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Whatever Wednesday

Whatever Wednesday

Whatever Wednesday! Today… sharing a few random thoughts about my life, my photography, and my home. valsurprise-5

I love my life! I love my home! I love my children!

I am very grateful to be alive. TO BE A MOM. TO BE A HOMEMAKER. I am just grateful… to be. Some days are filled with struggles and disappoints, but I am truly grateful for each and every day to learn and to grow.

valsurprise-4Today Jayd and I did a little preschool craft… ice painting.

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I simply froze some water and red food coloring. I let it freeze for about 4 hours. Then we painted.

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We painted on white and pink paper. I had some hearts cut out and I simply let her “water-color paint” over the hearts. It was pretty cool! It was also very messy! Our hands turned bright red from the food coloring. I put in about 4 drops so that might have been a bit much… but I wanted red hearts! We didn’t color very long because it just stained our hands… but we did get a few hearts.

We also did laundry! Yea! It seemed it needed to be done. IT WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL THING… Jayd just came over and started helping me. She took all the towels little and big and folded them all by herself! No Joke. I loved it. AND I even put them away like that.. I didn’t refold them. She helped me from her heart and I wanted to remember that.

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So… she became the Queen of Laundry today.

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After our little craft and some laundry dancing… we read some of the cutest stories we borrowed from the Library.

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These were great books!  Here is a link.. if you need or want them to read to your little ones.

Poem in your Pocket

The Days the Crayons Quit 

Valentine Surprise 

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WE loved this story on hearts. Paper and Real.

So… I had Jayd cut out some hearts for the very first time.

She did great!

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She even said that she messed up. I said it is okay… we don’t have to be perfect. And her response…. But I want it to be perfect. I think we are in trouble. It was a cute perfect scenario after reading the book.

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Here are our imperfect… cut out… food coloring… water coloring… painted hearts!

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heart collage

We had such a great time crafting… reading… and water coloring!

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And meanwhile… earlier in the week this happened.

 

 

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Bree copied the flamingo free printable that I have displayed on my entry way table from pocket full of paint… and she copied it by heart. I love how Bree can draw. I love how she loves to be creative.

If you want a copy of this cute printable check out her site… here.

I made some { what I thought were } tasty Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins aka Whole Wheat Stuffed Muffins. The girls didn’t enjoy them because they are ” too grainy”. I am trying to be gluten-free but I do not have any health issues it is just a matter of priority, so I sneaked a few and they tasted great to me! My kids on the hand are not gluten-free, but they prefer something other than whole grain!

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I added some mini chocolate chips, some peanut butter and some almond butter. I found the boxed mix at my local grocery store… but you can find it online here.

I simply followed the recipe on the back with a few adjustments. wholewheatstuffedmuffins

Here is the recipe…

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 6 oz. box muffin mix
  • 2 Tbsp Powdered Stevia
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 1 egg
  • *optional items peanut butter, almond butter, chocolate chips, dried fruit etc.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line mini muffin pan with muffin liners.
  2. Place muffin mix into mixing bowl.
  3. Add sugar, coconut oil, milk, and egg.
  4. With a spoon mix until blended.
  5. Add mini chocolate chips. Mix.
  6. Fill muffin cups ⅔ full.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 -12 minutes.
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From my home to yours… it doesn’t have to be perfect all the time… even our hearts!

Straw Blown Heart Art

Straw Blown Heart Art

Straw Blown Heart Art is a not for the weak of heart. This preschool craft is magical for those who can blow into a straw! 
straw blown heart artMy daughter is now 4. She celebrated her birthday a week ago. She is growing up so much. She loves to play games and do crafts with me… like all the time. Good….  I think I love it too!

Today’s craft was a messy one!

Her words: This is the best craft ever!

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Straw Blown Heart Art

Here is what you need:

  • paper
  • paint
  • water
  • hearts
  • straw
  • paper plates/ paper cups

Directions:

*** please protect your work area***

Roll out a large piece of craft paper. Cut out hearts and lay out all over paper.  Add paint to paper plate. Begin by adding water to the paint to water it down to the consistency that you prefer. Cut a small hole in the top of your straw.

Teach your child how to blow into a straw if not already aware of it.

Blow away!

Let dry!

*** I tried all different sizes of straws and it really didn’t make a difference. The only think I liked about the smaller straws was that you could kinda use it like a paintbrush and swirl around the paint.

*** Beware that you could have a child inhale or suck up the water based paint. ( I know this from experience. )  If you are extremely worried you could use food coloring as your base. I know they might the bright neon colored ones. straw blown heart art

straw blown heart art

straw blown heart art

We had a fun time blowing away… but to be honest it was pretty hard for both of us. You almost want to treat it like a water-color  activity.

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straw blown heart art

However… this was a really fun and messy craft!  We loved the valentines colors… pink, bright pink, red, purple, teal, and even a combination of them all!

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straw blown heart art

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straw blown heart art

I eventually just dipped a heart… and of course she had too as well!

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straw blown heart art

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I think I will let them dry and then string them up and hang them around the house. I love the look and the color of them!

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Our Straw Blown Heart art at its finest!

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straw blown heart art

I wanted to share this simple quote that I really like:

The object of art, after all, is not just aesthetic contemplation; the main object of art is an experience that entices us to better behavior, better doing. Art is there so that we may live better, not simply that we may look at it and have a private aesthetic and mystical experience.

