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I am going to try and start a new meme for Tracy’s Topics – I made it Monday! I have so many little thingies that I’ve made, so I reckon if I have a schedule to stick to for posting them, maybe I’ll actually get around to posting them. Right?  Right.

I even made a button for it!

Since I live in the southern hemisphere, we get to have Spring now. So I wanted to make something for Spring Day, (1 September). Waaaaay back I linked up to a themed link party for empty toilet paper rolls. That’s where I saw this cute project from Let’s go Fly a kite.

Some girls grow up dreaming about the Dress, and the Cake and the clothes-all-match-even-the-undies-twins. But I had a list of items/traditions/values that I wanted to one day have in my home.  One of these was a wreath on my front door. It might sound a simple item – but I wanted one so that I could decorate it for holidays and seasons and special occasions. I found a nice sturdy one a few years ago, but only decorated it a few times. I’m trying to get more in the habit now of making an effort. And having fun with it too!

I made these at work… during lunch… and tea break. (We weren’t THAT busy ok)

I used bright spring colours - and mixed some if I didn't have the perfect shade

Did I mention I have a mountain of empty tp rolls? Well, I do. But I still only made 3 flowers for my own wreath. I didn’t want to cover the whole thing, just make a focal point. And I made some extra for our gate at work as well.

Ready for Spring

The materials I used were recycled too! The tp roll is obvious, but the elastic I used to attach to the gate; collected from packages we receive. The centre isn’t tissue coloured paper like in the tutorial, it’s used hand towels. Now before you go thinking how disgusting that is, they were my own after I thoroughly washed my hands. And I wore gloves while painting and assembling it. And it’s just water that was on them – so it’s not ‘eew’ after all.

…And for my door…

Love Spring

Parties I link to

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We have this patch of river stones in the garden. After watching Lili take a shortcut across them, only to slip and fall on her bum for the umpteenth time I decided to make her some pet rocks. Hopefully she’ll ignore the garden ones now 😉

Tutorial

A quick tutorial on how to make your own pet rock

You will need:

  • smooth river stones/pebbles
  • craft paints
  • sealer, like modge podge {It goes by many names – Love this site for ideas}
  • cartoon bubble eyes
  • craft glue that dries clear {or a hot glue gun}

Get some smooth river stones

I chose 3 smooth differently shaped stones with relatively flat surfaces: An obvious face side. Give them a good scrub in warm soapy water and leave to dry.

White primer

Paint the rocks with a basecoat – I used white.

All the pretty colours

Then paint them in whatever colours you like. I used the same colours Lili’s door letters.

It gets messy

I used a few coats of modge podge to seal the rocks; lightly sanding between coats and painting every coat in a different direction

I see you!

Finally glue eyes onto the stones and allow to dry completely – I left them overnight. Now you have pet rocks!

!! Pet Rocks !!

Link Parties!

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