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MHCT&M: First Day of School Photo Ideas

Happy Friday! 
Time for the last Must Have Craft Tip post of the month to round out our back to school ideas.
 
The first day of school is always an exciting day so why not document the occasion in a fun way?

  Today, I’ve gathered a few first day of school photo ideas that would be perfect to do just that! 

 Family Class Photo from Pinterest

 First and Last Day of School Photo Prop from Fynes Designs

Don’t have time to make one of these props or have chalk sitting around to write on the driveway? I’ve gathered some cute printable signs that will work just as well and are just as fun!
 All of these ideas are so cute and are fun to do to keep those memories of the first day of school forever! 
Which one is your favorite? 
Do you have a first day of school photo idea that you do with your children?
Stay tuned next month for a whole new topic of Must Have Craft Tips and More posts! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great weekend! 

 

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Handmade Hangout Party #164

I hope you’ve had a great week so far! 
We just returned from a camping trip to a beautiful park on Lake Michigan so I’ve been in recovery, clean up mode but that won’t stop our party today! 

Let’s get this party started! 
Share your creations, recipes, below.

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!!

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Upendo means Love

Hey there friends, Jamie here. I would like to take a moment today to introduce you to an incredible woman. Unfortunately I have never met Karen in real life but I pray that I am afforded that privilege some day! This (pictured below) is Karen. She lives part time in California and part time in Kenya.
Karen did mission work in Kenya for three months back in 2014 and since then her love for the people and especially the children of Kenya has grown. She had such a desire to help the children that when she returned from her mission trip she founded Love Without Borders. You can read all about how it got started on their website.
Our
sole purpose is to mobilize others to join us as we look after widows
and orphans in their distress, as mandated in James 1:27. All of our projects
 are focused on providing life-giving hope and sustainable solutions to
impoverished women and children. Karen continues to serve as the
missionary for Love Without Borders, dividing her time between Kenya and
the United States. “

While Karen is in the United States she spends some of her time working on getting things ready for her trips back to Kenya. Recently she posted about the needs of the boys and it was so awesome to see the community here coming together to purchase supplies that she could take to the Upendo home and deliver to the boys. You can be a part of this ministry too. Karen is always willing to take donations towards the boys and the home through the 501(c)3 organization.

One easy way you can support these precious boys is by participating in the Upendo Box. If you are crafty, have your own etsy store or just like to make things you can participate. I have been blessed to participate two times already and I’m beginning work on my next item for the Christmas box. You just need to make some items and then Karen assembles everything in the Upendo Box and sells them. You along with other makers would be making a beautiful box of gifts. These boxes are then profit for the ministry and ultimately the Upendo Boys. The boxes go on sale in late November and are filled with Christmas goodies that you can keep for your own Christmas gift or give to others. I know it’s a little early to start thinking about Christmas but it will be here before you know it.
Later this week Karen is heading back to Kenya. You can follow her journey and learn more about this exciting and inspiring ministry through her Instagram page. Just go follow her on Instagram @lovewithoutbordersinc  You can message Karen if you are interested in participating in the Upendo Box and if you’re not a maker then follow along so you can buy a box in November! You won’t be disapointed. 
And please pray for these sweet precious boys and Karen’s ministry to them. 
“For whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.”
-Matthew 25:40
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MHCT&M: Best Back to School Lunch Box Notes

Hello Makers! Can you believe that the new school year is just around the corner?! Where has this summer gone? This month for Must Have Craft Tips, weโ€™re helping you gear up for all the Back-to-School season with all sorts of fun tips and organization ideas.

For our post this week Iโ€™ve gathered up the best Back-to-School lunch box notes! These are so fun to print, cut out, and slip in your kids’ lunches throughout the school year, making lunchtime at school a little more fun! 

 We’ve got lunch box notes for boys and girls of all ages and you can easily search Pinterest for even more when you run out! I didn’t include them in this round up, but there are also holiday lunch box themed notes too!

Here are some of my favorites that you could use all year round. 

 

Aren’t these lunch box notes and jokes so cute and so fun?! 
Try printing a few off and pre-cutting them before school starts. Put them in a drawer that you can easily find them in for when you start packing lunches again for the school year. Such a simple way to create happiness and memories for your kids while they are away at school. 
 Join us again next week for more Back-to-School tips, tricks and ideas that you will love! 
Have a great weekend! 

