Friday, June 23, 2017

Weekend Round up #5

It's been a few weeks but I thought it was time to bring back the weekend round up and feature some of my favorite projects I've found recently.  This week there is a little bit of everything.

So this is just gorgeous and the frame is a hula hoop!  Find the tutorial here.

Here is an amazing list of Free sewing Tutorials.  She has a little bit of everything.

It's never to early to start crocheting hats and this one is adorable.  Free pattern here

Love these for the 4th of July.  Tutorial found here.

Another blanket ladder.  I love these.  You can find the tutorial here.

Gorgeous idea for a house sign.  Tutorial found here.

Amazing sign and I love the faux frame look.  Find it on etsy here.
This is the cutest.  Its a giraffe puzzle made out of rocks.  My kids would love to make and play with this.  Tutorial found here.

I found another amazing builder blogger.  This is for shoes and would be amazing in an entry way.  Tutorial found here.

Great idea to use your printables or family photos.  Tutorial found here.

So many fun ideas found here.

How cute are these?!?  I need this pattern.  Found on Etsy here.

I have a few little girls that would love this.  Found here.

Awesome free printable found here.
$10 Tiered planter is so amazing.  Tutorial found here.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Adorable Crocheted Giraffe

I had some bright and fun yarn that I wanted to uses for a special gift.  I ran across an adorable giraffe pattern and knew it would be perfect.  The free pattern found here.
It's a great size for cuddling.

If you are new to amigurumi this is a great one to start with.  There are lots of pieces but very easy to follow.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Farmhouse Frame Tutorial

I am so excited about this frame and hope you are too!  I love the farmhouse look and have really been into the framing sign craze you see everywhere.  It doesn't quite work when you want to frame a picture though and this time I wanted the frame to more of a statement piece.  I knew I wanted to use this awesome cow print for my kitchen but this frame can really be used for anything.  I think it would be a gorgeous frame for family pictures.  It does take twice as much wood but it so worth it and depending on the size of your print its still around $1 maybe $2.  

Here's what you need: 
1x2x8 furring strips (these are the super cheap boards that are around $1).  You can use nicer wood.  *The amount needed is depends on the size of your print. 
wood glue
miter saw
Wood scraps (optional but very helpful)
nail gun
paint or stain
optional for the back-thin plywood and staple gun, and saw (jigsaw or scroll saw work best) or you can just tape your picture to the back. 

To start grab wood scraps and place on top of your picture  where you want your frame to hit on the sides.  I suggest giving yourself at least 1/4 inch on each side.
*If you do not have scrap pieces you an use anything you have on hand or you can measure the bottom and subtract 1/2" to get your next measurement.  I just like to do it the way above for visual purposes...easier to cut once.

Once you have your side boards in place measure the distance between the two boards.  Mark and cut your board.
Do the same for the top (should be the same length as bottom board.)  Now these two boards are going to be your guide for your side cuts.  Put in place (again at least 1/4 " in).
To get the lenght of your side boards you are going to measure from the very bottom of the bottom board to the very top of the top board (check picture below for reference).  mark and cut.  Do for both sides.
You should end up with something like this.  Sand.  Then paint or stain.
Next grab your wood glue and glue the 4 corners together.  Let it dry overnight (or if you are inpatient like me give a couple hours)

You can stop here if you want.  Its adorable but if you want to add a little something keep going.
This time the small side of your wood is going to be the side showing.  Lets start with the top and bottom pieces.  Measure the top of your frame mark on  your new board and cut.
Do the same for the bottom.
For the sides you are going to measure from the top of the top board to the bottom of the bottom board (just like last time just remember to have your new boards with the small side up!)

When you have your boards cut  it will look like this put together.

A little close up.

Stain your boards and use a nail gun to attach.  This is what your finished frame will look like.
Now you can tape your picture to the back or if you want it a little sturdier here's another option.
Tape your picture to the thin plywood and trace around your picture.  Cut out using your saw of choice.  I taped my picture to the plywood so it wouldn't slip but  you can just sandwich it between the back of the frame and the plywood.  Staple plywood to the back of the frame.  One word of caution...know where your staples will enter the wood.  I miscalculated and missed the frame putting visible holes in my picture.  Luckily I could shift the picture enough that it is hidden.  I would hate for you to do the same thing.
You really want it thin if you are going to hang it on the wall.

Enjoy your new frame.

Monday, June 5, 2017

June Visiting Teaching Handout

This is such a great message this month.  You can find the full message here.

To Print:
Click on the picture.  Right click to save to your computer.
Print at home or send it to your favorite place to print pictures.
If printing at home I like to insert the picture in a word document.  Size and print 3 or 4 to a page depending on how many you need.  
These are formatted as 5x7 but can easily be sized to fit the size you want.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Patriotic Preschool Crafts

With tomorrow being Memorial Day and Summer/4th of July just around the corner I thought today would be the perfect day to share some of our past patriotic craft we've done.  These are both perfect for toddler and preschoolers but they can easily be adapted for older kids.  (originally posted on our old preschool blog).
4th of July Stars for the windows- This was really easy and something a little different. 
Cut out red, white, and blue stars. Let your little one cut out little piece of paper to use as confetti.Next cut out a large piece of clear contact paper. Place sticky side up and add your stars.
Then sprinkled the confetti over the stars and contact paper.
Add another piece of contact paper on top to seal.
We hung it in the window so the people outside also have something cute to look at. It turned out pretty cute.

Variations-Make three separate ones (one for each star instead of the three stars together) and hang them in a row OR use it as a cute place mat.

Our Flags- Very simple and both girls helped. I cut out a blue square-the girls made polka dots with a white crayon for stars. I cut out red stripes of paper. The blue and red paper were glued down. Cut off the extra red that went over the sides. They aren't very evenly spaced and I am pretty sure one has a few extra stripes but the girls really like them.

We also listened to a few patriotic songs on the computer. It was great because some of the videos had flags and they were able to point them out.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

P is for Princess

This was one of our very first preschool themes we did and its still my favorite.  We might need to do it again now that I have another princess loving 3 year old.
P is for Princess of course!
For our preschool activities this week we focused on the letter P. Our theme of course was princess. Here are some of the fun activities we worked on.

Princess letter complete with purple crown with pink polka dots and pasta hair. Aubrey cut out the polka dots, glued everything on, and helped draw the smile. She loved this activity.

Of course what princess doesn't need a crown. (Sadly this printable is no longer available but there are lots of cute crowns crafts on pinterest) We used the jewels to practice her shapes (most cut out to basic shapes), We practiced colors, and gluing.Here are the two books we used this week-Princess Sparkle and I'm going to be the best princess ever. Both are great books and both of my girls love them. Two other activities we did were coloring the letter P. Aubrey even added polka dots (remembering them from the previous activity). We used this template.She practiced "writing." She is a little young for this still but we are going to continue this with each letter. She had a lot of fun "doing her work" as she called it. I put the page in a sheet protector and let her write with her washable markers (it wipes off very easy with water). The template was found here.We did a big activity on Thursday by having a princess party just like in the book. We ate pizza, drank pop, and had princess pops (cake pops) for dessert. The girls dressed in their pretty princess dress. To finish up the girls and I had a pajama party with popcorn and watched the princess movie (Enchanted). We tried to watch it in our palace/fort but the girls didn't really like it and it kept falling down. I guess we need daddy to make the next one.

Through out the week we pointed out items that start with the letter P. We practiced the sound it makes, and we found all the P's in her princess books. It was a really fun week.