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Repurposed Picture Frame: Change with each Holiday or Season

 

Don’t throw out those picture frames that are missing the glass (because your husband broke it!). . . We have a cool solution to repurpose it into a crafty seasonal/holiday wreath (of sorts).

Hi Y’All,

So glad you’ve stopped by for another chat, drink and craft!  A few years back my husband (bless his heart) was hanging my pictures for me and dropped one.  Yes, the glass broke.  I always intended to get the glass replaced, but never happened.  Now I have a new purpose for that frame that I am excited about and we hope you will be too.

Tea for two

Minimizing & Repurposing

I am currently going through my house (which is chaos at the moment) to downsize all the “stuff” I thought I needed at one time.  I guess you could think of it as the opposite of nesting.  One of the things that I really need to get rid of are all the old, empty picture frames that “someday I was going to get the glass replaced” but never did.

Macmillandictionary.com explains repurposing like this, “to reuse something for a different purpose from the one that was originally intended.”

I was really excited about this craft of repurposing picture frames – as it fits with my nature on so many levels; frugality, crafting and usefulness.  Psst….My family can look forward to receiving their very own repurposed picture frame that they can use all year round….don’t tell.

Get Creative

Wiebke and I have very different tastes when it comes to being creative (that’s why we work so well together), and we have come up with several ideas that you can do with your picture frames.  And if you don’t have any picture frames you can purchase them inexpensively at a thrift store near you as we did for the ones we are going to show you below.

Your creativeness is going to make each one unique. So use your imagination.  We used a lot of the supplies we had around our house. I love scrapbooking so I had quite a bit of the supplies on hand.  Wiebke loves to create themes for parties and gifts for her friends and family and she had several of her supplies on hand as well.  So rummage through you cabinets and cupboards to see how you can use your supplies to the best of your imagination.  Let’s get started. . .

Repurposed Picture Frame

The basic supplies you need: Old wood picture frame (we both used 14″ x 16″ frames), spray paint (optional), twine or ribbon, small hooks, and the clothespins with the metal in the middle (Wiebke used a medium size and I used the super tiny ones).

Additional optional supplies: Scrapbooking paper (or similar), stickers, markers etc.

Step 1:  Prep your frame.  Make sure it is clean.  If you spray paint yours as I did, it may take a few coats, but make sure it is dry before you continue.  I let mine stand for 48 hours after the last coat (3).

Step 2: Insert hooks into the frame inner edge as shown below.  I used the existing metal tabs on mine (I think I prefer the hooks though).  Starting close to the top and then approximately 2-3″ lower.  This seems to be a good height for the message(s) to hang.

Step 3: Measure out the twine, ribbon, string that you choose to use and leave at least 4-6 inches extra.  This allows for tying it onto the hooks/metal tabs, as well as leaving enough to tie a bow at the other end (on the metal tab I wrapped it twice around before pressing the tab down into place).  This allows a quick release to change out the message.  Note: Wiebke put glue on the end of her twine and let it dry to keep the twine for fraying.

Step 4: You can either thread the twine/ribbon through the metal part on the clothespin or you can clip them to the twine/ribbon.  If you do the clipped on method you will want to have it hanging in place beforehand to make the clipping easier.

Step 5: Time to use your imagination to create your message(s).  Wiebke created specific messages for the Merry Christmas, Happy July 4th and the Advent Acts of Kindness.  I created a multiple alphabet so I could create several different messages as the mood strikes. Below are some examples of what we created.

NOTE:  Since the picture frame I purchased from the thrift store had glass in it I took the repurposing a step further.  Using some chalk spray paint I covered one side of the glass with it.  It looks good and I was hoping to be able to chalk on that side so it could also be used as a message board, however unless I was very careful the chalk marked through it.  I am still researching on how to seal it.

 

On the flip side, I did find a way to use it as a very pretty dry erase board using chalk markers on the glass side not sprayed with chalkboard paint.

You could also use it behind your message as a backdrop.  Multipurpose Repurposed Picture Frame.

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Thanksgiving & Fall Centerpieces: Quick & Easy with everyday items

We have 4 great centerpieces for YOU to choose from for your Thanksgiving table.  They are all quick and easy to make with things you have around your house – inside and out.   Your friends and family will simply be amazed!

Hi Y’All,

Thanksgiving Day is a time that we can stop and reflect on what we are truly thankful for.  But in preparation of that day we can find ourselves busy getting the house ready to receive family and friends.  To help you save time we have 4 easy and quick centerpieces that will amaze you!Tea for two

Thankfulness

Just a year ago we held our premiere to roll out our video channel business.  We had a blast and were blessed by those who attended.  We are thankful that in this past year we have gained subscribers and followers who believe in us and like what we are doing.

