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Christmas Projects I’ve been working on…

by Holly

Sooo, it’s Christmas and I have been crafting my little heart out!!  I have too many projects to post right now, but here are a few:

1st… a freebie for you!!

You can download these little Snowman Hand Warmers free right now on my Facebook page. 

They are sure to warm your hands and your hearts.  :)

Painted Chip Clips

 I decided to pretty up cloths pins.  Some of them are modge podged with scrap book paper, and some I hand painted, (the roses, and the polka dots are painted ) and of course some bling! 

How to Paint Easy Roses and Polka Dots

To paint the roses, (2nd, 4th, and 7th in top row) Painted clips all pink and let them dry.  Then swirl pink and white together on the clips .  I use the acrylic paint from Michaels, Craft Smart, they are about $.50 each, and come in a bunch of colors. The leaves were easy peasy, just dip your paint brush in green and white, and paint one little stroke.   For easy polka dots, use the other end of your paint brush.  Just dot dot dot… Give it a try.  I did these one afternoon with the kids.  We always have fun painting together.  We talk, laugh, and paint.  It’s one of our favorite things to do.

We had so much fun, we did a set for all the Aunties and Grandmas for Christmas, can you tell what my favorite color is?  I need to think outside the box a little more on colors, but I can’t help it.  Pink just makes me so happy.  :)

I finally got my Gazelle (by BossKut) paper cutter turned on, and here is my 1st project I did with vinyl letters on a drink cup,(and a little bling of course.)  I have to tell you, I am in love!!  I can tell this machine and I are going to be great friends:

Hope everyone is having fun crafting this season!

Merry CHRISTmas,


Our little Elf on the Shelf is back!

by Holly

Our little Elf on the Shelf, “MeMarkle” is up to his antics again!!  Take a peek at what he’s been doing:

We went to Disneyland the other day, and our little elf decided to get into the Disney spirit, Mickey ears Elf size! The kids thought he was so cute.  They wished they could take him with us, but if we touch him, he’ll loose his magic.

Here is Jack on Scream for the very 1st time. (with Danny and Lexi)  He is FINALLLLLY tall enough!  He rode it 4 times in a row.  Love Love Loved it!!

He had a little fun in our home office with the copier, the kids loved this one!!  I told them they could color the pages he made.

Lexi has a friend over and they slept under the tree.  (they stayed up half the night giggling)

Soooo, MeMarkle decided he needed a nap from all the fun.  He made a little tissue bed:

Look at this little Fairy Christmas the girls set up all on their own, I think it is the cutest little thing!  (Those are blades of grass trying to grow back from the slip n slide we had play with this summer. It’s not pretty.)

He made a little advent calendar… Have I mentioned my obsession with advent calendars?.  I think we have 6 going.  :)  Thanks MeMarkle for yet another one.

We went to Bass Pro shop the other day, which I highly recommend!! They have a whole Christmas wonderland going on, and the best part, it’s all free!!  Including free pics with Santa:

So guess who else had to sit on Santa’s Lap??

He decorated the play house with lights. This is wild at night when they are flashing all over the room.

I hope you are all having some Christmas fun…  Remember Jesus is the reason for the season.  :)

God Bless,


Cutie Candles and Baby Changing Station

by Holly

Cutie Candles

How fun are these! All you need is a Cutie and some Olive Oil!

Cut a Cutie, a.k.a. Clementine Orange, around the middle, peel in half, cut a cute shape out of the top,  (hearts would be so cute for Valentine’s Day) use the pulp stem in the bottom half as a wick, fill with olive oil, light the pulp, and enjoy your little Cutie candle.  Will burn for hours.  Do not leave unattended, and always be careful playing with fire.

Diaper Changing Station done in the hoop

Perfect little gift for Baby!  Diaper and Wipe Carrier done in one hooping!


Baby New Year!

by Holly

Wishing you a Happy New Year!!

Thank you for all the love and warm fuzzies in 2011.  I hope your 2012 is simply wonderful! 

