Giving Back is Our Way of Life

When I first started taking my business to the internet, I came across a whole list of revenue ideas that stem from just being an online presence. Now, that is not why I brought my craft to the big world wide web. But I also knew that this could be another way I could give back to my community, and I knew exactly how I would do that. A Family to be Proud of To understand my passion for giving back, and which organizations I give to, you have to understand where I came from. As I have said before and on my lives I come from a military family. Both my father and husband severed in the Navy and my son is currently 11 years in the Army. So I know the struggles of of loved ones coming and going,

Decoupage: Bringing back a lost art

We all remember those rainy Sundays with mom doing various crafts. And a big one was always decoupaging. I can hear the eye rolls from here. Many people think it's just an old person craft or something to keep the kids busy and out of your hair. But it's so much more! More Then Just Tissue Paper! Imagine it, tissue paper as far as the eye can see! Colors, patterns, and scraps from Christmas. Then you sitting up at the table with newspaper under you and a bowl of Elmer's glue and water. You would often end the craft with sticky fingers and various colors all over you from the tissue paper bleeding. Doesn't sound like much fun right? But you were spending time with mom or grandma, and many goo

Finding Inspiration

One of the most asked questions I get is where do I get my inspiration for my projects. I wish it was an easy answer. Like some sort of mathematical equation or reading a how to book. But the simplest answer I can give is, look around you. The world is an endless fountain of inspiration. So here is where I got the "light bulb" effect for a few of my favorite wreaths. The Three Wise Men Many of you know Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love it all! The message of the season, family gatherings, baking with my children, and quiet nights by the fire place with my grand kids. So of course there is a plethora of inspiration! But I wanted my wreaths to be set apart. Don't get me wrong, I lo

How did Diane's Designs and Boutique become a .com?

Many of you who are on here have seen me on my lives and have heard parts or all of my story on how I become to own my own website. But there are always new people discovering what I do and who doesn't like a walk down memory lane? So here it is, the short and sweet! Making things is in my blood! Growing up, my mother was always making something. Weather it was home cooked meals,which my family still begs me to make some of her recipes, or handmade school clothes along with other crafts to make the time go faster while dad was away. My father was in the Navy and gone a lot, so it was just us kids and mom with not a whole lot of extra cash for designers labels. But when my father was home, I

How did Diane's Designs and Boutique become a .com?

Many of you who are on here have seen me on my lives and have heard parts or all of my story on how I become to own my own website. But there are always new people discovering what I do and who doesn't like a walk down memory lane? So here it is, the short and sweet! Making things is in my blood! Growing up, my mother was always making something. Weather it was home cooked meals,which my family still begs me to make some of her recipes, or handmade school clothes along with other crafts to make the time go faster while dad was away. My father was in the Navy and gone a lot, so it was just us kids and mom with not a whole lot of extra cash for designers labels. But when my father was home, I

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