For the premiere we filmed the very same DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces that we are releasing for the first time this month.  As we look back we are thankful for all that we have learned about how to produce, film, edit and script videos.  We laugh at ourselves thinking that we knew what we were doing.  Little did we know how much more there was to learn and continue learning.  We are also thankful that our videos have improved in quality and character!

What are you thankful for this day, month, year?  We’d like to hear in the comments below.

4 Quick & Easy Thanksgiving or Fall Centerpieces

 

These centerpieces are made with items we found around our homes and yards.  Outside we found a variety of pine cones in different sizes and greenery boughs from the various trees.  But don’t stop there you can even use leaves, stones and sticks.  Inside we scoured our homes and located a large variety of items to choose from such as uncooked popcorn, beans, coffee beans, fresh cranberries, macaroni,   votive, candles, Christmas lights, garland, ribbon and a bit of material.  These are just suggestions – Let your imagination fly!

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Paper Strip Ornament: Directions & Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Do you like handmade items? Or need a quick, interesting, handmade ornament for the holidays?  Or to make with your kids?We have the directions for you right here!

Hi Y’All,

Wiebke recently visited her sister in Canada.  Grab your hot cup of cocoa (or coffee) and a seat to find out what happened while she was there.

Tea for two

Learning to Make Paper Strip Ornaments

Each year Wiebke’s sister, Bruni helps out with the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child.  She helps check to make sure the boxes are packed properly, which is a huge undertaking.  In addition, this year as she did last year, Bruni (and whoever she can recruit) gathered to make some paper strip ornaments for the Operation Christmas Child boxes.  We were lucky enough to have her teach us as well!Paper Strip Ornaments

Repurpose Old Christmas Cards

Wiebke and her husband have been cleaning out their basement when she came across several years worth of Christmas cards.  She was reluctant to let go of the memories, but decided it was time.  It was time to share the cards in a different but good way.  She recently read a devotion by Desiree Glass called A New Purpose that touched her heart and helped her to look at these repurposed Christmas cards in a new light.  Instead of getting rid of something that was precious memories for her. . . she discovered she’d be creating new ones for others.

A New Purpose by Desiree Glass: (Paraphrased by me)  Since Christmas cards are pictures and sayings that mostly express Jesus Christ’s birth and how it is celebrated then by sharing the cards with others we are in essence sharing the good news with others.Repurpose Christmas Cards

Just imagine how many families we will reach by inserting these cards of hers into ornament kits for the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes . . . they go all over the world!

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

If you’re not familiar with the Operation Christmas Child box project you can check out the website here.   According to the Samaritan’s Purse website the boxes allow an opportunity to connect all over the world sharing:

The Amazing Journey of a Shoebox Gift Begins with You and Results in Evangelism, Discipleship, and Multiplication.Operation Christmas Child

This creates an opportunity of sharing and caring from receiving the boxes to giving them.  From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving. Year-round volunteers support these efforts across the country (taken from Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child).

We had fun creating these Paper Ornaments and hope you will too! Click on the instruction picture to enlarge and/or print.Paper Strip Ornament directionsDisclaimer

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Pumpkin Decorating – 4 Unique Ways

Need new ideas on how do decorate or carve your pumpkin?  Looking for an easy and quick way to get your pumpkin decorated?  Then you have definitely come to the right spot. . . check out our videos and directions for all the how to’s!

Hi Y’All,

We are excited that you have joined us for pumpkin decorating today. Grab that hot cup of pumpkin spice cappuccino your comfy seat and lets get started on getting your pumpkin decorated.

Tea for two

Fick Farms

We got our pumpkins at Fick Farms located in Lapeer, MI. We had so much fun exploring the corn maze, pumpkin patch and flower garden.  We even went on a hayride that included a couple of grave yards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our four pumpkins we decorated for Halloween came from Fick Farms pumpkin patch. Make sure you stop in and get yours!

pumpkin patch

Decorating Pumpkins THHB Style

The best part of decorating pumpkins for Halloween is to get creative.  Add your own style and flair by using your own supplies or you can buy some similar to ours at your local craft store or online at a website store like Amazon.com.  You may also want to check out our pumpkin Pinterest board for more ideas.

The Drilled Pumpkin

 

Supplies Needed: Safety goggles, pumpkin, electric or battery operated power drill, drill bit, marker, pumpkin craving tool.

