Friday, May 31, 2013

Dress up your Garden Fence

Do you have an boring fence in your back yard? Here are a few fun ways to dress it up.

1. This chair was an antique mart find. It was just hung on the fence with some screws and a potted plant now sits comfortably. 


2. These are super cute. A dragonfly made from items at your local hardware store. All you need is a decorative post (table leg), metal mesh and some wire. You will need some metal cutters to cut the mesh and a few screws to help attach the mesh to the post. But be creative, everyone will look a little different and add some character to your garden.

3. You can also hang pots. These are the coolest pot hangers. They are hard to find in stores but you can buy them online at: http://www.hangapot.com/home/


Thanks Mama L for your Garden Inspiration!

How are you going to dress up your garden?

Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Baking in the Garden?


While sitting at my parents patio table over the weekend I noticed Mama L had a new planter on the table. After taking a closer look, it was an Angel Food Baking Pan - the umbrella post went right through the middle. 

So clever and made for an adorable patio table centerpiece.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Patriotic Decor Ideas

With Memorial Day having just passed and the 4th of July right around the corner, I thought I'd share a couple cute Patriotic decor ideas for your next Red, White and Blue event.

Simple, yet festive, Mama L set the table with these adorable Red, White and Blue napkins. On top she placed mason jars with our silverware wrapped in Red or Blue handkerchiefs. The table looked so cute! 



Mama L also had the cutest wreath on the door. She took a Styrofoam wreath form and ribbons. All she did was wrap strips of the ribbon around the form and tie in knots. To hang she tied a piece of white tulle. She used a combo of solid colored ribbons as well as stripped and polka-dot.

What Red, White and Blue ideas do you plan on trying?

Enjoy! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Teacher Gifts

The school year is quickly coming to an end, and those teachers deserve a farewell gift!

I've seen a bunch of really cute ideas on Pinterest for Teacher Gifts, so I decided to combine a few of them into one.

My daughter has 7 Teachers in her Infant/Toddler class so I had to do something economical,  but also cute!

So here is what I did.



Supplies:
Container (I found these cute tin cups in the $1 bins at Target)
Bag of Shred or Tissue Paper
Chocolate Bars
Graham Crackers
Marshmallows
Starbucks Card
Cellophane & Ribbon
Note Cards
Decorative Stickers (for the card - optional)

For the Note Card:
"We need 'SMORE great Teachers like you! Thanks a latte"

What are you going to give your teacher?


Smore - found on www.mycrazyblessedlife.com
Latte - found on www.eighteen25.blogspot.com

Monday, May 20, 2013

Weekend Project #2 - Hopscotch



Hopscotch Stones
The steps leading to our patio

Did you love Hopscotch at a little kid? I know I did. I used to jump around all the time, from brick to brick and number to number.

Again, searching through Pinterest, I saw this great idea...how about making concrete squares into Hopscotch stepping stones.

We have a small area next to our patio that we walk through the dirt all the time. Stepping stones are the perfect solution there. And this was a cheap and creative way to make colorful, fun stepping stones.

The trickiest part of this project is the numbers. You can either paint the stones first in a solid color, then once dry you can paint the numbers on with white paint. I decided to go a different route. I purchased sticker paper at my local office supply store. I drew my numbers and cut them out.

The first thing I did was paint the top of the stones in white. I then peeled off the back of my sticker paper and put the numbers down on the stones. I then went hog wild spraying the stones in bight primary colors. Once the color was one I peeled up the numbers to find my perfect painted white numbers.

Supplies:
Concrete Pavers (however many numbers you want)
White Spray Paint for the base (the color of the numbers)
Spray Paint for the colors of the stones you want
Sticker Paper (8.5 x 11 - create your own labels: found at Staples)

Steps:

1. Spray the tops of each steps in white
2. Draw and cut out your numbers on the sticker paper
3. Peel and stick the numbers onto the stones
4. Paint the tops and sides of each stone in the colors you want
5. Peel the stickers off and let dry

So fun and cute.

Enjoy!

Idea from Pinterest sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net

Weekend Project #1 - Chalkboard & Magnets in One



Little Miss S is growing rapidly, too much for my liking. So I was trying to think of things that would help her grow and learn. I was searching on Pinterest, I know shocking right, and I came across a magnet board made from an auto drip pan. Great idea... But then I was thinking a chalkboard her size would be great too... so I combined the 2 ideas.

I purchased a $9.99 auto oil drip pan from my local auto supply store. Of course you have to clean it and degrease it first. Once done you just start painting it with chalkboard paint. It takes a few extra layers on the metal and make sure you let it dry for several hours in between coats.

But it worked! The magnets stick really well and you can draw all over it with chalk.

Little Miss S woke up from her nap on Saturday and the first place she wanted to go was outside, as always, and once out the door she headed straight to her new magnet/chalkboard. No explanation necessary, the magnets were soon all over our patio!

Supplies:

1 Auto Oil Drip Pan
1 Can Chalkboard paint
1 Paint roller
Magnets
Chalk & Eraser
Screws and screw gun to attach the metal board to our outdoor fence

I also added a small hook to the right of the board so I can hang a bucket to keep the chalk and the eraser handy.

Enjoy!

Idea from Pinterest Magnet board -  www.nicandkate09.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 16, 2013

What a Cute Table!





So Grammy L showed up to visit yesterday and with her she brought the cutest table she made for S.

This table was new, but it's a great way to clean up an old kids picnic table.

Supplies:

1 Picnic table - Old or New
1 can Spray paint - any color you like
2-3 yards Oil Cloth fabric (they come in such cute colors and patterns)
2-3 yards Ric Rac trim or any other type of decorative trim
Staple Gun
Glue Gun
Scissors

1. First you want to clean the table if it is old or just wipe it down if it's new
2. Spray paint the table your color of choice. You can do it all one color, or you can tape it off and paint it 2 colors like the one shown
3. Once dry you can cut your fabric to the right measurements to wrap around both seats and the table
4. Attach the oil cloth with the staple gun to the plastic - you might need to put a little extra umph in it but it will work. You can touch up any loose edges with the glue gun
5. Glue on the ric rac to cover up the staple marks and add a cute decorative touch

This table is now ready for messy hands and projects. Hose down to clean and it's ready to go again.

Idea from Pinterest - www.caroline-frei.blogspot.com

A Thoughtful Gift

I know I'm a little late to post this one, but it can really be a gift for any occasion, not just Mother's Day.

It's not exactly how I wanted it to turn out, but I do think it turned out pretty cute. My mom  LOVED it at least!

All I did was take a wreath form from my local craft store. I added some flowers and a bow and I printed black and white prints of all of her kids and Grand kids. I hole punched the photos and tied them to the wreath with cute ribbons. I also added the banner which I found at Hobby Lobby. The banner was pre-cut and ready to go and the letters were scrapbook stickers.

That was it - could it get any easier?!?


Enjoy!

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My mom, referred to as Mama L, and I have been talking about starting a blog for quite some time now. We are always trying new recipes and making new crafts - always being told by friends and family that we need to sell our creations. Instead of selling them we've decided to share our crafty ideas, yummy recipes along with our funny adventures here on our blog. Please follow us and enjoy. We are always trying to find new places to explore, new recipes to cook for our families and most of all we're just having fun!

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