– Arthur Henry King

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I have loved this type of art for as long as I can remember. Picasso is one of my favorite artists. He was able to express his outlook into and onto his art… as does any artist.

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straw blown heart art

I hope that your art is full of  HeART!

Heart Canvas

Heart Canvas

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I was playing Texas Hold’Em with my husband and two girls on our holiday yesterday. I had a Ace of diamonds and the 2 of hearts. I put in a small bet as I knew I had a pretty good hand. On the flop… three hearts! It was crazy. Then the next two cards were hearts! I had a flush… but my daughter beat me with a higher flush. She had all hearts in her hand. I lost… but we sure do have fun playing cards together. Yes… we play poker with our girls to teach them how to hold a poker face and how to use math in everyday life. lol.

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No-Sew Key Fob

No-Sew Key Fob

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No-Sew Key Fob

I have been organizing my home a bit. I have been going through my office… which technically isn’t an office. It is a spare bedroom right now. So… that makes my dining room table my office. My husband commented about how he would like all the stuff { my books, camera, papers etc} put away. SO… I have been in a mad hurry to complete that task. It’s not finished yet. I am getting there though. Amongst this organizational project … I found this orange ribbon. I have so many craft projects that I have not yet completed. I need to make a list. A to-do list. A simple get-a-project-done to-day list.

This No-Sew Key Fob… took me less than 1/2 hour to complete. It required no sewing. It required nothing but a few materials. It is now done… and It is so much better than what I [didnt] have.

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No-Sew Key Fob

By Carrie Perrins

*inspired by Nothing But Country


Materials:

Ribbon / Ric Rac / Tulle

key fob

key chain

heavy duty glue/ and or hot glue

pliers

old towel

Directions:

Cut your ribbon into 7 inch strips. I just bent my over to the desired length. I glued the two ends together so they wouldn’t come apart.  With an old towel… I centered the key fob over the ribbon.  With the pliers… squeeze the fob over the ribbon until tight and clamped.

Glue on your ric-rac with the hot glue.  Tie a small tulle bow around the ribbon. Viola! A no-sew key fob!

* I ordered my key fob materials through etsy, but you can order them through amazon or a craft site if desired. I used the larger ones.

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Now… I know I am a little late on the key fob train, but I am very excited to have joined it!! I love my new key fob!

Do you have a key fob??

They are so easy to make!

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I haven’t gone anywhere today… like I said I am organizing my office… but soon I will drive in style.

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Drive safe!
Carrie

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Coffee Filter Carnation Corsage

Coffee Filter Carnation Corsage

Coffee Filter Carnation Corsage

This Coffee Filter Carnation Corsage was first seen on thirtyfiveninetyfive

 

If someone can make a wreath out of coffee filters then I can make a corsage out of coffee filters right?!

Right!!

This Coffee Filter Carnation Corsage turned out better than I planned. This Coffee Filter Carnation Corsage is so beautiful. It will add a wonderful touch to my Mother’s Day outfit. For my mother, and mother-in-law, act surprised when you get these in the mail… okay!?Coffee Filter Carnation Corsage

 

For Mother’s Day last year I made these adorable Felt Flower Corsages.  I loved them!

Felt Flow Corsage

This year I wanted something different. This is what I came up with.

Coffee Filter Carnation Corsage

 

Here is the step by step tutorial…

 

Coffee Filter Carnation Corsage

By Carrie Perrins

Supplies

  • coffee filters
  • pink and white carnations
  • buttons
  • tissue paper
  • felt
  • bar pin
  • hot glue/gun
  • scissors

Directions:

1. Remove the green stems from the carnations and separate them, but keep the long green top piece.

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Carnation Corsage

The reason I did this was to add more bulk to the flower.

2. Then put them back together, alternating the colors. {If you can find different color carnations that works too, I wanted pink and white} YOU NEED TO KEEP THE SMALL GREEN PIECE THAT WILL HOLD THE FLOWERS TOGETHER.

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Carnation Corsage

3. Once that is done, snip the green piece a tiny bit with scissors so that the flower will lay flat on the coffee filter.

4. Cut out of felt, two circles about 3 inches round. Then glue the flower to the top of one of the circles. Let dry.

5. Glue the felt/flower to the inside of the coffee filter. If you are using more than one filter, with a small dot of hot glue, glue them all together so they won’t fall apart.

6. On the backside of the coffee filter, glue the second felt circle. Let dry. Then glue the bar pin to the felt. Let dry.

7. To make a leaf, I used some tissue paper that I had on hand. With scissors, cut out a leaf and then hot glue it under the carnation, so that it sticks out.

8. Then hot glue a button on the inside {front} of the carnation, so the long green stem doesn’t show.

 

 

You can also make these without the coffee filters… if you prefer. Just glue a felt circle to the back of the flowers instead of to  the coffee filters.  

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Carnation Corsage
Here I am modeling it. As my husband was helping me photograph it… he says to me … its BIG. Yes… I know it is big. But I still love it!! Why not stand out and make a statement on Mother’s day. We are mother’s after all!

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To my mothers- all those women who have influenced my life… Thank you. I love you. I appreciate you. I look up to you.

To my mother… Happy Mother’s Day. I would not be the woman I am today… if it weren’t for your influence, love, and teaching.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Carrie