Friday, October 26, 2012

Easy (and CHEAP!) Teacher's Gifts for Halloween

I know, I know. A total shock that I'm actually crafting and blogging again, right? Alli was 4 weeks old yesterday, Ava is going through the terrible two's, and yet, I had a few moments of peace to myself to craft. 

It. Was. Awesome. 

I love both of my daughter's teachers. Arielle is in 4th grade, and while her teacher is new to the school, I really like her. Jasmin's teacher, I ADORE. She's the same teacher that Arielle had for 1st grade, and she is just amazing. 

I want to get better about showing my appreciation for them. I'm good about sending in a Christmas gift for them, but I want to get better about doing them for them during the year. Plus, hubby's sister is a teacher (her first year! How exciting!) and I've heard some of the stuff she has to deal with, kids and parents wise. 

Teachers are severely under appreciated. 

I was browsing on Pinterest, and saw a bunch of ideas for teacher's gifts. I know we've all seen the different ways to decorate hand sanitizer bottles, right? This one caught my eye though, I really liked the "Germs are Scary" idea. 

So my first step was hitting up Walmart, where I bought two bottles of hand sanitizer for $1.97 a piece. I've read that you can buy these at the Dollar Store, but I'm lazy and was already at Walmart. They had a blue version and a green version. 

Next step was to dust off my Silhouette and cut out some vinyl. The font I used was Morgus. I wanted something scary, but kid friendly. The final size I cut was about 3.5 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide. 

Then I had to use some elbow grease, Goo Gone and dish soap to get off the labels. It took a while and a lot of rinsing it off, but I wanted to make sure that the Goo Gone was off of the bottles. I didn't figure that sticking vinyl on something that had adhesive remover residue still on it was going to work. 

No picture of the vinyl on the bottle, but even so, I thought it looked a bit too plain. So I dug up an old tutorial that I bought, made a loopy bow, and put it on there. I dig it. 

And the final result? Not too shabby for $2 and a little bit of time (the vinyl and ribbon I had already). 

I hope they like it! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cutting Edge Stencil Winner!

I know you're all waiting with baited breath to find out who won the Cutting Edge stencil giveaway, right? That lucky winner is....

Manda Overturf Shank!

Manda said her favorite stencil was the marrakech trelis allover stencil, and I agree, I love that one too! I'm sending you an email, Manda!

Folks, PLEASE make sure you're following all the rules of a giveaway. There were two winners that rafflecopter picked before Manda, but sadly, they didn't follow the required entry and post what stencil was their favorite. Don't let this be you! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Alli's Newborn Pics!

Don't forget you still have a day to enter my giveaway for a Cutting Edge Stencil! If the Rafflecopter widget isn't showing up, you can try a different browser, or just leave comments the old fashioned way. 

Alli had her newborn pics done last week, and despite her wanting to be awake, I think we got some good ones. I can't believe she was 3 weeks old yesterday. Time is flying by. 

That gorgeous blanket was made by my sweet friend Candace, her crochet pieces are amazing. 

Thanks for letting me share! And go enter that giveaway!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cutting Edge stencils review & GIVEAWAY!!!

I know you've heard of Cutting Edge Stencils. And about how awesome they are, their great customer service, how easy their stencils are to use, I could go on and on. So imagine my surprise when they contacted me and asked if I'd like to do a review and GIVEAWAY for my readers! 

I had a hard time narrowing my choice down. They have so many options, from florals, to damasks, to birds, the list goes on and on. I already own the large rabat stencil that I used in my master bedroom. And my friend Megan loaned me a damask stencil that I used in Ava's room. So I wanted something a little different. I ended up picking the Julia stencil. I liked it because you can do the flowers the same color, or a different color, and get a totally different feeling from the same stencil

I told my mom that I was going to be doing her guest bathroom, which she was super excited about. Her bathroom was pretty blah, just a non-exciting color on the wall with a sad flower picture that she's had forever. I knew the stencil could make it something fresh and fun. 

