I hope you all had a fabulous Easter weekend with your family and friends!
Are your kids on Spring Break or is that over already?
Not having P in preschool this year, I am not sure when everyone has their breaks anymore and I know it is different for everyone.
Well, if they ARE on break and you are looking for something fun to do with kids, I have an easy project for you. And if they have already had their break, then it is a fun weekend project or something to save for summer.
It doesn't look like much, and seriously took like 5 mins to create, but we had fun with it outside trying to see how we could get it to fly. Plus, it is something you can make on a rainy day and play inside as well!
I love making crafts with my kids...sometimes. But most of the time if I'm completely honest I'm not really in the mood to craft with my kids because I have a certain way I like to do things. I am learning to let them do the projects themselves and not try to fix things (unless they ask for help)...but I'm not perfect. I still need to work on giving up control!
I also don't like cleaning up huge messes that my kids inevitably make when they craft so often times I just let them color. They've gotten to the point recently where they are pretty good about cleaning up certain things so I let them do some things alone, but coloring and play-doh is about the extent of it. I like high impact crafts that don't take a lot of time, make a huge mess or involve tons of steps...so that is what I have for you today.
A personalized, simple to make, mess free craft.
Just in time for Easter!
You will need...
-yellow pipe cleaner (we ran out so we used orange)
Spring Break is happening across the country, which of course means road trips and making memories. Keep track of all those memories you make on these fun DIY travel memory boards . They're completely custom, and with a few hours and a couple tools, anyone can create their own.
Hey readers, this is Molly from Just a Little Creativity back again this month to share how to make your own travel memory board. Use these boards to customize your space with a map or favorite quote in any color you'd like. Then pin your ticket stubs, photos, airline tickets, travel brochures, all the special things you collect along the way.
You don't need any special machines or projectors to create yours, only my secret favorite art tool- carbon paper. It's available in most office supply sections in the big box stores, and I'm sure you can find it online too.
You'll also need a cork bulletin board, a pencil, tape, paint, and a print out of your state, country, quote, etc.
I just do a quick google search to find what I'm looking for regarding maps.
Measure your bulletin board so you know how large to print your image.
For my US map board, I had to print the map in four different pieces. Size you image accordingly on whatever document program you use.
Then, put the pieces of the map together, overlapping where you need to, and hold the pages together with tape.
Now, place your carbon paper under the image, and trace with a pencil. You'll need to press hard to make sure the image transfers to the cork.
Then, like a coloring book, simply paint in the image. No special type of paint is needed. I've made a few of these and have used chalk paint, house paint, and regular craft paint.
They all require at least two coats to give it a solid covering.
Let it dry completely before pinning anything to it, usually only a few hours.
I had a larger map that I made a few years ago, and my daughter took it with her to hang in her dorm room. It's come in very handy as a jewelry holder, lol.
I make a quote memory board is exactly the same process, except I'd recommend using a sharpie or paint pen for the finer lines.
You're welcome to click and save this quote I created on PicMonkey and use it for your own board if you'd like.
Simply print it, cut it out, and place it wherever you'd like on your bulletin board.
Again, trace with the carbon paper.
Use your pen to fill in the words.
I also painted and distressed the wood frame around this bulletin board using chalk paint.
It's a real life Pinterest board holding all your favorite travel mementos.
Last week I shared Part 1 of our master bathroom with you and what the room looked like before and how we planned the layout of our new bathroom.
Today, I am going to show you the elements that we picked for our bathroom and some of the finishing touches before sharing the full reveal with you tomorrow.
I'll start where I left off.
After they covered all the walls and patched the floor, it was time to get the shower prepped for tile. FINALLY!
I was so excited about this day.
The two guys showed up. They were upstairs for a few hours with some of the other workers. They stayed late and I was happy when they left so I could take a peak and when I did, NOTHING was done!!
To say I was upset, yet again, was an understatement.
Apparently, they were up there fixing a prior mistake. The hot and cold water lines were not installed properly so they had to start there. Then, they discovered that a screw was drilled straight into one of the new pipes that were run and that had to be fixed otherwise we would have had a slow leak or a giant flood one day. I'm thankful they found it but it was just another thing that wasn't done properly the first time.
Once the tile guys showed back u they got the base of the shower all installed along with the wall nook.
They then began by tiling the walls.
We used white subway tile on the walls and small white hexagon tiles in the back of the nook.
Toward the top of the shower we added two rows thin tiles just to add a small detail and break up the straight subway.
I am pretty happy today is Friday. Not sure why, it wasn't a terrible week, but I am just thrilled to know that Friday is here and Travis will be home the next couple days to help with the kiddos and give me a slight break. If you are a parent, I'm sure you've felt this way too at times.
But since it is Friday, that means it is time to share some of those great ideas that caught my attention during last week's Handmade Hangout Party to help inspire you!
I’m sure you’re familiar with polenta, either as a bed for a flavorful braised meat or maybe sliced and fried crisp before topping with chopped tomatoes and crumbled cheese, but have you had it for breakfast? Turns out, it’s perfect for breakfast since the ingredients are simple, the creamy polenta is comforting and warm, and the prep time is minimal.
I’ve topped it with a quick blueberry compote that provides a burst of flavor, color, and texture. The compote can also be used as an ice cream topping, spooned over waffles or pancakes, or tucked into a flaky, buttery croissant.
So do you remember way back in September I mentioned starting construction on our house to turn the once kitchen for a rental unit upstairs into a master bathroom?
If you don't, I'm not surprised! The project took forever to complete with the construction crew and then we had to wait forever for our final piece to be completed.
The good news?! The final piece got installed this past weekend so I can finally share our bathroom with you! YAHOOOO!!
I'm not going to share the full reveal with you today. I decided to break these posts up because there are so many pictures that the post would be WAY too long so I decided that 2 or 3 posts would be much better, for all of us involved.
So let me refresh your minds on what the room looked like when we bought the house.
This kitchen was built in the 40s along with the rest of the upstairs when it was turned into an apartment during WWII and pretty much was never touched since.
The opposite side of the room is a small broom closet and the previous owners put up rods and a shelf on top to use it as their closet.
Our bedroom is what used to be the old living room when this was an apartment and is adjoined to this space, so since it already had plumbing, it would be a perfect master bath.
I actually squeezed in a little time this weekend to get this little project done.
It is so easy and a quick project. Plus, it is cheap!
Here is how you can make it yourself.
-Silhouette (if you don't have a silhouette, you could use a cricut machine or use fancy punches as well)
-Double Sided Tape
-Frame (I bought this frame at Wal-Mart and it already had the burlap wrapped center piece)
Can't find this frame at your local Wal-Mart, just use any frame and a piece of scrapbook paper to mount all the eggs too!