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Day 2: Scrapbook Flower Canvas Art

My daughter’s room has been a project in the making… and thanks to Pinterest, we’ve been having lots of fun creating art for her room together. I’m still trying to figure out her “exact” theme……. her idea is that a perfect room for her would be blue & glittery – filled with horses and flowers and butterflies and Harry Potter (my 7 year old is growing up and is experiencing her first “crush” on an actor…. blech, why can’t our little ones just stay little?)……… hmmmmmmmm……

Thanks to my brother-in-law, I learned that making a room glittery is as easy as painting and throwing handfuls of glitter on the wall. A glittery blue room is now checked off the list. And Ella is in sparkly heaven.

Now, for today…… to begin incorporating the rest of the ideas (somehow??) ….

Ella & I needed a project that would be simple to do together (Yep!, I LOVE Mommy/Daughter craft days) and of course, Pinterest delivered the perfect idea.

And here it is….. our  Masterpiece: Scrapbook Flower Canvas Art hanging on Ella’s glittery blue wall.

Here’s the beautiful inspirational canvas I found on Pinterest. http://itsdoable.squarespace.com/blog/2012/1/23/its-doablethe-flower-wall-art.html Thank you Crystal for your Pinterest inspiration!!

Both are perfectly lovely, huh? So, Ella and I followed Crystal’s instructions (well…. mostly!)We used a 20×20 canvas which we didn’t paint  (because Ella decided that she also wants lots of white in her room….. and the “decor” list  of  “wants” just keeps growing – argh….) and we used 4 different types of scrapbook paper. I also used a glue stick to lightly stick the papers to the canvas before applying modge podge. It worked wonderfully and I am in LOVE with how our creation turned out. Ella, my 7 year old sweetheart (most of the time- HA!),  cut out all the leaves by herself. And she also placed most of the leaves where she thought they looked best. We just hung it on her wall, and she’s already had 2 friends come over so that she can  show it off! Yep!, it’s THAT cute (at least in our opinion)….. I would love to hear your feedback!

Happy Pinning!,

Kirsten

Day 1 is here: In all its Red, White & Blue Glory!!!

The 4th of July. I LOVE it! Seeing all the American Flags displayed in the front yards of my neighbors. Going to a parade and clapping to the various marching bands versions of “Grand Old Flag” and standing in honor of the veterans as they march by in their uniforms. July 4th makes me feel united with all around me… on this day we all love the same things: The United States of America, Fireworks, Americana decor and Food.

There’s something about those fireworks each year that invigorate me, excite me. I always feel energized after leaving the Independence Day light shows!  This year, I have decided to take that momentum and forge ahead with an idea that I have been mulling over for a while.

I  ADORE Pinterest. Ahhhhh… that addiction  makes me feel creative even when I’m just sitting in my jammies staring at a computer screen. As the Fourth of July began approaching this year, I decided that instead of just “wanting” to be creative that I would “be ” creative. Sooooooo…. on this day, I have begun my one year journey of picking a pin (or two or three) EVERY day and actually CREATING it. I plan to share with you pictures of MY creations inspired by the creations I have pinned. I will share my successes &  my failures… and I would love your input.  I KNOW that there will be pins that are a MAJOR failure for me  (yep! that terrible dry BBQ crockpot chicken that I tried to serve my family last night comes to mind). There may also be pins that I say were sooooo unbelievably easy (the snowmen handprint UBER ADORABLE ornaments come to mind)  that just don’t seem to work for you. I would love to see if what I create inspires you to get out that gluegun and create. I would love your input if I say that something I try is a failure for me, but that you know with just a small tweek here and there became a success for you! Join me on my journey…. I’m just a girl that wants to pin AND create. Let’s do this together……

DAY 1: July 4, 2012

I pinned and pinned and pinned July 4th ideas and once I chose what to create, I added it to my “A Girl & A Pin: Created &….”  board: http://pinterest.com/ellasmommy87/a-girl-a-pin-created/

Thses are my Red, White & Blue Creations

These three projects were inspired by these pins:

Celebration Sticks: http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=29394

Red, White & Blue Punch: http://www.bigbearswife.com/2011/07/independence-punch.html

Cardboard Stars: http://greylustergirl.blogspot.com/2011/06/3-d-cardboard-star.html

I also made this fruit salad, which was adorable but it somehow evaded my camera: http://witandwhistle.com/2011/07/05/cookie-cutter-fruit-salad/

All of these projects were EASY PEASY!!! The celebration sticks, I have decided, I MUST make for every occasion! Kids love them, adults love them, and they look so pretty (and much more difficult than they are!). I think it would be yummy to dip them in melted caramel and then chocolate, and sprinkle with chopped nuts! (I may do this in the fall- they seem like they’d look “fallish”, right?…. I ‘ll be sure to keep you posted!!!) The Red, White & Blue Punch illicited a TON of ooooooohhhhhhh’s & ahhhhhhhhhhh’s….. I used Hawaiian Punch, Gatorade G2 Blueberry and Diet Sprite (actually Sprite Zero, but isnt that the same thing?!?!). I filled my serving jar with ice first, then the Hawaiian punch and then carefully, slowly poured the gatorade directly onto an ice cube rather than directly into the punch. I did the same thing with the Sprite! And Voila!  Adorable Red, White & Blue Drink Perfection!!!! I also made some for the kiddos in individual glasses and tried to put Pop Rocks on the Rim like this pin: http://pizzazzerie.com/diy/pop-rocks-rimmed-cocktails/comment-page-1/ BUT….. FAIL! it did not work for me. This blogger stated that if the pop rocks dont stick (which is exactly what happened for me) then you can try dipping the rims in caramel first before dipping in the pop rocks. I did not try this for two reasons: #1 I did not have caramel and #2 that just sounded gross to me (caramel, pop rocks, & hawaiian punch just dont seem to “go” together…). The cardboard stars were also ridiculously easy. After cutting them, folding them, and painting them, I dipped all the the edges in a “distressed ink pad” that I have. I LOVE that additional detail. I though, did not make 2 and glue them together. I knew I was going to be propping them up against the wall on top of a distressed white mirror that I have, so I figures, “why bother” with the back. No one can tell , so I’ll leave  them sitting up there in all their adorable one sided glory!!!

I  hope that you and your family have a safe and wonderful evening celebrating this day filled with all things Red, White & Blue!!! I would love to know what YOU created!

Happy Fourth!,

Kirsten

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