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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Stenciled Storage Box from a Diaper Box

Disclosure: As part of the DecoArt Blogger Program, I receive product and am compensated for posts; but, all projects, pictures and opinions are my own.

I've been using a couple of diaper boxes in the top of my son's closet for storage, and it was finally time to make them cute!  The first step was to cover the box in drop cloth canvas.  Cut the top flaps off of the box and use spray adhesive to get the cloth to stick to the box. Wrap it all the way around, folding the corners under the box like a present, and folding about 3 inches down into the box to cover the cut edges.

Using the Retro Mod stencil, I lined up the bottom of the box with the 3rd row of the pattern and painted with Leprechaun Multi Surface satin paint.  Secure the stencil with a bit of tape, blot stencil brush to remove excess paint before painting on the fabric, and let dry before moving to the next section.  I worked on this project over the course of a couple of days! That way my neck didn't get tired and I didn't get burned out of painting.  I stenciled the two sides as well (but not the back) but you could get away with just doing the front side if you want.

At any time, start working on the chalkboard labels.  Grab some of these thin wood pieces from the craft store and paint with DecoArt chalkboard paint.  The instructions say to use two coats, though I had to use about 5 because this particular wood kept soaking up the paint!  Then paint a top and bottom stripe using Turquoise Waters (Multi Surface) Use 2 coats for best coverage.  

Apply a one side of adhesive Velcro to the box, and the other side to the back of the label. Rub the side of a piece of chalk all over the chalkboard paint to prime it, wipe clean and then write on the label.  Stick it to the box then you can easily remove and change the writing on the label at any time.

As always, let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for reading!

Want more ideas on things to make with drop cloth? There are over 30 in this post.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Point of View-- Walls

It's Point of View time again!  This month we're focusing on walls, and we've got some great inspiration to share

Jonie at Just Between Friends
Leanne at Organize and Decorate Everything
Amy at Ameroonie Designs
Ashlee at I'm Topsy Turvy

Me...click here for my post...including a free printable
and our fabulous guest Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings


So go check out all these ideas, then go through your all old posts and link up any wall treatments you have done--we'd love to see them, and pin them!

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Schedule Wall with Printable Calendar

With our first day of school fast approaching I knew it was time to revamp our schedule wall.  We don't have a great mud room space or command center or place to hang all of our stuff we might need as we walk out the door.  But we do have this one wall, right behind our dining table.  It's been working for us as a good place to hold important school papers and put the kids lists of daily responsibilities.  You can see in the before picture though that it needed some work.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Peach Carrot Juice (with Watermelon and Pineapple)

A couple of months ago we bought a Vitamix blender, so I've been playing with lots of different recipes and combinations for juices and smoothies.  This one was my breakfast this morning.  Plus, remember how I showed you how I freeze watermelon the other day?  Here's one of the ways I've been using it.

Add to the blender:
3/4 cup water
1/2 peach (pit out, peel on)
1 carrot, washed and peeled 
1/4 cup pineapple (fresh, canned or frozen)
1/2 cup watermelon cubes (fresh or frozen)
1 cup ice cubes

Put the lid on the blender and mix it up.  Ours actually has a "smoothie" setting on it, so I just push the button and let it run the cycle.  For the same effect, start the blender at a low speed and gradually increase it to high speed and let it blend for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.  Letting the blender run for what seems like a long time lets all the ingredients really get broken up and smooth.

