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Subway Art – St. Patrick’s Day

Subway Art – St. Patrick’s Day

I’m really loving this new decorating trend called Subway Art. I suppose it’s got it’s name because it mimics the graffiti found in the subways, only this version is a lot less messy and won’t land you in jail. I first noticed Subway Art in friends houses around Christmastime.  I let the idea roll around in my brain for a few months and voila! out popped an idea. Yep, I’m … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Valentine’s Day
How to personalize fortune cookies

Kate’s Escapades – Valentine’s Day <br /> How to personalize fortune cookies

Valentine’s Day is almost here. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that. You’ve probably been stewing over what to do for days.  If you’re still looking for that perfect idea to make that certain special someone feel loved and appreciated, look no more because I have just the thing for you.  Personalized Fortune Cookies! And let me tell you, someone’s gonna be super impressed with this  fun, unique, and easy Valentine’s Day idea. Personalized … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Valentine’s Day Fun

Kate’s Escapades – Valentine’s Day Fun

The big day is almost here, but never fear, I have a few more fun, inexpensive and simple ideas for Valentine’s Day. First of all, I found a really cool site called Match the Memory (www.matchthememory.com) It’s a site that lets you make your own match game by uploading your own pictures and captions. You can completely personalize a match game for your someone special, and then send them the link to play their own … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – How to make Rice Bag Heating Pads

Kate’s Escapades – How to make Rice Bag Heating Pads

The cold temperatures of winter have finally arrived. That means chilly nights and nippy mornings. That also means it’s time to bring out the rice bag heating pads. Our family has used them for years to keep our tootsies warm, our hands toasty, and to relieve the occasional stiff neck or back.  I think we first discovered these amazing little things when my mother-in-law gave us a few for Christmas many years ago. There’s nothing … Read entire article »

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Christmas Craftdown – Cookie Cutter Wreath

Christmas Craftdown – Cookie Cutter Wreath

When I got out my Christmas decorations a few days ago, I discovered that one of my favorite old wreaths was looking a little worse for wear. Many of the berries had fallen off and the greenery seemed to be smashed beyond repair. I decided it was time for a new wreath. Hooray for computers and Google, because I found wreath ideas galore. So many, that I had a hard time choosing one to make. … Read entire article »

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Decorating the table for Thanksgiving: Veggie Candles

Decorating the table for Thanksgiving: Veggie Candles

How filled with fear do you people get when I start crafting? Pretty fearful, I bet . Anywho, this week, I wanted to bring you super simple project to adorn the Thanksgiving table. Not sure what else to call them, so we’ll just call them Veggie Candles. Here’s what you’ll need: Desired number of candles Green beans (about a half-pound per candle) One bunch asparagus (that will do one candle, as well) Rubber bands Ribbon of choice Making the candles: Wrap rubber … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Halloween Month:
Witches Hats & Breadstick Broomsticks

Kate’s Escapades – Halloween Month: <br /> Witches Hats & Breadstick Broomsticks

Hooray for Halloween! I love Halloween. Today for you Coffee Break readers, I  have two fun Halloween recipe ideas using refrigerated crescent roll dough  and refrigerated breadstick dough.  Couldn’t be simpler. And oh so cute!  Impress your family with these simple and fun ideas. If you missed last week’s recipe for  Creepy Eyeball Treats, check them out. Witches Hats Yield: Makes 8 servings Ingredients: 1 package crescent dinner rolls (8 rolls) 32 turkey pepperoni slices cut in half 3 to 4 salami … Read entire article »

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Father’s Day Ideas – Kate’s Escapades

Father’s Day Ideas – Kate’s Escapades

Father’s Day is just a few days away. If you’re looking to make the day special without spending a lot of money, here are a few great personalized ideas that are sure to please.     This is what I’m doing this year. It is so cute I can’t even stand it! This idea comes from Kristine McKay at BlogHer. Click here for directions and to print the labels. The next idea comes from none other than Martha Stewart. … Read entire article »

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Subway Art – Easter

Subway Art – Easter

I’m really loving this new decorating trend called Subway Art. I suppose it’s got it’s name because it mimics the graffiti found in the subways, only this version is a lot less messy and won’t land you in jail. I first noticed Subway Art in friends houses around Christmastime.  I let the idea roll around in my brain for a few months and voila! out … Read entire article »

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Thanksgiving Craft – what else but… a turkey!