This is a picture of our son Jack in 2007.  I have always loved Baby New Year.  I had to do it! :)

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

by Holly

Mrs. MeMarkle has been really popular around here!  The kids are loving our Elf on the Shelf having a wife this year!!

She bakes mini Elf Donuts

She Brought a Letter from Santa with Magic Christmas Seeds!  You can download your own on my yahoo group for FREE!!


I used Candy Christmas Sprinkles in the Bags.  You can download these printables on my yahoo group for free

Font is Blackadder on the letter

Elf Tea Party

Our Elf is Flying!! He used Fishing line to hang.   Once the fan is on, he really gets going!!!

So Sleepy from all the shenanigans

A Magic Key!

He found some of our sand from the beach this summer.  He’s a Mermaid Elf! Try saying “MeMarkle the Merry Merman” 3 times quickly!  We have been trying, and laughing ourselves silly.

This is where he is today:

These little Santa’s Mrs. Memarkle is with today were made by my Grandmother.  She passed away when I was only 9 years old.  She made them by hand, and I can’t tell you how much they mean to me. My Mother used to hang them over our fireplace when I was little, and now they hang in my house each year.  On each belt, she has our names.  On for my Mom, my Dad, my sister, brother, and one for me.  Each one has hand painted eyes to match our color.  It wouldn’t be Christmas without them.  Funny how little things like this are so priceless.

Hand Painted Wine Bottles

by Holly

I spent the afternoon painting with the kids yesterday.  I painted a case of wine, they painted all kinds of things! Rocks, plates, paper, even each other!!  :)  I really love to paint, and so do the kids.  We should do it more often. Lots of laughs, singing, and good conversation.

I’m giving these away for Christmas to Friends and Family.  They go with my Game boxes.

I actually can’t wait to drink one, wash it out, and stuff it with a string of lights.  Might be pretty.  :)

These Bottles are from Trader Joe’s.  Charles Shaw Merlot.  $2 each bottle.  Case for $24.  = 12 happy people.  I love these not only because of the price, but because the labels come off so easy.  Just soak in cold water for a few minutes, and Voila!  A fresh canvas! Once I finish painting them with acrylic paint, I spray then with clear acrylic spray. (Hence them out drying on my BBQ)

Baby Jesus Nativity Party and Candy Cane Favors

by Holly

Happy Birthday Jesus Party!!

Baby Jesus Nativity Cupcakes

For these cupcakes I used a grass tip to make the hay, and rolled the baby out of fondant. His halo is also fondant. You can’t see it in this picture, but I added edible glitter, because, well, I think Baby Jesus would sparkle.  :)

Here is one of the trays.  The kids loved them, but I think the parents loved them more!!

I Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes for the kids in the classes too.  I attached The Story of the Candy Cane, and our Christmas Tag.

Our Christmas Tag tradition

I print 2×2 pics at Costco.  I get 6 on a 4×6 pic.  Then I cut them out, and Glue them on Colored card stock. Punch some holes, and attach with glittery pipe cleaners or ribbon.  I do these for ALL the Christmas presents.  Family and Friends love to get them every year.

Candy Cane Story

Here is the story attached to the Candy Canes.  You can download a printable word doc. version on my yahoo group, so you can put your family’s name on them.  Look under Christmas Fun.


Manger Foot Prints

I went into Jack’s Kindergarten class and painted all of their feet.  What a great time!!  There is nothing like a bunch of 5-year-olds giggling themselves silly!  “It tickles!”  “Hee Hee Hee” “I can’t stand it, it’s too funny!” “tickle tickle tickle!!”

Candy Bark

Yummy Yummy!

While unwrapping all the candy canes, a few broke.  Soooooooo, I crushed them up, stirred them in the chocolate that is left, pour it on to a piece of parchment paper, and let it cool.  Then you break it up, and serve.  Yummy!

As for the Candy Canes that you do dip.  Parchment paper is awesome!  I use candy melts from a cake supply store.  I melt in a glass measuring cup in the microwave, stir, and dip.  I hold each candy cane with a paper towel to avoid getting sticky.  Be sure to add sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.

