A Handmade Thanksgiving: A {simple} DIY fall display

This DIY projects costs close to nothing and it is so simple too!

Supplies needed:

Spray paint– you can use whatever colour you want, we just happened to have a brown. I think red would be super pretty and it would be easy to transform it from a fall display to a Christmas one!-

a branch – from the outdoors

newspaper -or something to paint on

hurrican vase– $1 from Dollar Tree (or you can use a vase you already have)

dry beans – check pantry first

one or more leaves- optional

How to DIY:

Spray paint the branch.  Place branch in vase, pour dry beans in (however much you want). Put leaf in (optional).

Then stand back and admire :)

(In case you didn’t see the post about these free printables that I’ve framed, go here to get them for yourself!)

As I was taking some of these photos, the little guy was snacking and I turned to see him doing this (because I had the camera);

Little cheese. So very thankful for him.

Hope you’re inspired to create!

A Handmade Thanksgiving: Paper Acorn Garland

Inspired by another crafty momma over at Smile and Wave.

Here is my…

Paper acorn garland.

You can go here for the supplies she used. I did mine with just paper instead of contact paper and chipboard, but you should still check her list out just in case you want something more durable.

Supplies (I) Used:

two tones of wood scrapbooking paper (craft store)

sisscors, hole punch, hot glue gun

natural jute -it was cheaper than twine and I ended up liking the look better (craft store)

How to DIY;

Simply download acorn and print.

trace and cut out. glue pieces together. punch holes.

string and hang for a super cute (& fairly simple)  fall decor.

I’m currently obsessed with cross process editing (hence the above photos) but here is a photo of the actual colour;

I actually got a little carried away and made enough to string them in the dining room and the living room.

I love it and so does Chase :)

Here is a sneek peek of a {incredibly} simple and cheap DIY I’ll be posting tomorrow;

A Handmade Thanksgiving; {free} fall printables!

Lately I’ve found {many} new inspirational websites and blogs (soon to update my ‘Inspiration’ page, stay tuned). My folder of diy projects and home decor projects is getting huge and makes me {super} anxious/excited for us to get our own home!

 One of recent blog find is an incredibly crafty momma at Craftily Ever After. She’s been making different versions of the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ posters and they are free to print! Find an unused frame you have lying around (if you’re like us) and print one (or all) of ’em for the last few weeks of fall!

Click here to print ‘Keep Calm and Gobble On’, and  here to print ‘Gather here with grateful hearts’ and here to print ‘Keep Calm and Cranberry On’.

I also found this amazing free printable on The Vintage Dutch Girl

Cute and free :)

Tomorrow my Ted and our camera is back! I will be posting photos of a few fall projects (I ended up using my grandma’s point & shoot because I wanted to take step by step pics) and posting them sometime tomorrow!

My hope in posting ‘A Handmade Thanksgiving’ is that you’re inspired to create too!

A Handmade Thanksgiving 2; corn husk wreath.


Corn husk wreath. So typically if I were to hear of a corn husk wreath, I’d probably picture something really ugly or maybe super cheesy…but this turned out so pretty. It’s a modern twist- or at least I think so.( I found this idea on this super awesome crafty called How Does She?. For the tutorial click here!)


Supplies you’ll need:

– 1 foam wreath (dollar store)
– HOT GLUE GUN – i used a hot glue gun instead of pins because i made it with pins first and it didn’t work for me!
– 1 8 oz pkg of corn husk (walmart, by the Mexican food)
– paint (optional- i added a deep eggplant purple to mine)

A Handmade Thanksgiving 1; a thankful foundation.

Today starts the beginning of “a handmade Thanksgiving” as I’m calling it. I will be posting simple and affordable DIY projects over the next few weeks. I hope you feel inspired.

I thought this would be a great place to start; a creative idea which inspires us to remember to be thankful and grateful. As I researched quotes for this post, I found myself suddenly aware of how much I have to be thankful for. I am truly blessed. I can guarantee you are too. Of course there are things I wish could be different however when I paused and look inside and around me… I realized, even despite our loss, we are so blessed. We were are blessed to even get the honour of knowing our Eisley-girl and the time we had with her. Tonight, I feel overwhelmed as I realize how blessed we truly are.

I found this really inspiring idea (on Country Living) to write each guest (which could just be family, depending on your plans) a quote relating to thankfulness, gratefulness, etc and have each guest read aloud their quote (or just keep it). Use creative writing to write the quote on a thin strip of paper and then use double-sided take to tape it to their glass. Or make a little card and place it on their plate.

Here are some quotes I found that I really liked and you might too;

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.  ~W.T. Purkiser

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily.  ~Gerald Good

“As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world. ” — Adabella Radici

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Seeds of discouragement will not grow in the thankful heart.–Anonymous

Stayed tuned for a lot more DIY projects coming soon; centerpieces, garland, place settings, etc, etc, etc!

