{a place for everything} featuring oopsey daisy

A huge welcome to Alison, from Oopsey Daisy!!.....Once upon a time, I was a first grade teacher. Naturally, I collected A LOT of books... Can you believe that I've had over 1,000 books just sitting in plastic tubs in our garage?! They have been in desperate need of a little organization!I finally collected ALL of my books, cataloged them, and color coded them so that even my 2-year-old Little Man can put them away. The first step was cataloging every.single.book! I decided to organize the books by author's last name. But I also tagged the books by topics, series, holidays, etc. so I could easily find books that I want to pull for a special occasion. Now I can easily check to see if I … [Read more...]

{buttercream by the pound}

I {adore} frosting. The more the better. (Cake? What cake?) I'm also a homemade frosting girl. It's what my mom did, and what her mom did before that. I can count on three fingers the amount of times I've purchased canned frosting. However...one of my most favorite things is the buttercream frosting on cakes from Sam's Club. (Costco too.) And no offense to those of you who love the whipped topping, but YUCK. :)Did you know that Sam's Club sells their big buckets of frosting? Yes, it's true. I know, because my friend Erica (also a buttercream lover) and I bought a 28 pound bucket of it a few weeks ago. We did ask at our local Walmart first, but they didn't sell it. Perhaps one of … [Read more...]

{simple thank you jars}

What a week. Sick babies, and no time to do much of anything else but hold babies and do laundry. I have a pile of projects waiting to be worked on, but they are on hold until we can get everyone better. I did want to share with you a super simple but fun thank you idea...My cute friend and I wanted to do a small thank you for some ladies that were presenters for us at an activity we planned. These mason jar thank you's are really simple, but so cute!I {love} mason jars. I use them for just about everything--drinking glasses, decorations, storage, gift-giving, and anything else I can think of! I collect vintage jars, and anytime I can find them at garage sales I'm a happy girl. I also … [Read more...]

{featured guest} Creative Juices Decor

I am so excited to do a guest post for Kierste!I'm Selina from Creative Juices Décor. What you will find on my blog is lots of inspiration for all your Creative Juices! I am an interior designer by degree and LOVE home design/decorating, thrift store shopping, healthy recipes and crafting. I have 3 young kids so I also have fun crafts for them too. Come stop by, I think you’ll be inspired!Today I am going to show you how I turned a $2.00 thrift store map into a large piece of art!-- This project was inspired by wanting a large piece of art (on the cheap!) for my 7 year old son’s room. I had picked up this map from the thrift store for $2 and knew if I got my Creative Juices flowing I could … [Read more...]

{sparkly onesies}

When Silhouette sent me their rhinestone starter kit to try, I have to admit the thought of rhinestones made me a little nervous in the beginning--mostly because I had never worked with them before.After getting some great ideas from my girlfriends, I decided to make some onesies for baby gifts.I'm so glad I tried it, because I absolutely love how darling they turned out! I'm so excited to give them to my friends that have just had sweet baby girls, although I'm kind of tempted to keep them for myself! Seriously...sparkly onesies? {LOVE} the little bird. And the butterfly. And the ladybug. And the monograms. LOL.Now I have a list a mile long of things to sparkle up, because my girls … [Read more...]

Oreo Chicks

chicks all straight-1

Spring is here, and I thought some cute little Oreo Chicks would be SO fun! Aren't they adorable! My kids helped with these--I love being able to work with them in the kitchen, and when it's around holiday, it's always exciting. We had a great time!   They're perfect for school classrooms, Easter parties and egg hunts, and even as favors at your Easter table. They've always been a huge hit whenever I've served them, and who can resist a chocolate covered Oreo?  Not me!!! ITEMS YOU NEED: Double Stuf Oreos Yellow Candy Melts Orange Candy Melts Pretzel Sticks Mini Chocolate Chips DIRECTIONS: 1. Melt the yellow candy melts according to package directions. 2. Dip Oreos into the … [Read more...]

{giveaway} Shabby Apple

****GIVEAWAY CLOSED***How would you like to celebrate spring with a darling new dress?I would!Shabby Apple has THE most darling women's dresses. There are just SO many that I love.-- {LOVE}The styles of their vintage dresses are so flattering, along with the fabulous colors they come in. I would like one of each, please!Well, I'm thrilled to tell you that this week, you have a chance to win this beauty!TO ENTER:(you MUST be a brown paper packages follower and have a US shipping address to enter)~Please leave a separate comment for each entry~1. Visit Shabby Apple, then come back and tell me your favorite dress!2. Like Shabby Apple on … [Read more...]


Guess what!?Brown paper packages is finally joining the rest of the world, and now has a facebook page!Wahoo!I'd love to have all of you like me. :)Check out my left sidebar, I made it easy for you......In other news, I went through my second ipod in 7 months today, thanks to the rain.It was raining while I was running, but it wasn't a downpour. I had it either under my jacket, or zipped inside the pocket the whole time.Ugh.Right now it's sitting in our 50 lb. bag or rice, and I'm hoping it will magically bring it back to life. I don't think my husband will be too excited about buying a third one in less than year. … [Read more...]

{yummy easter menu ideas}

Don't you just love holidays? It's all about the food, baby. I love deciding what we're going to eat, and whether it's trying new recipes, or enjoying our family favorites, it's wonderful!Easter is one of my favorites, because I love ham. In fact, I'm still trying to get my family to eat ham on Thanksgiving, but so far that's a no go. It's also springtime, which is my second favorite season (after fall), and that means that the world is starting to be green again, and that lemon, and strawberries, and bright fresh flavors are sounding perfect.So...I went on the search this week and just looked for recipes that caught my eye. I found SO many that I wanted to try...HOW do I choose? Whether … [Read more...]

{featured guest tutorial..inspiring creations}

I am so thrilled to be guest posting today!My name is Lindsey and I blog over at Inspiring Creations.I have been crafting since I can remember and I love inspiring others to be creative. I use my blog to share crafts, tutorials, recipes, and I also host a weekly linky party. Right now I am loving the vintage look. I am slightly obsessed with lace at the moment and I can't stop crafting with it! So today I thought I would show you a project that is both vintage looking and uses lace!-- I started out with this frame. If you don't have a frame lying around your house I am always finding a ton at my local thrift store for super cheap. Alright, let's get started!Step 1: Paint your frame. I … [Read more...]