Today I shall…

I have had this phrase stuck in my head for awhile now and I knew that I wanted to embroider it. There was a photo floating around on pinterest that said “Today I will be happier than a Corgi on stilts”. I thought it was the coolest thing EVER!

Original piece created by Etsy seller, Sometimesiswirl

I finally got around to getting my own version done. I am planning on bringing it to the fair, however I know it’s not going to score real highly. Heavens, we can’t place anything that has uneven writing! :-D It was very important to me to do it with my own handwriting. I want this to be a simple cute piece that my kids grow up seeing every day and as adults they can think back and smile. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out!

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Oh I love Pinterest…

With Ryan being gone, I have tried to find different things to mail to him so he knows that I miss him & am still thinking of him. I found this idea on pinterest and my first though was “We HAVE to make this!” In case you aren’t familiar with Dr. Seuss, the quote comes from Horton Hears a Who

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It actually turned out easier than I expected. The hardest part was trying to keep Maverick’s hand out of his mouth while I was trying to wash it off. I happened to have some silver paint in my craft bin that worked perfectly. I let it dry & then added the accents with a fine point sharpie(which consequently broke while I was using it and ended up all over my hands) and a purple pen.

These are my kind of crafts…quick, easy & adorable!

Dinosaur Planters

My husband occasionally complains that I have to many house plants. This is probably true seeing as though I have run out of places to put them! I am always on the search for more unique planters & pots. When I saw these dino planters on a website I knew that I had to try making them! I had a tough time finding hollow plastic dinosaurs for sale in my small town but our Walmart finally got a shipment of them in. I got two of them for $1 each. I knew I didn’t have any plants small enough at the time to fit into the dinosaurs so I also bought a small $4 pot of ivy. Once I got home, the fun began!

Use a sharp knife to cut out the back of the dino. I didn’t have the best luck cutting them very even but that’s okay, they are still cute.

If you are a perfectionist, you can take a piece of sandpaper and smooth the cut edges.

The plastic was a lighter tanish white color so in an effort to make it blend in more, I colored the edges with a black sharpie.

Use the knife to cut a drainage hole in the belly of the dino.

Stuff the legs & tail with potting soil.

Carefully insert your plant into the back and tightly pack soil around.

Place in proper sunlight for your plant & water as recommended. The first time you water it, the water will probably run over the sides of the dino so just make sure you water on a counter or other surface that won’t be ruined by the water.

Now I want to go back to the store and buy the elephants, zebras, polar bear, & lion to make planters out of them too!!!

 

 

Simple Message Board/Love Note Board

Every morning Ryan gets up at 6am to get ready for work. 9 times out of 10, as long as Maverick is cooperating I am asleep at that point. There are times when I wish I could tell him something I forgot about but he was already asleep, or times I just want to be able to tell him I love him and was thinking about him. That way, he knows that even though I’m asleep, I still cared enough to take the time to tell him I cared. I have seen these done several different ways but I wanted to keep mine simple. I have seen some that have “I love you because…” printed on the paper and then you just write the reason under that. I decided to leave mine blank so I could fill in anything I chose. I can’t wait to get a different frame though because this one is quite ugly, I just used it because I didn’t have any other empty ones! I want to find a cute western one eventually to match the rest of the house.

Message Board

Supplies needed:

  • Picture Frame
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Sissors
  • Pen or pencil
  • Dry Erase Marker

Using the cardboard that comes in the picture frame, lay it out on your paper and use the pen or pencil to trace around it.

Cut to the proper size to fit your frame.

Place in frame and write your message!

I placed this one in the bathroom because I know it’s one place that Ryan is going to see every morning.

The possibilities are endless as to what you could use these for and the best thing about them is you can customize them with any frame & paper you want! You never have to worry about them not matching the decor. You could even make ones to go with the seasons or holidays…I think next time I go to Hobby Lobby, a paper shopping trip is required!

Watercolor Sketches – Anyone Can Paint

With the exception of finger painting as a child, I always found working with paints intimating. I always expected my work to look like Van Gogh, and when it didn’t, I’d get frustrated and discouraged. It was until I hit my early 20s that I started to realize that art is whatever you make of it. Look at the joy a child gets in showing off their paper with some crayon scribbles on it. They love it!

With that thought it mind, I began exploring different mediums to occupy my time. I taught myself to draw cartoons, I learned to do basic sketches(even though I still can’t do people) & most recently, I’ve been breaking out the paintbrushes and giving it a whirl.

The thing you need to remember is that ANYONE can do art. Yes, even you. The biggest things I can tell you, is #1. Don’t be critical & #2. Even if you make mistakes…KEEP GOING!

To show you what I mean I decided to put together a watercolor sketch of a barn. Go ahead and give this a shot, no matter what it looks like, I bet you’ll still have fun trying it out.

Water Color Sketch

Supplies Needed:

  • Watercolor paints(I literally bought mine for $3 at Alco in the kids department. They don’t have to be anything fancy)
  • Paintbrush
  • Gel Pen
  • Paper
  • Water(obviously)

First find a photo that you would like to use as a starting point. Remember that this picture(unless you are a phenomenal painter) is just a very basic guide of what you want to see on the paper. I chose a photo of a barn with flowers.

