Sunday, November 8, 2015

Monogram Tote Bags

My weekends have been all wedding, wedding, wedding lately.  The big day is next Friday for my sister-in-law.  In honor of the upcoming day, I thought I'd share some of the things we've had going on.  A few weekends ago we headed out to the beach to celebrate the Brides in a little get together and fun filled night.  All of the Brides and Bridesmaids stayed at our condo, so I wanted to have a little something for each of the girls in a little gift tote filled with things they might need for our bachelorette beach weekend.

I wanted to personalize the totes for each of the girls.  I bought these 13.5 x 13.5 tote bags in a 3 pack set at Michaels.  Always a good idea to use your 40% off coupon!  I bought white totes for the brides and black totes for all of the bridesmaids.

I found my letter templates online Here and printed them out.  Next, cut out the letters.  Iron a piece of wonder under big enough to fit your letter onto your chosen fabric.  Trace your letter, backwards, onto the back of your wonder under and cut it out.  This should make your letter face the right way after you cut it out.  

Now it's time to place your fabric letter with the wonder under onto your tote bag.  Iron it in place according to the directions on your wonder under.

Sew in place around the outside of your letter with a zig zag stitch.  This really secures the letter in place.  

You can pick either a complimentary color or a contrasting color for the zig zag stitch thread.  

For our bachelorette bags, I filled them with things I thought we might need out at the beach.  The brides got white flip flops and the bridesmaids got a tan color.  Everyone got an extra large plastic solo cup and a towel.  Of course we needed some snacks and gum!

The beach weekend was a great time!  So much fun hanging out at the beach, great time at dinner and more fun checking out New Smyrna beach night life!  These tote bags would be great for any party favor and could be done with smaller totes.  You could also make them for Halloween treat bags with Halloween fabric for the monogram.  How about a child's dance bag?  Travel toy bag?  Reusable gift bag?  So many versatile ideas.  Make yours in no time today!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Red Ribbon Week Lego Door Decorations

I was recently cornered approached to be the room parent for my daughter's fourth grade class. Of course I couldn't say no. No other parent had volunteered and if I didn't do it, a school employee would have to do it. I really don't mind doing it.  Just seems like it all worked out to have a ton of things to be done on the same day.  I have a wedding that my whole family is in for my sister-in-law, our teacher's birthday, and donations for a holiday basket for the school fundraiser that is all supposed to be done on the same day!  I know I'll get it all done, but I always seem to overfill my plate.

Next week is Red Ribbon week at our school.  This is a drug awareness event that they use to incorporate fun activities into a anti-drug theme.  The room parent is supposed to decorate the class door to promote a drug prevention theme.  I've never decorated a door before, but I think it turned out great.  I started browsing Pinterest and told my daughter about some ideas I saw, but she told me some of those ideas were already in the school halls.  Soooo, back to the drawing board to make up an original idea.  That's when I came up with the Legos and the quote Building a Drug Free Future.

To create my Lego letters, I downloaded the Legothick font Here.  I typed my quote out on Word and printed it onto cardstock.  The letters were pretty easy to cut out since they are more bubbly in shape.  I found my Lego man Here.  I printed him on yellow paper.  I also made an extra copy and cut the pieces out to use as patterns to make my guys shirts and pants.  I traced my patterns onto colored cardstock, cut them out and glued them on my Lego guys.  I wanted the class to all be part of our door as well, so I used my Legothick font to print out a text box on Word with each of their names in one.  I printed them out on cardstock as well.

To make my Lego blocks, I cut my cardstock sheets in half to make two blocks.  If you have a 2 inch hole punch, that would probably be great to use to cut your block circles.  I'm too cheap to buy one, so I traced and cut out my circles by hand.  It really didn't take that long, but we've already decided that I'm a glutton for punishment.  I used foam dot stickers to adhere the circles to the blocks.  This helps them stand out a little and look a bit more like real Legos.

I'm not sure if I was supposed to put the door decorations all together in the middle of the hall, but all the kids (and teachers) that passed seemed to like it!  First duty as room parent done!  Hopefully I will find out more about what I'm supposed to be doing tomorrow at my first meeting!

