Christmas on the Square- Ganado, TX

We spent our Thursday in Ganado for Christmas on the Square. We learned lots of things and got lots of ideas. Even saw Santa!

This was the first all-day event that we’ve ever done, and it was exhausting to say the least. I’m sure the seventy-something degree weather, intense humidity, and mud had something to do with it, but it could be that I was there for twelve hours.

We began setting up at 9 o’clock. I had all the “products” in my car, and my boyfriend loaded the canopy, tables, etc. in the bed of his truck. The two of us and my sister Molly put everything up, finally ready to rock and roll at about 11:30.


The set-up was super smooth and looked really good.

Today, in the spur of the moment, I added my new favorite display spot: an old, rusted hog trap gate.


It’s perfect for hanging things! We of course had the usual displays, as well.

I did try a couple new things. For example, I made sure I typed up some explanatory tags for things like mug cozies and tea towels, because I sometimes feel like people don’t understand what they are, how to use them, etc.

Sure, it’s written out on cardstock, but we’re young and on a budget. I’ve got plans to invest in some sturdier signage.

Another little thing I did, which I thought was quite clever, was set out some of the Christmas mug cozies and cinnamon ornaments out in their own basket. I wanted to commemorate the snow Texas got earlier this month by selling the snowflake cozies for a buck:


Note my fantastic rhyme at the top…

Then of course, I always have my goodies that I give out to buyers. We’d be nowhere without them, and I appreciate them (you) SO MUCH! This time, I had peppermint bark and cranberry bars with cream cheese icing.



As for how “successful” we were, I’d say we did great! It wasn’t the most profitable day we’ve ever had, but it certainly met, if not exceeded, expectations! Money wasn’t even the whole story. So many people that didn’t know we were a “thing” found us and loved us, and I met lots of people.

I also came away with tons of ideas: display ideas, booth set-up and organization ideas, decoration ideas, product ideas, better ways of doing things, etc.

So get ready for March! Changes are a-coming!


Christmas on the Square itself was SO fun! There were over 30 vendors, including the food truck Georgia Mae’s which has the best fish tacos I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a lot). For just ten bucks, kids could go artificial ice skating, sledding, down a huge slide, and in a couple different bounce houses. At night, the mayor lit the Christmas tree, Santa came in on fire trucks, and Home Alone played for everyone that wanted to have a seat. It was lovely with all the music and people.


Thanks for reading about our latest goings-on and thanks for supporting us.

I’ll talk to y’all in the New Year, and we’ll see y’all in March at Pickers Patch in Victoria, TX!

Have a very merry, blessed Christmas and a happy, prosperous New Year!!! ❤

~Hannah & Family


6 Scrapbook Tips

Six easy tips and tricks to help you in a dire SOS moment or just to give you some fresh ideas!

So, I’m really big into scrapbooking. It’s probably my number one hobby. In fact, for almost a year, I did them professionally. People placed custom orders, whether it be for baby’s first year, daughter’s twenty-first birthday, first year anniversary, or whatever they wanted. They got the materials and pictures, or they just entrusted me with materials and sent pictures. Sometimes they just wanted templates, like a personalized handmade baby book. Then, I put it all together. Because it’s such a huge passion of mine, I decided to write about it a bit here, especially since we’re getting close to Christmas, and scrapbooks make a PERFECT special gift. Besides, it’s a super fun crafty hobby with endless possibilities!


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Tip #1) developing pictures

I have talked to a couple of people that wanted to do something but don’t have pictures developed. I use two apps to develop my pictures that are cheap and easy:

For $3.24 a month, you can develop anywhere from 40-100 photos straight from your smart phone. A few days after your close date (the end of your month), a little book is shipped to you with your 100 pictures. They aren’t the highest quality, but you’re looking at 3 cents per picture, and it’s sent straight to your door.

