Patriotic Outdoor Decor

Hello makers and welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips and More. Kara from Mine for the Making here to bring you more fun craft tips. 

We’ve been sharing all things patriotic this month, so I thought I would share some really fun Patriotic Outdoor Decor with you! Let’s get our patios and backyards ready for the upcoming holidays. 

Star Spangled Flower Pots

Red, White, and Blue Bandana Banner

Tin Can Luminaries

Painted Lawn Stars

Rustic Ribbon and Lace USA Flag


DIY Patriotic Tiki Torches

Red, White, and Blue Bandana Pillows

Painted Flag Picnic Table (source unknown)

Patriotic Jar Luminaries 


Outdoor Patriotic Tassel Garland

Burlap Patriotic Stars

Stick American Flag (source unknown)

Wooden Fireworks

Flag Placemat Pillows

Patriotic Patio inspiration

Such fun ways to dress up your outdoor area for the upcoming patriotic holidays! Now you’re ready for BBQs and fireworks with friends and family. 

Thanks for joining us for another tips-filled-Friday. I’d love to hear how you decorate your outdoor space for Memorial Day and Independence Day!



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Arizona: HGTV Smart Home Tour

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of going on a HGTV Smart Home Tour here in Scottsdale, Arizona. As you can imagine, the home was absolutely gorgeous from the outside in, no detail missed, and a ton of Smart amenities to make living even more comfortable. (Scroll to the end for the video!)

I love the grey exterior of this desert home… especially in a sea of browns and tans. The outside landscaping stayed true to Arizona, with pops of yellow and orange florals. 

When you enter the home, you notice the vaulted ceilings, open floor plan, and gorgeous lighting pouring in through the windows and skylights. Lots of open space, but also lots of great seating areas to relax, eat, play, or work. Take a look at the detail on the fireplace and the one-of-a-kind copper lighting fixture. Absolutely amazing.


Don’t forget the awesome wine bar!! That’s right… you thought it couldn’t get any more perfect and it just did. It’s even placed between the living room and the backyard, that way you can access it from the inside or the outside easily.  

The master suite is roomy yet cozy. I loved the grey tones with the splashes of white and creams. The master bathroom is one of my favorite rooms in the house. Bright, airy, and gigantic. The white subway tiles from floor to ceiling, the walk in shower, and the tub were only a fraction of why I fell in love and never wanted to leave. (See the video at the end of this post for full bathroom reveal.) Plus, the mater bathroom feeds right into the amazing walk-in master closet. Tons of storage and shelving plus more of that natural light coming in through the windows and skylights. 

With the matte black cabinets, Smart appliances, beautiful copper lighting fixtures, and amazing copper subway tile backsplash, there’s no doubt the kitchen was my favorite room in the entire house. 

My heart flip-flopped over the walk in pantry. I don’t even know if the word ‘pantry’ does it justice. There’s that natural lighting again, which gives me all the heart eyes. And take a look at that flooring!

The bright, fun colors in the dining room really pull you in. I could see myself hosting lots of dinner parties or even having work meetings with colleagues in this room. 

And there’s even a private, desert oasis tucked away in the backyard. The views are gorgeous, lots of great seating, and the pool looked refreshing enough to jump right in. It’s the perfect place for barbecues, family parties, and quiet, romantic nights at home. I could see myself spending most of my time out here!

And as you know, this lovely home is a #HGTVSmartHome, meaning this house is all Smart operated. Everything from door locks, music, TVs, kitchen appliances, lighting, heat/AC, outlets, security system, blinds, and so much more! Talk about using technology to your advantage. 


I was also lucky enough to meet the designer behind the entire Smart Home, Tiffany Brooks.  Although she is from Chicago, Tiffany did a ton of research on Arizona and really incorporated so much of what I love about my state into the decor of this home. From all of the copper touches throughout (hello kitchen backsplash!!) and the desert artwork hung on the walls, to the woven baskets and Aztec patterns, this home whispers ‘Arizona living’ in such a classy, elegant way.

Tiffany was so friendly and shared her design and decor inspiration with me as well as some of her tips and secrets (how fun!). And after I told Tiffany that we are in the process of building our next home ourselves, she hugged me and shared her two top tips in designing and building a home yourself. 