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dollar Tree Day of the Dead Skulls

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that focuses on gathering friends and family together to pray for those that have  passed.  One of the symbols of the holiday are the brightly decorated skulls  They are quite trendy and popular this year.  I've seen them in quite a few stores and they really are so cute and fun!  The girls and I decided to make our own Day of the Dead Skulls.

The Dollar Tree sells plastic skulls that are perfect for making our own Day of the Dead Skulls.  I've collected a large number of sharpies that were exactly what we needed to make our colorful creations. 

My youngest was ready to jump right in and start decorating.  I showed her ideas of skulls online so she could get inspired.  She wanted to keep adding little details for days.  I think she really liked coloring on something that wasn't a flat surface.

All my girls got into making their skulls unique.

Even my hubby wanted to make his own skull.  

 I decorated mine with lots of flowers and hearts.

Everyone had a great time making their Day of the Dead skulls.  Such a fun way to spend an October crafternoon!

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Friday, October 9, 2015

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

My girls love Halloween and picking out their costumes every year.  However, I'm not big on spending money on pre-made costumes from the store.  Even growing up, we always put together a costume out of what we had rather than buying it.  I think it's much more creative and fun to come up with an idea, rather than just buying something.  My youngest did recycle one of our dance recital costumes to be a mermaid!  Always nice to get a little more use out of these things since we spend so much $$$ on them!

Last year we all decided to dress up to go trick-or-treating.  That meant I needed an outfit as well.  I decided to go as Katniss Everdeen from the Huger Games!  This wasn't too hard to come up with out of items from my closet.  I had some green pants, a black tank, a green jacket and black boots.  I found a gold pin that resembled hers at Goodwill for $.99.  I also found a bow and arrow set at the Dollar Tree.  It was a bright color so I simple spray painted it silver.  For my quiver pouch, I made a long skinny bag out of black felt and attached a black purse strap to it.  Make sure to braid your hair.  Simple!

One of my daughter's wanted to go as Olaf from Frozen!  I did buy her this Olaf hat at Target, but it's something she can wear throughout the winter, and not just on Halloween.  We paired it with a brown long sleeve T for Olaf's stick arms.  Top that with a white sleeveless shirt for his belly.  I simply pinned on black felt circles to be his buttons.  It is also pretty easy to make a tutu skirt.  Sew or pin a circle of elastic to fit your waist.  Next tie strips of tulle onto the elastic until you have filled it.  Add a pair of white leggings and Olaf is ready to go!

My oldest daughter wanted to be a cowgirl.  We pulled just about all of it out of her closet.  She wore a plaid shirt over a tank along with her jeans.  Top with a pair of boots and a cowgirl hat and you are just about ready to go!  We found a bandanna for $1 at Walmart and added a rope lasso.  You could carry your own rope if you have some in the garage, but I found hers for just a few bucks in the costume section.  Ready to lasso some candy!

I'm all for buying Halloween costumes.  However, I usuallly buy them after Halloween when they are 75% off!  That way the girls can wear them for dress up all year long.  Sometimes they will pick something out of their dress-up bin to wear for Halloween.  That way they get to wear a number of different costumes in one year if we happen to go to more than one Halloween event!  Don't forget to check Goodwill for costume props and accessories.  That's where we got my husband's awesome cheerleading outfit!  I may even have one to match!!  Happy Trick-or-Treating!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bridal Shower Ideas

A couple of weekends ago, I helped host a bridal shower for my sister-in-law.  Her wedding is going to be in November and they are having a rustic romance theme with some burlap, pallet wood signs, and baby's breath.  We decided to carry on this theme for the bridal shower as well.  Today I thought I'd share some ideas and pictures from the day.

Have a twitter account?  Give the guests a #hashtag to post with any picture in order for everyone to check out online later!

Painted bottles are a fun way to reuse old wine bottles.  Add a little puffy paint first and you can make them any theme you choose.

We had a Stock the Bar Party, so guests were asked to bring the couple a bottle of wine, liquor or beer.  Therefore, we thought it was quite appropriate to have a Mimosa Bar at the party.  Everyone loved it!  We had champagne in both plain and flavored varieties.  We also had blueberry, orange and cran-strawberry juices to make the mimosas.  We had strawberries and orange slices as garnishes.  My daughter enjoyed making her own non-alcoholic version with ginger ale and sparkling water.  Don't forget some fun stirrers!

