Kid Crafts: Creative Gifts for Kids and Tweens

If you have a kid or tween that loves being creative, then I have the perfect gift idea for them.

Amanda from Crafts by Amanda has two amazing books that make ideal gifts to inspire kids to create: Duct Tape Mania and Rubber Band Mania.  She so kindly gave me one of each in exchange for telling you about them -- What a deal!!  I love sharing fun finds and opinions. :)  These books have SO many easy and fun ideas, so I thought I would share one of her fabulous tutorials with you today, so you could see just how cool these projects really are.

So, without further delay...

Bracelet made with tape roll and duct tape
Kids Craft: Duct Tape Bracelet


Candy Cane Christmas Wreath Series for the series

Holiday Wreath Series with Jill at

Today, I am guest posting over at the Create. Craft. Love Christmas wreath series.  I am so happy to be joining all of the other bloggers as we show off some of our own Christmas wreath creations.  I can give you a little teaser here today, but to find out how I made this incredibly easy candy cane Christmas wreath, you'll have to head on over to Jill's blog, to get all the details.

See you over there!!



Home Decor: Lighting with Chandeliers, Lamps & More plus a Wayfair Lighting Coupon

Foyer with Pendant Shade Light Fixture and Mirror Wall Gallery

 This post is sponsored by Wayfair.

Lighting can make such an impact in a room.  The surprising fact is that it is an area of home decor that is often overlooked.  We recently moved into a new home, and one of the first things that people compliment is the lighting in our home.  Whether it's a chandelier, pendant light, fan or a vintage bulb, the light fixtures grab our guests' attention.  Today, I want to give you a little "lighting tour" inside our new home AND as a thank you for joining me for the tour, Wayfair is offering a coupon that you can use for your own lighting purchase.


DIY Black & Gold Decorative Nesting Boxes for Under $10: Nautical Inspiration

Black and Gold Decorative Nesting Boxes with Nautical Theme
Learn how to decorate a paper mache box with this craft tutorial.

*This post is sponsored by Consumer Crafts, but the ideas, opinions and designs are mine.

Create your own decorative box set for less than $10

Decorating my new home has been so much fun!  I love decorating and re-decorating the shelves and built ins.  Decorative boxes make for awesome shelf accents because they are so functional.  They look pretty, can be modified to suit any decor, and they are the perfect way to keep things organized.  I love personalizing each decorative box and making it unique.  Nesting boxes can be placed on top of each other or scattered throughout a shelving unit.

Vintage Themed Birthday Party: adding glam and humor to "Over the Hill"

Vintage accessories used as party decor
Vintage Party Decor

A vintage birthday party is a fun spin for an over the hill party.

When my sister turned 40, we knew we had to celebrate in style, but as her little sis, I knew I didn't want to cross the line from fun to making too much fun.  So, I decided to decorate with beautiful vintage pieces to create a party that had both humor and was as glamorous as she is.  There are so many ways you can create Vintage Party Decor.  I started by getting inspired on pinterest and then looking around the house for accessories like burlap, lace, birdhouses, teapots and more.

Three Easy Party Favors with Free Printables - Canvas Bag, Hair Tie Napkin Ring & Printed Magnet with Free Printables and a Giveaway

Canvas Bag with Iron On Transfer & Thread Fireworks, Button Hair Tie used as napkin ring, & "Friends are Forever" printed magnet
3 Easy Party Favors with Free Printables
This post is sponsored by - I received compensation for this post, however, the opinions and projects are my own. I truly enjoyed their products.

Goodies to take home make any party better.  Last week, I introduced you to an American Girl party that used Online Labels to enhance the pink and green decor.  You can check that post out here.  Today, I am joining Crafty Hangouts again to show you the three easy party favors and free printables that made the party memorable and fun for girls and dolls alike.


Pink & Green American Girl Party Decor with Free Printables & a Giveaway - Part 1

Pink and Green Party with Lots of Details
After having a fantastic time at a luncheon at the American Girl store in New York City, I was inspired to re-create the fun with a pink and green party that would delight any little girl -- and of course, her doll!  Thanks to Crafty Hangouts and our sponsor,, I created a video, lots of free printables, AND we are hosting a Giveaway of three $100 Target gift cards for today's post.


Decoden Knobs with Mod Podge Collage Clay

Decoden Kitchen Knobs with Mod Podge Collage Clay
I was compensated in exchange for this post.  However, I am completely smitten with Mod Podge Collage clay.  All crafts and opinions are my own.

Give your kitchen a delightfully decadent feel by creating decoden knobs.  Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out the new Mod Podge Collage Clay before it was even available in stores!!!  So, before I get into all the details of the awesome decoden knobs I created, I want to explain what decoden is.


