Category Archives: Crafts & DIY

She {hearts} Kids Canvas Name Art

Many people say to me, you and your kids must do crafts all day since you are so crafty.  That could not be farther from the truth for me.  I confess that I LOVE crafting but do not love crafting with my children. That thought actually makes me cringe a little bit. LOL!  Crafting is more of an outlet for when I want to chill by myself.  With that being said, I have decided now that my kids are little older, to plan a few crafts for us to do together while we are home for the summer.  I found this activity on Pinterest and it is very easy!

Supplies Needed

blank canvas

acrylic paint

paint brushes

tape

I started by using tape to place on the canvas to spell out each child’s name.  I used my washi tape since it was thinner then the blue painters tape.  You could even use masking tape.

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Then let the kids have fun painting!  

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Once the paint is dry peel off the tape and the name is left white.  

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Two of my kids wanted to paint the white letter with glitter.  The other child wanted sparkles ALL over, so we painted sparkles all over her canvas before we pulled the tape off.

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You could do anything you wanted though.  Sky is the limit!  Enjoy!

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She {hearts} DIY magnets

I don’t normally write about craft projects, because let’s face it, I’m not good at them.  And usually anything I start, never gets finished.  But a couple of months ago, I was introduced to a fun and easy craft at my MOPS group.  Even I could do it!

DIY Magnets are not only easy and fun, but they make great gifts too.  Ready to learn how to make these cute magnets?  Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

Clear stones with one flat edge

Modge Podge

Two sided magnets

Scrap paper

Pencil

Scissors

Small Paint Brush

Directions:

  1. Trace scrap paper around the stone.
  2. Cut out scrap paper.
  3. Modge Podge your scrap paper to the flat surface of the stone.
  4. Modge Modge your magnet on the back.

Yup!  It’s as simple as that.  Here are some fun variations too!

  • Add letters to make learning fun with your kids.
  • Make several of them the same and use for sorting and matching.
  • Try it with glitter, stickers or even pictures.

She {hearts} Last Minute Mother’s Day Printables

If you’re still looking for some printable Mother’s Day cards or prints, here are a few beautiful ones I’ve come across!

Mother’s Day Stationery at The Alison Show

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A Mother’s Influence Printable at Kiki & Company

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Mother’s Day Bookmarks from Living Locurto

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Mother’s Day Brunch Printables from Smitten Blog Design

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Best Mom Card and Gift Tags from Love vs. Design

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Mother’s Day Freebies from Hello Lucky

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Mothers Printable at Elli Blog

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Mother’s Day Card and Gift Tags from Tom Kat Studio

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From all of our writers here at She {hearts} It… Happy Mother’s Day!!

She {hearts} The Plaid Barn

Craft supplies are my love language. I most definitely can’t get enough. I love awesome deals almost as much as I love discovering unique craft supplies. The Plain Barn is a daily deals site which offers both great crafty supplies AND sweet prices!

The Plain Barn provides daily deals on high-quality supplies, and when you sign up for their daily email, their deal of the day will be delivered right to your inbox. The Plain Barn’s daily deals include (but aren’t limited to) paper goods, stamps, washi tape, jewelry supplies & kits, notecards and envelopes, ribbon & elastic, and party supplies. The have also broadened their offerings to include accessories (earrings, scarves, bracelets, camera straps, hair accessories, necklaces) and grab bags of supplies. The daily items offered are always up to date and possess the uniqueness that your local chain craft store can’t always measure up to.

I have ordered from The Plain Barn a few times. My favorite item is the self-inking address stamp I purchased a few months ago. The designs that were offered were unlike any I’d seen for address stamps. I am wowed every day by their trendy offerings!

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She {hearts} Creating Frugal Home Decor

new_0456Being frugal doesn’t exactly make decorating easy, but it can be very rewarding. It just takes some creativity and time.

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I’ve known I wanted new bedding for a couple years now, but I never came across anything I loved more than what I already had. Recently though, we took the plunge and purchased a king size mattress/box springs {still saving for the bed frame} but for now, it’s just fine on the floor. So, I had to get new bedding.

