Something Smart’s Coming

There is something hidden in that tree that will make Christmas decor easier to tend to.
Randy will be blogging about it soon.

*UPDATE: See if you can find something in this tree, and then head over to Living The Life Fantastic find out what it is and how to make one for your own tree!
Today's Instagram Moment

Angel Boy

This is, hands-down, the cutest, funniest, weirdest ornament ever…


Holiday Cards and Gift Ideas

Have you ordered your Holiday Cards yet?

If not, head over to my business site, Fruition Designs, look over the designs, and order some. Mention that you read my blog and I’ll give you a 15% discount on printed Holiday Cards.

My holiday cards are printed on 100% Recycled Bright White Cardstock.

I also offer file versions of the cards, for just $22.00. You get the file and can print as many or as few as you need, either on your own printer or at your favorite print shop. (15% discount not valid on file versions)

(Custom one-of-a-kind designs also available for an additional charge)

Order by next Monday to ensure enough time to get your cards in time to mail out before Christmas.

Know someone who needs a blog makeover?

Give them a gift certificate for them to beautify their blog. (Also, the perfect gift for yourself!)

Stumped on what to give a friend or wife who has everything?

I bet they’d love some Mommy Cards or Blog Cards.

My Mommy Cards are the original Mommy Cards – often imitated, but only mine are still a Top Gift Pick by

(File-only version also available; Custom one-of-a-kind designs also available for an additional charge)

I am rolling out new Holiday Card and Mommy Card designs in the next couple of days. I will post them here and on my business blog, so be on the lookout.

Surprise your kids with a Package from Santa

When I was little, the slightest suggestion that something from Santa might have been left for me was one of the highlights of the Christmas season. What child wouldn’t be excited to receive a package with Santa Claus letters? is a site that can take care of that for you and create personalized packages for your child.

Letters from Santa

The Basic Package ($12.99) includes a personalized Santa letter from Santa Claus printed on his custom North Pole letterhead signed with Santa’s real signature, official gold foil Santa Seal of Approval, and personal details about your child that only Santa would know!

It arrives in a bright green, shiny, metallic package personally addressed to your child! It even has a genuine Santa Claus return address label and custom North Pole postage.

The Standard Package ($27.99) includes the personalized letter from Santa Claus, as well as a letter from Rudolph (with a real Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer photo!) Your child also receives a custom, personalized Nice List Certificate with Official Gold Foil Seal. They’ll be please to know that they made “the list”.

An autographed full color photo of Santa working away in his private workshop is also included in the package, which arrives in an extravagant, gold, metallic envelope addressed directly to your child, with Santa’s return address label and custom North Pole postage.

The Deluxe Package ($54.99) has everything listed above, but, it has a lot more: There’s a hand signed and numbered Collector’s Piece of Santa’s Suit. There’s a personal greeting from Santa on CD along with Santa’s own telling of the classic, “Twas The Night Before Christmas.” A serving of Santa’s Special blend of magical reindeer food in a precious collector’s tin is also included.

Each deluxe package ships in a bright red box with a North Pole stamp, and Santa’s gold foil return address label. The inside is adorned with an original Sam Doodle the Elf painting and poem.

Children will remember these gifts from Santa for years. With and personalized Santa Claus letters, you can keep the spirit of Santa alive for your children this Christmas season.

How to drive yourself into a corner with a gallon of Haagen-Dazs and 4 dozen frosted sugar cookies

It all started with this:

Abbie chose this as her prize for M&M Kids (our church’s Wednesday night group: Missions and Memory. They spend the year memorizing scripture verses in A -Z topics).

It has been by nemesis ever since.

I have enjoyed a long life, thus far, having never considered learning to knit (except for that 3 minutes, 30 years ago when my mom tried to teach me).

I am left-handed.

Left-handed people aren’t supposed to do complicated things like sharpen pencils with an old style pencil sharpener, cut paper or knit.

While my mom was here for Christmas, we cracked it open so that Abbie and I could learn from her. Abbie gave up after about 5 minutes; she has a longer attention span then I did at her age. However, I was determined to finally get it. I am tired of looking around at all of the cute things everyone made for Christmas presents and thinking I wish I could do that…

But once again, I was unable to learn from my mom. Thus began my search on the internet. I printed page after page of instructions with pictures to follow. I figured if I put them all together, eventually I’d find a few that made sense to me.


Then I did a search for knitting videos on youtube.

Voila! The videos I found lead me to (amazing site, by the way. lots of helpful videos). From this site, I decided I’d try learning the continental method (as opposed to the English method traditionally taught in the States.)

After 3,687,203 tries, I finally learned to cast on with the help of this video on their site. But then I became stuck on how to get on to the next row and start the actual knitting. Try as I might, I just couldn’t tell what was going on in the video for this topic.

My search for help lead me to this:

Now I really felt stupid.

I’ve continued my search and my attempts. But I am about to

My husband doesn’t want to see that happen, so look what he just brought home for me:

Wish me luck.

Otherwise, I may clear out the ice cream aisle at the local Kroger.