Hey, happy weekend everyone! (I know I don't usually post on the weekend, but we'll get to that in a sec.) Hope you're having a great one! My husband and I had a FAB date night last night--we went to Hale Center Theater's production of Les Miserables, and it was fantastic! Any night we can get a babysitter and get out just the two of us is pretty great though. And since I love date nights so much, and the weekend isn't over yet, I wanted to share some info with you guys that is going to make date nights even better. Have you guys heard of yourfreetree.com?! It's a new online company that's just launched here in Utah, and you are going to want to get on board. You sign up for free (see the link below), and then put free gift certificates in your "wallet." Right now, I have certificates for Christophers Steak House and Grill, The Pizza Factory, and Jump Around Utah in mine. I can't wait to print them, and then save money on some fun dates and days out with the kids! It's super simple. There are all kinds of certificates--some for food, entertainment, beauty, auto, home, even travel! Head over to their site and see what you can start saving on. You could snag yourself a date (the activity, not the person) for tonight even! Check out all the details below.
March 8, 2014
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How beautiful are these green photos? I love green. It's so fresh, and springy--it represents the young and new, and I love that. Spring is maybe my favorite of all the seasons. I love watching the first little buds appear on the trees, and the new baby farm animals wobbling around. Life is really springing back from a long winter sleep, and I kind of feel like waking up from whatever fog I've been in too. I have felt a surge of motivation these last few weeks as some signs of spring have been manifesting--even though it's still a couple weeks off. I've recommitted to my new year's goals and focus of prioritizing the basics in life. Do you feel motivated to start anew? Is it just me, or is it in the fresh air?
Happy March and happy spring, everyone!
March 3, 2014
Here's the thing: I'm pretty clueless about St. Patrick's Day. But one thing I can always get on board with is FOOD. Isn't that one of the reasons we celebrate anything in the first place?? So, I hope you'll bear with me this month as there is an uncharacteristic amount of green, rainbows, and shamrocks on this blog compared to the rest of the blogosphere, but here's some pretty, green food to inspire you anyway!
February 28, 2014
Let me start by saying I make no claim to be a photographer. I really don't know much at all, but I love using my camera, and I'm surprised at how much I love taking photos for this blog! There's something so satisfying about uploading your images and seeing something you love. That you took! I hope that's not bragging--of course I have a long way to go. Today I thought I'd share a few a little tip for pretty backdrops.
Much of the time I really like a bright white backdrop and use a foam board you can buy at the craft store for about 3 bucks. But sometimes you just need something a little more special. I've spent a few minutes over the last few days stocking up on fun backdrops. And most of what I've used is wrapping paper!
Other supplies include foam boards or even pieces of cardboard, spray glue (Elmers Craft Bond), and scissors. If you like the look of a fun fabric, drape that over a board. Why not? Wait till you see what that sequin fabric started as.
Since wrapping paper can wrinkle somewhat easily I glue it just around the edges. Cut your paper to fit the board, making sure it extends past the edges completely. If it hangs over a little bit you can trim it when it's glued. You don't want any board edges exposed. Spray your glue around the edges of the board and apply your paper!
I found that peacock paper in the Target dollar bins.
I saw this adorable sequin skirt at the thrift store but it had the weirdest cut, and fit so weird. So I took it home anyway. I cut a piece of it to make a heart applique for a shirt, and the rest is now being used for photos! I'm such a big fan of thrifting and repurposing.
And here's one more wrapping paper example.
I've made more backdrops than I have ideas to use them for at the moment. They are so easy to make and the best little collection to build up if you're into object or blog photography. Keep your eyes peeled for more fun backdrops around here, and don't forget to pin this post if you think your friends might like these tips. Thanks so much for reading!
February 26, 2014
Spring feels right around the corner, and I can hardly contain my excitement! I don't want to get ahead of myself, but as long as the sun is shining outside, I am embracing all things colorful, floral, and happy. I stole these beautiful scrapbook papers from my mom's stash and have been waiting for a fun and simple way to showcase them. Enter these simple-to-make stationery envelopes.
These would be perfect to give as a gift to a friend in a little bunch tied with ribbon, or in a basket with other springy goodness. And how happy would you be to pull one of these out of your mailbox? Add a little label, and send out some snail mail this spring.
There are lots of ways to fold envelopes, but this is my basic take. Step 1: Cut a template first. I cut a rectangle 10 inches by 7 inches. I folded a top and bottom flap so that the middle section fit my card. About 4 1/2 inches. Then I cut a 1/2 inch notch out of each side to make flaps. Step 2: Trace your template onto the paper you want to use and cut it out. Step 3: Apply glue to the little flaps on the side and assemble.
Seriously can't get enough of these pretty florals. I want them in wallpaper.
February 24, 2014
I've had two maps in my kids' playroom for a while now, but they were starting to look pretty beat up. I'd had them pinned up with tacks in each corner, and between all the balls and blocks flying around they weren't going to last much longer. So my sister-in-law came up with a great solution, and an alternative to an expensive, heavy frame.
What you'll need: project display board (or other foam or cardboard), scissors, Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive, washi tape.
If you want, trim the white edges off your map and line it up on your board. Obviously you'll want to make sure the board is close to the size of your map. Then cut the excess cardboard if there is any. I left a little around the edges to add a border with washi tape. Last thing is to spray the board with the craft glue and stick on your map! To get it in the right spot the first time, it's easiest to have another person helping. This glue is so easy to use and it turned out so nice and clean looking.
A little washi tape around the edge gives it a finishing touch and helps hide any rough edges or exposed board. My sister-in-law added velcro command strips to hang it, and so I did too. It worked perfectly. Easy to hang straight, no nail holes, and it can even be removed and replaced. Now the map is sturdy, looks clean, isn't falling off the wall, wrinkled . . . so much better!
February 21, 2014
I'm gearing up for a simple, cheap, and fun map display DIY. It's coming your way in a couple of days, but in the mean time I thought I'd leave you with a few of my favorite map projects/displays from around the web. I don't know about you, but I just can't get enough maps!