Friday, May 27, 2016

Easy to Make School Mascot from Vinyl

It's a big year. My oldest son is graduating from high school in just a few short weeks and the preparations have been underway! We've been getting senior pictures taken, printing up graduation announcements and photo books and I've been prepping for his open house graduation party.  His school mascot is a Trojan and I found some plain trays that I thought I would use some Expressions Vinyl on because when you have a Silhouette machine and some vinyl, no blank surface is safe in my house!
easy to make school mascot tray

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer Fun! Summer Activities for Kids

I used to break out in cold sweats when I would think about the last day of school. The kids were going to be home for weeks straight and unless I wanted our home to turn into The Hunger Games where only the strongest survived {and I'm fairly certain that wouldn't have been me}, then I needed to come up with a plan. I needed activities, I needed play dates, I needed things on the calendar that we could look forward to.

Those activities didn't have to be elaborate, they just needed to be something I could break out of my secret stash of mom goodies if I heard the words "I'm bored" or if I started to hear the rumblings of fighting between siblings. 

beat the boredom with these summer kids activities

I've collected a few of those activities that you can have on hand to put in your back pocket to help you stay sane and to give your kids some fun activities this summer.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Customized monogram slippers

As a thrifty crafter, I'm always on the look out for plain surfaces that are cheap so that I can customize them and make them my own. If you hadn't noticed, sometimes finding plain items to use can be hard. Finding plain items that are cheap can be even harder! But, I'm always up for the challenge! Some of the best places to look are in the clearance rack {Target has some great tank tops I love to use HTV on} and of course, my favorite, at garage sales. 

easy to make monogrammed slippers using heat transfer vinyl

I found this plain pair of slippers {they were originally from Victoria's Secret} for $3 and couldn't wait to get some sparkly heat transfer vinyl on them. I'm showing you how to make them today.

easy to make monogrammed slippers using heat transfer vinyl

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Five Tips for Planning the Perfect Senior Photoshoot and What You Should Do With Them

My oldest son is a senior in high school this year. It wouldn't be a senior year without senior pictures! I went back and forth on when to do them. My kids grow and change {yes, even the senior!} so much during the year, that I decided to wait until the spring to have him meet up with a photographer. But sometimes, seniors meet up with a photographer as early as the summer before their senior year, so I want to make sure you are prepared with some tips from our amazing photographer Rebecca Anne. Rebecca has far more experience than I do and can give you her five tips for planning the perfect senior photo shoot.

5 tips for planning the perfect senior photo shoot

Monday, May 23, 2016

20 Summer Potluck Recipes

I don't know if this is a little known fact about me or not, but I love a good potluck. Like love it love it. I don't know if it's because I grew up going to a church that had potlucks once a month or if it's because I like to try as many new foods as I can at once, but if I hear potluck, you have my RSVP.

Memorial day is just around the corner and if the weather is right, that brings with it the first summer BBQ of the season. Which also brings the opening day of potluck season. Woohoo!

summer bbq or memorial day picnic

I've gathered 20 crowd pleasing summer potluck recipes so that you have a place to start. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

How to Remove Wallpaper Two Different Methods

If you own an older home, chances are you will find a layer or two of dated wallpaper hanging on the walls. Wallpaper is making a comeback, but not all papers stand the test of time. 

removing wallpaper two different ways

Removing wallpaper while standing on scaffolding is what Dea Rust does best! She's becoming quite the pro at stripping wallpaper since she and her husband bought a historic mansion this past year. I thought that maybe she could offer us some tried and true tips for removing wallpaper.

removing wallpaper two different ways in a historic home

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fixer Upper A Young Couple Takes on a Historic Mansion and Finds A Surprise

Hey guys! Remember last month when I introduced you to Dea, a young bride taking on the process of rehabbing a historic mansion in small town Indiana? Dea is back at it again with another remodeling project. She's walking us through The Mansion's doors to see the living room before, during and after their remodel. You guys won't believe what she found under some wallpaper and what she choose to do with it. Come check it out!

Fixer Upper Mansion Edition A young couple takes on rehabbing a historic mansion see their latest remodel

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

East to Make DIY Pie Stand

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DAP Products Inc. for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

The weather is starting to warm up, which means that garage sale season is just around the corner. I love this time of year! I love going on the hunt for unique finds at a great price every Saturday morning. I love being able to see the potential in an item. Even if an item is slightly broken and being cast off in the free box or if it's a more common item that is just wanting for a new purpose, I love them all and keep my eyes out for just about anything!

As the weather warms, it also means that we are hosting more summer BBQ's and parties. I love creating my own decorative stands for cakes, pies and other food. Food always looks better when it's elevated and at all different levels and it gives you the opportunity to decorate all around the item and gives you more space to use for serving other food items too.

Today I want to show you how I took a few thrift store items {I'm still waiting for garage sales to start remember?!} and created an easy DIY pie {or anything} stand that you can use at your next gathering.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How to Create a Family Year Book

In 2008 I created our first family yearbook. The cover was plain black with a frame where a picture should have been. I had left the space blank unintentionally and the book printed and was sent to me. It wasn't all a fail because through the years I have learned a few things. 

how to create a family yearbook using your family photos and a photo book service

We love having a family yearbook. Quite often I will find a kid or two curled up on the couch flipping through the pages. They love to look at how much they have grown and changed over the years laying the books side by side. Sometimes we go back to reference when one of our family vacations was or when an event happened. It's like our own family time capsule.

I'm excited to be able to share with you how you can create your own family year book. If you are already making a family photo book, perhaps you can still learn a tip or two. I've made a few mistakes and learned a few things through the years!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Scrapbook Paper DIY Signs

Sometimes when I lack creativity, I head to my local craft store and start to walk the aisles. It never fails that after a few minutes inspiration usually strikes. This time, I was inspired to create a few of those fun wooden statement signs that are popping up and being sold everywhere you look. I made mine using scrapbook paper and some mod podge and I love the end result.

DIY sign from scrapbook paper

Friday, May 13, 2016

Things Are Going To Be Changing Around Here!

Back in 2005, I started a blog. I was a young mom with three small children and family and friends were scattered all over the United States. I loved my littles and our adventures and wanted a platform to share them on. I used our family blog to stay connected. Once my kids started entering into school and I waded out of the fog of my postpartum depression, I was able to start exploring me.

You see, many people say that they find themselves in their 20's. In my 20's I was a young bride popping out kids every three years like clock work. I was making the necessary sacrifices that come with raising young children. Slowly those burdens started lifting. My kids became more independent and I started getting back into creating. My creations started taking over our family blog in 2009 and as the blogging world started growing, I decided to link up to a blog link party and share one of my creations.  People started reading my blog. People other than family members and friends and here I was opening up my home and my kids and my family to people I didn't know. 

So I started a second blog I named Holy Craft in January of 2010. I did intense market research {with my friends on Facebook. Take that with whatever authority you will.}, and picked the name Holy Craft based on several factors. 

let's chat like friends over coffee

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Small Box Turned Into A Custom Sign

It's gearing up for my favorite time of the whole year. It's nearly garage sale season! Is anyone else excited? I'm dying. I can't wait for Friday and Saturday mornings to be spent looking for good deals, future projects and other crap I just can't live without.

Last week, I got a little garage sale teaser when a random sale popped up just down the street. I stopped in and picked up a small wooden box for a quarter. I was thinking outside of the box {see what I did there?} and crafted a little handmade sign simply by turning the box on it's side, painting it and adding vinyl. 

Plus I added my new favorite, Deco Foil! I kind of want to foil all the things. Come on over and see how I made this. You won't look at a box the same way again!