Sunday, February 22, 2015

Valentine Cards

Valentine’s Day is a fun day to share with loved ones.  The day is not just a guy and gal celebration.  It’s  a time to share love with ALL the people who mean so much to us.  Sharing chocolates with your chocoholic girlfriends, drinks with friends, parties with kids….the list is endless.
Having said that, I want to share a few of the Valentine’s cards and gifts I made for my special people:
The first two gifts are free download files from Pinterest:
#1  You can download these free printable coupons from  I created a print and cut file with my Silhouette machine.  Now I am able to resize and personalize the coupons for any occasion.  Thanks Homemade Gifts!
Coupon Book
#2 What to do for a fantastic teacher…go to lil mrs tori for this free printable.  The saying “It takes a big Red heart to shape little minds”  says it all for this special teacher!  Thanks mrs tori.
Teacher Treat
Next, what to do for 22 Kindergarten kids who steal your heart?  We have full day Kindergarten and these students are learning to spell and print words at an incredible pace.  How proud they are, so this Pinterest idea worked great.  I purchased at Target, the larger size mechanical pencils (easy to hold for their small hands).  The lead was 1.3mm and will not break as easily.  Then attached a tag with coordinating string that says “ Your all write!   There were some excited students to have their own pencils and not have to share. 
Papermate PencilsValentine Pencils
For those loved ones near and far I made the following cards. Over the years I have collected Valentine’s Day stamps from the $1 bin at my local craft stores.  This year I decided to see what cards I could make using those stamps. 
Remember, share the love with your special people everyday, not just on Valentine’s Day.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ikea Butler’s Pantry

I can’t say enough about IKEA products.  A girl loves a good bargain and IKEA makes my dreams come true!  My husband and I enjoy cooking together and have accumulated those essential appliances, toys and gadgets.  Yes, storage was becoming a problem….for Christmas we decided our gift to each other,  convert a space we had in the laundry room and finish it into a butler’s pantry! 

Several years ago we built upper cabinets for storage and finished them with glass doors.  It was a fun project, but time consuming and a bit costly.  For the lower cabinets we shopped IKEA and found self-closing, full extension drawers in two separate cabinets that fit PERFECTLY into our space.  What luck! 

Here is how we did the install:


Remove countertop, support strip, reroute electrical and remove entry door. 

We built an 18” and 36” cabinet in just under 2 hours….so easy!

After removing the drawers, we installed the base cabinets, made adjustments per the directions, set the drawers and made those adjustments.  PERFECT fit!  Once the cabinets were square, we cut and installed the countertop.

This is the point in any project when you can see the end coming….installed drawer hardware, repaired and painted the door jam and the fun part, d├ęcor!

A project just isn’t complete without a little help from my Silhouette Cameo!


Total time….4.5 hours!!!

Thanks for stopping by.