Spooky Crow Wreath

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope you all had a nice, relaxing weekend and are ready for a brand new week.  We had three soccer games this weekend, but other than that it was pretty laid back.  And it was cloudy, rainy, and windy…which I actually love this time of year (except when I’m at said soccer games).  This kind of weather makes me want to stay inside and do something crafty.  I know, I’m a nerd.  The problem is, I waste all my time looking on Pinterest trying to figure out what craft to do.  I pin and I pin and I never actually commit to making anything.  Does anyone else do that, or is it just me?  Well, if this is you too, then hopefully this post is a call to action for you.  I have a craft all picked out for you, and once you have the stuff you need, it can be done in no time.

So, step away from Pinterest (it’s okay…take a deep breath…you’ll survive), and make plans to head to the store.  You need to make this spooky little wreath now!  I already did the hard part…figuring out what to make…for you.  I did the Pinterest research and found this adorable wreath last year and made two of them with my girls (I cannot find the original pin to give credit for the idea, but I remember it being a Williams Sonoma knock-off). These are eight inch wreaths, but it would look just as cute with a bigger wreath and bird. They hang them on their bedroom door for their own little Halloween décor.  Aren’t they adorable?

Best of all, they are super easy. So here is what you need:

  • grapevine wreath, any size
  • moss
  • black crow (usually you can find these at the dollar store or a craft store like Jo-Anns or Hobby Lobby)
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • black spray paint

First of all, spray paint your grapevine wreath black.  Make sure you get into all of the cracks and crevices.  After it is dry to touch (I didn’t wait long), wire or hot glue (or both) your crow to your wreath.  Next, glob on some glue and moss all around your crow.  Just don’t burn your finger like I always do.

See!  You are already done!  Now go grab a command hook or wreath hanger and hang your simple, spooky wreath up. And hurry, because Halloween will be here and gone before we know it!


End of Year Craziness & Teacher Appreciation Gifts

I know it’s been awhile since we’ve posted anything on this little blog, but it has been pretty crazy around here as of late.  But school is officially out, so I thought I would try to catch you up to speed!  We have had endless baseball and softball games, it seems, mixed in with end of year field trips, parties, awards assemblies, a wax museum, annual talent show, a violin recital, and graduation parties.  I almost feel like I’ve been at school as much as my kids…okay, slight exaggeration!  On top of that, we’ve been doing lots of yard work at home and at the barn.  While it has all been fun, and I feel extremely blessed that I am able to participate in all of these activities with my kids, I am definitely looking forward to the slower pace of summer.

But before we dive in, I thought I would write a post about the cute little teacher appreciation gifts I put together for my girls’ teachers this year.  They both had such wonderful teachers this year, although I can honestly say they have never had a bad one.  I am just so grateful for the ways that their teachers have nurtured, cared, taught, and led them, and I hoped to convey that in the gift we gave.  Last year, I bought cute little lanterns because I have a slight obsession with them, and thought if I love them, surely they might, too.  So this year I bought lanterns again, but I added a cute potted succulent inside.

I made a little tag with Matthew 5:16 printed on one side (“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”), and a personal note handwritten on the back side.  I thought this verse fit perfectly, not only because it’s attached to a lantern, but because their teachers truly do shine and glorify God by their good deeds.  So even though I’ve told them privately, here is a shout out to Mrs. Michelle DeWeerd and Mrs. Kelly Buzzell for planting seeds and shining light into my girls’ lives.  It’s been a great year of growth, thanks to them!

This post is definitely a little late to be helpful to anyone, but I hope it will inspire you to thank your kids’ teachers for all that they do.  It’s never too late for that!  And hey, maybe you’ll just have to pick up a lantern and put a cute little plant in it just for yourself.  I think I might!


Repurposed Sweater Into a Cape

You may have read in my last post that I decided to make Fynnlay a little capelet or cape for her Easter dress the Saturday night before.  I couldn’t find a cute little cardigan that I liked, and I knew she would be cold with a sleeveless dress.  And I had started knitting one, but knew I wouldn’t get it done in time.  So at about 7:30 Saturday night, in between coloring eggs, I found an old sweater of mine that matched her dress perfectly.  I cut off the bottom half, sewed a lining in since she can’t stand itchy sweaters, and then knit a quick I-cord and threaded it through the sweater layer.  It covered her little shoulder perfectly,and I couldn’t believe how nice the colors complemented her dress.  Plus, it was free!  She was still freezing since it was only about 45 degrees out in the morning, but it took the chill off.

Now I’m thinking of making her some more since it was so easy!  If you are interested in more details on how I made it, feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back with you!