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Clip Board Chore Chart

This post was suppose to be up earlier in the day today and then life and rainy days got in the way so it is just making it onto the blog now. 
 It’s the final day of February, (say what?!), and it is time for another Craft with Me post. 
 Today, I have a simple chore chart for you to create. 
My girls are still young, 4 and 3, but I wanted them start learning more responsibility and I wanted them to be able to visually see something in hopes that I won’t have to nag them to get it done. 
 Currently, their chores are simple like pick up their toys and put their clothes in their hamper, but my hope as they get older will be to just replace simple tasks with something a little more complex.
 I decided to create the chore chart on a clip board to keep it on the smaller side, and just give each their own. Here’s how I created them.
Supplies:
-Clip boards (found in the scrapbook aisle in Wal-Mart)
-Scrapbook Paper
-Mod Podge
-Paper Cutter
-Scissors
-Velcro
– Vinyl (optional)
-Acrylic Paint

Begin by flipping your scrapbook paper over and tracing the clip board onto the paper.
Trim with a paper cutter or scissors.
Next, you will need to slip the paper under the clip to trace the base of the clip so you can cut it out.
You could also just measure but who has time for that. 😉 lol
 Trace the clip area then cut it out with scissors until it fits nicely around the base.
Slip the paper in place to double check if you need to trim anymore.
Once that paper has been trimmed paint the edges of the clip board and then the area around the clip itself.
Let dry.
 Once the paint is dry, time to pull out your Mod Podge and cover the entire clip board with the glue. Make it thick, work fast. This unfinished clip board soak up the paint/glue and it makes it dry quickly.
Press the paper down onto the clip board as smooth as possible and then coat the top of the paper as well. Let dry.
 I wanted to divide the board into two sides so there is a to do side and a done side. 
I first thought that I would just draw it on but I didn’t want to make it permanent just in case when the girls get old enough, they would just like to use the clip boards as well clip boards.
I thought about vinyl but I do didn’t feel like dealing with that either but if you’d like too, more power to you. lol
So I pulled out some gray card stock and just cut one long strip and some doubled sided tape.
 I just ran the tape down one side and taped it in the center of the clip board then trimmed the length once it was attached.
I designed these printables, you can grab a copy for yourself at the end of the post or here if the widget isn’t working
to print off with the chores that I wanted to do. 
I have:
-Clean up dishes
-Put Away Toys
-Dust
-Sweep
-Feed Pets
-Throw away trash
-Laundry
Vacuum
-Make beds/clean room
-Wipe Table
Again, my hopes will be to replace some of the simple tasks as the girls grow and I can entrust more tasks to them.
So I just printed off two copies and got to work.
I trimmed up the cards with a paper trimmer.
Then threw them in my laminator so they would last for long term use.
Don’t have a laminator? If you have a Minc machine, you can use that too!! 😉 
After lamination, I cut them apart.
Time for the final step, adding the velcro.
Stick one of the velcro sides on the chore card itself…
The other velcro piece onto the clip board.
You will need to use more of the fuzzy side of the velcro because you will need that on both sides of the clip board for each card.
I originally wasn’t going to add their names since each girl got to pick the paper for their own board  or  add the to do and done but decided to add it last minute. 
Again you could do this part with vinyl, but I just decided to write them names under the clip with a paint pen and then took white paper and taped it down with the words on it. 
I applied the cards for each girl and that’s it!
Miss S has: toys, trash, make bed/clean room, clean up dishes, laundry, and vacuum crumbs with our little dust buster.
Miss P has all the same chores but I gave her wiping the tables instead of vacuuming and plan to switch around out every couple weeks. 
I hung them in our mudroom using a Command Picture Hanging Strip like I do everything in my house and the girls are excited to use it, so far. lol We’ll see how long the excitement lasts.
If you would like a copy of the printables for yourself you can grab them below. And if the widget isn’t working, you can pick them up here

 Do you have a chore chart for your kids?

