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Crafts, Paper/Cards

Summer is here! Finally! And with it comes graduations and wedding parties. So to work I went on an idea in creating a mason jar wedding gift.

What sparked the idea? Well, the bride had mason jars on her wedding list. Wedding Gift

For me, I couldn’t just give EMPTY jars…NO…and boom…came this idea.

Each jar represents one month, beginning with their married month which is June.

The bride is someone special as she was in my first high school group of girls I mentored. From her 9th grade year through her graduation, I saw this young smiley girl turn into a beautiful young woman fired up to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. She came in seeking, and indeed found the Lord on her journey. 
This celebration of marriage, relationship, and commitment I am looking forward to sharing with her and her new love. 

We also are giving a jar full of heart cookies, engraved M+R on them and the “We Still Do” sign giving a reminder of each year together. 








Below I put a list of what I put into each jar. I also added a bible verse which went along with what I put in the jar, or to the month it was.

I added a message with the verse giving advice in God’s word on marriage and relationships. 

It was so fun! I hope they find it as special as it was to make. Each month was using Pic Monkey for labels and editing pictures. 

Here ya go:

June: Long Grain Rice
Wedding Gift
July: Red, White, Blue chocolate kisses and Dove candy
Wedding Gift
August: Brides birthday…candles, and matches
Wedding Gift
September: Bride’s a teacher, ginger tea with an apple theme
Wedding Gift
October: Ginger Snap Tea or Pumpkin Tea
Wedding Gift
November: Deer (she loves to hunt)
Wedding gift
December: 2 elf hats to go and serve and give of their time
Wedding Gift
January: COOL gum mints (talked about not letting relationship get cold)
Wedding Gift

February: Rose pedals and lollipop rings
Wedding Gift
March: Toothpicks (when a conversation gets prickly…)
Wedding Gift
April: 2 plastic eggs in grass (don’t put all your eggs in one basket filled with messaging essential oils and diffusing oil)
Wedding Gift
May: Jolly Ranchers (because we ranch and they love them)
Wedding Gift

Remember any links you click and purchase goes to help us serve kids in need on our ranch. We love to do what we do. Just like this young woman who marries a godly man mentored and pointed her to Christ welcomes a life full of HIS promises. 

Thank you! May the Lord bless you today and enjoy making gifts homemade with love for others!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys
Now that you have decided to take the big plunge and feed your dog a raw diet, your ready to get creative as well as make your pups happy.  Here are 10  homemade healthy recipes that will help you plan, bag up (BPA please), and freeze ready to go! I love making life simple and your pups will love the variety!

I do like using BPA free bags or glass with BPA silicon lids. Either will keep your fresh ingredients safe and away from chemicals. Isn’t that why you decided to go raw in the first place? So store wisely too!

LOVE the bags as they are simple, easy to clean, and save our landfill. Reusable is always a key for our household.

Feeding raw diet 

I feed twice a day so I make up enough for the day and pack in my bag and freeze. Ready to pull out of freezer when I am ready to use. I label the bag too so I know what he gets for the day. If there is egg or liquid broth I add it fresh when I feed. Sometimes the herbs too just depends on my time.

All my dry herbs are from Starwest Botanicals, free shipping too as my purchase is always over $75. Their herb capsules are wonderful for pets too.

Oil Chart:Flaxseed, sunflower, extra virgin olive oil, coconut, and canola are all wonderful. Rule of thumb on how much, the smaller the dog start with 1/4 tsp go up to tbsp for large dogs. (if dry skin add a little more)

Herb Chart:
For dry
Toy dogs under 10 lbs: Pinch
Small dogs 20 lbs: Bigger pinch
Dogs under 50 lbs: 1 tsp
Large dog under 100 lbs: 2 tsp.
Giant dogs: 1 tbsp.
For Fresh
Double or triple the amount
If your dog is fussy, make a paste by adding coconut oil to the herb and mix in food.

Healthy Recipes Dogs Love
1. OH LAY DAY!

