diy: denim wrapped canister

denim wrapped canister Denim Wrapped Canister

Supplies:
Shipping canister
Denim Duct Tape
Non-stick scissors (the best scissors to use when working with duct tape)

Directions:
Wrap the tape around the canister. Be sure to keep it lined up as you go around, so the seams of the denim don’t end up looking crooked.

Obviously, you wouldn’t put water in a cardboard container, so I put the flowers in a mason jar, then put the mason jar in the canister… voila! Now, I’ve got a blue jean vase!

denim wrapped canister denim wrapped canister denim wrapped canister denim wrapped canister denim wrapped canister This might be the easiest (and quirkiest) DIY I have ever done. It totally looks like denim, but it’s not; the girls and I think it’s so funny. When the flowers die, we will use the canister to hold our markers. I’m so glad denim Duct Tape has been invented. What other quirky things can we make with it?!

Supplies for this project was provided as part of the Michaels Makers Series. Michaels Makers’ readers are getting the inside scoop on an upcoming craft contest that will send one lucky participant on the trip of a lifetime to Paris. Check back on my blog March 2 to get all the details on how to enter.

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huzzah!

california love This week’s learned, links, and thankfulness…

I’ve been loving the sunshine lately and have had a deeper appreciation for California. I’m a grey weather loving gal, so this is unusual for me.

God’s really been bringing me to my knees. I’m incapable of so much (everything really), and fall short daily, and I’ve been learning to trust God more.

I love all the adorable clothing pieces from Pigs & Roses. This sweatshirt is so perfectly playful!

My sister always encourages me with the joy that overflows from her heart. It’s a joy that only comes from God. Read her post “The Night I Met With Love.”

This food savings site is so interesting in that (along with strategies for shopping healthfully on a budget) they will give you USDA estimates on what your family grocery budget should be monthly based on the ages and genders of the members of your household… Our results were that we were spending less than projected, so that’s good!

The beautiful spring weather has me excited about sandal season again and I like the sparkle in these ones.

Since tomorrow is a holiday here for some in the states, I think the girls will have a lot of fun making these necklaces.

I’m learning every day how to be a more patient and joyful mother. I joke with the girls and change some of the lyrics of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” song to… “I have four lovely daughters, they’ll tell you I’m insane…” The girls love that line because they know it’s so true sometimes.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

 

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galentine’s day goodies

galentine's day goodies I’ve been leaving Ben a little surprise every day since February started, and we have the girls’  Valentine’s gifts ready, so I put together a little something in honor of Galentine’s Day! By the way, did you know 62% of women think Valentine’s Day isn’t that big of a deal, and 74% think there should be a holiday just for celebrating friendships (so enter Galentine’s Day!). Thus today, the girls and I (they’re my favorite gal pals) are going to go deliver these to some of my local friends. Most of these ladies are people with whom I have been friends with since high school, and we’ve experienced a whole lot of life’s ups and downs together. One of my close friends is THE reason my ex-boyfriend and I broke up (and well, I met Ben not too long after that, so the rest is history!) I always joke with my friend and tell her, “I’m so glad you were there to break us up!” HA! My friends and I have had fights too over the years, but I’m so thankful for all the forgiveness that has countered.

Anyway, the package has lots of goodies… some of Skinny Cows’ newest, gratifying treats, which include their ice cream (did someone say ice cream?!), chocolate candy (would you like milk chocolate or dark chocolate?), and creamy iced coffee (comes in vanilla latte, mocha latte, and creamy cappuccino). There are also some handmade things too, and of course, flowers. Each gift also came with a special poem; some are some silly (cheesy) poems I came up with, and others are a play off familiar poems. I used my (very novice) calligraphy skills to write out the poems, then I scanned them, digitalized my writing, and printed them out on card stock. Once I cut them out, I did a few watercolor brushstrokes on each one, and there you have it, every gift had a corresponding poem. I put all the pieces of the gift together in a berry carton, and now they are ready to be dropped off.

To go with the handmade necklaces (made with simple beads and leather cording)…
Galentine, O, Galentine
I’ll be your friend, and you’ll be mine,
Our friendship has gone through rain and shine,
Here’s a token to decorate your neckline.

galentine's day goodies To go with the flowers…
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I treasure our friendship,
And I hope you do too.

galentine's day goodies To go with Skinny Cow’s Creamy Iced Coffee…
Love is what makes the world go round,
I know for some in coffee that’s found.
If you find that statement to ring true,
Savor the Skinny Cow Iced Coffee that’s here for you.

skinny cow Accompanied with the Skinny Cow® Blissful Truffle Candy Bars (or the Skinny Cow® Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Bars for the friends coming over)…
You dear friend are a sweet gal,
We’ve talked about everything,
Even when our kids went through our birth canal.
You bring laughter and make my life bright,
So for you, enjoy this Galentine delight!

galentine's day goodies galentine's day goodies galentine's day goodies Heart Strings Garland

Supplies:
Cardstock
Heart puncher
1/8″ hold puncher
1 yard paper rope (per garland)

Directions:
Cut out a lot of hearts in a plethora of colors, then hole punch the center of each heart. Mix up the colors and string onto your rope. Double knot each ends, so the hearts can fall out. I attached another one of my silly poems to the end of it, and wrapped the garland around all the gifts.

galentine's day goodies galentine's day goodies galentine's day goodies galentine's day goodies galentine's day goodies The poem that came attached to the heart strings garland and sums up the whole surprise…
Days go by, in and out they go,
Our lives get busy, as I’m sure you well know.
Even still, our friendship has stood the test of time,
You are special, dear friend, you are my Galentine!

