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Valentine’s Day Shadow Box

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Can you feel the love in the air?  They say holidays are what you make them, but I always feel that there is a little extra romance added in on Valentine’s Day that comes from the same place as cute puppies and slobbery baby kisses.  ~sigh~  🙂

For Valentine’s Day, let me let you in on a little secret … I love me some shadow boxes!  I look at them almost every holiday to decide which ones are the right ones.  They are so super easy to put together but still gives  that “wow” factor for your décor.  I mean, who can resist picking it up  for a little shake?  This time, it is rose petals…

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Here’s the short and long of it…

Supplies:

  • Shadow box, any size
  • Patterned paper, cut to size
  • Silk rose petals (great dollar store find!)
  • Scissors or a paper trimmer (for trimming said patterned paper)
  • Coordinating vinyl, I used red and black from Silhouette America**
  • Silhouette cutting machine**
  • transfer tape (I used clear contact paper***)

**I created my sentiment with vinyl and my awesome Silhouette cutting machine {BUT} you could pick up any adhesive embellishment to adhere to the front of the glass at your local craft store.  I’ve seen shadow boxes decorated with glittered chipboard elements, flowers and even stickers. All it takes is a little imagination!

***I find it much easier to layer my vinyl using the clear contact paper, but have received mixed reviews on it’s effectiveness and potentially leaving behind a sticky residue.  I have not experienced any problems thus far, but be warned {LOL}.

I started by opening up my shadow box and filling it about 1/2 full with the rose petals.  I then placed my pattern paper on the back to use as a background and closed it up.  I chose a sentiment, immediately recognizing that layering the black and red would really set the design off.

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Once I had layered the black vinyl on top of the red, all that left to do was adhere it to the front of the glass!  I lined mine up by sight, but it’s not a bad idea to measure, either!

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See how easy that was?  Shadow boxes have so many possibilities!  It takes all my self control not to stock up on them every chance I get, but they are a favorite at my house!

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I won’t take up any more of your romancing time today, but be sure to check back for more crafty goings-ons around here soon!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

{DIY} Sharpie Mugs!

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Good Morning and welcome back for another fun crafting journey!  Today we bring you a kid-friendly craft that is great for a rainy day activity {OR} a Valentine’s Day gift!  Our family experimented with this nifty and thrifty craft during our recent “Winter Snow Storm”.  Thanks to Mother Nature, we had three lovely days out of school and work to enjoy some family time!

So, first question, what do you need to decorate your very own mug?  That’s simple… {A WHITE COFFEE MUG}!  I picked mine up from Target, but it’s actually recommended to use the cheapies from the dollar store for the best results.  That’s a win-win on my list!

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Next, you need the specialized decorating tools… {SHARPIES!}

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Our discovery of the day… {Metallic Sharpies!}  How awesome!

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Now, just go to town with all those awesome colors and create your masterpiece!  For children, I do have a few recommendations…

  • Cover your crafting area to prevent any accidental decorating
  • Make sure they are dressed in play clothes in case their masterpieces spill over onto them
  • Create a “template” on paper prior to decorating the mugs, it gives them some sense of order instead of random individual pictures
  • Have them work from one side to the other—depending on which hand they write with, they could accidentally smear all their hard word (we started on the left and worked our way to the right)

Once your masterpieces are created, here’s what you do to add the “permanent” part…

  • Place your mugs on a baking sheet and place in the unheated oven
  • Turn your oven to 350 degrees and allow it to preheat
  • Once preheated, set a timer for 30 minutes and allow them to bake
  • After the timer goes off, turn the oven off without removing the mugs
  • Allow the mugs to cool in the oven—only remove once they are cool to the touch

Congratulations on your finished project!  You have now captured these fun little moments to entertain you while you are enjoying your morning coffee… AND the mugs are dishwasher safe***!  Here is the one I made for the husband.  I think he liked it just a little {LOL}.

***UPDATED: We have received mixed reviews regarding this process working for some crafters and not others.  Hmmm, not sure if maybe it’s the type of mug or varying ovens?  I say: when in doubt, hand wash!  We’d hate for you to lose that sweet little picture your kiddo drew for you {they would be devastated if it washed off in the dishwasher}!  Also, there are more expensive paint pens and markers available at local craft stores if you are wanting more guarantee than these cute little sharpies can provide.  🙂

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So how do you continue this fun for days to come?  Homemade Hot Cocoa!  My mom used to make Hershey’s Hot Cocoa for us as kids and I have loved making it for my own this winter.  I definitely don’t have time in my day-to-day activities to be reinventing any wheels, so I use the tried-and-true recipe provided by Hershey’s, it’s fantastic.  You can get the recipe on the Hershey’s Website, or I have listed it below for your convenience.

