DIY: Boo to You!

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

I don’t think I'll ever have enough Halloween decorations in our house! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. From ghosts to goblins to tricks and treats! This month’s DIY is one you can use as a decoration for years to come on your front door or just hanging in the hallway. I loved mixing up the colors of orange, green and purple to create a BOO sign! This is a quick craft you can create for yourself or for a neighbor to go along with goodies as part of the “booing Read more [...]

Back to School With A Cool DIY

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

It seems like Washi Tape is all the rage right now in the crafting world, so I thought it was time that I jump on the bandwagon and try a craft with some! As my daughter is heading into middle school this year, I thought that it would be fun to make her a pencil case that she could carry to class with her and how easy, I thought, to just add some Washi Tape to a pencil to “dress it up” a bit. This craft is so simple, quick and easy. You can make this for yourself or a loved one using mechanical Read more [...]

Get Pool Ready

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

Finally it’s here! That warm, sunny weather that we all have not-so-patiently been waiting for … the summer sun and fun always put me in a great mood. I mean, how can you not be happy when the sun is shining? I love being outdoors working in my flower gardens, playing with the kids and watching them ride their bikes in the driveway and of course, SWIMMING! My family spends most of the summer at my sister’s house. She has a pool, which means that my kids would like to live there if they could. For Read more [...]

Goldfinger Honey Wheat Beer

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

When I was thinking about what would make a great DIY for the June issue, I thought it would be fun to have the DIY created by a man, seeing as this is who we are honoring this month. It didn’t take much persuasion to enlist the help of my husband and brother–in–law, as they have a new-found hobby of brewing home beer. Below is their latest brew. Now they just have to sit back and wait to enjoy their bounty. Happy Brewing! Supplies: Brew Pot Cooker Thermometer Funnel Fine Mesh Read more [...]

Crafting Fun with Rubber Bands

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

I think it might finally be happening … the weather is starting to break. The last few days when I have been outside I have actually seen the sun! I always get excited this time of year. I start thinking of new additions to add to my flowerbeds, which usually get’s my husband feeling slightly anxious. I was looking at my flowerbeds the other day and noticed lots of new growth. I began to imagine all of the flowers that will soon be there and that got me to thinking about this month’s DIY project. Read more [...]

Build a Better Bag

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

With this month being our clean, green issue I wanted to share with you an easy-to-do craft that can help you be more “green.” Thanks to this craft you can say goodbye to plastic bags and enjoy these reusable ones instead. You can use the bags every day and do away with hundreds of dollars in plastic bags. The reusable bags can be made in a variety of sizes. The bags are perfect for snacks, sandwiches and cosmetics or any other item you would put in a plastic bag. My bags are made from Read more [...]

Crafting With the Luck O’ the Irish

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in DIY

Get in the festive spirit with this Clothes Pin Quick Craft for St. Patty’s Day. I don’t know if I am alone in this or not, but I feel like I have decorations for just about every holiday except St. Patrick’s Day. I decided this year that I was bound to have something to celebrate the day and so yes, I went to my old standby Pinterest and started searching for ideas. When I came upon this cute little clothes pin wreath, I knew that I had found what I was looking for. So cute, so simple, so Read more [...]

A Sweet Treat for Valentine’s Day

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

My daughter just turned 11 … yep she is growing up! I think these are the tween years. When she was in elementary school we would always have so much fun picking out cute Valentine’s Day cards for her to exchange with her classmates. Now that she is getting older, I’m not sure they exchange the cute cartoon or kitty cat valentines in middle school. I do know she will probably still want to give sweet treats to her close friends and I will encourage her to give her teachers a little something Read more [...]

DIY: New Year Notebook

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

What better way to start your New Year off then to help organize yourself with a fun little notebook. I have always loved the Moleskine notebooks. With their fun colors and their slim design, these notebooks are perfect to carry in your bag and use for jotting notes when needed. And I’m sure you can guess what I am going to say next … yes, I saw this cute idea on Pinterest - to embroider the cover of your notebook. I thought this would be a perfect craft for this month’s DIY and January’s Read more [...]

Peppermint Party Platter

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

With the holidays in full swing, who has time for making crafts? We are busy shopping and trying to get those last-minute gifts for family and friends. This month I wanted a craft that would be quick, easy and something fun my little elf could help with too. When I was trying to decide what I wanted to make, I thought it would be great to create something I would be able to use for holiday entertaining. A friend was telling me about a craft idea that sounded pretty awesome; however, I didn’t Read more [...]

To Tie-Dye For

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

My daughter Grace and I were shopping together the other day at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. I was picking up much-needed supplies to get started on my many Christmas projects and she was busy perusing the aisles looking for things that she might “need,” when we came across the section with all of the t-shirts. As we were walking by, I remembered one of my many “pins” (as you know I love Pinterest). I quickly pulled it up on my phone to show Grace and she instantly wanted to make it, a Read more [...]

A Spooktacular DIY Project

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

Witches, goblins and ghosts! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. My daughter and I love to decorate the house with every spooky decoration we can find. We decorate the inside and even the outdoors for the big night when trick–or-treaters make their way to our spooktacular haunted house. With this month’s DIY craft you can create ghosts for the inside of your home or you can use them outside. Tie fishing line to your ghost and hang to create a dancing effect. This DIY ghost is easy and Read more [...]

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