Cacti Art

This rainy transition of winter turning to spring, has me with a green cactus crafty thumb. Rainy days usually have the family and I stuck in house, only willing to go out, for groceries, or a quick coffee-run. Otherwise, you’ll find us inside, cozy, and crafting.

Here are a few cactus crafts I absolutely LOVE!!!

Pinterest Cactus Pinspiration:

Above are a few crafty cactus crafts I think are so so adorable for words, I had to share!! Take a look at these awesome bloggers and their cactus crafts!

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A Blooming Cactus

By: APreschoolPlaybook

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Paper Cactus Garland

By: Lia Griffith

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Cactus Coloring Page

By: Kristyn, from Lil’ Luna

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Finger Painting Cacti Art

By: CullensAbcs YouTube Channel

I totally love all four of the above crafts, but below I’ll share one of the 2 I had chosen to do with my children this wintery February.  Below, is my rendition of the APreschoolPlaybook’s ‘A Blooming Cactus craft. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

  • Green Colored Construction Paper (White, or any background color construction paper for your cactus scene.)
  • Pencil
  • Green/Yellow/Orange Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Sponge Brush
  • Glue Stick
  • Plastic Fork
  • Scissors

Directions for you Cactus Desert Scene:

  1. With your pencil and green colored construction paper, free hand different sized cactus plants.
  2. Cut out your cactus’
  3. Glue onto your background colored choice of paper.
  4. Taking another shade of glue (light colored preferred) have your child use the plastic fork as the brush, and paint strokes on each cactus.

Super easy right? And super cute!!! Stay tuned, as I’ll post the next cacti craft on a separate post! These crafts are perfect to do during a rainy day, or even during the summer, when the weather is hot, and the cacti are blooming.

Happy cacti crafting!!!

Video Influencers

I like to follow signs, and I love how in todays age everything you want to learn about you can get for free on the internet. I’ve closely been following Video Influencers on YouTube. Created  by Benji Travis, husband and manager of ItsJudyTime and Sean Cannell (Creator of THiNK International) will help build your influence and your income with YouTube and online video. Online Video, is something I totally believe in, and currently willing to take a chance and become that “X-Facor,” as a way to provide for my family, hopefully pay off school loans (Boo SallieMae!!!), and also have a financial and stable future.

Video Influencers will help bring you Top YouTubers, Video Creators, and Entrepreneurs that are getting real results with Video. You’ll learn the secrets, mindsets, tips and best advice all from them through their experiences and other YouTube successors. I’ve been watching YouTube since day ONE!!! Back in 2006, I remember, I was in my room at my parents house, and 20 year old girl getting ready for my retail job at The Limited. I wanted to look up some make-up looks, and so I searched on YouTube. Since then, YouTube as obviously grown into something like no other. I don’t even watch cable TV anymore!! Strictly, YouTube & Netflix.

If you follow me on Twitter, I’ve mentioned about drop down hints of what I’m getting myself into. I’ve even started following Video Influencers on Twitter, and they were happy to follow me back!! (Little girl sequels!) Yes! Super crazy, but I believe I can achieve greatness in this online video community. I believe in signs. And I’m willing to take a chance in this. It’s all about consistency, the motivation, and willingness. I am no scared what I once was about YouTube, and willing to take a full swing at it!!

Video Influencers

 

I definitely feel the love Sean Cannell!! Thank you!!!

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More love on Instagram!

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Some Questions:

“But Tiffany, why now?”

I’ve been thinking about YouTubing for the longest time. I’ve watched many YouTubers who are just like me, and I build a connection with them. I actively comment, and they comment back. I create discussions, suggestions, and also an online relationship with other moms/communities. A digital support group is really what it is.

I’ve been blessed to be a stay @ home since I was 24 years old. My youngest is finally going to school, and I am now released from the obligation during the day to care for him. I now have time. Bottom line, and I want to try new things and keep busy.

“What stopped you before?”