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{ingredients}

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa

1/3 cup hot water
Dash salt
4 cups (1 qt.) milk
3/4 teaspoon  vanilla extract
Miniature marshmallows (optional)
 

{directions}

  1. Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.  Boil and stir 2 minutes.  Add milk; stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature.  Do Not Boil.
  2. Remove from heat; add vanilla.  Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy.  Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired.  Five 8-oz. servings.

{my tips}

  • The dash of salt and vanilla extract are optional for me and my family.  Sometimes I remember, sometimes I don’t—they don’t know the difference.
  • When adding the milk, I stir in slowly.  I don’t know if it helps or not, but I feel like to blends better.
  • I don’t beat with a rotary beater or whisk until foamy, so that would be option unless you just really like the frothy part.  I add whipped cream AND marshmallows for maximum sugar rush {LOL}.
  • The Kraft Jet Puffed Mallow Bits are amazing {with or without the hot cocoa}!

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{DIY} Valentine

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Happy Friday!  Today we just have a real quick and easy project, a handmade felt envelope to hold a special note for your Valentine ❤ Awww, how sweet.  I promise it’s super easy and can be done with or without a sewing machine.  Let’s take a look…

 

 

Supplies

Scissors
Velcro
Hot glue gun (I prefer low temp!)
Red and white felt (or desired colors)
 Sewing machine (OR needle & thread)
 

Once you have your supplies gathered, follow these simple step-by-step directions:

  • Cut your red felt sheet in half, long-ways.  I like to fold mine in the middle and then use the fold for a guide to cut straight.
  • Fold your felt into thirds, such as you would a letter to place in an envelope.  I just used my best judgment by sight.  Also, if you already have a special gift in mind, go ahead and size it for a guide on how large to make your pocket.

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  • Once you have your pocket size, thread it with a few sewing pins to keep it in place.  This is where you  break out your sewing machine.
  • Make sure your machine is threaded with your desired thread color.  Adjust your settings as desired, I used a zigzag line.
  • Again, use your judgment for where to sew your line.  I left plenty of room on each side, and at the top and bottoms.  Once sewn, tie off your ends, as usual.
  • To cut the top fold of the envelope, fold your felt envelope again, long-ways, with your pocket facing out (this way, each side will be even).  Start with a slightly rounded side piece, move in towards the middle at an angle, then round off the tip.

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  • Now, apply your Velcro (usually self-adhesive; if not, hot glue works well).  I prefer to leave the pieces attached to one another, place one side on the tip of the envelope, then fold it closed.  This will show you where you want the other half to stick.
  • The white felt heart was cut freehanded.  Just remember to fold your felt in half and cut on the fold (like we did with the envelope), this makes each side even.  The heart is attached with hot glue.

So, here is our finished project:

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Obviously, only using half a sheet of felt, this little envelope is rather small.  Feel free to experiment with larger envelopes, felt is available by the yard in the fabric area of your local craft store!  Can you think of all the neat surprises you can hide in this little cutie?  Love notes… candies… spiders (eek!).  Okay, leave out the spiders, but these envelopes can be used anytime!  Write love notes to your kids and stick it in their lunch box.  Leave a message from the Tooth Fairy next time your child looses a tooth!

What great ideas do you have?

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Craft Room ENVY: favorite finds & designs

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Good Morning and HAPPY FRIDAY!  Thanks for stopping in today, I plan to make it worth your while!  January is such a huge month for {ORGANIZATION}, it has me absolutely craving for my own crafting room (a girl can dream…).  So, today I wanted to show you my favorite craft room finds and hopefully add some inspiration for you to create and organize in your own craft space, whether it is a room or a closet.  So grab a cup of coffee and get ready to drool…

My absolutely ideal craft room layout is the first one on my list.  It’s brought to us from Beckie at Infarrantly Creative.  I am in {LOVE} with all the open space AND the hidden storage areas.  You absolutely have to hop on over and check out all the great photos and inspiration in her Craft Room Reveal post.

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Another favorite of mine was created and designed by Karen from Sew Many Ways!  What I love the most about her craft room is all the unique storage ideas!  I would have never thought of using a slinkie or an old fashioned ruler as a picture holder!  Be sure to check out her post on Sewing and Craft Room Ideas and Updates.

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Third on the list but definitely not shy is Heather Bailey!  I am just delighted with her beautiful use of colors in her fabulous studio!  They just jump out and scream {CREATE}!  Love it!  Another must-see, just pop on over to her blog post The Studio for more photos and creativity!

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With all those beautiful layouts, I also wanted to address the basics in my ideal concept, so I stopped in to see Sandra at Sawdust Girl.  She has a fabulous post with an uncluttered look at what a solid and beautiful craft room should look like!  Check out the drawers under the island work area… genius!  Be sure to check out her Craft Room with build-ins galore! post for more photos, just try not to drool on your keyboard!

