10 DIY Christmas Ornaments You Can Make with Your Kids

Do you smell that? Mmmm...that's the smell of fresh baked sugar cookies and gingerbread men coming out of the oven. Do you see that? Wow! I can see twinkling lights and stockings hung by the fire. I'm daydreaming, of course, but it's Christmastime!! It's time to pull out the totes of Christmas decorations. It's time to dig through our favorite cookbooks and find those yummy recipes we make year after year. It's time to make memories with our kids and make some new Christmas ornaments for the tree.Today I've got ten DIY ornaments you can make with your kids. They're easy enough for all ages. So, pick your favorites, make a list, head out to the craft store and pick up the supplies needed to have an afternoon of ornament making. {You may already have the supplies in your craft closet if … [Read more...]

Beached Themed Living Room Decor

You don't have to live near the water to embrace beached theme decorating. With just a few touches, your home can reflect the casual attitude unique to the beach...no matter what your style! Check out the examples below, and consider adding some of these beach themed living room decor touches to your home...pretend like you're on vacation every day!Casual beach themed living room by Remodelaholic. Most of these touches independently don't scream "BEACH!" but together they sure do!Sparkly beach theme from What Else Michelle. The chandelier and mirror remind me of sunlight glistening off waves.Literal touches like the oars and the rustic driftwood like furniture bring the theme to life as in this beachy room shown on Design Art House.[sc:adsense ]Bringing in colors of the … [Read more...]

How Artwork Changed My Room from Drab to Fab!

There’s an old saying, “The dress maketh the man.” Well, in this case, the artwork maketh (or should I say minted) the room!A few months ago, I began the process of looking at my family room to try to figure out how to give it an update and a fresh modern feel. Everything in this room was dated and the colors were just very bland – browns and beige! I wanted to add color, brighten the room and end up with a modern transitional feel. A designer pointed me to one of my favorite sites – minted.com for inspiration. Surely there would be something to inspire the new look of my family room.The minted.com site is fabulous. They have anything and everything to get you excited about colors and looks. The art is sourced from a global marketplace of independent artists. These artists submit … [Read more...]

4th of July Tissue Paper Craft for Kids

When I think of Summer, I think of all things red, white, and blue. With the 4th of July coming up I thought it would be great to make some decorations for the house that are perfect for the patriotic Summer holiday! Today, I bring you a fun and easy craft that can keep kids of all ages entertained for quite some time. Surprisingly, it held the attention of my 5 and 7 year old kids, as well as my 12 year old son. With only a few supplies you will have a piece of art that can hang anywhere in your home that needs a touch of patriotism.First, gather your supplies. You'll need:white school glue red, white, and blue tissue paper {cut in to 3x3 inch squares} scissors white cardboard a ruler a pencilNext, make your template. You could eyeball it as you go along, but since … [Read more...]

Easy Fourth of July Crafts for the Entire Family

In most areas around the country school is out for summer. For me, when school is out I need lots of activities to keep the idle hands of my little ones busy. What better way to do that than to decorate your home with red, white and blue!? After all, the Fourth of July is right around the corner!Today you'll find a craft for all ages. And ALL in preparation for our nation's Independence Day!/1/ Pop Rocks Marshmallow Pops - Pop Rocks were such a fun candy when I was a kid! Who am I kidding? I still love them! Combining Pop Rocks and marshmallows just seems genius. See for yourself!/2/ Hidden Flag Cake - Don't be intimidated by it's complicated appearance. This Flag Cake is really simple. What's more? Ice this cake with plain white icing, light some sparklers on top {like … [Read more...]

Mothers Day Centerpiece

With Mothers Day coming up in a few weeks I wanted to make something simple and pretty. I love flowers and consider them a must for my Mother's Day each year.  Honestly what woman doesn't love fresh flowers in their home?To do this easy Mother's Day craft, you'll need the following supplies:Mason Jars- as many or few as you want to use. I chose 16oz. wide-mouth canning jars. Twine Construction paper Letter Stickers (hand writing is a fun way to make this craft more personal) Fresh Flowers Decorative Tray Hole Punch ScissorsJust below the beveling of the jar, wrap the twine around the neck. In the above picture, I found 5 times to be sufficient; but wrap yours as many as you want.  Don't forget to leave extra twine to tie the tags.Cut out three rectangles … [Read more...]