Flower Magnets {Summer Crafting}

I was going to title this post crafting with kids, but I hesitated because we used a glue gun and not all kids can of course! But you could use any other type of glue for this and you can definitely have the kids help out. I let my oldest use the glue gun but she’s very careful and getting quite good at using it carefully.. no burns ’round here! There’s my little liability spiel.. ;)

We have many many branches of fake flowers, borderline hoarding actually.  I rotate them for different tablescapes, mantels, anything really, even though I love me some fresh flowers I can’t always run to the store every day and get bunch, poor girl problems I guess. But Lily wanted to do a craft the other day and I thought sure! Lets go through the stash.

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All you need are magnets, flowers off the stems and glue. I used orchids and cherry blossoms, sweet and dainty.

You’ll want to use the flowers that just pop off the stems and have plastic backs, not the ones wrapped in paper since they tend to fall apart once you unwrap them. If the back of the flowers have longer stems on them just clip them off so they lay flatter.

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Then it’s easy as one, two, glue!

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Boom! In a few minutes (definitely not long enough for a crafting session I suppose, when we were done she was asking “what’s next?”) you’ve got a ton of flowers for just a few bucks! I’ll probably use them in my office if it ever gets completed! Crossing my fingers!

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Box Tops for Education Collector.. {A tutorial}

If there’s anything you should know about me it’s this.

I like EASY projects. Think– 10 minutes top, minus drying time I suppose. Some might call that lazy, I call it productive.

So our school is big about box top labels (is there a school that isn’t big on them?) Since one of my daughters goes to a uniform school, they have competitions for box tops and whichever class has the most gets a non uniform day (or pizza party, hot choc party, etc) Naturally we save them up for a long time and when the competitions come around, we dominate. No big deal. Even if that means only turning them in once or twice a year, we turn in TONS.

To be fair, the other daughter gets to turn in box tops too, but she doesn’t get as excited, I can slide by with just turning in a baggie full. ;) Until next year.. Tear!

I’m getting off track, as you may know– that happens a lot. So I bought this glass jar to keep the box tops contained so we could try and stay away from plastic bag after plastic bag of them. But I wanted to spiff it up a bit.
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I bought: 1 glass jar from Hobby Lobby, with a 40% off coupon, a can of spray paint on sale 30% off and stickers 50% off. Did I mention I’m also cheap?

I put the foam stickers on the jar, this is kind of self explanatory but what kind of tutorial giver would I be if I just said “do the obvious, you’re done, you’re welcome”

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Spray paint, and peel off!

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Glorious! I love it. The girls love it. It’s the simple things that matter.. ;) Happy Monday!

 

Coffee Cup Craft {10 minute craft!}

So, here’s the thing.

I’m not really a coffee person

That is, unless it has a lot of sugar, flavored creamer and whip cream. Basically enough calories to count as my whole breakfast. Not to say I don’t like it, but I like it a specific way, and making a whole pot of coffee just for that is kind of well– stupid. However, my parents both drink coffee 24/7 and are over A LOT so when Staples said “Hey, want to test out our online store?” I said sure– assuming I’d get something like– oh a printer, or sharpies… no one can have too many sharpies.

Imagine my surprise when they Keurigs! What what? (Among a ton of other things, furniture, craft stuff, cameras, and yes sharpies) Let’s just see how fast this shipping really is..

I think I blinked and it was here.

So obviously I had to try it out.

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And obviously I had to make a little coffee station next to it.

Obviously.

Okay, enough. I know. ;)

But I used our little white tray and a vase for all my K Cups (also sold at Staples for an awesome price) two ball jars for iced coffee (with Lids! Eeek!) Colorful straws, naturally. And sugar in the cutest dispenser ever.

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But what really steals the show, is this guy. I tried a little Pinterest project on a white coffee cup I had.

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It might be the easiest project ever.. Here’s the directions.

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1.) Get cup

2.) Draw on cup with a Sharpie

3.) Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 Minutes.

