Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Amy’s Notebook 05.28.14

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Crochet Sun Wreath via Repeat Crafter Me

Source: Repeat Crafter Me

 

How adorable is this crocheted summer sun wreath?

These 7 tips for living on one income or less are not only helpful, they work for everyone – married, single, or even living with two incomes. So really,  just plain good advice!

I love this drop your digital device here free printable – perfect for encouraging our family to take breaks from our devices.

A slow cooker recipe series for the summer? Yes, please!

Wouldn’t this DIY ombre Jenga game be the cutest wedding gift?

Meditertanean Flatbread Salad via A Happy Food Dance

Source: A Happy Food Dance

 

These Mediterranean flatbread salads look like an easy weeknight meal!

This is my kind of decorating: how anyone can change up a room in one hour.

Facebook timeline bugging you? Here’s how to find ‘Most Recent’ newsfeed in Facebook 10.0 for iOS.

How to style bangs if you have a pesky cowlick – love!

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Amy’s Notebook 05.21.14

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Vintage Book Tablet Case at Stamped in His Image

Source: Stamped In His Image

 

Oh, I want one of these vintage book tablet cases so bad!

This is such a BEAUTIFUL piece: Could the Internet Have Saved My Mother? by Meagan Francis at The Happiest Home.

I must add these 36 books becoming 2014 movies that I haven’t read yet to my book list.

We’re SO enjoying the return of grilling season, and I’m anxious to try this real food homemade BBQ Sauce on ribs…yum.

I love these easy tips for arranging supermarket bouquets of flowers!

For those who never want to stop learning, plan your free online education at Lifehacker U: Summer Semester 2014.

29 Things You Only Understand If You’re A Geocacher is just one more reason that we would love to try geochaching someday!

And I really want to work on a better way to say sorry with my kids and this article is a great reminder with how-tos.

 

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Brown Bag It! The Gift of a Meal (With a Free Printable!)

Monday, May 19th, 2014

free printable tag for meal gifting

“No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.” ~Aesop

Sometimes the greatest gifts are the littlest of things. And random acts of kindness are beautiful and heart warming, not only as a recipient, but more so, when you give.

This post is inspired by a really great friend of mine whom I met at our kid’s kindergarten drop-off. I can definitely say that without her in my life these past 2 years, it would have been lacking tremendously. She is the kindest of souls.

Out of the blue, on a random day of the week, she made an extra meal for our family because she had enough ingredients. She popped by with dish and a little note that said “Bake at 350 for an hour. Enjoy!” I was overwhelmed with gratitude. Being a mom of 3, some days, I don’t even want to think about the next meal or dig through my pantry to see what I could possibly make! Of course, she didn’t think it was a big deal at all… but honestly, it made my week.

I returned the act of kindess last week when I popped by with a roast chicken meal from our grocery store. It wasn’t homemade, but it was a warm cooked meal that I know they certainly enjoyed. Even next day’s leftovers!

This back and forth got me thinking that I want to do this more often to unsuspecting mom friends who deserve a little mid-week break or pick me up. Hopefully this post will inspire you to do the same.

I’ve designed this fresh modern printable with a cute little poem to attach to your yums. Simply print a stack of them and have them handy when your eager kindness strikes. You can customize the printable with meal details, whether it’s homemade or store bought… and don’t dare forget dessert!

Download the Brown Bag It Meal Gifting tag here.

 

free printable bag tag for meal gifting

free printable tag for meal gifting
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Download the Brown Bag It Meal Gifting tag here.

Oh, and we’d love to hear how you used these and the response you got!

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Amy’s Notebook 05.14.14

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Small corner office - Sarah M Style

Source: Sarah M Style

 

This small corner office space is so fresh and bright – and shows how you can create a cheerful space in a small area with no natural light!

This reminder to not lose your real life to the online world really resonated with me.

Being a coffee lover, I love these 5 essential tips for serving good coffee to a crowd.

I’m definitely adding these 21 female authors you should be reading to my book list!

Here’s a printable ‘cheat sheet’ for cooking vegetables so that you’ll never have limp, overcooked veggies again.

Ever think that bobby pins could be life-changing? Check out these bobby pin tricks to see if they are for you.

This garlic-butter shrimp is drool-worthy AND done in 20 minutes!

 

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Amy’s Notebook 05.07.14

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Homemade maple syrup from My Humble Kitchen

Source: My Humble Kitchen

 

Did you know you could make maple syrup from any maple tree in your yard? What an amazing science experience for your kids!

These 15 simple ways to live on less are timeless – and effective. My favorite is to know your goals – so important!

How about a DSW Eames Chair poster printable to download free? I’m loving this – such a cool and unique decorating idea!

