Catherine Spencer

Catherine Spencer

Catherine - wife, mother of two sons, grandmother of five grandsons, and a retired school bus driver - was chosen as a Top 1000 Content Producer in 2010 & 2011 for Yahoo! Contributor Network. She is a self-proclaimed craft-aholic whose passion for creating began as a child. She loves sharing her craft obsession with her readers.
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  • DIY Painted Autumn Leaves
    Bring the gorgeous colors of autumn into your home this year with these DIY painted autumn leaves. They look fantastic hanging from shelf pegs, cabinet knobs, or hanging in windows...anyplace you need a bit of autumn decor.
  • DIY Miniature Halloween Jack-o-lanterns Made from Acorns
    Take a walk through the woods on a beautiful autumn day to collect acorns. Then have some fun making your own miniature Halloween jack-o-lanterns from the acorns to decorate your home this Halloween.
  • DIY Halloween Witch's Hat Craft Project
    You can make this adorable Halloween Witch's Hat in less than 30 minutes. It's the perfect craft project for busy women on the go!
  • DIY Country Halloween Ghost
    Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It's a time to just let loose and have fun with decorating your home. This DIY country Halloween ghost will add a cute touch sitting on a shelf next to a pumpkin. He is a quick and easy-to-make craft project.
  • Craft Project: DIY Beaded High Heel Planter
    Get out your old dancing shoes to make this glitzy DIY beaded high heel planter. It is an easy-to-make craft project that will be great gifts for family and friends who love high heels - with some bling!
  • Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant Deodorant Review
    I share my personal opinion on the effectiveness of Proctor & Gamble's Secret Clinical Strength antiperspirant/deodorant in this product review. If you have a problem with perspiration, this may be the perfect product for you.
  • How to Make Unique Hardware Jewelry Projects
    You'll go 'nuts' creating these 3 easy-to-make hardware jewelry projects. You can create fun, unique hardware jewelry by using nuts, washers, chain, and a few craft supplies.
  • Handmade patchwork Christmas ornaments
    Handmade Christmas ornaments are fun to make for your own home decorating, or to give away as gifts. These patchwork Christmas ornaments are perfect for country decorating and are easy-to-make.
  • DIY Halloween Jack-o-lantern Beaded Bracelet
    Boo to you! Celebrate Halloween in style with this cute DIY Halloween Jack-o-lantern beaded bracelet. It’s quick, so easy to make, and inexpensive to boot.
  • DIY autumn wreath
    This DIY autumn wreath is a quick and easy craft project, even for those of you who don't consider yourselves "crafters." The combination of burlap and a large fabric yo-yo flower gives it a great country look.
  • Creating a Budget Craft Room
    My budget craft room ended up costing me less than $100. I’d like to share some of my budget craft room ideas with my fellow crafters.
  • Easy-to-Sew Kids' Art Apron
    This easy-to-sew kids art apron is sized to fit small kids. It will only take you an hour or so to make it. You can sew it by hand or with a sewing machine.
  • Top 5 Tin Can Crafts for Kids
    Tin cans are one of my favorite recycled materials to use for kids' craft projects. These top 5 tin can crafts for kids are easy-to-make and cheap, too! They are perfect for teachers to use as classroom projects. Have fun crafting with kids!
  • DIY glitzy glam necklace for little girls
    Little girls will love making and wearing this glitzy glam necklace made with a bit of yarn, beads, a recycled juice can lid, and glue.
  • Create a patriotic wreath for Independence Day
    Proudly proclaim your patriotism by hanging this patriotic wreath to celebrate America's independence. I made this quickie craft project especially for all of you 'non-crafty' people out there.
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  • DIY wired rock photo holder -- rustic home decorating accessory
    Crafters who love the great outdoors will be excited about making this rustic accessory. Create this quick and cheap-to-make wired rock photo holder for your home.
  • Fun children's nature craft project: Painted snakes
    Moms, if you're looking for a fun nature craft project for your children to create this summer, check out these painted snakes. All it takes to make them is a wood stick and a bit of acrylic paint.
