Wednesday, July 1, 2015

4th Of July Bling For My Door

It's kind of cheesy. But that's okay. Sometimes cheese is good. The tacky sparkle and shimmer reminds me of fireworks... And I think that's what I love about this wreath. I made this last year and still love it enough I wanted to share it with you.

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And the best part? It was super easy. Just allot of hot glue. I grabbed a wreath form and wrapped it in white satin ribbon using hot glue to secure it. Then I took bead necklaces from the party store and cut them into strands. I just wrapped them around the wreath. Because the wreath is circular the beads end up going on skewed so before the started to be uneven I just doubled them up like you can see in the above photo. Just hot glue 2-3 rows on top of the other rows in the inside of the circle. I like the dimension it gave as well. I'm all about layering. I then hot glued pin wheels which I removed from their sticks onto the wreath. I also purchased them from the party store. I then added some sparkler looking foil pieces. These were hooked to cement drops to hold helium balloons down. I just ripped them out and hot glued them on.

Easy peasy. Let me know if you give it a try! I think pin wheels are so much fun! What does your 4th of July wreath look like? Do you go for the sparkly fireworks look or with the subdued American Flag look?
Shannon

Monday, March 2, 2015

Easter Egg Wreath

If you know me, you know I love a good wreath for my front door. I don't have an Easter wreath yet, and I decided last year that I better fix that problem...

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So I grabbed a metal wreath form and some small plastic eggs. I hot glued the eggs onto the metal wreath form making sure they were all in the same direction.

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I then flipped the wreath over and hot glued burlap ribbon underneath.

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When I turned the wreath back over I could then see the burlap peeping through the eggs.

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I then turned the wreath back over and hot glued more burlap ribbon around the wreath. I criss-crossed the back back and forth looping burlap ribbon on each side.

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I went around the back of the wreath twice so there was burlap criss-crossed in every direction and hanging over both sides.

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I flipped the wreath back over. I cut squares out of the burlap ribbon. I took all of the corners in my hand and hot glued them together. I then put a dab of hot glue on the corners and stuck it in between the eggs.

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After I had filled each of the spots I took more burlap ribbon and wrapped it around the wreath securing it in the back with more hot glue.

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I took the start of the burlap ribbon and tied it in a knot with the end. I then left 2-3 inches and tied another knot. This little space in between knots is what I used to hang my wreath.

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I'm all about texture and dimension and this fits the bill perfeectly. My Easter Wreath is now complete...
Shannon

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Back To School.

Yep, I'm a little late... but that's okay... Mormon Standard Time, Right?
The boys have all started school. It's just Milo and Joese and Me at home... 
As for this big guy... 
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Well, Brizden started 6th grade. He was so excited. I still can't believe I have a middle school-er. But I have to say. I am just loving him. He is so quirky and quick witted and funny. He is relentless... and he makes our row really irreverent at church... But I just can't get enough of him. He is the best. He loves his brothers and sister. He is a really huge help to me. He is so respectful... I could just go on and on. I am so lucky that he is my son... I couldn't have asked for a better one.
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(Don't mind the white moth in the background... grrr...)
As for this guy...
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Well, Rylek is headed into 4th grade. He likes being the oldest at the school now that his brother is gone. He is totally opposite than his older brother. He is emotional, sensitive, and kind hear-ted. He wears his heart on his sleeve. He thinks about other peoples feelings and easily gets his feelings hurt. He's figuring himself out and taking his own sweet time... (He's in the stage I HATE...) I love him to death. I love that he kisses me every morning and night. He is also a very kind brother to his younger siblings. He is such a huge help. The first to jump up and do what I ask. The last to leave from helping. He's such a fun boy to be around when he's got a smile on his face.


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(don't mind the closed eyes. I should have taken more than one shot. I didn't...)

As for this guy...

