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Memorial Day

Well I hope that everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and paid tribute to those who have given their lives for our freedoms in this great country of red, white and blue.

Having been an Army brat and now married to a Marine (yes, I know. But I couldn’t resist the Dress Blues), this is a very special weekend in our house. We spent the weekend talking about and remembering my husbands uncles, great uncle and his dad who all served in different wars at different times. My husband also likes to watch Band of Brother’s, Generation Kill, and The Pacific every Memorial Day weekend, they are really good movies.

I know many people just look at this long weekend as just an extra day off from work or getting a good deal on all the sales that the stores are offering. But Memorial Day is actually the only day out of 365 days that is actually set aside for us to pay respect to those who voluntarily gave their lives serving this country.

Here is a clipping from that gives the background of the holiday.


Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date.

Every year one of our traditions my husband has always done on Memorial Day, as long as we have been together (20 years), is buy a couple poppy’s from one of the Veterans raising money for the local American Legion. Many have forgotten the significance of the Poppy over the years, so here is a wonderful blog post by Cassandra Crosby that gives the reason and significance of the Poppy on Memorial Day to all veterans.

by Cassandra Crosby

My office is filled with art work depicting poppies. When I first started working here I thought how appropriate it was, remembering as a child when I would go with my grandfather to sell poppies for people to wear on Memorial Day and raise money for the local chapter of the American Legion. Some of the younger people I know, however, didn’t realize the significance of the poppy and what it means for Veterans around the world. Since this event was always so important to me, selling poppies with my grandfather, and I hate to see traditions get lost, I wanted to do a blog on the significance of the poppy to our Veterans.

After World War I, a day of remembrance was set aside by the Commonwealth of Nations member states to memorialize the fallen from all the countries that had fought in what was then known as The Great War. Remembrance Day or Armistice Day is held on November 11, memorializing the end of hostilities, “on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.” This is a familiar date to all of us in the United States. While it is still called Remembrance Day in Great Britain, it is now known as Veteran’s Day in the United States.

However, in the United States, we have our own Memorial Day. After the Civil War, women’s and religious organizations started the formal practice of decorating the graves of the fallen soldiers and in 1865; the federal government began creating military cemeteries for the Union dead. This practice evolved into the Memorial Day we celebrate today and was merged with the wearing of poppies in the 1915 after the publication of the poem, In Flander’s Field, by Lt. Colonel John McCrae, , following the second battle of Ypres. A copy of the poem can be found at the end of this blog.

The poppy, in Europe and the United States, quickly became a symbol of the fallen military after the publication of In Flander’s Field. The opening line refers directly to the sight Lt. Col. McCrae witnessed as he, a physician, walked among the crosses laid out to mark the site of so many who died for their counties. While the poppies grew among the graves, they are also a resilient flower. The poppy is able to lay dormant for many years in the soil only to reappear in great numbers, covering fields which had lay bare for many years previously. This also held significance for Lt. Col. McCrae as he wrote of the heroes who appeared in great numbers to come to the aid of others against oppression and tyranny during this Great War, and who would lie dormant until their call was heard again.

In 1918, Moina Michael wrote another poem that was a tribute to Lt. Col. McCrae’s accounting of the death on Flander’s field. Her poem, together with her promotion of using the poppy as the official symbol for the remembrance of the fallen, created what is now an iconic symbol of history that many do not know the story behind. Poppies, due to her enthusiasm became the symbol of the American Legion and funds were, and still are, used to help support the needs of disabled veterans.

My grandfather was a veteran of WWII who fought in North Africa and Italy and lost his leg after being shot the day before VE day. Even as an amputee and after 60+ surgeries, he still took me every Memorial Day to stand on that corner of the local department store with the poppies in my hand to pass out as he collected money for his “band of brothers.” It is a memory that I will cherish and one that my children and their children, because of his service, and the service of all veterans, will hopefully never have to know.

In Flander’s Field
By Lt. Col. John McCrae, 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow.,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
Lt. Col. John McCrae is buried in Wimereux, France after succumbing to pneumonia in 1918.

“We Shall Keep the Faith”
By Moina Michael
Oh! You who sleep in Flanders fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders field

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that you wrought
In Flanders field

Cassandra Crosby is a Veteran’s Claims Advocate for Hill & Ponton. She has over 20 years of experience in the management of non-profits programs specializing in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Victim Services. She is currently focusing on research and reviewing files for evidence that can be beneficial to disability claims. Cassandra is especially versed in helping with mental health issues but she has great knowledge in an array of areas including chemical exposure cases and individual unemployability issues. She is a Florida native and is also a full time student working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this post and I hope that you have a great rest of your week.


