Friday, June 29, 2012

Liberty Wreath


Ever since I made that cute paper medallion for my Uncle Sam hat a few weeks ago, I've been dying to make more for a 4th of July wreath. I already had some red-and-white polka dot material on hand, so this week I just busted it out.

This was my first time trying the pool noodle method for creating a wreath form. It was super easy {and cheap!} I'll definitely be doing more of these in the future.


1. Trim your pool noodle to make it fit the final size for your wreath {I cut about 6 inches off mine}
2. Using duct tape, tape the ends of the noodle together to create a circle
3. Start wrapping you fabric strips around the noodle and secure with hot glue {you'll want to try to glue fabric to fabric so you don't melt the plastic!}

I used the same method for covering this wreath as I did with my Spring Butterfly Wreath.

Once my wreath form was completely wrapped in fabric, I started adding red and blue paper medallions, embellished with a few of our freedom printable tags.


One of my favorite things turned out to be a little ribbon flower I made out of red-white-and-blue striped ribbon. I gathered it up and glued it in the center, it looks like a mini patriotic bunting!


Here's the final result:


I am excited to have this done and my chalkboard updated for the summer. I think I'll keep this up even after the 4th... it's perfect for the Olympics too!


One final look:


Do you guys have any fun plans for the 4th next week? We'll be going to our local fireworks show {rated one of the top 10 in the country!} for the first time since we moved here two years ago. I'm sure we'll throw in a barbeque and some sparklers in the mix :) Low-key holidays are the best! Hope you all enjoy yours!



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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Kid's Easel Makeover {at Infarrantly Creative}

Happy Thursday, everyone! We're having so much fun working with Beckie and being the newest conributors at Infarrantly Creative! This month I did a little makeover on something I seriously hated looking at everyday - my daughter's old hand-me-down easel.

Come see how I transformed it into something bright & cheery! No longer an eyesore!

Here's the link: Girly Art Easel

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Announcing...Top 12 Websites to Follow!

When we first jumped on the Pinterest train last year, we had no idea how quickly it would become so popular! It seems that everything is getting "pinned" these days, and we love having an easy way to gather and save ideas from our favorite blogs. We're excited to announce that we are joining up with some of these amazing bloggers to share a Pinterest board.... featuring the best of the best from all of our sites. Once a week, we'll be pinning our favorite post, alongside these talented ladies. {We're still pinching ourselves to make sure we're actually part of this group!}

On the "Top 12 Websites To Follow" Board, you'll find DIY crafts, photography, beauty secrets, yummy food, fashion tips, creative date ideas, party themes, printables and more. It's your one-stop-shop for all things creative! After you've checked out our new board, make sure to follow each of these blogs on Pinterest too. We love looking through what they pin every week... they have some pretty great taste!

Ready to meet the other bloggers?? We think they'll be some of your favorites too :)


Six Sisters' Stuff is a website written by six sisters full of easy family recipes, fun crafts, family ideas, and so much more! Busy moms and dads love the kid-friendly and fast dinner ideas using real ingredients you always have on hand. New recipes and ideas are added daily! Be sure to stop by and join the sisterhood!
{A "Pinterest Worthy" Post: Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken}

I'm Jen. Welcome to Tatertots & Jello, where I love to share creative tutorials and inspiration every day. I'm a busy mom of 4, and you can usually find me knee-deep in my latest project. {A "Pinterest Worthy" Post: Nautical Teen Room with Rustic Beach-Inspired Weathered Wall}

The Dating Divas provide ALL sorts of creative ways to spice up your marriage! A website that posts FUN & creative date ideas {that are budget-friendly}, super cute DIY crafty presents, ideas for THAT room... and much, much more! Your marriage will be rockin' in NO time at all! This website has quickly become the #1 "Go-To" marriage resource for couples everywhere! {A "Pinterest Worthy" Post: Love On The Run}

My Sister's Suitcase is a website created by two sisters, currently living 462 miles apart, who share a love of all things creative! You'll find lots of inspiration here, from home decor, DIY projects and creative upcycling, to simple kids activities, budget-friendly gift ideas, and darling printables. There's a little something for everyone in My Sister's Suitcase!
{A "Pinterest Worthy" Post: Spring Globe Upcycle}


