Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Gender Reveal Scratch Off

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Gender Reveal Scratch OffWhen my little sister found out she was pregnant, she knew right away she wanted to reveal the gender of the baby to those closest to her by sending them a scratch off. I had done a gender reveal scratch off for my first pregnancy, so I offered her my help with making hers. She told me she wanted it to be stars and that was about it. I did a lot of variations, but she ended up liking this design the most. After she found whether she was having a boy or a girl, she took the file to Office Depot and had them print out several copies of the one page (page 1 for a boy and page 2 for a girl) in a 1 by 2 layout. So every sheet of paper had two reveals on it. Once they were printed and cut, she attempted to do the scratch off part herself, but got frustrated. Then enters the big sister to the rescue. She made me scratch off the card she made so I could still be surprised, then she watched my little man so I could finish them up for her.

Supplies needed:

Card with theme and gender revealed (I’ve only done the scratch off twice and both times I was working with cardstock)

Tape (packing worked best for me because of its width)

Scissors

Acrylic paint (I went with yellow so it would blend in with the star)

Dish soap (I used Dawn)

Small crafting paint brush (the kind that comes several in a small pack)

A small lid or container to hold your paint

 

Steps:

1. Cut the tape to the appropriate size you need. Make sure not to cut the tape too small, you want to cover the gender completely with extra space around the word. Do this for every card before moving on to the next step, it’ll make it easier and faster.

2. Mix 2 parts paint with 1 part dish soap in your container or lid. I used a toothpick to slowly mix it. Make sure you don’t make too many bubbles because they become clumpy when painting.

3. Paint a thin layer of your soap paint over your tape. Make sure you paint over the word completely, I painted a few centimeters passed my word and made a rectangle with it. You don’t want to leave any part of the word exposed. Do this for every card.

4. After the paint has dried, paint another layer. At this point, I put a slightly thicker layer to save time and in fear of too many brush strokes to clump the paint. Brush lightly because you don’t want the previous layer to come off. If you can still see the words after this layer has dried, paint another layer, and keep repeating this step until the word is no longer visible.

5. Make sure the paint is completely dry and send them off to your loved ones. They’ll love the excitement of finding out whether it’s a boy or a girl or both!

 

If you like the design I made for my sister, you are welcome to download it for free by clicking the following link: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Gender Reveal Scratch Off. Be sure to credit my work if you share on other sites. I hope you enjoy it as much as my sister did!

 

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DIY Graveyard Tombstones

Halloween Tombstones

For Halloween this year, I wanted to decorate our yard and spend as little money as possible. I definitely wanted tombstones for our front yard, but didn’t want to spend a dollar a piece on something that will break easily. Even though it was only ONE BUCK per tombstone, I wanted it to last longer than a few days. I told my dearest husband that we should make our own this year, and one day he cut up some scrap wood we had piled up in a corner, and made them into the shape of tombstones. Then we painted two coats of black paint on the front and back of them. Wal-Mart sells small cans of indoor/outdoor paint for about four dollars.

I then started making my designs in Silhouette Studios. Once I was happy with them, I cut out test pieces on printer paper to double-check the sizing. Once I was fully satisfied with the size and placement, I cut out the designs on contact paper from Dollar Tree (because I didn’t want to waste my expensive, nice vinyl). I then peeled off the main design and stuck it on the wood. This part can be tricky because the contact paper is so cheap, it might have a problem sticking to the painted wood. Don’t worry, just press really hard for a short period of time, careful not to move it, and that should help. After my pieces were on the wood, I put a very light layer of gray spray paint on top. Be sure not to spray too close to the stencil because the pressure from the paint may blow off the design or get paint under it. The layer of paint should be just enough to hold the stencil down, let it dry, then spray another layer. You can make it as dark or as light as you want it. I thought mine was perfect the way it was. After they all dried, I turned them over and gave the backs a spray. Make sure to get the edges too. My husband then made stakes that we screwed into the bottom of the tombstone. After that, we placed them where we wanted them, and pushed them into the ground. I was really proud of them. They caught the attention of our neighbors, whom I hoped enjoyed them just as much as we did.

The font is used is called Haunt AOE and can be downloaded for free here.

 

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Oh carpet, I love thee!

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So a few months back we finally ripped out the original carpet in the house. There were two different colors and textures.

Doesn't it just look bad together?

Doesn’t it just look bad together?

In the hall and on the stairs, there was this shaggy, burgundy carpet, and in the bedrooms, there was this medium blue color. They made the whole area feel dark and choppy and smaller than it really was.

Old hallway carpet

A view of the hallway and its old carpet before we moved in.

 

old hall carpet

A different angle of the hallway. We were in the process of taking it all out during this picture.

 

A picture of the master bedroom before we moved in.

A picture of the master bedroom before we moved in.

