Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day

Hello strangers! It has been so long! There is a part of me that is really missing the planning and blogging of tot school, but the other part of me is enjoying the clean house and freedom of not having so much structure right now. I know we are getting closer to starting some kind of learning routine with Boogie since he will be three this fall, but right now I am focusing on finding the balance between husband, kids, and chores that works for our weekdays. When you add Bible study, playdates, and errands to that, we are pretty busy!

I also have found relief in the fact that I am not so attached to the computer. I read this article the other day and felt incredibly convicted, even though I am not blogging very often right now. I do still get distracted from my husband and kids by my phone and am working on changing that.

Just so you know we are still here and doing well, I wanted to say hello and share the Mother's Day keepsakes we made.

It is getting harder and harder to shop for the moms in our lives, but easier and easier to find adorable keepsakes to make for them. I knew I wanted things that were small and functional, so Pinterest and I spent some time together, and this is what we came up with :)

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You will need:
* solid color potholders
* fabric paint

Easy peasy! You can either put the paint on a plate or squirt it directly onto your child's hands and have them rub their hands together. Help them aim, press the fingers and palms down, then peel away the potholder. I added some wording as a reminder for when they received these, too. Above the year, I wrote each child's name as well.

I combined ideas from Handprint and Footprint art and this pin from Pinterest, which didn't seem to have a source.

You will need:

* ceramic tile (mine is 6x6 because that was the largest plain white one I could find. I would have prefered 8x8)
* paint
* mod podge (I used homemade by adding glue and water together until it was the right consistency)
* sponge brush
* acrylic sealer spray
* paper
* permanent markers
* scissors
* felt
* glue gun

1. Find the tile you want to use.
2. Cut out a square of white cardstock to that size or slightly smaller. Fold it in half and cut out a heart.
3. Put paint on a plate and guide your child/children's feet within the confines of the heart. For this trivet, we used Boogie's left foot and Bam Bam's right foot.
4. Label the children's feet with their names using a complimentary colored marker.
5. If you are using white cardstock and a white tile, I suggest outlining the heart in a color of your choice.
6. Spread mod podge all over the tile.
7. Attach your words first, either handwritten or typed, so you know where to place the heart. Mod podge over the words.
8. Put the heart on the tile after the footprints are dry. Heavy mod podge around the edges and more gently mod podge over the feet. I had some color running but not a lot and it didn't ruin the prints at all. You could probably use sealer on the footprints before you do the mod podge to protect it. I didn't do that, but I don't know why it wouldn't work.
9. Use the acrylic sealer spray over the whole thing when the mod podge is dry.
10. I have not done this yet, but I would like to add some kind of varnish and then seal it with the spray again.
11. Add a square of felt on the back so that the tile doesn't scratch the table.

I saw the heart and wording idea here, the idea to use tiles as coasters here, and combined the methods to make a trivet instead. I cannot vouch for whether it will work with super hot things, since I haven't tried it yet, but it is incredibly cute to display at any rate. So my functional idea might not have worked out 100% but the moms loved them yesterday anyway :)

Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day!

I may be linking these ideas up to these great parties at some point.
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