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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hoppy Easter Sign and more Holy Week activities

Friday was in the 60's here in PA, I thought spring had finally arrived.   I got out all the summer baby clothes that had been stored in the basement so I could wash them and get them ready to be worn.  My 4 yr old went for a bike ride without a jacket.  I even made an Easter decoration for the mantle.
So imagine my surprise when on Saturday, we woke up to snow.  There was a light dusting on the grass and it snowed off and on throughout the day.  And again on Monday, a few more flurries.  It's been a long, cold and snowy winter here.  I am so ready for spring.  I just had to make something to brighten up the place so I made this "Hoppy Easter" sign.




It was really easy to make.  I used acrylic craft paint, wood, scrapbook paper and vinyl that I already had so this project cost $0!  I painted the wood pink on one side, and green on the back and sides.  I made those bunnies from scrapbook paper cut out with my Silhouette Cameo.  The image I found online and followed THIS TUTORIAL for how to cut your own images using the Silhouette.  I also used the Silhouette to cut out the white vinyl.  I attached it all to the block of wood, using Mod Podge to make sure it stuck.  And voila!  My one and only Easter decoration (for now).

Yes, I know my mantel is pathetic.  I need to add some more Easter decor and make it look more spring like.  And this point, I doubt I'll get to that, but at least I have one bright and colorful thing up there to make me think spring regardless of the weather.





In case you missed my last post with activities to do each day from now until Easter Sunday that focus on Christ, you can click HERE.  For the original inspiration and ideas for celebrating Holy Week, check out click HERE to go over to the Mercy River blog.

On Sunday we learned about Palm Sunday and reenacted Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

On Monday we learned about Jesus cleansing the temple and acted that out too.

And today we'll learn about some of the parables Jesus taught.  There are several videos to watch and talk about in this lesson.

I am enjoying celebrating Holy Week with my kids.  We will have to make this a new Easter tradition.

Anyone else doing something special to remember the Savior this week?



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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Christ Centered Easter Activities

A friend shared THIS IDEA she found for focusing on the Savior during the week prior to Easter.  Be sure to click HERE to go over to the Mercy River blog and read all about celebrating Holy Week (the week leading up to Easter). 


You'll find a bunch of activities to do each day during Holy Week.
There are videos, songs, crafts, and activities.  My kids ages 12, 10 and 4 (I didn't count the baby) were all able to participate and understand what was going on.  It's a great way to focus on Christ and the true meaning of Easter.

We started it today and the kids really enjoyed making the palm leaves and reenacting Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem.


I'm looking forward to doing the other activities throughout the rest of this week.

Oh, and if you haven't seen the new Easter video from Mormon.org, you've got to check it out - it's so powerful, I just love it.  It makes me even more grateful for a loving Savior and all he has done for me.






How do you focus on Christ during the Easter season?




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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lengthen Pants Without Sewing

This is a great trick to lengthen pants without having to whip out the sewing machine.  Not only does it make your pants look longer if they are too short, but it makes your legs look longer too.  Let me explain......

The other day my daughter was about to leave for school when I noticed her pants were too short.  Now I suppose she could have changed pants, but they matched her shirt and she didn't want to.  So I came up with a way to make them look less short.  

Here are some before and after shots so you can see how dressing in all one color makes her legs appear longer, and her pants longer since there isn't a different color to break things up.


More before and afters.  This not only works for kids, but can work for adults too - even if you're wearing a skirt or dress (just keep reading to find out how)...



You can also use this trick to make your legs look longer.  By dressing in all one color for pants, socks and shoes, it doesn't break up your legs, thus creating a lengthening effect.  Don't believe me, check out THIS article which has fashion tips to make you look taller.  #7 is about the all one color look.  Or THIS article about how to get longer looking legs, the 2nd thing mentioned is to match your shoes to your pants or your skin tone if you're wearing a skirt.



So has anyone ever tried this trick before?