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Card Class Update

As I called my card class regulars yesterday to get a final count for class, by popular vote they decided they did not want to make the stationery box with all the cards and tags they just wanted to make cards. So last night I came up with the following ideas, thanks to my Pinterest stash. All the kits are made and ready to go and I was in bed by 2:00 am, so it was a productive day.

Here are the cards I came up with and under each one I will give you the link as to where I found it and credit to who designed them, so be sure to go check out those sites as well for many more wonderful card ideas.

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This sample came from the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog preview for one of the fall suites. The flowers are cut out of a sheet from the Painted Autumn DSP pack and the background paper is from the same pack. Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog will be released September 1, 2017, so if you would like a catalog contact me or if you already have a demonstrator then please contact them to request your catalog.

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This is my idea simple, aged, rustic.

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On this card there is supposed to be a little banner at the bottom of the card in the Night of Navy card stock with the sentiment, but I thought it looked nice just like this so I put the sentiment on the inside only. I have cut out all the little banner strips for each card that way the class will have the option to put it on the front if they wish. The idea for this card came from Stampin with Sandi 

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The background DSP (Designer Series Paper) also came from the Painted Autumn paper pack. The stamps came from the Merry Cafe’ stamp set also in the New 2017 Holiday Catalog coming out September 1, 2017. The little gift tag I made myself using my Crimper, the smallest hole punch on my Crop-A-Dile and then I punched out the little heart using my Stampin’ Up Owl punch. You can also order the Corrugated Elements tags through my Stampin’ Up website (order # 144158). Now this idea came from Stampin’ Pretty.

I hope that you enjoyed these samples, but please go check out these other ladies as well they have some really cool card ideas.

Here is how I had to work last night.

While I was cutting out all those flowers. If I moved too much his paw on top of my arm would grab my arm with his claws.

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After about half an hour of holding on to my arm he moved over to the other side of my desk (I guess I was moving too much and it was disturbing him) and fell asleep. This is how he sleeps most of the time, with his little tongue sticking out. Isn’t he so cute. He is getting so big now that he takes up a majority of my work space, but he still thinks he fits perfect.

Thank you all for stopping by and I hope that you have a great rest of your week.



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Dia de los Muertos Box Card

Today I wanted to share with you my very first video and my first Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead) box card for this year. I really had fun putting this box card together, wait I say that about all my box cards but it is true. Now this video on the other hand, well that was very challenging for me, I didn’t write out a script or prepare ahead of time I just winged the whole thing, because I as so excited to share this with you. Please be patient with me and with practice I will get better at these videos, so don’t jump ship just yet.

Well here is the video, please comment below and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

I am also including some still pictures for you to reference.

This is the outside view of the box card with the lid on.

This is the inside view of the card as soon as you take off the lid. The flaps on this layer can be used to put picture on this flower side and on the back side of the flap you can write a message or place more pictures.

This is the second layer and this layer has three pockets with tags and one flap that has a tie down closure.

This is the third layer. I think this layer is the most serene and pretty layer because of the blue background, the white lacy doilies and the gold medallion doilies on each flap. Plus I love the idea of this being the alter portion of the card, it just fits. You definitely don’t have to use this as an alter area,  pictures would look really good with these pretty backgrounds and would display nicely set out on a table just like this.

Well, I hope that you enjoyed this video and the pictures, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think. If you have any questions about this card or the items used please contact me I would love to assist you and your creativity any way I can.

Have a great week!







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Card Class 6-24-17

Sorry I am getting this post out so late! It has been way busy around here the last few days and this weekend went by so fast…I hope all you Dad’s had a great Father’s Day (that includes fur baby dad’s of course).

I just finished my last card kit and packed my bag for tomorrow’s card challenge with my friend K., we try to do this once a month. What we do is we both have to come up with three different cards or paper project and make the sample, then we have to make two kits for each card or project. Then we plan a day and get together so that we can exchange kits and make the cards and/or projects we created. It really is fun and we both have a great time learning from one another.

This morning, before my first client got here, I finished the last card for the card class on Saturday and took pictures of it so that is another reason that I am late this week. Ok, enough excuses let’s get on with it already….

I designed this one, I wanted something warm almost southwest looking.

I created this one a while back, I just love this Stampin’ Up stamp set.

