Baby Activity Tree Mat

Creative name right?… not,  Seriously I pondered about this title forever and I’ve come up with nothing, except what it is and its a Baby Activity Mat that is a Tree. Anyway, a few months ago I was contacted by Pellon and asked if I was interested in becoming a Pellon Artisan. Fancy right? So, I created a project for their website and anyone can get the tutorial for free, yay! You do have to create a log-in but once you register you can get any of the tutorials by any Pellon Artist. 

And for my first project I present the Baby Activity Tree Mat.

I wanted to make something I could roll up, throw in the car and take with me for my older “babies”. I have a playmat but my kids outgrew the activities by about 3-4 months. So, I included zippers and buttons and velcro on mine, which is always a good time :)

My older “model” checked it out while my bebe was sleeping. It’s perfect for tummy time too (just keep a close eye on the younger ones with the buttons). So go check it out HERE, all of the supplies are listed as well as the directions.

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Gold Dipped Wine Glasses

Have I told you about one of my favorite BBF’s? That’s short for best blog friends mmkay. Meet Melissa from Cupcakes OMG. She is beyond awesome, one of the most stylish people I know and she’s hilarious. Melissa is a self named “snarky narcissist” and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is, whats not to love? Not to mention she is an incredible cook – everything from healthy paleo recipes to decadent cupcakes. She is originally from Houston but lives in DC so when she was home for the holidays we got together to do a little craft project. 

Enter the Gold-Dipped Wine Glasses (tutorial found via Say yes to Hoboken)

View original tutorial HERE.

Melissa and I spent hours catching up and dining on my Pimento Cheese Sandwiches and Macaroons that she made. Then we got down to business. 

All you need is gold spray paint, tape, newspaper and the glasses.
 We wrapped the wine glasses with craft paper and painters tape. Can I just say how much easier it is to take pictures of a craft when you have a model.

Then we took them outside to spray them. Two lights coats worked better to prevent drips.

Wait to dry (and take pics of yourself or eat more)

Take the tape off. You could stop here and you would have some really pretty glasses, be we are over achievers. So we added a monogram with etching cream. 

I used my Cameo to cut out our initials but you could use vinyl and an exacto or even the negative space from a letter sticker. 

Then apply the etching cream, it can be found at most craft stores, I buy it online… its cheaper. Also it says to leave it on for like 5-10 minutes, but I keep mine on for 20-30 otherwise its too faint. And you really have to slather it on. As you know etching cream is my friend as seen HERE, HERE and HERE.

Rinse it off and we are done.

I definitely wouldn’t put these in the dishwasher. They have held up so far with a few hand washes. I am just really careful on the paint dipped part. They can really fancy up your boxed wine :/ 

And be sure to go check out Melissa’s Post about our crafting extravaganza HERE and tell her hi :)

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Oh Snap…

Do you guys remember this picture from last year? Remember when I tried to use my adorable sons to persuade you to go vote for me to get a free ticket to SNAP

Well I’m back at it… they are older and still really cute, see…

So have you heard of SNAP? and are you dying to go like me? SNAP is right up my alley, its a craft and DIY social media conference and anyone who is anyone will be there… hello that includes me, clearly! The amazing people at SNAP the Conference are offering another free ticket to the event in April. They want to know why I should get a free ticket… here are some of my reasons….

1. have you seen the guest speakers… ah-mazing!
2. my 2 yr blogoversary is the week before… best blog bday present ever
3. i need to get my shop on at the queen b market
4. i want to learn more about wordpress, seo, and feeds
5.  i need to be around other crafty women… i live in a house full of (cute but gross) boys

so starting on saturday January 21st pretty pretty please go vote for me to win a free ticket!!! I am number 5. And if I win, I promise the best recap post ever! Thank you thank you thank you!!! (dont worry i will remind you again :)


Mini Journals

I’m still catching up on all of my gift posts that I couldn’t show you because I was way to busy to blog about anything they were gifts and I didn’t want to ruin the surprise :) I found this tutorial for Journal Covers at a blog called Bloom. It’s a cute blog about gardening and quilting but I seriously fell in love with the Journal Covers she made. I actually wanted to make an exact replica but it was the night before my son’s school party and I was under prepared. So I came up with these for his teachers. They are so sweet to him and because I used to be a teacher I know about teacher gifts. I mean I know its the thought that counts and I’m not complaining but I don’t really trust baked goods from your house that traveled an hour with your 7 yr old before they got to me… just saying. 
It took me no time at all to whip these two up and I think they really loved them. Head over HERE to find the full tutorial. (I’m telling you the original is much prettier and I will be making one in the future :)
In the original tutorial she mentions a certain art journal that I have never seen, but I think she is located in Australia… kinda far from Texas. So I found these at Walmart and had to just figure out the correct dimensions. 
And Finn helped me wrap them too, so cute.

Happy Journaling.

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