A Simple Gift Idea {Painted Mason Jars & Fabric Flower Tutorials Plus Free printable cards}

Uh…was the title long enough for you?

Normally I wouldn’t do two tutorials in one post, but because Teacher Appreciation is next week and Mother’s Day is the week after that, I wanted to share a simple gift idea that I think either one would love. Plus, I’m going to bet you will end up making some for yourself as well.

Mason Jar Flowers

Painted Mason Jar & Bottle Tutorial

I realize there are a lot of blogs that have posted about how to paint glass jars, but because I think I finally found my favorite ‘mixture’ I thought I’d share it with you.

What you will need:

- Clean Jar (Mason or other clear jar: spaghetti sauce jars, soda bottles etc.) (Always save your clear jars and bottles. You just never know when you might want to break one out and make a craft with them.)

- Gloss-Lustre Mod Podge

- Paint Brush

- Food Coloring

- Water

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Mix together:

1 tsp. of Mod Podge

3-4 drops of food coloring (or more if you want it darker)

1.5 tsp. of water

This is where you can have fun and experiment with colors. If you want the aqua/turquoise look, try two drops of blue and 1 drop of green.  One ‘mixture’ can actually be used on four to six jars depending on the size.

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Next, paint the glue mixture onto your jar. It will look something like this below. Don’t worry…it won’t stay like that. I took this picture when there were still some bubbles on it. I tried to paint most of the bubbles off so that it was smooth. Also, I made these jars (the blue ones) a little lighter than I have in the past, so your ‘paint’ may look different than mine.

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Let It Dry:

Either let it dry on it’s own upside down over night, or (here’s the cool part) put it on a plate upside down place it in the microwave for 30 seconds. You will see your results almost immediately.

I didn’t take any pictures of just the jars because it was late at night and I got straight to work on embellishing them, sorry.  

I love the purple one. It goes perfectly with the tulips my hubby and daughter ‘surprise’ planted me years ago. Tulips always remind me of my friend Kristen who was one of my bridesmaids. She’s always loved them. And I love how little things like tulips bring back memories of friends.

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Ok, so once you have painted your jars set them aside. If you’d like to add some fabric flowers to them then keep reading. If you’d just like to add a card, then scroll to the bottom to download and print.


Fabric Flower Tutorial

(No Sewing = equals = A Good Thing)

I’m going to show you how to make fabric flowers that can be used on a variety of things. I realize there are lots of fabric flower tutorials out there as well, but these are very simple to make, yet look so elegant.

Fabric Flower Tutorial

What you will need:

Silky synthetic fabric (chiffon, taffeta etc.)

A tea light candle or a lighter.

Glue Gun

Card stock (for circle templates)

Scissors

Felt circles

Embellishments: tulle, pearls, feathers, beads, buttons,

Optional for hair: headbands, clips, bobby pins

 

How To Make Your Flower:

1. First cut out a template of 5 to 7 circles on card stock paper. I like my smallest circle to be 1 inch. Then I make each additional circle a 1/2 inch bigger than the next. (ex. 1in., 1.5in., 2in., 2.5in. etc…)

2. Depending on how big you want your flower use your template to trace and cut out your circles. If you use a dark marker, make sure you cut inside your marker line so that it doesn’t show on the fabric. I usually make dots around the circle just to give me a visual of where to cut. When you cut out your circles don’t worry about them being perfect. I also like to cut the same size circle two or even three times especially when I am doing smaller flowers. Since your circles are not perfect they will just add to the layering effect.

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3. Next, take each fabric circle and put it close enough to the flame so that it starts to curl slightly. Turn your circle around until all edges are curled to your liking. I suggest that you do a couple of practice ones first. Also, for safety, it’s best to do it over the kitchen sink with the water running.

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Are you wondering how I held the flower, lighter & took the picture?   Yah, that’s not me. That’s my ‘hand model’ and friend Andrea. Thanks Girlfriend!

