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Monday, October 17, 2016

Easy Football-Themed Party Decorations

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It's football season and that means lots of excuses to have friends over for Game Day parties. Today I'm sharing a few simple football themed party ideas that are quick to put together and add a lot of festive fun.

The first project is a DIY football field tablecloth. To make one, you need:

Green plastic tablecloth
Scotch® Expressions White Glitter Tape
Ruler and Scissors
White letter stickers (or cut with craft cutting machine)

This project is super simple. Just roll out the washi tape in a big rectangle, then add in the end zone lines and 50 yard line. Use a ruler if you need help staying straight and keeping things evenly spaced. To make the small yard lines, I cut the washi tape in half.

To make the "end zones", I cut letters out of white cardstock using my craft cutting machine,  but you could also use letter stickers. The font is a free font called Superstar M54, in case inquiring minds need to know. I used a Scotch® Create Glue Pen to attach the letters to the tablecloth, since it has a fine tip and makes gluing small letters much easier.

Doesn't the tablecloth  make the cutest backdrop for all of the football treats?! 

The next football party craft is the cute treat containers you see in the picture above. To make them, you need:

Scotch® Expressions White Glitter Tape
Scotch® Expressions Washi Black Stripe
Scotch® Create Glue Pen
Brown and White Cardstock
Clear Treat Containers With Lids

I bought everything for these parties at Walmart. I found the treat containers in the paper plate aisle. The washi tapes and glue pens were in the paper crafting aisle, which is next to the greeting cards.

First, cut circles from cardstock to fit inside the lid.

Then add the football laces with the white glitter tape.

For the referee lid, cover a piece of white cardstock with the black and white striped washi tape, then trim off the extra around the edges. 

Using the glue pen, add the letter R to look like a ref jersey. Once again, the font is Superstar M54.

Then fill your treat containers with popcorn, nuts or any other fun munchie snack mix.

I shared the tutorial for these cute football cookies HERE. They are super easy to make but so fun.

It doesn't take much to put together a fun party table and the crafty details really make a party feel special.

Now, who's ready for some football!?!

See more great Game Day ideas HERE.

Super Easy Football Cookies

My husband loves football. Me? Not so much. But I do love any excuse for a party. So I came up with these super easy and cute football cookies to serve on Game Day. Because if there's fun food and decorations, I don't mind cheering for my favorite college football team.

They take all of five minutes to make, but they're so cute. Here's how you can make them.

You will need:

Chocolate Covered Cookies
White Chocolate (Almond Bark or White Chocolate Chips)
Sandwich Bag

I bought these cookies at WalMart, but pretty much any grocery store has some variety of fudge-covered cookies like this, so it should be easy to find something that works for you.

Melt the white chocolate in the microwave and place it inside a sandwich bag. Snip a tiny, tiny hole in one corner of the bag, then use it to pipe the football laces onto each cookie.

And that's all! I told you... so easy.

Here's a sneak peek of some cute football party crafts I'll post about on Wednesday. 

Doesn't it make you want to throw a football party?! Go team!

Golly, I'm such a sucker for food that borders on a craft. And this ideas is probably the quickest one I've tried yet!

Have a great day, friends.

An Undermount Sink in Laminate Countertops

One of the things I really, really, really wanted in our new kitchen was an undermount sink. I was so tired of crud getting stuck against the ridge of the sink. I longed for the day when I could just wipe crumbs off the counter straight into the sink with no obstructions! (Okay, maybe I'm being a little dramatic, but you get the idea).

When we decided to go with laminate countertops for our kitchen, I thought my wish for an undermount sink was impossible. Because the MDF under laminate countertops gets ruined when it gets wet, you can't install a normal undermount sink. Water gets in there, swells the MDF and warps your countertops.

But I did what I do for every single DIY project, and started combing the internet like an obsessed crazy woman. And that's how I found out about Karran sinks. They are specially constructed to be undermounted with laminate! Who knew, right?

You can imagine my happy dance. I immediately sent an email to the company to see if they would like to work with me here on the blog, and I'm so happy they said yes!

