{a place for everything…art supplies}

Feb
18
8

I've been on the hunt for some ways to store all of our art supplies, so I thought I would share some of the fun ideas I've found!.....Art PailsI adore these art pails by Scissors and Spatulas!!! Her idea to hang them is so clever, I just love it!.....Hanging Fabric BasketsFabulous. There's no other word for these baskets by The Mother Huddle. How cute would these be, on a smaller scale--maybe 5 or 6 in a row--filled with art supplies? Love it!.....Ballard Inspired Paper HolderI know my kids would LOVE this. Infarrantly Creative shares this fun and super cute way to store art paper!.....Magnetic Art BoardI love this idea by Sweet Serendipity--how fun for a kids' room, or for a playroom … [Continue reading...]



{playroom pails}

Feb
15
18
pails wall copy

We have a big magnet board in our playroom, and it is not only well-loved, but one of the favorite places to play. I only had one problem. I had a hard time figuring out to best store all the magnets. If I left them on the magnet board, then there wasn't much room left to actually play. (Which usually resulted in every single magnet pulled off and thrown all over the room.) If I had them in a tub in the closet, then I was constantly taking them down and putting them back up again. So, after my darling 1 year old pulled off the lower rain gutter bookshelf from the wall (he definitely does not know his own strength), I decided to replace with some fun pails to store the magnets in. Solved … [Continue reading...]



{a place for everything…featuring My Many Colored Days}

Feb
11
11

Hello Brown Paper Packages readers! I'm Lei from My Many Colored Days, and I'm thrilled to be here at Kierste's blog today. I gotta say though, when Kierste asked me to join in the "A Place For Everything" fun, I panicked for a moment... because I am not all that organized. My craftiness doth deceive you all! Lol. But I try. Don't we all?Anyway, I do have a great idea for you today, one that was shared with me years ago and has saved me a lot of time on those hectic school mornings.I don't want to have to get up any earlier in the morning than I already do. As it is I have to be out the door by 6am if I'm going to get in my run for the day. So I do what I can to expedite the time it … [Continue reading...]



{shabby burlap flowers}

Feb
09
27

I discovered these darling shabby burlap flowers on accident. Don't you love when that happens? I had some red burlap, and thought it would be fun to make flowers and attach them to an old frame I had.When I finished rolling up the first flower, the top side looked beautiful and smooth--just like I had imagined. But then...I turned it over, and all this fabulous shabbiness showed through on the other side! I tried it again and again, and sure enough, it worked every time. LOVE.You can add these flowers to anything--the possibilities are endless. They're a little different than your typical rosette or flower, which makes me love them even more.HOW cute would they be in regular burlap? … [Continue reading...]



{FABULOUS layered brownies}

Feb
08
7

Could this weekend have been any busier? I don't think so. I have a pile of unfinished projects I'm working on, but wasn't able to touch one of them the entire weekend. I should have them to you soon, but in the meantime, I'm going to leave you with THE BEST brownie recipe I've tried in very long time.I tore it out of a Wonder Time magazine almost a year ago, stuck it in my recipe binder, then haven't had the occasion to try it. It's definitely not your average, everyday brownie, and even the girl who shared the recipe said it turns regular brownies into wheat toast. I believe it. It's the browned butter, I'm telling you!!So, for the big game (sniff, sniff--our team lost), I decided to … [Continue reading...]



{thumbprint valentines}

Feb
05
34
thumb big yellow close copy

I love homemade valentines, especially when they're easy to do and allow for kids to help---and personalizing for the person that will be receiving them. These darling thumbprint valentines are SUPER cute, and are sure to get rave reviews from any recipient! They will be perfect for friends, neighbors, teachers, and visiting teachers, especially attached to a fun treat--in a bag, box, or wrapped around a bar of chocolate or other candy. You can always change the wording for school valentines...{thumb} body likes you, or {thumb} body wants to be your valentine--or anything you like! I also made a few special ones for grandparents and family, using all my kids' thumbprints, and I LOVE … [Continue reading...]