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Teaching Em how to Refinish Furniture – Part II

This post is the second part to Teaching my 5 year old how to refinish furniture.  We finished painting and decorating the trunk.  I also added a neat feature to the trunk, a false bottom! Again, surprisingly easy - this [...]

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How to Build a Window Box

If you saw Em's surprise bedroom makeover, then you saw the pretty window box that I made.  Now here is the thing, it took me about 45 minutes of hands on time to make the window box.  Hands off time [...]

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Teaching Em how to Refinish Furniture

It's been a while since I posted, I didn't mean to take a break, but it just happened.  Two vacations and disruptive news did it for me - I was completely distracted.  But I've been dying to share this with [...]

Developing My Daughter's Passion

Developing My Daughter’s Passion

So, I lied to to my daughter.  I felt bad about 'tricking' her, but I wanted her to be part of her surprise bedroom makeover.   It took me a while to figure out how we are going to make [...]

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How to Install a Silhouette Wall Design

For Valentine's Day I created a wall design to go around gallery of pictures shown in the post "To my Valentine".  Frankly, I was surprised it turned out as good as it did. The idea started with just putting a [...]

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How to Paint a Pancake

Painting, creating, sewing is a passion, one that I freely share and encourage in everyone.  It drives me nuts when someone says "I can't"...the truth is, if you have a desire to do something, then do it and then YOU [...]

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How to Make Mason Jar Wall Sconces

One of the things that drives me nuts about my office/craft room, or any room for that matter, is not having what I need within arms length of where I need it, you know what I mean?  Whenever I wanted [...]

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Reuse a Child’s Art Easel – Part I

Em was given an easel when she was about a year and half and it has served her well: its beaten up, painted on, an eye sore and now, it is time to find it another purpose... This thing is [...]

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Button Burlap Heart

Mom, Em and I headed up to Fayetteville, TN to visit Sir's Fabric Store for some fabric shopping and ran across bags and bags of buttons for $3 to $5  - well,  we were all over that.  This was my [...]

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3 Generations of Art!

Hey Everyone!, I've been away from posting for a while so that I could work on bringing you all more options to get some artwork into your house....not everyone actually wants to paint, I get that... So I've opened up [...]

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Decorating Pillows – Embellish with Ribbons

Last weekend Em made another pillow from with a bowl of ribbon and stuff that I had made or collected that I hadn't found a use for just yet.  She started decorating another pillow while still in her pajamas. (I [...]

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Candy is Dandy but Liquor is Quicker

Trial and Error A friend and colleague of mine asked me "Do any of your projects mess up or turn out bad?"  My response "Oh, yeah definitely!"  And I gave her the example of the Glow in the Dark Spider [...]

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Chalkboard Paint for Labels

Jars are an great place to put stuff and they are abundantly available. All you have to do is save one, clean it and remove the label by soaking it in water. I use jars for collecting all of my [...]

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Relaxation Mask – Don’t Poke the Bear!

Last Sunday I woke up and instantly thought of the song "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars and I thought: "I want to do nothing today".  This video is classic -at least in my mind :). But knowing me, that's [...]

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Glow in the Dark Spider Balls

HOW SUPER COOL ARE THESE!!! This is probably one of the easiest crafts I've done and I even got the kids involved. Check out how to make a really neat Halloween decoration! // Pin It What You'll Need String/Yarn Elmer's [...]