Favorite Color Day – “Blue”

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I do summer camps with my grandkids. If that sounds like more work than you can do, plan a special Favorite Color Day with your grandchild. A favorite color day can be done any time of year.

My sister asked her granddaughter if she had a favorite color. “Blue” was the answer. So, for her special day, she planned a “Blue” Day of fun!  My sister called me to brainstorm some ideas so I became an adopted grandmother and helped plan this special day.

One of the ideas was to learn about the Bluebird. We have Bluebirds that always nest on our property. It happened to be past their nesting time, but I had made a book about my bluebird story that told interesting facts about the bluebird. We walked to one of the bluebird houses and learned about the best place to put one and why www.allaboutbirds.org.  She is very much a nature lover so learning about them was really fun.

More “blue” ideas we did….

A Blue Lunch:

Yes! You can have a blue lunch. The menu included peanut butter and blue jelly sandwiches, blue chips, blueberry fruit salad, and blue raspberry juice. The table was set with blue placemats, blue flowered china, and blue centerpiece.

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Blue Craft:

This craft can be any color, but of course it had to be blue for this day. Complete directions for this craft are on Easy Notebook Cover.

I had bluebird stickers and other items for her to choose to use. I think she made a beautiful notebook cover out of the various items along with permanent markers.

 

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Other ideas for Favorite Color Day – “Blue” or any other color

  • Make blue cookies
  • Tell about a time when you felt “blue” (sad)
  • Describe the blue sky
  • Blue Raspberry popsicle
  • Mix Blue with other colors. What do you get?
  • Blue Sundae or shake
  • Why do lakes look blue?  Swim in a lake.
  • Find as many objects as you can that have that color (scavenger hunt?)

“Special Days” don’t have to be the color blue. Plan it around any color and adjust your activities to a child’s interests, take pictures, and have fun! That’s the most important thing!

A few green ideas: Green eggs & Ham, frogs, green slime, how to make the color green –

Brown ideas: mud pies, chocolate chip cookies, make peanut butter, leather stamping, building with wood, horse-riding (on a brown horse)

Now, you get the idea! It’s all about enjoying one another, and making memories!

Any favorite color day can be happy and fun!

Hope this gives you some ideas for a special time with your child or grandchild.

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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DIY Best Nativity Crafts

DIY Best Nativity Crafts

Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and I enjoy making Nativity Crafts with my grandchildren at Christmas time. It is the real reason for the season and it gives opportunities to talk with the kids about why Jesus came to earth. The following is a round-up of many Nativity crafts that you can make with your kids, grandchildren, or for a Sunday School project. They are great to give as gifts, or hang on your own Christmas tree. I’ve included a couple of my own posts here as well. There’s a total of 35 wonderful ideas in this DIY Best Nativity Crafts post for you to make.

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This one works for preschool, but I would mark the dots lightly with a pencil for the child to follow! Older kids can just follow the pattern. Go to each site posted under the photo for complete directions.

 

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My easier version is here….

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For the wood slice ornament, older kids would enjoy wood-burning this design.

 

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Wow! Lots of ideas for making your own Nativity Ornaments! I will be making some of these with my grandchildren, too!

Here’s hoping that your Christmas is meaningful and Christ-filled! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Baby Jesus Ornament

The birth of our Savior, Jesus, is what Christmas is all about. This little Baby Jesus Ornament reminds us of that wonderful event. 

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I found the idea on Pinterest and adapted it as an ornament using Pringles Lids. The complete tutorial is found at TheGoldenGleam.  You can see how they used them as window decorations instead of ornaments. The Pringles Lids are the tops of the canisters of Pringles potato chips. They are just the right size for ornaments.

Basic Materials:

Pringles Lids

coffee filter

black paper

glue (use Tacky Glue as regular school glue doesn’t adhere to the plastic over time)

scissors

Food Coloring – red and yellow   or Water Color Paints

I found that the food coloring stays nice and bright while the water colors are more muted. However, young children should stick with water colors as they are washable!

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When using the Pringles lid, trace the circle of the lid on the filter, but cut inside the lines as the inside is slightly smaller. If kids are working on this ornament,  make a simple pattern for the three pieces so they can trace and cut it themselves. For the star, a sticker works well, too! Lightly glue the pieces together on the coffee filter circle.

