I love yard work. Luckily, my ten-year-old daughter Bear is a fan of yard work also. A couple of years ago, hubby made a flower bed just for Bear. She has planted every flower and pulled every weed in her flower bed since then.
Recently, Bear decided she needed a sign to mark her flower bed. A quick trip to Michael’s and a few things from the house and we were ready to make our sign.
- Pre-cut unpainted wooden sign
- Small bottles of outdoor paint in desired colors
- Small unpainted wooden star
- Clear gloss spray paint
- Small nails
- Wooden stake
Bear decided to paint the entire sign red, her name in orange and the word garden in yellow. Since it is close to the 4th of July, we decided a red, white and blue star would be our first interchangeable decor.
After Bear was finished painting her sign and star, she applied a coat of clear gloss spray paint to protect the wood from weathering.
Hubby added the stake and nail for our star and Bear was ready to find the perfect spot in the yard for her sign.
Cork coasters – I found some in the Garden department of Lowe’s
Printed initial – I used the font – Times Ten Bold in 800px in Photoshop, I think. Instructions say to use David in 30o pt. size.
Sharpie or permanent marker
Choose your initial and print font
Trace font onto stock paper
Carefully cut out initial
Trace initial onto cork coasters using fine tip Sharpie
Fill in Initial with a wider Sharpie (I had to do several coats)
Super cute and super easy. Now time for the test. I decided to test my cork coasters during the Super Bowl. They worked like a charm!
After a full hour or so of pinning Valentine crafts on Pinterest, I decided it was go time – Time to get my crafting on!
I gathered my supplies, grabbed my daughter and starting making a Valentine’s gift for Rebecca’s teacher.
red stock paper
Valentine Hershey’s Kisses
Draw or trace a heart onto a piece of cardboard and cut it out. Trace the heart onto a piece of red stock paper and cut out two more hearts. Staple a piece of ribbon to the cardboard, forming a loop for hanging. Glue the red hearts onto each side of the cardboard heart. Use glue gun to attach Hershey’s to one or both sides of cardboard. Bear chose to use red on the outside and pink on the inside of the heart. We also left the middle open so Bear could write #1 teacher with a black sharpie.
Pretty darn cute, if you ask me!
Thanks to my trusty friend Pinterest and the need to be crafty. I am starting to get in the Valentine’s Day mood.
My daughter and I decided we needed a little Valentine decor in the living room.
First up, A set of Sweethearts Candle Holders
- 2 medium glass vase
- 2 Small glass votive holders
- Bag of Sweetheart candy
- Valentine’s ribbon
- Flower or other decor
- Fill glass with candy
- Bury end glass votive in the middle of jars
- Add tea light candles to votive
- Tie ribbon around vase
- Garnish with decoration
I also needed a sweet treat for one of my co-worker’s birthday. Happy 40th, Angie!
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter (melted)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg (beaten)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 to 1 1/3 cup Valentine M&M’s
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in small bowl and set aside. In medium bowl, mix butter, brown sugar and mix well. Cool slightly.
Add egg, vanilla and blend well. Add flour mixture a little at a time, mixing well. Mix in 2/3 cup M&M’s. Spread into 9x9x2 inch pan.
Sprinkle remaining M&M’s on top. Bake 20-25 minutes.
My best friend since childhood, Trisha, is one of those crafty people who’s always making cool things. I wish I was as crafty as she is, but the best I can do is copy some things she makes sometimes!
She made me this really cool watch for Christmas, and I immediately got compliments on it. I also figured it was a project that a lot of people could duplicate — even those who are less crafty like me.
1MM elastic thread
Here are Trisha’s instructions:
You can buy packages of small beads at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Joanne’s. Hobby Lobby has packages of colored beads that go together nicely though, so rather than putting the colors together myself, I went with these.
Also, bigger beads are easier to work with than small seed beads. With this size of bead, each safety pin held about 6 beads. I used anywhere between 45 and 55 safety pins, depending on the size of the wrist.
So, if you’re using this size of bead and making a watch with 50 safety pins, you’ll need 300 beads. I got 2 watches + out of the packages I bought at Hobby Lobby.
Once all of the beads are on your safety pins, you want to string them onto the elastic thread rotating the safety pins.
String them both at the top and the bottom of the pin and then string your watch face onto the elastic as well, just like a bead and tie it at the ends with a small knot.
After cleaning out the closet in Bear’s bathroom, I noticed some blue glass beads that I have been meaning to do something with. I thought about just slapping them into a glass bowl and being done with it. After being “Pinterest Inspired,” I decided to break out the trusty glue gun and “bedazzle” a mason jar soap dispenser that Santa left in my stocking.
I started off trying to arrange the pebbles in some sort of fashion, but that got old and boring. Instead, I added some hot glue on the back of a stone and started sticking them all over the jar.
Congrats to Victoria for winning the Monster Truck tickets!
Thanks to one of my BFF’s Stacie for showing me how to make these wonderful Poinsettia Bundles!
Supplies you will need:
Two bushes of small poinsettia flowers for each Styrofoam ball. Michael’s had them for $.99 a bush.
One small cluster of whatever accent flower you want. I choose gold glittery pine cones with gold and green leaves. Michael’s had these for $.99 a bush also.
Glue gun and glue sticks.
Begin by cutting the poinsettia off their stems, leaving enough stem to stick into the styrofoam. We don’t want the greenery from the poinsettia.
Next, fold and cut the ribbon at your desired length to make a long pretty loop for hanging. Use on of the floral stem to make a pin and push the ribbon into your styrofoam. Be sure to hot glue over pin and under the ribbon.
Use the glue gun to secure the back of the poinsettia to their stems. Add a little hot glue onto the tip of the poinsettia and push them into the foam making sure to cover all the ball.
Secure the backs of your accent flower with the glue gun and begin adding them to your flower bundle to add accent and to fill in any blank spots. I also used some of the leaves from the pine cones.
Behold, a beautiful Poinsettia flower ready to hang.
This post originally ran December of 2011.
First I would like to thank my wonderful and talented sister-in-law, Opal, for supplying Little Rock Mamas with this awesome scarf tutorial. Opal had given Rebecca one of these scarves for Christmas last year. It was so gorgeous, I asked Opal if she would make one for me. Guess what I received for my birthday this year? A lovely scarf, which matched Rebecca’s and this totally awesome tutorial to use on Little Rock Mamas. OK, that’s enough of my scarf praise, on to the tutorial. Be sure to show Opal some love on her blog – www.theyarndolls.blogspot.com
- 2 skeins of Red Heart Boutique Sashay Yarn
- Size 8 (5.0 mm) knitting needles (10 or 16 inches long)
- Sewing needle or machine and matching sewing thread.
It takes about 4 hours to make the long scarf with 2 skeins, casting on 10 stitches.
Check out these super cute Hershey’s Bar Halloween wrappers from Woman’s Day.
I stumbled upon these while looking for ideas for Bear’s 10th Birthday party. Since she is an October baby, we tend to stick to the Halloween theme.
purple, black and white stock paper
templates for wrappers, which can be found here!
Simply trace your template onto desired color, cut and decorate. Add googly eyes, fold wrapper and tape it around your Hershey’s.
I think my bats with the huge eyes are the cutest.