[Editor's Note: As a busy mom, blogger, editor, crafter and more it is important for me to keep things organized. I'm always looking for that magical system that will make life just a little but easier. Will a weekly menu board really make dinners run that much smoother? Will dividers in my kids closet really make their clothes that much easier to find on a hectic morning? A question I often ask myself is would a day planner or journal really help me keep my to-do lists and ideas better organized that an app on my phone? I have to say that after I saw the custom blog planner the girls at Kojo Designs whipped up I'm pretty optimistic. - Jen]...more
[Editor's Note: Given I did not find out what I was having for either of my children, but when I was pregnant the second time around I was hoping for another girl for hand-me-downs sake. Alas, I was instead blessed with a bouncing baby boy and buckets of pink clothes. I don't really care what color my kids wear, but I do like the idea of giving old baby clothes a fresh look with a new dye job. That is exactly what the handy moms over at Thriving Home Blog did. They share all their tips and tricks for turning pink clothes blue and beyond. - Jen]...more
I cracked up over I Still Hate Pickle's post musing on what real life would be like if it were anything like her Pinterest life. I think a lot of us can relate to wishing that our boards would magically transform into real life habits and skills.
Information moves so quickly on the Internet that it's often difficult to pinpoint where you first saw an idea. Was it divine inspiration or was it triggered by someone else's post? Decor Adventures expresses her discomfort over the difference between creating and copying. She feels especially guilty when she gets a lot of hits on a post where she got the idea for the project off of someone else's blog (though where did they get it from?).
[Editor's Note: If your like me and have kids - you have random puzzle pieces. Somehow we manage to lose at least 2-3 pieces for every puzzle. That being the case I have oodles of large-ish random puzzle pieces laying around that are waiting to be converted into something new and fresh. How about a Christmas ornament? - Jen]...more
[Editor's Note: My kids still have candy left over from Halloween. It is almost Christmas for Pete's sake. I've been doling it out daily. Amber from Giver's Log had a brilliant idea. Take 25 pieces of Halloween loot right off the bat and stick it away for a holiday advent. Little candies get neatly wrapped into daily treats for the month of Deccember to help build anticipation for the big day! - Jen]...more
[Editor's Note: I love the idea of adding a little funk and fun to something otherwise earthy, organic and traditional. Enter the paint dipped pinecone garland by Dana Willard at Made. Dana saw the idea over at Smile and Wave and tweaked it to make it her own. I've got a basket full of pinecones and some neon paint in the studio calling my name. - Jen]...more
[Editor's Note: The smell of the holidays is one of the best parts of the season. Pine Christmas trees, cookies in the oven, oranges with cloves - all smells that remind us of good times with friends and families. Recreate those fond memories with a few simple ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard. - Jen]...more
[Editor's Note: Remember as a kid you were always forced to sit at a separate table with all the other small fries? If your going to banish the kids you might as well make them a spiffy placemat of their very own. Sure the centerpiece at the adult table needs to be just right, but don't underestimate the entertainment value of a handmade turkey placemat for the kiddlets. - Jen]...more
[Editor's Note: Anything involving Liberty of London fabric is alright by me. I may not quilt, but this adorable and ornate mini quilt might be just the inspiration I need to start. I love the way the colors pop against the gray and the curves of the pattern created by Christina of The Sometimes Crafter.- Jen]...more