DIY Wooden Travel Dollhouse

Hey there makers! I am stopping by today to share a great summer project with you. With all the summer vacationing and trips, I thought this DIY Wooden Travel Dollhouse would be great for little girls! Using a We Made It Jennifer Garner kit and a few craft supplies, you can make one too.

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This wooden treasure box has 3 separate compartments and a sliding, transparent lid. After we decided to turn it into a travel dollhouse, we collected scrapbook paper, felt, pom poms, knobs, trim, Mod Podge, hot glue, a tape measure/ruler, scissors or paper cutter, etc. and got to work.

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We measured out the compartments, cut the paper and felt to fit, and Mod Podged or hot glued them into place. Then we added trim and knobs- also known as crown molding and chandeliers in dollhouse world. Using wooden pieces and a pom pom, we made a table and a potted plant to accessorize. Our peg dolls were ready to play! We made a bedroom, a ballroom, and a garden for Cinderella and Prince Charming. 

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Everything fits nice and neat inside with the lid on, making it easy for travel. 

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My daughter has had so much fun playing with her DIY Wooden Travel Dollhouse. We can’t wait to take it on our next road trip and our next camping trip we have planned. It’s also the perfect size for her Disney Princess Magiclip dolls, which have been visiting the dollhouse too.

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I have a feeling that this dollhouse will be getting LOTS of play! 

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To make your own and to check out the other awesome kits in the We Made It Jennifer Garner line, head to your local Jo-Ann Store. Be sure to check out the We Made It Jennifer Garner Sweepstakes too!

What types of things do you bring to entertain the kids when you travel? Let us know in the comments!

 

This post was sponsored by Jo-Ann but all opinions and ideas are 100% my own. I only share products and ideas that I love and I think my readers will love too!

Totes Love my JoAnn Tote

Being a handmade shop owner and having a ton of family out of state, I spend a lot of time at the post office during the holiday season. One of my favorite things to do is package up orders or wrap up gifts…pretty packaging is where it’s at. But the trip to the post office is always a difficult one trying to get everything in the door in one trip. That’s why I totes love my JoAnn Tote! 

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These totes are cute and HUGE! Perfect to loading up the packages I need to take to the post office. 

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Obviously I shop a ton at JoAnn… not only is it part of my job as a craft blogger but it feeds my hobby for creating AND I’m even able to get a few homeschool items while I’m there. Plus, everyone knows that JoAnn has the best coupon policy EVER. So it’s really my go-to place for all things crafty. Right now when you spend an in-store purchase of $30 or more, you can pick up one of their cute totes for only $9.99. 

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I’ve used mine for park play dates already too! I was able to pack a blanket, our lunch boxes, sand toys, water bottles, and my wallet! Go grab one while supplies last!

 

I was compensated for this post with a gift card and adorable tote, though all opinions are 100 % my own and I only share things that I love that I think you will love too!

Spring Monogram Door Decor

The following review is part of the Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® National Craft Month campaign. I received compensation for this review; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.

Hello and happy weekend to you, friends! We are loving the beautiful weather here in sunny Arizona.  And with spring just around the corner, I am in the mood to get my craft on with all things that remind me of spring. Plus, it’s National Craft Month!! Lucky for me (and YOU) Jo-Ann Craft and Fabric Stores has a great spring crafting inspiration website chalk full of fun spring ideas and tutorials. After visiting the website, I was totally inspired to make something using flowers and floral print. Check out the Spring Monogram Door Decor I created!

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It’s such a pretty, happy invite to our family and guests as we enter our home. I love the floral print with the glittery gold bunting, don’t you?

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Would you like to make your own? All supplies were purchased at Jo-Ann!

  • 3D cardboard letter
  • floral scrapbook paper
  • gold glitter scrapbook paper
  • paper flowers
  • faux spring bird
  • jute
  • Mod Podge
  • scissors
  • sponge brush
  • pencil
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • ribbon or ric-rack

Jo-Ann makes spring crafting easy with the coupon for $5 off a $25 or more purchase.

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How-To:

With your floral paper print side down, lay your 3D cardboard letter on top (right side down) and trace with a pencil. Using your scissors, cut out your letter. With a sponge brush, paint the front of your cardboard letter with Mod Podge and lay the floral paper on top, smoothing it out as you go so that there are little to no air bubbles under the paper. Allow dry time. (*Optional: Add an additional layer of Mod Podge on top of the floral paper.) Hot glue the bird and paper flowers where you’d like them on your monogram. Cut out glittery gold bunting pieces and hot glue them to the jute. Then hot glue the ends of the jute to your monogram. Hot glue a loop of ribbon or ric rack to the back top of your letter so that you can hang it from your door easily. DONE! 

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I really love the way it turned out. Now, are you ready to get your spring craft on with Jo-Ann? Grab your coupon and head to Jo-Ann for supplies and don’t forget to check out their spring craft inspiration website too! 

Have a great weekend, friends!

Rustic, Shabby Chic Thanksgiving Tablescape

I was provided compensation for materials from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to complete this post, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

Happy weekend, y’all!

