Camo Glam Flip Flop Makeover

My son and daughter each received a pair of these camo flip flops for Christmas. I thought it would be fun to dress my daughter’s pair up with a little bit of sparkle. I had some decorative sequin trim that I had bought in a remnant bag and I decided this would be a great way to use it.

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I began by hot gluing the trim down the middle of the straps. I decided the sequins weren’t enough, so I added the bow on the front. In the end I had a much more girliefied version of the original flip flop. My daughter loves them and can’t wait to wear them!

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What Did You Make Wednesday? Personalized Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Sign

A friend of mine is having a birthday party for her son this Saturday. I asked her what types of toys her son is into right now. She told me he loves Ninja Turtles! In fact the theme of the birthday party is going to be Ninja Turtles. She asked me if I could paint him a sign to hang in his bedroom with his name on it . Here is what I came up with.

Cowabunga Dude!

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What Did You Make Wednesday? Bow Holder

I recently have gotten into hair bow making. I think I am making up for the first 4 years of my daughter’s life where I pretty much let her walk around with her hair hanging in her face. I finally learned how to make the hair bows and now I probably will never think she has enough of them.

The only problem I have had since starting to make the bows is finding a place to store them all. I had a belt hanging in her closet that I clipped them to, but it soon filled up.

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Then they were scattered all over her dresser.

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She also has a lot of headbands, other hair accessories and necklaces that I didn’t know what to do with. See her bathroom drawer!

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I knew I had to make a bow holder of some kind so I went on Pinterest for inspiration.

I found these cute letter bow holders, this lampshade bow holder and these oatmeal canister headband holders. I had some wooden letters that my sister-in-law had painted for my kids when they were first born. They looked so cute in their nursery, but I thought this would be the perfect update for them to match my daughter’s room now. My daughter also had a lamp with a broken base. The lampshade is cylindrical just like the oatmeal canisters, so I combined the idea of the lampshade bow holder and the oatmeal canister headband holder.

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Here’s what I did.

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I painted the background of my letters pink.

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Then I painted a chevron pattern on the letters. I figured if I couldn’t make the chevron work on the quilt, I might as well make it work on the bow holder. I put a sample piece of the quilt in the picture so you can see how they will go together. I am hoping to finish up on the quilt in a couple of weeks.

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I simply hot glued ribbon to the back of the four letters in the middle. My ribbons are 36 inches long. I added four cup hooks to each of the letters at the beginning and end of her name to use for the necklaces. I added saw tooth hangers and rubber bumpers to the back of each square. Now I’ve got that tongue twister in my head…rubber baby buggy bumpers. I hung them kind of wonky so I didn’t have to stress out too much over getting it all perfectly straight and level.

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Then I organized all of her headbands onto the lampshade.

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I organized her brushes, combs, water spray bottle and spray conditioner in one of my Herbalife containers and simply slid the lampshade down over the top.

Now I just have to figure out what I want to put in that empty drawer in the bathroom!

Valentine’s Day Fun

We had a great Valentine’s Day together as a family. I hope your Valentine’s Day was a good one as well. I thought I would share with you our day.

We started off the morning by reading “The Valentine Bears” by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Jan Brett. This is a book I remember reading when I was a kid.

I found the picture of the book here.

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Then I helped the kids with a craft. We made these shape bears to go along with our story. The kids cut out all of the circles and I cut out the hearts for them. Then they glued them all together.

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They enjoyed opening mail that came just for them. All together they each got three valentines in the mail. They were so excited! They also got new tee shirts from their Big Daddy and Gamma and money to spend from their Pa pa and Gigi.

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Valentines Day wouldn’t be complete without Conversation Hearts. So we did graphing with them. I found the printable graph on Blissfully Domestic. My daughter ended up with ten more hearts in her box. I thought that was quite a difference…maybe my son was eating them while I wasn’t looking.

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Of course the most fun they had with the activity was eating the candy.

We had Cajun Chicken Alfredo for lunch. I also made garlic bread with paprika hearts.

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We finished off the day by making Peanut Butter Blossoms together. Only I used a mini muffin tin to bake the cookies in. They come out so cute that way and most importantly the cookie to chocolate ratio is better.

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Happy Valentines Day from our family to yours!

