House of Love.

Homemade valentines are simple and fun.

Felt fortune cookies. These are quick and super easy to make.

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Supplies:

Felt

Pipe cleaners

Glue gun..with glue!

Fortunes

First decide on how large you would like your fortune cookie. I thought the size of a wide mouth canning jar was perfect for me. I traced it out on one piece of felt. We used that piece as a guide for cutting all the circles we needed.

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Next, we cut all the pipe cleaners into fourths

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When the circles and pipe cleaners were all cut, we glued a piece of the pip cleaner in the center.

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While the glue dried we printed and cut out our fortunes.

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These were what we put in our fortunes:

The greatest gift is love.

Those who have love, have wealth beyond measure.

A great person was born on your birthday-YOU!

Follow your dreams – you can be anything you want to be.

People like your smile.

Humor works at the moment of awkwardness.

You are far more influential than you think.

Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.

One who admires you greatly is hidden before your eyes.

Your parents thank their lucky stars for you

Count your blessings by thinking of those whom you love.

Pray for what you want, but work for things you need.

Your many hidden talents will become obvious to those around you.

A warm smile is a testimony of a generous nature.

You are one of those people who will go places.

Integrity is the essence of everything successful.

Never lose the ability to find beauty in ordinary things.

Excitement and intrigue follow you closely wherever you go.

Love cures people-both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.

To love another person is to see the face of God. -Les Miserables

Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition. – Alexander Smith

Valentine, you make my cookie crumble.

After the glue dried, we took a fortune, folded it in half and placed it in the center, running along the pipe cleaner. (It’s okay for them to stick out, you want them too)

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Then we pressed firmly in the center of the pipe cleaner, shaping it into a fortune cookie.

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Seriously, they  are  THAT easy!

I purchased 2.5 yards of felt and that made 300 fortune cookies….holy cow! This was a fun cheap project that took about an hour and a half from start to finish.

Scratch and Reveal Valentines

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Supplies:

printed out valentines from purdueavenue.com

pens for writing on the valentines

1 bottle gold craft paint ( I used FolkArt 1654 Metallic Pure Gold)

dish soap

paint brush

clear contact paper

pennies

I wanted something fun to go with our fortune cookies. I thought a scratch off would be kind of cool. I searched scratch off valentines and found some GREAT easy print offs at purdueavenue.com. I used their print outs found here. I printed off 120 total valentines.

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I gave my kids pens and let them go to town filling in the hearts and stars with sweet, funny, sometimes potty humor, little love notes.

Some of my personal favorites were:

I’m so jelly for your peanut butter.

Can I get some fries to go with that shake.

One direction is the only direction. (wow. That was deep. ha ha)

Even though you fart, you steal my heart. (remember I did warm you about the potty humor)

We had a TON of fun laughing at what each one was writing and one kid trying to out do the other one. ( with six comic geniuses, things can get rowdy…prepare yourself)

 Next, I decided cutting out 360 perfect hearts and stars was just too much work. I’m all in for the fun. The work part of these suckers needed to be revamped. I decided to lay the entire front of the card on the contact paper and then just cut them out. (SAVES TONS OF TIME)

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After they were all cut out of the contact paper, I mixed 1 part of dish soap to 2 parts craft paint. We just used paint brushes and painted over the hearts and stars. (yep, I’m a genius)

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Using a glue dot just adhere a penny to the side of the card and voila…custom valentines for your special someones and fun memories made with YOUR special little ones.

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Time flies WAY too fast. Take time to do the “little extra” things in life with your loved ones.  It’s our job to create memories that will last them a lifetime…BEST job on earth!

Tiffany

Chevron Table

You spin my head right round, right round…

Who doesn’t LOVE a round table? I know I do! This little thrift store table has served our family well the last few years. I have loved gathering my family & friends around it for games and late night snacks. Unfortunately, we just outgrew it. After our last baby was born we could no longer squeeze and squinch around it anymore and eating in shifts is just madness!

We (as in me) decided this would be a great project for the hubs to do over Christmas holiday. (perks of being students)

We started with this table:

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Ignore the spray paint…Ralphie our elf on the shelf spray painted it with some friends one rowdy night. It’s “our song”…cute, right?!

First we decided how big we wanted the new top to be, we took measurements for the top and discussed ideas on a pattern.

We started by researching patterns of tables that we liked.

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We decided on a chevron pattern.

We made jigs (scrap pieces of wood that are identical in size and shape) to determine what angle we wanted the chevron pattern to take. We chose a 32.5 degree angle (the one on the far left) and then cut all the pieces. Half of them were cut with two right angles (one on each end) and the other half with two left angles.

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Once the pieces were all cut we could lay them on the table to get a visual of how the knots would look together since the wood we chose was a Knotty Alder.

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It was then time to stain the wood. We used two colors, Natural and Jacobean, both from Minwax.

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The Natural we allowed to be absorbed by the wood but wiped the Jacobean with a dry clean cloth so as to not get too dark of a finish. I left the ends of the wood unstained so that if any of my joints didn’t meet properly or needed a little sanding to be flush I could.

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Once all the  pieces were stained, we arranged them all on the table again and began by lining our center pieces up with our previous markings. They were each secured with at least two screws going by piece by piece and row by row.

We chose to secure them through the bottom with screws. That way if we had to replace a  damaged piece we could unscrew it and replace it. ( We do have 6 monkeys using this table after all)

We pre-drilled all the screw holes through the top of the existing table. Make sure you use the correct length of screws or it will pierce through the wood.

Once all that was done, our holes drilled and pieces stained and ready. We laid out our first row of pattern and secured it. Starting with the two center pieces of the center row, working our way out on each side.

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From there we worked our way up and out.

We made another jig of approximately 2×2 inches wide to make sure our outside pieces were long enough to cut the circular shape into.

Once we worked all the way up we started back at the center and worked all the way down. Doing the same thing we did to the top, working our way out.

*some pieces may end up being very small with you will have to glue to the other pieces to create an even look at the ends.

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We used a high-end wood filler to fill any minor gaps at the joints. Once all pieces were secured to the table we sanded any wood fill and stained the ends.

Next we took another scrap piece of wood and made another jig approximately 3″ by 3″ with a hole drilled in the middle for a pencil. We then marked the underneath of the outer pieces where we would cut to give us our rounded shape of the table. We cut to the pencil mark in order to leave room for sanding the edges. Some of the outer pieces ended up being either very thin and or small. For those that were we used a high quality wood glue to attach them to the other pieces.

The table top was now complete minus the Polycrylic we used for the top coat and the skirt around the outer edge to finish out the ends.

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We took a full length piece of the alder and ripped it into 3/16″ strips and then soaked them in hot water to make them more malleable. (We used our tub to soak them in)  We attached the thin strips of the skirt to the top by using a pneumatic staple gun. After it had fully dried we filled the holes with the same wood filler, sanded and stained using the Jacobean stain to match.

Now with the table fully built, we could apply the finish to beautify and protect the wood. We applied eight top coats with a light sanding in between each coat. I used the feather duster to clean all the fine dust before lightly wiping it off.

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 After the last coat was fully cured, we used Resin from a local hobby store to fill any of the knots so that nothing would get stuck in them.

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Voila! There you have it. An awesome refurbished table that will now host a sitting area for millions of laughs and crazy fun memories!

 xoxo – Tiffany