Occasionally Crafty

September 15, 2017

DIY Stenciled Halloween Doormat

DIY Stenciled Halloween Doormat


“Trick or treat, smell my feet”


Oh that lovely little rhyme.  I really wish my 5th grade son had never learned the rest of it.  What is it about 10 year olds and potty humor?


Still, this part, at least, makes a fun little saying for your whimsical Halloween decor.  I’m over at See Vanessa Craft today to show you how to make this fun doormat encouraging all your Halloween guests to, that’s right, smell your feet.

Click over for the full tutorial. Happy Halloween!

Too soon???


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September 8, 2017

Make your own Fall Printable with PicMonkey.

Bring a little fall inside with this cute Fall Subway Art Printable

DIY Printables with Picmonkey

Since Labor Day is over, it's time to break out the fall decor.  Right?  Right?

(I may have been accused of putting fall stuff out too early, which is nonsense.  Must have all the fall things!)

Anyway, I got this darling file as a freebie some time back, and finally decided to print it out and frame it.

It's not free anymore, but you can purchase a copy here.  I'll show you how I use these files to make my own printable decor.

First, download your file and save it somewhere you'll remember it.

Then, open up Picmonkey.  I am a premium member but you don't need it for this tutorial. Choose "Design", then "Blank Canvas".

DIY Printables with Picmonkey

Next, choose your canvas size.  I'm eventually going to print this as an 8x10, so I choose 8.5x11.


DIY Printables with Picmonkey

Set your canvas, or background, color.  Most often I choose white, as I will with this design.  Hit "Apply" and you're good to go.

DIY Printables with Picmonkey

Next, you're going to import that design you downloaded.  Click on Overlays, which is the butterfly design on the left hand column.  Then click "Add your own".

DIY Printables with Picmonkey

You'll then navigate to your file and click open (not pictured).

This should bring up your design somewhere on your blank canvas.  

DIY Printables with Picmonkey

At this point, you can play with your design, changing the size and placement, and sometimes even the color.  

Once you have it the way you want it, either "save" it, or "export" it.  This is kind of confusing.  If you save it, that means you want to come back and work on it later.  It's saving a copy to the Picmonkey hub.  If you export it, then you are saving it to your computer.  Let's choose that option so we can print it.

DIY Printables with Picmonkey

Name your file, choose your resolution (I almost always choose "Pierce), and export it.  This will let you choose a location on your computer to save it, and then you are done!

DIY Printables with Picmonkey
I love using Picmonkey to make printables, invitations, and more.  It's so easy and so many features are free.  And no, this is not sponsored in any way.  I just love Picmonkey!

DIY Printables with Picmonkey

Happy fall, y'all!

Check out some of my other fun fall projects:



Fall Printable with Mini Banner



Fall Burlap Wall Hanging


Faux Pumpkin Flower Centerpiece

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September 1, 2017

Friday Fun Finds





Happy September everyone!  Did August fly by for anyone else?  Wow.  It's been crazy, but now the kids are in school and routines are getting back to normal, so that means more time for the blog.

So, Amazon has this new stream called Interesting Finds.  It's updated daily, and it has all sorts of fun stuff.  So, I thought once in a while I'd show you my favorites of the week.  It's a fun way to get to know me, by seeing what makes me smile.  And I can get to know you if you tell me what your favorites are!


So, here are this week's Friday Fun Finds:


1.  Decole Cat Mug and Spoon.  These kitties are adorable.  And useful.  

2.  Hanging Terrarium Planters.  I have to admit, when I first saw the picture, I thought these were earrings.  I thought "this is taking the succulent craze too far!"  But no.  They are cute planters.  Perfect for your house or outdoor space :)

3.  Bread Box.  I'm sorry, this is lovely.  And it would have fit right in with my old kitchen.  My new kitchen....not so much.  Luckily they have it in other colors!

4.  Almost Adulting:  Well, here's the perfect gift for those grads this year.  Check out this description from the publisher:
       By the end of the book—a mash-up of essays, lists, and artwork—you'll have learned not only how to dress yourself, how to travel alone, how to talk to strangers online, and how to date strangers (in PERSON!), but also how to pass as a real, functioning, appropriately socialized adult.

Now where was this when I was an almost-adult?


5.  Narwhal Pushpins:  I've got a daughter who loves Narwhals.  She's always singing "Narwhal, narwhal swimming in the ocean, causing a commotion...."  These would be perfect for her!

Okay, those are the ones that jumped off the page to me.  Which one is your favorite?  Or do you have another favorite fun find?  SHOW ME!  



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August 25, 2017

Pink and Teal Tween Girl's Bedroom

A move to a new home made the perfect opportunity to give my daughter a brand new room!  At 11 years old, she had outgrown the bed and ballerina decor we had for her in Phoenix.  We sat down together at the computer, checked out Pinterest, and came up with a cute new theme for her room.

This guest room became a cute pink and teal tween bedroom!

Pink and Teal Tween Girl Bedroom Makeover

My daughter's room used to be the guest room in this house, and so was painted a subtle blue.  The first thing I did was give the walls a fresh coat of paint.  Then, using some removable indoor vinyl, I cut diamonds in pink, teal, and gold, then applied them in a pattern on her focal wall.

This guest room became a cute pink and teal tween bedroom!

I let her pick out some wall art from HomeGoods, which is my go-to store when looking for home decor accessories.

Cupcake Map Wall Art


Mermaid Wall Art


New bedding made the colors pop against the white walls.

This guest room became a cute pink and teal tween bedroom!

A few small touches here and there make the room extra special.

Tissue Hanging Lanterns Pink Teal White

This guest room became a cute pink and teal tween bedroom!


