Thursday, August 28, 2014

Build A Sign Review

Are you in the market for some high quality marketing materials? Build A Sign provided me with the opportunity to create some materials for our blog.  There are many options to choose from on their site including business cards, yard signs, banners and even decals.

I was able to create some adorable business cards with their easy to follow steps and pre-made designs.  I loved this turquoise pattern that they already to choose from on their site.
I also created and ordered a set of these refrigerator magnets as well. Like the business cards they were very easy to create on their site.  I even added an image of one of my favorite projects for my daughter's room and our blog button to the magnet.  You can upload multiple images as well if you would like to have more than two.

Thank you Build A Sign for providing these materials for our blog. We are extremely happy with the quality of the materials and how quickly we received our customized products. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fall Art with Baby Food Lids

I came up with another baby food lid project for fall. This is for my front door once fall comes into full swing. The saying reminds me of my sweet sister who lives in the south.

I painted a white canvas with some tan craft paint. Then I cut out the letters on some purple vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo.  I used a hot glue gun to attach the food lids to the canvas. I added a strip of fall colored burlap to give a hanging piece to the canvas

This was my project I shared a few weeks ago.

This project could easily be done by children too. I would just use craft glue with them instead of hot glue.  Wynn and I played around with the lids on a table and made an apple, a bunch of grapes and some other objects with the colorful lids.  I am glad that I have saved them.  The Peter Rabbit brand butternut squash baby food had the perfect orange color for the pumpkin art.

Enjoy your day! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chalkboard Globe Inspired by Land of Nod

I am back with another Land of Nod inspired project. Over the past couple of years I've seen some great chalkboard globe ideas.  Wynn was looking over my shoulder as I was looking at the Land of Nod catalog, and she pointed out that she loved their globe.  I told her if I ever came upon one at a yard sale or thrift store I'd make her one just like it.  Their cost is $50, and the one I completed was $1.25.


I went to Goodwill on my lunch hour last week. I found this globe for $1.25.
I used some spray paint from previous projects to transform it. I had the Rust-Oleum Chalkboard spray paint and the Valspar Exotic Sea spray paint in the garage cabinets.
It took two coats of each to cover everything completely.

Wynn asked for it to be on her dresser, and said she will love to draw maps on it. I am going to have to get her an updated globe now that she seems to be interested in maps. This globe still had East and West Germany on it, and so it obviously was not very up to date.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your evening.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Harvest Snaps Review and Giveaway

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

When we all arrived home from work, daycare and school yesterday we were all tired and some of us were cranky. But, then we saw a box sitting on our front step from Harvest Snaps and we all smiled. We immediately opened up the box to check out the contents. 
There are many delicious flavors available. One of my personal favorites were the Lentil Snaps in the Tomato Basil. They are the perfect way to snack without feeling the guilt later on.

My other favorite flavor was the Snapea Crisps Lightly Salted.  I brought this bag in to share with my co-worker as a mid day snack. He said he tried them before and loved them. He was excited that we were snacking healthy instead of heading to the vending machine for something else.

These are the perfect additon to your lunch bag each day if you are an adult or a child.  
Here is a picture of the lunch that Wynn and I prepared together. She asked for the Onion Thyme Lentil Snaps to be a part of her lunch. We paired them with some grapes, a chicken caesar wrap and yogurt covered raisins.
Need some lunch ideas that include these delicious snacks? Head over to the Harvest Snaps Lunchspiration site and create your own Bento Box with great lunch ideas. 

Share your bento box idea on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter. Then share a link to your bento box that you have shared in the comment section of my blog below. 

You will be entered to win a giveaway to win your own snack box through our blog from Harvest Snaps!

Here is the bento box I created on their site:

Tomorrow we are going to be in the car for a while, and we are going to be bringing along the Harvest Crisps to snack on along the trip. Thanks  for reading about these delicious snacks on my blog today.  For more information be sure to check out the Harvest Snaps website. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Waterfall Chest

About a year ago my co-worker gave me a beautiful waterfall cedar chest. He was moving items from another home, and had no use for it himself.  It sat in our unfinished basement until last weekend. Rob had an itch to redo a piece of furniture. It was a beautiful day to do it, and so he took advantage of the nap time that all the kids took at the same time. Unfortunately, I do not have a before picture to share. He got started before I could snap one of the chest.