Ground turkey organic is best
organ of choice
white rice
chopped spinach
1/4 diced carrots (slightly cooked to soften)
pinch (see chart) cumin 
2 tsp. fresh cilantro chopped 
1 egg including shell
1 slice mango
1 1/2  tsp olive oil

Mix and measure to your dogs size for the day. These measurements for veggies and fruit are for my 35 lb dog. Use your proper measurement for each meal below.

2. MOOOO Day

ground organic burger and or 95% lean
liver
diced sweet potato (slightly boiled for 3 minutes)
basil herb
green beans
olive oil
organic yogurt

Healthy Dog Recipes3. Let’s Go Fishing
salmon in oil
parsley
egg and shell
brocoli both head and stem chopped
turmeric paste (adding olive oil)
cucumber
blueberries

4. Deer Opener Stew
Venison
organ of choice
dandelion herbs
sunflower oil
brussel sprouts
strawberries

5. Chicken and Pumpkin
chicken thigh
organ of choice
chicken  bone broth
egg and shell
organic pumpkin
cocoanut oil
 
6. Swimming Sardines
sardines in oil
organ of choice
flaxseed dry
cauliflower
strawberries
Recipes Dogs Love
7. Pork and Beans
ground pork
organ of choice
rosemary herb
bean sprouts
kale leaf
bone broth
chopped apple

8.  Yummy Orange Chicken Leg
 chicken leg
organ of choice
orange squeezed and grate peel
chia seeds (first soak in water for a 10 minutes)
peas
oregano 
1/4 banana

9. Tropical Chicken Breast
chicken breast
organ of choice
pineapple 
cat claw and corn silk herb tea (recipe below)
mushrooms mix (see recipe)

10. Sassy Sausage
organic pork sausage
organ of choice
zucchini 
bone broth
flax seed
spirulina
hemp oil




Mushroom Mix is an amazing boost for your dog. Helps immune system and organ function.
I make this up and put in a mason jar and leave in refrigerator or cool place. 

1 1/2 cup coconut oil
2 oz organic Red Redshi powder (great for dogs suffering from allergies and skin issues. Also immune booster)
1 oz Shiitake Mushroom powder 
1/2 oz turmeric
3 drops vitamin E oil

Heat oil add mushrooms powders one at time. Add the rest and mix. Turn off burner and let cool. Put in mason jar and label.

Awesome treats that are HEALTHY for your little friend!

I Love this company and their concern for healthy pet care!
Healthy treats
I hope you  find these recipes helpful and give you some ideas to begin your journey in feeding your dog raw, homemade food!

Just know if you click any of the links on the blog you are helping us do what we love to do and that is help kids in need at the ranch.
 Make a list of ingredients and clink on the links to order. We will be eternally thankful!




God bless you,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys
I have never so been appalled by the dog food industry and cats for that matter! The lies. Why? Money.
Learning their food is filled with ingredients that cause cancer and many other illness made me review, research, and change to an all raw food diet.Feeding Raw diet



I have owned 8 dogs in my life, known many others of course, and all of them died of cancer. ALL!
That just turns my stomach! I want my pets to die naturally free of pain and live a happy, natural life! Don’t you? 

Can you just imagine if we had this info years ago the quality of life my pets would of had? 


Well this month I decided for our family we are changing. Feeding raw diet


It has been a wonderful choice and seeing my dog happier has been a God send!

I am all about natural feeding with my horses, so why did I not get this with my dog? DAH! 

Serving Size for your “Easy Raw Dog Food”:

*Special note: These are general guidelines, we are not trying to land a man on Mars. If your dog is losing a little weight eating the raw dog food and this is not desired, increase the amount you are feeding. If your dog is gaining weight on the serving size then cut back a little. In short, adjust the serving size of raw dog food depending on your dogs age, weight and activity level.