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Ledger is in 2nd grade. He is well... sigh... (how do I have two kids in obnoxious stages... scratch that three... I'm beginning to think that spacing your kids every two years is a bad idea... you hit 2, 8, 10 all at once... ugh...) He is very stubborn. He wants what he wants and he doesn't stop until he's got it. He is a perfectionist. He is very passionate. He doesn't want to help do anything, and he doesn't want to go anywhere. He just wants to stay home... He loves to be outside and playing with his friends. He has brown eyes that suck his dad in. It doesn't really work for me... He's a pain in my rear right now... let's be real... but he's cute. He loves to cuddle up with me. He is easily won over by treats or electronics.... He has a spunk that will rock your world.

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I am so luck to be the mom of these three boys. Even though they are at very tough stages (what stage isn't) I love them more than anything. I think they are each so amazing and so awesome. They really are so good to me and to each other. We have our moments, but what family doesn't...

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I couldn't ask for more... My life is blessed. I mean come on? Aren't these three just totally awesome? Yes, yes they are. And I'm their mom. Lucky  me.

And because it's back to school it means school lunches... for my creative ideas and to hear how much I love Capri Sun go here...
Shannon

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bulletin Boards For My Children's Rooms...

In all three of the kids rooms I made large bulletin boards. This way they can hang whatever they desire and there isn't tape on the walls or holes in the walls.

I ordered a huge roll of cork from Amazon. Make sure you get thick cork so it holds up (at least 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch is ideal), none of this thin crap you can get at local craft stores. The roll I ordered I was able to make three 4 foot by 8 foot boards.

I rolled this cork out across all of my floor. And layed the three boards out on top. I then cut in between each sheet with scissors to make it easier to work with.

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I then painted on the cement adhesive to the wood. I then leaned it against the wall and painted the cement onto the cork.

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Once the cement is painted onto the wood and onto the cork and it has dried the amount of time it says on the can I put the board back on top of the cork. I put books down on the corners to keep the cork from wanting to roll back up and separate from the board.

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Let dry completely. I left mine over night.

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Then take a razor blade and cut off the excess. Don't use scissors it kind of shreds the edge. The razor gives it a nice clean cut... I laid the boards on top of each other so I didn't cut the floor as well. It doesn't matter if you leave scratches on the back of the boards.

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And then you have a nice clean board. (This is the back side)

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I then took my board and nailed it to the wall around the outer edges using a nail gun.
I then took molding pieces and surrounded the edge of the board with them.

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I then caulked the edges of the board against the wall and against the bulletin board to give it a finished look.

And then I painted the molding. And that's it... Fill the boards with posters, art work, cards, etc... the possibilities are endless...

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It's so fun to see what the boys pin up on their boards and how they rearrange it. It's their own space but it still is in control and doesn't drive me bonkers because it's in it's spot and it looks great.

Let me know if you give it a try or how you organize your children's photo's, posters, and things...

Shannon

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I'm a little irrational some times...

I fly by the seat of my pants. I don't like things scheduled. I don't like being told where to be and when. I like to wake up and think, yep. Let's go to Disneyland today. Or yep. Let's go buy a new house. Or yep. Let's move two states away and go to grad school, in three days.

That's a little bit how I am. It kind of drives my husband nuts. But that's who I am.

And I sort of like it. Spontaneous. That's the right word. That's what I am.

So... Monday I decided to stop drinking soda. Woke up and thought. Yep. Today is the day.

Well, one week later. And I haven't had a sip. For me this is huge. I will freely admit I was addicted to caffeine... you know, like 2 20 oz bottles of cherry coke a day...

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Well my little purple water bottle has been my side kick... 

And I can now say I don't think I'll ever have it again. My stomach isn't bloated, still fluffy from babies but not bloated. My face has cleared up drastically.  No more 14 year old zit chin. And I sleep at night. I know, it's the weirdest thing... I have never been a good sleeper but I never linked it to my caffeine drinking... well... I sleep. 

And I feel so much better during the day... plus I think I'm amazing because I did it. I did it. I don't drink soda. I am now one of them:)...

Hopefully one day soon I'll wake up and think... Today is the day. I'm gonna start cleaning my house spotless... or Today is the day. I'm gonna start running...

I can hope, right? How many of you are spontaneous and what have you just done on a whim? Please tell me I'm not the only irrational crazy one.

Shannon
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