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Monday, September 29, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #43 and Pinterest Link Up

I'm not going to be able to pick features this week, but you should still link up so you can be seen across all the other blogs, and they'll be picking their own features for next week.


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Bravery and Beauty

There are over 100 women posting on this same topic today. The idea that we are brave, we are beautiful, we don't have to try so hard to impress everyone because at the end of the day, what matters is that we like ourselves. With so many to choose from, I wasn't sure if anyone would actually end up on mine. But you are here. 

So here's my beauty shot--where I'm all dolled up and stuff :)



And then here's my no-makeup, random headshot taken with my phone....and where I get all honest and stuff on you.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mason Jar Centerpieces

{Jar centerpiece ideas}

The mason jar trend is still going strong, and I found a whole bunch of great ways to make a jar centerpieces. Perfect for any holiday, weddings, or just every day decor you can make something pretty with these jars. I love how they are so customizable! Click over to my Hometalk clip board (and follow me while you're there) to see 21 jar centerpiece ideas


Or there's this Christmas jar centerpiece I made a couple of years ago.

If you have a post with a Mason jar centerpiece, leave a link in the comments so I can come check it out!


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Dollar Tree Anniversary

I’m partnering with Dollar Tree to share their special Anniversary Event Bonus Buys with you and sharing some great ideas on what to pick up!

It's time for the Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration! If you have been reading my blog for a while, you've seen several posts that include stuff from Dollar Tree. I love wandering through with the mind of a crafter/DIY gal and seeing where inspiration strikes.



Friday, September 26, 2014

Low Calorie Popcorn Recipes

I partnered with #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser to create these low calorie popcorn recipes. All opinions are mine alone. #SkinnyGirlSnacks



After school snack time is always tricky at our house. My kids don't get home until 4, so it's been hours since they've eaten lunch, but we also have dinner on the early side. We eat between 5 and 5:30 almost every night. After my days activities of the gym, running errands, my online class, volunteering at the school, taking care of the house, and whatever else popped up during my day, I need something fast available.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Witch Head Craft Lightning

I'm joining in another round of Craft Lightning--it's the Halloween Edition! I love these because who isn't looking for fast craft ideas? And it makes me think of ways to speed up my own projects and make them easier. 




The idea of Craft Lightning is that each post only takes 15 minutes to make (minus paint drying time...and I often get a little impatient and bust out the hair dryer anyway.)

Today we're making a Halloween witch head, or maybe you even see Elphaba from Wicked! So here's what you'll need:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Halloween Door Sign

This post is brought to you by FloraCraft® as part of their Make it: Fun® Team

It's Halloween crafting time! I made a Halloween sign and it's all out of foam.



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bead Pumpkins by Cutesy Crafts

Are you guys having any fall weather yet? We had a pretty hot weekend, but the rain is coming back, and some leaves are already turning. It's the perfect time to start on those fall crafts. I have Jessica posting today, and I just love the pumpkins she came up with!


Hi everyone! My name is Jessica, and I blog over at Cutesy Crafts. I'm so excited to be guest posting for Steph today! Last year, the kids and I made these cute pony bead pumpkins for fall. I thought it would be fun to make a more "grown-up" version using some jewelry wire and wooden beads. The steps are pretty much exactly the same, but I think these ones look a little more sophisticated. They would look great on a fall mantle or table!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #42 and Facebook Link Up




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Fall Towel at Mabey She Made It

Hey guys--I'm posting for Lisa over at Mabey She Made It today. I'd love if you hop over and say hi, and see how I made this cute acorn towel. Thanks!



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pineapple Card and Faux Etching

{Pineapple Card}

Remember my Pineapple Trend post from a few weeks ago? I had to add my own to the list of course. 

It's been too long since I posted about cards and I loved how cute and easy this pineapple card is. Plus, I'll show you how I did faux metal etching on it.



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Jars with Dollar Store Flowers!