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And last but not least!… Lolly Jane!  What a wonderful mix of modern and vintage, I just would die for this much style in a craft room!  One of my favorite aspects is the pattern behind the bookcase!  Be sure to check it all out {and so much more!} in their Herringbone bookcase | Craft room makeover post!

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Wow, can you believe all that inspiration?  I certainly wish I had that much creativity!  Now that I have a list of my must-haves in a craft room, I just need a room, lol!  What would you do if you could create your own space?  Bright colors or soothing pastels?  Hidden storage or open access?

Thanks again for stopping in today, hope we offered you some creative inspiration!  Be sure to check back soon for some neat Valentine’s Day crafts!

“Another” Advent Calendar!

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Good Morning and Happy Friday!  As Christmas gets closer, the days just seem to fly by, don’t they?  Between shopping and decorating, gift wrapping, cooking, and even more shopping, it’s a constant count down to the “big day”.  But don’t let the daily rush drag you down!  Christmas is more than one day, it’s a whole season of joy and cheer!  I really enjoy all things that add to the excitement of the season, especially when there are little ones in the house.  This is just one more way of building up to the big day!  I’ve been seeing Advent Calendars everywhere these days but I wanted to share this one with you that’s just a little bit different… in a good way!

It all started with an old frame I found in a closet (that happens to everyone, right?).  Add in a can of red spray paint and a little sandpaper for distressing and it was good to go.  Next up, I made a burlap poinsettia.  (I know, two holiday favorites together!)  It consists of nothing more than cutting leaf shapes out of burlap, adding red glitter glue to the edges, and a floral pick.  I hot glued all the pieces onto a circle shape cut out of burlap and hot glued it to the frame (can you tell hot glue is my best friend these days?!).   For a final though, the clothespins holding the pockets are clipped onto jute twine with the twine attached to the back of the frame.

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I know you’re thinking… so what’s different about this one?  I’m getting there, so stop rushing me!  😉  For the pockets, I actually used a December daily file by Lori Whitlock I found on the Silhouette Online Store.  Inside each pocket, I inserted a card with a “hint” on somewhere in the house that I have hidden a goodie!  So each day, they have a new “hint” and a new goodie to find!   How fun is that!  The hints can be simple or more challenging depending on the age of the child.  On at least one occasion, our Elf on the Shelf, Jingle, was caught trying to peek in one of the pockets.  Needless to say, that sent the household into a tizzy!  I’ll have to share some of Jingle’s antics later, he’s one mischievous little elf.

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I hope you enjoyed this version of “Another” Advent Calendar!  Don’t worry if you’ve gotten behind with all the hustle and bustle of the season, go ahead and start one now!  They really are a lot of fun and the kids don’t care if it’s 25 days or just 12 (or 3?  LOL).  Seeing the excitement in their eyes makes it all worthwhile.  As I’m soon realizing, these days of sweet innocence don’t last forever, so take advantage of it while you can!

Speaking of sweet and innocent, Sunday’s post is an absolute MUST READ for anyone with children, grandchildren, neighbors… heck, even just friends, LOL.  I have a list of my favorite Christmas Cheer resources to pass along!  Stay tuned!

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Turkey Day Ideas

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Good Morning, good morning!  Are you getting excited about the upcoming holidays?  I sure am.  I’ll let you in on a little secret… it’s all about the food for me, LOL.  But decorating is my second favorite thing about holidays, I just can’t ever find enough time to do enough of it!  Especially Thanksgiving, it seems to just sneak right up on me every year.  Don’t pretend like you don’t know what I mean, I know there are plenty of you out there who are in the same predicament!  So, being the kind and generous person I am, here are my top favorite Thanksgiving ideas that we can all squeeze in before the big Turkey Day arrives!

Before you start any serious décor planning, you need to think about your table settings.  This is my first year hosting Thanksgiving and this was the most intimidating part for me.  What goes where?  What all do I need?  Do I have enough silverware?  Will I have any room left on the table for decorations?  Well, Peggy Pardo at Decorating Files sure tackled this for us by posting Tabletop Tuesday: Easy Guide to a Proper Table Setting.  She offers varying place setting diagrams, describes what each item in the setting is AND even added some table setting tips for us uninformed hostesses!  Thanks, Peggy!

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Before you get too crazy planning all these ideas for your table settings and décor, you absolutely must check out The Tomkat Studio with Kim Stoegbauer!  Her post for the Free Printable Thanksgiving Collection was sent to me this past week and I absolutely fell in love with the sheer beauty of her design.  And the best part?  She is offering FREE PRINTABLES so that you too can have such beautiful Thanksgiving decorations in your own home!  Thanks, Kim!