  1.  Cut the top from pumpkin and clean out the inside of it.
  2. Choose drill bit size desired and attach it to the drill.
  3. Choose design that you want to create and mark it on the pumpkin with a marker.
  4. Put safety goggles on.
  5. Power up drill and start drilling holes into the desired design.
  6. Remove drill bit and use it to finish cleaning out holes of excess pumpkin.
  7. Your pumpkin is now ready to be displayed.

Glow In The Dark PumpkinGlow in the dark paint

Supplies Needed: Pumpkin, glow in the dark paint, marker.

  1. Choose the design that you want to create and mark it on the pumpkin with a marker.
  2. Take the glow in the dark paint tube and tracethe marked design with it.
  3. Your pumpkin is now ready to be displayed.

Cookie Cutter Pumpkin

 

Supplies Needed: Safety goggles, pumpkin, cookie cutter(s), hammer, pumpkin craving tool.

  1.  Cut top or bottom from pumpkin and clean out the inside of it.
  2. Choose cookie cutter(s) desired and mark pumpkin with desired design by pressing cutters into the pumpkins outer skin.
  3. Put safety goggles on.
  4. Place first cookie cutter on previously marked design and using a hammer gently tap cookie cutter through pumpkin.  You may need to carefully use your hands to press cookie cutter back out of the pumpkin. Repeat for the rest of your cookie cutter design.
  5. If your cookie cutters do not go completely through the pumpkin use your carving tool to complete the cuts through the pumpkin.
  6. Your pumpkin is now ready to be displayed.

Ribbon & Bling Pumpkin

Ribbon and Bling

Supplies Needed: Pumpkin, ribbons, beads, bling,  marker, glue gun, glue sticks.

  1. Choose the design that you want to create and mark it on the pumpkin with a marker.
  2. Take the ribbon(s) and bead(s) or bling desired and hot or cold glue them into place over your marked area.  Allow to cool between steps.
  3. Your pumpkin is now ready to be displayed.

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Organization Project: Homework Caddy or Quiz?

Have you ever taken one of those quizzes to find out what type of personality you are or in which state you should live or who your soul mate is? Well, today I’ll have you take a quiz on how organized you truly are. In the process of finding out how organized you are, you will also learn some very funny things about me (Wiebke).

Hi Y’All –

Glad to see you.  Come on in, grab a cup and sit a spell and find out what happened in the Papenfus household on the first day of school this year and see how you pass or fail the Organization Back To School quiz.

Tea for two

One of the reasons I decided to take on writing for the blog about our episode on “How to Organize School Supplies in a Handy Homework Caddy”, is because I totally failed the OFBTS Test this past week! And if you don’t know what the OFBTS Test is, you have already lost one point….

Denine and I always look at the calendar ahead and then make a decision on what we should film, based on holidays or other milestone marker moments. So when we decided to film this THHB episode, “How to Organize School Supplies in a Handy Homework Caddy”, we had all the mothers and fathers and kids in mind who would want to be able to complete homework in a stress-free environment.

But first you will have to get past the quiz, to find out if you should attempt to get organized or not.

So here is the quiz:

Organization For Back To School Test

AStressed VeeBee

1. The OFBTS in the OFBTS Test stands for:

a. Organization For Back To School Test

b. Obsessive Following Better Trade Skills Test

c. Olaf Fries Blended Tomatoes Slowly Test

d. Orientation For Bulky Time Sensation Test

2. You usually have all your kid(s) supplies for the next school year bought:

a. Before school is out for summer break.

b. In the middle of summer break.

c. Why buy their own if they can borrow from their classmates?

d. After your kid(s) has been back to school for a couple of days.

3. You always have the school’s calendar written into your calendar or entered onto your digital device:

a. For two years in advance.

b. In the week before school starts.

c. What? The school has a calendar?

d. Don’t know that your kid’s school started, until your friend                  posts a picture of her kid’s first day of school on Facebook.

4. When your kid has orientation at his school you show up with:

a. Your calendar, your husband’s calendar, your digital device,                  your kid’s digital device, a variety of pens to color code your                    kid’s classes on your family’s organizational calendar.

b. Your purse with lipstick, your wallet, and a smartphone.

c. Why go to orientation when you could go to Starbucks?

d. Your husband, your sister-in-law visiting from South Africa                  and your purse filled with receipts from your vacation.

5. The dress code for hair at your kid’s school requires short back and sides haircut for boys. Your reaction:

a. You make sure that your son follows this dress code all the                  time, even during summer break.

b. You allow your son to have crazy hair during summer break,                but make sure it is up to par at least a week before school                        starts back up.

c. Huh? When did that rule come out?

d. You make a once-in-a-lifetime decision to let your son grow               out his lovely locks, and realize that he has to go to school                         with long out-of-control hair on his first day back to school,                     after you realize it actually is his first day of school because a                   friend posted a picture of her kid’s first school day on                                 Facebook.

