{burlap ornaments}

burlap ornament tree copy

It's that time again! We cut down our tree yesterday, and today was the tree-trimming party. What fun we had, on both accounts. Now it feels like Christmas! Every year I like to add a few homemade ornaments to the tree, and this year I made two different kinds. One was more of a makeover (see the next post), and the other was a continuation of my love for burlap, foam stamps, and all things monogrammed. I love love love how they turned out! Burlap Ornaments ITEMS YOU NEED: -burlap -foam stamps -craft paint -ribbon -hole punch -jute DIRECTIONS: -Cut your burlap into desired shape. I traced a cornmeal container (the perfect size!), and it worked well. -Punch hole in the top of … [Read more...]

{dollar store ornament makeover}

berry star copy

Can I tell you how much I love the dollar store? It is a treasure trove to be sure, and I love finding things there that I can re-do or makeover. I love having cute tree ornaments, but I just can't make myself spend a fortune to buy them. So, when I discovered these berry ornaments at the dollar store, I immediately saw their potential. (I'm also crazy about berries...) They started out with too much fake greenery/pine stuff at the top, and I knew they would be much cuter without it. Add a little ribbon (my solution to a lot of things...), and voila! … [Read more...]

{free Christmas photo cards}

My good friend Erica passed this deal on to me, and I'm so glad she did! 50 free photo cards and envelopes were just delivered to my home today, and I love how they turned out. The offer ends November 30th, so check it out today.CLICK HERE for the link, and enjoy! … [Read more...]

{oreo turkeys}

I saw this darling idea on my friend Jewel's blog...how clever! This would be the perfect afternoon activity with your preschoolers. LOVE them! … [Read more...]

{easy garland banners}

I have always wanted to make a cute banner for my mantel, but since I don't have a cricut, I really never gave it a try. When I saw THIS at The Girl Creative, I knew I wanted to give it a shot.I decided to make one that could be up the whole winter (since it lasts long time here, lol), and I LOVE how it turned out!It really is super simple, and can be done with only a few items. ITEMS YOU NEED:-scrapbook paper (double-sided not necessary, but I prefer it...for coordinating, and for layering & matting)-cardstock for layering, if desired-your printer :)-double stick tape-scissors-ribbon-a round object for tracing-pencil-paper trimmerDIRECTIONS:-I started in MS Word, and used different fonts … [Read more...]

{creating christmas blog fest}

I LOVE Christmas. I look forward to each and every part of it, and then I savor every moment, wishing that the time would pass just a little bit slower.So much of the enjoyment for me comes in the creating and the preparing, and I love making things for my friends and family.So, who better to get ideas from than YOU, my fellow bloggers!!The girls at The Girl Creative have something fabulous cooked up for 5 whole days during the month of December. We know that there there is so much talent out there, and we would love you to share your creative goodness with us.During the week of December 7th through December 11th, we are hosting our first EVER...Creating Christmas Blog Fest.Each day there … [Read more...]

{flour sack dishtowels}

When I started seeing adorably fabric-enhanced dishtowels, I knew I wanted to try it. I also knew exactly what I would use...flour sack dishtowels. They are one of my favorite things...and who can resist something with that name?They are inexpensive...around $5 for 4 of them, and I just used leftover ribbon (another favorite thing...jumbo ric rac) and fabric scraps for a darling and cheap project. SO cute!Now that I've made this one, I can't wait to get started on some holiday ones. Can you just picture red & cream ticking? LOVE it.These would also make GREAT neighbor, friend, and family gifts, while not breaking the bank.Since I am not a seamstress in any sense of the word (I can sew a … [Read more...]

{chore charts}

I LOVE this idea for chore charts, seen HERE at The Creative Crate. My girls are really into being independent right now, and having their own stuff. This would be perfect for them, since they could each have one! GREAT idea! … [Read more...]

{creative party alert…cooking party}

My friend Lei is a master party-thrower, amongst her many other talents. She is incredibly creative, and always has the most fun ideas. Her latest success was a cooking party, given for her 5 year old son's birthday. You HAVE to go check it out here! She features a yummy menu, including salad-on-stick:Adorable favors...Clever centerpiece and table setting...and more!! … [Read more...]

{decorative clothespins}

I was inspired while reading my new issue of Country Living, which is exactly what I was hoping would happen. I had been mulling around some Thanksgiving placard ideas, when this came to me...and I love it. With a little Mod Podge and scrapbook paper or fabric, you can transform the humdrum into the adorable! There are so many things you can do with them, and here are just a few.PLACARD HOLDERSI can't wait to use these on our Thanksgiving table! I plan to tie ribbon around the napkins, then clip these on.CHRISTMAS CARD HOLDERI love displaying Christmas cards by hanging them with clothespins on a piece of jute or twine, then stringing it across a mantel or window. This will just spice it up … [Read more...]