Show Your Creativity with the Vecco DIY Rug Texas Pride Contest

This DIY rug post has been sponsored by Vecco.  All opinions are mine.

In our house, we have mostly hardwood floor – no carpet.  That is perfectly fine with me, as I believe hardwood floors are easier to take care of.  We do have an area rug in most rooms to help with the falls, noise level, and to create a place to play and read books!  When Hubby and I were searching for rugs for our house, we were very limited in what we had to choose from.  I wish that I had the option of using Vecco products and creating a rug that fit our personal taste and decor.  

Have you heard about Vecco or seen the ads?  The possibilities are truly endless!  First you select the stencils that you want to use, then the Carpet Colorants.  Then, you place the stencil on the rug and spray.  If you're not happy with what you've created, it can be vacuumed right up until you spray the Colorant Lock on your rug.  See, it's so easy to show your creativity with a DIY rug!

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If you're worried about the safety of Vecco products around littles or pets, know that I was, too.  But here is what I found on the Vecco website that made me breathe easier:

Vecco cans and caps are partially made from post-consumer recycled materials and components of these are recyclable after use.

Most of the ingredients in Vecco products are made from the earth. Vecco Colorants and Colorant Lock contain no CFCs, bleach, dyes, sulfur or harmful chemical propellants. Vecco is not irritating to skin or harmful to you, your children or your pets when used as directed.

All Vecco products are made in the USA.

One Rug At A Time Event #advertisement

If you are in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area, you can show off your Texas pride for a good cause with Vecco DIY Rug Décor.  On Saturday, November 15th from 6 – 10 p.m. at Vecco's One Rug at a Time event, you can enter to win $2,500 and help a local non-profit organization win $5,000.  There will be live music, local area food trucks, and DIY fun for the whole family!  A special Texas rug mosaic will be on display to benefit Dwell with Dignity.  Each piece in the mosaic was created by a local Dallas artist and will be donated to a household in need.  The Texas Pride rugs made by the Dallas art community will also be on display.

Leading up to this fun event, four non-profit organizations – Dwell with Dignity, Dallas Area Fabric Artists, ArtLove Magic and Groundwork Dallas – are participating in a special rug-making competition using Vecco DIY Rug Décor.  These organizations have each designed a rug that illustrates what Texas Pride means to them.  The organization who receives the most votes will win a $5,000 donation from Vecco to help support their cause.  Cast your vote for your favorite rug from Monday, November 10, 2014 through Friday, November 14th here.

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Are you inspired to participate?  The DIY fun isn't just for the design pros.  Anyone can design and enter a rug in a special, second Texas Pride rug contest, just for individuals.  Vecco will have supplies available for anyone who wants to design a rug and enter.  Simply be one of the first 100 visitors at Vecco's One Rug at a Time event at Valley View Mall on Saturday, November 15th from 6 – 10 p.m.  Vecco designers will be on hand to provide instruction and tips to help bring your rug to life.

When your rug is ready, snap a photo and email it to onerug@veccostudio.com to submit your entry.  Vecco will post it on a special Texas Pride board on Pinterest.  Be sure and share the link with friends and family and ask them to 'like' your rug photo to cast their vote.  The rug that receives the most likes will win $2,500!  Voting begins December 8 and ends on December 17, 2014.  The winner will be notified by Vecco by email. 

To learn more about creating a Vecco DIY Rug, watch this helpful video:

Will you be attending the event?  Are you inspired to create a Vecco DIY Rug?

 

20 Fun Fall Crafts for Kids

20 Fun Fall Crafts for Kids

The boys and I love to celebrate each season with a fun craft.  I went in search of some great fall, but not Halloween, crafts and I came up with twenty great fall crafts for kids!  I think we will start with some leaf crafts, then apple, then pumpkin, and complete the rest later in the Fall season.  We are going to be prepared when Fall comes!  

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Have fun crafting!

