Valentine Heart Boxes: How to Make

Valentine's Day was always my favorite holiday classroom party back in grade school. Choosing Valentines from the shelves of boxes at the local five and dime store was always fun. Once home, signing my name to each one and tucking it into a small white envelope marked with each classmate's name was a task I enjoyed. It didn't matter if you didn't like someone in your class, you still gave each schoolmate a Valentine card. The teacher asked us to … [Read more...]

Decorating with Botanics: Ideas and Free Printables

Our weird and unpredictable Chicago weather is up to old tricks again. Next week the temperature is supposed to climb as high as 55 degrees. This of course makes my craving for spring and greenery that much stronger. Since it'll still be a good three months before we see any signs of green life outside, I thought I'd share a few ideas for bringing nature indoors. Here are nine ideas and resources for decorating with botanics. My favorite project … [Read more...]

Wood Slice Garland: Make Your Own

A couple days ago I shared a few winter decorating details in my family room. One of those details is a wood slice garland that I made. It was an exciting project for me because it's the first time I've ever used a cordless drill to make something. Don't laugh. It's true. I'm not much of a tool person, leaving those projects to my hubby. But I decided to step out of my comfort zone and ended up feeling silly because it was so easy! (This post … [Read more...]

How to Make Rose Bath Salts

The holidays are over and you deserve a break after all the cooking, cleaning, decorating, and shopping. What better way to unwind and relax than with a luxurious soak in the tub? Rose bath salts make the experience even better, with their intoxicating fragrance and therapeutic benefits. You'll find it's easy to make your own bath salts with just a few simple ingredients.  To make your own rose bath salts you'll need Himalayan salt, … [Read more...]

Pamper Yourself: 12 Ways

Christmas is over and it's time to take a deep breath, relax a little, and enjoy a little "me time." I'm sharing  ideas on how to pamper yourself so you can unwind. Chance are you've been decorating, cooking, baking, and cleaning. You shouldn't feel guilty for taking care of yourself; it's actually quite healthy.Enjoy a Relaxing Bath A warm bath relieves tight muscles and can do wonders to calm your nerves. Add your favorite fragance in the … [Read more...]

Pine Cone Christmas Trees

When I see a gathering of pine cones on the ground, I envision what I can make with them. They're the perfect craft project because they're easy to work with and they're free! Today I'm sharing how to make Pine Cone Christmas Trees! You've probably seen similar little trees on Pinterest or in the pages of your favorite crafting magazine.  First of all, don't buy pine cones at the store since you can get them for free almost anywhere … [Read more...]

Frosted Mason Jar Votives

My Christmas home tour is next Wednesday and I'm hoping to finish up my decorating this weekend. It always takes longer than I think, as I move from room to room and see projects needing completion. At the last minute I decided to make Frosted Mason Jar Votives for my stairway. It's become a tradition now to line my staircase with some type of candle. The frosted votives are so easy to make and don't take much time either.  Start with … [Read more...]

Wooden Christmas Ornaments with Free Printable

Next week is Thanksgiving and I've been trying to get the majority of my Christmas decorating done before then. I've never finished decorating for the holidays this early, but this year I want to spend as much time as possible with my family during the holiday season. I'm also keeping my decorating simpler and feel much less stressed than I did last year. I do enjoy small Christmas projects though, like the wooden Christmas ornaments I recently … [Read more...]

Christmas Village: Free Printable to Make Your Own

Are you ready for Christmas creativity overload? I sure hope so because I'm joining a slew of bloggers with free printables ... all just for you! A special shout out to Kristen at Ella Claire for organizing this whirlwind event.  I always enjoy our printable hops because it's fun to see what my blogging friends have created. I thought and thought about what to share and finally settled on a Christmas Village, with a free house pattern template … [Read more...]

DIY Pink Champagne Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is seven weeks away and that means it's time to ramp up crafts and projects for the holiday. I was searching for specific-looking ornaments at the store and couldn't find what I wanted, so I decided to make my own DIY Pink Champagne Christmas Ornaments. (This post contains affiliate links.)  I was looking for glittery, pink champagne Christmas ornaments that would pair well with my existing mercury glass ornaments. Since I … [Read more...]

Leaf and Cork Banner: Make Your Own

Today I have a fun and simple Leaf and Cork Banner for you to make using my free leaf printable. It's a quick and easy project, which I needed since I've been getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Have you noticed tasks always take much longer than expected?  I could use another 6 hours in every day!  Luckily this banner is easy to make and you can drape it on your mantel or over a hutch. (This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

Mini Christmas Box Ornaments: Make Your Own!

This month I'm joining 30 talented bloggers to bring you a handmade Christmas ornament every day. We've each chosen a day to feature our ornament, and today it's my turn. I made a few Mini Christmas Box Ornaments that are super easy and don't take a lot of time. And when you're done checking out my ornament, you'll find the list of all the ornament bloggers at the end so you can check out their holiday craft on their day to post. (This post … [Read more...]

Handcrafted Note Cards: Make Your Own

I miss the art of letter writing. When I was little girl my grandmother and I would write letters to each other. Mimi lived in the country about an hour away and I always enjoyed finding a letter from her in the mailbox. We'd try to choose the prettiest stationery and surprise each other with our new writing paper or pretty note cards. To this day I still love the look and feel of printed paper, and I still enjoy giving people note cards with a … [Read more...]

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