Once they cool, Bag and Tag them!!

Our Elf on the Shelf has a wife!! Our Elf has been having some fun!!

by Holly

Our Elf on the Shelf has a wife!!

We would like you to meet Mrs. MeMarkle!!

She had a teeny-tiny little letter with her.  It  told the kids all about her, and how she is MeMarkle’s Wife.  They loved it!!  I wonder what girly things she will do??

Click here for Tutu Tutorials:


MeMarkle made some Elf art in one of the kids toys

Elves love Chocolate.  This one just couldn’t wait!!

Elf in a Flower Garden, (Well, Ella’s hair bows) Hey, are you wearing Lexi’s Beads?

Elf making Snow Angels in Flour

Are you kidding us?  You made the milk Red? Silly Elf!!

Ahhh, always nice to have help with the laundry.  Thanks MeMarkle!  XOXO

Our Elf T.P.’d the entire inside of our house!  Toilet paper everywhere!!!  Big streams flying through the air!! The kids had so much fun going through the maze of T.P. just to get to breakfast!

Free Horsey Rides in Ella’s Room!!

Christmas Baby Shower with a Diaper Tree!

by Holly

I threw a Christmas Baby Shower for Baby Colt this weekend.  It was so much fun doing a Red and White Christmas theme!

I made a Christmas Tree out of Diapers, with a baby blanket as the tree skirt for the center piece.  See the Candy Canes in the Shape of a “C” for baby Colt?

I’m finally offering a tutorial on TYF.  Click on the pic to get there:

We had a coffee Bar with all kinds of Yummy things to decorate your coffee.

I dipped Chocolate Covered Spoons with Holiday Sprinkles for the girls to stir with.  Whip Cream in the middle, Candy Canes, Marshmallows, Butterscotch, Hot Cocoa mix, Red and White Sugar Crystals, Carmel Flavor Coffee Cream (powdered), and of course, Chocolate all around.  In shakers, we had Cinnamon, Cocoa, and Nutmeg.

Everyone really enjoyed decorating their coffees!!

Christmas Cocktails are always fun!!  These are SUPER  Yummy!!

For Lunch Sandwiches and salads.  The silverware was wrapped with Candy Canes.  In the middle of the table was a little tree, each guest could write on an ornament.  She could give her advice, wishes, or poems for the new Mommy.

Elf Helpers are alway fun

She is doing the baby’s room in a Football Theme, hence the football blanket:

Click here for this football font:


Here is a link to a tutorial to make cookies like these:


Holly (Me), Nicole, Calista, and Jamie

These girls are so creative!  Love Love Love to throw parties with them!!

Can’t wait to meet baby Colt!!  Love you Calista!!

Family Game Kit Gift

by Holly

Need a gift for everyone in the family?  What about making a Family Game Basket?  Here are some ideas for everyone from 1- 99 years old.

For the Kids

Family Game Night just got a little more interesting.  The kids are in charge of the rules!!

Dust off those Bingo Markers!!  We need them to make some game boards!!

We added all kinds of fun stops along the way…

Roll again, Move ahead 2, Say Ho Ho Ho, Go Back to Start, Candy Cane Pass, Lose Turn,  Go back 2.  Some of our other boards have some funny things on them.  Sing a song, tell a joke, hold your breath, cluck like a chicken, stand up and dance, eat a piece of candy, name the reindeer, give a hug…  As you can see, we have gotten silly!!

I bought Stickers, Snowflakes, and Dice at Walmart for just a couple of dollars.  Love Love Love it when we can have this much fun for well, almost FREE!

For Little Kids

Whip up a batch of Playdough and add in a few Christmas Cookie cutters and a few packets of Kool-Aid for fun!  LOVE LOVE LOVE kool-aid!  It smells sooooooo good!  Here is the recipe Card We attach with our Play dough.


For Mom and Dad

For the adults, I am adding into their kits, a bottle of Wine, 6 dice, and the rules for Farkle,

Careful!  This game is addicting!


