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Party Like a Toddler

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His Majesty had a Halloween Party at play school yesterday, which gave me the opportunity to try out two new recipes that I pinned to my Halloween Board.

The first was a twist on our Valentine’s Day success: I call it “Monkey Munch”, but my husband, and the recipe that I used, call it “Puppy Chow”.  The other play school parents just called it “Really Good”.  The source of the recipe is a blog called Your cup of Cake, and it’s written by a college student at BYU.  She has tons of recipes for sweet treats, like this one for hot chocolate truffles.  Betcha Santa would take those over the same old chocolate chip cookies we leave him every year!

The recipe is very easy to follow.  The only thing I did differently was to mix the coated cereal and the powdered sugar in a (clean, unused) kitchen trash bag.  It’s bigger, so it’s easier to spoon the cereal into it, and there is more room to shake the cereal around and coat it evenly in the powdered sugar.  I just used one trash bag for the white chocolate mixture and one for the chocolate chip mixture.  I used about 2/3 of a big bag of Reese’s Pieces, but you could add M&Ms, candy corn, pretzels, whatever you want, to dress it up to your satisfaction.

The second recipe I tried was this pumpkin shaped cheese ball from Family Fresh Meals.  I served it with pretzels, crackers, bell pepper slices, and nacho chips.  It looked so pretty that people will think it takes you a lot of work to create it, but it doesn’t.  Not including the time it spent in the fridge overnight, it took me about 20 minutes, including time to cut up the peppers and set up the crackers on the platter.   It was a hit with the kids, and His Majesty tried to eat some of the leftovers with a spoon.

These two snacks went over very well with both adults and kids.  I still can’t get over how much toddlers eat, those little ones sat down around the table and gorged themselves to their little costumed hearts’ content.  Even so, these recipes make a lot of servings, so if you are watching your waistline, I’d definitely suggest that you have a plan for how to pawn the leftovers off on your friends generously gift the leftovers so that you aren’t tempted to overindulge.  These treats are can be dangerous!

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Wreath

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I haven’t done much Halloween decorating this year, and it’s not for lack of pinspiration.  I have a whole Halloween Board.  There is no shortage of ideas to make your yard spooky, scary, or just plain fun.

Yet, I’ve done nothing.  Am I lazy?  Am I busy?  Yes, to both, but that’s not the real reason why I haven’t been busy decorating.

The answer is that I’m hostile.  And I’m hostile, quite honestly, because it’s an election year, and I feel like the core principals of our nation are under attack.  Because of that, I’m very fearful of the future, and as a result, I have felt a serious lack of festivity when it comes to things like decorating for Halloween

But my kids’ haven’t lost their enthusiasm.  So, I stopped reading political articles, got out the Halloween bins and got busy.

Their excitement was contagious.  Before I knew it, I was digging out stuff to make a wreath.  You know how much I love wreaths. Especially when I can make them myself.

Here’s some ideas for getting your front door in the Halloween spirit.

Image of Halloween Boo Wreath from Lil Maddy Designs on Etsy.

Lil Maddy Designs on Etsy has amazing wreaths.  Isn’t this one fun? But alas, this wreath is seriously professional grade, I am no where near talented enough to pull this beauty off, especially at the last minute.  Plus, I didn’t have tons of tulle.

Then there is this one from Craftaholics Anonymous.

I love this one, but I didn’t have burlap, letters, or scrapbook paper to decorate the letters.

Which lead to option 3, this wreath from Lion Brand.

Image of spider wreath from Lion Brand.

I could potentially pull this off, but I didn’t have grey yarn, although I did have black… and I had plastic spiders.

So, that’s where I started off.  Wrapping a 16″ wreath form in black yarn– while I watched this weeks Presidential Debate.

Then I got out my fake spiders.

And my spooky sheet, which I figured could work in lieu of a spider web (which the kids had already spread all over the front bushes, plus I thought maybe it would hold up better than the cheaper stretchy spider web material).

I wrapped the “spooky sheet” over the wreath, and tucked the ends in at the back.

Then I hot glued the spiders on the “web”, and added a few plastic spider rings for good measure.

At this point, it met approval from both Christopher and His Majesty, so I hung it on the front door.

