Interchangeable HOME Sign – Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so grateful for my fiancé, family, friends, cute doggy, and the opportunity to create beautiful things! This is a HOME sign commissioned by one of my really good friends, one for her and one for her mom’s Christmas gift. While I still need to make the other holidays (Christmas gift deadline), I had to make sure that I finished the thanksgiving turkey in time for today! What are you thankful for today?

Make sure to hit the follow button to see my other holiday Disney interchangeable O for these signs in the coming weeks!

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Merry Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday to my role model, my friend, my mom!

One of my favorite things to do is to find and give the perfect gift to family and friends. Well, after working on this stocking on and off for years, I finished it in time for her birthday this year! I can’t remember a Christmas that I didn’t have the handstitched stocking my mom made for me. It brings me a lot of joy to know that from now on she will have her own handmade stocking. She gave me one of the best gifts growing up; a love for crafts and of course, Christmas! Making this stocking will forever be one of my favorite gifts I have ever made for her.

Monster Mash – Frankenstein Gnome

Happy Halloween Everyone! Even though it feels a little different this year, a few things for me are staying the same. I still plan on making my crescent dog mummies, dressing up with my fiancé and our sweet dog, and hunting down a copy of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. Clearly, based on my movie choice I thrive in the cute, and happy parts of Halloween.

Gnomes have taken over the internet and nonstop it feels like! Although I love the cute gnomes (and have made a few myself), I did feel like changing it up for Halloween. The best part about crafting is that you can use leftover supplies and just have fun creating something! This Frankenstein was created with a rectangular foam piece, scrap fabric, and hardware supplies from the garage.

Have you made a Halloween Gnome inspired character? I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

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Hi Boo – Halloween Sign

I cannot believe that tomorrow is Halloween! Although much of this year felt like it dragged, now looking back it feels like it flew by. The best way I’ve kept my sanity with the craziness of the year is through things I love to do. Spending time with my fiancé and dog, cooking, and crafting. There is a comfort in turning simple ingredients into a delicious meal or taking pieces that apart look boring but together look beautiful.

This sign was a comfort to me during a rough week at work. I was overwhelmed, overworked, and tired. I turned to Michaels Craft Store during a lunch hour to get away from the nonstop requests flowing in and found relief in walking the aisles, looking for a project. I happily gathered the supplies and returned home with a pep in my step because I had a craft to look forward to at the end of the day.

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DIY Ring Toss – Engagement Party

When we got engaged it was in the midst of quarantine so we didn’t get to celebrate with our family and close friends. Once restrictions started to mellow, we were able to plan a small engagement party (complete with a pizza bus food truck, yes you read that correctly). We held it outside and had hand sanitizer spread throughout so everyone felt more comfortable. Most of all we wanted to make sure we had activities or fun games for our guests to do! This is only one of three activities that was created for the engagement party, and I loved it!

This ring toss definitely reminded me of the carnival games where it feels near impossible to actually get a ring on the bottle but it was so much fun for everyone to give it a go! Read more for the link to the supplies.

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DIY Collar Bandana

My dog is active and it’s always a struggle to keep a bandana on her for a full party. Normally after about 20 minutes she decides to roll around until it comes untied or until I take it off her. #dogmomlife While planning the engagement party though, we wanted to make sure our pup had something fun to wear. I’ve seen the bandana that slips over the collar and it seemed like perfect timing to try it out. Surprisingly, it only took one trial of a scrap piece of fabric (thank you online tutorials)! After I made the bandana, I used a sport flex iron-on circuit design to get the phrase “My Mom & Dad Are Engaged!” applied to finish it off! She was definitely the cutest dressed guest at the party!

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Chocolate Fondue – Date Night

Our fondue date night wouldn’t have been complete without a sweet concoction! We both have a sweet tooth so after we had a little break from our savory fondue selection (check out the recipe here), we were ready for chocolate. This came together super quick and we set it up on our living room table to snack on while we watched a move. Talk about a perfect night!

I want to hear from you! Have you tried fondue at home? Do you prefer sweet or savory?

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Savory Fondue Night – Date Night

If you’ve been following for the blog, one of my favorite things to do is surprise my fiancé with a date night. So far I’ve done a blanket fort, a “trip to Paris” themed night, and now we had a fondue night! We started off with a cheese fondue and a few hours later (we were really full after the savory) we made a sweet chocolate fondue. Check out the cheese fondue recipe I used below with the chocolate fondue recipe in an upcoming post!

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Banana Bread Bars

During 2020 there have been a lot of banana bread photos and recipes circulating. People in quarantine have taken up baking and this quick bread started to take over social media pages. Banana bread is always a go to for me when the bananas are too ripe for us to eat anymore. We eat a lot of bananas, like A LOT, which is why it’s surprising that we had six overly ripe bananas. I was torn between doing two loaves of banana bread that I love in two batches (I only have one bread pan… for now) or do another banana recipe with the remaining 3 bananas. Then it clicked, I recently got a brownie pans from my fiancé’s parents with an insert so there are more delicious crispy sides. Hello, the ends of the banana bread are my favorite! How have I not thought of this sooner! I ended up adding a few toppings before baking to see how it baked with them. I chose mini chocolate chips, Nutella drizzle, and white chocolate chips.

Below is the recipe for 1 loaf of banana bread but take it from me, banana bread in a cake pan with something sweet on top, definitely a contender for best snack. Do you have a favorite flavor combination with banana’s I should try out next time?

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Christmas Cookies in July – Gingerbread Crackle

Christmas in July got brought to a new level last year when my mom and I made cookies while wearing our matching Christmas baking shirts and sang along to all the great holiday songs. We could smell the foundation of a new tradition right along with the root beer (Make sure to check out the Root Beer Sandwich Cookies from last year)! This year we planned on making the “Christmas Cookies in July” on July 25th, exactly 6 months or 153 days until Christmas! But who’s counting right? 😉 That’s exactly what we did, but in all the crafting and baking from the weekend this post got delayed a few days. Now it’s 151 days until Christmas, so even better news for a Monday!

We played around a lot with making a summer flavored cookie like orange creamsicle or lemon. What we landed on screams Christmas, a gingerbread cookie. This Gingerbread Crackle Cookie is the spiced equivalent of my favorite chocolate crackle cookies. I’m tough on my gingerbread cookie rating and this one exceeded my expectations!

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