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Archive for February, 2012

Explosion of Cuteness!

We were so blessed to be able to be with my brother and his family for our niece’s first Christmas!  We weren’t sure what exactly to get her though until one day we were walking around Michael’s and saw a tiny wooden rocking horse. We both stopped and gave each other a big smile, knowing what the other was thinking.

We purchased the horse and decided to paint it and cover it with scrapbook paper. This turned out to be a little harder than it sounded at the time. I didn’t really take any photos of the “during” process, but I’ll walk you through what we did. You could do this with just about anything – a wooden stool, doll house, rocking chair . . . the possibilities are endless!

I don’t have a photo, but when we purchased the rocking horse, it was unpainted and wooden. You’ll just have to trust me on that.

Next, my amazing husband filled in any dents and abnormalities he found with wood putty and then painted the horse green to match her nursery. And then created a template for the parts I planned to cover in scrapbook paper.

And then . . . the horse sat in our livingroom that way for about a month.

Have you ever seen The New Girl?  Sometimes I think they based some of Nick and Jess’s personalities off of James and I. I don’t want to name names, but one of us might sing and dance about what they are doing on occasion, and the other one of us might have a tendency to yell what others would normally say in a calm manner.

For example, one day James came home from work and says “Hey, don’t you think it’s about time that you finish the horse?”

To which I replied “I know . . . I’m just afraid that I’m going to do it wrong and ruin it.”

Ok, now imagine how Nick would say this, because it’s exactly how James said it. “What are you talking about! Look at that horse!  It’s exploding cuteness all over our living room. YOU CAN’T RUIN THAT!”

Oops. I guess I just gave away who is most similar to Nick. Well, to be fair, I might have have done a little song and dance the day we bought the horse.  Moving on . . .

I chose scrapbook paper that matched our paint color and cut out the pieces using the templates James made. This took quite a bit of time, as I wanted to match the patterns up so the seams were less noticable. The plan was to Mod Podge it on, but the glue caused one of the papers to bleed its color a bit, so I just used Mod Podge to glue it only. I used a sponge brush to brush the glue on to the paper and then placed the paper on the horse, smoothing out wrinkles and bubbles. This was the really tricky part—smoothing it out quickly before the paper had a chance to dry, but not so fast that it created more wrinkles and bubbles.

Lastly, we had planned to cover the finished horse with clear sealant, since the Mod Podge made the color run, but the sealant caused the paper to wrinkle, so we ended up just leaving it unsealed.

It’s not perfect, but I think it turned out pretty cute. And Hannah seemed to like it, which is what matters most, right? 🙂

Is it just me, or is she the cutest baby in the whole world?

Thanks for stopping by!

This post was featured on Tip Me Tuesday, Skip to My Lou, Kitchen Fun with My 3 SonsFlaunt it Friday, A Bowl Full of Lemons, and The Frugal Girls.

Crazy Crayons

We’ve been having some technical problems with our computer so I’m a little late getting around to these posts . . . .

We decided to make some of our Christmas presents this last year. Since we knew our nephews liked to color, I made them some crazy crayons!

Here’s my process:

1. First, I chose colors in similar shades, tore off their wrappers, and broke them up into little pieces.

2. Next, I put the little crayon pieces into tin cans (the smaller the can, like a small olive can, the better), putting all the blue pieces in one can, red in another, white in another, etc.

3. I put all the cans on a cookie sheet and then put it in the oven on the lowest heat setting our oven offered, checking every few minutes or so to see if they were melted.

4. Once melted I took out the cans and poured the melted crayons into candy molds, alternating colors in each mold. I found that the crayons hardened back up very quickly so I usually only took one can out of the oven at a time.

I don’t have step by step photos, but here is how they turned out:

If I had taken step-by-step photos, they would have shown the melted crayon I got ALL over the kitchen counters, the floor, cookie sheet, and on me. Let’s just say it was a colorful project. 🙂 I also would have taken one of the burns I got on my wrist from the oven rack. Twice. Be careful pulling those tins out!

If you’ve seen other tutorials, most of them say to put the crayons directly into a mini muffin or cake tin, and then pop it into the oven. I use my mini muffin and cake tins pretty often and wasn’t sure if the crayons would ruin them, so I used a plastic candy mold (do not put these in the oven!). If you have an old mini muffin tin that you don’t care about, I’d recommend that you do it that way. Much less mess!  Otherwise, you can find a plastic candy mold at any craft store.

Good luck! 🙂

This post was featured on Tip Me Tuesday, Skip to My Lou, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons,  Flaunt it Friday, A Bowl Full of Lemons, and The Frugal Girls.

Standing on the Corner of Drive a Ford and Farmer Road . . .

Another reason why we love Julian . . . this is a real street corner!


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