Now, you see.. I’m a rebel and baked it twice and let it cool completely in the oven the second time, so it was hot for a long time. But I’ve heard different reviews on the staying power so I figured a little experiment wouldn’t hurt. Once it was completely cool I tried to wipe it with a wet rag and it stayed, so we’ll see how long it actually stays for, but I plan on hand washing it carefully and if I have to touch it up a bit so be it, it was a free project and it makes me smile. Oh! I also wouldn’t recommend drawing super close to the lip of the cup, nobody wants ink in their mouth, mines cutting it pretty close but since I hold everything with my right hand, I drink from the other side–safety first!

You could do any design you like! Pinterest has thousands of ideas!

I went with my first initial and a “fancy” frame. It’s fun enough that all the imperfections make it look whimsical rather than.. “Oh.. did your 4 year old make that?” I’m kind of obsessed with it.

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 Once this lovely gets a few more washes I’ll let you know how it’s holding up! Until then– what are you crafting? Buying? Coffee makers? Sharpies? Staples probably has it.

*Please note, I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a product for review purposes. The opinions and all around general craftiness are completely my own based on my experience. No coffee mugs were harmed in the making of this post, however I can’t say the same thing for the K Cups that were devoured without mercy*

Valentines Mantel {2013}

I did a little playing with the mantel this weekend.

Just in time for Valentines Day. Clearly I was not on the lovey dovey holiday ball this year. But, it’s still fun to add some pink to the house. I wanted a touch of industrial if I could so Jared helped me make this arrow– which I’ll show in another post.

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C for Cupid!

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Ombre “art” if you can call it that. More like cut up strips of paper and taped inside a frame. But secretly.. I love it.

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The arrow needs to be sanded down, I tried the salt trick and well.. the salt is being a whiny little brat and wont come off– Some way some how, it will look like rust if it kills me. Which it might.

Anyway, this mantel was completely free. Everything I already had and it felt really nice.

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Like that little piece in the frame there? Come back tomorrow for the deets on that, it’s so romantic it’s sick.

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If you want to see pictures of Valentines pasts check these out!

Celebrate game day with Rubbermaid from Target!

With football season in full swing and the Superbowl right around the corner one of my favorite things comes to mind.

Food.

More so, finger food.

Wings..Dips..Brownies..Mini sandwiches, you know–the works. Besides of course being around family, and friends that’s probably my favorite thing about the Superbowl.. And the commercials. ;)

When I saw Target had online coupons for some Rubbermaid Take Alongs I was all over it. You can never have too many food storage containers, especially if you’re like me and end up always leaving them at the party. Whoops!

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They have a ton of different sizes, from SUPER big, to nice and small.

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I picked up the deep square ones and some of the medium rectangle containers. Perfect for the items I bring.

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Chili dip and brownies.

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Yum!

My favorite thing about these Rubbermaid Take Along containers are how tight the lids snap. Even if you drop them, not that I have…ahem. The lids didn’t pop off at all. And, when you’re carrying chili dip– that’s a heaven sent. They’re also really affordable (under $5.00 for each set I got.. Plus the coupon!) so when you do accidentally leave them at the party, you’re not out a ton of money or a  sentimental storage dish that your grandmother passed down to you and really get mad at yourself. Not that I’ve uh, done that either.

So the snacks are made.. Just waiting on some football and friends!

Oh.. Pst! Want to know something else?!

Rubbermaid is hosting a Game Day Party Sweepstakes.  They are offering the chance to win an Easy Find Lids Party Pack, a 48Qt Cooler and $100 VISA gift card! To enter the sweepstakes check it out here: http://www.rubbermaid.com/sweepstake/pages/sweepstakeRegistration.aspx?sweepstakeId=35
Entries are limited to one entry per person / per email address / per day. Sweepstakes starts December 19, 2012 and ends January 21, 2013. Good Luck!

And, don’t forget to head on over to Target and print out the coupon for your own Rubbermaid Take Alongs and if you’d like, check them out elsewhere on the web. They’re all over the place! Even Pinterest!