  • 5 Tips for Encouraging Creativity in Children
    Creativity. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as: 1.) The quality of being creative. 2.) The ability to create. To make your home a place that encourages children to discover & develop their creativity try using these 5 tips.
  • Have Fun Making These Kids' Painted Twig 'Monsters'
    Kids love making these painted twig monsters. They are an easy, fun-to-make summer craft project that is cheap to make. Find some twigs & natural materials, a few craft supplies, and you're ready to be creative!
  • Kids' Summer Craft Project: 3 Fun Designs for Painting Rocks
    Three fun design ideas for painting rocks that your kids will love! Painting rocks is a fun, easy, and cheap craft project that kids will enjoy on hot summer days.
  • Kids' Craft Project: Paper Mosaic Glass Plates for Mother's & Father's Day Gifts
    Kids, these paper mosaic glass plates are the perfect craft projects for you to make and give to your parents for Mother's Day and Father's Day!
  • 5 Tips for Homeowners to Protect Homes from Wildfire During the Spring Fire Season
    Follow these 5 tips for homeowners to protect homes from wildfires during the spring fire season.
  • Stylish Closet Purse Holder to Make for Mother's Day Gift
    There's still time to make mom this stylish closet purse holder for Mother's Day. It's an easy-to-sew purse holder that will help de-clutter and organize mom's closet.
  • Gulf of Mexico Beaches Not the Same One Year After BP Oil Spill
    Gulf Shores, Ala., was one of the beaches damaged by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill April 20, 2010. Here's a look at how the area beaches, my family's favorites for over 25 years, are recovering one year after the disaster.
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  • Mother's Day Fabric Yo-Yo Necklace and Bracelet Set for Crafty Kids to Make
    This fabric yo-yo necklace & bracelet set is a beautiful gift for crafty kids to make and give for Mother's Day. Fabric yo-yo craft projects are perfect for older kids who want to learn how to sew. They are quick to make, easy to sew, and inexpensive.
  • Five Best Places to Visit in Paradise, Michigan
    Head for Paradise in Michigan's Upper Peninsula for a summer vacation you'll never forget. You'll find the wonder of nature only 70 miles north of the Mackinaw Bridge. Here are the best places to visit on your summer vacation to Paradise, Michigan.
  • Top 10 Handy Travel Accessories
    Travel accessories are not necessities, but for anyone who loves to travel, they can enhance your adventures. For your next trip, consider these top 10 handy travel accessories.
  • Educational Summer Vacation: Explore Michigan's Underground Railroad History
    Looking for an educational summer vacation that the whole family will enjoy? History will come alive when you retrace the steps of runaway slaves as they traveled through Michigan on their way to freedom in Canada.
  • Happy To Meet You!
    I'm excited about starting this new blog and happy to 'meet' all of you! I'd like to introduce myself. I am a wife, mother, Nana, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to the loved ones in my life. I'm fortunate to live in the beautiful woods of northern Michigan which is one of my favorite places on e
  • Easy-to-Make Ladies' Beaded Zipper Pulls
    Add a bit of glitz to your purses and outfits by making these ladies' beaded zipper pulls. They are great easy-to-make beading projects for beginners. Get creative & add some sparkle to your life with these attractive beaded zipper pulls.
  • Easy to Make Holiday Fabric Yo-Yo Mats
    These holiday fabric yo-yo mats for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Easter are easy and cheap projects to sew. They make creative holiday decorations for your home or to give as gifts.
  • Springtime Country Bouquet of Fabric Yo-Yo Flowers
    This easy-to-make country bouquet of fabric yo-yo flowers will add a touch of springtime to your country home. Directions to make a whole country bouquet of fabric yo-yo flowers and a simple country fabric yo-yo flower project with just one yo-yo flower.
