Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl


Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Not for the creepy stuff, for the heart of the holiday: walking door-to-door to visit neighbors, passing out treats to friends, and wearing silly costumes for a day. We don't get a lot of trick or treaters at our house, but every year we try have some food-free alternatives for those with food allergies or little ones. For this ...

Read More »

DIY Tie Dye Curtains

blue tie dyed curtains, how to and tips

For this month's Michaels Makers challenge, we were asked to take on a popular DIY trend. I've been seeing tie-dye pop up in home decor lately, but not the rainbow psychedelic summer camp t-shirt kind. A deep blue patterned style of tie-dye called shibori. I've never tie dyed before, so here's how it went down! I hopped onto our Facebook page and did two live videos of the process: First ...

Read More »

Emoji Balloon Photo Props

emoji balloon photo props - great idea for summer parties!

I don't know about you, but I'm addicted to emojis. My kids think they're hilarious too and find ways to figure out my passcode and send random emoji texts to my friends... Summer is just about here and with it, summer parties and gatherings. For the June Michaels Makers challenge our theme was to create ideas for a summer party. I made these emoji balloon photo props and my kids we had a blast ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »