Fun Easter Projects and Traditions…..

Easter is soooo early this year!

I’m not quite ready to think about it….but I better get with it.

Here are some of the fun projects we enjoy doing at Easter….you can click on the title of each to be taken to the post with the how-to’s, etc.

Just this weekend I gave these to a lovely group of teen girls that spent the weekend with us…..here’s the how-to….

Vintage German Easter Egg Treats

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This is our favorite way to dye eggs…..I just love the colors:

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

naturally dyed eggs on silver tray

Ever know the stories behind Easter Traditions?

I shared some in this post:

Easter Traditions

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We had fun making these last year, too….

Vintage Sheet Music Eggs

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Here’s the recipe for

Easter Story Cookies

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Have you started looking for the

Pine Tree Crosses

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I shared about our

Easter Egg Tree …… and how you can make your own….

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And we love the yearly tradition of doing a

Passion Tree

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Well…those are some of our fun yearly traditions that we enjoy…..do you have any special Easter traditions? I’d love to hear about them!

Blessings~

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Christmas Journaling Day…..

I shared last year in this post how we have a family tradition…..A Christmas Journal.

art journaling

Each year we take turns writing an entry in the journal….whatever each of would like to share about the Christmas season that we just had. When the kids were little they would just scribble or draw pictures. It’s fun to go back and look over everyone’s entries.

That’s what we will be doing today….

Do you have any kind of family journal that everyone takes part in?

Blessings~

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Self-Portrait Canvases…….

Before we home schooled our children they went to a private classical school here in our area.  As the room mom for their classes one of my responsibilities was to create something for our class to auction off at the annual fundraising auction.

I did that for many years…..but this one was my favorite!

I painted a canvas for each class and used mixed media materials and mediums to add dimension.  The middle of each canvas were blocks with heads and necks that I drew….one for each child.  I had the children sign up for times and come over to draw a self-portrait of themselves on one of the heads.  {My middle daughter’s is the one with the BIG eyelashes.  Cracks. me. up.}  They were in kindergarten when they did this! I named this one “Unrepeatable Miracles”.

self portrait canvases

The ones you see here hang on our upstairs hallway wall…..they were the ‘practice’ canvases for the kids….the larger ones were auctioned off at the auction.  One class canvas was auctioned at $6,000 and the other one for $8,000. Whoa! I think the parents liked them a lot! There was a lot of bidding going on….they both started at $100! {My son’s class was in 3rd grade when they did theirs….my son is the one with the big blue eyes. :)} I named this one “The Chosen”.

self-portraits

I feel blessed to have the ‘practice’ ones hanging on our walls.  The middle canvas is one that I did for our family…..a house with the head of each one of us inside.

These were such fun projects and hold so many great memories. I love to see the individual style of each child.  None of them were intimidated or hesitant about picking up the brushes and drawing their self-portrait.  And each of them were pleased when they were finished. We have so much to learn from children. I love to watch them do art. It’s the best kind. I think they truly see themselves as God sees them.

How would you go about doing a self portrait if asked?? Would you like it, or run like crazy?

Blessings~

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That Time of Year is Here……

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It’s that time of year again.  We are starting back to school next Monday.

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Where has the summer gone? We homeschool, and right now I wished my desk looked more like this…..

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instead of this…..

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Soon there will be things like this all over our cottage…..

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I love this quote…

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I think everyone should have their own copy of this…..

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Because, after all, as you can see below….punctuation is very important……

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I think these would make a fun back-to-school breakfast…..

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And these would be some fun little treats to pass out to friends….

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These are wonderful questions….and I will keep them nearby all year….especially great if you have teens…..

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I think you will find this real time video of the Northern Lights a real treat….

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For Family Night this upcoming weekend we are going to have a Back-to-School Party…just the 5 of us. I can’t wait…we always have fun with this. It will look a bit like this…..

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Can you tell I have a lot on my mind?

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What. is. your. week. looking. like?

Soda Can Art

I think these are so fun to make…I love taking things and repurposing them into something completely different from their original purpose.

These fun garden art pieces are made from aluminum soda cans.

art from aluminum cans

soda can artIt’s a super easy project…great fun for even young children. {An adult probably needs to do the cutting and then they can decorate.}

aluminum can art

Here’s what you need:

aluminum soda cans…any kind

acrylic paints and/or spray paints

3-D or puff paint if you want a 3-D look

sharp scissors

Here’s how ya do it:

1. Thoroughly wash/rinse out cans

2. Using sharp scissors cut the can in half…poke a hole halfway down and then cut around the can.

3. Decide the design you would like…..pointed or squared. Then begin from the cut edge cut down until you ALMOST reach the bottom…either in zig-zag or in long rectangles.

4.  Bend the cut pieces out like rays of a sunshine.  If there are any pieces you don’t like…cut them out.

5.  Paint and decorate them any way you wish!

Aluminum is super easy to bend, so you can crinkle it if you’d like; or bend it any way you wish.  You can really have fun with this project.

