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Mother's Day Decorating Using Tissue Paper Letters

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MakeHerMothersDay #CollectiveBias
Decorate for Mother's Day using tissue paper.
I come from a family filled with successful women who are seamstresses, woodworkers, business owners, and all around makers. Growing up and watching their ideas materialize had a profound effect on me and helped foster my own love for creative living.

Mother's Day is a time to celebrate the women who've impacted our world, the mothers, grandmas, aunts, friends, and mentors. One way I share a special connection with all the creative women in my life is by incorporating a handmade touch in all my gift-giving.    
American Greetings Supplies
With a little help from American Greetings, this Mother's Day I'm making tissue paper letters to use throughout my holiday decorating and gifting. It's one more way to celebrate Mom and personalize her gift. 
American Greetings at Walmart
This project is relatively straightforward but not nearly as easy as gathering supplies. Walmart is your one-stop shop for all things Mother's Day. From the cards to the decoupage and the flowers to the cake, everything you need to make her day special can be found at Walmart. Plus, right now you can earn $2 with the purchase of 2 cards, using iBotta.  

Tissue Paper Letters

Crafting with American Greetings


  • American Greetings tissue paper
  • decoupage medium 
  • small wooden crafting letters
  • crafting heart
  • food picks
  • dowels
  • scissors
  • Not Pictured: hot glue gun and sponge paint brushes
Crafting with Tissue Paper
First, I went through the packages of letters and picked out the ones I needed. Then I cut up the pieces of tissue paper into smaller pieces and set up a decoupage station. 
Making Tissue Paper Letters
Next, I followed the instructions on the decoupage medium and covered the letters and heart with the tissue paper pieces. 
Adding dowels and picks to tissue paper letters.
Finally, after the letters dried I hot glued them to the dowels, food picks, and even a card envelope. 

How to Use

Now the fun stuff, how to use our crafty little letters in our gift giving and decorating!
How to Personalize a Bouquet of Flowers
Flowers are a classic Mother's Day gift and the perfect companion to a heartfelt card. To make this gift different we hot glued the letters to our envelope and then glued it to the front of our bouquet. 

TIP: Make your bouquet special by getting rid of the original packaging and re-wrapping the blooms in a few layers of tissue paper. It's an easy way to make a gift extra special! 
Mother's Day Cake Picks
Do you host a Mother's Day brunch? Attach your message to food picks and use them to decorate cakes, cupcakes, or even appetizers. 
Tissue Paper Gift Bag Picks
This is my favorite project using these little letters! It's so easy to tuck a message pick into a gift bag, so everyone knows who it is!

TIP: Save the picks and tuck them into your houseplants for a splash of color. Tissue Paper Letters for Mother's Day

How do you celebrate Mother's Day? 

Tell us in the comments! 

Erin Sipes
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Kids Craft: Egg Carton Dragons

Kids Craft: Egg Carton Dragons

Dragons can be found in myths, stories, and fables from nearly every culture around the world, past and present. Is it any wonder? No other creature more inspires our imaginations to consider a world of magic. Is it obvious we've been on a dragon kick these past couple weeks?

It all started when we read Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon, from there things took a decidedly reptilian turn and the next thing I knew we were making dragon poppets and hitting up the recycling bin for this egg carton dragon kids craft.

Here's how to make a fire-breathing beast of your own!

Kids Craft: Egg Carton Dragons

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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
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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
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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
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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:

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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
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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
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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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Why I Joined Barefoot Books

Exactly a week ago, I stepped into a world I never, ever imagined I’d enter, a direct-sales program.

So, what made me decide to be a Barefoot Books Ambassador? Two things.

First, they’re a quality book publisher specializing in, “…diverse, inclusive and inspiring books.”

When I read that, I thought, “That’s a company I can get behind, tell me more.

I read over every page on the Barefoot Books site, watched all the videos, and came to the conclusion that their dedication to helping young minds become world citizens through literature was a message I wanted to share on My Very Educated Mother (MVEM).