We didn't want anyone to misplace their glass, so I made wedding ring themed drink tags out of plastic beads, chenille wire straws and cardstock cut into name tags.  Guests could write their names on their tags and twist their wedding rings onto their drink stem.  No lost drinks!

For favors, we made little individual mints with Mint To Be sayings tags.  The couple has a different version they are giving out at the wedding, so again we used a smaller version of their ideas for the bridal shower.

We wanted everyone to share their wishes with the happy couple.  I cut pieces of paper in different shapes and sizes and set them out with a Wish Jar!  Guests could share any thoughts, advice, wishes or even date night ideas for the couple to read later.

For one of our games, we had all the guests wear little wedding rings.  If anyone said the words "Wedding" or "Bride" someone else could take their ring.  Whoever collected the most wedding bling won a prize!  

For game prizes, we went with another Stock the Bar liquor idea.  The couple might want to stock their bar, but the guests would love their own drink too!  I placed a mini car of Cherry Dr. Pepper in a mason jar.  I wrapped the jar with burlap ribbon as well as a skinny piece of colored ribbon.  Next I used string to tie a small bottle of Fireball liquor on and slid in a straw.  You could do this with any of your favorite drink combinations.

Finally, it was time for dessert!  Cookies & cream cupcakes and Raspberry filled lemon cupcakes were the perfect ending to this fun party!  Hosting a party this season?  Hope I was able to give you a few ideas for your next get together!

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Surfboard Wall Art

Happy Labor Day!  I hope you had a relaxing long weekend!  Unfortunately, not everyone gets Labor Day off to rest.  My poor Dad had to work today.  Even if it wasn't a long weekend, I hope you were able to do something fun!  Like many Americans, we headed to the beach!  I love when we go out to New Smyrna.  It's like all responsibilities melt away.  We get to relax without the guilt of my daily To Do list.

We bought our beach condo at the beginning of the year and have been working to make it great on a budget ever since.  I shared my SURF Giant Letters that we made for the girls room.  We've since added a few more things to complete their room, including this fun Surfboard Wall Art.

I found this surfboard art at Goodwill for $5.99.   I wasn't too big on the colors.  Ick!  Ketchup and mustard colors.  But I also knew it had potential.  It was the right price to make something great.  

I started by painting the whole thing with a thin coat of primer.  The colors were so bright that I didn't want them to bleed through at all.  After the primer dried, I taped off the red stripes down the middle of the surfboard.  I decided not to paint the contrasting stripes down the edges of the board, but just make them the same color as the rest of it.  I did paint the middle stripe a bright white.  I painted a couple of coats to make it fully covered.

My next step was to paint the outsides of the board a beige color.  I gave it a second coat as well.  After it dried, I rubbed on a darker stain with a rag in order to give my surfboard a more real wood look.  Wipe it in the same direction you want your wood grain to go.  Give it a good even coat.  You can add more or even wipe the excess off if it is too dark.  Allow to dry completely.

After it dried, I peeled off my blue painter's tape.  I can see the stripes underneath between my wood grain and the white middle stripe.  I used a dark blue paint that matches my SURF letters and a steady hand to paint my blue stripes on either side of the white stripe.  You could also tape it off to make sure you paint a straight line, but I just went for it and it turned out.  

The surfboard came out great and was perfect to hang on the girls wall at the beach.  I love how the stain gave the board a wood look.  So much better than the red and yellow.  Not lucky enough to find an ugly surfboard to update?  Just cut your own surfboard out of a piece of plywood!

That just meant we had to find something for over the other bed.  Luckily, I came upon these awesome wood fish bones on sale at Marshall's for only $7 for the three of them.  A cute addition to the girls room.

I also found these two matching Tommy Hilfiger quilts for only $35 each on sale at Homegoods.  I had already found this cute monkey surf lamp at Goodwill and later found this cute surf monkey canvas print at Ross for $7.  Love when a room can come together and stay on budget as well.  

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