Birthday Poster! – I cannot wait to use this for Dominic’s birthday

April 16, 2015

I cannot wait to use this!!! My son Dominic has his 3rd birthday coming up on June 1st and I am in love with this Birthday Poster by Sticky Bellies. You can customize it and decorate it anyway you want. I also love that it is full poster size. You can buy some on Etsy [...]

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DIY – Colorful Shoe Soles

September 27, 2013

DIY - Colorful shoe soles   I think this is a genius idea especially when your kids shoes get all dirty and scuffed. Just paint them!    The tricky thing about painting the rubber on your shoes is keeping the paint on after a while. With a helpful little sealer (you might already have at [...]

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DIY: Summer Parasol Wreath

June 25, 2012

I love the idea of a well trimmed door with a fresh new wreath awaiting each new season!  I found this idea for my summer parasol wreath on Pinterest. All you need is: -A wreath (either foam or a grapevine as shown below) -A box of mini parasols (I purchased a box of over 100 [...]

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Turn buttons into beautiful: DIY framed monogram

June 09, 2012

I’m over at my friend Selina’s blog (Creative Juices for Decor) this week sharing one of my favorite DIY crafts: a button monogram. Come join the fun!

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Artwork worth framing!

May 14, 2012

I have been meaning to have my kids do some artwork that I could frame for quite sometime.  I finally decided this would be the week, no more putting it off. My initial plan had been to let the kids use finger paint to create a painting on scrapbooking paper (or any paper that is [...]

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4 steps to creating an “art wall” in your home

April 30, 2012

Last week I shared 7 steps to organizing your child’s art.  Now I want to share a fun way to display your child’s art. (Total cost for this project is less than $30.00) 1) Start with a magnetic strip from The Container Store. There are several sizes and styles but the exact one that I [...]

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How to turn your child’s art into an adorable bookmark

March 05, 2012

I just finished making my third “art bookmark” and wanted to share the process for those of you who may enjoy this unique and creative way to turn your child’s work of art into a useable gift.  Some of you may remember the instructions below that I originally posted in May of 2010. Several years ago when my [...]

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Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2011

Our two oldest kids are home from school and we have been really loving the lazy days that provides us.  Thanks to Pinterest, I have been inspired with some fun new ideas, crafts and traditions.  I will share some of my favorites below and encourage you to see all of the ideas I saved here. [...]

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Do Together Craft: Easy Wreath Ornaments

November 28, 2011

Christmas is rapidly approaching.  Usually, this is the time of year that I bust out the paper crafts with my kids, but this year I thought we could make some ornaments. Enter these adorable, easy, and super cheap wreaths.  This is truly a do-together craft, as some steps the kids can do, and some steps the adults or older kids have to do, such as the hot glueing.  Even better, these little wreaths are fully customizable.  If you have four kids doing this craft, you will have four completely different wreaths.  Even better, if you are a sewer or crafter, I can nearly guarantee you have the materials needed around your house.  Can you say, “Scrap busting time!” If you aren’t a crafter don’t worry!  The materials for this craft are very inexpensive.

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Hair Accessory Holder Tutorial

July 18, 2011

My hair ties, clips, and headbands are always getting lost.  I find them in drawers, under the bed, closet floor, behind furniture.  After several attempts to keep them organized, I decided to make a hair accessory holder.  You can, too!  It’s quick, easy, pretty, and a great way to use up scraps of fabric, ribbon, [...]

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Customizable Flip Flops

June 29, 2011

Summer is here again and everywhere I look I see the (roughly) same pair of inexpensive plastic and rubber sandals.  You can find them at different stores, often for under $3 in a wide range of colors.  Who wouldn’t want to have some? Well, me.  I don’t like them.  Not that I’m opposed to color [...]

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Button monogram craft: DIY

June 06, 2011

In a previous post I gushed about how much I have enjoyed using the website Pinterest.  I want to show you a project I recently completed that was fully inspired by a Pinterest find which I had tucked away in my “to make for the home” board.  The project was not only fun, but proved to be a lovely addition to the mantle above our fireplace (just don’t look too close because I see that one button has apparently gone rogue).