  • Easy-to-make Kids' Macrame Zipper Pulls
    Kids who love sports will love these easy-to-make kids' macrame zipper pulls! They look cute hooked on hoodies or backpacks. These zipper pulls are great projects for kids or adults interested in learning macrame.
  • DIY Green Glass Beaded Bracelet & Earrings Set
    The luck of the Irish is sure to be with you when you wear this DIY Green Glass Beaded Bracelet and Earrings set for St. Patrick's Day. It's easy to make, even for beginners.
  • Cherry-Coconut Brownies Recipe
    Presidents Day Cherry-Coconut Brownies have been my sister's favorite birthday treat for many years. She shares her birthday with George Washington, so she wanted a school birthday treat with cherries in it. Our mom came up with these delicious brownies!
  • DIY Felted Mitten Garland
    This easy-to-make DIY felted mitten garland is perfect for decorating your home for the cold winter months. Hang it from shelf pegs, with a snowman or two on the shelf, for a fun country look.
  • Top 5 Travel Purses for Women
    Are you searching for a good travel purse for your next big adventure? Here are my choices for the top 5 travel purses. When shopping for a good travel purse think about size, weight, versatility, compartments, organization, and security.
  • The Kirtland's Warbler - Rare & Endangered Species
    The Kirtland's Warbler is one of North America's rarest song birds with only about 3,000 left on earth. They migrate from the Bahamas to summer nesting grounds in northern Michigan. This is one cool little bird!
  • Once Upon a Time I Met My True Love
    Valentine's Day is the perfect day for each of us to look back and reflect on the day we fell in love with our true love. My love story began forty-five years ago on a sunny autumn day: Once upon a time...
  • Weird and Wacky Holidays in February
    Lose the winter doldrums by having some fun this month with these weird and wacky holidays in February. There's a day for everyone to enjoy.
  • Chicken Pie Recipe - Quick & Easy
    This recipe for chicken pie is a good way to use up leftover chicken or turkey. Use one can or one bag of frozen mixed vegetables (Steamables works great!). To make it even easier or quicker, use prepared pastry crust. Delicious, hearty winter meal!
  • Child Safety Products for Your Next Family Vacation
    The next time you're planning a family vacation don't forget to check out these nifty child safety products. They will either help prevent your child from getting lost or make it easier for them to reconnect with you if they are lost.
  • Top 10 Free Summer Vacation Attractions Near Roscommon, Michigan
    Vacations don't have to be about spending lots of money. Relax & reconnect with your family members in beautiful northern Michigan. Here are the top 10 free summer vacation attractions near Roscommon, Michigan that are perfect for families.
  • Seriously, American Idol?
    Seriously, American Idol? It's almost noon, the day after the Milwaukee auditions show & my ears are still hurting. American Idol really needs to have stricter guidelines for the people who audition for the show.
  • Throw a Winter Bonfire Party!
    Have you ever wondered what northern Michiganders do for fun in the winter? Cabin fever will make us do almost anything for fun!
  • Kirtland's Warbler Tours in Northern Michigan
    Visiting the nesting grounds of the endangered Kirtland's Warbler at their summer nesting grounds in northern Michigan is sure to delight bird watchers. Bird watchers can enjoy these tours this spring.
  • Easy to Make Fabric Yo-Yo Hearts Headband and Yo-Yo Hearts Ponytail Holder
    Little girls will love to wear the easy-to-make fabric yo-yo hearts headband or yo-yo hearts ponytail holder in their hair this Valentine's Day. Fabric yo-yos are relaxing and easy to make. Your child can even make her own!
  • Easy to Make Felt Valentine's Day Card Bag
    This cute felt Valentine's Day card bag is super easy to make in less than one hour. It's perfect to collect & carry your child's cards home from her school party. You'll want to make one for all of the special children in your life.
  • How to Paint a Silhouette Wall Painting in Your Home
    A simple silhouette wall painting will add a fun, creative decorating touch to any room in your home. With these easy directions anyone can do it!
