Snowy Winter Handmade Ornament

  I am all about having a *handmade* holiday… whether it’s making handmade gifts for others or purchasing from handmade shop owners. So today I want to share a fun Christmas project that is super easy, inexpensive and would make a great gift this holiday season. How pretty is this Snowy Winter Handmade Ornament?! I shared this over at my friend’s, See Vanessa Craft, last week for her Christmas series, but here it is again in case you missed it! 


Simple yet beautiful. This year my Christmas decor has white, silver and lots of rustic nature touches, so I decided to replace some of my ornaments with these guys. Want to make your own? They are EASY peasy!


  • Clear plastic or glass ornaments
  • Faux white snow
  • Mini pinecones 
  • Fine silver glitter
  • Yarn or ribbon 
  • Funnel (optional)

Are you ready for this…

Remove the top of your ornament and place the funnel in the top hole. Add faux snow and glitter. Remove the funnel and press your small pinecones into the hole. I added about 5. Put the top back on. Give it a gentle shake. Add ribbon or yarn to hand from the tree. DONE. And the kids can TOTALLY help on this one! 


It’s so pretty on our tree! Since we don’t get snow where we live, we get our winter on with faux snow. *wink*

And this would make a great gift for teachers, coworkers, friends, neighbors… I LOVE getting pretty new ornaments for my tree don’t you?


Thanks for hanging out with me for a bit! I hope you are having an AMAZING week this week with your family and friends, enjoying awesome holiday traditions.

Merry Christmas, friends! 


Glitter Deer Wood Slice

Hello friends!

Did you all survive Black Friday? We stayed home and baked pies, decorated for Christmas, and played board games rather than braving the crowds. Then we sneaked out (can you believe ‘snuck’ isn’t a word?! news to me!) later to see Disney’s new movie, Frozen. SO GOOD! We all loved it… a definite favorite. And after seeing the movie, I love reindeer and snowmen even MORE :) So today I am going to share with you one of my most FAVORITE projects to date, the Glitter Deer Wood Slice.

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Swoon worthy, right?! Oh how I love it!

This wood slice was used as a center piece for a church dinner I decorated and I just couldn’t part with them. There’s something about it’s rustic beauty that just says ‘winter’ to me. And paired up with the glitter deer, you just can’t go wrong.

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For this project you will need: wood slice, deer stencil, sponge brush, Martha Stewart white gold glitter, Martha Stewart decoupage, and clear satin spay paint. If you don’t have the ability to cut your own wood slice, you can find them at your local craft store (I’ve seen them at JoAnn). 

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When you start, be sure the surface of the wood slice is clean and dry. Apply your deer stencil (I created a vinyl stencil using my Silhouette) to the wood slice and press the edges down firmly. Using your sponge brush, paint the inside of the deer stencil with decoupage…be generous with your application. Move quickly on this step so that the decoupage doesn’t dry before you glitter it. Add glitter and tap of the excess into the trash. Remove the stencil slowly and carefully before the glitter and decoupage dry. Allow and hour of dry time and then apply 2 coats of the clear satin spray paint to seal the deal. DONE!

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It’s such a pretty addition to my Christmas decor…and it would make a great gift. You can add a hook to the back or set it in a plate stand on a table top, shelf, or mantle. 

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Thanks so much for stopping by today friends! 

And don’t forget…today is Small Business Saturday! Our family is a family of entrepreneurs. You can view my sign shop HERE (and I have these Glitter Deer Wood Slice signs for $20 + shipping!) and you can ‘like’ our multimedia studio’s Facebook page HERE. I encourage you to seek out a small business to support this holiday season. 




Food-a-licious Friday: South Western Chicken and Veggie Soup

Hello there and Happy Friday!!

It’s cold and rainy around these parts, which is SO rare for where I live in Arizona. It’s pretty much the perfect weather for something homemade and warm…and of course something that cooks quickly so that you can warm up that belly in no time at all. I’m sharing one of my go-to soups for days such as today. It’s very easy and very inexpensive and can be modified easily to your liking. I often switch out some veggies for others depending on what I have in the fridge. My recipe for South Western Chicken and Veggie Soup is sure to win your heart…and my 5 year old daughter loves it too (with crunched tortilla chips on top!). 

sw chicken veggie soup

It’s a one pot wonder, my friends! And cooks in about 20-30 minutes. Just throw all the ingredients into a pot on the stove, bring it to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cover. I stir it after about 10 minutes of cooking and then again when it’s finished. Very low-key meal. 

South Western Chicken and Veggie Soup
Serves 6
A healthy and zesty soup that's easy to make and warms the tummy. Plus, it's gluten free!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 1 can vegetable broth
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1 can chicken (drained)
  4. 1 can corn
  5. 1 can black beans (rinsed)
  6. 1 can Rotel
  7. 1/3 cup favorite salsa
  8. 3/4 cup chopped carrots
  9. 1/2 cup chopped celery
  10. 1/2 cup chopped peppers
  11. 3 chopped green onions
  12. 1/4 tsp minced garlic
  13. salt, pepper, cumin to taste
  1. Throw all of the ingredients into a pot on the stove.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cover.
  3. Cook 20-30 minutes, stirring at the half way mark.
  4. *Optional: Serve with shredded cheese, tortilla strips and sliced avocado.
Mine for the Making

So yummy. Let me know what you think, friends! And if you hover over the photo you can easily PIN this recipe to your recipe board to save for a later date. 

I’m hoping to be back tomorrow to share a Christmas project with you. It’s a super busy weekend for us as I am vending my hand painted signs at the Holiday House, it’s my daughter’s last soccer game and soccer party, and we’re attending the musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with our besties. I hope you have an amazing weekend!

Featured DIY Divas {64} and a WINNER!

Hey there friends!
I’m so excited to share some of the lovely fashion that was linked up to our party last week. Thanks for linking up with us each week, Divas! I am also excited to share the Scentsy giveaway WINNER (sorry I am a day late)!!
Let’s holler “OW OW!” to our featured Divas today…
Fabric Headband Tutorial by Rae Gun Ramblings
Vintage Braided Bun Tutorial by Ruffly Ribbons & Ramblings
Faux Fur Scarf by Woman to Another
Fabulous, Divas!
Feel free to grab a {featured} button for your blog!
I hope you will join us tomorrow for another fun and fashion filled DIY Diva Thursdays!
And now for the Scentsy giveaway WINNER!
Congratulations Tara!
You have 48 hours to email me to claim your prize!