How to Make a No Sew Fabric Bookmark

How to Make a No Sew Fabric Bookmark

Last week, I was chillin' on the beach with lots of family, but I did find time to make an appearance on the web over at Carissa's blog, Creative Green Living.  While Carissa is focusing on the new baby, I am honored to be filling in for her by showing you how to make a NO sew fabric bookmark -- I am even using recycled fabric, which I know is a definite plus for this eco-conscious mama.

How to Make a Quick & Cheap Wedding Favor

Stenciled Wedding Favor for Cheap

The more guests at the wedding, the more time and money it takes to make favors for your wedding guests.  Today, I want to show you a really quick and inexpensive wedding favor that will look adorable at each place setting, or as a collection in a basket.


Upcycled Bag Makeover: No Sewing Needed

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Phoomph, but all opinions are mine.
Reusable Bag Before and After

Want to make your fabric craft projects easier?  Just add oomph with Phoomph!  These fabric adhesive sheets require NO SEWING!!  I have so many projects in mind for this stuff, but for today, I want to show you how easy it is by turning kids' outgrown clothing into an embellishment for a reusable bag.  I am bringing this craft to life with video by joining Crafty Hangouts for another LIVE Google Hangout Tutorial.


How to stencil a candle with sand and Mod Podge

Plain candle with Candle that has sand stenciled on in a pattern
Sand Stenciled Candle Before and After

I have to confess, I love taking what I already have on hand and making it better.  So, I was really excited when Amy from Mod Podge Rocks sent me some of her new adhesive stencils to try.  I immediately started thinking of things that I could transform.  I finally decided on my plain ol' tapered candles.

DIY Monogrammed Card Holder: No Machine Needed

Card holder embroidered with baker's twine
DIY Monogrammed Business or Gift Card Holder

Having an embroidery machine is not the only way to monogram.  Today, I want to show you how you can easily transform a fabric business or gift card holder into a personalized gift, using baker's twine.

card holder with name monogrammed in baker's twine
How to Personalized a Card Holder Using Baker's Twine


Gluten-Free Strawberry Pizza Recipe

Strawberry Pizza - Photo Courtesy of

Last week, Sandra Stanley posted this delicious strawberry pizza recipe over at her blog,  I knew immediately that it was my kind of recipe, so I gathered my ingredients and made it that night for my Friday night supper with my parents and grandmother.  It was a complete success!!!


Tips for Arranging Gift Baskets - Elephant Baby Shower Basket

Gift Basket Tips

Packaging can make or break a gifts first impression.  That's why I always try to make my gifts look as cute as possible.  Gift basket are one of my go-to forms of gift wrap.  Today, I want to show you a baby shower gift that I coordinated with the baby's nursery theme - Elephants.  For this gift, I was going in with a friend, so I had a pretty good collection of items, but you can see more gift basket ideas here.


2 Ingredient Healthy Espresso Macchiato Recipe & Instant Decor for a Mason Jar

I received product in exchange for this post.  However, my enthusiasm for this coffee replacement is 100% legit. :)
2 Ingredient Healthy Espresso Macchiato

Today I am sharing a LIVE Google Hangout that I hosted for Crafty Hangouts thanks to our sponsor, Ball Mason Jars.


My Spring Wreath

My Spring Wreath

I love how the changing of seasons ushers in an excuse to change up the decor.  I am practical - probably to a fault.  When we first moved into our house, I found a greenery wreath with white bead lighting on sale - and I mean BIG time!  Since I find joy in changing things up a bit, I knew it would be a perfect way for me to appease both my practical side and my variety craving side - you know, the two little guys that sit on my shoulders arguing (much like the devil & angel that most people have).


My Craft Room (Craft Closet) Makeover

Craft Room Decorating Tour

We just moved, and I am so excited to organize and decorate our new place.  So, when Angie from The Country Chic Cottage invited me to be a part of her tour of craft rooms, I really wanted to participate and thought it would be great motivation for getting things in order.

DIY Lace-Up Boots

Learn how to turn plain boots into boots that are as unique and beautiful as you are.  
The interchangeable laces make them the perfect compliment to any outfit.

DIY Lace-Up Boots with Interchangeable Ribbon

My faux UGG boots are one of my favorite things to wear, but every time I wore them, I felt like they were missing something.  Well, not anymore!  

DIY Styrofoam Corks

DIY Decorative Corks using Styrofoam

Learn how to turn an ordinary vase or bottle into a work of art by creating decorative corks using Styrofoam.