Happy Fall Y’all! (sorry- I had to do it!) I am ready for crisp mornings, the crunch of leaves, and cozy sweaters. My boys are already planning their Halloween costumes and plotting their candy route. Now that Autumn is here, I thought I would inspire you with a few crafts to get your mindset and house ready for the changing season. Keep on Reading!
A couple of years ago for my birthday, my mom gave me two plates to hang on my wall. One of a chicken and one of a goat. You see my mom knows how much I want to have some land and to be able to raise my own chickens and goats. She thought that if I hung these on my walls, that visualization would help me make this come true. I still don’t have my chickens and goats, but I look at those plates daily and think about how we can make that happen. Our life and my husband’s career took us on a unexpected detour to Arizona for a couple years so I am using this time to manifest my goals and dreams and to figure out what I want in life. In addition to those plates, I decided to create a vision board in order to make that happen.
Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe. -Oprah Winfrey
Vision boards can be powerful visualization tools and can be a great way to help invoke feelings to help you manifest those goals and dreams. If have never heard of Gaby Bernstein, I encourage you to check out her books or website. She talks a lot about tapping into your energy and love to help manifest the life that you want, not just by visual cues, but actually feeling it. As she says “The key to manifesting is to dwell in the feeling you want.” You can read more on this here.
I am a very visual person so for me, having a vision board that I can look at daily will help me focus on my dreams and goals. Here are some tips to create a vision board of your own.
1. Ask yourself some questions about your life and write down your goals.
What do you want for your life?
How do you want to feel?
What do you want to change about your life?
Having your goals clearly written down will help you to stay focused as you build your vision board. Try to answer these questions honestly without thinking of barriers that may stand in the way.
2. Think about words to describe how you want to feel.
Loved, happy, at peace, couragious, blissful, etc.
3. Gather your supplies.
-Something to affix your materials too: white craft board, bulletin board, book, etc
-Pins, glue, or clips to attach clippings
4. Find your inspiration.
Cut, print, or draw photos, sayings, and words that coincide with what you wrote for your goals and dreams above. Choose pictures that really invoke the feelings that you want to manifest in your life. Make sure those photos apply specifically to a goal. For instance, I have a strong desire to see Orcas in the wild. Not only do I want to see them in the wild, but I would also love to encounter them in Norway, where my grandfather’s family came from. So I chose a photo taken from Norway to help manifest that goal.
5. Design your vision board and create your collage.
I personally chose to keep mine a little more simple and clean. It is easier for me to really look at each goal/dream when it doesn’t feel so cluttered. Everyone is different so do what works best for you!
6. Hang or place in a location that you will see daily.
I decided to hang my vision board in our office/craft room, next to my chicken and goat plate. Since this is a room that I work in often, I know that I will see it daily. I look at it and think about how these pictures and words make me feel. I try to envision each one and put that energy into my daily life. It also helps me to have the visual reminder so that I can figure out how I can make these dreams a reality.
When I was in high school my grandmother had a roll top desk that I adored. When I became a Freshman in High School, she decided to let me have it and I was ecstatic. Just one week after receiving this wonderful gift, there was a tragic fire and her house burnt to the ground. To this day, that roll top desk is one of my prized possessions. It has completed many military moves with us and held together with minimal damage- despite its age. One of my favorite things about the desk is when you open the drawers there are old stickers and writing on the outside but, you would never know just looking at it. The secret stickers and markings always fascinated me so, I decided one rainy day that my boys and I would make our own little hidden masterpiece on a piece of our furniture.
I decided we would use our kitchen table for the project. This is where we have gathered together to play Play-Doh, paint and it too has moved around with me since I was in my early twenties. Oh- and its a hammy down piece from my cousin!
The boys had so much fun creating this hidden gem. We added some hand prints, the date and signatures to finish it off. They loved doing this and it is now our own little secret! I catch them peeking under the table during meal times to make sure its still there. It was so fun doing this together and I hope my boys not only get to see their masterpiece but remember the laughs that we had completing it.
