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Vintage Chic Stenciled Flowerpot

Thanks to Tampico for sponsoring this project! All opinions and ideas are my own.

Spring is the time for beautiful flowers! With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I wanted to share this quick stenciled flowerpot project with you because I think it would make a perfect gift for any special woman in your life. Mom, grandma, sister, aunt, daughter, best friend…all of them would love to receive a cheerful flower in a pretty decorated pot, right?

Stenciled Vintage Flower Pot


Over the years, I’ve done lots of different things with my terracotta flowerpots; everything from polka dots and covering them with fabric to chalkboard labels and extreme glitter. I’ve even let Little Crafter get in on the fun and design his own. This time, though, I wanted to go for a vintage look. I decided to go with an old wine box label effect combined with the leftover chalk paint from my end table project. It took hardly any time at all and I’m thrilled with how it turned out.

I’m sharing the full how-to over on the Tampico blog, including how I created my own stencil and you can too! I’d love for you to stop by and check it out; then you can make your own as a Mother’s Day gift or to keep for yourself!


Stenciled Vintage Flower Pot


What do you think? Is this a gift you’d enjoy making and/or receiving?

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Chalkboard Scripture Sign

chalkboard sign

This past month, in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been all about creating decorative projects to make our new house look and feel like home. Since we have a few more rooms now, we have more wall space…which obviously means I need to make some new art, right? One of the things I came up with was a chalkboard sign to hang in our Master Bedroom that also shows the way to the Master Bath, in a manner of speaking. Here’s how I made it…

chalkboard sign

- 12×12 chalkboard sign {I got mine at Michaels}
– Elmer’s Painters large white paint marker
– 12×12 card stock
– Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine and software
– painters’ tape (more…)

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Ice Cream Science

Little Crafter recently experienced a classic rite of passage…his first Science Fair. Actually, at his school, they call it the STEM {Science Technology Engineering and Math} Fair and he’s always quick to correct me if I forget. When it came to choosing a topic, this creative, right-brained artsy mama wasn’t the best resource, so we turned to Ms. Erin for help. Before having her kiddos and becoming a part of the One Artsy Mama team, she used to work at the Maryland Science Center in the Education department, so she had lots of ideas for us. LC decided on one that I heartily approved: Ice Cream!


The question behind LC’s project was whether salt could make ice cream freeze faster. The experiment was where we got to have a lot of fun trying to turn liquids into a solid inside ziploc baggies! We did not come up with this ourselves; there are lots of versions of this all over the internet, but this is the one we used, courtesy of Erin. Our new neighbor {who kind of lives here these days} happened to come over just in time to help out.

We used:
1/2 Cup Half and Half
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 T sugar

4 Cups Crushed ice
4 T rock or table salt
2 quart-size bags
2 gallon-size bags (more…)

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Making the New Kitchen Our Own


Friends, it sure has been an exciting month for our family as we settle into our new home! We were really blessed by the fact that for the most part, the house was totally move-in ready without a ton of changes we needed to make. The room we’ve actually done the most to so far is the kitchen, which is no big surprise, since for many of us the kitchen is the most important room in the house {aside from our crafting space, that is}! Here are four changes we made since moving in: (more…)

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Stamped Serving Spoon Hostess Gift

Have you ever needed a quick little gift for someone but wanted it to be useful and personal at the same time? Today, I’ve got a project for you that would be perfect for a hostess gift, a housewarming, or a new neighbor gift. You could even personalize it for a bridal shower or other special occasion. Everyone needs serving spoons in their kitchen; why not make one special and personalized and then include a favorite recipe too? Take a look!

Stamped Spoon

{some of mine were provided by sponsors like ImpressArt; all opinions are my own}
- large serving spoon
ImpressArt Premium Metal Stamps {I used Newsprint}
– Hammer
Steel Stamping Block
– Painters’ Tape
– Black Permanent Marker
– Jewelry Polishing Cloth
– Tag {Cardstock, Ribbon}
– Burlap Flower
– Scissors (more…)

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