February 8, 2015

Every child is an artist - Picasso

I’ve been working on an art wall for a little while now and wanted to add this [prefect] quote by Picasso.

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First, pick out a board or canvas you want the quote on. I used a chunk of particle board I had laying around, but you can easily use a canvas or even some cardstock for this project. Let your little artist paint away. I love the sporadic, crazy painting that he did over the letters. It’s perfect for the art wall & for the quote!

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We used Crayola washable paints, but obviously any paint will do (as long as you trust your kiddo with it!)

My first thought was Pink lettering. Didn’t like it.

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Instead I went with white vinyl. MUCH better!

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OR…! You can just order one of these sweet little wood blocks with the same quote -

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Both make for a great addition to our art wall, I’m using the one my little B painted. I still have a few finishing touches to add to the wall, but it’s almost done!

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February 7, 2015

Love Photography – custom business logo sign

I love this custom wood sign I made for a customer. It is a business logo, painted in ‘Ballet Slipper’ with black & grey vinyl. Turned out adorable. IMG_2704

Custom wood signs from Remembories!

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February 6, 2015

Hello spring!

Spring is definitely not here in Montana yet, it being only February, but it sure is trying to make an appearance. What a nice & mild winter we’ve been having. Hopefully it keeps up! (although I’m anticipating snow in April/May…just because it’s Montana). Anyway, I’ve been inspired by the wonderful faux-spring weather and had to make this wood block –>

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You can find it for sale in my Remembories shop –> HERE

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January 25, 2015

Hanging Hearts – Valentines door decor

With Valentines Day just around the corner, I decided to make some hanging hearts for my front door. I’m not a huge fan of wreaths, and only can stand to use them once in a while, so I try to come up with something different for my front door instead.

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I started with 4 different sizes of hearts – I printed the outline of them from my computer, random sizes, and cut them out by hand. Then I traced them onto some lumber. All of our lumber is hand milled (by my husband Grant), but of course you can just go to the lumber or hardware store and pick up a piece. You don’t need very much for these hearts (depending on their size). I used about 1.5-2’ of lumber.

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After tracing them, CUT. I love, love, love my scroll saw!

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The cut hearts

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And just a picture to show the rough, home milled wood I like to use. Most of the time I’ll plane it before I use it, but I purposefully left it pretty rough, so that when I sanded, after I painted, it would have a worn, rustic look.

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On to painting. Since I cut 4 hearts, I went with 4 different colors. I’m a huge fan of Rustoleum 2x coverage spray paint. The colors I used = Berry pink, Apple red, White, & Grape.

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Sanding comes next. Like I said before, I left my hearts rough so that when I finally sanded them smooth they had a worn, rustic finished look. And I purposefully sanded the edges more than the rest. Next I applied a final coat of clear coat (matte or gloss, it’s up to you. I used matte because I have a bunch of it around).

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You can either stop there & tie a rope/cord around the hearts for a table/shelf display (see picture below), or you can keep going (like I did with my hanging hearts).

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The rest of this project is determined by how & where you want them to hang. I drilled a hole in the hearts (either the top center or off to the top side), a little bigger than the rope I found. I like to keep things sporadic & random, so I couldn’t tell you exactly where I drilled on each heart.

The rope I used was found at a local hardware/ranch store, and it’s almost more of a twine than a rope. It’s about 1/4” thick. I cut two 5’ sections of the twine (from a 40’ roll) and tied them in a “bow” in the middle. I’m not an expert “bow-tier” but I did my best ;)

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Each heart was then tied to one of the dangling pieces of rope/twine, at different heights. I didn’t use any specific knots, just tied it on and made sure it stayed. Actually, I made sure it REALLY stayed by dabbing some E6000 around all the knots, including the big bow (in the back).

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And there you have it. A fun, cute & non-wreath Valentine’s door hanger!

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January 12, 2015

Minion Birthday Party!

My now 3 year old is OBSESSED with Minions. Whenever we asked him what he wanted for Christmas, his answer was always “MINIONS!!”. So, of course he had to have a Minion birthday party!

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MINION INVITATIONS:

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I made these invitations (using Microsoft Publisher…nothing fancy here!), one clipart from a Google “minion clipart” search, and this font (LasVegas-Jackpot) . I set up the invitation as a 4” x 6” because I like to print them at Wal-Mart & have them in hand within the hour. The boarder of the invitation was a bunch of repeated blue & yellow stripes laid behind everything and later cropped to the 4” x 6” size. Obviously I put in the birthday boy’s actual name & our actual address & phone number, but you get the idea.

