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DIY Leather Feather Earrings

DIY Leather Feather Earrings

It's Craft Lightning time again, and I'm so excited to share with you the 15-minute project we came up with for Mother's Day! Using scrap pieces of leather and basic jewelry pieces you can pick-up anywhere we created these luxurious earrings. I promise you, you're going to want to make every woman in your life a pair of these DIY Leather Earrings, including yourself!

DIY Leather Earring Supplies


  • Scrap Leather
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Earrings 
  • Jump rings
  • Upholstery needle (or tack)
  • Jeweler Pliers 

Cutting the Leather

First, cut out your feather/leaf shapes, I recommend using at least 2 different types of leather* and cutting the different colors/styles in decreasing lengths.

If your scissors are sharp enough you can double up your leather; otherwise, cut one and use it as a guide to cut your second. The beauty of this is that they don't have to be EXACTLY alike.

*Pick up a bag of scrap leather pieces for a steal at most craft stores!

Finished Leather Pieces

Once your pieces are cut, you'll want to put a hole in the top of them using either a very sharp upholstery needle or even a tack, as close to the bottom of your pieces as possible.

Don't be afraid to give it a little stretch to make the next step a little easier.

Attaching Jump Ring

Using the pliers, thread a jump ring through all three pieces of leather and close it up.

Attaching Earring

Again, using the pliers, attach the actual earring piece.

Repeat with the second earring. That's it!

Make Your Own Leather Earrings

Seriously, how much easier could these get? I'm in love with them and can't wait to start making variations of them with different styles of leather. If you've got a little extra time, why not make a matching necklace using the same technique!

Remember to click on the image below for more Craft Lightning Mother's Day projects!

Save money and make your own Feathered Leather Earrings!

Erin Sipes
Spring Forward Garden Seed Caddy

Spring Forward Garden Seed Caddy

This post is sponsored by Stencil Girl Products and Walnut Hollow. The views expressed are my own. 

Keep garden tools and seeds organized and safe in this handy caddy!

Are you ready to spring forward? Earlier this week we adjusted our clocks, and next Monday marks the first day of spring. But in my opinion, the new season doesn't start until my hands are in the dirt planting and plotting our family gardens! 

For me, shopping for seeds is on par with Christmas, so it should come as no surprise I always manage to order too much. Thankfully, seeds can last a couple years with proper care and storage, and I'm so excited to move my collection out of an old shoe box and into this super cute gardening tote, made using products from Walnut Hollow and Stencil Girl

Keep reading to find out how and learn more about this weekend's blog hop and GIVEAWAY!  

Erin Sipes
Kids Activity: Indoor Games Using Tape

Kids Activity: Indoor Games Using Tape

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone #GoldfishGameTime #Collective Bias

Stuck in side thanks to the weather? Try one of these indoor games to keep the kids from getting bored!

Finding creative ways to occupy your kids’ time is always a challenge, particularly when the weather keeps them indoors. To keep from hearing the dreaded, “I’m bored,” I head to Walmart for all our favorite snacking and activity supplies. Then, when the kids come to me complaining, I’m ready to offer a positive option, that’s sure to spark their imaginations, and a smarter snack I feel good about serving, Goldfish® crackers.

 The Snack That Smiles Back® 

Playing a game with the kids is like revisiting an old past time, you never remember how much you love it until you’re in that moment. Seeing the kids smile over a handful of Goldfish® crackers while they laugh about who’s paper airplane flew the farthest or when one of them fell off the “balance beam;” that is a joy!

Erin Sipes
10 DIY Garden Spray Recipes

10 DIY Garden Spray Recipes

This is a kind of confusing post because not only am I featuring a fantastic offer for a home delivery service I use to stock up on household supplies, but I'm also sharing a collection of recipes to keep garden pests at bay. Say what?

Okay, I don't know that this will make any sense to anyone other than me, but, here's my thought by thought process when I was outlining this post:

Peony and Lilac scented Mrs. Meyer's, I love that stuff, it smells like a BLOOM in a bottle!

*Pictures ant-covered peony blooms*

I hate ants. 

How can we try to get rid of them this year?

