Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I Will Look Up (Free Printable)

There's a song by Elevation Worship called I Will Look Up that I just love.  We've been singing it at church for a while and every time we do, it just really speaks to me.  It's a song about hope and having faith during hard times.

I created this printable that I can hang up above my desk and in my home to remind me to look back with thankfulness and look ahead with hope and I wanted to share it with you.

If you have problems downloading, please let me know!  You can either print two to a page as a 5x7 or one on a page as an 8x10 (I think!).

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

From the Vault - Not-So-Scary Halloween Shirts

We're headed to Disney World in just a few days and I wanted to share these again because gosh, they just turned out so cute!  Sadly we're not going to the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year but we'll be having fun nevertheless. 


Our passes to Disney World expired earlier this week so we decided to take a 2-day trip with the kids.  Unbeknownst to us, my mother and sister-in-laws were going too.  My MIL decided to take all of us to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  We had a great time.  We were able to basically walk on to any ride we wanted.  There was a really fun parade and lots of candy if you wanted it (we bypassed that portion).

We didn't want to go to the party without costumes but in mid-Florida, mid-September, it's just way too hot for regular costumes so I decided to make us some t-shirts to wear.

I was on such a time crunch to make all of these, I don't have any actual tutorial for you, but I'll just tell you what I did.

First I figured out what designs I wanted to do.  Then I made sure I had all the fabric colors I needed.  I measured out the sizes of the designs and ironed Heat N Bond to my fabric pieces (just follow the directions on the package).  I then used my Silhouette to cut out most of the shapes.  I did this to save time.  BUT you could easily trace an image onto your fabric and cut around it with a pair of fabric scissors.  It doesn't have to be super perfect because you're just going to sew around it.  I did this with several of the pieces.

Once you've cut out your pieces, you're going to sew them onto your t-shirts.  Now, the Heat N Bond is supposed to be enough to stay onto your shirts.  But I wanted them to hold up and look a little nicer so I zig-zagged stitched around all of my designs.  I did a tight zig zag.

And here's how they all turned out.

My son loves Jack the Pumpkin King so he chose this design.

I chose a Minnie Mouse Ghost.

I made this Bride of Frankenstein - Minnie-style for my SIL.

You can see my messed up zig zag stitch in a few places.  It got stuck several times.  Oh well.  Still turned out super cute.

This is my daughter's ensemble.  I just love it.  The green little bow makes it.  For a really great tutorial on how to make this simple skirt, check out Dana's tutorial.

Made this cute Pirate Mickey shirt for my nephew.  My hubby talked me into the earring last minute.

My husband chose a Vampire Mickey shirt.

And I made a candy corn Minnie for my MIL.

Didn't they all turn out so cute?!?  I can't decide which one is my favorite!

So, have you been to the Not-So-Scary party?  Here's a picture of my little family in our shirts.

We were very hot and sweaty by this point in the night.  Ha!!

Anyways, it was a lot of fun to make personal t-shirts for my family.  I'd love to hear which one is your favorite!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Redo at a Target Wedding Registry (and a giveaway!) #targetwedding #sponsored

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own.

I have been saying for years that I think when a couple has been married for 7 years, they should get another wedding shower.  Seriously!  I swear that most of the things I registered for 9 years ago when I got married have either broken or are on their way to the trash or just look like they've been used for 9 years.

I've put together some awesome finds from the Target Wedding Registry Catalog.  I could seriously go crazy picking out all of the things I wish I had!!

**Hey!  Be sure to stick around to the end of the post - I'm giving away a $25 Target eGiftCard.  Boom!**

1.  Calphalon Kitchen Essentials 14 piece Hard-Anodized Nonstick Cookset

First up is this awesome cook set.  I love a good nonstick set of pots and pans since I cook daily weekly.

2.  Crock-Pot 6qt Cook & Carry Slow Cooker

The crock-pot we registered for over 9 years ago died on us last Christmas.  My parents got us this 6qt one to replace it.  It's wonderful and is so big!

3.  KitchenAid Contour Silver 2 Slice Toaster

Again, I wish I could show you my toaster.  Actually I don't.  I'm embarrassed by it.  This one by KitchenAid is sleek and would look awesome on my counter right about now.

4.  KitchenAid 4.5qt Stand Mixer

For my 30th birthday, my family bought me this mixer.  (Actually it's in white but I just love this apple green color).  I thought I wouldn't really use it all that much but I was wrong!

