Thursday, November 13, 2014

Activity Days TALENTS

New today on my other blog, out Activity Days activity on finding and using hidden talents!



Click HERE to for a lesson plan, and free printables!

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How to Polish Brass

If there is one thing I am obsessed with right now, it is brass. I LOVE finding the perfect little brass creature, and bringing it back to its old glory.


Any of you that follow me know that I am always changing things up on my coffee table. I knew Mr. Crab would be a perfect addition!



I have been drooling over brass crabs for a long time now. I follow adore magazine on instagram, and so many of their posts show a brass crab on a coffee table etc. These are a few pics from www.adoremagazine.com




I watch these on ebay all the time. It was just a matter of time before I would fork it out to buy one. I would have paid much more than I did. When I was visiting my brother and sister-in-law a few weeks ago, I went into a thrift shop. Tucked away, among the other dusty collectibles display case, was this dirty and dingy brass crab. 

I asked for the man to open the case right away. I was SO excited. I was thinking it would have a sticker of around $20. I DIED, when I read $5. This was one of the most amazing thrifting good karma moments I have EVER had! My heart was beating fast. I don't think my sister-in-law or my daughter (who were both with me at the time) understood. It was quite possibly the hi-light of my trip!
I brought it home, delicately wrapped in it's thrift store paper, and it sat for a few days, while I researched how to restore it. I read a few online tutorials. It seemed that most brass polish was created equally, so I decided to try what I could find. I bought this, and you can too, using my affiliate link. Just click below:


All you need to do is first, test your piece with a magnet. If it is real brass, the magnet won't stick, and you are fine to use brass polish. If the magnet does stick, it has another metal as a filler, and the cleanser and polish may ruin the finish.

Clean your item with warm soapy water.

Dry it off, and then get your brass polish out. I used multiple rags and a toothbrush. I also wore gloves.  Squirt some polish on your item, and start to rub with your cloth. Use a toothbrush for hard to reach areas. I used lots of cloths, and polished the entire crab about 3 times. before I got the finish I wanted. Look how shiny!


He's my favorite!


The coffee table is thrifted.
Books are thrifted.
Statue is from Belize.
Gold Frame and box are from TJ Maxx.
Succulents are from Homegoods.
Rug is from Target.
Through today, by clicking the affiliate link above, you get 15% off a furniture purchase of $150 or more!
Couch is thrifted.
Thanks for stopping by. 

If you see a cool old brass decoration, get it, and polish it. You just might love it!

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Thanksgiving Printable

November is the month of thankfulness, and I have had this song in my head for a few days now. So... I decided to make a printable to share. I plan to print and frame it, and keep it up all month. I thought you might like to do the same, so all you need to do, is click on the image below, save it to your computer, and print! I created this in pic monkey, using a tutorial found HERE.

This is an 8x10.


This is 5x7.


This is 4x6.


Thank you for stopping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Holy Ghost Activity Days Party

I am at Sunshine and Melody today, sharing our Holy Ghost themed Halloween Activity Days party!We have lots more pretty pictures, and fun and easy game and craft ideas.
Check it out HERE!

Thanks for stopping by. 

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

Friday, October 24, 2014

Day of the Dead (Los Muertos) Display

My kids are in the Spanish Immersion program in school. It is SO AMAZING to hear them speak! Their teachers rotate being from Europe, and South or Central America. A few years back, my son had a teacher from Mexico. He came home with a sugar skull, and told me a little about Los Muertos, that he had learned from his teacher. I wanted to learn more. As I sometimes do, I became a little obsessed, and learned more. It is a pretty cool part of the culture, and not scary.
Los muertos is observed in Mexico and some other countries as a day to remember and celebrate the dead. They even hope to welcome their spirits to visit, by using bright colors and flowers, and serving meals and treats the deceased would like. They tell stories, and share memories about the deceased  as a way to honor and remember them. They remember infants and children on November 1, and adults on November 2.
This could be a fun angle to bring to a classroom party in October!
Tissue paper flowers are a great way to add color, and they are so easy and inexpensive to make!!! Cut out circles, or scallops, about 4 sheets deep, pinch the middle, and staple to a straw. I did the same this with pattern pieces HERE. I like them on bendy straws, because you can set the angles you want for the flower arrangement.
These peg dolls are my favorite! I painted them last year.
I found a website with a ton of free printables. You have to email them to request the files, but they are sent immediately! For the website,


To look at all the ideas, then click on Free templates, to see which ones are free.
They have masks, food labels, and bingo. They also have a sheet of Day of the Dead phrases.
For the skeleton, I got a paper mask from Michael's, and painted it in traditional Los Muertos fashion. 
I hot glued dollar store flowers to the top, and put a wig on her.
I borrowed a shirt from my neighbor's daughter, and put a skirt that was actually a thrifted curtain on for a skirt.
She's the perfect addition to a Los Muertos or even a Halloween party.
The banner is from Zurchers.
These are a few more pics in my house. The color is not great,  but I like the set-up better.
I am starting to see so much of this stuff in so many stores, including; Micheal's, Joann's, World Market, and many more. If you look, you will see it all over the place!
Close op shots of the pegs!
I kinda love them!
The piƱata is from Wal-mart.


