Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Paper Christmas Trees!

Paper Christmas tree craft
Need a craft to keep the kids busy when it is too cold to go out? 
Check out these super easy paper trees from Parents Magazine


1.  Using different-size circle punches, have the kids punch circles from different shades of green cardstock or scrapbook paper.   You can also use scissors to cut the circles.
2.  Using a standard hole punch, have them make the "ornaments" from various bright colors of paper. 
3.  Use glue stick to glue green circles together in a triangular shape (to resemble a Christmas tree). 
4.  Glue small colored dots all over green circles as ornaments. 
5.  Punch or cut a star for the tree topper; glue to the top of tree. 
6.  Clip a clothespin to the bottom as the trunk.  You can also glue a ribbon hoop in the back and hang them in your tree!

Christmas Yarn Trees!

Yarn covered styrofoam cones! So cute and whimsical.  Check out the tutorial here

Christmas is Here: Ready, Save, DIY Decorate!

I have been receiving inquiries about easy and affordable DIY Christmas decorations, so I have done my research and compiled the cutest ideas out inspired and decorate for the season!

Holiday Card Holder from Katy Did & Kid 

Recycled Newsprint Wreath from Crafty Crafty

Button Ornaments from L'Atelier
Modern Paper Ornaments from Design Sponge
Pinecone Trees from Good Housekeeping

Paperback Christmas Trees from Kayla Aimee

Felted Sweater Wreath from Recover Girl
Pucker Up Ornament by Good Housekeeping
christmas kissing ball craft

Fabric Covered Ornaments by Eddie Ross
Pine cone ornaments from Good Housekeeping
Pinecone Window Garland

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Celebration!

 This was our first official Thanksgiving celebration at our house! I want to share some pictures of how things turned out:
A Simple yet elegant table setting: White hydrangeas, craft paper table runner, red delicious apples, crabapples in brown paper bags and large glass votives with white candles and stones.  All came together for an elegant rustic look.
Remember the paper turkey idea from One Charming Party? I made it, but did not fill it up with popcorn...instead I let the kids decorate it with markers!  they loved it, and kept them occupied while we finished cooking :)  

And finally the star of the night! gobble, gobble...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tooth Deposit Certificate!

My son has lost three baby teeth in the last month! I designed this certificate to keep track of when, how and all the little details about each tooth. 
Like it? Print a couple for yourselves and keep them handy for when that baby tooth falls out!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kids Artwork Display!

My children bring home the cutest artwork from school, but it is impossible to keep all of them.  I had read somewhere about scanning or taking pictures of the artwork before recycling it, and had I been doing that for a while.  Today I came across the best use for those pictures and I know all of you are going to LOVE IT as much as I did!
Jen from took the pictures of her kids artwork and created a photo collage with them...put them in simple Ikea frames and hanged them in her kids bedroom...the result: modern and clutter free! 
If you are obsessed with organizing like I am: you are going to do a happy dance after you see this pictures :)

And here is how it looks on the wall:

Isn't it wonderful?  This artistic lady did not stop here...she created an awesome duvet cover with her son's sketches! Check out how she did it here

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

DIY: Hair Clip Organizers

I have been looking for ways to organize my daughter's hair goods and came across these ideas!
These are the kind I have for my daughter, but she has  too many clips and they don't fit anymore!!

Orange and pink girls room
This hair clip organizer by Tonya Stabb is made out of  canvas and ribbon.  It will keep all of your little girl's hair clips in place and serve as room decor at the same time.  Check out the tutorial here
The tutorial to make this one can be found here

I think this is clever!  Look at more pictures here

Gift In a Jar: Classic Cocoa

Looking for a homemade gift that everybody will love?  Try this recipe for yummy hot cocoa in a jar.


  • 1 quart size jar (12 servings)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows


  • Layer the ingredients for homemade cocoa in the jar, add a ribbon and a tag, and you have a simple but stylish gift. On the back of the tag, write: "Mix contents in a large bowl. For each serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup boiling water. Store remaining mix in airtight container.
You can make smaller batches of this recipe...just keep the proportions of the ingredients.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thanksgiving Party Ideas!

These bottles are from Avery & Anderson, check out their blog for the tutorial.

Everyone loves a gift.  How about giving away these cute favor boxes at your party?  Print out the labels for free at the Hostess with the Mostest blog
How cute is this Children's Thanksgiving table set up form Friskars?
paper bag popcorn turkey table
paper bag popcorn turkey
And what's Thanksgiving without a turkey? You have to check out how to make this popcorn filled bag turkey for your children's table at One Charming Party blog...just genius!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Equestrian Party Pictures!

Everything came together beautifully to celebrate Lulu's 6th birthday.  The cake, food, decor...all in great taste, and keeping with the theme.  Here is what you get when you mix equestrian with a pinch of Texan flavor...enjoy!

If you want to make these cookie jars check out my friend Dulce's website...She is also a wonderful photographer, and you can see more pictures of this party in her blog!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Equestrian Party!

My niece Luiza is turning six, and  she wanted a "horse" themed party.  This is the invitation card I designed for her!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Next on our list is Thanksgiving.  The beautiful thing about this holiday is the sense of family and you have any special traditions in your family?  I for example decorate our kitchen mirror with my kids artwork each year and they love it!
Check out these creative ideas...maybe one can become your next family tradition!

This is a Thankful Tree by Simply Vintagegirl.
This is a clever keepsake from eighteen25.

Embellished tablecloth by The gal 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I am not big on trick or treating...but my kids love dressing up in their costumes and getting together with their friends.  Solution: party at our house! to keep the kiddos safe and happy. 
Here are some pictures of last year's party...I hope it inspires you!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fabric Daisy Flower Tutorial

  • Fabric
  • Needle and white thread
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue or hot glue
  • Hair clip (and ribbon to cover, optional)
  • Brad, button, or fabric covered button
  • Felt

1. Using scissors or a rotary cutter, cut six 2" squares.

Like this.

Now fold it once...


three times.

Fold the edges down to form the petals.

Clip the excess off,

so it's even.

Now stitch through the middle, making sure to catch all the layers.

Repeat that for all six petals.

Pull it tight.  Stitch back through the first petal to secure; knot and trim the thread.

Now attach the center. 
Cut a small circle of felt and glue to secure the back of the daisy.
Covered a hair clip with ribbon 
Use fabric glue to adhere the flower to the hair clip.

Credits: Little Birdie Secrets