Next begin using your paints to get your picture started. With these sketches, I always use just big shapes of color and plan on filling in the “detail” later with the pen. I find it best to work in different parts of the paper because watercolors run so much. If your water colors DO end up running together(mine do ALL THE TIME), don’t get frazzled, just pretend you did it on purpose and keep going! Feel free to take “creative liberty”(aka, do what you want) when choosing color (such as changing the flowers from white to purple or adding/omitting objects – it’s your painting!

Remember that not everything needs to be painted, for example in this painting I didn’t worry about painting every single piece of the barn red or the sky blue. All you need is some of it there to get the point across.

Once you have the basic design painted, it’s time to move onto the sketch. This part is actually my favorite. There are no rules and its all very general. Think of when you plan dictionary. It doesn’t take much to get the point across. I prefer the black gel/glide pens, I just feel that they are easier to work with. Work throughout the painting adding as much or as little detail as you prefer.

So the final product doesn’t look a whole lot like the original picture, but most people could probably guess that this was a barn and you know what, I had fun making it. If you don’t take anything else away from today’s post, I hope you at least understand that it doesn’t have to be perfect or art gallery worth…it just needs to be FUN!

Here is another watercolor sketch that I made…this one was done entirely one handed because I was nursing Maverick at the time.

There is no right or wrong in art. It is simply what you feel at any given moment.

For the birds…literally!

In my opinion, watching birds at a bird feeder is probably one of the most relaxing things you can do. Growing up there was a place just outside town called 5 Rivers Environmental Center. Inside their building they had a wall that was half glass & outside of that they had multiple bird feeders, corn cob holders, bird baths, etc. You could go(and I often did) just spend hours sitting inside watching the birds. I always took photos when I went too but I can’t find any good ones now, go figure. These two were from back when I was in high school.

Blue Jays

Squirrels

I found a recipe(here) not to long ago on how to make your own bird seed ornaments. I thought it was a great idea and couldn’t wait to try it out! I apologize for the lack of step by step photos, I started this project while Maverick was napping and of course as soon as I got started he woke up and started fussing so I had to rush through trying to get everything done.

Bird Seed Ornaments

  • 3/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 3 tbs corn syrup
  • 4 cups birdseed

Other supplies needed:

  • cookie cutters
  • non-stick cooking spray(Pam)
  • wax paper
  • straws
  • ribbon, twine or wire

To start off, mix the flour, water & gelatin together in a large bowl until well combined. Add the birdseed and stir until well coated.

Spray your cookie cutters with the non-stick cooking spray & set on the wax paper. Drop the birdseed mixture into the cookie cutters by the spoonful & push down flat.

Once you have all your cookie cutters filled, use the straws to poke holes in each ornament for the ribbon or twine to go through.

Allow to sit for two or three hours. Gently remove the ornaments from the cookie cutters & pull the straws out. Let these sit over night. Once dry, carefully string the twine or ribbon through the holes & tie a knot.

Hang outside & watch the feathered friends enjoy their treats!

Wheat Hand Warmers

Since its gotten considerable colder here in Kansas the last few days(actually starting to FEEL like January!), I thought it would be nice to make my husband a set of hand warmers for him to take to work with him. These hand warmers incredibly simple to make(even if you can’t sew) and you probably already have all the supplies you need. They also make great gifts for anyone who is outside for an extended period of time.

Wheat Hand Warmers

Supplies Needed:

  • Fleece Scraps(at least 4×4″)
  • Wheat Kernels(or rice)
  • Herbs(Optional for Added Scent- Please omit the herbs if making for a hunter)
  • Cardboard or stiff paper
  • Scissors
  • Needle & Thread

For this project, I used some lightweight fleece that I had left over from making a fleece cooler for Twitch. The wheat I had because I decided that I wanted to plant wheat in my garden when I moved here..unfortunately it only comes in 50lbs bags so I now have 49.5lbs of wheat seed still sitting on my porch. Whoops. The paper was a divider in a 5 subject notebook that I just pulled out. Use whatever color thread you feel like.

Start by drawing a heart on your paper or cardboard. The trick to drawing a perfect heart is to only draw one side. To show you what I mean, I drew the left side which looks pretty good & then attempted to draw the right side. Unless you are just that good(or Chuck Norris), drawing two perfectly symmetrical sides is next to impossible. Draw your one good side & then fold your paper in half down the middle of the heart. This way no matter what shape your heart is, both sides will be the same.

Not bad huh?

Trace your heart pattern onto the fabric with a sharpie or fabric pen.

Next sew around the edges in whichever stitch you feel comfortable using. I choose something incredibly basic because I was trying to do it one handed while holding a baby(okay really I’m just not that good at sewing…although I really was holding a baby! lol) Just remember handmade does not have to be perfect! That is the charm & beauty of something handmade that makes it so special. If people want perfect, they can go buy computer/machine assembled products from China.

Using a piece of paper, a funnel or just your hands, stuff the hearts full of wheat or rice. You want them pretty full.

The final product.

Throw in the microwave for 30 seconds and enjoy!