Cute & Easy DIY Easter Egg Wreath

Although it isn’t quite Spring yet officially, the last few days have definitely felt like Spring here in our neck of the woods.  I don’t know about you, but the warmer weather and sunny days have a way of lifting my mood and brightening everyone’s attitudes it seems, and I LOVE it!  The nicer weather has also gotten me in the Easter spirit, and although I’m careful to not let it overshadow the true reason we celebrate, I love the bright colors of all the eggs and bunny decor!

I’ve been looking for something new to put on the front door – a wreath or cute door hanging.  I came across the idea to make an egg wreath out of embroidery floss and so I decided to give it a try and it was super duper easy and I love how it turned out!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • several colors of embroidery floss – you’ll use one whole skein per egg
  • water balloons
  • liquid fabric stiffener
  • wax paper
  • hot glue gun
  • ribbon for hanging

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This is all there is to it:

  • blow up several water balloons (the number will depend on how big you want your wreath, whether you want it double rows or just one like mine, how big your balloons are, etc. – so you’ll probably just want to arrange the balloons into your wreath shape until you get it the way you want and then you’ll be done! :))
  • chose a color of floss to start with and apply the fabric stiffener as you are wrapping it around the balloon – wrap the entire skein around the balloon before moving on to the next color/new balloon
  • set on wax paper to dry overnight – you may have to rotate/turn them over if the other side isn’t completely hardened/dried
  • once they’re completely hardened, pop the balloon – now you have your eggs!!
  • arrange them into the shape of the wreath that you want and then one by one hot glue them together
  • attach a ribbon to hang
  • THAT’S IT!

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Now for some tips that I learned along the way!!

  • Don’t try to put the entire skein of floss in the fabric stiffener all at once.  One tutorial that I read online said to do this, except they either failed to mention or I just did it wrong, but all it did was clump together and get tangled up creating a huge mess!  So DON’T DO THIS:

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  • Instead, dip your pointer finger and thumb into the fabric stiffener and apply it to the floss between those two fingers as you are wrapping the floss around the balloon:

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  • Cover your entire working area with wax paper!  This fabric stiffener is kinda messy and unless you’re a super neat crafter (unlike me!) wax paper will make your clean up much easier and quicker! 😉
  • Wear gloves – again because of the messy/easy clean up factor
  • Wrap the floss in all different directions to create a neat spider web type of look.  Although come to think of it, you could start and the top and wrap it all one way or the other and you’d probably end up with neat eggs that way as well!
  • Less is more in terms of the fabric stiffener.  You want to use enough to make sure it sticks, but your egg shouldn’t be dripping in the stuff!
  • Buy your fabric stiffener with a coupon!  It’s only like $7 for a huge bottle, but the embroidery floss is only 40 cents each, so with a coupon on your fabric stiffener you can make this wreath for well under $10!

Alrighty, there you have it!  My quick and easy take on a cute wreath for the front door! Happy crafting! 🙂

 

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DIY Taggie Blanket

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In the last few weeks I’ve started to get ready for baby boy here and there a little and decided to make him a taggie blanket after we found out he was a he and I knew what colors to use! 🙂  I’ve made a couple in the past for M and my niece and I’m always surprised by how simple they are to make and it seems that all babies love them!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Material – I like to use the minky dot fabric that you can find at any fabric store in a wide array of colors.  I think it’s super soft and cuddly, perfect for baby!  For an 18″x18″ blanket, you’ll need 2, 20″x20″ squares of material.  A half yard will be more than enough!
  • Ribbon – I put 3 taggies per side about every 3 inches or so.  Therefore I used 12 ribbons, 4-5″ in length, depending on how far out you want them to stick from the blanket.  You can use any variety of ribbon that you’d like.  I like to try and find different widths and textures to use!
  • A sewing machine (or thread and a needle if you want to go old school!)
  • Straight pins

 

Here’s what to do:

  1. Using fabric shears, cut 2, 20″x20″ squares of material

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     2.   Cut ribbon into 12, 4-5″ pieces

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   3.   On the top side of one of the pieces of material, use straight pins to pin the ribbons in tags every 3″.  Try to not let          the corner tags overlap (if they do, move all the tags towards the middle a little bit)

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   4.   Now you’re ready to sew!  Pin the material right side to right side, in other words raised dots to raised dots (because you’ll be turning it right-side out when you finish).  Sew about a half inch in from the edge, paying close attention to the tags on the inside as you go.  Make sure they stay straight and don’t forget to pull out the straight pins as you go!  Sew all the way around the blanket leaving about 4″ open on the last side (so that you can turn the blanket right-side out).

