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Thursday, June 14, 2018

4th of July Patriotic Banner

4th of July 
Patriotic Banner

I made this banner by printing off free famous American documents on 1/2 sheets of 8.5"x11" pieces of white cardstock.  Then, I cut a triangle out of the bottom and dipped all edges of the paper in black ink.  The stars were also cut out of cardstock and the edges were rubbed in a black stamp pad.

To connect all my documents and stars I punched 2 holes in each item and connected with twine.  Some of my stars wanted to flip so I held them in place on the wall with a few pieces of tape.

July 4th Painted DIY Pillows

4th of July 
DIY Painted Pillows

Happy 4th of July!  I wanted to create some July 4th decorations, so I decided to paint some more pillows haha.  I used scraps of fabric and found inspiration everywhere! I am not a painter or an artist.  I have never really taken art lessons...which may be obvious :).  I tell you this to encourage you to try it out!!  Paint some pillows!  The pillows are stuffed with smaller pillows and plastic bags.  

This pillow was inspired by a stranger's swimming suit I saw at the pool.  Her whole suit was covered in tiny flowers. 

This pillows basic design floated into my brain one fine day :).  After I painted it, I saw another girl in a swimming suit that had a similar design haha.  Swimming suits can be very inspiring!

One of my favorite pillows and painted by my sweet husband.  I told him that I wanted to paint with him and wondered if he could design a pillow that others could copy.  He came up with all kinds of bald eagles, head casts of presidents...  I shot him down, poor guy.  I wasn't sure if others would feel that those were easy to copy.  Nonetheless, I finally gave him a firework theme and he did great, as usual!  Thank you Thomas! 

This pillow was not my original design.  I found a free printable online and LOVED IT!  I painted a similar design. 

Here are a few super short tutorials...

I made and copied a star off my computer in Microsoft word and then cut it out. Then, I used painters tape to outline the star on my fabric.

Using a ruler, I drew straight lines across the star where I wanted my stripes.   

Then, using tape I taped off different lines to paint the various colors.  Painters tape works really really well!  Make sure you press down your edges for cleaner lines.

My flower pillow was made by taping off a star in the middle with painters tape.  Then, I filled in simple stars all over the rest of the pillow.  I liked to practice on paper before I painted on my pillow.  Make sure you paint a lot of flowers on the tape border so that you have a clean line when you remove the tape.

Happy Birthday America!

4th of July Pipe Cleaner Fireworks

July 4th 
Pipecleaner Fireworks
These are pipe cleaner fireworks. I used pipe cleaners, pom poms, and hot glue to put these together. They were a fast and easy craft project!  

I cut different lengths of pipe cleaners and twisted them tightly, approximately 1/2 way down, a long pipe cleaner.  After I attached the pipe cleaners I hot glued pom poms all over.  These are not super sturdy and will not stand straight up.  You could attach the central pipe cleaner to a thin wire for added strength.  

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My Kids Painted Valentine Pillows

Kids Painted Valentine's Pillows

We had a girls night-in this weekend when the boys were on a campout.  While potty training a baby, 3 of my 4 girls painted Valentine's pillows :).  It was quite the adventure but well worth the effort!

Painted by Penelope, Age 8 1/2- She is not done and would like to add a lace doily to the front. We used scraps of fabric and did an opened fold-over back to avoid buttons and zippers.  We used acrylic paints.

Painted by Olive, Age 11- She traced a heart onto her fabric and then carefully filled in the shape with metallic gold, acrylic paint.  She used a pencil's eraser to paint on the white polk-a-dots.  She sewed her actual pillow all by herself!  Yeah for Olive!  Some of these pillows are stuffed with plastic bags :).  Stuff them with anything you can find.

Painted by Genavieve, Age 6 1/2.  First, we traced a large heart onto the pillow.  Then, we put painters tape around the edges so that she could go to town and not worry about painting in the lines.  She swirled her paint brush to make roses...sort of.  

Confession- She had a few rose swirls and then also some words that didn't all fit on the pillow.  After day one of potty training I decided to add some more swirls and "accidentally" covered up her words.  My older girls laughed at me. I decided I got voted worse mom of the day award...ha ha.  The next day she showed her dad the pillow and said, "My painted a pillow last night and when I woke up it looked like the whole thing was covered in roses and my words disappeared."  What?  There must be some Valentine magic in that pillow!  We all survived day one of potty training, with the 2 year old, and survived :).

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New Years Service Notebook

New Years Service Notebook

January is not over yet so I am not tardy :).  Here is a fun cheap gift to give those you love, visit, or live with.  This notebook could be used by one or shared by many.  Simply, copy and print the text below and attach to a notebook or notepad (choose a book you can tear pages out of).

New Year’s

To live a year that is blessed,
Use these pages to serve your best.

Use every page of this notebook to bless someone’s life and you will inevitably bless your own!

Ideas Could Include:
-Give a note to someone you see
-Record what you are thankful for each day
-Record inspirational thoughts and share them with others
-Write down short spiritual lessons and write them in your journal or give them to someone you know
-Record a service you will perform
-Use this as an individual or as a family