DIY 3D Printed Vintage Ornaments


This post is sponsored by HP® Sprout

I have a weakness for cute collectibles from the thrift store. I've had these sweet kissing angels for a while now, and they have yet to find the right space in my home, so they've been packed away for ages. When HP contacted me about their 3D printing campaign, I knew I wanted to take a favorite vintage find and give it new life, and it was the perfect time to bust out this little duo.

I've enjoyed using the all in one desktop Sprout by HP to save my kids' artwork and create my own digital vision board, but creating a tangible 3D object is a whole new level of fun (and really impressed my kids)!

After experimenting with the 3D Capture Stage, I was able to scan and print my angelic duo on the Dremel 3D Idea Builder and turn them into 3D printed ornaments. So if I decide to pass along the originals, I can still enjoy their vintage goodness on my Christmas tree! Check out my video to see the HP Sprout and 3D printer in action!

The Maker View Podcast Episode 4 | Lacy Stroessner of Madre Beads


Today on episode 4 of The Maker View I'm talking with Lacy Stroessner, the woman behind Madre Beads, a handmade jewelry business. Lacy founded Madre Beads just earlier this year after years of blogging, and it has already surpassed her expectations. Join me in listening to her interview and how she's living her dream of staying home with her kids, utilizing her creativity, and helping to support her family. 

The Maker View Podcast Episode 3 | Caroline Gravino of Salsa Pie Productions

Today on Episode 3 of The Maker View I'm talking with Caroline Gravino, fellow single mama of four and the creative mastermind behind Salsa Pie Productions. Caroline talks about how she considers herself a creative content designer rather than a blogger, the importance of downtime in sustaining creativity, and her tips on getting started in video content design. 


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DIY Plastic Canvas Star Lights

Maybe it's the result of being a child of the 80's, but I have a weakness for plastic canvas. I love what a versatile material it is. One of my favorite toys from my own childhood that my mom made for me is a set of plastic canvas blocks stitched together with yarn and little jingle bells inside. So in honor of the holidays and my love for plastic canvas, I made these whimsical DIY plastic canvas star lights. Click through to learn how to make your own.

Monday Maker Motivator #8


The Monday Maker Motivator has moved! As I mentioned in last week's post, I'm moving this weekly series off site and directly to your inbox. If you haven't already, sign up for The Monday Maker Motivator here. And you can view and share today's issue here.


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DIY Denim Leaf Centerpieces

This post is sponsored by Goodwill SA

As you know, colored denim is one of my absolute favorite materials to work with (just check out my thrifted chair redo or my recycled jeans quilt).  So when I was asked to help create centerpieces for Goodwill San Antonio's upcoming 70th anniversary celebration, it didn't take long for me to gravitate back to them. Together with the team of other Goodwill SA bloggers, we had a fall color scheme and theme in mind. These DIY denim leaf centerpieces are the perfect way to add a pop of color and whimsy to your fall decor. Now let me show you how to make your own!

DIY Recycled Mini Art Books







One of my oldest daughter Eleanor's favorite things to do first thing in the morning (when we don't have to be anywhere) is to take out her watercolors and paint. I love waking up and finding her so intent in her creativity. I had art class for first period one year during high school, and that was the absolute best way to start my day. 

We go through paper pretty quickly at our house, so I decided to make some recycled mini art books to have on hand when the creative bug hits. Visit me over at PBS Parents to find the full how-to and make your own stash! 

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The Maker View Podcast Episode 2 | Mari Richards Founder of Smallful


Today on Episode 2 of The Maker View I'm talking with Mari Richards, product designer, illustrator, blogger, and founder of the whimsical printables company Smallful. I first met Mari through her design blog, Small for Big, and have watched her grow as she launched her business, and is now celebrating Smallful's one-year anniversary--congratulations Mari! 

Monday Maker Motivator #7


Six years ago, I started this blog as a creative outlet after becoming a stay-at-home mama.  The site has been through many changes (including a name change!), and I never imagined it becoming what it is today. I've done everything from teaching myself to code, learning how to take better photos, building relationships and contributing to other websites, and now, starting a podcast! You may have seen my first episode of The Maker View go live last week--a huge thanks for all of your support in this new endeavor. 

As put-together as I may seem online at times, that is just one facet of my life, and there are 100 other things that I am unsure of and giving myself permission to be just good enough at. I hope you all are able to give yourselves permission to do the things that excite and scare you in your own creative journeys this week. 

Here are my weekly picks, hacks, and inspirations to motivate your own inner maker.

DIY Don't | Haircuts

In this day and age, with Pinterest and how-to videos for anything and everything under the sun, it's easy to feel like we have to DIY all the things. But that's where we end up with half-done and failed projects. Sometimes it's good to do things yourself, though, and it can definitely bring a sense of accomplishment. I've enjoyed making clothes for the kids from time to time (the girls have about outgrown these adorable coats though), and even my own eco-friendly cleaners. 
But sometimes it's just better to let somebody else do it. For me, that's haircuts. Unless it's a straight summer buzz-cut for my boys, I'm no hairstylist. Earlier this year, I discovered the ponytail haircut method and got excited to try it. Luckily I was wise enough not to do it on my own hair, and made my youngest, Amelia, my guinea pig (sorry, baby--every kid has to have at least one bad haircut in life!). 

The Maker View Podcast Episode 1 | Songwriter and Filmmaker David Kauffman

Surprise, I'm starting a podcast! I've been an avid podcast listener for years, so although this was a very recent decision, it was not at all a foreign one. I owe a huge thanks to Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income for his amazing video tutorial on podcasting (it's 100% free and he takes you through each step of the process). Pat's podcast is one of my all-time faves (and I highly recommend it to any other online entrepreneurs reading this), but the first podcasts I became addicted to were all about the stories of creatives. I'm a bit of a jill-of-all-trades myself, and hearing about the paths of other makers and artists peaks my curiosity and makes my heart soar right along with them. 

Last year I had the opportunity to preview musician and screenwriter David Kauffman's film, The One I Wrote For You, so when he reached out about the DVD release this month, I knew I wanted to interview him. I was first introduced to David through his music, and have had the honor of meeting him in person and even hearing him sing live. His words and voice are honey to my soul, and I greatly admire how he's merged his faith and talents. 

Listen below for the first episode of The Maker View, and learn about David's musical beginnings, how he followed his passion and took the jump to begin his creative career, and his advice for those embarking on their own. 


Learn more about David Kauffman and his work at The One I Wrote For YouGood for the Soul Music, and follow him on Facebook for news on his latest work. And be sure to get your copy of the film at your local Walmart! 

Stay tuned next week for my interview with Mari Richards, the amazing illustrator and creative behind Smallful

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Monday Maker Motivator #6

I recently printed this quote and taped it to my computer screen. I have limited myself so much in life because of fear--but the times when I have been brave enough to step out from behind it have been some of the richest experiences of my life. There's still a lot of fear in being a single mama making a creative living--but sometimes we just have to stop freaking ourselves out, and do it, right? 

Here's what's inspiring my own creative journey this week, and I'd love to hear what's motivating your making recently. 
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