Easy Family Scrapbook Ideas: Print Those Pictures!

Using pocket pages and precut cards you can simplify your family memory keeping with these easy family scrapbook ideas using Jen Hadfield's Home+Made Kit.

I was away scrapbooking this weekend, trying to catch up on my Project Life album. These weekends usually consist of a little blogging, some extra sleep, a few delicious meals and some easy family scrapbook ideas. When I started scrapbooking 18 years ago I labored over the pages (and cut many a kid's head with patterned scissors. Can anyone … [Read more...]

Encourage your Kids with Creative Notes

Short video and tutorial contains easy and inexpensive ways to encourage your kids with creative notes for school and camp. Show your kids they are loved!

This post was sponsored by Expressionery.com but all opinions are my own. When I became a mom 26 years ago I was determined to greet the teenage years with enthusiasm and a wonderful relationship with my children. I was willing to invest daily in their growing up years through homeschooling and nightly conversations around the … [Read more...]

DIY Makeup Storage Using Scrapbook Paper

DIY Makeup Drawers Using Scrapbook Paper

I am a memory keeper at heart but this new season of juggling work and our final years of homeschooling means I don't have as much time for traditional scrapbooking. These days most of our tangible memories are captured via Project Life and since I have amassed quite a large collection of paper (okay, so it rivals Michael's. I can't … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Paint Ideas for the Home

Chalkboard paint ideas are a hot decorating trend in everything from home decor to parties and organization. Fun and ingenious ideas to get you started!

Do you like following the latest decorating trends? Or are you more like me? You kinda slide into them while you're discovering  your own personal style? Some trends tend to hang around for years and some vanish before they really even get started. What does this mean for you and I? To me it means I should only grab onto those ideas I … [Read more...]

Picture Frame Front Door Wreath

Create a warm welcome for guests with this easy and inexpensive front door wreath using a repurposed yard sale picture frame, silk flowers and wooden sign.

I love to craft and DIY while I turn yardsale and curbside junk into beautiful treasures for my home. But I do have a confession to make. Since blogging is now also my job being creative is sometimes a necessity, not a luxury. That can sometimes put extra pressure and stress on me to come up with the "latest and greatest." I believe God … [Read more...]

Handmade Card Ideas in Under 10 Minutes

Add the perfect touch for a gift or send encouragement and well wishes with these handmade card ideas created under 10 minutes with a Project Life kit.

This month on Crafty Hangouts we were challenged to come up with a craft that could be completed in under 10 minutes. Just my style. Quick and easy. Lickety split. In a jiffy. (Consumer Crafts sponsored this post but all opinions and ideas are my own!) I ordered some goodies from Consumer Crafts and came up with … [Read more...]

Elephant Themed Baby Shower

With tips and tricks on throwing a DIY Elephant Themed Baby Shower, these ideas on food and decor will thrill both the expectant mom and party guests alike.

My first grandson is now nine weeks old and I promised myself I'd share the shower I threw for my daughter before he was crawling around!  Aiden James Baldridge entered the world four weeks early and threw us all into a panic (you can read the story here). He was worth every minute of those days and was the best reason … [Read more...]

DIY Framed Jewelry and Earring Organizer

This DIY framed jewelry and earring organizer from Marty's Musings is created inexpensively from a yardsale frame and chicken wire. Perfect for hanging necklaces or earrings.

  Today my DIY hubby and I are here to give you the skinny on one of my favorite projects in my low budget bedroom makeover. I'm in possession of a bunch of earrings. And necklaces. And a few bracelets. ~smile~ My daughter got married and left a bunch with me. I yard sale and pick up a few things.  I'm a hoarder … [Read more...]

Marshmallow Snowman Craft (that you can eat!)

Marshmallow Snowman Craft (you can eat!) - Marty's Musings

  We've just survived the holidays, waved goodbye to 2014 and said hello to 2015. You know what is probably around the corner? This lovely white stuff that is beautiful to look at and often treacherous to drive in. That's right. It's the most wonderful "snowy" time of year. I freely admit I'm a southern driver and would prefer … [Read more...]

Top Blog Posts of 2014

Top Blog Posts of 2014 - Marty's Musings

  Each year I try to pick a word that I feel God is pressing upon my heart. Just one word that will indicate an overarching goal or idea for the year. My word for 2014? Simplify.  Has the laughter ceased yet? What was I thinking with a word like that? It was an invitation for the insanity to commence. What did I think … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Banner from Wood Slices

Chalkboard Banner with Wood Slices - Marty's Musings

  My Christmas village is one of of my favorite elements of our Christmas decorating. You can read all about the details of how we set it up. I say "we" lightly because I totally delegate it to the kids. It's always interesting to see who becomes the chief and who becomes the indian. Know what I mean?  I enjoy the tradition of it … [Read more...]

