Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall Apple Crafts for Kids

Pumpkins shouldn't get all the love this fall! How about some crafts involving another fall favorite? It's all about apples in this post...

Below you'll find 20 fun apple crafts and activities to try with your kids this season. But there's more! You'll also find a plethora of other round-up posts done by fellow members of the Kid Blogger Network and a HUGE giveaway that we are hosting in which 4 lucky winners will each receive a $500 cash prize to their paypal account. Make yourself comfy. There's lots to check out!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #108

Welcome to...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn

It is wonderful to have you here! Let's get this party started with four fabulous posts that were linked up last week...
Amy of Her Tool Belt linked up her amazing Gallery Style Command Center! Be sure to go see how she painted the wall!

Annie of Annie's Noms shared her recipe for Caramel Apple Oatmeal Bars!
Heather of Woods of Bell Trees linked up these fun and festive Mini Pinatas!
&
Tanya from TwelveOeight shared her progress on her daughter's Big Girl Bedroom Makeover!
 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Burlap Canvas Children's Wall Art



The Do Something Crafty Challenge hosted by See Vanessa Craft is underway! Five bloggers--including myself--were each given Chevron Letter Stencils from Cutting Edge Stencils and challenged to use their stencils for a crafty project. Today is my day to share what I made using the supplies. Projects from each participant are being revealed throughout the week on See Vanessa Craft and voting will take place during the week of September 14. Be sure to visit Vanessa's blog to get an inside look at each craft.

Here is my stenciled craft...

I've been chipping away at room redos for kids' rooms one project at a time. These stenciled canvases were a great addition to their decor.


Here's how to make one...
Supplies
burlap
canvas
staple gun
fabric paint
paint brush or paint roller
stencil
painter's tape

Directions
1. Wrap the front of a canvas with burlap. Use a staple gun to secure the edges. Just think about wrapping a present when you do this step. (If desired, you can remove the white canvas from the frame before wrapping it with burlap. Leaving it won't affect anything though.)
2. Gather and prepare your stencil(s), paint, and brushes.
3. Secure the stencil to your canvas with painter's tape. Apply paint to the areas the stencil leaves exposed. I used a dry brush technique with fabric paint and a bristle brush from Cutting Edge.
4. Use a generous amount of paint since the burlap soaks up a lot of it. Once all exposed areas are painted, allow the paint to dry for a few minutes.


5. Remove the stencil and tape.
6. Let the canvas dry completely before hanging.



I made a stenciled canvas for Lydia Grace's room too! This one is a little different. I used a ready-made white canvas that I painted pink before stenciling the chevron letter onto it. You'll want to use less paint on this surface since it is not as forgiving as the burlap.


These were so much fun to make! A big thank you goes out to Cutting Edge Stencils for providing the supplies!

And another thank you to Vanessa for hosting the challenge! Remember to keep checking her blog each day to see the other projects and to vote for your favorite.
Happy crafting!

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A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #107

Welcome to...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn

It is wonderful to have you here! Let's get this party started with four fabulous posts that were linked up last week...
Lauren of Bless'er House linked up her impressive DIY Faux Fireplace!

Paris of My Big Fat Happy Life shared this fantastic tutorial on making a Photo Travel Map!
Kat of Home. Made. Interest. linked up her lovely Rustic Rag Banner!
&
Jessica from All She Cooks shared her recipe for an easy to make Banana Cream Dessert!
 

Monday, September 8, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten

Lydia Grace started kindergarten four weeks ago, and I'm just now getting around to sharing these with you. It's taken me a little while to figure out how to fit blogging into the equation since beginning our homeschool journey.  I have so much to share with you though. Up to this point it has been an amazing adventure. There have been a few overwhelming times where I've doubted myself, had to tweak our schedule, or scrap one plan for another. That's just life though...

If at first you don't succeed,
Try, try, try again.

Right?

We'll save all of those details for another post though. For now, I'll leave you with the pictures of Lydia Grace heading out the door for her first day of co-op classes...


Outfit: Fabkids

Happy school year!
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Craft Party

Do you remember the craft party I threw last year with a yogurt bar and Brit Kits? Two weeks ago, several ladies came over for another fun night of crafting! Here's the rundown on this year's Brit Kit Craft Night...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #106

Welcome to...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn

It is wonderful to have you here! Let's get this party started with four fabulous posts that were linked up last week...
Anam of Delicious and DIY linked up her gorgeous Gold Geometric Tables!
Melanie of Find It, Make It, Love It shared this fantastic Chalkboard Map! LOVE it!
Libby and Rachel of Two Keck Girls linked up their Nutella Dipped Frozen Banana Bites!
&
Cassidy from Freshly Planted shared her post on Easy Relief Printmaking!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

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