4. Once you have curled your edges they should look something like this. I ‘barely’ curled the edges for these flowers.

5. Next, start with the smallest circle and put a dot of hot glue onto the bottom/middle of it. Then layer it inside the next biggest circle. Now take those two circles and add another dot of glue and layer it into the next circle. Continue until they are all glued together.

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If you want to add tulle in the middle of a couple of the circles like I did with the one below, just add it to your layering steps. You can embellish your flowers with pearls, beads or whatever else your little heart desires.

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I like to attach alligator clips if they are going to be worn in your hair mostly because they are easier for my girls to put in their hair. You could also attach them to a flat back bobby pin or a headband. If you do this it’s best to cut out two identical felt circles. Glue one felt circle to the flower and then glue it onto the top of the headband. Take the second felt circle and glue it so that overlaps the the underside of the headband and attaches to the felt one you glued on the flower so that it holds it in place.

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Ok, let’s finally bring the two tutorials together and make our gift!

There are a couple of ways to attach your flowers. If you want to put it on a bobby pin so that it can hold a card I think it’s best to attach a piece of felt to both the glass and the bobby pin flower. Sorry these aren’t the greatest pictures. I was working late at night when the kiddos were sleeping. But basically it seems to stick better when the felts are glued to each other.

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Or just add the felt to the back of the flower and glue directly onto the jar.

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If you want to skip the flower then simply add some ribbon, flowers and print one of our cards below.

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I’ve designed these cards so that you could easily attach a gift card if you’d like. Or if you’d rather skip the gift card then just cut it down the middle and use only the printed side.

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I’ve separated the cards into four categories.  Scroll down to download and print cards for Teachers, Mother’s Day, Birthdays and Thinking of You.

*I also added a fifth category as well. You can print plain ‘Thank You’ cards as well they just aren’t in the grouped picture below. Free Printable Gift Cards

Click on the images below to download and print. We recommend that you print on a quality matte paper using an ink jet printer. Each print below is sized to print on an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper.

Teachers

Teacher Gift Card Flowers

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day Gift Card Flowers

Birthday

Happy Birthday Gift Card Flowers

Thinking, Praying & Get Well

Thinking of you Gift Card Flowers

Thank You

Thank You Card Free Printable

I’d love to hear if you make one or both of these projects.

They really are simple and oh so cute! 

~Jenny

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Wine Box Gardening

I thought about giving up on my garden this year. We started our first one three years ago and my husband and I thought we were master gardeners our very first year. We thought we knew what we were doing when we didn’t even know what we were doing!

And then the following two years were a bust. I know all of you gardeners are going to tell me, ‘Oh, but the past two years in the Northwest have been horrible for every gardener.’ Yes, I’ve heard that, I was still just ready to make it into a sport court and call it good. Not that we could afford that, but still. Sounded good.

Well, I’m happy to say that we are going to try one more year to see if we can get our green thumb‘s’ back. But, before I decided to plant in our ‘big’ garden, I had already planned and in the process of planting these wine boxes.

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I figured that I could at least grow some things in a box right? Plus, I wouldn’t have to deal with the bunnies and deer coming all the way up to my deck to eat my veggies. Hopefully. 

Lucky for me, my little sister recently started working for a wine distributing company. On her very first day of work I asked her to see if she could get me some boxes. Being the nice sister that she is she scored and got me four boxes!  I’ve heard that some wine shops will give boxes to you if you ask them. Wouldn’t hurt to try.

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I read somewhere that it is very important to stain your boxes first so that they don’t start rotting through the wood. I used two coats of a natural danish oil on my boxes.

Aren’t they pretty?

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Once they are dry (or you could do this ahead of time) drill enough holes in the bottom of the boxes so that the water can drain.

I have to admit that I had fun drilling the holes. It’s amazing how much I am starting to love tools. The saw my husband got me for Christmas has been used multiple times and I now have other tools on my wish list. 

