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Dollar Store Candy Cane Wreath

Today I am linking up with some fellow bloggers for a Dollar Store craft challenge.  I don't often participate in these challenges since I try to stay away from our local Dollar Stores; I find they can be quite dangerous for me!  I knew this was the perfect time to find some inexpensive holiday decorations though and I just LOVE how my wreath turned out! 

I hope you stop by and see what the other hosts are sharing.

Meet this month's co-hosts! Across the Blvd | Purple Hues & Me This Autoimmune Life | Our Unschooling Journey Domestic Deadline | Sew Crafty Crochet Stone Cottage Adventures | Sum of Their Stories | Two Chicks & a Mom
I bought the candy cane wreath base and a few rolls of mesh (not knowing how many I'd need I bought waaay to many; I only ended up using one white roll and one red roll.

Using some chenille stems I already had on hand I attached the mesh to the wreath base trying to alternate the white and red to simulate candy cane stripes.


10 Favorite Gifts to Give

This month's 10 on the 10th list is all about our favorite gifts to give.  While I am hard at work writing up my Christmas list this list could not come at a more perfect time!

1.  Something I've Crafted-- I love making gifts for family members and I really enjoy experimenting with different crafts each year.  I've made homemade lotions and sugar scrubs, pillows and blankets, vinyl embellished everything and lots and lots of ornaments.

2.  An experience-- Rather than buying just another toy that will be forgotten about in no time we try to buy experiences for our boys (and this year other family members too!). We have bought family passes to the obstacle courses, the zoo, one year we used our Disney trip as a surprise Christmas gift.  I'd rather make memories with my boys and we have always found creative ways to wrap these gifts that get them so excited!

3.  A themed gift basket-- I love pulling together gift baskets and often add a unique handmade item or two to g…

Making Gourmet Caramel Apples at Home

I have been wanting to try making our own caramel apples for quite some time now but it's just one of those things that we kept forgetting about or putting off for another day until the next thing you know a year or so went by and we still hadn't made any.

I decided this was the year and when I found a quick and easy tutorial for making caramel apples on A Grace Full Life I immediately went out and bought our supplies.
Honey crisp applescaramelsmilkchocolate meltscandy bars (we used Butterfingers) My boys wanted to embellish our apples with crushed candies, melted chocolate, and we even talked about buying Oreos (why we decided not to I really can't remember!)

We were only make 3 apples so I knew we didn't need a very big pan to put them in when we were done.  We pulled out an 8x8 Pyrex dish and sprayed it liberally with non-stick spray then set it aside.

We had some sticks left from when we made our Jolly Rancher candy apples last year and we put one stick in each app…

Encouraging Hearts and Home-- Happy November

I find it so hard to believe that it's already November!  In just 3 short weeks we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving. I can already smell that roasting turkey smell and I can't wait for it.  I just love Thanksgiving.  I shared all about how it was my favorite holiday on the blog yesterday.
And Now, for This Week's Encouraging Hearts & Home Blog Hop! The Encouraging Hearts & Home Bloggers Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!

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