So Here's My Life

The things we make,
the food we eat and
the shenanigans in between.

A blog about making things by
MICHELLE SEXTON

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Printable Monster Lacing Cards

Does anybody have summer on the brain yet? Or are you still thinking about Spring? If you are, I don't blame you...didn't Spring just get here last week?? ;) Over the past couple of days, I've been thinking more and more about the summer. Do you have plans for summer yet? We do. Part of that plan involves taking two kids on a plane. In my mind I'm already thinking ahead and planning the activities I can bring for my boys during the plane ride. I think before our trip I'm going to go on a massive printable paper toy hunt to gather as many as I can. I am definitely going to bring along these printable monster lacing cards that I made. Lacing cards are a great way for toddlers and preschoolers to work on developing fine motor skills, but I've rarely seen them outside of a daycare or preschool. So let's make our own! But we should make monster lacing cards. Ready? Let's do it!

Make these Printable Monster Lacing Cards from SoHeresMyLife.com


You will need:
- These Printable Monster Lacing Cards
- thin piece of cardboard (like the kind on the back of a spiral notebook)
- shoe lace, yarn or string with stiff ends for threading
- spray adhesive or glue of some sort
- 1/8" hole punch (not pictured)
- scissors

supplies needed

Make them:

Adhere the Monster Printable to the cardboard with spray adhesive or glue.

Printable Monster Lacing Cards from SoHeresMyLife.com

Cut out the monsters.
Use the hole punch to press out each black circle on the monster.

Printable Monster Lacing Cards from SoHeresMyLife.com

Encourage your child to thread the shoe lace in and out of the holes in any way they see fit.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY Coffee Table Tic Tac Toe Board

Ready to make something for your home? Yes? Good. A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that we went Geocaching in this post. While we were driving through the desert near our house, we spotted a pile of discarded slate tiles. (Yeah, people dump their junk in the desert sometimes. Beyond aggravating.) So we stopped, I sifted through them, and brought several of them home for a project - A Tic Tac Toe Board to be exact. Not just any old Tic Tac Toe board, but a Coffee Table Tic Tac Toe Board. So much fun, right? Why didn't we think to do this sooner??

DIY Coffee Table Tic Tac Toe Board @ SoHeresMyLife.com


Here's what you need:
- 9 slate tiles 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
- 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 1 1/2 board  (we used a 2x12x8 ft board. planks are always 1/2 inch smaller than advertised)
- liquid nails (we used Loctite Pro Line)
- dark walnut wood stain
- sand paper
- 1 sheet of adhesive vinyl
- white acrylic paint
- craft sponge brush
- this Silhouette file (optional)

DIY Coffee Table Tic Tac Toe Board - click through and learn how to make this

Here's how to make this Tic Tac Toe Board:

wood board

Use the sandpaper to smooth down all the corners, and any rough spots.

stained wood board

Seal the wood using the wood stain. Be sure to follow the directions on the wood stain and allow for the proper drying time.

cut out a vinyl stencil and place on board

Use the Silhoutte to cut out this file onto adhesive vinyl to create a stencil. (If you don't have a Silhoutte, then skip this step or decorate the sides in your own way.)

paint over stecil
Peel off stencil

Place each stencil on the sides of the board. Paint each side using the craft sponge brush. Gently peel the stencil off the wood.

arrange tiles and adhere with liquid nails

allow to dry before use

Once the paint has dried, arrange the tiles until you are satisfied. Glue one tile on at a time, making sure to place each tile in the exact position as previously arranged. Allow to dry over night before use.

Coffee Table Tic Tac Toe Board - learn how at SoHeresMyLife.com



That's it. It's definitely not a difficult project, but you do you have to allow drying time...always a little challenging for us impatient people! ;) Totally worth the wait, though.

Enjoy!



Friday, April 11, 2014

Printable Spring Flower Banner

Can I just tell you guys that I've had a hectic week? Over the weekend, Joel and I ran a 5k and I managed to resprain my ankle...you guys probably didn't know that I sprained my ankle in February, did you? I did. I forgot to mention that previously. Yeah, well apparently I ran a little too much, a little too soon...and it's resprained. There's no walking going on here. Only crutches. Bleh. A couple days later I managed to get the cold that Cheese had. So then I had to take care of two kids in the midst of my sickness and sprained ankle. This week has been trialing, to say the least. Bah! However, I get my camera back! Hooray! (A Small beautiful moment in the midst of many chaotic ones this week.) So to celebrate, I have a fun Printable Spring Flower Banner to share with you guys! (And also because I'm dying to do creative things). Here's a sweet, colorful and festive way to celebrate the arrival of Spring!

Free Printable Spring Flower Banner @ SoHeresMyLife.com click through and get it!

You will need:
-This Printable Spring Flower Banner
- Twine
- Scissors
- Masking Tape

Decorate for Spring with this Free Spring Flower Printable from SoHeresMyLife.com

This banner is easy to make. Simply print out the Spring Flower Banner onto card stock, cut out the flowers, and tape the backs to a string of twine. Use this banner and decorate to your heart's desire.

Get this Free Spring Flower Printable Banner from SoHeresMyLife.com

Pretty, pretty, pretty.


Bonus idea: These flowers would also make an adorable flower crown. (I chose not to go this route, simply because I have boys, not girls.) :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

30 Colorful Desserts to Make For Spring.

My camera still isn't ready yet. I'm working hard on staying patient - but I think I am going to explode! I have so many ideas for projects and no camera to document the process. Super antsy right now. So instead I am going to share an awesome collection of colorful desserts to make throughout the Spring season. Or Summer. Or Fall. Or whenever else you may feel inspired to make beautiful food...because seriously, these desserts look so amazing, you aren't going to want to limit yourself to making them during one specific season!



























































































The real question is, which one do you want to make first???