Crafts · Fall · Uncategorized

Re-purposing Dollar Tree Finds

There are few You Tube channels that I watch or follow, but I love Do It On a Dime!  Katherine’s channel is fun, inspiring and also full of brief videos.  If you’re not following her, you need to check out her channel!

This week she posted a video about re-purposing a couple of Dollar Tree finds.  She inspired me to give it a whirl.  Here’s what I did with mine ~

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Crafts · Family life · refreshment at home · summertime

Fun Things Friday

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Let me share with you some fun things I’ve done during this very full week!

The biggest activity that was most time and thought consuming was Vacation Bible School.  Wow!  Our church blew the doors out with decorations, games, crafts, snacks and powerful Bible teaching!!  Jesus loves children and tells us not to forbid them to come to Him.  I loved that these children heard the Gospel over and over each night as the journeyed from the opening assembly, their class time, snacks, crafts and games.  What a blessing. It’s been exhausting, but we pray there will be spiritual fruit that will bring glory to our wonderful God!

Let me show you a few pictures.

My class of 5-6 year olds on the first night…

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Our group grew each night! I co-taught with another younger woman and we also had several others that were helping hands (they were all needed!)  What a blessing to have a room full of children.  Even though they stretched our abilities to control their energy, we are grateful for the blessing of sharing the Gospel with them!

We raced around the world to meet all the people in the human race, created in the image of God. How did we get to each continent?  We flew, of course!

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We learned about melanin, the coloring that gives us each a different shade of brown skin. The children saw a visual with colored cake batter, made up of the same ingredients, only with more or less coloring in the bowls.

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God sees us all the same and loves each person as much as the next!

We crafted…

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We ate foods from all over the world!

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We were so busy each day that my sweet husband made sure to help me get some rest so I’d be ready for 6:00 when we started another 2 1/2 hours of fun (and exhaustion!).  He took me to lunch one day, insisting that I was not going to cook!  We went to one of our favorite local fish restaurants (Riverside), asked for a table at the window, and got to eat lunch, spend time together and enjoy this view of a family walk just outside our window!

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I also managed to get a little craft done this week.  I needed a wreath for summer.  I found this cute little conversation bubble at Hobby Lobby and knew it would be perfect for a wreath!  It was 75% off, making it under $4!

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I added white fabric flowers to accent the coral door and the flowers that are growing in my yard outside.

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Here’s a close-up of the “wreath.”

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What other message could you say to your guests at your door but, “Hi!?”  If it’s nothing else, it’s unique!!

What fun things have you been up to this week?  Do you scour the 75% off aisle at Hobby Lobby for unique finds?

Refresh your weekend with something fun!

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Crafts · Fall

Fall Banner Tutorial

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While my girls and I were on our trip a couple weeks ago, I suggested we make a simple craft together.  Neither of them having the love for crafting that I do, so I wasn’t sure how they would respond.  I sent them a picture of a fall banner and they loved it!  I assured them it would require very little skill.  They were happy and I was too!  We were going to get to craft!!!

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baking · children · Crafts · Family life · home · memories · Motherhood · summertime · Uncategorized

Summer Fun Series (Day Two)

Here we go – another list of fun things for children to enjoy during summer months:

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This clever treasure box, which is organized around the principle that anything goes, has ample room for plastic bags of beach sand, seed packets, subway tokens, maps, sea glass, photos, finger paintings, invitations or even a tiny book of best friends’ autographs.

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Start with a sturdy cardboard box (one with a lid), which your child can label with his name and the date. As he amasses odds and ends, he can tuck them inside or, if he prefers, glue some onto the outside of the box. To give the box a durable finish, brush on a coat of white glue thinned with water or cover with Con-Tact paper.

