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Craft time!


Today was Mitchell’s mom’s birthday, and he and I decided we wanted to hand make her a card this year!

It took some brainstorming, and figuring out what style we wanted. In the end we went with a cute little bumble bee theme. Everything was simple, and fun. I had a die-cut for a bumble bee, and added some glitter to the wings and “doodads” (antennae).

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Photos of our crafts for the 2016 -2017 school year!


I was going to be super productive, and include tutorials and tips and tricks for the crafts we’ve done at school this year, but, I figured I’d save your inboxes, from being spammed with too many posts. So you’re just going to get a little description with each photo.

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The month of November, we taught the kids about thankfulness. We had them make little feather hats, like those the native American’s would have worn, and hats that the pilgrims would have worn. Both of these projects were easy. For the feather hat, we pre-cut the feathers, and allowed the kids to color and decorate the band, then glue their feathers on. We stapled them to fit the kiddo’s head.

Pilgrim hat, was even easier, they just had to glue the yellow square to the front.

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November also was a month of placemats! We had the kiddos create their own placemats, and though we gave them an example of where things should go, we don’t coach them, we allow them to place the pieces where THEY feel fit.

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December, we made these great little shepherds. We covered toilet paper rolls in brown paper, and let the kids design their own faces, then we helped them place the hat and arms on the little shepherd.

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Jumping back to October, we did these pumpkins! They just glued the guts of a freshly cut pumpkin onto the paper. We had a whole discussion about the texture, smell and temperature of the pumpkin guts. They loved this one!

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November, we did a thankful cross. We had them glue the pieces of square construction paper to the cross, with the things they said they were thankful for.

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December! Three Kings! We focused a lot on Jesus’ birth, and one week, we talked about the three Kings, or wiseman, and the gifts they brought for jesus. They glued the precut shapes to their paper, and loved the talk about the kings!

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Jesus’ birth! This one is probably one of the cutest crafts we’ve done.

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We had pre-wrapped the baby jesus’ and they just had to glue the Popsicle sticks and hay to the paper, then they glued baby Jesus, as you can see by the photo above we don’t coach the kiddos on what to do, we let them use their own creativity and individuality.

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January! We did penguins! We talked about penguins and where they live, how they walk and what they eat. Then, they painted a glue/white paint mixture with these sponges I found at Daiso. Then they stuck the pre-cut feet, beaks, and some cotton balls to make their penguins fluffy.

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Snowy Owls! This craft is so cute, so easy and SO fun! All the parents and kids love this one.

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It’s easy, The kids tear apart cotton balls, stuff them in the pinecone, add eyes and a beak and thats it!

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The owls are attached with some playdough, to a piece of paper for easy transportation home.

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Snowman puppets! Easy. Glue hats, eyes, carrot nose, hat and cotton balls onto a paper bag! I went through after and drew a smile on each of them.

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Brown bear, Brown Bear, what do you see? we were out of brown paint, so my co-worker and I mixed gold paint with red and orange to get these cute little sparkly bears! Easy, and the bodies, faces, ears, and tails are all paper plates!

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Foxes! I found this one on pinterest, and it did not disappoint. The students painted glue on their pre-cut paper plate and glued tissue paper squares and the ears and the nose, they eyes are stickers :).

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We punched a hole in the top, and attached some orange ribbon to hang them!

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Llama llama in red pajamas! Easy! The kids colored their llama and his PJ’s and then glued parts of his special quilt!

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Preschool Craft time!


This post is a little dated — because we actually did this craft clear back in SEPTEMBER, but I’m just now getting around to sharing out adventures, and the crafts we’ve done at school.

This one, was linked to our friendship week. We had each of the kids paint their hands and leave a handprint on a piece of paper. After class, and after they had dried I wrapped them in clear contact paper, and taped them up on our tree. These looked adorable, We (my co-worker and I) filled in the blank spots with fake leaves. I took photos of each of the kiddos in front of the tree for their memory books.

