Crafts & DIY · Tutorial

Decorate the Windows: DIY Washable Window Paint Cross

I’ve seen this on so many of my friends and families Facebook Feeds…and I’ve been wanting to do it…

It’s just that: Paint is not an essential item.

I tried to order it online.  It’s either astronomically priced OR won’t be delivered for over a month.

I tried putting it in my pick-up grocery order:  NOT IN STOCK. no subsitutions

So whatever, I bought some Chalk Markers and went on with my life.

 

Well, it’s Holy Week…and the idea of having a large cross painted on one of our windows is just too good for me to let go.

Yesterday, we made it happen.

And I realized, it was WAY easier than I thought it would be to make our own washable paint from the paint we already had.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

WASHABLE PAINT: ACRYLIC PAINT, DISH SOAP, WATER

OTHER: PAINTER’S OR MASKING TAPE AND BRUSHES

 

I did the taping, because, well, I’ve reached my limit of “4 children distance learning from home with severely limited contact with the outside world for the past 3 weeks” expectation to work together in a manner that would please Jesus on this project (you’ll see I was not wrong)

Then I used a very little amount of paint, we’ll call it “a Squirt” with a tsp or less of water and “a drop” of dish soap for each color.  Super technical measurements.  If the mixture is TOO runny, you’ll know…because it will drip.   So use less water than you think at first.

(I also tested this out and it came off very easily with my natural window cleaner)

Then, my only “rule”  was to try and not let any of the same color touch…and let them go to town.

 

80% of the way done, and all was right in the world….

and then it wasn’t.

Daughter on chair spilled paint cup on head of daughter on floor.

Daughter on floor does. Not react well to many “uncomfortable” or sensory triggers

Guilty Party

After this, the last painter standing “accidently” painted some of my curtain pink.

 

Come Quickly, Lord Jesus!

We Need You Now!

 

All joking aside,

Paint washed away from the Hair.

We can now be reminded of the Beautiful Symbolism of the Ultimate washing away….

In a time where we could all use the Comfort.

I couldn’t think of a more fitting day to publish this post than today…what would have been my mom’s 70th birthday….but will be forever 67 in our eyes until we meet again.

Sewing · Tutorial

Make Your Own Boo-Boo Bags (Rice Freezer Bags)

My kiddos and I don’t start our Homeschool Journey until next week, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had lots of learning happening already.  In fact, I want to remind all of you out there in the Internets: I love seeing everyone’s schedules and ideas/tips/tricks/fun, and I will be sharing ours….However, please remember:  WE ONLY POST THE HIGHLIGHTS! I’m not sharing to make you feel bad because you didn’t let your kids so nuts with corn starch mud….or make a scavenger hunt for them….or to make you think I’m not losing my mind like the rest of you.  I’m just trying to stay positive.  We all need a little bit of that right now!

So, let’s see.  Our family of 6 have been “Social Distancing” ourselves since Friday.  We are on Day 7.  Since then, we’ve had 17 cases reported to be in need of a Boo-Boo Bag.

A Boo-Boo Bag?  It’s what we call our Rice Filled Freezer Bags that can be used on “OWWEEEE”s.   And, I am telling you, they are so easy to make, your 7 year old can do it!

Supplies Needed:

Cotton Fabric, Rice, Sewing Machine & Thread.  (Optional: Essential Oils for “Smell Goods”)

 

I hope you don’t mind…I’m not going to be super specific with measurements.  It really doesn’t matter at all.  Use what you have…I let my kids pick the fabric they wanted….and they all turned out to be different sizes.

You are going to sew the pieces together inside-out, and so you have 3 sides closed and one side open.

Flip it right-sides out.

“Fill” with rice.  I put fill in quotes, because you don’t want to fill it all the way….I recommend about 1/2 full (or less)  You want them to be very flexible and cushion-y

Then take the open ends and turn them into the inside…..

Sew it closed.  (Make sure you back-stitch at the beginning and end)

Put them in an air-tight bag or container and store in the freezer for the next “BOO-BOO”

 

  • HOT BONUS TIPS:

  • Add Essential Oils to the rice for aromatherapy….you can also just drop some on bag and let dry.

  • Make LARGER bags for Adult size Boo-Boo’s

  • Use said Larger Bags as HOT PACKS by microwaving them for a couple minutes

 

I’d love to see if you make your own!  Please comment and show us!

Sewing · Tutorial

Tutorial: Sew a Custom Dog Collar

After having a request from one of my very loyal customers to make a custom dog collar, I went back and forth as to how I was going to tackle it.

Do I search for a pattern?

What if I make this and then other people are interested in ordering one?  (that’s usually my motivation for purchasing patterns)  I’m a stickler for reproducible results!

What I ended up deciding on was purchasing a collar and deconstructing it to make a new one.

The bonus to this method is:   1. You have a pattern.  2. You have all the “hardware” you’ll need.

Then, I thought, maybe my sewing friends would like to do this too!

So, here is a quick Tutorial for you to make your own custom dog collar

  1. Look for a collar you love.  Maybe it’s the one your dog is already wearing?  Maybe it’s a brand new one.  (as long as the “hardware” is good, they have collars everywhere…even the dollar store)
  2. Open the collar up and take a picture.  You’ll want this for reference when you are sewing your new collar back together.
  3. Cut off all the hardware

4. Measure the length of the collar all stretched out straight.

5. Choose the fabric you love.  My customer happens to LOVE Star Trek, so that’s what I used.  If your print is larger, you’ll have to pay attention to placement of the print.

6. You’ll cut your fabric 4x the width of the collar you are copying, and Add 1 inch onto the length.  (the collar I copied also had a tag ring, so I cut an extra piece to attach that)

7. Cut Iron-On interfacing 2″x Length of collar and iron it on down the center.

8. Fold your collar to the center twice so that it’s 4 layers.  You’ll also tuck in the ends so that they are finished nicely.  Sew around this whole piece with 1/8″ seam.

9. Reconstruct your collar by referencing the picture of the one you took apart.10. Pop that puppy on your Pup, and enjoy!

Just think of all the fun collars you can make for your Furry Friend!

Crafts & DIY · From the Vault · Tutorial

Flashback Friday: Lucky Craft from the Vault

One of the things I am most excited about is sharing with you some of my old blog posts from “For What It’s Worth…or Not” from way back when…
So, on Fridays I’m going to treat you to some Flashbacks!
It’s crazy to think that this was originally publish on March 8, 2011.
NINE YEARS AGO?!?!?!  woah. that can’t be, I remember this so vividly….
At any rate, here you go….no editing, just raw content here.  I totally STILL have this frame, and it’s part of my yearly March decor. 🙂
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Find an early-90’s Home Interior Special picture frame
(or any old frame you are not particularly fond of)
and paint it Green
Pick up some wooden letters at your local craft store
These came in a pack of 2….
so a lucky someone is going to get a surprise from me soon
Paint them Green
Make the U into a Horseshoe by drawing a little design
(Hint: if you go with a lighter green, you can use a permanent marker to draw on it, otherwise, you’ll have to use a paint pen or paintbrush)
Arrange your letters in any way you’d like on a piece of cardstock
I used the “LOVE” sign as inspiration
Place in your frame, and show off your last-minute creativity
If you don’t make this craft you will have 7 years of bad luck and every time you wear the color green a bird will poop on your head….even in the middle of winter.
Just Kidding!
(it will only be 6 years)