Can you believe that Christmas is just a little over two weeks away! For the first time in a long time, I’m very nearly done with my Christmas shopping already. So I can relax and enjoy the holiday season with my family and friends. Now I have time to plan fun Christmas activities for the holidays. One of the things that we have done in the past is make something crafty at the big family Christmas party. This year the party is happening after Christmas Day, but I still want to have some festive fun. This origami ornament is the perfect craft that the whole family can do. And it won’t cost me anything really, bonus!
Inspired by simplicity, frugality, and my love of coloring books, these ornaments are a fantastic way to bring people together at Christmas. Everyone in the family from grandma to young nieces and nephews can make these adorable little ornaments.
I’m so bummed! It’s December, and there is no snow here in Minnesota. I know! It’s quite a shock to us as well. Although it is nice that the roads have been lovely, and I haven’t had to shovel. But it does not feel like Christmas without snow covered landscapes and frosted window panes. With the possibility of not getting a white Christmas, it’s even more important to make the inside my home festive and bright. I filled my faux tree with ornaments, but the rest of my home needs a bit more Christmas cheer. Inspired by the frost that should be on my windows, I created a frosted Christmas shadow box.
It reminds me of making “baby feet” with my hands on the car window. Glitter and glue makes the frosted effect: so melting isn’t a problem. Adding a string of lights inside the shadow box, gives off a warm holiday glow. You can make it completely your own with any word or simple clip art. The background can be whatever you want too.
Halloween is right around the corner. I hope your family’s costumes are ready for trick or treating. I was thinking of a cute way for kids to collect candy. Many people use those plastic pumpkins, but those are just asking to be spilled all over the road. I want to avoid the tears and candy carnage; so I decided to make a better treat bag. Your kids will love feeding candy to this friendly monster treat bag, and it is perfect for keeping candy safely inside.
This treat bag is cheap, easy, and quick to make. You can even involve the kids in making this little cutie. But I recommend you apply the hot glue for obvious reasons. 🙂 This also makes a great kids project for a Halloween party.
Happy October everyone! I am thoroughly enjoying sipping some hot tea while looking at the beautiful fall leaves outside my window. It may seem early in October, but I’m starting to get ready for Halloween. I really want to get a head start this year; so I can enjoy time with my family. Costumes may be the most time consuming of my Halloween preparations. I’m not into scary or creepy stuff, but I do love my tea as much as any Victorian. So I decided to embrace my inner Mad Hatter and create an adorable mini top hat as part of my costume this year.
One of the many things that I love about this mini top hat is that it doesn’t take much fabric or trim to make. It turned out so well. So I just had to share it with you. Because who doesn’t need a mini top hat this Halloween? 😀
Are you ready for fall yet? I can’t wait! I’m kinda over summer. If you have a student going into college, they are experiencing a mixture of excitement and nerves. The thought of living in the dorms is especially fun and a bit scary. When I was in college, my roommate and I made our room one of the cutest on that floor. Making the dorm room a comfy oasis is a must for students that are away from home. But that can get expensive, so this week I decided to do a budget decor DIY for any dorm room or bedroom.
These pillows can be made very cheaply or even free. You can customize these t-shirt pillows for anyone with the right shirt. I am currently on a t-shirt pillow making spree, as you can see. They are fun to make, and you can make your own in less than an hour.
Did you know that August 4th was National Chocolate Chip Cookie day? I’ve been researching fun and weird holidays lately, and I used this opportunity to bake some delicious chocolate chip cookies. While no one actually needs a holiday to make cookies, especially when you make these cookies, it is fun to know that there is such a holiday. After baking up some cookies, I wanted to display my yummy treats for all to enjoy, but I just wasn’t in the mood to throw them on a regular plate. So I made a cookie tray that is just too adorable, and you can easily make one too.
Isn’t it just too cute? A giant cookie to hold other cookies for all to enjoy. I even made a template with three options so you can choose which adorable face you want on your cookie try.
Only in Minnesota do you get weather that is a frozen tundra or a hot sauna in one year. This week we are experiencing ninety degree and above temperatures. That is much too hot for my family; so we will be in the air conditioning or at the beach. This is the land of 10,000 lakes and refreshing fun in the sun is never very far away, thankfully. But that does mean packing up all the summer essentials, but I didn’t have a beach bag…yet.
Most using things I already had around my house, I was able to make a great beach bag quickly, easily, and cheaply. I made a large bag so it will carry everything I need for a day at the beach. I even added pockets to keep everything neat and organized.
Hello everyone! Are you ready for the 4th of July? I am nearly ready: just a couple of things left to finish up. I’m looking forward to the parades, fireworks, food, and patriotic fun with my family. Have you been enjoying the red, white, and blue soda floats from last week? I have soda and ice cream stocked in my fridge for the fourth. But as I was looking around my home, I discovered it needed a bit of American flair. I really enjoy twinkle lights and have them throughout my home. I decided to make mini shades for them and they turned out adorably!
I love them and I am planning to make more to go with my everyday decor. They are really easy and cheap to make for any decor or celebration.
Not only is Father’s Day this Sunday, but International Picnic Day is this Saturday! So why not celebrate them both with a fun picnic for Father’s Day. Ok so a Father’s Day Picnic, great idea right? Just one small problem…I don’t have a picnic basket. I don’t want one of those tiny baskets either because it doesn’t leave room for a blanket or more than two beverages. So I do what I usually do, head to the thrift store to find one. While I didn’t find a picnic basket, I found what I need to make a picnic basket just the way I want.
Just by using a bit of spray paint and some belts you can turn a bland but nice sized basket into a charming addition to any picnic.
Spring is in full swing here in Minnesota, the backyard is calling me…and telling me it needs some new decor and more cleaning (like picking up sticks which I hate doing). So I will leave the sticks for another day and focus on making things pretty. Winters can be exceptionally harsh here in good old Minnesota and most things left outside tend to rust or disintegrate. While having a wonderful backyard is a major priority for me, the only things I leave outside are either created for the outdoors or things that I don’t really care if they get wrecked.
So when it came to lighting my backyard table, I needed something that would last outside, but I also needed it to be inexpensive. I have seen a lot of adorable outdoor chandeliers with solar lights instead of using regular lights. This is an idea that I can get behind, but a traditional chandelier doesn’t really go with my decor. So with a lot of help from my dad, I was able to create a rustic mason jar outdoor chandelier with solar lights.
I love how it doesn’t necessarily look like a solar chandelier. The mason jars and wood really give this chandelier the “look” I was going for and will also withstand the unpredictable Minnesota weather.
This outdoor mason jar chandelier DIY has lots of rustic charm, it doesn’t require a lot of supplies, you can make in one afternoon, and it’s even solar powered.