This one is pretty kid friendly too because the peach flavor is strong enough to cover up the carrot, if you're worried about that :)

Who else has a Vitamix or other high-power blender?  I'm working something and I'd love your help--email me or leave a comment and let's chat!
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Duck Tape for Back to School at Walmart

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

I know some of you (your kids) are back in school already, but we still have some summer left.  Yay!  This is when we get some of our best weather, so I'm glad we can be out enjoying it and not stuck in a school schedule yet.  I have finished all our school shopping though, because I don't want to be stressing about that later.  Plus all the sales are now.  Check out what I found on my latest trip to Walmart. 
Duck Tape Pencil Box via Crafting in the Rain

Did you know you can buy Duck Tape at Walmart?
I actually have several rolls in my collection already, but my girls and I could not resist this new peacock pattern.  I love that they keep coming out with new patterns--something for every taste!
There are tons of fun back to school type projects you could whip up with your kids with Duck Tape® like making a pencil holder out of an empty can
covering a boring pouch,
decorating a notebook or calendar,
or even revamping a tired pair of boots!
With our new tape, my girls and I decided to makeover their pencil boxes. Since the box lids were textured, and the colors matched perfectly, we only wrapped tape around the bottom half.  I cut slits in the corners the tape would fold under the bottom better.  Now they have unique boxes that they love!
Have you done some Duck Tape® back to school projects?  Leave a link, I'd love to come check them out! Then be sure to follow @theduckbrand for more inspiriation and pick up some Duck Tape® on your next trip to Walmart.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

How to Freeze Watermelon

Very quick post today, but it comes in very handy if you're sad about summer leaving kinda soon and you love watermelon.  I'm going to show you how I chop it up and freeze it--then it ends up in juices and smoothies later!

Wash the watermelon and cut a couple of inches off of each end (so the ends are flat now)  A big serrated knife works great.  Cut the watermelon in half and set on the now-flat end. 

 Slice off all the rind and cut the big chunk of watermelon into slices then cubes.  

Lay cubes out on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for at least a couple of hours.  1/2 a watermelon filled up this whole sheet.  

When you take it out of the freezer it will have all these cool looking frost curls all over :)  

To easily remove the watermelon from the cookie sheet it's now frozen to, take a kitchen towel, soak it in hot water and ring it out.  Lay it out on the counter and put the cookie sheet right on top of it.  It will heat up the bottom of the sheet just enough to loosen the watermelon.  Then scoop all the pieces in to a freezer ziploc bag and it will stay good for months in the freezer.

Have you frozen watermelon before?  How do you use it?

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Initial Art (Craft Camp Day 5)

We made it to Day 5 of Craft Camp! 

If you missed any of them here are the links to
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

Monday, August 12, 2013

5 Tips for Feeding a Picky Eater

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cooking Light, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BTSatSafeway http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

How to Feed a Picky Eater by Crafting in the Rain

I know I'm not the only one trying to feed picky eaters, but man, it can make meal time really draining.  And now that school's about to start, I worry even more about having healthy food, but being in a time crunch to fix it. We've figured out a few things that help a little, and I'm sharing those suggestions today!  Keep in mind that I'm not a dietitian or a child psychologist, just a mom trying to cultivate healthy eating habits in her kids.

1: Try to have at least one thing on the table that they like.  Whether it's slices of bread or a bowl of grapes.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Balloon Pinatas (Craft Camp Day 4)

After taking a break for a few days from camp posts, I'm ready to show you our last two days of camp.  

Day 4:
Wear shirts and take a picture with the camp poster
Fill and decorate pinatas
Snack:  Cracker/cheese sandwiches

Day 4 details
As people showed up to camp on Thursday I gave them each their t-shirt and had them put them on.  We went outside with our poster and got a group picture.

girls holding craft camp sign

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Backpack Gift Boxes

colorful paper backpacks as gift boxes
After you've put together school supplies, back-to-school routines, bento lunches and new teacher gifts, do you start to wonder where your gift is?  It's right here!  So forward this to all your friends and maybe someone will make you one :)  

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Brownie Pops (Like Cake Pops but Brownie-er)

If you love brownies, you are going to love these brownie pops. If you think cake pops are fun but come out a little mushy, you will love these brownie pops! 

You'll need just a few things Brownies White candy melts Lollipop sticks
Something to sprinkle on at the end...colored sugar, rainbow sprinkles, crushed candy, etc

I made this particular batch for Craftaholics Anonymous right before the 4th of July, so I used red and blue sugar.