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I wanted to keep things simple this year and follow a soft pastel color scheme. Once I decided on the colors the rest was easy peasy. I had found some plain wooden napkin rings and I knew I wanted to use them for each placce setting. Now I love a good pom pom, so why not put the two together! I will also be writing a post on different tools I use and love to make my pom poms.

I will be sharing more details this week on our Easter table settings and all our small DIY projects.




  • Yarn ( I went with four different colors) – (Joann’s)
  • Wooden Napking Rings – (Joann’s)
  • Hot Glue Gun (Optional) I decided to knot mine – (Amazon)
  • Pom Pom Maker – (Joann’s)
  • Scissors


Begin by deciding which color combo you would like to start with. You could always make them in a solid color as well.

Once you have made your selections begin by winding your yarn around your pom pom maker on each side with all your colors one by one.

When you are finished, cut each side of the pom pom. Then cut a small piece of yarn in the desired length to tie off your pom pom once removed from your pom pom maker. I usually knot it twice to ensure it does not pull apart.

Then remove your pom from pom pom maker and start by triming your pom into a perfectly shaped ball.

At this point you can either tie it as I did to your napking ring or use hot glue to attach it on. I used the knot as I wanted to use them again in a different way.


How do you dress up your Easter table?!


I made these adorable marble chocolate treats last year as treats for my kids teachers. Let’s just say they were a huge hit and a sweet treat! I wanted to keep to my color block theme and painted these plastic eggs in a two tone color palette to place the bunnies in. I of course did not stop there and designed a colorful painted hang tag to bring it all together. The tags say ‘Did some Bunny say chocolate”! Not only are these easy to make but they make a very nice gift to all.




  • Colored Candy Melts (I used white and colored my own as desired) – (Michaels)
  • Chocolate Coloring ( I used pink, yellow and turquiose)
  • Bunny Shaped Silicone Mold – (Michaels)
  • Microwave Safe Bowls
  • Spoons
  • Toothpicks


Start by melting your chocolate melts in the microwave. I started with 30 second increments checking in between each set to ensure the desired consisteney. Make sure that you mix your chocolate well.

I made sure to melt each color all at the same time. I used a toothpick to add color in small amounts to not over color. Once I had the colors I wanted I began to place the chocolate in the mold.

I added each color one at a time and tapping the mold on the counter to remove any air bubbles and combine colors. I then placed the mold in the freezer for 10 minutes to ensure they are completely harden before removing them.

I then removed them from the mold and they came out fairly easy by stretching the mold in different directions.

I decided to keep mine simple with the marble look. However you could drizzle additional chocolate and add sprinkles.


What’s your favorite chocolate treat?!


I do love an easy furniture DIY project! So when I came across these awesome metal legs at Cottage Industry MI I knew exactly what I wanted to make. I mean “LOOK AT THOSE LEGS”! Yes, I went there LOL . Now not only are they hand crafted  by “Jessy and his lovely wife Shelly” but the quality and customer service is amazing! This bench is not only sturdy but is stylish and easy to recreate. Your options on materials and colors are endless with a piece like this and you can use it just about anywhere.
Here is a little bit more details on the legs and some of the options available. I can’t wait to share my next project with you guys coming soon!
The flat iron are available in 3 sizes of steel:
1.75″ x 1/4″
2.5″ x 1/4″
2.5 x 3/8″
The 2.5″ x 1/4″ are clear-coated raw hot rolled steel for indoor use. These can be built in any size and shape, trapezoid or rectangle. They are ideal for bench legs, sofa tables, end tables etc.
The 2.5″ x 3/8″ are clear-coated raw hot rolled steel for indoor use. These can be built in any size and shape trapezoid or rectangle. They are ideal for heavy duty bench leg, small dining table legs, work desk, bars etc.
Make sure and check out their Etsy shop at



  • 48″ pine or oak stair tread with bullnose – (Home Depot)
  • 1/4″ x 1″ lag bolts – (Home Depot)
  • metal legs – (Cottage Industry MI)
  • paint, stain or clear coat if you want to finish the bench


Begin by flipping the bench board on its face. Find the center and measure in both directions to the desired spread you wish to have your legs set at. I personally had them set to about 8″ from both edges to give a slight overhang.

Set the legs on the bench, level them out and mark your holes for the bolt placement. Pre-drill the holes with an 1/8″ drill bit to make it a little easier to drive the bolts and keep it straight. Mount the legs, flip it over and you are ready to finish.

Once finished or clear coated you are ready to enjoy your new bench!


Where would you place your bench?!


I’m one of those individuals that is always looking for new and creative ideas for party favors and gifts. So you can only imagine when I came accross these adorable Emoji buckets at Michael’s and just had to have them. I had received the Emoji Candyfetti blend a while ago and was just waiting for the right time to use it, this would make the perfect combination! I decided to fill these cute little buckets with candyfetti and “WALA” instant gift idea! You can also add an Emoji hang tag and you are all set.

I have to say that I LOVE the Emoji blend by Sweetsindeed! If you have yet to head over to her lovely site make sure you do. Not only are her blends colorful and fun but the taste is “AMAZING”! This is when you could eat all the props LOL.





Purchase the Emoji Buckets at Michael’s. They come in a case of six. I made sure to clean the buckets first before pouring the Emoji Candyfetti blend inside.

Then fill each Emoji Bucket to the top. Now you are ready to add your gift tag and “WOW’ your friends!


You can also use any kind of cute candy or party favor bag. These polka dot ones are one of my favorite!



Call me CRAZY but I would carry one of these buckets with me in my purse to ensure my daily sugar rush intake! What kind of candy or sweets would you carry in your purse?!


If you are like me, you love a good multipurpose clutch. When I came across this clutch I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I found the coolest trim at Hobby Lobby that would match perfectly and add just the right amount of flair. For me a crafter’s clutch is a handy dandy go to bag that I can put a few of my must have’s in and go to a friends house or move about the house crafting. I have a pefectly good room to craft in but sometimes I just have to have a new surrounding. Anyone else like to change things up?!






Begin by measuring your trim around your clutch and make sure to leave an additional tab to tuck under at each of your closing ends and cut.

Start by applying a small dab of hot glue at the starting end of your trim to your clutch.

Once you have done that you can either use a hot glue gun to attach your trim all the way around your bag or use the fabric glue as I did.

Allow your glue or hot glue to dry before moving your project.

You will then have your very own “Crafter’s Clutch” to enjoy!

IMG_9855PINIMAGEWhat are some of your go to craft items that you would carry in your clutch?