DIY: Valentine’s Cards

I made these Valentine’s cards for Melody’s class. All I did was do a google search on “Valentine mazes” or “heart mazes”. Then I copied and pasted them on a Word document. I added the text “You’re A-maze-ing” and then printed them out. I think Melody wrote her friends’ names, “Happy Valentine’s Day”, and “Love, Melody” on the cards. The kids really seemed to like them. I had tried to find something more creative on Pinterest, but I’m not really crafty enough to make those.

Melody forgot to bring them on the day we had the exchange, but she did remember the chocolate-covered spoons that I made that morning.

I forgot to take a photo of the Valentine’s that Emily gave out, but basically, I did a google search on “Valentine heart” or “heart clipart” (you don’t want to just search ‘heart’ because you’ll probably come up with a lot of human heart pictures/images, and that’s not what you want, and if you do, I’m fine with your rolling that way). Then, I had her choose the hearts that she liked and did the ‘copy and paste’ thing. I wasn’t patient enough to have her do the name-writing, so I did it. She gave them out and it seemed like some of the kids liked them, and some just liked to chew on them. haha! The nursery goes from baby to preschooler. =p

Now, if I can remember where I put those treats that they got. 😉

– Joyce

Love is in the Air

The other title I came up with for this post was Paper Hearts are Hanging From Our Window.

So I already blogged about our date night (and more date nights to come), but we also welcomed this season of love (although love should be shared all year round) into our home by getting a few Valentine’s Day decorations up, okay, maybe just two. I have never been a huge Valentine’s Day fan, but our little kitchen island was has been missing banner since we took down the Christmas/winter decorations, so we had to do something about that.

I think I got both of these ideas from Life…Your Way, but I can’t seem to find the printable anymore. Emily and I made the paper hearts together on a rare day that it was just the two of us.

We are definitely making some more hanging hearts to put near the banner. It’ll be our reminder to love more each day. Yes, even on days when someone is complaining about not wanting to brush their teeth and we have 5 minutes to get out of the house. =p

Happy Valentine’s Day!

– Joyce

MOPS Craft: DIY Stamped Lavender Sachet

At the beginning of the month/year, we had Spa Day at MOPS. There were different stations where we could go to for different spa day experience – massage, beauty products, jewelry reps, hairstylist, nail station… One of the stations was a crafty one. We got to make a cute lavender baggie like this one:

Bells, Bouquets, and Galveston Bay

MATERIALS

  • Muslin bag (or use organza bag without stamping)
  • Stamps/Ink
  • Dried lavender buds

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Decorate your bag with a stamp or two.
  2. Fill the bag with the lavender buds.
  3. Close it up and place it where you need it to smell better. 😉

Image Source: Garden Therapy

– Joyce

MOPS Craft: Chalkboard Platter

This was actually our MOPS craft for September, but I never blogged about it. I wrote “MERRY” on it, and added it to our ‘festive’ Dollar Tree Christmas decor. =p

Materials

  • Silver platter (from Dollar Tree)
  • Con-Tact Chalkboard Paper (from discountschoolsupply.com $6.49 for 18”x6’)
  • Credit Card
  • Chalk

Directions

  1. Using Chalkboard Contact paper, cut a piece of chalkboard to fit the middle portion of the platter.
  2. Remove the paper backing off of the Contact paper and adhere to the platter.
  3. Use a credit card to remove the bubbles.
  4. If desired, add a ribbon by drilling holes in the platter and then loop a ribbon through the holes.
  5. To get your chalkboard ready to use, you need to use the side of a piece of chalk and rub it all over the chalkboard to make it a cloudy white.
  6. Use a dry cloth to wipe it off.
  7. Now your chalkboard is ready to write on! Place by your front door and write “Welcome!” or use to write a favorite verse or poem. Get creative!

Dollar Tree Christmas

We’re not big on Christmas decorations, etc around here (mostly because I hate shopping and I have no sense of style), although we do love to go to neighborhoods to see other people’s Christmas decorations, etc. We are starting to collect things to make our home more “festive” during this time of year.

Dollar Tree is a great place to go if you are on a tight budget.

We swapped out our MOPS Fall banner for a garland and some simple ornaments = less than $2

We actually got these foam stickies from my sister, who I believe bought them from Michaels’ for $1 each pack, and I already had the cardstock = about $4? (I did buy a big pack of the foam stickies (200 pieces) at Dollar Tree for $1, so they could have cost $1 + cardstock. The girls helped to make them, and it took less than 1 hour to make about 20 cards.

And the wrapping paper is actually from Target’s Dollar Spot, but could have been from Dollar Tree too if we didn’t have them on hand already. “Fancy” ornaments hanging from our window. DIY post to come.

Not sure how much this cost me, but we buy all our reams of paper (500 sheets) for Free-$1.00 (with rebates) so my guess would be fractions of a cent. I found patterns for the snowflakes from HERE and HERE. If I wanted to cut out the right size squares, I could even do the more intricate snowflakes, but I wanted to make the most of my paper this time around. I should get a close up of these.

I have one or two more Dollar Tree Christmas crafts/decorations that I will try to post before the new year. While we’re not really on a super tight budget, it’s fun to see how far a dollar can stretch, especially during the holidays when everyone wants you to buy everything from them….and those deals are quite tempting. Luckily, I hate shopping.

– Joyce

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DIY: Herb and Spice Magnets

So there’s something that’s been bothering me for awhile. We have some herb and spice jars. They are on the skinny counter on the left side of the stove. They take up some space on the counter. I don’t really use the counter space that often, but it just bothers me. =p So I was trying to think of what I could do to fix the problem. (I actually didn’t search for this online before thinking it up by myself, but there are some clever spice magnets in the blogosphere (as well as makeup magnets board). Here’s what I came up with…

Bad photo, but here’s how much space they take up. Not much, but enough to annoy me. =p

I had these business-card size magnets from another project, so we used those. I wouldn’t recommend this if your spices came in glass jars, but mine are cheapo plastic ones.

I cut 3 magnets into 3 strips (I only have these 8 herbs/spices) and stuck them on the backs of the jars.

And voila! Now I have a little more counter space. After this photo was taken, I actually put them into 4 rows of 2s closer to the back so that they don’t get in my way even more. =p

– Joyce

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