Fear. Lack of self confidence. I wasn’t sure I was good enough to do it. I thought YouTube was always over crowded, and I didn’t think people would like my niche of interest.

“What will your YouTube Channel be about?”

Life & family. Me being ME.

I’m a hodge podge of things. I honestly like a little bit of everything. So sharing my unique eclectic style is something I believe will attract others like me.

Also, the timeline of life has always been my main uniqueness of me and my family. I’ve been with my highschool sweetheart for about 15 years, have children, moving around like gypsy’s, traveling, enjoying old fashion simplicities of life.

We’re not married. And we’re figuring out whats next in life. A new home? Moving out of California (Bay Area?) More kids? Finally plan a wedding?

Who knows?! I guess you would have to Subscribe to find out!! 

“Are you scared about the negative hate comments?”

I am. But it’s a part of the job I guess. Use that negative energy as fuel to be better.  As a joke, I always think of the hater on the otherside of the screen as a bored fat adult, unhappy with his/her life, pretending to be a lost teen online. Haha. Mean. But sorry, you made a mean nasty comment to me, so this is what I think of you. LOL.

I just hope I can just inspire people, my viewers, whoever wants to watch. I intend to bring some sort of positive love through the screen, because that obviously is what that person who made negative comments needs.

“Will you still be blogging?”

Of course! Blogging is my online diary, and it fitting to have a complimentary YouTube channel wouldn’t you agree?

 

There you have it! I’m jumping into YouTube!!!!! Totally taking a full swing at this. I now have the drive, confidence, and creative content to share with others, that I believe will attract those like me.

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DIY Farmgirl Bouquet

The school year has finally came to an end!! (Insert dancing mom gif here) I’m happy enough to have been the class mom for my son’s second grade class, and attend just about every field trip, and to come in most Friday’s of the school year for a crafternoon. There are so many benefits of volunteering as a class mom. And as my birthday landed on the last Friday of the school year, it was one of the most precious gifts that I could ever have, by volunteering  in that same day!! You seriously cannot buy experiences of sharing good times with children doing arts & crafts!

Parent Fact:

Whether the kids are just starting kindergarten or entering the final year of high school, there are many good reasons for parents to volunteer at school. It’s a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a valuable cause.

By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents on a regular basis, you’ll be able to gain a firsthand understanding of your child’s daily activities. You’ll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change (all without intruding on their privacy or personal space).

Even if you haven’t been involved in the past, it’s never too late to start. In fact, it may be more important than ever to get involved when kids reach secondary school. Some parents may experience “volunteer burnout” by the time their kids enter high school or decide that the schools don’t need them as much then. Many parents who volunteered a lot of time during their kids’ elementary years return to full-time careers by the time their kids are teens, so there’s often a shortage in the secondary schools.

(Info From KidsHealth.org)

End Of School Year Teacher Gift

This can also be applied to a Class Mom, volunteer, Team Mom gift.

(Check my last post on the Berry Basket! It compliments the bouquet!!)

Teacher Gift 2With the school year done as well as little league, there are tons of important people to thank. From the classroom teacher, class mom volunteer, little league managers, and team moms. All these people put in the extra hard work for your children. They go above and beyond to make the year or season run smoothly. Here is a great DIY End Of School Year/End Of Season gift to those important ladies. Let’s get started with my DIY inspired FarmGirl bouquet.

As mentioned, my birthday was just last week and I received a beautiful FarmGirl bouquet from my brother. The idea of a carefully wrapped burlap bouquet of fresh blooms is quite brilliant. After unwrapping the beauty I was able to figure out how to create my own rendition and take the idea for a small simple bouquet for gift to others.

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(Checkout my blog post HERE recapping my 29th Birthday)

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Here’s what you’ll need for the DIY Inspired FarmGirl Flower Bouquet.

