A CRAFT store. Seriously.

So I saw a great idea on Pinterest (shocker, I know!) and set out to get the supplies. Since I am new in town, I wasn’t quite sure where to go and my usual go-to stores were 25-30 minutes away. So I wandered in to the not-so-nice-part-of-town (there was a security guard!) Michael’s Arts and Crafts and thought I would quickly find what I need.

Well, not only did it take me a while to find the stuff for my project, I couldn’t find embroidery hoops anywhere near the floss and needles. So I found an associate and she went on about how they didn’t carry them. I was polite, but then started looking for the next associate because there was no way that this CRAFT store didn’t sell embroidery hoops. No way.

But, two associates and another scour of the section later, they were right. This Michaels wasn’t out of stock in embroidery hoops, but apparently hasn’t sold them for almost two years.

WHAAAAAAAT?! Isn’t cross-stitching and embroidery one of the oldest arts and crafts? I mean, really, who thought it was a good idea to keep selling [insert other type of craft I don't do] and take out the embroidery hoops? Whatever. I ended up driving 30 minutes to a different craft store chain that was equal on the not-so-nice part, but I completed my mission in embroidery hoops.

Have you had this type of experience lately? Have you been to a store you for sure thought would have something and they totally didn’t? Share with me. I’m interested!!!

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Download your Social Network

If any of you are anything like me, I like to think I keep a pretty good journal on Facebook. I usually post about trips or funny things my kid says or milestones or awkward moments. But my pictures and status updates and digital life kinda just got lost in the “Show More” universe. Then today I discovered a great archive feature!

Go to your account settings (follow the drop down arrow on the right side of your screen) and at the bottom of the list, it says “Download a copy of your Facebook data.” You give them permission to do this, then they email you when your archive is ready for download.

Totally cool, right? I love not being lost in the “Show More” universe any longer! Now to make that digital archive full of pictures be on paper somewhere.

And, just as Facebook cautions, “Remember that this file contains sensitive information. Because this download contains your profile information, you should keep it secure and take precautions when storing, sending or uploading it to any other services.”

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See you, 2011!

We are excited for the new year and what motivation it brings to our self, organization and our attitude. There is always something that we can improve on and it is good to see the results when we press forward.

Every year my mom gives me a new calendar for Christmas. We have a tradition as to what we all have and use, but when I stumbled across this product I was very tempted:

Isn’t it a cool magnetic calendar? And it’s customizable. You can order yours here. You can also use the code endofyear by 12/31 for 30% off!

We all wish you the motivation and success you need in 2012. Thanks for a great year!

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A last-minute Christmas idea

As Christmas is fast-approaching, we stumbled upon this great craft idea to assemble a small wreath out of evergreens. If you have a live tree at home, you probably have everything on the supply list: paper ring, hot glue gun, scissors and some evergreen.

There are many uses: place tags, thank you notes, holiday greetings, present toppers or neighbor gift. This blog has a great tutorial: http://odessamay.blogspot.com/2011/12/handmade-holiday-mini-wreath.html

We here at Scrapbooking Crafts and Storage want to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Thanks for a great 2011!

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Wrapping makes me happy.

There are a lot of things to do around these parts. Like I already told you, I’m really close to being done shopping. Which means we can move on to one of the greatest “artificial” parts of the season: wrapping presents.

I love to go through my collection of papers, ribbons, tags and bags and decide which one fits each present the best. I usually prefer to take a box, cover the present in tissue and put the lid on. Then wrap with paper and use fabric ribbon to tie a bow.

What is your method? Do you wrap your presents a certain way when they come from the North Pole? Someone told me that all their Santa presents are wrapped in white with a red ribbon and a candy cane. Cute, right? Do you have any traditions?

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Christmas Cards

What do you like to do for your Christmas cards? Every year I feel ambitious and think I should spend days working on cute scrapbooked cards, but I kinda always end up doing the digital version.

Christmas Card 2010

We do have a tradition (this is the third year, so now it’s a real tradition!) of my husband writing the “yearly summary” — it’s usually about 500 words and just briefly describes what we have been up to. I liked to read the ones we got growing up. I even still have a few favorite of my parent’s friends that I’ve never met — their Christmas card yearly updates are just hilarious! Maybe someday I’ll be the funny friends of a kid’s parents.

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Getting ready for the holidays

Remember last year when we talked about advent calendars? I went for the “homemade” route and ordered a darling kit and filled it with candy. I thought it was a great idea because we could use it every year.

THEN my little boy turned four and my husband introduced him to Legos. LEGOS, people. They really are awesome and I love how much he loves them. But now, EVERYTHING is about Legos. And if you remember our Star Wars love too, anything that combines them BOTH is, well, out of this world.

I present you this beautiful thing:

The Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar. How cool is this?! You get to build one mini item each day of adventing.  I get to give it to him next week and I couldn’t be more excited. What are you doing to kick off the holiday season?

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Thanksgiving place cards & a favorite family recipe

One of my favorite things growing up was our two Thanksgiving traditions: rainbow Jell-O and homemade place cards. Here are some fun ideas and the recipe:

Reeses Pieces, raffia and a name tag. Easy!

Remember these noodles? What a fun idea for any place card.

I love this woodsy look.

Now, for the rainbow Jell-O. You were enticed, right?

Rainbow Jello
Buy 3 oz. boxes of the following flavors of Jello:

Raspberry, Strawberry OR Cherry

Dissolve each package in 1 cup boiling water.  Divide mixture in half.  Mix one half with 1/3 c. plain yogurt.  (Use beaters!)  Pour yogurt half in 9×13 pan.  Chill 20 minutes.  Mix remaining plain Jello with 3 TBSP cold water.  Pour on top of set yogurt mixture.  Chill until firm.

Repeat with all flavors, Starting with grape and ending with red flavor.

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You’re an online person too.

My husband and I recently updated our life insurance policies, will, disability insurance and retirement. PHEW, it was totally overwhelming. But, now that it is done, I totally sleep better at night no matter how you slice it. Then I came across this article that brought up a whole new idea: your online life.

But it is so true that each of us have a style, personal information and “another” life that exists online. I’m not sure that I am really concerned what happens to it once I pass on to the next life, but the idea of having a plan is always a good one.

What about you? What do you think? Are you concerned with what is going to happen to your online life? How are yo going to deal with it?

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Project 52: acheivable goals

I have a lot of stuff to do. What about you? I mean, I’m just a normal, everyday, regular busy person that thinks there isn’t enough time in the day and can’t get my projects done. But some friends of mine introduced me to a new way of thinking: they call it “Project 52″ and it helps you break down your goals into something actually achievable.

It goes like this: at the beginning of the year (or whenever you want to start), make a list of 52 things you want to accomplish in the next year. If you want to make 52 scrapbooks, that would work. If you want to read 52 books, that would work. But the way they do it is choosing things that “need” to get done, but really don’t.

For example, one of the 52 things could be refinishing a piece of furniture, organizing pictures, paining the trim, learning to sew a simple pattern, trying a new food or making the bed everyday. Throughout the year you reevaluate your progress on your goals and simply try and work on crossing one off the list every week.

What do you think? I’m excited to try it. Now to just narrow my list down to only 52… remember, I’m a busy person!

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