Thursday, October 30, 2014

Easy Mod Melt Snowflakes

Easy Mod Melt Snowflake Christmas Ornaments? 



I know it's only a few short days before Halloween, but I'm already getting into the Christmas spirit! Every year, I tell myself that I need to get some more Christmas projects together, and this is the year! However, I want to start slow and easy and ramp myself up to the Christmas season. These easy snowflakes made from Mod Melts are the perfect project to ease into Christmas decorating!

Here's what you need:
Translucent silicone mat – I used one made by Mod Podge
White Mod Melt Sticks
Hot glue gun
Print outs of snowflakes – I used this one from the Gold JellyBean
Scissors or Xacto knife

Take your print out of snow flakes and place it under your silicone mat. 


Do not pick snowflakes that are too small or too detailed. Unless you have a steadier hand and an exact sense of symmetry and proportion, don't try to freehand these snowflakes. They will not look good at all. Ask me how I know. :-) Simple shapes work best. Heat up the mod melts with the glue gun and then use the melts to trace all the snowflake lines right on your silicone mat. 


Allow to cool, and then peel the snowflakes right off the mat. Trim up the edges to get rid of any rough edges or strings with a pair of scissors or an xacto knife. You can tie a ribbon on the snowflakes to make ornaments, or just hang them straight on your Christmas tree!


Enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thanksgiving Chalk Art -- The Easy Way!




Remember last week when I shared my easy upcycled blackboard? You also saw a sampling of my handwriting on the chalkboard. I have decent handwriting, and I've even done some calligraphy, but there's something about a chalkboard that makes me an anxious third grader again, nervous about my handwriting in front of the class. But I'm here to share with you an easy way to fake your way to a pretty chalkboard sign: use a stencil. If you have a Silhouette or other cutting machine, you can even make a custom stencil!


I wanted to make a Thanksgiving sign for our mantel, so I took out my Silhouette and my computer and got to work. I used the ___ font and wrote "Give Thanks" and then found a couple of leaves in one of the designs in my library. If you have a Silhouette, be sure to download the weekly free designs from the Silhouette store! You never know when they are going to come in handy. Then all I had to do was cut out the design. I chose to use clear contact paper for the stencil for a couple of reasons. Number one—it's cheap. Number two, it's clear, which makes it easier to lay out. Number 3, it has adhesive, which keeps the chalk dust off the design, which keeps things cleaner.


You could totally use a regular, non-custom stencil to do this, too.

Once you have your stencil, attach it to the chalkboard. If the stencil is non-adhesive, use painter's tape to attach the stencil to the board. It will keep the stencil from sliding around. Then, color in with chalk—easy!


And all of a sudden, instead of a nervous third grader, you look like an amazing chalk artist. I know, that's (probably) not your goal in life. But still, it looks cool!


Enjoy!
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Menu Planning Monday

Are you ready for menu planning today?


There are just some weeks when it's just not worth the fight of introducing new food or trying to get children to eat food that they have decided to dislike. For those of you who aren't aware, both my husband and I work outside the home. We share many responsibilities in parenting, and although I cook most of the time (because I like to cook!), we tag team many household chores. However, this week I know that I am going to have to bear the brunt of parenting and home duties because of my husband's work schedule. So I'm not ashamed to say that I'm planning on using easy recipes and some convenience foods for much of the week. I tell myself that it's better for my budget than going to Chick-fil-a all week, and with a rather crazy outlook this week at my work, as well, I'm looking for simple this week for dinner.

So here's the plan:

Monday: Spaghetti with Dressed Up Sauce


Tuesday: Chicken Nuggets, Corn Salad
Wednesday: Fish Sticks, Roasted Brocolli, Fruit


Thursday: Frozen Pizza, Fruit
Friday: Crockpot Chili, and Salad before Trick-or-Treating


Saturday: Out to Eat or Leftovers
Sunday: Steak, Roasted Potatoes and Garlicky Sour Cream Dip, Fruit


What are you eating this week?

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Easy Dresser Door Chalkboard Upcycle

This past weekend, we had family pictures for the first time in years. As in, there were only 3 people in our family, and I wasn't even pregnant with my 3 1/2 year old twins. Suffice it to say, we were overdue. We had a family friend take our pictures, and I can't wait to see them! But she had few non-holiday related picture props, and at the very least, I wanted a chalkboard for a prop. So only a few days before the pictures were scheduled, I got to work.


Remember when I redid Lil Bit's dresser?


When I painted it, I took off the center portion's door. And I just stored it in my garage, knowing that I would find another use for it. This chalkboard project was perfect, since the door already had an inset panel--so I had a ready made frame, and the bevel edge of the panel made a perfect place for the chalkboard surface to stop. Not to mention, it is already stained--so I could leave the "frame" as is if I wanted to do so!

So I grabbed some sandpaper, a foam brush, and some chalkboard paint (all of which I had on hand) and went to work.

First, I sanded down the panel that I was going to paint. Do not skip this step. I tried to, and the chalkboard paint came right off when I tried to write with chalk. Basically, you want to sand it enough to knock off the gloss. That's it.

Paint the chalkboard paint on the surface, going with the grain. Allow to dry. After the first coat is dry, paint a second layer on the surface, this time perpendicular to the first coat. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours--this cures the paint.

Use the side of a piece of chalk to coat the entire chalkboard surface with a light coat of chalk. Whipe off, and then you're ready to write anything!



Although I made this as a quick photo prop, I have a feeling that this project is going to make an appearance on my holiday mantel. Stay tuned!



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