Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Diy Cheap and Easy Wall Art

This is such a great technique to add DIY interest to your home.  It is perfect on so many levels.

1. It is easy. (7 year olds completed today's project)
2. It is cheap. (the more creative you get, the cheaper is is)
3. It is unique!

We followed the same technique as the make do and mend art from a while back.

I used a cool wrapping paper I found at Tai Pan Trading.  It is made of recycled materials and is incredibly durable. (source)  You could use fabric, or depending on the look and size you want, scraps of fabric, washi tape, scrapbook fabrics, etc. I ended up using a paint sample from Home Depot, but acrylic paints would work as well.  You could probably spray paint the thing.  It really is that easy!

We initially used Mod Podge and worked really hard to get all the bubbles out. Because I was using non-pourous materials though, the next day it began to lift. So instead we used  spray adhesive and embraced the  wrinkles. ( Is that a life lesson I need to learn?)

Once your sticker is in position, paint the entire board.  Make sure cover the line where the sticker meet.

Hang and enjoy!  (PS I used command strips and they are working like a champ!)

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Congratulations Susanne Pauilssen!  You are the winner!  Check your email for ordering info!
I am so excited to share this project with you today!  It has taken me a while to get around to it, and the anticipation has been growing over here.  A while back I received the most generous offer from Bethany at Icon Stickers.  She asked if I was interested in trying out their wall stickers and sharing my thoughts.  At first I thought I may not be her best choice.  As much as I believe that families are in fact forever, plastering it on my wall doesn't fit my current aesthetic.


when I went to her site I was pleasantly surprised!

The site is full of pages and pages of stunning and clever images.  Classic, but beautiful or a bit on the irreverent side like this.

In the end I decided to indulge the horse lover of our family, Scout.  We have recently moved into a rental home that is covered in classic renters taupe.  Painting is out, but we needed some spunk.  I ordered this horse in their large size (aprox 4'x3').  (!!!) The girls helped in every step of the way using a similar technique as the make do and mend art from a while back.

I was very pleased with the the quality of the the wall decal as well as the ease of ordering.  We received our sticker in incredible speed, and had no issues with applying it at all.

SO.... wanna win a sticker? Any sticker, shipping included...even internationally.  WOW!

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I'm crossing my fingers for you!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Blog Planner Roundup

1 Infarrantly Creative  2 Happy Organized Life 3 I Heart Organizing 4 My Joy Filled Life 5 Confessions of a Homeschooler

January is nearing an end, my tree is finally down (don't judge me geesh!), and I am finally ready to get organized.  Here are a few of the best blog planners google images had to offer.  (the only way I search these days).

Most are free, all are gorgeous, and all meet different needs in organizing.  Personally I am using  combined approach.  I started with a planner LivingWellSpendingLess created.  It is offered free, but to best use it purchase her great e-book How to Blog for Profit without Selling Your Soul.  I then printed of a few pages from the above planners to make it fit my needs.


And in honor of January and self-improvement, head over to Olivia Omega for inspiration and goal setting.  I had the honor of hearing her speak at Sewing Summitt 2013, and I will never be the same.  Thanks Olivia!!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Shrinky Dink Valentine's

Jen over at Craft-o-Maniac is sharing one of our projects from last year's Valentine's exchange.  (Thanks Jen!)  Head over for a look-see.  And stay a bit.  Here site is fantastic!

Today's project is a favorite around our house.  We love making shrinky dink art.  There's something magical about watching the plastic curl up and thicken.  (No, not very poetic.... but you'll see.  It is cool!)  

Using a sheet of shrink plastic- or a no. 6 recyclable plastic take out container,  have your child (or yourself) draw a colorful image about 2" square. We used sharpies and colored pencils.  Cut out the image and use a standard sized hole punch at the top of your drawing.  Punch the hole fairly close to edge, as it can be hard to attach the clasp.

Pop it in the oven following the manufacturer's instructions.


Attach clasp (purchased at chain craft store) and enjoy.  My girls like to clip them on their backpacks, purses, sometimes even sweater buttonholes. 

Here is last year's version.  It looks a bit cluttered in photos, but if you'd like you can download it here.

And although my graphic skills still look like a 10 year old, You are welcome to this version as well.
Click here for a printable page version.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Valentine Re-Runs: String Art Heart

It seems we have a winner!  

This project is being pinned, and repinned, and repinned. Rather than send you through the archives (but feel free, there are some good posts every now and then) I thought I'd make things easier and bring this back from the ghosts of Valentine's Day past.


This project is the trifecta of kid crafts.  
1) Easy 
2) Fast 
3) Awesome

Gather supplies and trace a heart in the center of your fabric. I used a heavy-ish twill so as to not show any mistakes. You could freehand it for a whimsical look, use a template, or do the fold-cut technique from grade school. Use a disappearing fabric pen, or light pencil marks.

The process is pretty straightforward.  Thread your needle and tie a knot in the end.  For younger artists pull thread all the way through the needle and tie ends together.  This prevents their needle from coming unthreaded. Also, a darning needle is sharp enough to pierce fabric, but not too sharp for small hands.

Pull needle up from back anywhere on outline of heart. Pull thread tight and push needle down across heart on outline.

  Here's the trick.  Working from the front: bring needle back up on outline close to where you brought needle down.  In this way you will not waste gallons of thread on the back of your design. Hope that made sense!

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

  You can change threads, or go with one solid color.

Cover back with felt if desired.

These examples were made by my twin six year olds, and their 8 year old friend in about 45 completely interrupted minutes.

----If you made it this far, I'll let you in on a secret.  There is an AMAZING giveaway coming up in the next couple of days.  (OK tomorrow, if I can get my act together).


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