Monday, June 27, 2016

Pallet Welcome Sign


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I've wanted to make a welcome sign for our house since we moved in and I finally got around to doing it. Since it has warmed up outside we were able to add a flower bed to the front of our house so it was only fitting that I got around to making the welcome sign.

Supplies:

  • Pallet
  • Paint
  • Black Paint Pen
  • Polycrylic Wood Sealer 
  • Paint Brush
  • Pen & paper OR a print out of words
  • 20+ Screws (1") & Drill
  • Saw
  • Sander

How To:


1. Figure out what your sign is going to say and how many pieces of wood you will need. Cut up a pallet.

I used ten pieces of 14"x3.5" wood for the front of the welcome sign and one 40" or longer piece for the back to attach the sign together.

2. Sand your wood pieces and wipe them off. If the wood is dirty or still has saw dust on them, the paint won't stick as well.

3. Paint the wood pieces the colors you want. You can paint them all the same color or rotate colors. Make sure to paint the edges because you will be able to see them once the sign is put together. Let Dry.

I used 5 different colors of cheap Acrylic paint. Any color paint or left over paint should work. The darker the paint the harder it will be for your words to show up.

4. Write OR Print out the words you want to use in the font and size you want to use.

5. Transfer the words onto the wood. You can do this several different ways. In this case, I placed my words on top of the wood and centered them. I used a ball-point pen and gently traced over the words thus creating a small outline in the wood. If you look closely you can see the outline in the picture below.

*** Check out Step 4 in my blog, Growth Chart Ruler Tutorial, for another way you can transfer the words onto the wood.





6. Once you have transferred all the words onto the wood and have an outline you can go ahead and fill the words in. I used a black oil based paint pen. I followed the outline created by the pen then filled in the rest. Let Dry.

You can use any color you want but black will stand out. I used a paint pen to save time but you can use regular black paint and a paint brush if you prefer.
7. Line up your sign to make sure it is in the order you want then flip the pieces of wood over. Make sure they are placed close together to avoid gaps once attached. Place the 40" piece of wood in the center on the back of the lined up pieces leaving the excess wood hanging off the bottom. 

I made the back piece longer on purpose so it could be buried into the ground to avoid the wind knocking it over and damaging the sign. If you are setting the sign on your porch or hanging it, the back piece of wood needs to be the length of the ten pieces of wood together, in this case, 35".

8. Begin to screw the back piece to the front pieces.  I used 1" screws and placed two screws in each piece of wood, using a total of twenty screws. It is important to measure the depth of the wood so that your screws won't poke out the front of the sign thus ruining the sign. 

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Since I used an oil based paint pen I had to use a wood sealer for oil based paint. If your sealer isn't for oil based paint it will smear the words.

10. Once your sign has dried you can dig a little hole and burry the bottom into the ground, hang it, or lean it on your front porch for your neighbors, friends and family to enjoy!

This welcome sign is colorful and definitely stands out in our flower bed. I can't wait for our flowers to fully bloom and all the colors to pop. This welcome sign is a GREAT addition to any home and is also a GREAT way to help make your guest feel welcomed. I received compliments on the sign from our neighbors as soon as we put it up! Feel free to comment with a picture of how your welcome sign turned out!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Scribble T-Shirt for Dad


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I don't know about you, but I think holiday's like Father's Day and Mother's Day are all about your children showing how much they care about their parents. Since the majority of children don't have a ton of money, much less can't drive to buy their parents something, they show they care by making their parents a gift from the heart. This year for Father's Day my children made their father a Scribble T-shirt. This gift is great because it allows your toddler to be creative and it is inexpensive. In this case we made a shirt that said "DAD" on it but you could easily make shirt that says "MOM" on it.

Supplies:


  • Light Color T-shirt - currently $3-$5 at Walmart
  • Fabric Markers
  • Painters Tape or Masking Tape
  • Cardboard

How To:


1.  Using Painter's Tape, spell out the letters D-A-D toward the top center of the t-shirt. 

2. Put a piece of cardboard in-between the front and back of the t-shirt, behind where your letters are. This is going to prevent the markers from bleeding through to the back of the shirt.

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4. Give your toddler the fabric markers and let them go at it! 

I had to show my daughter how to color around the tape because she just wanted to fill in the tape and of coarse I had to help my son. Supervise your toddler's coloring so they don't try to eat the markers or color on their clothes because the fabric markers are permanent.


5. Once your toddler's have finished scribbling all over the t-shirt you can write what year your husband became a daddy. I wrote "est. 2013" you can also write "since 2013" if you would like.

6. Remove the painters tape.

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I chose a blue t-shirt for my husband because he wears blue a lot but the fabric markers will show up a lot better on a white t-shirt. If you do choose a colored t-shirt try to let your toddler's color using the darker fabric markers like the black, blues, and greens.

