{250 ways to say i love you}

Jan
28
4

(image from www.candyfavorites.com)My friend smartmama is, well, smart. She really is incredible, and you will just have to go see what I mean. Her art, cakes, writing and philanthropy...she is just one of my favorite people. You can find her HERE. A couple of years ago, she blogged "250 ways to say I love you", and they are fantastic! If you are looking for ideas for Valentine's Day, this is the place to check first. The best part though, is that these ideas can be implemented all through the year! LIST HERE: 250 WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU!! … [Read more...]



{burlap flowers}

Jan
24
9
burlap flower jacket copy

HOW adorable are these burlap flowers? They are so incredibly easy (and cheap) to make, and are super cute. They really make the perfect accessory--whether pinned on a jacket, attached to a headband, or clipped in your hair. In addition, because burlap is such a neutral color, it makes it a very versatile piece, and can be worn with numerous colors and styles. I am in love with these!! I am a huge fan of anything burlap, and when I wanted to use up some scraps I had that weren't big enough for anything else, I knew this was the perfect thing. My little Emma is modeling the headband and flower, but you can bet I will be wearing them too! These are darling on big girls and little girls alike. … [Read more...]



{family meal planner}

Jan
21
27
meal planner 2 copy

This project is not only adorable, it's extremely helpful and practical. Preparing meals is something we do everyday, and this is something I came up with to make my life a little easier. Family Meal Planner When I'm getting ready to go grocery shopping, I always sit down, make a menu, look at the ads, and then make my list from that information. Well, I don't know about you, but I have more than one cookbook I use on a regular basis...a favorite recipes binder, a church cookbook, and couple others that I love. This means that when I sat down to make my list, I was pulling out a stack of cookbooks to go through to find a specific recipe and the ingredients required. So, I … [Read more...]



{twine frame}

Jan
16
14

I seem to have this never-ending supply of frames that I don't love, don't use, and are just sitting in my craft closet. This one in particular I didn't know what to do with, because I couldn't just cover it with spray paint. It was this kind of leather material, that was falling apart, and it was looking like there was no hope.Then...I remembered the twine. How I love that stuff! You might look at this frame, and wonder how long it actually took me to cover it, but surprisingly, it only took about 10 minutes.I adore how it turned out, and with a darling flower as an embellishment, it is the perfect thing for the table in my music room.ITEMS YOU NEED:old frametwine (jute) --I used a … [Read more...]



{clothespin valentines}

Jan
14
25
clothespin valentine

I adore clothespins, and how fun are these darling valentines? Super easy to make, and totally affordable. You can buy packages of 100 clothespins for a little over $1! ITEMS YOU NEED: clothespin (Remember these? Directions HERE) They were perfect for this! cardstock; one neutral, two coordinating colors distress ink double stick tape paper trimmer printed words (I used fonts "A Little Pot", and "Century Gothic") small plastic treat bags (I bought mine at Michael's. I think they were around $4 for 50 bags--around 1 1/2 inches wide by 3 inches high.) candy (I love the look of the pink & red M&Ms!) ribbon, of course! DIRECTIONS: Print your valentine … [Read more...]



{front door decor}

Jan
08
19

I love cute front doors. They welcome friends and guests to your home, and can show a little of your personality to anyone that drives by.I also adore berry wreaths. I just do. I'm not sure why, and it has to be the right kind, but they add just the perfect pop of color. I use red berries in the winter months, and this season I added a fat piece of burlap (another big favorite) and tied it in a knot at the top of the wreath. Love it!I have also always really liked the vinyl lettering words or phrases, such as "welcome", but never wanted to fully commit to putting the lettering on my door.So, I made my own version, which is easily removable, and can be changed or switched out at any time. … [Read more...]



{EASY frame makeover}

Jan
06
8

Seriously, this has to be the easiest makeover ever, and I'm in love with it! I had a frame that I liked, but didn't love, but it fit the pictures I wanted to display perfectly. When I placed it in the space I had for it, it just didn't look quite right.BEFORE:So...out came the scrapbook paper! This project literally took me less than 10 minutes, but it transformed the frame, and the whole look of the space. I used a solid color--I really wanted the vintage-y look of the distress ink to stand out. Regardless of the paper you are using, the key to this project is the distress ink...it really gives it what it needs to make it work.AFTER:ITEMS YOU NEED:frame (The frame that will work best … [Read more...]



{personalized scripture totes & scripture covers}

Jan
03
7
scripture cover 2 copy

When I came across THIS tutorial for scripture covers, I was so excited! I had never even thought about it before, with my girls being so little. ( I don't think my son would have appreciated scrapbook paper quite the same way!) However, with my girls starting Primary tomorrow (our church's Sunday School program for children 3-11), I couldn't wait to start these two projects that go hand-in-hand. SCRIPTURE TOTES I found the perfect mini canvas totes (5-pack for $5.99) at Joann's---they measure 6 inches high and 5.5 inches wide, which is just the right size for the pocket size scriptures I bought for my girls. When I first envisioned this project, I was going to make the totes … [Read more...]