Best of 2017

Hello friends! I hope your year is off to a great start! I am so excited for the year ahead and I am super motivated. At the beginning of each year, I look over the work that I accomplished here on the blog the year prior. I’ll be honest with you and tell you that I was feeling less than creative at the beginning of last year, but after attending SNAP conference last April (read about it here), I was back in the game. Thank you for sticking with me! It was really fun to look back at last year’s stats to see what your favorite posts were. I thought I would share a few of them along with some of my personal favorites from last year… all of which I would consider the Best of 2017.

HGTV Smart Home Tour

I had a great time touring the HGTV Smart Home here in Arizona last year. Meeting the designers (I adore Tiffany Brooks!), walking through the gorgeous desert-influenced home, marveling at all of the cool technology capabilities the home had, and being completely inspired… it was an incredible experience. You can see a video of the home here.

Easy DIY Cactus Sign

We love a good cactus project, especially being Arizona natives. This cute sign was so fun to make and was one of MFTM readers favorites too!

Painted Feather Sneakers

These shoes were so fun to make for my daughter and they were a readers favorite as well! Who knew adding spray fabric paint to shoes could be so cute?

Best Eats at Knott’s Berry Farm

We love visiting Knott’s Berry Farm and we were able to do a girls’ trip there with our best friends last summer! While we were there, we found (and ate) all of the delicious foods Knott’s has to offer! If you’re planning a trip, be sure you check this post out first. 

Tips for the Busy Mom

I love talking motherhood and finding ways to better use my time, and so do MFTM readers! I think it’s because we can all relate… ain’t no hood like motherhood!

Embellished Cactus Purse

My daughter and I had fun embellishing this purse for our hiking adventures. It’s one of her favorite projects from this past year and one of yours too. Adding some felt and pompoms can turn an ordinary purse into a really fun one!

Personalized Dog Dishes

One of the yucky parts of last year was losing our pup, Bruzer. My best buddy for 14 years and my blogging/crafting/everyday sidekick. This was the last post he was a part of on MFTM, and he was such a good sport! He really loved his new dishes. Such a sweet dog and we love him and miss him more than words. 

Back to School Family Movie Night (with Captain Underpants)

I had so much fun kicking the new school year off with this fun party for my daughter and a few of her friends. It didn’t take a ton or work or planning, but you’d have thought it was a huge, blow out bash with how much the kids enjoyed it! Lots of giggles over the paper underpants!

I Love Lucy Costume

Not only was this project SO fun to put together with my daughter (her idea), but y’all loved it just as much as we did! And after all that work, my daughter got sick the night before Halloween… luckily she felt better and the fever subsided before it was time to trick-or-treat. Night saved and lots of great memories made!

Christmas Movie Quote Pennants

We made lots of DIY Christmas decor this past year because I decided to do “The Great Christmas Purge of 2017” and pretty much throw away, give away, and donate all of my Christmas decor so we could start fresh. These cute pennants were one of the many projects and a clear favorite for sure! 

So fun to look back at all of the content shared over 2017! Did you have a favorite? I’d love to know!

Thank you so much for being here and reading my blog, commenting on my posts, and trying out our recipes, crafts, and DIY projects! Your support truly means the world to me. I have lots of big plans for 2018 and I am really excited to share them here with you. I hope you have a great rest of your week! 


15 of the Best Mermaid Inspired Crafts

I don’t know about you, but we are a bit mermaid obsessed over here. Disney’s The Little Mermaid happens to be my most favorite Disney movie and my daughter often plays mermaids in the pool like most of us did as little girls. Recently she’s been asking me to do mermaid projects, so I went to Pinterest to find the very best sea princess crafts. Here are 15 of the Best Mermaid Inspired Crafts! Just click the links below to visit the original source.

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How fun are all of these mermaid crafts?! It’s going to be hard to pick which one to do first this summer. Which one is your favorite?


I couldn’t find the original source for this image, but it’s pinned here.

For more mermaid fun, follow our Mermaid Status Pinterest board! 

Teach Me Tuesday: 10 Big Hero 6 Crafts

Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! A (mostly) weekly series where we share all things kid-friendly that you can do with your kids or teach them how to do. It can be educational, artistic, scientific, hands-on…anything goes as long as it’s kid approved!

