Saturday, April 28, 2012

From the Vault: Cookie Sheet Calendar

This post dates back to 2009.  I actually don't even use this calendar (sadly) but thought it would be a cute gift for someone.  Maybe a teacher with teacher appreciation week coming up? 
{Here is a link to the original post and one to the dimensions}

I came across a great crafty blog the other day and saw the idea for a cookie sheet calendar! I thought it was the coolest thing so I decided to make one for myself!!

I bought some sheets of chipboard and began cutting out different sizes for my calendar pieces.

A paper cutter is a MUST! Don't try to cut out the chipboard by hand or you'll be hurting!

I took a bunch of scrapbook paper and cut it in the same sizes as the chipboard.

I had some Decoupage in my cabinet so I used that to glue the scrapbook paper to the chipboard. Craft spray adhesive glue would probably have worked just as well.

Now for the best part...

The Cricut!!!!!

Another teacher at my school let me borrow hers for the weekend (Thank you, Tanya)!

I cut out numbers and letters and decoupaged them to the scrapbook paper.

Here are all the numbers.
I also made a tile with 23/30 and 24/31 for the months that require them.

On the blog I found this idea, the girl put quotes and her monogram on her calendar. I loved that idea and decided to do the same.

The days of the week.

The months of the year.

The girl also used a photo on her calendar that she changed out when she felt like it. I printed this pictures on to plain computer paper. They bubbled a bit when I decoupaged them. I would maybe use cardstock to print next time.

Pictures of family to put on the calendar in place of the number tile when it is their birthday!
Once again I would probably use cardstock.

You add magnets to the back of each tile.

The best part of this calendar is that you use the back of the cookie sheet to hold all the pieces you are not using!

And here you have it!
My cookie sheet calendar!!! I just love it!!

All I have left to do is hang ribbon from the top and display it proudly!
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Happy (SUPER LATE) Birthday, Ross!

It's been almost a month now, and I just realized I forgot a "Happy Birthday, Ross" post! :) I apologize for my tardiness, but most of you have probably already seen pictures of this cute ice cream party on Ross's mama's blog. If not, get the scoop (no pun intended) here!

 Happy Birthday, sweet Ross! Better late than never!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A New Look

Well you've probably noticed by now that my blog received a face lift!  I cannot begin to tell you how many times I would get frustrated for messing something up on my blog when it came to the design.  I decided for once and for all just to let someone else design something for me. 

I was super excited to find Kristin over at Simply Klassic Design.  She was so easy to work with.  All I really had to do on my end was fill out a simply questionaire regarding my style, taste, etc. and she did the rest. It was finished and installed within a weeks time.
Needless to say I am very pleased!  I would definitely recommend checking her out if you need any blog design!

Thanks, Kristin!!

(And Kristin also has a fabulous personal blog with a Sunday link party!! :)  Check it out here. )
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mr. & Mrs. Frame

This weekend Dave and I went to a "His and Hers" shower for some good friends of ours.  For some reason I was stressed about this gift.  I wanted to do something for the both of them and of course wanted to create it.

I suddenly remembered this frame that my Mom gave us at one of our wedding showers and thought it would be perfect!  Knowing how much my mom had paid for this frame, I knew I could totally recreate it for much cheaper! :)

I found a cute wooden frame at TJ Maxx and got to work!

I made a quick stencil, because although I have nice "teacher" handwriting, I don't trust myself at recreating fun fonts.

I simply used a black paint pen for the Mr. and Mrs.

and attached some of my new jute ribbon to make a bow.

What do you think? 

Pretty good if I do say so myself!

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Home Talk

I was super excited to get an email from asking me if I would share my "Hang a Pot" post on their site. 

I will be honest and say I had never heard of this site before, but basically it's an online home improvement community.  People can post questions, pictures, projects, etc.  It's a fun site and some of their featured "hometalkers" are people from HGTV!! :)

Here is a link to my post: Hang a Pot

Thanks again for the interest, Home Talk!
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At the Car Wash

Someone wasn't a fan...

(do you now have a certain song stuck in your head?  Yeh, you're welcome!)
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Monogram Shower Gift

I found these pictures on my phone and realized I never posted about this project. 

A couple months ago I was invited to a monogram shower for a friend of mine.  I wanted to do something different, so I remembered Holly's post on a wedding gift she made and got to work!

I started by painting a piece of plywood and then printing out my letters and numbers on Word.

I then cut them out to make stencils.

Next, I traced my stencils on to my board with a pencil.

During a few episodes of my nightly TV (hence why I'm sitting down and you can see my foot in this picture) I painted and finished this gift.

Finally, I went back and sanded it down a little bit (no picture of that, sorry).

Easy, easy!

I think I would like one for myself...

(And thanks for the inspiration, Holly!)

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Sunday, April 08, 2012

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone had a very happy Easter!  We were on the road for a good part of the day (Dave's grandmother unexpectedly passed away so we were in VA for the funeral this weekend), so our Easter was a little different this year.  No big Easter dinner or egg hunts, but we got home just in time to pull off an Easter basket and a little outside fun!

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Toothless Wonder

Yesterday afternoon I took Warner outside to play. I can't explain to you how much this boy loves being outside. He begs to go out and he cries when we come in. He is so incredibly happy running, playing, and "getting in to stuff." 

However, this trip outside proved to be a little more than this Mama bargained for...

Just like he always does, Warner took off running and laughing.  We live on a very quiet street with little traffic, so we were in the road.  I was one step behind him.  Just one.  Then it happened.  Like so many times before he fell.  This time along, with a bloody lip and scraped up knee, he managed to crack and split his front, top tooth.  He cried for a few minutes, but was more upset about having to go in...I'm telling you...LOVES being outside.

I proceeded to call my pediatrician and they referred me to a dentist.  Of course we hadn't planned on taking Warner to the dentist quite yet, so we had no idea what to expect.

Bright and early this morning I took little man to the pediatric dentist where an xray proved that his tooth was a little more fractured than we thought.  I was told we would need to remove it, so I opted to go ahead and have it done that morning.  Dave had court, so thankfully both my parents were able to be there with me.

Since he is only 18 months old they were unable to do any kind of sedation due to the fact that little ones livers and kidneys aren't mature enough yet.  They told me he would get a little bit of "laughing gas" and it shouldn't take long at all.

The hardest part was not being able to go back with him to have the tooth extracted.  I think it is completely for the better, but it was hard waiting. 

When they called me back, the sweet dentist talked to me and then they brought out Warner. 
Before I even saw him all I could hear through tears was "Mama!  Mama!" 
That's when I lost it.
My sweet boy hung on to me super tight, cried, and put his head on my shoulder.
(all while Mama cried right along with him)

Here are a few pictures of him from instagram.
This was before he took a 5 hour nap!

He was such a big boy through the whole event!  Before he went down for a nap he was smiling and playing, so I think he is on the road to recovery.  Mama on the other hand...

From here the dentist said we could get a partial/fake tooth put in after he turns 2.  The choice is ours and if for any reason it would be for speech development.

I wish I could say this is the last time he'll ever go through something like this, but I think I'd be lying. 

Boys will be boys...and I wouldn't have it any other way!
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