  • 10 lb. dog1/2 cup raw dog food daily+1/2 tsp DE +1/2 TBSP Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 20 lb. dog 1 cup raw dog food daily + 1 tsp DE + 1 Tbsp Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 40 lb. dog 2 cups raw dog food daily + 2 tsp DE + 2 tbs Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 60 lb. dog 3 cups raw dog food daily + 3 tsp DE + 3 tbsp Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 80 lb. dog 3 1/2–4 cups raw dog food daily +3 1/2 tsp DE + 3 1/2 tbs Olive oil or Coconut oil

***Special Note: If you add the supplements to the whole batch when making the dog food recipe it is not necessary to add them with each serving. Use whichever method you find easier. Supplements like a probiotic which is awesome to add to your diet as well!

DE=Diatomaceous Earth

Now…you want to know how to do this? 

Well, lets get to the menu part. I have spent a ton of time reviewing the best for my pet, so I want to pass it along to whoever wants to change for their best friend. 
Raw diet
Cats…well….I don’t have one yet. So when that happens I will make up a menu for them. Until then, research on your own. You will love it! Promise!

Here is a link to menu ideas!

Leave a comment of your results!

Here is new BPA diffuser that I run in our home for our pets. 

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

Love this chart I got off of Pinterest.

 

If you’re nervous about this, I get it! I was too! You can always add a wonderful raw diet already pre packaged to get you started or to have on hand when you don’t have time to put together your meals. They also provide automatic monthly shipping so another thing you don’t have to think about!
 
Here is a brand I recommend. Check them out! TRUDOG
Raw Meals for dogs
If you’re ready to get started…begin here!
God bless you and know your doing a great thing for your pet!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

 

 

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Food, Ranch Life

Do you love homemade bread? Would you like a pretty easy way to make the most amazing bread using your Dutch oven? I am telling you…it is easy and it is absolutely wonderful!

YES there is kneading involved 

Ok, I get it! Making homemade bread involves a little work, but it is SO satisfying! If you have a kitchen aid than you will only have to knead by hand once…no big deal!

Tried and True

Both my hubby and I have tried this recipe three times now and what we put below is the best route. Cutting the top before you bake it was our first disagreement, but decided it really gives the bread a nice look, plus it does help the bread not to flatten. 


Ingredients:

3-4 cups of flour (check directions)

1 tsp active dry yeast

1 ½ cups warm water

1 tsp salt

sea salt

Olive Oil spray and more for brushing top

 

Instructions:

First make sure you read this through. It is important to take each step so you know what to look for if your not familiar with making bread. . My hubby is so good at this so I learned from him.

Combine the 1 cup of flour, water, yeast and salt in the bowl of the stand up mixer with your dough hook attached. Mix at medium speed. Add one cup at a time. Stopping at 3-3 ½ cups. This is important! Depending on where you are and the temp in your home, dough can get funny. You want the dough to feel elastic like and be pulling all the dough from the bowl as the hook mixes. It should take 5-10 minutes. Only add more flour if that isn’t happening. I also had to use a spatula to scrap sides to get it going. Once it is elastic like by stretching a piece of it, your ready for the next step.

Next leave dough in bowl and cover with towel for 2-4 hours until double in size and does not spring back when you push your finger in it. These little tips my hubby gave me so use them…they work!

Turn dough onto a work surface with a tiny bit of flour and knead to release and redistribute the yeast. This should be 5-8 minutes. Shape it roughly into a ball, cover it with a towel and let rest for 10 minutes to allow the gluten to relax.

Shaper the dough into a tight ball-the tighter the better-by rolling it on the works surface between your palms.

Spray or coat the bottom and sides of a large Dutch oven or cast iron pot at least 5 ½ quarts or larger with spray olive oil.

 

Put dough in middle of sprayed pot and place lid on. Allow the dough to rise again, 30- 60 minutes. Here in MN in winter it was rising for 4 hours, just so you know each dough will do different things in different places.

 

Preheat oven 450 degrees F

 

Rub 1 tbsp of olive oil or more if you like gently over the surface dough. Score the bread with a sharp knife making an X this allows the dough to expand freely.
Sprinkle the dough with salt. Place in Dutch oven, cover and place in your oven.