  • North American International Auto Show in Detroit
    The North American International Auto Show is happening in Detroit, Michigan from January 10 - 23, 2011. Visit Cobo Center to see what's happening in the automobile industry -green initiatives, futuristic designs, and engineering marvels!
  • Trash to Treasures Project - Shabby Chic Furniture
    I'm always on the lookout for items that I can repurpose into useful items on garbage pickup day. You can repurpose your trash to treasures. Create unique shabby chic furniture for your home with these directions.
  • Dead Birds Falling from the Sky & National Bird Day
    Today, January 5, 2011, is National Bird Day. A day that stresses the survival & well-being of birds - wild & captive. How ironic is it that the world has experienced 1000s of dead birds falling from the skies this week?
  • January Winter Festivals in Michigan
    Everyone in the family will love to celebrate winter at these January winter festivals in Michigan. Take a sleigh ride, do a Polar Bear dip, carve a snow sculpture, go ice fishing, participate in outhouse races and more...enjoy winter!
  • What All Snowmobile Operators Should Know Before Hitting Michigan's Trails
    Michigan has a 6,100 mile system of snowmobile trails. Along with having fun adventures on those trails, snowmobile enthusiasts should be aware of the following information to be safe and responsible.
  • DIY Beaded Wine Jewelry
    DIY beaded wine bottle jewelry is an easy, fun way to dress up a bottle of wine! Use your old bead necklaces to make this craft project.
  • Cross-Country Ski Trails Near Grayling, Michigan
    The snow is falling in northern Michigan and the cross-country ski trails are ready to ski! Here are some of the best cross-country ski trails to enjoy near Grayling, Michigan.
  • Weird and Wacky Holidays in January
    Celebrate the weird and wacky holidays in January. Play a puzzle, eat candy, cake and beans, hug, laugh, clean, whistle, or do absolutely nothing! Add some fun to the long days of winter.
  • Lake Superior State University's Banished Words List for 2011
    Every year Lake Superior State University, a small college in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, publishes its Banished Words List. See what the results are for 2011.
  • Easy Egg Dip Recipe
    This easy Egg Dip is delicious with vegetables or crackers. It is a favorite snack whenever I take it to parties! Be sure to make a double batch because it will go fast.
  • Rudolph Reindeer Children's Craft Project for Christmas
    This Rudolph Reindeer children's craft project for Christmas is made of recycled materials and items found around the house. It's easy, quick, and cheap to make! Ideal for school classrooms to make.
  • Decorate a Country Kitchen Christmas Tree
    For years I've decorated a country kitchen Christmas tree for my kitchen. It's nice to have the lights twinkling as I bake cookies or prepare for parties through the holidays. These ideas will help you decorate a country kitchen Christmas tree.
  • Recipe to Make Ice Cream Snowballs
    Kids will love making and eating these Ice Cream Snowballs. No one in the family will want to throw this yummy winter dessert! Easy and quick to make ahead of time. Add a fun touch to your next dinner or party!
  • Choosing the Best Glues for Craft Projects
    Crafters are often confused about what glues or adhesives should be used to create quality craft projects. Michaels online tool, Glue It To It will quickly show you what glue products will work best for your craft projects. It's so simple!
  • The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting
    The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting services began 14 years ago to help support families after the death of a beloved child. This event is held on the second Sunday of December with the candle lighting at 7 p.m. local time.
  • Weird and Wacky Holidays in December
    Celebrate our traditional holidays, and the weird and wacky holidays in December for a fun-filled month! Enjoy cookies, cotton candy, donating, herding, and whining among other things.
  • Review of Blistex Five Star Lip Protection Lip Protectant/Sunscreen
    If your lips are chapped and cracked, you need to read this review of Blistex Five Star Lip Protection Lip Protectant/Sunscreen. It may be the lip care product you've been looking for.
  • Children's Christmas Craft - Candy Bar Wrappers
    This easy children's Christmas craft is perfect for children to make for their teachers, friends, school or church staff - everyone who is important in their lives. These candy bar wrappers are thoughtful Christmas gifts that are cheap to make.
