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10 Jellies, Jams and Other Canned Creations

Canning isn’t just for pickling…you can make delicious jams, jellies, butters and even salsas using the ol’ trusty mason jar.

Not only is this a great way to use fruits and veggies that are nearing season’s end, but these canned creations make great gifts for the holidays.

Surprise the hostess with the mostess with some homemade apple butter, or fill holiday stockings with a can of homemade salsa. Thrifty and fun to assemble, these canned jellies, jams and butters will help you clean out your produce stash in no time!

10 Jellies, Jams and Other Canned Creations

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  1. Canned Apple Pie Filling
  2. Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles
  3. Old Fashioned Apple Butter
  4. Homemade Salsa
  5. Bourbon Soaked Cherries
  6. Pumpkin Ginger Jam
  7. 5-Minute Lime Curd
  8. Blackberry Jam
  9. Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
  10. Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter

Every Monday is a “Reci-bee” post, where I share my favorite recipes, recipe collections, and cooking and baking hints and tips. 

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12 Scent-sational Soaps for Fall

Fill your house (or at least your bathroom) with the scents of fall. With these handmade soap recipes, you can create a fall oasis right in the comfort of your own home.

Combining favorite fall ingredients, like oatmeal, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and coffee, these 12 handmade soaps also make wonderful hostess gifts for Thanksgiving or any other fall family gathering!

12 Scent-sational Soaps for Fall

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  1. DIY Pumpkin Soap
  2. Orange and Comfrey Shey Butter Soap
  3. Melt and Pour Cinnamon Soap
  4. Apple Cinnamon Soap
  5. Easy Pumpkin Spice Soap
  6. Apple Cinnamon Goat’s Milk Soap
  7. Melt and Pour Orange Soap
  8. Melt and Pour Coffee Soap
  9. Green Apple Soap
  10. Honey and Oatmeal Soap
  11. Orange Soap
  12. Oatmeal Raisin Soap

Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

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The Road to Anywhere Key Chain

The first time I read The Phantom Tollbooth was right before my 31st birthday. Crazy, I know! I received the book from my aunt as a gift and tore through it in one sitting. I loved the messages about the importance of the journey, as that’s something that’s been drilled into my head by my parents since I was a little girl.

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One of my favorite parts of the book was this quote: “There are no wrong roads to anywhere.” I thought it so perfectly summed up everything we were taught about exploring every possibility, whether that be metaphorical or literal. I actually loved it so much that I turned it into this cute little key chain!

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Complete with a key charm to better convince you to hop in the car and just see where it takes you, this key chain makes a great gift for a graduate or someone about to embark on a new life-changing journey.

Made using polymer clay, this charm is surprisingly light-weight, durable, and super easy to make!

The Road to Anywhere Key Chain

Materials:

  • Polymer clay in desired colors (I used two shades of purple clay)
  • Small rubber letter stamps (I found mine in the dollar bin at Michaels)
  • Pen or toothpick
  • White paint
  • Key charm
  • Key ring
  • Paper towel
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush

Instructions:

  1. To create the clay circle, I marbleized two purple clay colors together. Once marbleized, form into a circle, measuring about 2 in. across and 1/4 in. thick.
  2. Use your rubber letter stamps to stamp in your message.
  3. Using a pen or a toothpick, create the hole at the top of your charm for the key ring.
  4. Bake your clay charm following the directions for whatever clay you’re using.
  5. Once cooled, place a small amount of white paint on your paper towel. Quickly rub it over the letters, then rub as much of the paint off as you can, leaving the paint to sink into the stamped letters. This takes some practice, but if you mess up, you can use nail polish remover to take the paint off and try again.
  6. Let your paint dry, then seal it in with a coat of Mod Podge.
  7. Add your key charm, if desired, and your key ring and you’re ready to hit the road!
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Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

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9 Photo Gifts for Mom

Word to the wise – Mother’s Day is this Sunday! If you’re still looking for a fun gift for mom, check out these adorable photo-themed gifts that mom is sure to love (I’m not even a mom and I’m looking at making some of these for myself!).

Great for last-minute gifts for moms, grandmas, sisters and friends, these photo gifts are sure to be well-loved and appreciated for years to come!