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Barrette Holder

Several months back, the girls began sharing a room together.  My girls are 4 and 10.  The 4 year old loves sharing a room with her older sister, but my 10 year old wasn't too thrilled about having to share a room with her baby sister.  To make this transition as painless as possible (ie. with as few complaints as possible), I told my 10 year old that she could design the room.  I knew whatever she designed would be fine with my 4 year old since she'd want to be just like her big sister.  My 10 year old decided she wanted a horse themed bedroom.   The girls got some horse sheets for Christmas and I didn't do much since then.  We've slowly, very slowly added a few horse pictures and things here and there.  It's still very much a work in progress.  

With two girls sharing one room, I've been trying to consolidate and organize as much as I can.  I figure they can now share their hair barrettes and I'd store them on the wall rather than in a bin in the closet to free up some closet space.  I've seen barrette holders in stores and on Pinterest where the barrettes are clipped to a ribbon and knew I wanted to make something like that.  

Here is what I came up with:
The perfect barrette holder for their horse themed bedroom!


I let my 10 year old pick out the ribbon and we were lucky enough to find this wooden horse that was already painted.  I added it to the top using my hot glue gun.  To finish off the end of the ribbon, I just folded it over and hot glued it to the back side of the ribbon. 

I added this mirror behind the bedroom door about a month ago.  Putting the barrette holder next to it seemed like the logical thing to do.

My older daughter's barrettes are stored at the top, then their shared barrettes in the middle and barrettes just for my youngest daughter are at the bottom.  It was my older daughter's idea to organize them that way.

And here's my 4 year old modeling some of her barrettes.  

We had some ribbon left over so I decided to pretty up the stool that my 10 year old uses at her desk. 

Once again I just used my hot glue gun to glue one end of the ribbon to the other.  It worked out perfectly because the design matches up.

There is still some more ribbon left over and I'm thinking of using it to fancy up some curtains or a valance for their room.  I love adding these cute little finishing touches.  




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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Surprise Cake

My sister in law and her two little girls were visiting last week so I decided to make a St. Patrick's Day surprise cake while they were here.


I just baked two round cakes as normal.  In one of the cakes, I cut out a hole being sure not to go all the way through the bottom.  Then I added the M&M's and frosted it.

I added the second layer of cake on top and frosted that too.

Then I used the M&M's to make a rainbow.  I should have started with the purple, but luckily I didn't have to smoosh things around too much to get all the colors to fit.  Then I added some green M&M's so it would look like clovers, you know to make it more St. Patrick's Day themed.

The kids were surprised to find a 'treasure' inside.

We had deviled eggs with that same dinner and I added green food coloring to the yolks just to make dinner more festive.


We didn't actually do much on St. Patrick's Day, I even forgot to remind the kids to wear green.  At least the house was decorated with the crafts we made two weeks ago.  You can click HERE and HERE to find out more about the projects below.




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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

St. Patrick's Day rainbow crafts and more

I did a few crafts with the kids to create some more St. Patrick's Day decorations.

The first one was a little complicated and my 4 year old gave up, but my 10 year old had fun making it.  It's a 3-D rainbow pot of gold.


Materials:
rainbow colored paper cut into 1 inch by 12 inch strips
white paper cloud
blue 8 by 10 paper for background
glue stick
black paper pot made from two layers of paper with a slit cut out of the top layer(not shown) 

Here the girls are gluing the rainbow onto the cloud.

Once the rainbow was glued to the cloud, the cloud was glued to the blue paper and then the rainbow was folded over and glued to the inside of the pot.  Then the pot was glued to the blue paper.

This project made the girls ask what causes a rainbow.  We  have a bunch of these "Just Ask" books and luckily one was about rainbows.  So I read that while the girls glued.  I love these books, they explain things in simple ways for young kids to understand.  


And since the first project frustrated my 4 year old, we tried THIS idea from Pinterest.  It was much easier.

Here she is holding up her pot of gold and rainbow made from a paper plate.  You can see my "Not Lucky... Blessed" sign in the background.  Click HERE to find out how I made it.


Just like we made a heart hat for Valentine's Day, we also made a shamrock hat.  Although my little girl decided to do a different take on the green shamrock and made a zebra striped clover instead.  Here she is wearing it while showing off a picture she colored.

We displayed their decorations on the mantel, along with the "Not Lucky... Blessed" sign and a few paper shamrocks.


