Love for my Momma ~ Free Subway Art Printable

9 May

I love my mother.

She knows it.

It doesn’t take a special day each year for that to be confirmed.

BUT…

I still like to show her my love and appreciation by sending her a card or something special when I can.

I’ve sent flowers in the past but while they are lovely, she’s the kind of lady that likes

something that reminds her of her children even if it’s just a simple letter.

So when I was thinking about what to give her for Mother’s Day this year,

I wanted it to be something she’d see everyday.

Something that expresses how a mother feels

and what her child feels as well.

I remembered this quote from an unknown author.

I think it’s perfect.

I came up with some subway art~

I. LOVE. SUBWAY. ART.

But I don’t love the price.

So I created my own and I’m giving it to you so you can show your mom how much you love her too!

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show someone how much you love them.

That’s what my momma tells me anyway. ūüôā

Here’s what I did.

I downloaded my pdf file onto a memory stick.

Then I took the memory stick to my local FedEx Office Store and gave it to them to print.

I asked for it to be printed on 60# cardstock but you can print it on regular paper if you want.

All 3 only cost me $2.34!!

I purchased an 8×10 frame from JoAnn‘s for $6.99 (50% off this week-SCORE!!!)

and simply took out and laid the glass on top of the print,

 marked where I wanted to trim it and cut it with my paper-cutter.

EASY PEASY.

I think she’ll love it.

It’ll remind her of her favorite child every day. ūüôā

I am your favorite, right MOM??

Thought so.

Here’s the pdf files below.¬† You get your choice of ¬†pink, black or aqua with white type.

Love them!!  Hope you do too!

mothersday_subwayartpink

mothersday_subwayartblack

mothersday_subwayartaqua

Enjoy.

K.

Don’t Forget!! Last Minute Teacher Appreciation Gifts~

7 May

Did you remember??  It started TODAY!!

I’m talking about Teacher Appreciation Week!

Luckily, for our first day my daughter had to draw a picture of her and her teacher

so that gave me more time to get ready for the rest of the week!

If you’re a little behind like me, I’ve got some last-minute help!

My sweet friend Kellie made these awesome gifts for her son’s teachers just yesterday!

(She forgot too!–you see–we’re all human ūüôā )

All you need for this first one is a bottle, six-pack, can of A&W Root Beer (or Cream Soda) to show the teacher that they are AWesome!

The¬†next one is simply a candy bar¬†wrapped up and titled “Best Teacher {Bar None}”

Try and find out their favorite candy bar and wrapped in paper printed with these words.

Kellie used legal paper and tied it up with cute ribbon!  So simple but so cute!

Tell your child’s teacher that they’re POPular with you and your kid!

Grab a box a microwave popcorn and wrap it with this printed cover.

Teacher’s get hungry.¬† Give ’em something to eat to get them through the day!

A lot of ideas across the web show gifts that give the teacher a Starbucks gift card.

But sometimes, teachers don’t have time to stop for coffee on the way to school.

With this gift, they’ve got the coffee handy and can make a cup to go!

They’ll be the STAR Teacher in the hallway!

The last one I¬†have to share is for those teacher’s

that may not like coffee or just like a good glass of tea!

All you need is some single serve tea packets and maybe a few sweetener packs.

Give this one to your kids TEA-riffic teacher!

So don’t panic!¬† Run to the store, grab a few things and you’ll be ready for

Teacher Appreciation Week

in no time!

Thanks Kellie!!

She also was awesome enough to share the printable so that I could share them with you!!

Et Que Cette Teacher Appreciation Tags

Hair Bow How-To!!

2 May

Aren’t these soooo¬†adorbs??

Do your girls wear bows?

What about your nieces or your friend’s children?¬† Wouldn’t you like to know how to make your own?

It’s really easy!!¬† But I’ve made it even easier with my picture tutorial!

Here’s what you’ll need:

First:

Next:

Get your template.  (Come back tomorrow on how to make yours!)

Let’s make a bow!

(If you have trouble seeing the instructions, click the photo for a larger view)

After wrapping¬†3 times, take your hair clips and secure on each side.¬† These are your extra set of “hands”.

When tying off your thread be sure to pull tight before knotting.  This will cinch your bow in the middle.

Get your alligator clip ready.¬† I get mine at Sally’s Beauty Supply.¬† You get 100 for about 6 bucks!!

