Favorite Things Roundup

Favorite Things Roundup

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a chance to enjoy this time with the ones you love.  I know our family will be taking a much needed break from working and relax all weekend.

Black Friday is tomorrow, so I want to share a few of my favorite things so that you don’t miss out on any deals!  I like to shop Thanksgiving evening online (mainly Amazon because it ships straight to my door for free). Here are a few of my favorite things!

*Disclaimer: I love Amazon. So I use my love for blogging and Amazon together.  So when I share things, they go through my links.  I only share things that I truly love.  All of the things listed on this page I own personally.  I wouldn’t recommend things that I don’t trust.   *April Waltrip aka [StampinFool.com] is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.*

Happy Shopping!!

FOR YOU!

KitchenAid Stand Mixer:  This is the big boy && it is on super sale. Seriously, if you were even considering it, this is the best deal I have seen for the 5 Qt. It is less expensive than my 4.5 Qt. And I have it in Ice blue in case you were wondering!

I’m kind of obsessed with my Ice Blue Kitchenaid.  You can also see another fav, the salt and pepper and butter dish. They are listed below. img_4157

FOR THE FAMILY

Amazon Echo:  If you don’t have it you need it.  I am a total Amazon junkie (I love the Prime tv, but this is amazing).

Amazon Fire.  Two years ago we ditched cable. Crazy right? Well, we love it. We love that we can watch movies and shows on Amazon and Netflix, we have no cable bill, and we can stream PBS Newshour live every night on You Tube to our TV.   If you are considering ditching cable, do it.  Make sure you have a Prime account, otherwise you won’t have the thousands of free shows and movies and who wants to pay for movies if you don’t have to.  I will say that we love ordering the occasional New Release after the babe is in bed; one that is still in theaters.  We can watch it from home for under $20 and don’t have to get a sitter.

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FOR THE COOK!

Against All Grain. I love this cookbook.  I seriously love it.  With my son’s wheat allergy and me moving towards a Paleo eating style, this book is perfect.  It has amazing dinner recipes for all sorts of allergy friendlys and the most amazing truffle recipe ever.  Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

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Pioneer Woman: Turquoise Jar Shakers and Butter Dish. SOLD. I ’em. I saw them hit the market via and email and knew I had to have them right away. The color is stunning and they are so cute.

FOR THE CRAFTER!

Project Life FUSE Tool. I love the Fuse tool for making Project Life pockets. I can enclose small bits and pieces like movie ticket stubs, my sons first lock of hair (weird, I know, at least I don’t keep teeth!), sequins, confetti, bits from my favorite birthday and Christmas cards,

I’m currently working on my December Project Life Album using the Hello December Stampin Up cards. Love the emerald and red colors together! ah. img_4164

FOR THE BOOKWORM/ BEST FRIEND!

For the Love. Are you a reader? Do you have a best girlfriend who needs a pick me up? This Jen Hatmaker book is for you. I read it the night it was released via kindle and immediately ordered a second copy on Amazon and shipped it to my best friend. It was perfect timing, and full of grace.

Modern Girl’s Guide to Life. I really enjoyed this book. It has great practical advice for young women coming into their own or starting their own household (married or not).

My Modern Girl’s Guide to Life book is stashed in my office right beside my Project Life cards. I guess I thought all things pink needed to be together. img_4162

Here are a few more of my Favorite Things!

A little bird of Thanks

Things I love:  Best Birds and Jars of Love.

A  few weeks ago my best friend sent me a thank you card for hosting a baby shower.  It was a bright floral wreath with a pretty little pink bird right in the middle.  It gave me the inspiration for this bird and wreath card.

I stamped a few layered flower on a scrap of Whisper White and cut them out with the Jar of Love framelits.  I finished it off with a cute Melon Mambo bird just like my inspiration.

Best Birds Thank You card from StampinFool.com

Supply List:

 

Don’t forget we are still having a sale on Designer Series Paper during the month of October.  Now is a great time to stock up!

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Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art

Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art

When I first saw the Paisleys and Posies stamp set and framelits I knew I wanted to create a peacock from them.  I instantly fell in love.  #1- I love peacocks.  #2- I want to make all things peacock.  #3- This stamp set jumped out at me and I knew I wanted it.  Although the paisleys make great Fall themed cards and projects, they can also be used in layering and creating anything from flowers to animals- punch art of sorts.

To make the peacock framed art I grabbed a piece of 12 x 12 White card stock, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo and Wild Wasabi card stocks and started stamping and die cutting.  If you want to recreate this too, you’ll want to cut the card stock in half to 4 1/4″ and stamp about five of each of the large and medium paisleys and circle medallions (both sizes) in each color.  I also stamped some in Versamark and white heat embossed on colored card stock.  Die cut all of the pieces and start piecing them together to find a good fit.

For the Peacock body and plume, you’ll want to layer dimensionals under each layer and adhere each feather with dimensionals.  Stamping: start from the body and attached feathers and stamp your way down, out and to the sides with the larger stamps first, filling in with medium and then smallest stamped images.

Finally, after it is all stamped, dimensionaled down and adhered to the 12 x 12 mat it’s time to embellish. The feathers are embellished with dimensionals, rhinestones, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, and Bermuda Bay sequins pulled off of the sequin trim.

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Here is a close up of the peacock body made of paisleys.

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Detail of the stamped and die cut fan pieces.

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

I love love this stamp set and it makes seriously beautiful peacocks!  What do you think- do you love it?  Do you also love peacocks as much as I do?

Stampin’ Up! Supply List:

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

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