{closet door beds}

Closet Door Beds | simplykierste.com

In our house in Michigan, I used old bi-fold closet doors that I found at the Habitat Re-store for a headboard in our guest room, and LOVED them.  When we bought our house here, we would no longer be using that bed, and those closet doors had to find a new home. Our girls also needed new beds, and I knew just how I wanted to use those closet doors!  With the addition of some 4x4 posts, 2x4's, and a few other pieces of wood, these darling beds came to be.  They are perfect in their room, and including the paint, cost about $75 to make.  Oh, and these pictures were taken the day after we moved in to our new house, so I hadn't hung anything on the wall yet, so ignore the plainness. I also have … [Read more...]

{3 ingredient no-churn ice cream}

My dear, dear friends.  How would you like to have rich, creamy, delectable ice cream, using only three basic ingredients, a hand mixer, and your own freezer? Sound too good to be true?  Well, I'm here to tell you it's not!  This ice cream is super fast and easy to make, and can be kept on hand for all ice cream emergencies. (Which at my house happens quite often.)  You can add any mix-ins you can dream up!  When it comes to homemade ice cream, I'm a simple vanilla girl, and I love adding fresh berries to the top.  YUM!  If we're having it at home, I just freeze it in plastic containers like Gladware.  For entertaining, I love using mason jars.  I … [Read more...]

{styled by tori spelling} product review

Are you always looking for perfect fun piece of jewelry to add a fun pop of color or depth to an outfit? I am! I also love having a lot of jewelry to choose from, but unfortunately I have a budget to consider, and food to buy for my kids.  :)  I also don't have much time to search a lot of different stores, and many times I'll get frustrated when I can't find what I'm looking for.  Well, I've recently discovered a new line of jewelry that has helped to solve both of these problems, and I am in love! I couldn't wait to tell my friends about it, and now I'm sharing it with you!{Styled} by Tori Spelling offers several collections of pieces that are easy to assemble into custom … [Read more...]

{winner} ooh baby designs

 I'm so excited to announce the very lucky winner of the darling tote from Ooh Baby Designs!#118--Kady!Congrats!!!! Please e-mail me at brownpaper_packages@yahoo.com within 48 hours, or I'll need to select a new winner. … [Read more...]

{oh, what do you do in the summertime} the crafting chicks

Hello! I'm Becky, one of the 5 Crafting Chicks. I'm so excited to be guest posting today on Brown Paper Packages!  Hopefully you have seen our site, but if not, stop by, say "hi", and see what we are working on. :) I sure hope you are all having a fun, busy summer. I know our house has been crazy with fun trips and knocking off a lot of our summer fun list. Today I wanted to share some of the fun ideas for some last minute summer fun. How about throwing a neighborhood Movie Night? Kirsten has some fun ideas of things you'll find at a dollar store. She also has these fun free printables too.    Or you could have your kids brush up on some skills and give them merit … [Read more...]

{silhouette fabric interfacing + a brand new product + awesome promo!}

I was thrilled when Silhouette added their line of fabric interfacing--I really love having the ability to use fabric in such a variety of ways--and so quickly.  It has saved me a TON of time--I'm able to create much more elaborate projects in a much shorter time frame.It comes in both sewable and a thicker, no-sew clean cut version, which provides even more versatility.Some of the ways you can use the interfacing are:Adding fabric to items that can't be sewn onI really wanted to add fabric ruffles to the front of this bag, but since it was already sewn together, I couldn't sew on just the front.  Enter in the clean cut fabric interfacing...it gives you the ability to add fabric to … [Read more...]

{whitewashed farm table}

whitewashed farm table: a tutorial | simplykierste.com

When we bought this house, I quickly realized that the square counter height table we had wouldn't work in the rectangle dining room we would have now.  As soon as I saw the space, I knew exactly what I wanted--a large, farm table with benches with a whitewashed finish--perfect for our family and entertaining friends. My husband made the table & benches the week we were moving, and I finished the whitewashing literally as they were getting ready to put it on the moving truck. I absolutely LOVE the finished product, and it was so worth hurrying to get it done before we left!      Whitewashing is so, SO easy, and gives wood a fresh, clean look. It would work on refinished or new … [Read more...]

{giveaway} ooh baby designs!

I am so excited about today's giveaway!!!  Ooh Baby Designs is an etsy shop that sells the most darling totes and scarfs, in the most yummy fabrics, including the popular chevron print.  I was lucky enough to receive one in the mail last week, and can I just tell you...I LOVE it.  Totally love it!  She sent me the large tote in the brown chevron print, and it is a great size.  It's definitely very roomy, with longer straps that I can either put on my shoulder, or cross shoulder if I need to.  They are made from decorator weight cotton fabric, and the lining is made from a water resistant vinyl---perfect for a beach tote, church bag, or anything else you … [Read more...]

{HUGE Silhouette sale…40% off!}

You guys!!!! Are you ready for a FABULOUS Silhouette sale?  We're talking 40% off all Silhouette products (excluding the Cameo, downloads, download cards, subscriptions, and gift cards)!!  This is the perfect and best time to stock up on vinyl, heat transfer, fabric interfacing, and everything else!  This sale doesn't come around very often, so take advantage of it while you can! It runs from July 17th through the 21st.Just head to the Silhouette site HERE and use the code BPP!.....I also wanted to let you know that I'm going to be gone for the next few days. After a crazy month in a hotel, the movers are here! I will be spending the next couple of days … [Read more...]

{silhouette tutorial} grouping, ungrouping, and why they matter!

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I've received so many e-mails recently, asking questions about how to do certain things with the Silhouette, and how it works.  I really love getting these questions, and I'm always happy to answer them, but I thought it would be a good idea to start posting some basic Silhouette tutorials, so they can be kept here on file for reference anytime. Today I'm going to talk about grouping and ungrouping.  This is a skill that you will really want to utilize, and will save you a lot of time.  It's easy to do, once you know how!! When do you need to group and/or ungroup, and what does it mean? Okay, take a look at this Christmas tree from the Silhouette online … [Read more...]