5.  Threshold 16 piece Dinnerware Set

I think a great white dinnerware set is a staple for every house.  You can dress it up with colorful napkins and it's perfect for everyday use.

6.  Pyrex 10 piece Storage Set

And lastly, once you've used all of the above to cook a delicious dinner for your family and friends, you can store your leftovers in these Pyrex storage bins.  We have the all white version and love them.  They are airtight and keep your food good until it's time for your midnight snack.

If I could redo my kitchen yet again, it would mix of these below.  Lots of white and stainless steel.

So, here are three pieces of advice for a couple getting married and making a home together.  Make your home a place you love.  My husband & I redid our kitchen about six years ago (well we hired my dad to do all the dirty work).  I loved it when we did it then but definitely would have done a few things different, bought a few nicer things, wouldn't have cut so many corners.  Wait until you can do what you want.  I wish we had.  In fact, my husband & I tried something new the other day and replaced the faucet in our kitchen sink.  We felt pretty good about ourselves when we were done.  And I have a few bumps and bruises to prove it.  Secondly, when it comes to registering for your wedding, register for items that are timeless and will go the distance.  Don't be afraid to register for the nicer item.  And lastly, if you can talk your friends into throwing you a 7 Year Anniversary Shower, go for it!!

Is there anything you wish you had registered for?  Or things that have stood the test of time?

Target is giving one of you a $25 Target eGiftCard.  Thank you Target!!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Busy Bag Ideas for a 3 Year Old

We started homeschooling my older (he's 5) this year.  My daughter is 3 and is home two of the days. The other three days, she goes to a play-school from 9:00-1:00.  So, I wanted to have some "busy bags" for her on the days she's home during "school time".

I scoured Pinterest and my craft closet and found some really cute ideas.

The first was this alphabet matching game.  I found this printable on Pinterest and I'm so sorry but can't find it again.  But this is easy to recreate.  Use PicMonkey to make your own board.  I used the little magnet alphabet I already had on hand.

For this one, I bought some clothespins at the dollar store, painted them different colors and cut out felt in the matching colors.  She really likes this one.

This is a great game to use with your imagination.  I used colored craft sticks (courtesy of craftprojectideas.com) and glued pieces of velcro to the ends.  The possibilities are endless.

This is another one I used those same color sticks and hot glued magnet pieces on the ends (all courtesy of craftprojectideas.com).  We pull out our white board and make shapes and letters with these.

This is another printable I found online.  We're using birthday candles to make the shapes.  I laminated this to make it more durable.

I grabbed a small pad of paper and some stickers from the dollar section at Target.  All kids love stickers, right?  Now she has her own book for stickers and drawing.

I didn't get a good picture of this one straight on.  But I found bags of little foam shapes in the Target dollar bins years ago and found them again this year.  I just used PicMonkey to create this printable with all the shapes on it.  She has to match them up.

We got this great idea from Money Saving Mom.  It's a clothesline made with felt pieces of clothes.  Super cute.

I have several more bags that include threading beads on pipe cleaners (courtesy of craftprojectideas.com), a Minnie Mouse magnet game, some lacing cards and a dry erase board.  She seems to be enjoying all of her busy bags.  Anything to keep her busy!!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sarah's Frozen Birthday Party

We just celebrated Sarah's 3rd birthday.  I can't believe she's already 3 years old (as cliché as that sounds).  When I started asking her a couple of months ago what type of birthday party she wanted, of course she said a Frozen birthday.  So, I got to planning.  There are loads of beautiful Frozen parties out there.  But I needed to keep it cost effective for us!  Here's what I came up with.

I started off trying to think of what I could do for a main backdrop.  I decided to try and create something that would remind you of ice and the ice castle that Elsa created.  I took some cardboard pieces, cut them out into mountain type shapes, painted them blue and then painted over them with silver, glitter paint.  It's hard to tell from the photos, but I really liked how they turned out.  

I add a silver backdrop that I picked up for cheap from a party store.  Then I cut out a Let It Go banner with my silhouette.  I also cut out a bunch of snowflakes, sewed them together and hung them from the ceiling to add to the winter wonderland feeling.

I added this chalkboard drawing at the last minute from a party I saw on Pinterest.

