Buy cheap lumber from Lowes/Home Depot:
4″ Strips of wood
Qty: 2 strips, cut to 31.5″ each. 6 strips total for the background.
2″ x8′ Strips of wood
Qty: 2 strips, 2 cut to 31.5″, the next 2 cut to the height of your sign (line them up, then make a pencil mark).
Paint the 1x2s white, and the 1x4s brown. I use cheap apple barrel paint.
Glue and nail the top and bottom frame edges to the panels.
Glue and nail the sides on, use a clamp if you can to hold all the panels as close together as possible.
Design your layout in illustrator/silhouette/cricut software.
Cut your layout out of vinyl, then put transfer tape over the vinyl.
Apply vinyl to wood, remove transfer tape. It takes a little finessing to keep the vinyl down, especially if your wood has lots of character.
Dab paint onto your wood sign through vinyl stencil, then remove vinyl. I do it while it’s still wet so the paint doesn’t crack.
Coat the sign with polyurethane. This is my biggest expense, and makes the sign look amazing. Don’t go cheap on this product. Buy the real thing. From my link, or from the hardware store. I don’t care, just get the real stuff.
Me (in my most annoying big sister voice):
Draw an iconic Hawaii thing in Sharpie and send me a pic! I’m making a gift for Dad (who lives in Hawaii, and is a minimalist, and has everything he could ever need).
My siblings and nieces (with very little grumbling):
Me after many hours in Illustrator:
Except, of course, I got much more than a fat quarter. 🙂
Me after USPS shows up:
The gift after a lot of hours of sewing (but not too much unpicking!):
Over the past decade (when did I start evaluating my life by decade!?), I’ve made a few wedding things. I’m finally showing them off here for you to all “ooh-and-ahh” over. Please. I need the encouragement. 😉
Wedding Day Decor:
And then came the baby in the baby carriage. 💖
Wedding Day Stuff:
The cake topper was so fun to make! She brought the idea, then we put string and white duct tape together. So simple and beautiful.
Shower Glasses & Hair Ties:
Wedding Day Gift:
And hey, guess what! I sell this last board in my Etsy shop!
Hey guys! I’m getting a Master’s in Education! And it’s one of the most fun things I’ve done. For real. I love learning. One of my classes is “Arts Integration” so duh. It is inspiring, enjoyable, memorable. All the things I hope to bring as a teacher one day. One of my assignments for the class: create some lesson plans that teach core subjects while integrating art.
The 4 lesson plans are:
- Felt Dinosaurs: Visual Art + Fractions & Geometry
- Puppet Friends: Drama + Characters & Storytelling/Getting Along
- Mountain Mirrors: Dance + Landforms
- Thunderstorms: Music + Weather (adapted from my sister Mitzi!)
They’ll be going up on TPT soon, but for now, you can download them for FREE!
This comes from a place deep in my heart, much like my love art did. Someone recently called me racist, and it hit me way hard! Like, couldn’t sleep, hard. I’ll spare you the details, because the whole thing was so unreal. Moral of the story: ignore the haters; look at intent; be nice. I turned the hurt into art. A very therapeutic thing for me.
I’ve had Eric Carle on my mind a lot lately, between reading his books with my girls, and seeing his work in my pinterest feed! When reflecting on my recent hateful experience and who inspires me to rise above hate and assumptions, Rosa came to mind. Thus, Eric meets Rosa meets Photoshop. I already feel better.
It is composited in photoshop from newspaper clippings, photos, her signature, police reports, etc. Here’s where everything comes from:
I love the irony in the police officer’s hair being the highlight on the bus, and on Rosa’s lips. And the seating chart in so many places. This was such a fun, healing project!
Did you hear about the one thousand and ten dollars we raised?
We donated it to a Health Foundation that helps out newborn babes.
You see, the foundation runs a Mother’s Milk Bank.
For all the work they do for kids, they deserve a giant thank.
So many babies face illness or are premature, needing a mother’s milk to thrive.
Thankfully, selfless mothers willing to donate to the bank so often arrive.
We couldn’t have raised these funds without you.
And by you, of course, we mean you, you and, yes, you.
Abigail, Adam and Adeline, thank you for your purchase.
We hope you enjoy your felt world map, Andreas.
Bronx and Boston bought theirs together, and, wow, they sound tough.
Bradbury, for your purchase, we just can’t thank you enough.
We sold items to Chelsea, Charlaine and Christine.
And, of course, we can’t forget the one-and-only Dominique.
Thanks to everyone who shopped in their own special way.
Here’s looking at you, Emma, Ethan and Faye.
Thank you so much, Hayley, Jacky, Karyn and Lorena.
Can you believe we have customers from Salt Lake City to Valencia?
We really love your style, especially you Maria.