Materials:

– Scissors

-Twine/ Ribbon/ Yarn

-Burlap

-Foam

– Gift Tag

-Flowers (I purchased my tall Larkspur bunch from Traders Joes for $3.99) 

Directions:

1.) First cut your flowers at a decent size. weather you prefer tall or short, I like to pre-size them up against a standard size mason jar or small desk vase.

2.) Simply, cut and snip, and clean the stem with loose leaves or thorns.

3.) Take your foam and soak in water (and squeeze!) Make sure the foam isn’t soaking wet, but just enough not to dry up by delivery time. This will add moisture to the stems of the flowers to hydrate them, during travel time and delivery.

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4.) Take your foam and cut a large size triangle. Have the size of the foam compliment the size of the bottom half of the stems of the bouquet.

5.) Fold your foam triangle, making sure the bottom of the stems are completely covered. 

6.) Using your twine, tighten the foam around the bottom part of your bouquet.

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7.) Once the foam piece is secured and tied, place your bouquet on top of the burlap.

This is when I seriously had to play around with my burlap. Note, I was using scraps of burlap I had. Just about the size of a table runner.

8.) I wrapped by bouquet and tightened it with more twine, leaving enough of the flower to poke over at the top.

Burlap WrappedAfter following the above steps your bouquet it almost finished, and should look like this. From here, we’ll style the burlap to there’s more florals showing through.

9.) Take the opening of the burlap and fold it back. If your burlap is stiff, try pining it back with a safety pin, or sewing needle pin.

Final

And viola! There is your DIY inspired FarmGirl Flower Bouquet! I only spend $3.99 for the flowers! Everything else, I had here at home, scraps of foam, burlap, and twine are staples I always have in my craft supplies! Check out my next post, on the berry basket gift that compliments this bouquet of flowers!

What I love most about this bouquet, is its easy to make, simple, and can be given at any occasion. Mother’s Day, visiting a friend and her newborn, and like I’ve mentioned, can be a perfect gift for teachers and team moms alike! Enjoy!!

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DIY Mother’s Day Wreath

Lately, I haven’t had the time to craft as obsessively as I’d like too but; when I do the get the chance to craft it undoubtedly turns out absolutely fantastic!! This year I’ve gravitated towards creating door wreaths for my family and friends. This homemade decoration item, creates a fantastic element of surprise, welcome, warmth, with a handcrafted with love flair! I created this burlap wreath for my mother for Mother’s Day this year, and made a much more simple one for his mom as well. Take a look below on how to create this festive, full “welcome to our home” eye candy piece!

Wreath

Materials You’ll Need:

-Grapevine Wreath

-Burlap Deco Mesh

-Zip Ties (I always buy mine at the DollarTree or Daiso)

-Scissors

-Hot Glue Gun

-Faux Florals I used Hydrangeas, and other varieties of flowers.

I purchased many, yet all my materials at my local Michael’s Craft Store, on those special days then all silk/florals are on sale, and I had a 40% Coupon handy.

Fake Florals

Zip Tie Instructions:

If you’ve seen my Easter Wreath post, the same technique applies with wrapping the deco mesh with the tip ties. Check it out here!

Basically, pinch, place, gather & bunch,  zip tie, cut!! Then repeat!!

It’s that simple!

ZipTie Instructions

Note: Burlap Decor Mesh is very flexible, and can be shaped very easily to create an easy, fun and full wreath.

Zip ties make this craft so EASY to do!! I can’t think of any other material that would help secure the

deco mesh any tighter,and easy to use!

Burlap Wreath

This was such a great Mother’s Day Gift! Being a mom, I appreciate having a happy looking home filled with delightful accents in my home, from nice placemats, coffee table candy dish, or a sweet scenting candle. Just a few home accents make the homemaker mother smile.

Door Wreath

Try creating a homemade decorative piece for a special woman figure in your life! They’re perfect gifts for moms, neighbors, co-works, teachers, and team moms!! Customize them however you like!! Have you ever created your own door wreath? Share it with me!! I’d love to see what you’ve made!

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