Saying goodbye to the lull…

I kind of touched on this in last night’s blog but I’ve been in a lull. Well this past week I decided I need to get out of it. I bought an art journal to inspire me to create again.

I had my grandma show me how to use a sewing machine to create better quality cute onesies than the ones here.

I found the idea here in march! LOVE it and can’t wait to have a little girl someday! Maybe December? hehe

And today I finally finished editing and uploading photos for my project 365!

It has been raining a lot and today it slowed, so I took these.

I am longing for sunny weather, but today, seeing these beautiful flowers all covered in raindrops… the beauty helped a bit.

We are hoping for sunny days to come! This is really unlike Colorado, so I believe this means we will have a colourful, beautiful summer!

Just a random blog to proclaim… I’m saying goodbye to this lull I’ve been in!

DIY Project; Country Chic Headband.

Tonight we had to attend an end of the quater party at YWAM Denver. The theme was Wild West. Having lived in Wyoming for 4 years of my life, I know for a fact, country is my least favourite style. So I decided to go country chic, cowgirl meets 2010.

I used a purple bandana, a small pieve of cardboard, a black headband and a hot glue gun to create this look;

It was supposed to be curved more with my head but it didn’t. It portrayed the idea though.

Right before we left I decided to use the scraps from the headband to make a necklace;

I used a simple leaf necklace and covered it by adding the scraps. They can easily be removed, so it was only for the night.

I decided to make this last minute (total of 15-20 min) but it turned out great and def country chic instead of hick country, which was the look I was going for! I did get a few silly looks but I did have people who shared a similar love for the creative side, comment on their interest, haha.

And just for fun a few random new headpieces bought with birthday money;

2 bobbypin flowers for 1.50 and 2 clip on bows for 2.50 @ forever 21. I love these because they make me feel like a child again, you know, cause 23 is so old ;)

okay, thanks for checking in!

DIY Project: Masquerade Mask

We were invited to a masquerade birthday which took place this past Saturday. At first I was discouraged because the thought of getting a mask and dressing up (none of my dresses fit my, um, top half… if you know what I mean). It sounded like we would be spending money we really didn’t have to attend a party for a few hours. We really wanted to go, because it was a dear friend, but it didn’t seem like we would be able to. Then it hit me, why not make a mask?! (And I also used a gift card to purchase an $8 dress!) So… I shared the idea with Ted and then a few friends decided to join in with me! We went to Hobby Lobby and bought those white full faced masks, feathers, sequens, jewels, etc. Here are a few pictures from that night;

I cut my mask to the shape I wanted, then spray painted it black. After it dried, I placed black lace on it with fabric glue. Then I added all of the fun stuff; a few red and black feathers, red jewels, and one “tear drop” just for a dramatic effect. Total cost for my mask: $9 and I was able to create it how I really wanted it. Bonus!

What about Ted? Well…

Ted wore an Afghan outfit he already owned and used A photo of Jesus (which he had for a teaching he did) as his mask. Haha, people got a kick out of it. :)

My prego friend April, The birthday girl Jae and I.

(photo courtesy of Hannah Caristo) Friends Lori, Ape, Auntie Dee Dee, Alli Bird and I. (I’m pretty sure no guys read this, but if you’re a guy just stop reading… girls, can you see what I am talking about?! Size E… I can’t wait to stop breastfeeding just because of this very thing, UGH!)

This was one of my fave masks of the night because it’s so beautiful and huge!

So, just in case you have a masquerade party to attend and need a mask… there is an idea :)

DIY Project; Plain to Pretty Onesies.

Remember ‘Project C’

well the creations below are much, much cuter (probably because most girly things are)!

Simple and spices up the plain onesie.

An old dress I never wore because it fit weird. Transformed;

A little fun onesie for the Manke baby girl. While I was making these, I couldn’t help but think of how exciting it will be to someday make cute little things for a girl! It’s going to be so different from dressing a boy everyday.

I adore Chase and definitely try to have fun dressing him, but let’s face it, girls have way more cute things! Can’t wait!

Paper Hearts & Pink Cupcakes.

Today was an incredibly fun, not so typical, Valentine’s Day!

To begin; We created. We modeled.

And, of course, Chase modeled too.

We baked. We frosted. We decorated.

Okay, so not your typical valentine’s day…. but a fun one. Although, I definitely missed Ted, the date and how he tells me the history of Valentine’s Day each year, he is the more romantic one for sure. I miss him, but today was actually quite a blast!

How did you celebrate today? Or are you anti-valentine’s day and if so, why? Please respond!