Before we forget, same to you Natalya, Oliver and Pia.
We can hardly believe the generous hearts of Rita and Sukee.
You’re definitely the best, Tracy, Vanessa and Whitney.
Yaro and Zsuzsanna, you made such a difference for children.
And to any buyer we didn’t mention:
Thank you, thank you, thank you a million.
Written by my friend Jaime, thanks man!
My sister is an AMAZING fourth grade teacher, and a mom to two beautiful girls. She’s created some amazing, thoughtful, thorough lesson plans for the LDS church’s new study-at-home series: Come Follow Me. She says:
So…I might’ve gotten a *little* too excited when they announced the new Come Follow Me program for families since it combines my 3 favorite things (my family, teaching, and Jesus) and couldn’t wait to try to figure out how to teach it to our super young girls. My husband and I came up with some ideas using different pictures and activities and figured we’d share. Just a few things about it:
*They’re geared toward our young girls (4 years old and 1 1/2 years old….not sure if our 1 1/2 year old will get much out of them if I’m being honest, but here’s to hoping!) I totally understand if your kids are older and these activities aren’t useful to your family.
*We’ve skipped some of the parts in the Come Follow Me lessons to focus on mainly what our own family needs, so make sure you still read through the lessons yourself to see if there are other concepts you think your family might need. For example, some of the lessons talked about Elias and the Joseph Smith translation, but we felt like these topics would just confuse our girls since they’re so young and distract them from the main points, but if they were a little older, those would definitely be things we’d want to spend time explaining to them.
*Feel free to use these plans however is best for you and the kids you’re teaching. You can try to fit a whole lesson into a day or two or spread the different parts of the lesson throughout the whole week. Since my husband has a crazy work schedule this year, we usually have one big lesson on Sundays (or sometimes we continue the lesson on Monday if it’s a longer one), and then just do plain scripture reading on the other weekdays. It could be beneficial to spread them out more though.
New plans will be posted to this page, so come back often!
If there’s anything useful in these that you’d like to use, or even better, if they help get you thinking about your own specific ideas for ways to help teach your family, then great! I would love to hear any ideas any of you have come up with as well, comment below!
And cuteness sticks to these kids!
And command strips come off your wall easily without damage (they’re included!)
And I can’t get over how cute these kids are! Head on over to @modernfarmhousefamily to check out this adorable family.
But seriously!! How cute are these kids. And how talented is the photographer!! In love.
❤ ❤ ❤
How to make a custom baby blanket.
First, have a conversation with your neighbors who are having a baby girl!! Maybe one like this:
Me: Have you chosen a name?
Him (excited!): Yeah! Lyra!
Me: Is there meaning in it?
Him: Yes. We’re both into music. In Latin, a Lyra is like a harp. My wife is into astronomy too, and Lyra is a really cool constellation.
My brain: This. Needs. To. Be. A. Blanket.
First, paint some outer space textures.
Then pull out your tombows and do some lettering. Do a lot and write “nope” next to the bad ones.
Next, pull it all into Adobe CC to isolate your shapes, colorize them and create a repeating pattern. Save as jpg.
Headto spoonflower.com to order the fabric. Sew the edges, run through the wash and bam.
My 5YO got into dual immersion Kindergarten! I’m so excited for her! I decided to do “Spanish Kids Night’ once a week so she’s not overwhelmed when she starts. I hope DI opens doors for her later in her life. We did colors last week, and learned an AWESOME color song in Spanish! It’s sung to the tune of Frere Jacque:
Rojo, Red, Rojo, Red.
Azul, Blue, Azul, Blue.
Amarillo, Yellow, Amarillo, Yellow.
Verde, Green, Verde, Green.
Blanco, White, Blanco, White.
Negro, Black, Negro, Black.
Gris, Gray, Gris, Gray
Café, Brown, Café, Brown.
Anaranjado, Orange, Anaranjado, Orange.
Rosa, Pink, Rosa, Pink.
Morado, Purple, Morado, Purple.
Los Colores, Los Colores.
And since I’m a designer by day, I made this poster for her and the other kids to reference while we did some other Spanish color activities.
What’s the best way to get your Pinterest views up to the hundreds of thousands? Millions? There are a few ways. But the only 2 important steps are:
1. Make a product.
2. Pin it.
That’s it. You’re done. You’re going to be a millionaire in no time. Okay, okay, chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve already done those 2 steps, and you’re not quite a millionaire. But you’ve done what most won’t. I offer a sincere ‘congratulations’ on doing the creative work. Sometimes that’s the hardest step! Now it’s just a matter of putting Continue reading “How I got my Product Viewed 180,000 Times on Pinterest.”
Holy smokes! You guys made 2017 AMAZING!! You bought felt walls, you bought prints of sloths, you bought greeting cards painted with breast milk (it’s weird, I know)! You placed orders from January through December; from down the street and across the globe. Add it all up and what do you get? One phenomenal year.
The first order came from Colorado on January 2. The last, was placed on December 30, and went all the way from Utah to Maine! In between, another 485 orders were made from 42 states (plus a military base, DC and Puerto Rico) and 22 countries.
The furthest? All the way to New Zealand – that’s over 7,200 miles! The country with the most orders (excluding United States)? France with 15 orders. I also got to send a few to Czech Republic and one to Cyprus! Next time, I think I’ll stuff myself into one of those packages.
The state with the most orders? California with 47 orders, then Texas with 36 orders, then Florida with 28.
But of all these numbers, one is the most important: $1,068.
That’s right, we donated $1,068 to the RMCHF Mother’s Milk Bank. That equals 267 ounces of breast milk that the they were able to process thanks to your generosity in 2017. But they process WAY more than that every single day. So let’s keep this going! I’ll keep making crafts, if you’ll keep buying them! I was able to fly out to visit them in January, and I was bawling the whole time! The amount of milk they process is insane! The lab techs pour milk sent in from selfless moms, then they pasteurize it and ship it out to hospitals around the country. This is the lab where the magic happens:
I can’t even explain how awesome I think they are.
And how awesome I think you are. Thank you for buying crafts. Thank you for supporting my little family.
I give you, my buyers, and the Mother’s Milk Bank ONE COLOSSAL, GIGANTIC, ENORMOUS THANK YOU!!!
You guys! This dinosaur wall was my 1,500th sale!! 1,500 of you have bought from my shop. We’ve helped feed lots of babies with that $. I love you all!
My sister talked me into a craft fair last week. I compiled a list of all the felt walls for the show, and it was rewarding to see how years of work have led to so many fun felt walls. I keep thinking my babies will get sick of them, but they haven’t yet! Every day, my 4-year-old asks ‘what kind of felt wall haven’t we made yet?’ Follow us on FB or insta see what we create next.
I had one bag of frozen breast milk left. Three ounces of a drink, but it represented a year of breastfeeding my first babe, and two years of breastfeeding my second babe. All the emotions. Lots of moms make jewelry from milk to commemorate this achievement. That’s not quite weird enough for me. In fact, the paintings I make with breast milk aren’t even weird enough. What’s weirder than milk jewelry and painting with breast milk? I made glue with the proteins from my last bag of milk. Milk that my body made to feed my beautiful babies. Then used the glue as papier-mâché to build a topographical map of Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. The place where I discovered my strength. Continue reading “Making Glue with Breast Milk. It’s weird, I know.”
My cousin is on an LDS mission in Oregon. He sends a fun little update every week, and this week’s email had a message that inspired me. He shared this spiritual thought:
This lovely (and anatomically correct!) felt heart wall hanging, was created for a friend who recently had heart surgery. Luckily, everything went great with his surgery and he’s recovering! And, of course Emily HAD to make him the perfect present — it is both thoughtful and incredibly useful for explaining, to those of us who are less-than-familiar with the finer details of the cardiovascular system, what he had to have done.
If you don’t happen to know someone who just had heart surgery (which is really, probably for the best), this felt piece is also great for teaching kids (and adults) about human anatomy! Continue reading “A Heartfelt Message”
Halloween is just around the corner! I know that I am an adult, but I still love dressing up every year. What I don’t love is having extra “junk” leftover from Halloween (or any holiday for that matter). This is especially true now that I occupy a tiny apartment with almost no storage space.
So, this year, I am opting for a minimalist Halloween costume! I’m sure everyone has different definitions, but in my book this means I am going to be buying one or two small items that I can pair with things that I already have.
Do you have a hard time getting everyone and everything ready in the morning? We do! One thing we struggle with is finding an outfit with our morning brains. So we came up with this solution:
We help the girls choose an outfit and hang it here as part of the bedtime routine. It saves so much time in the morning, and there’s way less fighting. So good for everyone’s sanity.
Available in any color:
What are your morning routine solutions to make things quick and easy?
The youtube vortex sucked me in, and I ended up watching this video:
And, like always, I thought, “I NEED to try this!” So I did. First attempt = disaster. But I learned SO much. Only use a little bit of paint in the resin. Background colors can show up. Extremely level/flat is insanely important in the drying process. Work fast. If the first (or second or third) layer looks terrible, you can pour additional resin coats on top.
I decided to experiment and combine paper maché with resin. Sometimes the stars align, and mixed media projects come together nicely. This was one of those times!
I ended up with a 3d topographical map of Antelope Island in Utah. I shipped it off to my pops for father’s day. He recognized Frary Peak right away. 🙂
And now I can add 3d land-form sculptures to my resume. Which island should I do next?