Well, it’s not my favorite wreath, but I am horrified of spiders, so I think the fact that they now greet me when I come in the front door is part my reservation about this entry way decor.  But my kids–especially His Majesty–love it.  His Majesty is all about spiders and bugs these days.  And, I definitely think it’s pretty creepy, so it fits the Halloween bill.

Do you or your family really get into Halloween decorating?  Do you prefer fun decorations, spooky decorations, or a combination of the two?  Any decorating ideas you want to pass along?

The First Boo-Tiful Halloween Craft of 2012

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Oh my gosh, I am so excited to show off my friend Melissa’s handiwork today!  She’s been bitten by the Pinterest bug, and my Facebook newsfeed has been full of all sorts of treats and crafts that she’s created for herself and her sweetie up north in PA.  As soon as I saw her awesome Halloween Topiary, I begged her to let me feature it here, and she was kind enough to let me.  Thanks, Melissa!

She drew her (p)inspiration  from Courtney at A Diamond in the Stuff, which is a fantastic blog that is loaded with amazing DIY-able home decor creations.  Seriously, what this woman can do with Mod Podge and some thrifted furniture is unreal, you’ve got to check it out.

Pumpkin Topiary; Source: A Diamond in the Stuff

(Courtney also has an Etsy Store, just in case you’re running out of time to create your own awesomeness from time to time.)

Using faux pumpkins, Krylon Glitter Blast spray paint, a hot glue, a basket, wooden skewers, and craft letters, Melissa made her own version in under 3 hours (including time spent waiting on the paint to dry between coats:

To this:

Don’t you just love it?  What a great way to jazz up an entryway, or a porch, especially if you don’t want to decorate with anything that might be too scary for your little Trick or Treaters.  Melissa says: “From start to finish this was an easy craft and I recommend it for beginners! I used simple pumpkins from Walmart, glitter blast spray paint, and all of the accessories were from Michael’s! Simple, easy, fun & makes a great decoration!!”  The cost for her materials rang in at about $45, the bulk of which was in the cost of the Krylon Glitter Blast spray paint (which has an awesome color selection and just flat out rocks, but is a bit steeply priced if you are going to use more than one color for a project.  I wonder if there is a cheaper alternative out there that could still achieve the glittery finish?).

Great job, Melissa, and thanks for sharing your work!

You can see more of Melissa’s favorite (p)inspirations and follow her in all of her greatness to see what else she finds and creates here.

I can’t believe it’s time to actually start making some of the fantastic Halloween creations that I’ve been pinning all year! I’d better get it in gear!! Thanks for the push, Melissa!

I’d love to feature your creations, too, so if you make something you saw on Pinterest, take pictures, and let me know that you’d like some of the spotlight!  Email me at verypinteresting(AT)GMAIL(DOT)com, I’d love to see your masterpieces.

Eye Loved Halloween!

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I normally don’t post on Tuesdays, but I (Eye) had a “Pinterest Saves the Day” moment yesterday, and I thought I’d share it.

Yesterday afternoon, in the middle of baking a cake for a Halloween party, I realized that I didn’t have anything that would even resemble a Halloween costume for myself.   Not that I wanted to don a full costume, but His majesty was set to dress as a cheeseburger, and Christopher had been piecing together a “nerd” costume, but I didn’t have so much as a witch’s hat or a headband with devil horns on it.  So, wanting to be more festive than my usual look, but unable to leave the house during His Majesty’s nap time, what did I do?  I turned to Pinterest for (p)inspiration, of course.  I remembered that my friend Emily (who, by the way, threw the most amazing Halloween party, complete with a bunch of incredible ideas she’d pinned) had pinned a spider web eye makeup idea that her daughter had put her own twist on at an event earlier in the weekend.  Thinking that I may have some of the makeup required for the look, I headed over to check it out. The pin didn’t go to the original source at first, so I had to do some investigating, but luckily, I found it rather quickly in the blog of this beautiful woman.  She’s literally a makeup guru, and her blog, xsparkage.com, has too many ideas and tutorials to even count.  I’m talking great stuff, and not just for Halloween.  Her tutorial was easy to follow, and her personality was just so positive and cute– I honestly have a girl crush on her.

