Showing posts from September, 2013

DIY Tutorial: Small Autumn Decoration

This project looks very nice when it's finished and is such a great little craft to make for your Autumn decor! And by the way, you don't have to use a fall stamp, You can paint any kind of stamp or picture you'd like! I must say this though: It does take a little while to do (well, depending on the stamp you use). Alright. Now time to get started, but first, I have to talk some more: I bought this awesome stamp at a yard sale this summer for 25 cents! 25 CENTS! Needless to say, I got the best bargain of the day... I loved the colors they used on the top of the stamp, but the problem was, I didn't have any of those colors. I didn't want to stamp it all one color, so I decided to paint it my own way. I always do that :) I didn't have any black ink either, so I painted the whole stamp with paint and a brush onto some card stock. I pressed it down hard to get this result: I still wished I could have just drawn all of that myself... Then the painting began... And after m…

Autumn Scents You Can Make For Your Home!

Each season has a certain "smell" to it. Do you agree?
And for Fall time, I think this season has the best smells of all!

The smell of leaves, fresh air, apples, cinnamon and spices, pumpkin, carmel,and so many more! We all light candles in our house to capture the warm and comfy fall atmosphere.

And here's a recipe you can try to keep the house smelling like Autumn for hours!

Use a small saucepan.
You can keep it out of the way by putting it on the back of the stove.

Pour in some water and then add anything you'd like to make the perfect Autumn smell.

In the pot, I poured in the water and put in some apples, some cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg.
I put it on the back burner and turned it to a very LOW setting. I didn't want it to boil over or burn! :(

In no time, the festive smells began to fill the house! It will last for hours if you add water to the pot whenever it starts getting low.

Add different things to create your own scent, like:
orange slices, honey, va…

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Here's another recipe for ya:

Homemade Hamburger Helper. Well actually, it's more like  Cheesburger Helper.
It's Oh So Cheesy!

We make it all the time at our house... it's so good . . . and homemade! This is the perfect recipe for the little ones in your house.

The Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef (Those cows are grass-fed, by the way)
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. Onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 hefty squirt of mustard
1 3/4 cups of water
2 1/2 cups of pasta
2 cups of shredded cheese. (We use Fresh Amish cheese... Yum!)

The Recipe:

1. Brown and drain the beef.
2. Stir in the pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, tomato sauce, and mustard.
3. Pour in the water and pasta.
4. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat.
5. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the water is absorbed and the pasta is cooked. If the water is absorbed before the pasta is cooked, add a little more water.
6. Turn off the heat off and stir in the cheese!

You can serve any rema…

Easy Fall Candle Craft

This is a very simple craft you can make in less than 10 minutes! It adds a nice touch to a fireplace mantel, a shelf, or a table that's decorated for fall!
It casts a dim glow when lit, adding beauty to any decor.

All you need is some tissue paper - the color can be your choice. Some scissors, a pen, an empty jar, a tealight or votive candle, and some twine, ribbon, lace, or any decoration. (optional)

First, cut out the correct amount of tissue paper by measuring around the jar. Next, trace a picture onto your tissue paper with the pen.

Cut out the shape (carefully!)
I ripped so many pieces of tissue paper... this step requires PATIENCE . . . which I don't have much of when it comes to tiny detailed things.

Next, wrap the tissue paper around the jar and tape it in place.

This is my jar - with a leaf cutout! You can also add a small detail around the top of the jar! I wrapped twine around several times and finished it off with a bow. You can wrap ribbon around it, or lace, beads, …

How To Make your Own Rustic Signs

I really thought that making these old signs would be a lot harder than people make it look... turns out, they're as easy as can be! I'll warn you though, it does take a little bit of time and energy, but when you're finished, you will be very proud of your work!
So here are the instructions: step-by-step.

Start with a piece of scrap wood. A boring, lonely, scrap of wood. The uglier, the better! This one had big nails and holes in it already. And a stain. Perfect!
Paint it white, or whatever color you'd like as a main color.

Then, after it has dried, paint another color over the white. Something that will show through the white when you sand it down. I chose a brick-red color. I got so excited, thinking it was going to turn out, I painted 2 more planks of ugly wood! Now, once the second layer has dried, paint one more layer of white on it.
After more drying time, start sanding that paint off! Make it rustic, make it old, and make it worn-out!

They're really lookin' coo…

Fall Hutch Decor ideas (Country, Rustic, and Primitive)

Yay! My favorite season of the year has finally arrived and I've been super busy trying to get some DIY projects finished so I could post them on my blog!
So, while I'm waiting for my projects to dry, I'm going to post some inspiration and ideas for Autumn decorating.

Here's our Dining Room hutch - all decorated! It has a country... rustic... homey look to it, I think.

So the top shelf had hurricane lamps and a basket on it, and some Mason jars with sticks and wheat in it. The sticks are so cool! Fill some mason jars up with raffia, shredded paper, or tissue paper, and place a handful of sticks and wheat, dried weeds, or flowers in the jar. The second shelf had old glass bottles and pitchers on it. Add some leaves or attach a burlap ribbon to hang on the shelf, too! Find a rusty bucket and fill it with spice tins and containers The third shelf had a couple little scarecrow-men. I also added a rusty cheese grater and some old bells. We had a cookie jar filled with fall-colo…

"B" is for Banana Cream Pie!

Here's a great idea for helping kids recognize the letter of the week:

"B" is for Banana Cream Pie!

Very simple! It seems like a game to him, but he's really learning in the process. I don't like school to be boring... Worksheets for his age are the pits. I put a bunch of cottonballs in a pie pan and cut out some "bananas" with random letters (lowercase and uppercase) on them with some "B's" added in the mix. I showed him my creation and asked him to pick out all the "B" bananas for me so we could make the perfect banana cream pie. We had been learning about the letter B all week, and it took him no time at all to find the lower and uppercase B's. After he had sorted out all of the letters that were not B's, he placed all of the proper bananas on the pie.  And here's the finished project. He was quite proud of it because he had placed the B's right where he wanted them. It was HIS cream pie!  
This is a very good way f…

Pond Sensory Bin

Here's another great sensory bin idea for your classroom.
A pond theme

He liked this one a lot! It had water with water beads and marbles in it. Endless, splashing fun!

I also put rubber ducks, froggies, lizards, snakes, lilypads, alligators, skidoos, fish, and seaweed in it.   He liked playing with these little creatures. I also put measuring cups in spoons for him to stir and pour the marbles into containers. ...ribbit... We also dyed our pond water with food coloring. He enjoyed squirting the color and then mixing it in. but I think the best part about the whole bin was adding platic tubes. This was his VERY favorite part! He put the marbles down and watched them swirl and slide down the tubes and back into the bin. And to be honest, I enjoyed it myself too! :) There are many things he can learn while playing with the pond bin. It keeps him quiet and entertained for hours! And once you add the water beads in with the water, you'll find it hard to break away from the bin as …

Mason Jar Candle

Here's a very easy DIY you can try in simple steps...

Start with a mason jar and cover it with paper. I used sheet music. Wrap twine around the neck of the jar. Attach lace beneath the twine. I think it looked pretty already, but I added more... Attach a flower. And a twine bow. Set a votive or tealight candle inside and enjoy your work as it  glows... And you're done! Thanks for reading!