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Once you are done staining and drilling, then you can start adding your soil and plants. Since we have decided to do our ‘big’ garden again I plan to mostly put lettuce in my boxes so that I can keep them somewhat in the shade. They don’t like too much sun. I am also going to put strawberries in one box to see how well they do.

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If you don’t have a lot of land to start a garden, then planting in wine boxes is a great way to grow your own veggies. 

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I also plan to try this watering globe method in my boxes found here at Rad Megan. How cool is that? And it’s free!

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At some point I will show you what we are doing with this puppy below. It’s one of the reasons I am excited to be doing my garden again this year. It’s so great to have such good friends and neighbors!

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Don’t worry mom, I didn’t drive it. Although, I did think about it.

~Jenny

Chila Quiles

My friend Amy made this recipe years ago and we have been making it ever since! I usually make it with ground beef, but Amy told me that she likes it better with chicken. What? I never knew! It’s good with ground beef, but it’s really good with chicken!

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Both recipes are below, but the pictures show the chicken recipe.

There are many ways to cook chicken so that you can shred it. I didn’t have time to do the crock pot version, so instead I put about a 1/2 cup of water at the bottom of a pan, added my chicken breast and sprinkled it with taco seasoning (optional). Then I covered it with foil and baked it at about 400 degrees for around 45 minutes. All ovens vary, so continue to check your chicken. 

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SHRED YOUR CHICKEN WITH YOUR KITCHENAID!

I had seen people doing this on Pinterest and I was intrigued. I do not have a ‘real’ Kitchenaid (sad face) but I do have a stand up mixer (thanks to my good friend Amy). I was a little scared I may break it but it shredded my chicken like a charm! Never again will I shred it with a fork and my fingers!

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Here is another tip. 

Use something like this Easy Accent Decorator to evenly spread your sour cream onto casseroles. Obviously you could put dollops with a spoon and then spread, but I was making a few dishes this day and it was just easier!

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Once you have everything prepped, then just start layering away!

Chips, chicken (or beef), sour cream, onion, tomatoes and cheese.

Repeat layers. Cook uncovered at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 min.

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This is a great dish to take to your friends that need a meal. We always get compliments and they usually request the recipe as well!

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Enjoy!

 

Chila Quiles – Print Recipe

Ingredients:

2 large chicken breasts.

Tortilla chips

1/2 package taco seasoning

1 tub of sour cream

Two tomatoes chopped

1/2 onion chopped

2 cups shredded cheese

Prepare chicken:

Cook two large breasts of chicken and shred. (see above)

Add taco seasoning and a little bit of water to moisten.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Layer it up:

Sprinkle tortilla chips in the bottom of a baking dish (9×13 or a deeper dish)

1 layer of meat sauce

1 layer of sour cream

Sprinkle minced onion

Sprinkle chopped tomato

Layer of grated cheddar or Mexican style cheese

Repeat Layers and end with a layer of cheese

You can adjust to your own taste. If you like more or less cheese then go for it!

Cook uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Ground Beef Version:

1 lb ground beef

½ pkg. taco seasoning

8oz can tomato sauce

Instead of chicken cook the ground beef and add the taco seasoning and an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce.

I like to add a little extra sour cream on top.

Yum!

Chila Quiles

~Jenny

Glitter Shoe Redo

 

My little Kaylee-Girl (5 going on 25) already has a great love in her life, SHOES!! And the more shiny, glittery, sparkly, the better!! Her FAVORITE pair of shoes for the past couple months have been a pair of silver glittered flats. She would wear them with ANYTHING, and I do mean ANYTHING!!!

Sadly, her favorite shoes have taken quite a beating as she is wearing them everywhere. And I haven’t been able to find them at Target (where I originally got them.) I think we only paid $12.99 for them, which really isn’t too bad since she literally has worn them OUT. As they started to get more scuffed up, I started to wonder if I could possibly do anything to “touch them up.” I figured I would just need more silver glitter and some glue.

