Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mother's Day: For the Mom Who Loves to Cook PART 1

Just when I thought we were entering a holiday hiatus I remembered that Mother's Day is fast approaching-- let the April whirlwind continue. I'm a big proponent of the handmade gift (shocker), and what better holiday than Mother's & Father's Day to make something truly from the heart.  So for the next few days, I'll be sharing what I'll be giving for Mother's Day.  

Have you seen these "dipped" kitchen tools floating around Pinterest and in Target's new line of summer dishes (which I DYING over)?  It was love at first site for me!  You know, one of those sort of wonderfully simple things that just makes something prettier and makes you smile--right up my alley!!

So, these will be part of a gift for the mom in my life who enjoys cooking.  I'm aware that gifts of the cooking/cleaning variety aren't for everyone, and giving a cooking gift on Mother's Day may be flirting with disaster for some, but for someone who actually finds joy in it, I thought these "dipped" cooking utensils would be a great way to add a little bit of pretty to her kitchen and cooking.  (I think I'll also be giving these as housewarming gifts in the future.)

Here's how I made my paint "dipped" cooking tools:

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

May your day be filled with family, love, and remembrance of Him.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Little Touch of Spring

I'd be lying if I told you that my Valentine's stuff wasn't up until about two weeks ago, but I finally got around to changing it out for spring--one of my favorite times of year to decorate for.  I love all of the pastel/floral-iness of it.  I added a few Easter touches here and there, but mostly stuck to spring so I can leave it up a bit longer without having to totally change it out.

Fabric remnants torn in strips and tied on twine for a springy garland.

A few paper flowers with vintagey buttons

And a little bouquet of eggs.  I think these may be gracing my Easter table as part of the centerpiece.

These are just the cardboard eggs from the craft store dolled up in a few different and very easy ways and stuck on a wood skewer.

Twine eggs: just a dab of hot glue on the top and start wrapping--gluing every so often to hold it down.  For the painted one, I painted it after I had wrapped the twine.
Papers & Mod Podge: I found this works better if you tear the paper in to small pieces, paint on the mod podge, cover with the paper, then paint another coat of podge over the top.
Paint & Sand Paper: Probably no instructions needed--paint and distress.  I distress everything--even eggs!

Happy Easter!

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