Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Airplane Themed Baby Shower


Had so much fun planning and decorating for my sister's baby shower last weekend.  I love a good theme so when she said she found a cute airplane light for the baby's room, I decided we'd do an airplane themed baby shower. 



 I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the little airplanes and the vinyl for the "Oh Boy!" banner.


 These boxes were a cute statement piece.  They weren't just empty boxes either.  My mother and I filled them up with second hand baby clothes.  Yeah, this little boy practically has a complete wardrobe for his first 9 months.


These airplane prints were a cute touch and will look great in the baby's room.  I'm planning to do a post about them so stay tuned.


When the guests arrived, we had them "Check In" and fill out a thank you card envelope.






As the guests left, there was a sign on the back of the front door thanking them for coming....


 ...and a basket of departure snacks including the quintessential airplane food - peanuts.



I hope this little girl is ready to be a big sister because her brother will be here soon.  Can't wait to meet the little fellow.






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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Loads of Love


Here's a simple Valentines craft for the kiddos.  
Just cut out a truck silhouette, glue to paper and add some heart stickers.  


I used my Silhouette cameo for this but it would be easy enough to draw freehand or print out from your computer.


I actually had it framed on a shelf in my son's room (you can see it in the picture below) but now he'd rather have Batman, so I'm slowing switching out some of his decor. 


My son was able to add the heart stickers himself and I wrote the cute saying on it. 



Now it's ready to give to his Valentine.  And just who is the lucky lady.  Well, that would be his cousin.  They are about 1.5 years apart and ever since she was born, my son has had a special bond with her, always trying to hold her and protect her.

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Happy Valentine's Day




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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentine Cards for Cousins

Our kids have several cousins that live far away.  We try to keep in touch but it's hard to make phone calls with different time zones and different schedules/activities going on.  Email/text/messaging is OK, but the little ones aren't able to do that.  So I like to send mail.  I know it's old fashioned, but what kid doesn't love to get mail. 

We made these cards the other day to show our cousins some love.  I mostly use my Silhouette Cameo to cut out vinyl.  You can check out some of those projects HERE, HERE and HERE.  This time I used it to cut out card stock and made a card with it.  I feel like I've opened up a whole new world of possibilities now. 





P.S.
I found the 'Love' image HERE.


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Monday, February 12, 2018

Sexy Socks


I never know what to get my husband for the holidays so recently I've been using candy as my go to.  And yes I'll get him some candy for Valentine's day but I also couldn't resist getting him more sexy socks.  A couple Christmases ago, I spiced up his sock collection with some bold Argyles.  You can read about that HERE.  I found similar socks in red the other day and just had to get them for Valentine's day.  Of course I couldn't wait until Wednesday and wanted to give them to him earlier so he could wear them to church.  I made a cute little tag and put them in his sock drawer.  What a cute way to surprise him in the morning when he gets ready.  




The tag I used on this pair of socks says "A little something to spice up your socks life".


What do you get your sweetheart for Valentine's day, or any holiday for that matter?


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Monday, February 5, 2018

Shadow Activities

Our local library has a terrific children's story time.  Not only does the story teller read a story or two, there are several activities and a craft to go along with it.  Last week the story was about Groundhog's Day and the activities were all about shadows.  My little guy's favorite activity was the one where he got to use a flashlight to make animal shadows.  Since I had all the supplies at home, I decided to make my own shadow play activity.


Luckily for Christmas my son got some plastic animals to add to his plastic dinosaur collection.  He and my 7 year old daughter love playing with them, mostly making them eat other animals.


All I had to do was add the box and a flashlight, turn out the lights and let the kids have fun.


They liked seeing what kind of shadows each animal would create, and making the shadows grow and shrink when they moved the flashlight.



Other Shadow Play Activities our library had set up included ideas similar to the ones below:













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Thursday, January 25, 2018

DIY Valentine's Day Wood Conversation Heart Wall Hanging

I've been wanting to make these wooden conversation hearts for a while now.  Three years to be exact.  Go ahead and read THIS POST to refresh your memory, I'll wait.  



Well, I finally got around to doing it.  Earlier this summer I found some wooden heart plaques, I wasn't even looking for them.  Every other time I happened to be at a craft store and happened to remember to look for the wooden hearts, I couldn't find them so of course I had to get them.


The first step was to paint the hearts in pastel colors.  I used some of the acrylic paint my daughter got for Christmas and added some white to it so it would be lighter.


Then, I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the names in a dark pink vinyl.


I was on a roll and did this much in two days.  Then, I couldn't find the staple gun.  So my progress came to a halt.  Finally I took the time to really look for it and there it was, neatly put away with the rest of the tools in the garage.  For some reason I thought it would have been left out with the last staple gun project which, by the way, is still unfinished and sitting in the basement.  


After a two week hiatus for this project, I picked up where I left off by stapling some wide ribbon to the back of each wooden heart.  I used dark pink ribbon to match the vinyl letters.

Then I doubled over the top of the ribbon and put a key chain type ring on it so I could hang it.  


I didn't want the ring to show so I prettied it up with a bow made out of the same ribbon.


In my original post about wanting to make these wooden hearts, I thought I would hang them in the foyer.  Then I realized that might look weird since I don't have any other Valentine's Day decor in there.  So I decided to hang on the wall next to my fireplace since the mantel is where all my Valentine decor is.  

This is the before picture of that wall.  I just took down the two pictures and hung the hearts from the top nail.  


The ribbon and hearts cover up the bottom nail so it all looks nice, and not too low for little ones to pull at.




Here's the Valentine decor on the mantle.  In the original post I mentioned how I wanted to make a cute heart banner.  Well, I never got around to making that but I did find this pre-made heart banner at an after Valentine's Day clearance.


I still display the 'You & Me' sign, which is just a gift bag I put into a frame (you can read all about that in THIS POST), and the infinite love block I made in THIS POST.


I still haven't made the LOVE blocks, but I did add this LOVE sign.  It's just a thin wooden LOVE key glued onto a card stock frame.


From this angle you can see all the Valentine decor.  
  


What Valentine crafts have you made?  Link up in the comments below.



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