allison

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Mudroom Update

Happy Monday everyone! 
I hope you had a great weekend. 
 Today I want to share with you a little update with our mudroom.
You may recall that back in December of 2015 I shared our mudroom with all of you. 
Here is a quick look at what the room looked like when we bought the house.
And here is a quick glance at what we did to the room.
It has been amazingly useful, especially in the winters with all of our coats and shoes, though it is messy most of the time and drives me bonkers, I am so happy we got this done when we did. 
Well, this was only one side of the mudroom. 
The original kitchen cabinets were still in the room but at the time when we built all this, we only did one thing on the other side of the room and it sat like that for over a year. 
This is what that side of the room looked like when we moved in, actually the day we closed. 
There was a sink and window in the old kitchen where there is now the pass through to our current kitchen. The previous homeowners added the new kitchen many years ago and at some point, not sure if it was when they were still using this as a kitchen, the previous owners cut out tin, the lady punched a pattern onto it, then they glued the tin to the fronts of the cabinets. 
Great for her style, not for mine so much! 
So when we added the whole mudroom area, we ripped the tin off the front of the cabinets and had to scrap away glue left behind. And then the cabinets sat, for over a year, with different colors, glue covered cabinet doors. 
We finally got around to working on them in January and the room is finally complete.
 It is so much brighter and I am sooooo thrilled that it is now complete! 
We use this side of the mudroom as our pantry, the cabinets closest to you in the picture, and the far side of cabinets I use for storing serving pieces, candles, we hide our wireless modem in there, and on the bottom we have pet food. 
We took the doors off and took them to our work shop in our basement and gave them a good sanding.
I then primed and painted the doors downstairs while working on priming and painting the cabinet bodies in the mudroom.
Once everything was complete we put the doors back on and added new knobs that were very similar to the original knobs on the cabinets.
The room is now so much brighter with both sets of cabinets painted bright white like the mudroom cabinets. 
I originally wanted to add a bead board insert to the doors but that was before we realized that the tin was glued on and we couldn’t easily pop out the center panel so we left them plain and I am happy with it. 
At some point, a previous owner took off the original hardware and replaced them with simple curved pulls. You were still able to view exactly where the old hardware sat and we knew it was originally something just like this, just probably in a different finish. I love this look so when we ordered the knobs from D. Lawless Hardware for the mudroom area, I ordered enough for this side of the kitchen as well. 
I told Travis to install them directly where we could see where the originals sat and they are perfect! 
I took off the lace valances that were on the window while I was painting all the trim in the room and was going to replace it but after noticing how much brighter it was in the room without it, we opted to leave the window wide open to bring in all the light we can into the space. 
I love that this space is complete.
Always pleasant to knock something off the to-do list!

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MHCT&M: Creative Outdoor Upcycle Ideas

Time for the last Must Have Craft Tip & More post of February! 
Hi! It’s Allison from A Glimpse Inside back once again to share with you our last post on upcycling ideas for this month. If you have missed the other posts you can find them here: Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.
 Today, I am sharing some awesome and creative ideas on how to recycle and repurpose items for your outdoor space.
By using your imagination and some creativity, you can use something and give it a whole new life to add it to your outdoor space. There are so many unique ideas out there for repurposing furniture, household items, pallets and much more to make your patio or garden much more interesting.  
Furniture Ideas

 Take old chairs and turn them into swings from Worth Trying DIY Projects

 Make an old sewing table into a beverage station from Ambient Wares

Garden and Patio Accessories 
 There are so many fun and unique ideas out there for your outdoor space. 
Have you upcycled something for your garden or patio? 
We would love for you to share it with us! 

Stay tuned for a whole new topic next month!   

 

 

Your hostesses,

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Handmade Hangout Party #142

Are you ready to get your party on?!  
Let’s do it! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

allison

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“Oh, The Places You’ll Go” Graduation Gift Idea

I hope you are all having a great February…it’s almost over!!! How is it possible that February is almost over? Crazy. Well at this rate it will be the end of the school year and summer will be before us. So here’s a little idea of something you could do before the school year ends.
I thought today I would share with you a little something that involves a little bit of planning ahead but honestly almost no time at all to prep an awesome high school graduation gift. The earlier you start this gift the better but honestly it doesn’t matter too much how far your kid is in school…just start!!
I bought a copy of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” for each child that is in school. I will purchase more for my other kids once they start school. So I have three copies of the book because three kids are in school. Each kid gets their own book that I have their teachers sign at the end of the school year. The key is, the kids do not know that I am having their teachers sign these books for them. It will be so fun to give these books filled with notes from their teachers at their high school graduation party!! 

 To take it a step further, my friend Kristen from Joyfully Thriving goes through the book and adds scripture passages to the pages in the book. She writes in certain passages that go along with the story. I can’t wait to use her free download and go through my kids books to add the scripture!!!

