Picture Hanging Made Easy

Picture Hanging Made Easy

Picture hanging is the bane of my existence! I hate having to ask my husband for help, lords knows he does enough work around our house. I’m also a short gal, I don’t have the patience for standing on a step stool and trying to steady myself with a measuring tape to get the right dimensions.  I’m horrible at estimating where and how to hang something, which is usually what I end up resorting to. This makes me sad because decorating is one of my greatest passions and it has quickly become my biggest frustration.

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Surround Yourself With Inspiration

Surround Yourself With Inspiration - Start The Day With Hope Craft Street Design Find joy in the ordinary Humble Beginnings

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Being in a constant state of being busy and always on the go it’s easy for me to start feeling overwhelmed. Over the years my circle of friends has dwindled down to just a select few that I can depend on for anything. They mean the world to me and I would love to have a few of them live closer to me. The sad truth is that lately talking to my close friends but not being able to hang out with them in person sometimes is just not enough for me. Some days to keep going and doing what I have to do is a task that feels insurmountable. Something that has been a big help in making me change my thinking and be more positive during hard times are positive affirmations like those we all see popping up in our social media newsfeeds.

Craft Street Design carries some really fantastic products that feature some of the best positive affirmation quote prints that you can frame and display in your home or office. This is a great way to decorate your personal space and bring affirmation and inspiration into your life…. [read more]

I Forgot How Much Fun Coloring Is

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I Forgot How Much Fun Coloring Is

Last week, my son was sent home with an assignment. As you can see above, we had to disguise the turkey! I honestly had no idea what I was going to do. I was thinking too elaborate with what I wanted to do. I was thinking along the lines of drawing a window and a lamp in the background and have the turkey holding binoculars. Then I decided to color the turkey to look like a tiger!

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Our Halloween Fun!

Our kids have all decided they are too old for dressing up and trick-or-treating. I guess I get it for the two older ones, they are 22 and 15, after all. But, I’m a little bummed that our 12-yr-old daughter, L., has decided not to costume-up and hit the road. This isn’t the first year, either. She hasn’t wanted to dress up and trick-or-treat for the last two years. Instead, we have opted to get pizzas from Papa Murphy’s, make some Halloween themed snack foods and have a big bowl of candy to eat while watching scary movies at home. Not a bad way to spent an evening as a family, all in all.

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Home Alone For A Week

Home Alone For A Week

Every year around this time my fiancée and a large group of friends go on their yearly fishing trip to the outer banks! All throughout the year I always think to myself how busy life is, how you get up everyday early for work, you come home from work cook dinner, shower and it seems it’s already time for bed. I have a list of ideas that I keep adding to that I want to do, but I just never seem to find the time to do it.

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Halloween Fun!

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. While I haven’t dug out the totes of decorations from storage yet, I have gotten a little start on decorating already. My daughter, J., and I were out piddling around town one day last week and stopped into Dollar General for something. While there we found these really cute Halloween-themed window clings for $1.00 a sheet so we picked up a few. As I was cleaning the windows in preparation to hang them up, I saw this Mama Spider in the kitchen window between the glass and the screen with her little pod of spider eggs. I cleaned around her web so I wouldn’t disturb her. I just couldn’t bring myself to kill her. In any case, her web is not inside the house and we rarely have the windows open due to the seasonal allergies others in my house suffer from, so I left her alone.

Halloween Fun!
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Easy DIY Fall Decoration

Looking for some fun and easy DIY Fall decorations to make at home?

Here’s one:

Easy DIY Fall Decoration

My mother-in-law likes to pick up inexpensive towels (think dollar store finds, but not the super skinny rough ones) and sew tops on them with buttons so they hang on stove handles. Myself and both of my sisters-in-laws always get new towels for holiday gifts and seasonal changes. It’s pretty awesome! This year she made these, by sewing fun seasonal prints onto the towel instead of making a towel topper. She gave me these the other night when we took our kids to her house to carve pumpkins.

Not so DIY for those who don’t sew. I know. But, read on for a true DIY project I put together today.
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First Try at Entrelac Crochet–It’s Awesome!!

First Try at Entrelac Crochet--It's Awesome!!

Credit: James Pence

I’ve been wanting to try entrelac crochet for a long time. It looks like a billion separate little blocks all attached to each other (like a granny square afghan), but it’s not. Believe me, I live to crochet, but I cringe at the idea of attaching a bunch of squares together. It makes my jaw clench to think about it … booooriiiing!!!
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