Sandpaper t-shirts with Plants vs. Zombies

Creating your own t-shirt design

Crafts on Pinterest are hit or miss.  I rarely have encountered one that is just okay.  If it fails it fails to an epic proportion and if it is a success than it usually borders on epic success.

Yesterday we found one that is AWESOME.

Approximately one year ago (give or take a few months) I pinned a tutorial for sandpaper t-shirts from AlphaMom.  They looked fairly simple and fun to do but I never got around to purchasing the supplies or I just forgot about it.  This weekend my boys and I took the plunge and finally bought all the supplies to make sandpaper printed t-shirts.

It cost 8.00 dollars.  No kidding.

I had sandpaper on hand (typically 3.00 at wal-mart), we have a million crayons and an iron for craft purposes only.

The wanna-be artist in me couldn’t handle letting my children have free reign with their shirts. I knew if told them to go draw something it would be odd shapes and weird looking people.  Instead I took their suggestions and did a few drawings for them.

Peashooter sketch and solider Becoming Homegrown

The great thing about drawing on sandpaper is that you can just blow your mistakes away.

The worst thing about drawing on sandpaper is that you drawing can just blow away without trying.

Peashooter and Solider BH

Going over sketches like these with crayon (prior to coloring) is mandatory.

Scientist from Plants vs. Zombie Garden Warfare

Peashooter and Scientist BH

AlphaMom  stresses really applying a lot of color and she is right on.  My kids needed to add more color.

Plants vs Zombies coloring for Sandpaper tshirts

Plants vs Zombies Peashooter and Scientist coloring

Then we applied it to the shirts.

The exact tutorial can be found HERE.

Plants vs Zombie garden warfare sandpaper t-shirt

Flip it over so the drawing is on the shirt.

After a minute or two with the iron….

Scientist and Peashooter Plants vs Zombies sandpaper t-shirt

Solider and Peashooter transferred to shirt

They LOVED them!

Plants vs Zombies sandpaper tshirt

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare Sandpaper t-shirt

We now know that they really needed to use more crayon but we are still really pleased with the results!

It’s easy, affordable and fun.

Maybe next time I will allow them to create their own designs.

 

 

DIY lanterns and buckets – Oh My!

I have been suffering from Spring mantel envy.

I follow a few bloggers that are unbelievably talented in the DIY makeovers and are able to display them all over their mantels.  Shannon over a Fox Hollow Cottage makes me green with envy with her creations!  Amazing!

After a few hours browsing Pinterest and other blogs I decided to put my creative talents to work…I don’t have a mantel but I do have a kitchen island that during the spring and summer is unbearably naked.  I looked at my ugly metal tin buckets(from last summer) and my brand new-to-me lanterns and went to work.

Here is quick DIY for those with mantel envy and a few without.

My naked lanterns and buckets were ready for a spruce. I have never liked the farm scene on the larger of the two buckets but I knew I would think of something.

We washed or wiped down both buckets and lantern and got the spray paint out. I used Krylon indoor/outdoor in both white and blue ocean breeze. The blue green was 4.37 at Wal-mart and the white was 3.47.

 Got to work on bucket number one

Then the lanterns

 Then my official helper and I hung out waiting for the second and in some cases third coat to dry….

He literally hung out

Took them inside and…..

I’m absolutely in love.

Frame makeover on a budget

This year, so far, has been a year of memories.   So much so that I decided that this would be the year that I would actually print out many of the pictures I took to capture said memories.

I chose the photos.

Got Online

Added strategically chosen photos to cart…and…

Clicked order now.

Viola, Pictures!

Then I realized why I had not ordered pictures before.  I have no frames to display them in.  None.  Zero.  In fact, I had gone through the house months before judging each and every picture to see if I really wanted to keep it in the frame.  Did I really still like this person enough to immortalize them on the wall?  Sadly, a few were removed and replaced with new fresh faces.

Anyways, I decided to hit up Goodwill in hopes of a good frame or two.   I was in luck and found one that would work after it had a makeover.

I found this gem….

Someone had purchased this white frame from Target and hot glued on various buttons.

I popped them all off with a flat head screw driver.

I then sanded most of the white paint off.

Then added a coat of grey primer that I have been using on a kitchen table I have been working on.

It took about 10 minutes.

I found some black paint and Mod Podge and went to work and…

New Frame!

This frame cost me about an two hours of work and 3.00 dollars.

I love successful a redo.

Now to find my pictures.

Supplies needed to redo:

Sandpaper

Mod Podge – Matte or Gloss

Paint color of your choice

 *All the how to instructions are in italics..

There you go. My most recent Do It Yourself.

