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Bottle Cap Wreath Ornament

22 Mar



To celebrate my dad's 60th birthday last summer, my family headed to Denver in search of mountains and beer. (And don't worry, we definitely found both.) Great Divide, the maker of my dad's favorite beer, is there along with a whole host of other awesome craft breweries. [...]

Stamped Quote on Wood

23 Nov



I have always loved this quote (always, as in, since it started popping up all over on t-shirts and tacky Pinterest inspirational images). And while I was most certainly not familiar with John Muir before moving to California, I'm now so grateful for all the work he did, especially in preserving one of the most beautiful places ever — Yosemite National Park. [...]

Mini Sailboats

11 Jul



This project is from last fall, but it's so perfectly summer. We designed and built these wooden sailboats with colorful paper sails to decorate the pool in the background of my sister-in-law's nautical baby shower. Now, as we approach yet another hot and sunny weekend, swimming pools and boating are both on my mind! [...]

Personalized Clay Cross

1 May



Greg and I made this cross as a baptism gift for our nephew James (since he couldn't partake in the cross cookies). This is the Santiago cross, or cross of St. James. I love the interesting shape, but it was certainly my most difficult clay project to date! [...]

Happy Easter!

20 Apr



Can you believe my mom decorated these super cute eggs in 1989 with paper dots from a hole punch? So amazing! [...]

Candles and Wheatgrass in Eggshells

10 Apr



This is part two of my wheatgrass Easter decorations! Since I was growing a lot of wheatgrass anyway, it was little additional effort to grow some in eggshells. [...]

Wheatgrass Easter Centerpieces

8 Apr

Wheatgrass Easter Centerpieces


I grew wheatgrass for several projects last Easter and really enjoyed the process. It's the perfect project for kids (or the rest of us who love instant gratification) because it grows so quickly. Even so, there are just a few days left to plant wheatgrass in time for Easter! [...]

Toy Animal Valentines

14 Feb



This Valentine card idea and printable from Sarah M Style is so amazingly awesome. I assembled a few for my adventure-and-animal-loving husband and hid them with treats around the house! [...]

Sail Boat Napkins

13 Nov



When my wife decided to throw a baby shower for my sister-in-law, she asked me to make boats out of paper napkins. What do you mean, boats out of napkins!? Ummm, napkins (especially paper ones) definitely do not float. However, it turns out that for hundreds of years, people in Japan have been successfully turning paper into all sorts of things, including boats . . . Origami! Of course! [...]

Colorful Dessert Stands

5 Nov



My nautical dessert table needed more color and height, and dessert stands seemed like the obvious choice. If your cake stand collection is like mine (um, I only own one!) and isn't as extensive as Bountiful (lovvvve), you might want to whip up a few of these for your next party! [...]