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prepping fig tree cuttings

winter 2014-2015 winter 2014-2015 winter 2014-2015 winter 2014-2015 winter 2014-2015 Ben nerds out when it comes to fruit and vegetable plant life; for example, he’ll visit all types of fruit and vegetable online forums. When he was looking to round out our four fig trees with two more, he visited Figs 4 Fun for guidance.

One of the figs that popularly rated high for taste was Ronde de Bordeaux. Despite having a good amount of local (well, San Diego), niche nurseries selling rare fruit tree cultivars, he had trouble finding this one.

He learned that fig trees can start out as “cuttings” so he was able to find a Ronde de Bordeaux cutting on eBay. This eBayer was really both helpful and thoughtful… so thoughtful that not only did she send cuttings from other fig trees, but a small Ronde de Bordeaux plant as well!

For the cuttings, she directed him to this string on the Figs 4 Fun site to learn about “rooting” them in coconut coir. We found some at a local soil distributor (you can also find them on Amazon and perhaps at a local nursery); we started experimenting with it as instructed.

The approach is simple: (1) moisten the dehydrated coir in a small shoebox-sized plastic container; (2) cover the cuttings with the moistened coir; and then (3) cover the container. They’re two weeks in and we don’t see any rooting yet. We might have taken too long to plant them. Because of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, Ben wasn’t able to place them in the coir until about three weeks after receiving them. They stayed refrigerated (which was recommended), but not sure if we took too long to transfer them into a rooting medium like the coconut coir. We’ll let you know! Gardening is such a learning process…

 

 

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diy: tic-tac-toe, three hearts in a row!

tic tac toe Tic-Tac-Toe, Three Hearts in a Row!
perfect for Valentine’s Day

Supplies:
21″ square piece of fabric for the “fabric board”
1/4 yard patterned fabric for one set of hearts (5 hearts total)
1/4 yard patterned fabric for contrasting set of hearts (5 hearts total)
Fabric paint
Paintbrush
Bag of beans
Hand-sewing needle
Coordinating thread
Cardstock
Scissors
Pins
Sewing machine

Seam allowance: 1/4″

Directions for the fabric board:
Paint your 3×3 grid onto the right side of the fabric. Allow to dry completely, then iron to heat-set the design on. Fold in the edges 1/4″, press, fold another 1/4″ press, and pin in place. Sew around the entire perimeter of your square fabric.

tic tac toe Directions for the heart beanbags:
Create your heart template by drawing a heart about the size of the center square. Using that template, cut out 2 pieces of fabric per beanbag. With the right sides together, stitch around the perimeter, leaving a 2″ opening for turning. Clip the curves around the heart, turn, and press. Fill the beanbags with beans and slip stitch the opening closed. If you want to avoid any hand-sewing, just fold in the opening, press, and edge stitch as close to the folded edge as possible.

tic tac toe tic tac toe tic tac toe If you’re not making this for a gift, it’s a good project that children can help out with. They are usually pro at tic-tac-toe, so more than likely they can paint on the grid with their eyes closed. Filling the beans bags are also good for little hands and helps them develop their motor skills. Of course once it’s all made,  the kids will have fun playing this game over and over again. If you just want to make the beanbags, you can have children draw a 3×3 grid on the concrete with chalk; I’m sure they will love that too. We painted a heart on a little tote, and put all the pieces of the game inside, so we can keep everything together.

tic tac tow tic tac tow tic tac tow tic tac tow tic tac tow tic tac tow The California weather has been extra glorious and we are ready for spring. Well, I guess since it’s California, it’s pretty much spring already. I totally love the look of rompers and jumpsuits, and while I try to rock it, children are way more capable of pulling it off. It won’t stop me from trying though! True’s floral number and Glow’s polka-dotted one (this one is so cute too!) are both so adorable and perfectly suited for welcoming spring. Glow loves hers so much that she was asking if she could wear it to sleep too. Soul’s not one for rompers, as she needs a dress or skirt because it must always have some “twirl” she says. Brave’s been into wearing bright socks lately, so these were just the radiance she was looking for. If it’s not “play tic-tac-toe outside kind-of-weather” for you yet, hang in there, spring will come!

on true: floral romper & socks, c/o old navy. shoes, vintage. on brave: striped dress & socks, c/o old navy. checkered vans, shoes.com. on soul: chambray dress & leopard shoes (we cut off the elastic), c/o old navy. on glow: pink romper & sneakers, c/o old navy.

This post is sponsored by Old Navy. All kids & baby items are currently on sale (until 2/12) at Old Navy, so be sure to check them out online or your local store. Thank you for your continuous support of this space and the brands I partner with. 

 

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