..advent calendar!

I am tired and Christmas hasn’t even come close yet. A fancy advent calendar was not happening this year. But, I realized I was the one that wanted it. My kids didn’t care too much about the fancy calendar part. They simply liked the fun of opening a gift and marking another day closer to Christmas. So I made it easy on myself. And simplified it. A big basket is filled with fabric-wrapped … [Read more...]

Satin and Burlap skirt.

A bit ago I did a guestpost over at Sugar Bee Crafts where I shared my tutorial for a burlap and satin skirt. I think this skirt is just perfect for the holiday season...especially St.Lucia Day! I wanted to share that post with you today... And don't forget our 30 days party starts on Friday! Burlap and Satin skirt   Hi All! My name is Janel and I blog over at Hating Martha. My blog is … [Read more...]

diy Anthropologie knock-off purse

I didn't set out to sew a knock-off. Or Anthropologie. I just wanted to test my new found sewing skills on something a bit harder. And I love bags. An Anthropologie knock off purse just happened. I found this on Pinterest and decided it was simple enough, and cute. And a great use of some scraps from my new pillow covers which had fabulous fabric that I adored. It took me to this … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Ninja

This is what we do on our Saturday afternoons. Make giant Gingerbread Ninjas. Yep. It was delicious and will be the go to Gingerbread recipe for future Christmas cookies. This recipe comes from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook (you know…the red and white one) and should be included in your recipes! Gingerbread Cutouts (from the New Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook) Oven: 375 Makes 36 to 48 … [Read more...]

Free Green Onions!

I felt you all needed to know this. It is life-changing. Kinda. I used my green onion tops and put the white roots into a jar of water. This is what I have a few days later. I told you it would be kinda life-changing. An almost never-ending supply of green onions. Probably I will have to replace them occasionally. But still. Crazy huh! Don't forget our happening party (said with a giggle) starts … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving/Christmas Chalkboard placemats

reversible chalkboard placemats made from $1 placemats

Today I want to share one of the Seasonal projects I have been working on...Christmas AND Thanksgiving Chalkboard placemats! whew! someday I will figure out a shorter name!  I'm really not a big fan of keeping a ton of miscellaneous things around the house (read, crap) that only comes out for a few days each year.  We don't have space in our apartment.  And...it's one more thing to … [Read more...]

Living room corner from blah to FAB!

I've been tweaking my living room lately. And this corner sat empty. Looking sadly boring and blah. NOT okay in my home. We don't do boring. Over the top is okay. Tacky is even okay. Not boring. But, it hadn't spoke to me yet. So I let it sit there feeling sad. And then I had a moment. Of aha! Brilliance! Inspiration! Whatever you call it... I grabbed some homemade chalk paint in a sample color … [Read more...]