Clothespins – Fulfilling my life one day at a time

There are a few household items that have always held an element of fascination to me.   Items that I know can be used in more ways than just the ordinary and if I can just figure out a their new purpose or dress it up differently my life would be infinitely more fulfilling…

Clothespins- Fulfilling my life one day at a time

how to make glitter clothespins

I have some strange obsession with clothespins.  I have always seen them as holding so much potential in such a little package.  In the past I have purchased package upon package and then store them until I could conjure up an idea to use them for other than laundry or food storage.

Finally, I gave into a simple idea I have had for years but never accomplished.  Glitter clothespins.   I don’t need glitter clothespins and I don’t have an amazing Pinterest project waiting on the sidelines for the finishing touches of sparkling clothespins so when making these I knew they had no true purpose.

I don’t care.  I had pretty glitter and I wanted to use it….. Apparently I am four.

If you want to get in touch with your childish side these are incredibly easy to make.

HOW TO:

Simply coat each side with matte Mod Podge and then dip into fine/dust glitter.  I used JoAnns generic brand because Martha’s is overpriced.  After they have dried I sealed the clothes pins with a light layer of the Mod Podge in the spray can.  

Now I have four clothespins eagerly awaiting a purpose.  I am sure these would make great little add-ons to homemade gifts.

Now, the winner of the Post giveaway is:Leah M.  (check your email)!

Glow in the dark Easter Eggs

Glow in the dark Easter eggs for a night time Egg hunt
Easter festivities usually have a familiar rhythm to them. Church, Egg hunt, Easter baskets, and lots of food.  At least this is what I have seen and heard.  We have not been able to get an Easter rhythm down in the last eight years. I am not good at planning them and we don’t do the whole Easter bunny thing.

This Easter I decided to actually attempt something new and change our habit of doing absolutely nothing.

A glow in the dark Easter egg hunt.  I got the idea off  Pinterest but I have had so many people asking how I did it I am going to post the directions here.

Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs

Purchase the bigger selection of plastic Easter Eggs.  I found mine at Walmart for 50 cents a piece. (6 in a bag and I bought 4)

Find the glow bracelets – You can usually find these in the Dollar section at Target or at the Dollar Tree

Scotch Tape

When you are almost ready to begin your hunt break the bracelets to get the glow.  Bend them enough to fit in the egg and then tape the crack to ensure they don’t pop open.

Then hide them!

Your kiddos will love them and instead of getting a ton of candy they will get the glow bracelets instead!

Here is a little glimpse from our nighttime egg hunters

Kids hunting for Glow in the dark eggs for Easter

Happy Hunting!

Simple Bird Feeder makeover

I hate birds and I always have.  In fact you can ask some of my closest friends and they will tell you that I always give their birds the evil eye and then tell the animal what a tasty meal they would make.  I really hate birds.

That being said it might be odd to announce that I am now the owner of a bird feeder.  A bird feeder that I wanted to purchase.  I have always wanted a bird feeder.  I have some odd romantic vision of my backyard/garden area having beautiful flowers, homegrown food and bird feeders. Don’t ask me why but it is a fact.  So this year I finally gave in and bought a bird feeder to make my backyard the local hangout.

The bird feeder I bought is nothing extravagant. I am fairly frugal and I did not want to buy any feeder that was priced over 12 dollars.  (Sorry Better Homes and Garderns, the feeders were beautiful, but “wild” birds don’t need to be sitting their rump on something that cost 30 bucks.) My four year old and I went to Wal-mart and browsed their selection and settled on a wooden house for 9.97.  I didn’t like the coloring but I had an idea and the price was right.

Here is my Extreme Bird house makeover — (okay not extreme but I had a Ty Pennington moment)

 Fresh from the store.  No real color and no seal.  In our climate there needs to be some type of seal and I really wanted some color.

How to make a bird feeder

I remembered I had some Jim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye) at home and I figured I would give it a shot.  I never really could find anything I wanted to use the Ink on so this was a perfect opportunity.  It isn’t too overwhelming and it would give it the brown color I wanted…

Bird Feeder with Distress ink

Can you see the slight color change? Not overwhelming but just enough.

I followed the Distress Ink with Mod Podge; Gloss Coat.  There is a Mod Podge that is made specifically for the outdoors but I only had the Gloss Coat on had.

Hanging Bird Feeder

I lightly covered every side of the bird feeder with the ink and had to use my finger for the corners but I think it turned out well.  A darker brown and now it has a sealant.

Here are the supplies

Tools to makeover a bird feeder

Since I had the Mod Podge and Ink on hand this little makeover cost about 12 dollars for the bird feeder and food.

Quick and easy makeover for the backyard bird feeder. Nothing too detailed and I hope it gave you a few ideas.




Green Thumb Thursday Link Up!

Green Thumb Thursday is here and I can’t wait to see what everyone has been creating. Here is my contribution to the day:

Easy to make Fall Wreath

When I first started to make my own things instead of buying them one of the first items I wanted to learn to create a wreath.  A wreath that I could change with the seasons.  I was a newbie in the craft/decorating department so I would scoure blogs for help tips. Here is my step by step of making an affordable seasonal wreath.

