Friday, January 23, 2015

Free Printable Valentine, Tic-Tac-Toe

This Valentine was so simple and sweet, I just had to share. I was at Zurchers the other day, and found these darling little tic-tac-toe games. They were in a twelve pack for $1.99. The best part, is that each tic-tac-toe game was individually packaged in it's own plastic, and ready to go. 

The symbol of hugs and kisses is, of course, X's and O's, so I thought this would be a perfect Valentine to give out, and bonus - it's non-food, and sweet and clever. 

It reads, XO and tic-tac-toe"

What could be better?


This is so easy to put together. All you have to do is undo the tape on the plastic, and restick it to the back to the topper. It couldn't be more easy. These are the toppers.



To download, right or two-finger click on the image(s) above. Choose, download file, and save it to your computer. Then, print from wherever you saved it. I offer these Valentine Printables free of charge, and ask they you please use them for personal use only. Thank you!

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Free Printable Valentine Toe Ring

These are the perfect Valentine for the little lady on your list, who is a little older. When I saw these toe rings, I knew they would be perfect for Valentines! They are simple, sweet, and perfect!


I used to wear a toe ring in college. It was so cute! We would go sunbathing at a lake, called Lake Palisade. I wore my toe ring at all times, including when we went to Lake Palisade. I got in the water one time, and my toe ring was gone, gone! I was so sad. These are my cute roomies, and Bill, the neighbor, who was basically a roommate. Oh, I loved college.


I never thought a thing about my missing toe ring, until my husband decided he wanted to go camping at Lake Palisade about three years ago. We loved camping there so much, that we have gone back the past three years, and are already planning a trip there this summer. I told my kids about the loss of my beloved toe ring, and now they look for it every time we go, haha.  These are some pictures of Lake Palisade from my Instagram feed.




If you get a chance to go, you should! It is so fun!

These toe rings come from Zurchers. They come in a package of 12, for $2.99, and the rings are already hooked to the foot cutout. All you need to do is print the printable below, punch a hole, and attach the foot to the card. 


To download, right or two-finger click on the image above. Choose, download file, and save it to your computer. Then, print from wherever you saved it. I offer these Valentine Printables free of charge, and ask that you please use them for personal use only. Thank you!

Thanks for stoping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

Free Printable Valentine - Crazy Straws

I thought I won the lotto as a kid if I got to drink out of a crazy straw! So, how fitting to make crazy straw Valentines. These are the perfect Valentine for boys or girls of any age! They are easy to make, and any kid would love them!


You can get the straws at Dollar Tree 6 for $1, or you can get them here (affiliate link) if you prefer shopping from the couch. That is my style these days!

All you need to do is print off this sheet, and cut the words out in strips, then punch a hole on either side of the strip, and thread it onto the straws.

To download, right or two-finger click on the image above. Choose, download file, and save it to your computer. Then, print from wherever you saved it. I offer these Valentine Printables free of charge, and ask that you please use them for personal use only. Thank you!

Thanks for stopping by. 

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

Free Valentine Printable for Older Boys - Nose Sharpener

Yesterday, I shared Free Printable Valentines for younger boys. Today, I am sharing a cool, boy humor, Valentine for older boys. My son is SO excited to pass these out. He can't stop laughing every time he picks one up. As a mom of boys, sometimes I just give in to, "boy humor." It is what is, and if it's harmless, I just go with it. You have to pick your battles with boys, especially older boys. I have to admit, I actually think these are kind of clever.


I recorded a Valentine printable segment for Studio 5 (airs Jan 27 1pm mst on KSL 5, or stream it on www.studio5.ksl.com) last week, and my son went with me to the studio. He couldn't leave these nose Valentines alone.


He wanted the picture of us to be holding the nose Valentines.


I made him take a nose free selfie with me.


They read, "This Valentines Day, I just wanted you to know, I PICK YOU."

I got the noses at Zurchers. They were $5.99 for 12. You can also find them here (affiliate link) if you prefer shopping from your couch. They are only $.19 more - you will probably save more in gas money ordering from home. They are high quality, and a good size. 


Here is the free Printable Valentine sheet.

To download, right or two-finger click on the image above. Choose, download file, and save it to your computer. Then, print from wherever you saved it. I offer these Valentine Printables free of charge, and ask that you please use them for personal use only. Thank you!


So, make your older boy's Valentine dreams come true, and let him pass out these funny boy Valentines!


Thanks for stopping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Free Valentine Printable for Boys

I always feel a little bad for the boys on Valentines Day. Hearts and flowers are everywhere. Love is in the air. The pressure to look cool and not feel lame, is real. It's stressful to be a boy on Valentines Day and retain your masculinity, I can just see it! 

I came up with a few fun Boy Themed Valentines Printables that are free, and just oozing with manliness. These are perfect for the little man in your life who is giving out Valentines this year.

 What little dude wouldn't want to pass out this, LOADS OF FUN, Free Printable Valentine?


Or this, THIS IS MY KIND OF CRUSH, Free Printable Valentine?


All you need are these printables:




If you don't want to buy the monster trucks, I have this printable as well.


