{framed magnet board}

I use this board daily, and it's perfect for right next to my desk--announcements, cards, and more! I made the frame out of wood pieces, although I decided against mitering the corners (like a picture frame, at an angle) and went with squared edges instead. I love it! The edges were routered, and sheet metal glued onto the back (there were grooves for it to fit in). I sanded, painted, re-sanded the edges, and then stained it. I finally mod podged this fantastic scrapbook paper onto the sheet metal, and added the cream grosgrain ribbon to cover the seams. Next time I'll make it 12x12, so the paper will fit easily inside the space.***EASY VERSION***If you don't have access to all the tools I … ...read more

{oilcloth bibs}

Oilcloth can be used for so many things, especially anything you need to be waterproof (i.e. tablecloths, bibs, etc.). It certainly isn't limited to that either, or there are many varieties available at your fabric store or online. Check around though--prices will vary greatly. With two toddlers around the house, we need plenty of bibs, and I knew this would be a great project. I just traced another bib that I liked onto the back of the oilcloth, and cut it out. I punched holes in the top sides using a hole punch, and then tied a piece of ribbon on either side. SO easy! The best part is that it is a non-sewing project, and one that can easily be completed in less than an hour. … ...read more

{play kitchen}

I looked and looked for play kitchens for my little girls, and I just couldn't find what I was looking for. I knew I wanted solid wood, and I wanted something that could be uni-sex. I didn't realize how difficult that could be. Fortunately, my husband is a very talented woodworked, and between the two of us, we came up with this: I designed it based on a sampling of some I liked in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog, and chose stainless steel fixtures (and used a stainless steel mixing bowl from Walmart as the sink!). I found this fantastic fabric at a local quilt shop, and made the dishtowel and matching curtain. It was actually a pretty fast project, and came together in just a week and a … ...read more

{rag bows}

My girls have the cutest A-line haircuts, but that means I'm always on the lookout for bows and clips to dress their hair up. I'm a simple bow girl--usually a thick grosgrain ribbon tied in a bow attached to an alligator clip works perfectly, or a flower that I've adhered to that same alligator clip (where would I be without them??). My friend Lei made these bows quite awhile back, and I really liked the concept. They are SO easy, and are just a little different from the usual bow. You know what I think would be so cute? Burlap. I think I will try that next. ITEMS YOU NEED:-fabric of your choice, torn into strips: approx. 1 1/2 inches wide and 7-8 inches long-alligator clips (check beauty … ...read more

{adorably easy burp cloths}


For all you non-sewers (like me) this is a very simple, but adorable project. It literally just consists of sewing strips of your favorite coordinating ribbon down the front 2 sides of white burp cloths. For the girls, I chose the pink gingham and brown dot ribbon, and for the boys a blue stripe and the same brown dot. If you can sew a straight line, you can do this project!! … ...read more

{tissue paper frames}


This project came about by accident--it started out as one thing, and turned into something else completely. I started out by wanting to find scrapbook paper to cover 11x14 canvas boards for the nursery. I looked and looked, but nothing stood out. Then I decided to try the fabric store, and searched through my favorite designers to no avail. I loved a lot of the things I looked at, but nothing seemed quite right. One night I had some tissue paper that I gift had been wrapped in laying by my bed. It was darling--white with large, brown polka dots. I was hit with sudden inspiration, and decided to try it. It could have gone either way--tissue paper is really fragile, and I wasn't sure how … ...read more

{photo tiles/coasters}


I am always on the lookout for fun ideas that will display pictures of my children. I was super excited about this one, and really love how they turned out. They are easy-peasy (you'll be surprised at how simple!), totally inexpensive, and a great gift idea. ITEMS YOU'LL NEED: -your choice of 4x4 tile or stone (I used a crumbly stone) -Mod Podge, brush -Matte presentation paper for photos -felt pads, 4 per tile DIRECTIONS: -Decide which photos you would like to use, edit, and crop them. Consider what kind of tile you are using, and the look you are going for when deciding which photo effect to use. I went with the sepia tone, because I wanted it to match the stone I was using, and … ...read more

{about me}

{hello}...I'm kierste! I’m a busy stay-at-home mom to five kids, including two sets of twins, and they are the inspiration for most of my projects. I love creating, crafting, and making our home an organized, beautiful,and fun place to be.I love to create! I'm all about creating and decorating on a budget, and making old things new again. I gravitate towards wood, tile, and other building supplies, and love fashioning home decor out of them. I believe in creating projects that anyone can do--simple touches make the biggest difference in any home.Some of my favorite things:*Running: Ran my first marathon this year, and I'm training for 3 half marathons in 3 months--in the winter!  … ...read more

{contact me}

Questions? Comments? I would LOVE to hear from you!brownpaper_packages@yahoo.com … ...read more

{a place for everything}

This is where you can find our series on organization...A Place for Everything. I'd love to hear your questions, comments, and ideas! E-mail me at brownpaper_packages@yahoo.com Organization Projects3x5 card address bookbaby food containersballet bagsburlap dry erase calendarcardboard box baskets coat hooks dress up clothes dressereasy labels & tags fabric laundry bin for toysfamily meal plannergarage sale tips laundry shelveslibrary bookshelvespainted apple basketsplayroom pailsportable toy baskets recipe binderstocking your craft pantrytwine covered cansA Place for Everything SeriesCoupons and Gift CardsPaint Samples ToysMakeup Drawer Makeover (office drawers, … ...read more