 

After 30 minutes remove the lid, reduce the oven temp to 375 and continue baking until the bread is nicely browned and cooked through. It should have an internal temp of 200 degrees or so when done.

 

Allow the bread to rest on rack for at least 30 minutes so the interior finishes cooking.

DON”T leave it in the Dutch oven to cool. It will still be cooking!

Enjoy with LOTS of butter! YUM!!!!

It might seem like a weird shape…but it is wonderful! Taste is what it’s all about right?

God bless you
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Health, Living Naturally, Ranch Life

 

Cholorine bleach is doum hyprochlorite, a solution of cholorine and diluted soduum hydroxide. Hum…first when exposed to air, the cholorine evaporates as a gas from the bleah solutions at high rate, which is why there is such a strong smell with bleach. YUK. WHY do people want that in their homes? Those fumes can cause headhaches and dizziness to internal tissue damage of the nasal pulmonary,, and bronchial tissues if exposed is eiteh servere or prolonged. YUK YUUK! Here is an article for you to read if you want to. https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/chemical_terrorism/chlorine_tech.htm

 

How safe is Hydrogen peroxide?

I recommend you read up on this It is important for your own knowledge!

http://www.h2o2.com/products-and-services/us-peroxide-technologies.aspx?pid=112&name=Hydrogen-Peroxide

Why add vinegar?

Vinegar is so easy to find and really it is used in most homemade DIY recipes so one usually always has it around the house. Vinegar has been proven to inactivate certain strains of the flu,(http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0008987) including H1N1 as well as others.( http://www.aciscience.org/docs/alternative_hard_surface_cleaners.pdf)

From this article an executive at Heinz http://www.greenchicafe.com/vinegar-green-cleaning-101) ( pure 5% whie vinegar willkill approximately 99% of bacteria 82% of mold, and 80% of germs when used for cleaning.


Your very own DIY Bleach

Mix in an amber spray bottle

 

1 cup of hydrogen peroxide (3% solutions)

½ tsp Tbsp citric acid

1 cup water

½ cup  apple cider vinegar “mother” on label

5 drops of Lemon essential oil (or any citrus blend)

Store in dark place as light will weaken the solutions. Lasts up to 2-3 months in dark bottle.

 

I also use this ¼ cup in my laundry in whites. You can test it on your colors if you like. I haven’t yet tried it really don’t need to with the DIY detergent I use.

Tips on cleaning your home click here!

In conclusion, STOP USING BLEACH YA’LL! It is unsafe, unhealthy, and really why!

Let me know what your thoughts are on the subject! I think we all need to hear so we learn from one another! Comment below.

God bless you as you continue to improve a healthier way of life.
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Crafts, Ranch Life, Sewing
Oh boy! These quilted gift baskets are SOOO adorable I can’t even stand it! 

I had a hard time at first, partly because the directions were hard for me to understand, but once I got them, well…look I made a TON! I couldn’t stop!

I am a beginner sewer and making these quilted baskets wasn’t difficult once I made one.  The video is to help others like me and make the process a little quicker.




One of the things I love the most is the versatility and the 3 different materials. The ribbon effect all around just makes the basket as well! 

Take note, I put fleece in some of the handles and the ones that didn’t have it are droopy so I would recommend putting that in. Also if you have a button attachment to your machine, do those ahead before folding the bag and sewing edges. Just a couple of things I learned along the way and am passing along to you.

Here is the link to the FREE DOWNLOAD from Hugs and Holly!

Here is a video on a step by step: 

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life
WOW! When I saw  Stampin’ Up! got a new set called the Barn Door I just about flipped out! I LOVE barn doors! I love them for our closest, for our tack shack and of course it just fits who we are. SO to have a stamping set that I can make fun cards with well…the frosting is on the cake!

Some things you will need for this set…
Big Shot
Card Stock (I prefer SU! but if you shop on line here is a good one)
Barn Set and matching template cut outs are from Stamping’ Up! If you need a demonstrator, let me know via email or in comments. I would love to hook you up withs some gals I know!

