Category Archives: Quick and Simple

Valentine Dinner (EASY!)


Here’s my easy, kid friendly, Valentine’s Day dinner:

  • Boboli personal pizzas, cut into heart shapes, pepperoni also cut into heart shapes, olives
  • Strawberries
  • Pudding Dessert (Pink jello, pink pudding, whipped cream, crumbled Circus Animals)
  • Pink lemon aid (not pictured)

vday dinner 1

vday dinner 2

vday dinner 3

His and Hers Gifts


I’ve been jumping on the mustache trend, I’m mean really, how can you not?

Using my Silhouette and outdoor vinyl, my outdoorsy friends got these beauties for their wedding gift.  In case its hard to tell from the picture, I did the lips and mustache on one side and their names on the other.  If you want to see some other Nalgene bottles I’ve done, check out here.


hishers2My sister needed a gift for her boss, so we used the same design on these mugs from the dollar store.

hishers3Not bad for $2, eh?

Praises to Ana White


There are no words to describe how much I love Ana White and her site of free designs.  I have a LONG list of many of her projects I’d like to try.  Here’s the first attempt at one of her designs, an entry table I’ve been eying for awhile.

If I were to do anything different, I would have stained the wood, then wiped it off with a microfiber towel so some of the wood grain could show through.  I did it this way to match my stairs, but I would have preferred the grainier look.  If you like the stain color, its Rosewood from Home Depot.

table1Can’t wait to get it decorated!

Halloween Dinner




Here’s the Halloween dinner I did for my kids.  Nothing super amazing, but simple and fun and they loved it.

Favors from pinterest:

Monster Drink: 7 up dyed green with food coloring, scoop of lime ice cream, candy eyes, gummy worms:

Pumpkin peaches made on the Silhouette (pinterest):

Spider web and mummy pizza (pinterest):



Forget Not Post It Note Gift



This week I am getting ready for a Visiting Teaching Conference at church.  Our theme is “Forget Not the Importance of Visiting Teaching”.  I needed a cute hand out for under a dollar a piece.

I decided on post it holders:

This blog was where I got my inspiration (i.e. copied) to do the post it note hand out.  Her tutorial is great, but gives measurements for holding two post it note pads.  Since I had to make 150 of these things, I chose to save a little money and only do one pad.

In case you are wondering, the mini gel pens are from Staples and the cheapest post it notes I could find were the generic brand from Costco.

The card stock is from Joann’s (the lavender “pearl” pack) and the plastic packaging is also from Joann’s.

My tutorial:


Want to see how we decorated the Relief Scoiety room?  Forget me not flowers are small and weren’t in season, so we printed of these prints from Costco photo gallery ($3 each) and put them in frames we already had.







Mod Podge Tables


Here are a few tables I gave a facelift to using just Mod Podge and paper.  This first one is just a kids table from Ikea, I think they are $25, but its been awhile since I purchased it.  I first painted with regular craft paint, got wall stickers from the Dollar Store, then Mod Podged over everything.

This second table a neighbor gave to me, but there were scratches all over the top of it.  I got a pack of pretty card stock from the craft store and cut 3 inch squares.  Once I had my design figured out, I Mod Podged a few rows at a time.  To keep paper from wrinkling, apply a thin but complete layer, put square down, then rub with finger to get a tight seal across the whole piece.  Once all the squares were on, I did another layer over the top.  This table fits nicely in my guest room.

Wedding Signs



I made some wedding signs for a friend’s reception.  I really like how this one turned out.

To purchase the glass, I just pick out my favorite frame, remove the backing, and hot glued the glass to the frame (carefully, around the edges).

Oh look, its me in the glass.

Here’s the other one I made:

Please note:

Since posting this a few years ago, I’ve received numerous requests to sell these signs. 

So if you’re asking, the answer is YES!

Shipping glass is very costly and there’s no guarantee it will make it there all in one piece.  To avoid this, you purchase the frame and email me the measurements of the glass.  I will custom design your vinyl, either the “Mr &Mrs.” or the “Established”.  You will receive in the mail the vinyl, transfer paper, and detailed instructions of how to apply the vinyl to your frame.  The cost is $30 plus shipping ($5 in the USA).

For more information, or to place an order, you can email me at:

Thank you!

High School Graduation Gift


This has been my go-to graduation gift for years.  Its simple and  funny (Right?  Say yes.)  and hopefully unique.  Let me just say if it wasn’t CRA-ZY busy today, I would have grabbed a much cuter little jar from the craft store and made the card more decorative, but you get the idea.  In case it’s not clear in the picture, the other gifts are Tide laundry detergent pods ($4) and a foldable hamper ($2).  This can be a very inexpensive gift, but it does depend how many quarters you put in the jar.  I put in $10, so total $16.

Personalized Bottles


My outdoorsy friend needed some birthday gifts, and the Silhouette (and me, of course) came to the rescue.  With a little outdoor vinyl and a quick trip to R.E.I. (“mommy’s store”, as my kids call it) we came up with this simple, personalized gift.

I’ve also labeled all my kids sippy cups so that they don’t get lost.  They go in the dishwasher just fine!