cards from the dollar tree

Anyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows about my undying affection for the Dollar Tree. I am sorry but a store where everything is a dollar? Yes, please. My trips to the Dollar tree have become something of a family joke. Comments like “Mom’s going to the Dollar Tree, better bring the tablet’s we’re going to be a while!” are uttered by the kids on a regular basis. But, it always astounds me just what I can find at the Dollar Tree. Last spring I got the cutest Fairy Garden figures and the spring wreath on my front door gotRead More →

Diamond Dot Painting

Diamond dot painting is a new trend that’s been going around. Or at least I hadn’t heard of it until a fellow blogger (@KissedDaisy from Fairy Kissed Daisy) mentioned it on twitter¬†and shortly afterward my mother mentioned it in a phone call. At this point, I knew I had to give it a try. Diamond dot painting seemed like the perfect addition to my monthly learn something new feature. If you have ever done a paint by number and enjoyed it then you will like diamond dot painting. I happened to love¬†doing paint by numbers as a teen. Diamond dot painting is simple, fairly cheapRead More →

faux stained glass

Stained Glass has been one of those artsy projects I have wanted to try my entire life. Of course, it’s not exactly something that you can do from home. At least not my home. I have neither the tools or the space to figure out how to cut glass. Never mind the leading! Imagine how happy I was to learn that I could make faux stained glass! It might not be real stained glass but I wanted to give it a try anyway! Sometimes when you try new projects things go as planned, other times there are challenges. Faux stained glass turned out to beRead More →

4th of July Sand Art

With the 4th of July coming up I knew I wanted to do a fun little craft to celebrate. We don’t go all out for household decoration for these holidays the way we do for Christmas and Halloween but it’s nice to put a few small touches here and there. Of course, me being me, I turned to the Dollar Tree for inspiration and came up with this very easy, very cheap but very pretty 4th of July Sand Art vase and centerpiece. The Dollar Tree has been my go-to source for fun holiday decorations for a while now. With everything priced at a dollarRead More →

macrame wall art header

When I started this blog I had no idea the directions it would take me. I have always been interested in art, crafts and DIY projects. But my knowledge was limited to the basics – reading, writing, drawing. Now don’t get me wrong, I adore those basics, but this monthly feature has really opened my eyes. There are so many fun and exciting projects out there waiting to be attempted! I certainly promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle as a part of becoming a healthier happier you. But I feel its also necessary to feed our souls and our minds. Trying something new orRead More →

acrylic pouring

Almost a year ago I was given three large panel canvas. The idea was to create a unique piece of artwork for our living room. Rather than being used, however, they have been sitting and gathering dust. Why? Because I couldn’t come up with something I wanted to paint on them. Finishing this painting is one of my year-end goals! I really want to get it done. We considered scenes from places we have been, I considered Star Wars – because I always consider painting Star Wars! I even considered attempting portraits but that seemed crazy given my current art skills. That’s when I ranRead More →

A quilled sign which reads 'Spring"

Recently I have decided to begin expanding the creative areas of my life. To do this, I decided that I want to try at least one new thing a month and feature it here on Tales From Home. Quilling is a form of papercraft art that grabbed my attention right from the start. In fact, I bought a quilling kit quite a while ago and learning to use it was part of my New Years Resolutions! With this in mind, I figured Quilling was the best choice to introduce this new monthly feature to the blog. Learn Something New with Kristin Feature 1 – QuillingRead More →

It has been raining here off and on for the past two weeks, with the kids out of school and trapped in the house I think we were all going a little bit stir-crazy. The kids were tired of their toys, their T.V shows and (gasp) even their video games! This was not going to bode well for me or the household in general. Thankfully with a little bit of thought, I was able to occupy them for hours at no cost. This simple cure for summer break boredom meant I was able to get the laundry in, do the dishes and even watch somethingRead More →