Anyway, I was able to find her blog, and watch her tutorial, and even though my makeup collection ultimately didn’t include the suggested items, I was able to follow her tutorial and do an ok job eplicating her look using black, silver and white eyeliner that I had on hand.  My work was far from perfect, and not even close to the crisp, bold, perfect looking makeup art that Leesha did during her tutorial, but nonetheless, I was pretty pleased with myself.  So here is her beautiful spider web eye:

Source: xsparkage

And here’s mine:

Not bad, eh?  I totally thought it was passable, and the people at the party actually knew that they were supposed to be spider webs, so that’s a good thing.  I definitely think that I could have done the tutorial a lot more justice if I’d planned ahead and bought some of the right type of makeup, but hey, for 15 minutes and what I had lying around the house, I give it a thumbs up.  Leesha’s tutorials was so easy to follow that I felt like I had done the impossible.  I am actually excited to follow a few more of her tutorials, and I even went out and bought some clearance Halloween fake eyelashes to use next year (50% off, woot woot!!), which I’m going to use Leesha’s blog to learn how to apply in between now and next year.

So you see: Pinterest saved the day, and I didn’t have to spend a dime!

Hope you had a Happy Halloween!

Carve-acious Creations!

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Our family’s big decisions this weekend were centered around pumpkins.  Should we paint them or should we carve them?  We debated the merits of both, drawing pinspiration from so many sources that it made our heads spin. Talk about fun, there are endless ideas, and some of them were way more intricate than the triangle eyes, nose, and mouth that my parents lovingly carved for us when my brother and I were kids.  Check out this clown pumpkin, is it not adorable? I would never come up with this sort of stuff on my own, gotta love the internet.  After much debate, we decided on two different carved designs: a cyclops and a cannibal.  The cannibal pumpkin is from a blog post entitled Halloween Dos and Don’ts, which positively cracked me up when I read it.  The cyclops pumpkin is from a blog called Lines and Color, which is all about, you guessed it, lines and color.  It has posts about all types of art, from comic books to painting, if you are looking for eye candy to feed your right brain.

Anyway, we already had pumpkins from our visit to a pumpkin patch, and now we had our pinspiration narrowed down.  Check, check.

Then came the yucky part: Cleaning them out.  Bllleegggg, the squishiness of the pumpkin guts makes me want to rub my skin off, so naturally, this was a perfect job for my Christopher.  I’m raising the boy up right, teaching him to kill the spiders and to take the guts out of the pumpkins. Future daughter-in-law, you are most welcome.

Then we drew (very rough) outlines of the carvings on the pumpkins with a dry erase marker.

We don’t own any fancy pumpkin carving kits, and I questioned how well we’d be able to carve the details on the tiny pumpkin.  My husband, always the thinker, came up with a great idea: He broke out the drill and the jig saw to get this job done. I’m sure millions of people have gone this route, and it makes so much sense that I honestly don’t know why my husband has never thought to use power tools on pumpkins before, but I’m glad he did this year, because it sure saved us a lot of time.

He used the drill to carve the mouth portion of this pumpkin, and as an added benefit, it pulled out some of the seeds on the way out, making it look like the pumpkin was throwing up.  Pretty cool, eh?  Yeah, we thought so, and we left it like that for effect.  He used a regular kitchen knife to remove the skin on the pumpkin to shape the eyes.

Then he fired up the jig saw and carved the large pumpkins.  The jig saw saved us a considerable amount of time, and we basically only had to use a knife to fine tune the carvings. Well inside of an hour later, we had these beauties:

We used toothpicks to secure the nose to the cannibal pumpkin, and to hold the smaller pumpkin inside of the larger pumpkin’s mouth.  Here’s how they look in the dark.  I’m pretty happy with how they turned out, despite the fact that you can’t see the terrified expression on the pumpkin that is “being eaten” 😉 Cyclops looks awesome when he’s all lit up though, so I was pretty excited to see how he turned out.

Christopher also put his right brain to work and assembled a pumpkin of his own.  I say assembled because he didn’t exactly carve it, and he used a pretty creative accessory.  Can you tell what it is?

Vampire teeth!! Isn’t that creative?  He cut the eyes and nose out of pumpkin bits that we’d removed from the larger pumpkins, and then anchored them with toothpicks. (Crafty kid we’ve got, huh? He was excited when I told him I’d post this picture of his pumpkin on the internet for him.)

So there you have it. Our Carve-acious Halloween creations.  Happy Halloween!  If you have pictures posted of your own carve-acious creations, post links to them, I’d love to see (and pin!) them!