The striped fabric is from Ikea.


To see more Los Muertos ideas, check out my DAY OF THE DEAD BOARD on Pinterest. Thanks for stopping by!

Have a happy and Creative day.

Risa




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ghost Family Halloween Wreath

I have thought for years, that it would be so fun to create a family out of ghosts!!! When I saw the new peg shapes at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago, I knew this was the year!!!
This was another one I mostly made in the minivan during family vacation, so I don't have a ton of process pictures. It was very straight forward. You wrap your ribbon around a foam wreath base (Hobby Lobby).  I cut and pinned, because I was being cheap, but ended up gluing anyway.
Cut a divet in your wreath with a knife, and slide a piece of wood in (Hobby Lobby). This is not highly scientific. I just shoved it until it fit.
Paint your peg ghosts however you like.I did white tops and black bottoms. I painted the details on with a toothpick.
Last minute, I decided to add some tulle circles over the top of each ghost. I thought it was a little fun and unexpected. I pinned them in the back, but didn't glue them, incase I wanted to take them off. They are still on. I think I like it that way best.
I also got a tree in the unfinished wood section of Hobby Lobby, and painted it grey. I hot glued everything in place.
I cut a moon out of foam, and hung it by a strip of tulle, and a pin. It really looks better than these pics. I don't know why I couldn't get a good one!
My baby LOVED it when he saw it, and named off each member in our family!
I do think it's pretty cute myself. It's a little more, "cutesie," than I have been in the mood for lately, but it's fun anyway!

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Zombie Art

This year for Halloween, I wanted to bring some zombies into my home, without all the gore. This diy Zombie silhouette art was just the way to do it!


There were three things I wanted with this project:

1) Custom muted colors. 
2) Inexpensive and Easy to create. 
3) Customizable size and scale to fit my front room. 

I LOVE how it turned out!


For this project, you will need:

Scissors, Paper, Pencil, Craft Paint, Paint Brushes, Toothpicks

A piece of foam board. I got mine from Hobby Lobby. It was $2.50. I am sure you could use dollar store foam board also, but this seemed a little higher quality, and worth the extra $1.50.

Zombie clipart. THIS BOY SET & THIS GIRL SET. I bought both, for a grand total of $3 on Etsy.

Follow the instructions in THIS TUTORIAL, but put one zombie per page, using the previous one to size the next, like this:






I cut the heads off the dad and mom, knowing that I could draw them bigger later.

I printed each page, and took it on a road trip this weekend. I had lots of hours in the minivan, so I got to work cutting! We went to St George to stay with #HunkyMrB's brother and family. It was a blast!


Okay, back to zombie art...

After you cut the pieces out, place them on your foam board the way you want them spaced. I liked them kind of crammed close together. I ended up flipping some of the pieces after I set them down, because it looked better that way.



Outline each piece, adding a bigger head if needed. I felt like the girl heads looked way bigger than the boy noggins. Head - Pants - Now!!! So I made the boy noggins a little bigger. Please forgive the nighttime cell phone photo.



Then, paint around the silhouette in the color of your choice. I mixed my own grey. A little tip... use a toothpick dipped in paint, to get into the small areas. I put lots of paint on at the end, and felt like that made the foam board curl a little bit,  but I kind of like that anyway. It is Halloween, and they are Zombies, after all...

 Now that you have seen my Zombie art, would you like a closer look at the rest of the spooky decor?

This is the glass skull I got at TJ Maxx, and put succulents in.


I am loving my coffee table. I kept the basic idea from THIS POST, and just tweaked it a little.


Noticed I brought in some darker books?


Love the Dracula Book, and tiny pumpkin as a nod to October. I also LOVE that I am still keeping the gold. Love the gold!


I still use geodes whenever I can include them in a space! Here's a top view.


I love decorating in the fall, and am so happy to bring grey into my Halloween decor this year!


Thanks for stopping by! Now go make your own family into Zombies!


Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

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