6. You realize that it’s your son’s first day back at school, only after seeing a friend post a lovely picture of her kids on Facebook. It is 7:50 am, your son’s school starts at 8:15am (and you live 40 minutes away from the school). You realize your son isn’t even awake yet because you, your husband, your sister-in-law and your son were up until 12.30am playing “Sequence” and taking a personality quiz. You also realize that your son has no supplies ready, very long unruly hair and his school clothes need to be ironed. What you do is:

a. Call the school’s attendance line and tell them he’ll be tardy.

b. Start running around like a chicken with its head cut off and               throw random school supplies in your son’s backpack, all                         while making lunch, ironing his clothes and waking him up.

c. Why should he attend school today if you actually planned to             go blueberry picking with him and your South African sister-                   in-law?

d. Tell your son to “zip his lips” while he is eating breakfast and               trying to converse with your South African sister-in-law, who                 is sitting drinking coffee and looking totally confused at all                     the commotion around her.

Okay, I guess by now you’ve seen a pattern! If you answered mostly “a”, you are too organized to have read this far. If your answers were mostly “b”, you are right on target. If most of your answers were a “c”, you need serious therapy, and if your answers were mostly “d”, your name should be Wiebke! All of the things described in the “d” parts of the quiz happened to our family the first day of the new school year. We are planning to get more organized in the future with our very own amazing Ruth Soukup planner as to NEVER have a repeat of this year’s chaotic first school day (psst..we are not paid for this plug it is just a very pretty and practical planner – see below).Wiebke's Living Well Planner

By the way, after my husband and son left via their low-level-flying machine (my husband’s car), I sat and just laughed hysterically for an hour while drinking my very large cup of coffee!

We at The Hard Hat Belles hope that our quick organizing tips will make doing homework easier for you and your kids. Check out all these ideas you can use to make your very own homework caddy.

How To Make Your Very Own Homework Caddy or StationCreate a homework station

  1.  The first rule is to use your imagination – then gather your supplies. It doesn’t matter if they are new or what you have around your home or office.

2.  Think about your needs and those of your student.  Several little or big baskets or containers can be made in to one using zip ties.  For more information on zip ties check on our Amazingly Simple Zip Tie Hacks video here.

3.  Assemble baskets and supplies together.

Mini Homework Caddy

Basket Office Supply Station

Large Homework or Office Supply Caddy

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You are now prepared to conquer your homework struggle of finding supplies!

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Rock and Stone Crafts – Gnomes and Gnome Homes

Did you know that you can color rocks with Sharpie permanent markers? In this video we show off our Gnomes and Gnome Homes as Rock Art. This is a fun craft to do yourself or with your kids during summer vacation. Sit and doodle on rocks, as you soak up the sun!

Hi Y’All,

I can’t wait to get started on today’s topic and craft.  It is a bit of a tongue twister so watch that eye tooth of yours and keep your tongue away so you can see what you are saying.  Grab your cup of stuff and a seat and sit a spell as I weave a story of make believe around you.Tea for two

Magical Worlds

Don’t we all have a little bit of the child in us and think about the awesome world of make believe?  I am one such person – how about you?  I love the idea of fairies, elves, mystical creatures and gnomes.  I know that they aren’t real – but every once in a while I like to let my imagination go a little and think about the “what if’s” in the magical world. Gnome Flowering Village I especially love to let my imagination run wild when I go some place that has all those miniature villages set up. It doesn’t matter if it is located in a store or someone’s garden.  Intelligently, you know no one lives in them (seriously, I do), but my imagination conjures up whole lives wrapped around those villages {sigh of enjoyment}.  Just a peek into the lives of those magical make believe creatures can give me back a little bit of my childhood and a sense of wonder.

Oh, The Displays . . .

Do you know anyone who has one of those magical places on display?  Aren’t they just the most intriguing eye candy?

ARAC Roof tops plus
These are painted (not marker) Gnome Homes

My mom is one of those people who loves gardening and setting up all kinds of statues and fairyland items.  She creates a village of her own and lets her imagination go. She does like her gnomes and she’s not prejudiced – any size, style, make or material works for her.  At any time you might just find a gnome or two hanging around her place. You might find a two foot Mr. Gnome made of plaster standing next to a two inch Mrs. Gnome painted on a rock.  Do you know someone who would love a gnome or two?  Well, we at The Hard Hat Belles have the perfect craft for you to create for yourself or that special GNOME loving someone!

