Modge Podge Letters

What mother doesn’t like seeing her child’s name personalizing just about everything?!

I love doing these cute letters as baby gifts because they’re super easy, really cute, very personal, and usually costs less than $10 (depending on the length of the name and whether I get the wood on sale).
This set I made for my best friend who I suspect is in the hospital giving birth as I write this post! Her official due date was yesterday and I haven’t been able to reach her at home or

on her cell- which is not like her at all! ūüôā¬† So hopefully little Arthur is making his debut!¬† Obviously he and Little Man are going to grow up to be the best of friends!

Enough about that and back to my tutorial (I’m just really excited for his arrival!).
Supplies Needed:
Wood Letters: Hobby Lobby about $1 each

Scrapbook Paper: Hobby Lobby .59/ page (I suggest choosing something that matches the nursery…Arthur’s nursery is pirates… Argh Matey!)
Paint: to match scrapbook paper .69
Ribbon: (optional for hanging) 1.99 but usually 1/2 off at Hobby Lobby
Modge Podge: left from previous project
2 Sponge Brushes: Michaels .20 each

Sandpaper: left from previous project
Pencil
Scissors
Glue Gun

How To:
1. Start off by flipping your scrapbook paper so the backside (blank side) is facing up.
2. Flip your letter so the backside is facing up.
3. Now trace your letter onto the scrapbook paper.
 Hint: make sure your tilting the pencil in toward the letter so you are right up along the edge.
4. Once you trace the letter redraw the line about 1/5 of an inch further in.
You can measure if you want but I just eyeball it- it will never be perfect so don’t sweat it!
5. Continue with all remaining letters.
6. Now cut out the letters using the inside line.  If you have an exacto knife I would suggest using it because it will make the inside parts alot easier to cut. 
Hint: When you have multiples of the same letter mark the letter and the wood with a 1, 2, 3, etc so you know which outline goes to which piece- for some reason there is always a little bit of difference in the shapes and sizes.  Also, when you have letters like H or S that are the same rightside up and upside down mark the paper and the wood in the bottom right corner so you know how it goes- same thing, they are never symmetrical.
7. Paint the wood pieces.  This may take 2 or 3 coats.  Make sure you let it dry for about an hour.
8. While allowing your letters to dry find something to do (like play with this happy little guy)
9. Once your letters are dry you can use the Modge Podge to paste the scrapbook paper cutouts onto the wood. 
Hint: Line up the paper on the wood first then lift one section at¬†¬†a time to paint Modge Podge under the paper.¬† If you try to move the paper once it’s attached to the wood it can rip or get really bad air bubbles.¬† I also suggest getting your hands a little dirty and flattening the paper as it gets wet from the Modge Podge.
10. Let the Modge Podge dry – about 15 minutes
11. Cut your ribbon to the desired length for hanging.
12. Hot glue the ribbon onto the back of the letters.
Congratulations, your project is done and ready to give!
What else have you made using Modge Podge and scrapbook paper?¬† I’d LOVE to see your creations!

Silhouette Cameo Super Cheap!!

Silhouette Cameo Super Cheap

silhouette cameo super cheap

So the last few days every blog I visit has the Silhouette Cameo featured.¬† Let me start this post off saying that the following¬†are my own¬†findings and information… I have not been paid, compensated, or even contacted¬†about the following information.
How would you like a Silhouette Cameo for
$231
(and you get 30′ of vinyl for this price)

I really want one of these, the features are¬†amazing and it’s so versatile.¬†¬†But $300 is a bit out of my price range so I started shopping around….
I stumbled upon¬†Oh My Crafts! and they had the best deal around…
For $269.99 you get:
¬†The Silhouette CAMEO‚ĄĘ with the following important items:
  • Silhouette electronic cutting tool
  • Silhouette Studio¬ģ software for Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac¬ģ OS X 10.5.8 and higher
  • 51 exclusive cuttable designs
  • Power cable, USB cable
  • 12″ cutting mat
  • Cutting blade
  • $10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store
  • Basic Instruction Guide

Plus…

  • Vinyl sample packs includes 10 12×8 sheets of OMC vinyl¬†(you choose 3 colors)
Then, I found on retailmenot.com a coupon code (2012)¬†for an extra 20% off your entire order until 1/12/12! SCORE!¬† So, with the 20% off, and did I mention free shipping?!¬† the total comes to about $231 (depending on your tax rate)!¬† This is the cheapest price I have seen… even better than the Black Friday price!!!
So if you didn’t get one for Christmas and didn’t win one then go order one from Oh My Crafts!, don’t forget the coupon code: 2012.
Like I said earlier, I am not being compensated in any way for this posting, just wanted to share the good deal with others.

UPDATE: I’ve found even a LOWER price for the Silhouette Cameo….just $204 with free shipping!

New Parent Humor: A husband’s guide to an explosive diaper!

New Parent Humor: A husband’s guide to an explosive diaper!

New Parent Humor

A Dad’s Guide to an Explosive Diaper!

Have you ever found yourself in a new parent situation that is just so disgusting that it makes you want to cry?¬†Yet, this is your beautiful, sweet, bundle of joy that has created such a heinous act and all you can do is laugh?¬†Then pair that with the other new parent who reacts so instantaneously that the whole situation turns surreal…..this is that story!

The other night Hubs and I are sitting on the couch watching Grey’s Anatomy.¬† I have the Little Man propped up on a pillow next to my lap with a blanket draped across us.

Little Man begins fussing so I pull him close to coddle him and I feel something wet.  Babies leak through diapers all the time so I assumed he had peed- I asked Hubs for a diaper.  Hubs walks over to the baby basket, grabs a diaper, tosses it over to me then he leaves to go get more wipes.

As I reach for the diaper I realize that a mushy brown substance slings halfway across the room…..yep….when I looked down I realized there was poo all over my hand– oh but that’s not all….. I start to move the blanket I have us wrapped up in and yes, there is more poo…. poo is ALL over the place! ¬†I never in my wildest dreams believed that so much **it could come out of such a cute little being….I mean where on earth was he storing it all?! ¬†There was poo all over Little Man, oozing up his back– reaching just below the hairline. ¬†There was poo all over the pillow, all over the blanket, all over me, spreading down to the couch…it’s never ending!

Now, if you have a newborn baby you know that this stuff will not stay put– with every little move I make I destroy yet another item with the dripping nasty poo….. and the smell was beyond rancid!

As I’m stumbling around the living room trying to avoid spreading this never ending poo Hubs returns with the wipes, sees the horror taking place in the living room. ¬†The poo is reaching out like the black plague to him so he turns and runs away! As I’m trying to get up off the couch juggling baby in a poo covered hand and trying not to fall over on the couch with the other poo covered hand (btw- I was still trying to recover from my c-section so getting up alone, much less holding a baby, is quite a feat!).¬† As I’m yelling for him to come take the baby he responds………….

“Stay there, I need to get protection before I’m touching that– It’s gross!”

Me: “Um, yeah, I know it’s gross I’m covered in it!”

so, Hubs returns and this is his solution to the situation…..

Why yes, that would be my 2 week old little boy wrapped up in a grocery bag to protect dear Hubs from the dreaded poo! ¬†Hmmmmm…..aren’t you supposed to keep plastic bags away from infants and children?! ¬†I guess that rule doesn’t count if you put them in it!
What is your funniest parenting moment?