Tuesday, May 31, 2011

For Sarah

My sister called yesterday with a crock pot question. From that we meandered to the comment I owed her a Dry Erase Menu Board. Apparently, I got her confused with my other sister, who said she wouldn't use it. Bad Me. Bad.

Her kitchen colors can only be described as Sante Fe. So, here's my attempt at making her menu board in Sante Fe type colors. Not too bad. Maybe even AWESOME since I didn't have to go out a buy paper especially for this project...and I don't typically have these colors on hand. GO ME. Sometimes, it does pay to NOT throw things out. Yeah. That's. It. :)

So, my dear, sweet, sister....here's your menu board. Use it in good health. Big Hugs.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Easter Buckets..An Alternative To Easter Baskets

I have to say- I love these little plastic buckets. I found them at Michael's for $3.99 each ( so they were considerably less expensive than a "real" Easter Basket. I think my favorite thing about them is that they were not the big gallon size... they were tall and skinny.
I took 3 different pieces of printed paper ( one for each kid ). I cut the 12" piece of paper in half and then took my punch and edged 2 of the 3 borders ( couldn't have a girly look for my son ).

I took a circle Nestability and cut a circle out of each piece of paper for the lids. I made brownies in Mason Jars for the kids as well ( this is what I decided to do- mostly because money has been a little tight recently...everything is getting more and more expensive- thank you inflation). They were really yummy- I put a Reese's Peanut Butter Egg inside each of them ( I love peanut butter and chocolate)! After they were devoured, the kids looked around for more.
I actually made "brownie cupcakes" with the leftover brownie mix. After I took them out of the oven- I stuck Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs in each. Yum yummy.

Magnetic Memo Boards: An Inexpensive and Practical Gift Idea

I love Magnetic Memo Boards. REALLY. You could say they're the gift you give that someone who already had everything. They also make excellent birthday gifts ( for girls anyway). I also love the fact that they are so inexpensive to make{yet they don't look cheesy}. For these projects- I had nearly all the supplies I needed to complete each memo board. In a couple of cases I did have to go out and get ribbon- but that was even pretty inexpensive, as I used my 40% off Michael's coupon.

I made this one for Emma's Piano Teacher, Marcia. I was really pleased with this "grown up version". I was amazed when I found this lined paper in my stash. I also used my Cricut Expression and the cart with all the music on it ( I'm not home right now and I can't remember what it's called). I used the flat glass marbles ( you can get them at Michael's or the dollar store), rub-ons for the initial. Prima flowers were also used with the marbles. They make excellent magnets ( magnets can be found at Michael's or Joann's).

Here's a close up of some of the magnets. I made 6- 3 for each side of the memo board.

This is my daughter Emma's- once we got started making these memo boards, she decided she needed one too. These are the colors she chose to use. Definitely not my color choice. She's pleased with it though, and that's all that really matters.

The paper she chose came from her American Girl Paper Pack. I used some SU! card stock as well.

Flowers are from Prima. Marbles are from Michael's. I used rub-ons for her intial.

This one was made for my daughter Linsea's friend Kristie. She recently moved and painted her room purple. Linsea's decided that this would make an excellent birthday present for her. Paper and cs is from SU! ( paper pack was from a few seasons ago).

Here's a close up of her name. I love having a Cricut. This project would have been so much more painful without it.

Close up of the magnets I did. The flower is from Prima. I actually made 6 magnets- 3 for each side. 2 flowers, 2 initials, and 2 small ones.

I have another one to share. But, that will have to wait for another day. I have the photos, but they haven't been edited. I'm lazy that way. In fact, I have been crafting- but not posting- mostly because I haven't been able to find the time or energy for editing, and I hate sharing nasty, unedited pictures. Anyhow, I've been asked for a tutorial. So, I'll probably work one up here pretty soon. Hope you are all having a wonderful, productive day. Thanks for Stopping by.