9 Helpful Holiday Tips!

I’m sure you are wondering how I would associate eating and crafting. Well there’s a number of reasons, but mostly because #1 I’m a woman and #2 because doesn’t everything revolve around food? LOL I know with all the holiday parties, company parties, programs, lots of “extra” eating will be going on in my household. So thou I’m writing to you about this, this is really (note to self) 😉

9 Helpful Holiday Diet Tips:

1. If no one sees you eat it, it has no calories

2. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, they cancel each other out

3. If you eat standing up, it doesn’t count!

4. STRESSED is just DESSERTS spelled backwards

5. If you eat the food off someone else’s plate, it doesn’t count

6, Cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breakage cause calorie leakage

7. Food used for medicinal purposes have no calories. This includes: any chocolate used for energy, brandy, cheesecake, and Haagen-Daz Ice Cream

8. When eating with someone else, calories don’t count if you both eat the same amount

9. Movie-related foods are much lower in calories simply because they are a part of the entertainment experience and not part of one’s personal fuel. This includes: Milk Duds, popcorn with butter, Junior Mints, Snickers, and Gummi Bears.

I remember receiving a “thank-you” note from one of our customers. She wrote in to say thank you, for helping her with her diet. When she crafts it keeps her from eating. So it was a win-win situation for her!  Love all of our customers – Here some “food” inspired projects from our fabulous designers:

          

 

    

Happy Birthday to my mom, Lucia! My family is blessed to have such a wonderful mother! Hope you have a wonderful day mom! Love you!!!

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Days of Christmas – Recipe for “Fruit Cake”

 

Greetings! We are 17 days away from Christmas! Are you ready? LOL I know – I haven’t started either! Well don’t be stressed, sometimes we work better under presser. At least thats what I keep repeating to myself so I don’t go totally crazy! Here’s a funny little recipe, in the “Spirits of the Holidays”!

1 cup water
1 cup of sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups dried fruit
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
lemon juice
nuts
1 gallon whiskey

  1. Sample the whiskey to check for quality.
  2. Take a large bowl.  Check the whiskey again to be sure it is of the highest quality.
  3. Pour one level cup and drink.
  4. Repeat.
  5. Turn on the electric mixer; beat 1 cup butter in a large, fluffy bowl.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and beat again.
  7. Make sure the whiskey is still OK. Cry another tup. Turn off mixer.
  8. Break 2 legs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.
  9. Mix on the turner.
  10. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it loose with a drewscriver.
  11. Sample the whiskey to check for tonsisticity.
  12. Next, sift 2 cups of salt. Or something, Who cares.
  13. Check the whiskey.
  14. Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar or something.
  15. Whatever you can find.
  16. Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees.
  17. Don’t forget to heat off the turner.
  18. Throw the bowl out of the window.
  19. Check the whiskey again.
  20. Go to bed.

Who the heck likes fruitcake anyway?

 

In the spirit of the kitchen….some fun things from our catalog all about the kitchen and some projects for more ideas!

Dazzles™, Brads and Kitchen Stamp set! All inspired by our kitchens! This has a great bundled price as well. Makes a nice little gift for someone, or better yet for yourself!

 

 

Make fabulous cooking-themed pages, stress-free—and for about a buck a page! This value-packed kit contains all you need to make sweet recipe pages, barbecue or cooking layouts. Because all the high-quality papers and embellishments are designed to coordinate perfectly, you save tons of time.

 

Vintage postcards! This cool kit from Crafty Secrets contains gorgeous supplies for making antique-style postcards and other papercrafts.   You’ll have 6 large postcard-sized images, 12 smaller images and 18 ivory chipboard pieces to glue them to. You’ll also get a 3”x2.75” set of 10 matching stamps! Create vintage-inspired postcards, artist trading cards, wall hangings, a garland, ornaments, keepsakes, or use them on scrapbook pages and cards.

 

Cute Little Portfolio designed by LeNae Gerig Click on the image to see how it was created!

Whether you’re making it as a gift or preserving your family recipes, this whimsical book is perfect for holding treasured recipes. The square sarabinder™ is sturdy enough to last through years of handling and use. And all the bright Twitterpated supplies make it cheerful, while the cardstock cut-outs add a nostalgic feeling to the book. Be sure to decorate the dividers and envelopes, too. You’ll enjoy using this book for years to come—and you’ll get all these supplies for less when you purchas the entire set!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen embellishments! Perfect for recipe books, scrapbooking pages or cards! Click on the pic to find out all the information or to find projects!

Hope you all enjoy your Fruit Cake 😉 Happy Holidays!

~ Cristina

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20 Days of Christmas – Dear Santa, Love Mom

 

Greetings Everyone!