I’m sharing my Rustic, Shabby Chic Thanksgiving Tablescape with you today. Usually, I throw my table together last minute which doesn’t make for a very pretty or festive table. This year I planned ahead and even bought a few materials from Jo-Ann to make sure my table turned out exactly the way I had envisioned it. 

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I knew I wanted to incorporate wood and burlap textures to my table as well as pretty elegant materials like lace, gold glitter, and doilies. I also knew I wanted to use pretty fall colors on top of the wood and burlap to brighten things up a bit.

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I bought burlap, white lace, turquoise rick-rack, mini pine cones, gold paint, napkins, and silk flowers from my local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. The rest of the items on my table I already had on hand… dishes, glass jars, wood, table runner, doily, etc. Plus I used my handy coupon for Jo-Ann so I saved a ton! (You can find your coupon at the end of this post!)

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I really love how it all came together. I used the burlap around the jars and I made pockets for silverware as well. I added lace, rick-rack, and painted gold polka dots on the burlap as well. 

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I really love the yellow, orange, and turquoise with the natural, rustic textures on the table. It’s a happy Thanksgiving tablescape, isn’t it?

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There you have it, my Rustic, Shabby Chic Thanksgiving Tablescape…and on a dime! Check out Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to dress up your Thanksgiving tablescape this year…and don’t forget your coupon!

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Have a beautiful weekend!

Floral Chair Pocket

I was provided with Waverly material for this post, but all opinions and ideas are 100% my own.

Hello there!

I have lots of FUN to share with you today, friends! First of all, did you know that September is National Sewing Month? How many of my friends out there are sew-ers? I’m definitely not a pro, but I dabble in the realm of sewing. Since September is the month of sewing, I thought I would share a project I sewed. A little something to allow for more organization in our school/craft room using Wavlery fabric from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores! Check out the Floral Chair Pocket I made…

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Don’t you LOVE the fabric?! I love the colors and the floral pattern. It’s happy, don’t you think?

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I added trim and several felt flowers too…because let’s be honest, I LOVE to embellish.

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I love how the chair pocket provides extra storage for my daughter’s homeschool books and folders. It really clears up the work space. I always wanted to make these for the chairs in my classroom when I was an elementary school teacher, but as you can guess, as a teacher I just didn’t have the time to make 30+ of them. I am SO excited I was finally able to make one for at home. You can check out the tutorial I adapted for my own chair HERE.

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Are you ready for the rest of the fun news? JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and Waverly are teaming up to celebrate Waverly’s 90th Anniversary with a Waverize It! Facebook challenge! (Happy Anni Waverly!!) Anyone can enter the challenge by submitting a creation of your own. The contest runs from September 1-21, 2013, and the winner takes home $1,000 in Waverly fabric and a $250 gift card to JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores! Say what?! Yep, you read it right. So get your craft on and submit your creations HERE.

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Fresh Front Patio using HGTV Fabrics

Hi friends!

I’m so excited to share the easy freshen-up I did on our front patio today! I used some of the new vibrant HGTV HOME line of home decor fabrics that’s being sold exclusively at JoAnn, in-store and online! In-store, you can find an assortment of 30 fresh, colorful prints and patters. Online at JoAnn.com, you can find the expanded assortment of 74 exclusive designs. Indoor and outdoor home decor fabrics and trims are all available now, in-store and online.

Are you ready to see when I did with some of HGTV’s beautiful fabrics?

I made some pretty pillows to freshen up our bench on the front patio…

Aren’t the colors perfect for spring/summer time?

I also used some of the material to make a bright new wreath and I used the trim to hang it from my front door.

Here’s the BEFORE and AFTER…

One more close up of the cute pillows and wreath…

Now I just need to add some pretty potted flowers and maybe a hand painted sign or two from my shop…

I think you will LOVE the HGTV HOME line of fabrics!

Hurry into JoAnn to pick out some today!

And here’s a special coupon just for you to use on your next trip to JoAnn…

Thanks for stopping by today friends!!

See you next week.

Creativity Made Simple + My First Vlog

Hi friends!
I hope you had a great weekend. It’s the start of a new week and I have a lot of goals to tackle. But first, I wanted to stop by and share something fun with you.
Mine for the Making teamed up with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores to share their new concept “Creativity Made Simple.” 
Creativity Made Simple – the JoAnn mission to support the Craft and Hobby Association’s Cre8time initiative – is a website designed to help inspire and encourage creativity. Updated monthly, it has everything you need – simple steps, simple supplies, simple shopping and simple skills – to rediscover time for creativity.

-Explore 24 projects from home décor to fun crafts for the spring.
-Watch how-to video tutorials from our expert crafters.
-Get insight from professional crafters and learn what inspires them.
-Join us on Instagram by following joann_stores and tagging your masterpieces #cre8simple.

I created my first ever vlog (video blog) for the JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores YouTube channel to share a simple and creative spring craft. I purchased all of my supplies at my local JoAnn store and of course I remembered my coupons!
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Pretty cool, right? And JoAnn has a great selection of burlap, ribbon, and fabric stamps and paints. The options for this craft are endless!

Now it’s your turn!
Let’s get started on simple, creative projects with this 40%-off coupon to JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores!

Remember, being creative doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or a lot of time. 
And inspiration is all around you!
I can’t wait to see what you create : )