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Cowhide Bench

Let’s start this off by stating the obvious. I did not take enough photos for this, because I originally didn’t plan on this being blog-worthy. I mean, how many tutorials for recovering a bench can you handle? There’s a lot out there.

But, I did want to show off this little nod to whimsy that we threw together the other night. You see, I’ve had this bench since I was a tween. It matches our dresser in our bedroom and the vanity that is currently held up in the garage. Sad story, I know.

Even though we don’t have enough room for a vanity right now we can always use seating right? Truth. Back to the story, it’s been a really funky gold color, some zebra print and then red toile and did a little 180 back to the animal hide.

Vintage pictures right there.

It’s funky, that’s for sure. It’s not everyone’s style. It’s a little tacky. A lot tacky? Ha! But I like it. Remember, I’m trying to branch out, deep breaths and baby steps. Plus the blue is really pretty. Don’t ask me for a color, I just threw some sample pots I used to test out blue cabinets in the kitchen (no!) and some acrylic paints I had around. So it ’twas a really flat finish, and I kind of liked it but you know that would chip off in 30 seconds with kids around so I sprayed a few coats of matte clear coat and called it good.

I’m a little sad I didn’t put a noise maker in it that said “Moo” when you sit on it.

Next time.

How to make a super cute sign.. two ways!

So, way back when I blogged regularly (I know..I know, we’ll get to that.) I said I’d write about how I made this sign.

Into this sign.

It’s seriously the most simple process ever if you can eyeball lettering..or easier if you can trace.. OR if you’re super lucky and have a Shillouette it’s the easiest project ever. (How many times can I say easy in one post?!) But I don’t and I didn’t have any paper for my printer to trace so, eyeballing it it is. But, first things first.

You saw it on our Christmas mantel, and I adored the rustic vibe it had going on and the faux aluminum letters. But, as much as I loved it we have a small house so things need to have a home or say goodbye. (For the most part) a sign this size fits into that category.

Luckily I applied the letters with hot glue which peels off with little to no effort. And was left with a perfectly good wood planked sign. A blank canvas if you will.

Now, I eyeballed my fonts straight from dafont.com and just went for it with a pencil. If you’re more of a tracer you could write it out on the computer, print it and trace it on your sign and it’d probably be a lot less shaky like mine and more precise. I like to skip steps personally and I’m okay with a little imperfection. It’s supposed to look worn right? Sure, I’ll keep telling myself that. Ha! Or, you could go a step further and use a fancy silhouette and smack some vinyl on it and it’d be gorgeous. It really just depends on your comfort zone with imperfections and straight lines. :)

As Jami would say, Pray about it. 

Once I wrote it all down with a pencil and decided that it was good enough for my liking I used a sharpie paint pen and went to town. Little by little. What’s nice about the paint pen is that anyone who can color can do this. Then that’s it.

In photos you can totally see the color strokes and uneven-ness so I should probably go over it with some real paint just to even it up. Or I might not. So far it hasn’t drove me crazy. ;) Maybe when the whole room gets done. But either way, It’s a fun sign that was cheap to make the first time around for Christmas and free the second time around.

Now, I’ve been the BIGGEST fan of these signs for the longest time. I’ve seen them floating around Pinterest for ever along with seeing them on a few blogs and such. Nester was the one I believe who found the original artist. Woohoo! However, unfortunately I can’t afford one of her’s right now, so I’m not trying to say “hey, why buy her gorgeous signs when you can make them at home.” I’m not. At..All! Because it’s no where NEAR as good as this artists but, until I can afford hers I’ll rock my little knock off version for the time being. I think she has some amazing talent and her work is definitely worth the cost of such a beautiful painting. Just giving credit where credit is due. If you can afford to buy “legit” haha, then I’d highly recommend it I’m such a supporter of buying handmade and when I can save my pennies to buy the lake painting, consider it mine! But if you’re like me and would love to rock some handmade art and want to try it yourself, I thought I’d share how I made mine. Got it? Everyone agree? Yes. The wide world of blogging is tricky like that. I want to be inspired but not take. That was a lot of rambling and I hope it came out with grace.. HA HA.