  1. Design a wine bar FIRST… then build it because you’ll need it.
  2. Never settle. Be sure you are absolutely in love with it before you install it, paint it, commit to it. 

Here’s my video of the Scottsdale #HGTVSmartHome Tour with Tiffany… check it out for even more details and a real inside peek at the home!


Amazing job to Tiffany and the entire HGTV Smart Home team! Thank you so much for the invite!

Be sure to check your local listings  for when the HGTV Smart Home Tour airs! You won’t want to miss it, that I can promise you.  

Creative Easter Wreath Ideas

Hello friends and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! Kara from Mine for the Making here and although today is my favorite Irish holiday, this week I’m here to share Creative Easter Wreath Ideas with you! 

I love spring time and I love Easter… there’s something so fresh and happy about this time of year! And I would love a pretty way to greet my guests as they approach our front door this spring. Let’s check out ten creative ways to decorate your front door that are perfect for Easter!

Spring Pom Pom Wreath

Spring Baby Grass Wreath

Rain Boot Spring Wreath

Spring Chevron Wreath

Spring Tulip Wreath

Spring Monogram Door Decor

Boxwood Easter Bunny Wreath

Easter Chicks Spring Wreath

Garden Hose Spring Wreath

Boxwood Easter Wreath


So many creative ways to decorate your door this spring for Easter! Which wreath is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by today! Join us next week for more Easter tips! 



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DIY Feather Wall Hanging

Hello makers! Now that the weather is warming up here in sunny Arizona, we have been going on lots of hikes and enjoying nature while we can (summers here are too hot for hikes). One of our favorite things to do while on hike is look for good sticks. Most times we use them as walking sticks, but this time my daughter and I thought it would be fun to use the sticks to create artwork for her room. So today I am going to show you how I made this DIY Feather Wall Hanging!

So pretty right? To make your own, you will need the following supplies and tools:

First thing you want to do is use your Platinum 6 and feather die to cut your feathers out of card stock and felt. Using your scissors, cut the felt and paper to the size of your die, so it easily fits into the Platinum 6. Layer the plates according to the Platinum 6 directions and feed the die and paper/felt through to cut your feathers.

The Platinum 6 does such a great job of cutting through the thick felt and paper… just look!

Once your feathers are complete (I used 9 for this project, but you can use more or less), set them aside. Get your jute, sticks and wooden beads ready. Line up your two sticks, one above the other with about a foot in between. Starting with the stick on the bottom, tie the end of the jute in a knot around it. Bring the jute up to the top stick, tying a couple of wooden beads along the way. Now tie a knot around the top stick.

Now we are going to create a place to hang the feather wall hanging from, so give the jute some slack and tie a knot around the other end of the top stick.

Bring the jute back down to the bottom stick, tying wooden beads along the way, and secure with a knot around the bottom stick. Cut any excess jute with your scissors.

Now we are ready to hang the feathers! Hole punch your feathers and tie jute to them at different lengths. Then tie the ends to the bottom stick.

The Platinum 6 made the feather making process so quick and easy! I really love this machine. No batteries, no need for an outlet to plug it in, and folds up nice and compact for storage. Plus, it makes crafting so easy and project ideas are endless. 

I added one of my handmade signs to the center of the wall hanging once I hung it up. I absolutely love the finished project and so does my daughter!

Do you ever use a little nature in your crafts or artwork? I think I am going to do it more often! 

Have a great weekend, friends!


If you liked this project, check out my Felt Succulent Wreath using Spellbinders Platinum 6! There’s also a video in this post so that you can get a better idea of how the machine works. 


Spellbinders provided me with the Platinum 6 and steel rule dies, but all crafts/projects/and opinions are 100% my own and I only share things I know my readers will love too!