 Place a small amount of tacky glue along the edge on the inside of the lid. Place finished piece inside the lid and hold down with a coffee cup until dry. Finishing options for the edge are to roll in glitter, edge with a ribbon, or leave plain. Go to Pringles Lid Ornaments to see other options on finishing the edges. Hot glue a ribbon or string to hang  your Baby Jesus Ornament on your tree.

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The lights of the tree makes the Baby Jesus Ornament look like stained glass! Very cute  ornament, don’t you think? Also, very inexpensive to make!

Have fun! 

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Easy Notebook Cover

This Easy Notebook Cover idea is so easy, yet it looks amazing! It is simple enough for kids to make while adults can make this elegant looking. It makes a lovely special gift, too. Materials are easy to find and very inexpensive.

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Materials needed:

  • Natural Sponge –
  • Acrylic Paint – 3 shades or colors
  • Fun Foam – choice of color
  • Decals, Stickers, Artificial Flowers, Buttons, Felt, Permanent Markers, or any Semi-Flat Decorative Objects
  • Glue Gun
  • Round Elastic
  • Notebook – any size, but I prefer journal-size (without a metal coil) I found ones at Walmart for under a $1.00

First, lay the notebook open on the Fun Foam and measure around it leaving an extra 1/4 in – 3/8 in to cover completely. You may use a regular scissor or a decorative one to cut out the cover. (For small kids, I did this part ahead of time.)

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Next, with the Fun Foam laying flat, lightly dip the sponge in a dark color. Dab it on newspaper a couple of times so your paint is very light on the sponge. Now, dab the paint over the sheet of Fun Foam. Be sure to leave spaces for the other colors. Let dry in between colors.

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With a lighter color (you can mix just white with the base color), continue dabbing the paint onto the Fun Foam.
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Using an accent or third shade, dab again over the Fun Foam sheet and let dry.

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This project used one color of acrylic paint. Start with the dark color and apply. Add white to lighten and sponge the paint again. Finally, lighten even more for the third step.

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Finally, when you have reached the way you want it and it’s completely dry, fold the Fun Foam over the notebook. Use black elastic to keep the cover in place. Place the elastic in the middle of the pages in the book and around the outside cover. Tie a knot in the elastic and slide the knot inside the notebook so it is not noticeable.

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At last, decorate the cover with stickers, artificial flower, feathers, etc. It works best to have the decorations fairly flat on the cover.

These Notebook Cover samples were made by my grandchildren. The foam colors they started with were red, black, and white. Stickers were applied after the paint dried. Using a black permanent marker, one child made a black border around the edge. Their choices were entirely made by them.

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As I said, this project isn’t just for kids. You can make this elegant, too. It makes a great hostess gift or sell your creations at a craft sale.

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This Notebook Cover was one of the crafts I did with my grandchildren (ages 6-12) at our Oma and Opa Camp this past summer. They really enjoyed making them. But remember, this is not just for kids!

Enjoy!

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“O Holy Night” Scrabble Ornament

I just love the song “Oh Holy Night”! It’s a favorite Christmas carol with such powerful words and melody. This scrabble ornament is based on those words and an inspirational idea found on Etsy. Since I didn’t have the small figures and wanted it to be lighter in weight, I added the star at the top of the Scrabble letters.

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If you don’t have Scrabble letters, search online for them, find them at your local craft store, or look for Scrabble games at a thrift store.

Materials:

Scrabble Letters:  O,-2, H-2, L-1, Y-1, N-1, I-1, G-1, T-1

Small star (wooden or foam) I used a 3/4 inch wide wooden star.

Gold Tinsel Stems

Gold ribbon or string for hanging

Directions:

Step 1  – Glue scrabble tiles together and let dry completely  I found that using a stronger glue worked better.

I used GOOP.

Step 2 – Cut 2 Gold Tinsel stems-  1- two inches long, 1- three inches long

Step 3 – Fold tinsel stems in half and glue tinsel stems onto back of star.

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Step 4 – Glue Star onto Scrabble letter “O”

Step 5 – Glue ribbon or string on back of star for hanging.

Listen to the song while making this O Holy Night Scrabble Ornament….

 

With the ornament done, hang on your tree! It’s what Christmas is all about!

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Enjoy!

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Fall Idea House 2016 Part 3

Part 3 of the Fall Idea House 2016 has loads of fall decorating ideas that give you inspiration for your own home. If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, you’ll want to check them out, too. In this post, I will show you features that caught my eye. Remember, this home is decorated three times a year by a team of decorators.