What Did You Make Wednesday? Letter Art

I have seen so many cute ideas for letter art on Pinterest. I thought we would try out our own version to hang above the kids desk in our homeschool room. Here are links to some of the examples that inspired me. This one uses watercolor to paint over a masking tape name. This one uses homemade edible finger paint. This one uses printed fabric for the background and then when you paint over stickers with black paint and remove the stickers the words are revealed.

I decided to let the kids paint whatever they wanted onto a canvas. I then drew a simple letter with a pencil outline. They are still learning their letters so I wanted the font to be simple. I painted around the outline with black paint so that the only thing left showing was the letter. Then I came up with some adjectives that describe each child and painted them in the same simple font around that childs letter. I used purple for my daughter and blue for my son. Lastly I gave each canvas a good coat of Mod Podge. I think these will look great hanging above their desk!

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My First Quilt

I got together with my friends yesterday, so my friend’s mom could teach us how to quilt. I think I have found a new hobby. Quilting is so much fun! We used a video tutorial off of YouTube that made it really quick and easy. Here are some pictures of what I have gotten done so far.

I laid my blocks out in this fantastic chevron pattern. I was so excited to see it all come together!

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Then when I sewed my first two rows together this is what happened. The inner points of the chevron don’t meet up right. I have tried to figure out a way to fix this, but I don’t know how. If any of you more advanced quilters know a way to make it meet up right I would love to know what I was doing wrong.

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Here are the same blocks before I sewed them together.

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At the end of the day I laid out all of my blocks to see what I had. I will be making this quilt to use as a new bedspread for my daughter’s room. I think the thing I like most about quilting is laying out the blocks and seeing what patterns you can make with them. I am excited to see how this quilt turns out.

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If you have ever wanted to learn to quilt, I highly recommend this method of tube quilting. Although the chevron pattern didn’t work for me in the end, the tutorial was great for teaching a beginning quilter the basics of the hobby.

 

Quilting and Texas Toast Pizzas

I’m so excited! Not only do I get to have a girls day today, but we are going to be learning how to make quilts. I have always wanted to learn to quilt. I just have never taken the time to do it. This is the tutorial we are going to be using. It looks simple enough for a beginning seamstress like myself, but also seems like a great way to make blocks quickly and efficiently for a more advanced quilter.

My husband will be watching our twins while I am with my friends. It is nice to have something easy on hand for him to prepare for lunch. My husband has lots of things he would rather be doing than preparing a gourmet meal, and my kids enjoy fun dad food. Everyone is happy!

Texas Toast Pizzas

  • 8 Slices of Texas Toast Garlic Bread (this recipe can be scaled down or up 1-100 or  whatever suits your fancy)
  • 8 Tbsp. Spaghetti Sauce
  • 8 oz. Grated Mozzerella Cheese
  • Pizza Toppings – Pepperoni, Sausage, Olives, Onions, Bell Peppers, etc.

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To make the pizzas, place your garlic bread on a baking sheet and bake according to package directions.

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Once the bread is done baking. Top the bread with sauce, cheese and desired toppings. Bake in the same preheated oven until the cheese is melted and the toppings are hot.

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My kids love these pizzas. I hope you enjoy them too!

Valentine’s Day Candy Necklace

I have really been getting in the Valentine’s spirit lately, so I decided to check out my Valentines Pinterest board and see what fun things the kids and I could do together. I came across this Candy Necklace that I had pinned a while back. I thought it would be a perfect way to mimimize the stash of candy at our house and at the same time make something cute for the kids in my Bible class. The kids helped me for a little while by putting the candy in patterns for the neclaces, but they got bored because they weren’t able to help with the entire craft. Tying knots with curling ribbon on small pieces of candy isn’t very easy for a 5 year old.

Things you will need for this craft:

  • Small pieces of candy (make sure they have wrappers that stick out on the ends – Peppermints, Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, etc.)
  • Curling Ribbon
  • Scissors

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Start by lining up your candies in the order you want them in. I used on average 14 pieces of candy per necklace, keep in mind that if you use short candies you will need more and if you use long candies you won’t need as many.

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Cut out 14 five inch pieces of curling ribbon.

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Overlap the candies as shown.

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Place curling ribbon underneath the candies where the wrappers overlap.

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Slowly tie the pieces together tightly with a double knot.

When all the pieces of candy are tied together, tie the last piece of candy to the first to close the necklace. Curl the ribbon and your necklace is done.

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These would make great birthday party favors or stocking stuffers for Christmas too!