{a playdough party with This Little Project}

Hi, I'm Jedda from This Little Project. I'm honored to be a guest here today. I'm lucky to have actually met Kierste and for how fun her blog is, she is even more fun in person! I have three small children and some of our favorite memories come from the {Little Projects} we've done together. With it being winter, I have the perfect {Little Project} to share that will chase away winter boredom blues:A Playdough Party!Not the regular stuff. This playdough smells delicious, and SPARKLES! {This Little Project} actually started out as a bribe (did I just admit that?) I told my kids that if they finished a (big) chore we would have a playdough party. It took a few days, but it worked! And we've … ...read more

{a place for everything}

I have a thing for paint samples. I LOVE them. I could browse that section for hours, and I do! When I find a new favorite, I tuck it in my purse and bring it home with me to add to my collection.There is always something being refinished, repainted, or redone around our house, so looking through and deciding on a paint color is par for the course. I love having a whole stack of my favorites on hand...then it's just trying to decide which one to use!When we built our house almost three years ago (that went so fast!), I needed a way to conveniently carry around all my paint and fabric samples. So, I punched holes in the corners of the samples, and added them to a silver 1-inch book ring. … ...read more

{library bookshelves}

library books2 copy

I've tried several different ways to store library books, but none of them ever worked like I wanted them to. Finally I decided to design bookshelves specifically for library books, and I'm so pleased with the end result.They will hold books of all sizes--from my babies' small board books up to the very tall storybooks that can be so tricky to store. I also wanted to add the slats in the middle to make it easier for my little ones to get them in and out, and not have books falling over from weight. I have a place in my music room/library designated just for these shelves, and everyone will know exactly where they go! It's made from MDF, with beadboard backing, and a pine face … ...read more

{conversation blocks}

Conversation Love Blocks, Simple Valentine decor

Who doesn't love conversation hearts? I used them as my inspiration to turn 4x4 post blocks into this darling version for display...they will be the perfect addition to your Valentine's Day decorations! They are simple and darling!  These would also be really fun for a girls' craft night or craft day...   {supplies} -4x4 post, cut into perfect squares -red, cream, and pink spray paint -vinyl lettering {directions} 1. Cut your 4x4 post into perfect squares. Even though it's called a 4x4, the actual width is usually closer to 3.5 inches.  Make sure you measure it first, before you cut into blocks--this will ensure that you have a perfect square. 2. Spray paint each block red … ...read more

{a place for everything}

My plan for this series is to have it run on Fridays, and I really wanted to have my first post up yesterday. However...my computer wasn't cooperating with my plan, but better late than never, right?I debated for awhile about what to post first, but I finally decided to begin with something that you might be thinking about right after the holidays.I don't know about you, but gift cards are one of my favorite gifts--to give, and to receive. They are also pretty bulky, and may not fit in your wallet. Add to that all the club cards, reward cards, coupons, and receipts you have, and you can have quite a tall pile. My purse is also my home away from home--anything I need, or think I'm going to … ...read more

{candy heart bracelets}

bracelet on hand in air copy

This is the darling Valentine's version of my candy pumpkin bracelet...I couldn't resist! I followed the same directions (click HERE for tutorial), but I did learn a few things. 1. This candy is softer than candy pumpkins, so the needle will go through quite easily. Make sure you use a needle with a large eye, so you can get the floss through. 2. Softer candy means there will be some "goo" left on the floss as the heart slides on. It didn't affect the way the bracelet looked at all, and after all the hearts were on, I just used a damp rag to wipe it off before tying it closed. 3. I used about 9 hearts for my girls' bracelets---they are 4 years old. OPTIONS: Wouldn't this be SO cute … ...read more

{a new silhouette winner}

I am so sad that I did not hear from our first Silhouette winner within the 48 hour time frame, but I do want someone to win this fabulous machine. So, the person who got a second chance is...#57, Ashley @Ashley's Craft Corner!!!My favorite thing about the silhouette is that you don't have to buy a bazillion expensive cartridges! Congratulations, I really am so thrilled and excited for you!Please contact me within 48 hours with your full name, mailing address, and phone number, or another winner will be selected. … ...read more

{a place for everything}

One of my favorite sayings, and kind of my mantra in life is "a place for everything, and everything in its place". With five kids, including two sets of twins four years old and under, being organized has kept my sanity intact, and is the only way I can function. That said, I felt the same way before in the years before we had kids, when we had one child, and now, with five. It's a universal quest, regardless of where you are in life, and one that I'm constantly trying to conquer.The new year is the perfect time to start and hopefully make life a little less cluttered and easy to manage. If your house is like mine, "stuff" seems to multiply, and before you know it, the house is … ...read more

{crafting with the stars!}

Guess what!!I'm SO excited to announce that I will be a part of Season 2, Crafting with the Stars!Tam is the talent behind Sew Dang Cute, and the brains, host, and organizer of this event.There are some fabulously talented ladies participating...1. Amy (Mod Podge Rocks)2. Becky (Infarrantly Creative)3. Char (Crap I've Made)4. Cheri H. (I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar)5. Cheri P. (It's So Very Cheri)6. Heather (Dollar Store Crafts)7. Jen (Tatertots & Jello)8. Kierste (Brown Paper Packages)9. Lorie (Be Different...Act Normal)10. Michelle (Someday Crafts)11. Sachiko (Tea Rose Home)12. Shelley (How Does She?)Head on over to Sew Dang Cute today, for all the details. Hope to see you there! … ...read more

{favorite 2010 projects}

2010 was such a great year! All of you are so wonderful, and I have to tell you how much I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate all your kind comments, questions, and e-mails. Thank you for reading, for following, and letting me into your life.After 15 months of brown paper packages, I'm still learning. One thing that I have lacked to do is install some kind of tracking device (i.e. Google Analytics, which I just looked at for the first time last night) to figure out my posts, and their popularity, which means, I have nothing official. However, I do have my personal favorites, and the projects that got the most comments and feedback.So here you are, my Top 10 Favorite Projects of … ...read more