Magazine Cover Templates – Great Gifts!

Cover Girl Magazine CoverI have so much fun with this personalized gift that I wrote an article about it. The picture on the left is my “Cover Girl” magazine cover that was a gift and got me started with this! (BTW, the face and hair is all that is mine in the photo. LOL)

The article, Design a Magazine Cover, can give you some great ideas for gifts for the holidays, weddings, birthdays, bachelorette parties, graduations or just to have some fun!

I hope you enjoy one of My Favorite Things!

Mandee

Published in: on December 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Topiary Christmas Table Decoration

Topiary Christmas Table DecorationThis is another Christmas table decoration for you DIYers! If you want something different than the usual cone shaped Christmas tree, try the Topiary Christmas Balls Tree. I wrote a step by step guide to making one for your Christmas table, mantel or shelf. They are a bit more modern in design and are very versatile. You can make them in almost any color scheme. Accentuate the colors you already use or highlight a certain color or start over and introduce a new color scheme for you holiday decorating.

I have made them in all sorts of colors over the years including brown/gold/ivory, black/pink/white, reds only, greens only, red/green/white, pink/purple/silver and the list goes on and on! have fun with this Christmas craft!

Mandee

Published in: on November 29, 2010 at 9:52 am  Comments (1)  
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Funny Sayings for Gifts

I LOVE funny sayings! I wanted to share a few with you here and then give you the link to my article with a lot more funny sayings. These gifts are perfect for the co-worker, boss, a friend or relative or for a club or Secret Santa exchange. I hope you find something that tickles your funny bone!

Just click the image for more info or to purchase:

Funny Queen Mouse Pad - Navy mousepad

Horn Broken bumpersticker

Laser Printer Funny Office Humor shirt

For more funny sayings, visit Gifts with Funny Sayings and Quotes or

Holiday Centerpieces

Cake Pedestal CenterpieceThe decorator in me meets up with the budget wary me and they are both happy with this suggestion for Holiday | Christmas Table Decoration!

I love having an item do double duty. Try using a cake pedestal as a base for a unique and different centerpiece this year. I played around with a couple that I have, some holiday decorations and created some fun, different ideas to use throughout the holiday season. the article and pictures are at How to Make a Holiday Centerpiece.

The picture on the left uses a glass cake pedestal, 3 beaded cone trees, ornaments, a small glass bowl and some glittered greenery — all stuff from my kitchen and holiday decor collection.

What have you got that you could make a centerpiece out of?

Mandee

Published in: on November 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Holiday Cookie Swaps

I just love the idea of Holiday Cookie Swaps. Have you heard of them? The concept is simple — all the guests bring a lot of one type of cookie along with the recipe to the gathering. You trade with others at the event. So, for the investment of baking one type of cookie, you are taking home maybe 10, 15 or 20 other kinds (depending on how many people are invited).

Who doesn’t like cookies during the Holidays? Some fun items to go along with your Holiday Cookie Swap are invitations, buttons, magnets and aprons. Come on! Bite the bullet. Invite the neighbors and friends and have some great company and cookies!

Christmas Cookies invitation Christmas Party Invitations Cookie Swap invitation Cookie Swap Cookies Candy Gingerbread apron I attended a Cookie Swap Sq. Magnet magnet I attended a Cookie Swap Button button Personalized Christmas Love'n Sticker sticker

Published in: on November 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Christmas Gift Boxes Centerpiece

Christmas Table DecorationI guess I am in a crafting mood! My favorite thing today is the Christmas Gift Box centerpiece. It’s different, not the same old fir boughs and berries with a candle in the middle. Boring!

I like to think outside the box. (pun? what pun?) This craft is actually very versatile and can be made for virtually any holiday — Easter, Valentines, Thanksgiving, Halloween and more. Or maybe themed boxes to match a themed party or event like — Tropical or Beach, or maybe Vintage Hollywood or Las Vegas. I can see it at Bridal or Baby showers for sure. The purpose of those events is giving gifts, so what is more appropriate for a centerpiece?

Anyway, you be the judge. I think it’s simple and elegant. What do you think?

Mandee

Published in: on November 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Christmas Balls Tree

Christmas Balls Tree

Christmas Balls Tree - Ornament Tree

Why make a Christmas table decoration? Because they are fun, versatile and beautiful! I used to make these for fundraisers and craft fairs and they are still my favorite Christmas centerpiece. You can place them on your dining room table, fireplace mantel, holiday food buffet or coffee table during the holidays for a bit my spice to your season. For complete, step by step instructions, check out my article Christmas Balls Tree.