Make Homemade balls:

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CRAFT MATERIALS:
9 (11-inch) balloons (for 3 balls)
Funnel
2 1/4 cups of dried lentils
Scissors
Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Stretch the first balloon by inflating it halfway, holding it closed for about 30 seconds, and deflating it. 2. Place a funnel in the balloon’s neck and gradually pour in 3/4 cup of lentils, pushing them in as you go. The balloon should be firm but squeezable. 3. Snip off the balloon’s thick rubber lip. Cut the neck off a second balloon and gently stretch the opening. 4. Ease the second balloon over the filled balloon, tucking in the neck as you go. 5. Cut the neck off the third balloon, stretch the opening, and ease it over the other two. Repeat this process to make a set of three balls, or however many you’d like.
How about making some cute cupcakes on the day your grass gets cut? What a yummy reward!  Or make these for a great Father’s Day treat! This idea was on Family Fun web site.

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RECIPE INGREDIENTS:
Chocolate-frosted cupcakes
Coconut, flaked
Green food coloring
Hershey’s Nuggets
M&M’s
Frosting
Black licorice laces
1. For each cupcake, mix a handful of flaked coconut with a few drops of green food coloring. Press a chocolate-frosted cupcake into the coconut to cover. 2. The mower is made with a dark chocolate Hershey’s Nuggets body, brown M&M’s wheels, and a red M&M’s engine, held in place with dabs of frosting. 3. Shape the handle from a piece of black licorice lace, then insert the ends into the cupcake.

Make a simple version of homemade ice cream –

What you’ll need:
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup milk or half & half
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons rock salt
1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g., Ziploc)
1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag
Ice cubes

How to make it:
Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.
Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.
Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!

Tips:
A 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don’t increase the proportions more that that — a large amount might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.

Don’t forget some of the good ol‘ standby summer fun things, such as:

  • Hopscotch on the driveway
  • Hula hoops
  • Sprinkler or water hose jump rope
  • Cardboard boxes – find a refrigerator box and let the kids make a playhouse or puppet stage
  • Make Popsicles
  • Play hide and seek just as it’s getting dark. Use flashlights to tag!
  • Don’t forget the library. There are so many fun things to do there!

Enjoy…summer’s going to be gone before we know it and we’ll be pulling out the sweaters!

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Crafting · Crafts · home · Home decor · refreshment at home

Chalkboard Pantry Door

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Maybe I love chalkboards so much because I taught school, I don’t know, but I do love them in every shape and fashion!  I have them in several places in my home, but I recently saw a place for a chalkboard that made my jaw drop…it was painted on the pantry door!  “How cute is that?” I thought. I decided then and there that I’d use my leftover chalkboard paint to create that in my kitchen.

But when I got to thinking about putting paint on that vinyl door, it made me wonder what I’d do when the chalkboard love had waned in my heart?  What would I do about that paint?  Another creative thought jumped in and I remembered seeing chalkboard vinyl that could easily be added or removed from a door!!!  This was my answer!

After much searching, I found just what I needed at Hobby Lobby (where else? I should have started there!).  So let me show you the simple process:

The before and after shots:

The vinyl has a grid on the back, making it super easy to cut a straight line, thank the Lord!  Try as I might, my lines wiggle all over the place without those patterns to guide me!  So I measured the width and the length and cut it accordingly.

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Then I took the vinyl with the backing still on it, and starting from the top, I placed the sticky part down,then slowly pulled the backing away, smoothing as I went.  This product went on super well.  It was easy to pull it off and straighten it, or push out any air bubbles,

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Here’s the finished project without any writing on it – all ready for my chalk!!  Woohoo!  It took me 15 minutes to do this!  It doesn’t get any easier.   It’s sticking really well and hasn’t pulled away, but when I am tired of it, it pulls right off. I tested it to be sure!

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I wrote our Easter Menu on the board for the weekend, but…

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it already has a new look on it!  I anticipate changing it out weekly!  Why?  Because I love chalkboards!!

