Summer Fun Activity Board

May 28th, 2013

This weekend I attended a fun and totally girly weekend retreat. We wanted to do a fun craft to get our creative juices flowing, and had recently seen Kelly Brown show off her Summer Fun Trackers on Studio 5 including a pin board with goals for summer activities. We took her idea and ran with it  each creating our own board and customizing them with lots of fun embellishments.

This is us all crafting and having a good time getting our hands dirty:

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We used the new MME Rhonna Farrer line – Find your Wings & Fly - and everyone just died over how awesome the papers and especially embellishments were. Love this line – easy to use and so stunning!

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Our cork board was 16×20 and we covered it in fabric (stapling the back), and fit twelve 3.5″x5″ squares on the front. It fit perfectly into an empty 16×20 frame.

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I cut the “Summer Fun” out on my Silhouette Cameo  using their free studio software, and we used the xyron X to turn all the letters into stickers – it’s the best little tool ever!

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Then I totally made the project mine by using all the amazing embellishments – chipboard, brads, washi tape, alpha letters, layered stickers and a few enamel dots.

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Add a little twine, and some push pins and this project only took about an hour.

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Now all I need to do is actually schedule and accomplish all these fun summer goals AND take pictures to document everything.

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And once summer is over, I can pull off all the cards and turn the whole thing into a mini album.  I think it would also be great to tuck in a little journaling card on the back of each card so that every photo/activity has a story as well.

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Isn’t that an awesome way to get your summer activities planned and memories recorded? Plus is an adorable decoration in your house all summer long!

Thanks Kelly for the awesome idea!

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Weekly Chore Chart *Free template Download

May 7th, 2013

Just a quick weekly chore schedule/chart that includes a section for activities/events/rewards etc. below. This is great for kids who are home from the summer and need to get some chores done before playtime and activities in the afternoon.

This chart can be printed out and written on, it is also a fill-able form when opened with Adobe Acrobat. So you can type in the information for each week and print one for each child.

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Repurposed: Jam Jar Storage with Chalkboard Lids

January 7th, 2013

I’ve been slowly plugging away at organizing and re-organizing our kitchen. I recently showed you my spice jar drawer:

And I figured it was time to tackle the pantry. We have a large cabinet pantry – you can see it here on the far left next to the fridge:

Here’s what it looks like with the door open (this was after I reorganized it):

And here’s the top drawer (there are two and they are massive):

This photo was obviously taken after the organization :p I love this drawer because it fits full-sized cereal boxes, and keeps all the bread items accessible and off the counter tops.

In my organizing I came across this drawer that we’ve been using to store TONS of used jam jars and salsa jars. I couldn’t part with them because they were glass and so pretty, but I was about ready to because we have tons of them. Some I’ve been using to hold misc pantry items like small amount of left-over pasta, raisins, chocolate chips, tea bags, stevia packets etc. And a bunch were just empty.

I organized that drawer in the pantry and filled most of the empty ones and cleaned it up and it looked like this:

Which is pretty good, but I wasn’t in love with all that red gingham, and it’s hard to tell what is inside of them from above. So I thought about making some sort of label to put on the lids, but that seemed like a lot of work especially if the contents do end up changing. So then, I wondered if I could spray-paint the lids with some of my handy-dandy chalkboard paint, and then just write on the lids what each one contained.

I consulted with Mr. Project who was confident that the lids would take the paint, and then I filled up a make-shift paint booth (cardboard box) with lids and painted.

The painting went well and stuck okay. No problems getting them to take the paint (though make sure they are all clean and free of grease). They can scratch though with a sharp nail or object. You could prime or sand before the spray paint to avoid this, or possibly paint, write your contents, and then clear-coat. But then you wont be able to change what the lid says… which could be fine depending on your storage system. I just painted them and am okay with any scratching here or there – these odds & ends don’t get too much every-day use, so I don’t think they’ll show wear too quickly. And since this is a repurpose project it doesn’t need to last forever. I also recommend using a chalk marker if you don’t want your lids to smudge.

After seeing my horrible chalk-handwriting, Mr. Project volunteered to write the labels for me:

And there you have it, a much more chic drawer of pantry odds & ends. And best part is it was all using stuff that I already had. Yay for free projects!