Mystical History

Did you know that gnomes were once one and the same with dwarfs?   Or that they were considered nature spirits – one with the elements?  The New World Encyclopedia website, states that “Paracelsus, a sixteenth century Swiss alchemist identified gnomes

Mixed Gnome Village of paint and markers
Mixed Gnome Village of paint and markers

as a class of nature spirits comprising earth elementals (in contrast to the air, water, and fire elementals). The class of gnomes has been considered to include satyrs, pans, dryads, elves, brownies, and goblins, some helping plants and animals, some helping humans, some reclusive ones staying underground or in dark forests, perhaps hoarding treasure, and others interacting mischievously or even harmfully with humans.”  Check out their website for more interesting facts about where gnomes originated.

Bring The Magical Gnomes Alive

There is a really cute animated movie called Gnomeo & Juliet, that brings the magic of gnomes to life.  A must see for young and the young at heart.

2011 Touchstone Pictures trailer story line: The greatest love story ever told, starring…garden gnomes? In “Gnomeo & Juliet,” Shakespeare’s revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover. The title characters have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they find themselves caught up in a feud between neighbors. With plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find a happy ending?

Gnome & Gnome Home Instructions

1.       Chose your perfect or not so perfect rocks.  I prefer not perfect to give the house or gnome character.RAC Rocks

2.       Gather your supplies:  1 med/fine black Sharp ie, Sharpies of colors you want your house and/or gnome to be, pencil, Mod Podge.

Rock Supplies

3.       Wash your rocks and allow to completely dry (otherwise the sharpies will smear).

4.       Very roughly outline your house details (you do not need to pencil details or the landscaping) and/or gnome with the pencil (not too darkly as you want the sharpie to cover over it).Rock Art Gnome Home Craft Outline

5.        Sharpie in the lighter colors first; your windows with yellow to look like the house is occupied; gnome body color and eyes. You get the idea.Rock Art Craft Gnome HOme

6.       Next sharpie in the main color of the house and body of the gnome around all the other details.  Don’t worry about getting right next to the other colors as you will come back later and outline them in black.ARAC Step1fillhouse

7.       Sharpie in the door and gnome with any unique details you wish to add.  Finished gnome home

Gnome Outline

8.       Touch up any missed or messed up areas – some flaws of the rock will make it uniquely yours.

9.   Allow to completely dry – preferred 24 hours.

10.   Paint on two coats of Mod Podge allowing each coat to dry in between completely.  This will seal your Sharpie workmanship.Mod Podge Coats

11.   Gnome and Gnome home complete.

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Now all you need to do is find that special gnome and gnome home a permanent home.  Please share with us how your Gnomes and Gnome Homes turned out below in our comments.

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DIY Motivational Water Container – The All Day Pitcher

Do you need that extra motivational tool to help you stay hydrated this summer? We have the perfect solution for you! Learn how to make you very own Motivational Water Jug or as I like to call it “Chug Jug” here! This will help you get those recommended 8 glasses of water in each day.

Hi Y’All,

Come on in and have a seat.  Did you bring your beverage with you?  If not, might I suggest that you checkout our DIY Motivational Water Container directions below.  In the meantime, grab a glass of cool hydrating water and let’s get to it!

Tea for two

Why Staying Hydrated Is Important

According to FamilyDoctor.org, your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Water is needed for good health.

I like the info graphic below from StayingHealthy.org that draws your attention to how water helps keep your body healthy, but it also shares the possible problems you could be suffering if you are dehydrated or becoming dehydrated.  Seriously people, who knew?  Not me, that’s for sure.

Hydrating Body effects

Why It’s Important To Me

After doing much research on the health aspects of continually being hydrated and appreciating them – I also discovered  and more importantly (to me at least) staying hydrated with water keeps your skin looking healthier . . psst. . .  which means looking younger (woohoo).  In addition, water also helps with weight loss (double woohoo for me), by keeping your metabolism in working order. I think between this Motivational Water Jug and The Hard Hat Belles Kale and Quinoa Salads I will be looking at some weight loss (triple woohoo for me) and we hope for you as well!!

I have struggled with my weight just about all my life and you would think that something as simple as drinking water would be enough motivation to get me drinking those 6-8 glasses a day.  Although I like water well enough I still struggle with drinking enough water – how about you?Dddenine and VeeBee drinking infused water

Wiebke on the other hand is great at getting her needed water intake and still she admits that it can be difficult to remember exactly how much she has drank or still needs to drink throughout the day.

Hydrating Solution

For those of you who have a hard time getting those glasses of water  in due to remembering or not liking water. . . We have a solution for YOU! We are going to show you how to create your very own motivational water jug (pitcher, container, bottle etc.).  This project is super easy and has endless possibilities on how you can make it your own.

