Quilled Heart for Valentine’s Day

Quilled Heart

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I recently came across a beautiful quilled heart design at Lushome while researching Valentine’s Day projects. I know nothing about quilling but really like the look. {I guess a little more research is in order :).}

So here’s my simplified “copy” of the quilled heart I liked so much. It is now hanging in our dining area and I ♥ it!


Supplies needed:

11 ½” x 11 ½” stiff […]

I’m Sponsoring a Craft Contest!

totally green contest

Remember the Newspaper Ornaments I entered into the Totally Green Crafts Contest ~ Holiday Edition? With the help of your votes I was able to win the 1st prize!

Well, this time around I am one of the sponsors of the contest and it’s your turn to enter so we can vote for your projects.

The theme for this season is “Sweaters and T-Shirts“. What great things can you make from a recycled sweater […]

Hanging Window Paper Hearts ♥

Window Heart Tutorial

Before I get started on the Window Paper Heart Tutorial, I just have to share with you how super excited I am that my Paper Heart Wreath Tutorial has gone viral on Pinterest. THANK YOU faithful readers for pinning my tutorials. You are truly the best!!!

OK….back to the tutorial.

This hanging window paper hearts project was inspired by Betsy Veldman at Paper • Scissors • SuperHeroes. When I saw her picture I just […]

Grab my Blog Button!

blog button 3

I am so excited to share my new blog button with you. Please feel free to copy the code and add my button to your blog. I would really appreciate it and thank you very much in advance!

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I also want to thank Amy over at Blogging with Amy for her step-by-step tutorial on how to create a blog button. I couldn’t have done it […]

Glass Pendant Necklace Giveaway Winners Announced

Pink Roses Pendant

Thanks everyone for entering the Glass Pendant Necklace Giveaway and making the first giveaway of 2013 such a success. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your kind comments. Thank you!

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1. Karen […]

Glass Pendant Necklace Giveaway

Pendant Necklace Giveaway

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with making glass pendant necklaces. I enjoy working on them in the evenings after the kiddos are in bed. It’s quite therapeutic! I have slowly amassed quite a collection of necklaces, so I thought it would be fun to give several away!

For instructions on making the pendants, please check out my Pendant Necklace Tutorial. I’ve updated the tutorial with some new tips and tricks.

Here are the four necklaces […]

Paper Heart Wreath Tutorial for Valentine’s Day

Paper Heart Wreath Tutorial

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Here’s a fun project I did with the Bible club girls this past Friday. It’s simple and sweet!

Supplies needed:

8 ½ x 11 red and pink heavy cardstock stapler paper-cutter ribbon


1. Cut strips of paper 1″ wide and 8 ½” long using a paper-cutter. You will need 4 pink and 4 red strips.


2. Fold each strip in half and cut along the crease.


Valentine’s Day Church Bulletin Board Display

Valentine's Day Bulletin Board

Well, it was time to update the bulletin board at church so the kids and I worked on it this weekend. Last January I put up a winter theme {check it out here}, but this year I decided to go with a Valentine’s Day theme instead. After all, who doesn’t love love. ♥


The title for the board is:

Love God with all your heart.

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1. Cover the […]

Mantle Wall Makeover – Part 1

Fireplace Wall

Now that Christmas is over and the decorations are all packed up, the house looks plain and empty.

I need your help!

Most of our family living takes place in our open concept family/dining/kitchen room area. I’m looking to change up the decor and am not exactly sure what to do. I’ve already pinned a few ideas for the mantle on my Pinterest ~ Spring Mantle Makeover board. My initial thoughts are to […]

Slow Cooker ~ Dijon Pork Chops

Dijon Pork Chops

Today, we tried out a new recipe. Slow Cooker Dijon Pork Chops from the Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes. {I picked this book up at a used bookstore over the Christmas break and already have several recipes picked out to try!}

I liked that this recipe was so easy to put together. You just mix the sauce ingredients, potatoes and onion in a big bowl, dump it into the slow […]