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Make the best of everything!: February 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Puffy Paint Name Stamp

If you are a frequent reader of this blog, then you know that I LOVE working with Puffy Paint.

I saw on pinterest that someone used it to make stamps, and I wanted to try it out for myself .

I decided to try making a " Name Stamp" because I think they are great!

I cut out a remnant of craft foam. and wrote my name on it " Backwards"  Writing your name backwards can be a neat lesson for a child to learn!

I waited for the puffy paint it to dry.  It usually takes at least an hour.

I pulled out my ink pad.  I pressed the stamp into the pad and ran over the back of it with my finger to  make sure the ink would cover it.

I also pressed down as I was stamping it onto the paper.

I really think that it came out cool.  I am sure that if I didn't press down so hard, the background might not have been black.

This was a cheap, easy project!  Great for a rainy day activity!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tortilla rose cups

I was trying to fall asleep last night, when an idea came to me. ( If you blog, then you know how that goes)

I have always loved all the felt and paper rose tutorials I have seen online.

like this one that running with glitter made at  Tulsa kids

But what about making roses out of corn tortillas?

So. This morning I decided to have a little kitchen experament while the little man was napping.

I pulled some corn tortillas out of the fridge and followed the felt rose tutorial, but with the tortilla.

I followed my Homemade tortilla chip recipe.  I salted and brushed the tortilla with conola oil.

I used kitchen shears to cut the tortilla.

I folded the tortilla into a rose.  I had to be Very careful to make sure that the the tortilla didn't tear.

 ( Just a thought, that a flour tortilla might be easier to work with)

I baked the tortilla rose in the oven at 350 degrees fairinheit for 21 minutes.  I checked it every 3-5 minutes. 

 When the rose is crispy to your satisfaction, then  it is done. 

After I took my tortilla rose out of the oven, I thought it looked like a cup.  So I put salsa into the rose. 

It was a great little breakfest!
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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Chalkboard table top

I see so many chalkboard posts everywhere.

 I used to be very reluctant to dive into the chalkboard paint world.  All that chalk dust sounded like such a mess!

Until I had a friend post a link on her Facebook page about a chalkboard fridge.

I decided to give chalkboard paint a try.
 My husband and I have this table set. It is cheep. We purchsed the table and 4 chairs for no more than $200 in 2005.

This table top has lots of scratches on it.  Partly because its made of cheep wood.
And  Partly because I have done many crafts on this table over the years, and should have taken better care of it.

I love this table.  I didn't want to get rid of it, but I couldn't justify spending alot of money refinishing it. 


I went to Menards and purchased chalkboard paint ( I live in the middle of nowhere, so I chose this brand because it was the only option unless I wanted to make my own).  That being said, I was pleased with this paint.

While my baby was napping, I broke out a roller and painted the table!  It only took about 20 minutes. about 4 hours later I gave the table another coat.

Below is a photo of the paint drying.  I didn't put plastic on the ground.  a small amount did drip onto the ground.  It was easy to clean up.

Here is a photo of the finished table after my family had breakfest and decorated the table a bit.

I added a little glass with some chalk.  I want people feel like they can feel free to draw!

I really LOVE my new table!!

Here are some cleaning tips after having this for a few weeks.

I had to play around with clean up.  The first few times I tried cleaning this table I ended up with white streaks on the table. Also, when I used a sponge, particles from the sponge ended up on the table. 

I found success with a wet wash cloth.  You will need enough water on it in order to remove all the chalk dust off the table. 

Also, I find that I have had to sweep or swiffer white chalk under the table.  However, I still say that having a great chalkboard table is worth it. 

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Valentines day Coffee cup

Last year, I made my husband DIY beer labels for Valentines day.  And oh how our lives have changed since last year!

Now that we have a little one, Greg's beverage of choice is coffee, not beer!

I decided that I will surprise him with a special Valentines day travel cup that he can take to work with him on Valentines day!

I purchased a pack of disposable " to go" coffee cups from the store  and took off the cup liner.

I then traced the cup liner on a piece of cardstock .

I then used a heart cookie cutter to trace a heart.

I got some coffee beans out of my kitchen cabinet.

And used a hot glue gun to glue them on my coffee sleeve.

I then glued the coffee sleeve onto the cup.

I made a little message to attach to the cup.  " Our Love will continue to Brew. Always"

I also plan to attach a foam heart sticker on the cup opening to prevent spills as he is driving to work.

A picture of the finished product once again.

Look at my Coffee Charms I made last year!

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