Oh So Succulent Coupon/Recipe Organizer

Hello Stampers!

I don’t remember when I was here last!  I’ve been really busy the last few weeks.  Don’t know what I have been busy with, but I’ve been busy…or maybe I should say unproductive!  :0)

I’ve had this project ready to share for a while.  I just never got around to producing the video, etc.  But it is finally done, and I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did.  I just love the Succulent Designer Series Paper and Oh So Succulent stamp set.  I fell in love the minute I saw them last November when I first go the Occasions Catalog.  I don’t know why I waited so long to order them.  Since seeing the stamp set and paper, I’ve created a succulent display on my front porch and one by the patio door inside the house.  It is ready to move outside as soon as the weather allows.  They are so easy to take care of!

This project started out as a coupon organizer for my purse, but it ended up being so cute that I decided it shouldn’t be hidden.  I changed it to a recipe organizer that can be left out on the kitchen counter.  It is up to you to decide how to use it.  I hope you enjoy it!

Until next time…

Happy Stamping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pop-Up Valentine in a Box

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Today I am sharing a video on how to make this special Valentine card for the special person in your life.  This one is for my husband…lucky guy!  🙂

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What makes this Valentine so unique is it comes in a box, and when you remove the lid, the card pops up out of the box.

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Adorable!  And it is really easy to make.

I hope you enjoy your visit today!  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!

Josie2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

Hello Stampers!

Hope all of you are doing well and are almost ready for Christmas!  I am mostly ready.  All of my gifts are wrapped and most of my Christmas food shopping is done.  I am a first generation Italian, so we always do a version of the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve.  We usually have deep-fried smelts and pasta with calamari for dinner.  I’ve never prepared seven fishes.  The most we usually have are four, but this year only three. My third fish is  cold shrimp cocktail as part of our appetizer.

Another traditional food we have on Christmas Eve is a soup made of chestnuts and garbonzo beans.  Christmas Eve is a day of fasting from meat for Italian Catholics so that is one reason why we always have fish.  My mother was always very strict about adhering to this No-Meat rule.  But I’ve bent the rules a little and serve our traditional Christmas day antipasto on Christmas Eve, because that is when ALL of our family is gathered.  I do the antipasto again on Christmas day, but on a smaller scale.  What does my antipasto consist of?  Well let’s see…there are usually two to three different kinds of cheese; blue, fontinella, and sharp provolone.  There is sliced salami, pepperoni, and prosciutto.  There are black olives, green olives, wrinkled black olives (Greek Olives) and sometimes smoked salmon and anchovies.  After the antipasto and soup, when the third course rolls around, people are usually too full and I have tons of pasta left over!

It is a great feast, but a lot of work to prepare.   I will begin on December 23rd when I clean the calamari (squid) and begin making the meatless sauce for our pasta.  We will also begin to prepare the antipasto platters. My son has promised he will come to help.  On the 24th he will arrive early so we can begin deep-frying the fish. He is my biggest helper in getting ready for Christmas Eve dinner.  It usually takes several hours. On the 24th I will also prepare the soup.  Family will begin to arrive around 4:00 p.m.  By 5:00 p.m. we will begin dinner.  I used to try to do a sit-down dinner with real china for 14 adults, but this year I’ve decided the only real dishes we will use are wine glasses.  It doesn’t taste right in a plastic cup.  The rest is paper and plastic and will be buffet style this year!

What is traditional in your family for Christmas?

Enough about food! If you are like me, there is always that one last-minute gift that you need to get ready.  I’m going to share a few of my last-minute gifts with you that will only take 15 minutes max to get ready.

The first is another bar of soap.  Back on July 11th I shared a video called Decorator Bath Soap and Box or something like that.  In the video  I mentioned  that it would be neat to decorate a bar of soap for Christmas.  That is just what I did!  I chose a bar of Ivory soap because of its color; white.  A good color for Christmas.  The link for the pattern for the soap box is here.

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My second last-minute gift is a tree ornament that uses up all of my 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack plus the Pool Party 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon from this year’s Occasions Catalog.  Unfortunately, the Pool Party ribbon is retired.  It was easy to make.  Just take the top off the ornament, and start feeding the ribbon…all three at once…into the ornament.  Replace the top, tie a bow and your are done!

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My last last-minute gift is a gift that I got started a few months ago.  My husband and I made our own Limoncello (pronounced limon-chello) from a recipe I got from friends in Italy when I visited in 2006.  It has taken me this long to try it!  I tasted it while I was there and it was delicious.  If you are not familiar with it, Limoncello is made from the zest of lemons, pure alcohol and a sugary syrup.  It is traditionally made in Southern Italy, especially around the Gulf of Naples.  It is served ice-cold by the shot glass.  You wouldn’t want to drink more than that at one sitting.   There are many recipes and I got this one from our friends that live about an hour northeast of Rome.  I made tags for the bottles that I plan on giving to several people.

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And…if you are interested…here is the Limoncello recipe!  You can email me for the translation! 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed your visit today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!

Josie2

 

 

 

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Decorated Liquid Hand Soap Bottle

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Today I am sharing a video for a great little gift idea for this Christmas.  I found these 13 oz. liquid hand soaps the last time I was in one of our local craft stores.  They were only 99 cents!  You can’t beat that!  I bought several and came up with a way to decorate them so I can hand them out at Christmas to those people who, you know, you don’t normally give anything to.  Every year I usually have one or two guests that I don’t normally have on Christmas day…someone is always alone at Christmas…and giving them a little inexpensive gift is just one of my ways to make them feel welcome.  Or, as I mention in the video, I used to give out little gifts to many of my co-workers for the holidays.  When you have a lot of co-workers, you can’t spend a lot of money.  These would make cute little gifts for something like that too.  You watch the video and then you decide what you want to do with these adorable little gifts.  I know some teachers that would appreciate one!  🙂

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I only go over the decoration of one bottle in the video.  You can probably guess from the photos how I decorated the others.  I will list the supplies I used on ALL of the bottles, not just the one I do in the video.

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If you click on the photo of one of the supply items at the bottom of this post, it will take you directly to my online store.  Or, you can just go ALL the way to the bottom of the post and click on the link to order everything you might need to make this gift, excluding the soap bottle.  🙂

Here you go, and I hope you enjoy!

 

Sorry, there is no printable tutorial for this one.  😦

 

Until next time…

Happy Stamping!

 

Josie2

 

 

 

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