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stART ~ Hiccupotomus June 12, 2014

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Since it is summer vacation, I thought we better get back at our book projects.  We kicked off the summer with the book “Hiccopotomus” by Aaron Zenz.  This is a cute rhyming book using mostly nonsense words.  This hippopotamus hiccuped and fell on his bottomus (get the picture).


book cover


paper plate hippo


I found this paper plate hippo on I Heart Crafty Things.  Check out Rachel’s blog — so many cute things!!  It is one of my favorites!  This project takes some time since you have to wait for paint to dry in between steps.

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2 paper plates

White Cardstock Paper

2 Large Wiggly Eyes

Pink Craft Paint

Purple Craft Paint

Black Marker


Foam Brushes


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First, slightly cut the edges of each paper plate to make them more of an oval shape.  Also, fold one paper plate in half.

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Now it is time to start painting!

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Paint one plate all purple (or grey) and the other plate half purple.  After that dries paint the inside of the folded plate pink.  This will make the hippo’s mouth.


Now add the details.  I cut the ears, nostrils and teeth from white cardstock paper.  We ended up painting the ears with the purple paint to match the rest of the hippo.  You could also use purple cardstock.  Fold the end of each tooth slightly to create a tab to glue them to the inside of the mouth.  Glue the bottom teeth close together and the top teeth further apart so the mouth will close.  Glue the folded mouth to the other plate and the wiggly eyes on.  Last, use the black marker to make dots on the mouth.

Hippo Collage



Photo-covered Letter May 3, 2014

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Photo-covered Letter


Finally, finally, after two years of having this project pinned I got around to making it happen!  I decided my scrapbooking weekend retreat was the time to get it done.  I know several of you were hoping for a tutorial after I posted a picture of it on Facebook.  You are in luck — here it is!

I pinned this project from A Little Moore.  I made a few variations of her original project so check hers out, too.


1 wooden or paper mache monogram letter (mine was wood and about 12-15″ high

Black and White photos (I fit 9 photos on my letter)

Black craft paint

Foam brushes

Mod Podge (matte finish)




First, I painted the letter (front, back and sides) with black craft paint.  I probably wouldn’t have needed to paint the front, but I thought if some of it showed through with poor cutting or odd photos I’d be covered.

Next, I laid the pictures on top of the letter to see where they would fit best.  Be ready to really crop and cut your pictures.  When you choose pictures try to find ones that were taken a little further away – they seem to fit best. When I went to actually cut the pictures I laid the letter on top of the photo and traced around the letter with a pen.  That made it easy to cut the picture to fit and cover the top of the letter.  Sometimes I cut the picture bigger than needed so they would overlap some.






I used Mod Podge to glue each picture to the wooden letter.  After it dried, I used a small scissors to trim any pictures that hung over the edge.  Lastly, I applied three coats of Mod Podge over the top of all the pictures.  I let it dry between each coat.


I rested the letter on a shelf in our bedroom with two other framed pictures.  Now I’d really like to try this project at a larger scale for another place in our house.  Hopefully, it won’t take me another 2 years to get it completed.



Valentine’s Day Cards March 6, 2013

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These are the Valentine’s Day treats we made for the grandparents from Will.


First, I took pictures of Will smiling, puckering up and blowing a kiss.  I used Pic Monkey to make a collage.  I then printed the collage in colored ink on white cardstock.  You have to make sure that the collage prints at the bottom of the paper so it can be folded over the bag of candy.


Fold the cardstock in half.  Fill a snack sized zipper bag with Hershey Kisses and seal it.  Staple the cardstock picture collage to the top of the bag.  That’s it — easy peasy!

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Bennett’s card was a little more involved, but it turned out so cute, I think.

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Oh the fun of trying to get a painted hand print from an 8-month old baby!  He did pretty well, and we didn’t even get paint all over the place.  I decided to paint the red paint on his hand rather than dip his hand in a pool of paint.   It was a good call!

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I cut the card out of patterned cardstock.  I found the speech bubble image on one of my Cricut Cartridges and cut it out in white cardstock with a red shadow piece.  I used a black marker to hand write the messages on the card.  I cut around Bennett’s paint handprint leaving a white border.  I also cut a white heart out of paper and glued it on the handprint.

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Using the handprint as my measuring piece, I cut a picture of Bennett in a circle that would be covered up when the handprint laid on top of it.  I also cut a small rectangle out of white cardstock to make the handprint piece movable.

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I folded the white rectangle in half and glued one end to the back of the handprint and the other half to the back of the picture.