My favorite part was the living room.  It was impossible to capture a picture that showed just how beautiful it was.  I did a bunch of paper chains to make it look like it was snowing in the room.  I added some ruffled steamers and used some leftover tulle from my wreath (see below).  It was really beautiful.  

I created Olaf using some cardboard pieces.  

Lastly, I made this tulle wreath.  It was super easy to create and added a glitter snowflake to add just a little something extra.

Lastly, here's my beautiful birthday girl.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

LEGO Family T-Shirts

We decided to take a one day trip down to Legoland last week.  We'd never been and my son loves Legos right now so we knew he'd have fun.

My husband & I are kind of quirky.  We kind of love nerdy stuff.  HA HA!  So the Saturday before we left, I decided to make us some personalized Lego t-shirts to wear to the park.  I used my all time favorite technique - freezer paper stenciling.  I really wanted to do a tutorial because these particular shirts required a few steps but I just didn't have the time.  But you can look through all my freezer paper posts to see what to do.

My favorite shirt was my husband's.  It captured him perfectly.  We got TONS of comments throughout the day.  One lady ran up to me and asked where I got them.  I should have offered to make her some for a fee.  :-)  

Anyways, here are my two cuties.  The kids were great and had fun.

Happy Saturday & Mother's Day!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ninja Turtle Room Makeover

I have been so looking forward to Hosea's room makeover.  Jonathan & I have been thinking about it for a couple of weeks and planning things for it.  We decided to make it over while he was at PreK.  I was giddy with excitement!  Come and see what we did!

My dear friend Tiffany sent me the quote below before Hosea was born.  So, it's been on his wall for over 5 years.  I've loved it and its truth.  For those of you that need to take off vinyl glue, heating it up didn't work, trying to scrape it with an x-acto knife didn't work, water didn't work, baby oil didn't work (yes, I'm serious, we tried that and ruined the wall).  What worked?  Just simple sanding.  We sanded and then repainted the wall.  Not exactly what we had planned.

Anyways, let's go through the changes.

When you come to his room, I have the Ninja Turtle Wreath hanging on the door.  I just love this silly wreath.

His Nana & Papa bought the bedding and let us have it early for his new room.

My husband designed this piece of art.  He actually designed two others.  The first didn't turn out how we wanted.  The second was turned down by Wal-Mart because they couldn't print copy-righted images (even though we had altered it big time), so he came up with this - which I love.  He even got the turtles' eyes perfect to how they are.  

(You like how we didn't take the nails out from what was previously here.)

Here's my favorite element in the room!!!  These giant engineer print Lego Ninja Turtles.  I got the idea from here.  I had pinned it forever ago and randomly thought of it last week.  I forgot she used Lego's so originally, I was going to photograph his actual ninja turtles but then I thought about how much he LOVES Lego's right now so I thought it best to incorporate his two loves into one.  Gosh, I love how these turned out.

Okay, here's what I did different from her instructions.  I did get them copied at Staples for $3 a piece for a 2'x4' size engineer print.  So great, right?  We shopped around at Lowes & Home Depot for thin MDF.  Lowes didn't have what we were looking for but Home Depot did.  The sheet she mentioned was $4 but it's $5.50 at my store.  We held off from using it because of how heavy it was.  I was afraid it wouldn't stay on the wall and then fall and hit my kiddo in the head so we didn't do that.

We saw a small piece of foam board in another section and wondered if Office Depot sold bigger pieces.  So, we headed there next and found sheets that were 30"x40".  Perfect.  I used spray adhesive to glue them onto the board.  I let them dry for several hours and then I had to cut off some of the excess.  Here's a tip when cutting.  Go slow and instead of dragging your utility knife, kind of jab it up and down.  Worked perfectly!  We used Command strips to hang them on the wall.

Another thing, even though it was perfectly smooth when I glued them down, it bubbles now.  I think it has to do with the foam.  At least, that's my guess.  The bubbles come out with smoothing but come back again.  I'm not too concerned since they're just in my son's room.  Not sure what I'd do differently if I were making something for my living room.

 The rest of the room.

 The growing Lego collection.

 New birthday gifts, not including two giant Lego sets in the living room.

I initially forgot about these lanterns I bought for the room.  Found them last minute.  Put some crepe paper around them to personalize and hung up with some twine.

That's it!  He LOVED it!!  I went into the room before him so I could record his reaction.  Let's just say, he thought everything was AWESOME!


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