And because you are so special to us –  as an extra bonus we have included directions on how to quickly and easily make fruit infused ice cubes!  Wiebke and I were both amazed at the flavor that was immediately incorporated into our water glass and it looks so pretty, who wouldn’t want to drink that.Denine and Wiebke Water Pitcher

MOTIVATIONAL WATER CONTAINER INSTRUCTIONS

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Water jug, container or bottle, permanent or wipe-off markers, and your inspirational or motivational sayings to encourage you (you can check out our Pinterest Board to see some of the different choices available).Water Pitcher Supplies

  • Once you have decided on the type of container you are using you will then mark with your markers of choice the levels of each glass of water on the outside of the container. We (THHB) poured glasses of water into the containers and marked them at each level on the container. Wiebke marked hers with times of the day and I marked mine with a countdown of glasses drank.Marking the measured water levels
  • Next, we researched for motivational sayings to inspire us to drink our water. Once we found them we emptied the water out of our containers and proceeded to write our motivational sayings onto our containers.
  • Once the container’s are completed you are ready to start using them.  Note: Wiebke used permanent markers and I used the dry erase (I think the wet erase would have worked much better).

    THHB Bonus: Infused Fruit Ice Cube Recipe

    Supplies needed: Various fruits and herbs, ice cube tray, and water.Variety of fruit for ice cube trayPrepare your fruit and herbs by cutting and chopping them to the size of your ice cube tray.Fresh fruit and herbsAdd water to the ice cube tray covering the fruit and herbs fully (this will prevent freezer burn of uncovered fruit and herbs if left in freezer for an extended length of time).Water filled ice cube trayPut into freezer until frozen through.  Enjoy!frozen fruit ice cube trayDisclaimer

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MAY YOUR DAY BE SPENT

INSPIRING HOPE

Bible Verse Proverbs 15:2

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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Personalized Hammer: An Easy Quick Gift For The Tool Loving Man (or Woman) In Your Life

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Are you stumped as to what to get for your husband, your Dad, or grandpa as a Father’s Day gift or any tool loving person? Stick around and we will share how to make a practical personalized gift for the tool loving people in your life! The cool thing about this gift is that you can use (with permission) the wooden handled hammer your husband, Dad or grandpa already has in his toolbox.  So go ahead and nail this project to impress the them!

Hi Y’All,

Come on in and have a seat.  Would you like coffee or tea?  Please help yourself.  With Father’s Day coming up, we thought we’d should you how to create your very own Personalized Hammer for your loved one!

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Personalized Hammer

 

Father’s Day is fast approaching and Wiebke and I wanted to give you a quick , easy, inexpensive craft that you or the kids can make for that special man in your life.Peonie and wooden hammers

We truly think that all those fathers, grandpas, or significant males in your life will love the “personal” aspect of this craft as you can make your message specific to each of them….And by the way – this isn’t only for males!  If you have a tool loving woman in your life any wooden tool that can be sanded will work too! The same method will work.

Who Represents Your Father Figure

I think all of us at one time or another has had a male figure in our life that has influenced who we have become.  Mine was my father.  Who was yours?

Understanding Dad

I really didn’t understand my dad until I was much older and had children of my own.  Don’t you think that seems to be the case for most of us? My dad was grew up in a generation where you were considered a good and successful father if you provided a roof over your family’s head and enough food to eat.  You know  those fathers – the generation of fathers who grew up watching Leave It To Beaver, Father Knows Best or Make Room For Daddy. I have to say that Dad was a VERY good provider.

From This Child’s Perspective

Success as a father was measured differently during those days compared to today.  Now fathers are much more involved in the raising of their children, often times sharing equal time and participation with the mothers. I don’t know about your house, but in our house my father was a huge presence.  I was small and he seemed SO tall and his voice was deep. He would go to work, come home and we’d eat dinner at a specific time. Then he would nap on the couch afterwards because he worked long hours. My dad wasn’t a person who was big on showing affection with his children.  We had a sense that he cared and loved us, but there wasn’t a lot of sitting on his lap to read stories or for cuddle time.  Do you think it might have had something to do with having six children and finding the time?

Dad’s All Grown Up

As I grew older Dad seemed to grow up or I should say my perspective grew up and I started to connect with him on a different level.  I think as we become adults we start seeing our fathers as men with personalities instead of this big presence in our lives who was just a provider.  All of a sudden it seemed to me that he became very interesting and he had opinions I was interested in hearing.  His sense of humor was wonderful and could be contagious and appreciated.  He got smarter too! My dad wasn’t perfect,  but he was Dad, who did the best he could. He passed away in May 2010 and I miss him.

