6th Birthday Pawty

I cannot believe that our little pup is already 6 years old! We have a photo frame with her sweet face in our living room and on the frame it says “who rescued who”. It’s so true, 5 years ago I adopted her from a local shelter and I’m 100% sure she saved me too. After adopting her my life took a wonderful turn; I met and fell in love with my fiancé, I graduated from college, started my career, and I even got a new phone number all in the same year! This year for her birthday, we still made her a special cake to celebrate and had a small party with us and both our parents.

I’ve included the recipe for this meat cake below. Do you have any special traditions for your dog on their birthday? Comment below!

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Loads of Love Valentines Sign

After taking down large amount of Christmas decorations in January, our plan was to put up Valentines to fill some of the empty space. The sad realization that we only have two decorations for the holiday quickly sat in. For a while now I’ve been wanting to use a pickup truck in a decoration. With this lack of Valentines décor in our house, I decided the two would make a perfect pairing. This loads of love sign was the result and it turned out exactly like I pictured!

I did make this with my Cricut machine. Let me know if you are interested in this being put as a digital download for purchase on Etsy! Make sure to follow me here on WordPress but also on Instagram and now YouTube with our same name, Take2Create.

I was torn about whether to do red hearts and lettering or the black glitter hearts and lettering. Read more to see how they looked side by side in my design space before I decided!

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Valentines Countdown Love Notes

Since my fiancé and I have been together on Valentine’s Day, I have done a countdown of love notes for him every day leading up to the fourteenth starting on February first. I can’t believe that this will be my fifth year of doing this for him! Normally I would take red paper, cut out hearts, and write little things that I love about him with sharpie on each one. This year I decided to change it up by buying these adorable mini valentines cards by Hallmark off Amazon. They are about 2.5 inches by 3 inches. Perfect for a little love note for your special someone. I used these to write what I love about my fiancé, but these could be used with kids too!

Do you have any sweet Valentines traditions with your significant other?

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10 At Home Date Night Ideas

Whether it’s from COVID-19, bad weather, or you just don’t feel like going out; we could all use some good at home date night ideas. A few of these will look familiar, like the blanket fort or the fondue night, but remember to just have fun with whatever the two of you like! Below is a list of 10 at home date nights that my fiancé and I have done or have on our list for future date nights.

Let me know what stay at home date night is your favorite!

For more ideas on the list, read more details on them below.

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DIY Winter Pillowcases

One of the best things about Pinterest is that you are able to get your hand on how-to guides instantly. This was especially nice for me as my future in-laws gifted me a wonderful sewing machine for Christmas! I wanted to start the machine (and me) off with something simple, a set of pillowcases was the easy pick. I went to Pinterest for a how to and the below step by step video showed up. Exactly what I needed! She made the tutorial clear on the burrito method, which was a new way of making a pillowcase for me. Needless to say, my confidence in this sewing machine is now ready to take on more projects!

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Disney Themed Interchangeable HOME Sign

A few weeks back I shared that I was commissioned to do two of these interchangeable home signs for one of my friends. Drumroll please…. It’s finished! It was completed a few weeks before Christmas but with the 12 Days of Cookies, I didn’t have time to get this one up. I am so excited to share how it turned out with all of you! Check out the video below and make sure to subscribe to see more fun crafts.

Let me know your favorite! I am between the gingerbread Mickey or the Jack-O-Lantern Mickey.

Easy Biscuits and Gravy

This last weekend my fiancé and I had a few of our close friends over for a Christmas brunch and gift exchange. We couldn’t have everyone because of current circumstances but the few we did have over was special. It was a group of the guys (all are in our line at the wedding), so it seemed like a perfect time to test a few recipes out. This one ended up being my favorite that I tried and since I only had a small piece by the end of the meal, it was everyone’s favorite.

The hands on time was minimal and it was super easy. If you are a fan of biscuits and gravy I highly recommend trying this out. Make sure to subscribe to Take2Create for more recipes and craft ideas!

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Gnome Place Like Home for the Holidays

Merry Christmas Everyone! I wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday. There is no place like home for the holidays like the song puts so well, so I’ve added a new cutout to our HOME sign to celebrate. This Christmas gnome has been greeting us for a few weeks now when we enter our home, and I felt he was the perfect way to send our season’s greetings to all of you.

1st Day of Cookie – Glazed Cider Cookies

There’s a special chill to the air around Christmas for me, almost like the cold winter air is mixed with holiday spirit making it crisper and somehow more welcoming against my bare face. This Christmas might be a little different in how it is celebrated but the Christmas chill is a comfort this year to me. So while I snuggle under a blanket writing this with a half-eaten glazed cider cookie next to me, I hope you all feel the warmth of the holiday season like a hot cup of spiced cider as well.

Merry Christmas Eve!

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