So first, here's my beautiful, sparkling new, giant undermount kitchen sink:

This is the Karran E-540 Edge Series Sink. Isn't it pretty?! Karran sells several different styles and sizes in their Edge Series that are compatible with laminate countertops. You can see all of the choices HERE

Do you see that full size cookie sheet and full size sautee pan in there with miles of room to spare? This thing is huge and deep and amazing!

We installed the sink ourselves. The process is a bit different than a regular sink installation, so I'll walk you through the process.

The first thing we did was watch THIS YouTube video about 85 times. If you're going to DIY a Karran sink, I would definitely watch the video too.

This is what a Karran sink looks like before installation:

See that band of white around the edges of the sink? That's what makes a Karran sink special. You cut the sink hole so that the white band lays flush with the surrounding wood and the laminate countertops cover that section to give you the seamless, water-tight installation.

The first think you have to do is decide on the placement of your sink. We taped a piece of paper down on the bare MDF countertops and drew the sink on with pencil. We also drew in where the faucet would go. We kept adjusting things until we felt happy that the sink was centered under the window and that it was the right distance from the faucets and the front edge of the counter.

The next step is to cut a hole for the sink. This hole should only be big enough for the bottom part of the sink to fit in. The white band around the top should sit on top of the hole.

First drill a pilot hole, then use a jigsaw to cut the sink hole.

After you've cut the hole, you should be able to rest your sink in it so that the white band is sitting on top of the wood. 

Trace around the edges of the white band.

Then route out the section of countertop so that the sink will sit flush with its surrounding. It will look like this:

Lower the sink into place and check that the white edge sits flush all the way around. If it doesn't, you'll need to adjust things until it is perfect.

Use Bondo to fill in the seams. When it's dry, sand it down until the sink and countertop are seamless and completely flat and smooth. Warning: Bondo stinks. A lot. But it's also awesome because it dries so quickly and is really easy to sand.

When you are satisfied that the sink is perfectly even with the surrounding countertop, drill holes for faucet placement.

I lined the top edge of my sink with blue painters tape to protect it during the next few steps.

Now it's time to glue down the laminate. I explained all about the process of installing DIY laminate countertops HERE. With a Karran sink, you just lay the laminate sheet right over the top of the whole sink, then cut it out later. Contact cement takes 30 minutes to dry, so after the required 30 minutes, mix up a two part epoxy and spread it around the edges of the sink. This stuff has a five minute dry time, so you have to do it at the very last second, then hustle to glue down the laminate.

At this point, your sink will be underneath the laminate.

Drill a pilot hole big enough for the router bit to fit through.


Then carefully route around the edges of the sink. This part was fun because suddenly the sink appeared from under the laminate! First we used a flush cut laminate bit to get a rough opening. Then we switched to an 8 degree chamfer bit for the final precision cut. The manufacturer recommends using a 10 degree bit, but it wasn't readily available at Home Depot and we couldn't wait to order it online, so we figured the 8 degree bit was close enough. And it was. Then we carefully sanded the edges with a metal file until everything was smooth and perfect. 

Repeat the process in smaller scale for the faucet holes. Drill a pilot hole...

...then route out the circles.

They will look like this:

Our sink came with four plastic guards to protect the laminate around the faucet holes, so we put them down in the holes before installing the faucet.

Do you want to see the finished sink? Of course you do!

Isn't it great? I got my wish for an undermount sink, even though we chose laminate countertops! I love that I can just wipe crumbs right into the sink and there are no icky ridges where junk gets trapped. I also love the clean, sleek look of it.

I am over-the-moon thrilled my new sink. Thank you Karran, for making such a great, innovative product!

Now on to the backsplash and painting cabinets!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

How I Found Time To Scrapbook Again

Thank you to Stampin' Up! for sending these pretty supplies to me so that I could share this post with you.

I used to be obsessed with scrapbooking. My oldest child has amazing scrapbooks documenting every moment of her life. My youngest child? I don't even think I have any printed pictures of her. As life has gotten busier, I just dropped scrapbooking completely. My poor younger children have nothing.

But last year, my husband and I took an amazing vacation to Boston. It was such a memorable trip that I really wanted to document it and be able to look at our pictures together. So I decided to give the Project Life method of scrapbooking a try. Guys, game changer!