So I did a little checking around on Pinterest and there were a few different ideas on Glitter shoes, some people used Mod Podge, some used Tacky Glue, some recommended spray adhesive and I decided to go with what I had on hand…

 

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Mod Podge and Glitter it is!! You can’t really tell that well since the shoes are pretty shiny but there are quite a few “bald” spots all over her once glittery shoes!

I just mixed up the Mod Podge and Glitter, (and there was no measuring or science to this, I just poured some Podge in a cup and sprinkled in lots of glitter until this is what it looked like…)

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Then I painted the glue mixture onto the “bald” spots and let it dry.

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Once it dried, I could still see through the glitter in some spots so I just repeated the process (I had saved my glue mixture JUST IN CASE by putting foil over the brush and cup) and then let it dry again and VOILA!!!  PERFECT GLITTER SHOES!!!!

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She was SO EXCITED!! And I didn’t do anything else to them and they are holding up quite well. I figure I can always add some more glitter and glue if I need to! But this would work great on shoes that weren’t glittered before and just got scuffed up! I think I’ll try that next!!! I like glittery shoes too! I just don’t think I can pull them off as well as my 5 year old!!

 

~JESS

Smoothies–Prepare Fruit and freeze!

My kids LOVE smoothies.

Well, I’m working on my four year old, but my girls LOVE them.

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My nine year old is always asking if she can make them herself. She usually asks in the morning when we are trying to get out the door for school. The thought of trying to get everything out and cut up usually ends up with me telling her no. Sad, I know.

I’ve seen ideas on pinterest to cut up fruit ahead of time. So, I decided to spend a half an hour cutting up some fruit and putting them into freezer bags to have whenever we’d like. 

We’ve had them EVERYDAY since I’ve done that!

I have no special recipe, so I will just tell you what I do.

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I realize that you can buy bags of frozen fruit and do the same thing, but there are only certain fruits I like frozen from the store. The two fruits I bought frozen this time were blueberries and raspberries. Then I cut up some fresh strawberries and bananas. I put them all in bowls to make it easier to add to the bags.

 

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Then I added fruit to the freezer bags. I didn’t really measure, although I did have a lot of blueberries, so I do know I put in about 1 1/2 cups into each bag. You can never have too many blueberries right?

Then I added the rest of the fruit until it was gone. The strawberries and raspberries went quickly, so I made a bag of just bananas & blueberries. Like I said, no rhyme or reason.

I thought about adding a date on the bags, but really there is no reason as they will not last long in our house.

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So, you want to know how I make my smoothies?

It’s really fancy!

-No, it’s really not.-

1. I add a handful of ice and put it on the bottom of the blender.

2. Then I add the bag of prepared fruit.

*Tip-If you just have an ok blender like me, then I suggest you take your bag of fruit out of the freezer the night before and put it in the fridge. This will help make it blend it easier as it won’t be a frozen chunk.

3. I put in one or two flavored yogurts. My kids like blueberry best.

4. Sometimes I add a little milk or water if it’s too thick. You could also add orange juice or apple juice.

5. I like to add either vanilla extract, honey or agave if it needs to be a little bit sweeter. 

Now for the fun part…the sneaky ingredients.

6. I add a large handful of baby spinach. It blends so well that the kids have no idea! You could also add other veggies like zucchini, carrots etc.

Other sneaky ingredients you can add to your smoothies…

-Flaxseeds

-Protein Powder

-Fish Oil

-Cacao Nibs

-Nut Butters (peanut, almond, cashew)

If you’d like to have some actual smoothie recipes, (ya know, with measurements and stuff) then click here.

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Or click here to find some recipes for weight loss smoothies.

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Whether you use my ‘no rhyme or reason’ smoothie recipe, or an actual recipe above, I would encourage you to at least prepare your fruit ahead of time. It makes it so easy to make a quick smoothie for yourself and your kids. 