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Are you overwhelmed yet?  No?  Well check out these awesome ideas compiled at tatertots & jello!  Jen’s post on Great Ideas – 21 Thanksgiving DIY Ideas is just fabulous for finding inspiration on Thanksgiving crafts!  The only hard part about this is choosing which ideas you want to use!  Banners, kids crafts… you name it, she has it.  Thanks, Jen for being so fabulous!

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Still up for more?  Hop on over to A Diamond in the Stuff and check out Courtney’s post on her {Give Thanks} Mantel!  It was love at first sight for me and how awesome of her to give us the how-to on making out own?  That’s double-awesome in my book.  Thanks, Courtney!

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Ready to have some real fun?  Let’s head on over to the kid’s table with Linnette at Paper Glitter!  She is so super generous in offering her FREE Thanksgiving / Fall Kit and it is absolutely to die for!  I know someone who will have a reserved spot this year — ME!  Be sure you get these must-haves for the kiddos in your family!

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Last but certainly not least, let’s not forget the reason we are all gathering around the feast as Thanksgiving is celebrating all the things that we are thankful for.  Here is a fun activity that is sure to bring everyone together and be a cute décor item, too!  A Give Thanks Tree!  Whether you do it as a group or individually, read them out loud or reflect quietly, a Give Thanks Tree should be a must-have in every home!  Check out Aly at It Happened Like This and her absolutely fabulous Give Thanks Tree!  I am in awe at the simplistic beauty!  Will you be enjoying your Thanksgiving at a relative or friend’s house?  Be sure to think ahead and show your gratitude with a hostess gift, Aly has some great ideas for you in her Hostess Gift Ideas post!  Thanks, Aly!

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And finally, to wrap it all up, Dos and Don’t to Survive Thanksgiving and Other Family Gatherings is a must read for all Mom’s on Thanksgiving.  I know I sure enjoyed it and I’m sure you will too!  All laughs brought to you by Mom Spark!

Now that you’ve been exposed to all these fabulous Thanksgiving ideas, what are you going to do first?  Plan you table, make a banner, put together your own Give Thanks tree?  Whatever you do, I’m sure it’ll be fabulous!  I know I have more than a few to-do items on my list to get my Thanksgiving in gear this weekend!  Hopefully I’ll be posting some after pictures if all turns out right.  If not, well, better luck next year!  Stay tuned!

DIY Fine Art Gallery

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Good Afternoon and thanks for joining us for another project! I’m very excited about today’s project — it’s all about ART. I don’t know how many fine art enthusiasts we have in our audience, but I assure you this project won’t disappoint. Here is an art display that is sure to suite anyone’s taste…

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Talk about a fine art collection! Isn’t it adorable? I absolutely love, love, love this idea! I’ve struggled for a very long time with keeping our artwork pinned on the refrigerator. It seemed I was always losing magnets, papers floating to the floor, hope that’s just water that it landed in!… all just to get out the gallon of milk. I even started putting artwork on the side of the refrigerator, but that was over the trash can so guess where our precious artwork ended up then? The land of no return.

So after reviewing different layouts from different websites and photo galleries, I decided I liked the photo frame idea. This worked great because we have a ton of “generic” frames laying around begging to be repurposed. I also just happened to have some corkboard laying around that did not serve it’s intended purpose, so I cut the tiles to size and was able to reuse them as well. As a matter of fact, the only expense I had for this project was a few adhesive strips, I had the brown vinyl already, too! It’s a win-win anytime I get to repurpose old supplies and create beautiful projects at the same time! As always, here are a few in progress photos and short tutorial.

First, I secured the corkboards to the wall using adhesive strips.

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Second, I centered the corkboard and glued the frames to the wall. Yep, just hot glued them straight on there. The best idea? Probably not, but hey, it’s too late now anyways. It’ll give me a reason to repaint the walls when I redecorate.

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Third, I cut the vinyl on my fabulous Silhouette Cameo cutting machine and transferred it directly to the wall. For any true artists out there, you could paint the gallery verbiage onto your wall if you so choose. Any not artisans, there are many resources available for to purchase custom vinyl.

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The hardest part of the project is lining up the frames, corkboard and vinyl on your wall. Honestly, I lined mine up by sight, not a method I recommend at all. There are a variety of methods from a measuring tape to laser lines, so just use what works best for you.

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Thanks again for joining us today. Hope you enjoyed our project! Keep tuned for more fun, we’re getting into the holidays and will be ringing in the season with lots of fun projects (and goodies!) to come!  Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog via email to have our posts delivered straight to your inbox!  Have a great weekend!

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