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Friday, December 6, 2013

70 Hugs for My Dad!

Today is my dad's birthday!

He is the big 7-0 today!!!


I saw the most fun birthday package surprise a couple month's ago over at my friend, Katherine Marie's blog. If you have not been to her blog yet, you must give yourself an afternoon....or a long night after the littles go to bed...and just enjoy. She is amazing!

I thought I would do a similar package for my dad. He is so hard to shop for ya know! And well, I hear that grandparents love anything made by their grandchildren ;-)

My dad is allergic to dark/milk chocolate *gasp* who knew that allergy even existed, am I right? So I thought it would be fun to send him 70 hugs using Hershey's seasonal white chocolate and peppermint hugs.

I had the kids come up with a list of 70 things that 'Grandpa Marc is' and then had Noah and Penny write them all out. It was like a homeschool lesson and a gift all in one! Penny even helped me hot glue the hugs to the pennants. It truly was a grandchild-made gift straight from their loving minds and hands :-)

The last thing we did was to decorate the box with some fun washi tape and then we sent it on it's way.

Hope he gets it on time!


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Friday, April 12, 2013

TUTORIAL: Washi Tape Stool Makeover

I bought a sparkly white step stool at Target a few years back thinking it would be the perfect clean and pristine piece for the kids' bathroom upstairs and boy has it been helpful to help the mini's reach the sink.  But as much as I love the simple white look in my home I have kinda fallen out of love with the new dingy white look its gotten thanks to dirty footprints and toothpaste!

I've been wanting to revamp it somehow but I really like the simple white color (I can't help myself...except for the fact it showed dirt so well!) so I thought why not give just the top some love in the form of a Washi Tape makeover!

This project was so easy!  And what a perfect one for Michaels RE-Love Blogger Challenge too :-) Taking my dingy old step stool and transforming it with a little (and I mean little!) bit of effort to a happy and bright piece that fits my home and personality perfectly. No need to spend money on a new stool, I just needed to revamp the one I already had, holla!

Washi Tape Stool Makeover

One old stool
Washi tape in your choice of colors and designs
X-acto knife
Mod Podge and foam brush (optional)

Of course the first thing I did was run to Michaels to buy some (yes more!) Washi Tape.  I love their selection of colors and designs. I went with bright yellow and aqua colors for a nice, cheery look!

To makeover your step stool, wash and dry the surface you will be decorating first.  Then, one by one, line up strips of the Washi Tape right next to each other and press firmly so that they adhere well to the stool.

Flip your stool over on a cutting mat and use your X-acto knife to cut the excess tape to the size of the top of your stool.

 Flip back over and Voila! You are done!

Now, if you think you will be needing to wipe down the surface of your stool you may want to give it a coat or two of Mod Podge to protect the surface, Washi Tape definitely isn't waterproof!

 Ahhh, what a thing of beauty I say!

If you'd like to find more inspiration on how you can RE-Love something in your home, visit Michaels Lookbook here!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Monday, March 18, 2013

TUTORIAL: Washi Tape Easter Wreath

Is it me or am I the only one wishing Spring would just get here already?  In Chicagoland it is still very much least once a week we get some kinda freakin' snow deal happening. It might be that we get dumped on by a full on storm or just an dusting of an inch but seriously, when will it end!?!  Well to bring Spring to my home since it just can't get here fast enough, I thought a pretty Spring-colored Easter wreath was necessary...and one that's all decked out in Washi Tape just made creating it all the more fun :-)

This wreath is so easy to make, my two girls ages 4 and 2 even helped with it.  Who knew punching out paper could be so fun for little hands...and so therapeutic for momma!

Washi Tape Easter Wreath

Plain card stock
Washi Tape
2-inch oval punch (or you could free-hand the eggs)
Empty cereal box
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

To make this wreath you need plain card stock and a 2-inch oval paper punch.  You could totally cut out your egg shapes by hand with a pair of scissors but my little girls wanted to help me make this and a punch is so much less scary for me to watch my 2-year old handle!

You'll also need some Washi Tape in lots of fun Spring-y/Easter colors.  If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you know how obsessed I am becoming about this stuff.  I bought a whole bunch of Washi Tape at Michaels on clearance recently...hey, 2 rolls for $1.49?  You can't beat that price! 

Take your Washi Tape and just tape it in rows to your card stock.  If you have average width Washi you will need about 4 rows per 2-inch egg shape.

After the girls and I taped 4 rows of the Washi down I cut that section of card stock and then we continued taping another 4 row section of Washi. I found it was easier for my girls to punch the oval shape when I had individual strips of the decorated paper. Then just punch out lots of prettily decorated oval shapes.  Go to town folks!