It’s the Great Pumpkin! Kind of…

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There is so much Halloween cuteness to be found on Pinterest that I had to make a separate board to keep my inspirations straight. Pumpkin carvings like this and snacks like this.  Don’t they just make you want to host a Halloween party?!  Plus, after I made the ghost feet canvas, and loved it, I didn’t want to waste any time getting on board making this adorable kid friendly craft . I wanted to get it up on the wall as soon as possible, so that I didn’t have to wait until next year to display it.   Here was my inspiration.

Is this not adorable?!

I’d already purchased the canvas in a bulk pack using a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby(making each 12×12 canvas cost about $1.20), and I already had brushes, spray acrylic sealer, white paint, and stencils from previous projects.  So, I stopped at Michael’s and grabbed four tubes of acrylic paint (two different oranges and two different greens) and a roll of orange ribbon with white trim to use to hang the canvas. By the way, educators, including home educators, get an additional 15% off every day at Michael’s, so bring your teacher ID or homeschool registration card if you want to save some extra money.  My out of pocket for this rang in just shy of $5.

Anyway, I brush painted the canvas white at night, after my boys had gone to bed.  I should have used a foam roller, like I did on the ghost footprint canvas, because it was quick and seemed to give really even coverage, but my roller wasn’t completely dry when I started this project, so I had to make due with brushes.

White paint on a white canvas... not much to see yet!

I did two coats of paint, letting it dry for about 30 minutes in between coats.  Then I painted a big orange pumpkin.  I just free handed it, starting small and then making it larger until I liked how it looked.

Then I did some stripes in a slightly darker shade of orange to try to show some depth, stenciled in the year, and let the whole thing dry overnight.

This is the first handprint art I tried with the boys since the disaster that was Father’s Day 2010, when His Majesty, then a mere 3 months old, screeched like a banshee and refused to humor me by opening up his hands.  Talk about a big fat, FAIL!  But this time, this time was going to be different.  This time, the project was going to go perfectly.  After all, our footprint effort had gone off without a hitch, so naturally, I was more than hopeful that this project would be a success.

Well, it wasn’t exactly as easy as I’d hoped.  My plan was to use Christopher’s hands to do the leaves first, and then use His Majesty’s hands to do more leaves in a slightly lighter color green, kind of overlapping them.  Seemed pretty straightforward, right?  Yes, except that Christopher is eleven years old, and his hands are officially almost as large as my own.  Which would have been fine, except that the pumpkin I painted was not large enough to make that work.  And because I’d already stenciled in the year, I would have had to paint over the stencil in a few coats of white paint, wait for it to dry, enlarge the pumpkin, wait for THAT to dry, and then do the handprint leaves. I was so bummed.  But then Christopher, the independent thinker that he is, suggested that we use his thumb as the stem of the pumpkin, and leave little brother’s hands to serve as the leaves.  YES, I agreed, that sounded perfect!

We started about the task of gathering His Majesty, who was clearly disturbed that he was not being granted the privilege of holding the paintbrush.  Luckily, he didn’t make too much of a fuss about it.  It was early, and mercifully, I don’t think he was fully awake.

Not exactly thrilled with his role in this project.

So, all was going well with the painting of his palm, except that when I got ready to make the first print, he closed his fist.  Tightly.  And by the time I’d convinced him (aka, bribed him with the promise of a banana) to open it, the paint was kind of dried.  So I had to repaint his hand, and then quickly press it to the canvas.  Anyway, we eventually got it, and the other hand, too.  And they looked pretty darn cute, despite some areas that would need some minor touch ups.

Then came time for Christopher to do the stem.

He expertly painted his thumb and made his mark on the canvas.  His print was even, and dark, a real 10+ thumbprint…but… do you see what we saw?

His beautiful thumbprint was positioned in such a way that it looked like His Majesty had a large 6th finger.  We laughingly examined it from all angles, and then Christopher suggested that we should scrap the stem idea and instead turn the thumbprint into a vine.  He was the brains of the operation, but unfortunately, I was assigned the task of turning his thumbprint into a vine… and painting leaves…

Eh. It worked out ok.  See the cute little handprints?  And those nice stenciled letters? Focus on those… Because I obviously need some practice making vines. And I probably should have googled images of pumpkin leaves before trying to paint them, considering that mine don’t look the least bit like them… but, we got it done (in under an hour), despite a few minor changes to the original plan.  Plus, we had some laughs about it, which I’m sure we’ll remember every year when I dig this beauty out of the Halloween box.

