Easy Fabric Wreath Tutorial

22 Mar
I said I would be back with the fabric wreath tutorial and so I am! 🙂


This one is SO EASY!!  First, let me say, I have either been super busy or just feeling BLAH!  And the month of February here on this blog REALLY shows that.  Come to find out, my bottle of Female Hormonal Balancing herbs was bad.  Like, I let it sit outside in the mail box too long bad.  I didn’t notice this until weeks of taking them.  And after being on them for over a year it was like I just suddenly stopped.  I was a WRECK! BUT…I’m back, new bottle, new smile, clean house, happy hubs and daughter!  So I’m back in the blogsphere!


That being said, I missed the Spring Fling announcement!!  I was thinking just the other day “where are the spring link parties??”.  It wasn’t hard to find!  When I saw the dates they would post I went on a crazy craft hunt in my home.  I put together my Spring Mantel mostly with stuff I already had.  I only had to buy yarn and ladybugs.  So, when I tell you this is easy, I mean like I put this together in an hour easy!  Well, the wreath part.  The pom poms were maybe another half hour!  Pom pom tutorial coming soon!! 

You will need: 
a wreath form, foam would be best
fabric
scissors
pins or hot glue and a glue gun 

Take your fabric and cut it into squares.  Mine here are about 3″ x 3″.  
Fold your square into a triangle.
And fold it one more time.

Dab on a dot of glue, or use a pin if you have them.  I didn’t have pins so glue had to do!
and place it on your wreath.
Now, you’ll notice that this happens!  It flips open to the first triangle.
There are two ways to fix this.  One, when you layer the next triangle on top it will hold the other down.
But sometimes that doesn’t work.  So, I just put a little dot of hot glue on the inside to hold the folds together.  When you use pins for this they don’t flap open as much. 

Now, repeat that process a few dozen times…
yes….that is a Monchichi!

After a while you will have this!!!
So cute, right?  My husband thought of the yellow pom poms and ladybugs.  He’s so crafty!!  Pom poms are also really easy to make and I will share that tutorial with you a little later.  I gotta tell ya, I was really surprised with how fast and easy this was!  AND, I pinned (bought pins with the yarn and ladybugs) the pom poms and ladybugs on so that when I’m ready to change up the look a little bit I can.  I think some pretty burlap rosettes would look nice on this wreath, don’t you?




 And here it is on the mantel.  You can see how I pieced the mantel together and hear the sentimental story behind this wreath if you click here!  This wreath is made from my beloved nephew Khaleeq’s old sheet.



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Well, there you have it!!  Happy crafting y’all!

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Birthday Freebies!!

22 Mar
My inbox this morning is FILLED with birthday freebies and coupons, which reminded me that I wanted to share this list with all my awesome readers!!  

Now, my birthday isn’t until next Thursday and yes….YES, I will turning 29…..again…… 😉 

So check out this site and sign up for your own birthday freebies! Many of the sites let you sign up your spouse and children too. 
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Bright and Cheery Spring Mantel

21 Mar
I’ve noticed that my sense of style for my home revolves around Alice.  Last year I went with soft pretty pastels, as Alice was still in toddler mode. She had a sweet soft squeaky voice.  She wore lots of soft pastels.  This year the sweet squeaky voice is a little bit more grown up.  She likes to wear bright happy colors.  She’s rambunctious, full of life and always happy.  She is definitely a CHEERY kind of girl.  I noticed all this last night while I was taking pictures of the mantel and thinking of last years.
I used an old sheet that once belonged to my precious nephew Khaleeq.  Khaleeq is now a precious angel in Heaven above.  With this, my wreath now has a sweet sentimental value doesn’t it?  My hubby gave me the idea to add the pom pom flowers and ladybugs.  I especially love the ladybugs, they are Alice’s favorite.  Her nursery was all ladybugs and she was even a ladybug for her first Halloween.  The wreath was just too small to hang on the shutters by itself.  So, I made a pennant banner from the sheet.  I love the way they look together. 

I plan on writing up a tutorial on how to make this wreath later this weekend.  It’s so easy, y’all will LOVE it! 

I use more of Khaleeq’s sheet and wrapped these candles.  I left the burlap on a couple of the candles I had decorated for Valentine’s day and added matching green flowers. 
I added our Bless this Family piece my hubby bought next to the candles. 
For the other side, I added an antique glass bottle that was once my Grandma’s, a couple little glass jars filled with green glass beads and tied with burlap, an Easter cross I found at Walmart and my newly painted candle holder (sometimes cake stand) with a sweet bright red ceramic bird on top. 
Here is my spring mantel all together!
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 What do y’all think??  I’m really happy with it!  Make sure you come back later this week to see how to make this cute wreath.

