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It feels like it has been a long time since I was making progress on finishing my living room or since I have shared anything with you. Recently, I’ve started making progress again and I’m loving the results. Today I wanted to show you the picture frames that finally got finished and up on the walls.

Take stock unfinished picture frames and create these beautiful diy double mat picture frames. These will looks so great in my home decor!

There is nothing like having pictures or art on the walls when they have been blank for a year! About a year ago, we took down the chair rail in our living room, painted the fireplace and started on our makeover. In the process, I made some fun state and letter wall art as well as freshened up the lamps and got a new entertainment center. Progress was happening. Then the holidays happened and all progress stopped.

I won these Cut It Out Frames probably 1 and a 1/2 years ago…maybe 2 years ago. I love them and I have always wanted some of these frames. I swear I entered every giveaway for them that I saw. It paid off! I won a $75 credit to purchase frames. I selected 3 double mat frames and they arrived at my home. They sat for a really long time. In September last year, I began painting them. The holidays hit and they sat until March of this year. I finally got them done!

Let me show you what I did, what worked, and what was a fail for me. Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and make your own diy picture frames a bit easier.  View full post »

  • Lisa Howard - March 27, 2015 - 11:37 am

    They look fab darling! LOVE them! Hope you are doing well.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - March 27, 2015 - 5:10 pm

      Thank you sweetie! I have been thinking about you lately and wondering how you are doing. I hope you are doing well as well! Thinking of you.ReplyCancel

I have another Stitch Fix Review for you today.

I love this open and honest Stitch Fix Review. Good tips on how to improve your fixes and the fashion in your wardrobe for busy moms.

I decided to share another Stitch Fix box with you because I love seeing what other people are getting in their Stich Fixes and I thought you might like it as well. If you missed my first post I shared about how it has been a busy mom’s simple fashion fix for me.

Now, if you are a superstitious person, you might be concerned about the fact that this was my 13th fix. I wasn’t. I should have been. This is going to go down as the fix that made me feel fat and ugly. Great combo right? Does that mean I don’t like Stitch Fix anymore….absolutely not. Keep reading and I’ll fill you in on why I still think Stitch Fix is a good fit (pun intended) for me.

By the way… feel free to pin the individual items you like to your Pinterest boards for future fashion inspiration or to help improve your Fixes if you are using Stitch Fix (referral links throughout this post).  View full post »

  • Bridy - March 25, 2015 - 11:54 am

    I think everything looked great on you, I loved the Jeans and the floral top the best.
    It is hard to decide, and you have to love it or it will just sit in your closet.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - March 25, 2015 - 7:59 pm

      Thanks for your feedback. You are so right. I have to love it or it will just sit. I have learned that error many times. I think it may be why I am quick to send things back now…and it makes me feel a bit picky. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Helene - March 25, 2015 - 11:22 pm

    I like your photos of new clothes! But why not go to look in person to try on 15 items in 30 minutes– moreFUN, right? Sarah in MinneapolisReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - March 26, 2015 - 9:26 pm

      Thanks Sarah! It is funny because I read your idea and just reading it stresses me out. I really dislike shopping and your 15 items in 30 minutes would never take me 30 minutes nor would it be fun to me. Especially because my husband travels all the time…so I would probably have 2 kids with me. It sounds awful.
      AND that would be why it takes all kinds to make the world go round, right? What sounds fun to you sounds like torture to me. :-) I think you go have your 30 minutes of fun and I will have my fun waiting for the box to arrive and we will both be happy. :-D Sounds perfect!ReplyCancel

I haven’t shown you my mantel in a while and thought it would be fun to show you the Easter decorations on my mantel this year. I’m hoping you see something you like and that you can use the ideas in your home.

Such cute Easter Decorations for the mantel. I love the colors and the fun crafts to make this mantel. Need to add these to my Easter Ideas.

I usually try to add something new each year to my decorations. I get a bit bored with the same things all the time and it is fun to make something new, so it works for me.

This year I used some of the same elements as my mantel from last year, but changed things up a bit and added a couple of new things, like the Glittery Easter Egg wall art I made.

Let me show you some of the details.  View full post »

With Easter quickly approaching, I wanted a little inspiration of cute Easter crafts and yummy Easter desserts. I mean, who can’t use some fun Easter crafts followed by delicious Easter desserts? Sounds like a perfect afternoon or evening or anytime to me. How about you?

I love all these great Easter Crafts and Easter Desserts! First some fun crafts for my home decor, the kids and the whole family, then some fun with eggs and with dessert recipes for Eater. Fun!

Today, I’ve got cute Easter crafts for your home decor as well as some cute ideas for the kids and the whole family. Of course, Easter wouldn’t be complete without some eggs, so I’ve got a few ideas for you of crafts with eggs.

I know we all have a meal we like to eat for Easter and I didn’t really want to get inspiration for the meal, but I wanted some dessert inspiration this year. I want to try something new or different, so I’ve got some fun Easter dessert ideas for you as well.