This was the first time I ever used these stamp sets and framelits and I just love them all. I wanted this card to whimsical yet cheery and I believe it was accomplished.

Alright last but not least….my favorite! I love this worm stamp set, it’s an old Stampin’ Up stamp set but I love it, especially for my box cards. This is the one I finished putting together and taking pictures of this morning.

So now that you all can see what we are going to be making in class on Saturday, June 24, 2017 then sign up so you can come join us! Please go to my Stampin’ Up Website to get more details about the class and to sign up.

Have to cut this short it is getting late and I want to give you all time to sign up. Also the dead line is pushed back a day to Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Have a great rest of the week!





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Yes, I am still here. Sorry for the long absence but over the last few weeks I have been taking an online course that has been very mind boggling for an old fart like me. The course is to help me with my business, the hard part is I don’t know where to apply it to make it work. So as not to confuse you all, I will get this all figured out and then I would like to share my journey with you.

Now you know why I have been a bit absent but I have been thinking about my blog, and all of you my wonderful peeps, every day. I have missed being here and spending time creating, you should see my house it has been neglected too!

When I start something I really do get totally submerged and I kinda get annoyed when “LIFE” get’s in the way. You know what I mean? Things like eating – really is food all that important to maintain life?  sleeping– now that is way over rated, a couple hours a day is all that should be required.  And showering – please…you don’t get really ripe until what the third day maybe?, look our ancestors only bathed once a week and they had to share their bath water.

So now that I slept a whole 6 hours last night, took a shower this morning, did 2 loads of laundry, and just ate some dinner I am ready to get back to schooling.

I did take an evening one day last week to make a few Mother’s Day cards on a request from a client and I thoroughly enjoyed those hours of creating. Here are some pictures for you to enjoy, leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Momma Chick exploding box card – 4″ x 4″ with lid on – 12″ x 12″ with lid off.

My version of our warm southwest. Sunflower bouquet box card – folds flat and fits into an A2 size envelope.

Spring time in a box – card folds flat and fits into an A2 size envelope. I love how bright and cheery this one turned out.

Ok, break time is over and now I really do have to get back to my studies – wish me luck! I hope that you all have a great week and don’t forget next Sunday is Mother’s Day so be sure to treat yourselves and do something special for your mom.



P.S. Go check out my Stampin’ Up site they are having some Awesome Sales right now until May 30, 2017, after that most of those items will be discontinued. Also the New Annual catalog will be available June 1, 2017, so if you would like a catalog just let me know and I will get one to you or you can contact your demonstrator to request one.


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Card Class

This month I am not going to be hosting a card class because it is one of my busiest months of the year, the end of “Winter Visitor” season and Taxes. Although, we will resume classes in May and I will be sure to post the date by the first of May.

Here are some pictures of a few items that I have made in the last month or so.

These are some of the Easter flower arrangements that I made to sell.

This was one of the custom cards that I made and I think it turned out really nice, very masculine. The outside of the box actually looked and felt like leather but it was only textured paper.

Here is another custom made Harley inspired exploding box card.

I love these chickens and had to use them in this inspirational, upbeat little box card.

Isn’t this the cutest little Birthday card? Who wouldn’t want ice cream and cupcakes for their Birthday?

Ok, we live in the southwest and when I saw this stamp set and paper in the Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog I just had to have it. This was the first card I made as soon as I got them, and I love how it turned out.

This is another stamp set and paper from Stampin’ Up that I just loved. Didn’t this card turn out so cute? It folds flat and fits in an A2 size envelope as do all these little box cards.

Here’s a little party in a box, this would be great for a kid or an adult.

I love making these battery operated votive cakes with matching custom boxes. This one is a Birthday cake with matching box.

This can be given as a Birthday, Just because, Get Well, co-worker, or friend gift.

Definitely for a girl, this votive candle cake and matching box would make a beautiful co-worker birthday gift.

Here is a very cheery votive candle cake and matching box.

This votive candle cake and matching box would be great as an extra little something with your card for a wedding, or as a birthday gift for a co-worker.

Happy Birthday! This votive candle cake and matching box just screams Birthday. Great for adults or kids over 6 years, and male or female recipient.

Well, that is it for now I hope that you enjoyed this update and all the pictures. I have been working on many other projects around the house and some cards, but I haven’t taken any pictures yet. So as soon as I get more pictures taken I will post them for you.