After it dried, I took it outside and sprayed it with acrylic coating, to seal the paint so that I can keep our creation for years to come.  The acrylic has to dry for 24 hours before you handle it, so it was another 2 days before I was ready to put the finishing touches on it and hang it up. I asked my husband to help me staple the ribbon to the back of the canvas, and I should have just waited for him.  However, I’m a little bit impatient, and in the 20 seconds of waiting on him, I decided to just staple it myself.  How hard could it be to use a staple gun, right?

Wrong.  What happened next was so disappointing, not to mention a bit scary, plus it made me mad, but didn’t kill or impale me or anyone in my family, so all is well.

I picked up the staple gun, squeezed the trigger, heard a loud crack, and then looked down to examine my handy work.  But there was no staple holding the ribbon to the canvas.  And just as I opened my mouth to ask my husband what kind of cruddy staple gun we owned, he turned the corner into the kitchen, and I realized what I had done.

I had held the staple gun incorrectly, and instead of attaching the ribbon to the canvas, I’d shot a rogue staple right through the center of the Great Pumpkin.

I wish I had a picture of the staple, but in the midst of my temper tantrum heartfelt expression of gratitude that I hadn’t shot myself in the eye/carotid artery/chest/whatever with the wild staple, it just slipped my mind.  I was pretty peeved that I had damaged the canvas, but my wonderful (and always calm) husband managed to remove the staple, and blend the paint on the pumpkin, leaving only a few traces of my staple gun mishap. He also stapled the ribbon to the canvas, and presented it to me for to display.

My reminder to not use tools without at least getting a brief how-to demonstration.

The staple gun does work to easily attach ribbon to canvas, assuming that you use it correctly.

After all of that, our final result looked like this.

Not too bad.  And, if you harbor a better understanding of spatial relations and staple guns than yours truly, it should be relatively easy to pull this off.  Obviously, if I can literally fumble through it, YOU can do it. I’ve gotten all of the mistakes out of the way for you now!

So tell me.  Have you ever had a creative snafu?  Did something that you created not turn out exactly as you’d hoped, but you somehow managed to pull it off in the end?  Have you narrowly averted a run in with a staple gun? Do tell. Please give me something to chuckle about that isn’t myself!

Ghost Feet Wall Art

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I love fall. It’s my favorite time of year. Aside from the fact that the temperatures cool down to the point where I can come out of my air conditioned hibernation, this fall was even more exciting because I scored big on clearance fall decor at Michael’s last year , so I had some new decorations to put outside. But besides having all of the store bought tackiness outside that I can stand (scarecrows and witches and dancing ghosts and foam pumpkins, woot woot!), I found this idea (and here’s the original source ) that had me running to buy a canvas and some paint.  Oooh, I did I have some perfect feet in mind for this!

Can I just take a detour for a second and tell you that I have NEVER been the type of mom to be cool with paint + toddlers?  The transformation I’ve undergone during the last year and a half at home (since His Majesty was born) is just surreal.  Don’t get me wrong, I still thrive on order and routine, but I have made some vast improvements, even calmly standing by while His Majesty painted a few masterpieces at our local kid’s art museum a few weeks ago. Thank goodness I got over my anxiety over getting a little paint out, there’s so much fun stuff to make! Prepare yourself for some gratuitous cuteness. Awwwwwwww…

He looked pretty excited to be painting, didn't he?

Anyway, back to the Ghost Feet Wall Art.  Here’s one of the original source’s masterpieces.

Pretty cute, eh? You should check out her blog, and how she put a twist on another girl ghost footprint. So creative!

The original source mentioned that while you could do this on construction paper, but both she, and I, elected to use canvas rather than construction paper. I used a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby (Do you get their weekly emails?  There’s always a coupon for something, and they only send one email a week.), so a four pack of 12 x 12 inch canvas rang in at less than $4.79 (40% off of the regular price of $7.99).  I knew I was going to use the other canvas eventually, so I went ahead and got the four pack.  In fact, I had another Halloween kid created masterpiece in mind, so stay tuned for more on that later! Anyway, each canvas rang in at $1.20 pre tax, and then I hopped basically across the street to Michael’s where I  then purchased two 2-ounce tubes of acrylic paint (one in black and one in white) on sale for 67 cents, and a roll of black and white polka dotted ribbon.  Educators, including home educators, get an additional 15% off every day at Michael’s (bring proof that you are an educator to show at the register), so the ribbon total for those 3 items was about $5.  I already had a brand new roller brush to paint the canvas, and regular brushes to apply paint to my boys’ feet, so, I didn’t need to buy more of those, making my total out of pocket cost for the project less than $7.  Not bad!

