Mother’s Day Craft Idea

Last week we had a couple little craft days. I let the boys get super messy with some finger painting. Since they love getting dirty outside, I thought they would love being covered in paint too. And of course they did! I found the clay pots and thought it would be cool to have the boys paint them for their Grandmas this Mother’s Day. I wanted to include some flowers but I did not think they would ship well. I really love having the boys create gifts for all those special people in their lives. I am a big fan of homemade gifts. I think it makes everything so much more special even if its not picture perfect and it is so much fun to do together too. Here are a few snaps from the painting day. I had taken more (some cute ones when Liam was putting the paint bowl on his head) but realized halfway through I had forgotten to put a memory card in! But I still got a few pics of the painting.

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Then it was time to do some painting. It was so exciting to see Jake concentrating so hard on his painting. He was working quite hard on making his pots pretty. IMG_8380IMG_8381IMG_8382

Liam needed a bit more help to keep the paint out of his mouth.IMG_8385IMG_8386IMG_8387IMG_8388

After the initial finger paintings had dried, I went back over the kid scribbles and added a little bit of painting details to make more recognizable pictures.IMG_8389IMG_8392IMG_8393IMG_8395

I thought the finished product was pretty cool. I hope all you mothers out there get to enjoy a nice Mother’s Day weekend with your families. Personally I am hoping Liam finally starts sleeping all night again regularly for me. I think we are stuck in a bad habit and I haven’t done a good enough job sleep training him. #momfail right?! Until next week, XOXO.

Dinosaur Planter

I wanted to put some sort of planters in the kids bathroom that I am working on redoing, and was looking for something cute but fits the kid theme. I decided to plant some air plants in a plastic dinosaur to make a kid bathroom planter. I found and ordered these plastic dinosaurs online. I originally was going to make several of the dinosaurs from the set into planters but they quickly became a favorite toy. IMG_8305

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I cut a hole in the back of the dinosaur with a knife that would fit the plants I wanted to plant. IMG_8299IMG_8301The little dinosaur in the picture became Liam’s new favorite teething toy. HAHA

Next I took the dino outside to paint it with spray paint. I wanted to do it in a bright orange color to accent the colors I already have in mind for the rest of the bathroom. For a whimsical children’s look, I think primary colors work well for a nice kid vibe in a children’s space.20170430_11115720170430_11105020170430_11110720170430_111039

After thorough drying, it’s time to fill it with dirt and a plant! I used a couple small air plants in the back of my brontosaurus. IMG_8361IMG_8366IMG_8367IMG_8368IMG_8371IMG_8373IMG_8364IMG_8374IMG_8375Such a happy Dino face 🙂 .

I am planning on making a planter out of a shark as well for the bathroom. I think I will paint it blue or purple. Small ferns and succulents would also look cute in the figurine planters if you wanted to use other kind of plants. Pretty simple yet very modern cute!

Until next week, XOXO! ❤

Toddler Play Table : Part 2

A few weeks ago, I posted about how I made a couple unique toddler play tables from an Ikea table. Toddler Play Table: Ikea Hack.  I wanted to share some photos of the table I made for my son. It is different than the first table. I also wanted to show how I added a roll of drawing paper to the tables. It is great for many hours of toddler drawing creativity. (Even if it is just stacking the chair on top of the table while mom is trying to take some pictures.)

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I wanted to do a fun boy Superhero/Villain theme. I used this Heroes and Villains paper for the top of the table. It has all types of characters on it!

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Then for the chair cushions, I used this Star Wars fabric. I liked how both the fabric and paper had a squares theme to compliment each other without being the exact same design.

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I got a Mala paper roll and a Mala tabletop paper holder which I attached the the side of the table with regular screws. I wanted the top of the table to have the maximum space for activities. I stained the tabletop paper holder at the same time I stained the rest of the table pieces to make sure they came out the same color.

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Jake loves the table, although I have decided he needs to be a bit older to use the paper roll. He would just unroll it all and waste it right now.

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Toddler Play Table: Ikea Hack to see how I constructed the table itself!

Thanks for checking out my craft idea today!

 Have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! I know I am looking forward to some ever needed appreciation! Until next week, XOXO.

Toddler Play Table: Ikea Hack

Before Christmas I got a couple Latt Ikea Children’s Tables and decided to add some cool finishes to them for my son and nephew. I made two one of a kind children’s tables pretty easily with a little time from these super affordable Children’s Tables from Ikea. I got a few supplies to go with it.

I will show you what I did for my nephew’s table and then get some more pictures of my son’s table in action in a couple weeks!

 

First I cut the railroad map to the size of the table top.

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And then cut the foam to just a bit smaller than the chair bottoms.

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Using just regular Elmer’s Glue, I glued the foam to the chair and gave it plenty of time to fully dry.
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Next, I cut the fabric just enough to cover the cushion and chair bottom. Using the fabric Mod Podge, I attached the fabric to the chair and gave it plenty of time to dry.

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For the table top, I used a glossy mod podge and followed the directions. I ended up doing quite a few coats on the top. This took several days to complete since I had to wait inbetween coats and between naptimes and bedtimes.IMG_3173IMG_3175IMG_3176

Over the next several days, I stained the rest of the pieces of the table and chairs. I wanted a very dark color so I had to complete a bunch of coats to get it even and the perfect color. And again I had to work around Jakes busy schedule.

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We assembled the children’s table and chairs. Jake man is totally into tools, so he was super excited to help me put them together.

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The finished children’s chairs!!

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And the finished Children’s table!!IMG_3186

It was a big hit on Christmas morning. I love going over to visit my nephew and seeing his drawings on the paper from the table.IMG_3564IMG_3565IMG_3569

Jake’s table is another unique one of a kind table. I will share pictures of his table soon and how I attached a roll of drawing paper to the table. It is always good to have plenty of inspiration for your own projects! Until next week, XOXO!

Projects with a Toddler

I have been working on continuing some painting and other crafts this week. Crafting, painting, and artwork with a very active toddler adds a whole new complexity to my work. This week was my birthday and my parents sent a little box of supplies to make a Valentine’s Day wreath. They know me so well! I decided to have Jake help me make it. Lets just say we are lucky it turned out as well as it did. I would have liked to make it more puffy and fluffy but I’ll take what I can get.

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Jake was working on coloring a birthday card for his Aunty Annie!!

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He used a cat liter box for his table, but whatever works!

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And then we tried to get a painting started. Lets just say its a work in progress and Jake ended up with only a little paint in his hair. He was really into paint brushes!

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He can create quite a mess while helping his mommy. Most of the time my little man is finding a way to climb on top of everything. So it makes it hard to work on any of my own projects.

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But I love my little helper soooo much!

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Until next week, XOXO!

Pumpkin Painting

This week I thought I would do some pumpkin painting to liven up the decor around here. Since painting them keeps them from rotting to early, we could enjoy them now since we have to wait until the last minute to carve the jack-o-lanters. The warm weather down here in Florida does not keep carved pumpkins for very long. Although we will for sure carve some pumpkins, they will just be lit for a couple days. These painted ones will look nice these next couple weeks and can even be used for Thanksgiving too.

Last weekend we went to a Pumpkin Festival in Bradenton Florida. It was way bigger than I thought. Way more than just a pumpkin patch with hayrides like in the midwest. It was a whole fair! We picked out some pumpkins and I got some super cute Pumpkin patch pictures, only to realize in the car on the way home I had forgotten my memory card so we got zero pictures. Oh well. We were pretty tired and didn’t get any little pumpkins for decorating either. Luckily this week Jake and I found a wonderful market with lots of cute pumpkins and fruits and veggies to choose from. So I got some more pumpkins to paint and decorate with.

