DIY Burlap Runner – Fruits of the Spirit

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Yeah, it’s been a long time coming and I PROMISE I have more for you.  Just give me a few weeks to get back in to the groove.  We started homeschooling this past summer and then went full swing the new school year.  It’s been fun and exciting but I have no time to do anything extra.  I mean it.  So the stuff I’m posting are old crafts but new for you.  So here we go!

I measured my table.  Added 12 inches on either side and figured out how wide I wanted my runner.  Then I printed out different sizes for each “fruit of the spirit” with different fonts.  I took a sharpie, placed it under the runner, traced it and bam!  You have a new and perfect, store looking table runner that YOU created.  Took me about 30 minutes to create.  Have fun with it y’all!

DIY Burlap Cross – Doorhanger

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I LOVE crafting.  It fills my “joy/in a good mood” tank!  Every time I get to do a craft (uninterrupted), I get giddy and my heart starts to race.  I started this craft a week ago and my sisters house and just finished it today.  There are loads of cool things you can do on the internet with burlap.  I found this design on Pinterest but she used a wood cross of sorts.  It was not burlap AND she charged way too much for me to just go buy it.  So my crafty self came up with this design.

You’ll need:
2 yards of burlap
acrylic paints and brushes
hot glue gun
15-20 plastic Walmart type bags
pen/pencil
butcher paper

1. So, come up with the design and draw it on some butcher paper.  Make it pretty big (like you are going to actually sew around the cross).  This step took me three tries to get it the exact size I wanted.  2. When you have your design figured out, use a pen to trace the design onto the burlap. 3. Paint the cross with whatever design you want.  I used the chevron design (because it’s popular right now).  You’ll need to let it dry before you move on.  I let it dry over night (or for 3/4 hours).  4. Cut out the painted part of the cross.  Leave the other yard for later.  5. Then hot glue (*USING GENEROUS AMOUNTS OF GLUE) the part of the cross up to where it “t’s”.  Stuff the cross with plastic bags, using a pencil or ruler to get it “stiff”.  Parts of your burlap might come unglued…so glue those parts back.  6. Continue gluing the edges of the cross to get the rest of the cross “stiff” with the plastic bags.  7. Now, cut a strip of burlap to make a bow.  Hot glue that in desired location.  8.  Finally, use a spare piece of burlap to hot glue to the back so that you can hang it on a door hanger.

Voila!  You’re finished!!!  Go craft something cool.  Shoot me a picture, so I can see.  :)

DIY Fabric Wreath

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I realize it’s been a while since the last post.  Having two children (one who has stopped napping all-together and the other usually sleeps an hour) makes it hard for me to craft during a no-more-nap-time schedule for me.  I find the only time I have to do anything crafty is at night and by then, I’m tired!  As I said before, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.  100% of that reason is we added a new bundle to our blessed family!  He’s three months old and we are SO BLESSED!  He just recently started sleeping through the night so I FINALLY have a little more time.  So with that…this is the craft I’m going to show you.  As I said before, I don’t have a lot of time these days.  The wreath above is the one I made for the hospital door.  Then I brought it home to put on my son’s door.  It took me a total of one hour to do and I got SO many compliments on it.  I apologize for not having any pictures of how to do it.  It’s so easy, anyone can do it.  I promise.  Here’s what you’ll need.

Straw Wreath – get it at Walmart
*don’t take of the plastic and buy the smallest of the two they carry

3 – 4 1/4 yards of coordinating fabric
*I would get four if you’re not good at improvising

floral picks
*usually down the same isle you find the wreaths

ribbon to match your fabric

letter stickers

Okay so cut all your fabric about 1 1/2 inch thick at 12 inches or so long.  Tie each of the four pieces of fabric to your floral pick and pin into your straw wreath.  Do that all the way around your wreath until you’ve covered your wreath completely.  Then take some ribbon and place at the bottom of the wreath to put the baby’s name on.  I got scrap-booking sticker letters for mine.  They stick on hard-core so be careful you won’t need to adjust later.

There’s only a couple tricky things you need to know.  First off, don’t pin your picks so close together or you’ll need more fabric.  I actually had to adjust my picks several times before it looked just right.  Also, the sides of your wreath won’t be completely covered.  If you want a more fluffy wreath than mine, buy more fabric and put your picks closer together.  I’d suggest taking your ribbon, create a hook and hang your wreath up before you pin a whole lot so that you can see how the fabric will fall.  Also, be prepared for lots of frayed material bits all over your floor and clothes.  :)  Have fun with it!  Post pictures of your creations.  I’d love to see them.  Oh and I will be creating another one soon with actual pictures if you want to wait for that post.  Happy October ya’ll!