9 Photo Gifts for Mom

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  1. Wacky Planters
  2. Crazy Kids Bookmarks
  3. DIY Luminaries
  4. Modern Photo Wall Art
  5. Homemade MOM Sign
  6. Lavender Sachets
  7. Silhouette Pillow
  8. Easy Cut-Out Canvas
  9. Generational Photo

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14 Inspiring Journals and Doodle Books

I never thought I would be the type of person who loved writing in books. I keep my books in the best condition I can…I never fold down pages or remove jacket covers…my dad would make fun of me, saying I should “live in the books” like he did (his were always filled with food crumbs and had water damage from reading in the tub), but I couldn’t do it.

But it wasn’t until I tried actually doodling and journaling in a book that I found that I actually loved it. It’s a great way to keep your brain active and is sure to be a fun memento for my kids and grandkids to find!

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If you’re looking for a way to relax and recenter, here are 14 awesome journals that are great motivators for getting more creative in your down time.

14 Inspiring Journals and Doodle Books

Wreck This Journal: Now in Color

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Rip it! Write it! Draw it!

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Doodle Diary: Art Journaling for Girls

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You’re Weird: A Creative Journal for Misfits, Oddballs and Anyone Else Who’s Uniquely Awesome

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Create This Book!

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My Life in Color: Inspirational Coloring Journal

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Write it Down, Let it Go

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Finish this Book

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Listography Journal

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642 Things to Write About

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Start Where You Are

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Good Days Start with Gratitude

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It’s Gonna Be Okay

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Present, Not Perfect

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Looking for a new book to read? Check in every Friday for a “Bee Happy” post, where I share reviews of books I’ve read or other book-themed lists.

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15 Fun Pom Pom Crafts

Aren’t pom pom’s da bomb?  A great way to use up leftover yarn, pom poms make everything from shoes to scarves way more fun to show off!

With these 15 fun pom pom crafts, you can create your own fun wearables and home decor in no time…and you don’t even need a pom pom maker (though it does help!).

15 Fun Pom Pom Crafts

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  1. Pom Pom Scarf
  2. Pom Pom Gift Tags
  3. Pom Pom Wreath
  4. Pom Pom Wall Art
  5. Pom Pom Floral Branches
  6. Pom Pom Rug
  7. Pom Pom Earrings
  8. Pom Pom Necklace
  9. Pom Pom Pillow
  10. Pom Pom Shoes
  11. Pom Pom Cake Topper
  12. Pom Pom Hair Clips
  13. Pom Pom Flowers
  14. Pom Pom Bookmarks
  15. Pom Pom Clock

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15 Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers

Ok guys, Christmas is coming but THERE’S STILL TIME to get your favorite bookworm a little something special for their stocking…

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Some think that shopping for a reader is difficult, since you don’t know what books are on their shelves already…but you can still please your favorite Jane Austen, Harry Potter, or Mark Twain fan without having to step foot in a bookstore!  Here are 15 Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers that you can buy right from the comfort of your own home (thanks, Amazon!).

15 Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers

A page a day keeps the bordem away…

Wear your love of books on your sleeve…or arm or leg or face…

The perfect gift for those trying to keep track of their reading list.

Cook recipes from your favorite stories (I have this book and it’s adorable).

Not EVERY book lover loves tea…but almost every book lover loves a novel pun…

Novel Teas contains 25 teabags individually tagged with literary quotes from the world over, made with the finest English Breakfast tea.

Speaking of puns…

Every great book usually grabs you with the first line…

A little cushion for those long reading nights…

Every book reader needs this sign!

Keep on coastin’ with these Jane Austen coasters…

I always thought Quidditch was a deadly game…

Great for late-night reading…

If your book lover needs some tunage to set the mood, try this relaxing CD…

Music for Book Lovers

Or make your entire room smell like a bookstore…

Finally, this book and wine caddy is perfect for reading in bed, in the tub, or just on the couch curled up in a Snuggie…

Looking for a new book to read? Check in every Friday for a “Bee Happy” post, where I share reviews of books I’ve read or other book-themed lists.

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