Friday Favorites–Printable 2015 Calendars

I look forward to picking out new calendars every year.  I usually have 4 – 5 in my house.  I know that seems excessive, but they each serve a different purpose.  I have a calendar in my studio for keeping track of outgoing orders and shipping dates, one in my office I use for blogging, one in the dining room for family stuff and my Lego version because it’s cute and I get to rebuild it every month.  Last year we had another calendar in the office for wedding events and deadlines.  However, the only one I have in my possession right now is the Lego.  Ack!  I have no idea how I arrived at January 2nd without a single new calendar in the house, but I’ll be remedying that soon. 

2015 Printable Calendars - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

This Motivational Desk Calendar from Elegance and Enchantment would be fun to turn the page on at the beginning of each new month.

2015 Printable Calendar from Elegance and Enchantment

Sometimes I need lots of space to write on each day.  This roomy calendar from Landeelu would be great for that.

2015 Printable Calendar from Landeelu

I love the adorable scrapbook design of this calendar from iMom.

2015 Printable Calendar from iMom

This calendar from Skip to my Lou fits two months to a page.

2015 Printable Calendar from Skip to my Lou

Sometimes it’s handy to be able to stand your calendar up, which is where this printable from Little Stuff comes in.

2015 Printable Calendar from Little Stuff

I like the clean lines and colorful months on this calendar from Tomkat Studio.

2015 Printable Calendar from Tomkat Studio

The colorful headers on this calendar from Lia Griffith are fun.

2015 Printable Calendar from Lia Griffith

The watercolor design of this calendar from Today’s Creative Blog would be pretty hanging on a wall.

2015 Printable Calendar from Todays Creative Blog

The pictures on this calendar from Design is Yay are so cheerful.

2015 Printable Calendar from Design is Yay

Going Home to Roost shares a calendar you can customize with your own Instagram pics.

2015 Printable Calendar from Going Home to Roost

This 3D calendar from A Piece of Rainbow would be as fun to make and it would be to use.

2015 Printable Calendar from A Piece of Rainbow

This calendar from Botanical Paperworks comes with a matching set of printable weekly planner pages.

2015 Printable Calendar from Botanical Paperworks

Twelve calendars – one for each month!

Creamy Red Hot Dipping Sauce

With New Year’s Eve parties planned for this week, I thought this would be the perfect time to share my new favorite dip recipe.  I originally made this as a dipping sauce for meatballs, but we’ve tried it on just about everything.  It’s a great sandwich spread.  It makes Sauerkraut Balls even better.  I’ve even eaten it just spread on a cracker.  Besides all that, I find its orange color kind of festive.

Creamy Red Hot Dip by Crafty Staci

Creamy Red Hot Dipping Sauce

1/2 cup sour cream

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons minced parsley

Creamy Red Hot Dipping Sauce Ingredients

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Mix with a mixer or stir until completely blended.  This is even better after it sits in the fridge for a few hours.  If it’s too thick for your taste, just blend in a little milk or cream.

I called this “Red Hot” because of the pepper sauce, and it is spicy, but not in a crazy way.  I can’t wait to try this on a burger, or as dip for chicken tenders, or with french fries, or veggies…

Creamy Red Hot Dipping Sauce from Crafty Staci

Friday Favorites–New Year’s Eve

I’m floored by the fact that we’re about to flip our calendars over to 2015.  I mean, didn’t the 90’s JUST happen?  I remember crossing our fingers on December 31, 1999 and hoping that our giant, dial-up computer would still work when we got up the next morning.  Just so I don’t leave you in suspense, it did – it just reset to 1980.  No one around here is looking to turn back the clock this year though.  We had a lot of big adventures in 2014 and we’re anxious to see what 2015 has to offer.  Our first goal is to stay awake long enough to greet the new year.

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I don’t remember ever attending a New Year’s Eve party that required a dress.  We tend to celebrate a little more casually around here.  However, you never know what the future may hold, so I’m keeping this Party Dress DIY from Mark Montano in my file.

Party Dress DIY from Mark Montano

I tried to do a time capsule with my kids on the above mentioned New Year’s Eve of 1999.  I made up the sheets to fill out and put everything in a box – but never filled anything out.  At least, I don’t remember doing it.  I might get a big surprise one of these years.  Anyway, don’t be me – make this make this New Year’s Time Capsule from The Imagination Tree with your kids.  And remember where you put it.

New Year's Time Capsule for Kids from The Imagination Tree

Monsieur and Madame Champagne from Squirrel Picnic would be adorable on your New Year’s Eve buffet.  And no headache the next day!