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10 Faith Based Kids Crafts for Easter

15 Mar


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 I’m finding it a little bit challenging to teach my 3yr old what Easter really means.  Trying to distract her from the Easter bunny and coloring eggs with biblical lessons and literature is a just not working.  Go figure that one! HAHA!  I’m not sure that would work on a 13 yr old.  So, I’ve been looking for clever and crafty ideas to show her.  And I found some really great ideas that I would LOVE to share.


There she is, my precious girl!  See her cute painting?  I found that idea on Ministry to Children.  It is SUPER simple to do.  You take paper, using tape make a cross on the paper, hand your kids some water colors and have them paint around the cross, pull off the tape and you have a beautiful handmade piece of Easter art work to cherish forever!!  On the site there is a bit of discussion about the tape pealing off the paper or tearing because of being wet.  I found that if I used medium cardstock and let the painting dry before pealing the tape off it worked out perfectly.

NoBunny Loves You like Jesus
Over at Detail-Oriented Diva, Natalie has made some SUPER cute Christian based Easter basket fillers.  She made those cute NoBunny Loves You like Jesus goodie bags up there.  Now, I know these aren’t necessarily crafts but if you get your kids to help you make them as gifts….well then it’s a CRAFT!  She also made these…
Jesus Cares!
Be Fishers of Men
 I love them!  It’s so hard to find faith based fillers for Easter baskets these days.  She includes jpg images so you can print your own labels and make these treat bags for your kids baskets too.  And she made a girl and boy version of each printable.

Resurrection Rolls

I’ve seen these before, heard of them but never made Resurrection Rolls.  This year I’m really excited to try this.  Alice is old enough now to understand the whats and whys of this project.  It’s the PERFECT time and I found a great post at Homegrown Mom for them.  It’s nicely detailed which is great for someone like me, who is making them for the first time.  I know, it seems simple enough right?  Especially for those of you that have made these.  But trust me, I can screw up boiling water!!  So, I greatly appreciate detail and explanation!!  She even gives her input and ideas in how she presents and works out the lessons involved.

Jelly Bean Prayer Easter Gift
At Mama Jenn I found another great idea.  You fill a jar full of jelly beans, attach the jelly bean Easter payer and you have a sweat and cute Easter gift that teaches you about the meaning of Easter.  Each color represents something specific about Easter.  
Jelly Bean Cross Craft
And then I found the same idea but with a cross at Apples for Teachers.  You cut out a cross from paper then write or print the poem on the cross.  Then cut out cute little jelly bean shapes in all the colors of the poem and have your kids glue the jelly beans onto the cut out cross. 

I also found at Mama Jenn this cute idea for a homemade Easter hat that is perfect to make with your kids.  She was inspired to make this with her daughter after reading two special Easter books about Easter Hats.  They made this sweet hat here from a paper plate, paper bowl, paint, ribbon, glue and fake flowers. 

At My Bible Crafts, I found this cute New Creature Butterfly Card.  The site includes printables, instructions and ideas on how to talk about meaning of being a new creature in Christ while creating this card with your kids. 
Last year Alie and I (mostly me) made this Tissue Paper Cross as an Easter decoration in her room.  This year, now that she’s a little holder I can’t wait to make some with her.  This is a fun craft to do with your kids and so I HAVE TO share it with y’all!! 🙂 
If y’all have any other great ideas, posts or tutorials on faith based Easter crafts for kids I would LOVE to hear them.  Please share!!  I’m a newbie at this, so I need all the help I can get.  I was raised in a Muslim home (my dad COMPLETELY respects my decision to make Jesus my Lord and Savior) and I gave my life to Christ just 13 yrs ago.  Now that I’m raising Alice and teaching her about Jesus, I suddenly feel like I first opened my bible last week!!  It’s amazing the questions she will ask me about Jesus and it’s so disappointing when I stammer and stutter trying to find an answer.  So any help, advice or tips are highly welcome and appreciated.

I hope y’all love these ideas as much as I do!  I can’t wait to show you when Alie and I work on them together. 


UPDATE!!  I found a few more great Easter ideas I wanted to share!! 
At Mom On Timeout, Trish shares how to make these awesome Coin Covered PAID IN FULL Crosses!
And at This Little Project, Jedda shares several Faith Based Easter Craft projects




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DIY Wild Bird Egg Decor

14 Mar
This is actually an old tutorial that I posted for my friend Bella of Bella Before and After.  I recently came across it and thought it would be nice to post it again for all of my wonderful readers!  And with Easter and Spring right around the corner, what better time then now!! 


So….here ya go! 🙂


I am IN LOVE with all these beautiful blue eggs I have seen in stores and all over blogland!  I decided to make some of my own.  I was quite lucky, as I had some left over turquoise blue and brown paint from my Cutting Edge Stencils Project!  Did you see that project??  I’m still so amazed at how great it turned out!

