Rolled Coffee-Filter Flower Valentine Wreath

Hi there! 

This is a project I worked on last spring… and never posted it because I’m not really fond of it!  ha ha.

Actually, I didn’t post it because I never really “finished” it to my liking.  I intended to cover the whole wreath in rolled coffee-filter flowers.

But rolling those silly flowers takes FOREVER!!!!!!

I dyed coffee filters pink, and rolled them up following instructions from here.

Here’s a close-up…

Then I stuck them in a foam wreath using pearl sewing pins.  And I rolled and stuck, rolled and stuck, rolled and stuck.

You get the idea. 

Then I got tired, and lazy.

And I decided I was done.

So I just ended up covering the rest of the wreath in white yarn and called it a day.

My words of advice to you – if you want to take on a project like this, buy a small wreath. 

Happy February!


Handmade Christmas Gifts and Projects

I love making people handmade gifts.  I did a lot of that this year.  But, because I stink at photography, I actually forgot to take photos of most of the things I made!  

Fortunately, most of the ideas came from either pinterest or blogs I frequent.  So in case any of you are interested in some good gift ideas (for next year?) I thought I’d link them up here.  I am so thankful for all the crafty folks who blog out there – I am good at replicating things I see, but not so good at thinking them up myself!


Get your glue gun ready!

Ceramic Tile Coasters

First, we made Christmas coasters for teacher gifts.  They were simple, turned out really cute, and were quite inexpensive.  We found ceramic tiles at the local Habitat for Humanity Restore for 10 cents each!  Can’t beat that!  Used scrapbooking paper, glue, felt, and ModPodge that I already had on hand.  Tutorial here.

Sign Post

Made this entryway sign post for my porch. 

Since this wasn’t a gift and I still have it, I could take a photo!  Again, quite easy and I’m excited about it because I can use it year-round.  I made a Christmas sign, a Thanksgiving sign, and a generic welcome sign (wood scraps and hardware came from the Restore, and the fence-post topper thingy came from Lowe’s).  Used paint I already had.  Got the idea for the sign post here.  I also used this idea for hand-painting letters.  It worked great.

Craft Stick Nativity

I made three of these handmade nativity scenes – gave two away and kept one for myself!  So easy and took only about 1 hour to finish one.  Used paint and fabric I already had.  Bought the wooden materials at Michael’s and the moss sheets at the Dollar Tree – spent about $10 – that made these three and I have some materials left over.  Tutorial here.  One thing I did differently was to use wooden pieces for the bodies rather than clay pots and I like the way it turned out.

My favorite memory from making these was that my 4 year old helped me paint some of the body pieces – she giggled when she said “I am painting God!”.  She meant the baby Jesus – but it was too cute.

Letter Photo Art

Made one of these for my niece.  Bought scrap wood from Home Depot (and had them cut it for me!) and frames from the Dollar Tree.  Again, I used paint I already had.  Instead of hot gluing the frames to the wood, though, I used hot glue and velcro tabs to attach the frames.  I wanted her to have the option of changing out the letters and putting photos in it in the future.  Great gift – fairly easy and inexpensive.  It seemed like picking out the letters, editing and printing them took the most time!

Scrabble Tile Ornaments

My nephew and his fiancee love to play scrabble.  So I made these Christmas ornaments for them.  One for each of them with their names, and one with their wedding date on it.  As long as you can find a scrabble game at a thrift store for cheap, you’re good to go!!  (and I got some of the tiles, including the numbers, from a friend who was willing to share!  Thanks!)  Instructions here.

White Chocolate Snack Mix

This is a favorite in our home, and perfect for gifting.  Put it in a cute little snack bag and it makes a great gift accompaniment.  (we gave this to the kids’ teachers as well!)

6 cups rice or corn chex (or a mixture of the two!)

3 cups cheerios

1 cup dry roasted peanuts

1 cup pretzel twists

12 ounces m&ms

1 pound white chocolate

Mix first 5 ingredients in large bowl.  Melt white chocolate using the microwave or a double boiler.  Pour over mixture and stir to coat.  Spread out on waxed paper covered cookie sheets until chocolate is hardened and mixture is cool.  Store in an airtight container. 

Be careful because this stuff is addicting!! 

