Category Archives: homemade

Nanmade with love.

If you’ve followed me on here, or IG, or Facebook, you know my mom makes these gorgeous handmade goodies. Crochet & knit, it all is amazing. In my house alone I have garland (heart, groundhog, & shamrocks just to start), tons of scarves, minion hats & kitty hats (& more hats than that), and even rugs! The stuff she makes is amazing.


I know it, and so many others know it, too. I know this because lots of people have asked about her goodies, and quite a few have gotten lucky and scored a few freebies. But, the day of freebies is over (unless you stick around for a giveaway in a few weeks right here!) because I finally talked her into setting up shop!


That’s right. My mom is an official small business and Nanmade with Love. really is made with love by nan.

You can follow her on FB and see more of the goods she has to offer (and there is tons more coming. I was just at her house (I’m her business manager I guess you could say!) and we made a list of new products she wants to post in the weeks to come). Just send her a message and she can get your order started!

Cinnamon swirl bread

This is a recipe that I got from Pampered Chef years ago. I think it was Tucker’s first Christmas when I baked loaves of this bread to give as gifts to our family & friends (ever since we were married, I’ve done homemade gifts and love it). & I think it’s honestly been about that many years since I’ve made it. I was trying to think of something sweet to give the kid’s teachers and this popped in my head.


Ingredients: 1/4 c. sugar, 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon, 1 egg white, 1 tbsp. water, 2 pkgs. refrigerated french bread dough, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Optional Glaze (I’ve never done this because I give it as a gift, but if I were to serve it in our home or make it for us to eat I’d totally add this to it!): 1/4 c. maple syrup, 1 pkg. softened cream cheese.

Directions: Preheat oven to 375. If you have the Pampered chef mini loaf pan (or another pan similar to it) spray it with nonstick cooking spray. If you don’t have a mini loaf pan, you could always make a big loaf I suppose, not sure if baking time would vary. Whisk egg white & water together (set aside) and mix cinnamon & sugar together (set aside). Unroll one package of the french bread dough and roll it out on a cutting board. 62Brush dough with half of the egg white mixture and sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar. Then sprinkle with half of the walnut mixture. Roll the dough up starting at the narrow end and then cut in half. Place seam side down in the pan. Cut a slit in the top of each loaf without cutting through the ends, brush with a little egg white mixture, and top with a few chopped walnuts. Repeat these same steps with the second roll of dough so that you have a total of four mini loaves. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. For the glaze, you just beat together the syrup & cream cheese and serve!

For the kid’s teachers I found these cute little mini loaf decorative cardboard holders that I put the bread in, then I set them atop a really cute Christmas plate I found at Walmart and tied it all up inside cellophane bags with a bow and cute tag that the kids signed.

Christmas crafting: reindeer stenciled shirt


Today we are heading to Mount Dora for the weekend. We are going to start with their Christmas Parade this morning, and enjoy shopping & eating around their cute town during the day. We are staying at a charming bed & breakfast (reminiscent of the hotel in Dirty Dancing if you ask me) and we are going to watch them light up their downtown area tonight.

We haven’t been to Mount Dora at Christmas since Tucker was a baby. The kids are super excited & us adults are as well.

I had found these iron on Christmas tree appliques at Hobby Lobby last month and thought they’d be the easiest thing when making some cute shirts for this girls for the holiday season. I snagged up some shirts from Walmart & went to town on them a few weeks ago. The only down side? They are long sleeve and although we had some nice cool weather last week, it’s going to be in the 80s today.

So I needed an alternative. Cue my recent love affair with reindeer silhouettes.


Supplies you’ll need: a cotton shirt, freezer paper, scissors, a pencil, fabric paint, a foam paintbrush, a thin tipped paintbrush, fabric scraps, a printout of the reindeer (or any thing really) you want to use as a stencil. I made my reindeer with PicMonkey. They have some great holiday stuff right now, including these cute reindeer. I made an image with the reindeer I wanted and printed it out.


The next thing I had to do was to trace the reindeer onto the freezer paper (the matte side) using a pencil.


After that I folded the freezer paper in half with the shiny side in. Since I needed to make two stencils (one for each shirt) and I wanted the reindeer to be facing opposite directions, this made it easiest for creating a stencil. I only needed to cut once in order to get two stencils.


Then, I ironed on the stencil. Remember, you are wanting to remove the reindeer you cut out from the center and iron the outer piece on the shirt so you can paint on the inside. I love using freezer paper for projects like this! & one roll will last you forever!


I chose metallic gold paint for my reindeer.


& stenciled away. I was doing this late at night (how every project seems to happen for me, my brain works best late at night I guess). I used my blow drier to help it dry a little faster. & then removed the stencil by peeling up the freezer paper very slowly.


& then I added a little holly & berries, only because a little paint splattered when I was putting on the red nose. I think it’s the perfect holiday touch though. Oh, and then I finished it off with a little fabric scrap bow (hot glued on, of course!).


Follow me on Instagram (@twinkietotmom) to see a picture (or ten) of the girls in their shirts today and to see all the Christmas fun we are having in Mount Dora during our weekend away!

Homemade facial or baby wipes

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Homemade Dryer Sheets

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Homemade Fabric Softener

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Making it at home.

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to make a few store bought things at home instead. Pinterest will get you every time. Recipes for homemade laundry detergent, fabric softener, hair treatments, face wash, etc. The list goes one & on. I’m sure I’ve pinned quite a few, but it wasn’t until a blogger IContinue Reading

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