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But wait, here’s another fun use for the vinyl!  Have you ever used the last of your cinnamon and forgotten to add that to your grocery list? Then the next time you go to make cookies you remember you’re out of  it?  Me too!  So I also added a small piece of the vinyl inside my spice cupboard so I could remember the ones I needed to purchase and also which ones were stored away in the pantry.

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Not only was this project fast, it was also very inexpensive!  I used my 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby and purchased this for less than $5.  I didn’t even use the whole roll, which means two things:

  1. It cost me around $3 to do this fun project!
  2. I have more chalkboard vinyl to add to other places in my house!!!  Hurries off to find a place to use that leftover vinyl…

Do you have chalkboards in your house?  How do you use them?

Refresh your home with a cute chalkboard!

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children · Crafts · Dinner · Family life · memories · Winter

Family Friday – Wintertime Fun at Home

As promised last week, I’m dedicating Friday’s to Family matters.  Did you see the Winter Date Night I posted last Friday?  You can see that here   if you missed it.

What better memories can you create than fun in the home?  It’s wintertime, and a great time to stir up, craft up and cozy up some good fun at home!

EASY Snowman Pancakes - the perfect idea for the kids on Christmas morning and one they can help make too!
How adorable is this winter treat from Lil’ Luna?

The weather’s been cold for many days almost everywhere in the country, and if your children are used to going outside they probably haven’t – unless there’s snow to play in. The winter months can create restlessness in children and parents alike. Before there’s a meltdown in attitudes with your young ones create some fun activities they can participate in inside.

 Food and cold weather just go together, don’t they? How long has it been since you’ve popped popcorn on the stove instead of popping a bag of the microwaveable corn? Here’s a simple video to remind you how easy (and inexpensive) it is to pop it the old fashioned way! Your children will love watching the kernels pop and then you’ll have a yummy treat to enjoy together!

 

A fun activity on a snowy day is a snowman craft. This one is adorable!
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Making an army of these little pom-pom snowmen would stir up some creativity and fun in an otherwise drab day!
Make snowman cupcakes. Go here to see a video on how to create a tasty treat. Use your imagination – if you don’t have the ingredients they call for to decorate the cupcake look
in your cupboardand get creative!
Go to pinterest and search for Mitten game and you’ll find a variety of fun games for their age and level.
Snowman pancakes     like the ones pictured above would make a great winter supper! Let your children help mix the pancakes, set the table, even create a snowy centerpiece! Put the pom-pom snowmen in the middle of the table!

Whatever your weather is like where you live, I trust you’ll have some fun times at your house with your children. Winter memories are fun ones because everything’s cozy and homey when you take the time to do things together as a family.

Stay warm!

What fun does your family have on winter days?

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Crafts

Tassel Fun

Do you ever feel like doing a simple craft that doesn’t take much time?  I have the answer for you!  Yesterday I worked with my little Bible Clubbers at my house.  We worked on some makeup work they needed to do for Pioneer Club and I got the pleasure of helping one of them a fun craft that isn’t just for kids!  As a matter of fact, I had purchased one of these at Hobby Lobby that wasn’t nearly as cute as the one we crafted together!  Let me show you what we made:

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All it took was:

  • Strips of fabric 3/4″ wide and 9″ long
  • Ribbon pieces 9″ long

Tear the fabric into pieces.  Lay about 14 or so pieces of coordinating fabric and ribbon in a pile. (Mix up the patterns) Tie it in the middle with ribbon.  Fold them in half and tie about an inch down with another piece of ribbon.  Incorporate that ribbon into the tassel.  Fluff.  You’re done!  How pretty is this?

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These would make cute gifts.  You can hang them on a drawer pull, a door knob, a lamp, a purse, a curtain tie back, a package, a bookmark, etc.  Once you get started you’ll think of all kinds of things you could add to them to embellish them and you’ll find yourself making more than one!

Where would you put one of these?  I hope you’ll make one, or two or twenty!

Refresh your crafting desire,

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