Category Archives: DIY & Crafts

Day of the Dead Wreath 2017



How is everyone? Is everyone gearing up for Halloween or Day of the Dead? I am so ready! After an awesome summer and plenty of adventure with my best friend I am really ready for fall and it’s adventures.

In the last few years I’ve started celebrating Day of the Dead. I love the history and meaning behind it. I’ve put up my papel picado, my altar and some colorful decorations along with fall and Halloween decorations. It’s a bit hard melding all these seasons/holidays together  but so far it’s worked. This year I decided to make a wreath for Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos.

As per usual I try to use things I already have on hand and this year I chose to use a sombrero that belongs to my oldest son. He wore it when he was just a little tiny guy! I haven’t been able to get rid of it and I’m just so sentimental when it comes to my children. The sombrero was perfect as a base for the wreath.

It turned out gorgeous and will only be used indoors so the sombrero doesn’t get ruined with bad weather.

It was so inexpensive to make. The flowers, skull and all the ribbons and mesh were purchased at Dollar Tree–Thank you! I already had the sequined sticks. How gorgeous is it!!! I love the bright colors!

What fall holidays do you celebrate?






Merry Christmas, 2016!



Is everyone ready for Christmas? I am kind of ready…A couple of weeks ago I was so sick with the flu and that really set me back. My husband and I didn’t even get to celebrate our anniversary because I was so sick. I can’t seem to kick the exhaustion since I’ve had the flu so I’ve still been doing a lot of laying around. All my shopping is done and I just need to get my house cleaned up and get food preparations rolling.

I finally mailed out my Christmas cards. This year I challenged myself to make my cards using only  the supplies that I have on hand. That worked. I also challenged myself to use my Cricut. That didn’t work.  A friend of mine was nice enough to cut something g out on her die cut machine for me. My cousin chose to join my challenge so I can’t wait to see her card.

I have to say this is the ugliest card I’ve ever made! My picture came out too dark and I just didn’t have a clue!


I also made my gift tag for this year and it didn’t come out too bad. It kind of ended up matching my card. I used only what I had and didn’t buy anything new to make them either.


I did use my Cricut to cut out the deer So hopefully it made up for not using it on the card.

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy and be safe!




The gift of wine and Milwaukee



It’s finally spring break! It’s the first spring break that I have ever had without kids…and it’s weird!

Since we have no kids right now (my youngest is at Disney with the choir) we decided to go to Milwaukee for 2 days. We went on two beer tours and had so much fun!


Lakefront Brewery was amazing. The tour guide was hilarious and was very knowledgable. The Miller tour was great too—that place is huge! I am not going to lie—the beer samples were sooo good. We are panning to go back when we might have an additional Designated Driver. We didn’t do any tours on the second day because we did not want to drink then drive home. The thing I found weird about Milwaukee was that there was absolutely no traffic! We stayed downtown and it seemed like a ghost town. Nothing like the hustle and bustle of Chicago!

What can I say about the food? WOW! If you are in Milwaukee you must eat at the Red Rock Saloon. I had the absolute best burger of my life there! The hamburger was juicy and messy…just like a hamburger should be!


Another place to eat is the St. Paul Fish Market at the Public Market. The Crab Cake Sandwich was delicious!


Needless to say we didn’t have anything healthy really! Next time around we’ll go when hopefully there are more visitors so we can check out more brewery tours and some nightlife.

Since Milwaukee is all about beer I figured this is a good post to share a simple wine packaging idea. A friend of mine graduated with her masters in December. She loves wine so what better gift than that?

I had gone out to buy the wine and get this—the cashier put the wine in the wine kraft bag used for wine and accidentally left a few bags stuck to it. I get so excited about the weirdest things. I decided to decorate one of the kraft bags for gift giving.


The decorating was easy-no directions needed. I also decided to dress up the wine bottle with a wine tag.IMG_3184

Can it get any easier? I think not!

Have a great day!



Suplies: Stampin’ Up!, free wine bag, Michaels


Valentine’s Post It Pad



Are you in the mood for love? If you’re not you should get into it–Valentines Day is almost here! I believe I am a hopeless romantic at heart. But I’m also cynical about love. When I hear that someone is getting married first I think—suckers! Then I’m like awww how romantic!

Love is love. It’s beyond anything material, sometimes it’s beyond our reach, sometimes it’s the most beautiful thing ever and other times it’s the worst thing every! We’ll never understand it…

But materialistic or not getting gifts on Valentines Day is awesome!

