Thursday, April 21, 2016

Life

 Well, I made it through another news segment.  This time my crafts were so prepared, but I felt so not prepared.  The day before I aired, I realized that I hadn't even thought about what I was going to wear.  I totally could have gone with my everyday workout pants on the bottom because you don't see that part...but the top I have to try and pull together.  So...on Wednesday nights, Abbie has a longer ballet class.  I dropped her off and took myself over to the mall.  I ventured into Maurice's (which is usually where I shop) and wasn't loving anything.  Poops.  Beyond that I had NO idea where to go.  Gymboree?  Justice?  Those are the only stores I ever go in...and I don't even go to them that much!!  I wandered my way into Express.  Um... talk about feeling out of place!  Wait, how do you put that on?  Why are the pockets sticking out from under the shorts?  Whoa, those are shorts???  Yeah...it was that good.  I did make my way to the back of the store by the dresses and clearance items.  (Dan and I also had a wedding to attend so I was looking for a dress).  I did muster up the courage to ask for a fitting room and even tried on a few dresses.  I couldn't decide...shocking...so I put them on hold and left empty handed.  I had about 10 minutes until I needed to leave to pick Abbie back up and still had nothing.  I made my way over to The Limited....I think that was the store.  Now, I haven't been in the store for probably 10 years or more.  It was beautiful in there.  I saw a pair of pants I liked (which doesn't really help since you can't see my bottom half on TV) so, naturally I went to try them on.  As I was walking to the fitting rooms I saw this cute girl wearing this amazing teal trench coat.  Um...HELLO!!!  My favorite color and it was just the POP of color I needed for the next morning segment.  I asked her where she got it and was super excited to try and find it.  I tried the pants on (they actually fit....yeah me...the hard work is paying off...until I eat cookies).  I wanted to buy the pants, but then I looked at the price tag.  $77 for a pair of pants....????  Yeah, I put them back so quickly and made my way out of the store.  I was on the hunt for my teal coat.  Naturally, the store had closed at the mall I was at...because nothing is ever easy.  I had 10 minutes to get back to Abbie.  On my way to pick her up, I made some calls and found the coat....at BAYSHORE.  UGH.... As soon as Abbie parked her cute little behind in the car we made the drive to Bayshore.  We ran in, got the coat...which was on clearance....SCORE...and drove back home.  I am so in love with that teal coat.  Just in case you think I have it together from the looks of my segments...I don't.  Oh, and I totally forgot to use the bathroom before I went back to set up...thankfully there were no accidents on the news that morning ;)


And...then the weekend happened.  Gavin started football at the Y this past weekend.  He is the quarterback.  He ran the ball in for a touchdown and it was such a trick play that I didn't even get to record it!!  They had their team photos on Saturday.  I am too cheap to buy photos so this was my best attempt at sneaking a picture of his team!  My kid isn't even looking!
 It was so nice out the weekend that we made our first fire of the year.  Our kids love pudgy pies....so pudgy pies for dinner it was!  (note to our 13 year old....pudgy pie makers do melt if left in the fire too long....we lost 2 pudgy pie makers that night)

 I wiped up our kitchen floor for the first time in, well, I don't know.  It was disgusting.  I'll leave it at that.

 Abbie is in full Alice rehearsal land.  She had practice on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  I think her favorite rehearsals are the ones with the company dancers.  One day, Abbie, one day!
 Before she goes into ballet practice or rehearsals I always tell her to "be confident."  This past week at chapel she read about being confident.  It was awesome to hear her speak on confidence.
 Today is the first day in a week I haven't had a sick kid at home.  Kens had it the worst.  A high fever and a cough.  Hopefully we have pulled through and no one else gets any more fevers!
 Sunday was beautiful out.  The swim suits came out, cars were washed, and a bottle of sunscreen was used.  Sads worked on her homework outside in the sun.  I love how she is using a toy register as her calculator.

 Ballet on boogy boards...why not?
 I'll never forget the day I found out I was pregnant with Griffin.  Lanie was just 6 months old.  I cried and cried because I was so overwhelmed with 6...how did God think we could handle another one?  Well, HE knew we could.  HE knew Gavin needed a brother.  I am thankful that they have each other!


 The chickens did a lot of free ranging over the weekend.  They love to be free.  They lay more eggs when they are happy.  We like happy chickens!


 Dan loves his chickens.  He is a good chicken owner.  If he could, he would be a farmer.  One day I am going to come home to goats and pigs, I just know it.


 and...that was our weekend.  I did get a run in down at the lakefront while Abbie was at ballet this weekend.  It brought back my college years when Dan and I would walk down by the lakefront.  Dan's cousin got married this weekend and we actually made it to the reception among the craziness of the weekend and sick kids.  It was a good weekend.  We are ready for summer!  Tomorrow is the big middle school play I have been helping direct....we are going to pull this off....we are going to pull this off.  If you're free Friday night at 7 and want a free night out at the "theater" come see "TWINDERELLA" :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Getting Rid of the Gray! Tutorial on 6 crafts to turn your gray into a "POP" of color!

