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Handfuls of Love

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“Children’s Children are the crown of all men; and the glory of children are their father.” Proverbs 17:6 {NKJ}

There is something special about grandparents. I have been blessed to have only lost one grandparent in my 30 years of life. I still have 2 wonderful grandma’s and a wonderful papa…all in their 90’s and still kickin’ loud and strong. I always tell my husband that according to my genes he is stuck with me for a looooonnnnnnggggg time. I only hope I am that blessed.

Throughout my first 16 months of parenthood I have learned the value of family and that it truly does take a village to raise a child. I couldn’t be more happy in the grandparents that our son has inherited through my husband and me. The times when I want to ship my child to Timbuktu they are always there to encourage me or relieve me of my duties for a couple of hours so I can regroup. They have been where I am before and their advice is so valuable. Plus they are the BEST babysitters {and free 😉 }.

So, when Grandparent’s Day came along I tried to think of something fun to do for them. I had seen those tutorials that are all over Pinterest where you take a porcelain cup/plate and write on it with a Sharpie; bake the plate; and viola it’s permanent. Ha…well that was a total FAIL! So, if you pinned it don’t waist your time. After that waste of time, I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and grabbed some Sharpie Paint Pens and some Martha Stewart Paint, and I used the Dollar Store white plates from the previous craft fail and started over. Here is the rundown {no pictures…I apologize…left this project until very last minute}

Handfuls of Love Painted Plate

Materials

Sharpie Oil Paint Markers {see link above}
Martha Stewart Paint {see link above}
Porcelain Plate
Baby’s/Kid’s Hands {and a helper if you have one}
Letter Stencils or Electronic Cutter {Silhouette, Cricut, etc}

Directions

1.) Decide what you want your plate to say. I decided to use Hands Down, Your the Best for one and Your the Best, Hands Down for the other. I cut mine out in vinyl on my Silhouette and used the negative space as my stencil. I put half of the saying on top and half on the bottom, leaving a space in the middle for the cute little toddler handprints.

2.) Grab your Sharpie Paint Pens and go to town. I used the black pen for my letters. The paint dries fast so once you are done with the letters you can remove your stencil. I had a little bleeding, but not much. I was able to do some touch up after the stencil was gone.

3.) Next you will need your kiddo and a helper {if you have young kids}. Squirt some of the Martha Stewart paint onto one hand spread it around. Figure out where you want the first hand print to go and smash their hand down quickly {before they decide to paint their face 😉 }. Do the same thing with the other hand.

4.) Pre-Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Once it is pre-heated put your plate in and bake for 30-35 minutes. Once this is done the paint is permanent and you are done!!

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I made some Pumpkin Holes to go on my plates. I got the recipe from here and printed out labels that said I Love You a “Hole” Lot!.

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XOXO,
Kristie

Wanna Be Friends?

Wanna Be Friends?

Come and be my friend on Facebook!  I finally updated  made a Facebook page that is actually stylish and fun to look at. I am still trying to figure out all the bells and whistles, but I am pretty happy with it!  I would love for anyone and everyone to come and “like” me.  My goal is to get to 30 likes by the end of the weekend.  I only need 23 more peeps!!  So go tell all your friends and come say hi!

  http://www.facebook.com/foxboxfour

XOXO,

Kristie

Ombre Kissing Balls

Ombre Kissing Balls

Lately I have noticed the word “Ombre” everywhere!  It took me a while to figure out what exactly it was.  Then I realized it is the same color but different shades.  It is SO fun.  I had started these kissing balls awhile ago, but they hadn’t been finished.  I noticed that the floral embellishments that I had purchased had different shades of the same color, so I decided the last two kissing balls would be in the Ombre style.  Really I just wanted to get on this new trendy craft bandwagon:).  These are REALLY simple and, once again, cheap!  The total cost for these were $6!!  Here are all the deets on how to make some of your own:

