creative snowman gift wrap idea + video

Love creative and personalized Christmas and holiday gift wrap ideas?! Me too! And I’m excited to share my little snowman gift wrap embellishment with you this morning!

I just LOVE him and my kiddos will be using him and a few other designs on our Christmas gift wrapping this year! My oldest even has a Santa sleigh version. I’ll try to get a shot of it for you guys too.

Here’s what you’ll need for this easy Christmas gift wrap snowman craft:

And here’s a quick DIY video tutorial showing you how to make your own snowman gift wrap embellishment: 

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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gingerbread cookie coffee… mmm!


I’m a coffee lover… big time. For me, sipping a great cup of steaming coffee is relaxing. And honestly it’s often my “sweet” treat to myself. In my business I’m often surrounded by goodies and I’d be as big as a house if I indulged in all of them. So instead of nibbling, I sip. {wink}

And now that the holidays are here I’m revelling in the yummy flavors available from Duncan Donuts at my local grocery. See, when I want a cup of coffee while I pour {pun intended} over a new design or I’m in my studio styling a new craft idea, I might not be able to run out to the Duncan Donuts retail location (like 15 minutes away), but I do have time to stop at my kitchen coffee maker! YUM!

I say, tis the season to treat yourself, and you can find all these delish flavors at your local grocery store:

  • Pumpkin Spice: You’ll fall for this warm holiday flavor again and again.
  • Mocha Mint: Satisfy that chocolate craving with a warm cup of this minty winter treat.
  • Gingerbread Cookie: Catch this perfect combination of sugar and spice if you can.

 As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake (with a cup of coffee in your hand), create and celebrate! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

As you might expect, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would have it no other way. And a huge thank you to Dunkin’ Donuts® packaged coffee (available at your local grocery for anyone that wants to run right and grab some) for being my sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective.

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free printable Christmas gift tags

I’m spreading a little cheer today with FREE Christmas printable gift tags! You know you’re going to need them once you stock up on black Friday. {wink}

The Christmas tag collection includes 11 designs in two color combinations: Habanero Red, Black and Olive Green gift tags and Persimmon, Black and Lime gift tags. And the best part, you can personalize them right inside the high res pdf before you print. (No special program needed. Just Adobe Reader.)

And what’s more, these tags are featured in Kim of The TomKat Studio’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide.

Soooo many fabulous gift ideas in this year’s edition, as well as recipes and free gift tags from many lovely bloggers I’m blessed to call friends. Here’s a peek at the Table of Contents:

Now DOWNLOAD OUR FREE PRINTABLE CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGS!

And then hop over and enjoy the entire The TomKat Studio Holiday Gift Guide!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy Holidays everyone!

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share the joy with World Market

The holiday season, the season of giving, is officially here and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share that World Market is already in the spirit and wants you to be too! More details below about how you have a chance to win and give, but right now I want to share what the fabulous people at World Market let me do! {giddy}

There is a local charity here in Columbus called Buckeye Ranch. Among it’s many services, it offers residential housing to young children that are suffering from abuse, mental issues, and more. As a mom of two healthy happy little boys, my heart bleeds for these children. (By the way, if you’re in the central Ohio area, Buckeye Ranch has an adopt-a-family program this season and are in need of items big and small.)

So when World Market asked if I’d like to shop the store and give away my finds to a needy charity, I jumped at the chance. My boys and I are bakers. We love to get in the kitchen and let the flour fly. We have fun, but not only that we talk. And we giggle. We’re gigglers. But for many of these little ones, fond holiday memories are not recent, if ever at all.

So my youngest and I decided to create a basket of baking supplies for the children at Buckeye and Michelle, the administrator we worked with, assures me that our goodies will make it to several of the houses on the ranch. {Due to the nature of the charity we weren’t able to take photos of the actual gift giving, but I assure you there were smiles!} 

These are just a few of the goodies we picked up! My guy had a blast browsing the isles and I knew if he loved the items the kids at the ranch would too. (I practically had to wrestle the big gumball tube away from him… I think Santa might have to bring one of those to our house!)