Want to make one of your own? Here’s how:

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Rice Pattern Weights

May 25, 2011

Our house isn’t big enough to grant me a permanent sewing space.  As a result, I rely on a folding table and various boxes and tubs to store and move my sewing stash.  This has never been a big problem except for the fact that my patterns and fabrics often shift or slide off my folding [...]

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Be still my beating heart: Pinterest

April 27, 2011

My friend Kira recently introduced me to a website that I LOVE!  Have you heard of Pinterest?  It is like the marriage of Evernote and Facebook with a little Flickr thrown in for good measure.  Or another way to describe it is an eye pleasing, super easy to use, share and find, idea garden for crafts, projects, tutorials and more. (Oh ya it is free too:) ).

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How to make a tunic

December 05, 2010

I recently made two tunics. That was a new one for me, I have never made a tunic before.  Hunter needs one for his upcoming Christmas performance so after locating a sheet for $1.00 at a local thrift store I set to work.  Impressed that the process wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared it [...]

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Cute Hanging Mini-Garment Bag

November 21, 2010

Several weeks ago, I saw a tutorial for an absolutely adorable garment bag designed to hang on a door knob.  I considered making it, but for my uses, it wasn’t quite right.  I wanted something a little bigger that could close all the way, instead of most of the way.  So I came up with [...]

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Fall Burlap Wreath

November 08, 2010

Prior to this week, I had never owned burlap.  But when my friend Kira suggested that we do a fall wreath project together and showed me this online tutorial I added it to my list of things to buy.  I am sure you can imagine my surprise when that very morning as I dropped off [...]

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Quick and Easy Skirt Tutorial

August 25, 2010

A few weeks ago, I made the Fast and Cheap Skirt from the Polka Dot Cottage, which is now one of my absolute favorite garments.  Not only was it very easy and fast, it inspired me to give a skirt in the same style a whirl.  So, here we are, my quick and easy skirt [...]

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DIY: Mason jar pin cushion

June 30, 2010

I had a little sewing box.  It was cute.  It held everything I needed, except for a lot of things, because although it was cute, it was tiny.  Most of my crafts are not tiny.  I decided I needed a new sewing box, this time not quite so little.  I found my new sewing box [...]

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DIY craft project: Make a Family Scrabble Board

June 09, 2010

This fun and easy art project was inspired by Angela (our amazing customer service assistant at Mom 4 Life).  The last time I was at her house, I noticed a customized Scrabble board hanging on her wall.  It was filled with words like “Hope”, “Pray” and “Believe”.  These are words that speak to them as a [...]

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Making a homemade dress and shirt bag

May 26, 2010

This weekend I went yard sailing.  I love, love, love yard sales!  There is something about the welcoming gesture of a sign on a lawn saying, "Come!  Come walk on our grass and look at our things.  Come talk to us and poke around our stuff.  See if we have something you need."  When I [...]

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Memory Tree Do It Yourself Project from Repurposed Fabrics

April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day! Today is the perfect day to tell you about (quite possibly) one of my favorite crafts of all time.  The overall cost of this project is very low because most of the items are re-purposed from fabric you already have in your home (or can easily get from a thrift store).  I [...]

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Solutions for storing children’s art & displaying scrapbook layouts

April 21, 2010

Occasionally I have faint memories of hobbies that I used to enjoy but haven't touched in quite some time. One such hobby is scrapbooking.  I started scrapbooking just before Trent and I got married.  At that time I didn't realize that I was doing something that was an "official" hobby.  Instead of using scrapbook paper, I was [...]

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Tawashi Fun

September 07, 2009

You know those green scrubbies that are a staple in so many kitchens?  The ones you can get at any store in packs of two or so?  You probably have one of these, or another variety of scrubbie next to your sink right now.  After all, they are a must for pots and stuck on [...]

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