Below is a video showing it step by step as it is a bit tricky and time consuming at first. However when you get the SWING of it…well…you will be hooked! SOOOOO CUTE!!

Here is the video so you can watch it step by step…..




I did take some time to make up a bunch of the framlet cut outs. I put them into a container I can use later. It will make it easier when I want to make a card but don’t have as much time. 
Also, you can use instead of the washer, a 1/2″ punch.   The 3/4″ was better for me, but you decide. Use a heavier card stock when you do. 

Here are my creations:







Ok I have to do something else.  This set is just amazing and I am getting nothing else done!

I actually have a couple more I will post later.
You will love it!!! 
I am indeed in heaven as I created these. I hope you will give it a try and POST YOUR creations below. I love inspiration and I am sure others will too!

God’s blessing as you bless others with homemade stamped cards!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Food, Grillin' One

Ok I know homemade hamburger buns…EASY? No way! Well, your wrong. This recipe is wonderful and it truly is easy peasy. Trust me!

By the way, it won’t take long to prepare and while your doing other things the rise is simple. 

Tips for making homemade bread:

The biggest tip my hubby the bread maker tells me…
1) Watch that the milk is not too hot or too cold  for anything mixed with a yeast or you will spoil the yeast
2) While you knead the dough, make sure you time it and pull the bread to see the elasticity. I should of taken a picture of this for you but was so into it I forgot.

Anyway, I think you will be proud of yourself for making these and with the big game coming up it will be a special treat! You can make them smaller for sliders. Great for bigger crowds too!

Here ya go!

Ingredients:

1 cup warm almond milk (100 degrees F)

1 tbsp active dry yeast

¼ cup organic sugar

2 tbsp melted butter

1 egg  (room temp)

1 tsp fine sea salt

3-3 1/2 cup all purpose flour

For top of buns:

1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water (wash on top of bread dough to give it a shiny look)

Sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Combine milk and yeast in small bowl. Make sure milk is not more than 100 degrees. Stir well. Pour into larger bowl.
  2. Mix in sugar, butter and egg, then add the salt and flour.
  3. Pull dough onto slightly floured counter and knead for 6-8 minutes. The dough should be smooth and have elasticity.
  4. Set aside in a warm place and cover with a towel for an hour or doubled in size.
  5. Punch down dough and divide into 8 equal balls onto a pan that you have greased and dusted with corn meal.
  6. Flatten into 3” circles. I used the lid of a mason jar to make my circles. 
  7. Let rise for 30 minutes than beat your egg and water and brush on each bun top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  8. Place in 375 degree oven and bake for 14-16 minutes or until nice golden brown.

Due to the fact these are homemade, you need to put them an airtight container and eat within 3 days. Or freeze. 

 


I tell ya…best buns ever and guess what….YOU MADE  THEM HOMEMADE nothing better!!!!

Let me know what you think if you tried it! Love to hear how yours turned out.
God’s blessings,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

We do love root beer around here! Especially with a little ice cream and the homemade touch. We also love to have it on our pizza nights! It all just is down home goodness! 

 

I have always been fascinated with the ol’ time flavor and the name sarsaparilla. There really is a difference in taste! It is stronger and really more delightful with the tastes of herbs like real vanilla and licorice root. Just amazing flavors pop out! I think you will like this!

This recipe makes a quart of syrup that you can use to make your root beer and as syrup over your favorite ice cream too.

 

For any occasion you will impress your family and friends with this special drink!

 

So here ya go:

 

4 cups of water

¼ sassafras bark

2 tbsp organic anise seed

2 organic vanilla beans or 4 tbsp of pure vanilla extract

½ tsp organic licorice root

10 organic juniper berries

3 large organic hops flowers (optional but love the flavor)

 

 

How to Make:

 

Place 4 cups of water in pot and bring to boil. Add sassafras bark and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain the herbs using a large mesh strainer. Measure the resulting liquid and add ½ part of honey. To 1 part liquid. So if you have 2 cups of liquid add 1 cup of honey.

