Occasionally Crafty

August 28, 2015

DIY Faux Pumpkin Flower Centerpiece: Pinterest Challenge


I'm a blogger, a mom, and a crafter.  So it kind of goes without saying that I big heart squishy love Pinterest.  

But I have one tiny problem- I rarely make anything I pin.

I even have a board called Things I Want to Make, and yet very few of those items have been attempted. 

That's why this month I joined the Pinterest Challenge.

August 27, 2015

The Handmade Hangout #63 + FEATURES!

It's that time again!  Welcome to The Handmade Hangout, where you can link up with a chance to be featured on 8 different blogs!


This week I'm featuring three of my favorite projects from last week's linky.

1.  Chicken Coop turned Coffee Table by Scavenger Chic.  Who would've thought an old chicken coop would make a great decor piece?  

Easy Chicken Coop/Crate Coffee Table diy

2.  Apple Filled Cupcakes from Simplee Thrifty.  These look AMAZING and perfect for fall!


Apple Filled Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting: Light & fluffy cupcakes with a surprise in the middle.

3.  Neutral Fall Mantel from Dagmar's Home.  I love neutral tones and natural accents for fall.  It's so elegant!

neutral fall mantel

Now, on to this week's linky party!

1.  Become a follower of the blog where you linked up.  Of course we'd love it if you follow all our hosts on whatever platforms you use most!

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Christina from Christina's Adventures

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Tracie from Cleverly Inspired

Alli from Made with HAPPY


2.  Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties

Occasionally Crafty

 
Link up your projects!





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August 26, 2015

Keep Christ in Christmas: Relief Society Christmas Activity


Please don't get mad at me because I'm posting about Christmas in August.  I have a perfectly good reason, I promise.

You see, in our church (which is worldwide), we plan monthly activities for our women's organization, the Relief Society.  And right about now, the planning committees are starting to think about what they want to do for the big Christmas activity.  If they haven't already decided.

So, I wanted to share what we did last year so I can give some inspiration to others THIS year!  

August 24, 2015

DIY Personalized Arrow Decor: 50th Anniversary Gift


Recently I attended a good friend's 50th Anniversary party!  What a milestone!  I knew I wanted to make a special gift for her to commemorate their special day.



This DIY Rustic Wooden Arrow is the perfect gift for any wedding, bridal shower, or anniversary, or just to make for your home!

To get the full tutorial, click over to Kenarry: Ideas for the Home, where I'm posting this as a contributor this month.

What's your favorite gift to give at weddings?

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August 21, 2015

Meet Disney's "Descendants"!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Disney #VillainDescendants #CollectiveBias

I was driving in the car with my kids last night, and as we pulled up to the drive-thru window (busy night!), my son suddenly breaks out in this refrain:

     "Don't you want to be EVIL?   Don't you want to be NASTY?  Don't you want to be RUTHLESS?"

He fairly screamed the words, trying to imitate the amazing Kristin Chenowith, who plays Maleficent, in the song "Evil like Me" from Disney Channel's new movie Descendants.



I can only hope and pray the girl at McDonald's is familiar with the movie.  Otherwise she might be wondering just what it is I teach my kids!
What am I teaching my kids?  I'm sharing my love for all things Disney with them.  My kids have grown up with Disney, get to go to Disneyland every few years, and seem to have inherited my love and excitement for whatever Disney's got up its sleeves!
On July 31st, Disney's Descendants aired on the Disney Channel.  It is a really fun musical movie, detailing the stories of the sons and daughters of some of Disney's most famous heroes and villains.
We absolutely love this story in our family!  I bought my daughter the book Isle of the Lost, so she was really excited for the movie to come out.  It is fun to see where some of my favorite characters ended up, and interesting to think about what their children might be like
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I have kids from ages 6-10, boys and a girl, and they all really enjoy the movie, as well as listening to the soundtrack.  You can buy both at Walmart.
You can also buy the Descendants fashion dolls at Walmart.  I picked out Mal and Evie for my kids.  
Mal is the main character, a conflicted daughter of (who else) Maleficent, 
while Evie is the daughter of the Evil Queen from Snow White.
As soon as we got them, my kids insisted we turn on the soundtrack so they could dance around and re-enact scenes of the movie with the new dolls.  I just wish they had some of the boy dolls when I was shopping.  It would've been fun to have Carlos, son of Cruella De Ville, and Jay, son of Jafar.

Do you have to be evil if you're born to a Villain?  Does being born to a Disney Princess automatically make you good?  These are interesting and fun discussions to have with your family after watching the movie.  Anything that gives us quality time together is a win in my book.
If you're a Disney fan, you need Descendants in your family.  Who is your favorite Disney Villain and why?
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August 20, 2015

The Handmade Hangout #62 + MOST CLICKED Feature!

Welcome to the Handmade Hangout- where you can link up all things made by YOU!



This week I'm featuring the MOST CLICKED post from last week's linky.  Congrats to Moms Need To Know, who had the most views last week!  

21 Things I Learned in 21 Years of Marriage

This party is so much more awesome when you take the time to visit a few links before you go.  Spread the love to your blogging buds- we all appreciate traffic!   

Now on to this week's linky.  We have just a few simple rules.

1.  Become a follower of the blog where you linked up.  Of course we'd love it if you follow all our hosts on whatever platforms you use most!

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Christina from Christina's Adventures

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Tracie from Cleverly Inspired

Alli from Made with HAPPY


2.  Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties

Occasionally Crafty

 
Link up your projects!






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August 18, 2015

School Year Binders and Free Printables

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SchoolYearReady #CollectiveBias


Can you believe we've already been back at school for a week?  I've already got a stack of papers piling up on my counter from my three kids' classes.  To help keep you (and me) from drowning in paperwork, I've created some organizing printables and put together a School Year Binder!   Just say "no!" to paper stacks!


Just in the first week, I've gotten classroom policy papers, grading rubrics, book report instructions, homework helps, permission slips, newsletters, PTO papers, etc.  With three kids, I know I have to keep this stuff organized or I'll never be able to find it when I need it. Here's my solution: