Simple Valentine’s Craft

We are going to visit Joe’s grandma (who recently moved to Atlanta) tonight. She hasn’t been doing well lately, so we’re hoping a visit from us will help cheer her up.

Well, that and this super adorable Valentine Lucy and I made for her today.

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Seriously. How cute is that?? And, it took no more than 10 minutes to make! I put her hands on a piece of red cardstock and used her thumbs and first fingers to form a heart. Makeshift heart. Then, I traced her hands, cut it out and taped it to a piece of pink cardstock! In the heart area, I wrote, “I love you.”

That’s it! Easy peasy. And so stinking cute. I think we’re going to have to make these for the grandparents, too! Like this craft? Use the button below the post to PIN IT!

Craft Corner: Handprint Reindeer

Want a super easy Christmas craft? This handprint reindeer is right up your alley! We spent about five minutes making one this morning for my parents. I need to make one for us now. It will go great with a handprint menorah, like the one we made Joe’s parents.

We set Lucy up in the kitchen and went to work. Just like the menorah, this was super easy to make and barely took us five minutes. I’m all about the super easy crafts, especially when it comes to paint.

We painted both of her hands and put them down one at a time so that the thumbs were touching in a line.

I painted a half circle at the bottom for the face and left it to dry. When it was done, I cut a circle out of red scrapbook paper (since I didn’t have red paint) to attach for the nose and then drew two eyes with a Sharpie. And, the finished product:

So stinkin’ cute! I can’t wait to give it to them tomorrow!

Handprint Menorah Craft

When I was interviewing an interfaith family this week, the mother told me her son had made a menorah out of handprints at his preschool. I thought that was such a cute idea. It was definitely something I wanted to do for my in-laws, who are Jewish.

So, today on our way home from my sister-in-law’s house, we stopped by Hobby Lobby and grabbed some supplies. We spent around $10 after two 40% off coupons for two canvases (two pack for $3.99), 2 bottles of paint and a pack of brushes. I didn’t realize the yellow paint was more expensive but, I figure we’ll be able to use the paint and brushes for many, many other projects, so spending $10 isn’t too bad.

Lucy was psyched to paint. She talked about this the whole way home. Thankfully, it was only about a 10 minute drive. 🙂 After we cleared a space on the table, we put down some paper towels and got to work. The first step was to paint her hands. Rather than painting both and then putting them both down at the same time, we did them one at a time. I think that was much easier for a toddler. Mom tip of the day. You’re welcome.

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We put her left hand down first and then the right, putting her right thumb on top of the print from her left thumb, which made a candle holder for the middle menorah candle.

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While Joe washed Lucy’s hands, I painted the base for the menorah. It was fairly simple, which is saying something coming from someone who has no artistic abilities whatsoever. I just painted a line from one hand to the other, then added a thick base. Then, Joe and Lucy added the flames.

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Want to see the finished product??

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Seriously, how cute is that?? And the best part is that it only took about 10 minutes to make! I have plans now for a Christmas-themed painting, which we’ll do when Lucy gets back from her trip with the grandparents this weekend. Can’t wait!

DIY Headband Holder

I’ve been at a loss at what to do with Lucy’s headbands. I can pile them on her dresser (as I’ve been doing) or put them in a basket. That’s the extent of the options I’ve come up with.

Until now. My husband had a brilliant idea for a DIY headband holder, and it was probably the easiest project ever. Seriously. A couple coats of paint, some ribbons and you’re done. It’s that simple.

We got a letter holder from Hobby Lobby (on sale for $6 — the total cost for this project).

We sprayed on one coat of primer, and then sprayed on pink paint. I tied ribbons to the ends to make it look cuter. The ribbons and paint we already had on hand, so this was a super frugal project, and it turned out great!

I haven’t decided yet whether I’m going to hang this on the wall (possibly by her bow holder) or stand it up on her dresser. That’s one thing I really love about this project — it’s so versatile. Love it!

Show Us Your Life: What you Make

This week’s theme is what you make. I make greeting cards. I actually haven’t had much time to work on them and promote my business since my pregnancy and Lucy’s birth, but I’m hoping to get back into it now.

For those of you who are new to my blog, here are some samples of cards I’ve made:

I had a website, but I closed it down since I haven’t done much with it in a while. I’m hoping to start it back up soon, though. In the meantime, if any of you are interested in custom greeting cards, you can use the links on the sidebar to contact me. 🙂

My First Sewing Project

I haven’t sewn anything since my high school Home Ec class.

Until yesterday, that is. I made Lucy a taggie blanket — with my mom’s help, of course. 🙂

It really was fairly simple to make. Cutting and sewing the material together was a breeze. The ribbons took a little more time to make sure they were lined up correctly. And, one of the textures I chose was thick so it was a little hard to run the needle over it.

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I made an 8×8 taggie because I thought it would be easier for Lucy to handle. It turned out great!

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And, it’s been a big hit. Lucy hasn’t put it down voluntarily since yesterday evening. I’ve had to pry it out of her hands at diaper changes and when I put her to bed last night. In fact, right now, she’s clutching it as she snoozes in her bouncer.

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It makes me feel so good to see her playing with something that I made for her rather than something I just bought at a store.

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