Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dance Pictures 2015

Dance recital time is almost upon us.  That means it's picture time!  Costume Day is always one of the girls' favorites.  It's the first time they get to try on their costumes.  Picture Day is the first time they get to be stage ready with hair and make-up as well.  It can be a long day, especially now that all three of my girls are dancing.  We had eight different call times throughout the day.  It took some planning to fit in all of those, plus a volleyball game and three soccer games.  It was a crazy day, but between my husband and I shuttling everyone, we made it to everything.  Take a look at how cute all of their costumes are!

West Side Story - Ballet 

Head in the Game - Hip Hop

Walking on Sunshine - Jazz

On My Own - Lyrical

Ice Age - Tap

Cinderella - Ballet

1st Recital!

Just Posing!

Allouette - Ballet

My Little French Girl

We Go Together - Jazz
And the Photos we bought from the Photographer






Can't wait for recital weekend!



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fountain Garden Planter


Springtime is here in Florida.  Actually, it almost feels like summer some days.  I think the heat index was 102 today.  No more cold snaps to kill the flowers, so that means it's time to get our yard in shape.  The worst part for us to deal with are the out of control weeds that like to take over.  Weed pulling is a full time job around here.  Not my favorite thing to do either.


Not too long ago, someone had left this old water feature fountain out by the curb.  My good hubby was nice enough to bring it home for me.  It has been sitting by the side of our house for a bit, waiting to get used.  I knew it wouldn't be used as a fountain, but I thought it would be fun to add as a planter garden in our backyard.


We filled the fountain bowl with some potting soil.  I picked up mint and basil plants in the herb section, as well as some flowers for color.  I spaced them out with some room to grow.


They Fountain Garden is a great little focal point in our back corner.  You will need to be sure to water your plants often, especially when they are still getting established.  Water doesn't hold as well in the soil as it would in the ground either.  Although it's tougher for the weeds to grow up there as well.  At least it is easier to pull them at this height.


I had my little helpers out to help me water my plants.  


I chose a few different colors for my flowers.  I love the mixture of them together. 


I got lucky to find this fountain to make my garden out of, but you can make a garden out of almost anything.  Be creative and see what will work as a container garden in your yard!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Snack Basket Teacher Gift Idea


Just wanted to share a quick Teacher Gift idea. We wanted to just send in something small for teacher appreciation week since we were going to send in an end of year gift as well. We checked out his list of favorite things and made a little snack basket for him. To tie it all in we wrote a thank you note as well. We had fun using words to describe our goodies and incorporating them in our note.  We used Dew (do) for our Mountain Dew, Joy for our Almond Joys, and Star for our Starbucks gift card.  I created the note in Word.  First I added clip art of an apple and enlarged it.  Then I wrote my note on top of the apple.  Print it out on cardstock and cut out your shape.


Have fun with your note and finding your teacher's favorite snacks.  Happy Teacher Appreciation Week and almost summer!




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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Prayer Box from an Altoids Tin


Looking for that special last minute gift for Mom?  Make her a Prayer Box for her purse upcycled from an Altoids tin. You will need an empty Altoids tin, Mod Podge, a foam brush, scrapbook paper, and stickers (or super neat handwriting). 


Trace and cut three pieces of your scrapbook paper to fit the top, inside lid, and bottom of your tin.  Your paper can be matching or just coordinating. I went with coordinating prints in similar colors. Use your foam brush and paint a layer of Mod Podge and attach your paper pieces. Allow to dry and paint a layer of Mod Podge on top of your paper. Allow to dry and repeat until the pieces are well attached.


To make my inside message, I typed it out and printed it onto a matching solid piece of paper.  I cut it down to fit inside my lid. The message is,
When your head starts to worry,
and your mind just can't rest,
put your prayers down on paper,
and let God do the rest. 

Glue your message to the middle of your inside lid. Use your foam brush to Mod Podge the message in place. 


I used small stickers to decorate the front of my Prayer Box as well as letter stickers. Mod Podge another layer over the top of your stickers to keep them in place. Don't have stickers?  Use your super nice handwriting and a marker to write Prayer Box on your lid top. Place a small pen and little note cards inside. I cut more of my scrapbook paper to use as notecards. 

This is a sweet little gift that Mom can carry with her or leave on her bedside table. You could even leave her a little note inside so she will think of you when she sees it. 




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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Monogram Jewelry Bowl


I'm so glad that I'm able to actually share these photos with you!  I was afraid that tons of pictures were lost forever when my SD card went bad and I couldn't get it to read.  While I'm sure I lost some photos, crisis was averted with ZAR data recovery software!  It took most of a day, but I was able to access most of my photos and save them to my computer.  Many of the photos were projects I had done as gifts.  All of which had already been given away, so no new photos could be taken unless I remade all of the items.  A big sigh of relief when I saw my photos come up!  Phew!  Lesson Learned: Save your photos to your computer right after taking them!!


Today I wanted to share with you a simple Mother's Day gift to make for any jewelry lover!  Make your own Monogram Jewelry Bowl!  I found these colorful little bowls in the housewares section at Target.  Just my luck, they were on sale!  Next I searched my scrapbooking supplies for some letter stickers.  I used single letters, but you could also use three stickers to make your initial monogram.  Simply stick your letter in place in the middle of the bowl.  Mine stuck pretty well, but you could also add a layer of Mod Podge over the top to make sure it stays in place.


These little Monogram Jewelry Bowls are great to keep jewelry on your dresser, in the bathroom, or by the kitchen sink.  They are a little catch all bowl to keep your jewelry safe when you're not wearing it.  A simple little gift that Mom will love.  You could even give it to her with a little jewelry surprise already inside!




