Category: Create

End of The Rainbow!

March 16

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and whether you’re Irish or not, it’s the perfect holiday for getting a little festive!  We have a tradition of boiling up a big pot of corned beef and cabbage for dinner and then indulging on our favorite recipe of Irish soda bread!  But on top of that dinnertime fun, I love to have special holiday treats prepared for my family and friends when they stop by.  And even though the Leprechauns will be arriving in one day…I have the perfect snack that will satisfy anyone who might be paying you a holiday visit.  It’s such an easy treat to create and looks practically professional…but guess what?…it’s not!  You still have time to whip this one up and be ready for some St. Paddy’s Day fun!  Let me share what’s at the end of the rainbow…

lucky coin cupcakes!

Lucky Morning!

March 14

Welcome to the St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop!  I’ve teamed up with 8 other bloggers to share inspiration and ideas for the festive holiday!  Visit all the blogs listed below and then enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post to be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card!  All blog links available at the end of today’s post.  Keep hopping along for plenty of fun!

St. Patrick's Day blog hop

Now I’ll share with you a simple but festive tradition we have in our home each St. Patrick’s Day…

a lucky Leprechaun breakfast!

Thinking Ahead to Easter Fun

March 13

I know St. Patrick’s Day hasn’t quite passed yet but it’s never too early to be thinking about all the festive springtime occasions that are headed our way!  And usually the Easter goodies are in the stores as soon as the lucky Leprechaun items hit the shelves which can make it easy to stock up early for those holiday celebrations to come!  You know by now that I can’t pass by the dollar spot shelves without spying an item or two that inspire me!  Such was the case when I found several bright and happy goodies that I plan to use for several family celebrations and throughout my home to create some springtime displays!  Today I’d like to share some easy projects you could use for a party or just to brighten your spaces for the upcoming season!  It can be really easy to pull together some Easter fun pretty effortlessly and I love to share DIY ideas that can double duty as fun kid projects too…so get ready to countdown the days to Easter with some fun and simple crafts!

springtime in the carrot patch!

Cereal Topper

March 9

Today I want to share a really fun and easy  DIY cupcake topper.  You could make one for any special occasion…or just because it’s adorable!  It would make a fun kid-project too so you could keep the kiddos busy in the kitchen creating some edible fun!  All you need are some simple crafting supplies and cereal…so keeping it short this Thursday, let’s have a

“cereal-sly” good time!

Recycled DIY

March 2
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I’ve been on a spring cleaning kick lately!  I’m pretty sure I’m driving my family crazy cleaning out the drawers and cupboards, the playroom and closets…even the garage!  I feel the need to purge and create a fresh beginning to a new season!  And even though I’ve been somewhat successful in getting rid of things we’ve outgrown, don’t use, or just don’t even remember why we got it in the first place…the hidden hoarder in me sometimes shows her face and makes me think twice about discarding an item or two!  Such was the case when I found some sweet little spice jars in a box of mostly junk that I was ready to throw away.  I pulled the tiny containers from the trash and was about to plunk them right into the “donate” box when I realized that I just might want to see if there was a way I could make these things useful!  So even though my goal has been to clean house…a simple DIY idea made it possible to hang onto these mini vintage beauties…at least for a little longer!  Let me share a fun, any day project…

a “spicy” repurpose!

Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

February 27
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Easter is late on the calendar this year but that’s no reason to put off getting ready for some bunny lovin’ fun!  In a way it’s kind of nice that the holiday will be late…1:  it will undoubtedly be warmer for enjoying egg hunts, services, and festivities, and 2: it gives us more time to enjoy the season and all the decorations that go with it!   I received some darling supplies the other day from Oriental Trading and I can hardly wait to get started on some spring-inspired projects and party ideas!  Today I’d like to share a whimsical centerpiece that I plan on using on my Easter buffet!  A really easy way to combine table decor that double-duties as favors for your guests…and you can create it with the simplest supplies too!  Take a peek at what’s…

hoppin’ down the bunny trail!

Springtime Snack

February 20

After a long day of yard work on what might have been the most beautiful February afternoon I can remember, I whipped together an easy snack for grab and go munching.  It really wasn’t much, some sparkling waters and mini cookies & marshmallows.  It kind of reminded me of a s’more minus the chocolate!  But what that simple snack really did was inspire me to make an even better one the next day!  This incredible warm spell in the dead of winter is making me believe it’s already April, and even though I know Easter is a long way away and it most likely WILL snow again before the springtime holiday arrives…I’m going to go ahead and enjoy some sneak peeks of the new season to come!  So today I’d like to share this sweet and EASY snack that you can serve in the days leading up to Easter…or whenever you want a little treat!  Get hoppin’ and whip up some…

bunny s’mores mix

Easy Valentine Treats

February 9

Valentine’s Day is only a few days away!  But it’s not too late to still think about preparing special snacks…there’s plenty of simple fixes to make a treat table pretty even if it’s last minute!  Making food look festive can be so simple and create a holiday display that’s Cupid worthy in a matter of minutes!  I love simple snacks for any time of the year.  And as much fun as fancy desserts can be, using traditional favorites can be equally tasty and often times nostalgic too!  So keeping it short today, let me share with you some favorite supplies that can transform the ordinary into something pretty sweet!

spread the love…

Dreaming of Spring

February 6
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It’s only February, and I really do enjoy the winter months snuggled up by the fire in a fuzzy throw, but I also have to admit that I’ve been doing a bit of spring dreaming these days!  Maybe it’s because we’ve been teased with some warmer temperatures every now and again, or it could be I’ve been thinking ahead for springtime crafts and projects…but no matter the reason I’m getting a bit anxious for the signs of a new season to come!  I’ve also been fortunate to have some projects on my horizon that have springtime written all over them…so my desk & craft table are beginning to look a lot like the season is already here!  I’m so excited to be working on these new ventures which also brings me to announce that I will be changing up my blogging schedule starting this week.  Usually I wait until school is out to change to my summertime post schedule but I’m switching it up early this year to make room for these new & exciting adventures!  Beginning today I will publish regularly on Mondays and Thursdays.  You may still see an occasional “Friday Favorite Things” or a “Friday DIY Day” popping up here and there, but my new consistent days will be moved around a bit!   I’ve also been dragging my feet on reopening my Esty shop but it’s time to get that baby up and running too!  Since I handcraft all the Giggle goodies from mostly found items, managing an additional Esty inventory separate from Alice-Louise Press was daunting to me.  But with lots of encouragement I’m getting geared up to work out the kinks of overseeing both and FINALLY reopen this spring!  So, I have springtime on the brain for several reasons!  And today I’d like to share a sneak peek at one of the projects you’ll see next month…the fresh look of a new season with the added fun of some inspiring collaborations!  I’m really excited to share it all…but for now you’ll have to settle for a little tease!

springtime soiree in the making…

Game Day Fun

February 1

So I think it’s fair to say that everyone knows what’s happening on Sunday evening…even those of us who don’t really follow the NFL know that this Sunday is the big daddy of football!  I may not know much about the game itself, but living in a house full of boys I have learned to love watching football games…once in a while!  And when Super Bowl Sunday rolls around we plan some family time centered around the TV and food!  We bake up a BIG tray of buffalo wings for game night…and it’s most likely the only day of the year my husband and I splurge on the messy goodness!   It’s such a special game but always falls on a school night which keeps us from hosting big parties…so I often serve some game day snacks that are extra festive for our family celebration!  But this year, besides the wings which are now a must-have tradition, I’m trying to keep it a little lighter, healthier, but still decked out in football style!  It’s only a few days until the big game…let’s get ready to party!

super-duper Super Bowl snacking…