DIY Campfire Starters

I made DIY campfire starters for my hubby and brother-in-law.  We seriously have the worst time starting campfires when we’re camping!  Last summer I had to make an emergency trip to the campground store for firestarters, and at 1.50 a pop, that was my inspiration for making my own!  Survivors we are not.  But DIYers, yes!

These were simple to make – I have two monstrous evergreens in my front yard that drop copious amounts of needles.  So I used those and some old candles I already had.  Genious idea to use egg cartons! 

This makes a great gift for a camping-kinda guy, paired with a camping lighter.  I found some instructions here.  They smell delicious.

(I did find instructions elsewhere that used dryer lint.  I tried that first – but I won’t tell you what I thought they looked like when they were done.  Not exactly gift-worthy.  So I went with the pine needles!)

Melting Snowman Cookies

We made these for my kids’ classmates.  They were a huge hit.  Definitely fun for the kids to decorate, too.  I used my own sugar cookie and frosting recipe.  Inspiration was found here.

Framed Christmas Tree / Scripture Art

My friends got these for Christmas.  Free printable found here, with some scrapbook paper and ribbon I had on hand, and some classy frames from the Dollar Tree.  Wish I’d made one for myself!

Whew!  Lots of ideas here – hopefully they’re helpful to you!  Did you make any handmade gifts or decor for Christmas??  Care to share a link?

My Favorite Room…

is my bathroom.

I love this room. 

Mostly because it’s the one room in the house where I might actually get a moment of peace and quite.  (You notice I said “might”.  We’re not quite there yet!  Sometimes the kids allow me some privacy here.  and only here.)

But also because it has…

pretty furniture, corian countertop, and tile floors

pretty autumn-ish colors (my favorite!)

a cool light fixture, bee-yootiful faucets, and floral pictures above the super-huge mirror

It’s the only room in my house that feels luxurious (well – to me, at least).  

And it’s the easiest room in the house for me to keep clean (a.k.a., it generally avoids the toy build-up to which the rest of the rooms are so prone).

And now it’s your turn to play along… what’s your favorite room in your house and why??

Looking forward to

…working on these candlesticks for my next project.

I happen to have some 4×4 wood left over from my Christmas projects.  And soon the top of my buffet in the dining room will be transformed into something like the last photo in the blog post from “Drab to Fab” that I linked to above.

By the way, anyone have a window frame like the one in the picture lying around?  I love, love, love the look of that window frame with the wreath and candlesticks… and I already have the perfect wreath!

oooh, I can’t wait for garage sale season…

Easy-peasy home decorating project

This is so cool!  And it was so simple!

After Little A moved out of her room in July, we turned it into a home office.  I painted, we moved two garage-sale desks in, put the computer in there, and the papers have been piling up in there ever since.  Seriously, if I have a nemesis, it’s papers. 

I.  Cannot.  Get.  Control.  Over.  Them.

Anyhooo, I haven’t done a thing in that room since then.  So I figured it was time.  I happened to be in JoAnn’s a few weeks back and found some very pretty fabric.  It’s a small room, and I had painted it a taupe-y brown color (which I love);  but it needed some color.  The fabric I found for the swag curtains were perfect. 

Love This Color!

Love This Color!

Next, I needed something in the same accent colors for this empty wall…



Enter the easy-peasy home decorating project. 

Just to be clear, I found the idea here… but I kinda did my own thing with it.

See what you think of the result…


 You can find all the “real” instructions at the link up above… but for my wall decoration I used foam boards that were cut to a 10″ square.  Then I basically “wrapped” the 12×12 sheets of scrapbooking paper onto the foam squares, using a spray adhesive.  They were so light, all I needed to get them adhered to the wall was HandiTak reusable adhesive.  And all done.  Easy-peasy.


This took me about 2 hours (it would probably be 1 if you dont’ have any toddlers around!).  And cost me about ten dollars (I already had the spray adhesive and HandiTak on hand, so I just had to buy the foam boards and paper, for which I used a 40% off coupon at Michael’s).  Talk about quick and cheap!  And I love the statement it makes on that wall!

Some pictures of the materials you need…

Spray Adhesive

Spray Adhesive


Foam Boards

Foam Boards


Scrapbooking papers

Scrapbooking papers

Now maybe one of these days after I get all the papers filed I’ll show you pictures of the rest of the room.  Maybe.