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Friday, July 22, 2016

I am a craft mom.


Something you probably know: 

I am a craft mom.

Something you might not know: 

Being a craft mom really stinks sometimes. 

True story, guys. Think about it. You know those moms that decorate for every single stinkin' holiday. Or the ones that make their own Christmas stockings. Their birthday parties are detailed beyond measure and the goodies bags never contain any of that plastic crap that looks sad enough to even be discounted as a happy meal toy.
The moms that make coasters out of rope. Or that create design boards for room makeovers. The moms that prep the end of the year classroom gifts with hand labels tags and would never consider a store bought Valentine.




You know those moms. And so do I. Because I am that mom.  

 Other moms talk about how they are done making their kids’ lives magical and I'm over here making seasonal kids' to do lists and planning birthday party themes for children I haven't even given birth to.

 Other folks talk about how “Pinterest Mommies” are making the rest of the moms feel bad, and I'm just over here making tissue paper garlands for baby showers, door hangers for hospital stays and home cooked meals for new mamas. 

Other moms talk about the judgement they feel, I'm whipping up tutorials and say "you can do this!".





Because here's the thing: I love this. I love the planning and the executing. I love the ridiculous craft supply closet. I love the endless list of potential DIYs. I love the smell of hot glue and putting washi tape on everything. It's my thing! And I'm tired of feeling bad about it. 

You have things too. Maybe you are stellar at keeping up your cleaning eating or meal prep. Maybe you are a fitness diva or a marathon runner. Maybe you're spoiling your puppies or crushing your reading list. Maybe you're setting bones or diagnosing earaches. Maybe you're managing corporate deals or busting it for that big promotion. 

We all have things. You have your thing and I have mine. And while I'm not going to scoff at your six pack, your ten day meal plan, or your big bonus check, you don't need to feel intimidated by my cupcakes, decor design boards, or hand crafted stationary. 

See, it sounds silly now, doesn't it

I'm not a better mom, and I'm not a show off mom. I'm just a mom, doing my thing. I want you to do the same. 

You know what they say: "You don't have to blow out someone else's citronella mason jar to make yours burn brighter."  




 Ok, so maybe they don't word it quite like that. But you guys get my drift.

Look around, y'all! The world needs us all to shine brightly.
Which means this little light is off to make some jersey knit pacifier clips.  


xoxo, 
A craft mom 










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Thursday, July 14, 2016

coffee chat 2.0



Talk to me strangers!! I've been gone for a hot minute and I feel so behind. Tell me all the things!


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Have you been on vacation this summer? You might have noticed from my IG feed, but we snuck off to Panama City Beach over the holiday weekend. My sweet babies love the beach! 
(it's genetic)




What is it about the ocean waves that just seem to make everything better? And gosh, what a beautiful way to witness what a big, wonderful world we have!





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Our latest project right now is a bit of a revamp outside. Our backyard is absolutely lovely. Private. Giant mature trees. So much perfect shade. So we're finally adding some pizazz to our back porch.
On the list of hopefuls is a wall arbor, a new industrial table and some string lights. 

Wish us luck!


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I've been mildly obsessed with the sunburst quilt pattern since the first time I rabbit-holed my way to an image on Etsy. I wanted it. Alas, I am no quilter.

Thankfully, my mom is a pretty epic one. After picking out some fun yellow patterns, she was able to make this beautiful quilt for Eliza! Isn't it amazing?!





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Speaking of that sweet baby of mine - she's 11 months old now. WHAT?! Time is killing me.
She's so busy and sweet that I can hardly stand it. Just this month she's made some great advances in the crawling department and next week she'll be fit for her first set of HKAFO braces (Hip Knee Ankle Foot Orthodontics)! I'm so excited about the things she'll get to do with these leg braces!



I'm approximately neck deep in birthday party planning for next month. It's intense guys.
Prepare yourselves for the sweetest little lady's celebration you ever did see.


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Have you seen enough pictures of my kids yet? Haha! The last few weeks have been busy with family time and birthday party projects so hopefully I'll get back into the full swing of blogging soon!




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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ink transfer tees {diy tutorial}






There's something about custom tees that are just so fun to make. Anything that you can dream up, can go on the fabric. So many silly and personalized options! And mercy, save alllll the money from those custom tshirt shops! 

I've tried quite a few styles of DIY graphic clothing (like this stenciled tee!) but I can honestly say that this one might be the easiest. 

And the supply list is pretty short here too! Outside of regular household items (a computer for printing your design and an iron), all that you need is a blank shirt and an ink transfer pen.
Note: The ink doesn't transfer super dark. It's more of a faded look. So I'd stick with a white shirt when using this method.





Start with your design! Create something yourself or find the perfect image online. Size it according to your shirt size. I'm making a little tee for Eliza so I needed to measure this itty bitty top to make sure I didn't have an image that was too big. I've been wanting a tshirt for her with "fearfully and wonderfully made"designed on it, so that's just what I created!

Before printing, flip your graphic to a mirror image.







Next, trace all of the lines on your image with your ink transfer pen. Be thorough! I found with my pen, it was better to trace over the lines twice for extra ink.





Finally, iron the image onto your shirt! I'd recommend following the basic direction with your specific pen. And be careful to make sure the image doesn't slide or the graphic will be blurry. I stuck a little tape on the top two corners to keep mine from sliding.






Seriously though... Easiest ever!
I'm loving this sweet Psalm 139 shirt on my gal!! 