Then, oh happy day, when I got home and gathered my brushes, I found an unopened pack of stencils that I had snagged on clearance back in the summer for something like 50% off the sticker price of $4.99!  I decided to use them rather than try to hold my usually-shaking-from -too-much-caffiene hands to the task of writing directly on the canvas.  Major score for something forgotten and then found at the perfect time!  Usually when I find something useful, it’s when I’m putting things AWAY from a project–doesn’t that drive you nuts?!

Supplies gathered, and ready to begin! Paint, brushes, ribbon, stencil, and canvas.

You may notice something is missing from this picture…something crucial to the project… FEET!  Yes, that’s ok. This was a two part project. I painted the canvas black at night (two coats using the roller brush) and then gathered the feet the next day, after the canvas was good and dry.

Using the roller was genius. It covered really well, and took only a few minutes time.

Here's the canvas after two thin, evenly applied coats. I let it dry for one full episode of Breaking Bad, so about an hour, before I applied the second coat.

After I applied the second coat, the hubs and I watched another episode of Breaking Bad (we were catching up on season 4… whoa, that show is SO GOOD!!) and went to bed, leaving the canvas out to be finished in the morning. And the next morning, we got started right away, before His Majesty was dressed, and when Christopher would have been happiest to remain sleeping.

Coat the little feet evenly in white paint. And then apply it to the canvas quickly, before it has time to start to dry.

Press their feet firmly onto the canvas. I was afraid that it would break the canvas to have them step directly onto it, particularly my oldest, who is almost as big as I am, but you could always try that method too. Basically you just want to get a good print of their little feet.

We did His Majesty’s print first.  He resisted, and fought back, but we bribed him with the promise of bananas, and he cooperated.  Not a bad print for a first timer!

Look at Christopher’s foot next to His Majesty’s!  Where does the time go? Hard to believe that Christopher’s feet were ever that small 😦

Two sweet feet

Something to note:  If your print isn’t even, or if you have fuzziness where the foot didn’t make a good impression, you can easily fill it in with more white paint to fill out your footprint. Likewise, if you end up getting the look of 6 toes, like on His Majesty’s print, you can fine tune it with a bit of black paint.  This is a very forgiving project. You could even paint all over it and start from scratch if you were so inclined. That’s why I didn’t worry about the white splotch that we got when we printed His Majesty’s foot– I knew it would be an easy fix. Plus, it’s kid art, so part of it’s charm (*I* think) is in the little imperfections.  I added the “eyes” using a cotton swab, and used the stencils to do the lettering.  I decided not to write the boys’ names, since it was obvious which print belonged to which kid.  Thinking more about this, you could also glue on wiggle eyes if you wanted to be really cool.

After you let everything dry again, you just have to attach your ribbon.  You can also just hang the canvas as is, and forgo the ribbon, too.  (Or you could hang the canvas with pop tabs.  Have you heard of this?  I tried a few months ago with some canvas that I painted for our bonus room, and it worked *like a dream*.  As in perfectly.  Although, getting the pop tabs off of the cans fully intact was not as easy as I thought it would be. Check out this source blog for more about the pop tab idea.) Anyway, I liked the idea of using ribbon, like the original source, so I asked my husband to attach it to the back of the canvas with a staple gun.

There’s when my husband suggested that we spray it with an acrylic sealer, which would allow us to hang it outdoors without worrying that the weather would ruin it.  Since we already had sealer, I figured we’d might as well, which then added a full day to the total craft time (it needed to dry for 24 hours before we messed with it again).

Anyway, after the drying period passed, he went ahead and stapled on the ribbon for me.

And Ta-dah!! Done!

Including drying time, this wasn’t exactly a 5 minute masterpiece, but it was about as easy as it gets to create, and pretty cheap to boot.  Plus cute.  And festive. Don’t you think?  This is something that will surely bring a smile to my face from year to year.

Have you created anything beautiful lately?