Who was your major male influence?  Was it a brother, uncle, friend, step-father or father? Did they grow up too when you grew up?

I would like to leave you with this piece of advice.  Life truly is short and we really do not how long we have with our loved ones.  Please work hard (because life is not easy) to cherish those loved ones every single day!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO DADS EVERYWHERE

Personalized HammerPersonal Hammer Supplies

To make this easy gift, all you need is a hammer with a wooden handle, some fine grit sandpaper, damp paper towel, permanent markers, Mod Podge, a foam brush, and some ribbon or raffia. If you are not confident of your handwriting or printing you can use stencils or stickers instead of the permanent marker.

  1. Sand down one side of the hammer’s handle to rough up and wear down the clear coat.Sanding the hammer
  2. Use a damp paper towel (or rag) to wipe off the sandpaper dust. Make sure the handle is clean and dry for the next step.Personalized hammer sanded
  3. Take the permanent markers and write out your message. (VeeBee is a control freak, so she did a few practice runs to make sure she would have her spacing just right.)Write out personal message
  4. Brush a coat of Mod Podge over the written message.  Let the Mod Podge dry for 15-20 minutes and brush on a second layer and set aside to dry.Add Mod podge to personal hammer
  5. Tie a bow around the hammer and you are ready to give a special Father’s Day gift.Completed personalized hammers

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And there you have it! Please let us know how you nailed this project in the comments below.

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Inspiring HopeBible Verse Psalm 68:5

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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WOOD BLOCK PHOTO FRAMES – EASY AND QUICK

WOOD BLOCK PHOTO FRAMES

NOT JUST LIMITED TO MOTHER’S DAY

Hi Y’All!

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and we have such a easy and quick craft to make.  Grab your cup of coffee, tea or whatever and pull up a seat to find out more about it.

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Our Mothers

Mother’s are pretty special people, right?  I mean really, we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them.  Not everyone is fortunate to have a traditional biological mom to grow up with (I didn’t), but most of us have a “mom” figure in our lives and they are just as important.  They keep us accountable and love us regardless of the messes we create.  Being a mom I totally get that.

You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

If you think about it mom’s have come a long way since the 50’s.  You have the Donna Reed, Leave It To Beaver, and I Love Lucy shows that all depicted stay at home moms.  They took care of the house, kids and had dinner on the table at a certain time every day.

Then if you zoom right into the year 2016 moms are doing everything.  Cooking dinner, caring for the house, taking care of kids, and working full time jobs to help make ends meet.  Don’t get me wrong, some woman want and like a career, but if you’re a mom, you now feel like you need to be supermom – doing it all.  Especially us control freaks – right Wiebke?

Slow Changes & Baby Steps

I have to admit that it is nice to see dads playing a big part in their children’s lives today.  They are not limited to just being the bread winners.  The stigma of being that type of dad is lessening and society is becoming more accepting of stay at home dads and working moms.  Where responsibilities are being shared by both parents and you can decide who does what in your family dynamics and not worry about what others think.  Seriously, we should all be too busy to care about what others think. . . .

Honoring Your Mom

To help honor our mom’s – all types of moms (grandmas, aunts, sisters, friends), we have an easy and quick wood block photo frame that only takes minutes to make.

They will love this frame where the pictures can be changed out as children and grandchildren grow up.  Wiebke and I made the frames to put our own mother’s photos in them.  Wiebke’s Mutti Wood Photo Framepassed away a few years ago so she is displaying her cherished mom’s pictures in her wood photo frame.  I am fortunate to still have my mom with us and I am already displaying my wood photo frame on my family tree shelf – a place of honor.  I am also planning on gifting my daughter-in-laws with woodRustic Wooden Photo Frame block photo frames and putting pictures of my grandchildren in them.  My granddaughter helped me with the research and was excited to make one for her mom as well.  So, if you have little ones that like to get into the thick of things then this is a perfect quick and easy craft to do with them.

Enjoy using your creativity to create your own unique design for the loved one in your family.

The really nice thing about making this wood block photo frame is that you can choose the size of the block of wood you want to use and the size of the photo to go in it.  One thing you want to make sure of is that you choose the right width (no less than 1 3/4-2″) of  wood so that it stands on it’s own.

Rustic Wooden Photo Frame Craft

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Wood block, wood stain or paint, a paintbrush, a staple gun or hot glue gun, jute, twine, ribbons and embellishments if you wish.

