Ho Ho Ho Christmas Marquee Sign

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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

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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...]

DIY Play Food Crates

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Last year we gave my daughter a play kitchen.  You know, the KidCraft Vintage Kitchen--it seems to be the hot play kitchen to buy these days.  I love it because it's so cute while not being plastic and bulky.  It feels high quality and looks like real kitchens.  And the white one is gender-neutral and well, I have a thing for white kitchens.  Not gonna lie though, it was a beast to put together. Anyway, we also gave her some play food, some of … [Read more...]

Rustic Wood Box Tutorial

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These are pretty common and I'm sure you must have seen a dozen tutorials.  But wood boxes are incredibly handy to have for decorating, so I'm going to teach you how to build one so I can refer back to it later.  Also I will teach you how to make it look old and rustic using some special techniques.  But if you want to try making this, please read through the entire tutorial before starting because there is some day ahead prep that needs to be … [Read more...]

How to Strip Paint Off Wood

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There are varying ways of stripping paint off wood.  Or rather, there are varying products.  But I have only used one, and that is because it is safe.  I wouldn't mind using Klean Strip and getting in with the chemicals, but I work in close quarters with my kids and I wanted to use something that wouldn't put out toxic fumes or could possibly cause injury if the kid touched it.  I may give Klean Strip a try in the future.  But for now, I use … [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...]

How to Detail Your Car Yourself

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I drive a minivan.  I have three little kids.  You might think that I have an exceptionally clean car.  Or you might instantly realize that THAT combination equals a very messy car, most of the time.  They don't really eat that much in the car, but even one time of having a bag of fishy crackers is crumbs everywhere.  And of course they always take a sippy cup and then it inevitably rolls somewhere under a seat where it is instantly … [Read more...]

Pinners Conference!

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We all love Pinterest, right?  Like obsessed with Pinterest?  Even bloggers like me, who you might think are filled with original ideas, still love to browse on Pinterest for inspiration.  I'll just say it--it's pretty much the greatest thing ever invented. So why not attend the Pinners Conference?  It's held in Utah on November 7th and 8th at the South Towne Expo Center (in Sandy.)  It's filled with classes from tons of your favorite … [Read more...]