Here’s another free printable – sweet and simple tags for Mother’s Day to decorate your gift.

These completely gorgeous diy tissue paper poppies take my breath away – what a fabulous Mother’s Day gift!

Homemade margaritas with only 3 natural ingredients? Now there’s a a perfect Mother’s Day drink, don’t you think?

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How to Make a Succulent Centerpiece

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

How to Make a Succulent Centerpiece from MomAdvice.com

You may think, “Who am I reading? I thought she couldn’t take care of anything (even herself?)!  Well, surprise, SURPRISE, I am showing you an easy DIY succulent centerpiece today and wanted to share with you a few tips on caring for succulents. I think I got my confidence back this year after creating that terrarium for you all and now I think I am some kind of green-thumb-ish-person and I want to take you along on my journey. In all honesty, I worked many a summer in a greenhouse, but I had lost my love of plants when I started changing diapers, cleaning a house, and feeding a family. Maybe you felt the same way?   Today’s project was sponsored by Walmart and they asked me to showcase a fun creation you can make for your own backyard from their gardening department and I thought I would highlight a plant I am kind of crazy about right now…the succulent.

Painted Succulent Pictures

Have you seen a painted succulent before?  True green thumbs may cringe at the painted plants, but (as I illustrated above) I am a newbie to the houseplant world and I love anything that is painted. These succulents have been painted which I think can add a pop of color to your home or as an outdoor centerpiece for your outdoor table, as I am showing off today.

How to Care For Your Succulents

Succulents don’t need a lot to survive, but they do have some small requirements- a lot of light, thoughtful watering, and a little plant food every couple of weeks.

A  succulent is any plant with thick, fleshy (succulent) water storage organs. Succulents store water in their leaves, their stems or their roots. These plants have adapted to survive arid conditions throughout the world, from Africa to the deserts of North America.These plants can take many different leaf forms and plant shapes, including paddle leaves, tight rosettes, and bushy or trailing columns of teardrop leaves.

Light- 

The one requirement I worry about in my home is the lighting conditions because my house doesn’t get a ton of light in it. If you have a home with bright sunny windows, succulents are a perfect houseplant option.

Succulents prefer bright light, such as found on a south-facing window. Succulents will let you know if you are not putting them in an ideal location. Some species will scorch if suddenly exposed to direct sunlight. Their leaves will turn brown or white as the plant bleaches out and the soft tissues are destroyed. If the plant is not getting enough light, succulents will begin to stretch, with an elongated stem and widely spaced leaves. Many varieties of succulents will thrive outdoors in the summer and, depending upon your weather, this might be a better option.

Water-

Most people think that they don’t need to water their succulents very often, but in the Spring & Summer months, succulents actually need more water than they do in the Winter & Fall. Make sure to water your succulents often in the summer.  Allow the potting mix to dry between waterings, but do not underwater. During the winter, when the plants go dormant, cut watering back to once every other month. Really, the watering is probably the most tricky part about succulents!

Fertilize-

Make sure that you purchase some houseplant fertilizer while you are at the store. In the Spring & Summer months, fertilize your plant every two weeks.  Just make sure you stop fertilizing in the winter months.

How to Make a Succulent Centerpiece from MomAdvice.com

Now that we know all about succulents, let’s make a cute centerpiece for our outdoor table!

Supplies Needed

3-4 Succulents (painted or not)- these are priced at $6.88 each

Gold Spray Paint

White Spray Paint

Inexpensive Pizza Pan (this was just $.92)

Painters Tape

How to Make a Succulent Centerpiece from MomAdvice.com

Directions

1. Remove plant in plastic pot from the clay pot. Remove stickers. Hold your can 8 inches away from your surface and spray in a sweeping motion side to side with a slight overlap. It has always been my experience to go thin with the paint, allow it to dry, and then to add another layer for the best results and minimal drip. Allow the paint to dry for one hour.

2. Using your painters tape, tape off anywhere you would like to have some gold peeking through. You can do a paint dipped pot and do the bottoms, trim the top in gold, or create your own unique paint effect with geometric taping. Spray paint those parts gold and allow your pots to dry.

3. Finally, spray paint your pizza pan gold.

4. Once it is dry, pull everything together and display it on your outdoor table for a unique centerpiece.

How to Make a Succulent Centerpiece from MomAdvice.com

How to Make a Succulent Centerpiece from MomAdvice.com

How to Make a Succulent Centerpiece from MomAdvice.com

How to Make a Succulent Centerpiece from MomAdvice.com

Have any tips for succulent care or selection? Feel free to leave them here- I’d love to hear about your experience with these plants!

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Amy’s Notebook 04.30.14

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

High-Low Geometric Lamp

Source: I Heart Organizing

 

Isn’t this diy geometric lamp amazing? So cool – and the fact that you can have a high-end look for less.

