Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hand basket

I really love this hand basket!  It's amazing that she made this out of a brown paper grocery bag!  I especially like the sheet music fabric she has.  I might just have to try this one.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Unbelievable "as is" remakes

It sounds like I need to get over to Ikea.  Here is a darling idea done with cheap find in the "as is" section.

And I happen to LOVE this idea using an old cabinet door...

Silhouette Giveaway

Silhouette Giveaway over here!   I have been comparing the Cricut to the Silhouette and really...there is no comparison.  The vinyl is so much cheaper for the Silhouette and your computer IS your cartridge.  Almost anything you can design on your computer you can create with your Silhouette.  Here's hoping I win one of us will win!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fun Holiday Treats and Visiting Teaching ideas

Andes mints have to be one of my favorite treats.  Can't wait to try these!  Find the tutorial here.

And how fun would these be to make for your friends or if you are like me, you will be getting to your visiting teaching gals a little late this month and this would make a DARLING treat idea...

And speaking of Visiting Teaching...Here is a great idea for December with a free printable and all...

Not to brag or anything, but I think I make a pretty mean cinnamon roll with pudding mix, but I never thought of adding pumpkin to them.  These look soooo good.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Paper star

Can you believe this star is made out of paper?  You can find this tutorial here.

 Paper sTr



Friday, November 19, 2010

Fall Window Pane

I didn't think I was going to pull it off before Thanksgiving, but here it is...AND I am so happy with it.  It has opened up a whole world of possibilities for me.  This project is made from my fall printable (found here).  Thanks to my mom who gave me some ideas and helped me and my dad who helped me print the pictures.

I apologize for the terrible lighting.  As you can tell from the original printable, the coloring is a bit off, but hopefully, you get the idea.

Once again, I didn't have a camera for pictures of step by step instructions.  I really need to get a new one if I keep up the creating thing.  But here are a few pointers...

*Get your board cut to the size you want.  I lucked out and got a LOAD of these from a factory for free.  
*Paint the edges and front brown and let dry.
*Sand and distress the edges.  I took a saw blade and hacked up the edges to help make the wood look really old.
*Paint the board antique white and let dry.
*Once again, sand and distress.
*At this point, I took a distressing ink pad and distressed the board too.

*For the window pane, take a small piece of chair railing and cut the longest piece to fit.  Glue into place.  For the smaller pieces, cut to size and use a miter saw to cut the edges to fit right up snug to the middle piece and glue into place.  (If you are wood cutting illiterate like me, you will be scratching your head with this part, just ask your mom...:D)

*For the picture (this was the FUN part).  I used Picasa (free picture editor from Google).  I opened up my picture and clicked on CREATE and selected MAKE POSTER.  This gave me the option to make my picture any size I wanted by using any number of any size individual pictures!  Think of the possibilities (I already have and will plan some of my next projects around them!).  In this case, I used four 5 x 7s.  I found a  piece of black and white paper to use to border them and modge podged it all on.  And that. is. it.

Once again, if this is confusing in any way, or if you have questions, please feel free to ask.

I would love to know what you think!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

We all fall down printable

Well I had grand plans for this printable, but have not gotten around to them and Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Feel free to use it for personal use.  All images used to create this printable came from

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Princess Printable

Our Young Women did our Night of Excellence last week.  Our theme was Daughter of a King.  I created this picture below and put it in a picture frame from the dollar store and we presented it along with a crown to each young women.  They turned out really cute.  Feel free to download and use this for personal use.  I am unsure of the author of the poem.  The scrapbook pages and embellishments came from

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

JOY and JINGLE kits

I was so excited when I saw these darling Christmas decorations.  I just think they are so adorable!  Maria from You Craft Me Up is doing a workshop, but she lives kinda far form me, so I was so excited when she said she would sell the kits.  I am working something out to meet her to pick them up.  So...if by chance you are interested in either one or both, let me know ASAP so I can let her know.  Go check out her site for more pics and details.

Jingle kit $12

Joy kit $14

Shadow box tutorial


Found here.  I have just the place on the wall for these.  It has been there for a long time.  Now I just have to find the tools to make them.

Shadow box


Shadow box 1

Friday, November 12, 2010

Shutter picture holder

I could not find the post for this, but thought it was darling and you could easily figure it out.  I will post the link where I found it here and maybe you can find it.
Shutter picture holder

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Photo Ladder

Okay, moving away from holiday ideas for a bit. 

I happen to LOVE this idea.  You can click the picture to take you to the tutorial! 

photo ladder 1

photo ladder


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Paper bag snowman

Here it is blog friends!  Remember the darling paper bag pumpkins?  Well I got to thinking, I could TOTALLY make a snowman with paper bags!  And I did!  And I think it is darling!  What do you think?  Excited to say, this tutorial can be found here...on my own blog.  Please forgive the absence of photos for the tutorial.  Like I said, I am cameraless for now.

This snowman is about 2 feet tall 

Items needed:
Cream, orange and brown paint
5-6 black buttons
1 Large lawn paper bag
1 Grocery size paper bag
2 Small paper bag
Child size hat and scarf
Raffia (optional)
2 Tree limbs for arms
Follow the tutorial for the paper pumpkins, but don't leave a stem.  Instead, tape the top closed so each part of the snowman can sit nicely on top of the others.  Paint each section cream and let dry.  Add brown paint (I mixed a little cream with mine to tone it down) to highlight the creases.  When completely dry hot glue (best I could come up with) the sections together.  For the carrot nose, I took another small paper bag and twisted it up tight and cut it to size.  Not sure how, but it stayed twisted.  I painted it orange, with brown paint to highlight the creases.  Once dry, I carefully inserted it in place and added a little hot glue to keep it there.  Add limbs for arms, buttons for eyes and vest.  I put raffia for a scarf and then found the scarf and hat and added that too.
Okay, I am sure you have tonz of questions, because not only am I new at creating, but I am new at tutorials. So ask away!
I would love to know what you think!  And be honest.  :D


Monday, November 8, 2010


It could be that we are getting snow, but I am itching to show these darling snowmen. 


And…remember how  I was going to be all crafty and try my hand at creating?  Well…with a little bit of inspiration from outside sources, I can positively say, it turned out absolutely darling!  As soon as I can get my hands on a camera, I will post pictures as promised (hopefully tomorrow)!   I will give a hint, it has button eyes, a carrot nose and a scarf! 

Until then, enjoy these darling snowmen!

Find this here

snowman 003 

And this one here.

Shadowbox Snowman 


My wheels are churning!

I think I might actually try to create something myself!  :D  Stay tuned, it could be absolutely darling...OR an absolute nightmare.  I promise to post pictures either way! 

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fabric Cornucopia

 I might just have some chicken wire to try this beauty!


Here is another idea for a cornucopia.  I almost like it better.  You could make the above cornucopia with chicken wire and then put the raffia on.

Chalkboard place mats

 Where was chalkboard fabric when I had younger children?  Not that I would have known what to do with it, but still...check it out

Friday, November 5, 2010


Here are a couple darling turkeys.  You can click right on the pictures to take you to the tutorial.

Wheat bottles

So simple.  Tutorial found here.

Harvest Blocks

I could not find the tutorial for these, but they look easy enough!

Harvest blocks

Thursday, November 4, 2010


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