So, I grabbed a bag of eggs from the Dollar Tree and rushed home. 
 I started painting my eggs.

I painted each side and let it dry. 
Now, I planned on putting an extra coat on the eggs, but after I saw the way it dried I really liked the imprefect look of it.  I think it made the eggs look a little more like wild bird eggs. 
Then I added the brown dots.  I googled what kind of birds lay blue eggs with brown dots and I found that Chipping Sparrows lay those kind of eggs.
This is what happens when you get overly excited and start playing with your eggs before they are totally dry.  See the lil chips?  I can tell you this, if you just let them dry over night the paint does not peel off.  My husband and I both thought that maybe the paint would continue to peel because of the type of paint it was and the plastic of the eggs.  It doesn’t peel! 


I decided to add them to a wreath of blossoms I have in our hallway.  This is the wreath before.  I scored it at Target on clearance for around $4!  Seriously, who isn’t crazy in love with Target!?! 
I have somehow misplaced my floral wire.  I looked everywhere.  I was a bit distraught when my super helpful hubby told me “just use the twist ties”.  I said “twisty ties?”, sounds cuter right?  So, I opened up the eggs carefully.  This is also how I know they don’t chip or peel.  I placed the twisty tie in the egg like so. 
Closed up the eggs. 
I attached the eggs to the branches. 

And VIOLA!!  I have a new Easter Wreath!  Pretty cool huh?
I love it!!! 



AND THEN….. I framed it!  And now I love it EVEN MORE!! 



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Zenni Optical’s CRAZY AWESOME Promotion

11 Mar
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zenni Optical for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Have you heard of Zenni Optical ??  They are an awesome online eyeglasses store offering high quality $6.95 prescription eyeglasses !!  There are so many different kinds of glasses to choose from.  They offer virtually every kind of glasses including bifocal or progressive.  You can even add tint for only $4.95.  Tint can be added to full rim, half rim or even rimless frame eyeglasses. 
My husband and I both wear glasses. Well, he does, mine collect dust.  I don’t like mine and this is where Zenni Optical would come in perfectly for me.  You can upload a picture of you and virtually try on any pair of glasses.  You can even save your favorites. Wait for your hubby to come home from work and have him look through and help you pick out the perfect pair.  And since they offer $6.95 prescription eyeglasses  you could purchase a few pairs to change up your style according to your stylish mood on said day!! 
There are so many styles and colors to choose from you really have to take and look and see.  They even have frames for children. 
With that being said, here comes the SUPER AWESOME part!! They are having a Buy 2 Get 1 Free promotion! 1 You could buy 2 pairs of stylish eyeglasses and get your sunglasses free.  Our buy a pair for you a pair for your hubby and get your kids glasses for free! There are so many great possibilities!!  Hurry and check out this awesome promotion before it ends!!! 

Pinterest: PLEASE CHANGE OR I AM OUTTA HERE!

10 Mar
OK…I have to do this.  I’m a little freaked out and as each day goes by without the terms being changed I’m even more freaked out!


Let me HIGHLIGHT some of the biggest issues and then I’ll leave you a few posts I’ve come across.  PLEASE read them!!  This is all pretty scary stuff and what is even scarier is this was first brought to attention in February and still nothing has changed about the terms of use!!


These are just some of the terms listed in Pinterests Terms of Use.

You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for all Member Content that you make available through the Site, Application and Services. Accordingly, you represent and warrant that: (i) you either are the sole and exclusive owner of all Member Content that you make available through the Site, Application and Services or you have all rights, licenses, consents and releases that are necessary to grant to Cold Brew Labs the rights in such Member Content


“YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE ENTIRE RISK ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SITE, APPLICATION, SERVICES AND SITE CONTENT REMAINS WITH YOU.”


“…By making available any Member Content through the Site, Application or Services, you hereby grant to Cold Brew Labs a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, to use, copy, adapt, modify, distribute, license, sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, stream, broadcast, access, view, and otherwise exploit such Member Content only on, through or by means of the Site, Application or Services. Cold Brew Labs does not claim any ownership rights in any such Member Content and nothing in these Terms will be deemed to restrict any rights that you may have to use and exploit any such Member Content.”


“You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold Cold Brew Labs, its officers, directors, employees and agents, harmless from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, arising out of or in any way connected with (i) your access to or use of the Site, Application, Services or Site Content, (ii) your Member Content, or (iii) your violation of these Terms.” 




Read more:

Pinterest: We’re Not Going To Be Sued Into Oblivion, And Here’s Why

A Lawyer Who Is Also A Photographer Just Deleted All Her Pinterest Boards Out Of Fear


Why I Tearfully Deleted My Pinterest Inspiration Boards

Attorney Says Pinterest Needs To Change Its Digital Copyright Policy

Pinterest – three reasons for not using it

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