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   5.   Flip the blanket right-side out through the opening you left while sewing, shaking as you go to ensure that all the corners are completely unfolded.

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   6.   After the blanket is flipped the right way, hand stitch or sew the opening closed.  That’s all there is to it!

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Trust me, I am NOT a seamstress/sewer/anything of that sort and so if I can manage this, you can too!!  What a perfect gift for a baby shower or new baby’s arrival – your friends and family will adore this little handmade blanket full of love!

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Super Easy DIY Pallet Table

I’m so excited about my latest Pinterest project!  Earlier in the summer my dad brought me a couple pallets because he knew I was looking for some to do something crafty with and I finally got around to making what I had in mind last weekend: a table!

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It was super duper easy to make and the best part was it was super inexpensive, too!

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 pallets (the same size)
  • exterior paint or spray paint in any color you’d like
  • patio blocks

All you do is paint all the sides of both pallets, nail them together and lay the patio bricks across the top!  That’s it!  Seriously, so easy!

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I put my table on our front deck and I can’t wait to decorate it this fall!  I’m thinking pumpkins, gourds, mums… so excited!

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My Summer “On-the-Go” Kit aka “Ouch Pouch”

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School’s officially out and the days are getting longer and warmer, which means more trips to the park, pool, beach and more.  With a toddler around, more time spent playing outside also means more “boom booms” as M calls them!  I decided that with all of our outdoor adventures, it would be a good idea to put together a little on-the-go first aid kit of sorts.  I came across a super cute idea to make an “ouch pouch”, containing everything one needs in case of a “boom boom” and modified the idea a bit to include the things I deemed necessary for a summer on-the-go kit suitable to grab and throw in any bag on the way out the door to our summer activities, regardless of what they are.

Here’s what’s in my “ouch pouch”:

  • chapstick
  • antibacterial hand wipes
  • hand lotion
  • hand sanitizer
  • homemade, natural bug spray (find the recipe here)
  • bandaids (in a variety of sizes)
  • sunscreen
  • Neosporin
  • antiseptic wipes
  • gauze pads
  • Kleenex
  • Earth Mama, Angel Baby Bottom Balm (for rashes, eczema spots, burns, scrapes, bug bites, basically anything and everything!)
  • and last but certainly not least… a sucker (cause they make everything feel better, right?!)

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What else could you include??  Pain reliever, allergy medicine, Epi pen (for kiddos with severe allergies), inhaler, snacks/granola bars, basically anything you think you might need!!  Having it all put together in a portable little pouch makes it super easy for you to grab and go!

Happy Summer! 🙂

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Bzzz into Summer!

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Summer is just around the corner and I only have 3 days left with the two little boys that I watch.  Today we made a fun, “summery” craft that will bee (hehe) perfect to decorate the fridge with to welcome in summer break!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Paper, yellow craft paint, a marker, googly eyes & a paintbrush

Here’s what to do:

  • Paint the bottom of your child’s foot yellow and press the footprint onto a piece of paper – I cut the paper into 5×7″ pieces.
  • Turn the paper so that the toes are pointing down and draw on the antennae and wings – your child can help with this depending on their age!!

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  • Apply 2 googly eyes to each bumblebee and then draw on stripes.  With a black crayon or marker, have your child color in the stripes on the bee.

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  • Lastly, draw on the facial features – eyebrows and mouth – to complete your little bumblebee!!  I love how they turned out – SO CUTE!!  And, they were really easy to make and the kids loved it, too!! 🙂

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Happy crafting and WELCOME SUMMER BREAK…3 days and counting! 😉

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Natural Bug Repellent: Spray and Home Ideas

 

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Summer is just around the corner, which means warm, sunny days and mosquito filled nights! I don’t know about you but I love spending time outside in the evening: going on walks, having bonfires, just sitting on the porch…but I HATE mosquito bites! Not only are they just annoying but they can potentially be dangerous if the mosquito that chooses to bite you is carrying some sort of disease!