My husband loved the Scribble T-shirt that our children made for him so much he wore it to church and all day! This is a meaningful gift from the heart and every shirt will be unique because no toddler's scribbles are the same. I hope the Father in your life and your children's life loves his t-shirt as much as ours did!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Alphabet Dating - All about A Date Ideas


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For our one year anniversary (paper), I decided I was going to start a new tradition by making my husband an A to Z Wedding Anniversary Date Book. The date book helps us keep track of what we do on our wedding anniversaries and acts as a scrapbook. The A to Z Anniversary tradition goal is to plan everything about your wedding anniversaries around the letter that goes with that year. 


For our "All about A" date aka our first anniversary we went putt putt golfing at Adventure Falls then out to eat at Applebee's where we ordered an Appetizer and Alcoholic Beverage with our meal. After dinner we watched Pitch Perfect 2 staring Anna Kendrick. As far as gifts go, I made him the A to Z Wedding Anniversary Date Book and he made me a dozen beautiful paper carnations with coupons on the petals. 



     

Try to think outside the box when planning your "All about A" date. You only get to celebrate your anniversary once a year so try to do something different that you don't get to do a lot. Try a new restaurant or go exploring. I've created a list to help you if you are having trouble coming up with things to do or places to eat that start with the letter "A". 

"A" Date possibilities:
  • Art Gallery
  • Aquarium
  • Apple Picking
  • Arcade
  • Air Hockey
  • Acrobats at a Circus/Show
  • Archery
  • Acting Class
  • Adopt a Pet
  • Afternoon Walk
  • Attend an Event
  • Adventure - hiking or exploring
  • Active/Adrenaline - participate in a 5K, play a sports game, Rock Climbing, Bungee Jumping, anything to get your adrenaline rushing.
  • ABC Kindergarten Date Night by the Dating Divas
  • Zoo - Apes, Antelope, Alligator, Ants and Animal Exhibits
  • Science Museum - atoms, atmosphere, astronaut
  • Movies - Action Movie, a movie that starts with A or has an actor that stars with A
  • Game Night - Charades (acting out words), Apples to Apples, American Idol, Cards (Ace)
  • Animal Kingdom at Disney World
  • Arena - attend an event at your local arena such as a game, concert, wrestling match, derby, tractor show, etc...
  • Architect - pretend you are architects and design a building or your dream home. Tour some of your local buildings for inspiration.
  • Automobiles - Car Show 
  • Apartment Hunting

Food and Drinks:
  • Auntie Anne's Pretzels
  • Apricots
  • Apple
  • Apple Pie
  • Apple Jacks
  • Avocado
  • Asparagus
  • Almonds
  • Appetizers
  • Artificial Flavoring
  • Asian, African, or American Food so essentially you can eat almost anything
  • Drinks: Alcoholic Beverages, Apple Juice, Ale-8

Restaurants:
  • Applebee's
  • Asian Restaurant 
  • A & W
  • Arby's

"A" Words you could possibly incorporate:
  • Airplane
  • Air
  • Art - stay at home or participate and a painting class and create some Art
  • Automobile 
  • Afternoon
  • Academics
  • Afterwards
  • Ark
  • Arm
  • Army
  • Arrange
  • Arrive
  • Aunt
  • Autumn, April, August

There are tons of other words and things to do the start or involve the letter "A" and names of places vary by location but I hope this list at least gets you started when planning your "All about A" date! Feel free to comment below with more "A" date ideas!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Pregnancy Announcement Ideas Part 2


Guess what... we are expecting Baby #3 this October! We are going to have our hands full with a newborn, a one year old, and a two year old but the benefit is that our kids will always have someone to play with! 

A week before our son was born I wrote a blog, Pregnancy Announcement Ideas, sharing how we announced that we were expecting and how we revealed the gender of our babies so it's only fair if I share with you how we announced we were expecting our third child and revealed it's gender isn't it?

Right before Easter we told our mother's and siblings we were expecting by giving them a basket with a pink and blue Easter egg in it. Inside the eggs were notes that said "We're EGG-specting!" and "Baby Tini 3 is eggspected to hatch October 2016"

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We announced to our social media friends and the rest of our family that we were expecting Baby #3 by sharing the below photo. Since our last name in Martini and we will have a newborn, a one year old, and a two year old, Oh My, we thought it was only appropriate. Everybody loved our announcement and we got a ton of laughs. 

The posted the photo saying "Since it's National Sibling Day, Lexi and Logan have something they want to share: The tiebreaker will be coming October 2016". 
The photo says, "1 Martini, 2 Martini, 3 Martini, FLOOR..." 

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Since we already have a girl and a boy, we announced the tie breaker by playing an intense game of Tic-Tac-Toe.  I made a short video of us playing Tic-Tac-Toe to reveal the gender of Baby #3 along with it's name.  The video starts with the saying "Tic-Tac-Toe three babies in a row the tiebreaker is..."

I posted the video to the left but just incase it doesn't work you can watch it at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbJDDcXHH4w

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If you haven't already, check out more pregnancy announcements and gender reveal ideas on my blog, Pregnancy Announcement Ideas!

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