 

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Fall Frames:  3 Ways – Homemade Ginger

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Soda Bottle Pumpkins – Organized 31

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Easy Fall Pumpkin Craft – Barefeet On The Dashboard

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Recycled Newspaper Pumpkin Art – Laura Kelly's Inklings

 

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Patchwork Pumpkins – The Nerd's Wife

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Jeweled Acorn Caps – Julie Is Coco and Cocoa

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Painting Pumpkins with Toddlers – Barefeet On The Dashboard

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Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkins – Saving Said Simply

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Paper Plate Owl – Huppie Mama

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DIY Bottle Cap Turkey Napkin Rings – The Country Chic Cottage

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A is for Apple – We Know Stuff

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Apple Magnet – About Family Crafts

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Apple Stamp Banner – How To Have It All

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Stained Glass Fall Leaf

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Autumn Tree Paper Craft – Southern Girl Ramblings

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Fingerprint Fall Tree – Just 2 Sisters

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Coffee Filter Leaves – Artsy Momma

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Acorn Cap Wreath – How To Have It All

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Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder – Just 2 Sisters

DIY Drinking Glass for Kids using Repurposed Glass Jars

We have been using glass cups, bowls, and plates for a few years now to limit our use of plastics in the home.  I try to get our dishes from thrift stores or clearance but things DO break with kids using them, so you really can never have enough!  Recently, my mother gave me quite a few of these cute little jars that she had saved for us, because they are the perfect size for little hands.  (They are great for portion control for juice and keeping spills small, too.)  I had seen a great idea to decorate coffee mugs with oil based paint markers and thought it would be fun for the boys to personalize their repurposed glass jars.  We dedicated about an hour to decorate our clean glasses and let them dry for about 24 hours.  I think they turned out super cute!  They've made it through one dishwashing without chipping, but really should be hand washed to avoid chipping.

DIY Drinking Glasses for Kids Using Repurposed Glass Jars

Supplies needed:

  • clean glass jars
  • oil based paint markers
  • clothes that can get messy (because as much as you tell a three year old "don't get it on your clothes…it's not going to work ;)
  • imagination!

DIY Drinking Glass for Kids using Repurposed Glass Jars

DIY Drinking Glass for Kids using Repurposed Glass Jars

Directions:

  1. Follow directions on markers to get them ready for drawing.
  2. Draw, write, create with the markers on your glass jars.  I wouldn't recommend drawing inside of the glasses because I'm thinking that would leech chemicals into your beverages..which is the whole point of using glass jars anyway.  :)
  3. Let jars dry for about 24 hours.
  4. Place decorated jars into a cold oven.
  5. Turn on oven to 350º.
  6. Leave the glasses in the oven for about 30 minutes.  Warning: you will smell the paint "cooking," so definitely open up a few windows or do like we did and head outdoors during this time.
  7. After 30 minutes, turn off the oven but feel free to leave the glasses inside to cool….then they're ready!

This was so much fun for the boys and they just went to town, asking for more jars to decorate.  It all cost about $12, which was the price of the markers…the jars were F-R-E-E!  So now, all of my glass jars that I use for food storage are pretty and decorated! 

We also made a fun Father's Day gift for Daddy to drink his favorite juice:

DIY father's day Drinking Glass using Repurposed Glass Jars

(The jars I used were from this product, in case you wondered.)

 

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Start your Garden Indoors with DIY Seed Pots! Great Earth Day Craft, too!

This DIY seed pots post has been brought to you by Oriental Trading.  All opinions are mine.  This post contains affiliate links.

Earth Day is April 22nd and a great day to teach about recycling, gardening, and just being kind to the Earth we all live on.  Now is the time to start thinking about our Spring Garden, however, and I wanted to start some seeds indoors with the boys, so they will be ready to plant by Earth Day, or sooner.  

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I received these seed pots from Oriental Trading and we were excited to decorate them.  I gave the boys some markers, eco-friendly glue, googly eyes, tissue paper, eggshells, and old cooked spaghetti noodles, just for fun.  I was curious as to what they would come up with.  (The googly eyes and other items that aren't biodegradable should be removed before planting.)

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We had a blast decorating the biodegradable seed pots.   The Captain tried to make a pot that looked like Daddy.  We made a smiley face out of eggshells that we had put in the compost bucket.  We used the cooked spaghetti noodles to spell "BP" for bell pepper.  D made a four-eyed monster that he was quite proud of:

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After we were done decorating, we filled the pots with potting soil and planted a few seeds in each.  We planted herbs, tomatoes, and bell peppers, then wrote on the back of the seed pots the name of the type of seed that was planted in them, so we wouldn't forget.IMG_0142

Our seed pots have sprouted and will be all ready to transfer to our garden when Spring comes!  The boys are excited and I am, too!  We love gardening!  Most of the googly eyes have fallen off with water, and watering does change the appearance of the pots over time.  