Next I used an empty cereal box to make my wreath form.  You could probably just use card stock but I wanted something a bit thicker that would hold up on my front door.

I made drew two half circles, one on each side of the cereal box, cut them out and hot glued them together.  Then I took the egg/oval shape and hot glued them all around my new wreath form.

Lastly, I took a 6-7 inch piece of coordinating ribbon I had on hand and hot glued it to the top backside of the wreath so I had something to hang it with...easy peasy!

 Then find a nice door...or maybe a mirror or mantel...and hang it up!

Oh how I love thee, Washi Tape.  You make everything so full of color.
And please Spring, I beg of you, please come fast!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

TUTORIAL: Washi Tape Coasters

So this is how I spent another hour being creative the other day...making my leetle sister and her soon-to-be new husband a little wedding gift of sorts!  Again, this is all part of Michaels' CRE8TIME Challenge where I'm trying to spend one hour a day over 8 days being creative!  It's been a lot of fun and very relaxing for me, I can't begin to tell you how nice it is when you set aside a little bit of time to do something you enjoy...ummm, it's REALLY nice!

I found a set of 4 pretty ceramic coasters at Michaels last week and thought they would look super cute if I dressed them up in some yummy Washi Tape...Washi Tape Coasters? Oh my, yes please.  So, off to the tape aisle I headed and bought myself a ridiculous amount of it. It's just so pretty, I couldn't help myself (if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know just how much I bought, I need an intervention!) Michaels has so many designs in stock that you could really go wild when you decorate these. I thought the two tapes I used would be perfect for my sister and her fiancĂ©.

Here's the how-to...they are super easy, pinky swear!

Washi Tape Coasters

Set of ceramic coaster (ceramic tiles would work too!)
Washi tape
X-acto knife
Cutting mat
Mod podge
Foam brush
Clear acrylic Sealer

 Gather your supplies...I told you I went a little overboard with the Washi Tape! ;-)

Wipe your ceramic coasters with a damp cloth and let dry.  Place strips of Washi Tape slightly longer than the coaster next to one another making sure if there is a pattern on your tape you are matching it as best you can. Try to get the Washi Tape as close together as you can so no part of the bare coaster is showing. Remember, Washi Tape is removable and re-stickable so you can always fix it if you mess up!

Once you've completely covered the coaster, press your Washi Tape down so it is nice and smooth on the surface. Flip it over on a cutting mat and, using your X-acto knife, cut the excess Washi Tape as close to the edges as possible.

At this point your coasters will look pretty much done and they totally could be BUT if you plan on using them for drinking glasses that may sweat you will want to protect them!

Take your Mod Podge and foam brush and, following the instructions on the back of the Mod Podge, coat the tops and sides of the coasters and let dry.  When they are thoroughly dry you can spray a coat of Clear Acrylic Sealer over top to waterproof them.

And there you have it. Fun coasters to give as a gift!

 Or to keep for yourself...they are super cute, aren't they!

Remember to keep adding your CRE8TIME Challenge projects to their gallery here!  And keep your creativity flowing, it's fun to reclaim our creative side by spending one hour a day doing something fun like this!!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pick Your Plum Daily Deal: WASHI TAPE!!!

Just wanted to give y'all a heads up that Pick Your Plum's Daily Deal for Today is WASHI TAPE!!!  If y'all follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know I LOVE me a good deal on washi tape...I just can't help myself when the price is this good!! 

Click here to's coming in at $1.50 a roll, a total steal for these pretty Spring colors!!!
Click here to see a my Washi Tape Pinterest board for fun ideas on how to use it!


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Friday, February 8, 2013

TUTORIAL: Washi Tape Love Art

Happy Friday Everyone!  Here's another super easy Valentine's craft for y'all.  I really needed some more fun happy heart decor on my mantle...maybe you do too? ;-)

This craft takes only a few inexpensive items you can find at your local craft store and less then 10 minutes of your time, easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Washi Tape 'Love' Art

4 mini wooden easels
4-2.75"x 3.5" mini canvas (or an size similar!) 
washi tape
heart shaped punch (optional)
scrapbook or construction paper
hot glue gun & glue sticks or glue dots

Grab your crafty items of fun...heart punch, fun washi tape (I bought this cute heart washi through Pick Your them!) scissors, scrapbook paper.

Then cut strips of your washi tape to make the letters L, V, E and use your heart punch, or free hand it baby, to make the 'O'.  Hot glue or use glue dots to adhere the heart to the canvas.

Simple and Pretty!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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