Send Your Leftovers Home in Style

After every holiday gathering, there is always leftover food. We all end up taking the leftovers home, which is definitely not a bad thing. Why not take your leftovers home with a cute label on them?  We all love leftovers and usually pick at them over the next few days, like leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, beans, and of course, dessert. Every time we head into the fridge, we nibble, and nibble some more on the leftovers, so why not nibble with a smile on our face too!

HAPPY LEFTOVERS TAGS FROM NIKITALAND

I made some adorable colorful tags that you can cutout and stick on all of your own leftover containers! Just printout the tags, and use your 2″ circle cutter to cut them out and put a little piece of tape behind the tag! That’s it! But I bet that every time you head into the fridge for something to nibble on, you will definitely smile!

Here is your free “Happy Leftovers” tags to download!

No matter what container you choose to send your leftovers home with your loved ones, add a cute little tag on top to brighten their day!

Join Us For A Christmas Card Exchange

It is about “that time” again, and Christmas is quickly approaching. I already have quite a few of your mailing addresses, but for those of you who would like to join in the holiday fun, let’s share some Christmas cards!

Christmas Card Exchange

Contact me offline via email with your mailing address and we can exchange Christmas Cards! There is nothing better than receiving a Christmas Card in the mail from a wonderful friend!

There are a few of you who I know have “moved”, so make sure that you contact me with your new mailing address! (ie: Boomie & Laurie)

And, don’t forget to use my little “Happy Mail” and “This is not a bill: Open Me” labels that I shared with you in a previous post to stick on your cards heading out to your mailbox!

So, join in the fun and let’s share Christmas Cards! (don’t forget, please do not share your address in the comments section! Email me!)

 

Our First Snowfall of the Season

We knew it was going to happen, sooner or later, but we got our first snowfall of the Season yesterday.  We had mixed feelings of whether we were glad to see the beautiful fluffy snowflakes falling so daintily covering everything in a white powder. I think we are just not quite ready to head on into Winter, but we can do nothing about that. It’s going to come whether we want it to or not.

FIRST SNOWFALL 11-13-14

The photo above was just the start of the snow, as you can see the ground was not yet covered, but we ended up getting about 4 inches by morning. (I love how the snowflakes look in the photo with the flash on my camera!) Nikita and Bella of course, loved the arrival of the snow and immediately did zoomies in the yard!

Last weekend, we got the Christmas lights on the house and the decorations out in the yard, as this was our last chance with a semi warm day to do so before the cold temps hit us. Boy are we glad that we did, because it is just way too cold out now to decorate. I have also been under the weather for a few weeks now with a nasty chest congestion, and I did my best at helping get the decorations outside. (these chest congestions hang on forever which stinks!)

11-13-14 FIRST SNOWFALL OF SEASON

Here’s a photo of our Christmas decorations in the snow last night! Boy are we glad we got them all up! It has been snowing here since yesterday and it has not stopped. Nothing makes outside Christmas decorations look so beautiful when they are covered up with white fluffy snowflakes.

How much snow did you get in your area?

Happy Mail

Is your mailbox happy? If not, we need to change that! One never knows what they will find when they search Pinterest, and something caught my eye the other day, but then again, when don’t you find neat things on Pinterest, eh?

Anyhow, I saw some printables that THIRTYHANDMADEDAYS created, and I wanted to see if I could recreate them myself. (I always want to give credit where credit is due)  I did a spectacular job in recreating the labels that I found and wanted to share them with you. These labels can be printed out on Avery 5162 labels (14 per sheet).

This is not a bill - OPEN ME

When was the last time you got something in the mail that wasn’t a bill? Probably not in a long time, but I put these new labels to the test and mailed a friend of mine a little card with the label “This is not a bill – OPEN ME”. I found out that she smiled when she saw this in her mailbox – success! What a great way to brighten up someones day!

This is not a bill - OPEN ME

It has been awhile since I mailed out any cards to my peeps, but I will have to change that now! Just open up the PDF and print these labels out on a sheet of Avery 5162 labels and make sure you use a color printer! Now, get to work and send out some Happy Mail today and make someone smile! Check back here often because I am making some more labels for Christmas, New Years, and a birthday one too!