{Burlap and Lace Mason Jars for Fall}


I kind of fell in love with these cream colored sunflowers at the Dollar Tree the last time I was there. I was surprised, because it's tough to find good fake flowers that don't break the bank, you know? So I picked up a few things and came home with a plan. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wood Hedgehog Place Cards and Cupcake Stand

{Cutting balsa wood with Cricut Explore}
I received a machine to participate in this contest, but all opinions are my own. Some links may be affiliate.


-->>If you think these guys are really cute, would you click here and repin please? Thanks!! 

Our Team 10 picked the theme Into the Woods for the Celebration category this month. We all had such good ideas! I had a lot of fun coming up with these two projects so let me show them off to you. I'll also include some tips for cutting wood with the Cricut.

First up are the little hedgehog cut outs. I cut them from balsa wood and added names in black vinyl to make them place markers at a party table (or how cute would these be at Thanksgiving!)



Monday, September 15, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #41 and Instagram Share

Let's see your latest and greatest, and your Instagram account!


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Foam Sheet Purse Craft

{Make a purse with foam}



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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pipe Cleaner Crafts

Everyone loved the last pipe cleaner craft collection I put together, so I've found some more to share with you. They're fun for kids, and fun for you too!



Click each project title for the full tutorial.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fabric Flower Clips

{How to make a fabric flower}

About a month ago I guest posted on I Heart Naptime. I showed how to make a fluffy fabric flower that has window screen as a secret ingredient! This is a super cute flower that can be changed up for any holiday, and would look great as a hair clip or attached to a bag.



But you're thinking...window screen in a hair clip? I know--but it totally works!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sparkling Features and Do Tell Tuesday #40

Hi everyone! If you've got kids in school, I'm wondering if you find you have the time you hoped you would during the day to get things done? Well, here's the place to show off what you've done!


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Win a Cricut Explore!

{Win a Cricut Explore}

Hi Friends...Happy Monday!

Let's kick off the week with an Awesome Giveaway!  Who wants to win a Cricut Explore?  I see you are ALL raising your hands...
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I am super excited to be giving away a Cricut Explore to one of you lucky readers!  I have been using my Cricut Explore for a few weeks now and absolutely LOVE it!  It's an Awesome machine for any crafter...with so many options from cutting felt to paper to wood!  

Friday, September 5, 2014

Spider Web Game

It's time to start thinking about Halloween fun! This is the perfect game for a Halloween party, or even at a SpiderMan party. You just need a few materials, and it comes together so fast.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My Sister's Tee Review and Giveaway

{Let's add some excitement to the middle of the week!}




Today I'm introducing you to My Sister's Tee. If you're not already familiar with them, they have a whole collection of cute and comfy tee shirts that you can honestly style with anything! 

Meet Elisha from Pneumatic Addict

I'm letting Elisha take over my blog today, and if you've ever wanted to tackle some power tool projects, she's the place to start!

Hi everyone! I'm Elisha from Pneumatic Addict Furniture. I'm a mom and wife from Arizona. Not much "crafting in the rain" going on down here.

I'm a cheapskate with a love for power tools. One of the main goals of my blog is to demystify the tool and lumber section of the hardware store, especially for women. I promise, you don't have to have a Y-chromosome to build and create. I have "Talkin Tools" tutorials where I explain a particular tool and it's function. The aim is to help newbie DIYers feel more comfortable.

On my blog, I showcase custom built furniture, provide do-it-yourself tutorials, and offer tips on how to paint, stain, and upholster.  Here are a few of my favorite furniture projects:


Mid-Century Industrial Storage with DIY Hairpin Legs

Monday, September 1, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #39 and Stumble Upon Link Up

Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! School starts up for us this week and I think a regular schedule will be good for everyone. I can't wait to see your new posts, and to follow you on Stumble Upon (link up your profile in the second link up!)


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Tour Through Blogland

Happy Labor Day friends! Have you seen some of the tour through blogland posts that have been written to help us all get to know each other better? Today I'm up! I was invited by Amanda from Dwelling in Happiness.  What's awesome is that she lives in Oregon, so not too far from me!



You've got to check out some of her great ideas like this lamp makeover!