With Christmas right around the corner our lives tend to get a little more hectic…with Christmas shopping, gifts to be made, cupcakes for school, gifts for teachers, Holiday concerts and programs…the list just goes on! I’m here to help, well at least give you a bit of humor relief at the end or beginning or each day! A little letter to Santa…

Dear Santa,

I’ve been a good mom all year. I’ve fed, cleaned, and cuddled my two children on demand, visited the doctor’s office more than my doctor, sold 62 cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground, and figured out how to attach nine patches onto my daughter’s Girl Scout sash with staples and a glue gun.

I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son’s red crayon on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I’ll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:

  • I’d like a pair of legs that don’t ache after a day of chasing kids (in any color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don’t flap in the breeze, but are strong enough to carry a screaming toddler out of the candy aisle in the grocery store.  I’d also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.
  • If you’re hauling big ticket items this year, I’d like a car with fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn’t broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.
  • On the practical side, I could use a talking daughter doll that says, “Yes, Mommy” to boost my parental confidence, along with one potty-trained toddler, two kids who don’t fight, and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools.
  • I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting, “Don’t eat in the living room” and “Take your hands off your brother,” because my voice seems to be just out of my children’s hearing range and can only be heard by the dog.
  • And please don’t forget the Playdoh Travel Pack, the stocking stuffer this year for mothers of preschoolers. It comes in three fluorescent colors and is guaranteed to crumble on any carpet making the In-laws’ house seem just like mine.
  • If it’s too late to find any of these products, I’d settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container.
  • Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family; or if my toddler didn’t look so cute sneaking downstairs to eat contraband ice cream in his pajamas at midnight.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the chimney and come in and dry off by the fire so you don’t catch cold.

Help yourself to cookies on the table, but don’t eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always, Mom

So if you’re a mom, well you can relate. If you’re a not…well be nice to YOUR MOM today and everyone other day! Here’s a list of things that I think MOM, would like to have….

Personal Shopper Monthly Club –   Your mom will  have top-quality supplies, easy-to-follow instructions, prompt delivery service and superior customer service. She’ll even have a Personal Shopper Assistant, Debbie, standing by to answer your questions and help you with your membership. Got a question? Just email Debbie (dsamples@hotp.com) and she’ll take care of you right away.

5-Drawer Desktop Organizer  Help  your mom keep her workspace neat and tidy! This handy desktop organizer is just the thing to keep all those small tools organized yet still handy. It measures 8¼” tall, 7½” wide, and 9¼” deep. Each drawer is 1¼” deep with grommet pulls—perfect for holding stamps, pens, ink pads, scissors, and small packages of embellishments.  Made from heavy cardboard, you can place it on a table, desk or shelf.
80 White Cards & Envelopes – Oh you’re mom will love these – 80 white cards, each measuring 5″x6 1/2″ with 80 matching white envelopes.
Christmas Adhesive Ribbon Set –  A little help goes a long way! Don’t have to figure out how to get your ribbon to lay flat with these guys!  Stock up and save on Christmas ribbon! This value-packed offer includes 12 different Christmas ribbons (though you can use the red, green and plaid designs for other themes), all self-adhesive for easy application. You’ll have 2 of each design. Each ribbon is 12” long and styles range between 3/8”-1”-wide.
Ultimate Christmas Card Kit – Really? What mom wouldn’t love this!
Christmas Cards! Cardmakers, you can’t pass up this special offer. It has over 900 pieces! Kit includes:
• 100 patterned Christmas papers
• 4 glimmer sheets
• 4 vellum sheets
• 245 tags and art cut-outs
• 240 alphabet tiles
• 72 card greetings
• 4 glassine mini envelopes
• 130 brads
• 7 ribbons
• 80 rub-ons
• 76 acrylic stamps (a retail value of $53.97)
• one 2″x6″ acrylic block
• 42 card ideas
Ribbon Organizer & Dispenser Keeps spools of ribbon neat, tidy, and organized for easier use for your mom! She can now you can eliminate wrinkled, crinkled ribbon with this handy organizer. Roll ribbons onto spools and store them in the handy tray until you need to use them. Kit includes 5 ribbon dispensers, 1 ribbon spooler, and a storage tray with 6 disks. This clever organizer fits inside the Stackable Double Mini Drawer unit

Black EZ View Table – And for those of you who really want Brownie Points from you mom! Every crafter’s dream desk! This scrapbooking desk is both a workspace and a storage solution that looks like high-end furniture. Craft table features drawers, nooks and spaces for all your ‘stuff.’ Interchangeable modular design allows many different configurations. The top section has 4 drawers and a clear glass-like top so you can see your supplies. One base contains 8 bins on the side and the other base has a drawer and a large storage area. Both doors feature storage pockets, too! Totes and clear zipper pouches included. Desk measures 50″ wide x 25″ deep x 31″ high. Super clear plexiglass work surface so you can see inside instantly!

Happy Holidays! Enjoy 🙂

~ Cristina

 

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