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Engagement Surprise!


A couple of weeks ago, someone we know got engaged. I mulled for a couple days about the “right” engagement gift, and decided a gift basket for her, and a little fun gift for him would be the best decision.

First step, the “perfect” engagement card. Someone else had gotten her this card, which Mitchell and I thought was pretty entertaining. I thought I’d take a comical standpoint for the card, and since they have been together for over 5 years (I’m not certain HOW long, but I know it’s at least been 5 years, but probably 6 at this point.)

So I came up with my own idea for a card, and went to work. I have access to a die cut machine for free (thanks to being a Teacher!) So I was able to create a couple cute designs for the card.

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Above, is the outside of the card, I think (I truly hope) she and her fiancé’ will get a kick out of the “FINALLY!” 🙂

Below, I’ll include a photo of the inside card (before I wrote in it, but I figured that part didn’t matter any way.)

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Then, I added a few small touches to the back of the envelope (Their initials) and the front. I’ve blurred out her name, just for privacy sake.

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Now, onto the actual gift!

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I truly lucked out on that basket, how cute is it? I hope that in the future she’ll either be able to use it in her wedding (pending her style) or at home for things in the bathroom or even treats for her 3 dogs.

I gathered some items I thought she’d enjoy. I’ve photographed this process as well (of course I did…) The first things I got together for her, were a “pampering” jar. It’s simple, just a mason jar with some goodies for her in it. Pinterest is great for labels for things like this. Simple, and fun.

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Inside her pampering jar, I included two overnight face masks from Sephora, an under eye mask, Julep Nail polish, some hand cream and chocolates.

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Inside the basket, I also included a mini-bottle of Lamarca Prosecco, and two cans of Sofia. I chose these two drinks because she introduced me to Sofia (which is so tasty, and I love that it comes in cute cans with straws) and Lamarca is one of our favorite proseccos.

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Next, are two paper folders to help her keep her wedding planning organized. I purchased these from one of her favorite stores, The Paper Source. They’re cute, fun and colorful, just like she is!

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Then, I felt that though those things are fun, I wanted to include something… useful for her planning process. I looked around at all the local stores, and did some research. I decided to get her two books to help her with the planning side of her wedding.

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The first one, is The Bride-to-Be Book: A Journal of Memories from the Proposal to “I Do” I bought this one because the reviews were great, and it looked super cute. I know not everyone is into documenting everything like I am, but from the looks of it, this book is great for people who want to document things, but never know how, or never have the time. I hope it’s a great tool she enjoys using.

Next book I found while googling gift ideas for men. (For her fiancé’) Kinda funny how people don’t really give the male half of an engagement a gift. It’s The Knot Book of Wedding Lists. I guess the Knot is a huge wedding resource (well I knew that sorta, several of my friends have used their free wedding websites.) The reviews on this on Amazon are all over the place, but since they’ve only been engaged a couple weeks, I’m hoping it’ll help her out!

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Then, on to two cute/fun gifts I tossed into the basket. The first one, is a SUPER cute mug that is made specifically to be held in your left hand, to show off your RING! I found SO MANY variations on this, but this one was my favorite. I know she’s incredibly excited to be engaged, and I hope she enjoys this mug! I also thought it was pretty cute/funny that she had posted this photo a few days before I bought the mug. 😀

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Finally, the most necessary of all gifts, a tiara that says “BRIDE TO BE” It’s pink, It’s tacky, it’s full of bling, and it’s Furry. What else could a girl want?

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That’s the end of her gift basket. The photo above is one she took after she got the basket. We actually dropped it off at her Fiancé’s work so he could take it home and it’d be there to surprise her. I’m really hoping she liked it, and that the items will be enjoyable/yet also helpful to her.

Like I had mentioned above, I thought it was funny/weird how we don’t buy the guys engagement gifts, It’s just as exciting for them, right? haha. So I picked up a cute/fun book for her fiancé and one other small thing. It’s called The Groom’s Instruction Manual. It’s suppose to be funny but also serious and helpful for him. I hope he likes it 😀

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DISCLOSURE: This post was not sponsored in any way. The views and opinions in this post are mine.