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I’ll take you through the bedrooms, craft room, office, craft room, small vintage bathroom, living room and sunroom. I’m highlighting lots of ideas so let’s go!………

The two bedrooms feature unique headboard ideas.

The master bedroom uses assorted wood boards attached to the wall for a headboard. Layered on top is artwork of white trees on glass. The wood boards show right through it.

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The headboard in the guest room uses metal wall art.

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Other features in the master bedroom include these layering ideas for wall art.

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Use two table runners layered behind art work to give it added color and texture.

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Next, we go to a craft room.  Wow! Here’s two unusual ideas of String Art! It’s not just for kids anymore!

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Notice the revolving metal hardware bin that holds all the paint. On another wall, there’s a vintage iron panel with lights and wall art.

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Have you ever thought of using vintage aprons for a window valance?

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Now, someone thought “out of the box” when they decorated this vintage bathroom. A small boat-shaped container hangs on the wall for towels. Another idea is to use an old mailbox for a toilet paper holder. Also, just above the sink are several glass containers in a wire basket attached to a salvaged board. And that’s not all….

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By using several coordinating shades of taupe napkins attached to a rod, it makes an attractive valance on this small bathroom window. For a small bathroom, it is big on ideas!

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The office is next!!

“Watch out” when you walk into the office! This would be a good “time-out” room, too! Perhaps it’s a reminder that it’s “time” to get to work! I could go on and on, but I won’t!  (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist!)

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Another view of the office…..

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The last area on this tour of decorating ideas, is the living room and sun-room. Another layering idea uses shutters behind framed pictures along with a basket filled with fall stems.

The coffee table is a wood-topped metal bench layered with a striped dish towel for a table runner.

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Above the fireplace several sections of metal leaves layered with ceramic bird houses make a big impact. In the fireplace, two garden trellises along with a garden stool support pumpkins and garden mums.

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The sunroom has more seating and uses a bench as a coffee table.

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A vintage metal work bench serves as a side table. On top of the bench is a rug for a table runner along with a vintage cutting board holding several pottery items.

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I found two craft ideas that make great gifts. One was in the sunroom resting on a book and the other was in the kitchen. The first is a bookmark made from the spine of an old leather book. It is simply glued to a backing. I think it looks awesome!

The second is a recipe holder made from a small shutter. They added a piece so it stands.  Two decorative drawer pulls hold the recipe in place!

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Did you find some ideas for your home? This was better than a magazine, right? No advertising!

Happy Fall Decorating!

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Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2

This is the second in a series of peeks into an Idea House full of beautiful decor and vintage finds for the fall season.In Part 1 of Fall Idea House 2016, I mentioned all the layering that I saw. That trend continues in Part 2 as well. Notice, also, the cool blues and mixed metals.

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Remember, it’s a group of decorators that transform this house three times a year with “what’s new” and repurposed items. I’m taking you on this visual tour of ideas and sharing what I’ve found. Everything is beautifully done. Let’s go…..

First, as you enter this house, the dining room is the room that you notice. The centerpiece on the table is elegant and has lots of texture and cool blue color. The tall birch-like vases are filled with any filler (beans, rice, etc.) and then a votive glass sits on top!

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Here’s a close up of the layering on the table and place-setting. Wallpaper or even wrapping paper would work, too!

Look closely at the centerpiece….. bring out those tiny LED lights and use them anytime to make a centerpiece sparkle!

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In this picture, you can see the wood plank that the centerpiece sits on. It adds another layer to the center of the table.

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Above the buffet, the two pictures alone on the wall wouldn’t look balanced, but by layering with two wood pieces, it looks just right in proportion to the space. (another layering idea)

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Next, we walk into the cute vintage kitchen. In the center is a small vintage looking chopping block. Looks like breakfast is being served to guests!

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Salvaged wooden planks line the open shelving. A large copper plate with a wooden squirrel serves as wall art.

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A deep copper mirror provides a wall shelf above the range. On each side, decorative copper lines the candle holders, too.

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One the side of the stove, a vintage shelving unit serves as an organizer for kitchen supplies.

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Here’s another example of layering….   The wall clock is attached to a salvaged metal grid and under it all is a piece of copper.

