you some quick and easy gift ideas just in the Nick of time! (get it...ha ha).
Aldis has a big bin of honey pretzels for under $4 and I already had Christmas sprinkles on hand. I usually buy a bunch of bags of Wilton chocolate melts on sale after holidays, although Aldis also has their own chocolate bark but I haven't tried it.  So it couldn't be easier, melt chocolate in microwave, (careful not to over cook or it will get grainy and clumpy). Dip the pretzels in chocolate and then in sprinkles and cool on parchment paper lined cookie sheets. I bagged 8 of them to give at a Christmas party I'm having next weekend. Easy peasy and soooo good.
P.S. Don't add water if the chocolate gets to thick add a few drops of oil until it gets smooth and creamy again.

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Nico the Red Nose Reindeer

Wanted to share a picture of my baby Nico dressed up for the holidays. Isn't he the cutest little reindeer ever! I adopted Nico from Jan over at Dire Straits Companion Animal Rescue here in Illinois. She rescued him from Kentucky, he was mistreated and has turned out to be the most wonderful pet and friend to me, ever! Here are a few pictures of my little long hair Chihuahua!

My nose is cuter than Rudolph's!
Winter coat with matching boots!
Nico and his friend Cooper.
Nico snuggling with Gram!
He has a lot of clothes!
Halloween pajamas!
Nico in his antique bed.
Just had a bath.
With "his" friend Evie.
lounging in the sun.
He loves the warm clothes.

4th of July!
Scarecrow Festival.
So cute!
Halloween with Evie!
His first Halloween with me!
Nico's best friend June
My 2 boys: Nico & Anthony
 Join the fun over at Bunny Jeans, she's having a holiday pet parade!

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