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Mother’s Day Craft: Message on a Bottle

Today I’m going to be sharing my Message in a Bottle craft as well as a couple other projects, using DecoArt paints, with Cyn from Creative Cynchronicity during a Mother’s Day, Google+ Hangout on Air at 3 p.m. CST. Just come back here and I’ll have a link below.

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Birthdays and Mother’s Day

Today is my youngest’ birthday and in my infinite wisdom I decided instead of ONE get-together/party, we’d have TWO! This way she can have a party with family {presents} and a party with friends {fun & games}. Thankfully today is the family party and the craziness has been saved for Saturday. In the meanwhile…

Today is also the day I’ll be guest hosting a Google+ Hangout on Air with Cyn from Creative Cynchronicity. The theme is Mother’s Day and I know Cyn is planning on sharing a Flower Pot Bird Bath while I’ll also be sharing a quick little flower pot craft using DecoArt paints. Just head on over to Cyn’s Google+ page HERE at about 1:30 CST and join us LIVE. If you can’t make it, no worries, I’ll also be sharing a link here afterwards.

REMINDER: This Friday we’ll be doing it all over again but Cyn will be my guest! I’m going to be making a message on a bottle craft and a few other things! Be sure to check back there!

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How Does Your Garden Grow?


I’m feeling very behind on my garden this year. I do have seeds started, these are my tomatoes, but other than that things are kinda on hold. Whether it’s more health issues, forthcoming construction, homeschooling demands, or the fact that I need a big load of shit (you heard me right-manure) some things have fallen by the wayside. But let it be known I am still planning on some major gardening this year and not just of the vegetable variety.

In a couple of weeks we’re planning on attending the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed’s Annual Spring Planting Festival. The kids and I went to the farm last year on a homeschooling field trip and are looking forward to another visit. This time Nate is coming with us. If you look at the schedule of speakers, John Brazaitis is going to be talking about beekeeping and well, despite our small acreage (one irregular) we’re considering it. Don’t worry I’ll let you know how it goes. For now here’s a little update on what is going on in our garden.


This is the shed Nate built. I can’t remember if I told you about it. My Dad came over and helped with the siding which actually came off an old barn that had been on his land. Below is the side that I’m seriously thinking about painting mock, vintage gas station signs on. What do you think?



Okay, have I told you how awesome my husband is? This is the tee-pee, wigwam, whatever that he also built. A couple of trees were taken down in anticipation of adding onto the house. We gave the bulk of the wood to my sister but we still had all these branches left over. What else were we supposed to do with them?


This is our rather plain yard. We’re going to start working on turning it into a nature path this year. Right now it’s hard to see which parts are going to be full sun but once we figure it all out we’re going to try to stick with native plants. Goodness knows we need something that’s used to growing among rocks.


This is one of many chamomile plants that have slowly but surely started to take over a portion of our yard. Mind you I haven’t planted a seed since 2011.


This is my 15 year old son riding around on the lawnmower. Repeatedly Nate had told him how to actually, you know…mow with the lawnmower. As I’m sure you’ve already guessed, those words fell on deaf ears because my son is 15 and already knows how to use everything.

He made two turns around, smiling and full of himself. Can I just say I haven’t had a laugh like that in quite a while. 


Ugh, I wish I’d paid more attention to this picture and leveled it out a little more. This is one of the benches Nate has been working on using wood he salvaged from some old homes that were being torn down in town. I love that man, even if he makes me feel like an underachiever.

So that is what has been going on in our garden, what’s going on in yours?

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Pin It–Did It: Abstract Watercolor

I’m always on the lookout for fun art projects to do with the kids and a good friend once taught me that abstract is a great way to go with little ones, wanna know why? There is no wrong way to do it!  Visit Made By Nicole’s Abstract Watercolor Flowers and find directions for this piece.
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Recycling Craft: Bottle Cap Beaded Door

Earth Day is right around the corner and…what am I saying…I’m a crafter and we look for ways to recycle, upcycle, and reuse EVERYTHING, no matter what day it is?  And our trash continues to be a source of infinite inspiration! So here’s a creative way to reuse plastic bottle caps and create a beaded door!

  • Lots of plastic bottle caps
  • ice pick
  • rubber mallet
  • cutting board
  • yarn
  • scissors
  • needle
  • thumbtacks
Place your cap on the cutting board and use the mallet and ice pick to make a hole through the top. Repeat with the rest of your caps.

Bottle Cap Beaded Door - Making the holes
Cut about 6 pieces of yarn the length of your arm and begin threading the caps onto it. It’s best to just tie a big loop around the cap like you see in this picture instead of trying to make a knot above or below it, to hold it in place. You don’t have to be precise with your caps along the yarn, unless you want to.

Bottle Cap Beaded Door - Tying Caps onto Yarn

Bottle Cap Beaded Door - Getting Ready to Hang Them Up
Once you’ve got that done start hanging them with thumbtacks along the top of the doorway of your choice. We made jungle vines for my son Vin’s room.

Bottle Cap Beaded Door - Tacking them in Doorway
No, that isn’t Vin, Essie’s always such a ham and happily volunteered for this picture instead. I wanted to show you that it’s important to make sure the strings don’t hang down too low. Trust me, it keeps them from getting tangled and the cat can’t reach it.

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Pin It–Did It: White Trash Bars

Last February I ran across this delish recipe for White Trash Bars on Cookies and Cups. Unfortunately when we made them we were missing one of the ingredients so we improvised and switched toffee bits for chocolate chips. Guess what it worked out just fine! Here’s a photo run through of the baking experience. Be sure to visit Cookies and Cups for the full recipe!

White Trash Bars with a twist
White Trash Bars with a Twist - Mixing the ingredients
White Trash Bars with a Twist - Mixing the ingredients2
White Trash Bars with a Twist - Putting it in the pan
White Trash Bars with a Twist  - YUMMY

YUM – It’s all I can say! For more recipes like this one be sure to follow me here or on Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, or Twitter!
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Personalized Scrap Paper Artwork

Personalized Scrap Paper Artwork via My Very Educated Mother

Guess what? We’re adding on to our house which means the two little ones will be getting their own rooms and I’m already daydreaming décor ideas. When the package of Apple Barrel paint and Mod Podge Washout showed up at our door I couldn’t wait to get busy on the first project on my list – Personalized Scrap Paper Artwork!

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Skeleton Key Artwork

Skeleton Key Artwork from My Very Educated Mother

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I use to actually pull out the Mod Podge and make stuff. Here’s a little home décor DIY project I made, oh, about a year ago.

Skeleton Key Artwork

Let me start by introducing you to a very awesome website, you may or may not be familiar with it.  allows you to take an image and make it any size you’re little heart desires. 
So to make this piece of art I went over to The Graphics Fairy and found these two keys and then followed the prompts on Blockposter.

@mvemother Vintage Skeleton Key Art Work
Once I had the images printed out. I taped them together and also put a tape around the part of the image I would be cutting out.

@mvemother Vintage Skeleton Key DIY Home Decor
  Then I cut out the image with an X-acto knife. Vintage Skeleton Key DIY Home Decor
Next I laid the stencil onto the canvases I had already covered with old dictionary pages. You can see up at the top of the key things got tricky. There I used double-sided tape to hold the individual pieces in place. #Vintage Skeleton#Key #DIY #HomeDecor
Then I began painting.

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Once the paint had dried I removed the stencil and sprayed a coat of Mod Podge sealer over the entire canvas. Skeleton Key Artwork
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