 

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Handmade Hangout Party #163

Ahhhh!! So sorry for getting the party post up so late today!! 
Let’s party shall we!?

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!!

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A Dozen Yummy Grilled Food Recipes Roundup

Hi it’s Rachel, from Adventures of a DIY Mom. It’s been hot here in Utah! Triple digits for the better part of three weeks. In that kind of weather, I try to use the grill as much as possible. With that in mind, I decided to do a roundup of grilled recipes that I’d like to try. I hope you enjoy!

A Dozen Yummy Grilled Food Recipes
I hope you found a recipe you want to try. I know I will be trying as many of these as I can in the coming weeks. 
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DIY Drop Cloth Rug

Hello, hello everyone! 
 I hope you are all doing well! 
I’ve been MIA for the last week but I have a good excuse why and you will see it in this post today! 
As you know, we were giving our basement a much needed makeover and it is finally complete.
I still have a few finishing touches on one of the sides of the basement but after we spent time organizing the rest of the basement, I finally got to working on the rug I wanted to place in the laundry area of the room.
So for a week straight, I was on my hand and knees on my garage floor working on this bad boy. I am thankful it is complete and I love how it came out! 
This was a relatively easy project just takes lots of TIME! 
Granted if you don’t do such a detailed design, it will take much less time.
Here’s what I did to create my own rug.
Supplies:
-Canvas Drop Cloth
-Latex paint (like wall paint for your home)
-Brushes and rollers
-Primer
-Polyurethane 
I started by buying a large canvas drop cloth at Wal-Mart, if I remember correctly, this one is 6×9.
I also bought a super large drop cloth to go under it for when it is time to paint. 
Next, wash and dry your drop cloth. 
Once it is nice and dry, iron all the wrinkles out of the drop cloth. Mine actually came out of the dryer with very little wrinkles but I still ironed the entire thing twice, one on what would be the front, and then again on the back to ensure the wrinkles were gone.
If need be, this is the time to trim up your canvas to the size you need. Mine just so happened to be perfectly straight and I loved the size as is so I didn’t need to trim it or have any plan on creating a hem along the edge.
Then it was time to paint! 
I first laid out the large drop cloth and then placed my canvas cloth on top of it.
I smoothed out both drop clothes the best I could before painting but as you can see, some wrinkles remained.
Next, give the drop cloth two coats of primer on the front AND back.
This sucker will soak in the primer like a sprinkle of rain hitting hot concrete on a summer day so two coats on each side is key to seal it well.
I let my drop cloth dry overnight before I flipped and painted the back but I was also outside and it was super humid so I wanted to make sure it was good and dry before flipping. 
I read that if your cloth is rough and bumpy after priming you could give it a sanding and it should help resolve that. I did not do that to mine though. It was rougher but since it was just going to be downstairs instead of in a kitchen or bedroom, I left it.
Once the primer was good and dry, I painted the whole thing with 2 coats of my main base coat of paint.
Side note… make sure you don’t have to move your cloth the entire time you are painting it! 
We had some crazy hard rain and I had to quickly run into our garage and roll it up because our garage sometimes likes to flood when we have heavy rain and I did not want it to get wet. Hence the wrinkles now in it.
 Before I painted the design, I quickly drew out what I had in mind on a piece of paper so I wasn’t just fully winging it. 
I then used white paint to draw/paint my whole design on the rug that way if I messed up or didn’t like the placement of something, I could just paint back over it with the blue and readjust. I actually did that in two areas and it was easy to correct.
Once I was happy with the design, I got to painting the whole design. 
I had to decide what would be the base colors and top accents and paint accordingly.
Once all the base coats were dry, I went back adding all the additional details. 
I tried to spread each color into each item in some way.
Then once the design was complete, I traced the whole thing in dark gray paint. 
Once the paint was completely dry, I waited over night again, I gave the whole thing two coats of polyurethane to make it easy to clean up if something got on it.
It looks awesome in my down in the room in my laundry area. 
Definitely helps add some more brightness and fun to a space that well, normally isn’t so fun.
It sits slightly under some of my drying racks that I have in the area to dry out clothes but you can definitely still see the whole thing since they are both open racks.
This project cost was cheap for me since I only bought the two drop clothes and then had to buy a new can of primer. All the other paint I used was left over paint we had from paint projects around our house. 
If you don’t have lots of left over paint cans like me, you could always buy small sample cans and that should do you pretty good unless you are using a large amount of a color and the size of your rug.
I’m glad I finally did this. I was nervous for a while but it looks great! ๐Ÿ™‚

