Thursday, July 21, 2016

World Map Image Transfer Table

I have loved working with Country Chic Paint this year. It has given me the chance to try out lots of paint projects and techniques that were new to me. For this table I learned how to do an image transfer (and I'll show you how to get a big picture for cheap) and it was so fun!
While I was at Goodwill a few weeks ago and picked up this foldable TV tray for just $5. My guess is you see them at your local thrift shop all the time too. Now you’ll have a reason to not pass them by! I transformed this one and now it lives on my front porch. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Secret Life of Pets Craft

This is our dog Zoey. She’s a Chihuahua mix we got from the Humane Society almost 3 years ago. She loves sitting on laps, chasing balls and sticks and occasionally finding a way to sneak out of the backyard into the front yard.

Last night we took the two younger kids (the oldest is at camp this week) to see The Secret Life of Pets. Have you seen it? 

The kids were thoroughly entertained and couldn’t get enough of the dynamic and rebellious pets in the movie. It’s fun to think of what all our pets might be up to when we leave for work, school, or just errands during the day.

In specially marked boxes of Big G cereal you can get collectible figures of all the main characters in the movie. I think my kids’ favorites were Gidget, the naïve Pomeranian and Snowball, the bunny, and leader of the flushed pets. There are some unexpected friendships and thrilling scenes that will keep all audiences excited.

We even made a cardboard pet house to play with our new little friends.

The cardboard kit was provided to us, but you could do something similar with shoeboxes or other cardboard you have around your house. We painted the walls and windows and used washi tape to decorate the roof. Lucky Charms were a perfect crafting snack.

Take a second to watch this video, then tell me what kinds of pets do you guys have right now and what do you think they like to do while you’re out of the house? Do you have any funny stories to tell?

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by General Mills via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of General Mills or Momtrends. 
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

FamilySearch Indexing Event 2016

There's a big worldwide event coming up this summer-- No, I'm not talking about the Olympics. It's the FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event scheduled for July 15-17 and we want YOU to be one of the at least 72,000 volunteers who will turn hand-written records into searchable online entries. 

I served an LDS mission to Portgual from 2000-2001. For about 2 months I lived in a place called Paço de Arcos, not far from Lisbon. As part of our weekly schedule, we did service at our local church building, looking at old birth records on microfilm. 

It was quite the experience trying to decipher old handwriting, in another language! But we learned about how they used to write accents, cedilhas, how everyone has at least 4 or 5 names, and to save space, many of those names are abbreviated! But it was really cool and fun to do, and I'm pretty sure we got some of them right.

Now, you can do it right from your home computer, and you can find records in English to do :) If you're interested, visit this link (familysearch.org) to get more details, download the required software, and sign up for the event. 

Official reporting on the event:
From July 15-17FamilySearch International will sponsor the third annual “Worldwide Indexing Event,” bringing 72,000 people from around the globe together online during a 72-hour event to save the world’s records by making them searchable to the public.  
During the 72-hour indexing period, volunteers participate by downloading the FamilySearch software and completing as many names as they would like.  Anyone with a computer and internet connection can join.   

Volunteers have made over one billion historic records searchable online since FamilySearch introduced online indexing in 2008. The demand for indexed records continues to grow as millions of historical records worldwide are added every year. To join 72,000 teammates in saving the World’s records, visit https://familysearch.org/worldsrecords

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. It is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearchservices and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries.

Have you ever done any indexing before? Tell me about it?

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Star Shaped Succulent Wreath

My poor little boring door has been empty since we moved in about a year and a half ago. (I think I may have had something up at Christmas.) But I wanted to make something that would fit all summer, and not be strictly red, white and blue. When I found this wooden star I knew it would be perfect! I posted about it last month at Today's Creative Life, but I'm sharing it again in case you missed it. (here's where I tell you some of the following links are affiliate links--have fun shopping!)

Here’s the supply list:

Monday, June 27, 2016

Coupon Codes for NuMe Wands and Straighteners

People keep asking me about the NuMe hair tools I love, and I can’t always get back to them right away. To make it a little easier, I decided to write a post that can just live here on my blog, and I’ll just come in a update it with the current NuMe sales and deals. That way you’ll have the links and codes you need all in one place so you can order. (these links are affiliate links, meaning I get a couple of dollars as a kickback but it doesn't increase your cost at all--so thanks!)

I also of course want to show you some of the hairstyles I can create with either my flat iron or my curling wand. I have the 25MM classic wand, and here’s how my hair looks after I curl it all. For this style I started wrapping my hair about half way down. The second day it stays really big soft waves. (Nice and beachy!)

Here you can see half of my hair done with the flat iron, straight. The other half is curled with the flat iron (a la Leslie Knope!)

And then here's a shot where all my hair is curled with the flat iron. You can see how the curls are a little tighter than with the wand.

So now for the most important part, THE DEALS

4th of July Flash sale(expires July 5 2016) All Classic Wands $39 with Free Argan oil + Free US Shipping

use code 4THOFJULY

(expires July 31, 2016) 70% OFF Any Curling Wand + Free Shipping

use code ITSONLY70

(expires June 30, 2016) $39 Silhouette + Free Argan Oil + Free Shipping

use code DUO39

I also have a video up on my Facebook page where you can watch me use both the flat iron and the classic wand. They really work so well, and I don’t even use a regular curling iron any more. Go to this page https://www.facebook.com/CraftingInTheRain/videos and look for the video called “Straight and Curls with NuMe Tools” (don’t worry, it starts out sideways, but then I figure it out and fix it :)
If you have questions, please let me know!

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Friday, June 24, 2016

You're Killin Me Smalls

{Sandlot inspired shirt}

It's summertime! And what's more summery than getting out and playing a good old game of baseball, Or at least watching a baseball classic, like The Sandlot. PS, did you know The Sandlot is on Netflix right now!?

Ok friends, be honest, who else had a crush on Benny? The movie is full of fantstically quotable quotes, and one of my favorites is, "You're killin me Smalls!" 

It just had to end end up on a baseball T. Here's how you can make one too.

First off the supply list: (affiliate links)
Iron on vinyl (any color you like)
Blank baseball T

Step 1: Open the Design Space file. You'll notice I already mirrored the whole file, so it's ready to go! (The two fonts I used are "Heidi Swapp" and "Extreme Fonts- Big League")

Step 2: Cut it out. See this post if you need a good tutorial for cutting iron on vinyl.

Step 3: Weed and iron on to your shirt.

You now have the perfect summer shirt that you can wear FOR-EV-ER.

What's your favorite Sandlot quote?

(ALSO, don't miss out on the chance to win a whole Cricut Explore prize pack in this post herel)

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Personalized Kids Coasters with Cricut

Whether you've just gotten out for summer vacation like us, or you've been enjoying pool time for almost a month now, summer is the perfect time for extra craft projects. I've teamed up with some of my fellow Cricut bloggers to bring you a dozen great ideas for something you can work on this summer. (Remember that some of these links will be affiliate links, and if you buy something I get a small percentage, so thanks bunches!!)