Friday, April 18, 2014

Use What You Have Easter Table

Last Thanksgiving I featured a centerpiece that was full of produce that could be used again. For Easter I thought I would work on a table using what I have. Everything on the table I have had in my collection and have purchased during the fabulous after Easter sales or I have made. Let's break down the table.
 I started with a burlap runner that I already owned and used some spring fabric that I had to make a smaller runner.
I picked through my collection of bottles and used a collection of different sized mason jars, jelly jars, and Starbucks Frappachino bottles to hold flowers and eggs. The flip top mason jars were a score a few years ago from the Dollar Store. The Starbucks bottles I took and hot glued some twine around the bottom going about half way up.
I have been collecting the speckled eggs for the past couple years. The last few years I have found them at JoAnne's Fabric. Last year a few days before Easter they had them 50% off  -score!!!
I love to get my kids involved in projects. I sent them to the backyard to find some sticks. I placed the sticks in large carafe and hung eggs with ribbon on them for height.
Inside the jars of eggs to help stretch my speckled eggs are chalk eggs.  I found the chalk eggs at the dollar store last year. I  placed them in the jars to help take up space. They are a nice pastel shade and don't stick out like the cheap plastic ones.

On the plates I have the bunny ear napkin holders that I blogged about last week. They turned out so cute and were so easy to make. And last, the flowers are from my yard. I clipped some lavender and was so excited that my tulips came up just in time for my table. I love fresh cut flowers but hate paying for them. Last year I bought some tulip plants, cut the tulip flowers off and used them on my table. After Easter last year I planted it in my yard hoping I wouldn't kill it.  So exciting that it bloomed and I had tulips for my table this year.  This year I bought some beautiful peonies from Costco that I can't wait to bloom.
What is everyone putting on their table?
I hope you all have blessed Easter!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Chalkboard Print

It is spring time around here and I am so excited to have the house decorated. Last week I shared with you my super easy and inexpensive bunny ear napkin rings and next week I have some "eggciting" decorations and buntings around my house to share.  Today I wanted to quickly share my printable chalkboard print.

We have this up and our resurrection eggs out to help share what Easter is all about. While my kids love the Easter candy, eggs, and the Easter bunny they know why we are celebrating Easter.  It melts my heart every time I hear them retell the story of Jesus dying on the cross and what it means to them.

You can download the print here and then either print it at home or send it to Costco like I do. I hope you all have a blessed Easter.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Burlap Bunny Napkin Rings

I have to thank my Mother-in-Law for this post. A few weeks ago she showed me the Pier 1 ad that she received in the mail and I was in love with their burlap bunny napkin ring holders. Loved the product not the price. I flashed back to when I was about 10 years old and I made homemade napkin rings for Christmas for my Grandma. She still puts them out and uses them at Christmas. For that project many moons ago I used paper towel rolls and thought that would work perfectly for this.

For this project you will need:
- burlap
- empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls
- hot glue gun
- spray starch (not necessary but I like to spray my burlap to give it a little stiffness)

1. First thing I did was spray the burlap with spray starch. I have found spraying it with starch tends to help with the burlap not fraying as much.

2. Cut the empty rolls. I cut mine 1 1/2 inches wide.

3. Cut the burlap to wrap around the rolls.
I cut strips of burlap 7 inches long by 4 inches.

4. After several attempts to wrap the burlap around the ring I decided to cut the ring so I could lay it in the burlap easier. This made the process much faster.

5. Lay the cut ring in the middle of the burlap. Using an iron fold the burlap over and iron down.

6. Fold the other side over and iron it down.

7 Take the covered ring and reform it into a ring and hot glue it in place.

8. Make an ear tracer from card stock. To make my tracer I made it a similar shape to an egg. My ears were about 3 1/2 inches long. I played around with this and found this length gave me enough room for me to glue the ears to the ring and still have them tall enough to stick up.
9. Add a dab of hot glue about 3/4 of the way down in the middle of the ear.You don't want to glue it all the way at the bottom because you want a way to still glue it to the ring. Next, pinch the burlap together.
10. Take two ears that you pinched and glued together and now add a dab of glue and glue them together. Sorry about the blurry picture. It's a little tricky to pinch, focus, and snap a picture.
11. Last, I took the ears that are glued together and glued them to the rings by spreading the bottom of the ears and gluing them flat on the ring.

I am pretty excited for the new addition to my spring table and I am in love with the fact that I made them with scrap burlap, hot glue, and some empty toilet paper rolls. 
What you think and what are you putting on your spring table this year?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mickey Mouse Tags and Prints

Last week I shared the Mickey Mouse party I created using my new Silhouette and paper. Today I want to share what I created on Picmonkey for the party. If you haven't tried creating something on Picmonkey check out Tiffani's post and start playing around.
For favors I lucked out and found the rainbow gumballs in the tubes at Sam's Club.

I also made Mickey Mouse sugar cookies. To make the cookies I used our favorite thick sugar cookie recipe that we posted a few months back. I made a few different tags that I attached to the cookies and gumballs. One of the tags has the same design as the back of his invitation. I am including the tags for you to download here.