I don't know about you, but this girl is ready for spring...and more ready for warm weather!  When I think of spring, I think of colors....so why not add some color to your winter gray right now?!?!!?  I have searched Pinterest and found 6 ways to add a pop of color into your life....are you ready to craft?  

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A "pop" of color picture jar!

Take a simple mason jar and old paint and turn it into just the little "pop" of color you need to brighten up a dull space!  

Supplies Needed:

  1. Mason jar (or really any glass jar)
  2. Paint (I used old paint samples from our walls)
  3. Sticky back vinyl (found at local craft stores) 
  4. Picture (I printed mine on a regular piece of paper)
  5. Paint brush
  6. Painter's tape
  7. Twine (optional) 




I started with 3 mason jars from goodwill.  You could use a pickle jar or a pizza sauce jar...anything glass.  
Next, I used my cricut to cut out 3 vinyl scalloped shapes on sticky back vinyl.  If you don't have a cricut you can cut out your shapes just the same using a pencil and scissors.  Once your shape is cut out, peel off the paper backing so the back part is sticky.  Place the sticky side down on the jar making sure you press all the edges down.  
Next, paint your jar.  I painted right over the vinyl sticker.  



I used three different colors for my jars.  
 I waited until the jars were almost dry...still a little tacky and carefully peeled off the vinyl sticker.
While the jars finished drying, I headed over to my computer and printed small images right on plain copy paper.  
 I cut the image out and flipped it over and attached painters tape.  Then I taped the picture to the inside of the jar so the picture would show through the opening.  Boom....adorbs!!  You have to place a small cup on the inside of the jar if you are going to put real flowers and water in it....otherwise your picture will get wet!  This is a fun way to do it so you can change the picture out!  I wrapped a piece of jute around my jar, but you don't have to!  This is just an easy and cheap way to add a little "pop" to your life!!



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Inspirational Pallet Wood Sign

Take old or new wood and turn it into a piece of art work that will bring color to any space!  So easy to make and such a bold statement piece!  

Supplies Needed: 

  1. Pallet board or wood pieces
  2. Spray paint (or acrylic paint) 
  3. Paint Pens

A sweet friend actually gave me this as a Christmas gift and I fell in love with it.  We had a huge empty space that was in need of a pop of color and I knew these boards would be the PERFECT touch to our dreary plain wall!  
 I started by gathering some old pallet wood boards and laying them out the way I wanted them to hang on our wall.
 Next, I dug into my spray paint stash and started spray painting the boards.  Since it has been too cold to spray paint outside, I have turned to spraying in a large box inside the house.  Not recommended but you gotta do what you gotta do!
 Once I had all my boards painted, I set them out to dry .  (I did end up using some acrylic craft paint on a couple of the boards because I didn't have all the colors I wanted in the spray paint form)  Both paint options worked extremely well.
 After the boards were dry, I used paint pens to write my words.  Now, I admit, I don't have the best free handing writing....so yeah.  However, I was ok with my weird writing and went with it.
 I totally winged my phrases too.  Whatever came to my mind, I wrote down.
 My sweet hubby attached them all together for me and hung them on the wall.  The larger set we have hanging in our staircase (see photos above) are hanging on the wall with 3-M strips attached to the back.  That has worked perfectly and not one has yet to fall!  I dare say...this is one of my favorite crafts...so me and SO easy!
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DIY Hand Stamped and Painted Pillows (trust me...they are EASY!!)

Ok, so I saw this idea on Pinterest and FREAKED out.  There was NO way I could pull this off.  Let me just say that our pillows in our living room are lame.  They are SO not me.  I have been wanting new pillows for a while now, but they are pricey and I am cheap.  Insert craft time.  We had these two ugly yellow pillows...don't mind the gross stains of who knows what on them.  While strolling through Hobby Lobby I came across these canvas pillow covers.  Uh...you mean I don't actually have to SEW pillow covers??  SCORE!!!!  Those two pillow covers made their way into my cart and I got to crafting!  Yes, even YOU can do this!! 

 (I told you the pillows were yellow, ugly, and gross!)

Supplies Needed: 

  1. Fabric paint
  2. Blank pillow cases (or if you can sew....canvas material to make your own)
  3. Sticky back foam
  4. Wood circles
  5. Paint brushes
  6. Scissors 
  7. Iron (I did break down and iron my pillow cases before painting them) 


Ok, the first step for the circle pillow was to cut out five free handed circles on the sticky back foam.  Cut out the circles and peel the paper backing off.  Stick the foam to the wood circle.  
Next, I used a large paper plate to place my paint on and got a brush for each color of paint.

