Cozy up to fall

I thought I would share with you one of the pillows I made with some of the sweater pieces left over from making my sweater pumpkins.  It actually is a pillow cover.  I made it so it would fit a smaller size pillow that I had.  It’s about 12 by 13 1/2 inches.

Diy Sweater Pillow with rolled flowers

I especially like how the rolled flowers turned out.  I’ve made them out of a lot of different types of materials but never sweater pieces.  I just took some strips and folded them so they would have a smooth edge and rolled them like any other rolled flower.

Rolled Sweater Flowers

I added in some burlap and felt leaves and that was all there was to it.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my project.  See my sweater pumpkins here and here.

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!

Takeaway Tuesdays on the Made2bCreative BlogHey Sweet Pineapple!

It’s Takeaway Tuesday again so time for another quick and easy favor idea for women’s ministry.  Today we are making up some sweet pineapples.  Pineapples are that universal sign of hospitality.  The Bible says we should be “…given to hospitality.”  Romans 12:13



I used two gold wrapped Hershey’s Nuggets for each one of these, a little green tissue paper, and a couple drops of low temp hot glue.


You can add a tag and baker’s twine or ribbon to perk them up a little if you want.  My sentiment on my tag is from the Flourishes Strawberries set.



Supplies needed:

  • Gold wrapped Hershey’s Nuggets (2 for each)
  • Green Tissue Paper
  • Low Temp Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors or paper cutter to cut the tissue paper


  • Cut tissue paper to approximately 3 and 1/4 inch square for each pineapple.
  • Pinch the middle of the tissue square and fluff it out.
  • Hot glue a fine line of glue down the center back of one of the Hershey’s Nuggets.
  • Quickly place your tissue paper between the two Nuggets with the point where you have pinched it approximately 1/2 inch down from the top of the Nuggets.  Add the second Hershey’s Nugget flush against it.  Press together gently and hold in place for several seconds.
  • That’s it.  Just add a tag and twine or ribbon if you desire.

Tip:  Be very sparing with the low temp hot glue.  First, you don’t want to melt the chocolate.  Second you don’t want to cause a big gap between the Hershey’s Nuggets.


Above you can see how they look from the side.  I made little easels by putting Hershey’s Nuggets together like this before and tying them with ribbon.  You can find that post here.

Be sure to read one of my newest women’s leader devotionals,  Pineapple Sweet Leaders, on my Creative Ladies Ministry website.  There is a free download that goes along with it.  There is also a Good Old Hospitality devotional on the main website.

Thanks for stopping in.  Please leave a comment.  I enjoy hearing from you!

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!


Takeaway Tuesdays on the Made2bCreative BlogWhoooo wants a cookie?

Thought I’d do a little food favor for today’s Takeaway Tuesday.  Owls are always fun for fall.

Fall Owl Treat made with Nuterbutters


I saw a few owl cookies floating around Pinterest that were so cute but they used cookie cutters which I didn’t have.   I decided Nabisco Nutter Butter cookies were the right shape for the face of an owl, so I used those and skipped the baking–no cookie cutter required.


Nutterbutter Owl Cookies Craft


I added icing, candy eyes, and candy corn for the nose and eyebrows for most of them.

On some of the others I tried out some M&Ms and also chocolate chips (upsidedown) for eyes.  You can see some of those in the next photo down.  If you are making a lot of these owls, those premade candy eyes can get expensive.  It’s always good to have other options.


For those concerned with allergies!!

You can use Keebler Vienna Fingers instead of Nabisco Nutter Butters.  The Vienna Fingers are not exactly as idea a shape but they still turn out cute.  I have a daughter who is allergic to peanut butter so I always find an alternative!  You can see the difference in the outcome below.


Easy Owl Diy Cookies



  • White Icing.  I used a Buttercream recipe but used shortening instead of butter to make it pure white.
  • Icing bag with a medium open star tip.  I used Wilton #32.
  • For eyes:  Premade candy eyes, M&M’s, or chocolate chips (upsidedown)
  • Nabisco Nutter Butter Cookies  (Keebler Vienna Fingers as an alternative if you are concerned with peanut allergies)
  • Cany Corn



  • Squeeze eye areas with icing bag (open star tip) –  about the size of a penny.
  • Press candy eyes (or whatever candy you’d like to use for eyes.) into icing.  The icing will spread out slightly.
  • Make a “T” with icing between eyes and over eyes.
  • Place in nose with a piece of candy corn on it’s side with point down.
  • Place eyebrows with pieces of candy corn turned on their side (wide edge on the outside).
  • See photo below.


Fall Food Treat: Nutterbutter Owl Cookies

If you want to package these up, the snack size zip bags are a great size.  I took some to our Ladies Bible Study and that is what I put them in.  You could even add a bag topper or tag to doll them up.

Thanks for stopping in and checking out today’s Takeaway Tuesday project.  Leave a comment.  I love hearing from my visitors!

See the Wise Woman Women’s Ministry Theme on my Creative Ladies Ministry website for more owl-related ideas.

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!


Fall is in the air!

Couldn’t find where I had shared on the blog my plate that my daughter, Kayla, made for me with her Cricut and vinyl.  It’s so pretty and I am so happy she made it for me.



I am enjoying my fall buffet.  I showed you that soup tureen I used for my arrangement before with my thrift store finds and I added in some of my sweater pumpkins to display.


Bettencourt home fall buffet

I have the darkest living room on the planet so it is always hard to get good photos in there no matter how I try to manipulate them in my paint program, but I tried.

I’m not sure why I love fall so much.  Between pumpkins, beautifully colored fall leaves, squash, cornstalks, Thanksgiving on it’s way, and crisp air, what’s not to like?  When it cools off a little here in the fall, it makes me feel alive or something.

Hope you enjoy your weekend.  Happy Friday everyone!

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!

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