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Patriotic Burlap Stars (Pottery Barn Knockoff)

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Originally I wasn't going to participate in this month's Silhouette Challenge.  I mean, it wasn't like my blog lacked Silhouette projects this month.. (like here, here, here and here..)

However.. when I saw these burlap stars show up on my Facebook page, I KNEW I had to knock them off.
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There wasn’t much to them, and for $30 I could make a whole galaxy of stars. What better excuse to drag out my Silhouette? (Oh, who am I kidding.. it never leaves the dining room table..)
Yes I am obsessed with my Silhouette and no, they don't pay me to say that! 

There are also a bunch of other awesome "Patriotic" themed Silhouette projects included at the end of this post.. so be sure to visit those too.

Here is what my finished monthly project looks like handing by the front porch:
Pottery barn burlap stars
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To make them I first cut strips of burlap.  However wide you want your star, your strip needs to approximate HALF that wide.  The wider the strips are the longer they have to be (My really large stars actually required two strips).

12 Kid Friendly Make Ahead Freezer Meals

15 Unique Mason Jar Teacher Gifts

15 Unique Mason Jar Teacher Gifts
Even though it seems like summer has just begun, it is about time to start thinking about Back To School once again.  I know some of my friends with year round school have already started up!  How time does fly.

In order to get the year started out on the right foot, it is always fun to bring a small gift in to your child’s new teacher on the first day.  And since mason jars are all the rage right now, I thought I would round up 15 unique Teacher Gift ideas from Mason Jars.  I’m not talking about ‘recipe mixes’ in a jar, but ideas that are a little more outside the box. 

15 Unique Teacher Mason Jar Gift Ideas:  


Creativity Unleashed 170: HomeRight Giveaway

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Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.


This month's parties are sponsored by Homeright  (One of my favorite DIY brands!) You can follow them on Facebook, InstagramPinterest & Twitter.  

This week you can enter to win their extremely popular Steam Machine!  (Look for the rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post!)

Give A Teacher What They Really Need: Wine!

Give a teacher a bottle of wine with this free printable gift tag.  Teachers love grapes.. not apples.
It is the last week of school before Christmas break and I am getting my teacher gifts all lined up.
I have done a lot of different teacher gifts over the years and I’m always trying to get away from the ‘cutesy’ gift ideas that teachers don’t actually want or need.

When I surveyed my teacher friends for what they actually wanted, and what would show them that a parent appreciates them for all their hard work, I got the same tongue in cheek answer over and over:  BOOZE.

10 Amazing Painted Furniture Makeovers

Welcome back to another All Things Creative project showcase.  This week the team is brining you their best furniture makeovers that involve paint.
Each of these pieces got new life after being painted.  If you want to be wowed, click over to the befores.  This is just proof that you don't need a lot of expensive tools, or to tear something completely apart to make it look totally different!

Explore Reno with Kids: The Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

This content was sponsored by Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.
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Over spring break, myself and the kids had the opportunity to hop in the car and take the quick 3.5 hour drive over the mountains out to Reno, Nevada.  The often overlooked little brother to Las Vegas, Reno offers so much to do for both adults and families, and it is right on the doorstep of Northern California.

Teacher Appreciation Day Printable Thank You Notes

Teacher Appreciation Day Printable Thank You Notes
Once again I’m the Teacher Appreciation day coordinator for my daughter’s class and so once again I’m on a mission to find cute ideas for classroom gifts. This year I am assembling a book with thank you notes from each of the kids in class telling our classroom teacher why we appreciate her.  I thought this would be really easy.. I’d just go to Pinterest, find cute little template, print it out and VOILA.  No sweat!

But I was wrong.

Although I could find some printables, they were either too cutesy for 10 year olds, they were intended for the end of the school year, or they were more of generic printable thank you note.

Therefore I had to make my own.

Creativity Unleashed 169: HomeRight Giveaway

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Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.


This month's parties are sponsored by Homeright  (One of my favorite DIY brands!) You can follow them on Facebook, InstagramPinterest & Twitter.  
This week you can enter to win their Electrolight!  (Look for the rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post!)

Easy Hexagon Shaped Wooden Tray

Black and gold hexagon tray
Easy DIY Hexagonal tray
Today’s project would be a perfect starter project for any brand new woodworker, since it doesn’t require a lot of expensive materials, the cuts are all very repetitive and you get to work with some simple angles.
Small wooden 6 sided tray
It is a simple hexagonal tray made out of nothing more than a 96 cent furring strip and an old piece of wooden chipboard I took off the back of a cheap ‘assemble it yourself’ bookcase.

