Yarn Pom-Pom Halloween Wreath

Yarn Pom-Pom Halloween Wreath | simplykierste.com

We moved to New York last month, and because we are going to build a home here, we are renting an apartment with 90% of our belongings in storage, including all of our holiday decorations.  I wish I could say it was easy enough to just go get them out of storage, but I'm afraid to say that's nigh until impossible.  It's a huge unit, stacked floor to ceiling, front to back with furniture and boxes, and everything would have to be moved out and looked through to even have a chance of discovery. We're talking hours and hours of work, for a low percentage of success. So...I decided to just create a few new fall and Halloween decorations, because we all love when we have a bit of the season in … [Read more...]

Easy Tin Man Costume + 88 Easy Costume Ideas!

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It's almost October, and that means Halloween is on the horizon!! One of my favorite parts of Halloween is coming up with cute costumes for my kids.  So...I'm excited to tell you that I got together with 80+ blogging friends to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including my super adorable and Easy Tin Man Costume! My little Jack-Jack was going as the Tin Man last year for Halloween, and I searched for quite awhile for a Tin Man costume for him.  I just wasn't in love with any of the ones that I saw, and didn't want to pay the price they were asking for them.  So...I decided to make one.  Problem? I'm not a seamstress.  Not a real one, anyway.  I can sew straight lines--give me basic … [Read more...]

Out-of-the-Vault: Easy Halloween Projects

Easy Halloween Projects | simplykierste.com

With Halloween around the corner, I thought it would be fun to bring some of my favorite easy Halloween projects out of the vault to share with you. Halloween is something our family looks forward to every year, and my list includes free printables, fun family traditions, decor, and more!  I have a list of even more Halloween ideas and projects I'll be posting over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for those too! 1.  Halloween Chalkboard Printable This is such a fun addition to my mantel!  It's a newer project (last year), but it's going to be a keeper.  :)  It's easy, too--just get it printed as an 8x10 or 11x20, and you're ready to put it up!  2.  You've Been Boo'ed!  FREE … [Read more...]

DIY Recipe Binder with FREE Printables!

DIY Recipe Binder | Free Printables | simplykierste.com

About ten years ago, I went through my stacks of cookbooks, and file of saved recipes I had printed or had received from others.   I took out all of our favorites, typed them up, slid them into sheet protectors, and put them into a binder. That Recipe Binder changed my life.  Yes, I know that sounds dramatic, but it's true.  It saved me so much time and effort when it came to cooking and menu planning, and at the same time streamlined and organized all of my recipes. The idea of a recipe binder is nothing new, and it's been around for a long time, but that says something right there...it's still around because it WORKS!  I've had to change binders a few times over the years, and just this … [Read more...]

Craft Stick Dolls: An Easy Craft for Kids

Craft Stick Dolls | A Fun Craft For Kids | simplykierste.com

Well, hello, hello!! Can you believe it's the 10th of the month, already?? Our bunch of 10 bloggers is so happy to be back, sharing with you ten brand new ideas.  This month we've turned our thoughts to our kiddos! Our chosen theme is JUST FOR KIDS, with ten great ideas, for and all about kids, including recipes, crafts, and all-around great ways to bring the family together. After you check out my super cute Craft Stick Dolls, be sure to check out (and pin!) the posts from my fellow blog friends. Enjoy! My girls love to make things, and often they're borrowing my craft supplies to create their latest project.  Last week they asked for craft sticks and washi tape, and I am in la la love … [Read more...]

Lunchbox Love Notes {Free Printable}

Lunchbox Love Notes | simplykierste.com

I've always loved to tuck in a note with my kids' school lunches. Sometimes it's a quickly scribbled message written on a napkin or post-it note--whatever I have time for in the early morning rush.  This year I created some really fun Lunchbox Love Notes, free printable labels that I can quickly peel off and place on a paper sack lunch, sandwich bag, or lunch container! My kids LOVE notes in their lunch, and I know they look forward to them.  One of my girls saved a note her dad wrote her for the entire year!  It's so fun to send them with off with a little reminder of home for the middle of the day. Notes of encouragement or an "I love you" or even a funny joke go a long way for … [Read more...]

Favorite & FREE Fall Fonts

Favorite & FREE Fall Fonts | simplykierste.com

Are you ready to add to your font collection? I've gathered my most favorite and FREE Fall fonts, and put them all in one place. I'm in love with every single one of them...and aren't those dingbats adorable?  LOVE! These are perfect for everything from gift tags to Thanksgiving placards! Aren't they perfectly perfect? There are so many fun ways to use these fonts throughout the fall season! If you're not sure how to install fonts, it's really quite easy.  Just google "install fonts" and list your operating system (Windows 8, etc.), and it will come right up.  It usually just takes a few short steps.  Once they're installed on your computer, they will automatically show up in Word, … [Read more...]

Thrilled to Pieces Teacher Gift {FREE Printable}!

Thrilled to Pieces Teacher Gift | simplykierste.com

I love giving my kids' teachers a little something at the beginning of the school year, and my kids love it too. It's never anything big or fancy, just a small token of our appreciation, and to show them how much we are all looking forward to the school year.  I actually made this fun "Thrilled to Pieces" Teacher Gift at the end of the past school year for my kids' teachers, but I went ahead and made a tag for the beginning of the school year so I could share them both with you! This is SO easy to put together! I filled a mason jar mug with Reese's Pieces, then tied on the cute tag.  I stuck in a orange chevron straw, and added a cute chalkboard flag with my girls' names on it.  When I … [Read more...]

School Papers Storage System {Free Printables!}

School Papers Storage | FREE PRINTABLES | simplykierste.com

 School is almost in session around these parts, and it means that soon a plethora of papers will be heading my way.  Many of those are my kids' "treasures"--artwork, papers, pictures, and other keepsakes from their school years that I want to keep forever.  They can pile up really fast, and I'm excited to share with you my School Papers Storage system--one that I've used for many years to organize all those special papers! It's super easy.  Easy to put together, and easy to maintain, which are both important, and vital to success.  I bought a plastic filing tote for each child (the kind meant for filing--it has edges on the side of the tote for the hanging files to hook on to), then … [Read more...]

Personalized Baby Blocks

Personalized Baby Blocks | simplykierste.com

A good friend of mine created the cutest baby announcement cross stitch project for each new baby that's come into their family, and they are proudly on display in her home. I love the idea of having a child's birth information displayed, so I created these darling personalized baby blocks--perfect as a baby gift for a new mom, or for your own child's nursery or room. This is a simple project with a fabulous finish! Aren't they so fun?  I think any new mom would love these baby blocks for her baby, and you can make them in any color scheme to match any nursery! Gray, pink, navy, orange, turquoise...so many options! I made these a couple of years ago, and used vinyl for al the … [Read more...]