Yup. Boring bathroom with horrible, horrible lighting and that sad picture on the wall that's hidden by the door most of the time. 

I use painter's tape to hold it to the wall. Cutting Edge says you can also use spray adhesive to help hold it up, but the painters tape works for me. I just put it under any large negative space on the stencil. I did use a thumb tack to hold it to my mom's wall, only because she has sand paint with a sealer on top, and the tape refused to hold. See my clip on level? HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 

And we're off! The stencils are nice and thick, but still easy enough to bend to get into corners and crevices. A little bit of paint goes a long way, and too much paint on your roller can cause it to seep under (that can be fixed with some touch up paint, but who wants to do extra work that you don't have to?)

And here we are, a short couple of hours later! This stencil was nice and big, so I was able to do quite a bit at a time. Since it's such a small space, we decided to do just one wall. 

Seriously, so easy that you can do with with a toddler running around and you're 39 weeks pregnant. 

Cutting Edge also has a video to help you get started. 

Now, the part that you've all been waiting for! Cutting Edge Stencils is offering one stencil up to $50 (US residents only please) that they'll ship it to you for free! How awesome is that? 

This giveaway is for followers of this blog, so please make sure you are a follower! Enter on the rafflecopter widgit below!

*If the widgit isn't showing up (my friend said that it didn't work on her ie 8 browser) just enter the old fashioned way and leave a comment for each entry, and I'll figure it out.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Just checking in, y'all

Life is still good as a momma to 4 kids. (Geez, 4 kids? How the heck did that happen??)

I'm actually getting back into blogging, after a brief hiatus due to laziness and pregnancy. I have a few things on my crafting to do list that I'm excited about, plus a super awesome giveaway for you tomorrow! So make sure you check back in! 

Alli had her newborn photos this past Thursday. Of course, the stinker wouldn't stay asleep so we didn't get every pic that we wanted. But I'm super excited about the ones I did see. The photographer we always use is Jill Cornelius. She's also insane a mom of 4, and is SO wonderful with newborns. I can't wait to see them! 

On that note, I will leave you with one that I took myself. It's no where near professional status, and I'm still learning my camera (thank you Jill for showing me a few things!!!!!!) but for my first "newborn" photo, I'm happy with it. I'll make sure to post the ones that Jill took when I get them back. 

If you are in the Dallas area, I highly suggest contacting Jill if you want family pictures! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

No Worries, I'm Still Alive

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. Just trying to get used to the schedule of waking up with a newborn and keeping up with three other kids. Luckily hubby is such a huge help, so every other night I get a full night's sleep. We're trying to get Alli on a night feeding schedule of 11:30, then 2:30, and then 5:30. Hubby is a night owl, so he takes the 11:30, we alternate the 2:30 and I take the 5:30 since I'm a morning person. Alli still has her days and nights mixed up. She wants to sleep all day, and then wake up around 7pm to party. Luckily my father in law came to visit for a week and took all of the 2:30 feedings while he was here, which was SO appreciated. Thanks Steve! 

Ava is doing well, adjusting to the baby in the house. I was worried about a bit of jealousy, but we try and keep Ava involved as much as we can. She gets us diapers if Alli needs one, hands us the burp cloth, etc. I'm making sure to give Ava extra snuggles, since she's always been attached to my hip, I don't want her to feel replaced or left out. 

The other two girls are doing well. Jasmin turned 7 yesterday, so we did a family outing to Build A Bear. We dropped off Alli with my mom, and Jasmin, Arielle and Ava each got to pick out a bear and some accessories. 

I'm not going to lie, I'm freaking exhausted. Which is to be expected 12 days after having a baby and interrupted sleep, but I'm hanging in there. I have some fun giveaways coming up (one you don't want to miss will be posted on the 15th) and I'll get back into crafting, slowly but surely. Thanks for following and for your sweet messages, it means a lot. 

And because I can't leave you without some pics.....