Monday, December 24, 2012

Beadboard Magnet Board

Well I had some leftover beadboard from my bookshelf I redid, so I had Home Depot cut it down to 12x12 pieces.

I decided to paint the board black - well a bunch of boards.

Then for the magnet part, I went to Lowe's and picked up a roll of metal for about $8.00 and cut it into 8x8 pieces.

Then I covered the metal with scrapbook paper by using a little hot glue on the back.

Then I attached it to the beadboard with hot glue as well.

I added a piece of ribbon on the back with a couple small nails.  Then I just made a bunch of them.

I also made some magnets with coordinating paper to go with them too.

Simple and inexpensive Christmas gifts.

Tomorrow is the big day, so I hope you're ready!!  My darling boys are just estatic! Linking up to:
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Bubble Frame

I saw the most darling frame at Kohl's one day while I was shopping, but it was a Christmas frame that said "tis the Season" made using the clear glass rocks.  I thought that would be the perfect birthday gift for my sister in law, if I changed it up a bit.

So I picked up an unfinished 5x7 frame at Michael's, with a coupon of course, they are regularly $4.99.

Then I painted the edges black.

I knew I wanted to add some texture, so I added scrapbook paper with Mod Podge.

I sanded the edges to remove the excess paper and to distress it a bit.

Then for the wording, I printed off the word "family" on my printer and then placed a clear rock on each letter with a little Mod Podge.

Once it's dry, cut around each letter then attach to your frame with a little more Mod Podge.


At this point it looked pretty cute, but I wanted to add a little something more. I found this punch at Michael's on clearance and wanted to try it out.

So I cut some polka dot paper and added it to the top and bottom of the frame as well. I just used some glue to attach it.

I plan on making several more of these for birthday gifts next year.  You could easily change up the saying and colors.  These would make fun Christmas gifts too.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Easy Christmas Gift - Wood Plaque

Well I wanted to come up with a simple idea for a Christmas gift and for a craft night as well.  So I thought a wood plaque would work.  Here are my supplies:

I got the 5x5 wood plaque at Hobby Lobby and the "families are forever" I just printed on some pattern paper on my home printer - you could use vinyl too and of course use any saying you want.  I painted the edges of my block first and then distressed them a bit.

I used Mod Podge to attach the saying but did not put on a top coat.  I used a couple small carpet tacks (since I don't have a staple gun) to attach the ribbon.

Then I was done - easy as could be.

You could hang it on your wall, a door knob, or hook.  Super simple and inexpensive gift for anyone.

So are you ready for Christmas?  I still need to get some things wrapped, but today we're celebrating my now 4 year old's birthday!!  He's super excited to open some presents today.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Simple Co-worker or Neighbor Gift Idea - Santa

I mentioned for Thanksgiving we were spending the day with my husband's family.  Well, I thought it would be fun to make a holiday craft while we were visiting and stuffing our faces with turkey.

I saw this idea on Pintrest of course, but the original source was from Splitcoaststampers.  You could use this idea to cover a candy bar, popcorn, hot chocolate, gift card, DVD, or whatever else you may want to gift this Christmas season. 

Here are the supplies I used that I picked up from Michael's.

I decided to wrap some microwave popcorn.  Now this isn't just any ole microwave popcorn, it's MY FAVORITE microwave popcorn.  Orville's Tender White - have you tried it?  Delish!!  The whole pop up bowl thing is just brilliant.

Anyway, back to my craft.  Wrap the red paper and secure with double sided tape.  Add a strip of black paper, a gold square and then another black square on top of that.  Add three gems or buttons and then hot glue a piece of boa to the top and bottom.  When you get done, you'll have a big feathery mess to clean up too.

Then just make a whole slew of them since they're so quick and easy.

I plan to make these for my co-workers this year.  Such a fun idea.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Mantel

So since Thanksgiving is like tomorrow - I thought I better show you my Thanksgiving mantel.  We have been enjoying our turkey decor for the last few weeks.  I didn't make anything new this year, but just changed things up a bit here and there. 

I made the charger a couple years ago, and my turkey I found at Robert's when they were around.  The awesome lanterns I picked up at Lowe's last year for dirt cheap.

I made my Harvest letters last year, which I picked up from The Wood Connection.  My pennant banner was a quick project too.

My mom made these pilgrims for me years ago and the corn candles were a gift.  I love how it all came together.

Pretty soon it will be time to break out the Christmas decor, but for now I'm enjoying my Thanksgiving mantel.  This month has been such a great time to reflect on how blessed we truly are.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  I'll be spending the day with my husband's extended family.  It should be great fun.  My boys will enjoy spending time with their cousins too.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A White Cupboard

Another piece of furniture that we have had forever, is this white pantry cupboard.

I actually bought this while I was going to college just so I could have more storage.  It's been a great cupboard through the years, and I love that I can close the doors and hide more storage.  For now, it's used to store all the baby blankets, extra diapers and wipes, and DVD players for road trips.

On top, I added a framed lace picture of the London LDS Temple, the photo I used of Logan for his birth announcement, a set of small drawers that I redid a couple years ago, a cute little red wagon I received as a gift (for my oldest son), and a small framed picture of mom and dad.

I love the pop of red from the wagon and scrapbook paper I added behind Logan's photo.

I only have a couple small projects to finish up in this room and I'll be done!!

I've been working like mad the last few days on Christmas gifts.  I can't wait to share those soon too. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Baby Subway Art

One of the gifts I received after Logan was born, was this adorable subway art from Tiffany.  Just look how adorable.

I love the splash of red!  I just leaned it on my plant stand that got a fresh coat of white spray paint. 

We had this stand before we had kids and I just kept it in the baby's room since it was white like the other funiture.  At one point in time, there were plants on it, but to avoid spilling dirt everywhere, we did away with them for now.

I added his 6 month picture right above the plaque.

Then I added a few accessories to the stand that I already had.  I just love that subway art though.  

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Leaves are Falling

Yesterday we had beautiful windy weather that blew a lot of the leaves out of the trees in our back yard.  I was able to capture a few photos of my boys playing in the leaves.

Logan (8 months) didn't get to sit in the leaves for very long - he kept trying to eat them. 

My cute 8 year old.

My spunky 3 year old making a weird face.

They had fun playing in the leaves.  But it was short lived because today it's snowing!!!

I love fall time.  And in celebration of leaves falling, I made this charger last year which I have displayed again this year.  If you want to make your own, you can find the chargers at Walmart ($3.00) and the vinyl you can order from Utah Vinyl.

Happy Fall!!