Teens would love to do a bunch of these to decorate their room or locker…just be careful, the cut edges are sharp.

You can hang them with nails, or put magnets on the back.

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Anyone else gearing up for school?  I started filling in planners/plans for our three today. {We homeschool…so I’m making sure we have everything covered and ordered and ready to go.} So hard to believe that we will be starting in just a couple of weeks!

It will be an exciting year…our oldest will be going to China for a couple of weeks….and I will also be taking him to NYC for a Mom/Son senior trip. Lots of other exciting things coming up this school year, too.  I don’t want to rush it away….but I can’t wait for some things!

I’m running around trying to squeeze in those last few projects before we start…my ideas far exceed my allotted time! Eeeeeeeeeek!

Do you have a list..written or imaginary…that you like to check off before the school year starts?

Blessings~

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The Blessing Tree…..

After Easter was over and our Passion Tree was completed…I had another idea for the branches that we had used. I thought it would be fun to create a Blessing Tree.  I originally was on the lookout for an old, wooden violin case….let me know if you see any!…..to use for our ‘blessings’; but since I hadn’t found one that I really liked yet, I thought the branches from our Passion Tree would be great!

the blessing tree

I wanted to create little cards or tags of fun little blessings….or things to do….or things to ponder and then have them in a convenient location in our home….So, each time someone comes over or visits they can pick one and take it with them.

the blessing tree

the blessing tree

the blessing tree

I still want to use the old wooden violin case idea; but for now I think this is super fun!

the blessing tree

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the blessing tree

Our Blessing Tree sits in the middle of our living room/entryway area…perfect for people to grab one as they go or come.

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blessing tree

the blessing tree

 I added some fun vintage French dictionary pages so it wouldn’t just have little tags hanging on it……and I’m always looking for excuses to use vintage book pages.

the blessing tree

the blessing tree

the blessing tree

the blessing tree

 For the summer I created a list of fun things to do….to slow people down…..things to be enjoyed or savored.  They are printed on vintage French sheet music……I’ve included those lists/printouts for you below in case you would like to create your own tree.  Feel free to print them out, cut them into little strips and put them or hang them somewhere neat in your home.

 We tell people there is only one rule…..you can’t read the strips of paper and pick out one.  You have to just pick one and be surprised! 🙂 No choosing.

Here is how we created our Blessing Tree:

{See our Passion Tree post for how to set up the branches}

1. Print out a fun list of things to do or ponder, or scripture, or encouraging words.

2.  Cut them into strips.

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3. Punch small holes in one end…I used a teardrop hole punch for ours.

4. Using any kind of wire {or leftover Christmas ornament hooks} bend the wire into a hook to create a hanger for each strip.

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5. Hang away…all over the branches!

Here are the two sheets of printouts that we used:

{You can enlarge or shrink them depending on your preference.}

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tree blessing

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 If you were picking a strip….which one of the above would you want to pick?

Blessings~

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DIY Chalkboard {For Outside}

We made this chalkboard over 10 years ago….and it is still going strong!

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It has been used in so many ways…..birthday party wishes, to keep score, tic-tac-toe, messages from friends, as a story board, in many home movies as a prop, etc. I can’t even remember all the ways that we have used it.

diy chalk board

It hangs outside on our chimney…and has for the whole 10+ years. I didn’t touch-up the pictures…you can see that it is a bit worn from being written on for so many years; but it actually doesn’t show in person and you can’t tell when you look at it.  We still use it all the time.

I thought I would share how we made it….it can be used inside or outside.  It’s the same process no matter where you decide to use it.

diy chalk board

Here’s what you will need:

plywood cut to the size that you would like the chalkboard

chalkboard paint…brush-on {We like to use Rustoleum}

Paint brush

Other colored paint for decorating, if you wish.  We used acrylic for our vine.

Picture hanging hardware and wire for hanging {Get heavy-duty!}

Here’s how ya do it:

1.  Paint 4-5 coats of chalkboard paint on the front and sides. 1-2 coats on the back.

2. Paint any decorations that you would alike on the front…be sure to only paint around the edges like a frame…you want the center open so you can use it.

3.  Attach hanging hardware on the back.

4. Allow to dry 24-48 hours before putting outside.

5.  Hang in a fun spot!

We have never touched-up or had to repair our chalkboard….it has lasted very well. It stays outside year-round in all kinds of weather.

What projects have you been up to lately?

Blessings~

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Outside Chalkboard Tables {DIY Chalkboard}

We have had these little table frames in our shed for years!  It was time to do something with them.  I think we found them on the side of the road, or someone was cleaning them out and gave them to us….I can’t remember which.

Handsome cut some old wood we also had in the shed into squares to fit inside the table tops……and I painted them with chalkboard paint {some people call it blackboard paint}.  Now these little tables are having fun in our yard serving all kinds of purposes…fun notes, game tables, score keepers, impromptu drawings, etc.