-Shutterfly APP
Prett much everyone knows what Shutterfly is; it’s a photo service that allows you to develop pictures or turn them into neat gifts like pillows, books, mugs, boxes, etc. However, the APP, not online website, gets you FREE 4×4 and 4×6 prints. All you do is pay for shipping. I just ordered around 150 pictures for just under $20 shipping. That’s about 13 cents per photo. Walmart is 15-19 cents, and Walgreens is 20-29 cents, as of when I wrote this.

Tip #2) Rule of Thirds

This is something I learned about in journalism school. The rule of thirds is simply dividing your shot- or in this case, your page- into thirds both ways. Your pictures or whatever else should go along those intersections. I personally like to fill in that empty space with borders or something else cute, unless you have pretty paper. Don’t cover your pretty paper! The rule of thirds really makes hints interesting and makes your eye want to move around and follow the page.

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Tip #3) Go beyond paper and SHAKE THINGS UP!

This is scrapbooking, so of course you use paper, but…
This is scrapbooking, so you’re going to use a TON of paper. Shake things up! Here, I used embroidery thread to sew in a tornado (backstory: on my birthday this there was a crazy storm up here in the Hill Country, from out west all through Austin. When my boyfriend was driving up here he, passed a funnel cloud in east Austin on Highway 71). As you can see above here, I used bullet casings, ribbon, and tape. I’ve also used string and lace on my pages. 

So don’t worry if you don’t buy out Hobby Lobby! Just use what you’ve got!

P.S. This was an original, not-Pinterest idea.



Tip #4) Run out of something? THIS IS NOT AN EMERGENCY! Just try to make it before you buy it!

This kind of goes with using what you’ve got, but in a different sense. In this instance, I mean if you need a snowflake, don’t buy a snowflake sticker or stencil or whatever. Get some paper and cut it. If you’re missing a letter, cut it out of paper. If you want something elevated, don’t go buy those thick stickers; instead, cut out some cardboard (surely you’ve got a box or an old Starbucks wrapper or something) and glue a printed image on that cardboard, like below.

Here, I wanted to have a popcorn cup spilling out the movie tickets for all the movies MD and I have gone to together. However, I didn’t have a popcorn cup to cut out and glue in like I saw on Pinterest. So, I made one! 
I took red cardstock, yellow cardstock, and fabric. I cut the red to make a background, cut letters out of the yellow, used black marker to cover my ugly cutting, and used white fabric to make stripes on the cup. Boom. Popcorn cup.


In this case, I didn’t have any Christmas-themed paper, so instead, I covered some ugly paper with wrapping paper I had in the cabinet.


Tip #5) coffee dying

I love old things. To make my stuff look old or worn, I coffee dye them. All you do is get your old coffee grounds from that morning and rub them on your paper. Easy!



Tip #6) floss your mistakes

Disclaimer: I haven’t tried this yet. I have heard though that it is the way to go when it comes to mistakes.
If you put a sticker in the wrong place or glue something down and then change your mind, get some plain old dental floss and use that to saw the sticker off. This is supposed to keep you from tearing your paper when you take that sticker or glue off. You’re welcome.


So let’s review….

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Thank you for reading this week! I hope this is enlightening.

Happy scrapping, crafting, and gift-making! Merry Christmas! 🙂

~Hannah ❤

Christmas Crafts!

Highlighting some of our crafts for the best time of the year!


Christmas is here! Time to celebrate Baby Jesus and eat lots of cookies while we sit in the AC. I love it!!!

We wanted to spread Christmas cheer, so we made some goodies and thingies:

  • Signs

IMG_9663We make these porch signs all the time, and we of course made some festive ones.

Mom and Dad (Christy and Kevin) made these. Dad put the pallets together and Mom beautifully painted on the trees. The idea for it came from my elementary music teacher- she sent me a pin on Pinterest.

  • Reindeer

This is my favorite thing! Dad, Kevin, welded this horseshoe reindeer together, and Mom, Christy, painted it and attached the bow. It’s too cute! We got the horseshoes from one of my dad’s friends from Edna, who breaks horses (so he had plenty).