If you would like to purchase any of the items I have shown you on here please contact me and I will be sure to get back with you A.S.A.P.. I am still working on the store part of my site, so I haven’t quite gotten that all set up yet.

Happy Easter everyone I hope that you have a great holiday weekend with your family and friends.






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Back Yard

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine brought over some cactus clippings from her yard so that we could get a start on our desert landscaping in the backyard. This is just the beginning, next we are going to be putting in a couple trees. We (my husband and I) have decided to do everything by ourselves, for now, to save some money. Plus we have really enjoyed working on the yard together. LOL, pulling weeds and planting cactus has been the extent of our “working on the yard” so far.

Anyway, enjoy the pictures and I will keep you updated as they grow and as we continue to add things to the backyard.

Below is a picture of our cat taking a dirt bath in one of the flower pots that luckily doesn’t have anything in it right now. She just loves to roll around in this pot so I don’t think I will be planting anything in it for a while.

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I bought myself a birthday gift last week, a new plant for the living room. This beautiful spider plant had a bunch of babies on it when I got her. So, I will be able to have quite a few more plants around the house as soon as these ones start rooting and I can plant them in pots. She fills up this corner just perfect.

I finally finished crocheting the Valence for the kitchen window and hung it up this past weekend. I am now working on crocheting the cafe curtains to match. I have temporary ones hung up for now as you can see in the picture.

Oh, one other thing that my husband has been working on the last couple days is painting the upstairs bedrooms. When he is all done I will post pictures of them too.

Well I hope that everyone has a wonderful day. Be sure to treat yourself today, you deserve something just for you, even if it is just 10 minutes of meditation.



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Sample Cards for Class

Well the other day I said that I would post pictures of the sample cards for the card class on Saturday, February 25, 2017, so here they are. This time I decided to take all my samples from Pinterest, I didn’t go by patterns just the pictures that I found so they are a little rough but the kits for class are accurate and more refined.

This card is so pretty and I thought that you could use it for a Birthday, Easter, Anniversary, Wedding, Sympathy or Just Because card. This sample came from Sage Kimble over at Stamping Madly she also has a Facebook page and a Saving Time Video that has a lot of good tips for stamping.


Isn’t this Thank You card so pretty? I love the colors. This idea came from Shelly Godby over at Stamping Smiles.


The sentiment and ribbon on this card are very versatile to make this more casual for a Thank You, Birthday, Just Because, Friend, etc. This idea came from Beth’s Fancy Stamping she also has a Facebook page.


This next card is so cute I couldn’t resist making this one, especially since this was one of my most favorite arcade games to play as a kid, come on you remember Pac Man! As you can see I cut the long outside piece too short and had to glue a little bit to the bottom, but the kit will have the correct length. This idea came from Dany Piepgrass over at INKcredible Creations.


This one I came up with by myself and my inspiration came from a bunch of hair style pictures that people had posted on Pinterest. I love this crazy chicken and her hair/feathers and thought that she would be perfect for the different highlights and colored hair samples.


I also came up with these two different Thank You cards with that vintage sort of feel. I don’t think we will make this one in class because I am not really happy with the way they turned out but I still wanted to share them with you.2-19-2017-027

This is such a cheery card with all the bright colors and happy chickens. The idea for this card came from Michele Jutrisa over at Butterflys & Bows.


Now all these links I looked up for you after I saw the pictures on Pinterest and created the samples, because I wanted to give all these very talented women credit for their creations. Please be sure to go check out their sites as well and see all their beautiful works of art.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you leave me a comment below letting me know which one is your favorite and if you would like to see me recreate more Pinterest inspired cards/crafts.



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Valentines Day

What a beautiful day! This morning I woke up at 7 am and the sun was out, there was no wind but it was a little chilly. I came downstairs, made a pot of coffee, went to my craft room and made a couple Valentine flower arrangements, a couple cards and another gift bag. At 8:15 am I was in the shower and getting ready for the day, because today my husband and I are going to set up out between Coolidge and Casa Grande by CAC and sell Valentines items for all those last minute shoppers.

Here are some pictures of our little spot.


We met some really nice people like the cowboy buying his girlfriend a bouquet of flowers and a card, the trucker driver that wanted to buy something cheap for his wife because he said if he bought her something expensive this year then he would have to buy her something even more expensive next year, a really nice guy that was buying something for his mom and two nieces, and this really funny couple with this cute little pug dog (dude I hope that you really go all out for your anniversary next month because you weren’t doing so good with Valentine’s). We even had this poor kid on a motor cycle come running up to us for help because he had gotten stung by a bee in his leg. As he left I told him he needed to invest in a pair of chaps and he laughed because he said he was thinking the same thing.