So loving these adorable crafts made with recycled tin cans.

I’m pretty sure these tips to pack for a road trip will come in handy for the trips we’re planning for this summer!

There’s a ton of great ideas in this Frozen themed birthday party that my kids would flip for!

Artichoke & leek frittata sounds about perfect now – a light and springy meal.

Um, sure, I’d like to know 10 ways to stuff your face with asparagus, wouldn’t you?

And this modernized Mexican 7-layer dip? Oh yes.

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Amy’s Notebook 04.23.14

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

make your cut flowers last longer

Source: Honeybear Lane

 

I’m definitely going to use these 10 tips to help cut flowers last longer – they can make me happy that much more!

I found this post all about how to make homemade nut butters, which includes a picture tutorial that shows what the nuts look like at different stages of processing, to be super helpful.

These tips on how to get your kids to drink more water are terrific and will come in handy at any time of the year.

Banana cream pie overnight oatmeal? Um…yum!

It’s no secret we enjoy making our teachers feel special and appreciated around here – and I’m crushing on the idea of giving them a no sew teacher banner for their rooms!

So excited for asparagus season – and to try pistachio crusted asparagus with feta.

You’ll be amazed at how big this 250 square feet studio apartment  lives – and the fun design ideas to maximize your living space.

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DIY Watercolor + Digital Art and a free printable!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

From our diy/craft contributor, Sarah Milne.

DIY watercolor and digital art

I want to push my creativity this year by trying new things, and also dig back into a few hobbies I’ve loved in the past.  Growing up, I had a huge collection of coloring books, crayons, pencil crayons and markers.  When I wasn’t playing outside, I spent the majority of my time coloring and drawing.

Now, as a mom of 3, I’m known as the walking coloring book.  If they want a specific picture to color, I draw it for them with a sharpie.  It’s so fun sharing a small talent with my children, and having them thoroughly appreciate it.  I don’t draw nearly enough, and it’s something I’d love to do more of this year.

Painting is always a craft that frightened me.  When I threw caution to the wind last October and created this piece, I realized I need to let go a little more when it comes to art. Color outside the lines, think outside the box, and let my heart do more of the work rather than my steady hand.  I’ve lost a little of that since growing up, being a digital designer you become fixated on pixels and perfection.  Painting frees me and creating a perfectly imperfect pieces is so satisfying.

Using this amazing tutorial from Jones Design Company, I wanted to take a stab at watercolor and turn it into digital artwork. In doing so, I think I’ve developed a new hobby.  My girls and I sat by the table and painted together, it was quiet and so relaxing.

watercolor + digital art: step one: the sketch

I began my piece by sketching the drawing out one evening at my desk. The next afternoon, using a beautiful palette of colors from Michaels and a few small pointed brushes, I got right to it.  It kept having to remind myself… “add more water”  “less saturated color” “less is more”… 

DIY watercolor + digital art print

DIY watercolor + digital art print

Once it was complete, I scanned my watercolor at 600 dpi and cropped the elements in Photoshop piecing them together on a new art board.  Once I had the placement right, I added the perfect springtime quote using my text tool.  It did take quite a bit of playing and test prints to choose the right font.  I saved my final artwork as a PDF and JPEG.

DIY watercolor and digital artwork

DIY watercolor and digital artwork

DIY watercolor and digital design

DIY artwork using watercolor and digital design

And, there you have it, my very first watercolor + digital print and I’m sharing it with you, free!  Download and hang this print in a special place as a sweet reminder warmer temps are just around the corner!  Enjoy!

Download the Bring Your Own Sunshine Art Print in JPEG
Download the Bring Your Own Sunshine Art Print in PDF

 

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Amy’s Notebook 04.16.14

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Neutral Easter bunny napkin ring

Source: Design Dining & Diapers

 

Sweet and simple, these burlap bunny napkin rings will help make your Easter table adorable.

You can make bouncy balls at home? This is new to me, but I know my kids will flip for this science-experiment-wrapped-in-a-fun-activity!

Drool-worthy lemon meringue eclairs would be the highlight of any Easter celebration, don’t you think?

How fun are these diy bunny treat jars? I think they would make fabulous gifts for grandparents, friends, and neighbors as well as for the kids.

I’m loving the Easter coloring of this cake batter puppy chow snack mix and the fact that I can make it gluten free.

This small kids reading loft is completely inspiring – that crate-like bookshelf with books arranged by color – the stairs leading to the loft – the fun yellow chair and blue pouff!  Ahhh, it all makes this reader-girl’s heart go pitter-patter.

I just love mirrors and I’m totally motivated by these 35 ways to decorate with mirrors to look for some fun & different examples at thrift stores.

 

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