Friday, November 22, 2013

Fall Door Decor


I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is next week!  I feel like Halloween hit and we fast forwarded to Thanksgiving.  I didn’t get nearly half of the fall decorating done that I was thinking of and it will soon be time to put up Christmas décor.  One of my neighbors has already had his Christmas lights up for over a week and has been turning them on.  They are a little “Griswoldy”, but I guess the world could always use more cheer.  I’m hoping this year my husband will go all out with our lights, but we’ll see.  I don’t envy him getting up on the roof. 

One of the projects I did get to was this fall crate.  It was one of the projects for craft night, but we didn’t have enough time for it.  So I worked on it myself.


I wished we would have had time to work on these because I love how it turned out.  I bought the crates at Michael’s and stained it with the stain I had leftover from my side table

I used word processor and the font Blue Plate Special to create the wording.  I traced it onto the crate using graphite paper.   After painting the lettering, I used my sander to distress it a little.


I bundled up the corn stalks from my garden box and added a few things I found in my fall decorations.  I was certainly feeling ready for some hayrides and all things fall. 

This is one of my most favorite times of the year and I’m not quite ready to see it go.  The trees have lost almost all of their beautiful leaves and snow has already hit our valley.  This time of year will be one of the many blessings I will express thankfulness for this Thanksgiving.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Calendar Activities



Hi, welcome back!  I hope you enjoyed my Thanksgiving Countdown calendar. I realized after my post yesterday, how much dust was on the table beneath these tags!  Oh my, time to break out some dusting spray. 

My children are 3 and 5, so these activities were created with them in mind.  You could easily adapt them for any age.  Here is a list of some the activities I used:

1. For Our Eyes- Watch a special Thanksgiving show together

2. We are kind to others- Think of something fun to do/give to others

3. For Our Teeth- Go to the dentist to keep our teeth healthy

4. For Good Food- Go the grocery store and pick out a food you haven’t tried

5. For Our Car-Go on a special outing

6. For Our Country- Recite the pledge of allegiance

7. For the Seasons- Go out and explore the falling leaves

8. For Our House- Play a cleaning game

9. For Turkeys- Make paper turkeys

10. For Our Cousins- Draw a picture and send it to our cousins

11. For Pies- Bake and deliver pies to people

12. For Our Soldiers- Send leftover Halloween candy to our troops

13. For Our Legs- Go outside and run and jump

14. For Books- Read some Thanksgiving books

15. For Our Computer- Send an email to someone we love

16. For Our Ears- Play some fun music

17. For Our Toys- Take some of the toys we haven’t been playing with to Goodwill to give to other kids

18. For Our Heavenly Father- Go on a nature walk and notice all of God’s creations

19. For Our Brother- Do something nice for our brother and be extra nice to him all day

20. For Pictures- Take a family picture

21. For Our Grandparents- Call them and tell them “I love you”

22. For Our Sister- Do something nice for our sister and be extra nice to her all day

23. For Daddy- Do something nice for daddy and be extra nice to him all day

24. For Each Other- Play a game together

25. For Our Hands- Do some finger painting

26. For Mommy- Do something nice for mommy and be extra nice to her all day

27. For Our Kitchen- Bake something fun together in the kitchen

28. For Our Friends- Make a special visit to some friends

29. For Prayer- Say a prayer before Thanksgiving dinner thanking God for all we have.


Well, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  I hope that you, too, can find these many blessings in your lives!


Friday, November 8, 2013

Thanksgiving Countdown Calendar

I want to foster in my children thankful, giving hearts.  I decided that I wanted them to spend more time during the holiday seasons focusing on all that we have to be thankful for.  I made this Thanksgiving Countdown calendar as a way of focusing on a few of the many things the Lord has blessed us with.  I came up with a small activity for each day to help my children recognize these blessings.


The board was purchased at Michaels and the elements were created using my Silhouette.  If you don’t have a Silhouette, you could easily create this with mini envelopes, scrapbooking paper and stickers. 


I used Microsoft word to create the activity cards and distressed the edges. I added the ribbon to make sure the cards were easy to pull out for little hands.  My son is very excited about the calendar this year and asks to do it each morning. This morning’s activity was a little less exciting for him as it was “We are Thankful for our Toys.”  For this activity, I ask each child to go through their toys and find some that they are no longer playing with.  We will then donate them.  We spent time this morning discussing how blessed we are that Mommy and Daddy have the ability to buy them toys and how we need to share those blessing with other less fortunate children.

Stop by tomorrow for a list of some of the activities I chose for our Thanksgiving Countdown.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Crisp Autumn Day

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Our family recently went on a day trip to Apple Hill in Placerville, California.  It was a wonderful time to enjoy the beautiful scenery painted by God.  The leaves were falling in a beautiful array of colors-coppers, golds, reds, and oranges.  It was a perfect time to enjoy being together.