Make a Handprint Tote Bag for Mom

Make a Handprint Tote Bag for Mother's Day. Mom will love it!
Make a Handprint Tote Bag for Mother's Day. Mom will love it!

Hi everyone!

It's Pam from Clever Little Mouse and I have an awesome Mother's Day gift idea to share with you. 

When my son was little, my favorite gifts and school art projects were the ones that were made with his handprints. He's a teenager now and those little chubby hands are bigger than mine these days, but I still have a few of those projects tucked away. If you have little ones - or know someone who does - this tote bag is a sweet way to capture a fleeting moment before they grow up. It happens so fast!

Scrub Daddy vs. Plastic Scouring Pad FACE OFF!

Scrub Daddy vs Other Scouring Pads
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scrub Daddy for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Scrub Daddy vs Scrubbing Pads
I have always used little crocheted plastic mesh scouring pads on my dishes.  I never used sponges since the germaphobe in me couldn’t stand the idea of a squishy cold block of foam sitting in it’s own moisture.

I never used steel wool since I have too many pans with teflon or plastic and that stuff could take the paint off your car, plus they rust like a mamma-jamma and I want to clean rust stains off my sink about as much as I want to wash my dishes!   So the little plastic nylon donuts were my scrubber of choice.
Plastic scouring pad
That was until I met Scrub Daddy.   *Cue heart eyes and birds singing*
Scrub daddy
The most popular product to ever get its start on the show Shark Tank. (Oh yes.. how do you like that little piece of trivia?) The Scrub Daddy is American’s Favorite Sponge and I can see why.  He has knocked my little plastic scrubby off it’s pedestal and smiled the entire time he was doing it!
Scrub Daddy vs Other Scouring Pads

Easy 5 Dollar Floating Shelves

Wall to wall floating shelves in bathroom
How to Install floating shelves on a budget
I recently redid my master bathroom water closet, and one of the things the space needed was storage, so I added some simple shelves to the room.

There are a million ways to install shelves, but when you are going the completely width of the space, putting the supports on the side walls is definitely the easiest and the most budget friendly.

My shelves cost a whopping total of: $5

Creativity Unleashed 168: HomeRight Giveaway

Creativity Unleashed Graphic
Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.


This month's parties are sponsored by Homeright  (One of my favorite DIY brands!) You can follow them on Facebook, InstagramPinterest & Twitter.  

This week you can enter to win a small Spray Shelter! These things are so cool if you are a crafter or work on small projects.    (Look for the rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post!)

10 Must Haves for The Perfect Outdoor Living Space

Now that spring is getting closer I am looking forward to the warmer weather and using my outdoor space once again.  Creating a welcoming and functional patio or porch doesn’t have to be expensive,  but there are some basic items you will want to invest in if you want to get the most out of your outdoor space.

If you do happen to have a larger budget, or are willing to DIY a few projects, there are some additional features you could add to create an even more luxurious atmosphere. I’m sharing both budget friendly and more extravagant options in this roundup, since we all can use as much inspiration as we can get!

10 must have items that every outdoor space needs. Transform your porch or patio into an outdoor room with these 10 essentials.10 Must Haves for the Perfect Patio Space

Kids' Table and Chairs with Copper Dipped Legs

Copper dipped legs on table and chairs Gold and Baby Blue Table and Accessories
When you have multiple children, furniture that you use year after year can get really beat up.  In order to give new life to a piece, you can update kids' furniture with paint and a new style. Wooden table and chairs for kids
We bought this little wooden table for my older kids a few years ago, and even though they outgrew it, my youngest still uses it all the time. It is pretty banged up and could definitely use a refresh.

22 Kid Friendly Meals on A Stick

Creativity Unleashed Week 167: Homeright Giveaway

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Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.


This month's parties are sponsored by Homeright  (One of my favorite DIY brands!) You can follow them on Facebook, InstagramPinterest & Twitter.  
This week you can enter to win a Large Spray Shelter! I recently posted about mine on Twitter.. I use it for so much more than spray painting!   (Look for the rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post!)

20 Beautiful Gold Pineapples for Home Decor

Gold Pineapple Decor Ideas I'm kinda obsessed with pineapples these days. These are 20 gorgeous pineapple decor ideas. I want them ALL!! This year’s hot summer trend looks to be pineapples.  They are popping up everywhere, from Anthropologie and Nordstrom to Target and Pottery Barn.

Originally a Victorian symbol of hospitality, the pineapple has recently gotten a glamourous makeover.  No longer relegated to pool floats and luau decor, the pineapple is all grown up.

 I can’t wait to share 20 fabulous gold guided versions that you may want to welcome into your home!
 
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