I’ve been so inspired by Scandinavian tribal prints this Spring!
Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish – even Aztec (that one is obviously not Scandinavian)..
Here is a sneak peak of my weekend project – inspired by a very simple tribal pattern.
…the Earth is thawing here, the snow is melting from the mountains, soon seeds will burst from their shells in new growth.. Spring has almost sprung!
In preparation I’m working on a few cheerful projects for our home.
This counts right!?
#easterdecor #yesthatsachickeneggonmychristmaswreath #alsoyesiknowthathashtagsdontworklikethis
This may or may not be the last bit of Christmas decor up at my house..
Happy almost Spring!!
Easter decor at it’s finest. 🙂
Cleaning up earlier this week, and I saw that my five year old son had placed this hat on the kitchen counter… well, we don’t keep them there so I quickly snatched up the hat, only to find he had been hiding his CUP OF MILK beneath it. How lucky we all are that I lifted the hat, and didn’t pull it or drag it.. it could have been bad, reeeeeal bad.
Moral of the story.. Five year old’s have some pretty “cool” hiding places, so moms proceed with caution.
Today I am showing you how I made this very versatile wooden chalkboard banner. You can use it year round in your home, and just change the letters accordingly!
I recommend making 5-6 swallowtail banner shapes (or sometimes referred to as “guidon”). This will give you great 3-5 or 6 letter word options throughout the year.
I went to my local Home Depot and picked up a 10’x6″ pine board (about $6.50) and had them cut the board into 8″ sections.
I marked the center of my boards at both the top and bottom and then drew a straight line down the middle.
I then measured 2.5″ from the bottom and marked my line. Next, I drew lines from that 2.5″ mark to the bottom corners.
Using my scroll saw, I cut the triangle out. Don’t worry about the cut being perfectly straight, you can sand out the imperfections later.
After my triangles were cut, I then drilled holes in the upper left and right corners of each.
Time to sand!
Once sanded down, I painted them with FolkArt chalkboard paint, and let dry for a few hours.
I then conditioned (or prepped) my chalkboard shapes with chalk, and used a dry cloth to evenly distribute/remove the excess chalk.
I decided to string my banner with twine BEFORE writing on it, just to eliminate the chance of ruining the writing while stringing the banner.
At this point you can write whatever you like, using chalk or a chalk pen to write your letters.
I decided I wanted to trace a great font that I love so, using my Cricut Expression, I cut out a stencil for my letters. The font I chose came from the Storybook cartridge. I set each “x” to 4″x5″, and each “o” was set to 2″x 5.75″. I cut my stencil using Post-It Craft Paper (affiliate link), and then traced and filled in each letter with chalk.
Voila! That’s it! SOO easy, and I love that I can use this all year long!
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I’d like to caption it, “Opening up a can of…pan?” ha!
This happened a few nights ago while I was preparing dinner for my family.
To skeptics out there who say, mom brain is just an excuse…
you are dang right it is!
Having worked on my projects until 2am when not one but two children were awake from 2-4:30am and the youngest until 6:30am. Snuck a quick hour and a half nap in before my day began caring for my 3 children 6 years of age and younger. Driving everyone to their daily activities, making breakfast, snacks, lunch, changing diapers, wiping mouths, hands, bums, zipping up coats, tying up shoes, generally keeping them safe and entertained, putting a load or two of laundry in, as well as a load of dishes, referee-ing said children, getting at least one down for a nap, and somehow it has become time to prepare dinner!
I actually spun the handle on that opener a few times before I realized what I was doing.
It was close though ~ I mean the sauce does go in to the pan…
Trying to open an already open sauce pan instead of the sauce can itself. Forgetting where her phone, keys, shoes are. Requesting assistance from her children by calling them all by the wrong names. Perpetually late and usually wearing her ‘uniform’ of yoga pants and messy bun. She will shower at some point this week, and may put on makeup as well, but let’s not get carried away.
it’s a real thing – and there’s the proof.
