Category: Crafts

Meat My Valentine

My husband has never been a “sweets” kinda guy.  Sweet, definitely.  Candy, not so much.  A couple years ago I searched the world over to find a gift that he would appreciate.  Calling all meat varieties!

Pig Bacon

Valentines Day 2011 was the year of the jerky bouquet.  I went to Safeway and bought just the greenery for a bouquet – cost me less than ten dollars.  Then I picked up a dozen jerky sticks and taped them to skewer sticks.  He was one happy camper, even having just come in from the torrential downpour that is Oregon in February.


Apparently I hit the Lame-O button for 2012, because neither of us can remember his gift!  It wasn’t great enough to remember, but on the other hand, it didn’t blow so badly that he has nightmares about that horrific Valentines Day in 2012.  I’m a glass-half-full kind of girl.

V-Day 2013 returned to the carnivore theme – a bacon bouquet.  Right?!  I bought a couple silk flower bouquets from the Dollar Tree and took the flowers off.  Meanwhile, I wrapped the uncooked bacon around itself, tightly at first, then a little looser.  I put two toothpicks in crossways at the bottom of the roll to secure it.  Then I put the rolls (toothpicks on the bottom) in the oven at 350 degrees for around 25 minutes, give or take, checking it often.  When the bacon was fully cooked and cooled, I removed the toothpicks and stuck the bacon roses to the plastic flower part and created his new favorite flower – the Bacorose.  For a more visual tutorial, check out Our Best Bites.

I’m still working on this year’s gift idea.  I mean, how do you top Bacoroses?  Eau de Bacon? Sorry, not even in the name of love.

Tale of a Thousand Printables

Printables have become my new obsession.  I find them all over Pinterest.  I make notes during church meetings when I hear something that touches me or I zone out receive personal inspiration.  I jot down movie quotes (the main method of communication in my family).  But what to do with all these amazing sayings?  By now I have enough to wallpaper my main floor, and as much as I hate my walls, I’m not thinking this is the look to pursue – a little too Footloose circa 1984 “we call it The Yearbook” for me.

Easy-Printable-GiftOur church’s Young Women’s organization came up with a brilliant gift they give to graduating seniors.  Grab a cute 8×10 frame and pick 12 of your favorite inspiring printables – Staples will print them for 49 cents each.  Put them all in the frame, then the lucky recipient can change the look every month.  Brilliant, right?  Just before I was released from YW I scored one of these beauties for Christmas – WOOT!  Find this gem by the talented Nikki at




Lindsay, my most clever second daughter (picked up on that non-favoritism favoritism, didn’t you?), gave me a 5×7 frame for Christmas filled with some fun holiday printables for the year.  Presto change-o, instant built-in holiday decoration!  The girls at one of my favorite blogs, eighteen25, offer all of these goodies in one spot.  Click here to get yours!


Something else you can do to display these nuggets of wisdom (or sarcasm as in my case) is to modge podge the print onto almost any surface.  I found the ugliest canvas ever discovered at Goodwill – it was painted black with 3 white machine guns stenciled onto it. A little too 2nd Amendment decor for me… I had a snarky saying to display in my kitchen, so I played around in Photoshop and ran down to Staples to have an 11×17 printed for less than a dollar.  Modge podged my snark onto the scary gun canvas, and voila!  Sarcastic goodness displayed for all who enter Leisa’s kitchen for less than 2 bucks.  Makes me smile every time I look at it.


Feel free to download my printable here so you can warn those in your own kitchen.


And then check out my Obsession Printables on Pinterest.  Those dishes will still be there in 30 minutes.  Or 3 hours.

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