Scrabble Family Tree

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Over the last few years we have moved further and further from family.  We miss them a lot and I wanted a way for us to remember them.  One Christmas I decided to make family ornaments to hang on a smaller tree.  It became our “Family Tree”.  After Christmas, I still wanted to keep them up so I added them to a “Family and Friends” display I already had in our entry way.  I have the kids school pictures hung above and underneath, I have a metal card holder which we use to display the Christmas cards we receive.  After Christmas, I take the pictures of family and friends from these cards and keep them up.  The family ornaments now hang below this until the next Christmas when they go back on our little tree.  Have I got you completely confused yet?

Scrabble Family Tree

Scrabble Family Tree

I used simple ornament hangers to hang them up with.  I started with my family in the middle and then branched out.  My husbands family is off the the left and my family is off to the right.

Scrabble Family Tree Close-up

Scrabble Family Tree Close-up

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Magnetic Scrabble Tree

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Magnetic Scrabble Tree

Magnetic Scrabble Tree

Have you seen those printable trees that have Christmas word in different fonts to create the shape?  Of course I thought scrabble tiles could do the same thing.  The tricky part was finding words that fit into the number of spaces I needed.  I could have glued the tiles right onto the cookie sheet, but that is investing a lot of tiles for just one project.  So instead I used my trusty E6000 glue to attach magnets to the back of each tile.  I found this old cookie sheet at Goodwill and loved the antique feel it had.  When Christmas is over, I intend to spell out other messages with the tiles that fit the season or current Holiday.


Scrabble Advent Calendar

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Scrabble Advent Calendar

Scrabble Advent Calendar

I made this advent calendar last year, so I do not have in-progress pictures.  Don’t worry, I’ll walk you through it.  This project can be made with letters from 1 scrabble game.  I had some tiles that were burgundy on one side.  I used those to give an antique feel.  You could create the same effect by painting the back of your tiles before beginning this project.  I would do one thing different if I were to do this project again.  I would place the “Merry” line over a space or forgo placing the tiles within the squares on the board completely.  I like things to be symmetrical, so this bothers me a bit.  It is still cute as is however, so I try to get over my OCD.

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Mother’s Day Idea

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Mother's Day Idea - Scrabble

Mother’s Day Idea – Scrabble

Mother’s day is just around the corner and since I have to ship my gifts, I’ve got to get started.  I’m hunting for some fun and meaningful gift ideas.  Do you have any suggestions????  I will share a gift we made for our Grandma’s.  I think these were actually for Christmas, but they would work well for Mother’s day too. Continue reading »




Family Command Center

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I am really excited to share this project with you!  In our house, we have two halls that go on either side of the staircase.  They both go from the front entry into the kitchen.  One hall does go past a bathroom and the laundry room, but it seems a bit silly to have two halls that go to the exact same place.  So I call the back hall, the Redundant Hall.  Now the kids love the Redundant Hall because it provides them with a great way to sneak up and scare each other.  They staged a protest when I suggested we close off part of it and extend the laundry room.  So I’ve been looking for a way to make better use of the space.

The Solution…The Family Command Center!

Family Command Center

Family Command Center

I was able to complete this project in a weekend.  The basic construction is a two person job if you are making one this large.  The finer details can be personalized to meet your specific needs and wants.  A friend of mine made a smaller version in her home with a one month calendar and then message area.  Different needs…same basic concept.  Versatility at it’s best! Continue reading »