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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Family Photos

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If you’re anything like me, you love having pictures of your family all over your house.  We have so many wonderful photos around our house but they are, mainly, in frames.  Maybe one or two aren’t but, for the most part, what else do you do with them to display them?  This is exactly what made this craft item so challenging for me.  And I loved it! When I started just thinking about things we might need around the house, our dry erase board came to mind.  It was getting pretty dingy, it was small, and our little family was starting to get pretty busy with Gav going to Pre-K, all his actives, and my husband and I wanting to volunteer more at church.  My husband and I are always trying to keep up with the important dates and schedules and sometimes we just forget to tell the other or forget what the other told us.  (That happens ALOT!)  Then there is Roman’s little feeding schedule which is pretty open, but when my parents or in-laws babysit, it’s nice to have something for them to look at so they know what exactly he needs.  That’s when I decided to chuck…

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Chalkboard Paint

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We’ve been working on a our budget lately and have decided to really hone in on a few things.  A lot of what we would like to do has to do with home improvements and those can cost quite a bit of dough!  This doesn’t really leave much room to save for much else.  However, we have budgeted a little weekly personal money for my hubby and I to do whatever we’d like.  We each get $20 week for whatever. If that gets spent by Tuesday, then that’s it for the week.  With this, I’ve decided to start saving for a new camera.  My current one has been oh so good to me and was a Christmas gift about seven years ago.  She’s on her way out though since technology updates itself just about every 5 seconds.  Each week I’ll save some of my weekly spending money and, eventually, it’ll add up to what I need.  The more diligent (read: self disciplined) I am, the quicker I can get it! So I thought, with this month’s challenge, I’d make myself something to collect it all and see the saving progress. What You’ll Need: Old Plastic Container, Tape, Chalkboard Paint, Exacto…

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Fabric

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It’s that time again!  Time for our monthly craft challenge!  This month, the craft item up for DIYing was fabric.  I’ll admit that some items have had me scratching my head for a good while and then sometimes, like this one, an idea will just pop right up.  Our basement bathroom is nothing short of plain.  I mean, pllllaaaaiiinnnn.  There’s nothing in there but the toilet, sink, and the old mirror from the previous owners.  We just haven’t really gotten around to saucing that one up yet so I thought up a fun way to add some much needed color and boldness. What You’ll Need: Large Canvas, Fabric, Wooden Letters, Paint, Hot Glue Lay the canvas on the fabric, pattern side down, and glue the edges to the back and trim any excess.  When you get to the corners, it’s easiest if you fold the fabric up as you would if you were wrapping a present.  My canvas is 16×14 and 1/2 a yard covered it easily. Paint the letters and once they’re dry, glue them to the canvas. Simple yet bold and colorful!  It may be the only piece of art in there, but it’s a step in the…

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Paper

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time a new season comes up, I have a list of things I’d like to do.  For example, when fall rolls around, it’s pumpkin patches and apple picking and for spring it’s usually plant flowers and fly kites. (HERE is a printable spring bucket list!)  Then, for some reason or another, I never really get around to doing those things, like apple picking.  I’ve literally never done that! So I wanted a way to sort of hold myself accountable and actually cross those things of my list. So for this month’s challenge, which was paper, I came up with a way to display our seasonal bucket list and keep track of all the things we’d like to do.  It’s also a great way to involve little ones in planning fun activities. What You’ll Need: Cardstock, Construction Paper, Laminating Sheets (heat or self sealing), Velcro, Magnet Sheet Sketch out a bucket on the cardstock and outline it with black marker.  I just drew some straight lines, and oval, and a handle.  Then cut out some squares from the construction paper for the season names. I choose two colors per season just for fun but you could also cut out strips for…

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Fabric Dye

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So I was all set and ready to go with this challenge.  I got to pick the item this month, I got a project in my head…and then I went for it.  MAJOR FAIL!  It’s that utter disappointment only an avid DIYer can feel when the project that looked so good in your head turns out looking like a hot hot mess.  So there had to be a plan B.  Well let’s just say that I am so excited with how this turned out that I’m not even upset (ok maybe still a little upset) that the first one didn’t turn out.  Turns out there was a plan C too and I’ll share that in another post! What You’ll Need: Four Mini Canvases, Tie Dye, Large Container, Towel, Paint Pen (optional) Fill your container with water and dump the entire bottle of powder in it.  Try to make the solution pretty saturated with color by having less water for the pigment to dissolve into but still enough to dunk in the canvases.  Start dipping the canvases one at a time into the dye.  When you pull them out, let the color run over the canvas in different ways to create…

