Curtain Call

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

For the past several months, we have been remodeling our home, and I’ve had a difficult time finding curtains for my kitchen. I have searched the internet and every home improvement store and home decorating store in town and I haven’t had any luck in finding something that I love. Finally I told my husband that I’d make my own curtains. I don’t sew and I struggle with loading a bobbin on my sewing machine, but I was ready for the task. I was planning to make “no-sew valances,” and I’m Read more [...]

A Sweet Surprise for Party Guests

Written by CAWLM. Posted in Columns, DIY

Wedding season is fast approaching, and with that brings bridal showers. These Candy Bouquets would make adorable party favors for the guests at your shower. You can also make them for baby showers, birthday parties or just because. I chose to cover my flowerpot with zebra duct tape because my daughter is VERY into zebra print right now and I am making them for party favors for her birthday this month. There are so many different patterns of duct tape and washi tape out right now, so you should be Read more [...]

Keep Warm

Written by Ami Iceman. Posted in Columns, DIY

We all know spring takes its time showing up in Michigan — so this month I made heating pads for my friends to keep them warm, while the sun catches up. I love these heating pads because they are extra long to wrap over your shoulders or around your feet to warm up those tootsies. I chose fabrics that my friends would love, and added a little color with fun thread when stitching. Everyone loves giving handmade gifts that are practical, and this project is just that. Roll up it like sushi Read more [...]

Sweet Heart Decor

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

I must confess, this is actually a craft my 12-year-old daughter made, and I thought it was so cute that I had to share this with you for my DIY! This is the perfect DIY if you want or need a new decoration for Valentine's Day. It’s a quick, easy and inexpensive DIY craft. You can find almost all of the items at a dollar store or craft store. This is a great craft to hang up in your house or office; you could even give it as a gift to your special Valentine. Spread the love this Valentine’s Read more [...]

Holiday Card Luminary

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

If you are like me, you get all sorts of Christmas cards in the mail and end up tossing them out at the end of the season. This year, I decided to make use of them and repurpose them into Luminaries. Not only am I doing something useful with them, but I am also getting a jump-start on some holiday gift giving for next year. These are so cute and so easy to make. They make adorable teacher gifts or are great for anyone else on your list that you just need an extra item for. Have fun and happy crafting! If Read more [...]

Countdown to the Holidays

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

For this month’s DIY Quick craft I chose to make something that would be inexpensive and easy. We love to countdown the days until Christmas in our home. That is where my inspiration came from. I got a little crazy with chalkboard paint and painted plates, plate chargers and wine glasses. I decided to paint the inside of the charger plate and the base of the wine glasses with the chalkboard paint. The plate will be used for a decoration to show the "Countdown to Christmas" and the wine Read more [...]

DIY Quick Crafts

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

I love Christmas time. It is my most FAVORITE time of the year. I love all of the excitement and wonder of the season. The way my kids get excited making out their Christmas lists and talking about Santa. Snuggling on the couch sipping hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies. Decorating Christmas cookies and making chocolate covered pretzels, these are Santa’s favorite at the Hardesty house. And, of course all of the holiday parties. For this month’s DIY I decided to make some Christmas Read more [...]

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 [...]


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