administrative assistant day

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Hi everyone, it’s Bridget!

Last week I shared some of my great finds for  Teacher Appreciation week, but I can’t forget how much our fabulous Administrative Assistants do, too!

This week is Administrative Assistant week; the actual day is April 24th this year, but trust me, they will appreciate it any day. {grin}

If you’re like me and get a bit wrapped up in life and need a great, last-minute gift idea, I have a few fabulous ideas to share. Monogrammed paint cans from Fit, Crafty, Stylish & Happy are a super simple way to spice up a clear craft paint can and you can use scrapbook paper you already have on hand. Just fill them with any goodies that you like! (She made them for teachers, but I think they are perfect for all those other important people who help make our kids’ schools fantastic.)

Our mascot is an owl, so I was thrilled to find this adorable Owl treat bag from Lisa Storms. The sweet tag line could be anything you like, too.  If you prefer something a with a little more pizzazz, these DIY coasters from Mixed Method would be just the thing for your administrative assistant. I envision mine in our school colors! You could also kick up a sweet card with this fabulous Candy Apple card from BoBunny. What a great way to reuse those old button containers!

My favorite idea is this absolutely fabulous mini clipboard and magnet tutorial  at Blooming Where I’m Planted. What administrative assistant doesn’t use Post-It Notes?!

And last, but not least, I adore this sweet beaded vase, aka Bring on the Bling from Julie Mulligan at 1800Flowers.

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! And Happy Administrative Assistant Appreciation Week!

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dusk blue pantone kind of Monday

Dusk Blue Pantone

Dusk Blue is a Pantone color for Spring and not only did it inspire my Monday morning hue… it also inspired Vern Yip when he designed a limited edition Diet Pepsi can! Isn’t it darling with the peacock!

These are all the things that will keep me focused and on task this jam packed Monday ~

  • cotton… I must be comfy! (Dusk Blue Infinity Scarf from Liquid Squid and Woven Cotton Bracelets from TNTees)
  • reminders to stay focused and work hard (Motivational Print from EEartstudio)
  • my tunes (Geeks Designer Line (GDL) Slim Hard Case for Apple iPod Touch 5 – S13 Pantone Dusk Blue)
  • my friends, colleagues and readers, all available at my fingertips through social media! (Social Media Icons from Nudge Media Design, available for digital download)
  • and last… but never least… my Diet Pepsi! (giving me just that extra bit of charge in the afternoons when my focus starts to wane)

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy Monday everyone!

Diet Pepsi sponsored this post. But as those who stop in here often know, all opinions are my own. I would have it no other way!

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cala lilies, easy Mother’s Day craft

Cala Lilies

Cala lilies were my wedding flower. Such an elegant and beautiful flower. AND, such an easy flower to recreate with crepe paper for a  Mother’s Day craft!

I’m talking Mother’s Day on Red Barn Blog this week. Join me for the quick 1, 2, 3 (pictorial) of making this easy crepe paper craft! 

Plus, download my FREE Mother’s Day subway art print and gift tags (that you can personalize before you print!) while you’re there.

See you there! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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teacher appreciation week

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It’s Bridget, again! Did you know Teacher Appreciation Week is the first week in May?

Kim thought that since I’ve been blessed to be “room mom” for all three of my children and get to work with their amazing teachers, I should share my favorite ideas to thank teachers for their hard work! 

While I love a good gift card, I prefer to share gifts a bit more personal with those who work so tirelessly help shape my children. So today I’m sharing a few of the great finds that have inspired me:

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I also wanted great gifts for male teachers, since two of my children have wonderful men leading the class. These are a few of my favorites:

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And I just couldn’t pass up sharing these clever teacher gift ideas using school supplies:

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! And Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

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decorating your home: DIY wreath idea

Decorating Your Home

Good morning! Remember a few weeks ago I made a wreath for a blue and gray Mother’s Day brunch I was working on? Well, I’m always decorating and redecorating my home for the seasons so I updated the wreath to yellow and gray chevron for my kitchen!

LOVE that sunny pop of yellow in the morning! Perfect for spring and summer… especially after a cloudy winter here in Ohio. {wink}

This is a super simple wreath to make. You’ll just need varying sizes of Styrofoam balls, at least two of your favorite coordinating fabrics, stick pins, embroidery thread and a grapevine wreath.

Decorating Your Home

How to details are available in my latest contributing post over on Red Barn. And for more home ideas, follow my Home DIY to Try board, House and Home Inspiration board or Creative Kids Rooms board on Pinterest.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY glitter clothespins

DIY Glitter Clothespin

Love glitter crafts?! Love a banner flag? Well I have a really easy and fun DIY craft idea for you!

Recently I was working on a new video, making and hanging a banner flag, for my youtube channel (up early next week) and I needed a fun way to display the banner. An easy way! I picked up some mini clothespins from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores (in the wood working section) a few months ago and they were perfect. Except, you see, this party idea is overly pink and the standard brown clothespin just wasn’t cutting it.