Wishing you all nights filled with glorious SLEEP!!
To me there is nothing like a beautiful simple calendar to jot my life’s craziness down on. There is something about using a pen or pencil or my fave a skinny Sharpie to write down appointments etc. This process commits these things to memory (most of the time – okay SOME of the time). Walking through the planner and calendar section at Barnes & Nobles brings me immense calm and happiness.. ha! I’m not even kidding.. that’s what is so funny! However, right now in this season of life, I just can’t justify spending the money on these items, so I decided to create my own.
When thinking about the design I decided I want to see something everyday that inspires me, and immediately a watercolor print (that was sent to me a few years ago on my birthday) painted by Marjorie Ebert came to mind. Marjorie also happens to be my beautiful and talented Grandma! I can look at this everyday and never tire of seeing it.. the colors she chose, the subjects. So, without further adieu (and with her loving permission), I’d like to share the inspiration for our watercolor calendar.
Isn’t this beautiful!?
As you’ll see, I’ve left the calendar blank, mainly so I can use it for any year. You can also upload it in to any picture editing app and add numbers to the blocks etc..
Download your FREE 12 month calendar here:
Ever wanted to start your own family band (kind of sort of joking here),
or how about just keep your children happily playing and busy for hours!?
If you answered ‘yes’ to one or both of these questions,
your little rock stars definitely need some handmade guitars and
I’m going to show you step by step how we made ours.
My oldest free-hand drew the shape of her own guitar with a pencil directly on to the piece of wood I gave her.
For my two younger children I Google searched guitar shape images
and let the kids trace the shape of the guitars they would like on to their pieces of wood.
Each piece of wood I used measured approximately 6″ x 18″.
I then cut the drawings out with my scroll saw (a jig saw would also work great).
Once cut, I let the kids sand down the edges
(the nice thing about using a scroll saw is you’ll end up with a really smooth cut).
In other words… these kids didn’t have much to sand down. 🙂
Time to paint!
My 4 year old referred to his 1 year old sisters guitar as a “masterpiece!”.
How sweet is that!? He adores her… <3
I painted the backs with white FolkArt chalk paint.
and then sealed them.
Next, I drilled holes for the straps
…then marked my placement for the wood screws, and screwed them in leaving them about a 1/4″ from the wood.
Next, we threaded our ribbon through the drilled holes to create a strap.
For my 1 year old’s guitar strings I used soft stretchy elastic
and at first used rubber bands to string the bigger kids guitars. The kids love them, but the sound wasn’t great..
SO I ended up restringing them with fishing line, at different tensions, and they really play!!
Get ready for your kids to have the time of their lives with these simple little guitars
that by the way… emit very tolerable amounts of noise, even in multiples!
Kid and parent approved!!
See for yourself…
Our neighbor friends wanted to get in on the action
so we made them square banjos,
and these were so fast and easy to make.
If you don’t feel like cutting out a guitar shape, consider a square banjo!
Last year on the first day of Pre-school,
I asked my 3-year-old nephew Owen what he wanted to be when he grew up.
His response… “a dinosaur!”
lol Ohh I love that little person,
and I love hearing the answer to this question every year, from my own little’s.
I’m one of those mama’s that is about 90% dreading the end of summer and having my “babies” all at home with me, all the time.
They are just growing up too dang fast for my liking!!
I’m hanging on to that other 10%
to get me through sending them out the door in a few days.
Enjoy these free printables (you can download them below)!
We have one in color and one chalkboard for you to choose from.
Happy Friday! We are fostering our 5 year old’s imagination today as she hosts her very own “Bag Party”! Yep, you read that right… complete with personalized Bag Party invites, AND of course leaping off of the furniture with the bags ~ as she “gently” floats back down to earth. I love her guts!! <3 PS I was going to say – Ignore the mess in the background – but don’t – this is my life, and it’s messy sometimes.
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