Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Making A Gift for Mother's Day

Here are some ideas I found in my search for a more personal Mother's Day gift. Wouldn't it be nice to make something instead of just sending a random card with something you found at Target last minute? There is still time to make something great! Here are just a few ideas I liked. They seem quite a step up from a World's Greatest Mom mug.

Flower Pins from Grace Violet
The ultimate shabby chic! I love these! You can use them anywhere: embellish clothing, bags, storage containers, vases, hair, you name it!

Monogram madness from Living With Lindsay
You all know about my recent monogram obsession. How about a classy framed monogram for those elegant, clean line moms.
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Or how great would it be to monogram a tin and fill it with fresh flowers that she can later use to house office or craft supplies.
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Coconut Chocolate Swirl Cake
from She's Crafty
Um, YUM! If nothing else I am making this for ME!!! I love how the ribbon adds a pop of color!

Cute Clips from She's Crafty
Rachelle uses these as chip clips, but I can imagine them everywhere. Hanging from a string of ribbon holding pictures, with magnets on the back to hold notes on the fridge, pinning my sons pants up because he is too darn skinny. (Ok, maybe not that last one.)

Adorable Place Mat Tote by J Caroline Creative
I showed you the single place mat scripture bag we made in an Easter Gift post. What about a two place mat tote for mom. She can use it for church, gardening supplies, Sewing supplies, trips to the lake, whatever. Hey, you could even take it a step further and fill it with supplies for her favorite hobby.
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Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Hearts by Make and Takes
Don't these look yummy! They remind me of something you would find in the candy shoppes along Park City's Main Street. You could put them in a fun box that she can keep for jewelry or other little keepsakes.

Asparagus Flower Arrangement by Bloggin' It From the Burbs
I LOVE asparagus, but would have never thought to use it like this. This cute arrangement is something anyone can do!March 09 059 8x10
Bloom Blocks by Lincoln 6th Super Saturday
How about some fun spring decor? I love how they have used the flowers for the Os! You could even add another board that says "where you're planted."
Ok folks, that's all for now!

If you have or have seen a great idea please share either in the comments or by email Muhanahuli (at) Yahoo (dot) com.

Just one more thing, how come Dad's and Grandpa's get all the fun primary songs while Mom's get songs about meadow's of clover? No fair! My mom used to love *she says in a sarcastic voice* to hear them sing "Love at Home" while the 6 of us fought over crayons on the pew. ;)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Painting Your Front Door

I loved the monogram's blue accent so much that I decided to take it a step further and paint the whole door. This turned out to be WAY easier than I had anticipated! I actually did the whole project during my little guy's nap.

I purchased a sample from Home Depot to make sure I got the right color and that it would not end up looking purple. I can't imagine anything worse than a big purple front door. I used a regular paint brush and did the whole door with the sample. I was shocked. I am going to buy more to do the side door and maybe the panel next to the front door.

This is where I need your help. Do I paint all the white in the above pic blue? Do I leave the door frame and paint the right panel? Do I paint blue accents on the window frame and square inset and leave the rest white? Or do I leave it as is? Please help!!! I did a little altering in photoshop to give you a preview. Keep in mind the color is a little off and the shaping is not perfect.

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Please leave your vote in the comments. The voice of the public must be heard on this important issue!

Remember this snow pic? It will have to do as the before shot. And...After. Now I am dying to get blue shutters to match!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

What the Heck is an RSS feed?

I know some of you out there are wondering this. (exclude heck if you are not from Utah) I found a wonderful explanation of not only what it is, but how to set them up for your blog if you would like some help allowing people to subscribe! Swing by Tip Junkie to see the full explanation.

Here is the cliff notes version. An RSS feed allows you to automatically see when there are updates on a site, instead of having to check periodically. For instance, on my sidebar there are a few different boxes. You can sign up to get free notifications of new posts through RSS (which will feed notifications in to a reader on your computer, I use Google Reader), email, or facebook. This is a convenient way to keep in touch. Plus, frankly, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside to know someone is out there wanting to see and hear what I am up to. {{batting eyelashes with big cheesy grin}}

So, here is your chance...I made it super easy (Just for you mom!) if you would like to sign up so you don't miss a beat.

Follow, Follow me :) Get Tips By RSS

Enter your email address:

Will you get spam...are you kidding me? I would never send you canned meat.

There is also a place on the side bar under the networked blogs logo to sign up to follow on facebook. Sorry, I was not saavy enough to get it to work here.
I know some of you already signed up to follow on my other facebook page, but this one came with the fancy sign up on the blog and receive post notifications option. :)

And a big You Guys Rock to those who are already followers!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Mother's Day Giveaway

I wanted to make sure all you deserving mothers out there were aware of this amazing series of giveaways by 5 Minutes For Mom. They are going on through May 9th. I have only seen the two latest so far which were:
  • A blue ray player with A&E's remastered Pride & Prejudice on blu ray
  • A $300 gift card to stay in the four seasons!
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Hey, if you don't want to enter that just gives me better chances! But, I love you so much that I had to share!

Front Door Monogram and Polka Dot Flower Pot

Your front door is the first thing people see and for many, the only thing they will see. Why not have it make a statement? Personalize it with a monogram and add a little flair with some polka dot pots. This is such an economical idea that makes a big difference!

This project was inspired by this front door I found on one of my fav blogs to check out...Reinvented (also featured on Today's Creative Blog). Her black and white theme is amazing, but my house is yellow so I went with navy blue. I also did mine on a much smaller scale because I had all of these items on hand.

