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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Burlap and Tulle Pennant Wreath

Hellooooo Spring! It is so nice to see you after a very long cold winter!

This wreath is on my front door because I'm so happy to see Spring this year! The burlap wrapped wreath form is actually from my 4th of July wreath I made last year. Click HERE to see the post on that. I just removed the fabric flowers and details and added new things, and I chose PINK!

 So, starting with a naked burlap wrapped form, I wrapped the bottom right corner in pink tulle, then pinned new flowers over it. Then I added a pink burlap pennant across the center, to spell out "SPRING." To hang it I used more of the same pink tulle.

Here is Laila posing for her preK Spring Dance. It is not that formal of an affair, but you know my princess...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Coffee Themed Burlap Kitchen Valance

How much do you love this?! I have been wanting to make a burlap valance for my kitchen window for a long time. If I had known how easy it really is, I would have done this way back then. I love burlap and I am glad I waited until I happened to find this coffee themed print. John was actually in Hobby Lobby with me and he suggested I get it! So thanks honey!


These look like 3 different shades, but they are all the same piece of fabric. I was trying different angles to get different shots of it. It is just a neutral burlap color.

It has coffee themed sayings all over it; wake up, time to smell the coffee, keep calm and drink coffee, top of the morning, espresso delight, cappuccino, frappuccino, and caffe mocha which is my favorite treat!


I bought 2 yards at $5.99/yd; printed burlap costs a little more than plain. But with a 40% off coupon, you could save $2.40/yd! I really only needed a half yard. My kitchen window is 44" wide, which lucky for me is the same width as most fabric! So all I had to do was figure out how long I wanted it, and cut! For the top, I just ironed over a top edge to make it look more even. I didn't sew a stitch, just used these black clips that a friend gave me and hung them. Easy peasy! So this adorable piece of fabric you see in my kitchen only cost $2!! That's after coupon, use those craft store coupons every time you go!

While I was in the coffee mood, I tried my first diy sharpie mug. I didn't have scrapbook sticker letters so I just kinda "winged" it. But I think it turned out cute and I'm ready to grab some more mugs (and some scrapbook stickers) and try some more! Here is a pic of my monogram "M" mug. Blog post on it coming soon, it is not as thrifty as the valance because oil based sharpies are not cheap, but I used pink, silver, and gold on this one. I will be making use of more 40% coupons so I can stock up on more colors. I found them on an end cap in Michaels.

Coffee, anyone? :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Girl Scouts March Meeting

For our March meeting, the girls earned their Social Butterfly Badge.

We talked about starting and holding conversations. We made a list of conversation starters and ways to get a conversation going. For example, "If you had a chance to talk to the President of the United States for 10min, what would you discuss?" Many of them revolved around One Direction! :)

We talked about table manners from other countries. They thought some of these were pretty funny. For example, in the Middle East if you drop bread on the ground, pick it up, kiss it, and raise it to your forehead before putting it back on your plate to show respect for your food and the work that went into making it.

We also talked about setting the table. With families so busy these days, most families don't even eat together. But when they do, I think it's a great skill for these girls to know how to help out their mothers for holidays or get-togethers. I really wanted to make a print out for each girl to take home, but I couldn't find any I liked that weren't too toddlerish. I showed them where everything goes when they set the table, including plates, knives, spoons, forks, cups, and napkins.

To go along with setting a table, we made personalized placemats and napkin ring holders. I bought one yard of pink burlap at Hobby Lobby for $3.99. I washed, dried, and ironed it first to remove all the wrinkles. Burlap is such a naturally rough fabric but you can iron it with a little steam and it does not damage your iron. You can see from the picture below the top half is ironed, the bottom is not. See the difference? Big difference! I then cut it into equal squares. I am wishing I would have bought more fabric because i would have made them bigger. These are only about 9 x 11.

Every time I take a picture of burlap it always looks like it has this crazy zebra like pattern, but it really doesn't! I don't know how to not get this in the pictures, even though I've tried different settings.

I LOVE pink burlap!! So rustic yet feminine at the same time!


We used puffy paint to write our names and whatever else they wanted. Actually, I don't even know if any of them even wrote their names, but they drew all kinds of things that they enjoy. My sporty girls chose their team names, others chose patterns. Emma's proudly displays her new softball team, Bluff City Sox!

Horrible pictures, but again, that darn zebra effect!

For the napkin rings we used pipe cleaners and beads. I brought plasticware and napkins for them to practice wrapping. And they used beads to embellish. Didn't get a finished picture of these. But they all did some sort of pattern with their names. Below are Laila's and Emma's.

I sent each of them home with a list of top 10 manners for children, and encouraged them to remember them. I printed these from imom, click HERE for the link.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bumblebee pretzel snacks

Laila's preK class earns "bees" for doing good things and being kind. Last year I made some bee snacks out of cookies, mini Twix bars, and marshmallows. Click HERE to see how I made those.

They earned another 30 bees, so this week, I did something a little different and made bee pretzel snacks. I bought mini pretzels, chocolate bark, white chocolate bark, and yellow food coloring.

I melted the chocolate in the microwave using the "melt" feature, which I have never used before. I kept an eye on it and for using half of the package, I did the program twice. It worked great!

1. Melt white chocolate
2. Add yellow food coloring
2. Dip top end of pretzel into yellow chocolate
4. Lay on wax paper to cool
5. Melt chocolate bark
6. Dip other end of pretzel into the chocolate
7. Lay on wax paper to cool
8. Spoon some of the melted chocolate into a baggie
9. Snip a tiny piece off the corner
10. Pipe stripes onto your bumblebee pretzels.


I got lazy and did not add eyes (mainly because I forgot to save some of the white before I added the yellow food coloring and I didn't want to melt more). Also, this was for 4-5yr olds and I knew they wouldn't care! :)

Since I had extra milk chocolate leftover, I made some plain chocolate ones for Emma for an afterschool snack cause she loves 'em too!!

Way to go PreK class!! Oh, it was technically a bee party/costume day, so they got to dress up. I couldn't talk her out of her kitty tail and ears.