Jamielyn runs I {heart} Nap Time, a creative lifestyle blog sharing easy recipes, DIY projects on a budget, holiday crafts, tips and techniques. I Heart Nap Time was recently honored as the top 20 craft blogs on Babble. Her days are filled with lots of snuggles, crafts, e-mails, avoiding the ever-growing pile of laundry, play dough, sneaking bites of chocolate and wondering, “Is it nap time yet?!”
{A "Pinterest Worthy" Post: Jello Cookies}


The Letter 4 is an inspiration blog. We have a love for creating beautiful things whether it be a craft, recipe, hair tutorial, or tons of free printables we share! We love to laugh and have a passion for giving back. Come get your inspiration fill and laugh along with us over at The Letter 4. {A "Pinterest Worthy" Post: Make Your Own Photo Props}


We are awestruck by all the amazing women around us do. We always seem to be asking, "How Does She do this, or How Does She do that?" While none of us is perfect, we all seem to be striving to become better. We are constantly gathering inspirational women together to search and share for ideas to make us all better mothers, better wives, and better women. Join us for recipes, crafts, fashion tips, holiday ideas, party decor, budgeting ideas, and much more at HowDoesShe! {A "Pinterest Worthy" Post: Summer Reading Star}


A place to find all things good! Lil' Luna is filled with fun, easy and inexpensive crafts, recipes, printables, and DIY projects for any and all occasions! Come on over to find loads of inspiration on all things creative.
{A "Pinterest Worthy" Post: Vintage Lemonade Stand}


Inside BruCrew Life is a fun baking blog shares a love of desserts through cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and more. Here you will find creative and simple recipes to recreate in your kitchen using baking mixes and sprinkles. Come on over and Bake. Eat. Repeat. as we share life with you.
{A "Pinterest Worthy" Post: Tiramisu Brownies}


Somewhat Simple is the place to get creative inspiration for your home and family - featuring DIY projects, simple crafts, and yummy recipes. Somewhat Simple is also the home of Strut Your Stuff Thursdays, one of the hottest blog link parties full of fabulous inspiration and amazing giveaways. Be sure to visit {somewhatsimple.com} and get ready to be inspired.
{A "Pinterest Worthy" Post: Dry-Erase Glass Calendar}

Healthy Mom's Kitchen is a resource for moms who want to feel empowered and full of energy each day! Nisha and her team of guest bloggers provide natural health and weight release solutions, from relaxing homemade bath salts to delicious healthy food your dinner guests will RAVE about! Don't worry - you won't be spending all your time in the kitchen. HMK gets real about balancing healthy lifestyle with hectic mom schedules.
{A "Pinterest Worthy" Post: Healthier Tuscan Multigrain Grilled Cheese & Sprouts Recipe}


Kara's Party Ideas is THE place for all things party! Search through thousands of party ideas and party theme categories {and even submit your own parties to be highlighted and featured}, purchase all the party supplies you will ever need in one place via Kara's Party Ideas online shop, see how to create amazing parties and follow easy party tutorials as you watch the Kara's Party Ideas Show, download the Kara's Party Ideas App for on-the-go party planning needs, and flip through the pages of the brand new Kara's Party Ideas Book {hitting shelves this fall} - All in one place at www.KarasPartyIdeas.com! {A "Pinterest Worthy" Post: Princess Party}

Now that you have fallen in love with all these blogs... don't forget to follow all of their Pinterest boards and our "Top 12 Websites To Follow" board so you will be able to keep up with the best ideas we all come up with! If you don't have a Pinterest account, leave a comment below & we will send you an invite. {Warning: it's pretty addicting once you get started!}

What are some of your favorite boards to follow on Pinterest? We'd love for you to share!



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

{Uncle Sam Hat} and 4th of July Printables!

How cute is this Uncle Sam hat?? I died when my friend Adrienne {Free Time Frolics} first showed it to me... She has a pattern to make these cute fabric hats, and being the amazing seamstress (and great friend) she is, she offered to make me one!

She gave me the plain red-and-white striped hat, and I got to gussy it up a little for the 4th of July! I made a paper medallion for the front of the hat, and designed the {4th} tag to attach to the center. These circle tags are perfect for a 2" punch, and would be a festive addition to any patriotic celebration:



I smile every time I see this hat now. Here is a look at the front and back views:


The ribbons on the back are from a hair bow I bought in the Target Dollar Spot!
Now I have to show it to you on my adorable model :)


Too cute!


Have you made anything festive for the 4th yet? For some fun ideas, take a look at our Celebrate the 4th Pinterest board. Happy Wednesday!





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