So go ahead and order this book and get it ready for your kids teachers to sign at the end of the year. It will be here before we know it.
 Also, if you want you can order one that my friend Kristen will write the scripture passages in it for you if you’d like!!!
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MHCT&M: Creative Upcycled Craft Room Ideas

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! 
 
Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share Creative Upcycled Craft Room Ideas with you. I love a good upcycle or repurposed project and I love a pretty, organized craft room. 
Let’s check out these unique solutions.
 

 

Upcycled Furniture 
I love taking something ‘old’ and making it new and fresh again. Especially furniture! Just add some elbow grease and lots of love, and you can turn any dingy piece of furniture into a focal point of your room. Here are a few of my favorite furniture transformations that are perfect for the craft room. Some are used for storage and others are used for work spaces.
 

 

  Upcycled hutch  to craft storage 

 

 Upcycled hutch to craft storage and work space 
 
  Upcycled filing cabinet craft storage 

 

  Upcycled sewing table to desk

 

Upcycled Projects for Organization and Decoration 
You would be surprised what you can use for organization and decoration. An old baby crib, a vintage crate, tin cans… So many options if you open your creative mind on alternative ways to use ordinary things. Let’s check out some of my favorite up cycled projects for organizing and decorating your craft room. 
 
  Upcycled baby crib to craft storage 
 
  Repurposed frame to chic pincushion 
  
  Upcycled Crates to craft shelves
 

 

  Upcycled tray to magnetic board
  
  Upcycled bed spring to craft storage
  
  Repurposed tins to pencil holder

 

 Repurposed frame to thread holder

 

Such great ideas! Most times that I upcycle or repurpose something, I save money doing so and I love it so much more because of the effort put into it. Do you have any upcycled projects or pieces in your craft room? 

Join us next week for more tips on using upcycled ideas in your homes! 

 

 

 

Your hostesses,

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Handmade Hangout Party #141

It’s time for another Handmade Hangout Party! 
Share your fabulous ideas below or just explore and get a few new ones! 🙂

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

allison

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Million Dollar Brownies

Hi friends! It’s Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom.  
Today I’m sharing one of my all-time favorite desserts: Million Dollar Brownies! What exactly are million dollar brownies? They are decadent fudgy brownies filled with chocolate, crunchy nuts, and a creamy caramel filling.  YUM!

Million Dollar Brownies

Million Dollar Brownies are a recipe that I remember my aunt making as a kid. We got the recipe from her and made them occasionally. It was always a special treat, since we didn’t get them very often.

Million Dollar Brownies Recipe

With most desserts, I love to eat them warm. However, these are definitely better when left to cool completely before eating. It’s so hard to wait…

This recipe is really easy! The hardest part: unwrapping the caramels. But that’s what kids are for – they love to help.

Million Dollar Brownies

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Million Dollar Brownies Recipe:

Caramel Filling
1 {14oz} package of caramels – or about 50
1/3  c. evaporated milk
Unwrap all the caramels. Place in a microwave safe bowl and pour evaporated milk on top. Microwave until melted, stirring after each minute. Depending on your microwave this could take 3-5 minutes.

Brownie
1 German Chocolate cake mix
1/2 c. butter
1/3 c. evaporated milk
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 c. chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients except for chocolate chips together. Batter will be quite thick. Press 1/2 of the mixture into a 81/2 X 11 pan. Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes. Sprinkle on chocolate chips and pour on the caramel. Then place the rest of your brownie mixture on top. I find that the easiest way to do this is to take pieces of the batter, press it flat with my fingers and set it on top. It’s ok if you have places where the caramel doesn’t get completely covered. Bake an additional 15 minutes at 350. Let cool completely before eating.

Million Dollar Brownies

I have lots more yummy dessert recipes on my blog. Come say hi.

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DIY Faux Barnwood Menu Board

Happy Monday everyone! 
  I hope you had a fabulous weekend. 
 We have finally been having pretty, warmer weather but we have been fighting a nasty cold in our house so unfortunately, we didn’t get to enjoy it at all. 
But since we have been cooped up, I was able to get a quick project done for our kitchen.
We have been trying to do better and write out our menus for the week. Some weeks have gone better than others but we are trying to stick to it. We have a dry erase board on the fridge that I actually got from SNAP a few years ago. It is double sided and I wanted to use the other side to create a cleaning schedule for myself so I needed a new solution for our menu. And I will admit, I am super happy with how our new menu board came out! 
Supplies:
-Chalkboard with wood frame
-Barnwood Painted Finishes from Folk Art
-Painters tape
-Chalk marker and regular chalk
-Transfer paper or graphite pencil
-Paint brush
-Rag
-Popsicle stick