  • Glue Gun {Free}
  • Foam Balls $1 for 4 {Dollar Tree}
  • Floral Embellishments $2.50 each – $5.00 {Michael’s Clearance} – They are in the scrapbooking section by Recollections
    Step One:
    Pick the middle shade and start gluing a row in the center.  I glued a row in the center, then one above and one below.  I continued gluing above and below until it looked like I had an even amount of uncovered foam left over on the top and bottom.
    Step Two:
    KEEP GLUING!  As you can probably tell this isn’t the Ombre style kissing ball…but hopefully it gives you at least the idea.  Just keep gluing…just keep gluing.  Don’t worry if you see foam peaking out.  You can always go back and insert flowers where you see gaps or if you want a more full look.
    And that’s it!!!  Sit back and admire.  I had a few straggling lollipop sticks so I decided to put my kissing balls on those so I could put them in one of my painted jars, but they would also look totally cute in a bowl as well!
    They Just make me smile:)
    XOXO,
    Kristie

WIN! A Cannon T3 DSLR

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I am the first to admit I am lazy. Well I don’t know if it is so much lazy as it is pressed for time. The time it takes to take photos on my little point-and-shoot, load them onto my computer, edit them for a post, and then write the post takes WAY too long. Often the thought of doing all that just annoys me. Recently the Fox household got an iPad and I have been using that to take pictures, edit, etc. It works great, but the quality isn’t amazing. There is ONE thing that would change all of that. If I had one of those fancy shmancy DSLR cameras. They are the bees knees, but trying to persuade Mr. Fox that we NEED one would take a miracle…literally.

However, one of my Blogger friends {and her crew} are doing an AMAZING giveaway of a Cannon T3 DSLR. Sweet C’s Design {and a TON of other AMAAAAZING bloggers} have decided to give one lucky reader a Free Cannon T3 DSLR. Did I mention it was free. You can enter a bunch of times the first time and then get an extra entry every day by Tweeting about the giveaway. There are 8 days left in the contest….PLENTY of time.

Now would this make it any easier or quicker for me to take pictures etc…No. Would I spend less time editing and uploading photos…no. I would actually probably take more time doing that stuff, but I would have a totally cool camera…so it would be cooler 🙂

So, hop on over to Sweet C’s Designs…enter, check out her awesome blog and all the other awesome blogs!

Oh and Good luck {but not too much because I want it:) )

XOXO,
Kristie

Super Easy Fall Decor

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I am getting the itch for fall and am SO over all the 90+ degree weather Colorado has been having for most of the summer. So, I decided to start the fall crafting in the house to hopefully change my bad attitude. My crafting time is limited {as with most moms}, so I wanted something quick, easy, and cheap. For our wedding we received some hurricane candle holders. I LOVE them, but always seem to draw a blank when it comes to putting stuff in the vase part. For the longest time they were home to black rocks we used at our wedding, then some small Christmas ornaments, and for the past 9 months have sat sadly vacant. While walking through Michael’s I stumbled upon some fall garland. Sparkly, shiny red, orange and gold maple leaves attached to wire. Seeing that inspired me to make these. It seriously is only 3 steps and they make me smile every time I see ’em!

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I told you it was easy…Right!? And it only cost $3.99. Obviously it would cost a little more if you needed to purchase the vases, but you could really use anything. I was thinking they would even look cute in mason jars with LED tea lights in the bottom. Oh, the endless possibilities;)

XOXO,
Kristie

Painted Jar Tutorial

We collect mason jars like they are going out of style!  We seriously have a TON sitting in one of our cupboards taking up precious storage space.  So, I decided it was time to either do something with them or toss ’em!  I have seen a lot of tutorial on Pinterest on how to paint or tint them fun colors.  This seemed like the perfect craft for me since I need something quick and wanted to add a pop of color to our home decor.  I think this craft took me maybe 20 minutes and it cost a total of $4…seriously it was win-win.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Stencils {I found these at Wal-Mart.  You can re-use them and they work GREAT!}
  • Acrylic Paint {Also from Wal-Mart. But you can get them anywhere}
  • Jar {This one is from the Dollar Store}

STEP ONE:

  • Squirt paint in the jar {A LOT of Paint!}  It took a whole little thing of Artic White Acrylic Paint for this Jar.  Then start to swirl it around so that it covers the whole inside of the jar.  I did multiple squirts of paint.  Some in the bottom.  Some on the side.  Seemed to make it easier to get the jar covered quickly.

