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Rustic Winter Tree

I¬†decorate a pencil tree in my dining room for Christmas. This year when we started to put it away, my daughter and I decided to move it to a dark, awkward corner in our living room. Why not leave it up for the rest of the winter? I made a grapevine garland to wrap around it last year, so I left that on and continued with the rustic, winter theme. I already blogged about the…

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Crochet snowflakes- so easy to make! Continue reading...

Crochet Snowflakes

I procrastinate. Especially with my craft projects. If it doesn’t have a deadline, who knows when it will be finished? I started crocheting snowflakes a really long time ago. It was at least 10 years, but some of them could be older. I don’t know what is wrong with me, but all of these unfinished projects make me feel like a failure. That is not at all what crafting is supposed to be like. I…

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DIY Rustic Twine Balls

I really didn’t think these were going to work! On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day the girls and I had a “craft day” on their day off of school. We occasionally have themed days like this with special projects. (They have requested a baking day next time!) We had a craft day over Christmas break and made mason jar snow scenes, baked pine cones, and painted ornaments. This time, we worked on winter decor for…

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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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