• Handmade Hangout 5-21-15

    Thursday link up party starts now! Can’t wait to see what yall have been working on! I have decided to do “super clever features” every other … [Continue Reading]

    Handmade Hangout 5-21-15
  • Fresh Garlic Guacamole

    Readers who have been following MADMEN :Did ya watch the last episode of  Madmen? I thought that the ending was really good way to finish the whole … [Continue Reading]

    Fresh Garlic Guacamole
  • Bacon Wrapped Fries

    Fabulous spring summer weekend here!. Our neighborhood had an art festival on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday got rained out a little bit but Sunday was … [Continue Reading]

    Bacon Wrapped Fries
  • goodbye Madmen

      The pageantry of Mad Men will come to a close this Sunday. Oh boy am I going to miss the show. I started watching on Netflix about 3 years … [Continue Reading]

    goodbye Madmen
  • Handmade Hangout

    I am pumped to see what yall have been working on this week! We are in the thick of end of school year stuff…and by the looks of my blog numbers…yall … [Continue Reading]

    Handmade Hangout

Handmade Hangout 5-21-15

Thursday link up party starts now! Can’t wait to see what yall have been working on! I have decided to do “super clever features” every other week….I’ll be looking back at the past couple week for features:) I’d love to introduce you to Valerie…she is one clever chica…go see:)

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Each week we will introduce you to one of our hostesses and give you a chance to get to know everyone better! We will share a bit about our blogs, our passions, and exciting recent posts and projects we have been working on.
Hi everyone!
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I’m Valerie, and I blog at Occasionally Crafty, where I love to make simple, beautiful projects anyone can do!  You’ll find Craft and DIY Tutorials, Printables, simple Recipes, thoughts on Parenting, and my favorite, Seasonal and Holiday Decor.
I’m a wife, mother to three school-aged kids, avid reader, occasional crafter, and lover of all things music.  I graduated from BYU, taught high school band, then left to stay home with my kids.  Blogging gave me a much-need creative outlet when my kids were small.  Now, when I’m not blogging, I’m teaching piano lessons, shuffling my kids off to school and activities, volunteering at my church, and reading anything I can get my hands on.
Some of my favorite projects are my recent Kid’s Bathroom Makeover
Cherry Chip Sugar Cookies

I would love to have you follow along on my creative journey at Occasionally Crafty, or via social media below:
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goodbye Madmen

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Handmade Hangout

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Family Room Light

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Super Clever Tuesday Features

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3 ingredient Chicken Tenders

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things my mother taught me….

  Respect yourself so that others will do the same. Spending time alone is not awful. You don’t always need to be where “everyone else” is. Everyone can have a bad day…even a good mother. Life is full of challenges but there's always someone somewhere that has a challenge that's heavier than yours. Always listen to yourself first because 9 times out of 10 that's the best answer. Have fun. When you count to 10 and ask the Lord for patience….He usually will send you some. The … [Read More...]