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How to make Moana's necklace with hemp, and how to make a charm that looks like Moana's locket. DIY jewelry and a gift idea.

Moana’s necklace

Learn how to make Moana's necklace with hemp, and how to make a charm that looks like Moana's locket. A great DIY jewelry and gift idea. My daughter and I just saw Disney's Moana, and it was amazing. It has beautiful animation, a great adventure storyline, and fun songs. And Moana is a strong, ...
Great gift idea and which art supplies to include when giving an artist gift set

Artist Gift Set

Put together a set of quality art supplies to create the perfect gift for any artist or creative friend. This post contains affiliate li...
A Hemp Jewelry-making kit is the perfect gift idea to give to any teen or tween girl

Give a Jewelry Making Kit

Create a jewelry-making kit to give to your favorite teen or tween this year. Include a good how-to book and lots of fun supplies. My kids have lots of stuff. Their room is full of stuff, and I feel like they are constantly getting more stuff to add to the pile. I don’t want to give them even m...
Use this free printable pattern to sew a water bottle holder, then personalize it with stamps and stencils. I great Holiday gift idea!

A Personalized Water Bottle Holder and a Blog Hop

A personalized water bottle holder makes a great gift for a fitness enthusiast, health-conscious friend, or anyone who carries around a water bottle. I’ve been trying to think of a practical, yet cute gift to make for my daughters for Christmas this year, and I noticed how often they carry arou...
How to make an old, broken toy, like a wheel barrow, into something new and custom-made. Great way to DIY a gift for a toddler or kid.

Fixing Up an Old Toy Wheel Barrow

Fix up and refinish that old, worn out toy instead of throwing it away. A trip to the hardware store and a little paint made this wheel barrow look like new. Years ago we bought a toy wheel barrow for my older kids when they were little. After a lot of use and a lot of time outside in the sun, th...
Tips and ideas for classy, elegant, and spooky Halloween decor and decorations

Classy and Tasteful Halloween Decor

Halloween decorations don’t need to be expensive to look elegant, spooky, and bring the Halloween spirit to any room. Here’s a few tips and tricks. This elegant, classic living room has been decorated for a spooky Halloween. By following a few simple tips, the Halloween decor works with the r...
How to refinish a music stand. With some paint and a little creativity, any musician can do this DIY project.

4 Ways to Refinish a Music Stand

Anything can be refinished, including music stands. Here’s four ways to refinish and update a standard black music stand into something more artistic. My daughters play the violin and viola in the East County Youth Symphony here in San Diego. It is a wonderful program that is offered tuition-fr...
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Installing Dry Wall

We put up dry wall, mudded the seams, added texture, and painted our wall to make a beautiful new wall in our home. It’s work, but a great DIY project for any homeowner. This is the second post showing how we replaced wood paneling on our wall with dry wall. This post tells how we put up the dr...
Removing old wood paneling and preparing for dry wall

How to Replace Wood Paneling with Dry Wall

How we removed old wood paneling and replaced it with dry wall to create a clean, modern  wall around our fireplace. One of my three goals this year was to remove the ugly wood paneling from around our fireplace and update the living room. Well, the first half of that goal is finally accomplishe...
How to make Lego Friends outfits as a gift for the girl or tween who loves Legos

Lego Friends Outfits

Make a Lego Friends outfit for your Lego-loving girl. A perfect gift for tweens or any girl who loves to build with Lego Friend sets. My daughters are master builders. They love creating with Legos, especially with their dad. So a few years ago, when Lego  came out with Lego Friends, my girls w...
Update an old clock by refinishing the clock frame and creating a new clock face

Updating a Large Clock

Update a large clock by replacing the face and refinishing the wood frame. Make the style of the clock fit with the style of your home. I really like analog clocks. There’s no glaring lights like a digital clock. Most analog clocks add a nice circular design element to a room. And the gears and...
A family costume from the Muppets skit Mahna Mahna

Family Costumes for Halloween

Make Halloween a family holiday by dressing up together with themed family costumes. Here’s some ideas that our family has used. Our family loves to have a theme to our Halloween costumes every year. We have since my husband and I were dating. So today I’d like to share some of those costumes...
It's easy to alter a pattern to make any costume you want. This gives directions on how to lengthen, widen, or shorten any dress or jacket.

How to Alter a Pattern

Love making costumes but can’t find the right pattern? It’s easy to alter a pattern to create any costume you can imagine. Last year our family dressed up as characters from the movie Mary Poppins. As we planned and prepared our costumes, we ran into a couple of problems. No one sells a Mrs. ...
How to make a DIY photo collage frame from wood moulding and cheap picture frames

A collage frame of baby photos and the movie Storks

Babies are adorable. Display pictures of your babies in this easy DIY collage frame. We saw the new animated movie Storks from Warner Brothers. It was a fun family movie with a couple of really hilarious scenes. I saw it with my oldest daughter, who loved it and couldn’t wait to tell her friend...
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Mary Poppins Family Costume

A Mary Poppins family costume is practically perfect in every way. Learn how to make a costume for each of these fun characters. I’m so excited to share our Halloween costumes from last year. We had a lot of fun sewing and creating these costumes then dressing up for Halloween parties and trick...
A Nerf dart costume made into a steampunk blaster. Perfect for any steampunk costume.

Nerf Steampunk Gun

Turn a plastic Nerf dart gun into a steampunk blaster. It’s easy to make a steampunk gun with just a little paints and some details. For my birthday this year, my husband gave me two awesome birthday presents. First, he gave me a Nerf dart gun turned into a steampunk accessory because I love al...
A wood deck needs to be well-maintained and refinished often. Make that job easier by using the right tools.

How to Maintain and Refinish a Wood Deck

A wood deck needs to be well-maintained and refinished often. Make that job easier by using the right tools. In my post on Reclaiming a Worn Out Deck, I told how we rescued our badly neglected deck and made it safe, secure, and protected enough to last us for several more years. It was a lot of w...
How to restore an old or neglected wood deck

Reclaiming a Worn Out Deck

A wood deck that has seen better days can still be restored to a beautiful and functional space.  With some hard work and the right supplies, you can make it useful and safe for years to come. Our deck was built long before we moved into this house. It was a well-made deck, and it adds a lot to ...