Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Princess Wands

At Miss P's birthday party I wanted to have some sort of craft or activity for the little princesses to create. 
I first thought crowns but then I realized I was giving them each a crown as a favor so it why should they also make a crown. I then was thinking perhaps buying small wooden or paper mache boxes for them to decorate as jewelry boxes but then that was going to be more expensive than I wanted to spend. 
 After speaking with Travis, he thought about scepters or wands and I totally agreed. 

And here is the result.

They are fun to make and pretty easy too!
Here's how I did it!

Supplies:
- Thin wooden stars (I found these at Michael's)
- Dowel rods
-Ribbon
-Glitter
-Glue or mod podge
- Hot Glue Gun

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #103

Let's Party!
It's time to show off those great ideas you've been working on! 


You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Summer Bucket List Free Download

Summer is upon us. 
My kids got out of school last week, Friday. 
My husband and I helped lead their field day that morning (which turned into a gym day because of rain) and it was a blast. And now I have all five kids home with me all day...every day. I am excited and a little scared! The first couple of days have been great. We've already been to the park, the library and to pick up some strawberries and that was just the first day. We went to a baseball game and spent time hanging out at home.

I know some of you are still waiting on kiddos to get done with school so why not make the most of this time and put a little thought into your summer. 
Think about how much time they will be allowed to watch tv and play video games etc. Think about where you want to go and what you want to do with them.  


We spent a good portion of the day on Monday just hanging out outside. I finally got my garden planted and worked on some pectin free/white sugar free strawberry jam. We didn't have any video games, tablets or cable until March when we got Nintendo 64 so my kids are obsessed with playing a few games..."can I play Nintendo" has become their most asked question. And since we don't allow technology on school nights they are DYING to play all the time right now. So I have come up with some rules for what needs to be done before they can have Nintendo time. Things like, writing a scripture passage, making sure their room is clean, spending at least 30 minutes outside, reading for at least 20 minutes, etc.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Miss P's Royal Tea Party Birthday Party

Today, Miss P turns 4, FOUR!!!
How is that even possible people? 

And I swear I've looked at her this past week and she looks like a whole new kid too! So much older over night! :(

 This past weekend we had her birthday party, (hence why I've disappeared on the blog and on FB the past week or two since I've been in planning mode), and it was a super fun! This was her first party with her actual friends instead of just our friends and their kids.

We went with the theme of a Royal Tea Party.
 I designed the invitations like I have in the past. I designed two and let Miss P pick which one she liked best and this is what she chose.

And here are the rest of the details from the party.

The party was mostly in our dining room so I wanted to make it extra special.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #102

Let's Party!
It's time to show off those great ideas you've been working on! 


You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Three Free Inspirational "Class of 2016" Graduation Printables

It's hard to believe, but the school year is coming to an end. The seniors are finishing their final year, and are preparing to move onto the next stage of their lives. These three free graduation printables would make a nice framed gift, display at a graduation party, or a card for a special graduate in your life.

Hello readers! It's Molly from Just a Little Creativity, and if you're like me, you're in awe (and a little happy) that it's the end of the school year already. My oldest graduated high school last year and just finished her first year of college 500 miles away from home, and my next in line will be a junior next year. Time is flying by, that's for sure. Graduation is exciting and scary, and one of the most unique times in both the child and parents lives. It's sad and happy all at once. There will be a lot of tears shed and smiles shared as you see your graduate walk across that stage, so grown and so proud, and you'll wonder when they grew up. Weren't they just a baby yesterday? 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fabric Tassel Garland

I have been planning Miss P's 4th birthday party, which is occurring this weekend, for a few weeks now. I feel like I have figured it out quickly but then I feel super unprepared. Not sure why, perhaps since I normally make a lot of decorations for the party and I haven't really done that this time.

I did create this garland though. It will be on the window in our dining room and on the background of the photo booth. 

It is SUPER easy! 


Here's the quick run down on how to make it.

Supplies:
- Cutting mat
-Fabric
- Twine or ribbon
-Rotary Cutter
- Ruler. straight edge

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #101

Let's Party!
It's time to show off those great ideas you've been working on! 


You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 
 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Easy Patatas Bravas

I’m pretty convinced that I haven’t met a potato I didn’t like. Baked, mashed, fried…all are welcome on my plate.

