Fall Wreath On Door

SUGARED FRUIT WREATH FOR FALL

I am always eager for Fall to arrive because it is unquestionably my favorite season of the year.  I usually put autumn decorations on our front porch before I add fall decor indoors.  When I was thinking about what kind of wreath I wanted this fall, I remembered a beautiful wreath shared on Madigan Made a few years ago.  I decided to make my own sugared fruit wreath that is perfect for early Fall, Thanksgiving, and even through Christmas! I purchased a small foam … [Read More...]

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A FINE BATHROOM

Our bathroom was fine.  Standard upstairs bathroom sized, functional, fine.  I spent my energy decorating the other rooms in The Mad House because the bathroom was fine, and, well, it was just a bathroom after all.  Looking at it in these pictures, I’m a little embarrassed.  I know I am supposed to be this crafty, decorating blogger, but really the bathroom was fine. Fine-ish. What a stylish window treatment, yes?  The bathroom has a good sized window that lets in … [Read More...]

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LIGHTER HARVEST PASTA SALAD

As I get a little bit older, I try to make better choices about the meals I serve myself and my family.  I love food though, and my kids can be picky eaters, so any lighter choices I make have to retain the same delicious flavor that we crave.  I love harvest pasta salad, but the bacon and mayo that go into the traditional recipe is a bit frightening.  I have put together a lightened version of the recipe that still tastes amazing! To lighten up the pasta salad, I swap out … [Read More...]

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HOMEMADE FROZEN COSTUME: SVEN THE REINDEER

There has been no escaping Frozen this year, especially in my house.  My daughter has spent plenty of time playing around in her Elsa dress, but my son didn't really have a way to participate in the fun.  Everybody seems to focus on Olaf and Elsa as fan favorite, which makes me a little sad for another lovable character:  Sven the reindeer.  When I joined in with 11 fellow bloggers to come up with new homemade Halloween ideas, I decided to make my son a quick and inexpensive … [Read More...]

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MAD SKILLS PARTY #224

WELCOME TO THE 224th MAD SKILLS PARTY!   For the Mad Skills party, you can link up a post, old or new, to share with other readers. The only rule for the party is that the post MUST BE A TUTORIAL. The tutorial can be written, pictorial, or a combination of the two, but it should be a project or a process that another crafter would be able to replicate. Any Mad Skill level, from novice to advanced, is welcome!   I like to be able to thank all of you for participating in the party.  … [Read More...]

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ORGANIZE YOUR KIDS’ STUFF WITH ONE TRIP TO THE DOLLAR STORE

  Nothing can de-organize a house as efficiently as a child.  Between the limitless amount of gear they require, the toys they play with, and the messes they make themselves, keeping kid stuff organized can seem like a battle you can’t win.  I have rounded up 25 ways to help organize all of your kids’ things with dollar store supplies.  WIPES CONTAINER GAME STORAGE – JAZZIE AND TAHLIA MAGNETIC TOY STORAGE – DOLLAR STORE CRAFTS TOY BIN LABELS – MAD IN CRAFTS PUZZLE … [Read More...]

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PAINT IT WITH PLUTONIUM!

       Oh, you guys, I am so excited about the news I have for you today!  I had so much fun running the Plutonium giveaway a few months ago, that I am teaming up with Plutonium to give some more paint away.  But, it’s so much more than that!  Look at these gorgeous paintings. Ray Ferrer is a world renowned, American artist who is best known for his urban wall art.  He uses a craft knife to hand-cut his custom stencils (even his 8’ x10’ wall murals!) … [Read More...]