BLUE BURLAP MONOGRAM WREATH

THERE’S SOMETHING TO BE SAID ABOUT THE BOND CREATED BETWEEN TWO FRIENDS WHO ARE PREGNANT FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE SAME TIME.

The friend to which I am referring and I met when we were doing some extra schooling to become certified elementary school teachers.  We were both living far from our hometowns and we became fast friends, but I believe it is the bond we share from experiencing pregnancy for the first time together and supporting each other every step of the way that has made us lifelong friends.

We spent a few years in the same area until I moved with my family to another state about five hours away.  A couple of years later she moved to another state…on the other side of the country.  But to me, she is like family and we never miss a beat.  We talk all of the time (thank goodness for unlimited long distance!) but we just don’t get to see each other in person so much anymore.

SO THAT IS WHY I AM BEYOND EXCITED AND OVERJOYED THAT I AM GOING TO VISIT HER AND HER FAMILY FOR FIVE DAYS!

And wait…it gets even better…

She just had a baby!  I am so excited and honored and overjoyed that I get to share in this time with her and her family!

BLUE BURLAP MONOGRAM WREATH

SO SINCE I LAST VISITED HER, SHE AND HER FAMILY MOVED INTO A NEW HOME AND WELCOMED BABY #4 INTO THEIR FAMILY… SO I THINK THAT HOUSEWARMING AND BABY GIFTS ARE IN ORDER!

As a (late) housewarming gift, I will be giving them the blue burlap monogram wreath pictured above. To make this wreath, you will need:

  • a wreath form
  • 15 feet of burlap ribbon
  • a wood or metal letter
  • burlap flowers or other items to decorate the wreath
  • a hot glue gun

To cover the wreath, simply wrap the burlap around the wreath form, keeping it (mostly) smooth as you go.  Use a small amount of hot glue to glue the start of the burlap ribbon to the wreath form.  Then just start wrapping, trying not to overlap the burlap too much or you won’t have enough to go over the form twice. It is best to wrap the burlap around twice so that you don’t see the wreath form through the burlap.  If you come up a little short, just glue the decorations on over that part.

Once you come to the end of the burlap, simply hot glue the end to the back of the wreath.  If your burlap doesn’t end at the back of the wreath, glue it down and then cut off any extra so that it looks nice and neat. After your wreath is covered, arrange your letter and decorations on the wreath until you find a layout that you like.  When you do, go with it and glue those puppies down!

Add a ribbon or wreath hook for hanging. And that’s it!  Now give your creation to someone special or hang it on your own door!  This one is a gift, but I have the supplies to make a similar wreath in yellow and gray and that baby will be hanging on my front door!

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Check out a different style of burlap wreath here and a whole Pinterest board of burlap wreath inspiration here!

MOTHER’S DAY DECOUPAGE FRAME

Are you looking for a gift for Mother’s day that is easy to make and customizable?  If so, then today’s DIY project is for you!

WITH JUST A FEW SUPPLIES AND IN UNDER AN HOUR, YOU CAN MAKE A MOTHER’S DAY DECOUPAGE FRAME FOR A SPECIAL MOM IN YOUR LIFE!

The best part is that you get to pick the colors, patterns, and pictures that will suit her taste, so you will create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for your special lady!

When I was at the craft store a couple of months ago, scrapbook paper was on sale 6 for $0.99!  I took a look to see if there was anything that caught my eye.  The papers that I chose were all near each other and complemented each other so nicely that I decided to pick them up.

I get inspiration for projects from all kinds of places.  Sometimes it’s Pinterest, sometimes magazines, but sometimes I get inspiration from just walking into a craft or home decor store and seeing what catches my eye. That was the case with this frame.

MOTHER’S DAY DECOUPAGE FRAME

TO MAKE THIS PICTURE FRAME, YOU WILL NEED AN UNFINISHED WOODCRAFT FRAME, SCRAPBOOK PAPER IN THE COLORS AND PATTERNS OF YOUR CHOICE, DECOUPAGE MEDIUM, A SPONGE BRUSH, A COORDINATING EMBELLISHMENT AND A PICTURE.

If you have never attempted to decoupage before, don’t fear!  It is relatively easy.  My 9-year-old daughter decoupaged this wood peace sign for her room while I was making the frame.

Because you are just ripping the paper and gluing it on as you go, there is no exact right way to do it.  A couple of times I touched the wet paper and got a hole, but I just passed down another piece over top of it.  If that happens to you, just go with it.  No one will ever know…I promise!

Start by ripping strips of paper for the frame. Once you have some paper ready, use a sponge brush to apply your decoupage medium to the area where you will be working.  It dries pretty fast, so applies it one section at a time. The decoupage medium is essentially glue, so after you apply it to the frame, apply a strip of paper.  Now apply another one, making sure they overlap and the frame doesn’t show through. After you’ve applied a few strips of paper, apply a coat of decoupage medium over top.  Dip your finger in water and smooth out any bubbles.

