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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Superhero Wall Display

I mentioned last week that my son is obsessed with superheros.  Little boys are so fun!  He tells us often how he wants to be Batman when he grows up.  How cool would that be?  I would be one proud mom. :)

It's always a highlight of my day watching his imagination run wild.  He suits up (changes capes and masks) about a zillion times each day.  He flies (jumps from couches and beds), he re-fuels (scarfs down mac 'n cheese), and occasionally crashes (drops in place and involuntarily succumbs to sleep).  Superheroes need "power" naps too.  Where do you think all those muscles come from?  :) 

But when he's awake, in true superhero fashion, he's a certified go-getter!  After all, the world isn't going to save itself. :)

So I wanted to come up with some cute decor for his room that would capture this fun phase of life that he's in right now.  Nations Photo Lab made it happen.
I gathered some of my favorite photos of him in superhero attire and put together a floating gallery block in the theme of "A Day in the Life of a Superhero".

I love how the images really pop and the comic book background perfectly plays into the overall effect.  The image wrapping adds a unique component as well!

{HERE'S HOW I ACHIEVED THIS SUPERHERO WALL DISPLAY}:

  • Edit photos to give them a comic book look (I did this in Picasa, but PicMonkey is great too if you're going for free)
  • Head to Nations Photo Lab and download ROES (their ordering program).  If you've already got ROES on your computer, call it up and add your pictures. Then arrange them in a floating gallery block in a way that they tell a story (I used the Showoff template).  If you have any questions throughout the process, their customer support via Live Chat are so helpful!
  • Select a background from those offered or add your own.  I did an online search for "superhero wallpaper", selected the perfect one, then re-positioned it until it was to my liking.  
  • Add the completed design to your cart, check out and wait for the exciting package to arrive at your door!
  • Next, I made a sign using a scrap piece of wood laying around in my garage.  Just sand, paint (I used Lemon Custard by FolkArt), then add vinyl.  Apply decorative knobs if you'd like (I found my star knobs at Hobby Lobby).  We used a Dremel to make indents for the knobs, then super glued them inside.  I purchased the vinyl call-out designs from the Silhouette online store.  I used the "Mensch" font for "A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A" and then the "American Purpose Casual" font for "SUPERHERO".


Ta da! My son can't get over how "awesome" the room is now.  :) Every little boy deserves a space like this.

 The gallery block is solidly built and is sure to last a life-time.  So my son can pass it down to his own little superhero in the future. :)  

I couldn't be happier with how it turned out, and now we have a fun wall display to commemorate his superhero chapter of life.  Because I'd hate to forget how cute he looked all suited up in Batman attire. :)

I love Nations Photo Lab and am excited to be a Nations Photo Lab ambassador.  I was provided with free product in exchange for this post, but, as always, all opinions and ideas are 100% my own.  Thank you for supporting my wonderful sponsors who allow me to create great content here on I Dig Pinterest. 
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For more great superhero ideas, check out this Superhero Party on a Budget!


For more ideas using Nations Photo Lab products, go HERE.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

12 Perfect Fruit Dips

I've been pining after so many fruit dips circulating around Pinterest and blog land lately, so I wanted to compile some in a yummy "Fruit Dips" roundup.  I love fresh fruit, and now's the time when many begin coming in season.  There's always been a very special place in my heart and tummy for the colorful, delicious stuff.

A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to visit the island of Kauai, Hawaii with my family.  I'm still dreaming of the fresh pineapple that I ate in bulk while there.  Each morning for breakfast at the hotel buffet, I'd pile my plate high and eat little else.  My mouth is literally watering while typing this, just remembering how juicy it was.

I never tire of dunking fruit in creamy goodness.  This list encompasses a great variety of dips, but all look absolutely incredible in their own way!  With the summer months quickly approaching, I hope you make use of this list of 12 Perfect Fruit Dips! I certainly will.


Dreamsicle Fruit Dip @ My Baking Addiction

Butterfinger Fruit Dip @ Buns in My Oven

Creamy Vanilla Fruit Dip @ Love, Pomegranate House

Creamy Citrus Fruit Dip @ Yummy. Healthy. Easy

Honey-Yogurt Dip @ Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Citrus Fruit Dip @ Thirty Handmade Days

Caramel Apple Dip @ Chef in Training

Cheesecake Fruit Dip @ Lil' Luna

Hawaiian Fruit Dip @ Yummy. Healthy. Easy

Caramel Toffee Fruit Dip @ Our Best Bites

Strawberry Cream Cheese Fruit Dip @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

Peanut Butter Fruit Dip @ Chef in Training

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Which fruit dips in this list call to you?

What's your favorite fruit?  Let's take a vote!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop (Co-Hosting)

It's been such a pleasure co-hosting the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop with Sinea from Ducks 'n a Row this month!  I love all the inspiration that I glean from all you talented people!  I can't wait to see what's new this week!

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One of the many benefits of visiting blog parties is the wealth of knowledge we can glean. Experts in baking, crafting, decorating, teaching, organizing, cleaning, money managing, gardening, child rearing, encouragement & inspiration share "just how to do it." Our lives are richer, as a result. Personally, some of my favorite posts are those that teach me how to blog better.  

