Sunday, November 10, 2013

DIY Banner!

I know I have done a tutorial on how to make your own banner before on here. This time I used a different method.

  • 1 white curtain (or light colored or see through-ish fabric)
  • 1 container of black acrylic craft paint (or whatever color you want)
  • 1 small brush
  • pen
  • printer
  • Microsoft Publisher (or something that allows you to print large letters and make a poster)
  • printed out design (poster)
  • iron
  • cardboard the size of poster (I used two foam boards from the dollar store)
  • tape
  • paper cutter or scissors
  • Decide on the font and size of your words and print them out as a large poster (whatever size you are wanting)
  • Cut the papers so that there is no gap between the pages (so it looks like a poster when put together with no seems)
  • tape them together to make your poster

  • now tape the poster to the cardboard 
  • now lay down your curtain over your cardboard and letters where you want them to be 
  • iron the area you are going to use
  • now you are ready to trace the letters with your pen! go slow and steady!
  • done tracing? good, now you are ready to bust out the paint!
  • I outlined my whole design first and then went back once it was dry and filled it in. 
  • and bam just let it dry over  night....or use a blow drier if you are impatient like me and there you have it a custom banner!!
I have 3 indoor cats...they tried to help A LOT. I would suggest to do this project in a separate room from small children or pets. They might try to help out during the paining part and get paint all over your project ;)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Kid's Activity Flash Cards

I have been thinking of things to do for my classes that can engage my kids to exercise and still have fun. So I went to the dollar store and bought a package of blank name strips. I cut them in half and punch a hole near the edge and put them on a binder ring. I wrote things like skip, waddle, twirl, etc. You can write different things like chores or game ideas. It would be great for when the kids say they're bored!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Kid's Activity Wheel

I was looking through Pinterest and saw this pin to make a P.E. activity wheel.
So I set out to make my own for my classes.
I went to my local dollar store and I found a game spinning wheel in the teacher craft section.
Luckily I already had a foam poster board I got at the dollar store a while back and some fun scrapbook paper stashed in my craft room.  
I cut out a square out of the foam board and using Mod Podge I glued some scrapbook paper onto it. I then cut out the circle out of the spinning wheel and traced it on the foam board and cut it out.
Now I measured my circle and using Publisher I made a circle and using clip art I added some stretches. Although you can add whatever you'd like, you can use it for chores, homeschooling, etc.
Now that you printed out your circle. Glue it onto your cardboard circle and cut out the small hole in the center.
Take apart the spinner and using hot glue, glue down the base of the spinner onto the square base.
This way if I ever want to change out the circle for other activities I can simply take it apart.
And that's it now you have an activities wheel!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Wire Wrapped Cabinet Pull

I am slowly remodeling the studio bathroom, on a budget of course. And the cabinet handle that was there was pretty ugly. Pained several times and the paint was chipping. So I set out to find the perfect cabinet pull that was fun and colorful. Being my picky self I couldn't settle on one that I liked both in looks and price so instead of going out and buying one I decided to make the existing one pretty. Now I could of easily just spray painted it and bam it would have been done in under 2 minutes. But I wanted something unique so I set out to wire wrap the handle in some pretty green beads! It was incredibly easy! I first sanded down the handle (more like my husband did it for me) and then I started wrapping! I thought it would go with the purple bathroom. Not to mention this project cost me nothing since I already had all the materials on hand. (the color is "grape juice" by Valspar)

Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Guide to Achieving Your Goals this Year

New Year’s Resolutions

· Be reasonable: set realistic goals, don’t expect to drop all the weight in one or two weeks. Make smaller “mini goals”. Maybe chose to loose 2 pounds by the end of each month, instead of choosing to loose 30 pounds by the end of the year.

· Make a plan: come up with a plan that fits into your current lifestyle. Whether it’s exercising twice a week or even once a week, make sure you make it a commitment .

· Find a workout that you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy it, the likelihood that you will stick with it is pretty minimal.

· Don’t be disappointed if the scale hasn’t budged after a while. Do you feel better? Do your clothes fit better/loser? It might just be that you have replaced some of the fat with muscle. Remember fat and muscle weigh the same….but muscle takes up less space!

· Too much cake, candy, and cookies over the holidays can drive anyone to want to swear off sugar for good. But going extreme with your New Year's resolution and trying to completely cut out certain types of food might be too much for you to handle. If you know you have a sweet tooth or can't stay away from the bread basket, make a resolution to cut back instead of eliminating.

· Deciding to eat healthier is one of the best New Year's resolution you can make. It's the broadness of the goal that is the issue. It's best to define that goal with smaller, more specific goals such as "to eat green veggies at least once a day," or "eat fruit instead of ice cream for my after-dinner treat." These defined goals will be easier to follow, making you more successful at your original goal of eating healthier.


New Year's Resolutions!!

It's time you guys! It's time to start thinking and writing down what your goals are for 2013!! I made this little guy so that I could have a cute piece a paper to write down my goals for the new year. So don't be afraid, print it out and get started on your goals!

(to print just simply click on the picture!)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

"Healthier" Chocolate Chunk, Almond & Cranberry Cookies

I have gotten numerous requests for this recipe, so here it is! Shhh. don't tell them it's vegan. That's right! No animal products in these delicious babies!

Christmas Cards 2012!!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Manly-ish Birthday Card!

It has been a long time since I've created a birthday card, or any type of greeting card for that matter. So in honor of my husbands' uncle I have crawled out of my artistic rut and made a manly-ish birthday card!

The inside reads "it's ok to light the candles on your birthday cake now; I've alerted the fire department."

Hope he enjoys it!

Monday, November 12, 2012

DIY Team Banner!

Last week I ran into a issue....either buy a banner or make one. Why? My dance team was going to be in our local Veteran's Day Parade, and I wanted something to show who we are. So of course I chose to make one! It was incredibly simple to do, and I was able to do it for $4.99!

  • about a 1.5 yards of fabric (I used a black black-out curtain I found at Goodwill for $4.99!)
  • about a 1 yard or less (depends of how big/small you want your letters to be) of coordinating fabric for the letters
  • scissors/exacto knife
  • fabric glue
  • pencil
  • yard stick/ruler
  • Microsoft Word (or any program that will allow you to print large letters)
  • long PVC pipe or wooden dowel (to hang the banner from)
  • decide on your font and font size of  your letters and then print them out
  • on the base fabric for your banner sew a 3-5 inch pocket (this will be the top. Where your rod where your banner will hang from will go)
  • Now take the letters you have printed out and lay them on your base fabric and see if you like how it looks and if the letters fit!

  • Then trace the letters onto the fabric you want to use for the letters.

  • Now after you have traced all of your letters onto your fabric, using your scissors or an exacto knife cut them out
  • Now that you have all your letters cut out...
  • and lay them onto your base fabric and position them how you want, you can use a yard stick or ruler in order to keep the letters from getting un-even and glue in place using fabric glue or whatever kind of glue you want to use to adhere the letters onto the fabric.
  • After the glue has completely dried you are ready to use your banner!