Monday, August 26, 2013

Balloon Drop (UPDATE)

For James' birthday, I wanted an alternative to a piƱata because I don't have a tree in my yard to hang it from, and there's no way I'm letting a bunch of little kids go crazy swinging a stick inside the house, so I decided to go with a balloon drop.
- plastic or paper table cloth, cut in half (paper works best)
- balloons and air pump
- hole punch
- painter's tape
- yarn or twine

Hole punch along the sides where you are going to thread the tablecloth together. Do this by aligning the holes on top of each other, not side by side like in the above photo; I just did that get through that step faster.

Thread your twine or yarn through, leave some hanging off of one end, and a loose knot at the other end.

Attach your tablecloth to the ceiling with the painters tape leaving some slack in the middle, blow up
your balloons (confetti too if you want) and toss them in there. At this point you can undo your loose knot, but you might want to pull that side of yarn out in case it gives way.


When the time comes for the balloon drop, pull on the longer string and watch the kiddos go nuts :) You can also toss confetti up there and use it for New Years.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Wall Chalkboard and Frame

When Johnny and I talked about what he wanted in the new house, he said he wanted a chalkboard in his room. He already has a New York Yankees theme going on, but I was able to tie them in together.

Here's his wall at the new house:

I went to Home Depot and picked up some baseboard (they will cut them for you if you ask nicely) to use as a frame

I didn't have the ends cut at 45* angles because I wanted to add wooden baseball shapes to go with his Yankees theme.

Tape it off and start painting! I used the chalkboard paint in the can, not the spray on kind. It'll take awhile and a few coats, but I think it was worth it.

I found a lipped black shelf (to match the paint of course!) to hold the chalk and erasers and nailed it so that it lined up with the bottom corner. (It looks darker than the paint because I cured the chalkboard and forgot to wipe it off)

I picked up wooden baseball shapes at AC Moore for less than $1 to put over the corners, I ended up using two nails for each baseball, but it gives it a nicer 3D feel than plain 45* picture frame corners will (that, and Home Depot doesn't guarantee precision cutting so I didn't want to chance it).

And the finished product! I think little man likes it!

It took a day to make this (because of the drying time and the coats) and cost around $30, and the paint was the priciest part.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Home is Where the Military Sends You

Short post today, I've been super busy running around trying to get the new house ready without Johnny finding out (he thinks Mommy is still looking for a house, he doesn't know that Mommy actually bought one!!)
Being active duty Navy for 7 years, I've already been stationed in a few places... Because of the divorce and my buying a house before checking in to my next command, it just so happens that I've lived in a different house for every duty station, which works out nicely for this next project.
I bought a shadowbox at my local craft store for about $12, hot glued keys from everywhere I've lived while in the navy onto the piece of cardboard and labeled them with my calligraphy pen. I only wrote the name of the commands and where they're located. Imagine how awesome the shadowbox would look after 20 years worth of commands!

I'll probably make one of those "Home Is Where The Navy Sends You" signs above it later on, but for now it looks good hanging above my key hooks.