Before arriving in Apple Hill, we stopped at Sutter’s Mill.  This historical site is the location where gold was first discovered.  This discovery of gold led to the biggest migration of people in American history.  It is amazing how one little action changed the landscape of our country.  Some of the original buildings and equipment still stand.



I wish we could have spent more time enjoying this site, but we had to move on to Apple Hill to meet friends.  I’m sure it will be a place we return to again soon.


This girl was meant to ride horses! We might have to think about getting her lessons in the future.


I wish I could have gotten her to smile, but that’s kids, right?

It was a wonderful day, good food, good friends, and beautiful scenery.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, October 18, 2013

DIY Halloween Cemetery Sign

To go along with all of my skulls this Halloween season, I wanted a sign for the front porch.  I found some cheap cemetery signs around town, but wanted something that would last longer than one season.  I grabbed a wooden plaque at Michaels and my handy Silhouette.


I didn’t have any grey paint so I mixed up my own.  I wanted it to look more like stone and have an older feel to it, so I wasn’t careful with painting.  I put a couple layers on it and messed it up a bit so it wouldn’t have such a smooth look.  After the layers of grey were dried, I streaked it with black paint.  The wording is cut out of black vinyl and I believe the font is Black Widow.  I felt that it needed more, so I hot glued some Spanish moss and spider webs to it.


Right now, it is just sitting on a stand outside.  I’m trying to figure out how I want to display it best.  I’m afraid if I hang it on the door, the wind will blow most of the moss and spider web off.


These are some light up shrieking skulls that my kids just love!  My husband found them on clearance after Halloween last year.  They are sound activated and I can always tell when its windy out because I can hear them shrieking with each gust. 

This project took about an hour with drying time—Can’t beat that!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Craft Night!

My friends and I spend a lot of time pinning craft ideas on Pinterest, so we decided it was time to actually make some crafts.  We got together with some wine, desserts, and crafts.  It was a blast and I can’t wait to do it again for some Christmas crafts.


Everyone had their own personalized spot with some treats to boot! I found this roll of brown paper in my garage.  I have no clue where I got it or when but it worked perfectly to cover my table and was fun to decorate!


It was so much fun seeing how different each girl’s project turned out.  They all had the same supplies and each piece was unique.




Some of the girls made their monogram an indoor item and some attached ribbon to use on their front doors.  I actually had three projects planned for the night, but we only had enough time for two.  An excuse to get together again soon!

I highly recommend getting some girlfriends together and having a craft night!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

More Halloween Decor

I’m back with more of my inexpensive Halloween décor!


This skeleton hand came from Michael’s for under $5.


I found this picture online and printed it on regular computer paper.  I used Modge Podge to apply it to this wooden plaque I painted black.  I distressed the edges with distressing ink.



Some dollar skulls and river rocks from my yard!  Easy, breezy!

I love Halloween!  More to come!


Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


Friday, October 11, 2013

Easy and Inexpensive Halloween Decor

I love the fall, when the leaves start to change and there is that fresh, crisp breeze in the air. Halloween is another thing I love about the fall.  I love to decorate and to be a kid again.  I am slowly building up on my Halloween décor and I am always looking for inexpensive crafts to add.  In September, I was walking around my local Michaels, when I spotted these little bottles.  I believe they were around $1.19 each.  I thought they were fun and immediately thought of potion bottles for Halloween. 


I have seen plenty of free printable Halloween potion labels on Pinterest this season. I wanted to keep it simple and get it done sooner rather than later, so I found these little labels in the Halloween scrapbook section.


I believe they were around $3.99.  I took them home and decided which label would look best on each bottle and then I distressed them up a bit.  They were a little to crisp and clean for the look I was going for.  They are made of cardstock, so I just bent them to give them a more aged and wrinkled look.  I took some distressing ink to them as well.  I used Modge Podge to attach them to the glass bottles.  The finishing touch was some food colored water. 



Its hard to see the food coloring in this picture.  I think they are super cute and worked perfectly in my Halloween display. 


The wine bottles were projects from last year, using Print and Cut labels by Silhouette.  I’ll post more of my Halloween display later.

I hope you find this a quick and easy project you can complete today!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Refinished Side Table


My husband found this cute little side table at the Goodwill for $14.99.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a before picture, but it wasn’t in bad shape.  It is mostly made of hardwood, but with a little laminate along the bottom shelf edge.  I started off by sanding the whole piece, except for the laminate shelf siding.  I wasn’t too worried about the sides and the legs because I knew that I would be painting them white.  I used a medium grade sand paper and removed all of the old paint from the top.  I used two coats of Mirawax in Cherry leftover from another project and two coats of polyurethane that cost about $6.00.  The white is Rustoleum brand which cost me around $9.00. I used a paint brush to apply the stain and white paint to the top and sides, but used a roller along the shelf to avoid brush marks.  This was the first project that I used a polyurethane and I did not realize that it would dry with a yellow tint.  I made the mistake of using it on my white portion, so I had to do an additional coat of white to get rid of it.  You live, you learn…

I love the two tone look!  The existing hardware looked great so I kept it.  Here it is in my living room (a work in project).


