December 25



Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day full of happiness and family. With half our lives in storage and a handful of my craft supplies, I still got me tree and filled it with adorable recycled bits. And it got me posting every day!

Most of the decorations will be recycled but a new I will keep – especially the little book!

Since I only had white paper, Christmas Day let me add some color to my tree with bows, ribbons and tags from gifts. And Lucy cat added her few decorations too…

I hope you enjoyed these crafts and stay tuned for some upcoming beauty videos, crafts, and more in the New Year!

December 4


By now, you’ve made a couple of ornaments and may have some scrap paper. You’ve made these probably with straw wrappers, while in class, while you’re on a conference call… anyway, they are a super simple folded piece of ART. They are the original fidget toy. Bask in the glory of simplicity and not wasting a scrap of paper. If you haven’t made one of these, the steps are simple and below:


Strips of scrap. Any size and width will do and it’s okay if they are a little beat up. It adds character.


It helps to add a touch of glue to the starting corner.


Start folding the pieces evenly on top of each other.






And fold until you can’t fold anymore. Trim off any excess and glue the top bits in place.

So simple, so satisfying. And it eats up any scraps you may have! It’s like amped up tinsel! Try in different widths, lengths and with more than two pieces!

Share your stations!

I’m always adding stations to Pandora. Send me some stations you think I may like! Below is my playlist to share with you:

  • Peaches
  • Gregorian Chant
  • Yo Yo Honey & Neha Kakkar
  • Boyce Avenue
  • Madonna with varieties added: Tina Turner,  Whitney Houston
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Ocean Sounds
  • Today’s Hits
  • Peter Hollens Holiday
  • Peter Hollens
  • Instrumental Holiday
  • Billy Joel
  • Solo Piano
  • Downton Abbey
  • Michael Buble Holiday
  • This is Halloween
  • Bongo Drums and Sticks
  • Tone-Loc
  • Contemporary Bollywood
  • Johnny Clegg
  • Imogen Heap with varieties added: Goldfrapp, Gotan Project, Beiruit
  • Vitamin C with varieties added: K-Ci & JoJo, No Doubt, Natalie Imbruglia, Janet Jackson,  Baz Luhrmann,
  • Salt Lake Pops Orchestra
  • Lindsay Stirling
  • Alex Boye Holiday
  • Just Fine ( Mary J, Blige)
  • The Piano Guys
  • Akon
  • New Age Ambient
  • White Noise
  • Shaggy
  • Straight No Chaser with varieties added: The Whiffenpoofs, Glee, Peter Hollens, Street Corner Symphony, Anthem Lights, Pentatonix
  • Spooky Symphonies
  • Early Jazz
  • The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Hakuna Matata
  • 30 Seconds to Mars
  • Lion King
  • African
  • Mezmerize (feat. Ashanti)
  • The Dan Band
  • Astrud Gilberto
  • Holiday Music
  • Spa
  • Mariah Carey Holiday
  • Nine Inch Nails with varieties added: Rob Zombie,  Puscifer, A Perfect Circle, Tool, How to Destroy Angels
  • Harry Potter
  • Halloween
  • The Pogues with varieties added: Steve Earle
  • Aqua
  • Smash Mouth with varieties added : Lit, Blink 182, Third Eye Blind, Barenaked Ladies, Sugar Ray
  • The Real McCoy
  • IZ
  • Walt Disney
  • *NSync
  • Frankie Valli
  • Killswitch Engage with varieties added : Mudvayne, Slipknot, Powerman 5000, As I Lay Dying, All That Remains, Five Finger Death Punch
  • Alabama 3
  • On The Floor (J. Lo)
  • Afroman
  • Ian Van Dahl
  • Michael Buble
  • Sexy Bitch
  • Nsync Holiday
  • Watcha Say (Derulo) with varieties added : Replay Iyaz, John Legend, Sean Kingston
  • Dean Martin

Leave your favorite artists and station recommendations below!

Emi’s Home Fries Recipe



  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 2 Cups Red or Gourmet Baby Potatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Yellow Onion
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Pinch of Paprika


  1. Heat 2 Tbs of olive oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet.
  2. Once heated, add potatoes, onion and all of the spices.
  3. Shimmy, flip or stir everything so it’s combined.
  4. Flip or stir lightly every 3 minutes for 15-20 minutes or until medium golden brown. Larger cut potatoes will take longer.


  • I use a Vidalia Chop Wizard to get evenly shaped potatoes and onion. (Vidalia Chop Wizard $19.99)
  • For threatening oil pops, I cover with a piece of foil or parchment paper.
  • Keep all the potatoes touching the pan – flatten out every time you flip or stir.
  • This can easily be cooked in a 375 oven until golden.


Simple Auction Basket Under $20

When you have no idea what theme your basket should be, Home Goods usually inspires something amazing. Owls are everywhere lately but I am totally in love with this little microwavable plush. The box is a shoe box I wrapped in fabric I had. For the filling, I used tissue paper then cut strips of orange card stock and curled. Intelex Hooty Microwavable Plus $9.99, Taja Tea Saffron & Mango Fusion $3.99, Owl Mug $4.99 for locations.



These tags I found a while ago at Home Goods. They come in a variety of shapes and colors with envelopes included. The font is called Wednesday from Vanessa Bays on


Cruz De Piedra


2007 blend Argentina ($35).  Malbec, Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot. Spices and dark berry flavors in this medium-full bodied wine. Complimented a beautiful filet, baked potato and asparagus spears.
Hugs and kisses to my amazing husband, Ryan, for putting together an incredible meal!