Here are your free printables:
This is not a bill: OPEN ME
Happy Mail

And, if you want to check out more free printables, check out my Printables Board on Pinterest too! (believe me, you will find something for every occasion as there are 1,139 pins in this board!)

Get Cash for Shopping Online

Awhile ago, I had told all of you about how you can get cash in your pocket for just shopping online, and I wanted to remind you again since the “shopping season” will be upon us soon! If you purchase anything online, then this is for you! I am talking about EBATES! When you sign up for Ebates, you earn cash back for just shopping online, and it’s free to do! Once you start using Ebates, you will receive quarterly “Big Fat Checks” right in your mailbox that you can use for anything, or for more shopping!

Since we are already signed up for Ebates, they encourage us to “refer a friend”, so that is what I am doing today. So, if you want to earn cash back for just doing your normal online shopping, then use our link to sign up & start receiving your own Big Fat Checks too!

There are more than 1,700 stores enrolled in Ebates, so finding the stores that you normally shop at is easy! For example, we get cash back from Home Depot, KMart, Staples, etc. just for shopping online!

Here’s how you can earn cash back too:

  • Click our link to sign up for Ebates (this tells Ebates that we referred you to them)
  • Create your own Ebates account (it’s free)
  • The next time you want to shop online, go to Ebates FIRST, find the store you want to shop at, click that stores link, Ebates opens up a ticket on your screen and takes you directly to the store you want to shop at. Make your purchase and you have now successfully earned your Ebates cash back.It’s that easy!
  • Then you can look at your account on Ebates and it will tell you how much money you just earned on your purchase!
  • The neat thing about Ebates is that they change all the time the percentage of cash back that you can earn, so always check back in on your Ebates account to see what percentage you can earn today on your favorite stores!  (for example, one day Home Depot is offering 3% cash back, and a week later it could be 5%)
  • And, when you first sign up you get a $10 cash bonus after you make your own purchase of $25 or more!

Now comes the even better part of Ebates! Once you create your account, it is time that you can earn even MORE money! There is a “Refer a Friend” section on your account and this is where you send your own Ebates account link up to all of your friends, family, and co-workers. Get them to sign up for Ebates through your link, have them create their own Ebates account (did I tell you it’s free), and once they make their first purchase through Ebates, YOU get cash back for referring them! The more friends you refer and get to sign up, the more money you can earn!

So, right now, click on our link and sign up for your own Ebates account today and start earning cash back for all of your holiday purchases! How could you pass up free money, right? And believe me, it does add up! This is even better than finding money you did not know you had in a coat pocket! You’ll thank me later.

How to Make a Quick Halloween Prop

We all know that the countdown to Halloween has begun, and we know that our time is sometimes limited due to our hectic schedules. But there is a quick and easy way to create an almost free Halloween prop in a few minutes. Let me show you how!

HOW TO MAKE A QUICK HALLOWEEN PROP

First, grab your branch cutters or a little hand saw and head out into your woods. To make this easy, look first for little branches that might be lying on the ground. If you can’t find any, which I would find it hard to believe that you couldn’t, you will need to saw or snip off a few small branches.

Carry those branches back home and snip off any little pieces of branches so you are left with just one long branch. Now carefully lean them into each other to kinda make a branch t-pee. Once you get them in a shape you like, take some jute and tie them up where all the branches meet. (I would suggest you do all of this “where” you are planning on putting this prop in your yard so you don’t have to carry it afterwards) Make sure you jam each stick a little bit into the ground for stability.

The next thing that I did was bring up one of our black witches cauldron from storage. At first, I wanted to “hang” the cauldron from the sticks, but the cauldron did not have any hooks, so I had to MacGyver something. I took one of our tomato cages and cut off the bottom section with wire cutters and placed the cauldron on top of it. THIS WORKED OUT PERFECTLY!

The next item I grabbed was some fire wood we have behind the garage and stacked them around the cauldron. This is making the effect that the cauldron is stacked on top of wood. Next, I balled up a set of white Christmas lights under the cauldron (inside the tomato cage frame) and turned them on! WOW! When I took this photograph, it actually looks like a fire underneath the cauldron.