Let’s have some fun! View full post »

In my quest to get a few new things for my Easter mantel this year, I made an adorable spring/Easter banner and added some twine tassels to it. I love how it turned out. It is so cute and it was so easy, too! Love that!

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When you have the right tools, most of the time, the job is much easier. That was just the case with making this banner. I’ve always struggled when making banners and pennants from paper, to get the right angles so that all of the banners or pennants look the same. How about you? or am I the only one?

I had the opportunity to work with the new We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board and Banner Punch Board as they sponsored this post and sent me the HSN Party Pack (affiliate link) to use to make my banner.

Like I said, having the right tools usually makes the job easy. I knew from the moment I heard about this opportunity that I wanted to try making a banner…my nemesis. I’ve never been able to get one right or to look good enough to actually use. There is just something about the angles that I can’t get right. Not only did the We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board help me get the angles correct, I was done in about 30 minutes (or less). Perfection!

Let me show you what I did, so you can recreate this banner for any season or occasion at your house. Oh…and I’ll give you the details of when and how to get your HSN Party Pack (affiliate link), too! Fun! View full post »

  • Amy Anderson - March 18, 2015 - 4:39 pm

    I love this banner! It’s so fun and cute! Perfect for spring.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - March 18, 2015 - 9:31 pm

      Thanks Amy! It looks cute on my Easter mantel and was easy to make. Perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Willis - March 18, 2015 - 8:01 pm

    OK- I seriously need these tools! Too cool! Loving the adorable banner as well!ReplyCancel

Did you realize that Easter is only 3 weeks away? Oh my gosh…it is totally coming quickly! I think that means that I should take down my Valentine’s decorations now, right? Yep, but I still haven’t. To motivate myself to move on to the next holiday, I made some glittery wall art for my Spring/Easter mantel. It is the first step in moving on from Valentine’s Day (yep, I’m that slow this year). Oh well.

This is such a cute idea for Easter Wall Art. It would look cute on mantel or as great Easter crafts for the kids. Fun! Sponsored

Every year, I usually make or buy something new for my mantel. It just makes it fun to me to always have something a little different. This year Elmer’s asked me to join their Craft-It Crew, which means I will get to have some fun this year with their great line of products (which is a lot bigger than I thought)and they will sponsors some posts, like this one. Elmer’s asked me to come up with something for Easter using their new colors of foam board.

Now, we all remember this is called The Real Thing with the Coake Family, right? So, I’m not going to lie to you. This one threw me for a loop. Often when I’m given materials or a theme for a sponsor I know immediately or very quickly what I want to do or I have an idea that I hash out and figure out as I go. When Elmer’s asked me to make something for Easter with foam board (which is 20″ x 30″), I totally drew a blank. What am I going to do with that big foam board. Now I love foam board! In fact, I have used Elmer’s foam board for 2.5 years as my backdrops for my photography (I just upgraded to a ‘real’ backdrop) here on the blog, but something for Easter that would be a size I could easily photograph and really be something I would use. Well it stumped me for 3 days, which is a long time for me.

Thank goodness I keep a notebook full of ideas and inspiration. I kept pondering and looking through my inspiration folder and it hit me. I can make some wall art with foam board and glitter…of course! I’ve made my fair share of wall art. It is fun to do! The only thing I wasn’t sure of is if I could cut the foam core board and do a decent job…i.e., that it wouldn’t look like a kindergartener cut it. Since I’m not afraid to go for it…that is just what I did. Let me show you.  View full post »

Now I realize that Easter cookies are not nearly as popular as Christmas cookies(or may not even be a thing), but since I have a thing for M&M’s, like to find cute ways to use them, and I love how they look in Mason jars, I decided to try another Mason jar cookie recipe.

OM to the Cuteness! This M&M Cookie Recipe in a Mason Jar is so cute and the cookies are so delicious. These are fun, unexpected Easter gifts for friends or family or my family.

You may remember the M&M Valentine heart cookie, 4th of July Oatmeal Cookie Recipe in Mason Jar, or if you have been following me since way back in the day you may remember the Christmas Gift in a Jar (which were brownies with M&M’s in them).

I think cookies/brownies in a jar are fun gift ideas or just fun to make and look at on the counter (until we make them). They are so cute! Did I mention I have a thing for the differently colored holiday M&M’s…and this time I added some cute Easter sprinkles. Oh my! View full post »

  • Sarah Helene - March 13, 2015 - 10:21 am

    FAB gift idea! Everyone would be pleased to bake M & M cookies from the Mason jar — ingredients all measured! Thanks! Sarah in Minneapolis ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Clausen - March 13, 2015 - 12:33 pm

    How many jars does one recipe use? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Linda S. - March 24, 2015 - 1:26 am

    This is just precious, and I want to make them, but I don’t see the recipe at the bottom or the printable. Am I missing something? Help please! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - March 24, 2015 - 6:08 pm

      Thank you so much! If you look in the post in the last paragraph you will see the words cookie recipe in blue. Click on that. It is a link to the recipe that you can print or download and keep. Let me know if that helps. If it doesn’t I can email you a link to go directly to the file. Sorry for the trouble.ReplyCancel

