Friday, July 25, 2014

Chalkboard T-Shirts

I love summer when the grandkids are out of school and we can spend a lot of time together. When we get cool days, we take advantage of them and do something outside (like the zoo), but on these extremely hot days, we need to find something to do inside.

Painting t-shirts with chalkboard paint was perfect!

I found this fabric chalkboard paint at JoAnn's. They sold the ready made t-shirts, too, but making them ourselves was much more fun.

Jace wanted a tie, so we used tape to mark it off. We used painter's tape and it stuck really well.

They got right to painting. We found the sponge brushes worked the best.

We did a couple of coats of the paint and then let it dry for about 24 hours.

Jordyn wanted a border, so after her oval she painted dried, I cut out a scalloped frame with heat transfer vinyl on the Silhouette and ironed it on.

Let the fun begin. Decorating!
(Jordyn's changed a couple of times.)

(And it changed, again!)
Can you tell they're extremely proud to be a part of Brandon and Christina's wedding in October?
I love this picture!

Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's a Party! #168

Welcome to the party. I'm so glad you're here!

We're back to miserably hot days again this week. Last week it was so cool and nice and we made sure we took advantage of it. Greg and I did a lot of work outside and Christina and I took the kids to the zoo one day. We had a blast!

What have you been up to this past week? I finally got Brandon's football jersey's framed (Here) and also pickled 8 quarts of beets (Here).

I can't wait to see what you have to share. In case you missed them this morning, here are the features from last week's party.

Link up anything you want to share with us this week. It can be your fabulous craft, yummy recipe, giveaway, shop, etc.

I'll feature the Top 5 most viewed links next Wednesday. I started a board on Pinterest where I pin all of the fabulous features. You can follow along Here.

I would love for you to follow A Creative Princess while you're here!

If you would like to grab an It's a Party button (on the sidebar) and post it on your blog somewhere, that would be great! Let's get the word out and grow this party.
The more the merrier!

We all love comments, so please visit other links and have fun!

Hits of the Party!

Happy Wednesday!

It's a Party will start later this afternoon. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to link up!

Here are 5 of your awesome features from last week's party.

Sand Pudding

Classic Fairy Bread

Macrame Board

Grandma's PTA Dessert

Duct Tape Wallet

See you back here later today for this week's party.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pickled Beets

I know what you're thinking. Beets?! Really, Terri?

I never thought I would ever eat a beet, but believe me, these are awesome!

I canned 8 quarts last Friday when our Internet was out and I'm hoping that will last us for awhile.

They're definitely a pain in the "you know what" to work with and my kitchen looked like a crime scene after I was finished, but they are so well worth it.

You start by taking each beet and trimming the tops and bottoms to about an inch from the beet. 

Boil them until you can stick a fork in them (giggle - giggle) and then peel and cut them. I cut mine into chunks.

Next combine these ingredients:

3 cups sugar
2 cups vinegar
2 cups water
1 Tbsp pickling spice
1/2 tsp salt

Combine with the beets in a large pot and bring to a boil.
Boil for 5 minutes and then pack into your jars.

The hardest part is getting all of those beets trimmed and peeled. After that, you're home free.

They're perfect to bring out at Christmas and even tying a bow around the jar and adding to a gift basket.

Have a great Tuesday!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Framed Football Jersey's

I know I promised to share this last Friday, but unfortunately, our router went out and we had no Internet. Go figure, the day I want to be on the computer, I can't!

Anyway, I finally finished framing Brandon's football jersey's from high school and college and I couldn't be happier.

Brandon and Christina moved into their new house and there is plenty of large wall space to hang it. That's a good thing, because that sucker is huge!

I scored the double frame at an auction a few years ago and it's been sitting in the basement waiting for me to fill it. The cork board had a hole in it on the right side, but because I was going to cover it anyway, I used tape to seal it up.

I bought the large size of foam boards, trimmed to size, and hot glued them over the cork.

That was the easy part.

Now to get the jersey's in there.

I started by putting more foam board inside the jersey.

I didn't like it showing in the neck, so I trimmed it away.

Then used pins to pull it tight and hold it, folding up the sleeves and length.

I found these pins at Hobby Lobby and used them to stick through the jersey, foam board, and the foam board underneath to hold it in the case.

I actually used that whole box of pins on both sides of the frame. Those jersey's aren't going anywhere!

Yes, my fingers were killing me pushing all those pins in such thickness! I finally got smart and used that little hammer (up in the corner) to push them in.

I thought the whole thing looked a little plain with just the jersey, so I started adding a few things.

Brandon started as a freshman for Emporia State and received that watch his first year.

The watch went in, along with the sign I found that Greg drilled a couple little holes in for me to pin in.

For his high school uniform (Blue Springs South), I made a copy of the poem that we received at the Senior Banquet written by an anonymous mom.

I've had it hanging up since Brandon graduated high school and it still makes me cry every time I read it. I do wish I had the chance to wash that uniform one more time!

I'll never find out after all these years, but I would love to know who the mom is that wrote it.
I want to give her a hug.

Seems like only yesterday.
I love you, Brandon.

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