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It’s 8:40 p.m. on a Friday night. The kids are downstairs watching Home Alone with Nate, I just finished canning a dozen jars of blueberry jam-without pectin which was a new experience for me that I’ll have to talk about another time, and the house pets are sleeping at my feet.

It’s been an entire week since I’ve written here and I have no excuses and no apologies. Between the end of the year homeschooling, home renovations that never seem to end (we’re going on two months to put in ONE heating/air unit, guess who won’t be getting my recommendations), baby preparations-that are mostly in my head, and holiday shenanigans, I can’t find a quiet place to collect my thoughts and write. I’ve realized that despite my intentions and hopes to continue to come here, throughout my ‘maternity leave,’ with a craft, recipe, or even a simple thought is not going to happen.

For the next few months things are going to be a little quieter here in my little corner of the blogosphere. I hope you understand and don’t give up on me because I have a lot of projects to share with you. Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where my short attention span is sure to be more active.

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DIY Wrapping Paper


#DIY #wrappingpaper #kidscraft #Christmas #greencrafting

I’m feeling a bit wordless but wanted to share this great, recycled project the kids and I worked on so after a quick intro I’m going to let the pictures do the talking! -Erin

I save packing materials, just in case I might need it within the next couple years, and bubble wrap aside I love when I get boxes filled with large sheets of brown craft paper! A blank page is a blank page and when I look at those big sheets of paper I get gitty thinking about the crafty possibilities! But I’m in a purging/start new/clean out the closet phase and so this year we’re finally using my stash of paper to make our own wrapping paper by using paint sponges and a printmaking technique I shared over at Creative Cynchronicity this past summer. Here’s a photo rundown of how things went.

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DIY Wool Dryer Balls



Wool Dryer Balls #DIY #recycledcraft #giftidea #greenliving

For many months we’ve been using a homemade laundry detergent without fabric softener and we haven’t had static issues, but since winter is officially settling in I knew it was high time to either break out the chemicals or find an alternative. I chose the later and while looking around I learned about Wool Dryer Balls.
I had heard of them before but honestly thought they were only used to help the clothes separate in the dryer to prevent wrinkles and cut down on drying time. I didn’t realize they had another super power. The wool soaks up the moisture from the clothes and keeps the humidity level in the dryer high, helping to decrease static electricity. Awesome right! 

1 Supplies for Dryer Balls #DIY #recycledcraft #giftidea #greenliving
Since I had already set aside a few sweater to make wool diaper covers (to be shared at a later date), not to mention a skein of 100% wool leftover from another project, a box full of wool roving, and a drawer full of knee-high hose from my working days, I was more than ready to give this project a go. Here’s how I did it and what I learned.

This is a photo heavy tutorial be sure to click the Read More tab to see everything.

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Classic Holiday Decorating Ideas


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Usually I’m all about holiday crafting but this year with so many different things going on, home renovations/new baby/sister moving to Germany, I’ve had a hard time getting in the mood. Thankfully, yesterday it snowed! After school work and a quick trip to the grocery store (before the snow), not to mention lots of pressure from the kids, we started working on a couple of holiday d├ęcor projects. Cranberries make for a classic holiday garland and coffee filters can quickly be transformed into pom poms with little fuss!

Cranberry Garlands #kidscraft #holidaycrafting
Esther was in charge of the cranberries and I realized quickly I need to get a needle in her hand more often. Baby girl did NOT know how to hold it or use it but after 30 minutes she got much more comfortable with it.

Coffee Filter Decor #recycledcrafting #holiday crafting
I have tried the fold and separate method for making pom poms numerous times and it NEVER looks as good as it does on Pinterest! In fact I usually end up ripping them. So instead I folded the coffee filter in half and then started threading them onto baker’s twine. To make the full pom pom shown I actually tied two together.

Coffee Filter Balls #coffeefiltercraft #pompoms
It’s not much in the way of holiday crafting but it’s definitely gotten me in the mood!

#ClassicHolidayDecor #kidscrafts #holidaycrafting

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Christmas Inspiration


It’s December? With the house almost finished, the baby nearly here, and all our regular responsibilities I feel completely behind on preparing for this year’s Christmas. There are so many things I want to make, and do, with the kids that I don’t know where to start! In an attempt to make the most of my time I’ve been hitting my Pinterest Christmas Board. It’s filled with a variety of Christmas ideas and inspirations, come see for yourself! (Bummer...there is supposed to be a picture of my Pinterest Board here. When I get back from my Dr. appointment I'll try to figure out what went wrong. Here's a screen shot until then.)

#ChristmasPinterestInspriation


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