Monsieur and Madame Champagne Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

I love little snacky food for New Year’s Eve, especially desserts.  These Hot Cocoa Mug Mini Desserts from Bird’s Party would be fun and leave you with room to sample other goodies.

Hot Cocoa Mug Mini Desserts from Birds Party

Whether we like it or not, the new year is when many of us start thinking about making some healthy changes to our eating habits.  These Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices from Etc might be a good bridge to get there.

Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices from Etc

And how beautiful would a plate be filled with those oranges and these Cherries Dipped in White Chocolate from Simple Provisions?

Cherries Dipped in White Chocolate from Simple Provisions

What’s a party without chips and dip?  Check out the festive way that Caramel Potatoes came up with to serve them.

If you have little ones, sometimes it’s tough keeping them entertained when they’re sugared up and they have that second wind because it’s WAY past their bedtime.  Consider helping them make these New Year Wishing Wands from Baby Centre – maybe before the party starts.

New Year Wishing Wand from Baby Centre

Another fun kid-idea is this Memory Scavenger Hunt from No Time for Flash Cards.  I kinda want to do this myself.  Maybe I can get my husband to hide them for me.

Photo Memory Scavenger Hunt from No Time for Flash Cards

If you’d like to send your guests home with a little something after the party, make some of these New Year Boxes from Mein Lila Park

New Year Box from Mein Lila Park

I don’t ordinarily link from my round-up here to another round-up, but B Lovely Events has so many great ideas for a Neon Glow in the Dark Party that I couldn’t resist.  This was compiled for a Sweet 16, but wouldn’t this be an amazing New Year’s Eve party?

Neon Glow in the Dark Party from B Lovely Events

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies

I spent the entire day cooking last Saturday.  Homemade salted caramels, No-Bake Biscoff Balls, peanut butter cup and truffle cookies and gluten-free lemon bars are all piled in abundance in my kitchen.  Even after a family Christmas party and making a plate for my husband to take to work at the police department, there’s still plenty of sugar.   And this year though, I added some sweet, salty, bacony goodness.

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies by Crafty Staci

It was time for something new and different.  I decided to really go for it, and my Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies were born.

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 package Heath bar bits (with chocolate)

6 slices of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

1 1/2 cup crushed, ridged potato chips

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies - ingredients

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Cream together the butter and sugars.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add the flour and baking soda and stir until combined.  Stir in the Heath bits, bacon and potato chips.

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookie dough

Drop by spoon onto an ungreased baking sheet 2” apart.  Bake about 8 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.  Cool.

You could also make these bar-style by pressing the dough into an ungreased jelly roll pan, baking for 15 – 20 minutes and cutting into bars.

Makes about 7 dozen 2 1/2” cookies.

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies on Crafty Staci

The bacon flavor is pretty subtle in these, which is what I wanted.  If you want it to be more apparent by all means, add more bacon.  You could also go with half the package of toffee, which will make the other flavors stand out more.  You really just can’t go wrong here.  I mean, come on – bacon.

Friday Favorites–Quick and Easy Gifts to Make

Let’s face it – if you’re still planning on making Christmas gifts they had better be quick and easy, right?  I think I’m done this year, but I always get sucked back in by some cute last-minute idea.  If that happens to you here today I apologize, and we can exchange hot glue scar stories later.

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Fleece is so easy to work with, but sometimes those knots to finish the edge of a blanket aren’t that comfortable.  Pieces by Polly shares an alternative that’s much smoother and can be used on a single layer of fleece.

Braided Fleece Edge Blanket from Pieces by Polly

Brit and Co offers a little different design to the quick crayon candle.

Color Block Candles from Brit and Co

This one might have caught my attention because as our Christmas gift to each other my husband and I are re-doing our bedroom, which I’m over the moon about.  Our soon-to-be organized closet might need these Fabric Covered Hangers from The Sewing Loft.

Fabric Covered Hangers from The Sewing Loft

I can imagine how good this Coffee Sugar Scrub from A Pumpkin and a Princess must smell.

Homemade Coffee Sugar Scrub from A Pumpkin and a Princess

I actually made a couple of these Fabric Tortilla Warmers from The Good Hearted Woman a few months ago.  They’re easy to make and go well with an apron, or in a basket of taco night supplies.

Fabric Tortilla Warmer from The Good Hearted Woman

This Washi Taped Toilet Paper Roll French Knitter from Buzzmills would be fun to make with your kids (or FOR your kids!)

Washi Tape French Knitter from Buzzmills

These Cozy DIY Flannel Scarves from Delia Creates look like you took a lot of time to make them.

Cozy DIY Flannel Scarves from Delia Creates

Edible gifts are sometimes the way to go when you need something quick.  This Spice Cake Mix from I Am Baker could be made in batches for neighbors or family gifts.