I am going to also add an orange set of lights underneath the cauldron too, to give the “fire” a more realistic look. Now comes the fun part…I am going to grab two of our skellies and have them stand around the cauldron! I will have one posed as if he is “warming up his hands” by the fire, and the other one will be “roasting a marshmallow”!

This Halloween prop was made for free, because I already had the cauldron, lights and tomato cage, and the wood & branches were free! Yeah!

Hee hee, don’t you just love Halloween!

Halloween Decorating Has Begun

I can officially say that I started our Halloween decorating today! I started pulling out all of my paper mache pumpkins, my paper mache mummy, my paper mache witch head that I am still working on, and the paper mache fireplace. I have had a few people ask to see the finished fireplace, so I made sure I got it in the photo!

MY PAPER MACHE PROJECTS

I still have a lot more pumpkins to unpack for our inside Halloween decorations, and I always bring out our lighted Halloween Willow Trees too to give the living room a nice eerie glow. Everything in the photo above, is made in paper mache!

I have also been working on a paper mache torso and I hope to get him finished before Halloween!  In case you are wondering how I created this torso, here’s how I started off:

HOW TO MAKE A PAPER MACHE TORSO

I wrapped my own body with clear packing tape from my waist to my neck. When you do this, the first layer of packing tape must be sticky side out so it does not stick to your clothing. Once you get the first layer of packing tape around your entire torso, you then keep wrapping with the sticky side towards you. What you are doing here, is making a nice form for a torso. Once you get enough packing tape around you, the next step is to get the form off of you. Either have someone cut the form off of you, or you can do it yourself, but be careful not to cut yourself!

Now you have a quick torso made! Just tape up the place where you cut yourself out from the form and you are now ready to paper mache your torso. I am sure that there are tons of other ways out there in the Halloween prop making world to thicken your torso other than paper maching it, but for now I am using the paper mache process. (just a reminder, my paper mache recipe is just water and flour made into a kinda pancake batter consistency)

MAKING HANDS FINGERS AND ARMSThe next step is to make some arms for your new torso. I just opened up the newspaper and took one sheet and rolled up some long strips, then rolled a few more sheets around that first one. Tape up the side so it does not unravel. Make two arms. Now you need to make the hands – just ball up some newspaper for the palm and tape it, then roll up some shorter strips of newspaper for the fingers. Tape the fingers to the palm. Don’t try to be too exact in the length of the fingers, because you are making a scary Halloween prop, ya know! The weirder the better, if you ask me. Now that your fingers are attached to the palm, attach them to the arm, and you are now ready to attach the arms to your torso.

TAPED UP HAND

I know that some of this sounds a bit too much, but it goes really quickly. Nothing has to be perfect at all because you don’t want a perfectly formed Halloween prop. Once the arms are attached to the torso, you can bend or crease the newspaper arms to whatever shape you want. Do you want your prop reaching out for you, or do you want it to be reaching up in the air, the choice is yours so make it any way you wish.

PAPER MACHE TORSO IN THE WORKS

Here is what the torso looks like now, just a few more layers of paper mache to go. HINT: For anyone attempting to make anything in paper mache, make sure you have lots (and I mean lots & lots) of layers of paper mache around your prop, otherwise can cave in. The arms on this torso prop are hard as a rock right now because it has many layers on it.

I will be adding a head to him this weekend so it will make him pretty close to completion. I am still tossing around the idea of putting him out in the yard, but I will need to seal all the paper mache really good so the weather does not ruin him. Flex Seal is what I would use on this guy if he heads outdoors.

It feels pretty good to look around our living room and see all of the paper mache items that I have made over the years. They were all easy to make, but they just take a lot of time to complete. Have you started on any new paper mache Halloween items this year?

 

Halloween Craft Project Link Up Party!

This will be my first, of many, Link Up Party and today I want all of you to share your best Halloween Craft Projects! Just follow the link below to add your Halloween Craft Projects! Today I am featuring Halloween Craft Projects, and since Halloween is quickly approaching, I will be adding other Link Up Parties for Halloween Decorating, Makeup, etc, so stay tuned to join in with the fun!