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Rustic Winter Pine Cone Centerpiece

After all of the Christmas decorations are put away the house can seem a little cold and empty. I wanted to create some neutral, rustic, winter decor to fill the gap a bit. I have a few Valentine’s Day decorations, but if I put pink all over the place I would start a pretty big fight in this house since we have strong opinions on both sides about that color. Instead, I went with more…

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Kitchen Organization for Lunchbox Stuff

I must admit, I am slowing down a bit on my decluttering and organizing around here. Part of it is my ambition fizzling out and part of it is the kids being home more. Nothing ruins a good cleaning spree like a phone call about an early dismissal. Speaking of school, my kids go through little spurts where they like to pack their lunches. I used to encourage lunch packing quite a bit more, but…

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More Kitchen Organization

Last year, I put a lot of thought into better ways to organize my kitchen. We don’t have the money to totally redo things and my husband doesn’t want to make even small cosmetic changes if we hope to tear it all out one day. Soon after we moved here, I did get him to move the stove and install a dishwasher. Unfortunately, that left an awkward space where the stove hood used to be.…

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Easy Mason Jar Snow Scenes

The girls and I had a “craft day” over winter break. Christmas flew by in a blur and we still had a lot of craft projects that were still just big ideas and a pile of supplies. Honestly, some of the supplies were several years old because this seems to happen every year. One of the things that I wanted to make was a “waterless” snow globe decoration. The little plastic deer and bottle brush…

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Kitchen Decluttering and Organizing

I generally like to break my decluttering up by focusing on one area of my home at a time. If I don’t I will end up ripping everything apart and it will look like a bomb went off. Did you ever read “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”? Well, I am pretty sure that I inspired that book, even if I have never met the author. Yesterday morning the girls wanted to pack their…

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8 Tips that Help Me Declutter

Last February, I began a major decluttering campaign in my house. It wasn’t consistent. I went through spurts where I purged a lot more than others. Still, any progress is better than no progress. I got rid of over 50 garbage bags of stuff! Picture that for a minute. And I still have a long ways to go. When I am feeling overwhelmed and can’t understand why I can’t keep the house clean, I think…

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An Imperfectly Merry Christmas

It has been awhile. I know. I have been super busy, so I have a lot to update here on the blog. If you are looking for something crafty, there is not so much of that in this post. However, I feel the need to do more writing about real life. In November, I was asked to be a part of a MOPS panel on Holiday traditions and encouraging thankfulness and kindness in our children.…

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Bitty Baby Doll Clothes

Hey there! I am still around. And, believe it or not, I have been¬†super crafty lately, too. The thing is, I just don’t get a chance to blog about it. My 12yo has also taken over my sewing area. She is sewing lots of doll clothes! Most of them are for American Girl or 18″ dolls, but someone asked if she could make doll clothes for a Bitty Baby. She made a dress and matching…

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Crochet Yoda Hat

A friend asked me to make a crochet yoda hat for a Halloween costume and it turned out pretty cute! I very loosely based it off of THIS free pattern. I shortened the ears a bit and it is important to note that the ears are worked in a continuous spiral. I just did my own thing for the beanie and kept it simple. I have another crochet pattern coming soon, but in the meantime…

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