Homemade mailbox

Make your own mailbox for all those special valentines with this great tutorial and free printable from Simply Modern Mom.


Little Book of Love

I made this little book for Mark for Valentine’s day. I’ve seen a few love card books around the web and wanted to take my stab at it. I happened to have a deck of cards around the house with a red pattern on the back, which works just perfectly for the day of love. 🙂 I liked the little pattern better than the face side, so I attached all my ‘reasons’ to that side.

For the cover I just cut a heart out of felt and taped it on, then printed out “I love you because” on a piece of cardstock and taped that on top. I punched holes with a single hole punch making sure to get them all as close to the same as possible. I do need to pick up silver rings to put the book together. My free, twine idea didn’t work out so hot. The rings will make it much easier to flip through. I printed all my ‘reasons’ on a sheet of cardstock and attached them to each card with double sided tape.

Here are just a few of my pages…

Mark says this all the time! haha

He really doesn’t! And trust me, I’m no phenomenal cook.

This is HUGE for me. If I were without my love, my grass would always be 8 ft. tall..or I’d still live in an apartment. I am deathly afraid of snakes.

It’s small and inexpensive, but I hope it gives him a teensy idea of how much I appreciate and love him!

Now go make your own! Tell your sweetie how much all those little things mean to you or help kids make one for their parents or grandparents. I think everyone could use a  reminder of how much they’re loved every once in a while. 🙂

Pinwheels and Poms Shower

I love this shower found over on Hostess Blog. All the bright colors are so fun and happy! I love all the details. How special would you feel getting such a gorgeous invite like that?? Head over to Hostess blog for more pictures and Style Me Pretty for a tutorial to make your own super cute pinwheel!

Personalized Santa Videos

DisneyFamily.com allows you to upload your child’s picture and name and puts them in a little video with Santa. Pretty neat! I made one for the niece and nephews. So much fun!

Click over to make your own.

Gift Idea: Art Boxes

I made up these art boxes for our niece and nephew. We swapped gifts last night, so it’s safe to post now. 🙂

I found these silver lunch tins at work. They both just magically appeared in the ‘Take’ area in the same week. Both came with promotional stuff inside and were stamped with logos on the outside. I was able to peel both off and then had myself two pretty lunch boxes. I bet you could find these at a craft store. Or you could use a small toolbox. There’s lots of options!

I covered Morgan’s lunchbox with pink polka dotted paper and made a bee magnet from the little wood animals you get can at Hobby Lobby. Her nickname is Morgie Bee, so I thought it fit. For Caleb’s I just stuck with the industrial silver and added a pirate magnet.

I filled their boxes with washable markers, crayons, glue sticks, twine, construction paper, lots of stickers, Martha Stewart puppet kits, and other odds and ends.

Here’s Caleb’s box. The stickers are in library card holders I got from the Dollar Tree earlier in the summer. I put a magnet on the back, so they could be held on the inside of the lid. I put round office labels, smiley faces, and these stickers from Lotta Bruhn. I downloaded her pdf and printed on sticker paper. They are so cute!

Here’s Morgan’s loot (apologies for the awful pictures. This is what happens when husbands rush their wives!)

The ‘paper doll clothes’ pouch is for this sweet little girl. I posted about these free paper dolls last year. You can download your own here. Morgan is 2.5 and a little too small to cut these out herself or be gentle enough not to rip the paper, so I cut them out and ‘laminated’ them with contact paper. I put a magnet on her back so she can stick to the inside of her artbox or on the fridge. Then I put a piece of velcro on her tummy and some on the back of each of her outfits.

Here she is with a few of her outfits. 🙂

I bought them each a drawing pad at the Dollar Tree. The covers were not pretty, not to mention totally falling apart. So at the last minute, I decided to make them a little cuter. I ripped the cover and binding off, then cut down scrapbook cardstock to size. I used double sided tape along the top to tape my new cover onto the pad. Then I used decorative masking tape to replace the binding. I printed their names on sticker paper and adhered them to the front. So much better!

Here they are before their makeover….

And after….

These are so much fun to put together and don’t have to be expensive. There are so many great bloggers out there offering free printables. As far as supplies, you can start early stocking up so you can really shop for sales on little craft kits or supplies (think back to school sales!)

And just for fun. Here’s Morgan after she opened hers. She immediately dumped her crayons in the floor and ate markers the rest of the night! Oops!


So sorry for the lapse in posting. Things have been super busy with work and I’ve just been enjoying the fall weather. 🙂

Last year, I saw this Booing idea in the blog world and thought it was a fun idea. After hearing about my friend Stephanie getting booed by her neighbors this year, I wanted to give it a shot at getting it started in our neighborhood.

Basically, you drop a little goodie bag filled with treats on an unsuspecting neighbor’s doorstep for them to find. The directions inside tell them to Boo two other neighbors within 48 hours. After you’ve been ‘Booed’ you’re supposed to hang the little sign on your door, so you don’t get booed twice.

So I gathered my supplies….mostly from the dollar tree. Printed out my boo signs and went on my way to the two houses I picked.DSCF8214

Results are mixed. The neighbors I gifted hung their signs, but I haven’t seen anymore, so I don’t think they gave to two neighbors. I did this last Sunday. Bummer that it didn’t start a wave, but at least two houses got surprises! 🙂

For more information and to download the poem and signs, visit beenbooed.com/

The Candy Man Can

Here’s another one of the projects I worked on while freelancing…The Candy Man. He is built from PVC pipe, a juice container, and a tin bucket. A great way to sit treats out for the trick or treaters.

Find directions here.

Kid’s art table organizer

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After I lost my job last October, I was fortunate enough to get hired on as a freelancer to work on projects for Lowe’s Creative Ideas.  I got paid to make. It was amazing! Sadly, when I was rehired full time to do other duties, I had to give it up. In the next week or so, I’ll be sharing all of the projects I had the opportunity to work on.

This is a project I did for the July/August issue. I used a child’s apron, folded it in half and attached with velcro to the table. I stenciled the pattern with a piece of PVC pipe.

Here’s a link with more details.

Juice Box boats

These juice box boats from Inchmark are so simple, but darling! They can easily be made with things you already have around the house. Click over for directions.

Watercolor Initials

I found this idea on Blissfully Domestic the other night. Aren’t they pretty? Click here for directions.

I didn’t let not having a kiddo around stop me. I really wanted to try it out! Here’s mine before I pulled off the contact paper. It’s not quite as pretty as the toddlers’ paintings above, but Mark let me hang it on the fridge anyway. 😀