freezer to oven single serving triple berry crisps

these single serving berry crisps make perfect gifts! They're so easy to put together and keep in the freezer until you're ready to bake for a special treat to share. Super easy recipe.

When I want to let someone know I appreciate them, or welcome someone into the neighborhood, I always give them food – usually homemade bread or treats. Partially because I just like baking and partially because homemade food is what I’d want someone to give me. But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve baked […]

how to make a photo collage blanket | DIY gift idea

This is gorgeous! How to make a photo collage quilt or blanket using Photoshop Elements. I really want to make one!

If you’re looking for an extra special handmade gift for someone this holiday season, I have a great idea for you: make a photo collage blanket. Take someone’s favorite photos, have them printed on fabric, and add a fuzzy backing for the coolest gift ever. Seriously, who wouldn’t love one of these? For today’s post, […]

father’s day cards + gifts kids can make

20 Father's Day cards and gifts that kids can make. Fun, easy, and cheap gifts and cards kids can make for Dad

Only two more weeks until Father’s Day! The very best Father’s Day gifts are ones the kids can make themselves, right? Adorable cards or cute drawings Dad can hang up at work or keep in his bedside table for times when he needs a smile. Here are 20 easy & adorable cards and gifts that […]

easy & cheap DIY gift idea: photo gift box

What a great gift idea! DIY photo box - easy & cheap, and perfect for mom, dad, grandparents, spouses, and more.

I don’t know if many of you know this (or care) but I used to be quite the queen of scrapbooking. I worked on scrapbook pages almost daily and even had my first real job since becoming a mom:  contributing writer for Creating Keepsakes, the flagship scrapbooking magazine. And I loved it! Telling the stories that […]

25 coolest things to sew for kids {DIY gift ideas!}

25 coolest things to sew for kids: toys, costumes, floor pillows, sleeping bags, and more! Great ideas for birthday gifts, Christmas presents, and everyday DIY fun.

I don’t know why it’s so fun to give handmade gifts, but it is. Fun enough that some of us sew late into the night the last few days before Christmas to get the various projects done. It might seem crazy, but thirty years later, I still remember ballet outfit my mom sewed for one of […]

how to make a kids’ pillow bed {the easiest & cheapest way}


A few weeks ago I ran across a couple “pillow bed” tutorials on Pinterest, and they looked like so much fun! People sewed together four or five pillowcases, put pillows in them, then sewed velcro on to keep the pillows from falling out. It looked like a great idea, but when I priced out pillows, pillowcases, […]

no-choke superhero cape sewing tutorial


There are lots of tutorials online for superhero capes, with good reason – it’s amazing how much fun kids can have with them. But I always worry about anything that ties around a child’s neck – other kids don’t realize that if they grab hold of a cape the wearer can end up hurt. So when […]

easy Christmas tic tacs: cute gift for friends & neighbors


Some years I go crazy making brownies and cookies and treats to package up and deliver to all my friends and neighbors… and other years I run out of time and need a quicker option. I found these cute Christmas tic tac wraps in the Silhouette Design Store and thought they’d make an adorable and […]