Get creative with twist ties

When you’re in need of an activity for the little ones (or big ones) pull out those twist ties and exercise your imagination by making people, animals, buildings – anything! Not to sound cliche, but the possibilities are endless and you’re only limited by your imagination. I discovered this art when I was setting up a computer at my old job. While waiting for software to install I started twisting >> Continue reading

3-ring binder binds find new life

As a knitter I have tons of patterns that hope to make someday printed and organized into 3-ring binders (this was the days before Ravelry!) They were looking a bit uninspired and plain on my bookshelf. To give them a new look I cut scrapbook paper to size and tucked it in the bind. Rather then trying to remember which color binder was which I stamped the words “PATTERNS – >> Continue reading

Tissue box mobile

Tissue boxes have become more decorative over the years. Gone are the days of the marbled blues, greens, and browns – thank goodness! For a long time I always thought it was a shame to toss them out (in the recycling bin of course!) but never knew what to do with them if I kept them. Then one day it hit me, I could use them to make a mobile >> Continue reading

Dress up a printed calendar

I’m a sucker for making the small things look pretty. At my old job I even decorated my pen/pencil holder (ie. a paper cup!) by drawing on it with a sharpie. Print-it-yourself calendars are often plain to look at. Why not dress them up by printing it on decorative paper? These are the basic steps if you already have decorative paper: Step 1: Select your paper. Step 2: Open the calendar >> Continue reading

Use the diapers and packaging too!

My daughter loves toys that make the crinkly noise. She also loves to wake up before us in the mornings but we’re lucky that she will play in her crib for awhile before calling out for “ma ma ma ma.” We usually know she’s up though by the “crinkle crinkle” noises coming from the crib because I always put the soft one in before I go to bed. She only >> Continue reading

Color me blue – or just the water!

My daughter recently discovered my stash of beauty products under the bathroom sink. Don’t worry, I’ve moved it now that she’s found it! I keep them  in a small basket and it houses things such as lotion, hair products, nail polish remover, hair clips, brush etc. I would have thought with so many things available for her to get into she would go from one thing to another, but nope, >> Continue reading

Dinner & movie nights

Before Cathy and I had kids, we had dinner and movie nights pretty frequently. The husbands really enjoyed it too because it was our opportunity to try something new and be creative with our dishes, whether the recipe came from one of our trusted cookbooks or from an episode of “Everyday Italian” or “Barefoot Contessa” that we watched earlier in the week. Of course, Cathy and I did all the planning, first >> Continue reading

Budget-friendly decorating tips

After I’ve watched a great “Divine Design” makeover, I dream of giving one of my own rooms (actually all my rooms!) the Candace Olson touch. But unfortunately I don’t have $20,000 to spare. With bills to pay and mouths to feed, re-decorating is a luxury I can’t afford. To fill that urge, I get creative and learn how to stretch my decorating dollar. Here are some quick tips to bring some life back into >> Continue reading

HTML & Dreamweaver

This past spring, I took two classes–HTML and Dreamweaver. Both were online classes–I had never taken an online class before and was pleasantly surprised at how much I learned without physically being in the classroom. As a marketing professional, I used the Web quite extensively to market products as it is a powerful and cost-efficient way to reach a broad audience. I wanted to take my experience one step further and >> Continue reading

Diving right in

A lot of people are surprised to learn that I’m a self-taught knitter or that I knit at all! It all started when I got married and discovered a love for HGTV. I remember watching a show called “crafters from coast to coast” and thinking that it would be fun to pick up a crafting hobby. I initially learned from a “Learn to Knit” kit I picked up at Michaels. >> Continue reading