Rob purchased some General Finishes paint and white wash for it. This was his first experience using this brand and we were excited with how it turned out. Thanks to Cassie and Sharon for sharing their experiences with it.  He painted the trim of the piece with the General Finished Millstone gray.  Then used the General Finished White Wash Wood Stain for the main sections of the chest.  The chest was pretty beat up from years of use, and so this really helped make it look a lot better.  Rob also sanded it quite a bit to give it a more distressed look.  The final step was to give it a coat of polyurethane.

We of course did not touch the beautiful cedar inside. This is going to be a gift for someone who recently bought a beach place. We figured the distressed white wash look fit with the rest of their home. They have many throw blankets around their house, and we hope this will be the perfect storage piece for them.

Here is a side few of the chest. You can see the pretty details on the top and the bottom.
 Rob said he is very happy with the General Finished paint, and is looking forward to trying it a couple more of the pieces that are in our basement. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happiness in a Box

Do you know someone who could use a delivery of happiness? Here is what I sent out in the mail to a special person this week. I went around my favorite place, Target, to gather some items that would look like a ray of sunshine in a box.

When I stumbled upon the book "The Happiness Project" I knew it was meant to be that I was putting it together in the first place.  I also included some yummy goldfish, nuts, a cute water bottle and a yellow journal notebook.

You don't have to send out actual treats either. Sometimes a hand written note sent through snail mail is a lot more fun to receive than an email or FB message. I sent out a few notes to friends I have not seen in a while last week, and I hope it brought a smile to their face.  Enjoy your day!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Privacy for the Princess

Did you know that we have royalty living in our home? I did not realize this myself until my four year old proclaimed that she was in fact a princess. She also stated that all princesses need "confidence". I told her that it was a pretty big word for her to use. She said it means that she gets to shut her door and not let any one in her room. I let her know that the word she was searching for was privacy. She then instructed me to make her a sign for her door that told everyone she needed privacy. I got right on it, because I figured that since she is royalty she must be in charge. :)  I think the realization that she may be royalty probably all started when I purchased this "Sleeping Beauty" mirror for her from the tag sale at Elizabeth & Co.  

 I took a wood shape from Michaels and painted it with some purple craft paint.
 I used two images from the Silhouette online store and some letters on the software already to cut out on pink vinyl.  Then we hung it on her door as soon as everything was dry and ready to go.

I sure hope Ty and Davis learn to read quickly. She has been pointing it out to them quite often.  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Under the Sea Birthday Party

My friend hosted an Under the Sea party for her daughter's second birthday. I thought I'd share some of the cute ideas she incorporated.  

This adorable sign directed guests to the party.

She had crabwiches, which were delicious by the way.  I also loved the netting she placed over the table. The other food ideas were absolutely adorable.

The dinglehoppers, which are a nod to the movie The Little Mermaid.

These octopus hot dogs were a hit with the little ones.

She took the plain paper lanterns and turned them into jelly fish.

All the kids were excited to take home a starfish wand a sand castle mold full of treats.

This party was so cute, and to think that my friend put all these together two weeks before she had her second child. She is superwoman.  Thanks for letting me share this, Jessica.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Land of Nod Inspired Cork Boards

I saw these adorable cork boards in the Land of Nod of catalog for around $20. I figured they would be easy enough to create a similar look.

I purchased some round cork boards from Amazon. They were $8.50 a piece. I ordered three of them for Wynn's room. 

I used a round sponge dauber and three types of craft paint. I simply stamped the dauber in no particular pattern onto the cork board. Then attached some fabric ribbon to hang them in Wynn's room.

After explaining how to hang items on them, Wynn told me that she would leave them plain. She said she did not want to cover up the polka dots. I guess she does have a point there.