Halloween Fun!

For as long as I can remember I have loved halloween. I've been a puppy, a gypsy (which I realize now was totally politically incorrect), pyjama girl, cowgirl, pirate, and even a dream date barbie. I love being able to dress up in fun costumes HOWEVER I do not like to be scared. I don't like scary movies, or that entire aspect of Halloween. So when I had my own kids I wanted halloween to be embraced as not a time for being scared but as an opportunity to have tons of FUN! While there is lots of images of fear all over the TV right now and around our neighbourhood, I created an environment at home that was playful and I feel help my kids embrace the holiday without being scared. I made this cute little mantel with sparkly spiders, a cute garland and this adorable print! Which is available to you today! I also made a print of a saying we've been using in our home to remind my 3 year old that there isn't a reason to be fearful because GOD is always watching over her! 

Download "Boo!" print [here] | Download "boogie man" print [here]
Both are 8.5 x 11 inch (standard printer paper, just add an additional piece of white paper when in a frame to give it a crisp white background)

Happy Halloween Friends! xo. 

A little Easter D I Y

Easter has always held a special place in my heart. I love celebrating the greatest story that has ever been told. As a kid my brother and I would get up super early on Easter Sunday and my mom and dad had put chocolate eggs all over the house. It was so fun to run around the house and look in every nook and corner. It was always also fun to find chocolate eggs 6 months later in a corner I had missed. This year Lane and I are so excited to celebrate with Emerson the J O Y that is found in Easter! With that said I've put together a little DIY for your kid's Easter Basket. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • Easter Flag Design (Download here)
  • a piece of dowel (I used 1/4 inch thick)
  • Some ribbon, I used 3 different colours but whatever you have works. (You also don't need to add ribbon if you'd prefer not to)
  • Acrylic Paint (I used Martha Stewart from Michaels')
  • Sponge Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Ruler
  • Utility Knife
  • Cutting Board

Here's how I did it:

  1. Print out the Easter Flag Design on a card stock paper. 
  2. Cut the flag out using a Utility Knife. Make sure you lay it on a cutting board as the Utility knife is very sharp. 

        3. Paint the dowel whatever colour you'd like. I used a cotton candy pink paint, because I have a pink basket for Emerson this year. I only had to have one coat but you might need two. While the paint is drying plug in your glue gun and let it get hot. 

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        4. Now you're gonna cut your ribbon about 10 inches long than the dowel. 
       5. Use your hot glue gun and glue the ribbon to dowel. Start at the very top of the dowel and wrap the ribbon around it. I wrapped it around almost three times.

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        6. Then I lined up the flag with the dowel so I knew how much hot glue to use on the dowel.

Now if you need a short break because it's been such difficult work thus far you can have a ribbon dancing break. It relieves stress. 

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        7. Squeeze a thin line of hot glue the length of the flag.
        8. Gently apply the flag to the dowel and press down until it cools and firms up.

And there you go! It's done and cute and fun!! I know Emerson will enjoy  waving it on Easter Sunday morning! He is Risen indeed!

One last thing, sorry for the dark photo's. Late night projects mean dark photos but here's one I took with Emerson's basket all set up and in beautiful morning sun!