Just think about how good you will feel knowing that your kids are getting a good serving of their fruits and veggies! I’m getting even more excited for my garden now. I will be throwing lots of sneaky things in them this summer.

I’d love to know your favorite smoothie recipe.

Just in case I decide to follow an actual recipe. ;)

~Jenny

 

Craft Room Display

Over Spring Break, I went to visit my best buddy Char and her fab family! Our kiddos LOVE her adorable little girl Faith and they get along so great! The kids seriously spent the whole day just playing together, we barely heard a peep out of those kids! Char and I loved being able to catch up and spend some time crafting and scrapbooking in her craft room!

I love one of the ideas she had for displaying some of her scrapbook pages in her craft room! Perfect idea to fill the wall space and inspire your crafty side while you scrapbook!

And OF COURSE, it was super easy and super affordable too!!!

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Not only do I love her page layouts but the display hangers are really cute too! And she found them at the DOLLAR STORE!!! Told you it was super affordable! LOVE IT!!

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This basket of goodies sits on the bookshelf in the room and is full of a bunch of mini albums and mini calendars that Char has made. They are all really cute and it is a great way to display your own work for friends to see!

So many GREAT decorating ideas! Thanks for letting me take pictures Char!!!!

~Jess

Teacher Appreciation Gift {Free Printable}

 WE HAVE CHANGED THE YEAR ON OUR PRINTS TO 2012-2013.

IT IS NOT ON THE IMAGES BELOW, BUT ONCE YOU DOWNLOAD IT YOU WILL SEE THE NEW DATE!

OR YOU CAN PERSONALIZE IT BY PURCHASING IT HERE.

Can you believe it’s time to start thinking about gifts for our teachers? It’s already April, which means many of you have started thinking of something for Teacher Appreciation week or possibly a gift for the end of the year.

Teacher Appreciation Week-May 6th – May 11th.

Ok, so maybe some of you have not started thinking about it yet. Well, lucky for you we have thought about it and we are making it easy for you! We have two free 8×10 prints for you to choose from.

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I created these trees a few years ago and have decided to share the non-personalized ones with you. Below are examples of the personalized prints which can be purchased for $12 here. Scroll to the bottom to download and print the free non-personalized prints.

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There are a couple of fun options for these prints. One idea is to add the student’s fingerprints with green paint to make it look like there are leaves on the tree. Then sign their names yourself or have them sign their own names (depending on their age).

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Or you could simply add their names without the fingerprints. Put the print in a cute frame, maybe add a Starbucks Card. What teacher wouldn’t love that? Your teacher will feel loved and appreciated. We need to thank our teachers for taking care of our kiddos!

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Sorry, the picture above does not represent the true color of  the pink flowers.

Darn photographer…oh, that’s me.

 

To download the free non-personalized 8×10 print just click on either image below. We recommend that you print on a premium matte paper using an ink jet printer for best results. You could also upload it to your favorite photo site and have it printed.

Again, if you want to purchase the personalized prints for $12, please click here to do so. We will send you the actual print on premium matte paper. 

*Watermark will not appear on the print when downloaded.

Click HERE for the Blue & Red Tree

WE HAVE UPDATED THE DATE TO 2012-2013

Teacher Appreciaion Gift - Red & Blue Tree

Click HERE for the Pink Tree

Teacher Appreciaion Gift - Pink Tree

~Jenny

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Queso Dip

 

So a few years ago, my hubby and I (Mr. Plum Adorable) went on a trip to Kentucky to visit some of our family. We were introduced to a thing called Queso Blanco Dip at a Mexican Restaurant that my Sister and Brother in law loved, I can’t remember the name of the restaurant, only that my adorable niece called it Mexico as she called all Mexican food at that time. I kind of fell in LOVE with this dip and have not found it’s equal since! We thought we had found something like it at Boston’s since the menu description sounded the same but when it arrived it was simply melted Velveeta and salsa, (how DARE they call THAT Queso dip!!).  So sadly, I had kind of forgotten about this dip that I LOVED as it has been YEARS since I had come across it, well at least like 4 years! Until I saw this posting (and mouth-watering picture) on Pinterest (Original recipe from Pennies on a Platter) !!  And the caption said “BEST QUESO BLANCO DIP EVER!”

