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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day and mothers are special. And the cards that remind them of that should be special too!

Here are some great Mother’s Day ideas to help you celebrate this special day! 🙂

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Need some help…

….making your mother, mother-in-law or grandmother feel special on this year’s Mother’s Day?

{Mother’s Day is around the corner!!}

Giving or decorating with flowers are a wonderful way to celebrate.

Or….perhaps…creating a special meal for her is something she’d appreciate.

Maybe she enjoys receiving something handmade and special from you!

“Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother.”

— Ann Taylor, “My Mother”

“Guided by my heritage of a love of beauty and a respect for strength — in search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.”

— Alice Walker, “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens

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Need a Gift?

Etsy has this very spiffy gift finding tool. {Even more spiffy since Valentine’s Day is around the corner!}

First, go here.

Then, select a Facebook friend from the link provided or click “Preview Gift Ideas” and they will bring up a list of “personalities” that your friend or family member may have.

Note from Etsy: "What happens when you connect to Facebook?"

Don’t worry, we’ll be cool.

  • Your personal Etsy data will never be shared with Facebook.
  • We will not post to your Facebook Wall unless you ask us to.
  • We will not attempt to contact your friends on Facebook.
  • You can disconnect from Facebook any time.

After you select a facebook friend or “personality,” Etsy will pull up gift ideas based on their facebook profile.

Tada! Super easy! 🙂 Have fun gift shopping!

Shopping on Etsy

Shopping on Etsy

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20eleven!

2011 is here! Happy New Year!

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called “Opportunity” and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

~ Edith L. Pierce

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

~ Mark Twain

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

~ Albert Einstein

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Glamorously Gorgeous {Christmas Party Style}

To me, Christmas is much more than sending cards to loved ones {although I LOVE making cards, as you can see by my Etsy shop: piecefuljoy.etsy.com}. Christmas is about the Reason for the season {stay tuned for upcoming blog post but for a preview, check out Luke 2:11} as well as spending face to face time with friends and family  {and no, I don’t mean face to face time as in facebook time. ;-)} Gathering together and celebrating Christmas during this special holiday season is where many fond memories begin.

Speaking of gathering together, many of us will be spending time with parents’ friends, significant other’s coworkers, meet the brother’s girlfriend for the first time, etc around this time of year. Will you be attending or hosting any Christmas parties in the near future?

“Whatever shall I wear?!”

No fear, dear friends! Take a peek at this Etsy treasury with me……I’m trying to decide what I shall wear for a Christmas party tomorrow night! Here’s how the thoughts run through my head (if you care to join my whirlwind of decision making): denim trousers (or classy black straight leg dress pants?) with black flats (or the black heels that have the silver accent? If I decide to wear the heels, then I’d need to wear the long denim trousers or the black dress pants) with a sleeveless silky ruffled collar blouse topped off with a drapy black cardigan (or maybe the silk light green one with mother of pearl buttons) accented with tear drop diamond necklace. I would wear the matching earrings, but I lost one of them somehow in between the trip of home and traveling to visit family (My wedding jewelry, no less. Great job, Sarah).
Anyway, please click and take a look at this fabulous collection of items gathered along the theme of a classy Christmas party. You may find some inspiration….I know I did!:

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4cedb8aa4ad68eef5f062d2d/glamorously-gorgeous-christmas-party?index=9

{By the way…if you fall in love with any of these items – they’re for sale by Etsy sellers! But be fast, because some of these items are one of a kind! :-)}

Black Ruffly Maxi Dress

Black Ruffly Maxi Dress

Damask Clutch

Damask Clutch

Vintage Hair Clip

Vintage Hair Clip

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Eye-Popping Polka Dot Themed Christmas Gift Wrapping

Gift wrapping is one of my favorite things to do. Christmas wrapping is especially fun and I like to make all of my gifts’ wrapping coordinate.

This year’s recipe for themed gift wrapping is as follows:

  • brown paper (inside out grocery bags). Strips of this paper was used as ribbon, paper punched on the edges.
  • pages from a vintage dictionary (cut with an exacto knife)
  • inexpensive white wrapping paper
  • ribbon leftover from my Christmas wreath (see Pieceful Joy’s facebook page for pics)
  • homemade heart shaped gingerbread tags (painted with red and white acrylic paint).{ See Christmas recipe post for this easy recipe!}

For Dad

For Dad

Under the Tree

Under the Tree

For Mom

For Mom

For Mom

For Mom

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Christmas Recipes

Many gingerbread ornament recipes call for  molasses or a bunch or cinnamon. I found this inexpensive {and easy!!} gingerbread recipe! Using a heart cookie cutter, I painted and personalized the gingerbread into tags for some of this year’s Christmas gifts. {http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/christmasfun/kids.htm}

Salt Dough Ornaments

2 C. flour
1 C. salt
1 C. water

Mix salt and flour. Add in half the water, then gradually add the remaining water. Knead until the dough is smooth, this can take up to 10 minutes.

For flat dough ornaments roll out the dough on baking paper. You can also be creative and make odd shapes and wreaths (takes longer to bake.) Use cookie cutters, cut-out templates, or just use your hands.

Dust dough with flour and begin to add details to the ornaments with a toothpick, popsicle stick, and knife.

Don’t forget to use a straw to make a hole so you can hang the ornament.

Baking: Time varies based on thickness of ornament
Temperature: 325°F.
Time: 1 1/2 hours – or until dry

Let cool before you begin. Paint with acrylic paints. Glue on beads, buttons, or any fun accessory. Coat with acrylic varnish when everything is dry.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Recently I discovered a fabulous new way to do hot chocolate {and oh my goodness! It rivals Starbucks’ hot chocolate!}.  Place stainless steel mixing bowl and whisk in freezer for 10-15 minutes. In a saucepan, heat milk. Add hot cocoa mix {easy, huh?}.  Take mixing bowl from freezer and pour 1 cup heavy whipping cream and 2 tablespoons sugar into the mixing bowl. Whip until the mixture peaks. Pour hot chocolate into mug. Top with generous dollop of whipped cream. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon or crushed peppermint {like from a peppermint or candy cane}.

 

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