 

To make into a soda:

 

You can add your homemade root beer syrup to a sparkling soda machine or add Club soda to your syrup. Depending on taste you add however much syrup to your soda mixture.

Of course, serve in a mason jar to get that ol’ fashioned look! These are nice too for your everyday tea blend making or recipes. 

ENJOY it we sure did!!!

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Crafts, Jarrin, Living Naturally, Ranch Life
Living in Minnesota this time of year can be brutal on our skin. With this wonderful homemade lip gloss recipe using only natural ingredients, will help your lips be protected from harsh conditions.  PLUS, it is all natural using fresh herbs even in the color and luster shine! Can you believe how herbs give color? 
SO FUN TOO!

Here is what you will need:

1/4 Cup of Infused Oil (recipe below)
3 tablespoons of shea butter
4 tablespoons of Beeswax
2 teaspoons cocoa powder (optional)
2 teaspoons of Honey
15 drops of your favorite essential oils (peppermint, orange, grapefruit, tangerine)
1/4 teaspoons Vitmin E Oil
Stardust Mica 

Beet Root (adds the color, you will add 1/8 tsp at a time to your color desire)



Directions:
1.) Mix first 5 ingredients together and heat in double boiler until hot and melted.
2.) After its melted, add essential oil and cocoa powder or Beet Root.
3.) Next add your Vitamin E oil and your Mica color. I use Red…I only use about 1/8 tsp but you can add more if you really like BLING!
4.) Pour into your lip gloss containers. If you want to use different colors you can pour the mixture into different cups, but work fast as it does set. You may have to reheat to get to liquid form to pour easily. 
I didn’t do this and the balm got lumpy and not smooth.
*** peppermint oil and the coca powder make great gifts for anyone on your list

Infused Oil ( all organic herbs are from Bulk Herb Store, if you can not fine them or out of stock I go to Mountain Herb)

Rose Petals
Lavender Buds
Calendula Flowers
Lemon Balm
Cloves
Beet Root ( want this for your color too)
Hibiscus ( this is an EVERYTHING herb for your tea blending)
Comfrey
coconut oil

How to make:
1. Fill a glass jar 1/3 full with equal parts of each herb. Cover herbs in coconut oil, melted. Place lid on jar.
2. Set jar on top of towel in a crockpot filled with water, on warm setting for 3 days. Watch water level and be very careful not to put cool water on a hot jar, as it could explode.
3. On the third day, remove the jar from heat, let cool, and strain your herbs. Squeeze well to get every nutrient from your herbs. Now you have and Herbal Infused Oil! Label and put in dark place.

So much fun making these for me and my loved ones!
Hope you find it just as enjoyable!
God’s blessings,
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Crafts, Paper/Cards
Don’t you just love receiving a homemade thank you card?
Especially one you didn’t expect to receive ?  I DO!

BUT most of all…I love making them!

This last week I had to get on the horn and make some long overdue thank you cards and of course I have to make it a little country, a little ranch like, and touches of the season.

These cards are using mostly background papers that I find online HERE

There are so many background papers to choose from you can really go crazy! I do like to buy them in big bulk packages as they provide more for my money. Plus, the variety in that one pack is huge and sparks some creativity!

So…here is the scoop on how I put these together:

I made up a template for the jean pocket and used my favorite vintage card stock for the tags. I made my own tags but you can also purchase them already done too.

Of course, enjoying the ranch life we have to have cowboy type background paper.


Using inks from Stamping’ Up! and thank you stamps, I added distressing color to the outside of the card and directly on the card. This gives the old time look. (when you purchase from SU! you really get the BEST of inks and card stock, my personal preference) The ink I used was More Mustard.

Finally, I give the card an overall look by stitching around the edges from my sewing machine. I didn’t do this to all of them, but looking at it, I like it better. It added a ton to the overall look.


Hope you find making special thank you cards to your loved ones and friends, brings them joy as well as knowing how much you care for them.

Making homemade cards is truly a great gift you can give to anyone!
Spark someone you love today with a homemade thank you card!

Enjoy!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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