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Last, glue the picture to the card.  Make sure you glue it low enough so the handprint is in the correct place on the card.  I also wrote a note on the back side of the handprint.

Two fun cards from two adorable boys for two sets of wonderful grandparents!


DIY Small Chalkboard September 8, 2012

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If you are a Pintrest user or a faithful Facebook user, you have seen this chalkboard idea used to document the first day of school.  I had pinned this idea quite a while ago and of course waited until the last-minute to execute the project.   You could not find a small chalkboard anywhere in town, so what’s a mom to do, but DIY!

I started by walking the aisles of Hobby Lobby and Michael’s looking for supplies.  Here is what I came up with.  This project was quick and easy and turned out even better than a chalkboard off the shelves — I think.


Unpainted Wooden Plaque

Foam Brushes

Chalkboard Paint


I’ve used the chalkboard spray paint before, but wanted to try to Martha Stewart acrylic chalkboard paint this time.  I have to say it was slick!  I felt it worked just as well as the spray paint and your finger didn’t hurt from spraying the can.


All you have to do is brush the chalkboard paint right on the wooden plaque.  Follow the painting instructions on the bottle of paint.  You have to let it dry for certain periods of time between the two coats and before using chalk on it.

After it has dried write on the board with chalk and erase it to get started.

Find yourself a kiddo going back to school!  I can’t believe my first baby is off to school already.

The sky’s the limit for ways you can document the first day of school using your chalkboard.  I liked the idea of adding what the child wishes to be when they grow up.  I had to explain this to Will a bit.  I thought it was funny he came up with Pizza Maker (after his first response of Transformer).  I can’t wait to see the progression of back to school pictures through the years.

(p.s. — Babies, don’t grow up too fast)


Decorating (and Redecorating) the Nursery September 2, 2012

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If you’ve been following me this spring and summer, you know we got the surprise of our life on the afternoon of June 5th.  Our little girl we had been anticipating and planning for with all the frills entered the world as a baby BOY!  So, not everyone gets to decorate both a baby girl AND baby boy nursery in a matter of a few weeks….but we did!  Here is the front seat tour of the before (girl) and after (boy) nurseries.  Enjoy!

So I used polka-dots for both rooms (inspiration from the Pottery Barn catalog).  For the girl’s room I cut white vinyl circles from my Cricut machine and carefully measured them across the wall — every dot in its place.  For the boy’s room my mother-in-law painted three sizes of circle randomly on the wall. I think I preferred the evenly spaced circles, but the random ones are growing on me.  Luckily, I didn’t spend any extra money on the bedding.  The girl bedding was borrowed from my niece and the boy bedding we used with our first son.   Now let’s take a closer look above the crib.

In the girl’s room I painted the shape above the crib where the canvases would be hung.  For the boy’s room I skipped the shape and just used the wrapped canvases.  My great friend, Suzie, of Defined Impressions took Bennett’s pictures when he was six days old.  I had the canvases (20″ x 24″ and 16″ x 19″)  made at Sam’s Club.  This is my favorite part of the room — they turned out so beautiful!  I used my Cricut machine to cut out the “B” and name – Bennett James.

If you read Bennett’s birth story, you may remember my first thought when they told me it was a boy was “Oh no, what am I going to do with those lanterns I spent so many hours making and love so much?”.  Well, I was able to salvage the white lantern and then bought two blue paper lanterns at Target.  The pink ones are down in my office waiting to either be hung or find a new home (sniff sniff).

So I took the pink changing pad cover back to Wal-Mart, but in the meantime they quit carrying those.  I searched and found a blue one with while polka-dots at Target.  My mother-in-law in all her craftiness used the liner from the pink and brown basket and sewed me a blue and brown liner.  I love it even better than the pink version!  The cute little pink garbage can to the right of the dresser is now in my scrapbooking room.  The blue lamp was once in Will’s room and could be used again!

I was able to use the big diaper pin from Pottery Barn (my favorite purchase when I had Will) again.  I really had to talk my husband into painting the circle behind it in the girl’s room.  We are still in “talks” about re-painting a brown circle in the boy’s room.  I WILL WIN THIS BATTLE 😉  See the beautiful quilt on the rocker?  My aunt had made what I’m sure was a beautiful girl quilt that was just waiting for the name and date.  Little did she know she’d be making a whole new quilt.  It is gorgeous, and I can’t believe she had it made in about 2 weeks.

