Saturday, June 30, 2012

July Visiting Teaching Message {free printable}

I love this month's visiting teaching message about "Demonstrating our Discipleship through Love and Service." What better way to show those we visit we love and care about them than by serving them? Christ was the ultimate example in giving his life to service and we can be like him as stated in John 13:25“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another”
The message gives seven examples that if we follow, we can be like Christ in ministering and showing our love to those sisters we visit. 
Simply click the download button below to download two 5x7's per page, cut in half and deliver to your sisters. 
Enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Clock Face Table Makeover

I've been bored with our plain black pedestal table for awhile,
but didn't want to go out and buy a new one (of course!).
While we were driving home from a friend's house, we found this table on the curb for the trash.
Can you believe that? Who would just throw away such a beautiful table??
It took a lot of convincing, but I finally got my husband to help me put it into our SUV... with two car seats and golf clubs in the back. ;) it was a verrry uncomfortable ride home, but so worth it!
This is my sister's watch- which I love. It's classic and big. BIGGER is better!
I decided to use real numbers instead of the roman numerals to modernize it a little.
 The table had been left out in the rain so the top was slightly warped. I sanded it down and then applied some wood filler. After about 8 hours of dry time, I sanded it again. Lots of sanding. I didn't want a perfectly smooth finish, because I planned on glazing and needed some hangup spots.
After wiping down the excess wood filler, I applied a coat of grey primer and then a coat of white primer. You can see the grey through the white, which I liked. We're going for an aged look here, so after those dried I rubbed more grey primer all over with a cloth and then wiped it off. It hung up in some of the recesses and made the table look aged.

Next, I found the middle of the table and stuck a pushpin in. After tying a string to it and the other end to a pencil, I was able to start drawing circles around the table. This made it easy to figure out where the numbers would go.
 Here's a close up of my pencil lines. I actually left them on because I liked the way that they looked.
I found some awesome number graphics from the Graphics Fairy and printed them up as large as I could- one per page. They're not exact but pretty close. :) I used the two circles that I drew as a guideline and tried to keep the numbers in between them.
After tracing the numbers in pencil onto the table, we're ready to paint!
In this picture, you can really see the glazing and aging effect.
 Starting to paint... and you can see where I had to re-trace the 11. It was a little crooked the first time.
 I added the little minute dashes after the numbers- and outlined one of the original circles.



 Well, at least someone likes the new table around here!


Monday, June 25, 2012

Superhero Summer Boredom Buster!

Here is the post I did for Design Dazzle's Summer camp that I want to share with my readers now!! Enjoy!

We like our Superheroes over here at SugarTot Designs, so when it comes to a summer boredom buster activity. . . it's Super Powers to the rescue!! My boys switch between being Thor, Iron Man, Batman, Captain Americ and the Hulk so I thought I would give them a few more to choose from (and by a few I mean 33). 
If you want your own jar of Super Powers (who doesn't??)  simply download the papers, print and cut out the labels. Yes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Transformers fall into Superhero category around here. 
Mod podge or glue the name of the Superhero on one side and the powers/ logo that go with it onto the other side of the craft sticks and put them in a jar (or you can put them on different sticks and have a matching game).
There are a couple household "super powers" that will help your kids get some chores done. I know my boys tend to help out more if I tell them to use their super powers to make their bed, pick up toys, etc.

I plan on using this activity for my boys not only when they need something to do but maybe as a distraction when a melt down happens. . . which they usually do on long summer days.
We probably have too many superhero accessories but let your kids use their imagination in creating gadgets, armor, capes, etc. that go along with the stick they choose. I love this quick tutorial on how to make a cape out of an old t-shirt. 
Can you tell Captain America's shield and Thor's hammer have been used quite a bit?? My son likes to tell me on a daily basis that "he posses the power of Thor." 

Let the super powers begin! 
DISCLAIMER: I do NOT pretend to be an expert on Superheroes and their powers (in fact, I need to thank my baby sitter :) for helping me out) so please excuse any errors you might find and just go with it. . .
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Friday, June 22, 2012

Snap, Crackle, Pop Printable at I Heart Naptime

Snap, Crackle POP . . . here's a sneak peek at this month's printable I made for I {heart} Naptime.
Happy 4th of July!

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Stars and Stripes Forever Printable

You would think I was trying to make a 4th of July Printable for each room at the rate I am going. . . I just love them!  I couldn't decide on one color or size either, so you have your choice between blue, red, blue and red and gray as well as an 8x10 or 5x7. Click on the download links below to download the Stars and Stripes print of your choice!

8x10
5x7

 8x10
5x7
  8x10
5x7
 8x10
5x7

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Every year my parents have a flag ceremony on the 4th with a special guest (last year it was Abe Lincoln . . aka my cute Dad) telling us about the founding fathers, reading of the Gettysburg address (by my cute nieces), a delicious omelette bar and festivities. I LOVE the 4th and have missed the celebrations for 6 years now (thank you dental school and residency) but will forever be grateful for the patriotism my Dad taught me! 
Happy 4th of July!!! 

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summer camp - superhero boredom busters

I am excited to be part of Design Dazzle's Summer Camp Series! Here is a sneak peek at what I am posting about today . . . 
Super Powers anyone?
Be sure to check out the other Summer Camp ideas and Design Dazzle's amazing site!
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Monday, June 11, 2012

4th of July Yarn Wreath

I originally started this wreath in February and thought it would be my "interchangeable" wreath that I would change with each holiday or season. Well, I liked the idea for a few months but decided I liked to have a variety and not stick with the same stick wreath year round. . . 
 So, these bad boys . . . a.k.a. yarn balls, are now glued on and are only coming off if I get desperate . . . which happens a lot, unfortunately. 
The idea came from the yarn mobile I made for Baby Lincoln found HERE. You can find a tutorial on how to make them there . . . basically just keep rolling yarn or wrap it around some foam balls. I am not sure where I got the glittery stars, they have been in my holiday bins for years and now I found a use for them.
 I love the 4th of July too much to not make wreath for it!! Happy 4th of July . . . and Flag Day!
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