I also decided to add some fun to the kitchen.  We have this glass bottle that is too cute not to display, so I filled it with green colored water and added some vinyl lettering.  I couldn't decide which saying I liked best so I put one on each side.


So that's it for our St. Patrick's Day decorations.  I have a few treats I want to make (and eat), so I'll be back next week with those delicious recipes.






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Monday, March 9, 2015

Not Lucky.... Blessed

I saw THIS on Pinterest the other day and thought it would make a cute St. Patrick's Day sign to go on my mantel.  I wanted some horseshoes for my girls horse themed bedroom and since they came in packs of 4, I used one to make this cute "Not Lucky... Blessed" sign.


To make this sign, I used some scrap wood we had laying around and cut it to the size I wanted which wasn't quite a square.  I painted it with three different shades of green with the help of my 4 year old.  Then I distressed it, decided I didn't like it and painted it again.


Then I added the white vinyl lettering, Mod Podged over that to keep the letters on, and nailed on the horseshoe.


Here it is displayed on the mantel in the living room.  It's perfect for St. Patrick's Day (or any time really).  I'm doing some St. Patrick's Day art projects with the girls so we'll have more to display soon.



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Friday, March 6, 2015

Minecraft Creeper Sign and Minecraft Font

The last few posts have been about some sewing projects I made for the baby.  The next couple will be the painting projects I mentioned I was working on.  

First up is a Minecraft Creeper sign for my son's Minecraft room.  I know, one of these days I'll get around to taking pictures of his Minecraft room and share all the details.


I got the inspiration from HERE.  It was super easy to make.  I used some scrap wood and cut it to the desired length, my son painted it and I added the vinyl lettering.  To make sure the letters didn't fall off (anyone else have problems with their vinyl coming off?), I put a layer of Mod Podge on top.  


As for how I got the Minecraft font, I found a Minecraft Font online at:
http://www.dafont.com/search.php?q=minecraft

I followed the instructions found at:
http://www.planetminecraft.com/blog/how-to-get-minecraft-font-windows-2345488/
and downloaded it to my computer so I could use it with my Silhouette machine.

For the creeper face, I found the image online, and saved it to my computer so I could use it with my Silhouette program. 




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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Letter Taggie


I mentioned I was on a sewing kick.  First I made the baby bow tie bibs, then a dinosaur taggie toy, and now I'm back to show you some more taggie toys.


I made this letter taggie toy using fabric from a snow suit my baby had outgrown.  

I also used some extra fabric I had laying around to make my own tags since I didn't have the color ribbon I wanted. 

Once again my daughter did the hand sewing after we had added the stuffing. 

And here's the finished letter taggie.  I might have gone a little overboard with the number of tags I added.

The last taggie toy I made used the same snow suit.  I like the patch of the dog driving a car so I cut that out to make the taggie toy.


I used a flannel fabric for the back and brown silky ribbon since my baby seems to prefer sucking on the silky tags best.


I tried to make it look like a car with the four brown ribbons being the wheels.  Anyway, it's just another cute baby toy that my boy loves to suck on.  


And now I think I'm done making baby toys for a while.  I've put my sewing machine away and gotten out the paints.  I've done a few crafty projects with paint that I'll have to show you next.


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Monday, March 2, 2015

Dino Taggie

I've been on a sewing kick lately.  Maybe it's because I didn't put away my sewing machine since I made the baby bow tie bibs.  I figured since it's out, and there are so many cute DIY baby toys, I'll try to make something.  

The first baby toy I made was this cute little dinosaur taggie.  I got the idea from HERE.



Oh, and here's something I learned the hard way.  When you sew the tags on it, don't sew it like the top picture because when you turn the toy right side out, the tags will be on the inside.  You need to pin the tags so they are inside the pieces of fabric (like the bottom picture).

Also, I sewed a few pieces of fabric together to make one larger piece of fabric for the front of the dino.  

My 10 year old helped by sewing up the tail after we stuffed the toy.  
In return for her help she just wanted to make her own stuffed toy and here's what she came up with.

As you can see, my little boy is just drooling over his new toy. 







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