Any excuse I can get to combine three things that I love–milk bottles, chocolate, and baker’s twine–I take full advantage of it. These Valentine treat jars do just that, and they’re the most darling way to tell someone “you’re sweet”. They’re super easy to make, and the peek-a-boo heart is absolutely adorable!
I’m going to have to have the most gigantic garage sale this summer when we move into our new house. I can’t tell you how many things I’ve bought or made to replace that very same or similar item that’s in storage. We even have two trampolines! (The kids have big plans for them both…we’ll see.) It holds true for holiday decor, too, but with one major difference–I don’t believe in having too much!
I recently came across the most fabulous red and white striped pitcher, and being enormously obsessed with both red and stripes, I felt as if it was fate. The best part? It was only $10! It was a good day. I had packed it away for next Christmas, but then I realized how perfect it would be for Valentine’s Day. With a little card stock, twine, and a few branches, an adorable Valentine Tree was born!
My girls were looking for something to fun to give to their friends for Christmas, and I immediately knew just what to do! Bottles of nail polish make the perfect gift–add a cute tag, and you’re set to go!
You might be surprised to hear this, but one of the hardest parts of being in this little apartment and not having any of our things is not the cramped quarters (which I’ve actually come to appreciate in many ways), but rather not being able to build and create and make stuff!! With no tools here, and no home to decorate, my list is getting longer and longer by the day. It’s what I love to do, so when I get any small opportunity to make something, no matter how simple, I’m a happy happy girl!
I decided I needed a little something to go above the chalkboard window in the family room to add a pop of color and a little bit of Christmas to the whole space, especially after my cute husband took on the big, bad, storage unit and tried to find our ornaments and decor, but couldn’t. I created a simple but adorable wood Christmas sign that’s perfect above a doorway, window, or shelf, and I absolutely love it!
You probably all know by now how much I love polka dots and stripes. I’ve used them in lots of my projects, with two of my favorites being Peppermint Striped Candlesticks and Striped & Polka Dot Pumpkins. I love them so much that I simply couldn’t resist making a set in brown & white for Thanksgiving table centerpieces. They’re easy, adorable, and really inexpensive–three of my favorite things!
You guys, this is the third mason jar project I’ve done in the last few weeks! There are just so many fun things you can do with them, especially at the holidays, and I’m excited about sharing this totally adorable mason jar ghost lantern that’s perfect for lighting up your Halloween decor!
With all of our things still in storage, I really
needed wanted to make a few fall decorations. Okay, so I would have made them anyway. :) Anything pumpkins, apples, or fall calls my name, so I decided to start there, and made these adorable farmstyle wood fall signs using pieces of scrap wood. I absolutely love how they turned out, and best of all, they’re super easy to make!
Today is our first day of school! I feel like the summer went way too fast, and we just didn’t have enough time to do all the things we wanted to do. And…my twin boys are starting kindergarten, and I’m crying my eyes out. For reals. Their time at home goes so quickly–I’m never ready for it to be over. I’m excited for them and their new adventures, but I have to admit, it’s hard for me. So bittersweet.
Between my tears (I’m kind of joking), I’m going to share our teacher gifts that have been safely delivered to the school this morning. Our fun tradition teacher gift for the first of the year is to give an apple–in some form. Some years it’s been a caramel apple, and other years it’s been apple soap. This year I decided on these darling apple mason jars full of pencils–perfect for a teacher’s desk!
There are many things I love about the Silhouette Studio Design Edition software (affiliate link), but one of my favorites is the ability it gives you to take your own files–PNG, JPG, GIF–and convert them into Silhouette cut files, so you can use them in a multitude of different projects! It really is very simple to do, and since I was just working on a project this week using this method, I thought I would share it with you!
You’re going to utilize the trace function, and if you’ve never used it before, it could very well become your new best friend after this tutorial. Really. It opens up SO many possibilities!!
The last picnic table we had cost $10. We had just moved into our first house, and I was at the township office working in paperwork, when I saw a pile of picnic tables outside. They happened to be old tables from the parks in our township, and they were selling them cheap to make room for brand new tables. I dug through the stack and chose the best of the bunch, and after refinishing it several times over the years, it lasted us until we made this last move.
I had plans to make another one this spring, and then my cute hubby surprised me by making one when I was out-of-town a couple months ago. We’ve always use our picnic table a lot, and with the good weather finally making an appearance here in upstate NY, so I was very happy! I had to wait about 6 weeks for the pretreated lumber to finally dry out in order to finish it, but it’s finally down, and I love it!