Have you taken the kiddos to see Disney’s Big Hero 6 movie yet? If not, I highly recommend it. We LOVED it so much… especially Baymax, the sweet hero of the movie. Since we’ve seen the movie, my daughter has been begging to see it again, so to hold her off I thought I would round up 10 Big Hero 6 Crafts that we can do right at home. We thought you would enjoy them too!

10 Big Hero 6 Crafts

Baymax Rice Krispie Treats

Baymax Bandage Tin

DIY Baymax Mug

DIY Baymax Bookmark

DIY Baymax Shirt

Baymax Brownies

Big Hero 6 Character Corner Bookmarks

DIY Baymax Balloon

Big Hero 6 Party (with Baymax Marshmallows)

Stuffed Sock Baymax Craft


So fun, right?! Be sure to click on the links above to take you right to the original tutorials! Do you love Disney’s Big Hero 6 movie too?

Top 10 Posts of 2014

Hello friends! I hope you had an amazing Christmas with your family and friends. We sure did. I took time away from blogging and my handmade business to spend time with family/friends and relax and it has been so nice! Today, it’s rainy and cold here in Arizona, so I spent time on the couch in my jammies looking through my blog stats over the last year. I thought it would be fun to share some stats with you as well as the Top 10 Posts of 2014!

Here are some fun blog stats from this year:

  • 151 posts were added to Mine for the Making in 2014
  • Pinterest is the #1 referrer to this blog
  • Michelle of Delicate Construction (my bloggy bestie) was the most active commenter
  • Viewers from 169 countries visited Mine for the Making over the course of the year
  • The busiest day on the blog was January 11.

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Here are the top 10 posts (most viewed) of 2014:

15 Gluten Free Appetizers

15 Gluten Free Appetizers


My Craft Room Reveal


Disney Frozen Fun Pom Pom Crafts


Dairy Free Pina Colada Smoothie 

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 California Roll Bites

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Two Tone Chair Makeover

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  His Feathers Print


Gluten Free Chicken Salad Sandwich 


Spring Monogram Door Decor

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Easy Cookies for Santa Plate

Did any of your favorites make the top 10 list?

The number one most visited post on the blog is still this cutie…


My Heart Argyle Wreath from January 2012! I still put this wreath out every Valentine’s Day! It’s a good one for sure. 

It was a great year! There were lots of successes and goals accomplished at Mine for the Making this year including:

  • a new blog design
  • growth on social media
  • adding contributors to the creative team
  • the expansion of my sign shop to Etsy 
  • purchase of a Macbook 
  • collaboration on my first book (not yet released)
  • fundraising goals for a dear friend exceeding my wildest dreams
  • growth in my photography skills and using a DSLR camera for all blog posts
  • becoming a contributor for West Valley Moms Blog
  • working with brands and companies like JoAnn, Disney, Target, Home Depot, and Walmart
  • new friendships made and old friendships deepened

Thank you all so much for taking the time to visit my blog, trying out the ideas and recipes, leaving comments, emailing me with questions and successes, pining my posts, and being the reason why Mine for the Making has accomplished so much during 2014. I am so excited to see what 2015 has in store for us… it’s going to be awesome, I know that for sure! I hope to have all of you along for the ride! 

Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR friends! Be safe and be blessed!


Food-a-licious Friday: 10 No Bake Pumpkin Recipes

Hello and Happy Friday y’all! Our recipes contributor, Erin of Crafty Auntie, is here today to share an awesome round up with us! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE all things *pumpkin* in the fall and I’m thinking Erin does too!

10 no bake pumpkin recipes

With Halloween right around the corner and Thanksgiving not far behind, I thought we all could use some no-bake pumpkin recipes. All of these treats look so delicious. A few are even healthy! Check out these 10 No Bake Pumpkin Recipes!