I found the lamp at Target and the little blue bird, I found at Michael’s.  I had originally bought it for my powder room but decided that it looked better out in the living room to help bring in more color.

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I can’t help but in enjoy my little table and really enjoy the finally price around $30.00!


Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Refinished Bed Frame

We decided it was time to move my daughter out of her converted toddler bed into a big kid bed.  I have been keeping my eye out for a bedframe for her new bed and found a cute one at my local Goodwill for $29.00.



I loved the detailing on the bed.  I thought it was super girly for my little lady.  It is particle board with a laminate finish.  This is my first time working with something with a laminate so I searched the web for some tutorials.  There are a lot of great ones out there. 

To start, I scrubbed the bed down using a little soapy water to ensure a clean work surface.  I then used a smooth roller to apply two coats of Zinsser.  It’s the oil-based primer.  This is the product I got at Home Depot.  It is just under $9 for a quart.


The great thing about this product is that it doesn’t require you sand your project and can help to cover any funky smells that older furniture can have.  After allowing the primer to completely dry, I used Rustoleum spray paint in Jade to paint the frame.  I do have to say that I wasn’t super happy with the coverage I got with the spray paint.  I decided to use spray paint instead of painting with roller because of the detailing.  I think that there probably is a learning curve to applying spray paint evenly.  So I wouldn’t recommend using it for a large project until you have mastered the technique.  I think it works for my daughter’s bed because of the color and the use so I am happy with it. 


The bedding is from the Circo line at Target.  The name is Love n’ Nature.


Don’t you love the beautiful artwork on the wall behind the bed? We specifically put her bed up against this wall to try and hide the “art.”  I’ll get around to painting when I know both of the kiddos are out of this phase.


Loving her “princess” bed!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


Monday, August 12, 2013

Life This Summer…

This summer has flown by!  What’s new for this family?  We finally finished our back yard!  It’s been a long process since we were doing it all ourselves.

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Last spring my husband built a paver patio.  The ground here in Nevada can be very hard so the excavation was very back breaking.  He did a great job, being that it was his first time doing it!  This spring he laid a sprinkler system and laid the sod.  It is so nice for the kids to be able to go out and play in the backyard.  I can also say that my floors have looked much better without the dog trailing in so much dirt.

My contribution to the backyard was two garden boxes I built with my parents help.  They were very easy to build.  We made them out of 2 x 6 planks.  They are 4’ x 6’ in size and have been perfect for starting my first garden.  We also extended the drip line to keep them watered. 

Here are a few pictures of my first bounty!



The zucchini took over the garden! I am having a major problem with squash bugs so I have taken out two of the zucchini plants. 


The kids and I found this little guy hanging out in the zucchini plants.  We’ve found him a couple more times throughout the summer. 



Besides our completion of the backyard, I have finished refurbishing some Goodwill finds (pictures to follow), celebrated Aiden’s 5th birthday, my hubby’s birthday, and my BIG 3-0!  I’m not exactly thrilled yet.  I took 3 weeks of work off to adjust!  I’m working on a list of personal goals for my thirties and am trying to decide on a one word theme to represent my goals.  I’ll get back to you on that one…

Tune back in for my furniture reveals!


Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mother's Day Printable

I'm loving all of the chalkboard printables floating around Pinterest, so I made my own.  Please enjoy a free Mother's day printable!  Show your Mom how much you love her!  Put this print in a cute 8x10 frame with some baker's twine around it for a cute, inexpensive Mother's Day gift.

Click here to download your printable.  It's formatted for an 8x10 print.

*For personal use only.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

More Minnie Mouse Birthday Decorations!!

To continue with the theme, I made these cute birthday banner and door hanger for my friend Melyssa’s little girl.  270

She was going to choose her own ribbon to match the banner.  The three smaller Minnie Mouse decorations are going to be attached to ribbon and wrapped around mason jars to hold the silverware.   The shapes were all cut out on my Silhouette out of cardstock.  I used two shades of pink, a layer of zebra print (which doesn’t show up well), and black cardstock.  The font is Walt Disney Script.




This will become a door hanger to welcome the guest inside!  I finished off this Minnie Mouse with die cut lettering that spells out Happy Birthday on the ears and says Brilynn’s 2 on the face portion. I think this will look super cute with some zebra ribbon.  Sorry the pictures aren’t great.  I snapped them quickly with my iPhone. 

I made a Mickey version of this door hanger to go with the highchair banner for my friend Jessica.


Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Birthday Decorations

I just wanted to share a few of the projects I have been working on before I start back at school.  I've had so much fun working on these decorations.



These are highchair banners for taking all of those pictures of these cuties!  My friends are choosing their own ribbon for connecting the banners and other decorations.  I can’t wait to see them completed in the pictures!


Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!