  • Wreaths

Wreaths are also something that we have all year, but I think Christmas is the time of year to hang a wreath or seven. Here are a couple of the ones I made. They both use barbed wire (really, really old strong wire from Edna), and one of them has an old, weathered antler that I got from my aunt’s husband’s (so, uncle’s) sister. Her husband, according to her, got them “from a deer,” probably local (that part is the answer I was going for).


  • Tea Towels

I make a few different kinds of decorative tea towels. They aren’t for hardcore use, but they look good hung on your oven handle, clipped above a little window, are nicely folded on the bar or dining room table. This Christmas one is really personal.

This Christmas-themed one comes with a couple of variations, but two things that stays the same on all of them are their patchwork-like design and the recipe. The patchwork-like designs are on all of my towels. They almost look like a scrapbook page. I like playing with colors, designs, and layers. The recipe on this towel is for “Rum Balls.” When it comes to Christmas, we go hard. Like I should have been born at the North Pole. Anyway, this is one of my favorite recipes. Sure, we make sugar cookies and gingerbread men, but we also have our own family recipes: peppermint bark (I guess that’s pretty common), cinnamon glass candy, Christmas candy, cranberry bars, trash, and rum balls.

When I see this towel, I think of baking with Mom, my sister, and Mimi in the kitchen, Michael Buble CD on, in our shorts of course, because what is winter? I feel all warm inside thinking about those memories, and I hope that others think of their own Christmas memories, much like I do.


  • Cozies

Mug cozies, I think, are super cute. I make a bunch of different ones, and I see a bunch of cute ones on Pinterest that I’d love to have. They’re a cute way of dressing up your mugs and cups without buying new ones. It has a snowflake on it, which isn’t very Texan, but hey, it’s Christmas. In my defense, too, it did snow in southeast Texas back in 2004 on Christmas Eve. It was a miracle. Pure magic. I was really young, but I still remember how mucky the snow was, yet how beautiful and white. I remember our puppy having to jump because she was too short to see over the snow on the ground. I remember my little sister had to wear oven mitts for gloves because she didn’t have any; it never really got cold enough. The color of the Christmas cozy might not make sense at first, but I think it’s perfect- sugar cookie dough.

  • Cinnamon Ornaments

These aren’t much, but they are a little something to throw in. They are homemade, homebaked cinnamon ornaments that my mom made. They smell sooooo good. 



Merry Christmas!


~Hannah ❤

White (almost) Christmas in Texas

On December 7-8, inches of snow blanketed almost the entire state of Texas- something that almost never happens!


I am currently west of Austin, but I have grown up along the coast, where snow is even less likely to happen. I’ve seen snow twice: once in 2004 when we had almost a foot and again in 2010 (maybe 2009?) when we maybe had an inch, if not less.

I knew there was a slight chance of wintery mix  in my area, but that it would mostly be concentrated in West Texas, kind of along the border, and perhaps into the Hill Country. As I was on my way home on Thursday afternoon, it began: sleet. Little bits of ice and rain were falling. Then from little ice pellets we had snow!! At first it wasn’t sticking, but as the sun began to set, it came down in full force, sticking to the ground, to my hair, my clothes, our vehicles, everything.


Unfortunately, I had to drive into downtown Austin during all of this snowfall. It was both a blessing and a curse. Driving in Austin is terrible enough, but add some ice to the mix and you better say your prayers.

The blessing, though, was coming back out of my test building (yes, I had to take a test last night) and seeing accumulation. Plants were all covered in little white crystals and flurries danced in the air. It was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

The best part came when I got home. The grass was covered in a white blanket. All my furniture was covered in an inch of white frozen powder.

My inner child came out. I danced in the snow like a wild thing! I made a snow angel, and my boyfriend and I had a snowball fight in the dark. Needless to say, it was the perfect night for some chicken and dumplings, hot chocolate, steamy showers, and fuzzy socks!