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This copper wall planter filled with herbs is another metallic accent.

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This is not the best picture, (I apologize) but I wanted to show this easy idea for a curtain. They used a dish towel and attached it to a piece of salvage wood with upholstery tacks. EASY!

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In the small vintage bathroom, there are two mirrors side by side. Above the stool, three small repurposed drawers are topped with a salvaged board for a shelf.

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The old vintage sink is skirted with a copper metallic fabric to hide the plumbing in keeping with the metal theme.

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In the hallway to the upstairs bedrooms, there are large rectangles painted with copper paint. Then, it is layered with an old fence section and topped with a mirror.

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The last idea for this post is at the top of the stairs. The same theme continues by using a large copper painted rectangle, two fence sections, three metal flowers and a coordinating print. The end product looks beautiful!

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Remember, when you don’t have the right size piece for a large wall space, think of how you can layer and make it work!

Happy Decorating!

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Fall Idea House 2016 Part 1

Fall Idea House 2016 Part 1

Ready for some new ideas for your fall decorating and entertaining? You’ll find lots of ideas that can be easily incorporated into your own home. A team of decorators transform this house, three times a year, highlighting new trends, colors, and vintage finds. Of course, the vintage finds are repurposed in many creative ways. Be sure to look for them. I’m sure you’ll be inspired!

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Before you even enter the house, the garage and yard are totally decorated. Lanterns and metal scarecrows adorn the landscape for fall.

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On the end of the garage, wooden cutouts set off the window box of fall foliage.

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Next, the garage is set up as a bar. On the door, was a beer bottle wreath!

 

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On the tables, I thought the metal coasters were great!

 

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Back outside, they didn’t forget the outdoor fireplace!

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Beautiful fall container gardens greet you before you enter the house. Fall Idea House 2016 Part 1

 

Coppery-orange dried blooms linked together with pink mums in the flower box on the front of the home welcome everyone driving by.

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There is a layering theme running through this house. As you walk into the front porch, a beautiful table is set for a luncheon or dinner. One the table, shipping paper is used as a runner with an orange and green runner over it while adding a salvaged wooden cupboard door on top. The centerpiece display sits on top of the wooden door. Metal cans are used as vase for floral stems as well as candle holders.

 

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The place settings are layered as well. Galvanized metal candle plates make interesting saucers for the mugs.

 

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Up above, a vintage bank teller gate hangs as a ceiling grid with the fall bittersweet foliage.

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Napkins wrapped with raffia and a bittersweet accent are easy to do and look striking!

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Finally, raffia and bittersweet stems are, also, used as tie-back accents on the valance making the porch complete for a festive, fall occasion.

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Did you find some ideas?

This is just a small part of the Idea House. Come back for more ideas in Fall Idea House 2016 Part 2.

Happy Fall decorating!

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Sunflower Tablescape

Sunflower Tablescape

For fall, sunflowers fit right in. They are so cheery and beautiful. Using sunflowers for a Sunflower Tablescape makes a perky, fun table-setting. Lots of china colors go with sunflowers. You can use gold and brown, red, burgundy, white, blue or greens as I have done. This tablescape is also cost-friendly with ideas that you can do in your own home.

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I like to mix china. This set was one that I had at our cabin for many years. You won’t believe what I paid for it. I got it on a closeout at a discount store and paid $8 for 4 (5 piece) place settings! I bought 4-4 placesetting boxes!

 

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Along with the green checked china, I’ve used my green depression glass salad plates and jello molds. Yes, those little green cups are vintage jello molds. (in picture below) I use them to serve a scoop of sherbet, shrimp cocktail, fresh fruit, veggies and dip, sauces, etc.

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The centerpiece was one that I already had, but it didn’t have the yellow sunflowers. So, I merely inserted a few to go with the theme. Check out Fall Tablesetting to see how it originally looked.

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I made the sunflower napkin rings. They are so easy! Instructions on to make them are on Fall Idea House #2.

On a clearance sale after Christmas, I found a large green checked tablecloth on sale for four dollars and made the napkins from it. It’s a good way to get inexpensive napkins, if you can sew a straight-stitch. Buy the 120 inch tablecloth and you will get around 15-20 napkins out of it depending on napkin size.

So, have fun mixing up china, making napkin rings, and sewing napkins! 

Now, “serve with style” with your cost-friendly sunflower tablescape! 

