Kermit the Frog I-Spy Bag {Scribble Shop Challenge}

Hello my friends!

I have been almost giddy to share today's tutorial with you. Recently, I participated in a craft challenge from Scribble Shop. At the Scribble Shop, you can find 75,000+ crafting supplies.  I was sent a mysterious box full of very random supplies and asked to create my own project--using every possible supply!   (Think "Iron Chef" for the crafting world!)  This was a fun challenge that forced me to be creative!

So here is what I came up with:

I just love making projects for Little Man!  Since we saw The Muppets movie 3 months ago, Little Man has become obsessed with Kermit the Frog.  He tells me almost every day, "Mom, my name is still Kermit the Frog."  At our house, we do a lot of hopping. We watch Kermit the Frog on You Tube.  We dye our fingers green.  We wear Kermit the Frog t-shirts.

You might remember these themed I-Spy bags I made a while back.  For a while now, I have wanted to make color-themed I-Spy Bags.  I realize that the season of green is over, but it is Little Man's favorite.  And what better shape for a green I-Spy bag than Kermit the Frog?!

 

Anticipation was high when my box finally arrived and I ripped it open!  In fact, I made a video when I opened up the box! You can check it out here on YouTube. Please be kind.  This was my very first video!  Trying to tape, open up a box, and talk to Little Man was a balancing act!

Here are the supplies that Scribble Shop sent me as well as the supplies I used from my own craft stash:

Scribble Shop Supplies

Glitter brads

Martha Stewart glitter

Chalkboard paint

Feathers

Blue and green fabric squares

Green roving

Ferrero Rocher Truffles

Supplies on hand

Felt (green, white, and black)

Poly pellets or rice

Small wood/chipboard sign (I used a shamrock)

Ribbon (like this one)

Green acrylic paint

Green thread

Spare buttons, foam stickers, or other knick-knacks

Let's get started!

1 - First, using a rough outline that I made, I cut out 2 Kermit heads (front and back) from green felt.

2 - I took one of those shapes to create Kermit's face.  I cut out a very wide mouth by folding the shape in half. This would be the window of the I-Spy bag.

3 - I cut out large eyes from white felt.

4 - I cut out eyeballs and the mouth from black felt and sewed all of that together to create Kermit's face.

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Chalkboard Conversation Hearts

My first Valentine's Day post of the year--finally!  
I don't know why, but I am having such a difficult time getting back in the swing of things.  I guess the fact that my hubby is traveling A TON, plus Little Man keeps getting sick doesn't help.  Getting a project completed has been absolutely painful. Hopefully we'll get back in the groove very, very soon.
Now I would like to introduce you to my chalkboard conversation hearts.  Who doesn't love conversation hearts?!  And how about the chance to write your own little messages.  Then erase and write another.  And another.  
It all began when I discovered THIS red and pink chalkboard paint at JoAnn's last week.  I had long mourned the face that chalkboard paint was only black, but little did I know!  I quickly took both of these home with me.
I also found these wooden hearts at JoAnn's, and I bought the last three that they had.  
I took out the jute and gave each side of the hearts 2 coats of paint.  (Please don't judge me for my messy painting... it was late at night, and I was rushing!)  I quickly decided to paint the hearts on wax paper instead of the paper plate to keep the hearts from sticking.
Then I got out my chalk and started to write some lovey-dovey messages!  
I added the jute back through the holes and started hanging the hearts around my house. I decided to add some ribbon bows to dress them up a bit.  Because I ended up with 3 hearts, I decided that each member of our family can have a heart.  We can write messages to each other and leave them around the house!
Hopefully this heart will help my hubby lighten up while working in his office.  He's a bit of a work-a-holic!

 But they sure do look cute hanging from the knobs of my little bench.

Or from our little office organizer next to our front door.

I left this heart in a really obvious spot to be sure that Mr. Daisy would come home, notice them, and tell me how much he loves them!

 I'm looking forward to writing little messages to each other again and again!  Don't you love chalkboard paint?!

Thanks for being here and thanks for reading!

Chalkboard Menu

Hello, my friends!!  We are still enjoying every minute of our family reunion nestled in the lovely mountains of Colorado.  In case you missed my guest post at The Scrap Shoppe on Thursday, here is the tutorial for the chalkboard menu I created.

For a while now, I have been watching chalkboard menus pop up across blogging land.  I have also been dying out to try out that chalkboard spray paint I bought months and months ago. So here was my chance!!  This is my take on the idea--simple and sweet!
I started off with this gold and slightly gaudy frame that I picked up at Good Will for just a couple of dollars.  Score!  But it definitely needed a new color.  A splash of turquoise spray paint was just perfect!  I love how the shininess of the gold still peeked through just a bit.

I was actually amazed that applying chalkboard paint was so easy!  I simply spray painted the glass that came inside the frame.  I quickly learned that, because it was glass, it would need 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint. Easy peasy!  How have I not used chalkboard paint before?!

Next, I cut my vinyl.  I had debated about making this a weekly menu board showing every day of the week.  However, it was a touch small for my gigantic handwriting!  Instead, I settled for making it a daily menu board that I could change each night.  Isn't this a fun, fancy font?! (This is one I purchased from DJ Inkers.)

But my little chalkboard menu was looking a bit bare.  I knew exactly what it needed--a fabric flower!  How about a fun tattered flower?! I just tore a strip of fabric and sewed a basting stitch down one of the sides.

Then I gathered the flower by pulling one of my long threads to create a ruffle.  I just twisted it into a circle to create the flower shape.  I quickly hand-sewed through the layers to help keep its shape.  

To create the center of the flower, I took a circle glass magnet I already had, covered it with fabric, and hot-glued it right into the center.  I hot glued that happy flower snugly into the corner of the frame.

Isn't that a nice touch?!  Black, white, and turquoise together.... yummmm!

I set this chalkboard on an easel in the corner of the kitchen.  Now my husband doesn't have to come home from work and ask, "What's for dinner?"  Talk to the chalkboard, sweetheart! 

The chalkboard says it all... have a super day!!  
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