Tuesday, November 1, 2016

2016 Mangers for a Better Christmas

We are done taking orders for this year. We have had so much success and are thankful for all of your support. If you missed the chance to get one and would like me to contact you next year when we get started please send your email to: tiffj.brady@yahoo.com Thanks so much!



I can't believe that it's manger season again! We got our house sold this year, moved in with my in-laws for three months, and then moved across town to our temporary home while we wait to start building (that's a whole different conversation). We are happy to be where we are and look forward to see what the next twelve months brings.

If you have no idea what these mangers mean to us, let me give you a little background. A few years ago I had this thought that I needed to start building mangers and selling them to help others in need. I had no idea how to make them and let the thought slide. Then the next year the idea came back, and wouldn't go away. With the help of my husband, we came up with a model, and I knew that this was something that would help our family come closer to feeling the real meaning of Christmas. I posted the idea on Instagram and started taking orders. I really only thought that we'd make maybe 50 at the most, but within the first 24 hours I could tell that we needed a lot more supplies. We really were touched at how many people supported our idea through purchases, reposting, helping with the work load, or just kind words. We ended up making over 125 mangers and raising over $1200 to help other families in our area. We know that this will now continue to be a tradition for our family and have started building once again. Last year we raised $1,500 that went to anonymously help families in our area. We have appreciated so much the support that we've received in doing this project and look forward to getting started again this year.

Here are the options for this year. On the right column you'll see two different paypal options (you don't have to have a paypal account to use these). The mangers will cost $20 each, and if shipping is needed it will be $18 extra (I'm sorry about that cost! I wish I could hand deliver all of these myself). They come with a gray stain on them, and measure approximately 7 1/2 wide x 19 1/2" long x 7" tall. It also comes with a little bag of raffia ("hay") and piece of muslin. We will be making and getting all manger ready over the next few weeks and then out within November.

If you live in Cache Valley, Utah

1. Email me at tiffj.brady@yahoo.com and we can arrange for a time to meet, or you can pick up directly from me. You can either pay through the Paypal button listed or at time of pick up.

Utah residents near Ogden Area

1. My husband works at the Intellibed Store at 4091 Riverdale Road (next to Olive Garden and Mens Warehouse) and we can facilitate pickup from this location.
2. The first opportunity to get mangers (as well as tons of other great holiday goodness) will be at:

From Ogden to Provo Area

1. If needed we will set a date either right before or after Thanksgiving to meet at Ikea for pick up.

St. George residents

1. We are working on getting a handful of mangers down that way. If you're interested, please let me know (before you pay) so we can see how many we'd need to send down: tiffj.brady@yahoo.com

Any other places

1. The cost of shipping is $18. Please just use that payment button and we'll work to get your manger shipped before Thanksgiving.

We are excited for another year of making mangers! Please contact me with any questions and I'll be happy to do what I can to help and get a manger to you.


2016 Mangers for a Better Christmas




Manger Options




I can't believe that it's manger season again! We got our house sold this year, moved in with my in-laws for three months, and then moved across town to our temporary home while we wait to start building (that's a whole different conversation). We are happy to be where we are and look forward to see what the next twelve months brings.

If you have no idea what these mangers mean to us, let me give you a little background. A few years ago I had this thought that I needed to start building mangers and selling them to help others in need. I had no idea how to make them and let the thought slide. Then the next year the idea came back, and wouldn't go away. With the help of my husband, we came up with a model, and I knew that this was something that would help our family come closer to feeling the real meaning of Christmas. I posted the idea on Instagram and started taking orders. I really only thought that we'd make maybe 50 at the most, but within the first 24 hours I could tell that we needed a lot more supplies. We really were touched at how many people supported our idea through purchases, reposting, helping with the work load, or just kind words. We ended up making over 125 mangers and raising over $1200 to help other families in our area. We know that this will now continue to be a tradition for our family and have started building once again. Last year we raised $1,500 that went to anonymously help families in our area. We have appreciated so much the support that we've received in doing this project and look forward to getting started again this year.

Here are the options for this year. On the right column you'll see two different paypal options (you don't have to have a paypal account to use these). The mangers will cost $20 each, and if shipping is needed it will be $18 extra (I'm sorry about that cost! I wish I could hand deliver all of these myself). They come with a gray stain on them, and measure approximately 7 1/2 wide x 19 1/2" long x 7" tall. It also comes with a little bag of raffia ("hay") and piece of muslin. We will be making and getting all manger ready over the next few weeks and then out within November.

If you live in Cache Valley, Utah

1. Email me at tiffj.brady@yahoo.com and we can arrange for a time to meet, or you can pick up directly from me. You can either pay through the Paypal button listed or at time of pick up.

Utah residents near Ogden Area

1. My husband works at the Intellibed Store at 4091 Riverdale Road (next to Olive Garden and Mens Warehouse) and we can facilitate pickup from this location.
2. The first opportunity to get mangers (as well as tons of other great holiday goodness) will be at:

From Ogden to Provo Area

1. If needed we will set a date either right before or after Thanksgiving to meet at Ikea for pick up.

St. George residents

1. We are working on getting a handful of mangers down that way. If you're interested, please let me know (before you pay) so we can see how many we'd need to send down: tiffj.brady@yahoo.com

Any other places

1. The cost of shipping is $18. Please just use that payment button and we'll work to get your manger shipped before Thanksgiving.

