• 5 Minute Projects,  Crafts,  Holidays & Seasons

    Five Minute Friday: Coffee Mug Gift Card Holder

    Five Minute Friday

    Welcome to 5 Minute Friday. This is a weekly post where we share quick tips, projects, and recipes that can all be completed in 5 minutes or less! The topic this week is Coffee Mug Gift Card Holders.

    Coffee Mug Gift Card Holder

    To make this super easy, adorable, gift card keeper you need wool felt, scissors, paper, pencil, sewing machine or needle and thread.

    Make your own GC Holder

    First, create a template by drawing on paper what you would like your mug and handle to look like. (I am one of the world’s worst drawers. So if I can do it, I know you can too.) FYI: The mug portion and the handle are separate templates. Make sure you make the mug big enough to hold a gift card and remember to account for seam allowances too.

    Coffee Cup GC Holder

    Next, cut out your templates with scissors and lay them flat on the felt. Trace around them with the pencil or chalk. You need 2 mug pieces and 1 handle piece. I folded the fabric when tracing the mug section on so I could trace and cut the 2 cup pieces at the same time. When selecting your fabric for this project keep this in mind that the felt I used was fairly thick. If you choose a thinner fabric you will end up with a floppy handle.

    5 minute GC Holder

    DIY Felt Gift Card Holder

    Then, remove the paper and start cutting out your felt shapes.

    After that, lay the two mug pieces one directly on top of the other and insert the tips of the handle in between the two pieces.

    DIY Gift Card Holder

    Finally, sew down one edge of the mug, across the bottom, and up the other side securing the handle in place.

    Simple Sewing GC Holder

    Trim any loose thread and you have yourself a very cute coffee gift card holder. Happy Gift Giving!

    Coffee Cup Gift Card Holders


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  • Giveaways,  Holidays & Seasons

    2015 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway

    This post contains affiliate links.

    Today, we have our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway.The holidays are just right around the corner. If you are still looking for the perfect gift for someone on your list, we have compiled a few choice items to make your shopping easier. On a budget? Check out our gift guide for gifts $10 and under.

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    1. This beautiful garden flower designed throw pillow would accent any room perfectly.

    Flower Pillow

    2. Add a little rustic style to any wall with these decorative clothespins.


    3. Help your nearest and dearest keep those dreaded water rings off their wooden surfaces with these mason jar lid coasters.

    Mason Jar Lid Coaster

    4. We love this gorgeous hanging bucket from Cedar Hill Farmhouse.

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    5. Give the gift of sentiment. Display treasured photographs in this weathered windowpane picture frame for any of your loved ones to cherish.

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    6. These wooden totes are fantastic for storing everyday items. Who doesn’t need a little extra organization in their lives?


    7. For the wine connoisseur, this space-saving wall wine bottle holder makes an elegant and convenient display.

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    8. Any aspiring artist would love doodling with these unique handcrafted branch colored pencils.

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    9. Folkmanis never disappoints with their high quality life-like products and this adorable Hedgehog Hand Puppet would please any child on Christmas morning.

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    10. This campfire smoke wood wick candle is a wonderful way to bring the outdoors in. It is also a surefire way to make the recipient a very happy camper.

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    11. Bring simplicity and charm to any office work-space with a sturdy wire magazine holder.

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    12. A cozy Alpine Swiss Scarf is a great way to keep the favorite man in your life warm all winter along.

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    Giveaway Sponsored by Cherry Tree Gallery

    Cherry Tree Gallery Collage

    We are so excited to announce that we will be giving away a set of three decorative clothes pins from Cherry Tree Gallery to one lucky winner. Shanna is so talented and all of her amazing products are handmade.


    To enter for a chance to win, follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter ballot below. Good Luck!

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    This giveaway is sponsored by Cherry Hill Gallery. Giveaway runs from 12:00am EST 11/25/15 – 11:59pm EST on 12/02/2015. Winner will be randomly selected and contacted within 48 hours of giveaway closing. Open to residents of the USA and Canada 18 and older. Giveaway not affiliated with Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.


