There’s a Whole Lotta Craftiness Going on Around Here!

There’s a Whole Lotta Craftiness Going on Around Here!

I haven’t been keeping y’all up to date on my craftiness lately.  The 31 day series has been filled with parenting ideas, but there’s a lot more to me than motherhood.  I wear many hats.  I am a multi-faceted woman.  James says complicated and confusing.  Tomato-tomahto.

I’ve been doing some small, easy projects, putting them in my shop and sharing them on other sites.  Then I realized that I’m not showing them to you, and you understand me best of all.  That led me to feel sorry for you.  Because if you can understand ME then there might be something sadly wrong with you and I think you need to see a doctor.

….ooops…..train of thought derailed…..back to the crafts….

Over at Mom It Forward I’m showing 7 ways to use brown lunch bags for fall.  Here’s a quick peek….be prepared for excessive cuteness.

Then, as if that wasn’t enough, I am also over at Life Your Way sharing 7 ways to say “welcome” with your decorating.

I never realized before that I like lists of 7 so much.  Or maybe I just can’t think of more than that.  I do tend to get distracted easily.

But that’s not all of the creativity around here.  I’ve been cranking out some etsy orders and enjoying the process of making things for others.  I just love thinking about my customers and praying for them while I work.  I made a big batch of these on Monday and sent them off to a special bride:

And I’ve got a whole bunch of new products in the shop. These zippered pouches are so cute and they’d make great Christmas gift for friends, teachers, secret santas, church leaders, lots of folks!

I’ve got to show you just one more, then I’ll stop.  But these mason jar lids that we’re making now are just so fun. I’m using them all of the time for the whole family.

Thanks for letting me spill about all of the craftiness that’s been happening around here.  I hope you’ll pop over to Mom It Forward and Life Your Way to say hello!

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How to Make an “Old” Sign

How to Make an “Old” Sign

Today I am over at Life Your Way sharing ideas for how to use old doors.  Old doors make me happy.  One of my faves is this door we bolted to a tree at the end of our driveway.

I thought I’d show you how I painted the sign hanging on the door.  Since we live in the country, we needed a big, bold address sign.  I need the delivery men to find us so he can deliver the many important packages without any trouble.  All of those Legos and cans of spray paint….we don’t want those to get lost, now do we?

So I dug through my wood pile and found a worn scrap and just used it the way it was.  No cutting, no nothin’.

Then I printed some big numbers from a font that I like.  It’s an odd, scratchy looking font, but I liked the shape so I went with it.  I got out some carbon paper.  Remember carbon paper?  I can remember putting a piece of carbon paper between 2 pieces of typing paper and rolling it through the typewriter so I’d have 2 copies.

Good times.

Ok back to the sign…..I traced around the printed letter with a stylus (but you could use anything) and the carbon paper left a nice line on the wood for me to paint.  I just used a small, flat brush and outlined the letters with black craft paint.  Then I filled them in…nothing to it.

I didn’t try to fill them is completely.  I wanted it to look worn and rough.

Then I decided the numbers needed a little pop, so I got out the white craft paint and added a bit of shadow.  I guess gray would have been shadow, but I used white.  Oh well…I like to live life to the fullest.

The trick is just painting the “shadow” along 2 sides.  I chose the right and the bottom sides of the letters, but you could also do top/left.  Then you paint a line along all of those sides you chose.  It’s a small thing, but it adds a nice dimension.

Oh yeah, I hand painted some scrolly thing-a-ma-bobs in the upper corners.  Then I gave the whole thing a light sanding.

And we’re done.  Drill a couple of holes and tie it to an old door.  Instant yard charm.

It was a great quick project to work on while I watched a movie with the kids.  It only took me about half an hour and that was with distractions, bathroom breaks, stopping to take pictures and Levi asking if he could eat my popcorn.

I hope you’ll pop on over to Life Your Way and check out my other ideas for using old doors!

Q & A part two

I am back at Becky’s today answering more questions.  Last week I answered about how we manage homeschool and housework with a bunch of kids.  Today I am answering some follow up questions from her readers.  When she said she had more questions I thought they would be like, “Who is this woman and why do we care what she does?”  So I was relieved when she sent me these:

1) Do you require your kids to get dressed every day for school? Casual or dressed up?

2) Do your kids ever do any other extra-curricular activities or sports or music lessons?

3) a) How does she teach different grade levels at the same time? b) How does she organize homeschool stuff? How does she have the energy to do so much in 1 day 😉 c) What about homeschooling w/newborn? {I think you covered the energy part already}.

4) How does you organize keeping the child who eats all day full? Or deal with the kid who takes an hour to eat a half a sandwich?

5) What kinds of extra activities, if any, do you and your kids do? Does she have to say no to a lot of extra things, or helping other people?

6) Do you have things/places to go during the day and how do you deal with that and home-school? { i.e., doctor’s appointments, shopping for groceries, etc.}


Aren’t those great questions?!  I had fun answering them.  If you want to know the answers too, head over to Becky’s.

Homeschool Mom Q & A

Homeschool Mom Q & A

My friend Becky sent me a list of questions.  She wondered about how I stay organized and scheduled.  She has an amazing organizing blog, so I’m not sure why she’s slummin’ it with me, but I answered her questions.  It was actually fun to think about how I do things and why I do them.

I was getting some pictures ready for her and I couldn’t decide.  Do I show the perfect, fairy tale version or the sloppy, worst day version?  It reminded me of the old Goofus and Gallant cartoon.  Remember?  From the Highlight magazines in the doctor’s office when we were kids?  Goofus always did the wrong thing and Gallant always did right.

So I decided to make my own homeschool version.  Goofus Mom and Gallant Mom.

7:30 am

9:00 am

1:00 pm

3:30 pm

5:00 pm

Head over to Becky’s to see which one I really am.

Midwestern {Sewing} Girl

Midwestern {Sewing} Girl

Good Monday morning to you!  I am excited to be visiting Maggie today over at Midwestern {Sewing} Girl.  She was competing with me in the One Month To Win It contest a couple of months ago and we got to be fast friends.  It’s kind of like if we were against each other in a Miss America competition.  We could have hated each other and replaced each other’s hair spray with an explosive device, but instead we liked each other so we share beauty tips and go to the bathroom together.

OK, that sounded weird.  Maggie and I have never actually been to the bathroom together.  We’ve never even met in person, which I am sure she is happy about right now.

Anyway, I hope you’ll go over to her blog and show her some love (and let her know I’m not a freak).

Over at Maggie’s I’m showing you how to make these adorable candle holders.


And y’all know how good I am at writing tutorials.  Once you’ve read my directions you will wish you just had some simple instructions written in Japanese.

Have a great Monday!

Guest Post at New Nostalgia

Today I’m guest posting over at New Nostalgia.

I’ve been reading Amy’s blog for a long time, but her recent struggle with breast cancer has me on the edge of my seat….or should I say kneeling at the edge of my bed?  She’s delightful, truthful and (she would argue with this) fearless.

I hope you’ll go over to read my post on meal planning and give Amy some love while you’re there.