Fortune Cookie Gift Tags & Free Printable {Mother’s Day and Friendship}

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Can I just say that chocolate-dipped fortune cookies are SUPER yummy?  ☺ I work with the young children at my church, and we like to have the kids give something to their moms on Mother's Day.  I've always loved the fortune cookie gift idea, and I thought it would be perfect for all of the lovely mothers of our cute Primary kids.  We have almost 200 kids, so we always need to come up with something that will work for a large group.  That's one of the reasons I love this idea so much--it's easily adaptable for numbers--whether you need a bunch of them, or just a few, it works! And the tags...once I got started I couldn't stop! I made some for mothers, grandmothers, friends, and even visiting … [Read more...]

Footprint Stool

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I made this footprint stool four years ago, not too long into my blogging career.  To this day, it has remained one of my most popular posts, and I have to say, it's one of my favorites too.  I decided to update the post for a couple of reasons, but it was definitely time for better pictures.  ☺ It's amazing what you learn in four years!  I also wanted to share it with my newer readers, especially with Mother's Day coming up. I absolutely love this stool, and now that I've had another baby, I'm trying to figure out how to fit another footprint on there! I had a wooden stool that had been a staple in our house for years, but it was needing a little face lift. I thought of all the little … [Read more...]

{christmas mason jar gift set}

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This post was sponsored by Michael's.  All opinions are 100% mine and mine alone. ----- In addition to the in-store Michael's Pinterest party last weekend (and it was SO fun), I threw a Pinterest Party at my house this week for some of my friends, and we had a FABULOUS time!  I love the idea of getting together with friends for a party to create some of the things that you see on Pinterest...to not just pin, but make it! I, of course, am a huge advocate for DIY projects, so this is exciting to me. Plus...it's so much more fun to craft and create with friends!  For my party, I went with a DIY gift theme, and decided on one of my favorite gifts to give, with a Christmas spin...a Christmas … [Read more...]

{you “can” do it}

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One of my goals as a mom is to foster an environment where my kids not only love each other, but actively support and encourage each other. I've been thinking a lot about what I could do to really help them to do this--something that even the littlest ones could participate in--and I came with an idea that I'm really excited about.  It's called You "Can" Do It, and I LOVE it!!!   This cute can is a fantastic way to spread a little love through our family, show interest in what each family member is working on, and build sibling bonds.  How does it work?  Whenever one of them has a big test, athletic game, performance, tryout, or something they're working hard on or nervous about, the rest … [Read more...]

{juice can lid magnets}

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 Y'all know that I love simple projects--ones that don't take a long time, are easy to do, but are darling, all at the same time!  These juice can lid magnets fit the bill for each of those things, I love them! I have a large magnet board hanging above the kids' backpack hooks, and I really wanted and needed some magnets for it.  Enter in...juice can lids!  I've used them for so many projects, and I LOVE them.  These literally took less than 10 minutes to make--love that! These would be so cute in a locker, on a fridge or magnet board, or anywhere magnetic! Use photos instead of paper for an even more personalized look or gift.  I used ampersands, but you could also use initials--one … [Read more...]

{diy stenciled magnet blocks}

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 Hi, it's Michelle from Chalkboard Blue! I wanted to share with you some fun magnet blocks that you can make... They are simply cut from a long board of trim measuring 3 in. wide and are perfect to use on a magnet board or fridge. They are perfect for Back to School paperwork, pictures, etc... 1. Cut your blocks 2 in. tall.  They should already be 3 in. wide. 2. Glue a Magnet to back of each block. 3. Paint your blocks a color of your choice... 4. Cut Stencils  out of contact paper on a Silhouette Cameo or purchase already made stencils and place stencils on the blocks... 5. Paint colors of your choice to fill in the stencils... Remove your stencil and your … [Read more...]

{chipboard key chain}

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Y'all know how much I love personalizing anything and everything, and what could be better than a darling key chain?  (I sound so Texan with that "y'all", don't I?  ☺ )  As soon as I saw the new chipboard by Silhouette, I knew it would be the perfect way to make one! Seriously people, isn't that SO cute??!!!  I just want to carry around my keys all day!  The front has darling scrapbook paper embellished with my stamped initial, and the back features a picture of my kids, which I LOVE.  (It's missing baby Caroline...time for an update!!!) These are super easy to make, and make the best gifts.  Think Mother's Day, Father's Day (not as cute-sy, of course), birthdays, teachers, Christmas … [Read more...]

{footprint rug}

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I am in love with capturing my children's footprints and hand prints. Seriously {LOVE}. For Mother's Day this year, I made my mom a footprint rug for her kitchen, and it is ADORABLE. That tiny little footprint, next to all of her siblings?  Darling.  I can't stand it, it's so cute.  ☺ It's perfect.  And...it's super easy!  I was SO excited when I came across this rug in the kitchen aisle at Target (only $8) last week, because I knew was going to save me a lot of time not adding the border myself.  It was exactly what I was looking for! The border frames the footprints perfectly, and the red makes the white lettering pop! {supplies} -kitchen rug (a plain color) -fabric … [Read more...]

Paper Sack Mother’s Day Card: a Child’s Q&A

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At my church, I get to work with the Primary children (kids aged 3-11), and I LOVE it. Mother's Day is just a few short weeks away, and this week I designed a super fun card that I think all their moms are going to love! I wanted to make a card where they could each express some favorite things about their mom.  I was talking to one of my best friends this week, and she reminded me of an idea that I have actually loved for a long time...in fact, my oldest son wrote a card like it for me when he was in preschool, and it's one of my most treasured possessions.  Asking a child questions about their mom--some funny, others serious--and putting it all together in a cute package was just what I … [Read more...]

{you’re special…birthday jar}

you're special birthday mason jar

One of my best friends in all the world had a birthday this week.  And not just any birthday...the big 30!!!!  I left her 6 months ago when we moved to Texas, and I was SO sad that I was going to miss this milestone. I knew I wanted to send her something to really celebrate this particular birthday, and let her know how special she is to me.  So...I made her a birthday jar! It's just a simple pint-size mason jar, but it's what's inside that really counts.  Tucked away inside the jar are 30 things (one for each year) about her that I love---special memories, characteristics, qualities, talents, and all those things that make a friendship what they are.  I thought it was the perfect way to … [Read more...]