5 Essential Products for Spring 2014

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Spring has definitely sprung, and we’ve collected a variety of Spring home essentials that we think will really get your home in shape for the warmer months. It’s time to take off the heavy throws and velvet pillows to lighten and brighten your home, just like this pretty room photo using bright pinks and spring…

How To Sew Felt Chicks and Bunnies for Easter

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We dare you to make just one of these adorable felt bean bag sweeties – we promise they’re addicting! I would be in crafter’s heaven if one of the felt companies would give me a job creating crafts out of felt! I love sewing and crafting with the bright fun colors and am thrilled that the…

How To Make an Easter Tree with Beaded Eggs

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This is an Easter project that will get attention and the easy step by step instructions allow anyone to be successful. Easter eggs are a mainstay of Easter decorations.  They can be decorated and displayed in a variety of ways, but one of my favorites is to hang them on an Easter egg tree.  My family…

Try a Couple Easy Valance Ideas for Spring

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Spring is a great time to try something fresh and new and one of these valance ideas just might be the one for you. Window toppers, while simple to create, can add color and interest to your décor and some of the easiest toppers require no sewing at all. A shelf mounted above a window is…

May is a Flower Garden Tree with Fences

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May is about the farthest cry from Christmas as any other month but June I guess.  But as most of you know who have been following our Tree for all Seasons article….any month is perfect for a seasonal tree! If you believe in the old saying that “April showers bring May flowers”, then a tree…

The Secret to Colorful, Unbreakable Easter Eggs

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Are you tired of coloring beautiful eggs just to have them break into pieces? Try painted wooden eggs instead! So, my son, at age 7 loved the idea of painting eggs for about 4 minutes.  He painted three of them, (which I touched up) then added faces and splotches that looked like we rolled the egg…

Create Delicate Floral Nests for Your Spring Decor

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Spring is the time of new beginnings and these lovely floral nests are the perfect accessory to your spring table settings. Ok, you know how there are some projects that you really feel good about?  Well this is one of them.  I would LOVE for you to make a half dozen of these and use them…

Craft a Pretty Floral Boule for Spring

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What’s a floral boule you ask?  Matt asked too, and it’s simply a “ball” made out of flowers and pretty ribbon to be used as an accessory. Quite some time ago on Room by Room, during a coffee break craft, I taught Matt how to make a Rose Boule.  Well none of the guys on…

Ring in Spring with a Fresh Grapevine Wreath

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Any wreath can be a Spring wreath as long as it has the colors anbd motifs we all associate with this season of new beginnings, like bird nests, eggs, and spring flowers. A grapevine wreath is an excellent base for any season wreath.  What I like best is that you generally want quite a bit of…

April is a Tree That is For The Birds

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I love this springtime tree filled with colorful birds, nests and painted birdhouses. If you are involved in creating my year long Christmas tree, and I know there are a couple of you out there who are, I just wanted to mention that Matt is doing a piece on building a birdhouse for the Shop Projects…

Try These Creative Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

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Once you get started you’ll want to try all three of these creative ways to color Easter eggs. Well, it’s that time of the year again and after nearly 50 years of decorating eggs….I needed a change.  I’m so tired of buying the egg decorating kit, bending the wire holder, dropping the pellet into vinegar…

Easy Kids Spring Crafts from Construction Paper

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No matter what season it is, construction paper is a fun tool for all sorts of great kid’s crafts. Even Matt can get into the spirit of kid’s crafts.  Why not?  It’s always a good time to take a break from making a living, keeping the house in order and cooking meals….right?  Well we sure think…

Spring Accessorizing Ideas Add Freshness to Your Home

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After the gray of winter we could all use some bright yellow, spring green, pink and lavendar and spring is meant for all that and more! Ahh, Spring!  That elusive season that arrives when it is good and ready.  Unfortunately that can be anywhere from March in Florida to June in Ohio!  Whether the weather…

Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

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I know I say Irish Soda Bread is for St. Patrick’s Day, but this bread has a flavor you can easily appreciate any day of the year! I think this qualifies as one of those old family recipes that get handed down through the generations.  However, this one was handed down to me by a great…

Green Beer for Ye Lads and Lassies

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Perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, a little food coloring goes far to make your drink festive for the holiday! I admit, I think one of the best parts of Saint Patrick’s Day is of course the excuse to drink green beer, let’s face it, what other time of the year, would you take perfectly…

St. Patrick’s Day Decorations and Table Settings

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We don’t go too crazy for St. Patrick’s Day, but sometimes it’s fun to bring out the green and gold and just run around acting like leprechauns! I think there are three reasons to get excited about St. Patrick’s Day.  One, you are Irish!  Two, you are in grade school and the teachers make a…

Hot Corned Beef Sandwiches Baked in Foil

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Full of warmth and flavor, these hot corned beef sandwiches are great for having the gang over or catching a bowl game by yourself. My family has been eating these sandwiches over football games, on holidays, family picnics, you name it and we never get tired of their flavor.  try them and see what you…