Hot Cocoa Station with Upcycled Vintage Santa Tray

Setting up our hot cocoa station has been the first activity on our Advent calendar two years in a row now (which means it won’t be much of a surprise if I do it again next year). The glass jars are Anchor Hocking from Target that I picked up last year. This year I made the (too big! oops!) tags … Continue reading

Sugar-Free Hot Cocoa Mix: Dare to Give Handmade

Going into the weekend, I wasn’t sure I would be able to get a Dare to Give Handmade post up at all. Every year (you know, all three of them that I’ve been linking up with Dare to DIY), this is the hardest week for me. I guess maybe it says something about my character that I don’t have any … Continue reading

Cone Tree Advent Calendar

I don’t usually post on weekends, but I was determined to have this year’s Advent calendar post up before December 1. And it’s a really simple one, so if you just happen to reading this on November 30 and you also happen to be looking for an Advent calendar to make, you could easily knock this one out before tomorrow … Continue reading

Woodland Animals Banner: Dare to DIY

This week’s Dare to DIY theme is Be Thankful, and you know what I’m thankful for? Woodland animals. Because they are adorable. (Really, this week I’m thankful that we appear (knock wood) to be ALL DONE WITH DIAPERS around here. That’s right: my just turned 22 month old is a potty training prodigy. At least compared to his brothers. Nothing … Continue reading

Creepy Gold Snakes Halloween Wreath

Well, there’s not really going to be a post about basement doors this week, and there very nearly was not one about this wreath, either. Because my plans this week were thwarted at every turn! By non-sleeping babies, overpacked schedules, and uncooperative spray paint. Here’s what you need to make this wreath: *A wreath form of some sort (I bought … Continue reading

A Birthday Wooden Shark with the Dremel Micro 8050

  When I was a kid, my favorite toys to play with were Fisher Price Little People. Not those chunky ones they have now; the real ones:  the ones you can choke on. I don’t remember much about actually playing with the Little People. What I remember is the part that came before that, where my brother and I would … Continue reading

DIY Miss Havisham Wedding Cake

post contains affiliate links “What do you think that is?” she asked me, again pointing with her stick; “that, where those cobwebs are?” “I can’t guess what it is, ma’am.” “It’s a great cake. A bride-cake. Mine!” –Great Expectations, Chap. 11   I asked the kids awhile back what theme they wanted this year for our Halloween decorations, and they … Continue reading

DIY Harry Potter Wands

post contains affiliate links This weekend Milo is having a very belated birthday party (his actual birthday was back in May, but we waited until now for the party for assorted reasons too boring to get into). He just turned eleven so, naturally, he’s having a Harry Potter party. Next week I’ll be back with a full recap of the … Continue reading

DIY Bullseye Tie-dye T-shirts for all the Cousins

I was compensated for this post as part of a campaign by Tulip and Blueprint Social. I have a few tie-dyeing experiences under my belt. I remember most all of them as involving giant messy vats of dye and results of….questionable beauty. But I have a lingering affection for tie-dye that maybe dates to a special class on the sixties … Continue reading

Blue and Gold Star: This Year’s Quick 4th of July Project

Historically, I’m not the best at either decorating for the 4th of July or putting stuff on my front door to make it look all pretty and seasonally appropriate. So with this project I tried to fix both of those things, with mixed results. Last year’s sole 4th of July project was these pinwheels. This year I pulled out a … Continue reading