{family meal planner}

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This project is not only adorable, it's extremely helpful and practical. Preparing meals is something we do everyday, and this is something I came up with to make my life a little easier. Family Meal Planner When I'm getting ready to go grocery shopping, I always sit down, make a menu, look at the ads, and then make my list from that information. Well, I don't know about you, but I have more than one cookbook I use on a regular basis...a favorite recipes binder, a church cookbook, and couple others that I love. This means that when I sat down to make my list, I was pulling out a stack of cookbooks to go through to find a specific recipe and the ingredients required. So, I … ...read more

{twine frame}

I seem to have this never-ending supply of frames that I don't love, don't use, and are just sitting in my craft closet. This one in particular I didn't know what to do with, because I couldn't just cover it with spray paint. It was this kind of leather material, that was falling apart, and it was looking like there was no hope.Then...I remembered the twine. How I love that stuff! You might look at this frame, and wonder how long it actually took me to cover it, but surprisingly, it only took about 10 minutes.I adore how it turned out, and with a darling flower as an embellishment, it is the perfect thing for the table in my music room.ITEMS YOU NEED:old frametwine (jute) --I used a … ...read more

{clothespin valentines}

clothespin valentine

I adore clothespins, and how fun are these darling valentines? Super easy to make, and totally affordable. You can buy packages of 100 clothespins for a little over $1! ITEMS YOU NEED: clothespin (Remember these? Directions HERE) They were perfect for this! cardstock; one neutral, two coordinating colors distress ink double stick tape paper trimmer printed words (I used fonts "A Little Pot", and "Century Gothic") small plastic treat bags (I bought mine at Michael's. I think they were around $4 for 50 bags--around 1 1/2 inches wide by 3 inches high.) candy (I love the look of the pink & red M&Ms!) ribbon, of course! DIRECTIONS: Print your valentine … ...read more

{front door decor}

I love cute front doors. They welcome friends and guests to your home, and can show a little of your personality to anyone that drives by.I also adore berry wreaths. I just do. I'm not sure why, and it has to be the right kind, but they add just the perfect pop of color. I use red berries in the winter months, and this season I added a fat piece of burlap (another big favorite) and tied it in a knot at the top of the wreath. Love it!I have also always really liked the vinyl lettering words or phrases, such as "welcome", but never wanted to fully commit to putting the lettering on my door.So, I made my own version, which is easily removable, and can be changed or switched out at any time. … ...read more

{EASY frame makeover}

Seriously, this has to be the easiest makeover ever, and I'm in love with it! I had a frame that I liked, but didn't love, but it fit the pictures I wanted to display perfectly. When I placed it in the space I had for it, it just didn't look quite right.BEFORE:So...out came the scrapbook paper! This project literally took me less than 10 minutes, but it transformed the frame, and the whole look of the space. I used a solid color--I really wanted the vintage-y look of the distress ink to stand out. Regardless of the paper you are using, the key to this project is the distress ink...it really gives it what it needs to make it work.AFTER:ITEMS YOU NEED:frame (The frame that will work best … ...read more

{personalized scripture totes & scripture covers}

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When I came across THIS tutorial for scripture covers, I was so excited! I had never even thought about it before, with my girls being so little. ( I don't think my son would have appreciated scrapbook paper quite the same way!) However, with my girls starting Primary tomorrow (our church's Sunday School program for children 3-11), I couldn't wait to start these two projects that go hand-in-hand. SCRIPTURE TOTES I found the perfect mini canvas totes (5-pack for $5.99) at Joann's---they measure 6 inches high and 5.5 inches wide, which is just the right size for the pocket size scriptures I bought for my girls. When I first envisioned this project, I was going to make the totes … ...read more

{twine-covered cans}

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With two babies at home, we go through an ENORMOUS amount of formula. Thus, we have a plethora of formula cans that I've saved, not wanting to throw them out, knowing I would want to do something (or more than one thing) with them. The first thing I decided to do was use them to add a little more space to my craft closet. I am lucky enough to have a large walk-in closet with storage drawers that houses all of my craft & sewing supplies. It's amazing, however, how fast I have filled up that space! In making these cans for some of my supplies, I emptied out a couple of drawers to make room for other things. Yay! They are cute, and organizational...how can you beat that? You could really … ...read more

{christmas hand sanitizers}

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I fell in love with THIS hand sanitizer idea as soon as I saw it (follow the link for a complete tutorial). It's a fun, personalized gift, and perfect for so many occasions, including teacher gifts and baby gifts (with baby's name). They can be personalized with first names, last names "the ___________ family", or even holiday greetings. I have experimented quite a bit with some of the different options, and usually I use the clear hand sanitizer. However, I was excited to discover how cute the green was for Christmas--tie on some ribbon, and voila! It also works really well with liquid soap--it is just as easy to work with the sanitizer. With soaps, you could really make one for … ...read more

{monogrammed taggies}

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Okay, okay. I know I am crazy about anything and everything monogrammed. It can automatically make anything ordinary into something special, and SO adorable. I made these taggies for my baby boys for Christmas, and the felt initial just makes it! I followed THIS tutorial. This is also a personal accomplishment--I am most definitely not a seamstress. After a rough go in my 8th grade sewing class, I figured it was not for me. Finally, last year I got a sewing machine, and although I have tried a few small projects here and there, this one definitely taught me some new things. Merry Christmas, babies! … ...read more

{for your favorite teacher}

This is the gift we made for our favorite 2nd grade teacher this year. I found the paper box at Walmart for around $1.30. (I am a sucker for a scalloped edge) I got out some of my favorite BasicGrey paper and covered the box. I inked the edges with chocolate brown ink and added a cute tag on top that says, "clips and bits". I made a matching notebook, some matching magnets and threw in a bunch of paper clips. It ended up looking like this:The magnets are a fun project to do with your kids. You just buy some clear pebbles from your local craft store and then use a circle punch to punch out circles the size of the pebbles. Glue the paper to the back of the pebble and then glue a magnet to the … ...read more