Letters from camp guest post at Design Dazzle

Today I am hanging out as a camp counselor at Design Dazzle's 4th summer camp series.


You can get this free letter from camp printable.
Find me here.


Two are Better than One bake sale printable

As part of the walk for water that our family participated in last month,
the kids had a bake sale.
I baked several dozen cookies and packaged them up with these bag toppers that I designed in my Silhouette software.
I'm pretty sure that this verse in Ecclesiastes can refer to cookies too.
 Because we all know that two cookies are better than one cookie.

You should be able to right click on this image, save it to your computer and print it.
Use the purple lines as a guide for cutting.
The toppers will fit on a Ziploc sandwich bag.
Please use this for personal use only.

Once you print out your image, cut it out and staple it on your bag.
You can use these toppers as food tents as well.

Have a great bake sale! 


Disney Frozen printable

My kids have only seen Disney's Frozen movie once or twice, 
but that doesn't stop them from getting the songs from Frozen stuck in their heads!
I know we aren't the only ones singing the catchy tunes from the soundtrack, 
which is why I wanted to share with you this free printable.

Just right click on the image, save it to your computer and print it.
Easy as that!
As always, all free printables offered on my site are for personal use only.

Patriotically painted mason jars

I am attracted to mason jars like a moth to a flame.
I have quite the collection of jars and needed to start coming up with projects to do with them besides canning.  

I love putting cut flowers in mason jars, so I thought self, how awesome would a painted mason jar with cut flowers be?  Actually, I know I'm not the first person to come up with this idea,
 but in case you live in a cave,
this is my version of the painted flag mason jars.

I started by finding three of the same sized mason jars in my collection.

I spray painted them white and was actually quite impressed with how well the spray paint adhered to the jars.  Keep your eyes peeled, there may be more spray painted mason jar projects.

These are the supplies I used in this project.
I wouldn't recommend the foam star stickers that I used.  They didn't peel off the jars well, though I have read other tutorials where they had great luck with stickers as a stencil.
I used American acrylic paint and frog tape to make shape crisp lines.
Oh, and a brush.
You will need a paint brush for a painting project.

If you are using stickers, this is when you put them on.
Again, my garage sale free box stickers did not work for me.
Maybe stay away from the foam kind?
Just a suggestion.

It's self explanatory, but paint your jars.
I used about twenty three coats of blue.
No exaggeration.
I literally left the project out on my counter and came back to it every five minutes between cleaning and errands.  Super fun, right?
Which is why I am thinking there will be more spray painting projects in my near future.

Because the stickers didn't work,
I hand painted stars on my jar.

Fill your jars with half dead flowers from your anniversary a week ago and you are set!
Next time, I will probably put something not quite so dead inside of the jars,
but hey, I used what I had.

I think these would be great at a BBQ holding silverware, or as a table centerpiece with flowers.
 Fresh flowers.
Be classy...unlike me.

Custom organza fabric bag with wax paper transfer tutorial

I was sent these white organza bags from Ribbons.com to craft with and thought I would try to spice them up a bit.  Plain bags are awesome, but having the option to print your own custom information or image on them makes them even better, don't you think?

There is a large selection of plain bags and pouches to choose from at Paper Mart {ribbons.com's sister company} and they are all relatively inexpensive.  And by inexpensive I mean each bag is less than a quarter!
{and many are cheaper than a dime!}

Here are a few of the custom fabric bags I made up in under 15 minutes.

I used the wax paper transfer method to print an image from my inkjet printer.
You cannot use a laser jet printer because your ink will not come out wet enough to transfer.
You can see another tutorial for wax paper transfer here.

You will start by cutting your piece of wax paper down to 8 1/2" x 11".
I was able to have this piece of wax paper run through my printer by itself,
but it does sometimes have the tendency to bunch up, so if you need to,
use spray adhesive and adhere your wax paper to a piece of paper and feed that through your printer.
It will be a much smoother process.

I found an image that I liked for my tooth fairy pouches and printed them off on to the wax paper.
*Don't forget, your image will come out in reverse, so if you are using text remember to mirror your image*

Because I printed multiple images on my paper
{I hate to waste paper}
I cut out each image leaving enough space around your image to work with.
I placed the image ink side down onto my bag and used my finger to firmly transfer my image onto the bag.