Sunday, April 19, 2015

Lilly-less in Florida

Lilly at Target - Times Up!

For those of you not in the know, today was Lilly for Target day where the large retailer would be releasing their specially made Lilly Pulitzer items on their website and in stores.  In theory, now some of us regular women would be part of the elite that could actually afford the Lilly Pulitzer brand.  What may be an exciting day for some, was a big disappointment for many others.  Although I did not attempt to shop online until all items were completely sold out, others were stuck in the endless loop of trying to pay for their cart, if they could even get their cart to load.  The website was up and down a number of times with a few making early purchases with leaked links before those loopholes were shut down.

The State (from Twitter)

I guess I underestimated the number of people that would be shopping this sale.  Silly me showed up at 8am, when the store opened.  I guess I should have shown up at 6am to stand in line like some of the others.  Who knew it was going to be another Black Friday sale!!  As I was arriving at 8:03am, I saw some women leaving with small bags and others already leaving empty handed.  As I hopelessly entered the store, I saw long lines of women at the dressing rooms waiting to try on their finds.  Others were waiting to take over their castoffs.  Some shoppers had a few items that they had managed to find, while others had carts absolutely overflowing with everything they could stuff in.  One group seemed to have come together, sending a representative to each section of items to collect as much as they could.  Afterwards, they had come together to trade their findings with each other.  Some shoppers were walking around asking others if they were keeping everything in their cart, hoping they were going to put something back.  I could have grabbed a bottle of nail polish, a clear vase, or a string of lights, but I wasn't there just to buy something just for the sake of Lilly.

  

I don't usually buy a ton of brand names, and actually am quite cheap, splurging only on the occasional item.  I love to find a deal.  I was just hoping to find a fun, printed tote or clutch that I could enjoy.  I would have loved to find a pair of fun shorts or some beachy flops.  Unfortunately, everything was gone by 8:05 am.  After talking to a sales associate, it didn't seem likely that they would receive any more stock either.  Now our only option to buy an "affordable" line of Lilly is to go on Ebay where items are already on sale for double or triple what they were sold for online or in store.  How is it that they were already on sale before the website was even supposed to be live?  So disappointing!  I guess it would be more affordable to check the original Lilly Pulitzer line in department stores!  Hope some of you others were able to find a few great things.  If you have any extras, just remember that my birthday is in July!!  ;-)



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Swaddled Diaper Baby & Mini Cake Gift


Today I wanted to share with you a fun baby shower gift. Of course, I always want to get the mother-to-be a useful gift (maybe off their registry), but I like to get a little creative with it as well. One of my favorites is to make Diaper Babies!  Not too hard to make, and they are adorable! Plus, you can make it a little boy or girl diaper baby.  Although it is just as easy to make a gender neutral baby if it is a surprise. 


First you will need a pack of size 1 diapers, a baby outfit in a 0-3 month size, a baby hat, and a pacifier. I prefer size 1 diapers and a 3 month outfit since some babies skip right over that newborn size.


You will start making the baby body by opening a diaper and rolling it up from one side to the other. 


Place this rolled up diaper inside another diaper and continue rolling. Keep rolling diapers until you get the size you need. Secure your diaper roll with a large rubber band. 


Keep rolling diapers until you have three rolls to create a head, chest and baby body. My chest roll was a bit smaller than the body roll.  Now you need to attach these parts together. I used curling ribbon to tie the chest and body rolls together. Wrap your ribbon around the flat sides, basically covering your rubber bands.  Take another long piece of your ribbon and tie around the head of your baby. Tie in a knot to secure. Place it the opposite direction of your body rolls.  Take your long ends and attach the head to the body by wrapping these ends around the body rolls. It will wrap around the rolled ends (opposite of your other secured ribbon).  Tie in a knot. 


Give your baby arms by rolling a diaper longwise and inserting it into your outfit sleeve. Do the same for the legs of your baby. 


Now it's time to dress your baby. Be delicate when dressing, but your outfit should actually help secure your baby together. My outfit included built in feet, but you could add socks to your baby if you'd like.  Slip a pacifier into the head roll where your baby's mouth would be. You can use a little tape to help secure it if you need to. Add your baby's hat and he or she will be ready to cuddle. 


I decided I wanted to swaddle my diaper baby with a personalized flannel blanket. I bought a yard each of solid flannel and a soccer print flannel.  I used my Mom's embroidery machine to add the baby's name to the solid.  I placed the two pieces, right sides together and sewed all the way around the four sides, leaving an opening.  Turn your blanket right sides out.  Sew around the four sides again to finish your blanket edge.  I love flannel blankets.  So easy to make any size, plus there are so many fun prints to choose from.


I managed to fold my blanket so that the baby's name was showing as well as the soccer ball print.  I used a ribbon to keep the swaddling in place.


Here's my love cuddling with our little diaper baby before he went to his new home.


I had some leftover diapers that I had no use for, so I wanted to give them to the Mom-to-Be.  It's not fun to just hand her a bag of leftovers, so I made them into a Mini Diaper Cake.  I used the same rolling technique that I did to make the diaper baby.  Use up all your leftover diapers and wrap with a rubber band.  I stuck a monkey rattle I had found into the middle of my mini cake.


Cover your rubber band with a thick ribbon and tape.  Add some curling ribbon to keep it in place and a few curls to the top for decoration.  These mini cakes make really cute table centerpieces as well.  


This Diaper Baby and Mini Cake gift is filled with items every new Mom might need.  Have fun making the perfect little baby to give the Mom-to-Be you know.  



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