Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

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 [...]

Recipe of the Month: Eclair Dessert

Written by CAWLM. Posted in Features, Recipe of the Month

Ingredients: 2 packages (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding 3 cups milk 1 tub whipped topping (thawed) approx. 9 oz. Graham crackers Glaze: 2 squares unsweetened chocolate 3 tablespoons margarine 2 tablespoons corn syrup 3 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar Line bottom of 9x13 pan with whole graham crackers. Mix pudding with milk and beat with mixer on low spread for 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Spread half of the filling over the crackers.  Top 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 [...]

Creative Calendar

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

Like most people, I love to pin. I am ADDICTED to Pinterest and one of my favorite things to pin is craft ideas. So, while perusing the other day, I stumbled across this cute idea for a calendar. I thought this was perfect for this month’s DIY as the theme is She Means Business. What busy mom, student, business woman, etc. couldn’t find value in an adorable calendar? If you, like me, love to pin and re-create, send me a picture of your work to I always love to see what others Read more [...]

Vibrant Vases

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

As I was watering my flowers the other day I couldn’t believe my eyes. I think all of  the flowers and bushes in my yard have tripled in size this season. I decided to cut myself a bouquet of flowers. While I was searching for a vase I stumbled across several vases taking up a lot of space and not being utilized. So, it hit me … for my DIY Quick Craft I was determined to find a use for all the glass vases and showcase my garden jewels! This month’s DIY is inexpensive and easy to create. I Read more [...]

Creative Cocktail Glasses

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

With this month’s theme being sizzle and splash I created an easy craft you can use while entertaining to really make your drinks sizzle! During the summer my family enjoys having friends over for dinner, cocktails, bonfires and great conversation. I like to experiment with fruity cocktails; however a margarita always seems to be a staple. This month’s DIY craft is easy and features decorative cocktail glasses. Turn a margarita, martini or wine glass into a decorative piece of art that Read more [...]

Tie One on For Dad

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

With Father's Day this month my daughter and I tried to come up with a craft idea that the number No. 1 man in our lives can use and enjoy. When we looked through his closet we noticed he has way too many ties! At that point we knew exactly what he needed ...a tie rack! This is a fun project you and your little one can create for Father's Day that can be enjoyed every day. Surprise your father, brother, hubby, grandpa or best guy friend this Father's Day with a DIY tie rack created with Read more [...]


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