Friday, June 29, 2012

Make flowers out of coffee filters!

Yes, you read the title correctly.  There is a way to make beautiful paper flowers out of coffee filters. I read about this idea so many times last year around blogland, but I never took the time to read how it was done.

 A few weeks ago, I was planning a birthday party for my daughter.  She decided on a Laua themed party.  Laua+ Hawaii+Beach+ Party = The need for flowers.  So in my search on how to make big flowers, I came up with this method by mixing up everything I read on PINTEREST and taking the best to create these flowers.  Here's how you can make very, very inexpensive party decorations or a sweet flower centerpiece.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Happy Birthday America! and Tips & Tricks to celebrate 4th of July

Ok, let me just say I am officially melting!  It has been in the triple digits here for the last 4 days- 105degress- and today we are moving to a cooler 102 degrees!  The outlook isn't good either- high 90s until early next week!  I'm thinking ice for dinner tonight.  To make matters worse, our state is burning!  12 fires are being fought throughout Colorado, and this heat isn't helping.  Please, please pray for rain to come down upon us!  We need it desperately!

On a blog note: today is Tuesday and that means Tips and Tricks for you.  My tips come from things we've done here around Lewisville for a while, Pinterest, and friends and family. Today's tips & tricks is all about the 4th of July!

For those of you from other countries, we here in the U.S.A. celebrate our independence on July 4th.  That usually means parades, grilling food, and fireworks!  With the 4th just around the corner, I can't wait to celebrate!  My kids love the 4th of July too, and they can't wait to get their hands of some fireworks.  They just may be pyromaniacs but that's another topic for another time.  I'm very proud of the Red, White, and Blue, and our flag shows my favorite combination of those colors.  Ok, so for my fellow Americans, here are some tips & tricks for some simple ways to celebrate!


All of these ideas are 100% not mine!  They come from much more creative women with blogs around the blogosphere who have "pinned" their craftiness and creativity on Pinterest.  If you'd like to pin their ideas, you can go to my 4th of July board and repin your heart out.  You can also find the source of each picture when you click on the picture from Pinterest or the link below each picture here.  Visit them and give them some love!

Off we go....
You all know I LOVE simple and easy recipes!  I love to bake, hate to cook, so any recipe that fits into that criteria helps. With this heat though, I don't foresee baking in my near future.  All these 4th of July food pictures are pretty self explanatory, and since most of them are made with summer fruits which are readily available for great prices right now, I'm so loving these ideas!

Firecracker snacks from Room to Inspire



Marshmallow pops by Living Locurto.  Wet and dip them in spinkles! 
Pretzel sticks with frosting and sprinkles- yes, please! Cute idea from PocaCosa.


Another cute pretzel idea by Cupcakes and Cashmere.  She has lots of yummy recipes for the rest of the year too!


Fruit Kabobs by Giggles Galore.  This girl knows how to throw a 4th of July party let me tell you!

Rice Krispy Treat "Sparklers".  Seriously a great idea and so simple from 5Minutes for Mom.
I never get tired of Rice Krispy treats- one of my favorites.  Lil Luna made these and I think I'll do the same using a star cookie cutter!

Fruit platter made of strawberries, honeydew, raspberries, and blueberries.  Summer fruit "CELEBRATES" the 4th of JULY!

Another fruit platter.  This one is made with strawberries, bananas, and blueberries on skewers!  Great for guest to grab.  This idea come Party City who by the way is having a 50% off sale on all their 4th of July party decor.
Who doesn't love strawberries? Well, ok my daughter doesn't, but most of us LOVE them!  Use a little icing/frosting and dip in blue sprinkles.  Very patriotic don't you think?
More fruit combinations.  Your guest will LOVE you! by Sparkling or Still
Watermelon is a basic necessity during the summer here in Lewisville.  I'm doing this and throwing in a few blueberries.  Voila!  Instant patriotic fruit bowl! Hip Hip Hooray
Oh EM GEE! Your little little guest will have fun with this one.  Thank you Lisa Storm
And isn't protecting our little ones the most important on our minds!  Sparklers were my favorite as a kid, and my kids LOVE holding them too.  Use a cup to protect little hands.  Great idea from Love to Dream, Do You.
Need a quick and easy idea for a patriotic centerpiece?  Use red, white, and blue gumballs, candy, painted rocks, whatever you have around and place flags around and in them! 
You still have lots of time to pick up your supplies and make it a festive 4th of July!

