Category: Home Decorating

Altered Egg Carton for Easter

I made this cute Easter Egg Box for a challenge on Facebook, using an egg carton, lace, ribbon, and other trims, along with printables that I made and printed. The plaid pattern was printed on regular copy paper, and the “Joy” banner was printed on cardstock.

There are lots of ideas like this on my Pinterest board. The next one I make will probably be a sewing kit or a shabby chic one with lots of pastel flowers. I really love this kind of craft. It’s so simple and it can be made in a short amount of time, so it’s great as packaging for last minute gifts, too!

You can find lots of printable papers that would be perfect for this kind of project in my online store.

Pretty Hole Reinforcements for Tags, etc.

I wanted to make some hole protectors for my tags, but I don’t have the right size circle punch. So I used a flower punch instead. I like these so much that I think I’ll use them all of the time.


Take a piece of scrap cardstock. Color it with distress ink, watercolor, marker, whatever you have on hand. Use any color you like! I used brown because that’s what I had sitting on my desk.

Let the color dry completely. Punch a lot of little flowers (or whatever shape you like). I used this one because I didn’t have the right size circle punch, but I love these so much!

Once you have your shapes, use a regular hole punch to punch a circle in the middle of it. Punch one in your tag also (or wherever you want to apply it). Use a small amount of white glue to attach the hole protector to your tag.

Add a bit of twine or ribbon when it’s dry. Enjoy!

Freebie Friday Milk Carton Gift Box Printable Template


This week’s freebie is a printable template for making “milk carton” boxes. They’re just the right size for small gifts, candies & sweets, or use as storage for special mementos. (Download link at the bottom of this post.)

I printed mine at 100% and the assembled size is 4 and 3/8 inches high, and each of the four sides are 2.5 x 2.5 inches. (That’s approximately 11 cm high, with sides of 6.5 x 6.5 cm.) If your printer won’t do this at 100%, you can size it down a bit. Your box will be a little smaller than mine, but it should be fine.

Print the template on one side of card stock or photo paper. On the other side of the paper print your choice of patterned digital paper. Cut out (solid lines) and fold on the dotted lines. It’s fairly easy to figure out, but I’ll be making a video tutorial in the next few days, in case you run into difficulties.

Note about paper weight: I used a light weight cardstock for mine. It should be thin enough to run it through your printer yet a bit rigid so it holds up when you put things into the box. If you’ll be putting something heavy into the box, be sure to glue the bottom flaps together securely, and maybe glue a square piece of cardstock to the inside bottom, for extra support.

Milk Carton Mockup (decorating idea for Valentine’s Day, Easter or Mother’s Day)

If you don’t have a color printer, choose a pattern that looks good in black and white (or shades of grey) like I did.

The paper I used is from this set by Eva-Katerina, available at Creative Market. I’m planning to print the decorative elements in color (at my local print shop), and cut them out then attach them to my boxes.

Now let’s talk about… CHRISTMAS ADVENT BOXES

In the next few weeks I will provide you with more free printables that will help you turn a set of these milk cartons into Christmas Advent boxes.

For now, print out one of these templates and see how long it takes you to cut, fold and paste one together. Based on how long it took me to construct one box, I’m planning to set aside an entire afternoon for creating and decorating a set of 24 milk carton boxes to make my Christmas Advent set.

Once decorated, I think these would look cute hanging on the Christmas tree, don’t you? Stop by next week for freebies you can use to decorate your milk carton boxes.

Farmhouse Sink

I was asked to share some photos of my farmhouse-style sink. It’s carved from a solid block of stone. The chinks and cracks that normally occur in natural stone have been spackled in a contrasting color, then the whole thing was sealed with paste wax. It’s over 6 years old and I haven’t had to re-wax it yet. I like the warm, casual look and the way it blends nicely with my natural Assisi stone countertops.

Italian kitchen, natural stone sink

It’s not a perfect match with the Assisi stone tiles. I tend to be picky about colors matching (the stone of the sink tends toward pinkish beige and some of the stone tiles are yellowish), but when you see it all together with the travertine window sill, I think the overall effect is quite nice. Warm, cozy and informal… which is the look I wanted.

By the way, the faucet folds down when I need it to be out of the way. The window opens inward. Kind of a pain, but that is how they do windows here. The handle of the faucet used to have a pretty ceramic thingy on it, but I broke it and can’t find a replacement. The faucet is imported from Germany, and nobody seems to sell replacement parts. Oh well!

The linen curtains were handmade by my mother-in-law. She’s awesome with stuff like that.