paper poms, flags, and other treats

paper poms, flags, and other treats Paper Poms, Flags, and Other Treats

Cardstock in various colors
3/16″ x 12″ dowels
Tissue paper
Paper rope (twine)
Glue gun and glue stick
Sewing machine

paper poms To make the paper poms:
Cut out a stack of tissue paper in a rectangular shape (I used a stack of 10). Cut slits on both short ends towards the center, leaving about 1″-2″ of space uncut in the middle. Roll the tissue paper stack together, with an 8″ strand of twine tie the middle of the roll tightly, and knot to secure. Fold the tissue paper upwards to create your pom shape.

paper poms You can use a mason jar as a vase, and dress it up with flowers up top and tie on a paper pom on the side…

DSC_4177 copy Get a paper mache box, poke a hole in the center (be sure it is wide enough to fit the center section of the tissue paper pom), and insert the pom on top. May need to use glue to secure in place. Then, fill the box with some delectable sweets…

paper poms, flags, and other treats DSC_4140 copy paper poms, flags, and other treats Use the paper pom to top a stack of lovely smelling bath soaps…

paper poms, flags, and other treats I got a plain ceramic pot and added some pattern with a ceramic marker. Then, I added a plant inside (of course!), and inserted the paper flag bunting…

paper poms, flags, and other treats To make the paper flag bunting:
For the bunting, cut out triangles in various sizes, then run the top through the sewing machine using a zigzag stitch (leaving some long strands on both ends), and tie the ends onto some wooden dowels.

paper poms, flags, and other treats For this one, I just glued some flags onto a dowel, and attached it to a scented candle in a jar. For a little more fun, you could also write something like, “You are scent-sational!”

paper poms, flags, and other treats paper poms, flags, and other treats paper poms, flags, and other treats This month’s challenge is all about celebrating! These simple gifts would be perfect to give to your child’s teacher, maybe for Mother’s Day (or Father’s Day), or even just to let a friend know how “scent-sational” they are! I got the mason jar, candles, chocolate, and even the soaps all from Michaels. They have lots of little goodies that would work as lovely gifts, and you could add a little oomph by dressing them up with paper poms and flags!

Supplies for this project were provided as part of the Michaels Makers Series. Michaels is celebrating every occasion this summer with gifts for Moms, Dads and teachers, and parties to celebrate birthdays, graduation, and the 4th of July! What are you celebrating this summer?

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i miss my flea market days

flea marketing flea marketing flea marketing Once upon a time, Ben and I were going to the flea market almost every Sunday. Second Sunday would be Rosebowl, third Sunday was Long Beach, and fourth Sunday was Santa Monica. We would either get there really early, and then head out in time to get to church gathering, or go right after church. We knew lots of vendors and they knew us and our girls. Our jaunts to the flea market slowed down a few years ago because we just didn’t need much anymore (and my interior style has remained the same), so I really do miss those days of hunting for old things.

With the bathrooms almost done, I was in need of a mirror. I had been saving two vintage ones that I got a few years ago, but while one will work for the half bath, we decided with needed a bigger one for the full bathroom. Thus, right after church gathering, we headed out to the Long Beach Antique Market. We were cutting it close to closing time, and I’m sure I missed out on lots of goodies going so late, but treasures were still found nonetheless. Ben stayed in the car with the girls and they had fun hanging out in the parking lot (we didn’t want to pay admission for everyone just with an hour left to go), and I whizzed up and down every aisle as fast as I could with my eyes wide open for things I was looking for.

Mainly, I was looking for a mirror and two patio chairs. I did stop at a couple places to check out (and try on) some antique jewelry, but then I was like, “Focus, Ruby, focus.” I did scoop up a couple $5 baskets, and when I saw an olive bucket, I had to get one (for more plants of course!). An olive bucket was something I had been wanting, but I didn’t remember until I saw it. There were a lot of other things I loved (oh the vintage dresses and indigo fabric), but I was trying to stick with my mission and not get sidetracked too much (and stick within a budget), especially since a lot of vendors were already packing up. And as I was walking down the last aisle, I was just about to give up on finding a mirror,  and that’s when I spotted one. It’s just a basic round one, but it’s pretty close to what I was imagining. I probably could have bought a new round mirror, but you know, I just like old things better.

I told Ben my Mother’s Day request is to spend the day at the flea market!

on me: dress, thrifted (I slightly altered it). hat, flea market. sandals, piperlime (sad they are closing up shop.). rag rug bag, get instructions here.


family meals: week 102

vietnamese pork and carrot relish rice vietnamese pork and carrot relish rice Vietnamese Style Lemongrass Pork with Brown Rice and Carrot RelishThis was such a busy day and I was super rushed to get dinner together that I overcooked the pork (it was too chewy) and my coarse shredded carrots became carrot mush. Overall though, the flavors were good; Ben and I agreed that we should give this dish another shot. Next time, I will pay attention and bake the pork for 15 minutes (instead of 25) and not stick the carrots in the vita-mix.

Week of 4/20 – 4/24
Monday: Vietnamese Egg Rolls
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Homemade Pizza
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Tacos

What’s on your menu this week?




IKEA trip This week’s learned, links, and thankfulness…

I went to IKEA and came home with other things that weren’t on my list. Oye!

Chocolate and peanut butter cake?! Um… YES!!!

Anyone know the type of plant in this pin (the one with pink flowers)?

How adorable is this shoe for a little girl!

Read this interesting article about how Americans now spend more money eating out than on groceries. We typically spend less than $100 a month dining out (that’s what we set for our monthly family budget), so that’s definitely not us.

Checked out The Secrets of the Notebook from the library and I was so intrigued with this woman’s family history.

NBA playoffs start today for the San Antonio Spurs… oh man, it’s that time of year again! #gospursgo

Thankful to get some rest once this past week from cooking dinner. We went over to my mom and dad’s and they spoiled us with lots of delicious food.

I love my daughters so much. Yes, they drive me nuts, but mostly it’s cause I let my own self-centeredness get in the way of loving and teaching them as I ought. God uses these little four blessings to refine me and remind me that I am a finite creature. They teach me to cling to Christ.



roasted carrots & fennel

roasted carrots and fennel Roasted Carrots & Fennel

Fennel seed
Black pepper

Preheat oven to 350° F. Chop all your vegetables. Line a baking pan with parchment paper, spread vegetables, lightly spray with oil, sprinkle fennel seed on top, and salt and pepper to taste. (For those that like more structure, this recipe is what initially inspired us a few years ago.)

roasted carrots and fennel roasted carrots and fennel roasted carrots and fennel roasted carrots and fennel All these vegetables were grown in our winter garden. We had some serious ginormous fennel growing! Ben is the one who puts in all the work into the garden, but I’m very happy to enjoy it all in my tummy!



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