As much as he loved the gumballs, I loved these collapsable icing bottles. Genius!! I’m always tapping mine on the counter to get the icing to the tip… not anymore! Plus, these are great for small hands. We had to have several of these.

Oh, and the ornaments at World Market are beautiful… and sparkly! We picked this little glitterly Santa ornament up to embellish our gift basket, but we had to pick up another one… Santa in a space ship… {grin} for our own tree.

I also fell in love with this stripe mixing bowl and the Cookies for Santa platter. Those will be gracing my home this holiday season. So much cuteness in World Market! By the way, this picture doesn’t do our haul justice. There was just no way to get it all in one shot. {happy dance} 

And what is a gift without a card?! So my little guy broke out the construction paper, scissors, glue and pencils. He made the sweetest card. Simple, but oh so sweet. I must have taken 40 pictures of him (no worries, I’ll save those for family) trying to cut out the perfect heart.

I hope you’re inspired to give this holiday season. I know I personally have the bug now!

And World Market wants to help get you in the spirit by hosting a Share The Joy Sweepstakes! Join them on facebook and enter to win the Share The Joy Sweepstakes now!

You can also connect with World Market on Pinterest, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram! Happy Holidays everyone!

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own. I’d have it no other way here in my little corner of the world!

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new holiday cards for 2012


Our elves have been working overtime to create some new Christmas and Holiday cards for 2012! And the best part, they’re sold as high res digital files so you can:

  • Print them at your local photo lab,
  • Post them to your social media sites, and/or
  • E-mail them to friends and family

All three options save you this holiday season! You get a professional design and professional photo placement for one low cost and you can distribute it anyway you want and as many times as you want!

Plus, don’t know what photo of your family you like best? No worries. Send us both and we’ll place both and send you two proofs to choose from. Yeah, we’re cool like that. {grin}

Oh, and we deliver within 72 hours, or you can ask for rush and get your order in 24 hours.

Plus, we have modern Happy New Year cards too!

You can find all of these designs and more in our shoppe. Happy “early” Holidays everyone! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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merry Christmas, love the Byers

I can’t believe it’s already Christmas Eve 2011. The babes, hubby and I are knee deep this morning in the Christmas spirit decorating gingerbread houses and watching Christmas movies. This afternoon we’re headed to a Christmas service at our church and then back home to open one gift {giddy with excitement}, eat cookies, leave a few for Santa and get to bed early!

I pray that each of you have a wonderful Christmas, remembering the true meaning of this precious holiday. And by the way, if you don’t get what you want in the morning, don’t get grumpy… you can always buy it next week. {wink}

Much love and Merry Christmas from the Byers Family!

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easy last minute Christmas crafts

With only a few days to Christmas and the boys out of school, we plan to host a cookie decorating party with a few close friends, make fun crafts, color in our coloring books, eat sweet things until our teeth hurt, etc. etc. {wink}

And these are a few of the fun ideas that we might try:

Reindeer ornament craft from Little Bit Funky; Winter wonderland snow globe ornament from Family Fun; Wishing spool from Family Fun; Construction paper wreath from Our Small-Town Idaho Life; Cork reindeer craft from Make The Best of Things; Print and build a printable nativity set via How About Orange; Straw Christmas tree craft from Reading Confetti

For more ideas, visit my Christmas ideas board on pinterest. As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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simple Rudolph cookies

I love to bake with my boys, especially at the holidays. After seeing these fun and super simple Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer cookies on pinterest via Meet The Dubiens, I knew the boys would love being able to make cute cookies without a ton of icing work. See, they love the flour, the rolling, the cutting and eating the icing… but not necessarily piping the icing. {wink}

We prepped our area (I typically just flour our granite countertop) and pulled out a ton of cookie cutters.

Then my little one remembered to grab his apron… or maybe I reminded him as his cute stripe pjs from Target were getting slightly floured. I have pics of flour all over his cheeks too. He was trying to get low enough to see the thickness of his dough (so his cookies would bake evenly) and he put his face on his rolling pin!

Next we cut out all the shapes.

