Friday, May 31, 2013

Past Father's Day Shirts

For the past few Father's Days I have made my husband a shirt with the kids' handprints on them.  It's a fun way to see how our family has grown, in size and numbers.  Here are a few that I have done in the past and next week I'll show the new one for this year.  My poor husband, he never gets a surprise on Father's Day....





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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Treasure Map {Summer Activity}

This summer I am going to try to do more and more crafts with my kids.  I love creating and I want them to love it too!  Luckily there are so many great ideas out there that I really don't have an excuse for not doing it.  Jo-Ann's has a spring catalog that has 72 great summer crafts, with detailed instructions and product lists so you can start creating with your kids.  
Treasure Map

When I looked around, I loved the idea of making a treasure map.  And I knew that my kids would love it too!
This is how I made it:
I bought these supplies at Jo-Ann's and then used what I had on hand.  
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I cut the cork roll into a smaller size and then ripped the edges and inked them to give it a more worn look.  
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Using my Cricut, I cut out some shapes out of card stock.
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I glued all the pieces onto the cork using a glue gun.  This is a nice map of my house :).
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To give it a little more dimension, I used white 3D paint.  Treasure Map (5)
I drew on with a sharpie to lead to the X.
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I rolled it up and then tied it with ribbon.  
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I couldn't have a treasure map with buried treasure, so I took an old container and covered it with skull duct tape.  
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And of course you can't have a treasure map without a treasure hunt!!  So I sent the kids on their way to look for buried treasure.  I even buried the treasure :)
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Here's what Jo-Ann's map looks like and then mine.  
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I made this treasure map but I plan on having another crafting day where the kids make the maps and we go on treasure hunts based off of their maps. 

Right now if you sign up here, you can get a 20% off coupon for Jo-Ann.  Use the coupon and  start creating and getting crafty with your kids!

Disclosure: I was given supplies to make this craft from Jo-Ann fabric and craft stores.  All opinions and content are 100% my own.  


J A Campbell

Can you believe that June is just around the corner?  Seriously, where did May go?  It just flew by!  It's that time of year when everywhere you look there is another wedding going on.  Do you know someone that is getting married this summer?  What will you be getting them?


JA Campbell Silversmiths London
J A Campbell is an UK company that specializes in silver.  They are one of the few companies left to continue to use the traditional methods of sterling silversmiths.  Which is very fascinating to me!

 They have all different kinds of things there. Including wedding gifts. You can wow the future bride and groom with some of these amazing silver pieces.  I know if I would have gotten gifts like these I would have felt like royalty :).    

 
I just adore that crystal and silver bowl!  I would throw parties just to have an excuse to use it.

There is more on the site too, coasters, menu holders, vases and more.  
  

If you are in the need of sterling silver or just love to look at pretty things, go check out J A Campbell. 

Disclosure: This post was written on behalf of J A Campbell.  All opinions are 100% my own.   

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mud Room Makeover


Our house has a bunch of different entrances.  We use the front door and then the door that is down in the basement, into what we call the mud room.  There are actually two more but we really don’t use those.  During the school year, the kids would come home and just dump everything on the floor of the mud room, so I decided that we needed to do something about it.  So I labeled the hooks for their coats and got containers to hold shoes.   And then I felt like I needed to make it cute too!  So here is our little mud room. 
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I love the look of shelf!  The bright colors make it look so much better in there. 
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No mud room would be complete without a rug to wipe your feet on.  I painted this one to make it match the d├ęcor. 
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Here’s a fun pallet art that I made.
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I used my trusty Cricut and white vinyl to label all of the hooks. 
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Freezer Pop Holders

It’s getting nice and warm and that means it’s time for Popsicles!  I love Popsicles.  Like, love love them!  I could live off of them.  Since we live so far away from a store, the only ones that we will be able to enjoy is the freezer pops.  My kids always complain about it being cold on their hands, so I made them some holders to help keep their hands warm. 
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This is the major reason why I made them, they always ask for a paper towel to wrap around it.  With 4 kids and them having 2 to 3 Popsicles a day, it really starts to add up and costing. 
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This is how I made them:
I took some felt and cut a piece 4x6 inches. 
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I folded it in half and sewed the three sides.  I didn’t even flip it inside out, I just let the stitch on the outside.  This could easily be done with a glue gun too. 
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Insert a Popsicle and that’s it!  Super easy and quick, only took 5 minutes to make these 4. 
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I wanted to make some more fun ones, so I made one to look like a sword.  I cut two little strips and then cut a hole in the middle of the 4x6 piece. 
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Stuck the small pieces in the side and then sewed it altogether. 
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Fun huh?  My boys loved it!
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Of course with my Star Wars loving boys, I HAD to make ones that looked like light sabers.  I just made the holder out of black and then glued the other pieces onto it. 
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And for my little girl, she needed something a little more girly.  So she got a wand.  I put the ric rac into the felt and sewed it into the holder. 
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A fun way to enjoy Popsicles. 
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I will be using these too, because I don’t like my hand to freeze either. 
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I found some fun patterned felt and made some with it, love how they turned out!


My kids enjoying a yummy treat on a warm (and windy) day.   And you better believe I enjoyed a couple Popsicles while making these!!
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These are perfect for frozen Gogurts too!

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