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Well, it looked like my beloved long lost cheese dip and the reviews sure sounded promising! So I knew I just HAD to try it! And TRY IT I DID!

The ingredients were easy to find and it was VERY easy to make! And it totally lived up to my expectations! You can control the spice as much as you like too. For our family of 4, I halved the recipe that she provides.  It is SO GOOD!!!

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Head on over to Pennies on a Platter for the Recipe! You won’t be sorry!!!

Disclaimer- My picture is pretty lame due to the fact that we had already eaten most of the dip before I realized I never took a picture! And now I’m really hungry and I think I should go make some more dip! I wonder if we have any White American Cheese left….

~JESS

Stairway Boxes

 

Hello Friends! I hope you had a great Easter! It was a beautiful weekend here in the Pacific Northwest, we actually got to 70 degrees! Easter Sunday was a beautiful day spent in reflection of what Christ did for each of us. HE IS RISEN INDEED! We got to spend our day with family on beautiful Whidbey Island, it was a perfect day!!

These 2 certainly made it especially fun!

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This past week was Spring Break so we took advantage of the school-less days to visit with some dear friends that we don’t get to see very often anymore, our very best friends and former (and see Char, I didn’t say OLD) neighbors, who now live over 2 hours away from us! Our former neighbors, the Pez family (that is the well abbreviated form of their last name) have been some of our best friends and the funny part is that the majority of our friendship has been long distance! We were just realizing this week as we were talking that we have now been NON-neighbors for almost 6 and a half years! And we lived next door to each other for less than a year before we moved away! Sometimes lifelong friendships just happen that way!

When we first moved away (we moved 2 hours North from our former home), we got together EVERY single month. We met in the middle in Seattle or took turns making the trek from one of our houses to the other! My first born, Cole and their one and only, Faith, are two months apart, so it was a friendship from the get go for our two little ones! When we had Kaylee almost 2 years later, she was just accepted right into the Faith and Coley-Bear (that is Faith’s nickname for Cole) mix. And though our monthly meetings have now spread out over the six year span to more like every 6 month meetings, we still pick up right where we left off, including the kiddos!

It was so FUN to spend the day at the Pez family house! The kids played the day away, we barely heard a peep! and Char and I spent the day chatting and crafting and scrapbooking away! PERFECT day!!!

Char shares my love for crafting and scrapbooking and Pinterest too! So it was really fun to be at her house again (I  hadn’t been there since last October) and see all the fun ideas she has incorporated from Pinterest or just come up with on her own, she is SUPER creative! One of the ideas that she found on Pinterest, I HAD to take pictures of because I just LOVED it. It is super simple, it was easy and cheap to make and is super functional!!!

I LOVE these Stairway Boxes!!!

 

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I should have taken a few more pictures, but we were awfully busy doing all that talking and crafting!

Char just covered some boxes she had on hand with different colors of burlap, used chipboard letters and glued them on! Now when she has stuff that needs to make its way upstairs, she just puts it in the designated box at the end of the stairs and up it goes at the end of day or whenever you are making a trip upstairs! This sure beats the piles of stuff I leave on the end of my stairs that everyone walks right on by ten times a day! (Sorry, pet peeve rant!) And I REALLY should have taken another picture to show that her stairs are actually quite wide and there is a wide landing below so her stairs don’t feel cramped AT ALL by the boxes, it is SUPER CUTE!!

Oh, and The D is for Dad, F is for Faith and M is for Mom! Everyone has their own box! LOVE it! I have a few other crafty ideas from my friend Char that I will be sharing with you but I am saving those for another post!

