How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones!

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones! Sometimes you just need a cute, easy craft that doesn’t cost you a dime. That’s exactly what I needed this week, and it turned out super cute. I picked up these pinecones from our neighbor’s yard but I already had the glue gun, ribbon and twine in my craft cabinet. I cut the ribbon at the length I wanted and tied them into simple little bows. I then tied the twine around the knot on the bows and hot glued the bow knots to the base of the pine cones. I told you this was easy!! And I made six of them in different sizes. And then I hung them on our tree. Next year, I may create a woodland tree with these pine cones and wood slice ornaments. Arent they pretty? What awesome and free crafts have you done lately?

Farmhouse Friday: Christmas decor at Target!

Farmhouse Friday: Christmas decor at Target!

I took the month of October off from blogging, as I was experiencing some difficulties. I felt I just needed to step back and pause for a bit. Now that things have calmed down a bit, I decided to dive back into our regular schedule.

Have you all been to Target lately? Between the Magnolia Hearth and Hand line and the Dollar Spot, I could get into some big trouble.

These cute little house lanterns are only $3 and they’d be adorable on my mantle.

These wooden stockings come with stickers for a unique, design your own advent calendar for $3. You can buy the stocking or the wooden tree. I want to buy these and just decorate with them, and not even use them as advent calendar.

This wooden star garland for $2 is simple and pretty!

And these “believe” plates are perfect for hostess gifts or cookie exchanges.

And these hat and glove ornaments for $1 are adorable!!

Everyone go hit up your nearest Target Dollar Spot right now!!

And have a wonderful weekend.

Make a tray from an old picture frame

Make a tray from an old picture frame

I have had this old picture frame for ages, and while I knew I could make something cool with it, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do.

I had painted it green at some point. I initially thought about painting it another color, but I found some old scrapbook paper that matched the color perfectly.

I found some really cool drawer pulls in a basket of junk parts that we never seem to throw away. I promptly drilled some holes in the side of the frame.

I brushed the dust away and then made two more holes on the opposite side.

I then screwed the drawer pulls to the tray.

I am pretty pleased with my cute little tray. It’s currently brightening up a corner of our office.

What upcycle creation have you made lately?

Make it Monday: Free Fall Printables

Make it Monday: Free Fall Printables

I don’t know about you all, but the closer we get to fall, the happier I am. I’ve even begun to make a few fall crafts. Since we have been stuck at home due to Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding, I decided to make some cute fall printables to share with you all. As always, right click on the pictures to share to your device. For best results, do not print larger than 11×14. Enjoy, but if you share them, please tag me in the link.

First up: one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books: Any Anne of Green Gables fans in the house?

Here in the South, “y’all” is more than a colloquial contraction for “you all.” It’s a way of life! And we really do say “happy fall, y’all .” I promise☺

Here’s a similarly themed printable with a cute little pumpkin.

This one displays sideways but it will print just fine.

I hope you all enjoy these free printables. Please remember these are for personal use only- not for commercial. If you share these, please tag me. More fall crafty goodies will be heading your way soon.

Have a wonderful week.

Summer 2018: a recap

Goodness gracious, what a short summer! While our summer wasn’t super busy, we did do a lot and we made some pretty awesome memories to show for it.

Our summer got off to a late start, due to all the snow days and having to add teacher workdays to the end of our school year.

We went on vacation to the mountains…twice.

We visited my grandmother and rode the train at the park.

We enjoyed my aunt and uncle’s fire pit and roasted some marshmallows.

Both girls enrolled in a six week gymnastics class…Emorie began her fourth year of gymnastics, and Aubrey began her first.

Both girls went to Vacation Bible School at our church and loved it!!

Emorie celebrated her seventh birthday and went to cheer camp at our local high school.

We spent tons of time at the playground.

And even more time in the pool.

We spent time at the local YMCA splash pad, too

Emorie began to learn to play the piano, prompting us to add a piano to our home.

Our garden flourished for most of the summer, and we enjoyed many delicious veggies from it.

We traveled to WV for the day to celebrate my grandpa’s cousin’s 90th birthday AND 70th wedding anniversary.

Aubrey engaged in a lot of mischief…

We remodeled one of our bathrooms.

And lastly, we sent this newly minted second grader off to school, and I took some of my favorite pictures EVER of my girls.

I will be returning to school next week. Stay tuned: changes are on the horizon for Organized and Simplified.

Have a wonderful,blessed school year.