{favorite fonts} third edition


I'm addicted to fonts, lol.  Here are a few more of my favorites........ Click on the links below to download! Champagne & Limousines CK Cursive Cinnamon Cake King Cool KC Skinny Latte MTF Jotted Rebekah's Birthday … [Read more...]

{photography with lei} valentine ideas + free printables

Love is in the air, and there are many fun ways to capture that in your photos.  I've found a few great ideas I've spotlighted here, as well as one of my own.  AND I've got a link to some fun *free* downloads from I Heart Faces, too.If you've been on Pinterest lately then surely you've seen this great idea:Well I happen to know the originator of such creative genius, and her name is Alissa.  Alissa blogs at 24-7-365, and is a great photographer, so go check her out!My other photographer friend Sunny sells these fabulous photos, custom designed with your choice of initials:If interested, you can contact her at [email protected] couple Valentine's Days ago I created this fun … [Read more...]

{sweets for the sweet} layered candy mason jars

sweet tops copy

Do you have someone sweet in your life you'd like to give a little something sweet to? ITEMS YOU NEED: mason jars spray paint Valentine peanut M&Ms (or other red, pink and; white candy) carsdstock letter stamps (see below for options) Distress Ink baker's twine/jute/ribbon  DIRECTIONS: 1. Fill the jar with M&Ms/candy, layering the colors as you go. Two bags of M&Ms filled these three jars, with a few leftover. 2.  Spray paint the lids and let dry completely. If you're doing more than one jar, it's fun to spray the lids different colors, then mix and match. 3.   Cut out a scalloped heart, distress the edges, and stamp … [Read more...]

{tutorial} board & batten

Our home was new when we moved into it almost 4 years ago, and as wonderful as a new house is (totally not complaining), I have found myself having feelings of jealousy when I would see really great makeover projects.Well, the time finally came when I was ready to change my red music room into an office and library. I wanted to lighten things up a little! Board & batten was one of those things I had been wanting to do forever, but I just hadn't been able to justify it on a new house--until now.  I absolutely love it, and I can't believe HOW MUCH bigger it looks!There are a million bloggy tutorials out there (maybe not a million, but close), but I've found that there are always … [Read more...]

{photography with lei} working in photoshop: brightening eyes

Hello friends... hope everyone had fabulous holidays, and took lots of great photos.  If you've emailed me and I haven't had a chance to respond yet, please forgive me!  I took a few weeks off and am still playing catch-up!Today we're going to delve a bit into photoshop.  For those of you who don't have photoshop, you might try GIMP.  I haven't ever used it but I hear it is pretty dang good, similar to photoshop and FREE.  Check it out HERE.We're going to be brightening the eyes today, so find yourself a nice headshot to work with.  Here's mine:Next you want to open an adjustment layer, like so:*Click on Layer > Adjustment layer> Curves and click … [Read more...]

{chunky abc blocks}

letters bucket closer copy

Happy Day!  It's Friday! Hopefully today not every single DVD and video we own will be emptied from the drawers, and from their cases, and dumped on the floor by two darling boys---like yesterday.  Yes, it's good it's the weekend... I'm so excited about this project--these chunky abc blocks are so much fun!  My girls are 5 years old, and in the early stages of reading, writing, and spelling.  I really wanted to make them something to help put words together, and highlight uppercase and lowercase letters.  My boys are 2 years old, and with their little hands, these chunky letters are perfect--they can easily grasp them in their hands.  They are heavy duty--and will hold up to a lot of use. … [Read more...]

{christmas memories binder}

card binder front new copy

We finally took down our Christmas decorations yesterday.  I think I was in denial that Christmas was really over--I just wasn't ready.  I wish I could leave my tree up all year long--I love it.  Some of my other favorite things to look at during the holiday season are all the Christmas cards we receive from family and friends.I started a Christmas memories binder about 10 years ago, and it has been so fun to look back through the years and see how people have changed and families have grown, including our own. This year we outgrew the original binder, and it was finally time to start another one. If you're looking for a way to keep your Christmas cards organized, and have a place … [Read more...]

{winner} Silhouette Cameo

I can't tell you how much I wish I could give away 1,000 of these!  There is one lucky winner today though, so a HUGE congrats goes to...#1680, Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com!The winner has been notified via e-mail.  Please let me hear from you within 48 hours, or another winner will be selected! … [Read more...]

{calendar blocks}


I made these calendar blocks last year, and thought they were so fun I wanted to share them again!  They fit perfectly on a desk, shelf, counter, ledge, table, or anywhere else you would like them to go, and it's darling way to count the days of the month. What a great gift too--for a teacher, for a wedding, housewarming, or more! Pin It … [Read more...]

{$6 welcome mat}

welcome mat 5 copy

I have been in need of a new welcome mat for quite awhile.  The one that has been on my front porch was a sad little thing--a remnant of carpet from when we first moved into our house almost four years ago.  When I received a Silhouette fabric ink starter kit to try out, I considered it providence, and knew just what I needed  wanted to do. I found a plain welcome mat at Home Depot for $6--love the price! I wanted to use the word welcome, along with the definition below, and I used my Silhouette to cut out the stencil vinyl provided in my starter kit.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again--you don't have to have a Silhouette to do this project.  You can use other stencils, … [Read more...]