Saturday, November 22, 2014

DIY Stationary Gift Basket


I love these darling note cards from Artful Life Designs! Alone or paired with a few fun stationary accessories, they make a sweet gift item. Here's what you'll need to make your own DIY Stationary Basket because we all know how important that thank you card is especially here in the South...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Quick Guide: Basic Sewing Supplies

The first step to any successful project is having the right supplies. A sewing project is no exception to that rule. If you are just beginning to learn how to sew, you may be wondering what supplies you even need to get started. Or perhaps you're a seasoned seamstress wanting to cut your plethora of supplies down to just the basics. Below you'll find a quick guide on the supplies every sewing box should contain to keep you well-stocked and organized...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #117

Welcome to...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn

It is wonderful to have you here! Let's get this party started with four fabulous posts that were linked up last week...
Stacy of 27th & Olive linked up three fantastic recipes for Sugar Cookies!
Heather from The Heathered Nest shared her son's impressive Outdoor Adventure Room!
Lindi of Love Create Celebrate linked up a tutorial making this cute, framed Gold Heart Art!
&
Kelly from Typically Simple shared these easy to make Thanksgiving Place Cards!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

30+ Gift Ideas to Consider for Your Child This Christmas

Have you started planning your holiday shopping yet? I've already been trying to get mine done. And I've found that some of my favorite gifts to give and receive are ones that have been lovingly supplied by a handmade business or craft shop.

Two years ago (with supporting small businesses in mind) I put together a gift guide--"Great Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List". This year I've pieced together another holiday shopping guide. This one offers gift suggestions for kids of all ages from babies to teens. It has been a collaborative project done with other moms from the Kid Blogger Network who have each come up with their own shopping suggestions. Below you'll find gift ideas that are truly unique from some of my favorite Etsy shops, as well as, handmade suggestions and the links to visit dozens of other gift guides! Get cozy. Grab a cup of coffee. And enjoy shopping from the comforts of your own home...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #116

Welcome to...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn

It is wonderful to have you here! Let's get this party started with four fabulous posts that were linked up last week...
Clarie of The Simple, Sweet Life linked up her delicious-looking Triple Chocolate Doughnuts!
Barb from Turtles & Tails shared with us how she made this fabulous Entryway Bench!
Kat of Home. Made. Interest linked up a tutorial for this festive Turkey Slat Sign!
&
Sarah from The Gold Lining Girl shared her recipe for these fabulous White Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Bars!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Feeling Creative in Her Fabkids Outfit

Maybe it is the teacher in me, but I truly believe all children are artists. Their imaginations are limitless. There are no boundaries to their creative nature. Lydia Grace stopped asking a long time ago, "Mommy, am I an artist?" Now she declares in her own confident, smiling way, "Mommy, I'm an artist!" She loves to paint and has been sharpening her color mixing skills lately. It's a joy to watch her create! She has her own technique.

Open the paint up...
Squeeze it into the tray...
Careful not to spill...
Mix colors together with the brush...
Just a dab more of this and a tad more of that paint...
And finally the color is just what she's looking for...

"Mommy, look at this color I made! Look!"

All a child really needs to make a masterpiece is some paint, a few brushes, a blank canvas, and the freedom to create...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #115

Welcome to...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn

It is wonderful to have you here! Let's get this party started with four fabulous posts that were linked up last week...
Kristi of Making it in the Mountains linked up her tutorial for this charming Felted Acorn Garland!
Elena from El's Journey shared her technique for Printing on Burlap!
Marti of Sewlicious Home Decor linked up a recipe for Apple Pie Cups!
&
Sarah from Ruffles and Rain Boots shared how to make whimsical Leaf Crowns, Wreaths, and Garlands!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Garlands Galore, a Giveaway, and More!

Some of my favorite things to make are garlands! And I love hanging them throughout our home to add touches of handmade whimsy. I've even sold some in my little Etsy shop that I have... Hmmm... Let's just say put on vacation mode for now. In the meantime, I'm trying to get a clearer vision of what I want to do with the shop. When it was open, I loved being able to send people handmade goodies. I'd always package things up with an extra surprise. That was my favorite part about having the shop--lovingly packaging items up and making an extra little prize to add to the mix. That's why when my dear friend Tanya (The Natural Homeschool) asked me if I'd like to be a sponsor in a giveaway she was hosting, I jumped at the chance. I wanted an opportunity to spread a little handmade happiness to someone. Here are a few bits of whimsy that one lucky winner will receive...

Fall Fabric Garland
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