Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Spring Bunny Frame

I am ready for Spring. I am ready for warmer days, daffodils and cute baby bunnies. I made this very simple DIY Spring Bunny Frame to help reflect my mood. It's perfect to welcome Spring and then later for Easter, too! Here's the instructions so you can make your own...

DIY Spring bunny frame

FIRST, gather your supplies.
Frame (with small square opening)
Polka dot ribbon
Burlap ribbon (a leftover burlap square would do just as well)
A piece of light blue card stock
Buttons
Embroidery thread
Glue

DIY Bunny Frame Supplies

SECOND, cut your ribbon and papers to make your "background".
I traced around the glass square to get my paper cut into the right opening.
I also cut a piece out of my burlap the same size. Luckily my ribbon was exactly the right height, so I only had to but the width. I cut it slightly larger than the square so that it would tuck into the frame nicely. I then layered them in this order: GLASS (on the bottom), then PAPER, then BURLAP and put everything back into the frame.

Spring Bunny Frame background supplies.

I then used a bunny template and traced a bunny onto my polka dot ribbon and cut it out. Glue in place. (Tip: If you have a problem with your ribbon fraying, you can apply an iron on backing first, and then trace and cut out. You can then iron your bunny in place, or glue it onto the burlap background.)

NEXT, thread a small amount of embroidery thread through your buttons and tie a small bow. Use glue to adhere the buttons directly onto the background.

CIY Spring Bunny Frame

FINALLY, enjoy your finished Spring Bunny Frame!

DIY Spring Bunny Frame

Monday, February 20, 2017

BEE PARTY

My Busy Beehives will now be hosting a weekly link party! 
I would enourage you all to BE BUSY, to BE CREATIVE, and to BE YOU at our #BEEPARTY . The link party will start every Monday morning at 8 am, and run through Friday, at midnight. 
 Please link up any sort of family-friendly craft, project or recipe ideas and be sure to let others know about the party, too! Features will be chosen weekly and shared to social media.  I can't wait to see all your creativity!

BEE PARTY link up at mybusybeehives.com


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Friday, February 17, 2017

Lucky Shamrock... {Frame it! Friday}

Today's Lucky Shamrock {Frame it! Friday} is the perfect way to bring a little luck of the Irish into your home, just in time for St. Patrick's Day. 
As always, just print, frame and enjoy!

Lucky printable for St. Patrick's Day

Lucky... a free printable for St. Patrick's Day

To print, click HERE

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Love is a Stuffed Yellow Duck

Love is a Stuffed Yellow Duck...

If my 4th child had a super power it would be the power of snuggle. He was born ready and willing to cuddle. Any time. Any place. It doesn't hurt that he is probably one of the sweetest kids you'll ever meet and his eyelashes are oh-so-long and mesmerizing.

He was the type of baby and toddler who was happiest sitting right next to you... all the time. I do really mean all the time. While endearing, it was also occasionally (dare I say?) a little bit annoying. I'd be cooking dinner and he'd need a hug. I'd be reading a book to his sibling, and he needed to sit between me and the book, preventing me from seeing the page. He didn't want to watch a movie without a snuggle buddy. Ever.

There were perks, too. Like the mornings (-actually every morning-) when he'd crawl into bed with me, pull the covers up to his chin and burrow in for a few cuddly minutes before starting his day. Every day after school I'd look forward to almost getting knocked over when he'd be so excited to see me that he'd run into my arms at full speed.

But, as was bound to happen, he started growing up. He doesn't charge me after school any more and other than asking me "How soon is dinner?" he mostly leaves me alone in the kitchen. At least he still likes to cuddle during movie night. Eventually our wake-up morning routine disappeared too.

I knew this day would come, he has 3 older siblings and I've seen it before. As their world gets bigger and more interesting Mom becomes less and less the focus. But with this particular kid, the absence of such extreme affection was particuarly noticeable. Some days I kind of miss the younger version of my little guy- the one who was always ready for a hug.

This last year, I've noticed a strange phenomenon.

To fully understand, you need to know that my son loves birds, particularly ducks. He has several yellow stuffed animal ducks that he is very protective of. If he even lets you hold one of them you should consider yourself a trusted friend.

But these ducks keep crossing my path. Some mornings I wake up to find that he has tucked one of his beloved ducks in next to me during the night. When I'm reading a book, he sometimes plops one into my lap. (Of course placed in such a way that I can't see the page.) When I sit down to dinner, there might be one sitting on my chair.

When I'm sick he brings me a duck. When I'm having a bad day the duck appears. When I went on a trip last year, he tried to pack one in my suitcase. They're everywhere and they've become a familiar reminder that I'm still very much loved by my not-so-little little boy.

So sometimes, Stuffed Yellow Ducks = "I love you, Mom."

I may need to buy him some more ducks.