Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bigger Bag Make Over . . . Plex from Yo Gabba Gabba

This was just a plain bag from Hobby Lobby that I had left over from some school project when I was teaching.  Yo Gabba Gabba always gets the attention of the little baby that we take care of.  So I wanted to make him something with one of the characters from the show on it.  I looked on the NickJr website and there was pattern for a pillow, so I just used that and here is how it turned out.
I cut the pieces out of felt and embroidered them together and then stitched them to the bag.


Transformation Thursday

Friday, May 13, 2011

Mothers' Day Gift...Poem, Footprints and Frame

We take care of the baby boy of a friend I used to teach with during the week and I try to make little gifts and crafts for him to "give" to her.  I am a little late with her Mothers' Day gift but only because I kept changing it up as I went along. 
At first I was just thinking a little hand print and foot print kid craft but then I decided to try something a little more decorative.

I stamped the baby's foot prints on a piece of scrapbook paper, printed a mommy poem over that, and placed it in a frame that I repurposed and embellished.

This was originally a dark frame with a cherry finish.  I sanded it, painted it an off white color, distressed it, and applied a high gloss top coat.  Then I made these fabric flowers and glued them on.

There are many ways you could change this up when making a special gift for a friend or
 family member.
Write your own poem, print a poem on a special black and white photo, just give the frame, etc.
I hope my friend likes it. 



The poem I used is by Joanna Fuchs found at poemsource.com.

Book Rack

I have had the idea and supplies for this project for 2 years now! I know that is pitiful that I haven't gotten it done until now. I got the idea from a book rack Kyla has in her room. It just so happens, that my mother in law was getting rid of this bronze/gold plate rack. I thought it would be a perfect alternative. I spray painted it white and PRESTO!
It fits perfectly right next to her bed! It won't hold a ton of books but it is great for the bedside! It took no time at all to do and no money for that matter. Makes for the best project.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

?Mosaic? Crosses

These colorful cross ornaments were a craft that we did the week before Easter.

Here is what we used:
wooden cross ornaments (Hobby Lobby)
tissue paper (multicolored, cut into small squares)
craft paint
Mod Podge

The kids glued the tissue paper on the ornaments. 
They needed a few finishing touches so I painted the backs and then gave them a top coat of Mod Podge.  They are so bright and cheery.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sparkly T Shirt

Here is a shirt I just finished. 
I used some fun sparkly fabric for the wings and put this design on
the back of the shirt for something a little different.

Then, a little cross on the bottom corner of the front of the shirt.

This sparkly, silver fabric wasn't too hard to work with.  I'm excited to use it on a few other projects.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Royal Wedding Snack Party

Did you get excited about the wedding of Kate and William?  Well, I was looking forward to it and planned to have a Royal Wedding Party.  Things came up and we didn't get to do it exactly as I had envisioned it but we did have a celebration and it was really fun.
We decorated using the colors of the British Union Flag.  Our "fancy" snacks included Goldfish, Cheerios, Fruit Loops, Cheeze Its, and ice water.  
Princess Abigail and Prince Zachary toast the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Are we a little silly and corny?  Maybe!  But I wanted to help them remember this day, so I hope our fun party helped.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Easter Celebrations - A Little Late (long post with lots of pictures)

We had so much fun celebrating Easter this year. 

We went to Ammy's house and decorted Easter cookies.


We went to an Easter Egg Hunt at James, Telina, and Kolten's house.

The decorations and tablescape were beautiful.

All of the kids had a great time playing games, eating yummy treats, and searching for eggs!

Of course we had to dye some Easter eggs.

I made these "haystack" treats and called them "birds' nests" with Robin's eggs in them.  Michael thought they looked neat and tasted yummy and took pictures of them for me to put on the blog.  Wasn't that nice?!

We hope that you all had a Happy Easter...


Monday, May 2, 2011

Silver Platter Chalkboard

So I know this has been done a million times but I have been wanting one so bad. I made a little trip to my local thrift store and picked up this beautiful platter for $5! It is heavy (not dollar store material) but not true silver. I loved that is is tarnished because bright silver would not work in my kitchen. So I started with the tray and a can of chalkboard paint. I really wanted to paint along the scroll of the platter but after one attempt I knew I did not have the patience for it.
So I took some tape and just taped my area to be painted and got to work. The paint says to sand and prime your surface first but I didn't and haven't had any issues with it. I took two applications and it was done.
Look at the detail on the platter. I love it! I could not pass it up and don't think I could have gotten a better deal.
So this is a close up of the finished project. It has not found a permanent place in my kitchen so for now it is just leaning on the back splash. I want to find a nice black easel and put it on top of my refrigerator.

Spring Flowers

Last week our friends Emily, Chloe, and Jacey came over and made spring flowers with us.  I didn't get pictures of the kids making the flowers but here are the finished products.

Our materials were: 
scrapbook paper, precut into flowers,leaves and stems
glitter glue
egg cartons

I was so happy that Zac and Abby put the parts of the flower in the correct place all on their own.  The trick was getting them to stop taking the pieces off of the paper and moving them around, ha!

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Have a great week, Sondra