Easter Fun: A Late Post

I know this is a super late post since Easter was like 3 weeks ago but, this was my Easter. We decorated eggs the day before. We only painted 4 eggs and they were super ugly but it was fun for my daughter so it was worth it. She got pretty bored waiting for the egg to get a dark color so I ended up just giving her some washable paint and she spent about 30 minutes painting 1 egg and her entire body blue. So that was fun. We tried the whisk + egg dying idea and it worked really well. So, if you haven’t heard/seen that idea you should definitely give it a try next year!

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On the actual day of Easter we went to my in-laws house after going on an Easter egg hunt at our house. At Maw-Maw’s house Lilly hunted for more eggs and then everyone went outside to play with some bubbles. So, that’s what I did about 3 weeks ago.

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My Valentine’s Day

Let’s see…I painted my nails copying a technique I pinned a while back. It looked pretty good and I got several compliments. To do it you just need those hole reinforcers for paper. You paint your nails the base color then, once it dries you use the hole thingy’s to create a dip pattern with just a bit of the color showing on the bottom. Then you paint with your next shade. and repeat for the final shade. It didn’t take long and still looks good.

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I made this easy little thing for my hubby. I just created a word document that said “I love you because…” and then placed inside a dollar store frame. I then wrote with dry-erase marker on top of the glass. Now we can leave each other nice notes.

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When I went to get into my car I found that it had been bombed by Valentine’s Day. My husband place balloons and streamers inside and drew hearts on the windows. I later discovered that he filled each balloon with a piece of paper that was a reason he loved me. 🙂 Pretty sweet!

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I don’t have a photo of my day at work but, I had all of my students participate in Speed-Dating en Español. If you didn’t know, I am a high-school Spanish teacher. They were all reluctant at first but when I said they could be anyone they wanted and answer however they wished as long as they did it in Spanish they were a bit more interested. All of my classes loved it and made a point to tell me that they thought it was fun. I also let them vote on their most interesting date as a class and awarded a candy to the winners. It was a good day to be a teacher.

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Finally, we went to celebrate my Father-in-law’s 50th birthday party. It was at my least favorite restaurant of all time, but we had a nice time and he really appreciated that we went. In the above pic you can see Lilly assisting with blowing out the candles.

So, that was my day. It was pretty good. How was your Valentine’s Day?

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I decided to put my own little spin on the valentine idea with a child and candy lips. My husband and I joined in on the fun. We just got in front of his mac and used photo booth to take our picture. It works really well with Lillian because she likes to be able to see herself take the picture. Then I added the text using the computer and had cards printed at Walgreens. With a coupon it only cost $10 for 20 photo cards with envelopes. I’m sure it will bring a smile to all of my friends and family members faces. And, maybe it will give you an idea for your own.

Valentine’s Day Party Poppers

 

 

 

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These cheap and easy to create party poppers will be a big hit with my daughter’s classmates. All you need to do is gather your materials and get started!

You will need:

– toilet paper rolls

– candy and small toys/trinkets

– tape

– scissors

– wrapping paper (as thin as you can get; don’t get the expensive stuff)

– ribbon

First, you cut each toilet paper roll in half.

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Second, you stuff it with your candy and toys.

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Third, tape the roll together (very little tape; you want it to be easy to pop open) and wrap it with your paper.

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Fourth, twist the ends of the paper together and tie it with a ribbon and your done!

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Custom Coffee Mugs

I decided to do this quick and easy project inspired by pinterest. It was super quick and I think the results are great!

You will need:
– 2 mugs (I bought mine at the dollar store)
– sharpie

The only limitation to this project is your imagination. I mimicked something I had seen but you could literally do anything. All you do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees, write on your mug with a sharpie and bake for 30 minutes. It was quick and, if you mess up you can always wipe it away (before baking it of course!) After you are happy with your sharpie marks you just bake it and it is now permanent!

I made these for my sister-in-law who got married recently but you could do so many things and you know…there are many colors of sharpies out there!

DIY Coffee Hand Scrub

I finished up all of my Christmas gift crafting this weekend and this was one on my list. I have few guy friends who are addicted to coffee but still care about their appearance and hand softness. So, I thought this would be a great gift and, it only took a few minutes to make!

You will need:
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 1/2 cup ground coffee
– bowl for mixing
– container for scrub

All you have to do is mix together your ingredients and then put them in your container! It’s that easy. I went ahead and made some fantastic labels for the scrub that you can see below and click to download.

If you like this post you should also check out my DIY coffee themed t-shirt!


DIY Art – A Christmas Gift

My sister-in-law posted a picture of string art similar to this one with the comment that she would like one for our state, Arkansas. So, I thought I would surprise her for Christmas.

To make the string art you need:
– one board (I bought mine at Wal-Mart in the craft section unpainted for about $4.)
– paint color of your choice
– nails (I went with an oxidized looking nail. I thought they looked more retro and interesting than silver ones.)
– string (I used all purpose white thread. It’s a little thicker than regular thread. I also just used red thread for the heart.)
– a printed out image of your state or whatever you would like to make string art with

First, I painted my board. I chose lime green because my sister is kind of fun and I think it will match her home. Then I laid my map print out on the board and taped it down. Then I began to place my nails around the edge of the state lines. I then made a heart around the city that she lives in.

When I placed the nails for the heart I found that the board bent because there was nothing to stabilize it while hammering so I found a piece of styrofoam and placed it under the area I was nailing to make it easier.

Once I had placed the nails it was time to string it! I tied the beginning of my string to the first nail at the top left corner and then began to wind back and forth between the nails forming the heart and the nails forming the state shape. I had to use each nail making up the heart multiple times. I didn’t really count or anything I just did it until it looked like I should move on to the next nail. When I finished I tied the end of the string to the final nail which ended up being the same as my starting nail.

After doing the white part I decided that I would fill in the heart with red thread to emphasize that it was a heart. I followed the same method as I did with the white except that I stayed within the boundaries of the heart shape.

There you have it! A heartfelt piece of art that will hopefully make a great gift. My only problem with this project was that the nails I bought were a little difficult to use. Aesthetically they were very pleasing but they were not uniform and some were rather dull ended. This made it much more difficult to nail them to the board than if I had chosen uniform, sharp nails. But, It all worked out. Oh, as a note I actually did put some hot glue on the nail tips on the underside of the board to make sure they stayed in place while I was stringing them. I did this because my nails were not cooperating and kept popping out. I would imagine that if you used more uniform nails that weren’t so wide then you wouldn’t need to do this.

Parking Tickets for Inconsiderate People and Poor Parkers

I have been planning on making these for a really long time and have never gotten around to it but, I recently saw a photo that someone posted of a “ticket” they received and it spurred me into action. I plan on giving my “parking tickets” as little booklets and placing them in stockings for my friends and family to use. I hope they are helpful to you.

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A Felt Christmas Tree

I’m sure you have seen the felt Christmas tree project on Pinterest. However, I am kind of lazy sometimes and I made mine even easier. It didn’t take a very long time and she really enjoyed it. All you need is a piece of poster board, a hot glue gun, some green felt and some sparkly ornament looking gift tags. I found mine at the dollar store.

First you roll up the poster board to make a cone. I had to cut off a portion of the poster board to make the size and shape I wanted. Then you wrap the poster board cone with the green felt and hot glue it. Finally, you take your blingy, ornament gift tags and hot glue little strips of the same green felt (in my case the scraps) to the back of each tag. I also hot glued two star gift tags together to make the star tree topper. Voila! Done! It took me maybe 15 minutes and was well worth the time.