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Crafts and Decor

What I’ve Been Up To This Christmas

What I’ve Been Up To This Christmas

I can hardly believe that my son, Matthew, will be home in a few days for Christmas vacation. The anticipation of the season has been sweet. We’ve purposefully marked our calendar to include times of rest and solitude which has made this Christmas the most […]

How to Make Scandinavian Star Ornaments

How to Make Scandinavian Star Ornaments

I’m having so much fun making these sweet quilt-work looking Scandinavian Stars. I love anything  homespun or handmade,  so when I saw these online, I knew I needed to sit and make a batch. I used a few cute fabrics I found at Wal-Mart, but […]

Cozy Home Challenge Part 4 {Make Dinner Special}

Cozy Home Challenge Part 4 {Make Dinner Special}

It’s Monday and time for another challenge. This week’s challenge is to make a special dinner or tea time for your family. Special doesn’t mean you have to cook all day. Special means thought and love went into the planning the details. I absolutely love […]

Construction update, spring decorating, and some favorite domestic quotes

Construction update, spring decorating, and some favorite domestic quotes

We are almost finished with our house renovations, and since this has been going on since last November, if I never see a shop-vac again in my entire life, I’d be okay with that. I absolutely love how beautiful my kitchen is. I still can’t […]

DIY Doctored-Up Dollar Tree Church Ornament

DIY Doctored-Up Dollar Tree Church Ornament

Wanted to share an easy craft I’ve been working on for Christmas. I love New England churches, so when I saw that Dollar Tree had these ornaments, I snatched up a bunch to doctor-up. I simply added twine, plaid ribbon from Michael’s Craft Store, and […]

DIY Old Pewter Mint Julep Cups

DIY Old Pewter Mint Julep Cups

It’s the weekend and this week I’ve been crafting up a storm for our daughter’s upcoming wedding festivities. I wanted to decorate one event using the very popular “mint julep cups” look. If you don’t know what I mean, go on pinterest and search “mint […]

Video: DIY twiggy front door cross {from my beautiful sister! Woot!}

Video: DIY twiggy front door cross {from my beautiful sister! Woot!}

So many of you loved and asked for a tutorial for my sister’s front door cross, that I asked Amy to make a video for us and she agreed! Woot. I love her and her lovely front door decor. Enjoy!

DIY Spring Bird’s Nest Tutorial

DIY Spring Bird’s Nest Tutorial

Even though we still have two feet of snow on the ground, I’m working on decorating my house for spring. Today my goal was to finish decorating my mantle. I made this bird’s nest for the mantle and thought I’d share how I made it. […]

Frugal DIY Chalkboard Hack

Frugal DIY Chalkboard Hack

Wanted to share this quick idea with you. I came up with it while trying to think of a frugal way to decorate for a church event this weekend. Behold, the foamboard “chalkboard.” My Walmart sells black foam board near the poster board. It was […]