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Lovely thing #36:

Pieced together this wreath using lots of paper leaves and a few sprigs of holly berries. Couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out!

Lovely thing #36:

Pieced together this wreath using lots of paper leaves and a few sprigs of holly berries. Couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out!

Lovely thing #35:

I made a new fall wreath using some Indian corn and floral wire. I broke off the husks and snapped the corn in half. Simple, but it was time consuming to wire everything. Worth it though because I love it!

Lovely thing #35:

I made a new fall wreath using some Indian corn and floral wire. I broke off the husks and snapped the corn in half. Simple, but it was time consuming to wire everything. Worth it though because I love it!

Lovely thing #34:

I made another banner for my nephew and his new fiancé! We got to watch him purpose during our yearly family beach trip. Sweet memories!

Lovely thing #34:

I made another banner for my nephew and his new fiancé! We got to watch him purpose during our yearly family beach trip. Sweet memories!

Lovely thing #33:

I took a simple plastic ring (the ones scarves hang on at stores) and wrapped it with a colorful string. This new bracelet is headed to my sweet niece, Madelyn. I hope she likes it!

Lovely thing #33:

I took a simple plastic ring (the ones scarves hang on at stores) and wrapped it with a colorful string. This new bracelet is headed to my sweet niece, Madelyn. I hope she likes it!

Lovely thing #32:
I made a banner for a friend to help celebrate the first year of her amazing and super successful small business - Slingshot Coffee. These banners are pretty simple to make with card stock and some metal brads. I need more reasons to make these. Who else has a birthday soon???

Lovely thing #32:
I made a banner for a friend to help celebrate the first year of her amazing and super successful small business - Slingshot Coffee. These banners are pretty simple to make with card stock and some metal brads. I need more reasons to make these. Who else has a birthday soon???

Lovely thing #31:

My sweet friend got me this flower kit from Target (I think this was an Easter decoration). A quick and easy craft with lots of payoff!

Lovely thing #31:

My sweet friend got me this flower kit from Target (I think this was an Easter decoration). A quick and easy craft with lots of payoff!

Lovely thing #30:

My husband taught us how to make paper cranes. Then, my sweet friend turned these into a mobile for her soon-to-be-here little girl. It’s so fun to make things with friends. This would be a great family craft, too.

Lovely thing #30:

My husband taught us how to make paper cranes. Then, my sweet friend turned these into a mobile for her soon-to-be-here little girl. It’s so fun to make things with friends. This would be a great family craft, too.

Lovely thing #29:
I despise the feel of raw/rough wood. I will wrap steak knives in my napkin to avoid touching the wooden handles. Thanks to the crafty genius who invented Plastidip, I’m cooking with wooden spoons!

Update: After a few months of use, the Plastidip holds up great in the dishwasher. But, it will melt if left too long against a hot surface.

Lovely thing #29:

I despise the feel of raw/rough wood. I will wrap steak knives in my napkin to avoid touching the wooden handles. Thanks to the crafty genius who invented Plastidip, I’m cooking with wooden spoons!

Update: After a few months of use, the Plastidip holds up great in the dishwasher. But, it will melt if left too long against a hot surface.

Lovely thing #28:
My dear friend is having a little girl, so her sister and I made these sweet little origami invitations for the baby shower. It looks very impressive, but it was actually fairly simple to make. Here’s a link to the template that we found: http://babyccinokids.com/blog/2012/07/27/flower-origami/

Lovely thing #28:

My dear friend is having a little girl, so her sister and I made these sweet little origami invitations for the baby shower. It looks very impressive, but it was actually fairly simple to make. Here’s a link to the template that we found: http://babyccinokids.com/blog/2012/07/27/flower-origami/

Lovely thing #27:
We didn’t have very many Valentine’s decorations. After a very rough day, I headed to the craft store to get some supplies and crafted my frustrations out all over this garland. WIN!

I even did a tutorial (!!!) on how to make it for my friend’s blog: http://perfectimperfectionsjournal.blogspot.com/2013/01/guest-post-diy-sweetheart-garland.html

Lovely thing #27:

We didn’t have very many Valentine’s decorations. After a very rough day, I headed to the craft store to get some supplies and crafted my frustrations out all over this garland. WIN!

I even did a tutorial (!!!) on how to make it for my friend’s blog: http://perfectimperfectionsjournal.blogspot.com/2013/01/guest-post-diy-sweetheart-garland.html