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 alsoContinue Reading

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

Everything I never knew I wanted

Peonies Painting

I've been struggling lately. For some reason, I just can't nail down what I want to do. I don't know where I want to take my business. If I even want to keep having a business. I sometimes think I should just chuck it all and get "real" job. But then I fall into aContinue 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

How to Write Successful Newsletters

Newsletter Ebook Graphic

Do you send out newsletters? Do you collect email addresses from fans and friends on social media? If you don't, you are missing out on one of the most successful ways to stay in touch with potential clients. I'm a huge fan of newsletters. In my younger days, when I was a human resources businessContinue 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