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{miniature} heaven in a jar

by @according2kelly on December 22, 2010

miniature cupcakes in a mason jara single red velvet cupcake, smooshed into a {miniature} 4oz. mason jar, & smothered in velvety cream cheese. sealed, labeld & served with a {miniature} spoon. it’s an “i love you” in a jar.

cupcake in a jar tutorial HERE. red velvet cupcake & cream cheese frosting HERE.

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holiday traditions: making rocky road

by @according2kelly on December 21, 2010

rocky road candylots of chocolate, nuts & those cute ‘lil red & green christamsey marshmallows… i could eat an entire bowl of rocky road all by myself, but i don’t think my family would be too keen on that.

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holiday traditions: christmas pillowcases

by @according2kelly on December 21, 2010

30 minute pillowcaseit just isn’t a holiday without a special, custom made pillowcase. the boys look forward to picking out their fabrics, every holiday. luckily for me, i can whip these pillowcases out in about 15 minutes.

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christmas in a jar

by @according2kelly on December 16, 2010

christmas_in_a_jar

christmas cupcakes in a jar

red velvet cupcakes. smothered in ever-green cream cheesey frosting for christmas-in-a-jar. or,  use your classic creamy white cream cheesey frosting for a pepperminty candy-cane-in-a-jar. all i know, the holidays never tasted so good. cupcake in a jar tutorial HERE. red velvet cupcake & cream cheese frosting HERE. (simply use green food coloring to make your frosting christmas green.)

printable_Christmas_labels

& if you want to make your cupcakers in a jar really fancy – download perfectly sized, blank mason jar labels HERE, then cut out with a sharp pair of scissores, or a 2-inch circle punch. & fyi… these labels make great gift tags.

Printable_holiday_tags

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christmas-quilt

it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas
ev’rywhere you go
take a look in the five-and-ten,
glistening once again
with candy canes silver lanes aglow

it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas
toys in ev’ry store
but the prettiest sight to see
is the holly that will be
on your own front door

a pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
is the wish of barney and ben
dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
is the hope of janice and jen
and mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again

it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas
ev’rywhere you go
there’s a tree in the grand hotel,
one in the park as well
the sturdy kind that doesn’t mind the snow

it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas
soon the bells will start
and the thing that will make them ring
is the carol that you sing
right within your heart a

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(almost) wordless wednesday: apple of my eye

by @according2kelly on September 8, 2010

inspired by family fun, these super-duper-easy-to-make cupcakers are sure-to-impress the fussiest of teachers as we head back to school. really & truly, cross my heart, hope to die – these cupcakers are so unbelievably easy… one boxed cake mix, red cupcake liners, red sprinkles, red food coloring infused frosting, a few tootsie rolls & pretty soon you’ll be whipping up apple cupcakers  of your own.

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mason jar jam labels

by @according2kelly on August 30, 2010

for your canning pleasure… easy, breezy, downloadable mason jar labels for jam (raspberry, peach, strawberry, raspberry peach), applesauce, apple pie filling & canned peaches. that’s right,you can download your very own, perfectly sized mason jar labels right here (although, if you’re using wide-mouthed jars, you’re on your own).

print raspberry jam labels HERE.
print peach jam labels HERE.
print strawberry jam labels HERE.
print raspberry peach jam labels HERE.
print applesauce labels HERE.
print apple pie filling labels HERE.
print canned peaches label HERE.

print labels on paper (& tape or glue down), or use avery sticker paper. then, cut out with a sharp pair of scissors, or a 2 inch circle punch.

now you too can play little house on the prairie.

linked up with today’s creative blog’s get your craft on tuesday & skip to my lou’s made by you monday.

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show & tell: handmade ideas, how-to’s & tutorials

by @according2kelly on August 3, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we are baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go, you just have to keep reading…

now that we’ve spent literally weeks playing filling your pretty little heads with all kinds of crafty & creative things to make, bake & sew, it’s time to play show & tell. be sure link up YOUR best handmade gift ideas, how-to’s & tutorials below. let’s gather all of the best handmade gift ideas in one handy-dandy place.

Thumbnails: 47 entries so far… you’re next!


You are next…
Click here to enter

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crafted with love printables from eighteen25

by @according2kelly on August 2, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. but, don’t worry, we aren’t quite there… yet. be sure to stop by tomorrow for the big finale. one final wrap up of EVERY project. & don’t think i am going to let you escape without doing any work. so be prepared. tomorrow i will be asking YOU to link to your best homemade gift ideas, how-to’s & tutorials, to share with all the world.

so today, our featured blogger or should i say (bloggers) are the sisters jennifer, jamie & jodie – the fabulous ladies behind the the fabulous eighteen25. what good is a crafty & creative handmade gift, if you don’t have a crafty & creative tag to go along with it?

