Pink Rocket Ship Toy

For awhile now, my sweet daughter has been telling me she wants to go to the moon.  And she wants her rocket ship to be pink and purple.  So, I made her one.

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I got the idea when I found a plain rocket ship birdhouse at Michaels.  It seemed like it would be fun to paint it pink and purple and put it in the kids room as a decoration.  But as I started painting it, I decided it would be way more fun to turn it into an interactive toy.  So my awesome husband sawed it in half and added hinges.  Now, it opens.

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For the star accents on the side, I painted a piece of paper with various shades of purple and then layered glow-in-the-dark paint on top.  Once dry, I used a star-shaped paper punch to cut out some stars.  I then used Mod Podge to adhere the stars to the side.  This allowed me to have a really clear outline of glowing stars on the outside of the rocket.  I also painted the inside with glow-in-the-dark paint and added wooden stars to leave a glowing star silhouette.

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And obviously, I made accents with glitter paint and jewels.  Helpful tip, layer two different colors of glitter paint; it adds full coverage and depth and is tidier than loose glitter.

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For the little astronauts, I painted little wooden figures.  I made two, one for my daughter and one for my son.  Because everyone needs a friend when they go to the moon.

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State Art- Home Sweet Home

Hello friends.  Long time no talk.  If you are like me, you’ve been busy with life after you moved from Washington to California.  What’s that you say?  You didn’t just do that?  Alright, just me.  Well, whatever state you choose to call home, here is a little project to help you celebrate.

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Several weeks ago, I found this simple chalkboard sign at the Target dollar spot.  Since I don’t think they are still in stock, you could easily make your own by creating a stencil to paint your own state on a wooden sign.

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I then used a sharpie to outline the words “Home Sweet Home.”  I chose to really fill in the space I had and stretch the letters out.  Oh, and start by sketching it out in pencil.  You can erase your marks afterward.

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Next, I filled in the letter outlines with different colors of acrylic paint.  I wanted to mark where we lived so I found a little wooden heart and painted it.  I painted the whole thing one color and then added an outline with sharpie.  A little glue and -BANG- done.

Fabric Christmas Wreath

Hey All!  I wanted to share my latest project with you.  Sadly I forgot to take pictures of the process, but I think you can figure it out from the finished piece.

I started by painting a piece of plain green fabric with various shades of blue, green, white, and silver.  After it dried, I cut out leaf shapes and traced each with sharpie.  I then did something similar with red fabric to make the berries and the ribbon.

Finally I used hot glue to attach them all to a wooden wreath base.  Done and done!

Toddler Christmas Tree

Christmas is coming and the crafts are happening.  If you have little ones running around your house, here is a project for you!

I’ve seen several felt Christmas trees on pinterest so this isn’t really a new project, but I wanted to show you how I did mine to help inspire you!

I had a large piece of green felt that I cut into a Christmas tree shape (fold in half and cut a tree shape).  I then stuck the tree onto the wall using Command mounting strips.  I was pretty concerned that the kids would rip the tree right off the wall, but after about two weeks we are still good.  But if you have the type of children that will immediately rip things off the wall, you may need to experiment with something else.

The ornaments came from Michaels.  I found a kit for making a garland that was basically a set of felt Christmas shapes.  These worked perfectly.  Obviously you could cut your own, but this was easier for me.

Finally, I added a garland that I found in the Target dollar spot.  I used more Command hooks and attached one on either side of the tree.  The pom pom garland can then be hooked onto it.  My one-year-old doesn’t get this at all but the three-year-old does.  So you may or may not want to use this with your kids.

I’ve been storing the ornaments in some Christmas gift boxes at the base of the tree.  They look pretty and also add some fun for the little boy who loves opening and closing boxes.

Quick Project Idea- Bread Machine Recipe

Here’s just a quick idea for you.  Use some vinyl to put a basic recipe on your bread machine.  I cut mine using my Silhouette machine, but I suppose you could do it by hand.  

I found that every time I wanted to make a loaf of bread to go with dinner, I had to pull out my computer, pull up the pdf of my bread machine manual, and look up the basic recipe and the order I needed to add ingredients.  Now, when I want a basic loaf of bread, the recipe is already there.  I still look up other recipes at times, but even then I can refer to my machine to check the order to add things.