apple of my eye

 I was annoyed.  Here we were on a budget and my husband was off buying random things for his computer.  Didn’t he understand I’d see the bill?  Didn’t he get it that we are trying to be frugal?  The conversation went something like this:“I see you bought something at the apple store,” I said.  I was scrubbing food off plates after dinner.“Huh?”  He looks up at me from his magazine, looking empty and confused....more

A Frugal Valentine Gift

I know it's early but this is something you can start now.  This gift works not only for your significant other...but for children, friends, anybody you love.First, find a cute jar or container.  In addition, you'll need strips of paper.  Make them about an inch wide and two inches long.  You may also wish to put some ribbon around the top of the container....more

"The Gift of God

I Tim. 1:1-8 Timothy and Titus . ."i remind you to sitir into flame the gift of God"   The older I get the more I realize that my call is to proclaim with my life--spoken, written, and lived, that Jesus offers each of us meaning and hope, and promise--he is the Word in whom we find our meaning. That is the "flame" that has been stirred in me,and through ordination commissioned to proclaim. It has nothing to do with a career, money, but simply a vocation. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!...more

The Busy Mom's Guide to Gift Giving

Due to changes in my employment and general malaise due to life's uncertainties, i have been in no mood to deal with holiday gift giving. Are you feeling that same lack of holiday spirit?! Are you also too busy to allow the extra time needed for actual shopping?...more
great article - jen. The holidays are exhausting!more

My Handmade Picks from the Etsy Universe

My Etsy Christmas picks:1)ANY of the gorgeous handbags made by Stacy Leigh right in my home state of here.Like this one.... For Entertaining, perhaps some of these etched wine glasses to put one in a festive mood for the holidays! What atmosphere!Red Wine Glasses:...more

Buy Fair Trade, Hand Made or Global Aid

Here’s one of my holiday shopping dilemmas: I want to buy presents for my friends and family, but I don’t want to get caught up in the consumer frenzy. Especially with the reports about dubious manufacturing practices (child labor?) or war-torn starvation in the Horn of Africa. Well, there are great companies out there who are Fair Trade, help women out of slavery and on the road toward financial independence, or simply give back a portion of their proceeds to the areas of the world that are desperately in need....more
@DesiValentine4 Yes, I've got a [fill in the blank] kits lurking in my closet, too! I'll have to ...more

DIY Handmade Favor Boxes for Your Seasonal Holiday Gifts and Treats

Favor boxes are loads of fun to make, give and receive! With so many holidays creeping up between now and the end the year, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite handmade diy favor boxes that can be crafted for any seasonal party. Just use the templates and alter your card stock paper colors and patterns to fit whatever seasonal theme you're throwing a party for!...more
these are lovely favor boxes.more

A Gift of Flowers

When you give a bouquet of flowers, or herbs, from your garden, put them in a mason jar and tie a strip of homespun fabric, or raffia around the neck of the jar, instead of ribbon....more
@HomeRearedChef Please tell him WELCOME!more

Pressing Flowers

We should have been picking the flowers for this craft, but I couldn't post this one without pictures. I just learned how to do that.Pick flower stems. Place them face down in the pages of a phone book. See? All those phone books that come to your home DO have a purpose! ...more

Last minute gifts for Dad

For Father’s Day we gave Our Soldiers:  1000 Free Memberships to See: only took a few minutes.If you need a gift now - give what we gave away free to our soldiers. It could be your answer - Membership Gift Certificate for Dad is $29.95 (only 8¢ a day). It includes all the features shown in the video + unlimited telephone support – we guarantee a happy user. To Get a Gift Certificate, right now, to give Dad -...more