  • Make Wool Needle Felting Christmas Ornaments
    If you love the cozy feel of homespun and country Christmas decorating, you'll love these wool needle felting Christmas ornaments. Nothing says country Christmas like these woolly ornaments! Here's the easy directions for 3 wool needle felting ornaments.
  • Best Places for Cross-Country Skiing Near Roscommon, Michigan
    Roscommon, Michigan is a beautiful destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Located in Michigan's snowbelt, there's usually lots of snow! Here are the best places for cross-country skiing in this area of northern Michigan.
  • DIY Decorative Santa Christmas Pins or Ornaments
    Follow these simple directions to create easy-to-make, inexpensive Santa Christmas pins or ornaments. They are perfect gifts to give to friends, teachers, neighbors, and others in your life to let them know you're thinking of them during the holidays.
  • Top 10 Favorite Children's Books for Toddlers
    Who better to pick out the top 10 favorite children's books for toddlers than a toddler? Looking over at least 150 books in his bookcase, my two year old grandson picked out his favorites. His favorite children's books are my favorites to read to him.
  • Visit Northwest Michigan for a Unique Christmas Season Get-Away
    If you're looking for a unique Christmas season get-away this December, head for the Traverse City area of northwest Michigan. Enjoy Christmas at a lighthouse, an old mansion, on a winery tour, or at a Holiday Entertaining demonstration by master chefs.
  • Chatty Cathy Chats About Thanksgiving
    Get a cup of tea and let's sit down for a chat. Since I have so much to be thankful for, I decided today would be the perfect time for a visit. What blessings are you thankful for this Thanksgiving Day?
  • A Guide to Casino Gambling in Michigan
    Michigan offers great casino gambling. Many casinos have luxury hotels, five-star restaurants and top-name performers in live shows. If you enjoy casino gambling, you need to visit these Michigan casinos!
  • Ladies, It's Sadie Hawkins Day!
    Ladies, it's Sadie Hawkins Day! This day all started with the American cartoon strip created by cartoonist Al Capp in 1934. Let me tell you about this day.
  • Christmas Photo Wreath Ornaments for Children to Make
    These Christmas photo wreath ornaments are easy and cheap to make. They are thoughtful gifts for loved ones that children can make by themselves. This is a great project for a school classroom, as well as at home with your children!
  • Weird and Wacky Holidays in November
    November has some fun weird and wacky holidays to celebrate. Be sure to add them to your calendar, so you won't miss any of the fun!
  • Plan and Hold a Holiday Crafts Open House
    I'd like to share the steps necessary for crafters to hold their own Holiday Crafts Open House. This is a great way for crafters to come together and make money from their handmade items.
  • Autumn Sunset in Northern Michigan
    I'd like to share these beautiful northern Michigan sunset pictures with you. We live on a hill facing the northwest. Our back deck is perfect for viewing sunsets like this one on warm autumn evenings.
  • Halloween 2010 - Northern Michigan
    Halloween 2010 was a spooktacular holiday in Northern Michigan! Fun costumes, decorations, and lots of candy shared by friends & neighbors.
  • Pumpkin Ed in Frankfort, Michigan
    The giant pumpkins that Pumpkin Ed sculpts are amazing! Visit his home in Frankfort, Michigan for your own fun autumn get-away. Just seeing the giant pumpkins is awesome. Once they are carved they are astounding!
  • What Type of Traveler Are You? - Vacation Trip Planning
    Planning your next trip will be easier if you first figure out what type of traveler you are. Do you like to stick to the security and a well-planned schedule with a travel guide? Or, do you like to explore the unknown on your own?
  • Autumn Sunset in Gulf Shores, Alabama
    This autumn sunset over the beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama, was glorious. The sound of the ocean waves, the seagulls and pelicans overhead, the smell of the salt water, and watching this beautiful sunset made my husband's birthday very special!
