Monday, May 26, 2014

Patriotic Wreath

I wanted something for my front door since it's Memorial Day and I'm feeling patriotic.  It's important to honor those who gave their lives for our freedom and it's certainly more than just having a day off of work.

I saw a wreath I liked on Pinterest (isn't that where it all begins???) and my version isn't quite as professional looking as that one, but it'll do.  It didn't take long to make and because it was pretty simple, that meant it was fun too.  Plus, I felt less guilty about my husband being outside on a ladder painting the eaves of our house if I'm doing something equally as important (well at least I think so!)

Directions for putting this puppy together are here.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Easy Breakroom Celebration

Update:  Since we are at the end of the school year, a friend of mine asked me to make a gift for her grandson's Kindergarten teacher.  We decided to do this writable chalkboard with a phrase that the teacher used often:

 She had her grandson write a message to the teacher.  She told me later that the teacher doesn't want to erase the message!  I know my intention was that she could use this over and over and over in her classroom, but I kinda like her idea better!

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For Teacher Appreciation week a few weeks ago, our administrators and counselors brought treats for our teachers. We wanted the breakroom to look attractive - and if you've ever been in a school breakroom, you know that's not a simple task!!  However, with a few EASY decorations, we added some pinache to the table!

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For the chalkboard, use a ready made black canvas and write on it with chalk!  Anyone in education these days knows that chalkboards are a remnant of the good ol' days, but they will always be associated with teachers and classrooms!

Next up, a nice bouquet of flowers.  This one was from my garden.  Some pretty common flowers, but I added my favorite red onion blooms and some mint!  Perfecto!

Coffee anyone?  To make the coffee area a bit more attractive, I wrapped mason jars with some decorative burlap and twine.  Since our school colors are black and gold - it worked!!

So, in conclusion, it doesn't take much to make your treat table a little bit more festive.  Oh yeah, some student created posters help too!!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Crafty Girls #7 - Celebrating the Red, White & Blue!

Hi everyone!  Boy, it's been awhile!  Work has been all-consuming lately and I finally emerged from the other side of the tunnel!

I felt a desperate need for a Crafty Girls day.  The date was chosen quickly so not a lot of friends could attend, but it's always fun no matter how many show up!  This time we made wooden flags.  It was a new project for all of us so we muddled through together - but we were all happy with the results!

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I purchased the wood ahead of time and my husband cut it up and we spent a couple of hours yesterday sanding all the surfaces.  I'm glad we did the prep work ahead of time because it took a couple of hours for our group to make the flags.  Having to sand everything would have been a drag!

The door is open!  Come on in!

The flags are pretty simple.  The wood pieces are cut from 2x6's and 2x2's with the longest piece being 10 inches and the shortest being 5 1/2 inches.  The 2x6 is cut into a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 square.

I purchased a pre cut star from Michael's.  That was easier than cutting one ourselves.

Supplies included buttons, twine, scrapbook paper, paint and spray adhesive.

We had a pretty big space, but boy, painting does take up a lot of room!

The one thing I really love about crafting together, is that we all end up with something different - all equally cool!  Love the projects and love the friendships!!  I'm really feeling patriotic now!!