We did really well with sales, but most of all we enjoyed the time outside together. This was probably one of the best Valentine’s Days I have ever had and I didn’t even get any flowers or candy. I got the best gift ever spending the day with my husband, the very first Valentine’s Day in 18 years, and God blessed us with a beautiful day.

How was your Valentines? What did you do? Even if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s let me know what the highlight of your day was, I would love to hear about your day!

Have a great rest of the week!


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Happy Belated Valentines

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Valentines with their sweetheart!

This weekend was a very exciting for me as well as eventful and enlightening. My very best friend that I call “sis” (because we are sisters, but not by blood), and I set up a Valentines booth down town this weekend next to another friend that makes and sells Kettle Corn. Below are a few pictures.

These pictures were from Saturday, that is “sis” in the first picture. We didn’t have too much stuff because we didn’t really know how well things would sell. “Sis” did pretty well with her flower arrangements and I did alright, but most of all we had fun.

The one thing that made my day was I got to chat with this gentleman about his  Dodge Hellcat just like the one below only his had the black stripes down the side just like the 1972 version. He even let me sit in the car to get a feel for it, but he kept the keys in his pocket, LOL!

I had a 2007 Dodge Charger and loved it, but the Hellcat has been my dream car since they came out and I watched a segment Jay Leno did about the Hellcat.

When he started up the car it just purred with this powerful rumble that shook the ground and makes you tingle all over, now if that doesn’t get your heart pumping! The whale of the engine as he took off just about popped the eardrums like at the NASCAR raceway in the pits. I love the fact that this car is stock with all the power and speed you would expect and more, from a muscle car. I got these following pictures off the internet because I was so excited I forgot to take pictures of his car, the one I actually got to sit in!

1972 Dodge Charger


2016 Dodge Hellcat


Alright enough about cars and back to our Valentines booth. It was a beautiful day except it was a bit windy, but the sun was out so it was nice and warm. My husband got to see a lot of old friends and one of his cousins as they all came to buy Kettle Corn, some even came over to our booth afterwards. So all in all it was a great day!

Now Sunday we were out there again and did a little better in sales but we lost about four balloons because of the wind. Once again Nate was out there making and selling his Kettle Corn right next to us and we all had a great time.

Sundays highlight was, one of my husbands old friends he hadn’t seen in many years came by with his car. Pictures are below.

He restored this car himself and does this for a living. He is going to be showing this car and another one at The Arizona Super Show Feb. 25, 2017 in Glendale at the University of Phoenix Stadium. I would love to go but I have a card class that day, so if you are into car shows and by chance attend this one or any other shows in your area send me some pictures I would love to see them and possibly post them on a future blog.

Below is a picture of Lalo the owner of the car and Nate our Kettle Corn guy! My husband has known these two guys since they were all kids, so he had a great time catching up and spending time with them.

Well, that was my weekend and I had a blast! Tell me about your weekend by leaving a comment below I would love to hear what you did and what your highlights were this weekend.

Have a great rest of the week!


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Card Class

Alright, it is time for card classes to resume and the first one for the New Year is going to be on January 21, 2017. I have already posted the specifics on my Stampin’ Up Website so if you would like to attend then please click on the link above to sign up, the dead line is January 18, 2017.

Here are the samples of the cards that we will be making in the class.

Each one of these cards is using one or more items from the new Stampin’Up Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. So you get to play with and see some of the items from the catalogs before you order. I will also have catalogs available for you to take home and look over at your leisure.

Please go to Sheila’s Cards for more info and to sign up by Jan. 18, 2017. If you have any questions please contact me.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


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Custom Order

Well, I was so thrilled when I got this custom order thru Two Plates Full back at the end of November. The customer gave me full artistic control of these cards, the only request was that they all had to be the large exploding box cards and all Birthday. It took me a week and a half to get all seven of these done, but I had so much fun making each one different.

Both these last two tea light cakes open up just like the first one so that you can put a little gift inside. You are also able to turn the tea lights off and on with all the tea light cakes.

This tea light cake also opens for placing a small gift.

With this one I also added a tea light cake to put inside the little round box and take it out and set it on top.

You may remember these last two from an earlier post I just changed them up a bit for this order.

Have a great week and be safe out there while you are doing your last minute Christmas shopping.