{personalized pillowcases}

I was SO happy when I learned that Silhouette had a new fabric interfacing product, and now had the capability to cut fabric. I was even happier when they sent me some to try, and this weekend I started a project I've had on my list for awhile.I love white sheets, and it's all I use on the beds in our house. I just love their crisp, clean look, and I can bleach them (a lot). On the other hand, they all look exactly alike! I felt like it would be fun to add a little something to my girls' pillowcases so that they had a pillow that was personalized just for them.Personalized PillowcasesITEMS YOU NEED:pillowcasefabricSilhouette fabric interfacing--clean cut OR heat 'n bondribbonspool of heat … ...read more

{a place for everything…with somewhat simple}

Check out this super fun calendaring idea from Stephanie, at Somewhat Simple!.....These are so fun, I am sure you have seen them- but here is my take on it!MATERIALS: All you need is a glass frame, a sharpie marker, a ruler and vinyl stickers if you have them. (If you dont have them, just write the labels yourself with the marker, or email me- I will get you some!)Here is the frame I chose:(My sister actually got it years ago at IKEA in the as-is section for $1.99- I don't know what it was supposed to be for, but it sure fits perfect for this calendar of mine!)DIRECTIONS: First, I painted the frame red and then distressed it by sanding the edges.Then I flipped the frame over to the backside, … ...read more

{brown paper packages made babble’s top 50 craft blogs!}

Guess what!Brown Paper Packages has made Babble's first ever listing of...I can't tell you how excited I am to be a part of it, especially considering the company of other fabulous bloggers (and ones that I love and have long admired) that I'm keeping.I want {you} all to know how much I appreciate the fact that I was nominated in the first place (thank you to whoever you are!), and for reading, following, and passing the word along.This totally made my day, and I wanted to say {THANK YOU}!..... … ...read more

{numbered twine balls}

Okay, so decorative balls are everywhere.I've always loved the look of them, and wanted to put them somewhere in my house. However, I decided to make mine just a little bit different, and instead of making them smooth, with the twine directly against the styrofoam ball, I made them a little chunkier looking--with lots of overlap.I'm really happy with how they turned out--perfect for my dining room table.Numbered Twine BallsITEMS YOU NEED:styrofoam ballstwine/jutehot glueblack craft paintfoam stampsDIRECTIONS:This is really easy, and literally will take you less than 15 minutes. Don't you love projects like that? It's also quite inexpensive--I made all three for less than $10.I'm so sorry … ...read more

{scripture book cover}

I just {LOVE} this scripture book cover fashioned out of a "sweater" baby blanket, by my friend Jedda over at This Little Project. What a darling idea!I especially like the buttons holding the straps on, and the monogram (of course). And the pocket on the back? SO cute!Click HERE for the tutorial!..... … ...read more

{a weekend getaway…and a giveaway winner!}

Happy Monday!I do have a giveaway winner to announce today, and I apologize that I didn't have it up yesterday. It was for a very good reason though, and I think once you hear about it, you'll forgive me. It also means that I did not work on once project over the past week, so I have a lot to work on over the next few days! I'm excited about several things, so hopefully by the end of the week I'll have something new for you.I'm back to real life today, after a fabulous weekend in Chicago with my girlfriends! It's one of my most favorite cities, and if you haven't been before, I suggest you put it on your list of places to visit. I came home with some wonderful memories, and at least 5 … ...read more

{a place for everything…with I Am Momma, Hear Me Roar}

Hi everyone! I am Cheri from I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar. At my place I love to blog about decorating, sewing, photography, projects for boys, and anything else that peaks my interest. I'm excited to talk about organizing because I secretly love organizing. It makes me really happy to have a place for everything and everything in its place. Today I'm going to show you how I stay organized (and sane) in my car with my two little guys. I have always had a container in my car with the necessities. However, as my boys grow their needs change. I used to always have a back up binky, diaper, blanket, etc. Now my youngest is 21 months, so I don't need any of those things. I need toys and … ...read more

{DIY army tanks}

army tank all four with men copy

I just had to laugh a little when I re-read the title of this post, lol. Don't see that everyday! If you have boys at your house, you might very well have some army men lying around. Well, we have a bin full, and my son really wanted some army tanks to go with his collection. My husband took him down to his workshop, and they made these together. This is a very simple project that's perfect for little helpers. Depending on how old your boys are, they can help with different aspects of it. My son Ryan loved the time with his dad, being able to learn about tools, and the finished product! You could also make them more detailed as well--this is just the basic idea. I don't have any of the … ...read more

{kiss me, i’m irish}

kiss me one copy

I wanted to do something fun for a few ladies that I visit each month, and when I saw the green Hershey kisses at the store, I knew I had found just the thing. I love having clear treat bags on hand. They are really inexpensive (you can get a pack of 20 for under $2 at Walmart), and are quite versatile. However, sometimes (like today) I find myself without any, so I always go to my backup--sandwich bags. Just cut the zipper part of the top, and you're set! Then I filled them with green Hershey kisses, and attached this cute tag: If you'd like to use it too, just right click on the image below, and save image as. Then open a blank Word file (or similar), and insert it as a … ...read more

{salsa chicken & black bean nachos}

When it comes to making dinner, I need love recipes that are fast, easy, and that my kids will eat. So when I find one that meets all these criteria, it's definitely a keeper!One of our absolute favorite dinner meals is Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Nachos, and my mouth is watering just typing this out! There are only 3 main ingredients, and as an added plus, it's made in the crock pot, which is my favorite way to cut meal prep time.Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Nachos1 can black beans, rinsed and drained1 pound fresh salsa3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breastsThis is another reason I love this recipe! I actually just use frozen chicken breasts, which means I don't have to remember to put … ...read more