Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | April 18, 2014 | Be the first to comment
It's time for another edition of Kick-Off Friday!  Ready to see this week's round-up? Here we go!

1. Love, love, love these DIY faux specimen drawers from The Painted Hive!  Go here to see the amazing before and after.

2. Looking for a new printable to brighten up your home?  How about this adorable "Enjoy the Little Things" printable from Tater Tots & Jello.  It's free--go here to download!

3. This tutorial from Laura from A Beautiful Mess is great!  Her woven rug turned out so cute and looks wonderful in her colorful kitchen.  See the tutorial here.

4. Decorating for Easter?  Check out Lolly Jane's post here on creating a DIY Easter egg sign.

That wraps up this week's collection.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend!

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10+ Spring Project Ideas

Craftivity Designs | April 15, 2014 | 2 Comments so far
Well, it looks like spring has made its way to Kentucky. Yes, the low will be 27 degrees on Tuesday; but it should just be a one day dip and we'll be back into the 70s by the weekend.

In the next couple of weeks we're going to start some landscaping projects and cleaning up in and around our deck. Since we moved into this house in December, most of it hasn't been touched yet.

Have you been "thinking spring" too? Here are some ideas from our projects last spring... and some of the items that are on my to-do list this year!

In the next week or two I'll be pulling out my Gardening Cheat Sheet from our last home {I left a copy with the new homeowners and kept the original for myself} to use when I go to pick out some perennials for this home.

I was really pleased with the growth and care of the Liriopes, Creeping Jenny and the Burgundy Wedding Train so they might be on my "to buy" list. However, this house does get more direct sunlight so I'll have to look into more full sun perennials.

Creeping Jenny
Burgundy Wedding Train
Last spring was the first year we did much gardening and we learned a lot. You can check out our beginner tips here and then get an end of summer update with what we learned here.

We also grew some herbs in a couple large planters on our deck. This was so handy and a must-do for this season as well. I can't wait to pick some up from the farmers market when it opens in a few weeks. Fresh basil on hand all summer long? Yes, please.

If you'd like to make some herb markers from wooden spoons, here are the how to instructions.

Since we knew we were moving by mid-summer, we didn't invest in many flowers for the backyard. Instead we used a combination of large planters and inexpensive annuals for quick and easy "landscaping." This is also a great solution if you are living in a condo or apartment, don't have much time for lawn care or are looking for a more budget friendly option.

Those potted plants surrounded our deck, which was in pretty poor shape. It was structurally sound but the wood was splintered, cracked and faded. We painted it with Deck ReStore and loved the finished product. The deck in this home is in much better shape {woohoo!} so it'll probably just need a good cleaning and maybe a coat of stain.

Though this won't be a high priority {the bathroom must get finished first!},  I'm sure we'll start working on some decorative touches too. I'd like to get our EAT sign and the patio lights hung out on the deck. They were both part of a quick patio makeover that we completed at the start of summer last year.

The most inexpensive part of that makeover was the DIY cushion covers. The color and pattern are such an improvement over the old solid red cushions.

I won't be making another Split Pea Wreath this year; but I do want to put something out on those green wreath hangers. I'd like to make a wreath for my front door, too. Someone come craft with me!! I'll make the food and drinks :)

Speaking of the front door, some painting might be in order too. The bright blue doors in our last home {here and here} made me smile; but I'll probably try something different in this house. We'll see!

If you are looking for some more spring-y craft projects, check out the Spring Spruce Up Series. In that series, Erica and I both completed small projects around our home using springtime, fresh, happy colors.

Other items on our to-do list include growing some veggies, creating some play areas for the little guy and organizing our sheds for outdoor use. What is on your spring to-do list?

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Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | April 11, 2014 | Be the first to comment
Welcome to this week's Kick-Off Friday!  I've found some fun ideas this week which I hope all of you will enjoy, let's check them out!

1.  Visit IKEA Hackers to see how Bettina took cork trivets from IKEA and turned them into fun painted cork boards.

2. I love these Easter eggs made from gold and silver thumbtacks! Visit The 36th Avenue to see the step by step tutorial from Jill.

3. This U.S. map on a fabric hoop by Bev is absolutely adorable! I love the brightly colored fabrics combined with the polka dots-too cute!  Visit Flamingo Toes to see how you can make your own version.

4. Stop by View Along the Way to see her awesome closet makeover-it's so pretty!  Go here to see the great before and after.

That's all for this week's collection--I hope you enjoyed the project ideas!  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, see ya Friday!