STEP TWO:

  • Once you have covered the inside of the jar with paint find some newspaper…or junkmail;)…and turn the jar upside down to drain.  You will have to  move the jar a couple times to make sure all the excess paint can get out.  This probably took 10 minutes and I moved my jar twice.  I had quite a bit of extra paint, and since I am cheap, I scraped it from the paper back into the bottle :).

STEP THREE:

  • Once your paint has drained flip the jar right-side-up and pick a place to put your stencil.  I LOVE the stencils I found at Wal-Mart, but I accidentally threw away the package – sorry.  They are so easy to use and you can’t really mess up.  I am stencilly challenged so I was mighty proud of the results!

STEP  FOUR:

  • PAINT!  Pick a bright contrasting color and lightly paint over your stencil.  I started with a light coat of blue and then added more to spots that looked like they needed it.  After you are finished painting remove the stencil.  I removed it right away so none of the paint would dry and peal off.

STEP 5:

  • Step back and admire your work!  I am not sure what I am going to fill mine with yet, but I also made some Mason Jar ones that I plan on making fabric flowers for.  I do know that I will be making jars like these for Christmas filled with goodies for family and friends.  Just a disclaimer:  The paint I used is not safe for something you may want to eat or drink out of.  It you are going to fill it with goodies I would line it with some parchment paper.

XOXO,

Kristie

Made {it} Monday – Bat Dad and Bat Baby T-shirts

Made {it} Monday – Bat Dad and Bat Baby T-shirts

Every weekend my husband gets baby duty in the morning, so Mommy can sleep in a bit.  He gets Baby E up, dresses, feeds, and plays with him.  My Husband has a FAVORITE onsie for our little man.  It is a Batman onsie from Old Navy for 3 – 6 month olds.  Baby E is now almost 9 months old and needless to say Batman is looking less than Stellar on him!  So, I had the perfect idea for a birthday present for my husband.  I had purchased a plain black baby t-shirt at Hobby Lobby a while back and hadn’t done anything with it.  Then I was at Target doing some shopping and saw a distressed Batman T-shirt similar to this.  A little light bulb went off in my head…I will buy my husband the Batman t-shirt at Target and re-create the image for Baby E and they can be matching Superheros!!!  Then I   gotquickly realized they were all out of my husbands size t-shirt.

So…I decided to make my husbands t-shirt too.  Here is what you need to make the men in your life Superheros!!

  • 1.) Men’s Black T-shirt – I used this one {except the V-Neck Version)
  • 2.) Baby’s Black T-shirt – Any Craft Store has them…don’t forget a coupon:)
  • 3.) Freezer Paper {For a Stencil} – I only can find this at Wal-Mart…but it will last Forever!
  • 4.) Yellow Fabric Paint – I got Tulip Matte Finish Because I wanted a distressed look
  • 5.) Scissors, Iron, and Sponge

I first found out how to use freezer paper as a stencil from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.  Hers is the BEST in depth tutorial on it.

I cut my Batman Stencil out on my Silhouette, but Batman is such a simple design it would be easy to free hand onto the freezer paper.  Once I had ironed the image onto my shirts I got my sponge and paint out.

I squirted some paint onto some left over freezer paper scraps, dipped my sponge and blotted the image on to the t-shirt.  I made sure not to get the paint on too thick to make sure it looked distressed.

Then I removed the freezer paper and VIOLA!  It seriously took like 30 minutes for both t-shirts…and both only cost $12…can’t beat that.

Let me know if you have questions…I didn’t take any pictures of the process…I was in a little hurry to get this one finished!!!

The Bat Family...Baby E was not into it!