  • Linda S. - March 24, 2015 - 6:42 pm

    I got another pin directly from your Pinterest bd. and could see the links on it. Don’t know why this one doesn’t show up for me, but I was determined to find it——sooooo cute! Thank you so much!! Happy Easter!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - March 24, 2015 - 7:48 pm

      Hmm… that is odd. It sounds like you found it. If that isn’t correct, let me know and I will hook you up. Thanks so much. Enjoy your cute jars and yummy cookies. Happy Easter!ReplyCancel

Have you ever made homemade chicken nuggets? They are one of those things that seem to me like they would be hard to make, but have actually become part of our easy dinner ideas. They are also something you can get the kids involved in making. At my house, when I get the kids cooking, they eat all kinds of things they wouldn’t normally touch AND they rave over how great what they made tastes.


For this recipe for homemade chicken nuggets, I started with a recipe we have used many times and I modified it a bit. It is quick and easy to make and I turned it into an even easier dinner with my side choices. Now it has become one of those quick weeknight dinners for when we have other things going on and I don’t want us to eat out.  View full post »

We are making progress in the makeover of my daughter’s room. She had a plethora of decorative pillows that she had made or been given that matched her old room, but we only had one decorative pillow that matched her new room. I had tons of pictures of pillows that I love and want to make, so I took the opportunity to actually make one of those decorative pillows for her.

I love sewing Decorative Pillows. I get exactly what I want for my home decor and I save a ton of money. This is an adorable flower pillow! Perfect for a teen or girls bedroom.

I had seen a pillow similar to this in Make it Yourself(affiliate link), a magazine which I LOVE getting. I had to resize my pillow to use a pillow form I already had and this size pillow looks better on her bed with the other pillows. I let Snowflake pick out the fabrics and colors she wanted. She selected all these super soft fabric for a cozy and cute pillow.

Both Snowflake and I are super happy with the pillow. She LOVES it in her room and loves the soft minky fabric (which is a total pain to sew with, but it is lovely to cuddle with).

I’ve got the tutorial for you to make your own decorative pillow today as well.  View full post »

  • Sarah Helene - March 9, 2015 - 5:23 am

    FAB decorative pillow created for your teen’s bed! Love the pale pink & lime large felt flower. Thanks for sharing! Sarah in MinneapolisReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - March 9, 2015 - 8:23 pm

      Thanks so much, Sarah! She is really loving it as well. Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Helene - March 9, 2015 - 10:45 pm

    This morning I forwarded your fleece flower pillow tutorial to my sister who has 3 granddaughters. She loved this idea and hopes to create/sew one in different colors for each girl, ages 12 1/2, 8 & 6 1/2. THANKS again for the FAB photo shoot with directions!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - March 10, 2015 - 7:15 pm

      Awww…that is so fun to hear! I’m so glad you guys are loving the idea. I’d love to see pics when she has them done. You or she could email them to me or put them on my facebook page. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kim - March 10, 2015 - 11:07 am

    Very cute! I’d love to make some fun pillows for my tweens’ bedrooms!ReplyCancel

  • Allison Waken - March 14, 2015 - 11:33 am

    So, so cute!!ReplyCancel

  • Morgane@Bear Dolly and Moi - March 19, 2015 - 4:13 pm

    Your pillow turned out really cute, teenagers are hard to please!
    I wanted to let you know that your blog post never showed in my feed, just the tittle, no actual words or pictures, I do not know if I am the only one it happens, but your blog is the only one that way on my bloglovin’ feed. So I do not see your work as often as I used to.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - March 20, 2015 - 2:56 pm

      Thanks Morgane! I’m sorry to hear bout Blog Lovin’. I have no idea why it would be that way. Bummer!ReplyCancel

It has been what feels like forever since I’ve done an American Girl Doll post and it feels like even longer since I’ve actually made anything for our dolls. Today, I’ve got a diy that only took me about a year to actually finish…geez… I say that a lot. I finally made these American Girl Doll Bunk Beds for our dolls from inexpensive IKEA doll beds.

OMG! These are the cutest American Girl Doll Bunk Beds! They are a diy using IKEA doll beds which makes them inexpensive and easy to customize. So cute!

I started these beds in April last year. Life got busy and other projects were more pressing. I really wish I had completed these when I started because with kids, things change a lot in a year. My older daughter is no longer really playing with her dolls and doesn’t care that much that I finally finished the project. I think my younger daughter may actually get all the beds soon and have quad bunk beds. Won’t that be a sight to see! Anyway, it makes me sad how quick things change and that I missed the opportunity, even though I know those other things I tackled were important.

Now that I’ve shared my nostalgic moment, how about I share with you how you can do your own IKEA hack and make two doll beds into bunk beds. It is an easy project if you know how to use a drill and paint. The way I made our beds, they can be used as regular doll beds or bunk beds because I love variety and flexibility! View full post »