Creative Outdoor Upcycle Ideas

Hi! It’s Allison from A Glimpse Inside back once again to share with you our last post on upcycling ideas for this month. If you have missed the other posts you can find them here: Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.
 Today, I am sharing some awesome and creative outdoor upcycle ideas! With spring around the corner, it’s a great time to start planning out your outdoor space projects. 
By using your imagination and some creativity, you can use something and give it a whole new life to add it to your outdoor space. There are so many unique ideas out there for repurposing furniture, household items, pallets and much more to make your patio or garden much more interesting.  
Furniture Ideas

 Take old chairs and turn them into swings from Worth Trying DIY Projects

 Make an old sewing table into a beverage station from Ambient Wares




Garden and Patio Accessories 
 There are so many fun and unique ideas out there for your outdoor space. 
Have you upcycled something for your garden or patio? 
We would love for you to share it with us! 
Stay tuned for a whole new topic next month!   

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Creative Upcycled Craft Room Ideas

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share Creative Upcycled Craft Room Ideas with you. I love a good upcycle or repurposed project and I love a pretty, organized craft room. Let’s check out these unique solutions.

Upcycled Furniture

I love taking something ‘old’ and making it new and fresh again. Especially furniture! Just add some elbow grease and lots of love, and you can turn any dingy piece of furniture into a focal point of your room. Here are a few of my favorite furniture transformations that are perfect for the craft room. Some are used for storage and others are used for work spaces. 

Upcycled hutch  to craft storage

Upcycled hutch to craft storage and work space

Upcycled filing cabinet craft storage

Upcycled sewing table to desk

Upcycled Projects for Organization and Decoration

You would be surprised what you can use for organization and decoration. An old baby crib, a vintage crate, tin cans… So many options if you open your creative mind on alternative ways to use ordinary things. Let’s check out some of my favorite up cycled projects for organizing and decorating your craft room.

Upcycled baby crib to craft storage

Repurposed frame to chic pincushion 

Upcycled Crates to craft shelves

Upcycled tray to magnetic board

Upcycled bed spring to craft storage

Repurposed tins to pencil holder

Repurposed frame to thread holder


Such great ideas! Most times that I upcycle or repurpose something, I save money doing so and I love it so much more because of the effort put into it. Do you have any upcycled projects or pieces in your craft room?

Join us next week for more tips on using upcycled ideas in your homes! 


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Creative Upcycled DIY Home Decor Projects

Hello and welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! This month we’re all about recycling and renovation projects – fun ways to give new life to vintage or worn out things. This week I’m sharing some fun tips for upcycling in Home Decor – with ideas for furniture, wall decor, pillows and more!


Turn a Headboard into a Bench!

DIY Furniture Hacks | Bed Turned Into Bench | Cool Ideas for Creative Do It Yourself Furniture | Cheap Home Decor Ideas for Bedroom, Bathroom, Living Room, Kitchen -

Ladder turned Shelving

Vintage Floral Mod Podged Ladder Shelving:

Upcycled Suitcase into a Bookshelf

How Eduardo the Antique Trunk Became a Bookshelf: A Makeover Story:

Turn an Old Door into a Bookshelf

Old door turned into a shelf:

Bathroom Cabinet from an Old Window

DIY antique window cabinet- See how to make this super easy antique window cabinet. Great for bathroom storage or any room in your home!:

Wall Decor

Life is an Adventure Pallet Art

Upcycle Shutters to Wall Decor

Above kitchen dining window?? Dishfunctional Designs: Upcycled: New Ways With Old Window Shutters:
Make a Creative Frame Display with a Vintage Hanger

Paint Ceiling Medallions for Fun Wall Art

Display Vintage Plates in a Colorful Grouping

Pillows, Lamps and More

Globe Lamps

Great idea for your children's room #upcycled #world #globe:

Turn old jeans into a Fun Hexagon Pillow

A great DIY for old jeans! More:

How to Recover a Lampshade – take an old worn out one to new and fun!

Turn Old Sweaters into Cozy New Pillows!

Cozy up your home with re-purposed sweater pillows - plus the key to avoiding wavy seams when sewing with knitted fabric.

Turn mismatched china into a cool lamp!

Aren’t they great! I’m all inspired to head out to the thrift stores and antique shops!

Make sure you check back next week – we are going to be sharing some fabulous upcycled ideas for your Craft Room!

Must Have Craft Tips & More!