Father’s Day Gifts – No Peeking Hubby

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So I’ve been trying to get as much crafting done as possible before baby three comes (three weeks!!!).  Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, what a perfect reason to craft.  I’ve found a ton of great resources.  Since this is a FATHER’S DAY POST…hubby, you aren’t allowed to read!  So go away!  :)  The Mom Bot was the main resource I used.  She had several crafty ideas to help me along on this adventure.  So thanks Mom Bot for your sweet craftiness!  My hubby and FIL will love their gifts.  Make sure if you use one of her crafts, you tag back to her so she gets the credit!  Moving on.

DIY gift ideas for men | TheMombot.com

Image below; courtesy of  The Mom Bot

We are on a tight, TIGHT budget so I didn’t spend any money on any of this stuff.  It was great!  Here’s the craft I worked on:

1-DSC_0012 (2)It was so easy ya’ll!  I had my son draw his image on a piece of paper, I traced it and then embroidered it onto a handkerchief I already had (bought a whole set of them for $6 at Walmart).  He hasn’t seen it finished yet but I know he’ll be happy to see it in color, on something ready to give to Papa!  I am really excited to do more of these.  I won’t tell you what other crafts I worked on from this page, in case I have spying eyes.  Just know, they were great ideas and I can’t wait for hubby to see them!  Have a great Father’s Day ya’ll!

DIY Wooden Plaque with Custom Phrase Tutorial

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Hey ya’ll!  The ladies are getting together to craft for a cause for our craft night.  This time we are working with a group called Embrace, which provides first apartment kits to teens who “age-out” or foster care without a family.  These teens leave care with little more than the clothes on their backs.  For more information on this local group click here.  As promised, to the ladies of the church…I created a tutorial for the craft we are doing.  So let’s begin!

Here’s what we’ll be making:
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*please note, for craft night…you’ll need to paint your board, pick your font and phrase and print out your phrase before going to craft night.  Jenny will not have a computer at the ready for you to plan this part out.  So be prepared.

Supplies:
piece of wood
(you can use any size, for this tutorial I used a 1X6)
acrylic paints
paint brushes
computer
bible – pick your favorite verse to help guide a teen in their adventures

So, I chose to do this craft for my kids.  I’m actually doing something further with this board but for the purpose of showing the ladies how to transfer text onto a piece of wood to paint, this will work just fine.  I am using a 1X6 piece of wood that I got at Home Depot.  You can actually use a pretty piece of wood that had finished edges if you want.  You can get any pretty plaques at Michael’s for around $5.  Maybe less if you have coupon.  Paint your piece of wood.  I actually tried to do something with a pattern on my wood for the background.  You can get as creative as you want with this.  Paint it, scrape it, rough it up a bit.  Whatever you want.  Here’s mine:
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Next you’ll want to know what phrase or bible verse you’re using for your board.  After you’ve figured that out, measure your board.  I used illustrator to plan out my text.  Make sure you use a font that is forgiving and not very complex!  When you print out your text it will obviously not fit on one 8.5X11 sheet.  So you’ll have to print it out in bits.  It will look like this:
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Now, cut out your pieces and lay it out onto your board like so:
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Trace your font with a pen, make sure you press hard and don’t use a real sharp pen.  Like this:
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When you’ve done a few letters, carefully peel back the paper and see if you can see an indention like this:
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If you can see an indention on your wood, then keep going…otherwise go back and do it again, pressing harder a second time.  It should all look like the above picture before you take off the blue print on your wood.

After that, you’re ready to paint your wood.  I got all my acrylic paints from Walmart for $.60 or less!  Since I’m doing this project for my kids…I’m using multiple colors.  You use whatever fits your design.06-DSC_0011 (3)
Now pick a small paint brush to paint your wood.  I used a very tiny bush like this:
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Here’s some of the finished text:
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Now the only thing left is to put on the hangers.  Here’s what I used:
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Hammer these to the back of the board like this:
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I love the way it turned out and I’m excited to show the kids their new way of displaying their artwork.  I’ll have a finished tutorial on what I’m making soon so check back!

