Dec 14, 2014

Twenty-One Handmade Ornaments - Annual Exchange

We've had TWO ornament exchanges this year,
so I have lots of wonderful handmade ornaments to share with you!
TWENTY-ONE, to be exact.
Ohhhh, how I love all of this year's ornaments.
Every year they get better and better!

These snowglobes were handcrafted by me.
You can find a great step-by-step HERE.
Besides the snowmen, I also made them with Santas and vintage elves.
If you live in the Phoenix area, a great place to get these little mini
figurines is Auntie Em's in Old Glendale.
I had searched high and low on Etsy and 
everyplace else on the internet, 
with no luck at all 
(unless I wanted to spend a fortune...which I did not).
Auntie Em's had a great fun selection! 

Cristy's stuffed owl
This will not get packed away.
I plan on leaving this bird out all year long!

Kathy's stuffed star made from a cut-up quilt. 
Get a load of that TINY gingerbread man cookie cutter!

Rachele's stuffed mitten.
Um, I think I just became a HUGE fan of pink in Christmas!
(sidenote:  just look at that little hand-stamped set of mittens!)

Sandy's Santa ball. 
I gasped when I first saw it!
Simple and adorable!

Tracie's Christmas-filled cone. 
That cone is about as tall as my pinky finger.
 I'm talkin tiny candy canes and ball ornament. 
I love TINY!

Rachele's fabric-wrapped candy canes.
She always adds an extra special touch with her stamping.
And you should see those sparkly stars up close!  Yummy!

Kathy's wooden spool and metal star.
I always love a bit of country in Christmas!
Again, more darling hand-stamping.

Suzi's wooden block presents.
I'm a big fan of the black and copper!
I don't think I would have ever thought to use those colors
and I love 'em!

Ann's jute-wrapped candy canes.
I love the extra special packaging too!

I made this one also, with tiny squares of fabric and about a million straight pins.

Dianna's bead-wrapped wire.
This gives me ideas!

Ann's decoupaged jute ball. 
It's a bit bigger than you might think.  And totally cool!

Cristy's handpainted Santa on Christmas tree-shaped wood.
I mean, WOW, I was blown away with the details on this.
She also painted Santa's on stockings and stars.
What an imagination!
It looks like something you would buy in a 
charming European Christmas shop, right?!

Suzi's jute-wrapped star with hanging bells.
I had to prop it up on the bag and a box just to get the whole thing in the picture.
Super cute!

Dianna's JOY blocks.
Joy in every direction!  Dude, it spins!

Tracie's wine cork.
Brilliant idea for wine corks!  
She just asked a bartender and he gave her a bunch.  
And I absolutely love the detail on my cork!

Tami's sparkly cupcake.
It looks so yummy, I wish I could eat it!

Sandy's paper-wrapped spools.
This is so stinkin fun!
I want to make something with spools now!

Shar's button covered tag.
I have a 'thing' for tags, and this is a super cute one!
Great way to use your button collection too!
WHAT?  You don't have a button collection?

This one isn't exactly an ornament, but it could be.
Shar's nativity family.
Clean and simple.
And perfect!

So now you wanna know what I did with them, right?
Since my main tree is all white, gold and silver ornaments, 
I needed a different, yet just as good of a place to put these gorgeous ornaments.

How about my 3 little alpine trees that I've had for like, 20 years?!
I've never put anything on them before,
but now I'm not sure if I ever want to take these ornaments off!

Be sure to check out my other ornament post too!

May all your Christmases be 

For more ornament inspiration,

Dec 13, 2014

Another Fantastic Shop...The Old Brick House Vintage Market

I don't know how Rachele found this place, but we checked it out yesterday

is located in the old charming area of Mesa, 
right on the main drag.
It's only open the 2nd weekend of each month.
(see dates and hours below)

Yeah, the JUNK WAS GOOD!

Rachele found these two letters sitting alone...just the two of them.
Her last name begins with 'F'.
So yep, kinda cool!

If only I had a wall for this!  Love it with the wreath!

 Suzi, didn't you mention you were looking for frames? 

I came sooooo close to bringing these beauties home with me.
Sometimes I hate it when I resist.

 They had posted a photo of this charming old playhouse on Instagram
and I just had to see it with my own eyes!
If only I had a place to put such a huge thing
and if only I wanted to spend a chunk of money.
(honestly, there are lots of nicely priced affordable things too)

Oct 28, 2014

Winter Wonderland Tree Centerpieces - Coffee Filter, Burlap, and Linen

In my last post I showed you our Polar Express ward party.
These are the centerpieces that we used to decorate our dinner tables.

I've had so many questions about the tree centerpieces,
so here's the how-to's on making your own
VERY SIMPLE and inexpensive trees!

We had tried other kinds of trees too, 
but nothing seemed to work out for us except these three.
Once we were done, WE LOVED THEM!

Our three kinds of trees were

Oct 27, 2014

Sep 29, 2014

I Am Brave And Beautiful

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.
Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instagram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

Sep 22, 2014

Girl's Red and Turquoise Cake Decorating Birthday Party

I love planning parties, but THIS one is my favorite so far!

My daughter Madison just turned 12
and since she's sort of obsessed with baking ANYWAY
what better way to incorporate her love of baking than to include her friends in a 

In my head it started out as a cute idea on a small scale,
but in my true Cindy fashion, it escalated into so much more.
Even my husband thought it was cool, 
and he doesn't think very many things are cool.

Besides baking, we tied in a few other fun things too, 
like hipster mustaches, big lips, and bow ties,
ruffled aprons,
and cupcake liners as decor!

Dollar Tree and Party City are so great for finding affordable place settings and decor.  
Everything you see is from either of those places, 
except the cupcake liners, which are from Michaels.
I made the gift bag name tags out of several layers of cupcake liners.  
Scrunch each layer a little smaller so that all the colors show, 
then staple them in the center to hold it all together.  
Hot glue a name sticker to the top to hide your staples.  
These are SUPER fun and easy to make!

More fun with cupcake liners!  
I made a big long banner of different sizes, 
plus I added coffee filters and small paper lace doilies.  
A lot of decor bang for your buck, super cute, super easy, and adorable!  
Great way to add some color to the party!

Here's a full view of the cupcake banner which is draped across the mirror.

The big surprises we had in store were personalized ruffled aprons and 
a freshly baked double layer cake boxed up for each girl.  
The cakes were plain and unfrosted, 
but the party is all about cake decorating, right?!

I almost can't even stand how cute these aprons are!
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