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MHCT&M: Cute and Creative Back to School Projects to Sew

I can’t believe school is starting again soon! This month for Must Have Craft Tips we’re helping you gear up for all the Back to School busyness with all sorts of fun tips and organization ideas. 
For our post this week I’ve gathered up these cute and creative back to school sewing projects – and it’s never too early to get that school sewing out of the way! 

 

There are ideas for the student and the teacher that will sure be helpful during the school year!
 

 

 DIY Water Bottle Cover - Back to School Sewing Ideas

 

 

DIY Snack Bags

 

 

Cool Crafts You Can Make With Fabric Scraps - Monogrammed Zipper Pouch - Creative DIY Sewing Projects and Things to Do With Leftover Fabric and Even Old Clothes That Are Too Small - Ideas, Tutorials and Patterns https://diyjoy.com/diy-crafts-leftover-fabric-scraps

 

 Make this dry erase board lap desk for back to school or anytime of the year! A quick and easy project that your kids will love!

 

 

DIY Pineapple Drawstring Backback...so fun for all ages! | via Make It and Love It 

 

Binder Zipper Pouch - The Ribbon Retreat Blog 

 Cool Crafts You Can Make With Fabric Scraps - DIY Simple Phone Wallet - Creative DIY Sewing Projects and Things to Do With Leftover Fabric and Even Old Clothes That Are Too Small - Ideas, Tutorials and Patterns https://diyjoy.com/diy-crafts-leftover-fabric-scraps

 

 

Cute DIY Citrus Earbud Zipper Pouch

 

 Lunch+Money+Cuff 
I hope you’ve found some cute things to sew up for school!

Make sure you check back next week for more fun back to school projects and tips! 

 

 

 

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Handmade Hangout Party #162

Let’s party shall we!?

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!!

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Easy DIY Stenciled Pallet Sign

Hello again from Donna at Modern On Monticello.  I hope everyone had a safe and blessed Fourth of July holiday.
Last week I was shopping at Walmart and came across these small pallet signs in the craft section.  I was there to buy something else but was immediately drawn to all of the rustic boards and my mind started whirling with all these possibilities of wood sign projects.  And wouldn’t you know, right next to that display was a large selection of stencils with quotes and sayings ready to make.

I don’t know about you but I just love rustic wooden signs with inspirational or encouraging sayings. However, the high price tag on some of the ones I have seen in gift shops just aren’t worth it for my DIY heart.  But right there in the Walmart craft department I was able to purchase a pack of 26 popular sayings and quotes for only $9.99.  The cost of the rustic wood pallets ranged from $5.94 to $9.99 depending on the size.  I consider this find a win-win and expect it to keep me busy with small projects for some time.
Today, I am sharing the first sign I have made using these stencils.
For this project I used:
  • 10″ wood pallet sign
  • Stencil
  • Acrylic paints in light blue, light grey, and medium grey
  • Craft Brushes
  • Spouncers
  • Water to thin out the paint
  • Newspapers or paper towels
  • Painters Tape
I wanted the acrylic paint for the background of the quote to look dated and faded so I thinned it down with just a few drops of water.  Then I removed the excess paint from the end of the craft brush so I could apply the paint in a dry brush technique on the surface.  I usually just brush the excess paint off on a piece of newspaper.
This helps to give it a faded and dated look when you apply the paint.  My choice of colors were inspired by the decor in an upcoming room renovation reveal in my home. I also decided to only paint the middle sections of wood in the pallet for a creative looking background.
Next, I taped the stencil in place with painters tape, and used a spouncer – a foam tipped brush – to apply the black acrylic paint over the words of the stencil.  
This project took me less than an hour to complete and cost less than half of what a gift shop version of the same sign would have cost me.  And yes it was as easy as these simple steps to create.  I”m sure I am going to find lots of other signs to make in the future.
Hope you have as fabulous July and I’ll see you again in August.
Donna