My travel scrapbook came together so quickly because I didn't have to spend a bunch of  time hunting for coordinating paper and embellishments or cutting and gluing and cropping. You just slide your photos into the sleeve pockets, then slide the pre-made cards into whatever spots are left!

I also love that my photos aren't glued down to anything, so if I ever want to pull them out it's easy peasy.

But do you want to know the real reason I loved making a scrapbook with Project Life? I did almost all of it in the car. IN THE CAR! While I'm waiting in neverending pick-up lines, I grab a couple of page protectors and start flipping through the cards and instead of sitting there wondering why my children walk so slowly when they see me waiting for them, I'm busting out a scrapbook! It works to scrapbook this way in the car because I didn't need scissors or a paper cutter or glue or a bunch of messy stuff. Just the cards, my photos and the pocket pages.

It's pretty much the best thing ever.

It did take some getting used to. It was kind of like a puzzle trying to figure out how to put certain pictures together and which pocket pages would work for which pictures, but once I got the hang of it, this scrapbook came together in record speed. 

I thought it would be fun to customize the cover of my scrapbook, so I cut some gold craft vinyl using my Silhouette machine and adhered it to the cover.

It adds just the right amount of bling.

Next up, it's time to work on some baby books. Maybe my youngest kids will get scrapbooks after all!

So have you tried the Project Life way of scrapbooking? What did you think?

If you're interested in giving it a try, you can find some cute kits HERE.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Non-Traditional Gift Ideas for a Three Year Old Girl

It's time to start thinking about Christmas gifts. This year, I'm trying to come up with as many non-traditional gift ideas as I can since our toy closet is overflowing and my kids don't actually play with toys very often. 

Since it was a struggle to come up with gift ideas, I turned to Baby Cubby is an awesome online store that does all of the research for you. Their team is made up of actual parents who understand how hard it is to choose a stroller when there are a million strollers to choose from. They read through all of the reviews on every product they sell so that you don't have to! They also price-match (including Amazon) so you know you're getting a great deal.

Here are some of the gifts I've picked out for my three year old daughter.

Bath Toys. My daughter could spend hours in the tub. She loves to pour water and the tub is the least messy place for her to pour to her heart's content. I can't wait to give her these fun bath pipes and cogs. I think I'll package them up with some bubble bath and it will be a winning gift.

Boon Cogs Bath Toy $9.99
Boon Pipes Bath Toy $4.99

Backpack. My daughter watches her older siblings to go school every day and she is super jealous. I know she will be thrilled to have a backpack of her own, even if she doesn't need one. I can just picture her filling it with books or stuffed animals and hauling it all around the house. Plus, how cute is this hedgehog?!

Skip Hop Zoo Little Kids Hedgehog Backpack $19.99
Umbrella. My three year old daughter is going to have so much fun with this umbrella. I can just picture her twirling around outside every time it rains (or snows) just so she can open this cute bumblebee!

Skip Hop Zoobrella Bee $15.00
Books. My daughter loves books and I love that these BabyLit books are based on great works of literature. They include titles like Moby Dick, Jane Eyre and Pride And Prejudice. The pictures and words are simple and age-appropriate (in fact, I think they are really geared towards babies), but I'm going to have fun reading them to her and thinking about the grown-up versions.
BabyLit The Secret Garden Board Book $9.99

Purse. Does it seem redundant that I'm getting my daughter a backpack and a purse? Well, I just couldn't resist this cute Riding Hood bag and I think she will have so much fun putting her little princess toys inside.
Lily and Mom Riding Hood Purse 9.98
Accessories. I adore this little deer hat. So, so cute! My daughter would love any fun accessories like hair bows, bracelets, hats, or scarves. She also has a pair of pink cowgirl boots that light up and they are her favorite shoes ever. I like to tuck smaller accessories into her stocking on Christmas morning.

Blueberry Hill Hartley Deer Hat with Bow $28.00

It feels really good to be able to check one kid off my Christmas shopping list, although I've been thinking she might need one more thing. Do you have any tried-and-true gift ideas for a three year old girl? What did your little girls love to play with? I'd love to hear!

In exchange for this post, I was given a gift card to I love their business model, their products and their customer service. I chose the products I mentioned and will actually be giving them to my daughter for Christmas. All opinions are my own.