Monthly Archives: November 2015

Count down to Christmas Slate!


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Hi friends! I had a bag of old roofing slate in my basement and decided to make something with it!


It is a countdown to Christmas calendar and you can change the days because I used chalk markers by Kynsa to write the date! I also used the labels that came in the kit to make place cards for Christmas dinner. Chalk makers are nice because all you have to do it wipe the writing with a damp cloth to remove it! Perfect for labeling and crafts! Save 10% on the set of 10 markers and 40 labels with this coupon code: KynsaNow

I used acrylic paints to paint the design on the edge of the slate because I wanted that to be permanent. Watch the video to see how!

Slate shingle
Acrylic paints & brushes
Jingle bells, berries and ribbon
Liquid Chalk Markers & Labels

Thanks to

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1 Die 4 Ways!


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Hi friends! We all want to get more use out of our supplies right? Today I have used 1 die (and only 1 pass through the die cutter to create 4 different effects!)


I know there is some controversy over using waxed paper on die cuts, if you are worried about that or do not have waxed paper you can use a plastic bag instead: Tip courtesy of Cheery Lynn Designs. I like that I was able to finish two cards with this technique that would be appropriate for a man or woman and it saved me some time too! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

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Tutorial: Make a Sleeping Bag and Tent for an American Girl Doll!


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Did anyone get an American Girl doll for Christmas? Or any other 18″ doll? I made my twin 8-year-old daughters sleeping bags and a tent for their dolls this year.

DCF 1.0

I did not use a pattern, I made it up as I went along. The sleeping bag was easy, I made 2 in an hour. I used double-sided quilted fabric that I found at Joanns. This stuff is pricey ($20 a yard normally) but it was on sale and you only need 1/2 yard to make a bag and pillow. you will also need a 18″ zipper, some bias tape, fiberfill and a sewing machine.

DCF 1.0

To make the bag cut 2 rectangles of material 13″x20″. Insert the zipper then top stitch it down on the front side before you sew up the bag. Then sew up the bag and sew bias tape over the raw top edge. I like to use…

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Let’s Crop! A Halloween Page Scrapped LIVE!


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Hi friends! Today, with help from my niece Sarah, I did my first live tutorial on YouTube! Here is the 2 page layout we made!

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I had a great time. I love how people could ask me questions as we cropped, in fact it was a lot like a real crop, sharing, chatting and laughing as we crafted! If you missed it live you can catch the replay here! It seems like a few minutes were cut off from the beginning of the show, not sure why, but the folk who were there live got to see, basically it was me matting the photos, no biggie.  Don’t worry, this will not replace the short edited videos, this is just something new I have added to the mix! I hope you enjoy AND you make something right along with me. Let’s make this like a real crop!

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diy: Anthropolgie Inspired Lamp


When I was about 6 months pregnant I spotted a lampshade online at Anthropologie and had to have it.  Being the instant gratification person that I am, I didn’t order it and went to the local Anthro to pick it up.  Once I saw it in person I realized it would be a really easy diy!  It was my first project for the babe’s room and I love how it turned out.  All the fabric “puffs” make it put off a nice soft light.

I started with a basic lamp shade and base from Target.  I painted the base a vintage aqua color that coordinated with the rest of the decor in her room.

Now for the star of the show, the lamp shade.  Start with strips of fabric (I used a heavy linen) about 4 inches wide.

Cut those strips into 4″ squares.  I stopped counting at 200 squares……

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Yummy After-school Snacks!


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Hi friends! It is almost time to think about going back to school in Maine, many of my southern friends have sent their kids back to school already! I am torn, some-days it seems like summer just started and other days I am wishing to see that big yellow bus at my door! I just broke the news to one of my girls that they are going to have to start going to bed earlier to get ready for school and she replied “What? We can’t stay up til 10 when school starts?!?” Nope, and sleeping til 9 is out too. Well, maybe these sweet after-school treats will ease their pain 🙂 LOL


They were really fun to make and the kids can give you a hand with them. They also make a great party favors. You might want to skip the peanuts if taking them to school because many…

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Enchanted Garden Cake


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Yes I know fall is in full swing.  It is October 24th for goodness sake, and while I should be in pumpkin spice mode, I had a strange urge to make a pastel decorated cake last weekend.  I know, odd right?  I get so excited for the changing of seasons and the upcoming holidays that I never thought it would be reversed.  Part of me was really wishing for those early spring days, when bright colors, flowers, and Easter are on the way.  The trees look so beautiful at that time with their light green buds waiting to burst into flowers. This fall hasn’t been what I expected it to be so far.  I have spent much of my time cooped up inside doing homework and studying until late hours of the night.  While late nights at the library drinking Starbucks are some of my favorite things, I hate the fact…

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