As much as I dislike being bit by mosquitos, I am not a fan of traditional bug spray.  It stinks, isn’t good for you and is downright unsafe to use on M, so I set out to make a natural spray of my own! I found several recipes that are easy to make and use essential oils and natural ingredients that you might even have laying around the house!!!  Here are just a few to choose from:

Spray

(mix the ingredients in a small glass or metal spray bottle for easy application)

2 cups of water
10 drops Organic Eucalyptus 100% Pure Essential Oil
20 drops of Citronella 100% Pure Essential Oil
5 drops of Lemon 100% Pure Essential Oil

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2 cups of water
10 drops Basil 100% Pure Essential Oil
20 drops of Citronella 100% Pure Essential Oil
5 drops of Lemon 100% Pure Essential Oil

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4 oz each of Witch Hazel & Almond Oil
15 drops each of Geranium & Citronella 100% Pure Essential Oil
7 drops each of Eucalyptus, Lavender & Lemongrass 100% Pure Essential Oil
5 drops of Peppermint 100% Pure Essential Oil

Lotion

4 oz Cocoa Butter
2 oz Coconut oil
7 drops each of Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Rosemary, Citronella & Lemongrass 100% Pure Essential Oil

Bug Repellent for Around the House

Okay, now that we’ve covered the bug spray/lotion, what about pest control around the house?!  You know ants, spiders!!!, flies, etc.?  There are some super easy, natural remedies for these annoying guys as well.

  • Ants – Peppermint Oil: sprinkle drops along your doorways, Cinnamon sticks/peeled Garlic cloves: place around doors and in window sills
  • Flies – Mix 4 oz of water, 1/4 teaspoon of dish soap & 5 drops each of Lavender, Lemongrass and Peppermint oil, Sachets of Mint, Eucalyptus, Cloves and Bay Leaves hung near doors/windows
  • Asian beetles (ladybugs) – Sachets of Cloves and Bay Leaves hung near doors/windows, Citronella oil mixed with water, spray areas affected
  • Spiders – Mix 4 oz of water, 1/4 teaspoon of dish soap & 10 drops of Peppermint oil, Hedge Apples – these can usually only be found in late Summer/Fall, Mix 8 oz of water, 10 drops if dish soap & 5 drops each of Citrus, Tea Tree, Citronella, Lavender, Cinnamon & Peppermint oils

Well, there you have it!  Safe, natural ways to enjoy your summer days WITHOUT having to deal with pesky bugs!  If you try one of these remedies – let me know what you think!!  Or, if you have tried and true ways to get rid of bugs naturally I’d love to hear about them, too! 🙂  Until then, Happy (almost) Summer!!!

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Friday Finds, Favorites and Fotos!

Happy Friday!  I hope you all had a fabulous week!!  I thought it would be fun to start a weekly blog series on Fridays where I share fun things I’ve found throughout the week, some of my favorite things and of course fotos (okay I know it’s PHotos, but the ‘f’ stays with the theme I’ve got going on! ;)) that highlight our week!  Week to week all three might not be represented but it’ll still be a fun way to share ideas!!!  So here we go!

Finds:

  • Big Brother/Big Sister Activity Bag for the Hospital: I saw this idea on Pinterest.  How cute is this: you can either buy or make a “Big Brother/Sister” bag and fill it with all kinds of goodies for your older kid(s) to take to the hospital while you’re in labor with the next baby!  Not only can you put in things like books, coloring books, small crafts, etc. to keep them occupied, but you can also pack little snacks and treats in case they get hungry…or just bored!  They can help you pack their bag or I think it would be especially fun if it’s a surprise for when you arrive at the hospital!  I’m thinking it could help with the feelings of jealousy that may accompany the new baby as all the attention is on you during labor/the new baby!

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  • Pallet Table & Flag: So I’ve noticed lately that wood pallets are very versatile and can be used to create all kinds of neat and unique projects!  We’re in the process of building a garage here at my house, and I was gifted my very own wood pallet underneath all the shingles for the roof!  Rather than toss it in with the trash, I took to Pinterest (notice a theme here?  I love that site!) and researched things I could make using my pallet.  I found so many that I ended up having my dad bring me 2 more from his work and that probably won’t even be enough!  Here are 2 of my favorite things that I found:
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A table for the front porch or patio…could hold pots, planters, drinks, etc.

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Seriously…don’t you LOVE this flag?! And how easy – just a little paint!

 

Our Week in Photos…

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(Top right: Selfie with Daddy while reading!  Top left: My baby isn’t such a baby anymore 😦 She looks so grown up!!!  Bottom: Eating her own little sandwich from the sub shop! 🙂

Check back next Friday to see what new fun things I come across throughout the coming week!!  Happy Friday!!

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