Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’

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I don’t Pinterest… I can’t. I am one of those people who get easily sucked into that type of thing and it becomes a time-thief in my life. I could spend hours browsing, categorizing, and daydreaming. There is no moderation for me when it comes to that type of website. Nothing else gets done in my real world when I go to that website… aka flutter off to Never, Never Land! So I have had to set up a mental barricade in that area. But there is internal conflict because I still love to seek out ideas for inspiration… just with a little less… sensory overload.

So what’s a home decor, do-it-yourself, arts and crafts- loving Mommy got to do?

My solution…

Have you met our friends at The Hen Basket on Facebook? Ahhhh ♥

Here’s a few of my favorites that I wanted to share…

Laundry room… I’ve never been so motivated to do laundry before 😉

Photo Credit: The Hen Basket (Facebook)

A relaxing movie night with twinkly lights? Yes, please!

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And a few of my favorites from her album, “Country Porches”

Happy DayDreaming, friends 😉

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Hello, friends!

It’s been awhile since I’ve had time to do some crafts for myself.
Most of the crafts that I do are with Little Monkey.

And just a quick thank you for your patience as I get both of our blogs organized.
If you’re interested in more home decor and adult crafts, we hope you find this blog (The Pallet Wood Princess) of interest. If you’re looking for toddler/kids crafts, recipes, parenting, ways to save $ by making homemade products (laundry detergent, homemade bread, etc), then please be sure to check out our family blog The Trials & Triumphs of a Passionate Parent.

And now… to share with you this craft that I am just itching to make…

I came across this today and fell in love!


Photo Credit: Here We Are Together

I absolutely love how simple and natural this is…
And it’s such a simple and fun project…
Click HERE for the tutorial

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

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Hey, everyone!

In keeping with the spirit of homemade decorations and gifts this year, I wanted to share with you today’s craft that we will be working on with our Little Monkey… pipe cleaner snowflakes. We have a ton of pipe cleaners in our craft area and they are in all sorts of colors, so this is just what the MomMom ordered… FREE! 😉

Photo credit: MarthaStewart.com

String them to hang around the house or on your tree! This year, we hung ornaments in the windows, so I’m excited to make these and add them to the display…

Click HERE for the tutorial… hope you and your family have a fun time making this inexpensive craft! Thank you to It’s Written on the Wall for posting this craft.


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Been busy trying to get our home better organized (it’s an endless battle! Do you feel the same way??!)… now the holidays are here and I have made it my mission to celebrate this Christmas season in a very old-fashioned way. That’s right… homemade gifts, homemade decorations, and a Charlie Brown Christmas tree that I cut down in the woods out back! In fact, the actual Charlie Brown Christmas tree looks a lot better than ours… ours is a tree branch!!! 😉 My plan is to make it a new family tradition to have a Blessing Tree in our home every year… Im cutting out paper pieces to tie to this branch and display in our home. On each paper will be a blessing in our lives that we are grateful for. This tree will be a reminder to us that we have been called to be content in whatever situation God has us in and that we need to count our blessings and be thankful 🙂

Once I have finished everything, I will be post some pictures up… meanwhile, I found this wonderful Mason jar craft for something to display around the house… (Thank you to The Better Mom for posting this!) I love Mason jar crafts and this one has a Christmas theme to it…

Photo credit: TheInspiredRoom.net

Click HERE for the tutorial…

Also, if you’re interested in checking out a few new cookie and sweetie recipes to try this season, pop over to our family blog and see what we have… Click HERE to check them out…

Looking forward to sharing our Christmas adventures with you soon…

May you & your family have a blessed Christmas…

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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 😉

Pallet wood signs…

Photo credit: TheCreativeCrate.blogspot.com

Pallet wood mirrors… 

Photo Credit: Bucketsofburlap.blogspot.com

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!

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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 😀

Happy Candle Lanterning??! LOL!

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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! 😀 (Want to check out the wreath? Click HERE ).

Thanks for stopping by!

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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!

Please note: Since this post, I have moved my Kids Craft posts to my parenting blog.
Please visit us at The Trials & Triumphs of a Passionate Parent to see all of our Kids Crafts.

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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… 😉

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

Happy Crafting!

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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 😀

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

Happy Crafting!

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