December 10, 2016

Make It: Beaded Wire Christmas Ornament

Christmas ornaments are fun and often inexpensive to make at home. These pretty beaded wire stars that I recently shared on The Idea Room, only take a short time to put together. Make a bunch to trim your tree, give as gifts, or even decorate packages this season.

Pretty Wire-Wrapped Star ornaments. Perfect for your Christmas tree!

This quick and easy wire-wrapped Christmas ornament looks much more complicated than it is. My inspiration was a gold wire-wrapped star ornament that my sister made to hang on my tree quite a few years ago.
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November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes

Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same for me without pie, but add these easy-to-make turkey cupcakes to your dessert table for some extra wow factor. Or add them to the kids' holiday table for some instant smiles:)

Candy and Pretzel Turkey Cupcakes

Here's an easy way to dress up your favorite cupcake recipe (or store-bought cupcakes) for Thanksgiving.
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October 28, 2016

Make It: Halloween Shrink Plastic Charms

Not every Halloween project has to be spooky. Today I'm sharing a charming little Halloween craft using printable shrink plastic and some smiling jack o' lantern photos. When you see how easy it is to make this Halloween charm bracelet and matching rings, you won't make just one:)

Make a Halloween bracelet with shrink plastic.

Ever since I saw these Wildflower Rings by A Kailo Chic Life, I've been looking for a project to try using printable shrink plastic (Shrinky-Dinks). What better excuse than Eighteen25's Spooktacular September? I had the pleasure of sharing this not-so-spooky Halloween craft over there last month.

Quite a few years ago I took this photo of a glowing jack o' lantern and used Adobe Photoshop Elements to take a little creative license with the colors. I ended up with a fun set of smiling jack o' lantern photos that come in handy this time of year. (I must admit this isn't the first time I've made use of these favorite images and it's not likely to be the last either.)
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October 13, 2016

Print It: Halloween Bunting

Print out this darling jack-o-lantern Halloween bunting, string it on baker's twine, and add it to this year's Halloween decor!

Simple holiday decorations are the best! While there are times we go all out at our house, more often than not quick and simple wins the day. That's why I love this smiling jack-o'-lantern printable bunting. It's a festive addition that complements any Halloween party decor.



The smiling jack-o'-lantern image I used to create this printable bunting is one of my favorite photos for Halloween crafting. You might even recognize it from some of the other Halloween projects I've shared in the past. It will coordinate perfectly with this Mini Cake Bunting.
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October 4, 2016

Spooky Cookie Dippers for Halloween

Halloween parties are a perfect time for fun sweets and treats. Add these spooky little graham monsters and your favorite cookie dip to your party table this year.

Make Halloween Cookie DIppers and Marshmallow dip.

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September 23, 2016

Halloween Mini Dessert Bunting (free printable)

Add this simple printable jack-o'-lantern mini bunting to a frosted cake for an adorable Halloween dessert.

Adorable Halloween mini bunting makes a plain cake something special.

Mini Bunting for Halloween Desserts

Anybody else find themselves enamored with all of the adorable mini-buntings adorning cakes and desserts all over Pinterest? I love the simplicity and ease of these sweet little cake-toppers and thought I'd come up with a new design for Halloween.  I shared this new bunting on Landeelu last month. Wouldn't it be the perfect touch to a dessert for a Halloween party!
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September 7, 2016

Halloween Spider S'mores Treats

Last Halloween, I made these cute sweet and salty s'mores that go together easily with a few ingredients and a microwave. Wrap them up in little cellophane bags for a quick and easy Halloween party favor. Or, try using a tabletop s'more maker instead of a microwave and make them together as a fun family night activity.


Supplies Needed for Halloween Spider S'mores

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August 15, 2016

Make It: Decoupaged Trinket Dishes

I love to organize my jewelry in pretty dishes. So, when I found these cute little hexagonal plates, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make some trinket dishes with a personal touch using some of my own printed photos and decoupage medium. On the nightstand or next to the sink, these pretty jewelry catch-alls come in handy anywhere.

Decoupaged Trinket Dish Craft Tutorial

Last month I shared this quick decoupage craft over on Landeelu. These simple trinket dishes are easy and inexpensive to make. Make a few extra to keep on hand for gifts. You could even try some seasonal images for the holidays.
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August 5, 2016

Caramel Marshmallow Crispy Treats

Earlier this summer, my sister-in-law brought these gooey delicious treats to a family celebration. You can only imagine how quickly they disappeared from the platter! And today's your lucky day, because she said I could share her Caramel Marshmallow Crispy Treat recipe (she calls them Goofballs) with you.


The Caramel Marshmallow Crispy Treats pictured here were made with the Red, White and Blue Special Edition Rice Krispies. (Ooh, maybe I need to make another patriotic batch for the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics tonight!) But this recipe tastes just as good year-round.
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July 30, 2016

Watermelon Microwave S'mores

Watermelon just says summer to me and s'mores are one of my favorites too. So, combining them into one adorable treat, awesome! Whip up a batch of these easy microwave s'mores with your kids. It's a fun way to spend time together in the kitchen.


