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Monday, November 12, 2018

Thanksgiving Service Activity

Family Gratitude Journal
This Journal is a fantastic way to foster gratitude amongst family members this holiday season! 

All you need is blank paper and you could make this service activity work (instructions located below).  If possible, a stuffed turkey does make it a little more exciting.  I received this turkey years ago as a gift from my mother. She purchased it through Hallmark. After thinking up this idea, as usual, I wanted to mass produce it so had to find a cheaper bird :). I found a cheaper turkey through Oriental Trading Company for about $3.60 each.  The turkeys are cheap but work.  I also had my Girl Scout troop make their own turkeys out of felt and pipe cleaners.  They turned out fun and the girls had a blast.


Prayerfully choose a family member to serve.  Then, write them a sweet note expressing your gratitude and love.  Try to fill up a whole page.  When they are not looking, place this turkey and notebook on their pillow or in a spot they will find it.
Try to pass it along quickly so that each family member will have a turn to write to everyone in the month of November.  Those who are little can draw pictures and have others write for them.  If you have guests, allow them to join in the fun!  Once everyone has written a note to each family member, repeat the fun!  There are so many reasons to be thankful for those you love.

Happy Happy Thanksgiving! 

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 :).