Victory!

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Okay so a while back with this post, I talked about potty training training boys.  Now I can finally give my 2 cents for real on it and say that what I did worked.  Bubba boy finally got it ya’ll!  He is FINALLY potty trained!  Whoop!  Praise God for he is so good.  I was on my last limb, just about ready to pull out my hair when he finally started going number two at school with his teacher.  He even told me he didn’t want to go at home that he would ONLY go with his teachers.  Let me just share what I’ve learned.

This website was great at giving me some pointers.  However, every child is different and requires either more or less energy.  My son, being the “one in control of everything” (not) knew in his mind when he would be ready to be finished with potty training.  I just had to figure out what would make him go and how to enforce it all.  We started out with the pull-ups.  Any mother might tell you that would be the next stage but I totally disagree!  We did that and he still felt like he was wearing diapers.  He’d just go whenever and then come tell me.  We’d pull off the wet one and put on a  new one, I’d get frustrated and then he’d be off playing again…never noticing what had actually happened.  So in a few steps, I’ll tell you how this momma did it!

1. Start out with a potty chart.  Post it somewhere where EVERYONE can see it (our bathroom door worked great)!  Every time he tries, actually goes, has an accident or fights you…put a check mark by it.  Also record the time so you can get a good idea of when his actual potty times are.

2. Go to Walmart and pick out some bite-sized candy they like.  These treats for for if he tries (one treat), actually goes pee (two/three treats).  We also let him pick out some cool toys to put in a treat box for when he went poop in the potty.  I put in some mini candy bars too, just for fun.  Put the candy treats somewhere where he/she can see them.  The toy treat box should be in a closet up high.  Remind him about the toy treats often and let him even go through there, picking out the one he’ll get when he goes for the first time.

3. Go to the kids clothing area and let them pick out two packets of underwear.  Don’t go putting him in pull-ups, go straight to underwear!  The pull ups will just confuse him and frustrate you!  I promise.  Besides, he’ll be totally excited to put these bad boys on for the first time.  At night was the only time we ever put him in a diaper.

4. Put him/her on a timer.  Start out small, with 10-15 minutes max.  Plan on not going anywhere for the next two to three days.  The timer is a reinforcement to help you.  So that you aren’t the bad guy telling them when it’s time to go try.  Make it an exiting deal that the timer went off.  At first it’s fun for them.  But after the 10th time of going by the timer…they might hesitate.  That’s fine just remind them if they at least try, they’ll get a treat.

5.  So finally, just relax and let him do his thing.  Don’t get frustrated!  It will happen. He will NOT go to college in diapers, I PROMISE!

Just a reminder…

Just trying – one treat
Pee – two treats
Poop – toy from treat box
Hesitation – encouragement from momma

Now, go get him trained!!!  Have fun.  Relax.  Breathe.  This will probably be the hardest thing you have to do with him!  Well other than sending him off to college or letting some girl marry him.  :)

Homeschooling – To do or NOT to do?

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I must admit, having a blog was more work than I thought it’d be.  Especially since I have some people who actually read what I post (*wink*).  So for those of you that do read and have been “patiently” waiting for a new post, here it is.  You’ll notice the last post was in October.  That’s because that’s when hubby and I started trying for number three!  We didn’t have to try long, because that month we got pregnant and now we are expecting our third bundle of joy…a boy.   With only a few months left, I have been crafting like crazy.  Although I have no pictures to show for it, I have been crafting, but NOT during nap-time!  I’m actually taking naps with the kids.  But for this post, I direct your attention to the most fabulous website EVER, ABC Jesus Loves Me.  With our son just about to finish up his very first year of school (preschool) we are now looking into his future schooling years.  Should we home-school or not?!?!  Not that his first year was bad by any means.  In fact, his teacher was WONDERFUL!  But with the prospect of him actually going to public schools in a few years and not being taught with a Christian background, we are nervous.  Most of what he learns is in school.  So it’s our responsibility to give him a good foundation and something worth growing up with.  With two other kids in the house, I’m scared to home school him.  So this summer, we are using ABC Jesus Loves Me to try out our home-schooling abilities.  To see if he’ll actually pay attention to me or if we’ll struggle.  Take a look around their website.  I’ve only just started pulling materials from them and they are GREAT!  Most of their stuff, my son has already done in his classroom.  It’s just great!  Good luck in your adventures!