The  Mickey chevron prints and tags are all available to download. If you would like to add the personalization simply open the pictures in Picmonkey and add text to them. I love printing at Costco for pictures. They offer the 12X12 size which I used for the green and yellow and the color always turns out great.
To grab the downloads click here. I hope you enjoy the downloads! Be sure to become a follower and send us pictures of how you used the prints. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Meeska Mooksa Mickey Mouse

Last weekend we celebrated my baby turning 3. I don't know how that can be??? We didn't do a big party just lunch with family because we decided to surprise them with a trip to the happiest place on earth the very next day. I was beyond excited that Jack would be at Disneyland on his birthday. For his birthday I wanted to keep the decorations simple. I used paper and things that I had in my party collection to decorate.
 I ended up using my new Silhouette Cameo to make most of the decorations which was a huge bonus.  It saved me a lot of time tracing and cutting and saved me a ton of money. I used card stock on hand to cut out all the shapes. Cutting out the Mickey head was only my second project with the Silhouette. After searching the Silhouette Store I was a little panicked when I didn't see a Mickey template.
In my search I discovered a very important tool, the weld option. At the bottom of the page there is a  button next to what looks like a bulls eye that has a square and circle together. I saw that and I realized that was exactly what I needed to combine the circle and two ovals. It ended up being super easy. I saved the file with my master and then copied it and created new files with different sizes to make the garland, cupcake toppers, straw toppers, and hanging Mickey decorations.

 I am attaching the cupcake topper file which is the same size I also used for the straw toppers. To download the file click here.
I also used the Silhouette to make different size circles for the cups, the chip containers (this was a major score - I found these for $2 at Walmart in the garden section), and to make Jack's name.

 I told you it was just a lot of paper. I also used my paper cutter to cut 1 inch strips of paper and glued them to make chains to hang in the window.

This was such a fun and easy little party to put together. I'm wondering if I could be so lucky to get the twins to have a Mickey and Minnie themed party???
 Be sure to follow us as I am going to post a link to download the Mickey Chevron signs and Mickey Mouse thank you tags I used on the sugar cookies.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Greetings by Costco

It is hard to believe that this week I will have a THREE YEAR OLD!!! Where did my baby go??? We have a big surprise planned for him on his birthday and decided to skip a big party and just have the family over when we give him his big birthday present. (Side note - how they have not pieced together we are going to Disney Land is comical??? Between the Mickey party, shirts, cake, and the giant suitcase in the hallway is cute.) Okay,  even though it is just a small family party we still needed cute invites, right???
Tiffani a couple years ago did a post on using Picmonkey to create invitations. Ever since our discovery of Picmonkey I have started making my own invitations, party favor tags, and banners. If you haven't tried making your own, read Tiffani's post, then sit down and play around for a little bit. It is pretty addicting! I'm pretty excited with how Jackson's invite turned out and bonus I played around with shapes and was able to create a Mickey head without having to pay for clip art. As much as I am loving the chevron side of the invitation the other side turned out pretty precious.
I love how I showed this to Jackson and he instantly said Mickey! How do kids know that???
 I have long been a fan of the two sided invite. In the past I ordered them from Mixbook. Don't get me wrong I LOVE Mixbook, but I was always having to wait for a coupon or a sale to justify the cost. I felt like I had to plan my invitation 6 months in advance so I was ready when they had  a 40% off sale. Then I discovered Costco's new cards called Greetings. They are double sided on beautiful thick card stock. They offer, wait for it... free return address printing on the envelopes and one of the choices is rounded edges on the cards. I do have to warn you that if you select the rounded edges and you are creating your own design for the card you need to take that into account. I used the rounded edges for our Christmas card and I had to play around with my sizing so I didn't cut too much off the bottom. Costco offers the cards for just $.69 a card and if you pick them up in the store you don't have to pay shipping. They offer turn around service in 5-7 business days. I have had really good luck and managed both times to luck out with 5 day service. If you haven't checked out the Greetings by Costco, be sure to check out their already great selection of predesigned cards or use the blank template to import your own design.
Way to go Costco! I was a huge fan with all your organic food choices, awesome return policy, and now I love your photo cards. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Family Sign

My cute hubby is a cattle rancher...yep, he spends his days working cattle, feeding hay, fixing fence, and well, just about loving every minute of his job.  His birthday was a few weeks ago, and it's bad enough that he's incredibly hard to buy for, but it's even worse that I've already used any great creative ideas I had one month earlier for Christmas.  We recently remodeled our kitchen and he was disappointed that we didn't incorporate his brand into our decor, so I decided to make him something with his livestock brand.  I had collected a few old fence boards from a neighbor's tear down and with some help from my dad, came up with this:

 Here are the steps to making this family sign:

1.  Decide on the length of your sign and cut all your boards to size.  I'll admit that power tools scare me and my dad is a carpenter so I just turn to him for all my construction needs.
2.  We screwed the old wood boards onto three new pieces of wood to hold them all together.  The top new piece of wood is cut at an angle to hang on the wall.  The three pieces of wood don't show, they're only used to connect the fence boards.
3.  Next I decided what I wanted my sign to say and I made the design on the computer- I used basic Microsoft Word.
4.  I printed my design onto overhead transparencies and then using the overhead projector I projected the image onto my boards and traced it with chalk.
5.  Next I went over my chalk with white paint, let it dry, then dusted off any leftover chalk and I was done.
6.  After my husband unwrapped it we hung it above the small shelf my dad and I made out of two left over old fence boards.
I am so happy with how this turned out and I am glad my husband gets to show off his brand to anyone who walks in our front door.