Supplies needed for PolKa Dot FloWer PoTs:

  • Pots of any size
  • Acrylic paints
  • Sponge brush
  • Modge podge

I started with some pots I had lying around that I had tried to grow spices in, unsuccessfully.

I painted them with one sloppy coat.

Then, added a second coat. Next, came the polka dots. I found the easiest way was to dip a small foam brush in white paint, touch it to the pot and twirl in place. It takes a little practice at first, but once you get the hang of it it's easy.

Next, I covered them with modge podge since they would be outside. I used glossy because that is what I had on hand.

That's it!

Now for the FroNt DoOr MoNoGraM!

Supplies needed:

  • Wood letter (I got mine from Robert's for about $3)
  • Sand paper or block
  • Acrylic paint
  • Modge podge
  • Ribbon

I started by sanding my letter. Mine was primed so I had to rough it up a little. The plain wood letters would need a little smoothing.

Then, I painted it with two coats, modgepodged it, and tied the ribbon on.

Here they are all together. I have since moved the pots together by the right side of the door because they are small. (And I centered the rug, I know it is bugging someone out there that it is off centered.)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Feature Friday-Christy (Home decor)

Today's Feature Friday is my cousin ChRistY (Ok, so our husband's are cousins, a mere technicality). They recently moved in to a new home and have done some amazing things with their space. Here is a snippet of what's to come, hang a picture, hang a pan, close a loft, cover a cushion, cover the food, and happy birthday to you...Woow!

Don't you just love this picture grouping? I do. I have been collecting frames to copy it for a couple of months now. It is a great use of a usually big wasted space! You could even make it all meaningful and deep and start with a pic of you and your hubby and progress through the years as you climb. Aaaw, walk your family story every night before you go to bed.

Here is the kitchen before.

And now, after. I love this simple pot storage!
Simple clean lines that leave you with a cupboard free. Fantastico!

Now the before in the entry way, standing on the railing of the loft. Notice the fan in the background. Hi Leif!

And after. Fan moved out and loft closed up to be used as the baby's room just off of the master. Ingenious! I'm telling you, she is the queen of using wasted space!

Ugly Window Seat Cushion

Recovered to be pretty window seat cushion. You know how I love a good makeover!

I just had to put this one in for laughs! This is what she found after she asked her hubby to cover the food. He is very obedient.

And Christy, this is just 2 darn sweet! She made this sign for her hubby's b-day. Can you decipher? This is an IQ test!

Great ideas Christy! You are now entered into the hall of fame as Tipper of the Week!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day Activities for Kids

Here are a bunch of ideas I found for a little earth day fun with the kiddos. There are tons of crafts and printables out there, but here are a few of my favs. I'm totally doing the Rice Crispy earth with my little guy.

  • Magazine Holder from Kaboose This one is not only for the kids. I want these for me. What a great idea! These can be really expensive if you purchase them.

  • Box Seats from Family Fun Excuse me, will these hold me up? (Ya, right. Maybe 20 Years ago.) I want something so pretty and girly to sit on while I play tools and cars.
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  • Box Car Derby made from cereal boxes from Family Fun. My little boy would get a kick out of this, especially if we made a ramp for them to fly off.
Don't trash it, play with it! ;)
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Five Eco-Friendly Earth Saving Tips for Earth Day

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Here are some tips on how to be green and keep the earth happy and healthy for our kids!

1. Recycle
  • Lucky for us, where I live recycling is required so we have a recycle can where we can dump all of our recyclable goods. We don't even have to separate them. Talk about easy.
  • If this is not the case for you, a good place to start is with newspaper and phone books. Collect them in a box or basket and deliver them to the properly marked "dumpsters" in your grocery store parking lot every few weeks.
  • Another way to recycle is thrift store donating and shopping. One man's trash is another man's treasure.
2. Buy Orange Juice
  • What?! Tropicana is having a promotion right now where you get a code that saves 100 square feet of rainforest and gives you a chance to win eco-friendly prizes! How cool! They even show you a picture of your little plot. See my little spot in Peru below.
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3. Buy Re-usable shopping bags
  • Mine are from Smith's, but look pretty similar to the Walmart bags below. Almost a year ago I thought I would try to do my part and bought a couple of these little babies to try them out. I thought it might be annoying to have to remember them every time. Are you kidding?! I LOVE my bags! I have five and am considering a few more.
  • At 99 cents a pop, why not? (They also have bags that keep items cool for about $2)
  • They hold SO much more than plastic bags (which means less trips to unload the car) and they stand up in the back of the car (no more escapee cans or apples). These are a serious blessing in disguise.
  • Oh, I almost forgot to mention that they pay for themselves! At least at Smith's, You get a 5 cent discount for every bag you have every time you shop. If you do not have some, GET SOME!
  • I just put them back in my trunk whenever I am done putting away the groceries and then I never have to find them on my way to the store.
  • They are also useful for Picnics, Canyon trips, Lakeside lunches, etc.

4. Use Social Networking
  • There are different apps on each site (MySpace, Facebook, etc) that use your clicks to get money from advertisers to save rainforest and ocean.
  • For instance, the two below save One Sq Ft of rainforest for every 10 plants or fish you send to your friends.

You collect plants and fish people send to you in your own little green patch or blue cove. Below is a pic of my little blue cove.

5. Conserve water
  • Use 1/2 empty water bottles you find lying around the house to water plants.
  • Collect water you run in the tub or shower while it's warming up to fill kiddy swimming pools, fill water storage bottles or water the garden.
  • Turn off the water while shaving or brushing your teeth.