Sweet Little Ring Bowl Tutorial – The Perfect Gift

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The art of giving has always been close to my heart.  There is nothing quite like finding the perfect gift.  Choosing the wrapping with care, a ribbon that is cool and soft to the touch and the ideal card, to not only hint at what’s to come, but to compliment it.  To me, the whole process is part of the beauty of giving a gift.  From the tissue, to the ribbon, to the box, it’s all part of the experience of receiving.   There was a reason I was paid, starting at a very young age and stretching to this day, to wrap all of our family’s Christmas gifts; even my own which were marked carefully so that I knew not to peak into the box of the ones that were mine.   Clearly I was also a strict rule follower, but I digress.  The only thing I love more than finding the perfect gift, is making the perfect gift.  It takes time and thought and as you slowly and methodically craft, your mind wanders almost in a meditative state.  You think of the receiver, the times you have shared, your relationship, the joy, the time that has passed and all the many moments spent together.  All of this thought, all of this love, is woven into the gift; not unlike the seamstresses who did the detail work on Princess Diana’s wedding gown wove a strand of her hair into the hem of her gown, you are weaving your love into the gift.

This Sweet little ring bowl is one of my favorite gifts to give.  It is perfect for the newly engaged, the newly wed, or really anyone who has the need of a darling little bowl to keep treasures.  For you DIY brides out there would be lovely to use in place of a ring pillow, it’s sweet, it’s whimsical, and it is something that you can set on your nightstand or by your powder room sink as a constant reminder of your wedding day~ really it cannot get more lovely. * As a bonus, it is so easy! You could easily craft this with your children to teach them the beautiful art of giving.

* To use in a wedding you could stamp out small holes to lace gold or silver thread through for securing the rings for that long walk down the aisle.

You will need

  • A non-serrated knife
  • A rolling pin
  • Small dishes for stencils
  • Small dishes for molds
  • Acrylic paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Gold leaf leaves
  • Fine sand paper
  • Mod Podge

 

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DIY Nautical Nursery Art

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DIY Nautical Nursery Art

 

What you’ll need:

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  • 3 12×12 canvases
  • 3 2oz bottles of acrylic paint
  • Foam Brush
  • Vinyl
  • Contact Paper
  • Acetone (optional)

Start by cutting out the chain link background using your silhouette machine and stretch it in the studio to match your canvas size. Initially I thought I could use one chainlink background for all three canvases, but the pictures turn out much better if you used a fresh vinyl each time. The vinyl will cost less than the canvas, so in my opinion it’s worth it.
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Geometric Painted Set of Children’s Blocks – DIY

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As a mother of a ten month old, my living room is full of brightly colored plastic toys. It seems like my son’s favorite toys are the biggest, ugliest (loudest) ones. Now that he’s starting to show interest in blocks, I’ve been looking around for a set that he and I can enjoy together (preferably one that I like to look at, since they’ll no doubt be scattered on the floor for much of the day!).

Here’s a little set of wood blocks stained and painted with geometric shapes. The bright white and metallic gold accents are so clean and modern! This little stack of blocks will look good on a living room floor as well as stacked on a shelf waiting for tiny hands to play with them.

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Mason Jar Chore Chart

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Is it a pain in the butt to try to keep track of who is doing which chores and don’t have a cute way to keep track, but maybe just a bunch of lists lying around the house?

Check out this adorable Mason Jar Chore list from The Crafted Sparrow. The sticks have the name of the chore, and when your kids are done with the chore, they can move their stick to the “Done” jar.

I just think this is so adorable and would look good in anyone’s house.

To check out the Mason Jar Chore Chart, check it out here. 

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