We debated for several weeks and months over if we would rather put hardwood floors or carpet upstairs. We thought short-term and we thought long-term. We have these really hard tiles downstairs, and with an infant who is learning how to crawl, pull himself up, and walk, it isn’t an ideal flooring. We knew it would be scary enough if he hurt himself downstairs, and we didn’t want to have to worry about him hitting his head on hard flooring in his room too. We wanted our rooms to look really nice, comfortable and safe, so we agreed carpet would be our best option. If taken care of properly, it can last a very long time.

So now that what type of flooring we wanted upstairs was decided, our next step was figuring out who offered the best price and service. We looked at several different places, both big box companies and smaller businesses. We eventually went with Lowe’s. We wanted a durable carpet that wasn’t too soft and shaggy nor too short and hard. We found our perfect carpet in a shade we both loved. So we ripped out the old carpet and padding ourselves to save some money, and left the old tack strips for a few more savings. It was a very fun and productive way to let out some frustration. You have to pull and yank that carpet out along with all the built up aggression. However, if you do rip out your own carpet, the padding under will most likely have these pieces of tar, and if it has been there long, then it will leave black spots all over the sub-floor. I didn’t think much of it and sat down to take a break and had black tar all over my bottom. It got a bit messy after that since I would accidentally hit my bottom on doors and door frames and the walls. I’m a very clumsy person.

Within a day or two from pulling up our carpet, our new and beautiful cream-colored carpet arrived and was installed in a few hours. We all laid on it and it felt like heaven. It looked great in all the rooms (which were already newly painted), and it was the perfect amount of padding. Now our upstairs looks so much lighter and cohesive. It really feels like a completely different house. It makes it feel more like our home and not someone’s old home. Doesn’t it just look so nice and comfy?

The hall with the new carpet.

The hall with the new carpet.

The new carpet in the hall at a different angle.

The new carpet in the hall at a different angle.

A picture of the master bedroom with the new carpet.

A picture of the master bedroom with the new carpet.

Doesn't it just look so much better as one carpet color and texture?!

Doesn’t it just look so much better as one carpet color and texture?!

 

I love our carpet and the way it transformed the look and feel upstairs. 🙂  There are a couple more renovation posts coming up soon.

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It’s been so long that I’ve been gone..

It has been way too long since I’ve shared. I’ve written several drafts on different topics while I had spare time, but never finished them. I know, I’m a horrible blogger. Truth is, I just haven’t thought of it much since I’m running after my son and being the kickass mommy and housewife that I am. 🙂

A lot has happened since my last entry. Parker now has 7 teeth, has gone from crawling to walking, had his first Halloween,  Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter and birthday. We are having so much fun with him and I am constantly amazed at how smart and sweet he is. He is so outgoing now and is growing so fast.

Our home has gone through a lot of changes as well. We completely gutted the “master bath” and made it into what a master bath should be. This was hands down the longest and most difficult project, so far. We also replaced the old, blue carpet with some nice, soft, stain resistant carpet, put crown molding and pot lights in our bedroom, and made plans and new storage pieces for our closet. We also did a lot of diy projects which include our new bed frame and headboard, matching side tables for our room, a new farmhouse kitchen table, our master bath cabinets (all 3), and a couple of decor items. I am excited to post more details about all these great changes in my upcoming posts, so keep a look out.

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Baby Shower Fun

So last Saturday was my baby shower, and I had a ton of fun. It was hosted by my mom, sister, and one of my best friends. They did such a wonderful job on everything. My theme was monkeys and they made monkey cupcakes that were so adorable and delicious. They looked like this:

Monkey CupcakesI was just as excited they made them as I was to eat them. LOL. My mom also ordered a cake for the shower from our local grocery store. It wasn’t 5 star quality but I was pleased with it. It was a better job than what I would have done, not to mention it was also delicious!! The cake looked like this:

Monkey CakeI got a lot more stuff than I was expecting which was a very nice feeling. My growing family and I have so many people who care about us and wanted to share in that special day. We are lucky, not everyone has that.

We played a couple of games and had a couple of activities. My favorite things included a mad lib story about my husband and I that turned out to be hilarious, my guests writing their wishes for Parker, and getting to share the day with the people dearest to me. I’ve been to a few showers before, but attending one for someone else and attending one for yourself is a very different feeling. It was difficult to talk with everyone, trying not to let anyone feel left out, and making sure I spoke loud and clear enough for everyone to hear. However, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

The shower isn’t the only exciting thing that has happened. We were finally able to buy things we wanted for the baby. We had to wait until the shower to make sure we didn’t buy something someone already got us. It was so much fun!!!! We got a tad carried away when buying some clothes for him, but I think we still need more! Ha. Today my husband bought some bed time stories for us to read to him. Oh it is such an exciting feeling!! It is getting closer and closer to my due date. Tomorrow makes 35 weeks!! (It is also my husband’s birthday!) We started to pack our hospital bag, but I use most of the stuff I need to pack. We aren’t sure how long we will stay in the hospital, but from what we’ve heard, it is about 24-48 hours if everything goes well; should be fun.

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