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4.18.2014

Spring Letter Set

Spring has sprung here in Utah, and I am loving it! We have been having some warm days and soaking up the sun! This week has been Spring Break for my kids, so I've been doing some fun things with them. We've been to the park a couple of times, played with cousins, went kite flying (they loved that!), and we've just enjoyed spending time together. My four boys are all really good friends with one another and I feel lucky that they are. Especially since they all share one bedroom. Anyway, back to this fun Spring Letter Set. A couple of weeks ago, Pick Your Plum, had these fun letter sets. They had some Easter ones, and one that says April. I picked up this Spring set and the April set. I think they are so fun! When I finished this one, I decided to go with a little bit brighter colors. I seem to be drawn to them this Spring.


I decided to finish this  set with the fun Hello Summer line from a couple of years ago. It is a line put out by Echo Park Paper. It is one of my favorites. I used it on this fun Summer set a couple of years ago, and then last year, I ended up selling that set thinking I'd be able to get more of that paper, but I couldn't get it anymore. :( I finished a new Summer set with some new paper, and then last year, I got in contact with Echo Park Paper and was able to purchase more of the Hello Summer line from them. I was so excited! I'll be using that paper to remake my Summer letter set. Anyway, you didn't come here to hear all about my Summer letters, lol. I used scraps from the original Summer set to finish these Spring letters.
I decided that I liked the look of the natural wood (MDF) on the sides, so this was a really quick project. I just traced my paper onto the wood, cut it out, (I did try to erase the pencil lines off of the wood from tracing) and then I glued my paper down to the wood. Once I was to that point, I sanded the edges that needed sanding.
Isn't the flower the cutest? :) I goes perfectly with the fun font!
This was one of those projects that I had a lot of fun with while I made it. I think I enjoyed it so much because it went so quickly!
I love the way it turned out! Even with the brighter colors, I think it still looks very Spring-ish! What do you think?
Linking to some of these parties:  Monday: That's What {Che} Said, Keeping it Simple, Craft-O-Maniac, Huckleberry Love Tuesday: Home Stories A to Z, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Inside BruCrew Life, The Winthrop Chronicles, Sugar Bee Crafts, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Not JUST A Housewife Wednesday: Simply Designing, Made to be a Momma, Creations by Kara, Ginger Snap Crafts, SNAP! Creativity, Seven Thirty Three, Polkadots on Parade, Someday Crafts Thursday: Cherished Bliss, Housewife Eclectic, Artsy-Fartsy Mama, A Glimpse Inside, Creative Capital B Friday: The 36th Avenue, Just Us Four, Design, Dining + Diapers, The Shabby Nest, Lil' Luna, Todays Creative Blog, I Heart Naptime, Tatertots & Jello, Practically Functional, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, Whipperberry Weekend: Blooming Homestead, The Girl Creative, Six Sisters' Stuff, Flamingo Toes, What's Cooking with Ruthie, Your Homebased Mom, Or So She Says

4.15.2014

PTA Teacher Birthday Party

Happy Tax day! Hopefully you are all getting a refund and don't have to pay. I'm excited that we are getting a refund. I always look forward to this time of year for that reason. ;) Anyway, just over a couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to throw a birthday party for the teachers and staff at our elementary school. I'm in the PTA and in charge of all the birthday gifts for the students and teachers, along with doing the birthday bulletin board each month. Well, the PTA presidents came up with the idea of throwing the teachers and staff a birthday party instead of buying a small gift for each of them, and it was SO fun! A little stressful, but so fun! I shared some pictures of the party and prep on Instagram, but today, I'm showing you the whole party.


The first thing I did was create the invitations. We needed to get RSVP's so we had a count of how many people would be there. We were having the luncheon catered, so we needed numbers. I created this fun invite and made it so they could tear the bottom off and return it with their RSVP. 

