Outdoor Pumpkin

I was scrolling through my Jane app a few weeks ago (If you don’t have the Jane app and you love a good deal you NEED to check it out) and I saw several people selling decals for pumpkins. They were so cute! I thought about buying one, but then I realized the design that I liked the most I could make myself on my cricut…SO I ran to Hobby Lobby and bought a fake outdoor pumpkin. I already had the outdoor vinyl (amazon is always the best place to buy vinyl). I used the high gloss black vinyl for the big “R”. It is a 5 inch School House font. Then I used the mate black vinyl for “the” and “uff”. I cut these out on 3 inch Jasmine font. I then used painters tape to carefully transfer them to the pumpkin and set the pumpkin outside.

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At the end of the season I can store this beautiful pumpkin in the attic with all of my fall decorations. No need to buy someone else’s vinyl decal. No need to put it on a pumpkin that you will throw away at the end of the season. Spend a little bit more money and have a pumpkin that will last for years and years to come!

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DIY Mailbox Makeover 

We had one of the ugliest mailboxes. It was a nasty light gray color covered in pollin and dead bugs. It’s slightly dented from where teenagers have driven down the road and hit it with a baseball bat. And worst of all it has our house numbers scrawled on it by the mail carrier in washable marker, so every time it rains it runs down the side. I know you want to see a picture but I forgot to take one before the initial cleaning.

So as apart of my spring break I did a mailbox makeover without buying a new mailbox. 

  1. Clean the mailbox really well.
  2. Let it completely dry.
  3. Use painters tape to wrap the flag if you cannot remove it. If you can remove the flag, then do so.
  4. Spray paint the mailbox with an outdoor spray paint. This may take several coats. I would add a coat every thirty minutes.

 

  5. Next I used my cricut and vinyl to cut out our address to put in the box.

 

 6. Then I used a cheaper vinyl (not on purpose) to cut a “R” out.

 

7. Then I sprayed it with a clear coat to seal it all. The cheap vinyl didn’t like that and actually pealed off. But it left the “R” very faintly. So…

8. I used an acrylic paint to brush on the “R” and finish it off

 

 

I still need to paint the flag red but I didn’t remember to grab that stuff while I was at the store and mail doesn’t stop coming, so I had to return the mailbox to its post. It looks a thousand times better than before! 

DIY Napkins

Last weekend Kyle and I were window shopping and I found these precious cloth napkins at a boutique. I though my mom would like them (since her napkins are falling apart…there 35 years old). I check the price and was shocked! For four napkins it was $25. They were simple cream napkins with some stitching on the edges. Seriously?

I couldn’t stop thinking about those napkins though, so I went to Pier One Imports and bought 6 white napkins for $12. I then ran into Hobby Lobby and bought a pretty thread (flesh colored).

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I then pulled out my new sewing machine and found a stitch I wanted. I did a practice run on some extra fabric from an old project. It looked great!

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I then put a beautiful simple border around each napkin!

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I now have a beautiful and simple gift for Mother’s Day which my mom will LOVE!

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DIY Granola Bars

I have this great room mom at school who loves to bring me small gifts. At the start of the school year she brought me a homemade granola bar. It Was AMAZING! For Christmas she made me a huge container of homemade granola bars. When my husband got his hands on them he was obsessed! He no longer wanted store bought granola bars, he wanted homemade granola bars. After Christmas break I found the room mom and asked if she would share her recipe with me, and I was shocked when she said NO (okay she didn’t scream it, but in my head it was a big deal). What was I going to do? My husband and I love granola bars, but we don’t want store bought bars anymore and she won’t give me her recipe.

Ugh!

I did what any good millennial person would do. I Google-ed it!

I found a recipe that sounded simple and tried it. Too sweet! I made another batch and lessened the amount of honey. Much better taste, but they wouldn’t stick together! I made another batch and froze them before cutting. Perfect!

So today, I want to share my modified granola bar recipe with all of you, so that you can create your own amazing granola bars at home!

