Posts in category "Handmade"

Cranberry, Cinnamon Candle Craft for Thanksgiving

Cranberry, Cinnamon Candle Craft for Thanksgiving
Inspired by a plain white candle and a bag of fresh cranberries, my daughter and I began to glue the fruit and cinnamon sticks to the candle. There is no right or wrong way to assemble this decorative candle. We began using Elmer’s Glue, but at the end I attached a few stubborn cranberries with... Read more »

Turn an old desk into a brand new desk

Turn an old desk into a brand new desk
My parents bought a bedroom set for my sister more than 30 years ago.  It had a trundle bed, a dresser with mirror and a desk.  That old desk has moved houses, but stayed with my parents. My mom recently decided to redecorate my sister and my childhood rooms that more recently became my children’s... Read more »

Your kids will never be bored again

Your kids will never be bored again
I have a quick project that you can do while watching television and I promise your children will never be bored again. Step one: Get your supplies together. You will need: Empty oatmeal container Construction paper Scissor Glue Printer Printer Paper Letter Stickers (optional) Step two: Print out this link of already written activities for... Read more »
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Everything you need for a low budget and sweet Valentine's Day

Everything you need for a low budget and sweet Valentine's Day
This Friday is Valentine’s Day.  My husband already knows he will be working late that night, but we don’t mind skipping out on the overpriced dinner and half frozen tuna tartare.  Yes, it is important to say “I love you” everyday.  But, it never hurts to be reminded on February 14. Here are some ways... Read more »

Stay home and make homemade play dough

Stay home and make homemade play dough
In Chicago it is bitter cold and it appears most of the country is experiencing this winter freeze. Bad weather days are difficult for moms with little kids.  I often wonder if it is worth it to bundle the kids in snow pants, boots, jackets, gloves, hats and scarfs only to take them off a... Read more »

Eight quick steps to painted pumpkins

Eight quick steps to painted pumpkins
We are in a full on pumpkin pandemonium.  Sadly, the squirrels came in and took bites out our carefully carved pumpkins the morning after we carved them.  Discouraged I decided to try something new that will keep the critters away and spruce up our pumpkins this year. Here are eight quick steps to painted pumpkins.... Read more »
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Nine ways to keep your home organized

Never forget an appointment again.
Yesterday we celebrated the Jewish New Year; Rosh Hashanah.  With any new year I like to start over.  As much as I organize my house, there always seems to be some areas that constantly are out of order. Below are eight creative ideas to help organize your home to start out September fresh.  I know... Read more »

Craft Time: Turn a boring wood chair into a fun wood chair

Craft Time: Turn a boring wood chair into a fun wood chair
At the Roscoe Village Garage Sale a few weeks ago, I found two unusual wood chairs for five dollars each.  I created a nice little sitting area by the one beautiful tree in our city-size backyard. I lounged in one on the sunny morning sipping my morning tea and watching my kids jump on the... Read more »

An Easy Granola Recipe

An Easy Granola Recipe
At the Ventana Inn nestled in the mountains of Big Sur I ate the best granola I ever tasted.  It was sweet, salty, crunchy and satisfying. For lunch we dined at the famous Post Ranch Inn and although delicious (and the best view possibly in the world), I admitted my morning granola was better than... Read more »
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Heart Shaped Food Makes Valentine's Day Sweeter

Heart Shaped Food Makes Valentine's Day Sweeter
Suddenly I am inspired to prepare lots of heart shaped food to surprise my family on Valentine’s Day. I’m trying to stay away from sugar, but there still are festive options that aren’t desserts. What foods are you eating for Valentine’s Day this year? Do you have any heart shaped food ideas to share?
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