Thursday, April 3, 2014

Month of the Military Child - A Poem I Wrote for My Kids

Hello everyone,

I have something a little different to share with you today. This month, the month of April, is the "Month of the Military Child"

I wrote a poem on Facebook for my kids and my son wanted me to share it on my blog. He loved every word.

Photo courtesy of my brother in law Lance Lauer

I am a military child,
this is the life I was given.
My heart roams wild,
but my mind stays driven.

Friends we make,
friends we leave behind.
My pride I will take,
with me every time.

Home is here,
where ever my family may be.
The love we share,
grows deep inside of me.

My daddy may have to go
any day far away.
My heart will know,
his love with me will stay.

For freedom he fights,
for those rich and those poor.
Sacrifices we make,
to keep safe which you adore.

So keep within your heart,
the love our family gives.
To this beloved country,
so your life you can live.

Coordinator at Party Time Tuesdays

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

DIY $10 Window Treatment - Faux Frosted Glass Moroccan Tile Pattern

Hello Everyone!
I am excited to for my first post in a while. I have been moving, unpacking, painting etc.  But I decided to being sharing the new DIY projects being done in our home as we settle in. Today's project is a Faux Frosted Glass Moroccan Tile Window Treatment. You can view the Video or Written Tutorial below. I found a printable from 7th House on the Left's blog. This project cost me $5.98! That's it!

Please PIN, SHARE, COMMENT or POST this tutorial if you like what you see.

Here is my tutorial video:
Window Treatment Under $10 - Faux Frosted Glass Tutorial Moroccan Tile Pattern

This is what I did with Tutorial and Printable I found on Pinterest from The 7th House on the Left.
  • Frosted Contact Paper (buy one extra roll for mistakes) (This was the only item I had to buy, cost $5.98, two rolls)
  • Printable Pattern from 7th House on the Left
  • Scissors
  • Pincil
  • Levels
  • Tape Measure
  • Poster Board/Cardboard (something easy to cut and yet durable to be traced many times)
  • Optional: Computer or copier that can blow up the printable

Step 1 - The Printable:
Print the printable from 7th House on the Left. Use your computer or copier to change the size of the template. Once the desired size is acquired, trace it to your poster board/cardboard piece to create your stencil that is strong for multiple tracings. Notice the tips on the printable.

Step 2 - Tracing and Cutting:

Open the roll of the Frosted Contact Paper and turn over so the grid lines on the back are available for tracing on. Trace all your tiles this way. When my hand started to hurt from cutting I took a break and did some installing. When cutting try to make a continuous cut not choppy. Move the paper, not the scissors for a smoother result. Here is a video for some great cutting tips with scissors (I know it sounds silly but there are tips that make it easier I promise). Make sure this each pattern is centered on the grid for maximum usage of the contact paper and for easier installation in Step 5.

The Moroccan Tile pattern fits perfectly into one another symmetrical both vertically and horizontally, leaving very little waste of the contact paper. Keep the extras on the sides too. They come in handy and will be used (shown in the bottom right of this photo).

Step 3 - Clean your Windows:
Clean the window with a micro fiber cloth and cleaning supplies leaving no streaks, no residue, no fuzz, and no fingerprints. Keep a dry micro fiber cloth handy for spot cleaning finger prints on the glass as your installing the contact paper tiles.

Step 4 -Beginning at the Center:
To begin I measured the glass and found the center of the window. I placed my first full tile there (with the application technique found in Step 5.) I then worked to the right or left moving from the center to the outer edges. Every other row with this pattern will have a center tile and I ALWAYS began with it, measured it and made sure it was level then worked off of it to apply the rest of the tiles in that row.

Step 5 -Applying the Tiles
Levels are key! I peal back the bottom 1/2 of the backing on a tile, folding it up and matching the grid to the top half. Leaving the top half on to use the grid lines as a guide with the levels.  Check the vertical level of each tile and the horizontal level of each row when completed. (this is best explained in my Tutorial Video)

This next two photos show how the rows stack on one another. One row uses five tiles (with a center tile that I measure the center of each time this type of row is installed) and one uses six tiles. Repeat this installation process till your rows are. When pressing down the contact paper begin in the middle and work towards the edges to minimize bubbles.

Step 6 - Fill in the Sides
You can see in the photo above there are many partial tiles that run along the vertical sides (left and right) of the window. I used the edge scraps from our cut out of the contact paper. Peal the backing off. Set the curves into the spaces and then trim off the excess.

That is it! Your done!!!!

This took two rolls of Frosted Contact paper. If you have bubbles please refer to the end of my Window Treatment Under $10 - Faux Frosted Glass Tutorial Moroccan Tile Pattern the video also shows tips on how to avoid bubbles.

EDIT:  This post has been highlighted on the Party Time Tuesday Blog where a wonderful Design Team posts daily to inspire you. On Tuesdays they have weekly challenges offering prizes for participants. Go check Party Time Tuesdays Your Daily Dose out! Your going to love it!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Henna Matching hand and foot designs

Hello and welcome back. I have been very busy moving across country to South Carolina. Here is a quick post about a matching henna design I created for fun.
Remember: inspiration can be found anywhere. If your working on a paper project... How would these designs inspire you?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Announcement Party Time Tuesdays - Your Daily Dose REVEAL!

Hello Everyone!  I am very excited today to share with you a new adventure in blogging that I am a part of, the Party Time Tuesdays - Your Daily Dose blog! I am even more excited then usual about this endeavor because I have been in on the planning stages on this project and am one of the founders! It's an daily inspiration, weekly challenge blog where you can enter links to your projects to win prizes! So much fun, and best of all I get to work with some fantastic ladies in this industry.

Party Planners Design Team

 Winner Co-ordinator
Danielle - She's Sew Crafty

Blog Designer for our NEW LOOK!

Lydell - Quintessentially Me
Certified Helmar Educator

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Tron & Lightcycle - Handmade Halloween Costume Video inclueded.

Good morning everyone I am sharing another Handmade Halloween costume and prop today. This was build/designed for my son Tristan. It was a huge hit this year and we were ever so thrilled. He was a program from Tron with a riding lightcycle. All lit up and ready to roll. Thanks to some help from my neighbors on the welding side of things.

Video of it in action:

Want to see more handmade costumes?

Moon/Lunar Fairy - with articulated wings
Peacock Princess with articulated tail
Iron Man - 3D
3D Paper Doll Ballerina
Literary Work of Art