All-natural garden sprays! 

Spray bottles are included in the special for both new and returning Grove customers. 

See how I started with this fabulous Mrs. Meyer's Kit, went to the garden, and then came right back to Grove deal? So what is this deal? When you place your first Grove order of $20, you’ll get a free seasonal kit. Here’s what’s included:

Erin Sipes
12 Books About Food - Build Your Library Series

12 Books About Food - Build Your Library Series

Build your home library with this collection of a dozen books about food that your kids are sure to love! via
It's not a secret that I love books. Yet, I've never shared a collection featuring my favorites, until now. This year I'm going to start gathering no more than a dozen books on various topics that I love, own, and highly recommend!

To get things started, I'm going with food. Partly because I'm hungry, okay, mostly because I'm starving. These titles deal with food in some different ways, growing food, making food, eating food, and in many cases - NOT eating food!

*This post contains affiliate links to both Amazon and Barefoot Books. Your purchase helps support the running of this blog at no additional cost to you. * 

12 Books About Food

Erin Sipes
DIY Marbled Bullet Journals

DIY Marbled Bullet Journals

A no frills way of staying organized: DIY Marbled Bullet Journals

In 2016, I learned about bullet journaling, bought a Leuchtturm1917, and quickly dubbed it the year of the Orange Notebook.

Have you started bullet journalling yet?

I gathered together my pile of notebooks and began paring down all the notes I've collected over the years and focusing in on the things I came back to time and time again.

It's been life changing if only for the weight it has literally lifted from my shoulder bag. Mind you, I still have a Family Binder entitled Important S*** but all the other scraps have been collected and cataloged. My anxious-ridden heart sings with satisfaction every time I pick it up!

This year, I decided to introduce bullet journaling to the kids. Instead of buying them fancy notebooks like mine, we DIY'd a couple using a crazy fun marbling technique.

Erin Sipes
Lace Up Valentine Broken Hearts

Lace Up Valentine Broken Hearts

Earlier this year I shared a heart shaped basket for collecting Valentine's, so today I'm sharing a project to put inside it and making an announcement.

I'm thrilled to announce I'm a 2017 Design Team Member for EyeConnect Crafts! Beginning next Friday, I'll be posting monthly projects over on the EyeConnect blog. Of course, I'll be sharing about it in the newsletter and through the common social media platforms.

EyeConnect Crafts is a company that specializes in posable and lace-up craft kits. All their products are cut and packaged here in the USA and use thick, 100% recycled chipboard. And on an entirely random side note, the owner and I look similar, are both named Erin, and as my daughter pointed out, we both have an S, E, and P in our last names. Coincidence, you decide? For this project, I'm using the Large Broken Hearts from their Lace-Up Collection.

For this project, I wanted to keep it relatively simple, so we went with a basic splatter paint design. Here are the supplies you'll need to make it yourself.


  • Lace-Up Collection: Broken Hearts, Large
  • Pink and red cardstock
  • Embroidery floss or yarn
  • Red and white paint
  • Brads
  • Paintbrushes and Scissors

 First, we painted our hearts. I've learned from reading previous posts on the EyeConnect blog that it's best to paint BEFORE you pop out your pieces.

Once the white paint dried, we used a brush and our fingers to splatter on the red color. If your paint isn't spraying the way you'd like, try to add a little bit of water.

After the paint had dried I popped out the hearts and used the remaining piece of chipboard as a stencil to draw, and cut out two red hearts.

Once finished I set them aside and began lacing up my heart.

You can do it in a couple different ways, the first heart I laced up like shoes and the second was more like stitches.

Next, I attached the broken heart to one of the red hearts to create a sweet little Valentine's card.

NOTE: EyeConnect Crafts offers mini brads for their craft kits in a wide array of colors. They are too small for the Lace-Up Collection which is why I used a larger brad from my craft closet. 

Once again, my photography doesn't do this work justice. You'd think I'd learn by now that I'm not good at photographing red and white!

Anyway, the kids got a kick out of the moving elements, and I absolutely can't wait to get started on the Totem puppets and other lace-up projects I'll be sharing this year!

Erin Sipes
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