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A Superhero Birthday Party

Craftivity Designs | April 9, 2014 | 4 Comments so far

What a fun day!

It seems like we were just celebrating his second birthday a few short months ago; but this little guy is already a big three year old.

He loves chocolate, so I used this recipe to make his cake. I've made it twice and haven't quite mastered making it look pretty; but the taste is ah-mazing. Try it!

He loves superheroes nearly as much as chocolate. I designed this invitation in Photoshop to ask all his Superhero friends to join in the celebration with us.

5x7 invitation available on Etsy in our shop
We greeted each guest with this chalkboard message, some balloons and the DIY pom-pom garland from his second birthday. 

As each kid superhero arrived, they started making a mask and shield using colored pencils, crayons, ribbon, and stickers. The shields were inspired by this party and are made from a paper plate, staples and ribbon.

get the mask printable in our shop as part of the Superhero Birthday Kit
 These shields and masks came in handy, when it was time to defend or destroy the "city."

yes, of course, the faces are blurred to protect their superhero identities
The "city" was simply cardboard boxes covered in bulletin board paper. The kids had a lot of fun knocking them down {and setting it back up} over and over.

The party was at 2:00 in the afternoon so the food was simple... finger foods and cake. Each serving dish got a little superhero themed label attached with a clothespin.

Similar to the food labels, I topped the cake with paper straws and superhero phrases.

The cake toppers and food labels are included in our Superhero Birthday Kit with the printable masks.

When I decorated the serving table, I really wanted a "3" to be the focal point, like the watercolor banner last year. Using washi tape, clothesline, scissors and an empty frame; I put together this quick project.

Since we just moved into this house, there is still a large frame hanging above the fireplace from the previous owners. I decided to turn it into a little birthday decor with a roll of polka dot wrapping paper.

I wrapped some of our son's gifts in coordinating paper and stacked them on the mantle with blue bottles, more pom-pom garland and some photos.

All of the decorations were items we already owned or something we borrowed. I always feel like we spend enough money on the food and favors, that I try to save money with the decor.

Speaking of the favors, we stuck all of them in a metal pail, ready to hand out to all the kids.

Each favor bag included:
- 2 Superhero Sayings Bracelets // Amazon
- 2 Super Bright Finger Flashlights // Amazon
- 1 Light-Up Superhero Sticker // Walmart
- Starbursts
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The finger flashlights were a big hit -- but it did take a few tries to figure out exactly how they worked. Once everything was stuffed in the baggie, I folded over the top and stapled a printable favor bag topper {also included in the Superhero Birthday Kit}.

My little guy had a blast at his party, especially blowing out the candles and being a superhero with his friends. He needed a good long nap afterwards and has been singing "Happy Birthday to Me" over the last two weeks.

Hope you have a SUPER day :)

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Birthdays, Bathrooms and Basketball

Craftivity Designs | April 7, 2014 | 1 Comment so far
It's been awhile since I've shared random updates and stories... but the last few weeks have been filled with several fun things and some progress on the bathroom.

1. Been Partying like a Superhero

A little someone had his third birthday. He's been totally into Superheroes and it turned out to be such a fun party theme. The kids had a BLAST and I can't wait to share more of the details with you!

the faces are blurred to protect their superhero identities ;)

2. Removing Wallpaper is Easy

Except, it's not. This isn't really a surprise, but it felt like it was time for an update on the bathroom renovation. Over the weekend two of the high school girls from church came over and helped me finish removing the wallpaper. There is still work to do on the walls -- like wiping off the glue and sanding -- but at least the birdhouses and ivy are gone.

Here are some "in progress" shots. There are 3 layers to remove before we even get to the sanding/patching/priming stage.

Speaking of patching, check out this gigantic whole we found behind the mirror. Maybe a medicine cabinet was in that spot? We weren't sure about the safety of this electrical wiring, so off went the power to this room... which explains the floor lamp staring you down in the first photo.

3. Celebrating the C-A-T-S Cats, Cats, Cats!

The most unexpected activity over the last few weeks is that Kentucky has done well in the tournament {much to my joy... and Erica's dismay}. After a less-than-impressive season; I was just hoping they would make it into the second weekend of the tournament. My husband is a University of Louisville fan; but we live in Wildcat Country {aka... anywhere in the state besides Louisville}. Our dear friends decided to decorate our home to celebrate.

I love rivalries.

What have you been up to lately? Will you be watching the National Championship tonight? Who will you be rooting for?

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