5 Minute Simple Christmas Craft

5 Minute Simple Christmas Craft - Marty's Musings

Sometimes the best projects are the easiest, but I'm afraid I often make things more difficult than they should be. Can you relate? This year my husband having two surgeries this month with the prospect of being out of work for several months means I'm definitely in a busier season of life. It's not one that I relish because … [Read more...]

31 Days: Christmas Mason Jar Labels and Printables

Simple idea for making gifts in a jar using the popular pint sized mason jars and a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe. Perfect for teachers and friends.

I'm excited to be joining with Crafty Hangouts this week sharing a fun and easy project for the holiday season. These Christmas mason jar labels are so easy to make using supplies from OnlineLabels.com. Since mason jars are all the rage and I love to give homemade gifts at Christmas I decided to create labels that could … [Read more...]

Family Blessing Jar and Instilling Gratitude

Family Blessing Jar - Marty's Musings

  Do you ever feel pulled by the demands of family, job, school, church or outside activities? Of course you do! You are probably especially feeling the pull of this busiest season of the year as we race towards Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. I will be honest and say that this year as a work at home/homeschooling mom I'm … [Read more...]

31 Days: Baby Gender Reveal Party and Free Printables

Baby Gender Reveal Party and Free Printables - Marty's Musings

   As of a few months ago I hadn't even heard of a baby gender reveal party, but today I'm here to share all the details of the fabulous way we celebrated our first grandchild on the way. The concept When our oldest daughter and son-in-law announced that they were expecting our first grandchild we were so thrilled! Rachel immediately … [Read more...]

31 Days: Free Chalkboard Printable for Fall

Free Fall Chalkboard Printable from Marty's Musings

Today I'm branching out a bit and offering a free chalkboard printable for fall. Are you as obsessed with chalkboard projects as I am? I'm really not a graphics person, but as a blogger I've had do a lot of larnin' (that's Southern for learning, y'all!)  about all sorts of things including coding, html , jpgs, cloning and more! The … [Read more...]

31 Days: 5 Ways Scrapbooking Will Make you a Better Mom

5 Ways Scrapbooking Will Make You a Better Mom - Marty's Musings

Let me start out by saying that I am in no way trying to guilt anyone here today! My goal is to encourage you and build you up as you love on your families and maybe even help you become a better mom. I am on a scrapbooking retreat this weekend so I thought it would be a great time to touch on how this passionate hobby of mine has changed … [Read more...]

5 Minute Dollar Store and Burlap Wreath

5 Minute Dollar Store and Burlap Wreath - Marty's Musings

Sometimes I get caught up in the anticipation and fervor of a new decorating season. After all, the craft stores start hauling out their Christmas inventory in July. As a blogger, if you're not on top of those fall crafts by August you will get passed by. Pinterest won't love you. Your reputation will be shattered.  Yet here I sit. … [Read more...]

How to Decorate a Bedroom (for Practically Nothing!)

How to Decorate a Bedroom for Practically Nothing - Marty's Musings

  When I shared my master bedroom makeover a couple of weeks ago I told y'all it was a budget makeover where everything except for one or two items  (and I mean EVERYTHING) was either a DIY project, a yardsale find or a hand me down. Now hopefully y'all know I'm a painfully honest person (just ask my family) but I thought … [Read more...]

Inexpensive Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas

Inexpensive Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas - Marty's Musings

It's hard to believe it's been over four months since my youngest daughter turned 16! She is turning into an amazing young woman right before our eyes. I cannot imagine our lives without this tenderhearted, compassionate young lady. (She has since had her braces taken off and is even more beautiful!) Since she is approaching 17 at an … [Read more...]

Gender Reveal Party Banner

Gender Reveal Party Banner - Marty's Musings

Disclosure: I received free product and compensation in exchange for creating a project using products from Consumer Crafts.com. All opinions are my own. The next few months will be exciting ones for our family. Other than normal school, work and church activities, my daughter Rachel and her husband are expecting our first grandchild … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Citronella Candles

How to Make your own Citronella Candles - Marty's Musings

  This has been the summer of outdoor projects for my hubby and me. We designed our new deck, had it built on a budget with finish details added by my DIY hubby and decorated by me.   The one thing that distracts us and makes our time outside unpleasant? You guessed it! Mosquitoes!   Citronella oil is a plant-based … [Read more...]

Handmade Card Ideas for Any Occasion

Handmade Card Ideas for Any Occasion - Marty's Musings

  I love sending and receiving handmade cards. There's just something about knowing the person cared enough about me to put a little extra effort into making my day special. But let's face it. I may be a DIY blogger but I spend so much time working that I rarely have time to just scrap or create at home "just 'cause." Can you … [Read more...]

Painted Lamp Shade Makeover with Textured Surface FrogTape®

Painted Lamp Shade Makeover with Textured Surface FrogTape® - Marty's Musings

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape Brand Painter’s Tape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. My DIY hubby is a painting contractor for his day job. He has shared many painting tips on the blog such as how to care for your brushes, avoiding a paint can mess and helpful tips on painting kitchen cabinets. For … [Read more...]