{boo! beadboard sign}

Aug
22
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With the month long Back 2 Basics event coming up in September, I thought I would get a jump start on something fun for Halloween. I have a corner in my kitchen where I usually keep a chalkboard frame, but I wanted to make something that would go there during the holidays.  I went to my workshop, and found the most perfect piece of beadboard--I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I {LOVE} it! This is a quick and easy project--just the way I like it!. ITEMS YOU NEED: piece of beadboard, approximately 11x14 black spray paint white cardstock, 8.5x11 Distress Ink (I used vintage photo) black cardstock coordinating pattern paper Silhouette or template for … [Continue reading...]



{elmer’s craft camp}

Aug
19
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When Elmer's contacted me about doing a craft camp for kids, I couldn't wait, and I knew just who I wanted to invite. Some of my best girlfriends have the most darling group of girls aged 7-10, and these girls are always creating fun projects and crafts for the younger kids. I just knew how much they would love getting together to create, plus go home with some really great products!Elmer's sent me the most fantastic crate, filled with 6 burlap bags--1 adult bag, and 5 kid bags.  They were filled with all sorts of wonderful supplies--scissors, markers, glue dots, gel pens, craft foam board, and more. On the day of our camp, I set the picnic table with the supplies, their bags, and … [Continue reading...]



{back 2 basics} a fall event!

Aug
18
3

I am just so excited about this! Some of the most fabulously talented bloggers around are going to be here the whole month of September, celebrating school days and everything it involves, in our Back 2 Basics fall event. They will be sharing recipes, tutorials, organizational ideas, free printables, and more! Just look and see who will be here...Craftaholics AnonymousOopsey DaisySomewhat SimpleA Little TipsyLil' LunaThe Crafting ChicksSew Dang Cuteseven thirty three---a creative blogSnippets of WonderfulHowDoesShe?Brassy Appleeighteen25This Little ProjectWhipperberryLittle Birdie SecretsLess Cake {more frosting}Infarrantly CreativeUnder the Table and DreamingTater Tots and JelloBe Different … [Continue reading...]



{baby bloom shoes}

Aug
17
6
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My friend Martha made the MOST adorable baby shoes for her baby girl, and when I saw them, I was smitten. She sent me the link for the tutorial and I couldn't wait to try them. The facts that my babies just turned two, and that they are boys?  Minor details. They literally took less than 20 minutes to make, and I LOVE that they are made from an old tee shirt. One of the cutest ways to recycle that I've ever seen! Using the collar pieces that are already hemmed means very little sewing (just a few hand stitches), and that makes me very happy.  :) Did I mention they were easy?  SO easy! Now don't judge the way the slippers fit the baby in my pictures.  You would really want to … [Continue reading...]



{giveaway and review} psa essentials

Aug
15
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I have been having so much fun with the stamps from PSA Essentials.  Their stamps are really fun because they have switchable borders and middles--so you can mix and match leaving you with tons of different options. I was really excited when they sent me some stamps to try out and review, especially because I was able to choose which ones I wanted.  It was a really hard decision--they have SO many fun ones to choose from. I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that I decided on a set of alphabet stamps--to fuel my love for all things monogrammed and personalized.  It's the small touches that make something extra special, and that's what these stamps do. It took just a … [Continue reading...]



Aug
15
1

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It's here! It's here!After literally MONTHS of creating, the "50+ Top Blogs All Time Favorite Recipes" cookbook is HERE!!! You may have seen a sneak peek of this gorgeous recipe book this past month. We hope you have been anxiously awaiting it. :) Now, until the end of August, it's available for purchase. But wait, scratch that, it's not a purchase. The best part is...it's a donation!100% of your donation will go to the American Red Cross to help the many people who have been affected by recent natural disasters around the world.After seeing the devastation in Japan, several top blogs teamed together wanting to somehow make a difference. More than 50 blogs donated one of their favorite … [Continue reading...]