  • Sand the rough edges on the wood block.Rustic Wood Block Frame
  • Using a paintbrush to apply stain/paint to the wood block.Painting wooden block
  • Wait for the wood block to dry – about 30-60 minutes.
  • At this point you may want to add an additional coat of stain or paint, if so add additional drying time.
  • Apply the twine/ribbon/jute to the block and secure it with the staple or glue gun. You can either apply it crisscross, or you can just apply two or three strands of jute lined up toward the bottom of the block.  Use your imagination.Pearls strung on wood photo frame
  • Add your embellishments to the front of the block and this project is done.Wooden Block Frame embellishmentsNote: Disclaimer

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Isaiah 19:15

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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Decorate Easter Eggs – Minions, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, & The Hard Hat Belles

Decorating Easter Eggs With Character

Hi Y’all,

Come on in and see what we’ve been up to with Easter Egg decorating.  We have all the details y’all need below. So grab your cup-o-stuff and a seat and we’ll get started.

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I have always loved decorating Easter Eggs. When my kids were very little I got to shine with my creativity because they had very little interest in decorating other than to color the eggs.  They loved to dunk the eggs in those lovely rainbow colors (later they moved on to stickers and crayons).  I would have to limit their dunks per egg as they felt the more colors the egg was dunked into the better -you know where you end up with a greenish brown yuck color.  We usually ended up with a lot of those anyway.

As time moved on they ended up taking over the Easter egg decorating as their own creativity had taken over.  Where I once reigned I was now regulated to an observer position and if I was fortunate they would ask my opinion once in a while (which drizzled to zilch eventually).  Then I was regulated to the “ooh” and “ahh” position.

To Decorate or Not To DecorateMinions and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Now that all my kids are grown and busy with their own lives I have been sitting here thinking about “should I” or “shouldn’t I” decorate Easter eggs this year?  Seriously, it’s not a third world problem and probably not a one world problem; but hey – it’s my little world.  I really hadn’t given it much thought until Wiebke and I filmed the video Minion and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Character Easter Eggs (Whew! Pretty long title – say that fast ten times).  Then the “decorate Easter eggs” bug hit me.  I think it is more the memories that are generated when my kids where younger than anything else.  On the other hand, I do like to craft and create and as an extra bonus – I like boiled eggs.

I started thinking about all the different designs on Google, Pinterest, and some magazine websites I looked through (like Real Simple). The decorate some Easter eggs bug is there, but do I have enough time to do it myself.  I have decided that a day or two before Easter I will see if my super busy schedule allows me enough time.  That way I have taken the pressure off and have given myself permission either way.

Egg Safety

In our video and the directions below we used some empty plastic eggs I had laying around my house.  These eggs will last FOREVER!  But if you do like I do and boil “real” eggs to decorate; you will want to know if your raw eggs are fresh and still safe to eat.  Check out this pin  we pinned to our Yummy and Easy Recipe board on Pinterest to find out.

Supplies Needed For Super Easy Character Eggs

Character Easter Egg Supplies

Plastic Easter eggs (blue & yellow for Minion; green for TMNT; pink for THHB), colored washi tape (or any tape of choice cut to 1/8″-1/4″ width), scissors, glue dots (or Elmer’s glue or a glue gun), a black sharpie marker, and wiggly eyes.

For Minion Eggs

  • Take the plastic blue and yellow eggs apart.Minion Character Egg Parts
  • Mismatch them, putting a yellow top and blue bottom together.
  • Cut pieces of black tape off  to fit around the egg stretching slightly as you go (we used two hands).Character Minion black tape applied
  • Stick the tape towards the top of the yellow half for the Minion glasses strap.
  • Using glue dots (or glue of choice) attached wiggly eyes into place.Character Minion wiggly eyes applied
  • Take the black sharpie marker to draw on hair and a mouth.Use Black Sharpie to apply

For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Eggs

  • Take the plastic green eggs leaving them together.Character Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Cut pieces of tape (orange, red, blue & purple) off  to fit around the four different egg heads (Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello).Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle washi tape applied
  • Place the tape around the middle of the green egg stretching slightly as you go (we used two hands).Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles eyes
  • Using glue dots (or glue of choice) attached wiggly eyes into place.

    Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello
    Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo

BONUS: For The Hard Hat Belle Eggs

  • Take the plastic pink eggs leaving them together.
  • Print out THHB (or your) picture on plain printer paper.
  • Cut picture out carefully.
  • Brush on Mod Podge to back of the  picture and place on egg.
  • Let dry.
  • Add wiggly eyes.
  • Modpodge over picture and egg once to seal

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    Peonie, THHB, DDDenine, VeeBee

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Verse Psalm 16:8
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