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Easy DIY Valentine’s Sign

Posted 4 February, 2016 by Trish in Crafty / 9 Comments

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Easy DIY Valentine Sign

Last October I made a really simple Boo sign that I ended up loving so much I planned to make a Joy sign for Christmas. But then I got to be ten months pregnant and was too tired to follow through. Instead of waiting an entire year to use up my supplies for a Joy sign, I decided that a Love sign was in order for Valentine’s.

The best part of this craft is that it can be done in 10 minutes here and there if you’re in the habit of stealing away time like I am. Or it can easily be completed in a portion of an afternoon.

Easy DIY Valentine’s Sign

Supplies

  • Wood Plaque (I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $3 but any craft store sells them)
  • Letters to spell your word (also Hobby Lobby)
  • 12×12 square of scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge (I like matte–use outdoor if you’d like to hang your sign outside)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes (I use foam for most of the project but also a small brush for fine detailing)
  • Glue to affix the letters (I use E6000 but hot glue will work)

Love Sign Supplies

Steps

1. Paint around the edges of the sign. Because the center is going to be covered with scrapbook paper, there is no need to paint the entire surface–just enough to cover any lapses in the scrapbook paper and sign. Not shown below, but paint your letters while you are waiting for the edges of the sign to dry. Note: It’s hard to tell from the completed picture, but I lightly painted the edges of each letter with red highlight by running the sides of a tiny stiff paintbrush around the edges. I like the antique look it gives the letters as well as makes the white stand out.

Paint edges of Plaque

 

2. Trace the plaque onto the back of the scrapbook paper. Cut the scrapbook paper to fit. Sometimes it helps me to press creases into the scrapbook paper to get a good fit. Alternatively, you could use a razor to cut the paper without tracing first.

Trace the Plaque

 

3. Cover the entire surface of the sign with Mod Podge and attach the scrapbook paper. Press out any bubbles. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the scrapbook paper to give the paper a nice even sheen.

Mod Podge!

 

4. Glue the letters onto your sign and marvel at how damn easy this craft was (my four year old helped me make the Boo sign). Add a ribbon to hang or a picture hanger (I like command strips) to stick to your wall. Enjoy!

Easy DIY Valentine Sign

 

And so easy to customize this craft for different holidays and events. If you chose a word for the year, this would be a great decorative reminder of your word! Elle even got her own little sign with the letters of her name (though don’t ask to hear the story of what happened when we all sat down to paint and her sister painted all of her letters for her…).

Boo Sign

 

See–wasn’t that easy?

 

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October Pin it and Do it | Inspiration on Monday

Posted 19 October, 2015 by Trish in Crafty / 16 Comments

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Autumn 2015 Pin it and Do it Challenge

Welcome to the October edition of Pin it and Do it! I’m guessing that today’s links will be Autumny/Pumpkiny/Yummy goodness. What do you think?  The past month has been busy busy–spending most evenings finishing up my cross-stitch (didn’t grab a picture!) or setting up the Halloween Village (hopefully pictures coming this week). I love this time of year!

 

Boo Sign from Southern Revivals (My Pin)

The original inspiration has a separate plaque for each letter, but I decided to just use one plaque with all of the letters. I was really pleased with how this turned out (except for being able to tell where I creased the scrapbook paper  before mod podging) and plan to make a similar JOY sign for Christmas. I still need to hang it…story of my life. Maybe I’ll have it hung before Halloween? The girls painted the letters for me. :)

Boo Sign

 

Rolled Fabric Bows from Our Best Bites (My Pin)

I whipped these up the night before picture day and the girls love them. I tore 18″ long strips 1″ wide from my scrap fabrics (the pink is from Elle’s baby quilt!). You can see from the picture of the girls that the little rosettes are small. I think I made these a little too tight but the girls love them. I cut a little felt circle, hot glued the rosettes down, and glued the pearl in the middle.

Hairbows

 

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars from Annie’s Eats (My Pin)

It’s a bit hard to review a recipe when you failed to follow the ingredient list or directions. The original recipe called for pretty specific things that I didn’t want leftovers of (prunes, pepitas, pumpkin spice, sunflower butter) and some of the things I just flt out substituted–I got a mix of nuts/dried fruits from the grocery to sub out the prunes and pecans. I used almonds. I used half almond butter and half peanut butter in lieu of sunflower butter. Instead of pumpkin spice (which I could have made), I just shook out the spices without measuring at all. I know. So sad, but I was in a hurry!

The bars didn’t hold up quite as nicely as I would have expected–maybe because I didn’t use pureed prunes? But the taste is fine (maybe I regret not measuring the spices more) and even though it is a bit crumbly it would be fine sprinkled over yogurt.

