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Happy Spring and Fairy Gardens

Well it's officially Spring!  Is it warm where you live?  It is feeling more like Spring here in Alabama.  In honor of the first day of Spring I thought I'd share with you the fairy gardens we made last year!

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These were so fun to make!  Don't you just love miniature anything?  Fairies are surrounded with whimsy and imagination.  Watching my girls light up as we placed the furniture around and secret door by the tree was awesome.  I wish they really did exist!  Or maybe they do?

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You can purchase all kinds of sets for your fairy gardens.  This set by the tree came with a fence, wheelbarrow, table and chairs, swing, and watering can.  Two fairies were also included.  I purchased the door to the tree at Home Depot.  I think it is my favorite part!

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Oh yeah, the girls liked it too ha! 

I've seen great sets online too.  Most garden or craft stores will carry them.  Hobby Lobby has some cute ones too.  Just find a special spot and layout your garden.  I planted a few flowers in with these but you don't have to.  I made a little pebble path so the fairies could find the secret door. 

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For the next one, we used a shallow flower bowl so we could put it on a table.  This set was from Home Depot and it had a bridge so we used blue gem stones to look like water.

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See the tiny hedgehogs?! 

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It was so much fun listening to the girls tell their tales about the fairies coming at night and swinging and playing.  It would be so neat to scatter glitter around your gardens one night and tell the kids it was fairy dust!  You can really get elaborate with these.  I've even seen campers and accessories for fairies ha! 

I can't wait to get started on ours for this year!  Have you made fairy gardens before?  I'd love to see them! 

XOXO,

Jo

 

 

 


DIY Moss Wreath

I love moss!  You love moss!  Everyone loves moss! 

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I've been using moss in my spring and summer décor for years.  I'm noticing now that a lot of people are enjoying the bright green stuff in their homes.  It adds a ton of fresh color and texture to centerpieces, vases, bowls, fillers, just about anything.  Last year I made a super simple moss wreath for our mantle.  I apologize that there aren't more pictures but I wasn't blogging then.  Its so easy you won't need them!

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As you can see my little helpers are always close by! 

All you need is a

Styrofoam wreath form,

hot glue gun,

glue sticks and

a few bags of Reindeer Moss.  Reindeer moss is my favorite because it is super green and bright.  You can find all of this at Michael's or Hobby Lobby.  I've also seen others who use a grapevine wreath and it looks great too. 

Warm up your glue gun and start gluing!  I put the glue directly on the Styrofoam.  I've also read you can use a spray adhesive which may be easier. 

Grab your favorite ribbon and place it where you like.  I'm not sure how this would hold up outside.  For sure would need to be in a covered area as some of the moss will shed. 

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There you go!  A super simple wreath for the warmer months!

I'm still thinking about what kind of wreath I want to make this year.  Is there anything you'd like to see?

 

XOXO,

Jo

 

 


An Easter Garden

To celebrate Ash Wednesday the girls stayed home from school and after Mass we created our own Easter Garden!  I've seen several versions of these on Pinterest and always wanted to make one.  They are also called Resurrection Gardens.  It's a great hands on way to tell your children about Jesus' resurrection. 

First you will need a clay saucer and small pot.

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Turn your small pot on its side.  This will be your tomb.

Next you will need some potting soil.  Fill your saucer with soil and mound it up around your tomb.  Sorry for the messy pictures!  3 and 6 year olds and dirt!

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In the meantime, my 6 year old was finding us twigs and rocks. 

We tried gluing the twigs to make the Crosses but they didn't stick so we ended up using twine.  A hot glue gun would probably work too.

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We used moss to cover our garden.  I've seen people plant grass too.  We are instant gratification types.

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Glue your moss all over to cover the soil.  Then add your large rock to the side of your tomb.  We added little pebbles to make a path too.

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I decided the moss looked a little sloppy so I gave it a haircut. 

Tada!

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We stuck our crosses through the moss along the backside.

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I decided to display it on our entry table so everyone can see it coming and going. 

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I just love the fresh green it adds and of course the meaning!

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Blogging again has really got my creative juices flowing.  I hope I'm inspiring you to try a few new things also!  I've got a lot more coming for Spring!

 

XOXO,

Jo


A Peek at Our Playroom

The most exciting thing happened yesterday!  Target featured my playroom Instagram photo on their AwesomeShop Feed!  I think I am still in shock! 

It's a cool way to shop right from pictures they find on Instagram and Pinterest.  Check it out!

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So, I thought I'd show you a couple of pictures of my playroom transformation.  It started out as a guest/office/playroom.  As you can imagine, it was a little cramped.  Last year we finished out our basement and moved the office and guest room downstairs.  Pictures of that to come later!

Here is the room before.  The toys were on the other side of the room.  Sorry not a good photo.

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Tada!  Here it is now...

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Much better!  We get a lot more use out of the space this way.  I repurposed my girls' old crib mattress as a comfy spot to lay on in their teepee.  The rug was also a nursery piece.  The trunk is a great way to hide toys and double as a table.  I purchased the futon from Wayfair and it folds out for kids to sleep on.

Below you'll see the table and chairs that are on the other side of the room.  These are the ones I purchased from Target that they featured.  They are super cute and so easy to clean. 

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Kids Table Set

I'd show you the rest but I'm sure you've seen a mess of toys before! 

