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Bullet Casings That Hang On Our Christmas Tree Have Special Meaning

After visiting a few friend's homes I realized how bare my Christmas tree really is.  There are a few red Christmas balls from my childhood, a few handmade reindeer ornaments that my daughter and I made,  a few snowflakes that my Aunt crocheted and the shell casing Santas in the picture above.  I was feeling like I needed to put more things on the tree until my husband pointed out that everything on the tree had special meaning.  Especially the Santas made out of shell casings.

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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Cathy’s Attempt At Making A Wine Cork Reindeer Is A Hilarious Epic Fail [VIDEO]

We were at our friend's Dave & Kathy's near Barnum for a day of baking cookies and a little crafting.  I had gotten the materials to make cute little reindeer out of wine corks for our craft project.  We found that the grapevine sticks used for the antlers and legs of the reindeer were hard to get into the cork, so we pre-made holes to make it easier for the video.  I wasn't paying attention and made an epic mistake that made me lose it and I just couldn't recover.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Easy Holiday Tree Decorations In Minutes [VIDEO]

My daughter saw these cute little holiday tree ornaments on Facebook and asked if we could do crafts this past weekend.  I expected to dedicate my entire Sunday to crafting but these little cuties only took a couple hours to make and were super easy.  If you are in looking for craft ideas for a group setting, these would work like a charm.

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Be Styling In DIY Fourth Of July Inspired Shorts And T-Shirt [VIDEOS]

My daughter has spent almost every 4th of July at the family's lake property with ALL her cousins and dad's family making memories and enjoying picnics, parades and fireworks.  They would often do a group art project that would allow them to make something they could wear to the parade.  This year you could do a whole ensemble with two DIY ideas!  It's easy, fun and you and your friends can match at your 4th of July celebration.

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TODAY via YouTube
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Check Out How To Make A Rustic Side Table With Just A Stump From The Property Brothers [VIDEO]

I was digging around for some cool rustic gift ideas today when I stumbled across this YouTube video.  It's the Property Brothers Drew & Scott, and they have a great idea for making an easy rustic side table.  Check it out!

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Ian Gavan/Getty Images
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Use Your Sewing Talent To Make Comforters For Kids In Crisis With HCE’s Quilt-A-Thon

We're on the heels of another fantastic St. Jude Radiothon, together we raised $74, 246 for the kids and research at St. Jude.  The Douglas County Association for Home and Community Education (HCE) are also helping kids, but in a different way.  They need sewing materials for quilts donated and if you are a quilter, YOU can make the difference.

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Craft Swap At The Duluth Public Library [Bonus Craft Video]

My craft room looks like total chaos and one reason is that it's hard to get rid of anything, ANYTHING!  But, as I continue to do craft projects, I keep accumulating crafting supplies that I didn't use.  The Duluth Public Library had a great idea and turned it into an event that we can all benefit from.

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Craft Swap At The Duluth Public Library [Bonus Easter Craft Video]

My craft room looks like total chaos and one reason is that it's hard to get rid of anything, ANYTHING!  But, as I continue to do craft projects, I keep accumulating crafting supplies that I didn't use.  The Duluth Public Library had a great idea and turned it into an event that we can all benefit from.

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Cathy Kates
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Hand Crafted Christmas Present Evokes Emotional Response

My husband lost his father when he was 32 years old.  He has a few pictures, tools and lots of memories, but this Christmas his sister Lisa gave him a gift that showed her creative talents and will be cherished every Christmas for years to come.  Before you read further look closely at the pictures, can you tell what they're made from?

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Jeanne Ryan
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DIY Crochet Boot Cuffs Are A Cute Inexpensive Holiday Gift [Now I Need To Learn To Crochet]

You've heard of those mock turtlenecks called a"dickey"? Well, these are my boot dickeys! My friend Coleen crocheted these darling boot cuffs for me and I LOVE THEM!  They are the only ones I own and I hate to ask her to make me more since I know her time is precious.  I have no idea how to crochet but went on a search to find a video on how to do it.  I think I've got it!

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Homie Kates
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Step By Step Instructions For An Easy, Inexpensive Easter Craft With Cathy Kates’ Family [Video]

My family and I had to celebrate our Easter with dinner a little early due to work schedules (if you go out to eat on Easter Sunday, tip your waitstaff well).  After dinner, the kids and took five minutes to whip up some easy to make washcloth bunnies to be used as hostess gifts for friends and family that will be making our Easter dinner on Sunday.  Here are the instructions and our video (try not to laugh, I don't do DIY craft videos very often....or ever)!

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Knitting Community: Your Talents Are Needed To Clothe Penguins, Pattern Included

Penguins are adorable!  Take one look at the little honeys and you'll want to help, IF you can knit.  I may have to learn just to be part of this project.  The Penguin Foundation needs your help to clothe the little buggers for a couple of different reasons.  Can you help?

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