Bluebonnets To Peaches


Homework Carrels
August 23, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Craft Ideas

This year Hotrod started kindergarten! With one in kinder and one in 3rd grade I knew we would have 2 boys with homework this year. I like the boys to do their homework at the kitchen table so that I am nearby to answer any questions and to make sure they stay on task.

This worked great in previous years when we only one had child with homework. This year I knew I would need to find a way to separate the boys while at the same time keeping myself nearby for any help that may be needed.

I remembered seeing this in Family Fun magazine last year and I decided it was the perfect solution for us!  Not only would it create separate study areas for our boys, it would also keep any needed supplies in close reach.

I had a large display board in the basement from a previous project that I cut in half to make 2 carrels.  The display board had some previous papers glued to it and when I peeled the paper off it tore the display board a bit.  I fixed this by covering the board in white contact paper – good as new!

First I attached a metal ruler to the top of the center section of the board using velcro.  The ruler can now do double duty by holding a stapler, scissors and a pencil sharpener.  Next I attached a hook that holds a zipper pouch to hold glue, markers etc.  Using velcro again I attached a pencil holder to the center section also.

On the left side I attached 2 paper clips to hold any study guides and the right side holds a cork board with push pins.

Now that we are into our 3rd week of school, I can say that these have been a huge success!



Do It Yourself Felt Board
December 23, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Craft Ideas, Preschool

One of the things I wanted for my preschool class was a felt board to use during story time.  I knew I could make one fairly easily, so I started digging around the house to see what I could find.  I found an 11×14″ frame that we weren’t using anymore!  I spray painted the frame white and then cover the mat with blue felt on one side and green felt on the other.  This way I can use the blue felt background to look like the sky or water and the green felt side to look like grass.

I also hot glued a plastic sheet protector to the back of the frame to hold felt board story pieces and the story itself.  This keeps the pieces together and easy to grab during story time.  Felt board stories are some of my preschoolers favorite stories!



Last Minute Gift Idea
December 21, 2009, 11:54 am
Filed under: Craft Ideas

Aren’t these coasters cute!? I saw this idea in Family Fun magazine a month or two ago! These would make great last minute gifts and would work for Christmas or any other holiday.

First gather your supplies.

You will need 2-3 colors of felt, scissors, pencil or fabric marking pen, ruler, binder clips, cork board (I found precut circle coasters at hobby lobby) and glue.  Family Fun magazine used sticky backed felt to make theirs, but I only had regular felt pieces on hand.  Instead of running out to the store, I pulled out my bottle of liquid spray glue, 3M Super 777 .  It is extra strong and bonds felt really well.  You can find it at your local craft store.

Next, use the binder clips to hold your felt pieces together and cut out a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch square (if you use 3 colors of felt then one square will make 3 coasters).  Then, use your pencil to draw wiggle lines on your felt and cut along your lines.

Now you are ready to spray your coasters.  Be sure to spray your coasters outside and place newspaper down – the spray will stick to anything it touches!  Next place your cut wavy pieces across your coaster and allow to dry.

After the glue has dried, you can cut off the excess felt. 

Lastly, stack the coasters up and tie together with a pretty ribbon for a nice presentation!



A Cute Gift Idea
May 20, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Craft Ideas

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I’m not taking credit for this idea, I totally stole the idea from my neighbor Jill!  It is so cute that I just have to share it with all of you!

The idea is to have the kids spell out letters with their bodies and photograph each letter.  Next find a frame (I got mine at Michael’s for about $20, half off) and frame out a word.  I could only find a frame with 3 or 4 picture spots so I framed the word “LOVE.”  Other words you could frame are hope or joy.  If you can find a 5 picture frame you could do the words faith or peace.

Another mom and I took advantage of the teacher enjoying lunch for teacher appreciation week and were able to photograph the kids without the teacher knowing!  We are giving this gift to our first grade teacher as an end of the year gift and the best part is that she has no idea!  I think she will love it!

Another idea is to auction the picture at your schools silent auction – this is how Jill got her picture of her sons preschool class!  What parent wouldn’t want this framed art?



Teacher Gifts
May 8, 2009, 11:30 am
Filed under: Craft Ideas

One of the benefits of living in a new location is that I can “reuse” gift ideas!  Nick and I have been enjoying our Bible Study Fellowship(BSF) class this year and I have been really impressed with the children’s program!  Nick LOVES to go to Bible Study and his teachers have been terrific!  One of the things I love is that the children are taught the same class as the adults, but on their level.  For example, this year we have been studying the life of Moses by reading Genesis through Deuteronomy in detail and Nick has been studying the life of Moses by learning the basic facts, Bible verse memorization and singing songs about Moses.  I wanted to give his teachers a small gift to show our appreciation.

I thought of these flower pots that I had made several years ago.  The “flowers” are actually pens and the “soil” is coffee beans.

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They are super easy to make and inexpensive.  I use to have one sitting on my desk in Texas and we used the pens when our church team met at our house – the guys really loved using the flower pens!

First you need to gather your supplies:

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I found the above pots and bunch of flowers at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.  The pots were $1.50 each and the bunch of flowers were $3.50.  I got the pens out of my supply closet – I bought these for cheap when school supplies were on sale.  I also already had the flower tape and wire cutters.  I did purchase one bag of whole coffee beans (I picked vanilla flavor) from Publix for $4.99.  You could choose to use pinto or  black beans instead of coffee beans for a less expensive option.

I first cut 6 flowers (3 for each pot) from the bunch using the wire cutters leaving about 2 inches of the stem.

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Next, line up the stem next to one of the pens and wrap the stem to the pen (leaving the flower above the pen) using flower tape.

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The end result will look like this:

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Repeat for all your pens.

Next, pour coffee beans into your pot and stick inside!  Enjoy!



A Valentine Day Treat
February 13, 2009, 9:43 am
Filed under: Craft Ideas, Recipes

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Isn’t this cookie bouquet super cute?!  I saw the idea over at Our Best Bites and I just loved it!  I used this same icing reciepe for my Christmas sugar cookies and it is super easy and tates good too!  I made one bouquet for our family and I sent this one with Brad to school.



An Addition to Our Kitchen
January 9, 2009, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Craft Ideas

My mom gave my sister and I these cute quotes for Christmas!

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The quote says “The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.”  I had seen these in the store awhile back and thought they were super cute and I especially loved this quote. 

This quote is appropriate for our family because the kitchen table was the center of our household while I was growing up.  My parents kitchen table was my grandmother’s table and my mom had it refinished.  The table is well worn, but has many memories for me.  So many life events happened at that kitchen table.  It’s the table where I did my homework, it’s where we played INTENSE family games of Monopoly (or marbles or chicken foot!), it’s where hubby and I told my parents that we were engaged, it was while everyone was gathered around the table that we told our family that we were expecting our first baby!  It is also the same table that we gathered around after my dad passed away, to share stories of him – we left his seat empty.

We had the perfect spot for the quote, right above our sink.  I love the way it turned out and it makes me smile everytime I walk by it!  Here’s what it looks like:

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What’s your favorite quote?