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Cinnamon Stick Christmas Ornament

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Despite my best plans for the holidays, I’m always running short on time. Quick crafts are perfect for this time of year, when spirit is plentiful but spare time is not.  Today I’m sharing an easy Christmas ornament made from cinnamon sticks and sheet music that you can make in just a few minutes. In addition to the basic scissors or trimmer for cutting, glue, and a small paintbrush, you’ll … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Wreath Ideas with Stunning Texture

19 Thanksgiving wreath ideas with color and texture.

How many times have you reached out to touch that gorgeous chunky-knit sweater in a clothing store, or tried to keep wandering kid fingers from grabbing that silky throw pillow in Target?  That’s the appeal of texture in action.  Whether you’re a fan of the traditional or a lover of all things modern, great use of texture can be the difference between blah and beautiful. You may have noticed I’m … Continue reading

Painted Clothespin Magnet Gift Set

Painted mini clothespin magnet set and layered soup in a jar gift set from Carla Schauer Designs.

I’m a big fan of handmade magnet sets as hostess or thank you gifts, since they are useful, pretty, and can be made relatively quickly.  These mini-clothespin magnets are the perfect size to hold a note or photo.  Paired with a homemade layered soup mix, the magnets make a cozy, thoughtful gift for fall. To make these clothespin magnets, I used mini-sized clothespins in a dark finish and cork ribbon for … Continue reading

Printable Halloween Mini-Banner

Happy Halloween Printable Mini-Banner on carlaschauer.com blog.

Why bring your potluck dessert to the party in plastic, when a simple Halloween mini-banner can make it festive?  Today I’m showing you an easy way to dress up your dish, using a printable banner designed by the super-talented Jen Goode at 100 Directions. Plus, my banner is part of a blog hop chock full of ideas using all of Jen’s free Halloween printables.  For this banner, I used the … Continue reading

Decorate Halloween Potion Bottles with Paint

DIY Halloween Potion Bottle tutorial from carlaschauer.com

I am a scaredy-cat.  I freely admit to hating scary movies, haunted houses, anything with blood, and all monsters scarier than Grover from Sesame Street.  So when I decorate for Halloween, I stick to fun. These Halloween potion bottles fit the bill perfectly.  The matte black bottles contrast with the sparkly silver buckles (inspired by witch’s shoes)and look mystical instead of creepy. With just a wave of your magic spray can … Continue reading