Some of my favorite Christmas memories are of decorating the tree with my family. When my boys were young and had a Lego train, they took each ornament for a ride around the tree before finding its spot to be hung. That year we were certain our tree was wearing a dress as the lower boughs were heavy with ornaments and swooped towards the floor. Although the boys are older now, I still get a thrill every year pulling out the ornaments and placing each one on the tree. It’s fun to remember who gave the ornament or where we were when we found one. This year, I decided I want to use my craft skills to add to our ornaments with DIY Christmas ornaments. These are some of my favorite ideas! [Read more…]
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Fall means crisp air, changing leaves, and kids back in school. It also means Thanksgiving! Traditionally, most families gather over a turkey feast and catch up on what’s happened since they last got together. Whether you’re hosting the meal or simply bringing yourself and a smile, these Thanksgiving craft ideas will add some cheer to the table. [Read more…]
If your bookshelves look anything like ours, they’re full of old books that no one’s even taken down from the shelf in years. Books hold sentiments we can’t let go. And let’s face it, e-readers have taken over. Maybe you’re like us and not willing to get rid of some of those books because of sentimental value or because you can’t find a place willing to reuse them and you’d rather not toss them in the dumpster. We’ve got the perfect solution! Recycled book crafts. What’s that, you ask? It’s a super fun, easy way to personalize your space and give new life to those unopened books. As winter settles in, these recycled book crafts are the perfect project! So take some books down from the shelf, dust them off, and get ready for some serious creativity! [Read more…]
Food is easily accessible in most areas of the country. As a result, we toss a lot of it rather than saving it for future use. This isn’t just wasteful, it’s painful for our wallets, too. According to Save the Food, nearly 50% of the fruits and veggies purchased in North America, Australia, and New Zealand are thrown away. Knowing how to store your food will help you eat more of what you buy, saving you money and minimizing waste. Here are some of our best tips to master your food storage. [Read more…]
Have you seen it yet? Rock Art – easy, cheap, creative, fun, addictive! It’s all these things! Oh, and requires readily available supplies.
We first saw Rock Art on Pinterest. It was cute. It made us smile. We pinned a few pictures. We said we’d do it. Well, we finally did; and we think you should as well! (Stay tuned for the Big Magic – it’s near the end of this post.) [Read more…]
We love board games. On cool nights and lousy winter weekends, they’re a great way to spend time together laughing and bonding. On occasion, we’ll have friends over for a “game night.” There are so many genres of games, it’s easy to find something for everyone. Whether you like Trivia, Strategy, Memory or something else, there’s a board game for you. Today, I’m going to tell you about one of my new favorites – Quiddler!
At some point, we can all use a little more inspiration in our lives – a little happier, a little more zen. As crafters, we have a unique opportunity to use our creativity and craftiness to add those necessary elements to our environment and give them to others. If you need a little inspiration for your inspirational craft project, here’s some of our favorites.
Two months until Christmas! Oh, my!! Each year, like most of you, I commit to being “ready” with homemade gifts, fun wrapping ideas, cute decorations… And yet I find myself scrambling the second week of December. Sometimes I think that’s what the holiday is about. For example, scrambling, doing more than we humanly should, losing sleep, stuffing ourselves on the day, and determining to do “better” next year. This year (famous last words) will be different. The only thing I want scrambling is my omelet!
So here’s my plan and hopefully, you find something here for yourself: [Read more…]
Crockpot Meatloaf smells delicious as it cooks all day! This is one of the easiest freezer crockpot meals to make as you don’t need to brown the burger first. My daughter had never had meatloaf until this and now it’s a requested meal. I’m happy to oblige since it’s got wholesome ingredients and is easy to make!
Looking for an awesome soup recipe? Well, summer is here again and with it the promise of more garden vegetables. Especially zucchini and summer squash! If you remember, last year I was overloaded with zucchini and summer squash. So I froze a lot of it. If you’re overloaded also, find out how to preserve some in our post How To Preserve Garden Vegetables. I still have some freezer leftovers to use up from last year. What better way than with this simple yet delicious and healthy Zucchini Soup Recipe?
It was only a short time ago that I was sharing how I harvest my vegetables and how to prepare my garden for winter, and already it’s time to start working on those pesky weeds! Pulling weeds is not anyone’s favorite thing to do, and there are hard-to-get-to spots in every garden. Here’s an easy solution. Natural Weed Killer – this stuff REALLY works and isn’t harmful to you or animals. [Read more…]
Right from the get-go I will say that weather can be a drag! Check out this thermometer!It’s hard to motivate for anything outside with this temp! I’m lucky that I can plan my outdoor activity around the sun and wait until the temperature rises a bit. Last week Chris shared her ideas for when the weather is less than pleasant. What do you do if it’s uncomfortable to go outside and exercise? [Read more…]
This chili recipe is quick to put together as well as tasty and filling. You can use canned ingredients if you’re short on time without affecting the flavor, but it’s more fun to start with dry beans. I like to make it early in the morning in winter and keep it warm on the wood stove. [Read more…]
Do you guys remember our giant DIY ice marbles that we made last winter? They are so easy to make and they add such a fun touch to our railing out front. I can’t wait for the weather to get cold enough to do it again. BUT THIS TIME I’m going to have more purpose for them and turn some of them in to bird feeders! What a great idea from Twig and Toadstool! [Read more…]