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“Finally I know now what it takes It takes money and airplanes”


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Photo taken by me, but was Mitchell’s vision. Friday Harbor October 2010. I’ll include a photo below showing how we captured this moment.

I’m back! Sorta? I didn’t actually go anywhere. So can you be “back” if you never actually left? Either way, here I am! 2016 has been incredibly busy for us. Many many changes!

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Here is the photo of me taking the above image. 

There hasn’t been a whole lot of downtime for me this year, and though I kinda enjoy being busy (who am I kidding, I love it) It’s nice to have a day of nothing with Mitchell.

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This year I made my very first blanket! I made it for someone who is a huge fan of the Seattle Super Sonics. I have to say, though it isn’t perfect, I think the project turned out really well, and the person we gave it to loved it! I’ve discovered sewing is really quite relaxing and it has helped me get through a few rather stressful weeks. I also made handmade catnip treats!

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We’ve also been able to play several new board games the past few months. If you didn’t know, I looooove playing board games.

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Forbidden Island

A few (several actually) months back my friend Lauren sent me a care package. Inside the care package was a copy of Forbidden Island. We loved it so much and played it any chance we got. Then, this last Christmas Mitchell got a copy of Forbidden Dessert. It is just as much fun as Forbidden Island, but slightly more complicated which is great!

 

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Forbidden Desert

Another game Mitchell got for Christmas was Exploding Kittens. We actually had a friend come over a few months back and introduced us to the game. I had heard of it online but we had never had a chance to play it. That’s another super fun game. We also recently got to play one of my favorite games, Munchkin!

There is a place near by, that lets us play games for free. So a few others we’ve been able to play are:

Sky Tango
Jaipur
Patchwork (I enjoyed this one. Mitchell did not.)
Hanabi
Ticket to Ride Europe (I had heard of this one, and always wanted to play it.)
Betrayal at House on the Hill (Our friend introduced us to this, and I LOVED it!)
Coup (Same friend introduced this one to us too, and I enjoyed it a lot!)

There have been several others, but I can’t seem to remember them at the moment.

If you have any questions or would like to suggest a game for us to play, just let me know!

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DIY – Your own autumn garland.


Guess what?! I have a DIY project for you on this autumn Sunday! It’s a cute, simple and fun idea for any home. Heck, even your children could help out! This is a great project to work on while you’re watching the final season of How I Met Your Mother, or Parenthood, or whatever show you love this year!

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What you’ll need:

  • Felt (Autumn colors prefered)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn (I used left over yarn from my Yarn Wreath.)
  • Needle
  • Time

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This is probably the easiest DIY project I’ve ever done… and have ever shared!
Your first step is to figure out what style of leaf you want… I chose one similar to those around our area. You’ll want to trace your shape on paper beforehand so you can get an idea. Cut it out to your liking. Me? Oh yeah I didn’t do all of that, thats what made this project so easy! I just bought a bunch of felt at Ben Franklin Crafts & used their wonderful die-cut center!
Once you have all your leaves cut out (make as many as you want!) Set them out into the pattern you want…


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Now that you have your pattern figured out, it’s time to thread your needle. I found one intended for heavy duty sewing/mending, I’ve taken a photo of it for you. 🙂 Once you get your needle threaded, you’ll want to tie a knot at the end of your yarn… I kept mine on the actual roll of yarn until the end, but now would be a great time to figure out how long you want your garland to be!

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You’ll wanna lick the tip to your yarn, it’ll make it much easier to thread through.

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Once you’ve done that, you simply sew through your leaf. Here’s a photo of how I did it:

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Perfection isn’t necessary, I feel little changes make it more rustic, and more “real.” But if you want to be exact you, of course, can. Keep that up, sew sew sew each leaf. Once you’re done, tie a knot at the end of your garland and you’re set! Find a cute place to hang, or display & you’ll have all your guests complementing your work! (I also did one with pumpkins, I’ll share a photo of it if anyone would like one!)

