Friday, June 29, 2012

Easiest Ever Halloween Gift

I know…my kids can’t believe I’m already doing Halloween projects  and it’s not even July 4 yet.  Little do they know, I’m already brainstorming Christmas projects.  It’s just the way I roll.
So last night I was brainstorming Halloween ideas, and came across this great printable from Tip Junkie:
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So creative!  One of my customers is a Literacy Instructor at her elementary school in Houston, so I wanted to alter the gift idea to incorporate Library Pockets since she’s always promoting reading!  I came up with this:
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I started with a plain manila library pocket and inked the edges with my brown stamp pad.   I printed the tag after adjusting the size to fit the front of the pocket, and glued it on the front.
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Insert some pencils and that’s it! So easy! I used some yellow/orange standard pencils ‘cause they matched the tag really well, but wouldn’t these be cute with Halloween pencils from the dollar store, too?!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Patriotic Place Setting

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Today I created a fun patriotic place setting for a summer BBQ. I started with a little peat pot (3.5 inches) and brushed on some heirloom white paint with a sponge brush.  Then I wrapped some jute around the pot, using hot glue on the ends to hold it in place. Finally, I created a sign on my computer for a 1-inch key tag and attached it to the jute string using red and white bakers twine.  
Inside the pot, I used tissue paper (could use a napkin) and a dollar store flag for extra color along with the plastic silverware. 
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How fun would it be to use chalkboard contact paper on the key tag and white a name on the tag?!  Next time…
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Keeping Kids Occupied at Home in the Summer

When Traci at Beneath Your Heart posted about how to have two hours to yourself everyday with four boys at home all summer, I was more than intrigued.
Well, we’ve adapted her system and it’s working great!
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First, I grabbed some craft sticks from my stash and wrote an activity on each one. 
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Our activities are:
  • computer time
  • reading time
  • coupons (This is a service project for the military which involves cutting coupons from the Sunday paper.)
  • Wii (We chose Dance 3 for a little exercise!)
  • paint (A few squirts of acrylic paint on paper plates, some cardstock paper, a paintbrush, and some imagination is all that’s required at this station, which is at the kitchen table.)
  • tv or movie
  • puzzles
On milder days, we’ll include playtime outside, riding bikes, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, etc.
When it’s “station time” each child picks a stick out of the cup and goes to that station for 30 minutes.
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My youngest gets bored at about 20 minutes, so we might shorten the time a bit.
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What I like about the stations is that both my girls are occupied, and they’re doing their own thing so there is no bickering.
When they’re “station-ing”, I’m getting a few minutes to myself.  I’d like to say I’m cleaning and organizing and cooking dinner, etc.  But really, all I’ve done is start a load of laundry and write a blog post.  But I’ll get there…
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Patriotic Frame

Just sharing a quick project I did recently.
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The black frame is a cabinet door that I painted and distressed.  Then I created the artwork on my computer and put it in a frame which I also painted and glazed. 
Then I velcroed ~ is that a word? ~ the frame to the cabinet door.  This way the frame can come off easily and be replaced with another piece of artwork.
Finally, I hot glued some fabric flowers to the door.  I like how it softens everything and adds some dimension and texture, too.
More projects coming soon!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Chalk Pens and Chalkboard Art

I bought these on Amazon, and they came in the mail today!

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So now I’m searching for fun quotes, verses and images to put on it.  In the mean time, we came up with this …

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How can you go wrong with cupcakes?!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Craft Room Art Work

I’ve always liked Pottery Barn’s typography wall art from a few years ago.  They offered this vintage-looking typewriter art …
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and this big, bold number canvas:
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I love the idea of this artwork in a crafting space, so I’ve put it in my inspiration board to reference as I create my craft room:
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This week, I re-created the artwork on huge 2’x3’ canvases:
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First, I painted both canvases (Sherwin Williams' Fresh Linen) and then I put down my letters and numbers which I cut on repositionable contact paper using my Cricut. Next I painted black over everything. When that was dry, I peeled off the letters/numbers. For the typewriter art, I then used a liner brush to create the light circles just inside the black circles. Once everything was dry, I gave it a light coat of glaze (Ralph Lauren’s Smoke color) to soften up the colors.
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Theirs ran around $200-$300 each.  I bought my canvases on a 50% sale for $12.50 each at Hobby Lobby.theirs and mine letters
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A few more things to do to the room before a final reveal with lots more pics, but it’s coming along nicely!
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