This recipe features roasted potatoes, another favorite, and they’re just outstanding. They’re called Patatas Bravas or Spicy Potatoes. Patatas Bravas are the darling of any decent Spanish tapas menu, and it’s easy to see why. Crispy, tender potatoes are drizzled with a spicy tomato sauce or a garlicky aioli and nibbled along with a glass of wine or sangria. The ingredients aren’t complicated but they deliver big time on flavor. Best of all, this is really easy to make at home, meaning any night can be tapas night.




Patatas Bravas with Garlic Aioli

3 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes, diced into 1-inch cubes
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
Juice of 1/2 small Lemon
Pinch Cayenne Pepper (optional)
Salt and Pepper
Sliced Green Onion or Cilantro for garnish

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #100

This is the 100th Handmade Hangout Party! YAY! 

Let's Party!
It's time to show off those great ideas you've been working on! 


You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Our Playroom

Slowly but surely I am sharing house photos with you guys. 
The playroom has pretty much been done since we moved in but I literally just got the items on the walls so I thought I'd finally show the room to you guys.

This is the way the room looked like before when we moved in.
 Brown walls with stenciled branches and chickadee birds.
On the darker side like much of the rest of the house. The previous owners used this space as their tv room.

And here is the room now.

 Here is the room as you enter the door coming up the back stairs by Miss S's bedroom.
At the top of the stairs you either go left into her bedroom or go right to enter this room.

This room is actually a pass through to the bathroom and other bedrooms on the second floor.
If need be, it could be a bedroom but we didn't need it as that so we made it a playroom.

I wanted to brighten up the space so we began by painting the room a super light jade/mint color before our furniture even arrived at the house. 
We placed our loveseat that was in our formal living room in our old house up in this room. I found the rug at Home Goods like many other rugs in the house. Our old coffee table went up into this space as well. The drawers are filled with color books and crayons. The baskets on the shelves have puzzles and all the food and dishes for the kitchen.
As for the table next to the couch, we just used the stacked drink crates with a piece of glass on top that we've used in a few other houses.

Since we do have to walk through this room, we had to keep that in mind while figuring out the set up.
I found this console on Amazon and it worked out perfectly. It was skinny enough to be placed on this wall with the tv on top and then it has drawers and shelves along with the totes full of toys. 
I then placed one of the toy baskets in the corner next to it.

 And now I am standing in the other doorway.
There is a closet in the corner and with the entrance straight across from it, we just placed our old trunk in this space with is filled with puzzles and games. On top we just placed the toy bins I created using diaper boxes, which are full of books.

Bean bags sit in the corner in front of the closet waiting for use.

 On the wall above the trunk, I hung the safari painting that used to be in Miss P's bedroom. Travis brought this painting home from his deployment in Haiti.

 I found this super cute playroom rules canvas at Home Goods and had to get it.
I hung it on the small wall above the table by the couch.


 On the only large wall in the room I hung a few different items creating a gallery wall.


 The small hot air balloon photo and the large blue frame also used to be in Miss P's old room.
 I hung the string art frame that I created and decorated it with some fun prints and photos, and art from the girls.
Then I framed another print and hung it with it as well. All the prints are from Pen and Paint.
I plan on creating and adding a few other items to this wall just need to figure out what! :)

 And this is how the room usually looks. Table is always shoved out of the way and normally the floor is covered in either legos, kitchen toys, dress up clothes, you name it!! 

I still plan on changing up the window treatments. Currently they are just beige tie up curtains left over by the previous owners. I want a fun pattern- just need to decide on what!

We enjoy this room. 
Nice to have a room to hide most of the toys!



Monday, May 2, 2016

Coffee Filter Butterflies

You guys... it is MAY!!! Holy cow! That is just insane to me! 

Anyways... I have an old school project for you today, Coffee Filter Butterflies. 
I'm sure you probably created one of these when were young or your child has when they were in school or perhaps at home with you but just in case you have never created one, I thought I'd share it with you.

The girls and I created these over the weekend. They had a great time creating their butterflies. 


This is the easiest project and it is super fast.
It can be done completely. Longest step is just waiting for the filter to dry to put it together.

Supplies:
-Coffee Filters
-Watercolors
-Pipe Cleaners
-Clothes Pins

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