I also got to spend some time with 2 of my besties from High School over Spring Break which was so fun! And my baby brother came up from Florida to visit all  of us Washingtonians, well really he just wanted to snowboard! And it was a bonus to see us too. I didn’t get to see him as much as I wanted to but it was still good to spend some time with him! He did make us this AMAZING salmon one night that I am HARASSING him about sharing with the rest of you so I’ll update you on that if he ever lets me share the recipe, it was seriously AMAZING!!

~JESS

Expressions Vinyl Giveaway!

Expressions Vinyl is giving away $25 to one of our lucky readers!

I have mentioned many times before how much I love using Expressions Vinyl. They have so many different colors and types of vinyl. But, the best part is that you can purchase them in sheets for a lower price which means that you can create many, many things!

Scroll to the bottom to enter, but before you do, let me share with you some of the things I have made with their vinyl. Some of these things we have shared on this blog and others are gifts that I have made, but never shared. As I was going through all of the pictures, I was amazed at how many gifts I make using their vinyl!

Indoor & Outdoor Vinyl

I made these cute herb pots for my daughter’s teacher last year. I cut out the words ‘basil’, ‘parsley’ and ‘oregano’ using white vinyl.

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Remember this personalized mug? I have made quite a few of these mugs using their outdoor vinyl. And yes, you can even put it in them dishwasher. I made mugs for my kids and have put them in the dishwasher over and over for more than a year now!

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I made this wood sign for my cousin. I painted it with chalkboard paint, then I cut out the vinyl, ‘weeks until’ and the cute onesie.

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Remember this sign I made last Fall? It was one of our very first posts. I needed something new for my Fall décor so I whipped up this cute sign using their brown and orange vinyl.

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Here is another chalkboard sign I made. I cut out the vinyl ‘days until’ as well as the flower and flip flops. We made this for my daughter’s best friend that was getting ready to go to Hawaii. They have a place over there, so she can use it again!

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Remember our tutorial on how to make your own glitter ornaments? Who knew these would become so popular! I used vinyl to add to these ornaments to give it a personalized touch!

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I love this sign. I made it as a gift to give at our Women’s Retreat.

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Here is another one of our very first posts. Click here to see the tutorial on how to make these cute gumball machines. I cut out ‘memories’ using Expressions Vinyl.

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I found this picture while for something else. This is a great way to use their vinyl. Cut out dates and titles to add to your scrapbooks.

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T-Shirt Vinyl

I LOVE their t-shirt vinyl. It is so fun to create personalized gifts with it. I whipped up this t-shirt the night before my daughter had a Veteran’s Day Assembly. See the tutorial here.

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I made this hat for my cousin using their t-shirt vinyl…awww!

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I also made this for my daughter’s friend to wear in Hawaii.

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This is a cute hat I made for my niece Lola who lives in Australia. It’s not the best picture, but you can see her name on the side.

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This shirt was also for my cousin’s little boy. I saw a similar idea on Pinterest and knew I could design my own using the t-shirt vinyl.

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Remember these burlap pumpkin placemats? I made these using their t-shirt vinyl.

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Inkjet Printable Vinyl

And of course you probably remember this post from yesterday Printable Waterproof Vinyl Tray

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Those are quite a few projects wouldn’t ya say? Eleven of them I made as gift for others! Of course there are more that I didn’t share with you, but those alone should give you a reason to start using vinyl! Of course you need a personalized cutter like a Cricut or Silhouette Cameo. I have had a mini Cricut for years but…

I am still holding out hope that the magical Silhouette Cameo Fairy will bring me one. I know, I mention that a lot. One can hope!

Ok…enough about my projects.

Let’s get on to the giveaway…

The above information is all 100% my opinion. I am in no way being compensated by Expressions Vinyl. I just really like them.

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Contest will end at 12:00am (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, April 10th.

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