A Guide to Indoor Growing for Beginners

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Home gardening is enjoying a come-back during this time of shelter in place and disruptions of the food distribution supply lines.  Consequently, there are more amateur gardeners who want to save money on their grocery bills and who are looking for easy gardening tips to grow fruits and vegetables at home.  Maybe you don’t have … Read more

Preschool Project Coffee Filter Leaves


Happy Monday! I have so many things to share with you this week! With only a few days until Halloween I have more decorating and treat ideas to post, and a Thanksgiving project that I LOVE. But first, check out this colorful coffee filter project that’s perfect for preschoolers. Coffee filters are such a cool supply … Read more

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Valentine’s Day Papel Picado


I’ve totally fallen in love with these beautiful paper flag banners or Papel Picado. The name Papel Picado translates to “perforated paper” and when created by true Mexican folk artists these flags are absolutely stunning. In the Mexican tradition Papel Picado are actually chiseled from stacks of tissue paper. While not nearly as beautiful as … Read more

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Rustic Heart Banner


Isn’t this just the sweetest little heart banner? I love the unexpected combination of rough, rustic burlap and soft red felt. You can hang the banner in a doorway or over a fireplace, or dress up your chairs for Valentine’s day dinner. Write whatever message you like on the hearts — I used jute twine … Read more

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Healthy Snack Apple Cheddar Stacks


Apples and cheese is a classic, tasty, flavor combo. You have the bright, sweet flavor of the apple contrasting with the salty, creamy cheese – yum – it’s a hit-the-spot snack. These little apple stacks are fun to eat, and they’re quick to make. I used leaf and heart shaped fondant cutters for mine, but you can … Read more

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Button-on Felt Flower Headband

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I love this project, I designed it as a craft project for my niece’s 4th birthday. She had a fairy themed tea party, and these headbands made the girls feel like they were little flower-folk. We gave them the ribbons, with the buttons sewn on, and a huge pile of flowers and leaves cut from … Read more

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Framed Cupcake Felt Board

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This project is just too sweet to pass up. Use an old photo frame to create a felt board and let little “bakers” get creative designing their own cupcake creations. The fun with felt boards is that you can remove the felt pieces and rebuild your cupcakes over and over again. Make clouds of pastel … Read more

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Thanksgiving Table Felt Rosettle Napkin

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On Thanksgiving the turkey takes center stage, but I still love setting the scene with a beautiful table. As we count down to Thanksgiving I’ll be sharing budget-friendly ideas for creating holiday tablescapes, starting with these pretty felt napkin rings. I wanted to use a soft, nature-inspired, color palette and I thought cream and sage … Read more

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Framed Robot Felt Board


I’m so excited to share this project — I’ve been thinking about a build-your-own robot felt board since I designed this cupcake felt board a few weeks ago.  These little bots are so expressive – create a variety of heads, bodies and limbs. Felt circles, squares and triangles are all you need. Add features like eyes and … Read more

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Fisrt Day Ribbons


I have a really vivid memory of starting the 3rd grade. It was a BIG deal. On the first day of school I was excited to be one of the “old” kids at my k-3rd elementary school. I was going to have class on the 3rd floor – the top floor, and I was wearing my brand new … Read more

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Owl Walnut Ornament


Harry Potter fans are sure to approve of a tree filled with owls.  This cute little hoot is made from a walnut — such a budget-friendly way to decorate a tree! My favorite part is that instead of hanging on hooks, these little birds perch on the branches using pipe cleaners. Did you know that … Read more

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Your Own Hollywood Star

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It’s Oscar weekend, and movie fans are gearing up for the Superbowl of all awards shows. Red carpet fashion, glittering movie stars, little golden statues — it’s classic Hollywood glamour at its best. Here’s an easy way to create your own piece of Hollywood memorabilia — the perfect project to keep the kids entertained at … Read more

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Sunday At Rose Bowl Flea Market


Today a friend and I braved the heat and the crowds at the Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena. I love poking around the stalls and chatting with the vendors. On this trip I found some beautiful vintage ribbons that I can’t wait to find uses for. I’m smitten with the rich two-tone colors! If you … Read more

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Popsicle Stick Puppets


Check out these cuties, aren’t they the best? Those pipe cleaner arms – hilarious and so expressive! This one fits the bill if you’re looking for a craft that’s simple, budget-friendly, and won’t make a mess of your kitchen table. Plus, I love that these puppets will inspire hours of imaginative play. Do those craft foam shapes … Read more

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Monstrously Cute Book Covers


This project is a great way to turn something as monotonous as covering school books, into something creative. Use craft foam shapes and paper scraps to make a crowd of silly monsters.

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Thanksgiving Countdown Wreath


It’s almost November and I’m so excited to be be kicking off the holiday season with this “Many Thanks” countdown wreath. I LOVE Thanksgiving — family, friends, delicious food and the chance to sit down and reflect on all of the things I’m thankful for.  This wreath is designed to remind us to be thankful … Read more

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Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village


I’ve always loved those little snowy villages that people decorate with during the holidays. When I was a kid my friend’s mother would construct an intricate holiday scene complete with miniature kids sledding and tiny bundled-up carolers on her mantle. I could stare at that village for hours imagining which neatly decorated house I would … Read more

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Turkey Shaped Apple Tart


I can’t believe it’s already November!  October flew by, but I’m ready for Thanksgiving crafts and recipes. I wanted to create a fun, kid-friendly, Thanksgiving dessert that’s not too fussy. These little guys are adorable and really easy to make. Use a combination of sweet and tart apples for delicious flavor without lots of sugar … Read more

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40 Genius and Fun Wall Art Ideas for Beautiful Spaces

Blank walls are unforgivably boring especially if they can be made exciting and artsy with a few wall art ideas. So you have your furniture arranged in your new apartment, but what about those blank walls? You don’t have to hire a decorator to make your walls as lively and as beautiful as you want. … Read more