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Easter Egg Garland with Tassels


Happy Spring, everyone! Steph at The Silly Pearl here with a little craft tutorial to use up some of those plastic Easter eggs - my Tassel Easter Egg Garland. Here's how to make one for yourself.

Creativity Unleashed 165: Oriental Trading Giveaway

Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.
Creativity Unleashed Graphic

This month's parties are sponsored by Oriental Trading.  (My go to place for birthday party supplies!) You can follow them on Facebook, InstagramPinterest & Twitter.  

This week you can enter to win a $75 gift card for anything on their site!  (Look for the rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post!)

15 Woodworking Easter Projects

12 Woodworking Easter projects
15 Easy DIY woodworking projects perfect for easter. Get out those power tools and whip up one of these wood projects just in time for the Easter Bunny!
With the completion of my most recent build and kick off of my female woodworking group on Facebook, I've been really fired up about building projects lately.  And since the next big holiday right now is Easter I've been on the hunt for fun DIY building project ideas I could use.

This isn't a new idea for me, I've done woodworking Easter projects before, ike my scrap wood Easter egg I made for last year’s Easter mantel

But I wanted to get some new ideas, so I went on a mission to find other woodworking and building projects with the Easter theme and you won’t believe what I found!
If you want to get out into the garage and use some power tools, these 15 Easter projects should be some real inspiration! 

Creativity Unleashed 164: Oriental Trading Giveaway

Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.
Creativity Unleashed Graphic

This month's parties are sponsored by Oriental Trading.  (My go to place for birthday party supplies!) You can follow them on Facebook, InstagramPinterest & Twitter.  

This week you can enter to win a $75 gift card for anything on their site!  (Look for the rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post!)

Pottery Barn Inspired Concrete Top Coffee Table

Industrial concrete coffee tableA modern industrial concrete and wood outdoor coffee table. Inspired by Pottery Barn. Save $1000 DIY your own!
It is my favorite post of the month!  The POWER TOOL CHALLENGE.. and this month, the prompt was "Home Decor" projects.  10 bloggers including myself came up with a new home dec project and there were some awesome ideas:

50 DIY and Woodworking Bloggers Share their First Project

50 bloggers share their first projects. Get inspired to try you hand at your first building project too!
50 bloggers share their first projects. Get inspired to try you hand at your first building project too!
Today’s post is my way of having a little heart to heart with you dear readers.  Consider it a pep talk of sorts. And along with it comes one little request. The one thing I hear from SO MANY people when they find out I write a blog is “Bloggers so talented! I’m so impressed with everything they do, but there is no way I could do it.”

So today I’m going to have to demand that you STOP SAYING THAT!  For one thing.. it just ins’t true.  I’m not saying that there aren’t amazingly talented bloggers out there.. that part is true, but stop saying that YOU can’t do what WE do.. since you can.  I believe that almost anyone can pull off a lot of the projects shared on our blogs; maybe not without a bit of practice, but just remember, we all started somewhere.  The blogger rebuilding her entire kitchen from the floor up, didn’t start with projects of that magnitude and that master woodworker working with $50/LF exotic wood was once building birdhouses out of pallets and whitewood.  You have to START somewhere if you want to get better.

Shameless Plug: If you are looking for a group of other female woodworkers (which can be less intimidating and condescending than some of the large male dominated Facebook woodworking groups) I recently set one up that you are welcome to join. 
Woman woodworkers

And as additional inspiration I asked dozens of DIY and woodworking bloggers to share their very FIRST project with me. The build or project that put them on the road to where they are now.  When you click though to any of these posts, make sure you also click over to their current projects, chances are you are going to see improvement.. more complex and difficult projects (plus I am betting their photos and blogging actually got better too!)  Many of them used other people’s plans in the beginning, and now are designing their own.  It all just demonstrates just how far we have come..

