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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Vintage Look School Mantel

by leanneja on August 14, 2015 · 3 comments

in Decorating, Mantels

The kids are going back to school in a week so I thought I’d decorate the house a little to help celebrate their return. Actually I’ll take any excuse to decorate the mantel again. You’ll never be able to accuse me of having a boring or un-decorated mantel. It’s one of my favorite things to change with the seasons, holidays or special events. I didn’t purchase anything for the School Mantel, I just grabbed things from around the house that were school related.

School Mantel

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Feather Art

by leanneja on August 12, 2015 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Decorating, DIY, Fall

As much as I love blogs and pinterest I still love looking through home decor magazines. They’re full of pretty pictures and great ideas and I’m able to get so much inspiration from them. Sometimes I get inspiration from the most unusual pictures though. I was looking through a magazine a few months ago and saw an ad for appliances or windows or something else, I’m not sure but the thing that caught my eye was a display of feathers. The picture had these very large feathers displayed on a block of wood. I knew I wanted to make some Feather Art similar to the picture so this is my interpretation of the piece in the magazine.

Feather Art

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Macrame Wall Hanging

by leanneja on August 10, 2015 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Decorating, DIY

I told you I was addicted when I made my last wall hanging. I thought I’d change things up a bit for my side of the room and make a Macrame Wall Hanging this time. Oh, this brought back so many memories. I used to love macrame but hadn’t made anything using it for at least 30 years. I think the last thing I made was a hanging plant holder. I had a macrame owl when we were first married and now I wish I still had it! One of my favorite things about macrame is it’s inexpensive and you can make it cover a whole wall if you like. It makes a great focal point. I made mine long instead of wide because of the space I wanted to fill.

Macrame Wall Hanging

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