WORK QUICKLY BECAUSE THE DECOUPAGE GLUE DRIES PRETTY QUICKLY.  ALSO, IF YOU FUSS WITH THE PAPER TOO MUCH OR GET IT TOO WET, IT WILL TEAR.

Continue adding strips of paper until you have achieved your desired look.

Once you are finished applying the paper, smooth a layer of the decoupage medium evenly over the entire frame using the foam brush to seal it. Once it is dry, add your embellishment and your photo and you are done!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE MOMS OUT THERE!  I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL AND BLESSED DAY!

PARIS BIRTHDAY PARTY LUNCHEON

Last year, my daughter requested a Paris-themed birthday party.  She had a party the previous year, so we decided to go for a more low-key Parisian luncheon with a few friends in our kitchen this time.  Ooh, la la!  Magnifique!

I purchased a download from the store on Etsy for the invitations and decorations shown above.  It was sent right to my e-mail and I was able to print out exactly what I needed.

I printed the invitations which included a boarding pass and passport on card stock and sent them to the guests.

We decided on boas as party favors for the girls.

PARIS BIRTHDAY PARTY LUNCHEON

They made their own lip glosses and took them home also.  I got the supplies for that from Etsy.

We chose black, white and hot pink for the colors and used decorations that I printed from the Paris party pack that came with the invitations and some things from my daughter’s Paris-themed room.  We also added some fresh, brightly colored flowers.  The plates, silverware, and tablecloths are from the Wal-Mart party section.

A local grocery store happened to have French soda on special and I added paper straws in fancy glasses that we already had.  The French soda looked fun, but most of the girls didn’t care for the taste.  (I didn’t really like it either, but it looked fun!)

Our menu included some simple finger foods:  Turkey and cheese sandwiches cut into flower shapes, pizza muffins, mini croissant dogs and fruit.

Guests made their own ice cream sundaes and we served cookies and cupcakes that we made for dessert. I scooped the ice cream into the cups and put them in the freezer before the party.  It really made it easy when it was time to clean up the food and start serving the desserts.

I stacked one cake stand on top of another to make a stand to display the cupcakes.

We used a lot of what we already had and kept it to just a few girls this year, but it was fun!  It may not have been Paris, but our daughter and her friends enjoyed pretending it was for the afternoon!

DISNEY AUTOGRAPH BOOK

My family and I are going to Disney soon!  This is a trip that my husband and I have always wanted to take with our family.  I went to Disney World when I was about seven and my husband went once when he was in college.  This will be the first time we will all go together.  It will also be our kids’ first times on an airplane.  We are all very excited!

We are leaving in less than two months, so we are watching all of our Disney movies and getting together little souvenirs and things for the trip.  When I was buying supplies for our scrapbooks, I came up with the idea of making this autograph book for my daughter to collect the character’s signatures.

To make one of your own, you will need a small spiral-bound sketchbook (mine is 3.5″ by 5″ and is from Hobby Lobby), white cardstock, Disney-themed scrapbook paper, Disney sticker(s), coordinating ribbon and a glue stick or glue dots. I like the sketchbook because it has nice thick, white pages that a Sharpie won’t bleed through.

I downloaded the Disney-looking font named “Walter” for FREE here and printed “Morgan’s Autographs” in a Word document and printed it on white cardstock.  Of course, you can personalize your project however you wish.  I used the font size 28 for my book.

DISNEY AUTOGRAPH BOOK

The first thing I did was to trace the front cover (up to the holes for the binding) onto a piece of Disney-themed scrapbook paper that I bought at a JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store. You could do the same thing for the back of the book, but the back of mine was plain so I just left it that way.

I then broke out a crafting blast from the past, my Coluzzle.  It is kind of like a swiveling X-Acto knife with stencils that cut shapes out of paper.  I have had it for a long time and don’t even know if you can still buy them.

You could use something similar or can just cut a shape out of your scrapbook paper so that your personalized wording shows through like this:
Glue the papers together, then glue them onto the front of the sketchbook.  Add a sticker or two if you’d like.

And then I added two different types of coordinating ribbon to the spirals.  I cut the ribbons on the diagonal and just tied them into knots along the spiral binding.  Do this until it is as full as you’d like.  Then seal the ends of the ribbon by carefully passing them through a flame to prevent fraying (as long as you’re an adult).  You can also use a glue-like product designed to prevent fraying, but I’m not a big fan of them.  In my experiences, they were messy, smelly and stained the ribbon.

And there you have it! One personalized Disney autograph book. The only thing left to do is to have fun collecting the autographs!

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My daughter had a blast collecting autographs when we were there! It was the best vacation! I wish you many happy memories on your trip!