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  • Crafts/DIY

    Learn How To Hand Paint Flowers The Easy Way

    You see them all over in the home decor world now!  FLOWERS!  And not just any flowers, but flowers that are hand painted.  Flowers that look amazing by all these sign makers and stylists and you wonder how you can create your own.  Well, I’m gonna tell you a secret!  They aren’t hard!  And I’m going to show you how to make them,  It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or you’ve been painting for years, these flowers are adorable and EASY! Find out how to make your own hand painted flower! I am a HUGE fan of the DecoArt paint.  They have ALL kinds of paint – meaning paint…

  • Recipes

    Elf Maple Popcorn

    Popcorn is something that is fun to play with and add different toppings.  The options are endless when it comes to cooking with popcorn!  This Elf Maple Popcorn is not only delicious, but it’s a FUN project to do with your children or grandchildren! Here’s how you can make your own Elf Maple Popcorn! Ingredients 12 cups popped popcorn, salted ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter ½ cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon maple flavored extract 1 cup marshmallows 1/2 cup candy covered sunflower seeds, optional, or other multi colored candy 2 cups Bugles Original Crispy Corn Snack Green candy melts Pink candy melts Yellow candy melts Red candy melts Create…

  • Crafts/DIY

    DIY Home Address Plaque

    Address signs are one of the first things people see when they arrive at your house!  Mine was a little lackluster and so I wanted to come up with something new that represented us!  I was pretty bored with the generic letters that you just attach to your house or mailbox. I headed to Hobby Lobby and grabbed some supplies and had this one done in about 20 minutes! Here’s what you need to make your own Home Address Plaque! Wooden plaque – there are several different styles in the store and online to choose from. Wooden “Home” cutout Metal craft embellishments Spray paint DecoArt Acrylic paint – this assortment pack…

  • Recipes

    Rotel Chicken Casserole

    Having a go-to casserole dish is a MUST have as an adult!  I mean think about all of the events that you go to where you need a DELICIOUS dish to share?  OR, a dish that just provides all of the comfort of food! This Rotel Chicken Casserole is the perfect dish for just those things!  And even better; it takes basic simple ingredients! Here’s how you can make your own TONIGHT! I LOVE grilled chicken with this Montreal Chicken seasoning from McCormick!  It is a staple in our house that we use all the time.  For this recipe I like to use chicken things. While your chicken is grilling,…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Target Dollar Spot Quick Craft

    As if Target’s Dollar Spot didn’t already have my heart, add in holiday decor and I’m am like a giddy little school girl who just laid eyes on her childhood crush! This Target dollar spot craft is the perfect project to do for your kids or grandchildren!  It’s even easy enough that they can help craft with you! Here’s how to make your own stocking holders! This cutie was just $3!  They also have a white house and a black house!  I am thinking snow covered roofs on those with small lights in the windows. I used my Silhouette to create my initials but you can freehand or use any…

  • Recipes

    Quick and Easy Halloween Drinks

      Halloween isn’t all about the treats!  Sometimes some of the best goodies are the DRINKS that you can make and share!  I’ve scoured blogs from some of my bestest friends to bring you some of the most amazing drinks that you can create for your BIG and LITTLE ghouls!! These drinks will be sure to please or SCARE any goblin that comes your way! The first two are sure to make your little monster scream!  Check out these Halloween Mocktails and White Hot Chocolate.  The hot chocolate can be dressed up for Halloween for those ghouls who like things a little more traditional. https://sparklelivingblog.com/2017/10/halloween-mocktails-for-little-monsters/ White Hot Chocolate Artsy Fartsy…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Quick and Easy Halloween Wreaths

    Swapping out a wreath on my front door is my favorite thing to do for all the holidays and the changing of seasons!  It’s the first thing people see when they enter your home and no matter what else you have put together in your home for the holidays, a wreath makes a house look complete! I’ve pulled together some of my favorite HALLOWEEN wreaths for you to pick and choose which to make for yourself this year!  I’ve included links for you to hop on over and check out the details on the one you pick! Check out some of my favorite Halloween Wreaths: If a Halloween wreath has…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Trashy Pumpkin Makeover with a Wind Turbine

    Trashy Pumpkin Makeover

    Every once in awhile I stumble upon an awesome piece of trash!  Or in this case, my dad did.  You know what they say, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” As soon as I saw this old wind turbine, I immediately knew that it had to be a PUMPKIN!  I mean look at those lines – I am SWOONING 😍 My dad found two of these amazing wind turbines and snatched them up just knowing that I could do something cool with them.  My husband LOVES {insert sarcasm} trash mysteriously arriving at my house from friends and relatives {love you honey}! This is the simplest project you’re ever going to…

  • Recipes

    Football Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

    Football Cupcakes with Buttercream icing

    It’s time to break out all things FOOTBALL and these Football Cupcakes are the perfect addition to any party you are hosting!  I’m going to show you a super simple way to make these cupcakes sure to make anyone swoon!  And the best part – it’s super easy! If you’ve followed me long enough, you know I use boxed cake mixes in almost all of my baking.  Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker have perfected it so why recreate something that isn’t broken.  Typically I just add or replace a couple ingredients along the way making it “mine”. For this dessert you’re going to need the following! Any cake box mix…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Stenciling with Vinyl – Easy DIY

