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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

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Bat Dad, Bat Baby, and a Birthday

Bat Dad, Bat Baby, and a Birthday

This weekend was all about birthdays!  My husbands 31st birthday to be exact.  We have this tradition of doing a family dinner at our house one day and then the Husband wanted a UFC friends party on Saturday.  So, these past few days have been about cleaning, cooking, and entertaining…now that it is Sunday I am exhausted {thankfully Bat Dad got up early with Bat Baby today, so mommy got an extra hour of sleep.}

What I really want to share with all of you today are some of the gifts that Bat Dad got for his birthday.  All the gifts from me were fhandmade.  It was really fun to watch him open them.  I really didn’t know what he would think, but I was thrilled that he genuinely liked them all.

Here is  a quick rundown of Bat Dad’s Loot!

Moustache canvas print with Dad and Baby:)

Leather Cover for His "BIG" Gift!

His "BIG" Gift...a Nook Tablet...he was just jealous of my Nook Color 😉

And Now for the Best Gift Of All…{And the reason he is now Bat Dad}…

Matching Batman T-shirts! Handmade and he LOVED them. They wore them all day yesterday! Tutorial coming soon to a blog near you!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!!!