May God Bless You and God Bless America!

Blessings,
Lisa 

 I link all my projects with some wonderful blogs.  To visit them, go to the {Link Party Love} page found at the top of this page on the {Home} bar.
Also linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch
Savvy Southern Style
No Minimalist Here
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Saved by Love Creations 
Miss Mustard Seed
Funky Junk Interiors
Coastal Charm 
Tip Junkie

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Using every bit of your Thrifty Finds!

Last week I made a welcome sign for my daughter's Luau Birthday party.  You want to see?


It started out like this.

 Yup, it was once a door to a nightstand that I bought at a yard sale a few weeks ago for $5.  This is what it originally looked like.


And I turned it into this.  You can read about the nightstand transformation HERE and see how you really can paint laminate.


 I left the bottom of door off and put in my own home made basket.  If you like the basket, you can read about how to make your own HERE for just $5.  It's one of my favorite projects and super easy.

Ok, so back to the door that wasn't used.  I didn't throw it away of course.  NO, NO, NO!  I left it in my garage until I figured out what I could use it for later????? It easily came off and when it did, I realized what a perfect sign it might become.


The hardware itself stood the door up perfectly.


I just had to sand it down using my orbital sander.

Then I used my favorite go-to DIY and Craft tool.  SPRAYPAINT! And of course, I happen to have plenty of it in my garage!

I LOVE the color.  It's called Berry Pink from Rust- Oleum.  So "Berry" pretty!

I didn't have time to stencil and paint the sign, so I cheated!  I printed out the "ALOHA" sign using the "curls" font on my computer.  I made it as large as I could and cut out the letters.

I cut the letters out individually and used Mod Podge to glue them onto the door.  Then I just used a black marker for the rest.  Super easy, super quick.


 By the way, that little flower up at the top is made of coffee filters.  I'll post all about how to make them this next week. 

This little welcome sign took me about an hour and cost me $0.  That's my kind of project! 


Have a great weekend everyone. Try to stay cool.  It's hitting 102 degrees this weekend here, and I'm already melting.

Blessings,
Lisa

I link all my projects with some wonderful blogs.  To visit them, go to the {Link Party Love} page found at the top of this page on the {Home} bar.
Also linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch
Savvy Southern Style
No Minimalist Here
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Saved by Love Creations 
Miss Mustard Seed
Funky Junk Interiors
Coastal Charm 
Restore Interiors
Tip Junkie 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pretty Tissue Poms

Years ago, many, many years ago, cheerleaders used to make their own pom poms. It's true.  They'd sit around in a circle the night before a game or pep rally and carefully craft their poms in their school colors.  Today, of course, things have changed, but these tissue poms are making a comeback...in a decorative way.  Tissue poms are becoming popular again to use at weddings, birthday parties, and even bedroom decor.  I love the way pretty tissue poms hang from the ceiling as if they're floating in the air.  Beautiful.  Ethereal. Sweet.  Want to learn how to make them?  Let go!


The rules for making tissue poms is - there are NO RULES!  If you want big poms, use large pieces of tissue.  If you want small ones, cut the tissue in half.  If you want fuller poms, use extra sheets.  Here's how I make my tissue poms.  Adjust, change, add, or delete your own creativity as needed.

Step 1.  Take 8-10 sheets of tissue, the kind you wrap gifts in.  I know this statement may seem funny to some of you, but you never know who may misunderstand.  I just want to make these steps clear.

Step 2.  On the short side of your tissue, fold your paper about an inch, then flip it over and fold another inch.  Repeat this until you come to the end of the paper.  

Think of making a fan, like when you were a kid.  This is called an "accordion" fold and it should look like this in the end.

Step 3.  Take a piece of string, rope, twine, ribbon- whatever you have lying around- and tie it in the middle of your folded tissue.  I used flower wire here. 

Step 4.  Cut the edges of each side.  The tissue is thick, so do a few at a time. If the cut is pointed, the pom will have a "Dahlia-like" flower look.  If it's rounded, it will be puffed and have a floral look.


