Oct 042013

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Starburst.  I received product samples to create DIY Halloween projects and to facilitate my review, and promotional item as a thank you for participating.

I love decorating for the holidays.  Before I had a toddler, I often completed complex projects that required a lot of time and supplies.  Now that I have a little one, finding time for DIY projects can be a challenge.  So I tend to look for projects that are easier to complete and take less time.  Score extra points for projects that use items from around the house.

DIY Halloween Projects with #StarburstCandyCorn

Tori Spelling is a mom, too, but she still loves to entertain and craft.  So she’s partnered with Starburst to share a number of crafts using their Candy Corn.  One of the projects she made was a cute “BOO” sign.  It was so cute, actually, that I decided to make one myself! Continue reading »

Dec 262012

The new year is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to get – and stay! – organized.  Over the next year I’ll be bringing you articles filled with organizing tips, cleaning plans, lists, printables, and more in an effort to help you be on top of your game.  It’ll be a good way for me to make sure that we’re staying organized, too!

Holiday Decoration Storage Tips For Organizing Your Holiday Decor

To kick off your holiday decoration storage and organization, start by taking advantage of these after-Christmas sales and stock up on plastic storage bins.  Walmart and Target (as well as other places, I’m sure) generally discount them more at this time of year than any other.  Try to pick up a few in different colors.  That way you can color-code your storage and make things easier to find. Continue reading »

Oct 182012

Halloween Decorations From Hallmark

I’ve shared before (many times) my love for Hallmark and especially their Christmas ornaments and decorations.  Did you know, however, that they also have an awesome assortment of decorations for other holidays, too?  Their selections for Halloween will make your house the most fun and festive on the block!

This is our first Halloween in this neighborhood and I was excited to find that most everyone seems to enjoy decorating for the holiday.  There are tombstones, ghosts, pumpkins, witches, and much more dotting lawns, porches, and front doors up and down the street on which we live.  Our house had been looking a little sparse – but thanks to Hallmark, no more!

Hallmark Halloween Decorations

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Apr 032012

Easter Crafts – DIY Easter Peeps Centerpiece

When I saw the Peeps Topiary on Pinterest (from the post at The Hungry Mouse), I knew I had to try one.  We’re hosting Easter brunch/lunch at our house again this year, and I thought it would be a great centerpiece for our table.  Plus it just looked fun to make!  And other than coloring eggs, I don’t always see a lot of Easter crafts, so it was nice to find something a little different to try.

DIY Easter Centerpieces: Peeps Topiary

To start, you’ll need the following items:

  • Two 6″ Styrofoam balls
  • 1 wooden dowel or stake (12″ long; 1″ thick if using a stake, at least 1/2″ wide if using a dowel)
  • Pointed toothpicks (not the flat kind)
  • 6″-7″ clay flower pot
  • 8 packages of Peeps (5 of the 1st color, 2 of the 2nd color, 1 of the 3rd color)
  • jelly beans
If you would like, you can start by painting your clay pot.  I like the terra cotta look, but if I were to paint it, I might choose white so the colors of the Peeps are still the focal point.  It’s totally up to you, though.
To assemble the topiary, start by cutting the bottom 1/3 of one Styrofoam ball off, and use a knife to shave down the sides.  (You can discard the remaining piece of Styrofoam or save it for a future project.)  You want to be able to fit it snugly into the bottom of your clay pot. Continue reading »
Dec 152011
Make at Home Monday is late this week, but I wanted to share with you a quick and easy decorative Christmas craft that you can make: Christmas Clothesline Swag.
Christmas Craft - DIY Christmas Clothesline
I first saw this sold by AVON like a decade ago and I thought it was so cute.  After buying one for my Mom, I thought it would be really easy to duplicate so I made a few of my own.  Once you make one,  you’ll probably make five; they’re quick and easy to customize to fit whatever decorating theme you follow.  You could do felt top hats and carrots, plus buttons, and have a snowman clothesline; knit socks and hats, thermal long-johns, and scarves for a general winter theme; or felt and wrapped candies for a Visions of Sugarplums theme.  Use your imagination; the ability to personalize is one of the best parts of this project.
To make, all you need, is…
Clothesline (or cording)
Mini clothespins (I’ve seen them at Walmart, Michael’s, etc.)
Miniature or doll-sized winter or Santa clothes
Cut a length of cording about 6″ longer than you want your finished swag to be.  Tie off a small loop at both ends (for hanging).  Starting a few inches from one end, move along the length of the cord and attach the mini clothespins at evenly-spaced intervals.
Use 1-2 clothespins to attach an article of clothing or other item, as shown below.
Christmas Craft - Santa's Clothes for the Clothesline
Christmas Craft - Santa's Socks for the Clothesline
There are a number of different places you can find items to clip.  I found a cute pair of mittens at Hallmark this season; they were a package tie-on, and cost less than $1.  You can also check the newborn section of clothing stores for socks and maybe even hats and mittens; make a few items from felt; or raid your kiddos’ dolls for some of their accessories.
What theme would you choose if you were going to make a Christmas Clothesline swag?