Hey, everyone!

I have a list of DIY projects that I keep… and constantly add to! I just tackle them one at a time whenever I can. Sometimes the projects are seasonal, so they get bumped back a bit. But here’s a few that I have on my to-do list… if DadDad sees this list, he will probably pass out ūüėČ

Pallet wood signs…

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Pallet wood mirrors…¬†

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Pallet wood headboard…¬†

This is one of my favorite quotes! Wanting to do this sign with pallet board border… not a chalkboard though… I have a serious issue about chalkboards- Eeeeek! Yeah, weird, I know…

Photo credit: Easiepeasie.blogspot.com

What’s on your To-Do Craft List Scroll??

Happy Crafting!

Homemade finger paints

Hey, everyone!

Thanks to It’s Written on the Wall for posting this up… so simple to make & a great way to save on those expensive store-bought finger paints.

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Just a few simple ingredients and you’re good to go…

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 Happy Finger Painting!!!

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Candle Lanterns

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This post is a repeat… it was originally¬†on our family blog, but since I’ve started this craft blog, I’ve decided to relocate the post to its new casa… here. The original candle lantern¬†tutorial called¬†for those small clear vases you can find at¬†The Dollar Store. Check out the step-by-step tutorial HERE.

I wanted to work with things that I have around the house, so I used a mason jar. I also substituted this straw-type rope (from Home Depot) instead of the twine. I’ve had this rope lying around the house for years! I try to use it whenever I can in any decorations around my home because when I revamped my childhood furniture, instead of drawer handles, I used that rope. I just like for things to tie in with the furniture without being too matchy-matchy. The rope itself¬†is thick, but you can simply¬†unwind a few pieces and use those thinner pieces to tie around the neck of the mason jar. Dont forget to check out the tutorial to see what other supplies you will need. Click HERE.

Here’s my mason jar¬†version of candle lantern¬†with rope around the neck of the jar…

Easy to make mason jar candle lantern

Here’s one of our bedroom dressers¬†with rope handles… This was the inspiration for the rope on the mason jars. The dresser itself is in our kitchen, where I absolutely LOVE it! I have this thing about taking pieces of¬†furniture and using it in rooms you wouldn’t think to put it in… and Im loving the simple &¬†creative¬†storage it brings to the kitchen…

Dresser with rope handles

I’ve decided that I will make a few of these candle lanterns for our back balcony in the spring time. In the meantime, a couple in our home since I love candlelit windowsills and some in the bathroom, of course… ahhhh, nothing more relaxing than¬†a candlelit bath…

Hope this inspires you to come up with a few ways to change this up and make it your own ūüėÄ

Happy Candle Lanterning??! LOL!

Autumn centerpiece

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For those¬†of you that were along for the ride in my adventures with wreath-decorating, this is Part 2 of that project, really. I had some parts of the¬†wreath that were left over and I wanted to make a small centerpiece to put on our pallet wood shelf that we have over the kitchen sink. I have a toddler so my decorations are all in areas that are up and away from his reach. And now that we have that shelf up, I like to change it up for the different holidays…

Here’s what I used to put together this very simple and inexpensive centerpiece… of course with¬†a few things that I already had around the house:

  • Bread plate (or a basket- I just needed something rectangular to fit on our shelf)
  • Candles
  • Pine cones (something I dont have to buy at the store for the first time in my life, since moving up north from south FL! All I had to do was go on a nature hike with Little Monkey and pick some off the ground! Yay!)

I tried a few different setups… here was one with a flower from the wreath, but I ultimately decided to put it back on the wreath because I wanted something a little more low-key

This is the one I ultimately stuck with...


(EEEK!!! Dont mind the coffee cup¬†in the sink! LOL! That is so me! I cant take a photo for the life of me… I cut off people’s heads &¬†include dirty dishes! Aye!)


I have this obsession with autumn leaves and decided to use a lot more of those, along with some acorns and, also,¬†buckeye nuts (thanks to my mom-in-law)… here’s the end result. I also decided to¬†display a couple of gravy bowls beside it, since those are always sitting in the cupboard. Just something simple and seasonal. The best part was that I was able to make both¬†this centerpiece and the wreath for our front door for cheap! ūüėÄ (Want to check out the wreath? Click HERE ).