Sources:
Paint: Sherwin-Williams Pure White | Bedding: Bed Bath & Beyond | Bed: Wayfair.com | Mattress: Costco.com | Dresser: IKEA
 
Beyond
Paper Lanterns and Tissue Balls: Hobby Lobby | Wall Art: HomeGoods | Vinyl Diamonds: ExpressionsVinyl.com




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July 11, 2017

Things to Do in Milwaukee with Kids

Here are some great things to do in Milwaukee Wisconsin with kids!

A year ago, we moved here to a smaller town in Eastern Iowa.  Jokingly (or maybe not), the locals tell me we are "five hours from anywhere fun!"

While I've enjoyed getting to know our new town, it has definitely been fun to make some overnight trips on long weekends to nearby "big" cities.

Recently we visited Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  We had a blast, so I thought I'd share some of our favorite things we did, along with recommendations from others who have visited recently.

Things to Do in Milwaukee with Kids

June 27, 2017

Patriotic Pop Up Card

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #USOCarePacks #CollectiveBias



Want to share some love with the servicemen or women in your life this summer?  Make this easy Patriotic Pop Up Card and share the love with our troops!


Our family is fascinated by researching family history. In our family, generations of men have served in the military in some way or another. One great-great-great grandfather even died (many years after the fact) from a bullet he received as a Confederate soldier in the Battle of Chickamauga

My dad was the last of our immediate family to serve in the military.  He was in the Navy as a young man.  Now, our tradition of military service is carried on by my brother-in-law, who is serving in the US Army.  We are proud of him and thankful for the service he and each our of our servicemen and women give for our country.

One of the ways you and I can show our support for the troops is by buying Coca-Cola™ products at your local Sam's Club!  Look for the cans with the custom patriotic packaging!  My Sam's Club didn't stock these special cans but they are available in most Sam's Club locations.

Want to share some love with the servicemen or women in your life this summer?  Make this easy Patriotic Pop Up Card and share the love with our troops!


When you purchase Coca-Cola products at Sam's Club this summer, you'll be helping to provide care packages to the troops overseas!  Sam's Club is partnering with the USO and is hoping to provide 3000-5000 care packages this summer.

If you can't make it to the club anytime soon, or if you're like me and your club doesn't carry the special products, you can order Coca-Cola products with the special USO packaging online, or you can simply donate to the USO for care packages here.

I can't think of an easier way to give back to our troops this summer.

To make it extra special, I've put together a tutorial for an easy patriotic pop up card you can include with a care package or give to your favorite serviceman or woman.

I was inspired by this tutorial for a pop up card, but I know a lot of people don't have fancy cutting machines.  So, I figured out a way to make a similar card with just paper, scissors, and glue!


Patriotic Pop-Up Card


You will need the following supplies:
2 pieces 12x 12 solid Cardstock- different colors.  
1-2 pieces of coordinating patterned paper 
Glue dots 
Tape runner
Scissors
Xacto knife.
Template for stars (download here)

Instructions:
1. Cut a 4.75x12 inch strip of solid cardstock. Fold in half at the center. Using my template, trace and cut with Xacto knife, two stars evenly spaced from the center of the strip, leaving the feet closest to the center attached.
(my Xacto knife was so dull!  It took some work to cover those rough edges up.)

Glue stars together at the center tips.


2. Cut 2 4x4 inch squares to back the star cutouts. (solid contrasting paper)
Use a tape runner or other adhesive and glue to the front and back of your card.

You should see the contrasting paper through star shaped holes.

Want to share some love with the servicemen or women in your life this summer?  Make this easy Patriotic Pop Up Card and share the love with our troops!

3.  Cut a 4x8 piece of patterned paper.  Trace and cut two stars evenly spaced from center of the strip, again leaving the feet closest to the center attached.  Glue stars at center tips.

4.  Cut these stars out at the feet, making sure they stay connected.  There should be a hexagon at the bottom.

5. Add strong tape to the bottom of hexagon. Cut up the fold to remove the hexagon, leaving the taped feet of the stars.

6. Push the fold of the patterned stars right up against the feet of the solid stars.

Want to share some love with the servicemen or women in your life this summer?  Make this easy Patriotic Pop Up Card and share the love with our troops!

7. Repeat steps 3-6 for the other side of the card.

8. Use leftover patterned scraps as embellishments for the card. You can add embellishments as desired.  You can cut small stars and swirls to glue to the card.  Use glue dots.  Smaller stars layered in different colors make even more interest.

Want to share some love with the servicemen or women in your life this summer?  Make this easy Patriotic Pop Up Card and share the love with our troops!

Trace and cut label frames for a greeting.  I actually printed out the phrase I wanted in a cute font and traced it onto my label :)

Want to share some love with the servicemen or women in your life this summer?  Make this easy Patriotic Pop Up Card and share the love with our troops!




Want to share some love with the servicemen or women in your life this summer?  Make this easy Patriotic Pop Up Card and share the love with our troops!

This patriotic pop-up card and a Coca-Cola care package are sure to brighten anyone's day this summer!  How are you going to celebrate the 4th of July?



Want to share some love with the servicemen or women in your life this summer?  Make this easy Patriotic Pop Up Card and share the love with our troops!


June 16, 2017

Missionary Themed Girls Camp Tshirt

Have a missionary or service-themed girls camp?  Here's a great girls camp tshirt idea for you to make!


Our girls camp is coming up next week!  Last week I gave you a sneak peek of our camp shirts, so I thought I'd share the details with you today.

Have a missionary or service-themed girls camp?  Here's a great girls camp tshirt idea for you to make!