When lining up your ribbon into the clip, make sure it is centered before you glue in the next step.

I use my thumb to help guide the ribbon onto the glued clip instead of just pressing it in place.

It makes for a more exact placement.

¬†There will only be¬†a small amount of ribbon on the¬†underneath of the clip.¬† If you like¬†a fully lined clip you’ll use 5 1/2 inches instead of 4″.

Flip the bow over.  Before gluing clip, decide which way you want the clip to go in the hair.

Finally:

Now you should have an adorable bow!

GO make another one for a cute set of matching bows for pigtails!

Have fun!

K.

Countdown to Et Que Cette Etsy Store Grand Opening!

1 May

We’re Open!!¬† Click the Etsy tab at the top!¬†

More items added throughout the week!!ImageImageImage

OPENING TODAY AT 5 pm EASTERN TIME!!!¬† COME TAKE A PEEK!!! ūüôā

Strawberry Filled Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

30 Apr

Strawberry Filled Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.

via Strawberry Filled Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Head on over to The Oven Mitt for this easy and yummalicious (don’t worry-that’s a word) recipe. I can taste the strawberries already!!!

Overhauled Pantry Organization

28 Apr

Whew!

That almost did me in!

When I decided to reorganize my pantry, I had no idea it would be such a big job.¬† I thought, “this should take me about an hour”.¬† WRONG!

I think my food multiplied every time I turned to put something on the island.  For reals.

As you know, in my last post ¬†showing my pantry before I started on this project, I was on a quest to find containers.¬†¬†When I’m at the store, I always look at storage containers.¬† It’s like I have an addiction.¬† I hardly ever¬†buy. I just can’t seem to bring myself to spend $8-15 for a food container and upwards of¬†$25 for household storage containers.¬† ¬†Are you the same way?¬† Or am I just cheap?¬† I like to call it thrifty.¬† ūüôā

I think I went a little crazy.

I convinced the hubs to go out early this morning to a neighborhood garage sale just up the road.¬† He’s so sweet.

I found a few containers.

Aren’t they so purty?

But I didn’t think it was quite enough.¬† So, I batted my eyelashes and mentioned that I thought there was another community sale a couple of miles away.¬† Okay.¬† Maybe it was 5.¬† He’s such a good sport.

And then I¬†hit the mother load.¬† I couldn’t help it.

¬†My name is Karin and I’m a container addict.¬† ūüôā

You should see how many I have from my classroom.¬† But that’s another post.

And I’m happy to say that after making a HUGE bag full of trash, it’s done.

It’s gorgeous.¬† It’s mine.

I thought at first that I would only use the same type of containers but I just couldn’t¬†pass up the Tupperware.¬† So I made it work.

I think it looks a little vintage.  I like vintage.  I even bought a bunch of vintage buttons and brooches today.  Love them.

I used labels found at BHG and hung tags from the baskets I used at the bottom of the pantry.

They have like a bazillion.  Really.  Why reinvent the wheel?  I love theirs.

Let’s face it.¬† Some things just don’t fit in a jar.¬†¬†But I think it still looks good.

What do you think?  Are you ready for a pantry overhaul?

Pantry Love <3

27 Apr

Have you seen all the beautifully organized pantries lately?

The Social Home

They seem to be all over Pinterest and blogland.

The House of Smiths

 I have to admit that I love looking at them ALL.  I could sit in my chair with my iPad and Google images of pantry organization and look at them for longer than I should.

I’m sure my hubby would like to have clean clothes to take on his business trip coming up in a couple of days.¬† But, I just. can’t. stop. looking at them!

I figured I better make this “research” pay off. So off I go to the store to search for just the right organizing containers to get the job done.

First I looked at my horribly disorganized pantry.  Ugh.  Does yours look like this?

Who can be inspired to cook when looking at this mess?

Then, I tried to semi-organize it with a few bins a couple of weeks ago.

FAIL.

Finally, I made a list of all the things  I need.

  • air-tight containers for cereals
  • air-tight containers for staples like: sugars, flour, pastas, rice
  • bins for snacks, bulk items, canned goods
  • labels¬† –¬† round, rectangular, fun

I’m sure I’ll get to the store and see some other goodies I can’t live without for my pantry overhaul.

Muuaaahhhhaaa! ūüôā

Come back tomorrow to see the big reveal!  You will be sooo surprised how much it cost me!!  I hope it looks as good as these:

Better Homes and Garden

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