"If you are anything like us… you have found all the Chestnut trees in
your neighborhood, and go for weekly – sometimes daily – walks to pick
up literally buckets of shiny new Chestnuts!! What to do with your stash? We made spider webs! This is a great activity! I love making things from stuff you find!
Older children will be able to do this all on their own, younger
children may need a little help".... Read more
particular costume is for my rambunctious two-year-old grandson. My
daughter suggested that I make him a monster costume for Halloween.
Knowing how two-year-olds can act, I decided he needed to be some type
of kind or silly monster, so he wouldn't torment his baby sister. Then
the idea hit me, why not make a Tickle Monster costume? Have you ever
heard of the Tickle Monster? I hadn't either until my daughter received
this book and Tickle Monster gloves as a baby gift".... Read more
"I have a mantra for my kids: Be Awesome Today. I mean, I think it says
it all. It's a great reminder, not just for them, but for anyone in
the house (that includes the cockapoo). So I put it into a sign. The idea I had for this sign was inspired by The Handmade Home and their DIY sign. (NOTE: their method is different than mine, so check both out to see what works for you)...Here's how I did it: First I decided how long and tall I wanted the sign to be".... Read more
"Now is the time to make a really cool “BOO” sign, something that has a nordic geometric touch and feel. Something that’ll fit perfectly in bedrooms like this one or living rooms as this one. Something not too spooky or horrific but pretty more cute and stylish. It’s a simple diy BOO sign made with simple thread".... Read more
"Kids have their own fantasy. I think they like playing pretend to be a princess
when I asked my little neighbor to be my model, they become busy playing with this crown
so I this your little princess will love to playing with this one. okay stop thinking
it's very easy".... Read more
"One day you realize your baby is no longer a baby but a cute and clever
toddler. Approximately at the same time you also realize there is no
such thing as getting rid of bibs. You'll still need them, just maybe in
a bit of a different design - an to my experience, bandana bibs are
perfect for toddlers. And when you need a lot of bandana bibs, it's great if you don't need to buy all of them, right? Here's an easy tutorial for you".... Read more
"I was wandering the aisles of Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts a few weeks ago
when I discovered a small display of Lumi Inkodye. I have enjoyed a few
fabric dyeing projects in my day and have even experimented with screen
printing, but I had never seen anything like the Inkodye before.
It's solar activated. So you spread it on your fabric, set it out in the
sun, and whatever sections of the ink are exposed to the sun, dye the
fabric. The ink that's not exposed washes out.
I simply had to give it a try. I was not disappointed by the result. The
crisp lettering looks as if it could have been screen printed. The best
part is, it's 1000 times easier than screen printing".... Read more
"Do you remember that awesome tutorial and pattern that Anke shared for how to add a brushes bag section to the Easy Cosmetics Bag?
I couldn’t make up mine right away because I had to wait for my closures
to arrive from overseas but I was so keen to give this bag a try. I
just love it when people send in photos of things they’ve made with my
patterns, and especially this one where it was such a big change
from the original".... Read more
"Recently we celebrated “El 18,” which
is the equivalent to the Fourth of July here in the States. We enjoyed
Empanadas several times throughout the month, thanks to my Mom who made them
The kids talk about Empanadas on a
regular basis and if it was up to them, they would want to eat one every day!
Therefore, I decided to surprise them with some play Empanadas that they can
keep in their basket of play foods".... Read more
"I love functional, yet beautiful decor.
And this fits the bill. I saw one
perusing Pinterest, posted by First Home . . . Love Life and pinned it immediately.
I had to make my own. Lucky for me, I had just the right wood in my garage. You see, on one of my various jaunts to the
local landfill, I headed over to the household demo section. I'm at home there, tip toeing through the
piles of discarded treasures. Making sure I had on rubber-soled shoes
(unlike the time I showed up in slippers), I spotted this jewel. It's amazing to me that someone
could throw out this fabulous barn door.
I guess it's not all that amazing.
I'm just weird that way".... Read more
"I whipped up these earrings early last week so that I might have
something to wear during the wedding. I was inspired by the vibrant gold
tones of the Virginia foliage in early fall and wanted something to
complement the peachy-coral colors of the wedding. After some
experimenting and lots of half-baked (pun intended) attempts, I ended up
with these. I love them more than I thought I would, and, in all
honesty, more than I love most things I make. They're perfectly
imperfect, and I find myself reaching for them most mornings rather than
my standard pearl or diamond studs. I call that a win".... Read more
"The beaded flowers you see in this altered box were super easy to make
and so sharing this super simple tutorial to make a beaded flower spray...Depending on the size of your beads and the length of the flower
branches you want cut a length of wire. I cut 3.5 inches wire to make
each beaded flower branch. Its better to cut more wire than you need
till you get the hang of it!! Thread 3 beads onto the center of the wire
and bend the wire in a gentle U".... Read more
"I love decorating for fall! It's probably the season I get most excited
decorating for (other than Christmas). But just using the traditional
orange-yellow colors gets a little boring. Why not add some fun
contrast with bright greens and blues? I'm all for it! I discovered the idea for pumpkin vases over at Green Wedding Shoes,
but I wanted to add more color and I don't have a rose bush in my yard
so I tried out Zinnias, Geraniums, and Cosmos flowers instead".... Read more
"There are lots of how-to
decoupage pumpkins on the net, but a few years ago I read about a
technique using plastic wrap to help smooth out the wrinkles.
I couldn't find the article I remembered but there is a wonderful video
that shows how this is done. I've never had much luck in not having
wrinkles when I attempt to decoupage. So I think using plastic wrap is a
great technique that I need to try. I have paper towels in
my guest bathroom that I wanted to preserve by doing some sort of
decoupage. I also wanted to show the class I teach in my
community clubhouse how to decoupage pumpkins, so I'm killing two things
I need to do with one craft".... Read more