Thursday, July 06, 2017
I remember when the movie "Up" first came out: the hilarious characters, the amazing colors, the heartwarming love story, and above all, the idea that "adventure is out there!" And it ages well, too...my girls love it! The warm summer months had me thinking that a subtle "Up" theme would make a lovely birthday party. No need to have a grandpa dress up as Carl - just some balloons, animals, and other touches to remind the kids to never stop exploring :).
Obviously this table setting is too formal for a kid's party, but I love the color scheme! The globes are obviously perfect for adventurers, and the big, vintage maps could be a good way to make a designated space for the party if you were hosting in a park or large yard.
Balloons are a must, of course. And I like how this single one looks like all of the balloons carrying the house!
I used these watercolors for a safari-themed baby shower one time - sadly the store no longer seems to have them. But Etsy is my favorite for things like this, especially since if a store is selling you a high-quality digital download, you can often print them off in large sizes for a big impact! Or, you could do multiples and use these as cute thank-you notes.
Favors can be scout badges, or any vintage pins!
And the cutest cake, just to top it all off.
Adventure is out there!
Thursday, June 29, 2017
How is it almost July? While I can't believe the year is going so quickly, I appreciate that July gives us a holiday right off the bat - I kind of wish every month started that way! Luckily, here's a project that can keep you feeling festive for months.
While there are lots of styles of American flags made from wooden pallets, I wanted one that looked a little...less like a pallet. :) First, we cut the bottom off of a square pallet to make it rectangular like a flag. Then we pulled all of the horizontal boards off both pieces, and nailed them back on with just little spaces between them instead, to make it look more uniform. Then we used one more of the horizontal boards we had pulled off to "finish" the top, and give us a ledge to hang it up.
(This is the back side, so you can see the frame of it more clearly.)
(You could add a board at the bottom as well, but I found that it still hung straight with just the one at the top!)
Then the fun part: paint! You could get creative here and use different styles, but I went old-school and traditional (though I clearly didn't do all 50 stars :). I love that this flag can stay up in all different weather, and makes our porch a little more festive!
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Homemade Father's Day cards are always great...whether they're first scribbles, or done with crayon, marker, finger-painting...as long as they're not done on the living room walls, they're a masterpiece ;). This year I remembered a craft book from my childhood, and found the exact thing on Amazon, so that I could replicate it with my kiddos!
This book is a gem - it takes you through simple animals and people step-by-step, so that even toddlers can make fun creations. And I use washable stamp pads, since I know we can get a little carried away, but don't want to stop the fun to wash hands (a wipe works great for quick clean ups while switching colors on a finger)!
The options are limitless, but here are a few that we did:
...we might be sending them to every "dad" we know...it was hard to stop once we started! And of course, this was my favorite touch:
A little heart made by both girls on the backs of the cards :). Happy Father's Day to all of the fantastic dads out there!
Monday, June 12, 2017
We've been spending more and more time outside lately - enough that I've been daydreaming about a little playhouse in the backyard to provide shade during the hottest part of the day. But I'd rather add more green to my yard than more toys...which made me remember the sunflower fort my grandpa made for us when we were little! It was more fun than any other playhouse we had growing up - and if these tutorials can be trusted, quite easy to make!
There are also cute bean pole teepees that grow very quickly:
And it can be done with any plant that likes to grow on a trellis!
I think this would be such a fun way to get children interested in gardening!
Monday, May 29, 2017
You all know that I love a good cactus at this point (see exhibit A and B!). And while the real things are so good, there are some super cute fake ones that I think would be great for projects/favors at a party for kids!
Like these little felt ones - the dots are the perfect touch!
Or this amazing paper garden:
Or this adorable pom pom version:
Or for some that could actually "live" outside (with the right paint): a rock garden!