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These DIY Watch It Grow Medium Seed Pots can be purchased at Oriental Trading  for only $8.25 for 24.  They are made of biodegradable peat fiber, so you can plant them right into the garden without worrying about disrupting the roots.  As I noted before, however, you should remove all plastic decorations before planting them, although most fall off with watering.

 

Happy Spring and Happy Earth Day, too!

 

Stained Glass Fall Leaf Craft

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The boys love talking about the changing seasons and looking at all of the magnificent colors of the fall leaves.  We wanted to decorate the house a little with the beautiful colors of fall, so we made a stained glass fall leaf craft!  It was a bit more difficult than I had prepared for, but they were each able to participate and do what they could, with help.

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Okra Painting {Crafts for Kids}

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Our summer garden is coming to an end, but the okra is still holding on.  It has been so hot here, I just don't want to go pick the okra some days, so, when I finally make it out there, there are a few pieces that are overgrown and hard.  I had been throwing some into the composter, but the other day we tried okra painting.  The boys had a blast.  

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Easy, Fun Crafts for Kids from Oriental Trading

This post about crafts for kids was brought to you by Oriental Trading.  All opinions are mine.

As a stay-at-home mom of two boys who loves crafts, as well as a volunteer teacher for Children's Worship at church, I'm always looking for fun crafts for kids that are easy to do and worth hanging on to after they're all done.  When I browsed the Oriental Trading website, I was pleasantly surprised with their selection!  I picked out a few things to review and I'm so happy with what we got.  

First up, we received the Color Your Own Knight Mask.  My boys LOVE knights and pretending to be knights, so I knew this would be a hit.  We were scheduled to teach Children's Worship at church, too, so I thought, what better way to use this awesome craft with the them of "I'm in the Lord's Army!"  The kit came with 12 masks that were very easy to assemble, all for only $5.25!  (The masks are currently out of stock, but keep checking back!)  Oriental Trading also has color your own shields, swords, and more, to coordinate with the knight masks.  

Here are the boys, coloring their masks:

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Turtle With Shell Craft

Turtle with Shell Craft for Kids

This turtle with shell craft is one of my favorite crafts from my kindergarten teaching days!  I have been waiting to do this craft with the Captain, and figured he was old enough and had enough attention span to complete it, and I was right.  He loved it!  I let D make a Turtle, too, but he did have to have a lot more assistance, of course.  This cute craft can go along with many lessons and there can be many variations, depending on the turtle you would like to make or the skill you would like your kids to practice.  

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Eco Friendly Mother’s Day Crafting with Elmer’s Naturals

I participated in this Elmer's Naturals campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Elmer's. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Both of the boys are really into crafts right now.  It doesn't matter what it is, if it involves any kind of paint, makers, glue, etc, they're super excited.  That's why when we received our box of Elmer's Naturals eco friendly glue, this was the genuine expression on the Captain's face:

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“Corduroy” the Bear Craft

The Captain and Baby D's current favorite book is "Corduroy" by Don Freeman.  I loved this book as a child, so it makes it even more special that the boys love it so much!  My mother, the boys' Grammy, was the one who introduced Corduroy to the boys, by reading them books when we have visits together.  

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"Corduroy" is about a little stuff bear in a department store who has lost one of the buttons on his green corduroy overalls.  One night, he goes searching for the button and has many adventures!  The end  has a nice surprise, as well!  It really is a cute, fun, exciting book.

We had some old wooden buttons and I thought it would be fun to make our own Corduroy craft.  I went online to see what I could find and as luck would have it, I found a plain Corduroy printable at Twisty Noodle.  The Captain wanted to paint and he, of course, didn't want ANY help:

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Baby D is just learning how water colors work.  Paint, water, paper?  Water, paint, water, paper?

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After we finished, we glued the wooden buttons onto our Corduroy.  This the Captain's:

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And this is Baby D's, who got a little help from me because it was just fun to paint our favorite bear!

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There are many books in the "Corduroy" series, so check them out.  Did you love this book as a child?

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