Friday, June 26, 2015

Unity Painting

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Our finished Unity Painting

My husband and I got married May 25, 2014. We had a beautiful outdoor wedding and made several of the decorations ourselves. Since I was younger I had always imagined I would do a sand unity on my wedding day. I had even pinned a few cute ideas such as pouring the sand into a shadow box with our initials and date on it or even a sand picture frame but when I got engaged and planning a wedding became a reality I wasn't set on the sand unity anymore because it seemed like everybody was doing it and I didn't want to follow the in crowd, I wanted something different so thats when I came up with this fun Unity Painting instead. 


Unity Painting
Gray represents the foundation that built us.

You will need a canvas any size you want, something to hold/display the canvas, three different colors of paint, and a few paint brushes; that is if you are adding the parents to your unity painting. Optional: a monogram letter of your last name.

Since our mothers have been the main people in our life, we had our mothers paint a few gray lines on the blank canvas at the beginning of our wedding before they were seated. These lines represent the foundation that built my husband and I

When it came time for the unity part of our ceremony, we played the song “Something New” by Tom Fletcher. This is a beautiful song that is about how you are ready for something new, basically the next step in life, which in my case was marriage.



Wedding Unity Painting

Once the song had started we had the preacher read Matthew 19:6 - "Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." We then proceed to the canvas to do our unity painting. Both my husband and I picked up our bottles of paint. He had blue and I had purple. We then stood behind the canvas and squeezed the paint out onto the canvas, mixing our colors as we went and letting them run down the canvas and dry. The blue and purple paint can never be separated just as our love for each other.
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Before, During, and After of the Unity Painting

Once it dried and we got back from our mini honeymoon, we hung it in our living room for anyone that visits to see. We later painted a monogram M (to represent our last name) white and hot glued it to our painting to make it complete. The Unity Painting is very unique, after all it cannot be duplicated because it will alway dry different and it is a great symbolization of the bound of marriage; "Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." - Matthew 19:6. We loved doing this for our unity, and no, I didn't get any paint on my dress!


Check out some of our Wedding Decorations here!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Father's Day Gift: Lottery Tickets


Father's Day is Sunday and if you are running short on time or forgot, I have the perfect gift for you.  We bought an expensive tool set a few weeks ago so decided that would be my husband's Father's Day gift this year but anyone who knows me knows that I would feel awful if I didn't have something to give my husband on Father's Day so I made him something small that I know he is going to love not only because we have a running joke about how he is going to win the lottery and we will become millionaires and I always say you have to buy a ticket first honey... but our daughter had a part in making it. So here it is:

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All you need is a poster board, markers, some lottery tickets and tape. 

I grabbed a poster board we had sitting around and let my one and a half year old color on it. Some how she managed to miss the poster though and color all over the door and bookcase... oops 

I then wrote "We are LUCKY to have a DAD like you! Happy Father's Day , we love you!" on the poster board. I recommend writing this before your child colors on the poster board because the crayon wax acts as a coat and makes it harder for the marker to soak into the paper.

Next I put a small piece of tape on the back of the lottery tickets and taped them to the poster board spelling out DAD. I used ten(10) $1 lottery tickets and two(2) $2 tickets but you can use whatever you'd like. I had originally planned on using four $1 tickets to make the D's but the left over ticket didn't make a pretty A so I had to come up with something else. If you buy fourteen(14) $1 tickets you can make DAD in all caps.

Finally, you give it to your husband on Father's Day and hope that at least one of the tickets is a WINNER!!!! 

This gift is fast and easy to make for all you last minute gift givers. Make this gift your own and good luck! Happy Father's Day!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Paint Chip Baby Mobile

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When you find out that you are pregnant you instantly start looking at baby clothes and thinking of what theme you want your baby's nursery to be. Then you come to realize that everything is so expensive. Brand new baby bed sets cost well over $100 and that usually doesn't include the mobile, lamp, decorations, bumper pad (which you aren't suppose to use anymore), etc... It's crazy how expensive baby items can be. We lucked out with our first child and was given a brand new bed set as a shower gift and then I bought a gently used bed set for my second child for really cheap but one thing that wasn't included was a baby mobile which I really wanted because I wanted something for my babies to look at but I didn't want to fork out to $50 bucks on it because it's not a necessity so I decided to make my own using things I had lying around the house thus making it FREE and you can't beat free!!!

