4/21/14

Kids Craft: Earth Day Hat 2014

Every year, my daughter's school hosts an "Earth Day Hat" competition. Kids are encouraged to use materials from home, and work with their parents to create a hat from 'recycled items'. Since Kindgergarten, Afton has loved this friendly 'craft competition'. The past two years, we have used mostly newspaper to create her looks (see links to her past hats at the end of this post) and happily she has won 'best hat' for her class each year.


This year, we felt we needed to change it up a bit. I found this tutorial on Pinterest (see here) for a top hat made from cardboard. I showed it to Afton and she liked it--but had her own idea as well :)

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She told me she was imagining something more like the hat that "Sofia the First" wears with her Aunt Tilly. (Which was easy to make using the same steps pictured above!)


So we set to work and made this hat. The brim is from a pizza box, the sides are from a Ritz cracker box, and the top is from a package of Capri Suns. Then she cut up several of my magazines to make a "Plant Earth" mosiac on the top.


She decorated the sides with words from an old Glamour magazine. And the streamers in the back-- those are from the newspaper. Since her school will be in the midst of state testing on Earth Day, the competition was held on Friday. And happily, she won again :)





Who needs 'Crafting with the Stars" when you have an elementary school "Earth Day Hat" competition?! Her prize was a plastic ball and the great feeling that comes with making something crafty!


See our Past "Earth Day Hats":
2012- see more (here)






















2013

Happy Earth Day!

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4/18/14

DIY Chevron Pallet Table

When I say "DIY Chevron Pallet Table", I mean you can 'do it yourself' or you can have your husband do it and then take photos of it and put it on your blog:) Which is what I did.


My wood-working man surprised me again by making something amazing with his own bare hands. We recently bought this love-seat and set of chairs from Target. They had an outdoor coffee table made of faux wood at the store, but Jeff was determined he could make something better. And he did!



Using a pallet and some other wood, he designed and built this Chevron Table. I love that he cut the wood in such a way that the "Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee" stamp is still visible.



We moved our table down near the pool. We'll add a sun umbrella to it soon, so we can enjoy dining outdoors.


Here is a look at how the rest of the backyard looks now. You may remember we spent a lot of time last spring adding a tin accent wall to the fence, installing reclaimed wood to the patio ceiling, putting stone on the fireplace, painting furniture, creating Texas pallet art, as well as installing that tv and pretty chandelier. (Links to all those projects are at the end of this post.) So this spring, we are happy to just sit back and enjoy it all.








For Christmas, my Dad and I got Jeff a Big Green Egg. Naturally Jeff built his own 'nest' to hold the Egg. Not sure how much you know about the Big Green Egg-- but my husband makes amazing yummy food with it.



I have to admit that the upkeep of our yard is done completely by Jeff. But picking out the outdoor throw pillows for the patio chairs--that was ALL me. I like to pull my weight around here :)


See all of our "Industrial Chic" backyard posts and projects below...













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4/16/14

12 Pinterest Easter Ideas... that I will NEVER do

Yep you read that right. Today I am sharing ideas that I have no intention of ever doing. Don't get me wrong, I like all of these ideas. It's just that I won't actually ever do them. Time, effort, resources...Whatever the reason, none of these things will be happening at my house this weekend.


Isn't that what Pinterest is all about? Looking at pretty pictures, pinning, and knowing that you will never get around to doing any of them? (Kinda seems silly, but I really do enjoy browsing Pinterest.)

Anyway, instead of pretending any of these amazing ideas are really going to happen in my house, I thought today I would rather be honest. Easter for me will be celebrating Jesus, a few dozen plastic eggs and some Cadbury Eggs. We will go to church and then eat lunch at my mom's house. It will be perfectly imperfect. It will be focused on family and faith. And the amazing grace that Jesus gives us all.
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Since I pinned 262 photos to my Easter board on Pinterest, I felt I needed to do something with all those ideas. I won't be doing any of them, but I figured sharing them and admitting to you that I have no time and no desire to create any of these will count for something :)  So let's enjoy these pretty pictures and breathe a sigh of relief that we don't have to actually make any of them!

1. Felt Chocolate Bunnies 











What are your plans for Easter Sunday? Is there anything you have decided NOT to do this year? 

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