I found this unfinished chalk board at Michael’s and knew it was be the perfect skinny width but had good length for a menu board to go in our kitchen between our board and batten.
I began by giving the whole frame a light sanding so make sure all the little edges were smooth then wiped it clean. Then I taped off the chalk board around the edge to protect it from the paint.
Next it is time to give it the barnwood finish.
I found this awesome kit at JoAnn Fabrics and thought it was so cool. I actually saw it before I found the chalk board and didn’t buy it at the time so I had to make a special trip all the way back there one day to grab it. So glad I did, it is a lot of fun! 🙂 
The kit comes with two bottles, one is a tint much like a stain, and then a white cream wax.
You will begin by painting an even coat of the tint to the frame. 
Let dry at least 4 hrs before continuing to the next step.
 Once your tint is dry, it is time to apply the cream wax that will give you the barnwood look.
Paint a generous coat of the wax onto the wood. I worked one side at a time because I didn’t want the wax to start drying before I was ready for the last step.
After applying the wax, take a rag or lint free cloth and wipe off any excess. You don’t have to wipe hard or a lot. If you wipe it too much, it will be hard to give it the barnwood effect.
After wiping off the excess wax, you will your a craft stick or popsicle stick and drag it along the frame. This will remove some of the wax and create the barn wood look.
I went over it a few times until I was happy with the results. I would also wipe off my stick onto the rag to remove the wax that built up on it.
And there you have it! 
You just made a barnwood finish! 
Continue around the whole piece making the entire thing look like barnnwood and then let dry for 24 hrs. 
Remove the tape and you are ready to make the board itself.
I just opened up Word and picked a font that I liked and typed up the word “Menu” along with letters for the days of the week. 
I printed them out and cut them apart to place on the board.
I then used transfer paper to transfer the letters to the board. 
Don’t have transfer paper, you could just do the good old graphite trick where you rub it all over the back of the paper and then traced the letters. 
I will say that the transfer paper being dark, I had trouble seeing the letters so I just positioned it into the light better and then retraced them with my pencil so I could see them well before continuing with my chalk marker.
Next step, use a chalk marker to trace the letters.
Now, you can season your chalkboard before this step if you ever want to use this board as something other than a menu board. I didn’t see me using it for something else so I didn’t do that before I wrote those out.
Now season the chalkboard.
Just take a piece of chalk and rub the whole board with it and wipe it clean. 
And now it is ready to use! 
I hung it in our kitchen near our fridge just off a little Command hook and it is ready for weeks of meals.
And now I will admit, I am ready to figure out what else to use the barnwood finish on!! 
Love it!

allison

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MHCT&M: Creative Upcycled DIY Home Decor Projects

Hello and welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! 
This month we’re all about recycling and renovation projects – fun ways to give new life to vintage or worn out things. This week I’m sharing some fun tips for upcycling in Home Decor – with ideas for furniture, wall decor, pillows and more!
 

 

Furniture 
 DIY Furniture Hacks | Bed Turned Into Bench | Cool Ideas for Creative Do It Yourself Furniture | Cheap Home Decor Ideas for Bedroom, Bathroom, Living Room, Kitchen - https://diyjoy.com/diy-furniture-hacks:  

 Vintage Floral Mod Podged Ladder Shelving:

 

  How Eduardo the Antique Trunk Became a Bookshelf: A Makeover Story:  
Turn an Old Door into a Bookshelf 
 Old door turned into a shelf:

 

 

DIY antique window cabinet- See how to make this super easy antique window cabinet. Great for bathroom storage or any room in your home!:  

 Wall Decor 
 

 

  Above kitchen dining window?? Dishfunctional Designs: Upcycled: New Ways With Old Window Shutters:  
Make a Creative Frame Display with a Vintage Hanger 

 

 

 

 

 

Pillows, Lamps and More 
 

Great idea for your children's room #upcycled #world #globe:  

 

A great DIY for old jeans! More:  

 How to Recover a Lampshade – take an old worn out one to new and fun!

 

 

Cozy up your home with re-purposed sweater pillows - plus the key to avoiding wavy seams when sewing with knitted fabric.

 

  
 Aren’t they great! 
 I’m all inspired to head out to the thrift stores and antique shops!
 Make sure you check back next week – we are going to be sharing some fabulous upcycled ideas for your Craft Room!
 Must Have Craft Tips & More!

 

 

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