Christmas card caddy ♥

i'm determined to get Christmas cards out this year.
de. ter. mined.

so when i saw this idea while reading one of my favorite blogs
i knew this would be the cute project incentive to get me going and keep me focused on getting those envelopes addressed. sounds so sad i know.

i got the silverware tray at target and the pulls & screws at Lowes (like she did i think)
the instructions are all on Jen's blog ... except i think a glue gun was used to attach the handles... but i had the hubs drill two holes on each end for the drawer pulls and used the screw size pictured to secure them. all screws have different thread sizes, so just make sure you buy the right thread size for whichever drawer pulls you pick out. (the nice man at Lowe's helped me figure that part out)

i haven't decided if i want to paint it yet.
(i know my husband will have to pick himself up off the floor after reading that)

or maybe decorate it? hmmm...

or maybe just leave it alone for pete's sakes.
just leave something alone for once jaime.

it's not like there's tons of cute stuff in it anyways ... 
that it would make it overkill or anything 

are all your decs up already?? only our tree is up ... which is not good
i'm very very behind.
and i have a long list of projects, crafts and baking to do
and gifts to buy ... sigh. gifts ... yes lots of things to do
go to target today and get the stuff to make this caddy
it'll make you smile.

oh and check out my previous years Christmas projects!
i forgot about some of these! cute!

a little shop update ♥

hello :) just dropping in for a minute ... i'm excited

so many of you were asking about my Stitching the States map pattern that i sell in my etsy shop, and i've gotten such great feedback, and lots of peeps are sharing their progress on instagram by using the hashtag #stitchingthestates

it's been so fun to see everyone's work! 
don't forget to use the hash if you are on instagram, and if you purchased my pattern

i got a bunch of requests for some type of project kit ...
something that would have everything you'd need to complete the project, 
all together in one box, wrapped up and delivered right to a doorstep.

so here it is! listed in my shop here
i'll be putting these together over the next few weeks and shipping them out no later than december 12th ... so hurry on over if you're dying to get one of these in your mailbox... 
not sure how long they'll last!

would be an awesome Christmas gift too ... for grandma, mom or your best crafty girl.
just sayin.

 i shared this project at whatever craft weekend last month
i have pictures to share with you from that too ...

hopefully i'll be back in a couple days with a little insta-friday to get you up to speed.

much love ♥

pumpkin candy pretzel treats ... and a free printable ♥

a few weeks ago i found these on pinterest
my girls and i put them together last weekend.
packaged them up to give as teacher & neighbor gifts. it was fun!
the instructions were very simple but we hit a couple of road bumps along the way ...

three things you'll need:
waffle pretzels
HUGS hershey kisses
and mellowcreme pumpkins 
(the same as candy corn just in pumpkin form :)

line your cookie sheets with parchment paper 
spreadthe waffle pretzels out on the cookie sheets 
then put an unwrapped kiss on top of each pretzel
(space the pretzels out a little bit... the pictures of ours here i'd say were a little too close together. when you press the kiss down it spreads and you don't want them to touch each other)

bake them in a 350 degree oven for about 2 minutes.
really no more than that.
here's the bumps in the road i was talking about.
we waited 20 minutes for them to cool, but the pumpkins were so heavy it really wasn't enough time ... we waited another 20. still not ready. and another 20. nope.
each time the pumpkin crushed the kiss and turned it into a puddle of chocolate all over the parchment paper (wish i took a picture of it)
so i tried another cookie sheet and started a new batch from the beginning while we waited for the others to cool.... here's the little trick i discovered that worked:
take them out of the oven, let them cool for the first 20 minutes and then pop them into the freezer, the whole sheet - everything, for maaaaaybe a minute - no more!
and that stiffened them up enough to withstand the ginormous weight of the pumpkin :)
it worked! try it and lemme know how it goes for ya.

we put our goodies in plastic punch cups
filled them up and put clear basket wrap over top 
(the kind on a roll, like wrapping paper style)
used some bakers twine, washi and tada! 

add my little label to the top and get ready to make some little (and big) people very happy.

i used a two inch circle punch to cut these out ... they fit perfectly on the top of the cups.
oh! and the cute clipart? it's from my bestie's etsy shop here
you can get this little birdie and a whole woodland set as an instant download!

happy fall!
and happy #eatallthethings!

a little insta-recap ♥

it's been a while!
it's like Christmas came early for me ... my little shop has been soooo busy!
do you follow me on instagram?! i'm @raisinguprubies there
here's a picture heavy, but quick recap of the past couple months!

a lazy susan, spray paint & milk glass = new craft room table organization 

golden grahams, mini marshmallows & chocolate chips = smores in a cup = awesome

resting, doing crafts & this view = it's sunday 

this girl, that girl & first day of school = growing up too fast

no fear, such love, fully experienced = first john four eighteen

usa stitch the states pattern & these needleminders = go get both now and start this project!

happy stamps & pretty packages = #happymail (lots of #happymail)

apples, caramel, chocolate & toffee bits = apple nachos

new mexico, colorado & north dakota = progress 

this man & me = 15 years blessed

pretty things & pretty things = well... pretty things

basements, baskets, stuff = now i can find junk i'm looking for

thrift stores & needlepoints = new bathroom wall hanging 

cameras, mugs, garlands = should be in my etsy shop already but i'm behind

caramel frap, arm party & retail therapy = turned this girls morning around

oh happy day garlands, craft room, me = best job ever

strings, tags, ribbons, papers = lots of Christmas wrapping kits

apple jack, rainbow dash, pinkie pie = this girl's obsession ♥

state hoops, fabric tape & garlands = shop re-stock

donuts & sprinkles = #eatallthethings

mantles, chalkboards, cupcake paper flowers = happy home

i prayed & He answered = freed from all my fears 

autumn colored stack of fabric & favorite pumpkin sign = fall scrappy bunting needs to be made

said fall scrappy bunting

october & kansas = whatever craft weekend again!

old churches, lots of stuff & me = rummage sale heaven

this wreath = make it here

twine, dresses, washi tape = brown paper packages tied up with string 
(you're welcome)

friends, food, crafts = happy place

sprinkles & donuts. again. = i might have a problem

cleaning caddy, this amazing lady & monday mornings = bathroom day

clean windows, clean floor, new curtains = still bathroom day

needlepoints, crocheted happy rainbow king size spreads, and other stuff = huge instagram sale soon

sheets, linens, aprons = i was lost in that section for a couple hours

banana chocolate chip bread & these tags = sweets for a sweet friend

this sweater, those colors & these necklaces = fall is really here

much love ♥

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