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I’ve always loved white. It’s a happy clean color. I thought maybe if it’s in the bedroom {and not even remotely close to where the kids eat} we’ll be okay. So far, so good.

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 1. my DIY revamped lamps here

2. pillow covers made out of plain white pillow cases using the envelope technique {super easy} here

  • for the leather details on the pillows, I used re-purposed leather {old skirt, thrifted}
  • glued black velcro on the leather, then cut out triangles, and found a ‘stache {clip art} online to use as a stencil
  • sewed the white {opposite} velcro on the pillow, this way, I can wash {and bleach} the pillow cases when needed
  • they don’t look bright white because I covered some dark blue pillows I already had {for now; eventually I’ll get some white pillows… IKEA isn’t as close as it used to be, sigh}

3. coffee filter wreath via none other than Martha Stewart here

4. old used canvas found at thrift store {may have been a painting of a sunset}

  • I painted over it {sorry, artist that painted it back in the 80′s, it was time}
  • then hubby spray painted the numbers/letter using black spray paint, and number stencils found at hardware store {of course your numbers will mean something to you}

5. old frame/chicken wire, stapled on back

I’m sure I’ll get tired of my hipster pillows and add something different to them before too long, but for now I love them!

She {hearts} St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

I am a big fan of DIY Crafts for Holidays. I love searching blogs and Pinterest for new ideas to pin on my boards. Here are some of my favorite crafts for St. Patrick’s Day. If you want to check out the craft post just click on the photo.

I love this easy and simple St. Patrick’s Day Sign from Tatertots & Jello

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 This banner from Rebecca as Simple As That is ADORABLE!!

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I love this yarn vase from Mod Podge Rocks Blog.

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 This is a wonderful craft to do with your kids from Meet the Dubiens. Really cute! 

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Hope you all enjoy these crafts and have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!

She {hearts} Advent

This is a little late in coming considering that the first advent Sunday has already passed, however I thought there may be a few of you, that like me, procrastinate. And there’s nothing to say you can’t jump into something in the middle of it, especially if the only thing holding you back is a lack of wreath.

I am relatively new to observing this season with a wreath and lighting candles. I bought one about 5 or so years ago, a nifty little one that used tea candles. I even had the foresight to purchase a few extra packs of the traditional purple and rose candles. I have by no means been faithful in remembering to do our reading and light our candles daily these past 5 seasons, but I knew that it was something I wanted to continue. Last year I really had to piece together the leftover candles from previous years, since by the end of the season you only light the last Sunday’s candle for a few days  there is always left over, whereas the first Sunday’s candle has probably needed to be replaced (those little tea lights don’t last long). Anyhow, last year should have been the time I would prepare for this year, knowing that I would not remember to buy the candles in time. But I didn’t. Which brought me to this past Sunday, the first Sunday of advent and no purple/rose candles.

So instead I just rummaged around for things I had on hand, and came up with this:

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A beautiful bamboo tray given to me recently for my bday and 4 pillar candles I had stashed in the garage. Just yesterday I added the tulle after buying some at a craft shop since I did want to incorporate the purple and rose colors. I love how it turned out, and look forward to having more burn time then the little tea lights allow.

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DIY Advent Wreath Ideas

Wreath: Use a simple 4 candle holder (or 5 if you want to include the Christ candle). Or to “make” your own, get creative like a thin log round or matching vases. Of course you can just use what you have on hand like a bowl or a plate/platter, they both work great.

Candles: Again you can use what you have. They certainly don’t need to be the purple and rose, or if you want to keep to that tradition wrap the candles you have in ribbon, tulle, twine, or use this cool idea (tutorial here) and you can print a graphic (or the word of the candle, like HOPE and JOY)  in the right color to apply to your candle.

Decorate: Not needed, I put little bells around ours, you could find some fresh greenery, or small ornaments, etc. Have fun and make it your own!

*Never leave your candles burning unattended! And remember to be extra careful if you add embellishments as they can be additional fire hazards.*