Call me sentimental, but this craft represents one of my favorite holiday decorations that Colton has brought home from school. Unfortunately, his is now old and faded, so he and I decided to recreate it! Let’s be honest. If we’re taking on this project, how hard can it be? It’s really a great craft for kids – and requires a relatively short list of supplies.  Chances are,  you already have everything you need on hand. What you’ll need: One paper grocery bag One small paper bag Old newspaper for stuffing bags Duct tape or other wide tape Glue (whatever you have on hand) Scissors Construction paper in colors of choice Instructions: 1. Begin by stuffing the large (body) and small (head) grocery bags with wadded up newspaper. You can gather the bag as you stuff to get a feel of how … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Fast and Festive Fall Centerpiece

I needed a break from writing yesterday, but still felt the need to be creative. While I don’t really do much in the line of decorating for Halloween or Thanksgiving, I do enjoy bringing a touch of fall into the house. Just so you know, this isn’t a Liz Original. I think I ran across the idea at some point last year, when Coffee Break brought you the Craftdown to Christmas. And for whatever reason, it came to mind as a perfectly simple yet snazzy idea to try. Frankly, I’m pretty pleased. I think you will be, too! So here’s how you make this centerpiece: What you’ll need: A pumpkin or gourd Fresh or artificial fall flowers About 15 minutes How to do it: Cut the top off the pumpkin, as if you were making a … Read entire article »

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Here Comes the Bride – Kate’s Escapades

Once in awhile, Right in the middle of an ordinary life, Love gives us a fairy tale. ~ Anonymous ~ My daughter got married this past Saturday. It was a wonderful, beautiful, amazing, emotional, exhausting day…and I wouldn’t trade one precious minute of it. She is the first of my seven children to get married (5 of the 7 are girls, yikes!!) and I’ve learned a thing or two over the past few months about what I will (or won’t) do the next time one of my kids decides to say “I do.” Here’s a big ‘Will Do Again’ that was a huge success at the reception… We rented a Photo Booth! That’s right, an honest to goodness photo booth, you know, the kind where you step inside, take a seat on the bench, pick out a few … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades –
How to make Harry Potter Wands

Unless you’ve been in solitary confinement in Azkaban for the past few months, you know that we are mere hours away from the release of  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. At my house we are counting down the minutes until the magical moment. (It’s no secret that I have some Harry Potter fanatics in my family. You can check out the party we had a few summers ago to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince here.) Anyway, we found a fabulous craft to keep ourselves occupied, and to help us while away the hours until the big event at 12:01 on Thursday night. (Unless of course you’re lucky enough to be me this week. I get to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part … Read entire article »

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Best Dressed Bride Game – Kate’s Escapades

My daughter is getting married in less than two weeks and we are in full bridal mode at our house, meaning we pretty much eat, sleep and breathe all things wedding. This is my first go-round at being mother-of-the-bride (I’ve got 5 daughters) and I’m certainly learning some tips along the way that I’ll share with you over the coming weeks. We played a really fun and easy game at my daughter’s bridal shower a few months ago, which seemed to be a hit with the guests. We called it the Best Dressed Bride Game, but it could also be called the Toilet Paper Bridal Gown Game or Design Your Own Bridal Gown Game. Best Dressed Bride Game Supplies: toilet paper teams of shower guests Instructions: Divide the shower guests into teams of four or five and place … Read entire article »

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Guess the Celebrity Bride – Kate’s Escapades

After all these years of motherhood (we won’t go into exactly how many, but let’s just say it’s quite a few) I am about to take on a new title, ‘Mother-of-the-Bride.’  Pretty exciting. Pretty daunting. So this evening, four of my daughters and I are hosting a ‘Garden Tea Party’ bridal shower for the lucky bride-to-be. We’ve come up with a really fun game to play at the shower that’s a little different than the usual standard bridal shower party game. Guess the Celebrity Bride Game Supplies: Bridal Magazines Magazines with celebrity pictures (like People, US, Entertainment Weekly) Scrapbook paper Glue Scissors Paper and pencils for the bridal shower guests Directions: For me, making this game was ridiculous amounts of fun. When you take a look at the “Celebrity Brides” we came up with, I think you’ll see why. 1. Look through … Read entire article »

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