• Family, Kids, Pets

    Heart Stamps

    I am always looking for fun, simple crafts to do with my 2 year old and 4 year old. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I came across this easy project full of love. Heart stamps made from toilet paper rolls! Genius idea!

    Heart Stamp 3

    Because we are making these hearts for Valentine’s Day, I dug out our red and pink washable paints.

    Heart Stamp 1

    Next, I formed a heart shape with the paper roll. Then, I secured the shape with tape.

    Heart Stamp 2

    Finally, I handed it to my little men and they created beautiful, but messy, works of art.

    Heart Stamp 4

    They had such a great time working on these pictures, that the next day we did it again. The second time we we used different colors and experimented with different shapes.

    Heart Stamp 5

    Love the way this turned out!!! Check out Instagram to see the experimental art from round two.

  • 5 Minute Projects,  Crafts,  Holidays & Seasons

    Simple Ribbon Heart Place Card

    Originally published on Feb. 1, 2016. I’ve put a lot of projects on this blog over the past couple of years, many of which are pretty detailed and take quite a bit time. But I absolutely love an easy project and today’s is just that. This simple ribbon heart place card requires minimal supplies and is super quick to whip up.

    Ribbon Heart Place Card

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    Here’s what you need:

    (I found these pretty, neutral ribbons a few weeks ago at World Market and knew I had to have them in my stash.)

    Neutral Ribbons

    To start, cut two equally sized pieces of ribbon. Mine were about 5 1/2 inches each.

    Cut Ribbons
    Next, using the hot glue gun, place a small line of glue at one end of a ribbon. Press the ends of the ribbon together to make them stick. Do the same to the other ribbon.

    Gluing Ribbon Ends

    Then, run a small bead of glue along one side of one ribbon and attach the other ribbon to it to create a heart shape.

    Hot Glue Ribbon Heart

    To make the name tag, cut a small banner shape from a piece of paper and use the alphabet stamps and stamp pad to write the name.

    Small Alphabet Letter Stamps

    Finally, add a dab of glue to the middle of the heart and attach the paper banner. Aren’t these cute?

    Place Setting Heart Place Card

    These would be perfect for a party or even for a Valentine’s Day dinner. And, you could always change the wording on the paper to fit whatever occasion you choose. So many possibilities!

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  • Family, Kids, Pets,  Holidays & Seasons

    Last Minute Valentine’s Day Projects & Printables

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you have yet to plan anything for your loves, I have some great ideas. Here some of my favorite Valentine’s Day Projects & Printables that have been shared on the blog over the years.

    DIY Moss Valentine & Printable

    A fun and unique way to show someone you care about them.

    Moss Valentine's Day Card Valentine’s Day Projects & Printables

    Red, White, & Black Valentine’s Day Cards

    Simple cards with a modern flare.  Perfect for kids to take to their friends!

    2015 Valentine's Day Cards

    Simple Ribbon Heart Place Card

    An easy project to dress up a romantic dinner at home.

    Ribbon Heart Place Card

    Frayed Heart Pillow

    Add a little holiday fun with this festive Valentine’s Day decor!

    Neutral Couch Sofa Pillows

    LOVEly Heart Candle Holder

    Simple to make with a surprising outcome at the end!

    Heart Candle Holder 1

    Heart Stamps

    The perfect project for kids to do and give to a parent or loved one.

    Heart Stamp 5

    Simple Valentine’s Day Printables

    Share the love with the fun designs.

    Feb 2014 Printables 1

  • Outdoors

    Starting Plants In Toilet Paper Rolls

    Do you remember the adorable heart shaped stamps I shared around Valentines Day? Well, this time I am bringing you a completely different use for a toilet paper roll. These little cardboard tubes make a fantastic, decomposable home for starting plants.

    Start Plants in Toilet Paper Rolls 6
    Here’s how I turned this trash into treasure!

    First, I started saving our empty toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls and wrapping paper rolls months in advance, so I was prepared to begin the seedlings.

    Start Plants in Toilet Paper Rolls 1
    Next, I cut four slits in one end of each cylinder, about 1 1/2 inches deeps. This created four little flaps.

    Start Plants in Toilet Paper Rolls 2
    Then, I folded opposite flaps inward to make a base.

    Start Plants in Toilet Paper Rolls 3

    Start Plants in Toilet Paper Rolls 4
    Finally,  I lined up the cylinders in a large container, added some dirt to each one, and planted the seeds.

    Starting Plants In Toilet Papaer Rolls 8
    It is important to label the tubes. This way the plants aren’t mixed up when they are transfered outdoors in May.

    I thought about writing directly on each one, but my two little guys helping me with planting and their listening skills weren’t exactly the best. They would put seeds in whatever spot they wanted. My system of coloring coding toothpicks worked amazingly. After the kids sewed the seeds, they placed a toothpick in the corresponding paper roll.

    This key will help me later with identifying each plant.

    Starting Plants In Toilet Paper Rolls 7
    They may not be the prettiest planters, but they are definitely practical.

    Start Plants in Toilet Paper Rolls 5
    Spring is in the air, or maybe just in my head, but now is the perfect time to start growing your vegetables and herbs indoors. Don’t throw out your toilet paper rolls. Put them to good use.