Posted Friday, May 9, 2014

Every Mother’s Day I try to make something homemade for my mom. This year, with my mom and dad celebrating 50 years of marriage, my mind has been on family trees.

Pinterest provided a wealth of ideas on what I could do to create my own family tree. This idea is simple but makes a great statement. Now I wouldn’t be able to do this with my grandparents who had 13 children but with my family we are small enough that it was just perfect.

Here are the supplies needed:

Shadow Box (Hobby Lobby $30 – on sale for $15)
Branches (Hobby Lobby $7.99)
Small rubber band
Moss (Dollar Tree $1.00)
Glue gun and sticks (already had)
Printed photos
Hole punch
Jute ribbon


Clean your shadow box to take away any dust or grime. Gather your branches and hold together with a rubber band at the end.

Place your branches down to get an idea of how you want your tree to look. Fan the branches out as best you can. Once you get them how you like, pick a few larger branches and glue them down, as well as the base.


Add glue to the bottom of the shadow box by the end of the branches. Work on one side at a time. Add moss and press down to secure. Let set.


Add a hole with the hole punch to your photos. Add jute ribbon and tie a knot at the top to form a circle. Hang the photos on branches.


Tada. Cute gift completed.

Happy Mother’s Day mom!

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Posted Tuesday, February 11, 2014

As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches I wanted to share with you these cute little tins and scrapbooks I made for the kids. But I put them up on my other blog so head on over there to get all the details.

Valentines Day 2014 Tin

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Posted Saturday, February 8, 2014

I love mason jars. They are so versatile and can be dressed up or made to look shabby chic. You can even cook in them! Not to mention canning.

Pinterest has so many photos of painted mason jars so I finally got on the bandwagon and made my own. I decided I wanted to make some for my bathroom.

Off I went to Michael’s to get just the right colors. Turquoise, Gray, and ….. Turquoise. Yes, I bought the same color in different brands. But they were just a touch different so it worked for me. I also used Ocean Seabreeze to mix it up a little so the colors weren’t too close and matched more of my bathroom decor.

Painted Mason Jars #DIY

First I cleaned the jars in warm water and then wiped them with an alcohol wipe. I then poured some paint onto a paper plate and started painting the outside of the jar with a foam brush. I waited a couple of hours and then put on another coat.

Painted Mason Jars #DIY

The next day I took a small piece of sandpaper (a nail file would work great) and scraped off the lettering and some of the paint to give it a distressed look.

The last step was to put a clear coat of varnish on the jar to give it some sheen. Voila. Then just add whatever you want to fill it with.

Painted Mason Jars #DIY

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Posted Thursday, January 9, 2014

I decided to forgo any resolutions this year and instead chose a word to focus on throughout the year.

What word did I choose you ask?


Believe. Because I need to believe in myself more this year.

There are so many things I want to accomplish this year and if I believe I can do them, then I can achieve them.

1) blogging – I would like to do a better job at blogging. Here and on my addicted 2 recipes site. I started both because I loved doing it and just need to find that passion again for it.

2) photography – taking pictures has always been one of my favorite hobbies. But I still take pictures in auto mode. I need to move away from that and get into manual mode and work on my styling as well.

3) documenting – before I blogged, I scrapbooked. A lot. I would rush home from work and get right on the scrapbooks. I got away from that and need to get back to it. It’s a way to capture life and preserve it.

4) lifestyle change – this encompasses eating habits, workout routine, getting out more and meeting new friends.

These are by no means the only things I want to accomplish but it’s a start. Step by step and I can achieve it all. Now I’m off to go sing NKOTB Step by Step.

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