How to Blow Out an Egg for Decorating

Easter is fast approaching and Easter egg decorating is on many of our 'to do' lists this month.  If you are tired of buying plastic eggs or want to save your 'real' eggs from year to year, you need to learn how to blow out an egg for decorating.  We have attempted this project several times and have learned a few key tips over the years that I thought I would share with you.  If you really want to have fun with this, hand the eggs to your kids and then grab the camera.  There are some seriously fun Easter memories to be made by blowing out … [Read more...]

Easy Thankful Tree Craft to Remember What Matters Most

Well, the chaotic presidential election of 2016 is over and I must admit that I am not all that pleased with the results.  I find myself getting caught up with the anger and frustration that many Americans have felt these past several months.  As a result, I wanted a reminder of the things that are truly important in life. This thankful tree craft is my way of reminding myself that no matter who sits in the White House, I still have a lot of things to be thankful for.With Thanksgiving coming in a few weeks, I am reminded of our yearly … [Read more...]

Easy Bottle Cap Pumpkin Craft is Awesome Fun for Everyone!

My husband is a bit of a beer snob and rarely drinks a beer that comes from a can. That means I had more than enough bottle caps to make this bottle cap pumpkin craft! When we first moved to this house 10 years ago, we installed a bottle cap remover on the wall in the garage.  We placed a box under it to catch all the caps that popped off. After 10 years, we have accumulated a whole bunch of bottle caps!  I have been trying my hand at a few bottle cap crafts over the last year and honestly, even very uncrafty ME can turn a bottle cap into a … [Read more...]

Easy Bat Craft Project for Kids Makes Upcycling Fun!

This easy bat craft project for kids makes upcycling fun!  Crafting is a great way to spend a chilly, October afternoon.  With Halloween quickly approaching, getting into the spooky spirit of the holiday is a fun activity to keep kids busy.  Crafting is always a lot more eco-friendly when you can take things you find around your home and turn them into something new.  Not to mention the money you save on expensive 'craft kits' sold at a lot of specialty stores! This creepy little egg carton bat is a fun upcycled craft for Halloween.  You will … [Read more...]

Lemon and Thyme Gardener Hand Scrub Recipe

This gardener hand scrub recipe will help any gardener tackle the hand mess that happens while playing in the dirt. While there are a lot of things I love about Georgia, the red clay soil is NOT one of them.  Sweet tea is awesome.  Peaches are delicious. Red clay soil stains socks, gets tracked in on dog paws and leaves your hands a mess after you go outside to pull up weeds from the garden!  I decided to tackle the Georgia clay with a homemade hand scrub recipe and since I had a ton of fresh herbs, I went with a lemon and thyme … [Read more...]

Upcycled Dog Treats Jar to Keep Fido’s Treats Fresh!

Up until now, I have been keeping the dog's treats in the box they come from the pet store in.  It rarely closes properly and her chewy treats end up crunchy very quickly. This week I decided to make an upcycled dog treats jar to keep her treats a bit more fresh.  Not that SHE is all that picky.  This is the dog that likes to eat bunny poop and drink out of the toilet.  But, since I love the often annoying little canine that rules this house, I think she deserves fresh dog treats!  So, if you have an empty jar or two lying around, try making an … [Read more...]

How to Make Bottle Cap Magnet Lady Bugs

Have you ever bought craft supplies on Amazon because they were wicked cheap but you had to buy like 4 million of that item?  I decided to make bottle cap magnet lady bugs because what the heck else was I going to do with several pounds worth of tiny circular magnets?  Seriously!  I bought them for a project, used 3 and now am left with so many magnets I don't have a clue how to start using them all up!  Since spring is coming and I am a huge fan of lady bugs, I decided to spend my morning making bottle cap magnet lady bugs!  We are always … [Read more...]

DIY Tic Tac Toe Game Board: A Simple Gift for Only Pennies!

Many years ago, I was in charge of the environmental club at my kid's elementary school.  When Earth Day rolled around, we wanted to give each of them a small token to celebrate a day we all worked so hard to support.  But, of course, we had no budget for gifts and didn't want to get useless plastic stuff that would totally go against the 'green and eco friendly' message we were trying to spread.  We finally found a seed company to donate packages of seeds to us but boy do I wish I had come across this DIY tic tac toe game board back … [Read more...]

Easy Upcycled Scrapbook Makes Box Top Collecting Easy!

This upcycled scrapbook craft is part of a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.During the course of my very chaotic day, I have a tendency to lose things.  No matter how hard I try to keep track of STUFF, it ends up missing more often than not.  My husband wonders why I never answer my cell phone.  Most likely because I have left it in a bathroom and can't hear it when it rings.  My glasses have gone missing repeatedly...usually to be found after minutes of searching sitting … [Read more...]

Terra Cotta Coasters Give Your Table a Fresh Look for Spring!

Now that the pollen has finally been (mostly!) washed away, I am ready to start getting my patio ready for spring.  I spent some time scrubbing the patio furniture and bought a few  new plants to add a pop of color.  Next on my 'to do list' for spring entertaining is to start finding inexpensive ways to spruce up my patio table.  Occasionally, we like to have guests over to enjoy the fire pit and having tableware I am not embarrassed to seen using is always a plus.  Of course, I don't want to spend a fortune on decorating my patio.  I have … [Read more...]