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Spring Idea House 2016 Part 4

The Spring Idea House 2016 Part 4 is the last post for this season on fun ways to merge both new and vintage pieces in usual ways. Remember, this house is done by a team of creative decorators that try new trends and ideas to inspire you!

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There is something in each room and will spur your own creativity on how to use these ideas in your own home. Come along and be inspired…..

The first room is a garden themed room.

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Notice the side table. They used a planter and placed a glass top on it. Makes an easy table, right?

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The pressed fern artwork on the wall is a great project to do. Press fronds between black paper backing and the glass for easy-to-do DIY wall art.

The next room uses the colors of black, white, and coral. Don’t have a headboard? No problem! Use white paint or even chalk to outline one on the wall.

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Black and white wallpaper is framed at 3/4 height on the walls. The unique part of this paper is that you can color the flowers the accent color of the room. Here, they have used coral.

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Would you think of using an upside down basket as a light? It’s accented with coral artificial stems.

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The master bedroom looks restful with the color scheme of gray, white and fresh green accents. The vintage chest is missing the doors but the baskets are perfect for out of sight storage. So don’t throw out an old chest if the doors are missing!

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The bedside table is unique using metal trays.

 

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In the corner of the bedroom, a large green fern accents the grey and white color scheme. The side table is actually a bird bath with glass added on the top!

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The upstairs vintage bathroom uses a metal feeding trough as a container for green foliage. Flowers and butterflies bring a spring accent to the top of the shower curtain. Do you decorate your shower curtain for the season?

Two more ideas for the bathroom are using a ladder with added towel bars and an entrance grate used as wall art!

 

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The main living room of the Spring Idea House highlights another use for the metal looking “Fasade” used above the fireplace. This is the third idea for using that product. If you missed the other two ideas, you might want to click on Spring Idea House 2016 Part 3.  It has so many more possibilities. The product was created for a back-splash, but now it’s limitless in uses.

Check out the clock on the left. It’s made from a ceiling medallion with clock works added to it.  The numbers are white ceramic birds flying around the medallion.

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The coffee table is a vintage, round industrial fan piece from a factory. A glass top and metal legs turn it into a functional table.  Spring Idea House Part 4 grandparentsplus.com

The non-working fireplace filled with a fountain, lanterns, and greenery make it a focal point for the room.

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A barn door is permanently hung behind the sofa as wall art with two floral pictures to balance it out.

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Here’s a closer look at how they filled three different sized glass columns. I like the different variations.

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In the sunroom, a table is ready for a luncheon. Lots of coral accents here in the pillows, dishes, placemats, flowers, and napkins!

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Remember the vintage ceiling tile wallpaper used as an accent in the dining room? If you missed it, go to Spring Idea House 2016 Part 2 to see it. In the sunroom,it is used again.

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What idea did you like the best? Some of the vintage items are “one-of-a-kind” finds, but at least it opens your mind to what you can do with something similar!

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I hope you enjoyed the new ideas found in these four posts. I’m always open for unique ways to decorate. Are you?

Thanks for pinning and spreading these ideas around. 

While I have so many upcoming ideas to share with you, I need to take a blogging break this summer. Life has changed as I’ve lost my husband to Multiple Myeloma. There’s a huge void in my life and I feel it best to not be constrained to a time line and take some time for myself and family. I plan on being back in the fall. 

Visit my blog once in a while and look up past posts as I have lots of great recipes and ideas for your summer, too! Hope you understand.

Thanks for stopping by. I know God is in control. While I have peace in knowing  that my husband, who knew the Jesus as his Lord and Savior, is in a better place, it still is hard.

Thanks, 

Phyllis

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Spring Idea House 2016 Part 3

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Don’t you love new ideas for your home decorating? Well, this Spring Idea House 2016 Part 3 brings a lot more ideas that are easy to merge in your own home. As I’ve stated in Part 1 and Part 2, this home is decorated by a group of designers and uses new trends and products along with many vintage finds. I’m sure you’ll find lot of inspiration here!

First, when you have a large area on a wall to decorate, but just don’t have something that makes it look right in proportion to the space, use this idea. The background looks like vintage tin tiles, but it a product called Fasade. It is available at Home Depot or Menards. You can buy and adjust the size to your needs. Then, hang smaller pictures or decor to balance the space. Doesn’t this look fantastic? Just wait until you see another way it is used. Keep reading….

