Category Archives: Create

Crafty tutorials and inspiration

Homemade Gifts for Kids

Crayon Caddy

It was just my daughter's birthday last week. She only had two friends sleepover, so the gift influx wasn't as bad as it has been in past years. It's kinds of crazy how much STUFF kids get today isn't it? I suppose I had an entire third floor attic playroom growing up, but I also had 3 siblings sharing it. Over the years, I've tried not to torture my fellow moms by buying birthday gifts that compounded the toy problem in their homes. I have found handmade gifts are a great solution. Happy kids, happy moms. When my daughter was little, the most welcome of our gifts were my crayon caddies. They made corralling crayons easy and kept them from rolling off the tables of restaurants, allowing moms to eat in peace, without having to dive under the table on a regular basis.

The crayon days are over for my middle school daughter so now I simply make the caddys long enough to hold pens (I've been told that GEL pens are totally cool). I usually add a cute journal too. If you want to help a mom out (or even yourself), you can find the tutorial for the felt crayon caddy over on the Kunin blog this month. 

Happy Stitching & Gifting!

Summer & Pillowcases

Liv with pillowcase

  I have strong childhood memories of spending a week every summer at my maternal grandparent's house. We lived in Ohio through most of my childhood and my grandparents lived in Parma, Ohio, about an hour away from us. They had a few acres filled with an apple orchard, a hugs blueberry bush, grapes, andContinue Reading

Make a Sunflower Wreath

Sunflower Wreath Beauty Shot

When I was a little girl, my parents would plant a row of sunflowers along our backyard fence. The flowers would get bigger than our little, blonde heads and they grew higher than our fence. (At least that's how I remember them-being enormous-but I was much smaller then.) They were always a joy to seeContinue Reading

Coloring Books: Creativity’s “Gateway Drug”

Coloring Page for Blog

I'm super excited to announce that I have an illustration in the upcoming issue of The Coloring Studio (available June 1 at your local bookstore or online). While I've had crafts published in books and magazines this my first published illustration. As I was flipping through my advance copy of the issue, I was thinkingContinue Reading

Bon Voyage Centerpiece

Bon Voyage Centerpiece

Know any graduates going off on a trip to Europe? Or maybe someone retiring? Here's a great project for a bon voyage centerpiece. Supplies: 12″ Smoothfoam half ball Smoothfoam airplane Acrylic craft paint Striped paper straw Instructions: Paint the half ball in blue. Allow to dry completely and then sketch in the continents to makeContinue Reading

Eudora the Elephant Softie Tutorial

LB Elephant Photo 7

Do you have too many stuffed animals? We certainly do. My little girl LOVES them and, even at 10, can't resist collecting them. I complain bitterly. Then I make her more. So tell me, how do you store stuffed animals? Because that's the biggest issue around here. I'm fine with her playing with them, lovingContinue Reading

Cinco De Mayo Blog Hop with Craftwell & Sabor Papel

Cinco Blog Hop Beauty Shot

  It's party time! I'm pleased to be part of fun, Cinco de Mayo blog hop featuring Sabor Papel and Craftwell. Sabor's beautiful papers are all you need to create stunning party decor for your Cinco de Mayo and summer parties. I used Sabor Papel's collection of papers and embellishments to create beautiful paper lanternsContinue Reading

Tips for Sending Your Kids to Camp

Camp Checklist

Disclosure: I received free product from Stickerkid in exchange for a review of their products. The opinions are mine. The links to StickerKid are affiliate links-I will earn a small commission for purchases made via the links. (Which will help me offset the camp costs, so if you are going to order some labels IContinue Reading

Tween Crafts

Tween Memo Board 2

When I started this blog, way back in 2007, my daughter was two years old. She was my muse. Most of my crafts were very cute, and they were geared towards toddler and then elementary-aged girls. Flash forward to 2016. My daughter is almost 11 and is heading off to middle school next year. MyContinue Reading

Patio Chair Makeover

Pillow Badge

One of my favorite things to do in the Spring is to freshen up my patio for the warm months ahead. I don't have much of a design budget though, so I usually try to add one or two new items and then I "shop" around my house and mix and match the things IContinue Reading