I made this adorable post it holder for my swap group.  The embossing of the sentiment gave it a little elegance.


Isn’t it lovely? I used the embellishments that I made a while back with vintage sheet music.


The inside cover has a paper that’s a bit more modern.This comes together very quickly so you still have time to make some.  This is the perfect little gift for anyone who you:

  1. Love
  2. Like
  3. is addicted to paper

and many other reasons which I’ll let you come up with!

Happy Wednesday!



Supplies: Stampin’Up!, vintage sheet music, misc. supplies


Christmas Tag 2015



So I believe I’ve been making myself suffer more than I have to. I am doing as little as possible right now so that my foot  heals really well. People might think I’m trying to milk it and I’m being lazy but I’m not (my family won’t allow they’re pretty spoiled.)…I’m just trying to literally get back on my feet. I  am used to doing everything at home from working all day,  cleaning, cooking and dealing with the everyday stuff. So it’s hard just lying around being bored. Thanksgiving Day I was on my feet all day. I could barely walk for the next two days. The pain in my feet was excruciating-it needs to go! So I’m a little crabby-big deal. I’ll get over it and my family will too. I have to do something for myself once in a while.

Anyway…about two weeks ago I made my Christmas tags for this year. The funny thing is that I have only been able to use it on one gift! Since I am not going up and down the stairs my daughter has helped me wrap a few gifts and she missed putting the tag on. What am I going to do–nothing.


It’s the easiest tag to make and you can use paper scraps and recycle some pop tabs. Easy and cute.

OK…I’m going back to the couch now to watch like my 50th movie in a week! I sometimes post more on my  Instagram or here on Facebook so check them out.




Supplies:  misc. pop tabs, Stampn’Up!, misc. paper


Decorated Steno Pads



I hope everyone is doing great! I’ve been kind of missing in action on my blog. Do I have an excuse? Kind of but not really…just life in general! Since my mom was sick back in November of last year I just kind of felt like I had one thing after another going on.

Quick run down… My mom was sick in November and December of last year so it was crazy busy. Then I studied and passed my vision and hearing tests I needed to be able to do screenings at school. My son graduated from NIU and is currently working. Yay! I went to Florida for 2 weeks this summer and had a great time with my sisters and my two youngest. My baby started high school this August and I went back to work for the new school year. Things just seem a bit off since last November but I’m hoping everything smooths out! I did about 4 canning sessions and have salsa to last me a loooong time! Last week my bestie and I finally made it to Kane County Flea Market…I love that place!  There’s been all sorts of other things in between all that so life in general has just been busy.

Today I have some decorated steno pads to share. I gifted these to my two sister in laws for Mother’s Day this year.

I don’t know any Mom who does not write lists! I am a total list maker both at work and at home. That doesn’t mean that I cross everything off my lists but at least I have good intentions!

I love using cute notepads for everything, especially at work. At the end of the day I like to close my cute notepad and feel a bit accomplished although there are days that I work all day and feel like nothing was accomplished!

Have a great week!

I’m trying to get back into the swing of things! If I don’t post here I am always posting to my Instagram or my Facebook so follow me!

Supplies: Wiltons, Stampin Up!, PTI, misc. items




Decorated Kraft Bags



Happy Monday!

Here I am…on vacation, nice quiet morning. I have no obligations or responsibilities today other than what I have to do at home. It’s pretty nice. Shame on me but I am sure that in two weeks I will be ready to go back to work. I am so accustomed to being busy all day. But I am going to relax read some books, cook, enjoy the time.

By now you all know that I enjoy crafting. I try to do as much crafting as possible when I am home but lately I don’t have much mojo for it. I need to find that mojo because I have tons of pictures waiting to be scrapbooked!

I do have some cute little bags for you to check out!

These little cute bags were so easy to make. If you have scraps then use them. Washi tape? Use it too. Handmade embellishments? A must! I’ve used all this and more on these adorable bags. They can be used to gift handmade cards, gift cards or any small gift.

They are not all matchy matchy but that gives them a bit of charm!

There is something so old-fashioned about these flat kraft bags that I love. Someone I love bought them for me through Uline. You could probably find some plain craft bags to purchase on ETSY , ebay or other places.

I love keeping some of these on hand!

Have a great day!



Supplies:  Uline, Stampin’ Up, Pick your Plum, misc. items