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They even had a giant pumpkin that you could take your picture with at Bearss Groves market! Jake was into the skeleton guy. 2015-10-21 11.20.39 2015-10-21 11.21.20

After we got the pumpkins to paint all washed off, I thought Jake man might color some pumpkin pictures for his grandmas and grandpas while I painted. That was an epic fail of an idea. He is still to little to use crayons without trying to eat them. I had to delay the painting until nap time like normal. (And people always ask if I am still painting…yes but its extremely slow now with crayon eating man!)2015-10-22 08.30.05

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Before we had to stop until nap time, I got a base coat on a few of them. This one I used a white linen color.2015-10-22 08.41.10

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For this one, I cut out a circle stencil using a scrap piece of paper to make the gold glitter polk-a-dots. The glitter blast spray paint looks cool but is a huge mess! It took many tries to make sure the dots weren’t goopy or smeared. 2015-10-22 10.10.02

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And a base coat of chalk board paint. A few of these pumpkins are fake pumpkins I had picked up from Michael’s. I figured I could paint them and keep them year after year. 2015-10-22 10.43.44 2015-10-22 10.43.54

^The mess. I am a very messy crafter/painter.^

This pumpkin basket I found at Michael’s also. I painted the face on one side for Halloween and then I can turn it around for a Thanksgiving basket!2015-10-22 10.51.17 2015-10-22 10.51.25

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The gold and the black puffy paint pumpkins. 2015-10-22 15.26.55 2015-10-22 15.27.30 2015-10-22 15.28.29

I put a few non painted and painted on the front porch of a cute little display.

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^Thank you Jake man for looking after the face pumpkins!^

I hope you enjoyed and were inspired for some Halloween fun next week. I know we can’t wait to go Trick-or-Treating for the first time ever! Until next week, XOXO

October 2015

With only a few more weeks until Halloween, we are busy putting up Halloween decorations and figuring out our costumes. I am so excited to take Jake Trick-or-Treating for his first time ever. Such a fun time! With my very energetic toddler boy running around, I have not had much time to do many Halloween crafts this year, but I did want to share a few of my favorite Halloween toddler outfits.

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And here is the super cute Halloween wreath I made last year. It still looks just as cute on our front door this year!

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Halloween Wreath

Annnddd for the first time in October in a while, we must show off our Cubs W flag flying in Florida!

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Go Cubs Go! #FlytheW

Until Next week, XOXO

Playroom/Nursery Mirror

Babies and toddlers love mirrors. My little guy loves looking at himself. I wanted to put a cool mirror in the playroom like you see in little kid fun houses. I really liked this Bubble Mirror but it was more than I planned on spending. I painted and finished a frame, then cut down a larger mirror that I had saved for various art projects. I hung it at Jake’s height so he can look at it anytime.

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I painted the frame yellow and green because Jake really seems to love those colors. Especially yellow.2015-09-10 08.41.13 2015-09-10 08.43.47 2015-09-10 08.44.34 2015-09-10 08.44.45 2015-09-10 08.52.16 2015-09-10 08.54.37

And just some playing pictures.

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My little walking man is all over now…

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Time to get back to playing!!

Until next week, XOXO.

Newborn Scrapbook

Anyone that knows me, knows I love to make scrapbooks. We received a cute scrapbook for a shower gift and I have been wanting to put our newborn pictures in it. I finally got around to it during a glorious extra long nap time one day recently. The perfect time to catch up on some Pretty Little Liars while cutting and gluing.

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And tada…

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^Emma wanted to be in on the pictures of course.^

Until next week, XOXO.

Mother’s Day

I know I usually try to post on Fridays, but this week I wanted to share our Mother’s Day craft that Jake made for his Grandmas. I had to wait until they received their packages in the mail before posting or it would ruin the surprise.

This is what we made!

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I used painter’s tape (masking tape) to first tape down a message. I used some water color paper because it is a bit thicker. You do not need special paper to do this craft. I just already had some.

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Then, I put blobs of different colors of paint in various places on the paper. I just squeezed blobs from the paint bottles. Make sure you use non-toxic paint in case you child rips a hole in the bag. I put them in gallon ziplock bags and made sure they were tightly sealed.

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Then it is time for some fun! Jake love this. He could not get enough. The feel of the paint in the bag was so much fun for him to explore and learn.

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He even got his feet working on it!

After it’s been fully smeared around (and it’s nap time or bedtime) then carefully peel off the tape to reveal the message. I used s pair of tweezers to help not get myself so messy.

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Now you just let it dry and your painting is complete! Looks awesome little Jake man!

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Even my hubby thought this was super cool. He said “You are going to be the crazy art mom aren’t you?” YES! “That’s cool. Art moms are fun.” I certainly hope so!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Until next week, XOXO