{creating christmas blog fest}

I LOVE Christmas. I look forward to each and every part of it, and then I savor every moment, wishing that the time would pass just a little bit slower.So much of the enjoyment for me comes in the creating and the preparing, and I love making things for my friends and family.So, who better to get ideas from than YOU, my fellow bloggers!!The girls at The Girl Creative have something fabulous cooked up for 5 whole days during the month of December. We know that there there is so much talent out there, and we would love you to share your creative goodness with us.During the week of December 7th through December 11th, we are hosting our first EVER...Creating Christmas Blog Fest.Each day there … ...read more

{flour sack dishtowels}

When I started seeing adorably fabric-enhanced dishtowels, I knew I wanted to try it. I also knew exactly what I would use...flour sack dishtowels. They are one of my favorite things...and who can resist something with that name?They are inexpensive...around $5 for 4 of them, and I just used leftover ribbon (another favorite thing...jumbo ric rac) and fabric scraps for a darling and cheap project. SO cute!Now that I've made this one, I can't wait to get started on some holiday ones. Can you just picture red & cream ticking? LOVE it.These would also make GREAT neighbor, friend, and family gifts, while not breaking the bank.Since I am not a seamstress in any sense of the word (I can sew a … ...read more

{chore charts}

I LOVE this idea for chore charts, seen HERE at The Creative Crate. My girls are really into being independent right now, and having their own stuff. This would be perfect for them, since they could each have one! GREAT idea! … ...read more

{creative party alert…cooking party}

My friend Lei is a master party-thrower, amongst her many other talents. She is incredibly creative, and always has the most fun ideas. Her latest success was a cooking party, given for her 5 year old son's birthday. You HAVE to go check it out here! She features a yummy menu, including salad-on-stick:Adorable favors...Clever centerpiece and table setting...and more!! … ...read more

{decorative clothespins}

I was inspired while reading my new issue of Country Living, which is exactly what I was hoping would happen. I had been mulling around some Thanksgiving placard ideas, when this came to me...and I love it. With a little Mod Podge and scrapbook paper or fabric, you can transform the humdrum into the adorable! There are so many things you can do with them, and here are just a few.PLACARD HOLDERSI can't wait to use these on our Thanksgiving table! I plan to tie ribbon around the napkins, then clip these on.CHRISTMAS CARD HOLDERI love displaying Christmas cards by hanging them with clothespins on a piece of jute or twine, then stringing it across a mantel or window. This will just spice it up … ...read more

{trash to treasure}

My friend let me in on her secret. There is a fabulous Habitat Restore here in the town where we live, and it is filled with treasures galore. I can't believe I lived here for 7 years without knowing about it! While there for the first time, I found a table that would be perfect in one corner of my family room. It was a typical wood color, with rounded sides, but I knew I could easily fix both of those things. So, I bought it! I am thrilled with the results...definitely worth the $20 I spent.BEFORE:This is after I started priming, but you can see where I cut the rounded sides off...so much better already. I have re-finished many pieces of furniture, but this one turned out to be one of my … ...read more

{monogrammed boards}

We have been working to finish a large room in our basement for about 7 months now, and hallelujah, it's almost done. We still have to paint trim, put up baseboards, and finish the ceiling, but of course I have already started decorating. There is one larger wall that I needed to fill up, and my super talented friend gave me a great idea. She used actual wooden frames purchased from a craft store for hers, but I decided to change mine up a little bit, and make them out of MDF. That's one of the greatest things about crafting...you can take a great idea and make it your own.I love how it turned out, and it was just the right size for the space. Stay tuned for what will go underneath … ...read more

{and the winners are…}

Dawn who said, "These will make great Christmas presents - thanks for the great idea!" and Kim who said, "This is adorable. Your blog is the best!!"Congratulations ladies! Please email me your address and the letter you want me to personalize with at snipsnailsandme{at}gmail{dot}com. You can also include your preference for color if you would like. (red or brown)(results generated by random.org) … ...read more

{Purse Set – Giveaway!}

This is a purse set that I am making for my friends as a Christmas gift. It is super fun and super easy. It includes a two-year calendar/planner, a personalized notebook, and a fun brag book made with badge holders which are the perfect size for wallet-size photos. Since it is hooked with a ring, you can buy more badge holders if you need more room for pictures.The instructions are simple. Just choose the paper that you want to use for embellishing, and trace and cut to size. Use a good adhesive to stick it all on, and you are good to go. I added ribbon book marks to the calendar and the notebook. If you do this, just make sure you glue the ribbon on before you put the paper on.I have a real … ...read more

{framed burlap quotes}

I've been inspired. Burlap has always intrigued me, and after seeing several darling projects floating around, I came up with this idea yesterday. As soon as my cute husband got home, I was off to JoAnn's for supplies. I stayed up way too late last night finishing these, but I'm so glad I did! And can I say, so simple??!! I love that!Here's what I did:ITEMS YOU NEED:-burlap -frame of choice, with glass-craft paint-foam stampsDIRECTIONS;-Remove backing from frame. Use it as a template to trace the amount of burlap you need for that size of frame. Cut it out. Make any adjustments necessary, after placing it in frame to confirm it is the proper size.-Fray edges of burlap slightly, by pulling … ...read more