Category Archives: Pam Freeman

This year my egg decorating gives a nod to my girls, who love anything sparkly, and to my garden for the life it brings after a long winter’s sleep. For both of these Easter egg decorating techniques, I used farm fresh chicken eggs in a variety of colors; brown, white and green. If you’ve never tried different colored eggs, it’s something I highly recommend. It’s really cool to see how the different colored eggs take the dyes. I also hard … continued…

floral Easter eggs
DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

The month of March is certainly a celebration of reading! It’s officially National March into Literacy month. March 3rd was the 17th annual Read Across America Day sponsored by the National Education Association. And this all coincides with the birthday of the renowned children’s author Dr. Seuss, born on March 2, 1904. Whew — that’s a lot going on!   I’m an avid reader and have been since I was a kid. So, around my house, we read every day. … continued…

Back to School Pam Freeman

Hellebores, also known as Lenten Roses, are the perfect perk up for your late winter garden. I know this because a few years ago a friend introduced me to some property he owned that was covered in Hellebores. He gave my husband and me free access to dig as many plants as we wanted. They were beautiful and I just had to have some. So, we did dig, but initially didn’t know much about these fabulous perennials. Once we had … continued…

hellebores
Gardening Pam Freeman

We’re getting ready to repaint our dining room and I’ve been thinking about new decorations to add a fresh touch. I’ve also been doing a little cleaning and found a huge stash of wine corks I’ve saved over the years. Voilà! I had an idea that uses the corks and makes a great decoration– a wine cork wreath! I love the wine cork wreaths I see when I visit wineries; so why not make one for myself instead of paying … continued…

cork wreath
Decorating Tips DIY Foodie Crafts Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman

A few months ago, I went to an open house at a “paint-it-yourself” shop. While there, I made some wonderful crafts — one being a holiday picture frame ornament. It was so easy to make and the kids loved it, so I adapted it into a great Valentine’s Day craft. And, since we don’t usually put up Valentine’s Day trees, I adjusted to make refrigerator magnets. These magnets are inexpensive, easy and a thoughtful gift for a loved one.   … continued…

Valentine Magnets
Holidays Pam Freeman

I’ve seen draft dodgers at craft fairs and often thought they were adorable, whether you need one to keep out the cold from a drafty door or just to use for a homey decoration. It turns out that making a draft dodger is simple and fun. Using some techniques from a children’s easy sewing book, I turned my draft dodger into a doggie, which my kids loved! But with a little imagination, you can make it into just about anything. … continued…

draft dodger
DIY Pam Freeman

If you’re like me, it’s bittersweet to take down your Christmas tree. We always cut our own tree but by New Year’s Eve, the tree is starting to collect dust. Ornaments are falling off since the kids have run by the tree so much. And the cats have decimated the lower hanging “fruit.” It quickly becomes evident that it’s time! So, a few years back, after hearing my kids whine about how they want the tree to stay up forever, … continued…

birdfeeders
Foodie Crafts Holidays Natural Farming Pam Freeman

Making “magic reindeer food” with your kids is a tradition you’ll love and will want to continue. This simple craft delights children and adults alike. It requires no special skills. And, it’s versatile. I’ve made this craft for brownie meetings and kindergarten classrooms alike. Believe me, if a classroom of kindergarteners can make this, so can you! The idea behind this craft is simple. You make food to put out for Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve. Of course it’s all … continued…

Reindeer Food
Foodie Crafts Holidays Pam Freeman

My kids and I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and learned how to make these beautiful Christmas tree ornaments made from zippers and beads. With zippers being all the rage right now, your kids will definitely want to make these “fashionable” ornaments. Mine liked them so much they came home and made a bunch as presents for friends and family. I love them because they sparkle on the tree and are lightweight, so they don’t pull down the branches. Although these … continued…

zipper ornaments
Decorating Tips DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

Along with the popularity of burlap, a larger trend in home decor has taken place with a craze for natural fabrics. Using jute/yarn to wrap things, is now all the rage. I like this because it goes so well with lots of decorating schemes from nautical to rustic. And I think it’s perfect for Thanksgiving; namely reusing old bottles to make wrapped centerpieces for your holiday feast. This is such a fun and easy craft that anyone can make and … continued…

DIY wrapped bottles
Decorating Tips DIY Foodie Crafts Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman