Thursday, February 9, 2012

Teacher Valentine Gifts

Remember last year when I made some faux gumball machines out of terra cotta pots for my little ones Pink Princess Party?

Well I decided to make some again, but this time for her Teacher Valentine Gifts!

I love how easy these are to whip up, and they really aren't too pricey to make. Which is a good thing because my little one has three teachers!


Didn't they turn out SO cute?!

I love them! 

I just painted the pots red and then my little one suggested adding polka dots!  She has an eye for crafts I think because those polka dots just make these the cutest gift ever!

ETA: I saw on Pinterest a couple people commenting about the supply list to make these so I thought I would edit this post to include them.

I found all the supplies at Michaels

The bottom is a Terra cotta pot turned upside down.
The bowl is just a regular glass bowl
The top is the bottom plate for the pot turned upside down
The wood ball on top I found in the aisle by the wood dowels and stuff

I painted everything fist and then I put a thin coat of Mod Podge over it to act as a sealer (I didn't have any spray sealer on hand).

I glued the bowl to the upside down pot with E6000 glue and then glued the wood ball to the lid with E6000 glue as well.

And that's it! Wait for it to all dry and then fill with candy and put the lid on top!

I hope this clears up some of the confusion on how to make these! If anyone ever has questions on how I make anything on this blog, you can always email me at livingcraftilyeverafter@yahoo.com!









After I painted them I did add a thin coat of Mod Podge to seal them. I usually would use a spray sealer, but I didn't have any on hand so Mod Podge it was. It worked perfectly though!  And I use E6000 glue to glue everything together.  Then I added a cute festive ribbon and called it a day!

I love how simple, easy and CUTE they are!





And my little one is so excited to give these to her teachers next week!

Now, time to tackle her classmate valentines!



Monday, January 16, 2012

55 Years of Memories

My mom's birthday was last Friday and it was a big one- 55!!  I knew I wanted to do something special. One day I was browsing Pinterest and saw this idea I knew I needed to do it. Collecting memories from all her family and friends and creating "55 Years of Memories" for her. I called my sisters right away and told them we HAD to do this.
This was not going to be easy, especially since we just decided to do this about a month before, but I was determined! My sister gave me my moms email password and I went in and copied her contact list. We also sent it out to friends of hers on Facebook as well as our friends.

{Here is the email I sent: *I used the email from the link where I originally saw this idea and just changed it to fit my needs*

Hi Everyone!
If you're receiving this email, you probably know that our mom, Phyllis, is turning 55 next month (much as she would hate us to be reminding everyone, I'm sure.) To celebrate her birthday, we'd like to put together a little surprise to let her know that her nearest and dearest are thinking of her. We're going to try and create "55 Years of Memories" by filling 55 envelopes with a memory her friends and family have of her.
And this is where you come in!
If you have a spare moment in the next few days, we would be so grateful if you'd jot down a favorite memory you have of our mom and put it in the mail or email it to us. It doesn't have to be anything fancy -- you can just write it down on a piece of paper and sign your name. You can mention anything you like -- although the more nostalgic the better! Please absolutely feel free to send more than one memory (in fact, we welcome it -- we've got 55 envelopes to fill!), but make sure you write them on different pieces of paper (and sign your name to each) so we can split them up.

Thank you so, so, so much for participating -- we know everyone is busy with their own lives, especially this time of year, and we do appreciate you taking a few minutes to do this; it will be so worth it when she reads all the memories people have of her! (Please don't forget to keep it a surprise until then, though!)

We only have a month to get this all together, so if you could please send something out as soon as possible we would really really appreciate it! We know how much this would mean to our mom and really hope we can get 55 memories from her friends and family!

Also, if you know someone else who might have a memory to share, we encourage you to pass them on to them! We only had them email addresses from her contact list, so we may be missing people with special memories! So please pass this on to anyone who might have a great memory of our mom! The more memories the better!!

Thank you so much again!!

Melissa, Kelly and Stacey

*I also included our contact info at the bottom of the email}

I was a little nervous since we sent this in the middle of December and that is usually the busiest time of the year for most people, but not long after I hit send the memories came pouring in!

I think I enjoyed this as much as my mom. I loved reading all the wonderful things people had to say about my mom! {And I also learned some of her friends have very dirty minds... just sayin!}

In the end we got 55 memories as well as pictures. My uncle sent us a ton of pictures of my mom as a little girl! So fun looking through them all!

Here are the envelopes- all numbered 1-55. I cut the numbers on my Cricut and just glued them on.

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My sister typed up all the memories that were emailed to us and I did a decorative punch on all the corners. We also got some hand written memories that we just put right into an envelope! This is my 3 year olds memory :)

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I found this suitcase {at Michaels} and thought it was perfect. We were 'travelling' through the years with these memories, so I thought it was the perfect thing to hold them all!

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Once we stuffed all the envelopes with each memory, I tied them up with a little twine

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And all the pictures were added to a photo album {That picture on the top right is my mom taking her first steps! Pretty cool huh?!}

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We put both the memories and the pictures in the suitcase and it was a perfect fit!

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I made this 'luggage' tag with a quote my sister found I cut the tag on my Cricut and then used stickers to decorate it.

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And here it is all ready to be given to the birthday girl!

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And here are some pictures of her opening it. There were a lot of tears as well as a lot of laughter! I think she was totally surprised we put this together and I really think she will cherish this gift for years to come! {that is my mom and dad and my two cuties!}

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If you have the chance to put this gift together for someone, I say go for it! It took a little bit of effort and bugging people to get the memories back, but in the end it was all worth it. I know my mom is going to cherish this gift forever!!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sprinkles the Elf- The Final Days!

Well the time has come. Today is Sprinkles' last day here at our house! She flys back with Santa tonight! We have had SO much fun with Sprinkles the Elf this year! I love creating fun and memorable traditions with the girls, and I think this one will be a hit year after year!!!!


Day Twenty Four:

Sprinkles added a little something to Sam's school picture!

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Day Twenty Five:

'S' is for Sprinkles! She was reading a book to her friends!

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Day Twenty Six:

Sprinkles left some sprinkles and other goodies so we could make cookies for Santa!

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Day Twenty Seven:

This is a sad day for us! It is Sprinkles' last day here! To make sure we don't forget her over the next year, she went all out and Toilet Papered our family room and Christmas tree!!! She wanted to go out with a bang :)

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So tonight Sprinkles will be leaving us to head home with Santa! We will miss her! She is going to have a year to think up new shenanigans for next Christmas season!!! :)

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!!!

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