Monday, July 30, 2012


I'm participating in a Blog Hop party hosted by 5 different blogs. One of them is The Things We Find Inside.

So if this is your first time to visit Kaminski's Creations, welcome!
My name is Erin Kaminski. I'm a mother of the cutest little 4 year old in the world and a wife to the most amazing husband ever!

I'm also an art teacher by day (k-6) and a crafter/artist by nights and weekends (and summers).

I love to make home decor for the holidays.

I also love to repurpose objects like this old window.

I also love making practical things like this Command Center that helps keep our family organized.

I'm also a scrapbooker/paper crafter and enjoy making journals like this one.

Thanks for visiting! Come back soon! 
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Pinning is Winning

I was totally clueless as to how to put a pin it button on my posts. Unfortunately you have to copy and paste it into code. But this great tutorial helped me out a lot. Here it is Pin It. If I can do it, so can you!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Burlap Banner

I'm linking up with Turning This into That. And their theme this week is BURLAP!

So I knew exactly which project I wanted to link up which is my Thanksgiving banner.

Here's my banner. I used some fun fabrics that I got at Joann's and on line. I attached them to pieces of burlap and sewed them in place. I used my Cricut to cut the letters out of felt. Then, I attached each piece to the jute string that I already had one hand, added some ribbon and Viola!
A Thanksgiving Day banner.

I love the texture the burlap gives. To me, it just screams Fall!

Can't wait to see the other burlap projects.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Christmas in July

I'm submitting my Christmas post from this past December for Tip Junkie's Christmas in July tutorials. So please bare with me for those of you that have already seen this project.
Here is our Christmas mantle from 2011. The main focal point of the mantle is the wreath which is attached to a black frame. I staple gunned varying kinds of ribbon and finishes from one side of the frame to the other (I had removed the glass). 

Then I made one of those bulb wreaths using a straw wreath that I wrapped in red fabric. I used a hot glue gun to attach the bulbs and then tied a ribbon around the wreath and stapled the wreath to the frame.

And I loved how the frame turned out, so I made another one to use for our Christmas cards.

Happy Christmas in July!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

My First Feature....Mindy Mae's Market

I was just featured on

Mindy Mae's Market

Here's her feature. The theme was old windows.

Monday, July 16, 2012

First Feature...Old Windows!

"Erin over at Kaminski's Creations submitted this incredible old window project. I really love it for two reasons: 1. I LOVE repurposing items. 2. I ADORE crafts that can also be repurposed, updated, re-done, get the idea. You'd think I had committment issues. 

Erin fashioned this window to serve as a rotation of her scrapbooking. She can put in new pages and put the already showcased pages in a scrapbook. I love that! I love that people will see work that they might not otherwise and I love that it won't be lost after use!

Here was my original post.

Family Window Frame

So remember my the pic of my sneak peak family window project? Well, if you don't here's the sneak peak again. I was inspired by Jacklyn over at 3 Heart Designs.I was so inspired that I shared it with my friend Tricia who is branching out into the crafting world (she's a creative person at heart). So I invited her and my friend Donna over for a craft night (we kept it small this time) to work on our windows and Donna crocheted. As Tricia said, she is the crochet whisperer. She's the one who taught me.

Here's Tricia's window. Super cute!

Here's me working on a layout. Yes, we were in our pj's. The only way to craft.
Tricia became an pro at cutting the paper.

So for mine, here's how I started. I had bought an old frame at Canton that had been updated (she'd cleaned it up, painted it and added wood to act as shutters). I decided it needed to be black so I taped off the windows and spray painted it. I like spray painting better when I'm going to distress something. It sands off better. After is was dry I rubbed it with sandpaper (medium grit).

You can see the distressed part a little below. Then I measured the window panes and cut out posterboard pieces that were slightly bigger than the pane.

Then, I made my layouts (I'd already narrowed down my pics, papers and embellishments).

I just love the Tim Holtz keys and metal medallions!

I found this cool scrapbooking paper that looks like recipe cards and I added a recipe for a happy family. At this point I was still working on the wording so I left it blank.

Here's the back of the window so you can see how the vendor added the pseudo shutters and so you can see the taupe color it was. That would not have shown up at all on our walls at all.

After the layouts were dry and complete, I taped them in with packing tape.

Yep, we're fancy over here. I intend to take these out periodically and update them. When I remove a layout, I'll make a new scrapbook to keep all "discarded" layouts in.

Here's the completed frame. 

It will go above this console table and I'll move my other pics somewhere else.
Once again, thanks Jacklyn for your inspiration! Here's the pic I saw that inspired me.

Recipe for a Happy Family
Mix equal parts giggles, cuddles and smooches.
Add heaping amounts of understanding, forgiveness, love and patience.
Sprinkle with honesty and loyalty.
Fold in consideration, participation and cooperation.
Repeat layers as necessary for a happy family.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Project 52- Weeks 25-28

I'm a little behind on my postings for Project 52. So here are my updates.

Week 25 
When Sophia's big girl bunk bed was put together, she was overjoyed!

Week 26
Sophia continues her swim lessons and is doing fab! 

Week 27
Fourth of July watching fireworks with friends! 

Week 28
Sophia being her playful self in pirate mode! 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sewing Up A Storm

What have I been up to lately?

Mostly, sewing up a storm!

I've taken over our dining room and have gone into full craft mode.
I did a little sewing for home..... these pillows. I'm a little behind on pillow making. I had intended to make these for the Spring...but I think they'll work for Summer too. Better late than never.

Then I worked on some tea towels for the kitchen. I was "working it out" on these so that I can make some for my Etsy shop. 

I also started working on these burp cloths for my Etsy shop.

So as you can see, I've been too busy to Pin, Facebook or sometimes clean/cook. It's funny. Because when I started sewing this week, I lost all track of time. I'd start at 9 a.m. and look at the clock and all of a sudden it would be 1 p.m. Crazy!