1. Pumpkin Pie Fudge {More than a mom of three} 

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2. Pumpkin Spice No-Bake Cheesecake {Skinnytaste} 

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3. Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle Mummies {Crème De La Crumb} 

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4. Pumpkin Dip {Deliciously Sprinkled} 

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5. No-Churn, Two Ingredient Pumpkin Ice Cream {Empowered Sustenance} 

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6. Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow {Sally’s Baking Addiction} 

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7. No Bake Pumpkin Cookies {Plaid & Paleo} 

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8. Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats {Essentially Eclectic} 

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9. Oreo Pumpkin Spice Cake {Debbie Doo’s} 

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10. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies {Chocolate Covered Katie} 

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Pumpkin is a great addition to no bake treats. It gives a whole new meaning to eating your vegetables. I hope you find at least one or two to make and share with friends during the upcoming holidays. These are even great to make with your kiddos! 

What is your favorite pumpkin treat this fall?

Teach Me Tuesday: 26+ Math Games for Kids

Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! A (mostly) weekly series where we share all things kid-friendly that you can do with your kids or teach them how to do. It can be educational, artistic, scientific, hands-on…anything goes as long as it’s kid approved!

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We’ve been having a lot of fun with math lately. My daughter has really taken a liking to it and I think some of it has to do with my approach in teaching her new concepts and reviewing concepts she’s previously been taught. Games are incorporated in a lot of our homeschooling, but especially with math. Pinterest is a great resource for educational ideas. I’ve rounded up 26+ Math Games for Kids in Kindergarten-third grade. Just click on the links below to get to the directions for each game or to download the freebies. 

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Be sure to pin this list and check back as I will be adding to it as I find more fun math games for kiddos! Thanks for stopping by! If you want more educational ideas, check out my Homeschooling board and my Kiddo Stuff board on Pinterest.

I hope you come back by again tomorrow. I something really pretty to show you! Hint: it goes in my craft room.

Teach Me Tuesday: 25 of the Coolest Popsicle Stick Crafts

Hello there friends and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday… our *almost* weekly kid-centered post. I aim to make Teach Me Tuesdays a place where you can find teachable moments to share with your children. 

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One of my favorite craft items when I was younger was popsicle sticks, also known as craft sticks. I could spend hours making things with glue and popsicle sticks. So today I rounded up 25 of the Coolest Popsicle Stick Crafts to share with you and your kiddos. Just click on the links below to head to the original tutorials. 

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Who wants to get their hands on some popsicle sticks now?? So much fun! Not only did I use popsicle sticks a ton as a kid for crafting, but I used them a ton as a teacher! Puppets, reading sticks for tracking, bookmarks, place holders on our classroom library shelves… they are super handy! 

Thanks for stopping by today friends! Feel free to PIN this post for later. 

Teach Me Tuesday: 15 of the Coolest Pool Noodle Ideas

Hello there and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday- where we share all things teachable and kid-friendly.

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Pool noodles are a popular and inexpensive summer toy that can be turned into so many other objects and activities. So today I rounded up 15 of the Coolest Pool Noodle Ideas. Just click on the links below to take you to the full blog posts.

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Aren’t they awesome? You can get pool noodles for as little as a dollar, so it’s inexpensive entertainment! 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Teach Me Tuesday: 10 Patriotic Kids’ Crafts

Hello and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday…a place where we share all things kid-friendly as well as teachable moments.

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With Memorial Day and the Fourth of July around the corner, I thought I would round up our top 10 Patriotic Kids’ Crafts from around the web. Just click on the links to find the full tutorials.

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Which craft are you excited to show the kids how to do? I want to make those Confetti Launchers for sure! So fun!!

Thanks for stopping by today friends! 

Teach Me Tuesday: 25 Ways to Do Easter Eggs with Kids

 Hello there and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday… a weekly series where I share all things that are kid-friendly and that you can teach your children to do! 

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We absolutely LOVE spring and all it has to offer. From the weather to the holidays, we love it all! I want to do an entire Easter Egg unit (week) with my daughter for homeschool so I thought I would round up 25 Ways to Do Easter Eggs with Kids! They all look so fun and there is something for all ages. Science is even incorporated in a lot of them! Check out the full tutorials by clicking the links below. 

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I think we are going to do the Natural Dyed Eggs and the Nail Polish Easter Eggs first. What about you?