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Mason Jars

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It’s that time again!  Time for the Ready, Set, Craft Challenge!  Our lovely co-host, Kerry, picked the very versatile mason jar for our craft item this month and, to be honest, I struggled a bit.  I mean, there’s just so much to do with these that I couldn’t wrap my head around a full idea.  So I did what I always do in these situations, when I’m looking for inspiration.  I went to the craft store and literally stared at all of the jars.  Yes I did!  I probably look crazy whenever I do this but it really helps! So after staring for a few minutes, I decided that I definitely wanted to do something with the mini variety.  I haven’t done a craft with them before and they were calling me.  Then I did the next thing I always do, I strolled the aisles aimlessly looking at every single thing on the shelves.  You think I’m kidding?  Ask my hubby how long I spend in Hobby Lobby or Michaels!  Fast forward through this entire trip and you get this super cute and fun mini pallet project!   What You’ll Need:  Mini Pallet, Paint, Mini Mason Jars, Pipe Clamps, Screws,…

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Ready, Set, Craft! Challenge // Wood

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Can I just say, I am loving this challenge series!  It’s forcing me to think outside the box since we’re purposefully picking very generic craft items. These are all items that I have used in previous DIYs so it’s really getting my wheels turning and getting the creative juices flowing! This month, Emily chose wood.  Oh, the possibilities!  I have to say that one of my favorite aisles of any craft store is the unfinished wood section.  I could stand there and just stare for awhile, coming up with a million ideas on what to do with it all.  Something I haven’t really used much, even though I look at them all the time, are the shapes.  Small little baggies, hanging on hooks, filled with different shapes in all sizes.  Then, when I looked at the circles, I was reminded of a recent play date with our besties when we played a memory game with the kids.  Just some small circles with pictures on the back sides and I thought, “Hey!  I can make this!”  So I did! What You’ll Need: Wooden Circles (an even amount), stickers, Modge Podge (or other sealant) If you have a toddler or preschooler, you…

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Yarn

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We’re back for another round of the Ready, Set , Craft DIY Challenge and this month’s craft item was yarn.  Oh the possibilities, especially if you know how to knit, crochet, or weave.  I don’t know how to do any of these things!  But luckily, my mom knits and she has a lot of extra material for me to use for my project.  But when you don’t know how to do the main things yarn is meant for, what do you do?  You loop and tie!  Here’s my version of a yarn wall hanging. What You’ll Need: Metal Ring, Yarn (in various colors and textures), Stick/Piece of Wood Start with the yarn you plan to use in the center of your hanging.  This is usually your biggest section, though it doesn’t have to be.   Pull out a large amount in the longest you want your hanging to be.  Snip any loops and even out the ends.  To attach it to the ring, half the strands and lay the loop over it. Thread the rest through the loop and tighten as necessary. Since this yarn was so fluffy, I played around with different ways to use it.  I tied the…

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Mini Ornaments

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It’s here!  The very first Ready, Set, Craft Challenge and our item was mini ornaments, just in time for the holiday season.  Be sure to scroll all the way down to link up to see all of the fabulous projects, add your own, and find out what the next item is for the January challenge! Here’s what I came up with… What You’ll Need: Large Embroidery Hoop, Ribbon, Paint, Mini Ornaments First thing you’ll want to do is paint your hoop.  Now, technically, this step is optional.  If you like the look of the plain wooden hoop for your project, you can leave it as is.  I wanted mine to be white so I chose to paint it.  Be sure to paint all edges.  You may notice in the pictures coming up that I forgot the inner hoop when I started so I had to go back and do that. Cut long lengths of ribbon, one for each ornament.  The size of your hoop will determine how many ornaments will fit inside.  My hoop is a 10″ and 5 ornaments looked best to me. Thread the ribbon through the ornament and secure with a dot of glue.  Cut off the…

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Ready, Set, Craft! // A New Monthly DIY Challenge

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I’m so excited to finally share with you a new project I’ve been working on its a few other fabulous bloggers!  We are starting a fun monthly DIY challenge and you’re invited to join in on the fun. Each month we will choose a generic craft item for everyone participating.  All you have to do is get that item and get crafty with it!  Then, on the first Tuesday of each month, we’ll have a link up for you to share what you came up with. Check out my sassy co-hosts here: Kerry, Emily, and Amber I invite you to join us in the very first challenge, just in time for the Christmas season.  Our craft item for the month of December is: Mini Ornaments! image via So go get your DIY on and come back December 1st to see what my co-hosts and I made! XO, Kelly

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