Earlier this month I got to participate in Summer Camp 2016 over on Design Dazzle. I shared these fun summer microwave s'mores, but, just in case you missed them over there:)
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July 15, 2016

Summer Watercolor Printables

Simple seasonal prints add a quick and easy update to shelves or mantel decor. I shared my newest watercolor-inspired printables as a part of the Celebrate Summer series on Today's Creative Life earlier this summer. If you haven't had a chance to stop over and get your copy, I'm sharing them here today.

summer watercolor printables for decorating

If you've been here before, you've probably noticed I love to craft, but most days I'm a photographer at heart. I'm happiest when I find ways to blend the two pastimes:)

Today I'm sharing a two summer watercolor-style printables with you that I created by editing a couple of my own photos from years past. One of the things I love most about digital photography is the freedom and tools to create a new image I can use in decorating or crafting that might look or feel completely different from the original photo, but is still my own vision.
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July 6, 2016

Beach Party Microwave S'mores

S'mores are one of my favorite summer treats and when I can turn them into something this adorable, well enough said. Gather the kids and make a batch of these gooey beach party microwave s’mores today. (You might even want to start planning a beach party to show them off.)

Beach Party Microwave S'mores for Summer Parties

I first shared these Beach Party S’mores Treats last month over on Landeelu. They'll be a sweet addition to your next beach (or pool) party, and there’s no bonfire required. Add some Frosted Flip-Flops Cookie Treats and some Sunny Summer Slush for a perfect party treat line-up. And the kids will love helping put it all together!
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June 30, 2016

Frosted Flip-Flops Cookie Treats

Today I'm sharing an easy food craft that is perfect for a summer-themed kid's party. Make these frosted flip-flop cookies ahead of time or spread out the supplies and let the kids decorate their own. Either way, the results are adorable!


Several years ago my daughter hosted a summer team event at our home. At the time, we had seen a photo of some flip-flop cookies somewhere and decided to try our hand at our own version. Paired with some colorful fruit punch and bright straws she picked out at the grocery store, the flip-flop cookies were a hit and looked great too!
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June 5, 2016

DIY Stamped Condiment Spoons


Add an easy custom touch to your next summer BBQ, Taco Night, or Sundae Bar with this easy metal stamping project.

DIY stamped Condiment Spoons make great hostess gifts!

Custom-Stamped Condiment Spoons are a fun way to add a personal touch to your summer buffets. Last summer, we served hot dogs and lots of toppings over the 4th of July. With Memorial Day coming up, I thought I'd break this project out again! Grab some metal stamps and some inexpensive stainless steal teaspoons and make a set of your own for summer entertaining. So easy!!
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May 7, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Tags (free printable)

Are you looking for a simple Mother’s Day gift idea this year? Do you need to make several Mother’s Day gifts (including Grandmas!) and need something quick and easy? Maybe last-minute? Use these free Mother's Day gift tags to dress up a container full of chocolate kisses that will make Mom’s day!

Mother's Day Hugs & Kisses Gift Tags (free printable)

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I put together some fun “Hugs & Kisses for Mom” printable gift tags to pair with a jar (or bag) of chocolate kisses. There’s a version for Grandma too!
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April 6, 2016

Kids' Artwork Pendant DIY


Easy DIY jewelry is fun to create and makes a great keepsake gift for Mother's Day.

Easy diy pendants from children's artwork for Mother's Day.

What mom doesn't love children's artwork? Especially that done by some of her most favorite people? (I'll admit I've had a hard time parting with any art my children--and nieces and nephews--have made over the years.) This project showcases a favorite piece of art (new or old) and makes a lovely Mother's Day gift.
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March 26, 2016

Print It: Hoppy Easter Bunny EOS Cards

With spring in the air and Easter almost here, I thought I'd whip up an Easter printable to use with EOS lip balm. Inspired by the You’re the Bomb Valentine I shared last February, I used my iPad and stylus to create an EOS lip balm printable card featuring a cute little bunny.


Print free Hoppy Easter cards to use with EOS lip balm. Cute gift idea!

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March 21, 2016

Make It: Bunny-Shaped Crayons for Easter

Holiday-themed crayons are such a great way to make old crayons new again. This easy up-cycle craft can be adapted for any holiday. Last spring, I used a Bunny cookie pan to make these adorable Bunny-Shaped Crayons for Easter.


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March 11, 2016

Bunny S'mores for Easter

Make these adorable Bunny S'mores for Easter. They'd make such a cute addition to your dessert table! Or you could wrap them individually and tuck them into this year's Easter baskets.




If you've stopped by before, you know that I like to come up with new holiday-themed s'mores each season. I've been trying to come up with a Bunny S'more for a while now, and this one's a keeper. 

These Easter Bunny S'mores are a cinch to make. Their cute candy faces were inspired by the Bunny Bark at Nest of Posies (definitely on my list of treats to try). 
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February 3, 2016

Marshmallow Snowman S'mores

Fun in the snow is a staple around here and hot cocoa and a gooey treat are a great way to warm up afterwards. Earlier this winter, with holiday and winter treats gracing blogs and magazine pages everywhere, I was reminded of this fun Marshmallow Snowman I first put together last year last year. 

I shared the how-to for these microwave Marshmallow Snowman S'mores over on The Shabby Creek Cottage last month. Make your own today. He’s guaranteed to leave you wanting s’more!

Surprise the kids with these adorable Snowman S'mores. What a fun snow day treat!
Keep the simple ingredients for these Marshmallow Snowman S'mores on hand for a special “snow day” activity or after school snack. 
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January 21, 2016

Make It: Miniature Winter Hat Yarn Craft

Christmas ornaments are one of my favorite crafts, and this winter-themed one is no exception. Years ago I made a version of these little winter hat ornaments at a class party. With a few changes, I shared this updated version on Landeelu last month. In case you missed it in the "busy-ness" of the holiday season, I'm sharing it here today.


Mini Winter Hat Ornaments for your Christmas Tree

Whether hung on the Christmas tree, topping a package, or strung together to make a winter garland, these miniature winter hats are an easy and inexpensive craft project for the whole family.
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