- Paints (My kids picked their favorite colors)
- Paint Brushes
- Towel or Napkins
- Sharpie Markers
I let my boys be creative within the area under the table that would not be seen. Try this secret art project with your family. You can choose a table, headboard or even the back of a draw like my grandmother did.
We are big readers in this house and always hunting around for bookmarks. The other day, after getting a new stack of library books, my son asked for a page marker and we didn’t have any. At that moment, we pulled out the art supplies and started decorating recycled materials. One of the bookmarks is made from a paper that came from the library, another is made from thin cardboard and the last one above is made from part of a packaging box. Everything you see above are things that we had at the house so, we didn’t have to spend a thing! (BONUS) I love that every time I open my book it reminds me of time spent with my kids creating something new.
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
These bookmarks would make great gifts as well, placed inside the recipients favorite book. Its a great way to personalize the gift.
- colored pencils
- paint brushes
- hole punch
- clear packing tape
- cardboard or paper
- old magazines
- any other decorations
Step 1: Decide what you are going to use for the bookmark (paper, cardboard or anything else) and cut the paper into a long rectangle.
Step 2: Decorate the paper any way you would like! Get creative and use lots of color.
Step 3: Let the decorated paper dry and then use the tape and cover your decorated paper front and back. Be sure to cover it completely so that it is water proof.
Step 4: Using the hole punch, put a hole through one side of the paper bookmark and string your ribbon through the hole.
In my family, pockets are filled with rocks, sand, shells, dirt- you name it! Every rock is a “crystal” to my children and they both have pretty extensive rock collections. We also have a huge jar right by our front door that houses treasures right when you walk inside. The other day while onea walk my younger son started handing me pretty little rocks and said “hold these mommy, they are crystals.” Well I had our puppy’s lease, treats and bags in my hands (and no pockets) I needed an extra hand. Hello- story of motherhood right?! That evening I decided to make him a little treasure box that he can take on our walks. We had an Altoid tin at home and I thought it would be the perfect container for his outdoor treasures. I decorated it a bit to make it extra special. Continue reading “Mint Tin Treasure Box”
One of the things I love about this season, is the abundance of strawberries! Our family goes through them so fast and right now our grocery store has organic strawberries at such a great price. Since my daughter and husband love their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I thought I would use some strawberries to make them some jam. Continue reading “Strawberry Jam”
Earlier this summer, I was able to spend a good amount of time up in Minnesota visiting family. One of my favorite things to do when I am back home is to just be on the water or exploring the lake shore.
As my sister and I walked along the rocks one day with my daughter, we felt like kids searching for nature treasures. We love collecting driftwood and rocks from various places that we visit. My mom is an amazing artist and asked us to find some cool pieces of wood and sticks along the shore. We got so excited as we found interesting pieces and then I came across a chunk of wood wedged between some rocks. Naturally I had to figure out a way to bring it home with me and make something out of it, especially since I had worked so hard to free it from the rocks!
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind
I love to take pictures and I try to capture happy moments throughout the year with my family. Children change to much year to year and one of my family’s favorite things to do is go though album of past years. With that said, I ordered 100 pictures off of Snapfish, like I usually do, but this time I didnt have an album to put them in. I thought about the bookshelf that I have all of our albums on, and decided I would do something different this time. I would use an old picture book and capture our 2018 year, in that! Keep on Reading!
I am a huge fan of spice and love buffalo sauce! In our house, we have really cut back on our meat consumption so I am always looking for some vegetarian dishes to make. I have had buffalo cauliflower in the past, but I thought how great would it be to make a taco out of it because, well, who doesn’t love tacos?! These tacos have been on repeat in our house lately! Continue reading “Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos”
My grandmother was a lovely person and some of my fondest childhood memories include her. She loved spending time in the kitchen cooking tasty meals and baking cookies for family and friends. When she passed away a few years ago, I inherited her china which included 15 teacups. Since I do not use the china all the time, I thought I would use one of the cups as a planter. Seeing the teacup ever day, reminds me of my grandmother and always brings a smile to my face. Continue reading “Teacup Planter”