I knew the party was going to be held in the library, so when I started planning, I had to figure out what and how many of the decorations I needed. I asked on facebook for some ideas of inexpensive decorations, and someone suggested making tissue paper pom poms, because they would be a lot of decorations for not much money. We were on a tight budget for this party.
When we got there to set up, I was just glad that we ended up with enough decorations and we got the tables all to line up underneath where we could hang the decorations.
I spent some time (ok, a lot of time) making tissue paper pom poms. If you've ever made them, then you know how much time they take, and you also probably know how frustrating they can be. I had never made them before, but I did learn a few things while doing it. The small ones are much easier to make, and if I made the big ones again, I think I'd use at least 10 sheets of tissue paper. I only used 8, and I don't think it would have hurt them to be a little more full.
As I was making the pom poms, I kept saying that I would never do it again, but I think I would. They turned out to be a really great party decoration.
For the decorations on the tables, I cut out a bunch of confetti using my Cricut Explore. I could not believe that it could cut that small! It totally amazed me. I cut out confetti with the name of our school, but I blurred it out for safety reasons. I also cut out Happy Birthday, balloons, and cake into confetti. It was so fun!
I was stumped with what to do for the center pieces. I was originally thinking that I could just use the pom poms above the tables and not have centerpieces, but when I started thinking about it, I knew that I needed something more, but I didn't know what to do. One day when I was at the school, I asked my friend that works in the office if she had any ideas, and she suggested wrapping empty boxes. So I rounded some up and I found some wrapping paper that matched the colors I was using and wrapped the boxes. It was so simple, but worked great!
I found some fun plates at Zurcher's, along with napkins that went perfect with the colors and theme of the party.
We had Sassy Sweets Bakery make the cupcakes, and oh.my.goodness! They were SOO yummy! I'm not a huge cake eater, I usually don't have any at parties, but I had one of these cupcakes, and it was delish!
I designed the cupcake toppers, but my friend at the school put them together. If you'd like to download the center part, you can find it here. She used a punch to cut them out. I cut the scalloped circles on the Cricut Explore as well. I cut paper straws into thirds to make the sticks for the toppers. They turned out great!
The night before the party, I was worried that I wouldn't have enough decorations. I had some paper left over from when I cut the confetti and scalloped circles, so I decided to cut some banner shapes and grabbed some baker's twine and I strung these banners together. They were so fast and easy to make.

I love this Happy Birthday banner. I'm not sure if I've ever shared it here or not. It is one that I made a few years ago, for my mother-in-laws surprise birthday party. I worked out great to use, because it matched perfectly.
Well, that's the party! I know this is a long post, but I didn't want to break it up. If you have any questions about anything in this post, something that I might have missed, just let me know. I'd be happy to answer them. Have you ever been in charge of throwing a big party?
Linking to some of these parties:  Monday: That's What {Che} Said, Keeping it Simple, Craft-O-Maniac, Huckleberry Love Tuesday: Home Stories A to Z, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Inside BruCrew Life, The Winthrop Chronicles, Sugar Bee Crafts, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Not JUST A Housewife Wednesday: Simply Designing, Made to be a Momma, Creations by Kara, Ginger Snap Crafts, SNAP! Creativity, Seven Thirty Three, Polkadots on Parade, Someday Crafts Thursday: Cherished Bliss, Housewife Eclectic, Artsy-Fartsy Mama, A Glimpse Inside, Creative Capital B Friday: The 36th Avenue, Just Us Four, Design, Dining + Diapers, The Shabby Nest, Lil' Luna, Todays Creative Blog, I Heart Naptime, Tatertots & Jello, Practically Functional, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, Whipperberry Weekend: Blooming Homestead, The Girl Creative, Six Sisters' Stuff, Flamingo Toes, What's Cooking with Ruthie, Your Homebased Mom, Or So She Says

4.11.2014

House Number Sign

Last fall, I bought myself a scroll saw. I was so excited to use it, and to cut my own wood. Once I had it, it just sat in the box for a couple of months, and then my husband got it out and cut some stuff for me. Then it got cold, and the saw sat in the house all winter. Well, now that it is warming up, we got the saw out again. I still haven't used it, but I did talk my husband into cutting out these fun numbers for me. This was one of those projects that I had in my mind, and once I had all the pieces, I had no idea what direction it was going to go. But, I am in love with the direction that this project went. I put this fun House Number Sign together, and it makes me so happy that those numbers were cut right at home!!


