Use Your Stash Challenge: 10 Minute Winter Garland

Fast and easy winter doily garland | spotofteadesigns.com

Now that I have my newly made over entryway mirror, I'm all about making sure this space is pretty and welcoming when you come into our home. For the holiday season, I went with blue, purple and silver jewel tones in the ornament décor and put my little Wood Crate Snowman right up front on the table. Since the winter color palette isn't that much different, I kept most of those pieces and worked up a quick ten minute winter garland to replace the Christmas décor hung above. I say ten minutes as most of that time was spent stringing the pieces once they were created! Small doilies (from Derek's Gramma's house), Martha Stewart Crafts Glittered Snowflake stickers and a simple baker's twine were put together for this hint of winter indoors. I love how simple and dainty it ... Continue Reading...

Valentine’s Window Play: Cheap, easy and fun activity for toddlers

Valentine's Day Window Play for #toddlers. Cheap and easy! | spotofteadesigns.com

DISCLOSURE: Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links. Know that I only promote products I personally use and stand behind. To learn more about my affiliates, please review my disclosure policy here. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so it’s time to start mixing in some heart/love themed activities for the little Miss! One windy, COLD afternoon, I put together a Valentine’s Themed Window Play that is cheap, simple and allowed her to explore! Supplies: Craft Foam Sheets Scissors Shallow tray or plate with a small amount of water I cut out heart shapes from both white and red foam sheets we have left over from Derek’s Mario Halloween costume a few years ago. I made loosey goosey hearts that had no template and were all different shapes and ... Continue Reading...

DIY Disney Countdown Calendar

#Disney themed Countdown Calendar: countdown from ten days to one | spotofteadesigns.com

When something super exciting is coming up, like a trip to Disney World, Christmas morning or the anticipation of a new sibling, little kids have a hard time grasping the concept of time and waiting. With a sister who's about to pop with kid number three and a brother-in-law/sister-in-law who are Disney members who travel to Disney destinations often, I thought it was fitting to help their little ones learn the concept of time with a countdown calendar. My good friend Liz helped me out by die cutting a few Mickey shapes for use on my flip cards. I was making two of these calendars so two sets of cards "one" through "ten" were needed. After punching holes at the top and stringing them onto these Ikea frames (Yes, I had more of them even after using 12 for Brielle's birthday ... Continue Reading...

Use Your Stash Challenge: Sunflower Stickers

#Gift Idea: Handmade Greeting Cards. See one coordinated set feauring sunflower stickers | spotofteadesigns.com

You may remember that every Christmas I gift my mom a set of handmade cards. I think (hope?) that she uses them all throughout the year to send to family and friends. You may also remember that I craft these babies up early - like August early. Like last year when I made the polka themed cards with the stamped sayings, I decided to choose a color palette, sticker (sunflowers) and make a coordinating set that was easy to whip together. After a little bit of time and brown fingers (from all the ink edges I did), she now had a set of 12 greeting cards for different occasions. The cost? $0 because I used all items I already had in my stash, including the cardstock I used to make the card bases! Luckily I had an overstock of envelopes left over from our wedding and a stash of ... Continue Reading...

Construction Truck Themed Growth Chart with Deco Art

Construction Truck Themed Growth Chart using @DecoArt_Inc Paints | spotofteadesigns.com

DISCLOSURE: I am part of the DecoArt Blogger Program and was provided product samples. I only promote and share products I personally use and recommend! To learn more, please review my disclosure policy here. Brielle has been growing like a weed and I can tell you this since we track her growth on the hot air balloon growth chart hung in her nursery. I can now say the same about my nephews since I gifted them a DIY Portable Growth Chart of their very own this Christmas! I offered to paint them a design of their choice if my brother-in-law would prep the board. He painted the board a green base (from something they already had in the home) and my oldest nephew, Blake, chose "Construction Trucks." I was lucky enough to partner with Deco Art on this project to use my favorite ... Continue Reading...

Handmade with Love XIX: 2014 Christmas Creations

Christmas Card 2014: handmade by Catherine Scanlon as featured on spotofteadesigns.com

If As a crafter, I know how long it takes to make some handmade gifts. Items I receive need more than the few minutes of love I can give it, so I’m happy to post these Handmade with Love posts that showcase great handmade cards or gifts I have received. I know Christmas is over but I always want to make sure to give special attention to the handmade Christmas cards received each year! This year's collection were sent by Handmade With Love veterans! Catherine Scanlon, of Art from the Heart. Holly Craft, from Today's Creations And Pat, a long time family friend who's stamping and embossing techniques are always welcomed on my Christmas card wreath! If you're aching for more, go back and check out the 2011 Christmas Creations, 2012, or  2013 here!   ... Continue Reading...

DIY Gift: Wood Photo Transfer Gift with Deco Art

DIY Gift: Photo Transfer on Wood Tutorial with @DecoArt | spotofteadesigns.com

DISCLOSURE: I am part of the DecoArt Blogger Program and was provided product samples. I only promote and share products I personally use and recommend! To learn more, please review my disclosure policy here. Ever go through Pinterest and continually have the same looks catch your eye? Transferring photos onto wood is that technique for me! I finally got the chance to try this technique out for a Christmas present for my mom. While the finished piece does look good, make sure you read all the way through to learn from my mistakes and how I created the final version you see above. Supplies: Deco Art Americana Acrylic Paint (I ended up using black instead of the red in my original shot!) Wood Plaque Deco Art Decopage Photo Transfer Photo Copied image Water Rags, ... Continue Reading...

Teacher’s Gift with Handprint Wreath Card {FREE PRINTABLE}

Teacher's Gift: "Thanks for your hand in helping me grow" with #DIY Handprint Wreath and various products for hands | spotofteadesigns.com

DISCLOSURE: Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links. To learn more about my affiliates, please review my disclosure policy here. Tis the season for thanking those in your life for the awesome things they do and the ways they support you during the year. Brielle has been in daycare only a few months but has come to have a good bond with her teachers, Miss Beth and Miss Barb. We wanted to thank them for having a hand in helping her grow so I put together a little hand themed gift. And since a holiday wouldn't be complete without a craft to go with the gift, we worked up one of Brielle's famous finger painting crafts to accompany the design: a handprint wreath! We used two greens from our Crayola Fingerpaints Bold and Secondary Colors packs and had a fun finger ... Continue Reading...