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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

kids' pop art!



Father's Day is always a fun time to get creative with gifts from the kiddos. And this year, Jake and I experimented with something new!



Pop art!

This is a great, simple way to create some personalized art for anyone!
You'll need: access to a printer/scanner/copier, a personal photo

Start with a favorite picture of yours. I'd suggest trying to choose one that is a full profile or straight on so that the pop art image doesn't look crazy.
I printed my own photo and sized the portion I wanted to fit on a standard 8x10 page. To save on ink, I also printed it in black and white, and cut out everything I didn't care about. 





Next, slide your photo into a plastic page protector.





Grab a sharpie and trace around the important outlines of the photo. While you want to capture the photo, don't get too complicated with this. Just trace the most basic lines.







Once you're satisfied with the image on the sheet protector, take out the photo and replace it with a blank white sheet of paper. Now you can place it onto your scanner and make a copy of the image. I made several copies, in fact!






Now color the page! Jake tried a few with crayons and we eventually landed on watercolors! 
The finish product turned out great!! Jake did such a great painting!






I can't wait to try this again. Maybe with a picture of the whole family? A photo of your house? Limitless possibilities!






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Thursday, June 16, 2016

the weekend list





The weeks are busy. I'm at home with two rascals and I'm always attempting to keep them in some sort of routine. School, therapies, play dates, house work, crafts - we stay busy! Just the way I like it. 

But typically on the weekends, we slow down. We catch up. True of most families, I'd think. 
So it makes sense that during the slight chaos of Monday thru Friday, my mental list begins, especially for J.B.. 

"That's the third light bulb I've seen out. I wonder if J.B. can do a sweep and change all the duds." 
"Okay seriously, when was the last time the air filters were changed?" 
"Must. Straighten. Up. Garage. Or I will soon get lost and die out here." 

And the end of each of those thoughts is "I'll totally do that this weekend". Seems good, no? Until the weekend comes (with sleep!) and my memory is suddenly wiped clean of all thoughts. It's magic. 

I guess magic is great until you find yourself in a dark house because you never actually changed all those light bulbs that burned out. Or lost in your own garage. 
I jest. A little. 

So here to save the day is my oh-so-official weekend list. Yes, lists save the day. At least, for those of us with mommy brain. Buy this. Do that. Don't forget. It's a lifeline, y'all.



 
When I made this daily organizational sheet, it helped me tremendously on getting my day together. Why not apply the same logic to the weekend?






Now with my weekend sidekick, I'm virtually unstoppable. No filter is safe. No light bulb dares to flicker. 





I'm a list addict. And a notepad hoarder. A DIY only adds to the obsession. Seriously, find your weakness and make your own notepads! It's cheap, easy and fun! Just grab a 5x7 pack of card stock and head over to the tutorial.
So for those that want to unite with me against messy garages everywhere, here's the printable!

For the full tutorial on how to create one of these divine wonders, see my post about the daily organization notepad

And Godspeed, weekend warrior! 



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Friday, June 10, 2016

my very own church pew




I love old church pews. 
Who doesn't right?

While I don't necessarily want to be sitting on one for very long, the elegance and charm of those long wooden pews seems so perfectly perfect. 

So when I started hashing out my plan to revamp our landing at the top of the stairs, I lingered on the idea of a pew. I even came across a local lady selling some out of an old church building. Unfortunately I wasn't fast enough to grab one of the oh-so-coveted pews (and I learned just how popular they are!) so I eventually moved on to plan B. One that I know well...

Make my own.

Now in this case I use the phrase lightly because the "making" portion was really my fabulous craftsman younger brother. I found these plans and got all pointed and opinionated and waa laa! A pew was created! 
Creativity runs in the family! 





My brother delivered it to me unfinished so I could do my own thing with the stain.
Ultimately, I decided on Minwax's "Providential" and then did a very light dry brush of some grey chalk paint. Just enough to give it a look with some age and depth. 






And since I'm in a hallway with almost zip natural light, I completely feel like these pictures don't do it justice! Especially in regards to size - this sucker is over six feet long!! As you can imagine, hauling it upstairs to the landing took two people. But I'm so happy with how it fits in the space! 













Once my pew was in, I started work on a simple shelf to hang above it. Seriously simple, guys. This bulky thing was made out of just three pieces of wood! 






Finally this sucker was secure, and I got to style the space!






(Print available for download in the print shop!)




My newly added W wall is opposite this space at the top of the stairs.
Now this area feels so refreshed! I'd love to add a sliding barn door over to super blah entrance to the master suite, but that will be a project done much farther down the road.







So happy with how things turned out! And the best part? This was all practically free! I sold the small console table and large mirror that were once sitting here to pay for the pew materials. We made the shelf with supplies we had on hand and I was able to style the space with items from my [ridiculously overflowing] decor stash. The best kind of project!





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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

a free summer print!



Hi all! 

It seems like I'm in the midst of planning all. the. things. A couple of room ideas, some small projects, and even a birthday party. Lots of lists, not a lot of actual doing at the moment. 

That makes for a dull blog, guys.

So to reward you for your patience, I'm popping in today to offer a free summertime print!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5zQCpM6voLNTmJBTlhmVWxGdTg/view?usp=sharing
It's making its way into the print shop, but my sweet blog followers get it as a freebie!
Want to snag this pretty little thing?
Go here to download!

I hope your summer has proved to be an adventure already!





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