Monday, January 24, 2011

I was bored...

So you know how your craft to do list is a mile long???? I see all of these ideas all of the time but I never find the time to try any of them. But not this time. The other night I actually stayed up a little late and played around. I bought this awesome old window from a yard sale last summer for $5.00 and it has been sitting in my basement. I thought of several ideas to use it for and just couldn't decide. Finally I just went for it and hung it on my wall. Then I decided to actually cross off something on my "crafts to try list" and  I made a paper wreath. I have seen these done all kinds of ways using book pages but, I was having a terrible time deciding on what book I would want to use. (I am really weird and I feel like things hanging on my wall have to have some kind of meaning. It's really frusterating because that means I have a horrible time buying art and I LOVE FUNKY art.) Anyways so I decided to skip the book and use sheet music of music that I just love and that means so much to our family. I love the way it turned out, but I need to figure something out to put in the middle, and I also need my husband to stop laughing at it and asking what on earth it is.(obviously he is not a blogger!! :) )

So I just rolled my pages up and hot glued them all together. Some of my music was very old and already colored and textured but some I used a brown ink pad and distressed the edges. I also had an old wreath that I had bought from the dollar store forever ago so I glued it all to that. Easy Peasy.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Modge Podge never gets old

One of my little family's new years resolutions is to read our Book of Mormon more regularly as a family.  I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and we are counselled to read this book daily. I love it and it is something that I am very passionate about. I wasn't sure how to get my kids equally as excited. So for family night a couple of weeks ago we talked to our kids about our beliefs and about how the Book of Mormon came to us. Before hand I had hidden these books and at the end the kids had to go on a hunt to find their books. I thought they would like them, but I HAD no idea how much they would love them. Even my little three year old just lugs his around and has to show everyone. They now see this book by their bed every night and beg us to read to them. Not sure how long this will last but I am gonna love it while it does. 

I had seen these done for a girl's camp craft with little mini book of Mormons but I wanted the kids to have big sized ones and hard cover ones. For Max's I just modge podged scrapbook paper on and hot glued the red ric rack in for a book mark. Then I just printed off the label on my computer and inked the edges with an ink pad. For Madi's I actually painted the book!! yikes I hope that is ok. But I painted it and then modge podged some paper on and used stickers and ribbons to embellish. And I love them I love that they are personalized for my kids and that they are special for them. This can totally be done with any kind of book. Anything that you want to personalize, think their favorite stories, a song book, a journal, a drawing book, ANYTHING.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mia's felt playhouse

Hello bloggers!! Long time no see!! Christmas is over and life is not as crazy so now it's time for me to craft a little bit. But first I had to post how Mia's playhouse turned out. I think I love it more then she does, but it is a lot of fun, her and Mr. Max love to cuddle up inside with their DVD player and hide away from me. So mission accomplished right??? so welcome to Mia's Pet Shop

The flowers come out and are stuffed with pipe cleaner so they are stiff and bendy all in one! The mail box opens and closes so her daily mail and other treats can be delivered. And of course the sign turns to open or closed depending on her mood.

I wanted her house to be very interactive I didn't want to sew a bunch of detail just for it to be stuck there just for looks. SO on this side she gets to learn and play. The turtle's letters come off so she can recognize the letters in her name both in capital and lowercase. The fish are to help her with counting. Behind each number is the correct number of dots so we can match the numbers, and the snakes scales are shapes that come on and off to help learn her shapes.

After her pets have gone to school they of course need to go to the beauty shop and get prettied up so this is the salon. Each pet has Velcro on their ears and neck so she can switch out the hair bows and collars to make her pets oh so pretty!

And then after getting all dolled up why not go for a yummy desert. Mia can choose what her pet feels like between cupcakes, ice cream, and chocolate dipped strawberries!

I loved this project!! way way easy! no seriously so easy!! lots of time and detail but very simple! It was so fun to be creative with it and add my own touches. I wish the whole felt playhouse concept was my idea but I got a lot of my inspiration for the whole thing from miss pretty pretty's etsy shop. The total cost of this project for me was right around $30.00.

Soooo worth it and soo much fun!

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