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Hey, everyone!

Most people¬†think that blowing bubbles is an activity only for¬†sunny¬†& warm weather… oh, no, no, no. Not in this family, I tell you! We MomMom wears flip flops in Virginia winter weather, so it’s only appropriate that I would mix & mash the seasons that I choose to do activities, right?

Today’s weather: 55 degrees, cool, and windy. Little Monkey wanted to blow bubbles outside and the store bought mix on our shelf had sketchy stuff floating around the bottom. So I had to find a homemade recipe with exact measurements for each ingredient STAT (with things that I already have in my home, of course!)… and wah-lah!!!


    • 1/2 cup of dishwashing liquid
    • 2 cups of water
    • 2 teaspoons of sugar
    • Optional:¬†a drop or so of food coloring for a colorful kick to your bubbles

I mixed everything up in a large mason jar to store and then put part of it in a toddler-friendly plastic bottle. It was a great activity that I needed just to get us outside for some exercise today.

Hope you’re enjoying your day as well!

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Hey, everyone!

I’ve been thinking of what to do for¬†Little¬†Monkey’s Christmas present.¬†I’m not big into toys because 1) we just don’t have the room and have been forced to get rid of toys that we couldn’t keep¬†due to space issues and 2) I believe there is such thing as a child having too many toys.¬†With that being said, I’ve decided to take note of things that he enjoys doing the most, work off of that and come up with something unique to do for him.

Our Little Monkey¬†really (I mean, REALLY!) enjoys anything in the kitchen, so I’ve decided that for Christmas, I am going to revamp a cabinet and make him a small kitchen stove and give him his own area. He has his own cabinet in the kitchen right now, but this will be something that he can cook on and play around with.

I will probably start this project just after Trick or Treating. I even found an old cabinet at a local thrift shop for $8 that I’ve been eyeing! Come check out what my inspiration is… so stay tuned… we’ll see how the finished project turns out… ūüėČ

A big thank you to my girl, Theresa G., for putting this idea into my head… ūüėÄ

Happy Crafting!

Hey, everyone!

As the Mommy of a¬†toddler,¬†I’m always on the lookout for¬†easy and¬†fun crafts to do together. It’s a bonus when I can kill two birds with one stone… and that’s what this craft is for me.

This is our first year that we will be getting a Christmas tree of our own. I make it a point to buy an individual ornament for each of us and also a family ornament every year. This is the first year that Little Monkey is old enough to really get into crafting with me, so Im loving that we can work together now on this craft and it will be something we can display on our Christmas tree!

Beaded Ornament

The only two supplies that you will need are:

    • Pipe cleaners (Dollar Store)
    • Beads (Dollar Store) -(the craft article calls for those plastic beads, but I wanted to use stuff I had around the house- I found an old tub of glass beads that I have had for years. It has a lot of fun shapes & crazy colored beads in it. I bought it from Michaels a few years back.)
… and now we have our first homemade ornament that JP & I made together ūüėÄ

For the tutorial and some other great craft ideas, click HERE

Happy Crafting!

Fall door wreath

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On my quest to make more¬†home decorations, I have tackled the door wreath… check! And it was no easy feat… who knew that retail stores would have only slim pickings left for fall and Thanksgiving decorations! There is still a week and a half left in October and they are already packing up shop for fall things… craziness! On a positive note, what they do have has been drastically marked down… Im talking 60% off in some cases at Joann Fabrics! And I used a coupon… yahoo!

