Remembering: Sending snow to Guam

Today I am sharing an oldie, but goodie … this post is from 5 years ago, but I thought it would be fun to share again!My son, a corpsman in the U.S. Navy, is currently stationed in Guam. This will be our first Christmas apart.

He called last week and asked for me to send him his ornaments and I included a special gift from Mom.

It is a tradition I started when my children’s father and I were divorced. Each Christmas I give them a personalized, usually handmade, gift from me.  They open their special gifts on Christmas Eve and then I make them listen as I read “The Night Before Christmas.”

This year, since we will be apart, I thought I would send some of our traditions to him in the form of a mini wooden book.

It started with a mini album from KaiserCraft. I love their Beyond the Page line. You simply cut, sand lightly and cover with paper.

I wanted a winter theme, since he is living in the tropics, so I chose the new winter paper line from Bo Bunny.

I made a shaker box (super easy with Shake It from Impression Obsession)  for the cover and filled it with “snow,” in the form of Art Glitter and a Grungeboard Snowflake.

Inside, I shared some photos of him, along with the gifts of Christmas. I think he’ll enjoy showing his friends how cute he was when he was little!

In addition to snow, I sent him my love …Our tree (with Misty hiding underneath … she loves Christopher almost as much as I do!)And Santa … along with a photo that I know will make him laugh.On the last page, I made a stocking and filled it with a copy of “The Night Before Christmas.” I know as my kids got older, they only endured the reading to humor me (and because my husband told them that Santa wouldn’t fill their stockings if they didn’t make their mother happy), but traditions become important as you grow up, so I thought I would send it anyway.

Assuming he doesn’t read my blog, which I doubt he does, he should be surprised by his little book in another week or so … it takes a long time for mail to get to Guam!

Sign up for Graphic 45 class

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It’s been awhile since my last post … there has not been a lot of crafting going on around here lately … I have been setting up my fall schedule, ordering new products, evaluating new releases and planning classes, but there has not been a lot of actual crafting going on.

So, I thought I would share my latest Graphic 45 card class that will be taught at Scrappy Chic in Livonia on Wednesday, Sept. 2. I do these classes each month using the Time to Flourish paper line from Graphic 45. The company puts together two cards and two tags and sends them to local stores to offer as classes. I use them as inspiration to create four cards. The classes are less than $20 and I try to include several techniques, tips or short cuts in each class, so they are a good value. And there is a great group of ladies who take the classes each month! Contact the store to sign up. I would love to see you there!

IMGP3065I have also been busy with my family … my son, Christopher, is in the process of getting out of the U.S. Navy. He is living in the continental U.S. for the first time in five years! And, he brought home his fiance, Ola, from Hawaii with him. She is a wonderful woman and I am enjoying getting to know her.

Of course, they have virtually nothing, so we are spending a lot of time going through things we have put in storage for hand-me-downs, looking for bargains and shopping yard sales and thrift stores to help them set up their new apartment.

They are also vegan, so I have been searching for vegetarian recipes … that part is easy, but they do not eat any animal product, which means no butter, eggs or cheese and that part takes a little searching to find the right recipes. Fortunately, they enjoyed my first meal — cooked with fresh produce and herbs from my garden.

So now you know why the delays on my end … how has your summer been? Are you ready to get back into the groove? The holidays are just around the corner … get ready by stocking up on adhesive and pick up some new papers, tools and techniques to create holiday decor, gifts, cards and more. Contact me for classes and products. If it isn’t in my store, please ask … I can order from almost every company!

Just for You

mm_makeandtake by Candy Spiegel

If you have been to a crop with me, you have likely seen this free make and take that I offer to introduce you into the world of Mosaic Moments.

I love it .. it is quick and easy and uses up some of those leftover nature and scenery photos.

I decided to make a video to show you how much easy it is to make … check it out:

From Goodwill to My Kitchen

goodwill hook by Candy Spiegel5

I took a recent Goodwill find and turned it into this adorable hook to hold my pot holders in my kitchen.

goodwill hook by Candy Spiegel

This is what the hook originally looked like. I knew it would be easy to make it into something I love …

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I started by painting the entire plaque with white acrylic paint.

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Then I used Wendy Vecchi’s faux graniteware technique on the hook. The little medallion I coated in Wendy’s embossing powder. But, it seemed a little bright (I didn’t want it to look like McDonald’s) so I added a bit of her Potting Soil Archival Ink to soften the yellow.

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Then I covered the plaque in Graphic 45’s Home Sweet Home papers. I love this collection!

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Here it is hanging on the wall in my kitchen. Cute??


I’ve been a little behind on my blog posts lately … mostly because it is summer. I love this time of the year when I can sit outside and watch the chickens play and enjoy picking my dinner from the garden each evening. Of course, there is also a lot of work to be done putting up the produce we grow, which cuts into my crafting time.

But, since the beets, zucchini, yellow squash, peas and peppers are in the freezer and we’ve made three different kinds of pickles, plus pickled peppers and onions, I have found time for a few little projects while waiting on the tomatoes to ripen.


This is one project I have been wanting to do for months — I just couldn’t think of what I wanted to spell. Then, while at Red Robin, I saw they had the word Yummm on their wall and I thought it would be perfect.


The Y is a clear acrylic letter from Clear Scraps. I added paper from Graphic 45 to the back of it and then cut out additional parts of the paper and adhered them with dimensional foam adhesive to the front.


These Ms — both wooden letters from a craft store — are both coated with Wendy Vecchi’s embossing powders. I then used white pigment ink and her stamp to create faux graniteware. I love this technique … check out her blog for complete instructions.


The U and the other M were used as purchased from Michael’s.


And here it is hanging in my kitchen. So cute!