{ABC’s in a can}

can game--2 cans on armoire copy

About a month ago, I was able to share this tutorial over at Ucreate. I wanted to share it here with all of you, too! I just love to personalize things--I think it makes everything more fun! This project also has the components that are perfect for little ones...the thickness of the juice can lids is just right for their hands, and the clink when they hit the bottom of the can is sure to please. It's also easy to do, and can be finished in a day. What a fun gift! Here's how I did it! ABC's IN A CAN ITEMS YOU NEED: #10 can (you could even use a formula can--they are a little smaller, but it would work) 26 frozen concentrate lids (My plan is to make more for numbers 1-10, so … [Read more...]

{amazing brownies}

I don't use the term "amazing" lightly, but these really fit the bill.The handful of marshmallows make them unique, and along with the white chocolate chips, and chocolate chips, make for a wonderfully, gooey brownie.In the picture above, I turned them into mint brownies, by adding a layer of mint buttercream frosting, and another of chocolate ganache. Usually though, I frost them with a traditional chocolate buttercream frosting.AMAZING BROWNIES:3/4 tsp. salt1 c. + 2 T. flour1/3 c. cocoa2/3 c. brown sugar2/3 c. white sugar1/2 c. chocolate chipshandful mini marshmallows3 eggs2/3 c. butter, melted1 tsp. vanillaCombine sugars and butter. Add eggs and vanilla, then cocoa. Mix in flour and … [Read more...]

{piggy’s & petals…giveaway!}

Piggy's and Petals has the most adorable accessories for babies, toddlers, and little girls!From the crocheted beanies & flowers... to the darling headbands... petticoats... and more... there is something for everyone! Randi specializes in custom orders, and loves creating something unique for each customer.So...I am thrilled to announce that she is giving a $25 gift certificate to one of my lucky readers!Just go check out Piggy's and Petals, and … [Read more...]

{tin can vase}

Isn't this adorable? Erica, over at Snippets of Wonderful, made this darling vase.It's amazing what a tin can and some paint can do for a beautiful bunch of flowers, and it's a great way to recycle. I LOVE it!Happy Earth Day! … [Read more...]

{personalized notepaper}

notepaper final product 2

I {love} to give personalized gifts.  There is just something about receiving a gift that you know was made just for you, and giving one is even more fun! Personalized notepaper is actually one of my most favorite gifts to give, and the most requested from my mom. She {loves} to keep it by her phone, and every year we design her a new set.  It makes such a great gift because it's so versatile, and can be given to anyone special in your life.  Parents, grandparents, teachers (HOW fun to have each child in the class sign their name for the design, with the teacher's name at the top!!!), friends...the list goes on and on.Whether it's Mother's Day, Father's Day, Teacher Appreciation … [Read more...]

{canvas drop cloth wreath}

canvas wreath armoire

Last Friday I had the pleasure of posting a tutorial on somewhat simple, while we were lucky enough to have Steph's fun picture recipe cards here on brown paper packages. (Great idea, by the way!)So, do you remember all that canvas I had leftover after my disastrous project? Well, something else came out of it, and I shared it with her readers. Today I thought I would post it here for you! CANVAS DROP CLOTH WREATH ITEMS YOU NEED: canvas drop cloth (I purchased mine at Home Depot--painting section) floral wire wreath, or Styrofoam wreath ribbon or fabric any desired embellishments DIRECTIONS: Cut the canvas into strips--you'll want a good stack to start with, but … [Read more...]

{welcoming…somewhat simple}

Yay! Steph from somewhat simple is here today, and I can't couldn't be more thrilled! She has a WAY fun project for you today...check it out!--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Happy Friday Everyone!!! My name is Stephanie, and most days you'll find me hanging out on my site, SomewhatSimple.comI am thrilled to be on Kierste's darling blog today to share with you a very simple, very fun project!The "visual person" inside me decided I needed a picture with every recipe card that I have in my ever-growing repertoire! Here is what I came up with:I just uploaded the pictures of the recipes I have to Picnik.com (which is free!) then copied … [Read more...]

{monogrammed knife block}

You might know by now that I love anything to do with monograms, typography, and spray paint. This project uses all three, and I LOVE it!This will literally take a couple of hours to do, and most of that is drying time! It's fast, super simple, and SO darling! Can you imagine giving this as a wedding gift, or taking it to a bridal shower? Perfect!ITEMS YOU NEED:wooden knife blockspray paintpaper letter of choicesandpaperMod Podge & foam brushDIRECTIONS:Wipe off your knife block with a damp rag, then let dry.If there is an imprinted logo on the front (there was on mine), then fill it with putty and let dry. Sand off any extra putty, creating a smooth, even surface.Spray paint your … [Read more...]

{welcoming…A Little Tipsy!}

Hi There! I am so excited to be here on brown paper packages today! Kierste is amazing (I totally {heart} her name) and I have got to make some of those adorable decorative covered books!Michelle, from A Little Tipsy here, taking the wheel for the day!Nope not drunk (what a relief you will not be taking your tour with a drunk driver), I may or may not be a bit clumsy though.A little about me, I am a SAHM with one crazy two year old boy and a big geek for a husband (don't worry, he calls himself a geek). I love keeping busy and sharing all my projects and adventures whether they be Home decor, kid friendly activities, or discovering how to get permanent marker off granite counter … [Read more...]