LOVE Marquee Letters

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This post originally appeared on SNAP! Conference blog. I'm not gonna lie, 2014 was one of my most challenging years.  We built a new house, my husband got a new, incredibly busy position at work, his mother passed away as well as my grandpa.  But summing it up like that doesn't really touch how stressful all these things were for me.  It was crazy! It was also a great year for me career wise.  It was one of the first times when I just kept … [Read more...]

Chalky Finish Paint Organizer

Paint organization

As you might know, I'm a big fan of the DecoArt Chalky Finish paints.  I have a bunch of them now and they were getting disorganized.  Since we finally got my craft pegboard up, I have changed things around a little bit.  And I wanted to make a space for a Chalky Finish paint organizer. So first I had to make the Chalky Finish organizer.  I wanted to do it out of materials I could easily purchase so if anyone else wanted to make them they … [Read more...]

Ho Ho Ho Christmas Marquee Sign

holiday marquee sign

I love marquee signs--don't you? They are so fun and cheerful.  And so is Christmas, so why not combine the two?  Marquee signs are not as hard as they might seem.  And for an extra Christmasey effect, I candy-cane striped the board.  And now- here's how to make your own Christmas marquee sign. Supplies: 1 1x12x6 2 1x2x6 6 large craft store chipboard letters (3 H's, 3 O's) Round Christmas lights Drill Nail gun, strong craft … [Read more...]

Rustic Stocking Holders & Giveaway

rustic stocking holder

You know me and rustic--we were made for each other.  I think I could have survived during early pioneer days.  I have all those homemaker skills down pretty well.  I really was channeling early settlers when I made these rustic stocking holders. They were pretty easy and I really love how they turned out.  It totally seems like something they would have made and had in their house.  Although maybe they just pounded some nails into the … [Read more...]

25 Beautiful DIY Ornaments

DIY Ornaments

It's officially the Christmas season! Have you put up your tree yet? I really wanted to buy a real tree this year but with us moving in a couple weeks, it just wasn't in the cards. But I did put up 'half' of my fake tree. That means I put the top half of the tree on the stand and elevated it on a table, haha! I love doing it this way though because you get the height with half the effort. And believe me, this being the old school non-lit … [Read more...]

Easy Gift Tags & Black Friday Silhouette Deals

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I recently got a new goodie in the mail--a Silhouette Portrait.  I've been trying to stop being intimidated by my Silhouette, not because it's hard to use, but because it seems like every time I used it I had to do a million things before using it (update the software, find the power cord, find the right power cord, clear off a large space on my messy craft desk, etc.) But since I am trying to use it more often, these things are getting less … [Read more...]

Scandinavian Inspired Ornaments

scandinavian inspired ornaments

Hello friends!  As part of the DecoArt Design Team, this month I was challenged to come up with a project with the theme of International Holidays.  There are so many options here, but I was really drawn to the bold red and white of Scandinavia.  I really love their style and art, so I decided to give my own a try.  It ended up being pretty easy and anyone can do it!  I mean seriously, my six year old helped me with this, so yes--anyone can do … [Read more...]

20 DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids

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If you're like me, your kids have had their costumes for awhile.  We love Halloween and just can't wait.  And also, I will admit that I rarely actually make my kids costumes (the horror!) I know, you would think that since I'm the creative DIY type, this would totally be something I would do.  But for some reason, by the time Halloween rolls around, I am just way too busy to get around to making costumes.  I have made or assembled costumes in the … [Read more...]