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Friday, May 29, 2015

Plywood World Map Art - May Pinterest Challenge

Where has May gone? I swear spring just started. Well, it's that time of month to share my monthly pinterest challenge (see below for all the other awesome projects). This month I tackled a little bigger project, a world map. I studied the humanities in college and gained a love for each of the different cultures around the world. One day I will make it to each continent until then, I'll probably continue to be obsessed with world art. 
Plywood World Map Art
I was inspired by this pallet board world map on the Merry Thought  and decided to do it on plywood instead of the pallet boards. Here's what I did:

DIY Plywood World Map Art

Large Plywood (have cut to desired size)
Stencil (you can download my silhouette file here) or world map image
vinyl or contact paper (can be a lot cheaper than vinyl and works great for this project)

||1|| Have your plywood cut to the size you want it. I stained mine a walnut color before I applied the stencil. 
||2|| Then decide how big you want your world map to be on your plywood. The Merry Thought blew up a world map image and traced it onto pallet wood. I decided to cut out a vinyl stencil with the silhouette. I cut out one section of the world at a time until I had the whole world cut out.
 Some of map pieces over lapped when I cut which made it possible easier (like a puzzle) to make sure everything lined up properly. 
Plywood World Map Art
After I cut out the vinyl I made my husband help me put the vinyl/contact paper on the plywood (we made it our Friday night date). I then painted like 7 coats of white until I couldn't see any of the plywood beneath. 
Plywood World Map Art
I'm so happy how it turned out. My alma mater (BYU) motto is "Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve" So I thought that would be the perfect saying to put along side the map on the wall. 
Plywood World Map Art
Now make sure you visit my blogging friends to see there awesome pinterest projects:
Pinterest Challenge for May

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Friday, May 22, 2015

DIY Darth Vader Shirt - With a freezer paper stencil

As has been mentioned before, I'm surrounded my boys who love Star Wars. My 4 year old the more outspoken fan (my husband loves it far more, but he doesn't talk and play Star Wars as nearly as much as 4 year old Captain Awesome does). In fact we're doing a Star Wars room for the two boys (did you see the Star Wars Light Switch I've already done?) and I'm kind of getting excited about some of the cool DIY art we're going do for it. Well, I keep pushing of doing any of it, but one of these days we'll make head way. But at least I finished putting together baby girls woodland themed room (I can't wait to share those pictures). 
DIY Darth Vader Shirt with a Freezer Paper Stencil
Anyway, Captain Awesome been asking for a new Star Wars shirt ever since the husband one for his birthday, so finally during both little one's naps, I helped Captain Awesome make one. I did the classic freezer paper method by cutting out a Darth Vader Silhouette. Captain Awesome loves it! And yes, he is wearing pjs in the afternoon...I promise he was wearing normal clothes but changed as soon as he got home from preschool. 
DIY Darth Vader Shirt with a Freezer Paper Stencil
DIY Darth Vader Shirt (with freezer paper)

Stencil - download the Darth Vader Silhouette Cut File or regular file to print onto freezer paper to cut your self
Fabric Paint or what I prefer acrylic craft paint mixed with a fabric medium 
Foam Craft Brush

Step 1: Cut your stencil either with an exacto knife or silhouette machine. Make sure the image is on the freezer paper so that shiny part is on the underside of the stencil. After you cut it, you'll put the shiny side down on the shirt and iron it on. 

Step 2: Paint your fabric paint on to the shirt. We did the light saber in red, but you could do all of Darth Vader in black. Let dry and wear immediately. 
DIY Darth Vader Shirt with a Freezer Paper Stencil
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Fabric Bookmarks Tutorial >> plus free printable for teacher gift.

make fabric bookmarks using fabric scraps
Last week I shared my leather book mark tutorial in which I showed my new found discovery of cutting leather on a silhouette machine (seriously awesome!). A month or so ago, the young women in our church held a auction fundraiser to raise money for girl camp. They asked for donations of homemade goods and I wanted to help, but I hadn't had much time to do many homemade projects. But alas, I remembered how quick fabric bookmarks were to make, so I whipped up a few from my fabric scraps stash. I was able to make enough to donate in about 30 minutes and it was kind of relaxing. These bookmarks would make the perfect gift for anyone who loves to read or even as a teacher gift (see below for a printable to go with a teacher gift). 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Peanut Butter Snack Balls

peanut butter snack balls
I've discovered a new and delicious snack: peanut butter balls. Seriously so good! They're super easy to make and just a little bit of honey to sweeten it up (well plus a few chocolate chips if you feel like it, which we always do). My boys love them and they are full of healthy and delicious ingredients. And did I mention they are quick and easy? 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Leather Bookmark - DIY Gifts Silhouette Challenge

Did you have a wonderful mothers day? I sure did. Well, besides getting a big chocolate bar in church ; ), the best part was receiving a little questioner that my sweet 4 year old did during his class at church. I learned that he thinks I'm 18 (well everyone thinks that so...), the best thing I cook is oatmeal, my favorite food is oatmeal (he asks for oatmeal at every meal so I guess I make good oatmeal), I love playing games and something I'm really good at is reading dinosaur books. He nailed it. 
DIY Leather Bookmark
Anyway, for my own mother, I made her this leather bookmark with a heart. The silhouette challenge this month was DIY gifts (see below for some more awesome DIY gifts using the silhouette), so I thought I'd try out cutting leather with my silhouette by starting with something as simple as a bookmark. I wasn't expecting much, but was very happy that it turned out exactly as I wanted. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

How to Cook the Perfect Shish Kabobs

How to cook the perfect shish kabobs
Did you see the grilled pineapple post? well, we decided to go all the way and grill the rest of our dinner too with some shish kabobs. I remember someone once telling me how to make the perfect shish kabobs, so I decided to finally put it to the test. These Shish Kabobs would make for the most perfect mothers days dinner side dishes along with the grilled pineapple.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mothers, Sisters, a Printable, and a Giveaway

God gave us families printable
As I was writing this post, I realized today it's my 8 year wedding anniversary. Don't worry, I'm not now just remembering this, we do have a really great movie and big bowls of ice cream. After a day with 3 littles, this is kind of our dream date these days. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

See-Through Zipper Pouch Tutorial

see through zipper pouch
If you follow us on instagram, you'll have seen me post about these about a two months ago. I was at the end of my pregnancy and getting stir crazy for our little girl to come. So even though I could barely bend over and couldn't breath after walking up one step,