    Stenciled Family Plaque

    Created a family home decor sign doesn’t have to be complicated!  You can create your own stenciling with vinyl making this a DIY for any novice crafter! Stenciling with Vinyl – Easy DIY Supplies Vinyl Stencil Pine wood – I used a 9×12 piece DecoArt paint in your choice of colors Coordinating ribbon Paint your board with a base color.  Let dry completely and then apply your vinyl stencil.  Using a foam brush and DecoArt paint, fill in all of the words that need color.  When the paint is complete dry, remove the vinyl.  Using sandpaper or an electric sander, sand down the edges to give it more of a…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Creating A Whimsical Window – Paint Pouring

    There is a new technique in the crafting and DIY world called paint pouring!  I thought I’d give a hand at it and share with you my results!  And let me tell you, I LOVE THE RESULTS!!! Paint Pouring this Whimsical Window was SOOOOO easy and so much fun! Decoart created a new product medium that helped take this project from cool to amazing!!  You can hop over to their website and find out all the details on how to use it, but I will give you a quick run-down.  They have some amazing videos that walk you through the process though.  You’re going to want to check them out…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    Quick and Easy Stenciled Chair Makeover

    Taking an old and worn out piece of furniture and transforming it into a new and pretty piece makes my heart flutter! This Stenciled Chair Makeover does just that!  The fact that this piece has a unicorn AND glitter makes my whimsical heart happy!! If you have an old chair, a stencil, and some paint then it’s time to get to creating one of your own!  Wouldn’t this look amazing in a little girl’s room?  Mine currently resides in my office! I partnered up with Rust-Oleum to bring you this quick and easy DIY that anyone can do! Once I wiped the chair down and removed any heavy residue, I chose…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Quick and Easy HELLO Wreath

    Having a Quick and Easy HELLO Wreath to create is a must for me!  I tend to change out the wreaths on my front door as the seasons and holidays change and so quick, easy and cheap are requirements!  Life is just to darn busy to do anything different nowadays! This Quick and Easy HELLO Wreath takes a few simple supplies and some amazing paint! You will need this wooden wreath form from Hobby Lobby OR you can buy it from Amazon. Scrap fabric in any coordinating color. Silk flowers of your choice. HELLO script wood cutout Americana Watermelon Slice from DecoArt or any coordinating color. I previously painted my wood form white for…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Hello Summer Banner Sign

    The changing of the seasons is always a fun time to spruce up your decor!  This Hello Summer Banner Sign is the perfect project for you to create this weekend and have it ready to display on your fireplace mantle of in your entryway.  The fabric strips create a sense of whimsy that is make this project FUN to create. You only need a few supplies that you may have around the house! A wooden 1x12x18 pine board, two cup hooks, a “Hello Summer” stencil, multiple colors of paint, a piece of twine, and some scrap fabric. Using a dark or grayish colored paint, slightly water it down to make…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Four Steps To Creating A Fairy Garden In 15 Minutes

    I have wanted a fairy garden since I was a little girl!  There is a sense of whimsy and imagination that comes along with fairy’s that I think everyone can appreciate.  You can make a fairy gardens large or small depending on your space, time and budget.  Fairy gardens are also great ways for kids to learn how to take care of plants.  Let each of your kiddos create one of their own to tend to throughout the year! There are 4 simple steps to creating a fairy garden! Once you know what they are and have all of your supplies, you’ll have  yours done in 15 minutes!  Get the…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    DIY Window Jewelry Holder

    DIY Window Jewelry Holder

    Most DIY projects take something old and turn it into something new!  Decorating with windows is all the rage right now!  Where once there was a limitless supply of windows, there is now a shortage of sturdy old ones that you can create into something new!  If you get your hands on one, you’re going to want to make this jewelry holder!  In comes the DIY Window Jewelry Holder!  It’s time to transform the old and boring into something AMAZING and FUNCTIONAL! All it takes it a little bit of time to transform it into something amazing! Clean up your window and paint it whatever color you like.  If your…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Home Decor Holiday Printables!!

    Blog Post Image - Home Decor Holiday Printables

    I LOVE decorating for every holiday and season!  But having different decor for every…single…holiday or season can not only take up a lot of storage space, but it can take a lot of your budget too!  And for someone who has resolved to tighten down her budget this year, I don’t have a lot of excess to spend. I figured, why not create some holiday printables that you can swap in and out of pictures frames!  It’s easy and CHEAP!  Don’t stress on redecorating an entire mantle for the holidays!  Sometimes all you need is a little added picture to dress up a whole room and give it a new…

  • Crafts/DIY

    “I LOVE US” String Art DIY

    String art is a hot thing right now – I just despise (like really, really loathe) hammering in all of your nails.  For small projects, such as this one, thumb tacks make it SO much easier!  However, thumb tacks are not very appealing to the eye that’s why I painted the heads of them to match this project!  It’s like I won the lottery when I thought of that!  I mean really – doesn’t painting a  thumb tack get you just as excited?  Haha! Here’s what you’ll need for the project!  I LOVE using DecoArt paint!  It is the perfect paint for wooden boards and metal thumb tacks! I also…