You Will Need:

2 1/2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup of almonds (or any nut you want IF you like nuts) OPTIONAL

1/4 cup of honey

1/4 cup of unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/4 cup of packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt

1/2 cup of dried cranberries (or any other dried fruit IF you like them) OPTIONAL

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of mini chocolate chips

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover an 8×8 glass plan with aluminum foil and spray with vegetable oil.

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Measure the oats and nuts of your choice (we love pecans) and put into pan. Toast in oven for 5 minutes, stir, and then 5 more minutes.

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While that is in the oven combined the butter, honey, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla in a sauce pan. Cook on medium heat until everything is melted and mix it together as it is cooking.

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After both of those separate parts are finished, mix them together in a bowl and let them sit for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes add the dried fruit and chocolate chips (I have also used peanut butter chips…SO GOOD!). Pour into the 8×8 pan with the aluminum foil still in it.

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Here is the interesting part. Find something flat that fits into your pan. I have a tiny cutting board I use. Press on the flat object for about 1 minutes, then move the board and press again. I normally press for about a total of 4 minutes to help the bars set. Then place in the refrigerator for about an hour. Move to the freezer for the last hour.

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After two hours, pull the block of granola out of the pan and peal the aluminum foil off of the bars.

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Use a large knife and cutting board to cut bars to your preferred size. I normally get about 12 bars out of one batch.

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Wrap each bar in cling wrap.

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Place in air tight container and enjoy!

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DIY Ornament

I love to make things with my hands that add beauty to my home. This year my homemade ornament was inspired by Pinterest (of course). I made many different ones but I want to share three of them.

The first one is a simple clear glass ball filled with burlap (3 in. wide burlap ribbon cut in half and then cut into 5 in. strips). Then I used my cricut to cut red vinyl into the word JOY!

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The second one is still a clear glass ball filled with burlap but this time I used a flat white vinyl to cut a snowflake and then the red vinyl to cut Merry Christmas! This one I attached to a gift! I love to add a simple gift to the outside of a real gift! It makes it more fun!

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The last one is the clear glass filled with burlap with chocolate brown vinyl cut into the nativity and the red vinyl cut into Believe. I think it is important to include the real reason for Christmas into all aspects of the day including the decorations.

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The reason for the season is Jesus. Believe in the Nativity. Believe in Jesus.

Easy DIY Gift

I love DIY projects, especially if it is something easy (5 or less materials) or that can be given as a gift. This year I made makeup remover and it is the best thing ever! To buy makeup remover can become costly and the ingredients for this recipe will last forever. I followed the same recipe as Kristan Lynn did on this post but I put mine in mason jars with cotton pads.

I have to say this was super easy to make and I love how it doesn’t irritate my eyes at all! After a month of using these though I think I could store the liquid mixture in a squirt bottle and just squirt some onto a cotton ball. This make work better and more easily.

 

I then added a square piece of fabric and ribbon to dress it up and give away!

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My Cheap Christmas Tree

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We are poor. No extra money for extras, including a nice Christmas tree. Two years ago after Christmas we went to Goodwill looking for a very inexpensive tree, and man did we find one. For $4.50 we bought this 6 1/2 foot tree which was pre-lite (spelling?). Now not all of the tree lights work (we add another stand of lights on top of the ones that don’t work), it’s kind of thin (fill with more ornaments and ribbon), and the box was busted apart (duct tape- need I say more?).

To add to our cheap tree we have dollar tree ornaments, hand made decorations, and after Christmas sale finds! We have found that Walmart truly does have the cheapest ornaments if you are buying a big container of them. Hobby Lobby, with the 40% off promo code, works great for special ornaments.

Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive. Christmas is actually all about a free gift. Christmas isn’t about the trees or decorations. It’s about the birth of a Savior. The coming of the King. Just remember Jesus during this great time of year. My tree is cheap, but Jesus is free. Do you know Him?