Saturday, February 5, 2011

First Valentines craft of the year!

This week we started our valentines decorating, during which I realized that I don't have a wreath for the occasion. So after looking for some inspiration I figured that I would try something that my daughter Delaney and I could do together! Which means it lacks a little in the presentation, its a bit on the messy side and it was super simple to do! What can I say when crafting with a 2 year old you sometimes have to go for quick, easy and fun rather than pretty, time consuming and perfect...

Here is the finished product!

Here is what we used:
A cardboard box
Two plates one large (a dinner plate) and one smaller (a lunch or side plate would do)
One sheet of white computer paper torn into strips length wise
Variety of craft foam sheets
Glue stick
Hot glue gun and glue
Ribbon to hang the wreath with

To get started I waited till nap time! I did all my prep work in the 2 hours that Delaney was asleep so that I would be able to do the main cutting and gluing without having to explain ten times why mommy needs to do the cutting. To begin the mommy work I cut a wreath shape out of the bottom of a cardboard box using two different size plates as a template (the larger one for the outside of the wreath and a smaller one for the center) once I had it traced out I cut it with a utility knife, then for ease and cover up of the cardboard I simply glued strips of white printer paper around the wreath. You could also use colored construction paper or scrap-booking paper if you have Valentines day themed paper on hand. Then I cut heart shapes out of pink purple and white craft foam.

Once Delaney was awake and ready to craft I had her "help me" glue the hearts around the wreath. Then it was all up to her I gave her some sparkly Valentines day stickers purchased at the dollarstore, and she went to town adding them where she wanted with a little help from mommy to get the stickers off the sheet as she choose them and to help her make sure they were straight... when it was OK with her. After it was all done I hot glued the ribbon to the back of the wreath so we could hang it, of course this was a mommy job too!

In  the end we made a beautiful wreath in about 2 hours, including the mommy time and the mommy and Delaney time, and we had a lot of fun doing it! the best part I know have a wreath that we made together and I can display it for years to come!

You could of course jazz it up more with other shapes or embellishments like glitter or gems but when working with a 2 year old I find it easier keeping things a little on the cleaner side... because our other craft projects have looked a little more like this when we were finished...

Happy crafting and Happy Valentines day! 

Friday, February 4, 2011


Hello and Welcome!

This blog is someting I have been thinking about doing for a long time! I have thought it over and talked myself out of it so many times I figured that it was time to try it out and see how it goes. What do I have to lose right?  

I suppose I should start my first post by telling you a little more about me! I am a wife and stay at home mom and so grateful that I am able to do and be both. I cook and I craft, I watch Tinkerbell with my 2 year old almost everyday, I kiss boo-boo's and sprinkle magic fairy dust on them too but most of all I am proud to do what I do. I might not be perfect and I might not do everything the way it "should" be done but it all gets done and it gets done to my family's satisfaction.

I can't spell and I will tell you up front that spell check is likely the only thing saving any reader from seeing my mistakes! I  also don't always have the best grammar but I try.

I  Live in Canada's oldest city, St. John's and I love it! It is large enough to keep us busy but small enough that you run into your schoolmates and neighbors at the grocery store on a regular basis and that is one of the many things I love about living in this beautiful place, the other is the history. This place is so rich and full of history, there are parks and monuments, a beautiful downtown shopping area and a great family feeling in the midst of it all!

My Husband and I have been married only 5 months but have known each other for 7 years! We had a beautiful fall wedding which was mostly DIY and I did it mostly myself due to my controlling type A personality! It was fun and beautiful (if I do say so myself) and I am so proud to say that I/we did it all!

SO...... Who are you? Tell me a little about you and what might have brought you here! I'd love to hear from anyone that stops by. And thanks for taking a chance on my blog I am hopeful to get some crafty posts up here soon including wedding items, Christmas items (yes I have started my lists and crafts already) and my favorite crafts to do with my girly!