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At the top of the stairs at the landing, three rustic lanterns hang. All are filled with flowers instead of  candles.

 

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One of the upstairs bedrooms is decorated with polka dots! These are all stamped out of an adhesive paper and applied to the wall. I love this look, don’t you?

Notice the polka dots painted on the lamp beside the bed.

Also, did you notice the headboard is made with the same Fasade as you saw in the hallway?

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Here’s a closer look……   Now, that would be easy to do. Just apply it to a piece of plywood.

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The curtains have small polka dots, too!  Small milk glass pieces with flowers hang down from the rod.

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More polka dots here!

 

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The glass terrarium has a fairy garden inside…..   

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A vintage piece placed on top of a table creates a one of a kind desk.

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This “LOVE” shelf is so cute and certainly wouldn’t be hard to make for a room.  Great idea! This is one to save for later!

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The next room is a garden room. The garden gates hanging on the wall make a lovely way to display beautiful cards.

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This is an easy idea and great addition to your decor. Take fern fronds and press them into a frame using a black background. Now, you have instant wall decor for a garden room.

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So many fun ideas packed into a few spaces! I’m sure your creative juices are flowing and now you’ll want to remember many of these ideas for use in your own home.

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Thanks for stopping by to view the Spring Idea House 2016 Part 3! Don’t forget to go back and view Part 1 and Part 2! 

Be sure to stop back for Part 4 for more great ideas!

Phyllis

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Amazing Grace Easter Wreath

The Amazing Grace Easter Wreath says what Easter is really about. While I’m not against bunnies and chicks, Easter is really not about them, but about the amazing grace given to us through Jesus Christ, God’s son, by paying our sin debt on the cross. 

I’m thrilled to have found a source for the beautiful wooden crosses. I’ve made my own displays by cutting out paper letters and forming a cross, but this wood cut-out is beautiful to just hang by itself or use in a wreath. It greets your guests with the message of Easter.  They make a wonderful hostess gift if you’re invited out for Easter dinner.

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I bought 3 Amazing Grace crosses at under $4 each. I thought I would need to paint them, but when they arrived, they looked absolutely fine without painting. That saved a step! Click on Artistic Supply to find them. They were quick on delivery, too! They have several different styles of crosses that would work if you would like a different style.

The first version I tried was working with this gathered green burlap wreath. I had bought it for a couple of dollars on clearance, as it was missing several pieces, and looked awful. For the money, I thought I could change it up into something worthwhile.  So, fixing some of the flaws, I used the cross in the middle and highlighted it with bunches of white lilies.

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This wreath went from the above picture to the one below!

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For the next design idea, it was simple, but tedious, to add the two types of ferns to the twig wreath. I had seen something similar and had the ferns at home, so just worked with it to tuck and glue the ends into the twigs.( A boxwood wreath works, too.) I simply added the cross in the middle. I felt it didn’t need any more than the simple greenery elegance to let the cross stand out. If you’re pressed for time, buy one!

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The third idea was to use palms for the base.

First, I cut a small rectangle from a cardboard box. I tried foam, but it stood out from the wall or door and I wanted it to be flush against the wall. The cardboard worked well.

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I found a small artificial bush that had eight palm branches on it. It was around $9.00 at Michael’s, but a coupon took that price down. With eight, I could make two of them.

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Using the glue gun, I secured the top and bottom palms on the cardboard.  Continuing  on with the other smaller palms, I glued them on horizontally forming a palm cross. Make sure that the top vertical palm part is slightly smaller than the lower part.

 

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I twisted some wire to form a hook for hanging, and glued it on the back of the cardboard.

 

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The last part was to carefully glue the wooden cross cut-out on top of the ferns.

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The last version turned out to be the easiest. So if you don’t have a wreath that you can use, make the version with the palm leaves. It really goes together fast!

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The wooden cross cut-out certainly may be used alone, but it looks outstanding on a wreath. I hops you enjoy your Amazing Grace wreath however you choose to make it!

Happy Easter! 

Phyllis

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Whimsical Spring Arrangements

The cute little bunnies, ducks, and chicks that you see in stores are hard to resist. Well, last year I bought a few on clearance (75% off)  and this year made a couple whimsical spring arrangements with the bunnies and ducks.

