Chunky Finger Crochet Scarf – Trying a New Skill

making a chunky finger crochet scarf!

This month the Michaels Makers and I were asked to check out a class at our local store and learn a new challenge or skill. I decided to go with finger crochet! I walked into the class not knowing anyone or what to expect. We were told to go to the yarn aisle where Dawn, our instructor, helped us pick out supplies. It was SUPER helpful to have her there, and she gave her ...

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Sweet Simple Things Printable


This quote has been on my mind a lot lately: "I am beginning to learn it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all." -Laura Ingalls Wilder We have five children age seven and younger. With the older kids, it seemed as if I was living in a hurry or looking forward to the next big step. Whether that was walking, when a kid would be in their own bed, talking... and so ...

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Wooden Photo Hanging Display


This month, Michaels asked the Michaels Makers team to create something perfect for Mother's Day. I know my mom loves pictures, especially ones of her grandbabies, so I made this wooden photo hanging display. It's perfect for large sized poster prints or collages, this one pictured is a 11x16. This was a tricky challenge for me. The biggest reason: my mom is really crafty. While she'd love ...

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Recent Favorite Things + What I’m Reading

fujifilm instax share smartphone printer

I thought it would be fun to share a few of my recent favorite things. Like Oprah, minus the whole giving you a car and making you pay the taxes. (You're welcome.) I did a periscope on this topic a little bit ago, you can find a video of that broadcast at the bottom of this post. Keeping with the ideas behind 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS, I try to be mindful of what I'm spending and what is coming into ...

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Decluttering Dreaded Areas of Your Home

decluttering dreaded areas of your home - 7 tips to help you overcome the overwhelm

We all have at least one, if not ten. That one spot you are dreading working on and just keep putting off and putting off. Some days it's the dishes pile, some days its a stack of kids papers. Or maybe you have a closet, junk drawer, or a catch-all surface you can't keep clear. Here are some tips for decluttering dreaded areas of your home: 1.) It takes less time to clean than how long you ...

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How to Keep Kids Clothes from Taking Over

This is great! 8 tips on how to keep the kids clothes from taking over

I've been asked many times for tips on kids clothes and how to keep them from taking over. We could always be better, but for the most part, we have things figured out. As our kids get older, things change, so you might find some of these tips better for kids under 5. The key is figuring out what works in your home and for your family. Once you do that, you'll have a system and the clothes will ...

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DIY Faux Tulip Arrangement for Spring


Ahhh spring, it's almost here! For this month's Michaels Makers challenge, I was asked to give our home a refresh for spring. I enjoy adding fresh flowers to our home and it's hard to resist during this time of year. But tulips can be tricky! I've tried flower food, penny in the water, sugar in the water, and they just flop over and die in less than a week. Fake flowers would be great, but ...

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Tips for Decluttering Craft Supplies

Cute and SO easy to do. Paintable canvas letters!

Over the years I've decluttered my supplies many times. My interests have changed, projects have come and gone. However, I don't think I have been quite honest with myself when buying and storing supplies. Today I'll be sharing what tips helped me declutter, minimize, and better enjoy my time spent crafting. When I recently created my office space/craft room, I wanted a fresh slate. I'm really ...

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Small Laundry Room Remodel

Beautiful! small laundry room remodel. Inexpensive, doable, great tips if you don't like your laundry room!

At the start of 2015, we began renovation on our laundry room/mudroom. We were happy to have any laundry room at all; but with a family of 7 it could use some improvement. We only recently finished the final touches on the space, and it's been bugging me this space hasn't been blogged or "revealed" for 9 months. In hindsight, it's a good thing, now I can tell you it has worked for our ...

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40 Bags in 40 Days Coloring Book Pages

Love adult coloring books? Get your 40 bags in 40 days coloring page printable.

Have you been bitten by the coloring book bug? I have! I asked an artist friend to create a coloring book printable for our 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS challenge. How fun is this?  These were made by Lindsay, the artist behind Pen & Paint. Check out her beautiful work, we have many of her prints hanging throughout our home! I'd like this printable to be for subscribers of white house black ...

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