Friday, December 05, 2014

Pallet Projects for Christmas

Remember the table at Warner's Peter Pan party that was made from pallets? 

Well, those pallets have been sitting in the backyard since...
Dave hasn't been too excited about this.

So, I figured why not use some of them in my Christmas decorations.

I made a star

and a pallet tree.

Slowly, but surely, the pallets are dwindling down.
(Dave's happier.)
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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Embroidery Hoop Wreath

This year I decided to make my own wreath.  Why haven't I been doing this before?  This is so easy and so cheap!  I love doing things on the cheap! :)

Start off with an embroidery hoop.  You can use any size you want.  I happen to have a large one.

Fill the hoop with fabric of your choice and trim to fit.  This was left over fabric from Warner's birthday.

Then I took tree trimmings (tree stands love to get rid of them) and hot glued them around my hoop.  Yes, I said hot glued.

It's really that easy.  

The possibilities are endless.  Fill the middle or leave it plain.

I will never buy a premade wreath at the tree stand again.
(and neither should you! *smile*)
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Monday, December 01, 2014

Christmas Countdown

It's officially December 1st.  I thought it would be fun to do a countdown to Christmas with the boys. (Remember the sneak peek from last week?)  Mostly, for Warner.  He loves numbers and working with numbers.  This is going to give him the chance to practice some good skills, while having fun!

I saw this reindeer awhile back and pinned it.  I knew I wanted to make something similar, so it was my inspiration.

I found this adorable paper reindeer at Hobby Lobby and got to work.

I began with taping off and then painting stripes on the background.

After that was complete, I decided to leave the reindeer as it was, but spray the antlers with glue and dip them in gold glitter.

While this was drying, I decorated my hall chalkboard with some garland and globe lights.

For the countdown numbers, I used a pack of mailbox number stickers.  I simply cut them out and attached them to my chalkboard with clothespins.  This allows to easily change them out daily.

After the reindeer dried, I added it to the chalkboard with a command strip and the countdown was complete!

 I love the way this turned out and I can't wait to start counting down with my boys!

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Card Out Takes

This year I decided to set up my own Christmas card backdrop in our backyard for Christmas cards.

I couldn't have been more excited with how it turned out.

Of course it doesn't hurt when you have cute subjects in front of the lens.

Ah.  Sweet boys.  Joy to the World!

I must tell you.  The cards arrived on Saturday and they are just perfect!  I can't wait to get them out!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Twas the Day before Thanksgiving...

...and I had to share a little something I've been working on for Christmas.

More on this later.

Now enjoy some turkey and time with your family!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Dining Room Re-Do

About 2 months ago I decided I wanted to paint the dining room...again.

My initial decision was to go with Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams.  Someone at the store recommended I try Rainwashed as well, so I went home with both samples.

And this is how my dining room sat for weeks.

In the end I went with Rainwashed.  I love Sea Salt, but it had more of a green undertone on my walls and I wanted more of a blue with all the OTHER plans I have in store...HA HA HA!  If you only knew how I obsess over the paint colors I now want for the kitchen and living room area.  I think I have narrowed it now...that will be another post...probably MUCH LATER.

For now, I present to you the new dining room.  I think I would like a fun rug at some point, but we'll see.  I also can't wait to start decorating for Christmas!

And for the record, I painted this room entirely by myself!  I'm actually very proud.  3 coats of primer and 2 coats of color later, I did it!  Word to the wise...THINK before going red... :)

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Campbell: 1st Haircut

It was finally time to get Campbell's haircut.  He made it 19 months, but it was out of control!  The wildness definitely fit his personality, but the mullet did not.

 Armed with a lollipop and some Mickey Mouse on Mommy's phone, we took the plunge and got it cut.

He actually did much better than I was expecting!

And in case you were wondering, the wildness didn't get cut off with the hair...

I couldn't help but reminisce on Warner's 1st haircut.  16 months old and also armed with a lollipop and some TV.

 You do what you've got to do!

I love these boys!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Paper Bag Utensil Holder

I'm excited to share with you a fun tutorial I did for Uncommon Designs.  I used these utensil holders at Campbell's 1st birthday (different colors of course) and I thought they would be fun to use at Thanksgiving!

All you need is a paper bag, your utensils/napkins, and some washi tape.

Start by folding the bottom flap of your bag up.

Next, take your washi tape and go down one side of the bag and flip it over to continue it on the back.

Do this to the other side of the bag as well.  Trim off any excess tape at the top.

With another roll of washi tape, go across at your "pocket".

Fold and place your napkin in the pocket.

Add your utensils and you are finished!

The greatest thing about this is that your guests can use the bag to throw away any trash when they are finished eating!

So simple, but sure to add "a little something" to your next party!
Oh, and it won't break the bank!  Super PLUS!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Color Me Happy

I have said it before, but this

is the greatest gift ever!

My sweet friend and teaching assistant gave this to me for Christmas one year when I taught.  I have been known to carry this around with me in my purse and have let many friends borrow it!

We will have been in our house 2 years come February.  There is still quite a bunch that needs painting.  I'm hoping to get around to those spaces, but for now, my mind is on what needs to be changed.

I know, I know.  Why?  I have my reasons and I'll explain them to you once I actually get the job done.  You have to see to understand! :)

One project is currently in the works...I hope to be able to show it to you soon, but it's been taking me a lot longer than I'd like due to time!  What's that?  Who has it?  Not me!  At least not much uninterrupted time with two sweet boys keeping me busy.  I wouldn't have it any other way.

Stay tuned!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Fête

 After seeing this adorable Halloween lunch, I think I know two little boys who are going to have something similar today!

Head on over to Pen N' Paper Flowers to get the free printables!

Happy Halloween!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Last Minute Costume Idea: A Colorful Crayon

Halloween is only two days away and if you are in need of a last minute costume idea, I've got you covered! 

 My mom is a Kindergarten assistant and she told me her team was dressing up as crayons for Halloween!  She asked if I'd be willing to make her a costume.  Being a former Kindergarten teacher myself, this was right up my alley!  I wish we all had done this when I taught!

(I apologize for the picture quality.  My real camera was charging and so these are just camera phone pics.)

I started off by tracing the word "crayola" on white felt.  You could use the same color felt as your t-shirt, but we couldn't find a good match, so I stuck with white. 

I like to trace stencils backwards so you don't see any of the marks from the crayon/pencil.

After I cut out my letters I placed them on a piece of black felt to space and align them.

I then took a piece of chalk and free handed an oval shape.  As you can see in the picture, I drew it a few times until I was satisfied!  I then cut it out (and flipped it over to hide chalk marks) and hot glued the letters down.

I then cut two strips of black felt for the top and bottom of the crayon label.

Again, I used chalk to draw squiggly lines and then I cut them out.

Finally, I hot glued everything down to the shirt!
You could definitely use fabric glue, but I love hot glue!  What can I say, it's the teacher in me!

Pair with a party hat covered in the same color felt of fabric as your shirt!

I'm sorry I don't have the final costume picture, but once my Mom and her team wear these on Friday, I'll post some more pictures!
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