This is what it will look like when the middle is tied and the edges are cut.  These are the rounded cuts.

Step 5.  Tie a long piece of string, rope, twine, ribbon- whatever you have lying around- and tie it around your "flower wire".  This piece will be used to hang the pom and it works best if you place it here on the side.

Step 6.  Separate the layers carefully, peeling one tissue at a time.

Keep peeling.

Keep peeling until one side is done. 

Step 7.  Peel tissue on the other side.


Now hang, and admire your work.  We used these for my daughter's 10th birthday party, and they're a great alternative to balloons.  Make sure you start making these well in advance though.  They're a beautiful craft but they can take some time to make.  Put on a movie, have a cup of coffee, and craft away.


Pretty, don't you think?

Blessings,
Lisa

I link all my projects with some wonderful blogs.  To visit them, go to the {Link Party Love} page found at the top of this page on the {Home} bar.
Also linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch
Savvy Southern Style
No Minimalist Here
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Saved by Love Creations 
Miss Mustard Seed
Funky Junk Interiors
Coastal Charm 
Tip Junkie 
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tips and Tricks #9 & a Summer Schedule

It's another Tuesday and that means more helpful tips and tricks from Lewisville, Pinterest, and blogland!


Let's get started shall we!  I bought tons of these white plastic hangers from Target a few months ago.  $1 for a dozen was a good deal and they are perfect for my girls rooms.  I like my hangers to match; is that weird?  I think matching hangers make things look more organized.  The only problem is tank tops and summer dresses fall off easily from these hangers, but this little tip keeps that from happening and solves the problem of messy floors full of clothes.

TIP 1.  Wrap pipe cleaners around plastic hangers to keep your clothes from slipping.  I'm putting yellow and silver cleaners on the girls hangers to match their room colors.  Love this idea!


TIP 2.  Butter production is typically best in June and July ( I have no idea why) but that means lower prices.  Have you noticed these lower prices at the grocery store yet?  I shop Costco for butter and right now the price is about $6 for 4 lbs (4 boxes of 4 sticks).  That's a great price and since butter freezes for up to 6 months, now's the time to buy and stock up especially for all that holiday baking.


Tip 3.  I have these kitchen cabinets that don't reach the ceiling.  Every few months, I crawl on top of my counters and attempt to clean the tops of those cabinets with my extended vacuum hose.  It's a sight to see indeed.  Dust and grease and everything else gets up there.  This is a great idea and again one of those, "why didn't I think of that?"  Just place wax paper on top of those cabinets.  You may need to tape them down though.  Every few months, get up there, throw them away, and replace with new liners. 

Tip 4.  For all the mamas who are home with kids this summer, I know you want to enjoy the days with your kids with out hearing the words, "I'm Bored".   There are several blogs sites out there that give you some great ideas of summer activities to do with kids.  I asked my kids what they wanted to do, and their answers ranged from roller skating to reading.  We came up with a schedule that we can look forward to on a daily basis.  Those open star days, mean we can do another activity like roller skating or just hang at home.

Around 4p.m. they have to do their chores as I'm prepping dinner.  If you'd like to see their chore chart, you can find it HERE.  Fridays are our big shopping days.  We shop at a few grocery stores and if  there's anything we need from Target or Home Depot etc. we try to hit those stores as well.  It can be a long day for us, so we reward ourselves with ice cream!  Ice cream always makes us feel better!

Are you stuck on what activities you can do with your kids?  Visit some of my favorite summer kids sites.

1.  KOKOKOKids: Big Summer Post  This is in Russian, but just hit the translate button on top.  There are lost of great FREE ideas here with tons of creativity.   Your kids will love the things they came up with!

2. The Crafting Chicks Summer.  This site not only gives you ideas but FREE printable labels you can cut out and place in your own "I'm Bored" jars or boxes.  When the kids say, "I'm Bored", take out one of the labels and do the activity that it says. 

3.  Six Sister's Stuff.  Here is a list of 100 things you can do with your kids! 

As always, you can find my tips and tricks on Pinterest and pin them to your boards.  Here's to the start of a great and active Summer!

Blessings,
Lisa