I truly can't wait to start sharing more about literacy, reading, and books!

Second, they had a deal this book-lover could NOT refuse. 
Erin Sipes
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The Easiest Way to Paint a Chair

Looking for the fool-proof way to paint chairs? Use a sprayer!

I received a HomeRight Finish Max sprayer in exchange for this post, as always the views expressed are my own. 

 It’s no secret, I love color! About a year ago, I shared our Colorful Pallet Table and mentioned that we still needed to do something about the chairs. I wanted to paint them, but to be honest, the thought of painting chairs makes me tip back my head and say, “ugh.” I hate it.

Then came the January 2017 “Spray It Pretty” Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest® featuring the HomeRight® Finish Max sprayer. That’s when I finally learned the EASIEST WAY TO PAINT A CHAIR!
Erin Sipes
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Girl Scout S'mores Cracker Candy

Girl Scout S'Mores Cracker Candy via My Very Educated Mother

Selling Girl Scout cookies is really one of the best and worst aspects of being a Scout Mom. It's such a great lesson in setting and working towards goals and understanding the work that goes into success.

Of course, there's also practicing patience and kindness when you run into the not-so-nice strangers at cookie booths, and let us not forget ALL THOSE COOKIES. Chances are, you will order too much and at one point or another grow - gasp - bored of them.

Thankfully, bloggers and cookie moms have you covered with a host of possible recipes to make with your overflowing stash. Today, I'm sharing such a dish featuring this year's *new* cookie, the S'more!

Erin Sipes
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Kids Craft: Rooster Paper Plate Headbands

Whether you're celebrating the Chinese New Year or barnyard animals the kids will love making these Rooster Headbands!

For the past couple years, the kids and I have celebrated the Chinese New Year by creating a paper plate animal craft. So far we've made sheep and monkeys, and this year we tackled a rooster. I have to be honest, the holiday snuck on me this year, it's January 28th! That's only a little over a week away, but it's still plenty of time to create a rooster headband of your own!

More and more these days I find myself and the toddler twiddling our thumbs while the older two work on their school work. It worked out perfect for this project because his little hands were the perfect size for creating a cock's comb and coloring bright squiggles! Unfortunately, he wasn't up for modeling, but his sister gladly took a break from Math to fill in.

Erin Sipes
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Motivation on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

I've written and rewritten a million words to go along with this quote but keep coming back to one sentiment.

Today, this week, this month, this year, listen to your neighbor's needs. Extend your hand. Open your heart. Look to heal the world outside yourself. As we are all related, you'll be helping and healing yourself in the process.
Erin Sipes
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Paper Plate Valentine Holder

A quick and easy Valentine's Day kids craft!

One of my favorite memories from elementary school is making Valentine holders. In particular, I remember bringing a cereal box from home and covering it with bits of fabric and trim. On the day of our Valentine's Day party, we walked around stuffing our decorated Capt. Crunch boxes with those little horrible licensed-character valentines, and we loved every bit of it! 

For this project, I used that memory as inspiration but replaced the box with a couple paper plates to create a sweetheart of a Valentine's Day Holder.  As a homeschool mom, what I love about these paper plate hearts is that they'll be perfect for filling and hanging on the kids' bedroom doors!

Big thanks to Angie and Caroline for putting together these series Craft Lightning projects!

Erin Sipes
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Welcome to MVEM 2017!

If you waited the 18+ seconds it took for this page to load...thank you and welcome to the newly designed site!

Obviously, I'm nowhere near getting all the bugs worked out, but I'm still pleased with the new look and it was LONG overdue.

I don't know why it took me so long to try new things, oh wait, yes I do - Fear. Fear of messing up. Fear of not getting it right the first time. Fear of not being perfect. Fear of what others will say. You know, fear.

This year I've decided to confront that fear and just go for it. To stop making new plans or obsessively going over everything I should be doing, and just doing something. If there are mistakes along the way, so be it. Maybe I'll even make that my Word for 2017...Mistakes.

What mistake are you afraid to make?
Erin Sipes
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