This was my first project on the blog was a simple bathroom update, where I replaced the vanity and medicine cabinet and painted the walls. I didn’t do all of it on my own, I hired out for many of the jobs, but it was my first real foray into home improvement.  I actually have revisited that post a few times, since it was a huge turning point in my self-confidence about working on my house.
Just remember, even the most talented and amazing building bloggers, were new DIY’rs once. The only difference between them, and someone who thinks they can’t do it.. is their willingness to try a project for the first time.

They jumped in, and so should you! 

So what were the first projects these bloggers tackled? 

Modern Industrial Concrete Easter Eggs

Concrete easter eggsConcrete Eggs
Ever since getting back from Haven last year I have been slightly obsessed with concrete.  There were these guys there from Buddy Rhodes and they did some of the most Ah-Maz-Ing concrete work. They specialized in countertops, but some of their art pieces and furniture were so fantastic I haven’ stopped thinking about it since then.

 I have done a little (mostly utilitarian) concrete work of my own, but nothing that was just for the sake of being pretty.

Until today.

Since I have (clearly) been on a plastic Easter Egg kick this week, it would not surprise anyone to know I used the plastic eggs a mold to create concrete easter eggs:Concrete eggs and cactus
And I am so stoked with how this project came out, that I am definitely going to work with concrete more often. I LOVE it!

The process is a little messy, but really fun. And it goes surprisingly fast.

DIY Easter Bunny Fabric Wreath

Hi, everyone! It's Pam from Clever Little Mouse with an Easter decor project to share with you.

Every year when I pull out my Easter decorations my son accuses me of having an obsession with bunny butts. I've put them on tote bags. I've put them on banners and pillow covers. And now I'm putting them on wreath. I can't help it - those little fluffy tails are just too cute!

Fabric Easter Bunny & Carrot Wreath Tutorial

When I started experimenting with ideas for this wreath I couldn't decide whether I wanted a ruffled version or a non-ruffled version, so I made both. And I'm sharing directions for both versions so you can make whichever one you like best.

Creativity Unleashed 163: Oriental Trading Giveaway

Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.
Creativity Unleashed Graphic

This month's parties are sponsored by Oriental Trading.  (My go to place for birthday party supplies!) You can follow them on Facebook, InstagramPinterest & Twitter.  

This week you can enter to win a $75 gift card for anything on their site!  (Look for the rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post!)

Ultimate Recipe Challenge Tomato

Crock Pot beef and bean chili
Easy slow cooker chili with ranch style beans.  A great easy beef and bean chili in the crock pot!
I’m excited to bring you today’s recipe as part of the Ultimate Recipe Challenge. This challenge is where a group of bloggers is challenged to come up with a recipe using a specific ingredient. This month, the challenge ingredient happened to be TOMATOES! 
 There were more than two dozen amazing recipes submitted this month. Make sure you scroll to the bottom of the post to see them all!
25 Amazing Tomato Recipes

Oversized Scrabble Tile Wall Art

Love You Wall Art
How to make, mount and frame oversized scrabble tiles to form wall art. Such a cute idea since you could spell out anything!
Today's post is a follow up to a project I did a while back for my Valentine's Day mantel.  I volunteered to make some wall art for a local woman's shelter and they specifically asked for something that would go in a child's nursery.  I wanted to reuse my "LOVE YOU" scrabble tiles, but knew they were a pain to hang individually since they each would need their own nail. 
So I decided to mount them and frame the as a single large pice of wall art.
DIY oversized scrabble tiles
I didn't want to buy a frame, I wanted to make the entire thing from scratch and on a tight budget, so this is how I did it.

$25 Per Week Challenge: Week 4 Results & Wrap Up

25 dollar per week budgeting challenge
RULES   ||   Week 1   ||   Week 2   ||   Week 3

We have finally come to the conclusion of this year's $25 Per Week Budgeting Challenge.   I had almost twice my original weekly budget thanks to my good fortune last week, so getting through the final week was pretty easy.

That didn't change the lessons I learned with this challenge, many of them the same as the original $20 per week challenge, but I did learn a few new things this go round.

 
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