{mini bathroom makeover}

When we first moved into our house two years ago, I wasn't quite sure what to do with the kids' bathroom. I loved the tile, but since it had such a distinct pattern, I was somewhat limited with other patterns and even colors. So, I threw up a white curtain and white towels, and called it good. Over the past month, I have been working on it--adding in a dark chocolate brown through towels and a shower curtain, vinyl for the walls, and a new wall hanging. Here's what I did:1. FRAMED TWINE WREATHBecause of the prominent vinyl lettering already on this large wall, I knew I couldn't do anything else with writing. So, I took a frame that I already had, and painted and distressed it. I made … [Read more...]

{super fun giveaway…tickled pink paper +ink}

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this! A couple of months ago, I really wanted to find a cute address stamp. I looked and looked for one that I loved, and that was reasonable on top of it. As soon as I found tickled pink paper + ink, I was thrilled. Teresa was fabulous, and made it just the way I wanted it. I absolutely love it, and I couldn't wait for this giveaway today!Teresa actually has two shops--the first is tickled pink paper + ink, where she sells custom rubber stamps, address stamps, mailing labels and more. Don't you just LOVE these stamps?So, so darling.Her other shop is tickled pink paperie,where she specializes in photo announcements, invitations, and stationery. … [Read more...]

{super saturday search}

For the past couple of years, I've been involved in planning an annual all day crafting extravaganza...otherwise known as Super Saturday. (but in our case, Fabulous Friday) It's held in the late fall, and it's one of my favorite days of the year--friends, food, and really great projects. We've now started "the list"--which includes all the projects we'd like to include that day. I know, it sounds early, but with sign up sheets going out by late August/early September, we've got the summer to make all the displays.So, I'm enlisting your help, because I know how creative you are--I need all your best Super Saturday ideas!Here's the type of project I'm looking for:1. Able to make 30-40+ at … [Read more...]

{burlap chore chart}

The summer arrived, and I knew I must get going on the chore chart I had been wanting to do forever. My love of burlap, clothespins, and ribbon came together in this project, and I am just thrilled about how it turned out. Hopefully my kids will be just as excited. :)Burlap Chore ChartItems you need:art canvas, desired size (Michael's is a great place to get these, because they are often on a 40%-50% sale, or you can use one of their 40% off coupons. I spent $5 for this 12x24 canvas. You could use wood (plywood or MDF) cut to size, but it will be much heavier.)burlap, cut to size, with an additional 2-3 inches overlapnail gun7/8 inch ribboncardstock2 inch circle cutterdistress … [Read more...]

{drab to fab shutters}

If you haven't ever been to a Habitat Re-store, look for one in your area and go check it out...soon! It is a treasure trove--full of items just ready to be refinished, recycled, and refurbished. I could spend hours there (and I do!), just browsing and imagining all the fantastic projects that are possible.A few weeks ago, I found the most fabulous shutters there for $8, and then it was just a matter of deciding where I wanted them to go. Since I was in the process of decorating the laundry room, and there was a big empty wall that needed to be filled, I thought it would be the perfect spot.Drab to Fab ShuttersI do have a new computer (YAY!), but I haven't been able to retrieve any of my … [Read more...]

{project highlight…placemat scripture bag}

How darling is this? Creative Urges shares a fantastic and user-friendly tutorial on how to make these totally cute scripture/tote bags. And that flower? LOVE it. … [Read more...]

{featured blog…I heart naptime}

I am delighted to have Jamielyn, from I heart naptime with us today! She has such a darling blog, and I'm so glad she's here to share with us this fun, summer project. ------------------Hello Brown Paper Package Readers!! I'm Jamielyn from I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes!I'm excited to share with you a fun and easy summer project!Summer Blocks!First you'll need a 2x4 piece of wood. I have Lowe's cut mine for free. Then bring them home and sand them smooth.Next is to paint your blocks! I ran out of a few colors, so I had to get creative and start mixing! I just used a sponge brush.When the letters were dry I put on the vinyl and added some white paint around the edges. I tried a few different … [Read more...]

{technical difficulties}

Well, my trusty laptop died this week, and although it has already been replaced, I still have a lot to do to get back to where I was. I also lost a lot of pictures (hopefully not for good), so it could be a couple more days before I'm up and running. Thanks for your patience...I can't wait to be back! … [Read more...]

{homemade ice cream}

(www.countryliving.com)One thing that speaks summer at our house is homemade ice cream. We love it, and make it at least once a week. Within 45 minutes, you can have creamy and delicious ice cream, in any flavor you want!I make a vanilla base, and then add in from there. Our favorites include blackberry, lemon, raspberry, peach, Snickers, Reeses PB cups, brownie, and mint. It's incredibly easy, and ice cream makers can be purchased quite inexpensively (under $30) at a number of large retail stores.It's perfect for BBQs, picnics, parties, get-togethers, and at home, for no reason at all! It's a tradition to have it on the 4th of July--and that goes back to my childhood. YUM!This is my … [Read more...]

{ginger blossoms winner}

and the winner is...#45Mandi @ Finding Home said:"I'm definitely a follower of your a awesome blog! Oh me oh my, aren't these felt foodies the cutest?"CONGRATULATIONS! Please e-mail me with your info!-----------Thanks so much Andrea, at Ginger Blossoms, for this fantastic giveaway! … [Read more...]