Back-to-School Craft: How to Make a French Memory Board

Make a French memory board

It's pretty place for photos, cards and mementos: a French memory board!

If you can sew a button and wield a stapler, you can make it.

Begin with a stretched artist's canvas, add batting, cover with cotton fabric, then criss-cross with ribbons.

Novelty buttons secure ribbons to the memo board's canvas and add a bright touch.

Light, pretty and oh, so easy!

Beat the Heat: Make A Cool Tie!

Make a Cool Tie

Beat summer's heat with this sew-simple craft project: a cool tie!

This bright cotton neckerchief has a summer secret: a filling of water-absorbing polymer granules from the garden center.

Soaked in water, the cool tie's polymer granules absorb more than 200% their weight in water. Tied around the neck or worn as a headband, a cool tie provides all-day cool relief through evaporation.

A cool tie is simple to sew, requiring only a straight-stitch sewing machine. It makes a great gift for gardeners! Printable Cool Tie gift tags adds a splashy note to your hot-weather gift.

Fun BBQ Recipe: Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken Recipe

In the Ewer household, it's a "can-do" barbeque treat: a whole chicken cooked on a hot seat. Grilled upright. while seated on a half-full beer can, Beer Can Chicken is steam-basted. from within, grilled a smoky golden-brown without.

The unusual cooking method, combined with a spicy rub and aroma from smoker chips, creates a tender meat, dripping with tangy juices.

Nobody cooks Beer Can Chicken better than our local expert, Dr. Steve Ewer. Here are Dr. Steve's tried-and-true recipe and his best tips. Happy grilling!

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like ... Site Updates!

site updates ahead

Warning! Site updates ahead!

It's that time of year for Webmistress Ming (author Cynthia's techie alter-ego!) and the Organized Christmas Elves. During the hottest days of summer, we hunker down under the air conditioning, and spruce up our site for the coming holiday season.

During the next couple of weeks, expect a few loose ends around the site. Behind the scenes, Ming and Webmaster Ryan will be updating forms and features--and sometimes, the process can get a bit messy.

Make A Jiffy Pop® Popcorn Topper for the Fourth of July

4th of July Jiffy Pop Popcorn Topper Template

Looking for popping-good fun for America's birthday celebration? Make a Fourth of July Jiffy Pop® Popcorn Topper!

Add our free printable template to a package of Jiffy Pop® brand pop-in-pan popcorn for an inexpensive "popcorn topper" craft gift.

Share with family, friends or coworkers to bring a patriotic "pop" to Independence Day gatherings.

July 4th Recipe: American Blessings Mix

American Blessings Mix

It's a sure-fire hit for your family's Independence Day celebration: American Blessings Mix.

This easy recipe creates a simple snack mix favor to remind us of our nation's blessings.

Bagged in favor-sized gift bags and decorated with a patriotic poem, American Blessings Mix brings a festive touch to July 4th celebrations.

Follow the recipe below, and get packaging and assembly how-tos with our Blessings Mix Tutorial.

June Rudolph Club Meeting

Rudolph Club

Welcome to the Rudolph Club: your once-a-month meeting to simplify your holidays and get organized for Christmas!

At Organized Christmas, we know that the holiday season can be fast and furious. Solution? Take a day once each month throughout the year to plan and prepare for a more-organized holiday season.

On the 25th of each month, we'll bring simple assignments and easy tips to try now for a simpler, more joyous season.

Easter Bunny S'Mores in a Jar: Make an Easter Treat!

Easter Bunny S'Mores in a Jar

Look what's hoppin'! It's Easter Bunny S'Mores in a Jar!

Add Peeps-brand Easter Bunny marshmallow candies to our S'Mores In A Jar recipe for a sweet Easter treat that's fun to make, fun to give.

Layering graham cracker crumbs, Peeps-brand candies, brown sugar and chocolate chips, it's easy to create this Spring gift in a jar.

Printable egg-shaped gift tags with recipe instructions make a pretty seasonal craft.

Celebrate Time Change Sunday with a Home Safety Checklist

Spring into an Organized Home

Time to Spring Forward as Daylight Saving Time brings an extra hour of evening sunlight. This weekend, we'll set our clocks forward one hour as most of the U.S. adopts Daylight Saving Time.

Celebrate the seasonal change with a household safety checklist from sister site Organized Home. With links to safety resources and free printables, it'll see your household into the summer months, safely:

Spring Safety Checklist for Time Change Sunday

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