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I, being from seattle, thought it’d look best next to our wonderful rainy day oil painting in our entry way!

 

 

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DIY: Wreath


Well November is here, full swing. Our long amazing Indian Summer is long over. It’s getting the low 20’s high teens at night… I’m really ready for snow now. Christmas time is quickly approaching, and I survived until today, I caved and watched Christmas movies, sang christmas songs and bought some more Christmas presents. I am OH SO READY for Christmas to come 🙂

It was brought to my attention that I had “slacked” on my thankful posts. Quite the opposite however, I decided that the things I’m thankful for do not need to be publicized. It’s not about sharing with the world what I’m thankful for, it’s about recognizing the great things I have and realizing within myself how thankful I am. I thank god every day for all the wonderful stuff I have, all the amazing people, and everything in my life.

Moving on, I’m on a HUGE DIY kick right now. I made home-made wreaths for myself for Fall and Winter. I also made one for my Mamma 🙂 It’s really simple and a GREAT addition to your holiday/seasonal decor.

I’m going to share a tutorial on how to make these beautiful tulle wreaths, and I’m actually going to pin it on Pinterest.

If you’re following me on pinterest, you may or may not have seen that I re-pinned this lady’s blog post.

If you read, you’ll see she does not give a tutorial, or anything 😦 and it sorta, bothered me. Surely she could have taken the time to make a tutorial. Especially after ALL the comments and love people have sent her. But alas, she did not. Maybe she was too busy? I don’t know, I can tell you though, that I am here to the rescue! This is my take on her winter wreath, and I did one for fall too 🙂

If you have a JoAnn’s near by, you can get EVERYTHING you need there 🙂

for the AUTUMN wreath:
2 yards of Brown tulle

2 yards of Orange tulle
1 Styrofoam wreath
Fabric Scissors

Glue Gun with Glue sticks

Fabric/fake leaves (I got mine from my mom, who bought them at the dollar store in Oregon…haha.)
Ribbon, any color or type, this is going to be used to hang your wreath up, so make sure you like it 🙂

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First step is to cut your tulle, it’s all about personal preference. Do you want them long, or short? Thick or thin? I liked mine kinda short, and kinda thick haha. Here’s a photo of me cutting the white tulle for the winter wreath:

I folded my Tulle in half, and then in half again, then cut the strips. Once my strips were cut, I went back and cut them in half simply by cutting them apart at the folded end. As shown above.

You’ll want to figure out the pattern/look you want to accomplish before starting the project. My Autumn wreath had 4 brown, 4 orange, 4 brown, 4 orange…

Once you have the idea, and the pattern figured out it’s time to start! It’s REALLY simple, all you do is tie the tulle strip in a knot like when you start to tie your shoes. Then, double that knot and you’re set! You want to make sure it’s pretty tight, no sliding around!

Once your whole wreath is covered, it’s time to glue your leaves on! Plug in that hot glue gun, and pick out the leaves you want to use!
Take the time you have waiting for your glue gun to figure out how you want the leaves glued on. Also now you’ll want to tie your ribbon around the wreath, so you can hang it, find the part you want to be the top, and arrange your leaves around it, so none of them are hidden by the ribbon. Here is a photo of my wreath hanging up by the ribbon I chose to give you a visual:

Here’s the finished product to my Autumn wreath:

THE WINTER WREATH:

2 Yards white Tulle
2 Yards blue tulle (or any winter color, silver would look great!)
Fabric Scissors
Glue Gun/Glue sticks
Snowflake ornaments (Sold at target, a bunch for $5)Ribbon

Same as above, only you’ll be gluing snowflakes to it! Heres my final product:

Please post, share, re-pin and tell your friends if you truly enjoyed this tutorial, or even making your own! Share your photos, I’d LOVE to see what you’ve come up with!