Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Book Page Bunny Silhouette Art and Banner

Book page bunny silhouette and cute Easter banner


I'm back today to show you a super easy and cute way to decorate your mantle. 
Or in my case, my faux mantle.
It's just an Ikea shelf that we hung in our little dining area.
I love to decorate it now. 

For the bunny silhouette art
You will need a piece of long wood or any size really
A bunny silhouette 
(you can find mine here and download it)
clear tape
old book pages
black card stock or black vinyl
Cricut Explore 

First I took a piece of mdf that I had lying around. 
I like the size. It's perfect for that space. 
Then I found a bunny that was standing. I just searched on pinterest. You can either download it and print it out and just cut it by hand or I downloaded it and put it into my Cricut Design Space and cut it in vinyl. 
Since I wanted my bunny to be 16inches tall x 8 inches wide
I  had to cut it in 2 sections. 

You can do that when you print it too. 

Ok, back to the piece of wood. 
I did this on a whim late at night so if my method seems primitive or simplistic please forgive me ;)

I found an old book and carefully ripped out some pages. 
I lined them up to see how I wanted it to look. 
I then just took some clear packing tape and carefully wrapped the pages around the edges and taped making sure the tape did not show in the front of the sign.

To adhere the pages to the wood, I used the same packing tape and just rolled it so it was sticky on all sides then I pressed into the back of each page being careful not to have it show. 

That's it for the background. Easy peasy! 
The reason I did not use glue (besides lazyness) is that I wanted my pages to be crisp. I didn't want them buckling or looking rippled. 
Now I simply cut my bunny and decided where to stick him. You can cut him out of black cardstock and tape him down just like the pages. 

Here is the vinyl being cut 


Here's what it looked like on my screen 

 Book pages taped down




All done!




so what do you think?
You can totally pull that off!

I try to blog about simple projects using things you would have around the house or could get for very little money. 

The little banner was super easy. 
I simply bought a chipboard banner, painted each piece then cut out the letters in vinyl. The ends have a cute little bunny tail for a bit of whimsy. I bought it all at Joann for 50% off. 
So simple and pretty. 


What are you making this week? 

xoxo
Patty






Monday, March 21, 2016

Pretty Easter Door Hanger

As promised I am back today to show you another fun and easy Easter craft. 

Y'all there's STILL time to crank one of these out!

Easter Door Hanger 


Here's what you'll need:
 One egg shaped/oval shaped wooden plaque
assorted craft paints and sharpies
vinyl 
burlap ribbon 
hot glue



(don't mind the little "eggs" next to it. They are part of another post.)


First paint your egg in your favorite color. 
Next, I started out by designing the chevron pattern I wanted on my Cricut Explore. You can easily draw it in by hand but I was testing some things out on my machine so I decided to do it that way. 
So hand draw it or stencil on the chevron pattern. 
Wait until dry and outline it with a contrasting color sharpie. 
I then cut out my "M" initial with my Cricut and 
applied it to the plaque. 


I really like the colors. They go with the rest of the Easter them I have going :)
I got my burlap ribbon and made a box. 
Then I folded the ribbon in have to make it skinnier and hot glued it together. 
I then hot glued the bow to the ribbon. 
Next I hot glued the ribbon to the back of the plaque. 
Ta da! 

Super cute door hanger thingy!
I actually had a hard time finding the egg shape made out of wood. I went to Joann fabric and they had this egg shaped chalkboard with a little stand. It was 1/2 off. Of course I couldn't pass it up!
I simply removed the stand from the back, painted the egg and went at it. 

See how easy it is to make one of these. You still have time. 

I'll be back tomorrow with a super easy Easter banner :)


xoxo 
Patty









Sunday, March 20, 2016

Simple Easter Crafts for Spring

Hi everyone. I'm busy crafting for my family's Easter celebration next weekend. Over the next few days I'll be posting some of my projects here for you .

Spring Shadow Box


These are simple, inexpensive projects that you can try at home. 

First you'll need to gather the following materials:

six small wooden oval shapes
one 9 x 9 shadow box
assorted paints and markers
hot glue 
vinyl 
Cricut Explore cutting machine

The Cricut Explore machine is optional. You can buy any vinyl saying at your local crafts store or online on Etsy. However, I highly recommend this awesome machine. No cartridges needed. 
First I purchased the six oval shapes at Michael's. 
They were found in the wood letter aisle and were only 29 cents each!
Score!
The cute shadow box was also on sale and it cost me around $8. 
I have a large assortment of paints and sharpies but I picked up a few more paints. 
They are only 69 cents and I picked some pretty spring time colors. 
I painted each wooden "egg" in the colors I wanted. I let them dry while I designed a chevron pattern on Cricut Design Space. I first measure the egg to find out how big the chevron pattern should be. 
I cut it out of cardstock. I used that pattern as a stencil and just stenciled it on with paint. When they were dry, I simply went over the outline with a contrasting color sharpie.
When they were all dry, I simply hot glued them to the inside of the shadow box. 


sorry for the orientation. I forgot to turn them around. Anywho, then I just simply picked my font on the Cricut Explore and cut out of vinyl. So easy! I think it looks pretty cute. 

Another take on this craft is to have each of your kids decorate one "egg" then simply cut your last name out of vinyl. Instant memento.

Here it is in its temporary spot:

I hope you got some ideas on how simple and easy it is to decorate a shadow box. 

I'll be back tomorrow to share my Easter door hanger. 

xoxo

Patty







Thursday, March 17, 2016

Healthy Meal Planning for Working Moms






I recently returned to work after a long time handling some health issues. 

If you're like me and have a difficult time eating healthy lunches at work, then this post is for you.

Healthy Choice makes some delicious meals called Cafe Steamers. I love that you can heat up delicious meals at work and drizzle a scrumptious sauce on top. These meals are so easy to pack and go. The best part is that they're a healthy alternative to fast food. 





I hate going out and picking up fatty burgers or other fast foods that are filled with calories and who knows what else.  I also discovered that if I want to eat outside on these pretty spring days, I can heat up my Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer then pour it into a thermal tumbler! Healthy eating on the go! 
You can totally do this with kids when you pack their lunches. 

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers are so yummy! I love all their pasta dishes. I buy a variety of flavors to pack as lunches not only for myself but for my two boys. Being teens, they need to have a healthy alternative for lunch.
I especially appreciate that all Healthy Choice meals are made with real ingredients and no preservatives so you don’t have to worry about sacrificing taste or freshness. Since the ingredients aren’t frozen in the sauce they have a fresh, more vibrant taste. And unlike other frozen meals, Healthy Choice Café Steamers’ feature a unique tray-in-tray steam cooking method that delivers fresh-tasting meals with crisp vegetables and juicy proteins. It also gives you the chance to be a part of the culinary experience as you pour your own sauce, determining how much or how little flavor you want with your meal. With each meal containing a mix of vitamins, nutrients and protein, Healthy Choice Café Steamers are a delicious, healthy, convenient option, whether at work, home or on the go.

Whether I'm eating at my desk at work or grabbing a quick lunch at home, Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers are an easy way to feel satisfied.



(look at that scrumptious sauce!)


Healthy Choice is the only major brand in the frozen meals section that can call 100% of its products “healthy” as approved by the FDA and that makes me feel good. 
 Visit www.facebook.com/healthychoice or www.HealthyChoice.com to learn more.You can find Healthy Choice Café Steamers in the freezer aisle at grocery stores nationwide for the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $3.29 (a LOT less than most unhealthy fast food). 

Until next time!
xoxo
Patty


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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