Thursday, May 23, 2013

American Wreath

Found myself checking in at the Dollar Tree this week.  Lots of graduation party supplies and kids summer toys going on in there right now, but I also spied some Americana décor that I couldn’t pass up.  My mind once again went to a wreath, and I thought why not!?  So I collected a few items and headed home.

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I started by painting the grapevine wreath white and wrapping the  necklaces around the wreath and secured with a glue gun. 

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Looking better already!  I then took some wooden stars I had on hand and attached some springs to the back.

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The next step was to dip the stars into some glue and then into glitter.  I always swear I won’t glitter again and some how it always finds it way back into my life.  What can I say, I like a little sparkle!

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I then attached the America sign to the back of the wreath.  I actually just glued the string from the sign around the back of the wreath, but didn’t attached the sign, just in case I want to take it off later and repurpose it.  Afterwards I attached the bow, which had just had a twisty tie, so it was so easy.  And that was it.  Here’s the finished results:

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The total cost of this project was about $5.  I purchased the springs for Home Depot.  They were around $4 or $5, I think, but you get 84 springs in assorted sizes. 

Hope you are having a great day!!


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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Personalized “Quote” towels

This past weekend my mother-in-law turned a very special number.  She would kill me if I told the world what “number” that was, so we shall leave it a mystery.  I really lucked out in the MIL department.  She has always treated me like one of her own.  I love her so much, and feel so lucky to have married into a great family.  We decided to honor her at a surprise dinner.  The thought was to shower her with gratitude and appreciation for all she has done over the years for all of us.  I wanted my kids to let her know how much she means to them, but I knew they would never get up and speak the words in front of others.  Instead, I asked them to give me a thought, quote, memory, or feeling that reminds them of their grandma.  Once they had given me their quote, I used transfer paper to put the words onto a flour sack towel. 

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My daughter said, “My Grandma is the nicest, sweetest, prettiest person I know!” and my son said, “My grandma is prettier than a butterfly and smarter than a scientist!”  I then printed their names on the bottom of the quote with the date. 

Now she can be reminded every day while in the kitchen of how much she is loved. This is a great idea that can be used for a variety of occasions.  You could make one for your child’s teacher, a birthday, Christmas or Mother’s Day gift.  This is also a great idea for remembering those funny things that your kids say.  Preserve that cute little saying on a towel and everyone can giggle about it everyday!

TIP: Remember when using transer paper to always choose the mirror image setting on your print page.  The print needs to be in reverse or when you iron it on it will be backwards.
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Tool shed Pallet Sign

Here’s a quick sign that my husband whipped up yesterday evening for his shed out back using pallet wood. 

Really easy to make, he just attached some wood together, stenciled on the letters and attached a couple of old tools. 

It makes a cute addition to the shed.

I love it when my hubby gets crafty!

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