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Personalized & Handmade Thank You!

We owe a HUGER than HUGE thank you to so many people.  People, our friends and family, and even people who we don’t know have been so kind to offer prayers for us along our journey.  From infertility, to adoption, to ministry, to moving, to selling our house.

We are truly indebted forever to all the people who have supported and prayed for us along the way.

A little over a week ago, we moved into a new house, just a few blocks away.  Bart and I were both overwhelmed by the help we received, without asking, from our new Iowa family and friends.  They literally just called us and said,

“Alright, we are coming to help, when should we be there?”

As you can imagine, I wanted to do something more than just a thank you note.  Although, sending thank you notes is perfectly fine, I have already done that so many times.  I wanted to give them a little something extra, a little something special!

I knew what I was going to do when I came across this…

I have so many blogs that inspire and fan the creative flame in me.  One of my favorites, and obvious GO-TO for anything having to do with craftiness (slash) DIY (slash) photography is Ashley Ann’s blog Under The Sycamore.  If you like to do any of these things, then her blog is a definite must.

She did a great post and tutorial on this Doily Canvas Bag.  If you like it, then check out her instructions here.

I have so many more ideas from this bag that I want to try.  But for now, I thought this would make the perfect gift bag for all my women helpers!

And since I didn’t think the men helpers would be too thrilled about a monogram bag, I aimed for their sweet tooth.

I have shared with y’all about my new hobby (slash) obsession (slash) addiction – Pinterest.  A while back I pinned a delicious looking recipe for Snickers Popcorn.  What could be wrong with caramel popcorn that is surrounded by little bits of snickers?

Of course, the best way to start this recipe is to make your own popcorn.  You could totally use the microwave stuff, but I promise you this, it won’t be AS good as the stuff from the stove top!  If you haven’t ever made popcorn on the stove before, don’t be scared.  It is E-Z!!!!!  Here is Paula’s Popcorn How-To.

The hardest part about this recipe is not popping the corn, or making the caramel, but it’s not eating all the good popcorn along the way.

This totally took me back to when I was younger.  My grandfather used to make us popcorn all the time.  And my mom was always making some coated with caramel!  I can still see her pulling it out of the oven.

Once you’ve got your popcorn popped, and you’ve doused it all with the caramel, you then get to bust out some yummy candy.

Throw it in with the popcorn goodness you’ve created and there ya go!

I sure hope they like it as much as I did!






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2 Responses to “Personalized & Handmade Thank You!”

  1. Patty September 6, 2011 at 4:02 PM #

    Wow Melissa…..they are gonna LOVE those thoughtful-beyond-belief gifts!
    You are so talented. One of your pillows is on my wish list!

  2. Diane @ Longaberger Lifestyle September 25, 2011 at 7:28 PM #

    That is a seriously stunning bag! And each one personalized too!!! You made major brownies points for sure!!!!! And…no doubt the guys were equally as pleased!

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