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For the first one, I used a vintage berry carrier. By just placing some artificial grass on the bottom, adding the three different size bunnies, and placing artificial succulents here and there, the arrangement is complete.

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I used this arrangement as a centerpiece.  Notice those little bunnies on each placesetting….those I got for 12 cents each! I happened to find them at 90% off of sale price! Such a deal!

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Use those whimsical animals perched on a candle holder and alternate with green moss balls.

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The little feather chicks in a nest were purchased some years ago in Germany. I just love the detail. They’re cute to use with a place-card.

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Perhaps this gives you some ideas on how to use those bunnies, chicks, and ducks in a whimsical spring arrangement of your own.

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Now, watch those sales and take advantage of them for next year!

Phyllis

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Irish for a Day!

We’re not Irish, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t be Irish for a Day! You can have fun with it and make the day special for your children or grandchildren. There’s green scrambled eggs, green oatmeal, pots of gold pineapple, and a rainbow of fruit just to name a few easy ideas. So, why not print an Irish picture, button, or card to greet them on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day? It is easy to do and will guarantee a smile on your kids’ faces as they see their own picture in green! Best of all….IT’S FREE!

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First, find a picture of your child or grandchild on your computer. Go to glassgiant.  This link should take you to “St. Patrick’s Day”.

Next, click on “choose file” and find your picture on your computer to upload and double-click on the picture. It should upload to their site. Then click on “send”.

This will make a button, but I’ll show you how I changed it for a picture. I’ll walk you through those instructions after you have finished your button.

Once you have the basic button made with adding the words on it and picking the background, now download it to your computer. The picture will be off-center and look like this…

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If you’re making a button, you are done.  If you want to make a frame and change it to a picture for a card, continue on……

After you have downloaded the picture, go to Picmonkey.   Picmonkey is a free online editing site for your pictures. You’ll love this site and have fun enhancing your own pictures.

On Picmonkey, click edit and double-click to upload the picture you downloaded from glassgiant. Now, click  “crop”, and change to the size you want. Like this…..

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If you want a border, click “frame” and select the type you want and the color. You can always change if you don’t “apply” it..

Finally, when you get the picture the way you want, click “save” on top and it will save to your own computer. You can now print the picture and place on a card or use however you wish.

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This is actually a quick and easy process, once you have done it. Remember, anyone can be “Irish for a Day”! Your children or grandchildren will be delighted. Have fun!

Phyllis

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Easter Cross Scrabble Craft

Do you have extra scrabble letters? If so, this Easter Cross Scrabble Craft is an easy, quick, yet a meaningful one to make. If you need to find them, just do a search online or find at your local craft store. Thrift stores are a good source, too! I’ve included 2 versions of this craft; one for kids, and one for adults.

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I recommend using a strong adhesive like GOOP instead of a glue gun. The pieces are varnished and mine broke easily when I used the glue gun. I re-glued with the stronger glue. This version is for adults as I found it hard for kids to use the glue. The” kid version”,  is explained later in this post. It makes it easier for them to do and you don’t have to find all those tiles for multiple kids doing this project.

Here’s the number of letters you will need for the cross….

H-1, E-3, D-2, I-1, F-1, O-1, R-1, M-1

When your Easter Cross Scrabble craft is completed, you can hang it as is, or frame it. 

An easy way to do this for a “kid version” Sunday School Craft is to copy the letters on your printer. It’s a lot cheaper, too.

Materials Needed:

1 copy of letters for each child

Scissors

Glue and Toothpicks (flat work better for glue)

1/2 sheet of construction paper red and black

 

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Have students cut out the squares and glue to a half-sheet of paper. It helps to fold the paper in half the long way, and about one-third down. Now, students can follow the folds to glue on the letters. Have them start in the middle with the word “died” placing two letters on each side of the fold. This way, they will line up easier. Hope you can see how I folded this sheet of paper.
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Hint for gluing….  Kids always add too much glue.  Have a dish of glue where they use a toothpick and apply just a dab. This will be enough to glue it on, but not enough to ooze out.

Add a black frame to finish it off. ( I would have these already cut for the students.)

Here’s the finished “kid version” project using paper tiles.

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Either version you make is a craft that is meaningful and memorable for the Easter season and throughout the year. It’s a great reminder of God’s love for us.

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Yes, Jesus died for YOU!

Romans 5:8-9  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 

He is Risen!

Phyllis

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