  • Organization

    Weekly Perpetual Coloring Calendar

    Perpetual Weekly Coloring Calendar

    Hey friends!!!  It’s time for a new year, which always means time to get organized!  The holidays are always a time of chaos and stress and everyone looks forward to a new time of renewal and goal setting! To help you get back on track after the holidays, I’ve created this Weekly Perpetual Coloring calendar to help you do just that!!!  If you LOVE to be organized and you LOVE to unleash your creative side and do a little bit of coloring, then you’re gonna appreciate this!! For just $5 you get a weekly calendar that includes 14 different images to color!  That means you can download it one time…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    The BEST Crafts of the BEST Blogs in 2017

    Mandy over at Sugar Bee Crafts complied a list of the Best of the BEST – the very top post of 2017 from amazing craft bloggers!  It truly is the Motherload of Awesomeness… check out over 30 of the The Best of the Best in 2017 crafts!!  Here ya go!! Best of 2017 crafts   Sugar Bee Crafts: Create Painted Canvas A Girl and a Glue Gun: Transfer Photos to Wood The Friendly Red Fox: Crochet Mermaid The Craft Patch: Giant Paper Flowers See Lindsay: Maui Costume Keeping it Simple: Farmhouse Signs Practical and Pretty: DIY Yoga Bolster Happiness is Homemade: DIY Gemstone Soap Artsy Fartsy Mama: Printable Coloring Weekly…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    Building Your Own Christmas Eve Crate!

    It seems to be a tradition for some people to give gifts on Christmas Eve!  In doing a poll on Facebook, the most common gifts consisted of pajamas for the family, slippers, movies, popcorn, and maybe another form of treats/candy for a movie night!  I don’t do the movie and treats, but we do give pajamas!  The kiddos look forward to it every year.  Even with my grown children who have moved out still expect it 🙂 I created a box of my own to coral all these goodies in and I want to show you how to make one of your own!  I also made it reversible so you…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    Wooden “Ho Ho Ho” Blocks

    Holiday decor seems to change every year for me!  Since I dabble in woodworking and love painting, I am always making new things for my mantle or porch!  Every year I have a favorite, and this year, it may just be these!  I had some extra bells hanging around from another project and so I wanted to put them to good use. Here’s how to make your own “Ho Ho Ho” Wooden Blocks! You’re going to need three pieces of wood that are approximately 6″x10″.  I use pine wood which makes for easy cut and it’s wide enough to stand on it’s own.  You’re also going to need a drill…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Recipes

    Holiday Slime DIY

    If you have a kid, this is one of the DIY Slime best crafts to do with them!  Even as an adult, it’s enjoyable to make slime – and the added glitter makes it extra cool! I searched many DIY slime recipes online and tweaked a few of them to make this one.  All it takes is a few simple ingredients that most everyone has on hand.  The only thing I had to buy (minus the glue) was the contact lens solution. Here’s how to make your own DIY Slime Elmer’s Glitter Glue and Clear Glue – (used two bottles just because of the amount I wanted to make for…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Hutch Makeover with Tile!

    I think most of us have a hutch someone in our house or have visions of having one!  To me they are the a versatile piece of furniture that can fit into any home.   They are beautiful themselves but sometimes they just need an extra bit is beauty to make them AHHMAZING!! I found this hutch that was a worn-out dated yellow color!  I’m sure in it’s day it was perfect for the homeowner, but it wasn’t the look I was going for.  I was, however, drawn to the detail!  All those little nooks and crevices really stand out when you use a wax or glaze over the top of…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    Scrap Wood Halloween Black Cat DIY

    Black Cat Scrap Wood DIY

      Every house needs some Black Cat decor for Halloween!  You can make these “scary” or “cute” AND they’re the perfect craft for the kids to help paint! Here’s how you can make your own black cats with your kids! All you need is scrap wood, paint and raffia!  Seriously ladies, it doesn’t get much easier than that!  If you don’t have raffia on hand, you can use twine.  Just unravel the ends after you tie it in a bow so it’s “wild” like a cat’s whiskers 😉 Let’s get started: You need (1) 2×4 cut to about 8″ give or take.  This is purely preference. You can also make…

  • Crafts/DIY

    The Simplest DIY of EVER!

    Ceiling Medallion DIY 3 simple steps

    Anybody that creates feels a sense of satisfaction!  Standing in the kitchen and creating a new dish is satisfaction for some. Singing or playing an instrument may bring someone else a sense of fulfillment.  For me…its creating art!  When I say this is the easiest DIY ever, I mean it.  People have PIN’ed this hundreds of times!  (Check out the image at the end to PIN to your own boards!) Art covers a whole realm of things and I’m going to be the first to tell you that I will never be a Picasso or Michelangelo.  Honestly, I’m humbled everyday that people ask me to create for them because the…