Glitter crafts

So what does any crafter do?! I opened up all the doors to my craft storage and started trying to think of ways to make them better. The answer was quick and obvious… glitter!!

Glitter craft

With just a touch of Mod Podge, or you could use Elmer’s Stick Glue (I tried both and they both worked), apply your glitter! Allow it to dry and then clothespin your banner flag to ribbon.

Yep! It’s that easy!

By the way, this pink and gray chevron banner is part of my cowgirl collection. You can find the cowgirl invitation, thank you notes, the entire party supplies collection, and the individual chevron banner in the shoppe.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! 

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make a photo booth

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Want to know how to make a photo booth?

I love having photo booths at my parties for many reasons. The obvious reason is to capture those precious memories, right! Well, why not do it with style. It doesnt’ have to be hard or a major production.

make a photo booth

Photo booths allow your guests to get silly PLUS it gives them a great backdrop so you don’t have a messy kitchen or a million people holding cake as your backdrop in all your photographs!

photo booth

Here are the supplies I use to make my photo booths. And the best part, mine are mobile! A party indoors, you’re all set… party outdoors… you’re all set!

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I start with:

  • Blank white canvas (I use a 4×6 foot canvas)
  • Coordinating fabric (you’ll need at least a yard and a half of fabric, but check the width to make sure it will cover)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Optional: canvas stand available at craft stores

Then I embellish my canvas with:

  • Pennant banner on ribbon or twine,
  • or other party elements like crepe paper twists

photo props for photo booth

Finally, I create photo props for the guests to hold. I like to hot glue them to wooden dowels and put them in a bucket or vase full of sand so that they stay upright and ready for the next guest.

Making a DIY photo booth is just that easy!

These are my party collections that have designed photo props, but we can create them for any collection. Just ask!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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art activities for kids

Looking for art activities for the kids?! When we photographed my art birthday party supplies collection for the store we came up with these kid crafts ~ have the kids make cupcake art with supplies including:

  • cupcake liners (cut in half),
  • tissue paper,
  • pom poms,
  • felt,
  • ribbon and more!

Included in the art party supplies we designed four whimsy frames for the kids to create on: red/blue, orange/yellow, purple/chartreuse and black/white.

We also created “award badges” that you can give to each guest. They say things like most creative, best in show, most artistic, best design, most colorful and best color palette. A great way for every child to feel special. The awards are rectangle tags and then we created the crepe ribbon backer. (You can see how to create a similar idea with our graduation collection.)

And last but not least, here’s a look at the Art Gallery entry sign that is also part of the printable collection. We printed it at Costco for $5.99 and embellished it with yellow crepe paper. Can you tell I’m loving crepe paper lately?! It’s inexpensive, comes in a variety of colors and so simple to manipulate. LOVE.

You can see more details from my Art birthday party supplies collection in the shoppe: Invitation, Thank you notes, Art birthday party supplies (available as sets or you can buy individual items).

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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how to make a wreath

How to make a wreath

It’s time to decorate for spring! Did you see my Mother’s Day brunch post yesterday? This easy to make wreath is a perfect complement for my spring placesetting idea.

Styrofoam balls covered in fabric

Join me for all the easy DIY details over on Red Barn today and make your own wreath!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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mother’s day brunch placesetting

Mothers Day Brunch

I’m absolutely giddy for Spring. I’m an early riser so I tend to see the sun come up each morning and this time of year that means I also get to hear the birds chirp the day in. It’s my favorite time of day to just think and be creative.

And those little chirps led me to this Mother’s Day brunch, sweet baby shower, or even Spring party placesetting idea.

I picked up these lovely new Easter dishes from Target. I love how girly they are. I’m the only girl in a house of four so sometimes it needs to be a bit about me. {grin}

The malted milk ball candy eggs make this party placesetting perfect for a baby shower…

Mothers Day Brunch

but I chose to craft little baby birds for a Mothers Day brunch. I just thought how sweet to be able to put the number of babies in the nest that each guest has!

As you can see, I have two little birdies in my nest! {proud momma smile}

How to make a paper blue bird

So here’s how you make these sweet paper bluebirds. You’ll need:

  • Blue cardstock
  • Yellow cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors, small and sharp is best
  • Hot glue
  • Stick glue
  • Optional: Sharpie if you’d like to add eyes

How to make a paper blue bird

And here are the easy steps:

  1. For the mother blue bird, trim strips of scrapbook paper in 2″ (body) and 1 3/4″ (head) strips
  2. Curl the paper slightly by running it through your fingers. If you don’t the paper will crease.
  3. Determine your body circle size (based on your nest and plate) and hot glue the ends together trimming off any excess. Repeat for the head, making it slightly smaller.
  4. Trim an oval out of the yellow scrapbook paper, then trim down the sides to a beak shape.
  5. Attach the beak with glue, not hot glue or it might show.
  6. Perch the bird on the nest with a small dot of hot glue and hold 5 seconds until it sets.

Note: Baby birds strips should be 1″ and 3/4″.

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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