10+ Pumpkin Crafts

by leanneja on September 1, 2015 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Decorating, DIY, Fall, Halloween, Holidays

It’s that time of year. The kids are back in school, there’s a chill in the morning air, and pumpkins are popping up everywhere. I love real pumpkins, especially mini white ones, but they don’t last forever. Here are some Pumpkin Crafts that you will be able to bring out and enjoy year after year. There’s a huge range of pumpkins represented, from fabric to wood, spray paint to glitter, and paper to wicker. I know you’ll be able to find at least one you’ll want to recreate. If you start soon you’ll be able to make all of them.

10+ Pumpkin Craft Ideas

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Did you miss any of the posts in August? There were some fun and easy projects I shared last month that I’d hate for you to miss so I’m sharing them all in one place in the August Posts Round Up. I have the projects divided into categories so you can easily find what you like or just look through all the projects so you don’t accidentally miss anything. I hope you find something that inspires you to create, decorate or organize your home.

August Posts Round Up

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Fall Printable

by leanneja on August 30, 2015 · 1 comment

in Decorating, Fall, Printable

It’s still 100 degrees where I live but as soon as school starts my thoughts turn to Fall. There really isn’t much of a weather change in the desert, but I remember my childhood in Indiana and that’s when Fall became my favorite season. Fall in Indiana is amazing! I can still smell the crisp air and feel the leaves crunching beneath my feet. We lived in a subdivision but our backyard backed up against a farm and I loved harvest time, mostly because I knew Halloween was fast approaching, but also because it was fun to play in the freshly plowed field.

I made this Fall Printable reminiscent of Fall in Indiana and of my childhood playing in the fallen leaves and picking apples. Who else remembers raking leaves into piles just to jump into them or burying yourself in leaves and jumping out? I would help my mom make apple butter and fruit leather with the apples we picked. I wish I still remembered how to make apple butter. It made the house smell amazing! Okay, that’s now on my list to make this Fall. I want my house to smell like delicious ripe apples. Maybe I’ll do a week of apple recipes.

Fall Word Art Printable

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Halloween Tea Light Holders

by leanneja on August 27, 2015 · 1 comment

in Crafts, Decorating, Halloween

So, you know how I made a goal to deep clean and declutter my craft room once the kids went back to school? Going through the shelves and drawers made me realize how many supplies I have that haven’t used for years. I’m going to make a goal to use the supplies I have within the next 9 months or get rid of them. I’m also hoping it will get my creative juices flowing again. I’ve felt a bit stagnant lately. Let’s start with a Halloween craft because Halloween is probably my favorite holiday to craft and decorate for.

Halloween Tea Light Holders

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I have a Senior in High School this year which means she will be heading off to college before I know it. This year is going to be all about enjoying her last year of high school while also preparing for college. With already having kids in college I know how small dorm rooms are and how much stuff kids want to take with them, so I am researching and preparing now so she has plenty of storage and her room stays as neat and organized as possible. Here are some Dorm Room Organizing Essentials I will make sure she has with her as she heads off to college. Don’t forget to also add these organizing items to your list.

Dorm Room Organizing Essentials

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Throughout Summer I have been slacking in certain areas of my life, planning ahead being one of them (it’s been a pretty casual and relaxing Summer). I realized the day before school started that I didn’t have a prop for the kids to hold for the first day of school photos. For shame! Luckily I had 3 clipboards and some chalkboard paint in my craft room so I crafted up some quick and easy Chalkboard Clipboard Signs. They were perfect for the back to school photos and wait until you see what else I did with them.

Chalkboard Clipboard Signs

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Back to School Gift Bags for Kids

by leanneja on August 21, 2015 · 0 comments

in Children, Gifts, Printable

Back to School can be pretty costly but I still like to give the kids a little gift bag with a note of encouragement for a good school year. These Back to School Gift Bags are so fun to put together. Use the printable to gather the supplies you need to make a back to school gift bag for your kids. It’s just a sweet little gift your kids are sure to appreciate.

Back to School Gift Bags for kids

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Chalkboard Tissue Boxes

by leanneja on August 20, 2015 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Gifts, Paint, School

How cute are these tissue boxes?! It’s hard to come up with a unique teacher gift for the beginning of the school year so I like to purchase useful items for the classroom from the teacher’s wish list. There never seems to be enough tissues or hand sanitizer when a classroom full of kids are involved, so I came up with something cute and useful when I made these Chalkboard Tissue Boxes. What’s more fun and predictable than more chalkboard surfaces in a classroom? All teachers like chalkboards, right? Okay, some of you might be over the whole chalkboard craze but I’m not and I’m hoping our teachers aren’t either.

Chalkboard Tissue Boxes

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It’s that time of year. The kids are heading back to school and I wish I had a few hundred more dollars. My kids start school next week which means this week is clothes shopping, getting the best deal on backpacks that actually last the whole school year, haircuts, school supply shopping, and paying school fees. I think I actually spend more on back to school than I do for Christmas which is why I have found a few ways to save money this time of year. I’m going to share with you some of my Back to School Money Saving Tips that hopefully will help you save money as your kids head back to school too.

back to school money saving tips

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After a full Summer of throwing towels on the ground, lawn chairs, and outdoor tables I wanted to make a towel rack for this Summer. Yes, I realize Summer is almost over but we have at least another 6-8 weeks of swimming where I live so I still wanted one for this year. I was on my way to the hardware store for the supplies when I took a quick stop at Home Goods and found a small clothes rack on clearance for $7. I couldn’t make it for that price so I took the easy way out and made a few simple changes to turn the clothes rack into a Pool Towel Rack.

Pool Towel Rack

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