Then I reminded the boys that we had to chill the dough or our pretty shapes would come out of the oven as blobs. They understood and waited patiently… okay… they tried. Let’s face it, it’s not easy with the smell of gingerbread in the air.{grin} 

For the reindeer cookies we used chocolate (melted in 8 second intervals in a resealable bag and the tip snipped off) and Red Hots. A few lines and a few dots and we had adorable Christmas cookies!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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coffee filter cookie sleeve

For my most recent Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com article I created a DIY coffee filter cookie sleeve. Here’s how:

Just simple folds, insert your Keebler Chips Deluxe cookies and close with a band of patterned paper. Done! Hop over to Snackpicks.com to see more ideas on hosting a Santa inspired milk and cookies bar for your Christmas party. And visit the shoppe for all of our printable Santa party decor.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! 

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frost bite & mistletoe cocktails

With so many holiday parties on the horizon (hosting and attending) it never hurts to have a few cocktail and mocktail recipes up my sleeve. These fabulous ideas are from Sierra Mist, a completely natural (made with real sugar and nothing artificial), beverage and natural mixer.

Frost Bite Cocktail ~ you’ll need: 3 oz. Sierra Mist Natural; 1 oz. Blue Curacao; 1 oz. Coconut Vodka; fresh mint; 1 oz. Pineapple juice; Fresh blueberries or pineapple garnishment (optional)

Directions: 1. In a shaker filled with ice, mix coconut vodka and pineapple juice 2. Add blue curacao, fresh mint and blueberries/pineapple (optional) 3. Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice 4. Top with Sierra Mist Natural 5. Garnish with fresh blueberries/pineapple for a holiday twist (optional)

And for the kiddos (and designated drivers, which is usually me) Frost Bite Mocktail ~ you’ll need: 3 oz. Sierra Mist Natural; 2 oz. of White grape juice; Fresh blueberries; Fresh mint; 1 oz. Pineapple juice; And don’t forget the fruit garnish!

Directions: 1. In a shaker filled with ice, mix fresh lime juice and pineapple juice 2. Add white grape juice, mint and blueberries 3. Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice 4. Top with Sierra Mist Natural 5. Garnish with fresh blueberries for a holiday twist (optional)

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And another idea, and I love the name of this one, Meet Me At The Mist-letoe Martini ~ you’ll need: 2 oz. Sierra Mist Natural; 1 ½ oz. Raspberry Vodka; 3 Leaves fresh basil; ½ oz. Fresh lime juice; 1 oz. Blueberry juice

Directions: 1. In a glass, muddle two basil leaves and lime juice, then add to shaker filled with ice 2. Add raspberry vodka and blueberry juice to the shaker; shake well and strain into a martini glass 3. Top with Sierra Mist Natural 4. Garnish with a basil leaf for decoration (optional)

Meet Me At The Mist-letoe Mock-tini ~ you’ll need: 2 oz. Sierra Mist Natural; 1 ½ oz. Raspberry juice; 3 Leaves fresh basil; ½ oz. Fresh lime juice; 1 oz. Blueberry juice

Directions: 1. In a glass, muddle two basil leaves and lime juice, then add to a shaker filled with ice 2. Add raspberry and blueberry juice to the shaker; shake well and strain into a martini glass 3. Top with Sierra Mist Natural 4. Garnish with a basil leaf for decoration (optional)

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So… are you a FROST BITE or a MEET ME AT THE MIST-LETOE?! I’d love to know in the comments below!

And by the way, I’m mixing up my own ideas for my Christmas party and I’ll be sharing them early next week along with a GIVEAWAY that will include a Sierra Mist Natural holiday gift pack (shaker, drink garnish/sugars, party glasses) plus a $50 American Express Gift Card to help you gather up all the ingredients! Yay!

Want more fabulous holiday cocktail ideas now?! The Sierra Mist Mixologists are sharing recipes on their facebook page! Join them!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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{NOTE: This post was sponsored by Sierra Mist Natural, however, all opinions are my own. You guys know I don’t write about things I don’t like. That would be too much like work!}

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