Have you ever just gotten in a crafty mood? It hits me from time to time and this time I…
Have you ever just gotten in a crafty mood? It hits me from time to time and this time I…
Have you ever just gotten in a crafty mood? It hits me from time to time and this time I acted on it. I took Owen to preschool and then took myself to Target to purchase the supplies needed to whip this little sign up. I knew I wanted to make a Valentine’s day sign, I did not however expect to like it so much that I added it to Maddie’s room decor instead.
To make this yourself, you will need:
*Canvas (I found a 2 pack at Target for $9)
*Paints (whatever colors you’d like)
*Wooden letters (Oddly enough my store only had the LVE, so I had to improvise on the O which worked out even better than I’d expected)
*A cookie cutter. Yup, my
Paint your canvas whichever color you picked. I went with pink.
Paint your letters whichever color. I went with purple. (I ended up not even using the red paint because of the cookie cutter)
Let everything dry, then simply hot glue everything to your canvas. Easy, huh?! I know. I love crafting, but I don’t like the overly complicated crafts. I like to keep it simple.
Maddie loves it in her room. She stores a tiny stuffed animal in the heart. It’s cute.
I am a chaotically organized person. Because of that, my poor desk is usually a mess, my brain is all over the place, and that’s just how I work. David gets annoyed with the clutter on my desk so he decided I needed more shelving. He was totally right. So together we came up with this idea for a floating stand. I knew I needed somewhere to put my new HP printer and I knew that I didn’t want it on my desk. I mean, it already spends half of it’s time cluttered. So off we headed to Walmart to buy a printer and the things we needed to get started on this project. I knew I wanted to go with an HP printer because they’re a perfect fit for our family, and it’s affordable. I ended up getting the NEW HP DeskJet 3636 All-in-One Printer. It comes in 3 colors: Vibrant Red, Dragonfly Blue, Sporty Purple. We chose the purple. After grabbing the printer, we headed towards the crafts to see what we could come up with. We found a two pack of wooden crates and knew exactly what we wanted to do with them.
You will need:
Paint the crates how you would like. We chose to use some of the leftover paint from when we did our new dining room table so that the crates would match. Once we painted them (the kids enjoyed getting to help on this), David put in the wall anchors and then screwed right through the shelf. We planned to hang both, but I ended up liking the printer being on its own stand under the one we mounted.
Paint. Let dry.
Put wall anchors in.
Screw the screws through the crate and into the anchors.
(Ignore that lamp, we have weird lighting in this part of the house and it’s neccerssary)
Once all was said and done, I hooked up my printer! I was SO excited to get it set up and ready for use. It was easy peasy to set up. I actually thought it didn’t print the first time I used it because it was such a quiet print. I never even heard the printer make a sound. I can connect straight to the printer and skip even having to connect to wifi. If that’s not cool, I don’t know what is! With back to school season right around the corner, it’s been perfect for printing off some schoolwork for the kids to help get them in the back to school mindset. They’ve been loving the printables I’ve found. And I can sit and watch tv while browsing Pinterest from my phone and print them without moving (and there’s a free app to help manage scanning, and printing tasks on the go). I print up to twice as many pages with Original HP high-yield ink cartridges. It’s fantastic! So convenient. Speaking of school, this printer would be perfect for dorm rooms, high school students, and really anybody! It’s perfect for us and our needs!
Which color HP printer would you choose? And what do you think of the crates? I personally love how they turned out. My desk is staying so much cleaner!
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Now that we live in Colorado, we do a lot more hiking. Nothing too strenuous because we always have the kids out there with us, but we still go out for hours at a time just seeing what’s out there. Each time we go, I make sure to pack a bag full of things we definitely need and things we might need. So today, I thought I’d show you how to put together the perfect hiking bag since I’ve kind of become a champ at it.
Snacks. I go with these goodnessknows® Snack Squares for me & David because they’re tasty, come in three different flavors (Cranberry, Almond, Dark Chocolate, Apple, Almond & Peanut, Dark Chocolate, and Peach & Cherry, Almond, Dark Chocolate) so there is a bit of a variety to choose from. And then I let the kids pick what snacks they want for the day.
Sunblock. Being almost 10,000 feet closer to the sun means you’re definitely more likely to get burnt. Even if you don’t live in a higher altitude like we do, being in the sun for hours at a time without sunblock probably just isn’t the smartest choice.
Band-Aids. You just never know when you’ll need a band-aid. You could get scratched by a tree, fall while climbing and scrape yourself up, or if you’re my kid, you could just need one because you like the design and you’re four years old.
Sunglasses. I feel like this one is a given. It gets pretty bright outside.
Neosporin spray. Goes hand in hand with the band-aids.
Deodorant. (hello, sweat)
Chapstick. Don’t question it, just trust me.
Wipes. Do you know how many times I’ve wanted to just wash my hands while hiking? Wipes are always a good thing to have on hand.
A handy bag. I went with the a rope bag because it’s handy & hands free! It has two main pockets – one for snacks and one for other items.