They are not hard to make and will last for years to come. They also make wonderful gifts! What do you get for grandma or the neighbor? Design and make them in any color scheme that chrismas ball ornaments are made — so they match any decor. I have also made them in brown, gold, burgundy and copper for Fall and Thanksgiving. Any shape foam can be used. Have fun with this — off to make another one myself! 🙂

Mandee

Retro Christmas

Ornament Sensation cardMy favorite time of year is approaching. No matter what life has thrown at me during the rest of the year, Christmas gives me hope and keeps my spirits up. The promise of a new year and opportunities for improvement around me. I guess it’s like a renewal to me.

<b>Retro Christmas</b> designs have always been my favorite – A Retro Christmas is so fun!  They remind me of a simpler time, family and friends. So, one of the ways I incorporate it into my holidays is by sending Retro designed <b>custom Christmas cards</b>. Some people refer to Retro as <b>Vintage</b> as well. They seem to be pretty interchangable.

Here are a few of my favorite Retro Christmas cards for this year. If you visit the link above you can see the whole collection! This is a mixture of 1960’s mod and more 1950’s vintage but I love them all. The choice is difficult this year.

Customizable Christmas Shopping cardVintage Christmas Card cardVintage Christmas Card cardLas Vegas Retro Christmas Card card ornament retro photo template card

Published in: on October 27, 2010 at 9:46 am  Leave a Comment  
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Paris Themed Christmas Tree

Paris ChristmasI have always had a sort of romantic notion of Paris, France. having lived in Paris, IL for 12 years, it just got worse. I ended up decorating my living room with Paris paraphernalia and loved it!

During one Christmas season, I decided to add to my holiday decor by decorating a smaller tree in the Paris theme. I had a blast with it. I looked everywhere for ornaments that would work with the black and white color scheme I had chosen as well as anything that I could hang on the tree depicting the city.

I chose a bucket I found at a local home decor store for the base of the tree. It was black and white and had “Tres Chic” written on it. Additionally, I made ornaments from pearlized plain white ornaments. I used black puff paint to write French words and drew abstract Eiffel Towers on others. (See image)Paris Ornament Close-Up

The result is posted on the left. I just wrote an article at Squidoo about decorating a Paris Christmas tree with resources for doing it yourself.

I also have another article titled Decorating Small Themed Christmas Trees that includes Paris, School Spirit, Girly Girl, Rock n Roll, Golf and few other themes. Small trees can be placed around your home to add to your holiday decor. Make one that matches your kitchen (I had a Coca-Cola tree in my 50’s diner style kitchen too), or highlights a collection or passion. It’s fun and doesn’t cost as much as re-doing your main tree.

Just another of my Favorite Things… Mandee

Published in: on October 21, 2010 at 9:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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Personal Stories

Personal Stories Book

Best Christmas Gift Ever!

I am passionate about recording your life, your story and your history. Memoir is a very important genre to me. I want to share (one more time in a blog) one of the coolest gifts you could ever give or receive.

As I grow older I can’t tell you how many times I wish I had some sort of record of my grandparents lives. Both sets of my grandparents were very interesting but from different social classes. I often wonder what Mamaw would have done when faced with a certain situation or what Grammy would have done. Alas, there is no way to find out since they are no longer with us.

How were they raised? What were their goals on life? What were their feelings and thoughts on just about anything?

I long to know but never will. The Story of a Lifetime: A Keepsake of Personal Memoirs by Pamela and Stephen Pavuk is a wonderful gift to get you started writing about your life.

My parents were given this book by my brother to start chronicling their lives. When finished it will be the best gift they have ever given our family. My unborn grandchildren will have the opportunity to get to know their great-grandparents in their own words. They can share stories, philosophies and what their life was like thru a personal memoir such as this.

So, my recommendation today is, start now, before it’s too late. Life has so many twists and turns that none of us know if we will be here tomorrow. Give this book to your parents, grandparents or to yourself. The gift you receive in return is priceless!

Mandee

for more information about Writing Memoir visit Writing Life Story or visit my blog Life Story Writing

for more information about the book, visit this page I made The Gift of Personal Stories (all links open in a new window)