We are excited for another year of making mangers! Please contact me with any questions and I'll be happy to do what I can to help and get a manger to you.


Friday, January 15, 2016

Choose Happy

I thought it would be fun to enter Adornit's coloring contest when I spotted it on Instagram. I sent in my address and they mailed me some cute printables to color. It wasn't until they came in the mail that I realized that it's been years since I'd actually colored anything. I have to admit I was tempted just to scan and color via Photoshop. That's more of my element these days. The other night I broke out the watercolors and decided to take a stab at it. It didn't turn out perfect but it was a lot of fun to paint and I'll definitely do more painting in the future. I decided to take some of the bias tape that I've recently made and put it with some crocheted purple daisies, to create a little garland. It will happily hang in my craft space and remind me to be happy of course and also that Spring is in my future.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Mangers for a Better Christmas


We are done with mangers for this year. Thanks so much for all of your support! If you'd be interested next year please leave us a comment with your email.

If this is the first time that you've heard about or are just now seeing our mangers, let me give you a little background. A few years ago I had this thought that I needed to start building mangers and selling them to help others in need. I had no idea how to make them and let the thought slide. Then last year the idea came back and wouldn't go away. With the help of my husband we came up with a model and I knew that this was something that would help us as a family come closer to feeling the real meaning of Christmas. I posted the idea on Instagram and started taking orders. I really only thought that we'd make maybe 50 at the most, but within the first 24 hours I could tell that we needed a lot more supplies. We really were touched at how many people supported our idea through purchases, reposting, helping with the work load, or just kind words. We ended up making over 125 mangers and raising over $1200 to help other families in our area. We know that this will now continue to be a tradition for our family and have started building once again.

With trying to sell our house and other things that are keeping us busy right now we may have to limit how many are made. We have roughly 60 that should be ready by next week so please let us know as soon as you can and we will work hard to fill all the orders. All of the money earned will go towards helping other families or individuals have a Christmas they wouldn't be able to have on their own. For this reason we will try to fulfill all the orders that come in.

There are a few options this year that are different than last year. On the right column you'll see two different paypal options (you don't have to have a paypal account to use these). The mangers will cost $20 each and if shipping is needed it will be $15 extra. They come with a gray stain on them and they measure approximately 7 1/2 wide x 19 1/2" long x 7" tall. It also comes with a little bag of raffia and piece of cloth.

If you live in Cache Valley

1. Email me at tiffj.brady@yahoo.com and we can arrange for a time to meet. You can either pay through the Paypal button listed or when we meet.
2. There will be mangers at the Holly Berry Christmas Boutique Thursday December 3rd - Saturday December 5th - 742 East 590 North Smithfield (I'll update with times when I get them).

Utah residents near Ogden Area

1. My husband works at the Intellibed Store at 4091 Riverdale Road (next to Olive Garden and Mens Warehouse) and we can facilitate pickup from this location.
2. There will be mangers and lots of other great stuff at:



From Ogden to Provo Area


1. We don't have the location that we did last year in Draper for picking up. We are going to have a day that we come down and will have a location to meet. Please email me if you'd be interested in that.

St. George residents

1. We are working on getting a handful of mangers down that way. If you're interested please let me know so we can see how many we'd need to send down: tiffj.brady@yahoo.com

Any other places

1. The cost of shipping is $15. Please just use that payment button and we'll work to get your manger shipped before Thanksgiving.

We are excited for another year of making mangers! Please contact me with any questions and I'll be happy to do what I can to help and get a manger to you.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Random Digital 3x4 Cards FREEBIE!

As you can see if you scroll down a bit I pooped out of my project life last year. I got behind and then it was so crazy trying to catch up and I just ended up quitting. I love looking at the pages that I did finish and decided that I needed to try again this year. I decided that this year I'm sticking with digital pages (I'm truly a digital girl at heart). That way I don't have any excuses not to finish. I am really loving it and though at this very moment I'm a little behind I know I can and will catch up. Doing this has also gotten me excited about playing around with digital elements again. So I thought it would be fun to create some cards for myself and anyone else that like them. Anything that I create I'll post here so you can snatch and use it in anyway you'd like. Personal use or commercial is fine too. I'd love to see pics if you end up using any of these cards. Enjoy! Just click HERE to download!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Week Nine

My week nine documents a pretty low key week in the life of the Bradys. Actually most weeks are low key, but it's a fun time to document some stages that the girls are at. I know I'll look back and laugh about how much Kate love to save EVERYTHING at this moment. Right now I have three mini cupcakes (it should be four, but I ate one so we'll see how she handles that, lol), a half eaten sucker, part of a chocolate milk, and three mini corn dogs that she's saving. Anyway, here's my week nine:






Thursday, March 8, 2012

Week Eight

Yes I am a slacker. I've had my pictures sitting and waiting for days for me to get around to posting them:) So let me introduce you to week eight (I'm sorry about the glare in some of the pictures):








See you tomorrow with week nine:)