First find a wreath that is easy to change.  I chose this one,  a twig wreath.  (I don’t know the real name)

How to make a Fall or Autumn Wreath

It was on the door with some Summer flowers but I failed horribly with the summer selection so it was pretty bare.

Summer Wreath

I wasn’t too proud of that one so I was anxious to start fresh. I hit Hobby Lobby and found an assortment of Fall leaves and they were all on sale! 50% off! I love Hobby Lobby something fierce.

Fall Leaves found at Hobby Lobby

Set with the accessories and a blank wreath, I went to work.

How to make a homemade Fall or Autumn Wreath

All done! I bought the wreath last year on sale for about 8 dollars and all my accessories were 9 dollars! Crafty on a budget!
How to make a Fall or Autumn Wreath on a budget

Now it is your turn! Link up and share your projects….Everything that is homemade or organic! I love blog hopping! The only thing I ask is for you to grab the Green Thumb Thursday and advertise!

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How to make Peach Jam

How to make Peach Jam
This weekend my friend and I conquered the world of Jam.  I actually learned several tips that I know will help me in the future and I wish I knew when I first attempted Jam a few weeks ago. Armed with my phone camera I captured a few moments and I am now going to walk you through How To Make Peach Jam for newbies.
Peach Jam -
5 cups finely chopped, peeled,pitted peaches
1 cup unsweetened white grape juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 package – no sugar needed powdered pectin
Makes approximately 6 half-pints
1. Blanch whole peaches.  If you don’t know how, don’t feel bad, I didn’t either.  Have a large pot of water boiling and place the peaches in the hot water for a few minutes.  You will know the peach is finished when the skin is flimsy and is easily removed.  Place the peaches in ice cold water immedately.  The ice cold water stops the peach from cooking. Remove the peach from the ice water and remove the skin.
Blanching Peaches requires a boiling pot of water and a bowl of ice cold water. Blanching helps prepare the peaches for peach jam.

2. Once the you have a bowl of bald peaches you need to remove the pit from the fruit and chop them up.  You need five cups.  Your hands will be extremely slimy.

3. After you have finished chopping the peaches. Combine the peaches, white grape juice, lemon juice and NO sugar needed powdered in a large saucepot. Stir constantly.  Here is a little tip from me to you.  Just because the peaches have begun to boil, it does NOT mean it is finished.  The jam is finished when it coats the back of a spoon and does not slip right off.  This may take a little longer than “bringing it to a boil.” Just keep an eye on it.

Stir the peaches constantly while boiling to dissolve the no sugar added pectin.  Do not be worried if you boil a little longer to get the desired consistency for Peach Jam
3. Ladel the hot jam into hot jars leaving 1/4-inch headspace.  Remove air bubbles.  Adjust the two-piece caps.  Once sealed put the jars in to a boiling water canner for 10 minutes.
When the time is finished take the jars out and wait.  Give the tops some time to “pop”.  The top of the cap will be concaved in, just like a store.  The key is patience.  I found that if they weren’t immedately down I was irritated and 10 minutes later after they cooled for a bit the tops went in.
Ball Canning Recipe - Peach Jam.  Finished product.
This recipe is from the Ball Canning Book.  I felt that newbies to the hole canning thing needed a little more explanation. I know I would have appreciated it the first time I attempted jam.
Enjoy!

When bad people happen to good crafts

On occasion, crafts and I just don’t mix well.  I will have an idea for a project and I will wait for a period of time before actually following through.  My creation process for almost anything can vary between 2 days to 2 years.  I still have a kitchen table in my garage waiting to be pieced back together and painted.

The craft I was working on for my home was a chalkboard for the office/playroom.  (That proves I am a mom, I call this room an office and my kids call it the playroom)

I had a piece of scrap wood hanging around from one of my husband’s projects and I knew that I wanted to make it some type of chalkboard.  Recently I have been very into using newspaper as a medium for many of my projects so I decided to make a chalkboard with a border of newspaper.

The beginning of the project:
Homemade chalkboard craft with newspapers

The concept was simple.  I picked specific articles (I didn’t want anything about death and destruction) to mod podge on the board.  The entire board. I then would simply apply my chalkboard paint on top of the newspaper.

Homemade chalkboard craft with newspapers

That was my mistake.  I should have left the area for the chalkboard free of all newspaper. I applied the chalkboard paint and realized that my newspaper was not completely smooth and as a result the chalkboard has bumps.

Homemade chalkboard craft with newspapers
However……
Homemade chalkboard craft with newspapers

I still like my idea and I do believe it does have potential.   I can still use the chalkboard and if no one gets too close they can’t really see the lumps.  So I guess this is a semi-success.  Doesn’t look fabulous but it still can be used.
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