Yarn Wrapped Wreath

If you don’t live in Utah you may not know, but we have a second holiday in July on the 24th. Pioneer Day. It’s the day that we celebrate that pioneers traveled across the country in covered wagons and hand carts to come and settle here. It’s also the day that we celebrate the fact that Utah later became a state. I love Pioneer Day, I love the local history behind it and all the festivities that go on all around the state. I also love that around here we celebrate by being patriotic the whole month! I needed a new patriotic decoration to display for this month of Patriotism, so I decided to make a wreath.

Yarn Wrapped Wreath

I have been trying to think of a fun new wreath to make and was having a hard time coming up with something other than flowers. Then I was looking through some pictures with my boys and saw one that we took of fireworks and I finally got my idea!

I just took the top of a card board box

Cardboard

and traced two circles on it with a couple of different sized bowls.

trace a circle

Then I cut out the circle.

Cut out circle

I cut strips of yarn.

Yarn Strips

I used 20 strips of each color, for each section.

Tied Yarn

I wrapped the yarn around card board and tied it in a knot.

Tie yarn around

With this yarn that I used I think it looks like little fireworks exploding.

Wreath back

You could even turn it over and show the smooth side if you wanted to add some other decorations.

Fireworks

I really love it!

It made a really great and easy decoration.

Yarn Wrapped Wreath - Hooked with Love

I hope you like it too!

Lots of Love!

Tawna

Painting Pots for the summer

Painted Terra Cotta Pots

Have you seen all the pins and blog posts about the adorable painted pots people have been making this year? Well I have loved them! So I decided to try a few different ones with my kiddos.

I went to home depot and found terracotta pots for really cheap! I bought a bunch of them and brought them home to start decorating with the kids.

Terra Cotta Pots

First thing we did after washing them was paint them all with a base coat of white.

Pot painted white

I gave the boys a plate with different paint on it and gave them each a pot and let them go to town!

Sponge Painting and Finger Painting

FingerPainting RM

Their finger painting turned out SO cute! I love when they get to be creative and make whatever they like.

I tried a few ideas too. I thought I would try some sponge painting, so I used a kitchen sponge I had under the sink.

Sponges

I cut off a small portion so it would be easy to hold.

I painted a few different pots using the two different sides of the sponge to get a few different looks.

Sponge Painting by hand

sponge painting

Some turned out better than others, but they were still pretty cute!

Drip Painting

I also had the boys help me drip paint down the sides of a pot for a totally different look.

Drip Painting 2

They loved watching the paint roll down the sides.

I also babysit a little girl who wanted to play with the paint as well and I decided to try a really cute pot that I saw on Pinterest, with her.

IJ footprint butterfly

I dipped her feet in a glittery paint and pressed them to the side of the pot and used a small paint brush to make the body and antenna of this adorable butterfly. Her feet were a little bigger than the space on the pot so I tried another technique as well to make another one.

Footprint butterflies

On a pin I saw for St Patrick’s day, I saw that someone used the side of their hand and fingertips to make little feet.

So I used the same glittery paint and dipped the side of my hand in and pressed it to the side of the pot to make this slightly smaller butterfly.

They all turned out SO cute and each one unique! I love the decorated pots much more than just plain ones.

Now the trick will be to keep the plants alive!

Lots of Love

Tawna

 

Strawberry Dessert

I know I haven’t been around a lot in the last couple of months, it turns out that summer has made my little family a lot busier than I would have expected! But I am glad to be back and sharing with you again! A few weeks ago I did a guest post over at my friend, Dianna’s, blog Craft a Spell sharing this great summer dessert recipe. So I thought I would share it over here as well in case you missed it. I hope that you get a chance to check out her blog as well, she has some great projects!

Now growing up my mom made a very similar recipe to this that had chocolate pudding, that was one of my favorites! When I got married I discovered that this recipe that my mother in law makes is one of my hubby’s favorites. In the early spring and through the summer we have a lot of special occasions that give us a great excuse to make this. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Strawberry Dessert

Strawberry Dessert

Here is what you will need:

1 cup of butter

2 cups of flour

1/2 cup of brown sugar

2 packs of Dreamwhip

(I didn’t know what this was when I first got this recipe, You can find it on the baking aisle at the super market. It’s a whipped cream type product)

8 oz cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 package strawberry danish dessert

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 package frozen strawberries

Now here is what you do:

Blend the butter, flour, and brown sugar together and brown in over for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Strawberry Dessert- Crust

Spread half of the crumbs in a cake pan.

Strawberry Dessert- Crust half

Set the other half aside for the topping. Whip Dreamwhip as directed on package. Add cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth and spread evenly over the crust.

Strawberry Dessert- Cream cheese layer

Place in the fridge. Make the danish dessert from the “Pie Glaze” instructions on the box. Add the lemon juice and frozen strawberries. Spread on top of the cream mixture. (The colder the cream mixture is the better the danish dessert will spread.)

Strawberry Dessert - side

Cover with the remaining crumbs.

Strawberry Dessert- top layer

Serve chilled

Strawberry Dessert layers

(Let set up in the fridge over night, for best results.)

Strawberry Dessert slice

Doesn’t that look delicious? I think I may need to think of another excuse to make this again!

Lots of Love

Tawna