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Repurposed Ideas for the Kitchen

Hello, friends! It’s a new month so it’s time for a new topic for our Craft Tips series! 
For February, we are focusing on upcycle/repurposing projects. Each week we will take a look at these types of projects in different areas of the home.

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
This week I am focusing on some really fun upcycle and repurposing projects for the KITCHEN! Some of these are actual kitchen items used in interesting ways, but I also found a few items that have nothing to do with the kitchen and people found a way to find a use for them and incorporate them into their space.

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Vintage Cheese Grater Organizer from Homeroad

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Antique Dresser Kitchen Island from Heir and Space

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Foot Board Tea Cup Holder from Capitulo Dos

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Teacup Pendant Lamp Shades from Flamingo Toes

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Shutter Island from Beyond the Picket Fence

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Enamel Mug Organizer from Homeroad

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Rolling Pin Towel Holder at Hometalk

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Silverware Handles from Notes from the Nest

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Old Rake Utensil Holder from The Gracious Wife

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Globe Stand Paper Towel Holder from Lovely Etc.

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Silverware Starburst Mirror from Flamingo Toes


Aren’t these ideas so fun and unique? I wish I had an eye for these types of upcycled projects!

Stay tuned for more upcycle/repurpose ideas next week!


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Felt Succulent Wreath

Hello makers! I’m looking to freshen up my front door for the new year. What better way to do that than with a new Felt Succulent Wreath?! Here’s my first blogged about craft of the new year… finally!

Isn’t my wreath so pretty? I don’t know about you, but I have a huge love for succulents. I’m not the greatest gardener, though I try, so I thought I’d figure out a way to create a succulent project without having to plant anything at all. 

For this craft you will need:

I used my Spellbinders Platinum 6 and the succulent dies to cut the succulents out of felt.

(Scroll to the end of the post for a video tutorial!)

Look how clean the Platinum 6 cut through felt!! Now stack them up…

Then glue them together with hot glue. Make sure you pinch them at the bottom!

And finally, I hot glued the felt succulents all over the heart shaped wreath. 

And viola!

My wreath is complete and ready to hang on our front door! But it would look great on a mantel or window or mirror. Where would you put it?

Didn’t the felt succulents turn out so pretty? I love the look of the 3 greens together. All in all this craft took about 30 minutes to complete, start to finish, thanks to my Platinum 6 for cleanly and easily cutting out my felt. Not too shabby if you ask me! Watch the video for a visual tutorial of the entire craft!


What’s hanging on your front door right now?

I received the Platinum 6 and dies from Spellbinders to review and share on my blog. All opinions are 100% my own and I only share products and companies that I truly love and think you will too.


15 Ways to Display Holiday Cards

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share 15 Ways to Display Holiday Cards. I absolutely love holiday cards and always have. For years I didn’t know how to put them on display to show them off, but I love all the ways others have found to incorporate cards into their holiday decor. 

There are so many fun ways to display your holiday cards. Some ways require a DIY project and others are just creatively hung or strung. I really love them all, but first let’s take a look at some of the card displays that require you to build something. Most of these projects are simple DIYs.

This Wooden Christmas Tree Card Holder has clothespins to clip the cards on and a hook so you can slip the holder onto a door. I also like the free standing Tree Card Holder.

This Christmas Card Holder is made using wood with a couple of slits to slip cards into. Simple yet so pretty.

This card display requires wood and ribbon! How cute!

I have always wanted to make one of these framed chicken wire displays! I love how the cards look on it!

This frame turned card holder is a fun craft…. just grab your trim and ribbon!

This board card display looks simple to make and like you can display quite a few cards!

If you know me, then you know I love a good sign. This wood sign card display is one of my very favorites and one I know I could make.

This mousetrap Christmas card display is so creative and fun!!

Who knew there were so many things you could build or make in order to display your holiday cards in such a pretty way! Now let’s take a look at some of the creative ways to hang your cards.

Hang your holiday cards from vintage windows, with washi tape in the shape of a tree, or string them on an old ladder

I love the look of the cards hanging from the garland on the doorway, the staircase, and the chalkboard wall! Such pretty displays for Christmas. 

There you have it, friends… 15 ways to display your holiday cards. What creative ways do you display your holiday cards?

Check back next Friday for more tips!  


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