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Father’s Day Printables

Father’s Day is almost 1 month away (June 17) and I’m already posting a printable!

(Usually, I’d be doing this on June 16…)

 

“From great oaks, little acorns grow.”

-Latin Proverb

There are 2 versions of this super cute quote:

one simple printable or you could use it for a Father's Day card
this one comes with a place for you to stick a picture of your kiddo(s) {yes, I have 2 boys, but we cannot manage to get a picture of the 2 of them together...they never stand still at the same time!!}

Download Here:

8.5 x 11 Father’s Day Quote Printable
8.5 x 11 Father’s Day Printable w/photo placeholder

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Also…I’ve also rounded up some more great

Father’s Day printables

I’ve found from around the web:

Real Men Card from the mombot
Subway Art in 4 colors! from A Proffittable Life
Father's Day Party Printables from Catch My Party
Tie Party Printables from Amanda's Parties to Go
{I link up at Today’s Creative Blog & many others – check out where I party here}
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Our DIY Mother’s Day Tea

My husband’s family has started a tradition the last few years of having a Mother’s Day Tea for all of the ladies in our family. This was the 3rd year that we’ve had it and I was so excited to be able to fly to Denver to be a part of it. My Mother-in-law hosted the tea at her house and I was able to help her out with lots of DIY projects to make the tea extra special.

The theme of the tea party was “pansies”, so we were all about flowers, flowers and more flowers. We had some terra cota pots that we wanted to use – so we spray painted the bottom of them with chalkboard paint and wrote each ladies’ name on the pot. They were able to take home their own pot with a pansy in it.

Mason Jar Salad, cloth napkin, Scone in a Pot & Name Card

Each lady also had a basket at their place setting (wire baskets from Dollar Tree). The baskets were filled with a cloth napkin, a mason jar salad (inspired by Pinterest) and a flowerpot scone. I didn’t get a great picture of the scone, but you can see it in the basket. The scones were absolutely delicious and baked really well in the pot.

Flowerpot Scones – How to

1. Soak the pots in water for 30+ minutes

2. Find your favorite scone recipe. (We used this incredible cream scone recipe from Savory Sweet Life)

3. Spray the pot with non-stick spray.

4. Drop the dough into the pot. They don’t raise very much so don’t be afraid to fill them pretty close to the top.

5. Bake as directed by the recipe, but expect that it will take 10-15 minutes longer. Watch to see when the top is slightly golden.

6. Serve with Devonshire Cream and preserve.

 

Oh, and we drank tea. You have to drink tea at a tea party, but it’s really all about the food. And we ate. a lot. of. food.

Mini Pie Bites // Cherry Coke Cupcakes // Scones

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Mother’s Day Printable & Wallpaper

So, I have a dilemma…I can’t ever put gift ideas on my blog because my Mom and my MIL both read it and usually, the gifts are for them.

I want to put what we made for Mother’s Day gifts from the boys, but then it will spoil the surprise.

To share or not to share?

I could always wait until after we give them, but then Mother’s Day will be over…

But I don’t want to give it away.

Ok, I just talked myself out of posting it.

However, I do have a free printable and desktop wallpaper for you:

Mother’s Day gift tag (6 per page)

 

desktop wallpaper

1280 x 1024

1600 x 1200

Print the tags – use them for your Mother’s Day gifts or attach them to a bouquet of flowers!

Download the wallpaper onto your Mom’s computer when she is not looking or send it to someone special who might be having a difficult Mother’s Day this year.

However you choose to use them…enjoy!

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My New Aqua Bench!

So, I had this bench…

Nothing too spectacular – it was something my husband’s grandma gave us and I hoped we could find a place for it. Inadvertently, it became the place we put our shoes on and was actually really helpful in our living room. I wanted to add some more color to our living room (it’s a lot of gray, gray, gray), so I decided to paint it.

Luckily, during the month of March, Ace Hardware was giving away quarts of their new Clark + Kensington paint and I made sure to get down there bright and early for my quart. The color I chose was Saxton – an aqua blue-y color. I wasn’t sure what I would use it for, but I knew I would use it somewhere.

It turned out to be perfect for my bench!

I googled lots of furniture tutorials to make sure I wouldn’t mess it up too badly. In the end, I just decided to experiment and see what would happen.

