My Very Educated Mother

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Five Gift Wrap Ideas In Less Than Five Minutes

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Five Gift Wrap Ideas

It’s the night before Christmas and all through the house, you can hear Mom sneaking around trying to find a roll of tape! Sound familiar? Or maybe, the family is packed up and ready to head out to Grandma’s and there you are, frantically trying to use the last inch of tape to wrap three presents.

Scotch® Tape for the win!

This holiday season, save yourself the hassle. Right now, you can stock up early on Scotch® Gift Wrap Tape 3 Pack Caddies and save with a 50% bonus and Rollback. Our local Walmart had them conveniently located right next to the check-out stand! I went ahead and grabbed one, along with a Scotch® Magic™Tape 3 Pack Caddie, so that even if the kids run off with a roll I'll have plenty left in my gift wrapping supplies.

I also snagged a pair of Scotch™ Multi-Purpose Scissors 8" because they were at a great price and I'm pretty sure my husband took my last pair to his shop, otherwise know as where scissors go to die!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Must Have Creative Toy of 2016: Build and Imagine StoryWalls

Big thanks to Build & Imagine for providing the product featured in this review. As always the opinions expressed are my own. 
2016's REAL Must Have Toy Build and Imagine StoryWall

Tomorrow, as we pack away the leftovers and cut ourselves one more slice of pie, many of us will turn our thoughts to the next big holiday on the calendar, Christmas.

I love the idea of shopping for Christmas throughout the year but then again, getting great Black Friday deals and heading to the stores where the holiday music is playing and everything is decorated gets me in the spirit! Plus, now is when you get to hear all about the must-have toys of the year, and I'm so happy to be able to share a little about one such toy with you today.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Brighten Your Day With Bold Office Furniture

Adding Color In the Office

Months ago I convinced myself that I'd take part in one of those One Room Challenges and finally get my office/craft room in working order and looking snazzy. Um, it didn't happen. I mean, I have downsized my craft stash, and that's half the battle, right? I've also been adding bright painted furniture (Some, okay my husband, might go so far as to say obnoxiously bright) but it still felt, eh. Then I had the opportunity to join this month's Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest being sponsored by Velvet Finishes Paint and the theme this month, "Colour Your World."

 I received free product in exchange for this post. The views and opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Holiday Entertaining Tips and Printable

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Holiday Entertaining Tips

I love hosting holiday celebrations! Sure, it can be a bit of work, but it’s also fun to welcome guests into your home and enjoy time together. Today, I’m sharing a handful of tips that'll make everything run smoothly whether you have visitors over for a couple of hours or a couple of days.

Tips for Hosting House Guests

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Handmade Holidays: Rustic Ornaments

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2016

This marks my second year taking part in the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! You'll be able to read more details about it, including all the other crafting inspirations, killer sponsors, and monster of a giveaway further into this post. Right now, I want to tell you about this year's project! 

I have a thing for personalizing when it comes to the holidays, last year I made personalized t-shirts, and this time around it's personalized rustic ornaments using Walnut Hollow's Basswood Country Rounds®. These wood slices add the perfect amount of warmth and charm. They'll look lovely on your tree and could also be used as gift tags. Here are the three steps to making them. 

Rustic charm never goes out of style and it's especially lovely in these personalized wood slice ornaments!

This post has been sponsored by Walnut Hollow®. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Wine Cork Birdhouse Ornaments

Wine Cork Birdhouse Ornaments Use wine corks to make these cute little birdhouse ornaments. They're easy enough to make with kids or when you have a spare 15 minutes!

It's hard enough to find time to craft, now more than ever, our schedules are filled to the rim. Thankfully, it took me less than 15 minutes to make not one but all four of these ornaments.

Way back, starting in 2011 to be exact I'd dedicate the month of November to sharing ornament tutorials it what we affectionately dubbed the No Ugly Ornaments Challenge. I've gotten away from it in recent years but thanks to the Craft Lightning Series there is an excuse to get back in an ornament kind of mind! 

Here's how we created these 15 minute Wine Cork Birdhouse Ornaments!

Easy Birdhouse Ornaments

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Art Project: Fall Mosaics

Colorful Fall Art Project

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago the struggle I've been having in finding time to work on even the simplest of art projects with the kids. Hopefully, this is a good sign, we've finished another.

The trees have barely changed color around here, but the leaves have started piling up, so I thought it fitting to make a mosaic with colorful fall leaves...still on the tree.

Paper Scrap Projects

We began by cutting up lots and lots of scrapbook paper in a variety of shapes and sizes. We did stick to a few color palettes, though. Browns for the trunk, green for the grass, shades of red for the leaves, and later we added blues for the sky.

Autumn Art Projects

As is the fashion in our house, my daughter was all about getting to business drawing a rough sketch to fill in with the paper pieces.

When you do start filling in your drawings be sure to point out that a mosaic will have small spaces between the papers because you are recreated what would have been made with tile and grout. Collage on the other hand, would have overlapping pieces. This is what Es ended up creating - but, that's ok too!

Colorful Fall Mosaic Trees

My son, on the other hand, took his sweet time.

Do you have a child who could build Lego creations for hours but when you ask them to work on a simple art project they have a fit, rush through it, and then try to turn in sloppy, haphazard work? That's my Vin. It's a constant struggle to get him to put as much effort into school work as he does projects closer to his heart. This time I told him I was considering it an Art project meaning, he would get a grade on it.

Glueing Paper Mosaic

We left our work on the table and went back and forth to it throughout the day.

Paper Mosaic Art Project

Our finished projects are below! I think they turned out lovely.

Paper Mosaic Trees

Fall Mosaics

Kids Art Project Mosaics

What kind of projects have you been working on?