My favorite place to pick up seasonal decorations is The Dollar Store or Dollar Tree… You can’t go wrong when everything’s $1. Of course, you still have to be aware that some places might carry that same item for less, but all in all, it’s my go-to place for decorations. I also like places like Joann Fabrics, Michaels and Walmart… of course, I come wielding coupons ūüėČ

This was my first time making a wreath… I should say decorating, though, because I didn’t make the grapevine wreath. Funny that I get home and tear open my goody bags loaded with my craft supplies and DadDad Hill comes in and says, “You know, we could have MADE the wreath! I know how and Mom use to make them all the time when we were kids!” WHAT?! Why was I not told this sooner?? I would have LOVED to make the wreath together! Not only that, we live smack up against woods, so Im sure we could have found something to use in there! Oh well… next holiday ūüėČ (And Mom, you promised this is our next craft together!) And, yes,¬†I lucked out and found¬†a¬†wreath¬†for only $3.50 (other stores carried it for $15… gulp!). Anyways, I loved making this with our Little Monkey and I think it came out pretty decent. In fact, I plan on making a wreath for every holiday and having that be our thing on the front door ūüėÄ

Here’s what you’ll need- and please excuse the picture-taking skills… I have none ūüėČ …

Supplies for fall wreath

  • Grapevine wreath ($3.50 at Walmart)
  • Decorative vegetables- pumpkin, etc. ($1 each at Dollar Store)
  • Ribbon with wire edge ($1 at Dollar Store)
  • Floral wire ($1 at Dollar Store)
  • Wooden ‘H’ ($2 at Walmart)
  • Bouquet of flowers ($3 or $4 at Walmart)
  • Garland (I know they carry garland of fall leaves at the Dollar Store, but they were out, so I got this garland- which has pinecones and acorns on it with the leaves for $5 at Joann Fabrics. It’s normally $15 but with sale and coupon… BAM!)

I basically laid the garland on top of wreath and secured it with floral wire. Did the same to the veggies. For the pumpkin, I actually shaped the floral wire like a corkscrew and pushed it up through the bottom of the pumpkin. I wanted¬†the pumpkin¬†to sit on the wreath with the stem showing, so that’s why I did this. I cut up the bouquet and just pushed the flowers and leaves in where I thought the wreath could use some filling. I even had enough to add some decorations to a simple centerpiece that I made. (I will post that project up sometime this week.) I tied the ribbon at the top and that was it! I realized that I had forgotten to paint the “H” and put it in the middle of the wreath, but I can work on that today or tomorrow. I plan on the “H” hanging from the top of the wreath in the middle of it.

Fall Door Wreath

¬†It was a fun craft project to do together with Little Monkey… he loves flowers and he loves helping! I can’t wait to get started on our Christmas wreath (assuming the stores don’t take down the Christmas¬†decorations this week!)… and Im hoping to be more creative and more skilled with each wreath that we decorate. But I will always treasure this first wreath we made together!

Happy Wreath Decorating!

Pallet kitchen shelf


I wanted to share an idea that I came up with and my gracious hubby helped me construct. In our home, the space is limited and so is the budget, so I wanted to come up with an idea that would go along with our home decor and use things that were free or relatively inexpensive. I wanted to try to build a decorative shelf to go over our kitchen sink, which was just dead space. I had this vision in my head and went to Lowe’s with wide eyes and empty pockets (on purpose!) in search of lumber. Sweet mother of everything sacred! It’s highway robbery what these people are charging! So buying the wood was NOT an option!

Did you know that there is a “free” page on Craigslist? For those that are unaware, people list all kinds of stuff they are trying to get rid of. Most of the time the only thing it requires is that you come and haul it. So I was looking for something else on there for a few weeks and noticed how many postings there are for free pallet wood. This got me thinking that I could make a shelf using this wood. And so we did…

Our kitchen needed something to open up the area & also a few things to decorate… here’s what¬†we did:

    • ¬†Mirror from Walmart ($5)- painted the border to match kitchen colors
    • Mason jars from Walmart (#12 quart sized jars $8)- used to store sugar, flour, baking soda, etc.
    • Soap dispenser- made out of one of the mason jars
    • Decorative candle light (“Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much”)- a gift from my mom-in-law, purchased from one of my favorite stores- Weaving Stiches in Pomeroy, Ohio

Hope you feel inspired to come up with ways to make your own home decorations. What a fun way to be creative on a dime!

Happy Crafting!

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