Try It Tuesday

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I’ve been working on some projects around the house because, when you’re a SAHM, you look at the same stuff day after day and suddenly you get a wave of what I like to call “Joanna Gaines Fever” and you just HAVE to do some redecorating.

I’ve been looking for something to put in the kids’ bathroom because its just kind of bland. I bought an awesome shelf from Hobby Lobby (holla for clearance!) and I wanted a little somethin’ to go on it.

I knew exactly what I wanted but I didn’t know how to go about it. Enter: Pinterest. I found this link and it was EXACTLY what I was looking for!

Here’s what I used:

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~A little wooden sign I picked up at Walmart

~glue stick

~cardstock

~freezer paper

~printer (not pictured)

~metal spoon (also not pictured because, Mommy Brain)

 

First, I cut out the freezer paper to fit my sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 cardstock. I glued the freezer paper to the cardstock with the waxy side out (this is very important).

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Next, I thought of the quote I wanted on my sign. Then, I typed it up in Word and “mirror flipped” it.

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Then I printed the quote and laid it gently on the wooden sign, praying it was lined up straight. Finally, I used the edge of a metal spoon and scraped the cardstock.

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After a few minutes, I lifted the paper:

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Meh.

I was hoping for better results. BUT, even though it didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, the letters are light enough that I can go over it with a paint pen, so all is not lost.

Have you ever tried this before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

 

Try It Tuesday

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So, for the past several Tuesdays, I’ve been talking about the fairy house I’ve been making. Y’all, this fairy house has been the bane of my existence. It has been tedious and time-consuming. And, to be honest, I’ve wanted to throw it out so many times and call it a day. I felt like all I was doing was working on this ridiculous house.

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But, thankfully, I’ve finished it! Woo!

First, let’s recap. Here’s where I got the idea to make a fairy house:

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I thought, “Oh, that couldn’t be too tough!” Ha! I was so naive.

I used an old Juicy Juice bottle and some rocks from Dollar Tree:

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Grout was too much for me to handle, so I used this awesome glue:

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And I went to work:

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This took, to quote Squints, FOR-EV-ER! Once I got all the rocks on, it still didn’t look right. So I added some sand in between the rocks to give the illusion of grout (in hindsight, I should have just used the freaking grout).

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Then I let it dry and started working on the roof. I bought some moss from Dollar Tree, along with this colander:

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I used Liquid Fusion and hot glue to stick the moss on. Then, I glue the roof to the house and set up my fairy garden:

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I think it looks super cute but there is no way in Neverland I am EVER making one of these %$#@ things again!

Have you ever made a fairy house? What did you use? What were your results?

 

 

 

Try It Tuesday

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With it heating up outside, I’ve been working on the lawn A LOT. Which means I’ve been tracking mud and grass in the house. Which means I’ve been vacuuming more. Which means I’m about to lose my mind. So, in order to keep my sanity, I consulted Pinterest for some help and found today’s Try It–a foot rinsing station for the backyard!

Here’s what I used:

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~A short bucket

~rocks

~A screwdriver

That’s it. That’s all I needed.

 

First, I poked holes in the bottom of the bucket with a screwdriver:

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After that, I dropped the rocks inside:

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That’s it! This project took $5 and 5 minutes to make! And, it works:

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This worked great! The holes in the bottom of the bucket help to keep the water from pooling, the rocks keep the bucket from slipping or blowing away in the Oklahoma wind, as well as cutting down on splash-back (thus keep dry clothes dry) and avoiding getting your feet muddy or grassy!

(And yes, those are Huff the Tot’s adorable toes!)

Do you have one of these? What’s yours made out of? Do you like it?

Try It Tuesday

Are you ready to get your craft on? If so, then today’s Try It is just for you!

Here lately, I’ve been trying to think of ways to organize Hermione’s room. She’s only ever in there to sleep (her baby jail is in the living room) but somehow her stuff has exploded into every corner in her room. Most notably, her clothes and bows. When she was a newborn, she had maybe five or six and they were easy to organize. Now, however, she has too many to count and her bow box looks like this:

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Thankfully, Pinterest is here to help a sistah out! Check out this pin I found:

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Sadly, the pin was a link to nowhere. BUT, I knew that just by looking at it, I could put something similar together. And, thankfully, I already had everything I needed!

Here’s what you’ll need:

~a wooden picture frame (I used one I bought a long time ago at Dollar Tree)

~ribbon

~staple gun

~glue gun

~hooks with the screw tips (you can usually find them with the picture hanging supplies; Huff the Hubs actually had some in his toolbox!)

~20 minutes (or less) to spare

 

First, disassemble your  picture frame and take out the glass and fake family. Then, lay the picture frame on your table and lay out the hooks according to how far apart you want them. Then, mark the spots with a pencil or marker:

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Then, drill small holes on the marks (or, do like I did and ask your husband to do it) and screw in the hooks:

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Next, get your ribbon and measure out the length of you’ll need to stretch from the top of the frame to the bottom. Its also a good idea to space them out how you’d like the finish product to look, too.

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Get your staple gun (I had to use a regular stapler…I don’t recommend it) and staple the ribbon down. (I also used hot glue to reinforce the staples and keep the ribbon taught.)

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When all of the ribbons have been stapled and/or glued, cut another ribbon to use to hang up the frame. (I had to use a ribbon because the hook of the actual frame was attached to the cardboard backing.)

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Then, you’re ready to display your princesses bows or your own accessories!

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