I traced the numbers onto some 1/4 in. MDF, and had my husband cut it out. I sanded them good on the top and edges. Once sanded, I painted the top and sides white. I cut out some vinyl polka dots. When I am working with a shape like this, it is nice to trace it onto the vinyl transfer tape so you can see just where the design will be. It also helps when applying the vinyl.
Once the vinyl was all stuck onto the numbers, I picked out my paint. I wanted bright, fun colors, even if they don't match the outside of the house, I thought they'd be fun. I painted 2-3 coats of the colored paint on each number. Once the paint was dry, I peel up the vinyl, revealing the polka dots.
I distressed each of the numbers just a little bit. I think MDF is my favorite kind of wood to distress. There is just something about the way it turns out that I love!
The distressing on all the numbers turned out perfectly. Once they were all distressed, I glued them to my board, which I had already painted gray.

I decided after it was all glued together that I wanted to distress the edges of the board, so I lightly sanded it. After everything was done, I sprayed it good with a sealer, since it is going to be outside. I really hope it holds up well.

I really love the way it turned out. Polka dots are one of my favorite things, and so are bright colors!
So now you are all ready to grab a few supplies and make your own House Number Sign!
I can't wait to get it hung on the house by the front porch. We were going to hang it tonight, but once we started looking, we decided we wanted to put it under the porch lights on the brick, which led to wanting to replace the porch lights, so we headed out and bought some new lights, and hopefully we'll get them installed soon, and get the sign put up! I can't wait!
Linking to some of these parties:  Monday: That's What {Che} Said, Keeping it Simple, Craft-O-Maniac, Huckleberry Love Tuesday: Home Stories A to Z, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Inside BruCrew Life, The Winthrop Chronicles, Sugar Bee Crafts, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Not JUST A Housewife Wednesday: Simply Designing, Made to be a Momma, Creations by Kara, Ginger Snap Crafts, SNAP! Creativity, Seven Thirty Three, Polkadots on Parade, Someday Crafts Thursday: Cherished Bliss, Housewife Eclectic, Artsy-Fartsy Mama, A Glimpse Inside, Creative Capital B Friday: The 36th Avenue, Just Us Four, Design, Dining + Diapers, The Shabby Nest, Lil' Luna, Todays Creative Blog, I Heart Naptime, Tatertots & Jello, Practically Functional, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, Whipperberry Weekend: Blooming Homestead, The Girl Creative, Six Sisters' Stuff, Flamingo Toes, What's Cooking with Ruthie, Your Homebased Mom, Or So She Says

4.08.2014

12 Easter Projects & Printables

Have you decorated for Easter yet? I got a couple of things out, but I can't find my Easter box full of stuff...I told my husband, I guess I'll have to make some new stuff. :) I can't seem to find the motivation and inspiration though, so I thought I'd do a round up of some of the cute stuff I've found while trying to be inspired to create some Easter projects. These projects are from some of my favorite bloggers as well! I hope these fun projects will inspire you to create some fun Easter projects too!


Candy Garland & Easter Egg Decor - The Happy Scraps || Easter Egg Specimen Art - Every Creative Endeavor || Spring Egg Banner - Creations by Kara || Easter Bunny Bunting - The Happy Housie || DIY Stenciled Easter Sign - The Happy Scraps || Paper Straw Easter Egg - Keeping It Simple || Printable Easter Bingo - Artsy Fartsy Mama || Eggs Plaque - Craft-O-Maniac || Easter Art Printable - The Crafting Chicks || Button Egg Decor - Summer Scraps || Interchangeable Holiday Frame - Lolly Jane || Personalized Easter Buckets - The Happy Scraps
Linking to some of these parties:  Monday: That's What {Che} Said, Keeping it Simple, Craft-O-Maniac, Huckleberry Love Tuesday: Home Stories A to Z, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Inside BruCrew Life, The Winthrop Chronicles, Sugar Bee Crafts, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Not JUST A Housewife Wednesday: Simply Designing, Made to be a Momma, Creations by Kara, Ginger Snap Crafts, SNAP! Creativity, Seven Thirty Three, Polkadots on Parade, Someday Crafts Thursday: Cherished Bliss, Housewife Eclectic, Artsy-Fartsy Mama, A Glimpse Inside, Creative Capital B Friday: The 36th Avenue, Just Us Four, Design, Dining + Diapers, The Shabby Nest, Lil' Luna, Todays Creative Blog, I Heart Naptime, Tatertots & Jello, Practically Functional, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, Whipperberry Weekend: The Girl Creative, Six Sisters' Stuff, Flamingo Toes, What's Cooking with Ruthie, Your Homebased Mom, Or So She Says

