Make a Memory {4th of July Parade}

I am so excited to kick off our “Make a Memory” series today! Each Monday now through the end of August I will feature a special family tradition from one of my favorite bloggers. It is so important to create lasting memories with our families and this will be a fun way to get ideas for fun traditions we can start with our own families. So let’s get started and see how Shelley from How Does She and her family make a memory!

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The 4th of July is possibly one of my top favorite holidays. Family, food, water, fireworks, cute outfits to put the kids in,…it’s simply a fun holiday {not to mention the beautiful significance of celebrating our freedom}. This past year we had several small children around my home during the 4th of July. We thought of all the fun things we COULD, but probably SHOULDN’T, do with the toddlers: Sparklers {too risky}, Big Fire Work Show {too late}, 4th of July Parade {we’d lose the kids}. I was starting to feel a little ‘gyped’ until my Mother-in-law took control of the events. Now, HANDS DOWN, I can say my very favorite 4th of July memory was created this past year, in front of my little house, with a simple, hilarious, homemade celebration.

My Mother-in-law decided to bring the events to us. Who needs to go to a 4th of July Parade when the parade can literally come to your neighborhood?!

After buying all sorts of inexpensive decorations for the children to decorate their bikes and scooters with, the kids got to work. This was going to be one parade to remember.

They were so proud of their creations and were ready to celebrate in style.

The children then proceeded to line up on the neighborhood sidewalk.

But wait! We needed a “drum major” to lead the parade. My sweet husband stepped up and took responsibility. {Yes, he is a dork and yes, that is a mop} ;)

One of the uncles hopped in the car, opened the doors, BLARED patriotic music, and drove slowly next to the kids as they walked on the sidewalk. It didn’t take long until our neighbors started opening their doors, other kids started following, and people started clapping. Hilarious! The kids felt so special and thought it was a SERIOUS PARADE. What a priceless priceless memory!

I can’t wait to make this a family tradition. Wait, a NEIGHBORHOOD tradition. Can you just see it?! Send out an invitation to participate, have all the neighborhood kids decorate their bikes, and have a line up of adorable patriotic kids?! There is no way a million dollar firework show could beat this event.

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The husband with the mop is killin’ me! What an awesome dad. We do something similar at our 4th of July family reunion and the kids have a blast! I love the idea of doing it through the neighborhood and letting other kids join in! So much fun and definitely something the kids will remember!

Join us next Monday for another great way to make a memory!

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DIY Under $5 Features

I have so much fun going through your links each week. I am totally inspired by all of your creativity. Thanks so much for taking the time to link up your projects and share with us! Now for this weeks features…

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My faves:

Faux Roman Shades by My Balancing Act

Flamingo Beach Tote {Kate Spade Knock off} by Inspiration & Realisation

$1.99 Nightgown and Office Caddy Makeover from Pleased as Punch

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Craftaholic of the Month!

I am totally honored to be Craftaholic of the Month over on

I am a HUGE fan of Linda and get this, we are from the same little town in Northern Utah. She has a million amazing ideas and projects like these…

Run over if you want to see my therapy session with her!

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Point of View: Pillows {Caution A Head Pillowcase}

Welcome, welcome to another month of Point of View where, on the 4th Friday of each month, we each show you our takes on a particular theme. This month’s theme is PILLOWS. Take a look at the fun projects we have lined up for you!

1. Amy {Ameroonie Designs}
2. ME & here you are for the tutorial!
3. Jonie {Just Between Friends}
4. Gwen {Gwenny Penny}

I have been meaning to make this pillowcase for months. Like since my older son sleeping was in the transportation themed nursery, oh nearly 8 months ago now. I even purchased the supplies and had them in a bag starring me down any time I pass them. My recent girls craft weekend finally gave me the uninterrupted time and motivation to pull out the bag and get it done.

Why did I wait so long?! I adore this pillowcase!!!

It makes me chuckle inside every time I think about it.

So here’s the DL so you can make a pillowcase of your very own.

{CAUTION: A HEAD} Pillowcase

Supplies:
  • White cotton fabric
  • Yellow cotton fabric
  • Black cotton fabric
  • Black thread
  • White thread
  • Fabric interfacing
  • Iron
  • Freezer paper
  • Printer
  • Cutting board
  • Exacto
  • Textile medium (turns acrylic paint into fabric paint $5 at Hobby Lobby)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Piece of cardboard
  • Foam brush

I made my pillowcase for a toddler pillow (travel sized pillow I got at a conference) so I will not give measurements because most people don’t have that exact pillow.

1. Cut a long rectangle of white fabric to fold and fit over the front and of back your pillow. I literally draped it around my pillow and left about and inch and a half on either side for roominess and seams and cut off the excess.

2. Cut two 1.5 inch wide strips of black material an inch longer than the length of the end of your pillowcase. You will fold these in half and iron flat for the pillowcase trim.

3. Cut two 3 inch wide strips of white material an inch longer than the length of the end of your pillowcase. You will fold these in half and iron flat to finish the pillowcase opening.

4. Cut a square out of the yellow and round the edges. You will turn it on point to make the diamond. Make it big enough to be 2 or three inches from the top and bottom edge of the pillowcase.

5. Layer the white and black pieces, folded white, folded black, then large white piece with the edge tucked and ironed under. Pin them together so that all pieces can be sewn in place with one seam. Do this on each side (back, front).

6. Sew layers together with black thread.

7. Lay the yellow diamond on the fabric interfacing and cut the interfacing to size. Follow the direction on the interfacing to attach the diamond to the pillowcase with your iron.

8. Stitch a straight line around each edge of the yellow diamond to secure and make it look more like a sign.

9. Find a font that looks like a street sign (I used Vrinda 100pt bolded) and size it to fit your diamond. Print a test sheet on normal paper. If it is the right size, cut your freezer paper to 8.5 x 11 and print on the matte side.

10. Tape freezer paper to a cutting board and cut out letters with an exacto knife. Be sure you keep the loose middle of the letters.


11. Now put the freezer paper in place on the yellow diamond and iron on. I used the cotton setting and ironed it without the letter middles first. Just press down and hold the iron in place for 15 seconds or so in each spot and lift to the next spot. Then, add in the middles and iron those in place. Don’t move the iron side to side, just press and lift or your middles could get misplaced.

First, without middles.

Then, with.

12. Follow direction on the textile medium to make acrylic paint ready for fabric. Place a piece of cardboard behind stencil to block paint seepage.

13. Paint a light coat over each letter making sure you get to the edges.

14. I let the paint dry, but I would pull the stencil off while it is still wet. I did that on my test run and the edges were crisper. When I pulled it off when it was dry they were a little furry.

15. Follow directions on paint to make it permanent and washable. I had to iron over mine and let it dry 7 days. It has dried one so far. ;)

It is perfect for a planes, trains and automobiles room.


But, could also be really fun for a teen’s room!

Now go link up with the Point of View linky party over on Gwenny Penny so we can see your Point of View on PILLOWS! There are 5 creative collaborators, so you have 5 chances to be featured!

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