The tu-tu table and feather lamp….these items are still sitting in my basement waiting for a home.  I do admit I’m still using the jeweled pink clock, but it is hidden behind the basket on the changing table.  You will see the pink magnetic baby frame was spray painted blue and is behind the piggy bank.  The area above the dresser is still a work in progress.

So there it is….the decorating and re-decorating of the baby’s room.  I think God has taught me a life lesson in no matter how in control I may want to be HE is ultimately in control.  We are so blessed with our sweet, cuddly, laid back smiley and all BOY, Bennett James!


stART ~ The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse July 18, 2012

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This week we read the book “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” by Eric Carle.  We love all the Eric Carle books!  This one was just perfect for my four-year-old because it was written with a pattern that he could easily memorize and “read” the book himself.  Each page has one animal and the text describes the color of the animal that the artist has made.  The artist in the book really uses an imagination with each animal (ie polka dot donkey).  The best part was seeing the excitement in Will’s eyes and his pride in himself when he could read the whole book to me!



For our project we decided to get creative with some animal pictures of our own.  We started by mixing up a couple batches of Kool-Aid finger paint.  Then we printed some animal coloring pages from the Internet.


I found the recipe for Kool-Aid finger paint here.


Kool-Aid Finger Paint

•2 cups flour

• 2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid (use different flavors for different colors)

• 1/2 cup salt

•3 cups boiling water

• 3 tablespoons oil

What you do:

1. Put the Kool-Aid, flour and salt into a mixing bowl.

2. Add the oil.

3. Slowly add the boiling water.

4. Start painting!


Here are the ingredients!

Adding and mixing the dry ingredients!

Add the oil and boiling water and mix.

At this point Will was no longer interested — he said it looked like “throw up” because some times when you throw up it is pink.  Well, I can’t say he was too off the mark.  As you add all the water and keep mixing it does get a lot thinner.  😉

So, these are the two pictures I finger painted since Will did not want to touch the paint or get messy.

The recipe makes A LOT of finger paint (even making just half).  I would suggest halving the recipe for sure if not making less than that.    I’m curious how long the paint keeps in a sealed container.


stART ~ Apples, Apples, Apples ~ & ~ A Little Family Fun! October 6, 2011

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Ever since Will was a baby our family has been involved in a program called Family Foundations.  It was a wonderful program where we could spend time “playing and learning” as a family.  The kids got to interact with others their age and the parents had a special time where we talked about parenting topics with a Family Coach.  Sadly, this program was cut from the budget this year.  Well,  a few of us didn’t let that stop us!  We created our own Family Program and had our first gathering last week.  We sure had a lot of fun together!

I thought it would be fun to incorporate our stART project for the week into our family fun gathering.  Last week we read the book, “Apples, Apples, Apples” by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace.  This is a book full of apple facts as it follows a bunny family on their trip to the apple orchard.  We learned all sorts of things that can be made from apples, the different colors of apples and how an apple tree grows. 

We had two projects to go along with this book as well as a tasty apple snack. 

First, we tried some printing with apples.  We showed the kids how you can cut an apple in different ways to make different shapes with the seeds.  They loved the star pattern best.  We dipped half of an apple into craft paint and stamped the apple image on white cardstock to create a set of notecards.

Next, Kelly led us in an another painting activity to make apple trees.  Since this was going to get messy we had the boys remove their shirts (and show us their muscles!).  The parents painted brown paint on their forearm and green paint on their hand.  The parents helped the kids stamp their arm on the construction paper (making a tree shape).  Last, the kids used their fingers dipped in paint to make apples on their trees.  I was so proud of how well they all handled this messy project.  They just loved it!!  It is fun to see their little personalities come out in their artwork. 


We concluded our Family Fun Night with a fun apple snack prepared by Suzie and sang some apple songs.

 Slice an apple and spread one side with peanut butter.  Line one apple slice with mini marshmallows and add the other apple slice to the top.  Viola!  You have Apple Mouth treats!

Round the Apple Tree

(sung to the tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)

Here we go round the apple tree,

The apple tree, the apple tree.

Here we go round the apple tree,

So early in the morning.

Verse 2:  This is the way we plant the seeds.

Verse 3:  This is the way the little seed sprouts.

Verse 4:  This is the way it grows to a tree.

Verse 5:  This is the way the flowers blossom.

Verse 6:  This is the way the apples grow.

Verse 7:  This is the way the apples are picked.


The Apple Song

(Sung to the tune of “Bingo”)

I know a food that’s good to eat

and apple is it’s name-o




and apple is it’s name-o!


I think the Apple Family Fun Night was a big success! 


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