4.04.2014

Thank You Cards & Randomness

I had full intentions of working on a project yesterday and getting the pictures taken and scheduling the post. But I decided to do the mom gig instead, and I enjoyed it! :) My boys bedroom has been needing to be gone through for some time, but I didn't really want to tackle it. (You should have seen the before, during, and after, but I didn't get any pictures.) All 4 of them share the bedroom, and it would be a very good sized room for one child, but having 4 in there, it is a little crowded. We have all their toys in there, along with a dresser, a changing table/dresser, and a book shelf, along with the boys bunk beds. So we really have all the walls lined with stuff. Last week, I was talking to my husband about the clothes storage situation. We don't have enough drawer space in the room for all their clothes, and they are growing, so their clothes are getting bigger. I told my husband that I thought we needed to get a couple of new dressers that would fit more clothes in them. So, a few days ago I headed to IKEA and picked up some dressers. Since I want these dressers put together and put to use asap, I decided that I wasn't going to craft yesterday, and I dug out my boys bedroom. It took me a good 6 hours at least. That did not include building the dressers. That will probably happen tomorrow. I rearranged, and decluttered a bunch. I filled my car with things to donate to good will. (If you are on Instagram and follow me, you may have seen the picture of my car. I filled it even more after the picture was taken.) It felt SO good to get it done! I love when I find motivation like that and I'm able to get rid of things without thinking about how much money was spent on the items that needed to go! My boys were pretty excited that I was rearranging their room too. Although, all that I did was put the book shelf in the closet. :)
Anyway, I didn't know if I'd get anything posted today, and then I remembered about these cards that I made a couple of years ago, that I just never got posted. I sent my best friend a package when she had her baby, and in it I included a stack of handmade Thank You cards that she could use, and not have to take the time to make any. These are some of those cards. I have shared a few of them in the past, but I'm going to try and share the rest of them in the next few months. The best part about making all of these was that I was able to use up a ton of my scrap papers. It worked out great!
I thought that this turquoise ombre card turned out great! I'm not a huge fan of ombre, but I occasionally like it, and this would be one of those times. :)

I added a couple of brads before I put the "thank you" circle on with dimension squares.
This card is very basic and simple. I used a square punch and some patterned paper that coordinated. Inked the edges, tied a ribbon, and glued the squares on. Then I stamped the Thank You stamp on, and it was finished.
Remember if you give cards as a gift, always include the envelopes as well.
I hope these cards give you a little bit of inspiration, if you are making some. :)
Linking to some of these parties:  Monday: That's What {Che} Said, Keeping it Simple, Craft-O-Maniac, Huckleberry Love Tuesday: Home Stories A to Z, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Inside BruCrew Life, The Winthrop Chronicles, Sugar Bee Crafts, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Not JUST A Housewife Wednesday: Simply Designing, Made to be a Momma, Creations by Kara, Ginger Snap Crafts, SNAP! Creativity, Seven Thirty Three, Polkadots on Parade, Someday Crafts Thursday: Cherished Bliss, Housewife Eclectic, Artsy-Fartsy Mama, A Glimpse Inside, Creative Capital B Friday: The 36th Avenue, Just Us Four, Design, Dining + Diapers, The Shabby Nest, Lil' Luna, Todays Creative Blog, I Heart Naptime, Tatertots & Jello, Practically Functional, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, Whipperberry Weekend: The Girl Creative, Six Sisters' Stuff, Flamingo Toes, What's Cooking with Ruthie, Your Homebased Mom, Or So She Says