PicMonkey Collage

 

Not a pin…but I wanted to share since I’ll likely forget to share again once they’re done. I made some little Halloween skirts for the girls! Ok, so I’m not done with them yet (Evie has hers one to measure her tiny little waist so I could add elastic. Making little clothing items is a bucket list thing for me and I’ve been petrified to actually do something. I’m thinking of making rolled fabric bows with the leftover fabric.

Halloween Skirt

 

That’s all she wrote! Now it’s time for me to get busy on some of my quilting projects before Baby Billy Bobbette makes her appearance at Christmas. Whew!

 

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Pinspiration on Monday

Welcome to the Pin it and Do it edition of Inspiration on Monday! If you have a regular Inspiration on Monday post, go ahead and link it up below. If you’re curious about Pin it and Do it, the rules are simple–find something on Pinterest (or pin something to Pinterest) and do it! Hope you’re here to join the fun!

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Link-Up Rules:

1. Link up your post(s) below.
2. Please link back to Inspiration on Monday or my blog somewhere in the post you are submitting
3. Please share the source that inspired you in your post. Credit where credit is due.
4. Try to comment on at least one other participant’s post. Encouragement can be so inspiring!

 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in Inspiration on Monday and Pin it and Do it over the past few months! I’m taking a little break from the link-up, so this will be the last one for a bit. 

Happy Creating!

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September Pin it and Do it | Inspiration on Monday

Posted 21 September, 2015 by Trish in Crafty / 12 Comments

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Autumn 2015 Pin it and Do it Challenge

 

Oh boy did I have big intentions for this Pin it and Do it! But as usual, time ran away from me and I feel like what I did manage to do was thrown together at the last minute (except the cross-stitch). I’m happy with the projects, though, and have pulled a number of pins over to Evernote (my new obsession) to try out over the next month before the October edition.  I hope you guys had fun with the challenge and look forward to hopping around to all your posts!

Pin it and Do it September Progress

 

Sticky Garlic Chicken Bites from Damn Delicious (My Pin)

Sticky Garlic Chicken

I had chicken in my fridge that needed to be cooked up, but when I went to search my In the Kitchen board on Pinterest, I found it seriously lacking in chicken recipes! I had meant to make this recipe before, so figured now was the time. Besides cutting and breading the chicken, it was incredibly easy and quick. The comments on the website note how salty the chicken tastes and I agree (we ate ours with rice which helped)–next time I’ll be sure to use low sodium soy sauce. I might also add a little more honey. The girls ate their chicken plain with the sauce for dipping.

But even besides the sauce, I love the idea of cutting up chicken breasts, breading it with panko, and oven roasting the little bites. Could be a versatile recipe base and those little nuggets cook up so quickly!

 

Halloween Spooky Sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery (My Pin)

Halloween Sampler Cross-stitch

Now that I’m done sewing all my hexies together, I needed something to keep my hands busy while we watch TV in the evenings. I tried that whole adult coloring thing and meh. So, I decided to pick up cross-stitch! I’ve done cross-stitching in the past, but it’s been at least a decade since I’ve picked up a piece of Aida to stitch. I’m loving this little project so far, even if it does shock me how long it actually takes! It probably takes me 4-5 episodes of X-Files to finish one square. I’m almost done with the squares and then there is a pretty elaborate border. I’m sure I’ll finish it by Halloween, though.

 

Necklace Organizer from 32 Turns (My Pin)

Necklace Holder

For the past five and a half years, I’ve been looking at the ugly iron holder at my closet entrance. I NEVER iron (unless it’s crafting type stuff, where I actually keep my iron), so it makes no sense for me to store my never used ironing board in my closet. Do you have things around the house that you can’t believe you’ve lived with for so long? (like in Evie’s room I hung an unfinished quilt top over her window to block out the sun…it has race cars on it and does not match her pretty purple butterfly room, but yet the quilt top has been hanging there for two years).

Anyway, now that I’m collecting and wearing statement jewelry a bit more often, I decided I need an actual rack to hang my necklaces on. I went to Home Depot, scavenged for a piece of trim at their cutting area, had Scott cut it down for me, twisted in some hooks, and spray painted everything white. Voila! I’m still trying to figure out what to do with my scarfs–I’m thinking some pretty knobs to screw into the wall.

 

Ribbon Hairbow from Kids’ Activities Blog (My Pin)

Ribbon Hairbow

This is actually an unfinished project started at the Nth hour. I bought some ruffled ribbon and sewed the little flower, but it still needs to be finished with felt on the back, the actual clip, and the pearl glued/sewn down. Annnnnnd, I’m sure I’ll need to make a second one so that the girls don’t fight over the new clip. Yes, they are already at that stage. Though Evie still likes to chew on her clips rather than actually wear them.