I love how these tooth fairy pouches came out!

Your child can leave a note and their tooth for the tooth fairy,
or this can be the gift 
{with money of course!}
that the tooth fairy leaves.

 I know wedding season is coming up.
These would be the perfect wedding favors customized in your wedding colors and with your own logo or initials.

The possibilities of things that you could fill these with are endless, but the savings on this DIY wedding project would be huge!

Or a bag for a friend just because.

 Make a wish!
The perfect gift card holder.
Or if you fill it with something heavy, this could weight a balloon bouquet down.

My favorite, is still the tooth fairy pouch.
Add a little glitter and your child will think that it's magical!

So what are you waiting for?
Go order a few bags {or ribbon} and start playing!

Garage Sale Finds Friday Edition 61

Welcome back to another week of garage sale finds Friday,
where I share with you my favorite garage sale finds from the week.
First up is this awesome pair of vintage ski's.
The guy I bought them from said they were 90 years old,
though I'm not quite sure about that.
They have metal bindings and are the longest piece of hickory wood you have ever seen!
I paid $5 for the pair and wish I had bought both pairs they had.
I'm thinking I want to put some pegs on them and make them into a coat rack.
Pretty rad right?!

I have been looking for metal trucks but am usually priced out when I see them.
I picked up this John Deere tractor for $2.
It's not in the best shape, but I think it would be fun in the garden with a few succulents planted inside.

And finally, I picked up these four pieces of vintage pyrex.
All with lids still in tact.
I paid $5 for all of them.
I just love the colors, even though they are a little faded.

That's what I picked up.
Did you find anything awesome this week?

Mouse pad makeover with mod podge

My husband is the greatest.
There is a bin at work with cast off office supplies that he likes to bring home from time to time.
This amazing blue ocean mouse pad was one of those treasures.
I've lived with it for far longer than I would like to admit and finally decided to cover it with some fabric I have been hoarding that I got at the Goodwill outlet.

These are the supplies you need if you would like you cover your own ugly mouse pad.
mod podge
small paint brush

I cut my fabric piece in half, larger than my mouse pad.
I then took mod podge and painted it on the backside of my mouse pad.

I laid my fabric down over my mod podge and smoothed out any wrinkles.

Then, I trimmed around my fabric.
I cut close to the edge on the back side.

I then repeated the process of painting the mod podge on the front side of my mouse pad.

Once I smoothed that fabric down, I cut a wider edge around the fabric.
You will be folding the fabric from the front, over the lip of the mouse pad and securing it to the back.

To make folding around curves easier,
you can cut notches into the edges.

Use your mod podge and your paint brush to seal the edges of your fabric to the back side.
Let your new mouse pad dry.

Enjoy your new {way prettier} creation.

So what does your mouse pad look like?
Be honest.
Does it need a makeover too?

My go to drink during the summer-take a mom moment

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I love the summer.
It makes living in the Pacific Northwest during the cold dark rainy months worth it.

All three kids are home from school, 
which is usually a good thing.
We enjoy long days at the beach and playing outside.
And no planned activities.
But like any kids, my kids are Olympic athletes at picking fights with one another.

Sometimes, Mama needs a little something just for her to get through the day.
It doesn't have to be fancy, just a little treat to keep me going until the sun goes down.
Which is why I love Lipton k-cups.
I can brew a tea in my Keurig in the amount of time it takes to break up a fight between two kids!

Lipton Iced Tea K-cups come in three varieties.
My favorite is the iced tea lemonade.
I fill up my stainless steel cup with ice and pick out my favorite k-cup

Brew your Lipton iced tea like normal.
Nothing fancy.

Pour your Lipton iced tea into your glass, stir and enjoy!

I like to enjoy my iced tea at the beach

and at the lake.
Either way, it makes for a refreshing treat and offers a nice break from the same old same old everyday.

Now you can purchase Lipton K-cups in stores and on-line even in Canada.
You can find Lipton on Facebook and twitter.
Don't feel guilty.
Take a little moment for yourself today.
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