To download, right or two-finger click on the image above. Choose, download file, and save it to your computer. Then, print from wherever you saved it. I offer these Valentine Printables free of charge, and ask that you please use them for personal use only. Thank you!

You also need these vehicles from the dollar store.

The construction vehicles are 2 for $1 at dollar tree.


The monster trucks are 4 for $1. You can't beat that price. The best thing with these monster trucks is, you pull them back and they will go forward fast! Your little Valentine will be in heaven!


All I did was poke two holes in each card after I printed and cut it out, and thread yarn or bakers twine through, and tie a knot to secure the toy in place.

My preschooler is so excited to hand these out to his friends. Really... they are in hiding until the big day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

Friday, January 16, 2015

Unplugged Campaign and a giveaway!

I was contacted, and asked to participate in a campaign entitled, #unplugged. I don't do everything I am asked to participate in, but this one seemed worthy, and like a challenge I wanted to be a part of, and and something I wanted my family to try out.

I was sent a shirt, from Creative Expressions Inc. Isn't it cute? You can win one of your own, directions below.


I announced on Instagram and Facebook the night before, that we were going to be unplugged as a family the next day. I had visions of wearing my cute new shirt as we went sledding or snowshoeing, and doing other fun outdoor activities as a family. 


But, I woke up feeling horrible!!! It was all I could do to go downstairs to get some breakfast. Why does my hair look darker when I haven't gotten ready? The unplugged shirt pics are from the next day.


I knew I wasn't going to do much of anything active with my kids, so I decided to try to do something productive from my bed. I decided to organize my recipes.


It took all the energy I had, and I am so glad I was able to sit still without any other distractions long enough to do it. This has been on my list forever! Being unplugged was a great opportunity for getting this done!


The baby started missing me, so he brought some toys in to play with me while I was in bed. Yes, that's a s'more with pickles and french fries. He is a creative cook!



I drug myself out of bed for about 20 minutes that night to play a game with everyone.


I lasted through two games, and had to get back in bed.


I kind of felt bummed, but in talking to my kids, they had a nice day without the technology, and I actually stayed off the internet the next few days, and it was a nice break! It was surprisingly easier the next day. 

Okay, so, let's talk about that shirt (and the closeups of my chest - sorry, that's where the printing is)! I love it - the shirt, and love having the ability to design your own shirt with a company like Creative Expressions Inc. They offer services in embroidery, screen printing, and other promotional products. Check them out! I am thinking I might want to order a few trucker hats with a custom logo.


You can win your own #unplugged shirt!


Just enter a comment below, telling me what you would do if you were unplugged for a day. You can also get an extra entry, by following me on instagram restlessrisa_risabaker and commenting and inviting friends to follow.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sinterklaas Day

This is a post I did a few years ago on how to paint thrifted wooden shoes. I thought it fitting to bring it back, since I talked about Christmas traditions from other countries on Studio 5 today. Be sure and tune in today to ksl 5, at 1pm mst, or stream it online at www.studio5.ksl.com.

 Every year, on December 5, Sinterklaas visits our home. Sinterklaas is Dutch Santa. My grandfather is from Holland. I never met him. He and my grandma had my dad when they were both in their 50's. Bless their little hearts... Every year at Christmas time, my dad would tell me and my siblings the stories his dad told him of living in Holland as a child, and Sinterklaas. My husband and I invite my parents over every year to share the same stories with our kids. It is so fun! Then, the kids place their shoes under the tree, and anxiously await the arrival of Sinterklaas.

 

I buy all my wooden shoes at thrift shops. They are about $10 to $15 each. I like them to look authentic, like my Dad and Grandpa's. I don't like them to be painted with scenery for the most part.

I was excited when I found these, but didn't like the mural.


So, I painted them red. Don't hate. I would never paint any shoes that had any sentimental value.


I was dreading the thought of hand painting the white part, when I saw something so cool on Studio 5. It is a marker that acts like a paintbrush! Genius! You can see the Studio 5 clip here. I decided to give it a shot, and OH MY!!! It was perfect! In no time at all, I had these!!! The kind of marker I used is called, Galaxy Marker, and can be found at Benion Crafts for $1.99 each.


I just copied some shoes I found online. I typed in , "red wooden shoes," on google, and found this

You can see in the picture, that they are not perfect, but I feel like it makes them even more charming.


Look at the back. I wrote Sophie's name on them. I hope she will cherish them forever!


 When Sinterklaas comes, he fills the shoes with pepernoten (recipe here), a chocolate letter, an orange, gold coins, and some wooden ornaments.


These are my shoes. So charming, and adorable! 


My baby sat still with me for a half a second... long enough to snap this sweet picture. 


 It's fun for all on Sinterklaas Eve at the Baker house.

 


Sinterklaas morning is also great fun! The kids are always thrilled to see what he brings, because it is not like the traditional things they get from Santa.

If you would like more Dutch inspiration, please visit my, "Everything Dutch," Pinterest Board.

Do you have any special Christmas traditions? I would love to hear about them!

Thanks for stopping by. 

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

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