January 28, 2014

Glass Valentine Card

Make your own glass Valentine.

Birthday Balloons

Baby Shower

  Tropical Fish

If you perfer not to draw your own, rubber stamping works too!

What you'll need:

  • Red Fold-Over Card
  • Four glass marbles
  • Color Markers: Red, Pink
  • Pencil
  • Fine Tip Black Pen
  • Clear Craft Glue
  • Decorative Scissors
  • White Card Stock

All of these items can be found in a craft store, such as Michaels.

 Using your decorative scissors, cut out a square from your white card stock. Then place your marbles on the white card stock where you want your letters to appear, and trace around them.

Color in your circles. 

Using your fine tip black pen, draw in your letters. Draw your surrounding hearts and outline in black pen.

Glue down your white card stock onto your card, then glue on your glass marbles. It doesn't take a lot of glue on the marbles, if you use too much when you press down it will ooze out the side. If that happens, use a damp paper towel to wipe away the excess glue. 

Featured Valetine Finds

Valentines Day is right around the corner and who wouldn't love to get these? 
These shops are featured in my February E-newsletter. 

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Cute and creative 3-D Valentine

Sweet Conversation Cookies

Pretty Vintage Valentine

January 1, 2014



Rayray Cartucc, you are the winner of Leafy Green Key Chain. Contact me at HollyByGollie@gmail.com to claim your prize. 

Thank you to everyone who entered!


Happy New Year!

This month I'm giving away this leafy green beaded purse charm. Clip to your purse's zipper, key ring, just about anything!

To enter, simply leave a comment about any plans, dreams, or hopes you have for 2014. Planning a summer getaway, changing  careers, new healthy lifestyle.... ? Winner will be announced on January 11.

November 29, 2013

Juggling Your Schedule

We're all busy and now with the holidays it's about to get busier. My system for getting things done has got to be simple and convenient or I won't stick to it.

Here are four easy tips to help manage your time.

Write it Down:
The older I get and the busier I get, the more I forget. I keep a small spiral notebook with me and I keep it simple. Having scraps of paper here and there gets lost, so this keep everything in one spot. Because if I don't write it down when I think of it...I'll forget. Plus it feels good to cross off those to-do's. I keep sections: "HBG" (HollyByGollie), "Grocery Shopping", "Notes", "Ideas", "Everything Else". It travels with me in my purse, to my day job and sits on my beading table so I can jot down what supplies I need to reorder.  If it can wait, put it at the bottom of the list.

The Crock-Pot is my best friend. It is probably one of the best investments I've made in my kitchen. I'm up at 4:30 during the week and before I leave for my day job, that night's dinner goes into the crock-pot. There are thousands of recipes on the internet. When it comes to my lunch, I eat the same thing each day... pretty much. On Monday I take my lunch for the entire week in a lunch sack. I bring a bag or two of salad, tomatoes, avocados, dressing and a bag of frozen precooked chicken I keep in the office fridge/freezer. I assemble my salad each day and I don't have to scramble each morning to figure out what I'm going take for lunch. I also keep a few cans of soup and crackers at the office.

I hate cleaning, who doesn't? My house is not spotless or well organized. We have busy lives and I do the best I can. But I like the house to look at least half way decent. I've discovered it's easier to clean as I go rather than doing it all on Saturday. I keep a small refillable spray bottle full of Windex Multipurpose cleaner. Each morning when I'm done in the bathroom I spray down the counter and sink and wipe it down with the washcloth I used earlier then throw it in the hamper. I also keep a bottle in the kitchen. Speaking of the kitchen, if there are dishes in the sink I will wash whatever I have time to do before I leave for work and finish up later. Every little bit helps.

Some experts say only check email twice a day, morning and afternoon. That doesn't work for me. Email is my primary communication. However, things that can wait but do need to be addressed I mark with a red star (depending on your email program) or mark as "unread".  Stop saving those emails that you won't use within the next two weeks: Offers, updates, etc. Experts will also tell you to save emails you want to read for a later date. I find if I haven't read it within two weeks, I'm probably not going to.

These are just four areas of our lives, there are many many more, but this is a good start.