If you're on Instagram please give me a follow.  I post a lot of pictures of my home there!

Oh, and if you want to make your own vase of heart arrows be sure to check out my previous post!

XOXO,

Jo

 

 


Cupid's Arrows

We finally crafted our own Cupid's Arrows!  I took inspiration from all of the great examples on my previous post.  Ours is a combination of the feather arrows and the traditional red and pink Valentine's colors.  I know one thing-feathers are messy! 

These would also be great décor for couples showers, baby showers, engagement parties, etc.

 

Here are the supplies you'll need: 

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All of these can be purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I also bought two glass vases on sale there to hold our arrows.

 Start by hot gluing your feathers and/or heart to the top of your skewer on each side.

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The felt hearts had sticky backing which made it super easy.  Just stick two back to back on the end of your skewer. 

I just love these red burlap hearts!

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Then tie on a ribbon or twine..

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I had two pairs of helping hands for this craft too!

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My six year old actually came up with the idea to layer the felt hearts!  I thought they turned out better than the feathers.  She is my crafty girl.

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I have them on our mantle for now but they don't show up well.  They would probably pop on an entry table or coffee table where you can see them up close.

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My little cardinal goes well with the red accents!

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A pretty easy little Valentine craft to brighten up your home for winter!  I hope you'll try making your own Cupid's Arrows.

 

XOXO,

Jo

 

 


Telling Treats

How cute are these felt fortune cookies for Valentine's Day?!  What a unique way to show someone you love them.  Fill them with candies or love messages. 

For a more romantic gift you could use them as you would a love "coupon book".  Have your significant other open a couple after dinner and unlock things like "Good for one kiss" or "Redeem for a romantic dinner", etc.  Sweet!

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Get the how to here


Snow Day

It is supposed to snow today here in Alabama!  That means the whole state shuts down.  And that means children are out of school.  Before the snow arrives you might be looking for ways to entertain the young ones.  Here are a few to help you out.

Crafts are always a fun way to pass the time.  This snowman craft won't melt away when the other snow does.

Melty the Snowman

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Materials
  • White and colored felt
  • Tacky glue
  • White pom-pom
  • Black puffy paint
  • Craft foam (for nose)
  • Twigs (for arms)
Instructions
  1. Cut a puddle shape from white felt and use tacky glue to attach a white pom-pom to the top.

  2. With black puffy paint, add eyes, a mouth, and buttons. Glue on a craft foam nose and twig arms.

  3. Wrap a felt scarf around Melty's neck and glue it in place.

 

Treats are another way to get creative and entertain the kids.  There are several cute snowman recipes on the web.  Here is one of my faves.

Snowman Cups

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2 pkg. (3.9 oz. each) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 qt.  (4 cups) cold milk
20 OREO Cookies, crushed (about 2 cups), divided
2 cups  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
Assorted decorating gels

BEAT pudding mixes and milk with whisk 2 min. Let stand 5 min. Stir in 1 cup cookie crumbs.

SPOON remaining cookie crumbs into 10 (6- to 7-oz.) paper or plastic cups; cover with pudding mixture.

DROP spoonfuls of **COOL WHIP onto desserts to resemble snowmen. Decorate with gels for the eyes, noses and scarves.

**Instead of cool whip, you could also use marshmallows**


You can't have a snow day without everyone's favorite winter beverage: hot chocolate!  Here is a delicious twist on the original.

Hot Caramel Chocolate

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Ingredients

  • 1/3  cup sugar
  • 1/3  cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3  cup water
  • 6  milk-chocolate-covered round caramels
  • 6  cups milk, half-and-half, or light cream
  •   Whipped cream (optional)
  •   Milk chocolate-covered and/or candy-coated round caramels (optional)

Directions

In a large saucepan combine sugar, cocoa powder, and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add candies; cook and stir until melted. Stir in milk. Heat through. Pour into mugs; top with whipped cream and additional caramel candies. Makes 6 servings.

Hope you are keeping warm wherever you are!

  
 


Marshmallow Snowmen

I stumbled upon these little cuties in my latest issue of All You and just had to share.  These would make great holiday party favors or even place card holders.  BONUS-the kids will love helping you make these!

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Ingredients

  • Marshmallows
  • Melted caramels
  • Gingersnaps
  • Decorative elements (sprinkles, royal icing, pretzel sticks, spice drops, fruit leather, food coloring and pink Cake Mate Decors)

Preparation

1. Dip a marshmallow in melted caramel; place on a gingersnap. Put sprinkles over excess caramel. Halve a marshmallow for head and attach with royal icing. Insert pretzels in body.

2. Flatten a spice drop; attach another to form hat. Cut scarves and bow ties from fruit leather; tuck under head. Dye royal icing and pipe eyes, nose and buttons. Attach pink Decors for cheeks.
 


Peppermint Candy Crafts

My friend is celebrating her birthday next week with a peppermint themed party.  This is a theme that I could go crazy with!  Peppermints are inexpensive, readily available and so festive.  They are great to use this time of year for birthdays, showers and Christmas parties.  Here is a collection of easy decorating ideas with peppermints I've collected to inspire you.

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Candy Cane Candles

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Candy Stick Vase

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Peppermint Disk Vase

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Peppermint Candle scape

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Peppermint Trees
 

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