Homemade Spice Cake Mix from I Am Baker

These Cream Cheese Mints from Real Women of Philadelphia could also be easily made in bulk.

Cream Cheese Mints from Real Women of Philadelphia

This Snowman Cocoa Gift Set from Reasons to Skip the Housework is pretty simple, but those faces on the marshmallows make it feel a little special.

Snowman Cocoa Gift Set from Reasons to Skip the Housework

Visit me on Monday to see the doozy of a cookie recipe I have to share with you! Smile

Quick Fabric Corner Bookmarks

I love giving a little something handmade with something store bought.  It makes it just a little more personal and special.  I don’t know how many coffee cup sleeves I’ve given along with a coffee shop gift card or travel cup.  So many, in fact, I think just about everyone I know has one and it’s time for something new.  These bookmarks can be made from fabric scraps, take no time at all and would be great paired with a book or bookstore gift card.

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I made about two dozen of these, just using pieces of fabric from my scrap box.  You need two 4” by 4” pieces of iron-on interfacing and three 4” by 4” squares of fabric.  Cut one of the interfacing squares in half diagonally and save one half for your next bookmark.

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Iron the triangle of interfacing onto the fabric you want for the corner.  Iron the square of interfacing onto the piece you want to face the front behind the corner.

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Fold the fabric with the triangle in half diagonally, where the interfacing edge is, and press.

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Lay the square with interfacing on it face up.  Add the triangle on top in the upper right corner.

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Lay the other square on top, face down.  Pin.

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Stitch around the outer edge with a 1/4” seam allowance, leaving 1 – 1 1/2” open at the bottom.  Clip the corners.

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Turn right side out and press, turning in the opening.

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Stitch all the way around, close to the outer edge.

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Slide a gift card inside or slip it onto a book.  This would also make a great little gift all by itself!

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Giveaway Day Winner

Congratulations to my Giveaway Day winner – Sandra!  Here’s her favorite holiday gift:

“This year I made quilted Christmas postcards instead of regular cards. The recipients were really thrilled with them. One niece wants to learn to make them as gifts next year. Love to share ideas with loving family.”

How much do we all wish we knew Sandra right now?  What a great Christmas card idea! 

Sandra’s prize of three Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve Kits is on its way to her today.

December 2014 Giveaway Day prize at Crafty Staci

My deepest thanks to everyone who entered!

Friday Favorites–Quick Gifts to Make for Kids

Today is the last day to enter to win my Coffee Cup Sleeve Kits for Giveaway Day – click through to leave a comment to enter!

 

We’re getting down to the tinsel-covered wire, but if you’re like me there’s still Christmas making to be done.  Even when I feel like I’m getting an early start it seems like things keep popping up.  If you have little ones left to craft and sew for, I’ve got a few ideas here that can be completed before you can say jingle bells.

Quick Gifts to Make for Kids - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

This Ice Skating Rink from an Altoid Tin by Small World Land is a great idea, and I think the idea she mentions about using tiny photos of your kids would be adorable.

Ice Skating Rink from Altoid Tin from Small World Land

I think the reason this Velcro Kids Activity Bag from Haberdashery Fun folds open so you can easily see what’s inside, but I think that makes it a great portable play mat as well.

Velcro Kids Activity Bag from Haberdashery Fun

With a little decorating of the cardboard, these Finger Cymbals from Kiwi Crates would make a cute gift for a little musician.

Finger Cymbals from Kiwi Crate

These Jelly Bean Bracelets from Artzy Creations would be fun to make with your kids to give their friends.

Jelly Bean Bracelets from Artzy Creations

This CD Case Labyrinth from The Journals of Giddy Giddy would be a great activity to keep in the car – providing you don’t have the quick-to-get-carsick kidlets that I did.  What a great way to recycle old cases!

DIY CD Case Labyrinth from The Journals of Giddy Giddy

If you’re looking for a gift for a little DIYer in the making, why not give them a Puppet Making Kit from Childhood 101?

Something about this Mini Foosball Table from U Create just cracks me up.  How fun would this be to make?

Mini Foosball Table from U Create

These Felt Flash Cards from Sew Much Ado can also double as a memory game.  I love that you can store them on a ring to keep them from getting lost.

Felt Flash Cards from Sew Much Ado

These last two projects only qualify as quick if you already have a bit of sewing experience under your belt.  Sew Can She shares the pattern to make this handy Bike Messenger Bag.

Bike Messenger Bag from Sew Can She

This DIY Bear Rug from We Lived Happily Ever After would be fun and cute in a little one’s room.

DIY Bear Rug from We Lived Happily Ever After