  • Quick and Easy Holiday Dessert Salads
    Quick and easy holiday dessert salads will help make your holiday dinners less stressful. These are some of my family's favorite dessert salads that will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth!
  • Pumpkin Walnut Cookies - Delicious Autumn Treat!
    Pumpkin Walnut Cookies are one of my family's favorite cookies, especially in the autumn months. This recipe was handed down to us from our grandmother. Your family is sure to love these delicious, old-fashioned cookies!
  • New & Different Pumpkin Seed Recipes Found Online
    Autumn is here! It's time for carving Halloween jack-o-lanterns & baking pumpkin pies. It's also time to enjoy a favorite autumn snack of roasted pumpkin seeds. Looking for a new way to cook all those pumpkin seeds?
  • The Waffle House - a Southern Icon
    The Waffle House is a favorite breakfast stop for my husband and I when we are traveling through the southern United States. Can you guess how many waffles this restaurant has served since it started in 1955?
  • Make Money Teaching Craft Classes
    In these days of tough economic times, many people are looking for ways to make money. Teaching craft classes are a great way to make money and have fun at the same time. This article will help you get started.
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  • Painted Gourd Witch: Halloween Craft Project #6
    This painted gourd witch is a fun Halloween craft project. Find yourself a gourd & you can paint it by following these directions. This painted gourd witch is a Halloween decoration everyone will love!
  • How to Sew Replica Vintage Aprons of the 1950's
    I have fond memories of my grandmothers and aunts wearing their aprons back in the 1950's. Make your own replica vintage aprons of the 1950's by following these directions. This apron is fashioned from a vintage 1950's work apron that my grandmother wore.
  • Weird and Wacky Holidays in October
    Have fun celebrating America's weird and wacky holidays in October. There's a holiday for lovers of Teddy Bears, vampires, pierogies, cars, bologna, gaudy outfits, to grouches and techies!
  • How to Pack Lightly for a Happy Trip
    Learn the skill of how to pack lightly for your next travel adventure. These four rules should help you learn to pack lightly and efficiently. Less 'stuff' and less weight will make traveling easier and happier for travelers!
  • Painted Snowmen Chalkboard - Winter Craft Project
    This easy to paint winter craft project, Snowmen Chalkboard, will be decorative and useful in your home. It is painted with chalkboard paint. The whole family will love this craft project.
  • DIY Fabric Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bag
    Has your child's Halloween Trick-or-Treat bag ever broken, spilling out its goodies to the ground? This 'green' fabric Halloween Trick-or-Treat bag will last for many years, no matter how rough your child 'treats' it! Easy to sew directions.
  • Trails of Northern Lower Michigan
    Exploring these trails in northern lower Michigan is one of the best ways to experience the state's natural beauty. These northern lower Michigan trails will give you unforgettable 'Up North' memories.
  • Halloween Craft Project #4 - Halloween Table Runner with Fabric Yo-Yos
    Make this Halloween Table Runner with fabric yo-yos with these easy directions. Quick and cheap to make for your Halloween decorating. It's a great sewing project for beginners.
  • Slideshow For DIY Fabric Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bag - Details of Halloween Craft Project #5
    This slideshow accompanies my article, DIY Fabric Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bag. These pictures will help you with some of the sewing details of this Halloween Craft Project #5.
  • LIVE! with Regis & Kelly's High Heel-a-thon
    Live! with Regis & Kelly held their females only High Heel-a-thon this morning, September 22, 2010. Find out who the big winners were in this amazing race and how much money was raised for The Heart Truth.
  • Softsoap Brand Body Butter Coconut Scrub Body Buff Wash Review
    A review of the Softsoap Brand Body Butter Coconut Scrub Body Buff Wash for anyone with dry skin. Find out how it works to rehydrate your dry skin!
  • Autumn Visitors' Guide to Petoskey, Michigan
    Autumn is a beautiful time of the year to visit the traditional resort town of Petoskey, Michigan. The summer crowds are gone; the weather is cool and comfortable; and the autumn leaves are gorgeous.
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