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[OK, these pictures are humbling….because I have to admit: I DON’T LIKE PLASTIC! OK, I said it.  Hate me if you want to….I know some people love it.  We had a yard full of wonderful teak yard furniture…but the squirrels decided to use it as a chew toy.  So, until we find metal furniture that we really like…..we have to go with the plastic chairs.] *hanging head with large sigh*

If you’d like to make some fun chalkboard tables like these…..

Here  is what you need:

Chalkboard paint {I used the spray kind purchased from AC Moore or Michael’s}

table frame of some kind..if it’s for outside metal would be best

plywood 3/8″ or 1/2″ thick {We used 3/8″}

Here’s how ya do it:

If you don’t like the frame color/finish….paint it.  We left ours as is because we liked the rusty look

Cut the plywood to fit inside the frame of the table..be sure to cut it just a tad bit smaller than the size of the frame.  If your table doesn’t have a ‘pocket’ for the wood to fit into…then you can cut the wood to whatever size you would like and attach it to the table with screws.

Paint the wood with the chalkboard paint…..I used 3 coats.  It dries very quickly.

Attach your top to the base by either inserting into the opening or with screws..depending on the style of table that you have.

Play Tic-Tac-Toe

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Hope you have a super weekend….any fun plans?

Blessings~

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Seashell Pictures {Art Frame}

I shared a picture in the seashell post last week of a frame that we had covered in small seashells. I thought I would share with you all how to do that….it is super easy.

{OK, that little boy in the picture…he is going to be 17 next week!  WHEN, I ask you, WHEN did that happen? And the big boy…he has a birthday next week, too. He’s not going to be 17, though.}

seashell crafts

What you will need:

Any frame, any size, with a flat surface….for the one above I used a 4 x 6 that I already had on hand.

Clear hot glue

Small seashells, sand, small pebbles from the beach {If you don’t live near the beach you can purchase these at art/craft stores, dollar stores, or online.}

Here’s how ya do it:

1.  If you don’t like the color of your frame…you can paint it first.   I liked the finish of the one I had because it was sand-colored and fit the room in which I wanted to use it.  But, you could paint your frame any color before adding the shells for a more dramatic effect.

2. Using the hot glue….cover one side at a time with glue and sprinkle the small shells onto the glue trying to cover as much surface as possible. {While the glue is still ‘wet’ you can sprinkle sand on any uncovered spots if you’d like.}

3. Go back and add larger shells in specific spots with dots of hot glue. Keep covering until you are happy with it!

Tah-dah!

This project cost us $0….we already had the frame and glue, and we gathered the shells from the beach.  BUT, even if you don’t already have everything…..you can purchase a frame from the dollar store {it doesn’t have to be pretty…you are going to make it pretty}, and little bags of shells are fairly inexpensive.

What are you working on at your home these days?

Blessings~

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4th of July Crafts {For Crazy Patriots}

OK…I don’t do too many crafts on here, but I just had to share our 4th of July Crazy Hats and Fans.   Special July crafts just for you. You might really need some…..and I don’t want you to miss out.

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We made these a few years ago….and still use them every 4th of July.  When we go to 4th of July parades or fireworks we have strangers stop us and want our hats and fans.

I keep thinking we are going to get tired of them…but each year we pull them out and have fun with them again.  They are super easy to make…..

Here are a couple of our models from the 4th of July photo shoot……

Stranger Strange friend Lovely friend { 😉 } at the fireworks…..

4th of july parade

Yours Truly…….

4th of july parade

4th of july parade

Now, don’t you want one?

Here’s what you need for the hats:

red & white craft foam…..9 x 12 pieces

silver and/or gold pipe cleaners

star stickers

blue duck tape

Here’s how ya do it:

1. Cut the craft foam into 2 1/2″ strips…the long way

2. Alternate red and white strips…laying them side-by-side {5 of each color}

3. Put a gold/silver pipe cleaner every two strips.

4. With the blue duck tape….tape from one end to the other about 3/4″ from the bottom.

5. Now, flip it over and tape the other side as well.

6. With scissors….cut from the top of the ‘hat’ to about 1/2″ above the tape all the way around…so you have lots of ‘fringe’.

7.  Place star stickers all around hat on the blue duck tape. And then put some of the stickers on the tips of the pipe cleaners, too.

8. We use a giant paper clip to close the back.

To make the fans….You will need:

blue card stock

white card stock

red duck tape

silver star stickers

wooden stick/paint stick

Here’s how ya do it:

1.  For each fan you will need a blue square and white square of card stock cut into 8 1/2″ squares.

2. Center the wooden stick/paint stick in the middle of the blue square with enough sticking out of the bottom for a handle…..glue the stick onto the blue square of card stock.

3.  Glue the white square on top of the blue one with the stick.

4. On the blue side stick the silver star stickers all over.

5. On the white side cut strips of red duck tape in half and strip the white square.

Tah-dah!

You can now be cool in more ways than one…..

Hope your week is off to a super start!