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Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Idea

Here is a great Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Idea!
Finding a gift for my Mother-in-law is kind of tricky.  We’ve already given her all the usual gifts of flowers, books, gift card, etc…  So, I’m always on the lookout for something to give her.  Luckily, she loves homemade gifts.  As soon as I saw this post on Helping Little Hands about Faux Embroidery, I knew that was what I needed to make for Mother’s Day this year.

I purchased the pattern from Twin Stitchers.  She is having a deal this month that if you spend over $10.00, you will get 50% off your entire order!  So my “Our Family Tree” E-pattern was only $6.50!!  Such a deal!    Once I started coloring, I just couldn’t stop.  It was so fast, easy, and fun!

While I colored, my daughter watched.  She thought it looked so fun, she kept asking if she could color some.  I was particular about my gift, so I told her we could make another one for her to color.  We decided it would be fun to make one of her school class to give to her teacher.  So, we did our best to fit the whole class on to the tree.  I just love how it turned out.

Kaylee is so excited to color it for her teacher.  Unfortunately, she has a lot of homework to get done first.  I’m hoping this will be some good motivation to get her to move a little quicker.

A few notes:
– These are 14 X 18 inch frames.  The brown one was $20 from Target and the black one was $10 (50% off) from Hobby Lobby.
–  On the Class Tree, I made the tree slightly bigger on the right hand side so that we could fit more kids on it.
– The link to Helping Little Hands is a tutorial with a lot of helpful information.  She suggests what kind of pen and crayons to use and tips to make it easier.

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Quick (last minute) Easter Idea

Did you want to make something cute for your kids, a spouse, a church group, or a friend for Easter, but then never got around to doing something? Well, I’m here to tell you….it isn’t too late!! You can still make these cute plastic cup Easter Baskets!
All you need is:
two plastic cups
a pair of scissors
some Easter basket grass
and whatever candy you have!
My friend, Tonya, is hilarious, smart, cute and very FUN!!
She came over tonight and taught me how to make these cute (super cheap) Easter baskets for our young women!
 First, you take one cup and make slits in it about 2 1/2 inches long.
(You can eyeball it.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!)
Second, you make another slit up by the rim of the cup so that you can “hook” it onto the next slat.
It’s kinda hard to explain, but I hope you get the idea.
 The first few went easy but the last few were kind of tricky.  Stay with it.
Then…BAM!!  You have these stinkin’ cute baskets.
 They look even cuter when you get the handle across the top.
To make the handle, we took the second cup and cut a one inch wide piece off the top.
It’s a little bit of a challenge to get the “handles” to stay on, so we slit both ends of the “handle”
and slit two of the opposite sides of the basket and slipped them into each other.
(It’s late and I really hope this makes sense!!!  ha ha ha)
 Then we filled each one will some pink grass and some reeses eggs!!
So go make something cute today for someone you love!
(with something you probably already have in your kitchen cupboards! : )
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Balloon Birthday Wreath Tutorial!

Last year my friend, Gena, made a super cute balloon birthday wreath with her mom and sisters!  I’ve wanted one ever since…and I finally got it done! Thanks Gena for the great idea!
First, I gathered all my supplies.
*A straw wreath (leaving the plastic on so that you don’t make a huge mess!),
*about 8 packages of 25 balloons from the dollar store,
*some curly ribbon,
*and a lot of craft pins.
Walmart had the craft pins 100 for $1.00. They were a little more at JoAnn’s.
Then I simply started “pinning” the balloons in the wreath.
I LOVE all the colors, but you could pick and choose if you wanted too.
(One of the things I really like about this wreath is that it is gender neutral!)
 I put the pins close together (about 1/2 inch apart) and then at the end, I made a few adjustments.
Isn’t this SO fun?  It makes me smile just thinking about it!  It’s so bright and cheery!
Who wouldn’t be excited to wake up and find this hanging on their door??
(Okay, maybe my husband, but I’m still hanging it!  Love ya hun!  🙂
When that was complete, I just “pinned” in some of the ribbons here and there
to make it look FULLAND FUN!!!
And because I loved all of the “after” pictures for different reasons,
here are a few more for your viewing pleasure!
Go make one today!  It really is super fun!
I recommend doing this with a friend (or in my case…sister :).
It goes a lot faster, it saved my poor tired thumb, and we had fun talking the whole time!
Thanks for your help Cali!
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