CraftFail: When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong | Interview + Giveaway!!



 We’ve probably all seen the “Nailed It!” meme online with a gorgeous cupcake on the left,
and a sad, dismembered baked item, the “after” on the right.  

We all have them, like adult acne or spinach in our teeth, a failure in the creative world is bound to happen.
In her new book “CraftFail: When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong”  Heather Mann gives us a peek into what
has kept her crafting, writing and making her way to a successful, enjoyable career.


“Throughout the years, I have posted craftfails of my own and those shared by other crafters, and I have
become a full-on failure enthusiast.  If finally learned what never got through to me as a failure-phobic kid:
We learn a heck of a lot more by failing than we ever will by succeeding on the first try.”

Heather’s words really ring true with me.  I started creating and making probably 35+ years ago (holy crap
that’s makes me sound old.) And as many successes as I have had, there have been a multitude of failures
and setbacks.  Frustrations, and discouragement are part of the process of learning.   [Read more...]

Gluten Free Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread Recipe

downeast maine pumpkin bread

Mixing up a batch of pumpkin bread seems to make the house smell wonderful, doesn’t seem
to last long once it’s out of the oven, and everyone loves to receive it as a gift.
It makes a great hostess gift, or something wonderful to bring a new mama, or friend just because.

This bread is from canned pumpkin, but we did grow pumpkins this year.
Not on purpose however.
They were kind of a happy accident in a big garden on the North side of our home that you can’t
grow anything in.
Not enough light, and I am fairly certain the largest population of ants in North America may live
in this garden as well.  So with the whole no light/plant eating insect combo we have had zero

Until this year.

The year of the wayward squash.   [Read more...]

Inspiration Monday Party | Fabulous Fall Party Features!!

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Don’t you love this time of year?
Time for sweaters and boots,
and firing up the crock-pots,
sipping apple cider and pumpkin everything!
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Redhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty MomtwelveOeight

| What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom


This week at twelveOeight:

kaleb 1st birthday pic 1

Kaleb turned a year old!!

Halloween Decor 5

And I shared my simple & spooky Succulents & Black Pumpkins

diy black and white Halloween Projects

A group of gorgeous Black and White Halloween Projects and ideas

halloween treats 5

And mixed up a yummy Candy Corn & Popcorn treat to hand out to all those little goblins in your life :)

[Read more...]

Gingerbread Cookie Body Scrub Recipe + Printable Labels

gingerbread cookie body scrub recipe

Are you thinking about Christmas, and shopping, making or baking yet?

I know that Halloween is just under two weeks away, but I am already kicking my gift making into
high gear.  Otherwise, well, you know.  It will be a mad dash to finish everything at the last minute
and that’s no fun at all! I make as many of my DIY Christmas gifts ahead of time as possible, and
try to leave as much time as possible for concerts, cookie baking, and some shopping too for the
last few weeks before Christmas.  If you need an easy gift idea that is easy on the budget, gorgeous,
and people love to receive, body scrubs are on the top of this list.

[Read more...]

Candy Corn + Popcorn Treats To Share

Halloween treat 1


Can you believe Halloween is only 2 weeks away?
Neither can I! 

Sometimes I like to have a basket of special treats to give family and friends as they visit and trick or treat with us on
Halloween.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying popcorn and candy corn together, this treat you can hand out
is the perfect time to get your craft on, and eat something yummy.  But before we bust out the paint brushes and glue
guns, did you know that Mod Podge is available in a Glow In The Dark formula? 

I know, it’s changing how I will be carving pumpkins and prepping my porch this year for sure!


halloween treats 5

  [Read more...]

DIY Black + White Halloween Projects

diy black and white Halloween Projects

Mysterious, beautiful, dark and kind of spooky.  Elegant, glam, and rustic all
at the same time.

Black and white painted pumpkins and Halloween decor is chic, modern, and oh so everywhere.

Here are some of my favorite ideas that have me inspired right now, and a few of our own creations too!! [Read more...]

Black Pumpkins, succulents + glitter

I don’t decorate a lot for Halloween, instead I add a few Halloween touches to my Fall Decor,
and it usually looks just perfect for Halloween.  Then the spooky and pretty things get tucked away
and we wait until close to Thanksgiving to start all over again for Christmas.

Then, well, you know.  It’s full on Christmas insanity and like you, I love every minute of it!
But for now, it’s all about sparkly and spooky things that go bump in the night.
This year I decided to try a few different things and do a Halloween vignette in my entry.
The gold mirror has been put away, and in it’s place, this bright white frame with a nice
big chalkboard inside.  

 Halloween decorating ideas 4

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Guess who turned 1 this weekend?

kaleb 1st birthday pic 1


It’s been a year, a whole year since our sweet little man came into our lives.

My first baby, had her first baby, and well…he’s already a year old.

I can’t believe it!!

Yep, that’s a whole bunch of teeth in there too, and he is taking those first steps,
and discovering how to climb up the stairs, opening every cupboard, you know… discovering everything!


He’s busy, and snuggly, and funny, and sweet.
And this past year has been full of a double joy, not only enjoying a first grandbaby, but seeing my
eldest have a baby and learn, and grow with him is magical.

My youngest three will probably not be starting a family anytime soon as they are stilll 8, 5, and 4.
Yeah, in case we have never talked about it, that’s a 14.5 year difference between my first two kiddos.
I like to live on the edge like that hee hee :)

Anyways, I had to show you his sweet and funny pictures from this weekend, his very 1st Birthday Party.
They are so sweet and I am just smitten, enjoy!! [Read more...]

My Favorite Baked Spaghetti

Easy Baked Spaghetti Recipe



I have to share this with you for two extremely important reasons.

The first is that is tastes really good, like really good.

The second is my super-duper picky eater who happens to not usually love everything I make ate 4 servings of
this when I made it.  That is a freakishly amazing amount of food for Mr. Picky to consume, especially when I
made it.  Totally shocking.

Well, I guess there are actually three reasons why it’s such an urgent matter that I share this baked spaghetti recipe
with you, it’s just easy.
I can’t stand complicated anything, except maybe a good book or movie plot.

Complicated, time consuming recipes? No thanks.



I give you, my favorite way to make spaghetti ever.  You may wonder if I am still sticking with my reduced carb
lifestyle, the answer is yes.  But I do have those days that I just want some comfort food that everyone loves.
And, since I make this with Gluten Free Pasta, it makes all the tummies oh so happy.

Let’s cook something easy and delish k? [Read more...]

Inspiration Monday Party + last week’s party features!!

Ahhhh…. the comforts of the Fall season.
It goes by fast…so get inspired, and try something new from Inspiration Monday Party.
We are FULL of Inspiration from around the blog-o sphere…
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