this sheet of 6 printable tags are the perfect finishing touch to any handmade gift. & don’t worry, skip to my lou is featuring “sewn with love” tags & a southern fairytale has “from the kitchen of:” tags… so, really & truly, we’ve got you covered.

in order to make these tags your very own crafted with love gift tags, simply download the pdf HERE, or save THIS jpeg to your computer. then handwrite, or use your favorite photo editing software to add your name. & don’t worry if you don’t have photoshop (or something similar), you can even use picnik (a free photo editing software). simply upload THIS jpeg to picnik, choose you photo to edit, click on the “create” tab, then the “text” tab. type your text, select your font, color & font size (i prefer something basic like “arial”, or if you have the paid version “ff market” is cute too, in the color 86B545 – it’s green & matches just perfectly!), save it to your computer & viola! perfectly personalized gift tags!

for more great ideas visit jennifer, jamie & jodie at eighteen25. stopping by there is always such a treat. tons of kid’s crafts, delicious goodies, but my personal favorites are their free printables. teacher & pretty much any kind of “appreciation” printables, treat jar toppers, “to do” frame & so much more.

about eighteen25: born + raised (and still here) in vegas. us three sisters grew up in a little brick house on the east side of town. the number hammered onto our mailbox was 1825. we live only miles from each other now and get together as much as possible to play. with 11 kids between the three of us, the more playtime, the better.

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

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welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the girl that always manages to bring a smile to my face, jessica of happy together. jessica writes…

Have some of these?

Lots of Hoops

Well, did you know that you can totally customize them for yourself?

A Plate Full of Beautifuls

It’s so much better to have things that make you stand out in a good way because no one else has them.

Stacked Up

You get to put your own personality into it. Your favorite colors. Your favorite yarn. And the list goes on and on.

All Together Now

It’s really easy to do and looks cute too. See?

Knotted Earrings On
Trim Earrings On

I have totally been rockin’ these since I made them. I go through a love/hate relationship with hoop earrings, but right now I’m in the love phase.

Knotted Hoop Earrings

Here is how to cover them in thread by knotting. You will need thread (or you could use yarn) and a hot glue gun.

Knotting with Thread

a. Cut a long piece of embroidery thread place the middle of the strand underneath the earring. Make a knot.
b. You can hook the earring onto something like your shoe to help hold it in place if you like. I also stuck it in between my knees to help.
c. After the first knot is made, one strand will be to the right and one to the left.
d. Take the piece on the left side and slip it under the earring to the right side. Then take the original piece on the right and slip it under the earring to the left side.
e. Now the strands look like they are coming from underneath.
f. Tie a knot. Continue repeating d-f a few more times. Then, dab some hot glue on the end of the hoop where you started knotting. Slip the first few knots over it to help secure it. Then continue on with knotting until you completely cover the hoop. End by dabbing a small amount of hot glue on the end and putting the knots over it. Cut the ends off and dab a bit of glue over that spot where you cut them.
*You can change the color as well to create a striped look. Just simply take a new color and knot it where you did the last knot, but making sure to knot over the previous colors strands. Knot over the other color a few time them trim them. You can also do this if you run out of thread and need to add more.

Crocheted Hoop Earrings

For these, just grab a crochet hook and yarn of your choice. The size of your hook and yarn will determine the final look.

Crocheting A Hoop Earring

a. Yarn over hook.
b. Place hoop over yarn by hook.
c. Yarn over hook (I grabbed the little strand as well to cover it up)
d. Pull top loop (or in my case, two loops) under bottom loop.
e. Place crochet hook under hoop.
f. Yarn over hook and pull back under hoop. Now you should have two loops (in my case three because I was still using the small beginning strand too, but it ran out soon and I clipped it off). Pull the top loop under the bottom loop. Repeat e-f until covered.
*After crocheting over the hoop a few times, I dabbed some hot glue at the end of the hoop where I began and put the yarn over it to secure it. Do this again at the end. If the yarn ends are sticking out (like below), glue them down too. I kind of wrapped mine a bit then glued them.
Finished Crocheted

With Trim

You can easily add a trim to the earrings as well. Here I just hot glued on a mini pom-pom trim. You could glue some pretty ribbon on or whatever you might have in your stash.

Fabric Wrapped Earrings

And, how easy to use up some leftover fabric than this? Just cut some skinny strips of fabric to begin with. Then hot glue the end of it at one end and start wrapping the fabric around. Continue placing hot glue on hoop to help hold the fabric in place.


for more great ideas visit jessica at happy together. there you will find a plethora of tutorials. everything from scribbled flower t-shirt how-to’s, quick & easy glass dessert stands, & look a like ribbon & pearl necklace.


about jessica: my name is Jessica and I am blessed to be a Coastie wife, to stay home with my daughter, and craft on the side. I have a blog , Happy Together, where I share my crafting endeavors, tutorials, and more. I also have an etsy shop (www.ohsohappytogether.etsy.com) where I sell my patterns and other things.


baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

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