Water. Good ole h2o. Again, spend lots of time outdoors and you’ll need to stay hydrated! I use one with a clip to clip it to my bag (hands free!)
Good hiking boots. My mom & brother got me a pair for Christmas and I love them! I didn’t think they’d make such a difference, but they definitely do!
What about you? Do you and your family hike? Spend time outdoors? What else would you add to your bag? Have you tried these goodnessknows® Snack Squares yet?
I found them near the checkouts – be sure to grab one up next time you’re checking out of Walmart! I think the goodnessknows® Apple, Almond & Peanut, Dark Chocolate is my favorite. Which one is yours? goodnessknows® Snack Squares reminds us that doing a little good for yourself can go a long way. Give yourself a break and enjoy life.
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Have you guys seen Planes the Movie? It’s a big hit in our house! Owen about died of excitement when I made this and gave it to him! He was SO happy! And finally finally understood why he could only have two of the three Disney Planes Micro Drifters (On rollback for $5.97 at Walmart along with LOTS of other Planes items that I’ll list at the bottom of this post).
Anyway, to make one of these super cute and awesome snowglobes, you will need:
Micro Drifter (We used Disney Planes Dusty out of the 3 pack)
Tiny mason jar
Baby Oil (or glycerin but the 3 Walmarts I went to were all out)
A Glass drill bit
A handy husband (this part is optional)
I used twine and coated it in wax because my husband didn’t think the twine would withstand lots of water for very long. He’s probably right in the long run, but coating that string in wax was ridiculously time consuming! Maybe try a different string? I’m not sure.
Either way, tie your plane up, wiggle the string through the hole that your handyman just drilled through the glass for you.
Once you have it hanging where you want it, glue that bad boy in place! I used glue gel – less drippy than regular super glue and I feared that regular super glue would somehow drip through the hole and into the jar or on the plane.
Next, flip it upside down and cover the bottom in glitter. Glitter first.
Then fill to the brim with water! BRIM or there will be a weird pocket of air once you flip it right side up.
Add in a few drops of baby oil. And by “few”, I mean like 10-15 depending on the size of your jar. (I used a jar a little bit bigger than this one for another Snowglobe and it needed about 20 drops). Play with it, see how much glitter and oil you think you need.
A lot of people use glycerin instead of baby oil but the three Walmart’s I went to were out. And they said they usually are this time of year.
Add the lid, flip right side up, give it a good shake & test it out – see if you need more glitter or oil or water. Once you’re satisfied, glue that lid right on (Optional of course but seeing as how this was made for a 3 year old, gluing the lid on seemed like the best idea)
I also snagged up a Flight to the Finish Speedway while it was on rollback as a Christmas gift! He’s going to flip out when he sees it!
While I’ve got your attention though & while we’re talking about the Rollback items, I’m going to mention a few others on rollback! Ready?
Planes Character Assortment die-cast set and the Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue Character Assortment die-cast set are both on rollback at $4.97.
Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway – $24.97
Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Die-Cast Vehicles – 3 pack. – $14.97
Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle Assortment – $19.97
HOWDY readers of My Three Bittles!
If you’re an avid reader on here you probably remember me from June when I guest posted here.
If not then let me introduce myself! I’m a newbie blogger and I’m loving every minute of it! I ran my first half marathon back in April and will run again next year. I love food! I have 2 link ups – Insta-Recap of My Instagram and Weekly TV Roundup. Amber and I are working on another one – Link Up Your Link Up.
My husband and I have 2 furkids! One is adopted, the other is the offspring of my mothers dog. They frequently take over my Instagram! Be aware!
If you wanna know some more stuff about me, check it out here.
This time I’m bringing you a small tutorial and a giveaway.
The giveaway is a burlap wreath, 12 inch wreath to be exact. It might look bigger in the picture, but its a small one. But it’s a giveaway! 🙂
I’m also putting a tutorial with it. I tend to feel I’m crafty, but sometimes I just can’t do things. For instance, the burlap flowers on the wreath. I tried like 3 separate ways (and times) to make this thing! And could not figure it out. I almost bought ones that were already made at Hobby Lobby! But I thought, let me try getting on Pinterest and YouTube AGAIN. I have to give kudos to this lady who wrote her tutorial.
So, we will be making this today:
First you will cut a 3 inch strip of burlap. How long? Depends how big you want your flower.
You will then fold one side of it (not all of it, you’ll do something else to the rest) once, then again.
Then you’ll roll it a few times until it looks like this:
Then the rest of the burlap you have left you will twist as you create your flower.
Once you get the desired size, cut of the rest of the burlap, then hot glue the end piece so it’s hidden (if possible). Then you’ll get a square the size of your burlap and hot glue it. You’ll then place your rose on this square. This will secure it in place.
Of course your flower is circle and your piece of burlap is square, you’ll cut off the edges so you can see them. 🙂
Then you’ll have this pretty puppy!
The wreath I’m giving away was made like this July 4th wreath. Although the one I’m giving away is burlap, the same concept was used. Burlap freys so I sprayed some fabric stiffener on there, so I’m hoping it’ll stay in tact through the shipment to the lucky winner! 🙂