Valentine’s Day was last Friday and despite the fact I’ve never really celebrated it, I did my best to make it special for my two boys without breaking the bank.

On Thursday Sweetey Petey and I spent some time visiting with friends and I brought over a craft for the older kids.  I’m not sure when 2 and 3 became “old” but somehow it did.  I found this craft on one of my regular blog reads Writing Chapter Three and it seemed right up our ally . . . Salt Dough!  Please check out Ashley’s post for adorable pictures and a full tutorial.

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Salt Dough combines two things Sweetey Petey loves to do . . . cook and paint.  In fact, when dada asked him what he did that day his response was exactly that.  Cook!  Paint!

The ingredients and process are quite simple.  Two parts flour to one part salt to one part water.  Mix.  Roll out and cut with cookie cutters.  Microwave for 3-ish minutes (3 and a half worked best for me).  Let cool and paint!

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Obviously the chicken was for dada.  And the orange star with purple polka dots?  Well, I painted that one.  What?  It looked like fun (it was).

So that was our Valentine’s craft.

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It’s great that the dough is edible because kids love to shove things in their mouth!  Although after Petey took a bite of the raw dough he made the WORST face and I had to pry it off the roof of his mouth for him.  Edible, yes.  Tasty, not so much.

On Friday The Pete and I made dada a heart shaped card and I dipped his favorite Oreo cookies into chocolate and added sprinkles to the top.

It started snowing crazily in the afternoon and we were just happy when dada arrived home safe and sound!  It took him twenty minutes to get up the hill near our house (take the Jeep to work next time. okay honey?)

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And that was our Midwestern Valentine’s Day.

Happy Monday.

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  What was the last craft or art project you did?

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This project feels like it took me forever, but I think that’s mostly because I had the idea rolling around in my head for well over a month before I ever even began.  Once I started though, it was fairly fast and easy and came out just as I’d hoped it would.

One thing I have always been picky about in home decor is light switch covers.  I do not do the cheap, generic covers.  Ever.  Not even in rental apartments.  Yup, I’m that crazy.  I purchased several wood light switch covers for my very first solo apartment years and years ago and swapped them in while I was renting.  Naturally I swapped them out when I left and I’ve had them ever since.  I have a box stored in the garage with random home related odds and ends that could eventually become something cool and that’s where I found the old apartment light switch cover tucked away, just waiting for new life.

I’ve been working on completing the nursery for Baby Number Two and I knew I wanted something special for the light switch cover.  I checked out Etsy first for unique one-of-a-kind pieces but nothing jumped out at me so I decided to make my own.  I quickly decided to match the art work I’ve been framing for the walls.  You can check out this post I wrote a few months back if you want more info on the artist, but here’s a snap of the art I chose to mimic.

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Here’s a breakdown of how this project went down.

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Ya know, so you can make your own.  I have a few pregnant friends out there reading this who just might want to give this project a go!  And of course, this same technique can be used for any room really, I just think the whimsical look is well suited for a child’s room.

One –  Admire the light switch cover you had in your first solo apartment that you just re-found in a box in your garage.

Two –  Give it a light sanding.

Three –  Trace the art you want to match using transparency paper.

Four –  Locate some carbon paper or make your own for free with a charcoal pencil.

Five –  Cut out your tracing and your carbon paper and tape it to your light switch cover.

Six –  Trace over your tracing with a pen.  Push hard.

Seven –  Remove your tracing and your carbon paper and admire your handiwork.

Eight –  Go over your traced lines with a wood burning tool using the thinnest point.

Nine –  Go over your wood burned lines with a black sharpie.

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Lastly, paint in between the lines with acrylic paint, allow to dry completely and finish with several light coats of sealer.

I love the depth and texture the wood burning tool created and I love that you can match the colors and design to your existing art.

I already had everything I needed on hand, but if you’re starting from scratch here’s a list of the supplies you’ll need.

SUPPLIES

wooden light switch cover (these can be bought natural so no sanding would be required)

transparency paper (I used a cheap plastic page protector)

carbon paper (store bought or homemade)

a pen (who doesn’t have one of these??)

wood burning tool (like this one)

black Sharpie

acrylic paint

paintbrush

sealer

That’s it!  Now go forth and reevaluate your light switch covers people!!!

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  Quick, look around.  What kind of light switch cover is in the room you are currently in?

I have a fun little project to share with you today!  A straight up, seriously fun and easy art and photography project.  That’s right people . . . no snark.  What is this world coming to?

It’s an inexpensive way to transfer black and white photographs to canvas without the high cost of paying someone to do it for you.  Plus, you get the added bonus of creating something handmade which in my book is always preferable to store bought.

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First off you need a few supplies:

8×10 Canvas (I can find a two pack at the craft store for $5 or less but this isn’t too much more
if you don’t want to make the trip)

Liquitex Professional Gloss Heavy Gel (like this one)

A brush

8×10 Laser print or copy of a photograph in black and white

Here’s the haps:

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