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.

A Present for Nana

I wanted to share a fun little project that my daughter and I made recently as a birthday gift for my mom.

I photographed it on the piano.  Aren’t I fancy?

I started by cutting out some hearts from contact paper and added them to a wooden canvas.  I also taped the sides to protect them.  Then I nervously let my daughter cover the piece with acrylic paint.  Sadly I didn’t take a picture of the creative process.

I chose a narrow color palette so that if she ended up smearing everything together, it wouldn’t turn into brown mush.  Once the paint was dry, I removed the contact paper and tape.

My daughter was thrilled to give it to nana and nana was thrilled to receive it.