Wednesday, August 19, 2015

STAR GAZING

Today on Studio 5, I shared a couple ideas for Star Gazing, inducing this, Box of Stars kit that I have had for years.

I am also sharing this star finder from NASA's website, found HERE. Be sure and visit their website, to download and print the correct month.

I thought about making a blog post with links to my favorite star gazing activities, but there are way too many, so I thought I would just direct you to my pinterest board. I have over six dozen Star Gazing ideas pinned, including apps, printables, parties, dates, and places to go for the best star gazing. You can go through them, and decide what you like the best!

Link to my 


Thanks for stopping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

Backyard Camping Invitation

Any time you add an invitation to something you are doing, it creates excitement and anticipation! 



Step your backyard sleep out with these darling printable invitations.


Download the COME CAMP UNDER THE STARS WITH ME invitation HERE.

To create this invitation, I used this clipart from MeAndCoDesign. I designed it in PICMONKEY. You can purchase the clipart, and create your own personalize invitation if you like. I explain the basics of how to use clipart in this tutorial.


To create this invitation, I used clipart this from bobstudiodesign. I designed it in PICMONKEY. Again, you can purchase the clipart, and create your own personalize invitation if you like. I explain the basics of how to use clipart in this tutorial.

Download the invitation for SLEEP WITH ME UNDER THE STARS TONIGHT HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

Sunday, August 16, 2015

YARD YAHTZEE and YARD DOMINOS

When I saw giant versions of our favorite yard games on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to try making my own.
I decided to make Dominoes and Yahtzee.
For the dominos, I went to Home Depot, and had them cut 1x4's into 7 inch pieces for me. I followed this tutorial. After staining the wood, I just used the top of a water bottle to paint the dots on. It was very easy, just time consuming.
It is a hit with the kids, especially the four year old, who is so proud of himself when he matches up the right number of dots on each tile!
The large dice were just as easy to make. I used the same tutorial from above as a reference. I used a scrap piece of 4x4 from Home Depot (so it only cost a few dollars) and had them cut it into squares for me. I actually used a baby carrot cut in half to paint the dots on the dice, because I needed a smaller circle than the water bottle lid I used on the dominos.
I painted all the sides except the bottom in one sitting.
The girls had fun with these as well, and played their own version of a dice game.
These were not hard to make, and I'm excited to use them for family parties and other gatherings.
 Thanks for stopping by.
Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa







BACKYARD TENT GLAMPING

BACKYARD GLAMPING
GLAMPING = GLAMOROUS CAMPING



We camp with our kids, spring, summer, and fall. We have a pop-up trailer, that we usually take camping. We have recently noticed, that as our kids have gotten older, our time and availability to get away for days at a time is less and less. We are trying to do family time whenever we can, so the back yard is there perfect option!
The thing that is awesome about camping in your yard, is that you can really make your tent feel like home, and so cozy, without having to drag all the decorations and pillows with you to the wilderness.
When I mentioned glamping to my daughter and her friends, they got SO EXCITED, so I let them decorate. They decorated everything themselves! They are little interior designers in the making.
They went through the house and just gathered anything they thought would work in the space.
We have pillows from my bed, and from two different couches.
First things first, we blew up an aero bed. It came with its own  pump, and the great thing about being in our backyard, was that we just plugged an extension cord into our house.
Also, aero beds are SO COMFORTABE! 
We pulled the blue table in from my entryway, and it worked great!
On the other side, the girls flipped cardboard boxes upside down, and covered with sheets and scarves.
Hanging art on the inside made it feel extra homey!
A chandelier is a MUST! I got mine at Biglots, on clearance for $17. It is battery powered.
I hung it on a string that I threaded through the inside flaps.
The outside was fun to decorate as well.
I pulled a lantern from my yard, to sit by yard chairs.
I pulled a rug out to set in front of the tent, under the awning. It added nice texture and interest.
 Tent glamping is a perfect thing to do with your family, and also for a date night! You can get alone time without leaving the kids!
Most men (in my experience) love camping. Tent glamping is a win win. You get the comforts of home, and he gets to feel like he is camping!







 I had literally 4 minutes to get these photos in, before it started to pour!
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

UTAH GIRL iron on shirt DIY




You know when you have something in your brain, and you can't find it in any store, so you just have to make it yourself? That was the case with this shirt! I have seen fun floral lettered shirts, but never one with the words I want or a fit I like. 



So, I went to the Apple Store on Saturday, and asked them to teach me how to create the graphic. I love the Genius Bar. I created This UTAH GIRL themed shirt, and I am dying over the results!


All you need is the printable I designed. I actually designed 10 different patterns!  It can be found at the bottom of the post. Heat transfer paper (Amazon or craft store), a shirt, and an iron. 


Always follow the instructions on your iron transfer paper. Print the image on the iron transfer paper, and cut around the image, rounding the corners. Place the image face down on your shirt in the position you want, and iron with a good about of pressure. Make sure the steam is turned off. Wait two minutes, and pull the backing off. You are finished, and have a beautiful Utah Girl shirt! Be sure and wash and care for it as is instructed, so it lasts as long as possible.


Isn't it CUTE!?!



Here's the same stencil on a dark shirt.


This is another take on the same shirt, but in a darker color. I used iron transfer paper for light fabrics, instead of dark fabrics, and the image didn't show very well, but I still like it.
Print the image out on your heat transfer paper.




Cut the letters out.


Space them the way you want on your shirt.


Be sure and turn them face down before ironing. Set your iron on the highest, no steam setting. Turn the steam off. Press firmly and iron the letters in place.


Wait two minutes before pulling the backing off, and there you have it, a cute, one of a kind UTAH GIRL shirt! 



Click HERE for the printable files!

Did I mention I am offering 10 pattern choices? 
Tell the printer which page you want, and print.


I can't decide which shirt I like best.What do you think?
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