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**I’ve been trying to make their birthday parties more about the fun rather than the presents. We do a little family birthday party where we give them presents, but when it comes to their friends…all they really want is to play & have cake! That’s why I put *no presents necessary*. Hopefully makes it less stressful for the parents too!

I did a lot of Pinterest & Google searching for ideas for kids 3 and younger to do. I love teaching my boys preschool, so I wanted to do some activities like that. So here we go…

THE MINION PARTY FUN:

First, color. It was a great “gathering” activity. While we waited for everyone to show up, they colored as many Minions as they could (and played after they were done).

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The next project was painting a puzzle. My little man LOVES puzzles almost as much as he loves minions. I was going to have the kids make something similar to this Minion footprint on their puzzles, but that was a little too much work (we did a practice run the night before).

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So instead I just gave them some paint & let them do whatever they wanted on it.  They had fun with that!

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Lunch came next. I made some pizza & while it finished cooking, I gave the kids some bananas & some stickers I made with my Silhouette.  They dressed the bananas up to look like little Minions & then they got to eat them and/or take them home with them.

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This is the clipart I used & imported in my Silhouette program (couldn’t find the actual link anymore, SORRY!!):

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MINION CUPCAKES!

Inspired by Betty Crocker, I made these Minion Cupcakes. Not much needed aside from the cake; blue cupcake liners, yellow frosting, big marshmallows, & black gel (or frosting). I was also planning on making a cake for our family part (again, Betty Crocker inspired), but it stuck to the pan. So I opted for Minion cake balls!

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MINION GIFT BAGS:

I have a ton of these brown gift bags, and since I couldn’t find yellow bags ANYWHERE in my town, I went with these. I again made some stickers to go on the outside & put some fun Minion stuff inside.

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  1. Minion stickers (I made, using my Silhouette & clipart like THIS)
  2. Minion tattoos
  3. Minion Fruit Snacks (any grocery store)
  4. BANANAS!!(candy, of course, with stickers to go on another banana at home)
  5. Their painted puzzles

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MINION DECORATIONS:

Lots of blue & yellow – streamers, balloons, flag banners, etc! The streamers, we put up. Nothing else to it. The blue balloons stayed blue balloons, and the yellow balloons were dressed up to be minion heads! I used goggle & mouth clipart & taped them on. The flag banner was a matter of yellow, white & blue cardstock paper, but into triangles & flags, with Minion stickers on top (taped to some yarn). Pretty easy to make.

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Overall, super fun birthday! This kiddo is now 3 & still as crazy as a Minion!!

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January 9, 2015

Magnetic Family Home Evening {FHE} chart

I have been wanting a Family Home Evening (FHE) chart for a long time now, but nothing I’ve seen had really hit my fancy. I’m a fan of ORIGINAL & DIFFERENT, which I wasn’t finding on Pinterest and Etsy.  So of course, I decided to use my imagination and completely DIY it! My finished product ---> 

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I started out with the idea of making each person pose for the magnets and taking new pictures. But rather than going through that hassle I decided to go through our pictures from the past year and found some candid ones that I could use instead. We are always crazy, so it wasn’t very hard to find them :P

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I printed them on sticker paper (half sheet sticker labels to be exact, because I had them), and then sprayed them with a clear coat to seal them. I used matte clear coat, but next time I think I’ll use gloss. Once it was dry, I roughly cut them out, stuck them on a magnet sheet & then did a closer cut for the actual/finished magnets.

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I designed my whole FHE board in my Silhouette program, so I could lay everything out how I wanted & figure the sizes needed before I cut them all. The only thing I used my Sihouette machine for was to cut the vinyl for the “job” labels and for the “Family Home Evening” at the top.

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Once cut, the vinyl job labels were weeded, then transferred to the sheet magnet & I cut them out by hand after that. The ‘Family Home Evening’ vinyl was applied directly to the metal.

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The main part of this project was the sheet metal background. My boys love magnets, so they definitely helped with the inspiration for this project. Grant always has random things laying around, and somehow I always need them! Luckily he had some left over AIR DUCT which was perfect for this FHE chart. He cut it out to the dimensions I wanted, I sanded it down to make it shiny and clean (air ducts are not that clean!!) & then drilled the holes for the screws. Then I put the ‘Family Home Evening’ vinyl on & hung up the metal. The boys helped with assigning our next FHE jobs!

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Since I had EVERYTHING I needed for this project & didn’t make one trip to the store for anything, I spent $0 for this project!!! Gotta love those kind of projects :D This FHE chart should last for a while, considering how easy it is to add more people to this chart or update the pictures, I’ll just need sticker paper & sheet magnets!

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Now…on to my next project!!

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