 

All in all I feel pretty good about the progress. I wanted to make something sweet to eat, but Scott will be out much of this week and I can’t be trusted with goodies. Ha!

Looking forward to doing a few more things by October’s Pin it and Do it!

 

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Pinspiration on Monday

Welcome to the Pin it and Do it edition of Inspiration on Monday! If you have a regular Inspiration on Monday post, go ahead and link it up below. If you’re curious about Pin it and Do it, the rules are simple–find something on Pinterest (or pin something to Pinterest) and do it! Hope you’re here to join the fun!

Inspiration on MondayAutumn 2015 Pin it and Do it Challenge

Link-Up Rules:

1. Link up your post(s) below.
2. Please link back to Inspiration on Monday or my blog somewhere in the post you are submitting
3. Please share the source that inspired you in your post. Credit where credit is due.
4. Try to comment on at least one other participant’s post. Encouragement can be so inspiring!

 

The next Inspiration on Monday will be October 5th. The next Pin it and Do it edition will be Monday October 17th!

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Fall is for All the Fun Events

Posted 13 September, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 17 Comments

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All the Fun Fall Events

 

Fall!!!!  Doesn’t it seem like basically everyone loves fall? It’s everywhere. You can’t escape it. Perhaps it’s just that we’re all getting tired of the summer heat and are looking for a bit of change? I always loved going back to school in the fall and the excitement over new classes, new teachers, and new office supplies. Yes, really–I love office supplies. Since my girls are too little for “back to school” and I’m in an office year round, I’ll take my fall kicks where I can get them.

Luckily there are ALL SORTS of excellent fall events happening around the blogisvere. Most of these are blog/bookish related, but I’ll just go ahead and put in a plug for Pin it and Do it. You know, because it’s my blog and I’m super excited (also super excited for all of you who are super excited about its return). So…here we go!

Bloggiesta

Sept 17-20 | Bloggiesta

Bloggiesta

Bloggiesta is a long-weekend blog sprucing up party complete with mini-challenges and twitter chats. I love this event because there is so much support available! I’ve already begun amassing my own questions (like how can I add a link for comments at the bottom of my blog in addition to in the post header?). If you’re looking to do any type of blog work/design/brainstorming/draft writing, this is a fun way to do it. Sign-ups are live!  I’ll also be hosting a mini-challenge on post templates–it’ll be live on Wednesday.

 

Pin it and Do it

Sept 21/Oct 19 | Love, Laughter, Insanity (here)

Autumn 2015 Pin it and Do it Challenge

It’s back! It’s back! The premise is a super easy one–find some things that you’ve pinned to Pinterest and do them! This doesn’t have to be crafty–you can make some cookies, do some exercises, tie your scarf a new way or test out a different outfit, buy a product you’ve been pining for, organize that space or clean that fixture. Really–the options are endless! Post anytime, link up on the third Monday of September and/or October.  More information here!

 

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril X

Sept 1-Oct 31 | Estella Society

RIP X

RIP is the brain child of Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings and is now being hosted on The Estella Society. While I haven’t officially signed up yet, my next event on the list will fit in perfectly. I’m also planning to read/listen to Dracula by Bram Stoker in October and maybe squeeze in a few other creepy reads during the month. I’m also wondering if The X-Files might count for the watching portion (nope…this isn’t just a book challenge! There are all sorts of categories!). Sign-ups are live!

 

Salem’s Lot Readalong

October | Avid Reader’s Musings

Salem's Lot Readalong

The details are coming soon, but mark your calendars to read Salem’s Lot by Stephen King during the month of October. Melissa, Care, and I will be your batty hostesses (though all blog type linky stuff will be on Melissa’s blog). But if you’ve ever wanted to join a Kingalong…here’s your chance! Scary is more fun when read with friends. We’ll be using #SalemAlong on social media.

 

A More Diverse Universe

Oct 4-17 | Book Lust

Diversiverse 2015

One of my favorite events and I’m so glad that Aarti is hosting it again! The rules for A More Diverse Universe (aka #Diversiverse) are simple–read a book by a person of color and talk about it between October 4-17th. Please sign up for this important event! And think you’ll have to read outside of your comfort zone to join along (like that’s a bad thing)–Aarti has all sorts of tips on her blog for suggestions on what to read.

 

Readathon

October 17 | 24 Readathon

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

Can I get a Readathon! Readathon! Readathon!? It has been years since I’ve been able to really participate in THE 24 hour readathon and I’m planning on kicking everyone out of the house so that I can fully participate. Skittle pompoms and all. Cheering. Reading. Blogging. Vlogging. Oh…be prepared for Readathon Trish. Sign-ups aren’t live yet, but you can bet I’ll be stalking that website until they’re live. And no, you don’t have to participate for all 24 hours (this pregnant mama needs her sleep), but even if you can only participate for a little here and there this is one event you do NOT want to miss.