Supplies:


  • Paint chips - you can get these from Walmart or Lowe's for free
  • Cardboard Box or Wooden Hoop
  • Fishing Line or Clear Sewing Thread
  • Ribbon
  • Pipe Cleaners or yarn
  • X-Acto Knife 
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Clear Tape

How To:

1. Trace a cereal bowl onto the cardboard then draw a smaller circle inside that circle. Cut out the circles using an X-Acto knife.

     *You can buy a wooden embroidery hoop or a metal ring at any craft store if you would prefer to use that over a cardboard ring.



2. Using the paint chips, cut out the shapes you want to use. I drew the shapes onto the ugly side of the paint chip then cut them out. I cute out eight zoo animals and a bunch circles.

     * I like to use paint chips because they are thicker than construction and scrap booking paper so it will hold up betted and last longer. Plus it won't tear if your child likes to hit it like mine.

3. Using your markers, draw patterns such as lines, circles, zig zags, etc...on the back of your shapes. This not only helps hide the ugly side of the paint chips but the colors and patterns help stimulate your growing baby's brain.



4. Using the X-Acto knife, poke a tiny hole in the center of each shape you are using on your mobile.




5. Cut 4 or 5 strands of the Fishing Line or Clear Sewing Thread a minimum of 15 inches and tie them around your hoop.

6. Cut 3 or 4 pieces of ribbon approximately 15 inches and tie them around your hoop so they are positioned in a triangle like way. After they are attached to your hoop, you can tie them together at the top.

     *You can use ribbon, string, yarn, tulle, etc... to hang your mobile with. Ribbon was the only thing I had that matched this mobile so thats why I used it. I used tulle to hang the butterfly mobile with. *see below



7. Wrap the pipe cleaners around your hoop, twisting them together when you need to add another pipe cleaner. I used 4 pipe cleaners because I liked the spread out look but you can use as many as you want.

If you are using yarn you can wrap the entire cardboard hoop or spread it out like I did in the picture. Secure by tying the ends together and tucking it under to hide the knot.



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8. Figure out the order you want your shapes to go on the mobile. Start putting the shapes onto your mobile by sticking the Fishing Line or Clear Sewing Thread thru the tiny holes you cut into the shapes. Once you place the last shape on that strand, wrap it around the side and tie it to the Fishing Line or Clear Sewing Thread so it won't come off.

9. Once you have strung all your shapes onto the mobile and tied the bottom pieces onto your mobile, it is now time to position them. Evenly spread out the shapes on each strand, take a tiny piece of clear tape and tape the Fishing Line or Clear Sewing Thread to the back of each shape.  This helps keep the shapes in place so they won't all fall to the bottom.

10. Hang your mobile up above the crib and watch as your little one enjoys the new toy you made them. I used screw eyes (ours came in an assorted picture hanging kit we already had) to hang the mobiles from the ceiling.


Use any variety of colors and shapes you choose to match your nursery. I made a purple and blue butterfly mobile (picture's below) for my daughters room and recently made a green, yellow, and brown zoo animal mobile for my son's room. They both have loved them so far. My son loves to talk to his and my daughter enjoys trying to hit hers with her hands and laughs when it starts to move. I hope your child enjoys the mobile as much as mine have!

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Wall Decor to match the Baby Mobiles:



Thursday, June 4, 2015

Salsa Chicken Enchiladas

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Ingredients:


  • 1 can of Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 can of  Chicken Breast
  • Shredded Cheese
  • 3 oz Cream Cheese 
  • Salsa
  • 5-6 Soft Tortilla Shells
  • Sour Cream (optional)

Bake at 375˚ for approximately 25 minutes
Serves 3 - 4 people



Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 375˚. Spray a 9x13 cooking dish.

2. In a Medium bowl, mix together the can of chicken, ¼ the can of Enchilada Sauce, and a handful of shredded cheese.
         *I used canned chicken breast but you can cook 2-3 chicken breast and shred them if you'd prefer.



3. Pour half of the left over Enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9x13 cooking dish. 

4. Lay out 5-6 Tortilla Shells and spread a thin layer of cream cheese in the middle of them then top with a thin layer of salsa.




5. Evenly disperse the meat and Enchilada sauce mixture into the Tortilla Shells and roll them up. Place the rolls seam down in the cooking dish.




6. Pour the remaining Enchilada sauce on top of the rolls and top with shredded cheese to your liking.


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7. Bake at 375˚ for approximately 25 minutes. Keep and eye on it because the Tortilla shells can burn if in there too long. 

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8. Let cool and enjoy. Serve with sour cream on top (optional) and yellow rice.



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