Here’s what I did:

1. Sand it.

2. Wipe it clean.

3. Paint it. (this paint is primer and paint in one)

4. Scuff up edges and corners with sand paper

4. Mix another color with water and apply lightly. I used the gray we had left from our walls (Sherwin Williams’ Pussywillow) and wiped it on and wiped it off until I liked the look. I left it heavier on edges and corners. It’s not super obvious, but adds some depth to the bench.

5. I plan to put a coat of something over it to keep it from scratching, but haven’t gotten there yet.

Every person who walks in asks where I got it…and I love that it was free!

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that’s genius #27 & a new printable

Thanks everyone for participating in this week’s link party!

Before I announce this week’s Creative Genius – I’ve got a new, simple spring printable for all of you!

 

It’s one of my favorite quotes from “Anne of Green Gables” – one of my absolute favorite movies ever.

I thought it encompassed the idea of Spring/newness/freshness. I know it’s a good reminder to me when I see it each morning, especially to offer my kiddos a clean slate each day.

click here to download the 8.5 x 11 printable

And now, for this week’s Creative Genius…

 

Top 3 links:

 

You guys can hop over and grab a featured button to display on your site!

 

 

And the title of Creative Genius goes to:

  Spring Printable from Happy in Red

 

Congratulations, Esther! I’ll be placing your button on the top of my sidebar for the next week!

Make sure to come back next Friday and link up your creative ideas – maybe next week you’ll be the Creative Genius!

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“Can you paint a lampshade?”

I wasn’t really sure when I suggested this idea to my SIL. She couldn’t find a cute pink lampshade for her new daughter’s nursery anywhere.

I have painted lots of things before, so I suggested…”How about we paint one? Can you paint a lampshade?” We decided to give it a go.

She had purchased a plain white one, but really wanted it to match the girly decor of the room.


Specifically, she wanted pink and bling. So, we bought some pink acrylic craft paint and started painting. I taped off the edges with painter’s tape and began. It took a few coats (the fabric absorbs paint like crazy), but we came out with a pretty cute pink lamp shade. Now, I cannot attest to the longevity of this shade…nor can I suggest leaving it on for hours and hours with a high watt lightbulb in it. Paint your lampshade at your own risk. However, for a lamp that is mostly decorative, this worked like a charm.

She added a beaded border to the edge and there ya have it! Super cute and much cheaper than a shade found in a specialty boutique!

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“No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” Birthday Party

Yes, it’s a mouthful.

I know.

It’s not the shortest birthday party theme in history, but it’s cute, right?

I found this canvas art at Home Goods a few months ago and bought it to go in my boys’ playroom. As I was deciding what to do for my one year old’s party, I saw the art propped up against the wall (that’s how I throw hints to my husband that I want something hung) and thought it would be great decor for the party.

 

{decor}

I used the colors from the art: red, blue and yellow. I cut out simple monkeys using my Silhouetted SD and hung them on the wall with a simple pennant banner. I was focused on keeping it simple, because we have only been living in this house 3 weeks, so my birthday party crafting time was limited.

 

{food}

We have a huge family and it costs a bundle to do a full meal, so we went with just cake and ice cream.

I made my standby Double Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (from Our Family Favorites), but iced them with a banana cream cheese frosting. My tip for this kind of frosting – it won’t be pretty. The banana turns the frosting into a kind of goopy, ugliness, but it tastes delicious. Stick with real bananas, not some weird artificial banana flavoring…grody.  Add a little yellow gel coloring and it looks and tastes great.

We also had a banana split bar (get it…bananas?). I pre-dished vanilla ice cream into plastic cups before the party and kept them in the freezer. Then I just let everyone go wild making their banana splits – bananas, hot fudge, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, pineapple, nuts, whipped cream and cherries. It was a big hit and took very little work. To doll it up, I covered up the commercial labels with scrapbooking paper and labels I designed so that everything would match the theme.

For drinks, I just made up my own punch out of blue hawaiian punch, lemonade and club soda – it makes a pretty blue color and tastes yummy.

 

{fun}

Since it was just a one-year-old’s party, I didn’t plan any games. The only activity we really had was a board for voting if Pax looks more like me or his daddy (inspired by Pinterest).

I got a photo of each of us at the age of one and put them on a white board for everyone to mark their vote. My hubby won by a landslide…and seeing the pics next to each other I had to agree. He looks like his Daddy!

Happy Birthday to our lil’ monkey – Pax!

{printables}

Enjoy these Banana Split Bar printables you can use for your next party –

Banana Split food labels

Banana Split Bar sign