Crafts & DIY · My Hallmark Obsession

Fill the Truck: Fabric Daffodils

Today I am struggling.  I’m struggling with patience.  I’m struggling with negativity.

I’m basically driving the whole Struggle Bus.

In short: I’ve got a bad attitude.

So, I thought I’d make something pretty.   (that didn’t involve masks)

Do you remember my Hallmark Inspired Truck that I keep out all year long?  Well, it needed something SPRINGY!

I meant to have at least two other Fill the Truck posts in between my Shamrocks and this one, but….well, quarantine life.

Alright, enough ho-hum…let’s get to some pretties, shall we?

I found a really cute, easy tutorial for fabric daffodils HERE from Crafty Staci  She gives you three ways to make them.  I followed one tutorial for the first one I made, and then just sort of wings the other two.  Remember, my attitude today.  I ran out of patience with that too, apparently.

 

Anywhoodle, I used some wooden skewers and wrapped them up with fabric for the stems….

HOT glue those bad boys on the back

Then, I just happened to have this cute little Terracotta pot Georgia painted for me back in 2018.  (says so on the bottom)

And for the dirt?  A rolled up brown sock that is one of a million without a match that I have piled in our guest room.

 

See, Who needs to run to the craft store to create something new?

Well, I might not NEED to…..but I REALLY REALLY REALLY cannot wait to anyway.

Also, I need to catch up on my Spring Fling Hallmark movies! (Perhaps that will lift my spirits?)

Have you been watching???

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.

Crafts & DIY

Pictures in the Window: Dinosaurs

After the fun we had with Shamrocks in the Windows  from last week…I was so excited to see someone continue the challenge with new prompts.  What made it even more fun was seeing our city grab on to the idea and sharing it through public channels as well!

I don’t know about you and your kids…but our house is THRILLED that more people will be participating!

If you have read this far and don’t know what I’m talking about.  The idea is to put pictures/projects of a certain theme in your windows, so kids (and who am I kidding…adults) will have some fun things to look at/search for on their walks or car rides.  Social distancing, but a little more HAPPY added 🙂

Here are the prompts for the next few weeks:

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Being that this is the 1st day of DINOSAUR WEEK…I thought I’d help those of you out that needed some ideas and didn’t feel like searching for them on your own.

Dinosaur Footprints from Crafty Morning: TUTORIAL HERE

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Dinosaur out of the Letter D  (how great is this for Letter Learning HomeSchool?) TUTORIAL HERE

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And HOW STINKIN’ CUTE are these Dinosaur Handprint Cards?!?!?! TUTORIAL HERE

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FREE Coloring Kid’s Pages to Print from Itsy Bitsy Fun  PAGES HERE 

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And Don’t Forget about the Coloring Pages!  Here are a few FREE ONES

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For the “COOL” Messy Parents ;0) Here’s some Hand and Footprint Dinosaurs  TUTORIAL HERE 

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Dinosaurs from Paper Plates TUTORIAL HERE

Wanna try to draw your own? 

Our family has LOVED doodling with this family!  ART FOR KIDS HUB on YOUTUBE  It’s such a cute concept!  The dad draws and one of the kids copies him.  It’s fun to see how they both turn out unique!

CLICK HERE FOR A BUNCH of their DINOSAUR drawing videos

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We might try a few of these in our house….but I am VERY EXCITED to make HOMEMADE WASHABLE WINDOW PAINT and see if we can create something BIG!  TUTORIAL HERE

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I’m EXCITED to see what you make! 

If you aren’t local to me, I’d love to see if you participate too….post a picture in the comments!

Crafts & DIY · Free Printable

Let’s Have a SHAMROCK HUNT!

I had a completely different post for today….but I stumbled upon this idea and I JUST HAD to get it out there!

One of my friends posted this on Facebook…

The idea is:  We are all going to be practicing social distancing over the next few weeks, so let’s have some fun!

Get outside or GO FOR a FAMILY DRIVE and SHAMROCK HUNT!

All you have to do is put a SHAMROCK in your window on Tuesday , March 17th….

COLOR IT, PAINT IT, CUT IT OUT, Whatever you want!

Put it up in your Window and Walk Around your Neighborhood or Go for a Drive and Find others!  Post Your Pictures when you Find them!

I thought I’d help facilitate it by giving you some ideas!

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Here’s a Blog post with a bunch of ideas gathered together that you see here:

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How about some coloring pages like this one???  CLICK HERE to find A LOT MORE(right click on picture, choose Open Image in new Tab, and you should be able to print it out)

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I can’t wait to do this with my kids!  And HUNT for yours!!!!

Share with your friends and neighbors!

And, We’ll “SEE YOU FROM AFAR”  ON Tuesday!

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)