Getting Started

Farkle is a pretty casual game and  played impromptu with a minimum of setup. All you need is six dice, some paper and pencils for scoring, a copy of the scoring rules, and a place to play.

The number of players for Farkle is flexible. Two or more can play (although a minimum of three, and a max of 8 is suggested.)

Each player rolls one die, the highest score going first. Ties are re-rolled.

Game Overview

The players take turns rolling the dice, with the goal of having the highest score above 10,000 in the last round.

During each player’s turn, they initially roll six-dice trying to score points. As long as they score at last one point, they can remove the scoring dice from play, and either bank their points or continue rolling.

If the dice you roll do not score any points, you pass the dice and you get a Farkle, losing all points accumulated for that turn.

If the player manages to score on all six dice, they have “hot dice” and may choose to roll all six-dice again, or they can bank the points and pass the dice.

At the end of the players turn, they write down any points scored and pass the dice clockwise.

Scoring Farkle

Each 1 = 100 pts Each 5 = 50 pts Three 1’s = 1000 pts Three 2’s = 200 pts Three 3’s = 300 pts Three 4’s = 400 pts Three 5’s = 500 pts Three 6’s = 600 pts Straight (1-2-3-4-5-6) = 1000 pts

It is important to note you can combine different types of scoring. (1-3-4-4-4-5) could be scored many ways. For example:

1) (1) could be kept for 100 points. 2) (1-5) could be kept for 150 points. 3) (4-4-4) Could be kept for 400 points. 4) (1-4-4-4) Could be kept for 500 points. 5) (1-4-4-4-5) Could be kept for 550 points.

In the case of scoring options 1-4 the player would typically throw the remaining dice (if they were to pass, why leave points on the table?) In the case of scoring option 5, they could either bank their point and pass the die, or throw the remaining die, with a 1 in 3 chance of scoring (getting a 1 or 5). If they were to score, they could bank their final score and pass the dice, or throw all six dice again, and further increase their score, since they have “Hot Dice”.

Each roll is scored separately. If you were to roll two 5’s for 100 points, if you rolled a 5 on the next roll, you would not get 500 points for 3 fives, you would get another 50 points for a total of 150 points.

Winning the Game

Players continue rolling until a player reaches 10,000 points. Once any player reaches 10,000 pts, the last round begins, and every other players gets one extra turn to score as many points as they can. The player with the most points at the end of the last round is the winner.

Additional Scoring Options:

Three pairs = 500 points – optionally 600, 750, 1000, or 1500 Four of a kind = Double (2x) the 3 of a kind value – also Four of a kind = 1000 – also Four of a kind = 4x the 3 of a kind value Five of a kind = Triple (3x) the 3 of a kind value – also Five of a kind = 2000 – also Five of a kind = 6x the 3 of a kind value Six of a kind = Quadruple (4x) the 3 of a kind value – also Six of a kind = 3000 – also Six of a kind = 8x the 3 of kind value – also Six 1’s = 5000 – also Six 1’s = Instant Win (no playoff) Two Triplets = 2500 points

Scoring Variations:

Three 1’s = 200 points (Pocket Farkle) No points for a straight Straight worth 1500, 2000, or 3000

Game Play Variations:

Getting on the board (popular)

Until a player has a score written down (on the board) they are required to continue rolling until they score at least 500 points. (Alternatively 350 or 400).

Game Goal

The target game score to exceed may be something other than 10,000.

Hot-Dice Roll

Players who score using all six dice are required to roll at least one extra time.

Three Farkles

A player rolling three Farkles in a roll loses 1000 points


A player can choose to begin their turn by rolling the dice remaining after the previous players turn. If they score on at least 1 die, they receive 1000 points in addition to the regular points they accumulate. (Alternatively, they receive the full amount of the previous players points)

Team Farkle

The game is played in teams, with teammates sitting opposite each other and combining their scores. Game play is usually to 20,000.

We have had so much fun with all of these.  I hope your family does too!

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