I used the brush to paint the fabric paint on the foam circle and started stamping on the canvas pillow cover. ( oh, I did put a layer of wax paper inside the pillow case to prevent the paint from leaking through to the back) I really just used the wood circles as my guide.  I had no color pattern and just stamped with what color I thought would look good.  You could lay it out more strategically than what I did....but I was super happy with how mine turned out.  

Stamp after stamp I added more circles.  Each time I used a stamp I would add more paint to the stamp.



 I filled the entire pillow case up using the 5 different stamps and colors.
I waited for it to dry and took the yellow pillow case off and put the new polka dot one on!  


 For the second pillow case I went with more of a "free spirited" approach.  I used my paint brush and basically made "V" shapes for the flowers.  Next, I took the end of the paint brush (like the stick part) and dipped that into the black paint and made dots.  I had no rhyme or reason....I just went with it.  I think that is why I love them so much.  I didn't want perfection.



 I let the second pillow case dry and slide the pillow into the case.  I could not be more pleased with how these turned out!  I am on the hunt for more covers to paint for our other ugly couch pillows....they were too ugly to even post a picture of!!



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Finger Print Heart Canvas

We had an empty gray wall which was screaming for some color.  There is no better way to add some color than with a colorful canvas that we were able to create together as a family!  

Supplies Needed:

  1. Large Canvas
  2. Acrylic Craft Paints
  3. Pencil
  4. Sharpie
  5. Felt (optional)
  6. Cloths pins (optional)

 We started by having each child in our family pick a paint color.  Each of our kids have a favorite color which happen to blend nicely so that totally worked out in my favor!

Next, I free handed a large heart on the canvas with a pencil.  I thought about erasing it and doing another one, but I was loving the wonky heart shape I drew.  We squeezed a dab of each person's paint color onto a paper plate and taught them how to dip their finger in the paint.  
 Then...it was time to fill it in.  One finger print at a time.  We rotated the canvas as it filled up to spread the colors out evenly.
 After the heart was filled with the prints, I had each person put one single finger print on the lower right hand side.  I took a sharpie and wrote the name that each color represented from our family.

 I wanted to put our last name on the print, but didn't want to free hand it.  I cut our last name out of some scraps of felt instead.
 I attached them together with a piece of baker's twine and hot glued two clothespins on the canvas.  I hung the baker's twine inside the clothespins and had a complete canvas.  I did add our marriage year to it for a final touch!  I know it's not perfect...but it totally represents our crazy family!  One of the best "pops" of color to remind us of just how blessed we are!


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 DIY Pinwheel

I am in love with these pinwheels.  Just by switching your paper choice, you can make these fun pinwheels add a pop of color to any color scheme!  

Supplies Needed:

  1. Pinwheel maker (made by memory keepers)
  2. Double sided scrapbook paper
  3. Pinwheel sticks (memory keepers) 
  4. Paper cutter (or scissors and ruler) 

 I found this pinwheel maker at a local craft store and just knew the possibilities were endless with this!  I have made quite a lot of pinwheels I must say!
 The nice thing about this pinwheel maker is that you can make the pinwheel in any size up to 12 inches...now that's a BIG pinwheel!  My favorite size is a 6x6 inch pinwheel.  First you need to cut your paper into a perfect square.
 Then you will punch a hole in each corner of the square using the built in hole punch.
 Next, you line you hole punched corner up with the correct inch marking on the pinwheel maker.  Once you have it lined up, you used the razor cutter to slide down to make the cut.
 You can make a single pinwheel or a double pinwheel.  For this demo I made a double pinwheel.  (meaning I used two pieces of paper)  You will need to follow the directions on the pinwheel maker when making a double one....there are two different cuts you need to make for a double one.
 Here are my two finished squares punched and cut and ready to assemble.
 I used the pinwheel attachment and straw to make the part to hold the pinwheel.
 Next, you will lay your two pieces of paper together to start creating the pinwheel.  (I did watch a You-tube video on how to do this because it can be a bit confusing if you have never done it before).
 Next, you will poke the pinwheel holder through the back of the paper and start folding the paper over.
 One piece at a time going in order.

 Finally you will put the little plastic cap on the tip of the middle of the plastic pinwheel maker to hold the pinwheel in place!
I know, I know...it sounds confusing...but trust me.  Once you get the hang of it, you will be cranking these pinwheels out for every possible thing you can think of!  I even put one as an added touch to a birthday gift the other day!  Who doesn't love a pinwheel to bring a little happiness and color into the day?!?!?!

*There are you-tube videos on how to make these...it is hard to explain in a picture tutorial so utilize those videos if you are confused!*
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It's amazing how just a little "pop" of color can brighten up a dull space or bring a little sunshine to your day!  I hope you are inspired to craft the day away!  

Happy Spring...I think Spring is coming soon, right?!?!