Thursday, September 8, 2011

10 minute halloween wreath


Stick wreath form (Hobby Lobby floral section $4.99)

butterflies (Hobby Lobby floral section $1.99)

spider webs (Dollar Tree $1)

crows x 2 (Dollar Tree $2)

big spider (Dollar Tree $1)

Probably the easiest project I have ever done. I love the combo of the pretty butterflies, mysterious crows, and creepy spiders. Halloween crafting is offically underway :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

pillowcase shirt

I have talked many times on this blog about my lack of sewing skills. A few months ago I got a knock on my door with a package addressed to me...ummmm I didn't order anything. I opened up the package and inside was a brand new sewing machine, courtesy of my sweet husband. Just so you all know this was my very first sewing machine. I was very excited to see if I had any skills. The answer to that is I will need a lot of practice, however I did manage to bust out this little baby the other day. This little shirt if full of flaws but my little six year old was so excited about it and begged to wear it to school. In the end, I was proud of myself that I actually created something that was functioning :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

DIY vintage tins

How many of you have Christmas tins (or any tin for that matter) that just don't make the cut on being cute enough and will most likely be in the garbage in one week? Well, I have plenty. Here is a quick project to make use of all those tins and maybe even inspiring some organizing. If not, they would look cute just sitting on a shelf. And don't we all love cute.

1. Spray paint your tin whatever color tickles your fancy.
2. Resize (I used photoshop) your label to fit your tin.
I found my labels here. Hugh selection!
3. Print labels onto sticker paper, cut, and place on tin.
Easy peezy, lemon squeezy! (my daughters favorite new saying) Can't wait to make some more!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

paper snowflakes

My daughter spent the better part of this afternoon and evening making paper snowflakes. There were so many little scraps of paper on the floor, I think we could have opened up a confetti store.

Tutorial found at High Hopes.
Of course, we had to display all of her hard work. My little clothesline never felt so happy having all of these snowflakes on parade.

winter decor

Now that the Christmas decor is down, it is time for the winter decor to be put up. I added a quick change to my kitchen table that really brings in a sense of winter. Snowflake doilies made by my great grandma, thrifted milk glass bowls filled with oranges, turquoise mason jar (one of my favorite possesions), and fabric circles that have been stapled to some clothesline...yes I said stapled.

I have been dreaming of this winter skating party found via Hip Hip Hooray and have a little project up my sleeve inspired by it's beauty.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

homemade biscotti

Had some fun trying something new today...homemade biscotti. I have about four other recipes that I hope to try through out the week. Next up, white chocolate and cranberry biscotti.


Friday, December 10, 2010

glitter houses

My favorite Christmas crafts are the ones that I get to do with my cute girls. This year we decided to make a little village of glitter houses. After gathering houses from Hobby Lobby and DI and even making one of our own with leftover cardboard we painted them up in a fun color scheme of red, pink, turquoise, and white. Once the paint was dry we painted over each house with mod podge and sprinkled with white glitter. Then embellished the houses with little wreaths that were also purchased at Hobby Lobby. They look so sweet and the girls love having them displayed in their playroom. You can also add battery operated tea lights in each house to give life to your houses even at night.

Hard at work!

I created the white wreaths using the same bleaching affect from the Christmas trees on the previous post.

Hope this adds a little sparkle to your day!

Friday, December 3, 2010

christmas jars

My first little project I wanted to share was my pretty Christmas jars. I have sort of had an obsession this Christmas with anything bottlebrush - trees, wreaths, etc. It all started with a bottlebrush wreath that I bought at my favorite store in Utah, The Busy Biddy. I began looking at tons of pictures from different blogs and then became offically crazy.
With this project, I really just wanted to do something super simple (obviously these little jars and trees could be totally bedazzled) that just showed off mini bottlebrush trees covered in snow.
I found all of my trees at Hobby Lobby for super cheap. When I bought them they were green. I came home and gave each of them a nice soak in some hot water and bleach. I let them soak for about 30 mins. Then I rinsed each one throughly to get off any additional bleach. I let them dry overnight. Once dried, I sprayed each tree with a little snow spray that I also got at Hobby Lobby, called "Snow" and sprinkled with a touch of glitter. I gathered all the glass jars around the house that I could, poured in a little sugar for snow, placed in the tree and ta da...pretty little Christmas jars. Super simple, but very soft and pretty.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I am so excited about sharing with all of you the many Christmas projects I have been up to. I love Christmas, especially Christmas decorating. Today we took a break from painting, glueing, and glittering to fill our bellies with some yummy treats. My daughter took her time to make each cookie special. I love her attention to detail even at age 6. I also love that my three old thought that the jar of sprinkles was available to be dumped freely into her mouth. And I know her secret motto is "you can never put too much frosting on one cookie".

Be back soon.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

fall lunch

Yesterday I had a fun fall party with a few of my friends and their kids. The kids munched on some grilled cheese sandwiches while the mom's enjoyed some of my favorite butternut squash soup and sun-dried tomato, fresh mozzarella and pesto panini's (inspired by Pizzeria 712).
Our little center pieces where made from some wax paper crayon leaves , a DI vase, and some sticks from the backyard. My girls helped me with this little project and loved seeing them displayed.
Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving...full of thanks and giving!

Monday, November 1, 2010

just add water

I loved the "just add water" paint books when I was little. I saw this idea and it brought me back. Can't wait to put some of these together for my girls. Check it out at Giver's Log.

Monday, October 25, 2010

supergirl party

This weekend my sweet girl celebrated her 6th bday with a supergirl party. I love that she is "super" creative and comes up with fun themes for her birthdays that help me become very inspired. Here are a few fun pictures of the eye candy from the party along with pics from the supergirl themed photo shoot I did with my daughter a few days before the party. Hope you enjoy!

credits to the cutest superhero cape ever go to my wonderful sister...the hare!!

printable banner from ruffled

superhero jars...just a twist on these halloween jars from Not So Idle Hands

My supergirl looking over the city she protects.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

oh, the places you'll go

Today as I dropped off my little baby (well, only a baby to me her mommy) for her first day of preschool. I drove away thinking about this Dr. Suess book and beaming with pride over my sweet little girl. The universe must be calling me, because when I got home I came across this free printable from one of my favorite blogs 74 Lime Lane. Oh, how I love free printables.

Friday, September 3, 2010

paper crane

Today the girls and I had some fun folding paper and making cranes. We have high hopes of making a chandelier to hang in the soon to be playroom. Lots of fun!

secret storage books

I think next I get a box like this in the mail I won't be so quick to toss it. Now I just have to track one down. Check out this project at Design Sponge.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

pretty dishes and pretty florals

I found these dishes today at the thrift store and loved the soft florals.

I love this simple collage of plates.
Not too much but not too little.
I think I will make my own.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

i've flipped...

...for FLIPPED.
I have never done a book review on this blog but I had to share this book with everyone. It was so heartwarming, fun and wholesome. I absolutely loved it!! If you are looking for an easy read that is sure to lift your spirits...try FLIPPED!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

lunch bag pattern

so cute. I want to go back to school just so I can carry this cute little bag around. Check it out at The Long Thread.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

cupcake wrappers

One of my try loves in life...cupcakes. I found a template for these cute cupcake wrappers and had to try them immediately. Thankfully I had all the activity girls coming over so I had an excuse to make a batch of cupcakes. Check it out at Snow and Graham.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

couture candy

Pretty much fell in love with these instantly. And the rock candy tied on top basically makes this the best favor. Check it out at Paper and Cake.
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