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Holiday Decorating: Christmas Stars and Mossy Wreaths

I love the glow of Christmas tree lights. And every year we hang our own Christmas star. This will be the twelfth year. It makes me happy. And I always do the same thing in our kitchen area – hang my mossy wreaths. Do you tend to do the same thing over and over, or […]

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How to Make Your Own Photo Valentines Cards

      Have you seen those valentines where there is a picture of a child holding a lollipop? Well, this year, I decided to make some. Now before you go thinking supermom thoughts, you should know I first saw this TWO years ago. That’s right – it took me a whole two years to […]

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How to Make A Snowman Costume

The following is a tutorial on how to make a low-cost snowman costume with very little sewing. Frosty the Snowman I didn’t do this for the picture, but I plan to stuff his little belly to round him out on Halloween. Right now he looks a little like Frosty the beer drinker. Here’s what you […]

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Halloween Craft: How to Make Pipe-Cleaner Spiders

Halloween Craft Tutorial If you are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to decorate for Halloween, I recommend pipe-cleaner spiders. I made these a couple of years ago, and we love to display them around the house each October. This year, we decided we needed even more spiders, so the kids helped and I […]

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How to Make Cake Pops: Tangled Birthday Party

Do you want to know how to make cake pops, also called cake balls?  Cake…mixed with icing…on a stick…dipped in chocolate…with sprinkles…yum! I first learned about them in an article in the Knoxville News Sentinel. Having decided I would make them for my daughter’s birthday party, I thought it would be wise to do a trial run […]

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Button Craft Housewarming Gift Idea

What do you get for the girl who has everything? Something homemade. So the next time you are looking for a unique yet affordable housewarming gift, consider these beautiful porcelain button magnets from Here’s what you need: Decorative buttons (about $2 each) Magnets ($1.99) Glue Gun Ribbon Needle Paper Metal Tie Plate ($0.88) Button […]

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Button Craft for Kids: Refrigerator Magnets

Consider this easy button craft next time you are looking for an easy and relatively inexpensive project to do with your kiddos! You will need:   Buttons ($2.29/pack) Tacky Glue ($1) Acrylic Paint  - two colors for contrast ($0.89 each) Wood letters, wood squares ($0.99 for a 2 pack) Business card-size magnets with adhesive ($3.99) […]

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7 Days of Teacher Gift Ideas: Day 4

One teacher with whom I spoke suggested home-made bookmarks. Most teachers read a lot, and those who don’t are always grading and sorting papers, so bookmarks are handy. You can simply have your child draw a picture or write a message on a piece of card stock the size of a bookmark. Or if you […]

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7 Days of Teacher Gift Ideas: Day 3

Need a fantastic teacher gift for under $5? Do I have one for you. I have to tell you that e-mail spam led me to this affordable teacher gift idea. (I can’t believe I am going to reward spam this way, but I can’t help it.) A while back, I bought business cards from Vista […]

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7 Days of Teacher Gift Ideas: Day 2

I’ve been talking to teachers and moms about end of year gift ideas and one thing I heard over and over is how much teachers like gift certificates – even in small amounts – to the places they frequent. So if you are looking for a fantastic way to present multiple gift cards to a […]

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