    Don’t forget to hop around to see what our fabulous bloggy friends have gathered for you ALL WEEK LONG and be sure to enter each and every giveaway for your chance to win a ton of awesome prizes! Each giveaway will be open for one week from it’s start date. Keep in mind that these links will only work as the posts go live on their scheduled morning. Good luck!

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  • 5 Minute Projects,  Recipes

    Five Minute Friday: Pumpkin Pie Dip

    Five Minute Friday

    Welcome to 5 Minute Friday. This is a weekly post where we share quick tips, projects, and recipes that can all be completed in 5 minutes or less! The topic this week is Pumpkin Pie Dip.

    Pumpkin season is upon us. This quick dip will fulfill all of your pumpkin cravings in just a few minutes.

    5 Minute Pumpkin Pie Dip

    2 Cups – Canned Pumpkin
    1 – 3.5 oz. Pkg. – Vanilla Instant Pudding
    1 Tbs. – Pumpkin Pie Spice
    1 tsp. – Cinnamon
    1 – 8 oz. Container – Cool Whip

    Fall Favorite Pumpkin Dip

    Kitchen Tools
    Can Opener
    Large Mixing Bowl
    Wooden Spoon
    Measuring Spoons
    Measuring Cups

    Pumpkin Pie Dip Tools

    First, add the pumpkin, pudding, and spices to a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.

    Pumpkin Pie Dip

    Creamy Pumpkin Dip

    Next, fold in the cool whip.

    Quick Pumpkin Recipe

    Mix until smooth and creamy. Pop the dip into the refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy this delicious dessert with apples and graham crackers.

    Pumpkin Dessert

    My little guys love eating dip with teddy bear grahams. Yummy!

    Yummy Pumpkin Whip Dip

    Pumpkin Pie Dip from Elizabeth Joan Designs
    2 Cups – Canned Pumpkin
    1 – 3.5 oz. Pkg. – Vanilla Instant Pudding
    1 Tbs. – Pumpkin Pie Spice
    1 tsp. – Cinnamon
    1 – 8 oz. Container – Cool Whip

    Combine pumpkin, pudding, and spices in a bowl and mix together thoroughly. Fold in the cool whip and mix until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy with apples and graham crackers.


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  • Home Decor

    Entryway Update

    It’s been a while since I shared an Entryway Update. I have been working on few little things here and there, nothing major, but enough I wanted to give you a looksie on the happenings. You can take a peak at the entryway remodel to see what it looked like before these updates.

    Entryway Updates

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    Because extra mulah isn’t always easy to come by when it comes to beautifying hallways, I decided to utilize our favorite tip for decorating when you are pretty much broke. Painting. I applied several coats of white paint our front door. What a difference that made. Buh-bye dingy, non-matching, off-white colored door, and hello clean, bright-white entrance!

    Painted Font Door

    For our April Home Depot Monthly Gift Challenge, I created this lovely “hello” welcome sign using a 2×4. It has found it’s home right here in our entryway. Silently greeting everyone as they come in.

    Hello Entryway Sign

    When we turned our coat closet into a bench, my vision for this space was to act as a comfy nook to read in, put shoes on, or a place to cozy up with the laptop and get some work done. It really has been just that, but the throw pillows are truly essential in making these ideas a reality. I already had the perfect pillows. They just didn’t match the space very well, but thanks to these gray and white striped cases I purchased from H&M, now they do! Yay!

    H&M Pillow Covers

    Entryway closet Update

    Since the addition of the bench, we also added three wooden crates for shoe storage. I purchased the boxes from Walmart unstained. Then I updated them a with my favorite stain, Minwax Special Walnut.

    Crate Shoe Orgnaization

    I am totally that person that can never find their keys. I am always miss placing them. I usually find them in the door lock, but that’s not something I can always count on. So to help remedy this situation, I added a few Command Hooks behind our front door to hand hang our keys on.

    Find your kyes

    One of my favorite decor items I own is displayed here in the hallway: a faux succulent terrarium I purchased from the grocery store of all places. Doesn’t it look cute on my entryway bookshelf?

    Entryway Table Update

    Well, that’s all I have for you today. We just LOVE how everything has turned out. Hope you enjoyed seeing the new changes around here.

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