Easy Halloween Garlands

Sizzix Halloween Garland

Hi there!  Today I'm sharing a VERY easy way to make cute Halloween garlands over on the Sizzix blog today. This 102 degree weather isn't going to stop me from dreaming of fall and Halloween and the cooler weather that is to come!  Remember making paper dolls as a child?  This tutorial uses the same concept, but without all the fussy detailed cutting.  One die and one run on your Big Shot later, and you've got an adorable garland perfect for including in a Halloween card, decorating your home ... [ Read More ]

Broccoli Salad with Bacon Recipe

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Bacon Recipe

This post brought to you by Butterball Every Day. All opinions are 100% mine. One of my favorite treats at a restaurant I love is a delicious broccoli salad that tastes amazing, but is loaded with fat.  I wanted to be able to eat this broccoli salad with bacon at home, so I tried making my own lighter version! My broccoli salad with bacon still tastes great, but by substituting turkey bacon for full-fat bacon, and Greek yogurt for mayonnaise, it is a much better option that I don't feel ... [ Read More ]

DIY Fall Napkin Rings

Fall napkin rings

Today I'm sharing some very simple, but beautiful fall napkin rings that are so easy to make! You can check out the full tutorial over on Darice's Live. Craft. Love. blog today. Happy crafting! ... [ Read More ]

Panda Bear Food Art

Panda bear snack for kids | by Make Life Lovely

I'm convinced that whoever said not to play with your food had no idea what they were talking about.  If you look creatively at your food, you can make fun food art for your kids, or even yourself! I decided to take one of my favorite foods, California ripe olives, and make a fun after-school snack to surprise my kids.  Last week was their first week back to school, and they have all been starving by the time we get home! If there's one thing my kids can't resist, it's olives!  They love to ... [ Read More ]

The Sizzix Challenge


Happy Monday!  Today I'm over on the Sizzix blog sharing my interpretation of the Sizzix challenge photo. All this month Sizzix has a fun challenge going on where you can enter a Sizzix project you make that is inspired by the pretty image below, and one lucky winner will receive the new Sizzix eclips2 die cutting machine! You just have to post a photo of your project on Sizzix's FB page or to the link collection.  All the details for the Sizzix Challenge can be found here, so go check it ... [ Read More ]

Mollie Makes Magazine Feature… Yippee!

Mollie Makes Magazine

Okay guys, pardon my excitement, but I just had to share some good news with you! One of my projects was recently featured in a full-page spread in the gorgeous magazine Mollie Makes!  Mollie Makes is a monthly magazine that has been wildly popular in the UK, and now there is a US version.  Lucky us! My DIY flower straws that I shared a few months ago using my Sizzix Big Shot and a flower die get their own page.  It's their "Ooooh, Could Do That" feature for the month of September.  Yeah, ... [ Read More ]

Watercolor Butterfly Mini Envelope


Back in the days of my art classes, I LOVED to use watercolor paint. It was so relaxing to sit with my paints and my brush and just go for it. Last week I pulled out some watercolors and painted a pretty watercolor butterfly out of watercolor paper that I die cut using a Tim Holtz Sizzix die that I love. I ended up making a gift card holder out of the butterfly glued to a mini envelope. The finished result is so pretty and girly (perfectg for my sweet little daughter's birthday!), and I ... [ Read More ]

DIY Halloween Carton Box

DIY Halloween Milk Carton Box

I am SO excited for the upcoming holidays that I just couldn't wait to share my first Halloween project with you- the first of many! This DIY Halloween carton box was a cinch to make with my Sizzix Big Shot and the Sizzix Milk Carton Box die. Wanna' make your own?  Here's what you'll need: DIY Halloween Carton Box: Supplies: Sizzix Big Shot Sizzix Milk Carton Box Die Sizzix Candlelight Fright Die Sizzix Spooktacular Die Sizzix Premium Crease Pad Halloween patterned ... [ Read More ]

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea

Teacher Gift Idea

My kids haven't started school yet, so we have been busy enjoying the last few days of our carefree summer.  I thought it would be fun to make some small back to school teacher gifts for my kids' teachers for the first day of school, just a cute little something to say that we are excited to have them as a new teacher. I taught elementary school for a while before starting this blog, and I'll be honest, besides the sweet letters and pictures from students, the next best teacher gifts are gift ... [ Read More ]

Butternut Squash Pumpkin Soup

Butternut Squash Pumpkin Soup Recipe

I am a member of the World Market Trendsetter Tribe, and this post is sponsored.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Although technically we still have a few more weeks until the start of fall, I'm already dreaming of cozy sweaters, carving pumpkins, fires in the fireplace,  crisp cool nights, caramel apples, and hot bowls of filling soup.  Today I've got a great recipe to share with you that is so perfectly fall- a butternut squash pumpkin soup! This butternut squash pumpkin soup gets ... [ Read More ]