Much to my inner child’s enthusiasm, the temperatures stayed cold enough all through the night and well into the morning that the snow stuck around. The sunrise on the frosted flowers took my breath away. Paired with some hot coffee, it was a perfect morning.


It’s days like this that mean everything. When these little “miracles” happen, it fills my heart with happiness. Everyone is sending pictures, smiling, laughing, telling their stories, sharing and reliving memories, praying for one another’s safety, loving one another, and thanking God for such beauty and glory, all at the most holy time of the year.

I know I took the time to celebrate. My boyfriend and I played in the snow like children and built a gingerbread house. Today also happens to be the day that we celebrate the Immaculate Conception… such a Christmas-y (Advent-y) Holiday on such a festive looking day.

Merry Christmas, y’all and stay warm!


~Hannah ❤


Who Are We? (Part 1!)

This post is just a personal introduction. This isn’t an autobiography, just a little “hey.” 🙂 Part 2 will be about my amazing Mom and Dad!


Hi! My name is Hannah, as you know, and I have a little business with my family. We make cute crafty things to put in your house. I’m a lifelong craftaholic, and I needed a way to make the things I wanted to make while not turning into a hoarder in the process.

I talk about my business enough. There’s more to me than just that and this blog, and I think it’s important for you to know who you’re talking to. No, this isn’t an autobiography. I’m not telling you where I was born, my birthday, none of that. Just, what I do and what goes on in my life. I know as a reader of other blogs and things, I like to know who I’m reading.


When I’m not getting crafty for money, I’m getting crafty for fun. I’m a huge scrapbooker. Or scrapper. Whatever. That was my first business idea, actually, and I did make some money off of it. I have scrapbooked forever, it feels like. I have a scrapbook for every year of high school, two (so far) of my relationship with my boyfriend, and one of my graduation trip to the fall NASCAR race at Martinsville. There’s another thing- I’m a NASCAR fan, and proud of it. My favorite drivers are Joey Logano and Chase Elliott.

I love to bake as well. Love it. I especially love the fall and Christmas seasons- that’s when I’m constantly in the kitchen.

I enjoy being outside as well. I love kayaking and hiking, especially. I just like to be active. I work out at least four days a week if not five or six. I particularly enjoy running- I’ve got two half-marathons under my belt at this point.


Aside from my hobbies, I am a student. I attend the University of Texas at Austin (everyday is a political adventure) where I study Advertising, minor in business, and am learning Czech. When I’m not hobby-ing or student-ing, I’m a volleyball official. It’s the most stressful thing I’ve ever done; sometimes my skin isn’t quite thick enough. Volleyball is fun though! I’m learning (I’ve only done one season), and I have more good days than bad.


I also love to travel, even if it’s just a couple hours away. I love going to state parks or markets or concerts or just playing tourist in Texas. I also like big-girl travel. So far, I’ve been to Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein, but trust me, I have a bucket list.


So that’s me! That’s the chick behind the posts that hopefully someone reads or will read. If you are reading, and if you care to, tell me about yourself in the comments section!

Thank you so much for reading!


~Hannah ❤

Gold Pumpkins: End-of-Autumn Quick Tip

Turn your autumn pumpkins into Christmas gold.

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If you’re like me, you love autumn and go all the way with your decorations- especially with pumpkins.
As soon as Thanksgiving is over, though, it’s time for Christmas!!
As excited as I am for Christmas, I didn’t want to let go of my pumpkins, especially because they weren’t yet rotten and are still beautiful. Besides, I paid for them and why not stretch my dollar?

To keep my pumpkins yet still get in the Christmas spirit, I got some gold spray paint (which I use on literally everything) and spray painted my pumpkins a festive gold. On one of them, I went ahead and tied a cute little burlap ribbon. I’m thinking about even painting “Merry Christmas” in red on one of them.

Isn’t this awesome??? A lady at the checkout told me about it. She said she’d seen it a magazine and it changed her life.

Hopefully this can be of use!

Merry Christmas!

~Hannah ❤