 

WHO’S EXCITED?? I mean, not just for the Readathon, but for All the Fun Fall Events! Or just fall in general. Or maybe you’re counting down the days until Christmas. Since it’s my due date, I’m constantly reminded how quickly that day will come (about 15 weeks if you’re curious).

Are there any other fall events you’re looking forward to?

 

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In other news…

Sunday Bookish Funday

 

Books Recently Finished: Since Sense and Sensibility (say that 10 times fast), I haven’t finished anything on paper. I did finish Packing for Mars by Mary Roach on audio, though.

New Books in the House: My dad and stepmom are downsizing so I stole a copy of To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf and My Life in France by Julia Child off their shelves. Hey–at least it was only two books and they were both free?

New Books on my E-Reader: Stupid Daily Deals. Because I have very weak will-power, I added The Son by Phillipp Meyer, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, and Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson. Any of these I need to actually read this decade? Because my track record of reading books soon after purchasing isn’t so hot.

Books on the Nightstand: I’m slowly reading through American Gods by Neil Gaiman and enjoying it. Speaking of purchase to read time ratio, I purchased this book three years ago…the replace the falling apart mass market version I purchased a few years before that. So sad Trish, so sad. I’m also listening to Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. It’s also very good, but thankfully different enough for me to enjoy two fiction books at once.

What’s going on in your reading world lately? Anything excellent on your nightstand?

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Autumn Pin it and Do it Coming Soon!

Autumn Pin it and Do it Coming Soon!

    It’s Fall!! Oh wait, it’s just the first day of September. But that means that Autumn starts in 21 days. The stores are already filled with Halloween decor and fall foliage. There’s just something about the changing of the seasons that is so exciting to me. I find it energizing and I can temporarily be fooled into thinking I can do all the things! All the crafts! All the baking! Just me?  Nah…I […]

Posted 1 September, 2015 by Trish in Crafty / 30 Comments
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Projects I Would Love to Create – Inspiration on Monday

Projects I Would Love to Create – Inspiration on Monday

While I don’t necessarily think of myself as a creative person, I do love to create. I do best with instructions or direct inspiration, but it’s always fun to take a starting point and just jump and see where I land. Most of my creative energies lately are focused in the sewing room–I’m working on my Stitcher’s Garden Quilt (this is for a monthly class so very slow going) and I have two quilt tops […]

Posted 18 May, 2015 by Trish in Crafty / 22 Comments
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Pin It and Do It October – Again

Pin It and Do It October – Again

I had planned for this second Pin it and Do it post to be a crafty post but then I ended up going back to Pinterest for some dinner inspiration. Sorry for the lack of pictures–I did take iphone pics, but you’re better off without seeing them. Sirloin Beef Tips from Texas Roadhouse at Home (My pin).  So the picture looks a bit like a mess but these sirloin tips were absolutely delicious, easy to […]

Posted 30 October, 2013 by Trish in Crafty, In the Kitchen / 10 Comments
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Pin It and Do It Progress – October Food Edition

Pin It and Do It Progress – October Food Edition

I’m on a Pin It and Do It Roll! If you don’t know, Pin It and Do It is a challenge I periodically host which encourages participants to actually do the things that they have pinned on Pinterest. We’re a little over halfway through the month and while I still have some crafty things in the works, I thought I’d go ahead and share the food pins that I’ve completed. Most of them have been […]

Posted 18 October, 2013 by Trish in In the Kitchen / 25 Comments
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Pin it and Do It: October 2013 Starting Line

Pin it and Do It: October 2013 Starting Line

The Pin It and Do It Challenge starts today! If you haven’t joined up yet, please go read the “rules” and join at any time. But basically, during the month of October DO those things you’ve been pinning! Link up any progress reports you have throughout the month. If you aren’t keep track via some type of blogging, tell us in the comments section what you’ve been up to (please don’t link to actual pins […]

Posted 1 October, 2013 by Trish in / 14 Comments
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Pin it and Do It Challenge – October 2013 Sign-Ups

Pin it and Do It Challenge – October 2013 Sign-Ups

There’s just something about autumn, huh? The beginning of the holiday season, the change in the weather. I love it! I know life is crazy, but I just couldn’t resist an October Pin it and Do it challenge. I hope you’ll join me! Pin It and Do It: A Pinteresting Challenge The Details:1. To participate you will choose your level and then make (or do) that amount of pins during October 2013. Challenge ends October […]

Posted 24 September, 2013 by Trish in / 16 Comments
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