This week there were two superb posts on optimizing our blog results using Pinterest. They are this week's Editor's Picks. If I were you, I would read them and PIN them for future reference.
BTW...Ducks 'n a Row has just added a link to our Blogging Tips Pinterest Board on our Blog Tips page. It is constantly growing with more and more gems so be sure to stop by once in a while to grab from the best for you!   ... Sinea

Let's Party!   
Simple Guidelines:

  • Please follow our host and co-hosts in as many ways possible (social media links below). 
  • PLEASE TWEET THIS PARTY !!!!  We want everyone to know about it!
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like, no giveaways please.
  • Visit three or more others. Let them know you've been there!
  • When you are PINNING, remember to do it from the original post. 
  • If you are new, be sure to let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. 
  • Thanks for joining us!






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Looped Ribbon Birthday Photo Wreath

This Looped Ribbon Birthday Photo Wreath is oh-so-fun and a very colorful decoration for a very special day!
I originally shared this project over on The Ribbon Retreat, where I'm so lucky to be a contributor, but I didn't want any of you to miss out on it, in case you didn't catch it over there.  It's just that awesome.  :)

Bright colors just scream birthday to me, so I wanted to incorporate them, using ribbon, into a  "Party" wreath.  What I absolutely adore about this creation are not only the fabulous mix of patterns and colors, but the fact that it can be personalized with the birthday boy or girl's precious photos.   OR add in favorite quotes from the child and mini love letters!  Talk about sentimental.  Simply switch them out for the next individual's special day!  

It's a thoughtful way to celebrate a wonderful person, but also serves as a great party decoration! Just coordinate the ribbon to match the event's color scheme!  

 This project takes some time and effort, but when you're done, you'll have a beautiful decor piece to hang in your home to commemorate each person's birthday.  It's completely worth it....I promise!


{SUPPLIES}

12 inch wreath form
Alphabet Tiles
Small Wooden Clothespins
Lots and lots of ribbon (I used 13 rolls and had some leftover) in a variety of colors and patterns!
Hot Glue Gun
Wallet-size photos for embellishing
Jute or twine for the "Party" banner

Cut a bunch of  4 1/2" pieces of ribbon.  I cut quite a bit to start with, and then cut a little more as I needed it so I didn't waste any.  I'm obsessed with polka-dots (surprise, surprise).  :)

Form each piece into a loop and hold in place with a dot of hot glue where the ends overlap.

Working in sections, one loop at a time, hot glue each, seam side down, onto the wreath form.  Feel free to get creative here!  It's hard to go wrong.  Adhere them in every direction and alternate colors and patterns so it's eye-catching!  You can fill in the gaps later with more ribbon loops, but try to group them as close together as possible.  This takes a while, but persevere, and you'll thank yourself later!

Work your way all around the wreath form.  Afterwards, fill in any noticeable gaps with more ribbon loops.  You're almost done!

Now hot glue your wooden alphabet tiles onto a piece of jute or twine.  Thread the ends of the banner through the ribbon loops where you'll want the banner to sit, and hot glue it to the back of the wreath form.

Ta da!  Now grab your wooden clothespins (I used six) and clip them onto wide ribbon loops around the wreath.  Insert some cute wallet-sized photos, and that's it! 

I edited my photos to be black and white.  I love the way they pop against the wreath colors!

As you can plainly see, there's a lot of personality bottled up in this little four-year-old guy. :)  He was so excited to see his face on something I'd made.

Now display for all to admire.  This wreath is such a special and darling way to pay tribute to the birthday child (or adult).  Have fun and let your creativity run wild!

Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm happy to answer them! 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

20 Inexpensive & Creative Teacher Appreciation Gifts

It's time to start thinking about Teacher Appreciation Gifts!  Can you believe it?  This school year has flown by!  Teacher Appreciation Day is May 6th, so don't forget to say "Thank you"!
20 Inexpensive & Creative Teacher Appreciation Gifts! So perfect!
 I don't know about you, but I have a special gratitude and admiration for educators and all they do.  The job couldn't be easy!  Hats off to teachers!  

How fitting that there's a special day devoted to thanking and honoring them.  I can't wait to send a little something special with my daughter to school for her fantastic teacher.  Gifts don't need to be expensive or elaborate, as long as they are from the heart.  Just my two cents on the matter.  To me simple=sweet! 

So I've put together a list of 20 Inexpensive yet Creative Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas that I'm sure any teacher would love.  Most of them come with a free printable for even more ease.

Extra Gum Gift @ Sweet Metel Moments

Classroom Printable @ Eighteen25

Apple of Our Eye Gift @ Skip to My Lou

Thank You Berry Much Jam Gift @ Simply Kierste

Nail Kit Gift @ She's Kinda Crafty

Neon Dipped Succulent Gift @ Hellobee

Sharpie Gift @ Design. Wash. Rinse. Repeat

Strawberries Teacher Gift @ Dixie Delights

Gumball Gifts @ Crystal and Comp

Homemade Bread Gift @ Creations by Kara

Smarties and Lifesavers Gift @ B-Inspired Mama

Kit Kat Teacher Gift @ Eighteen25

Smart Cookie Gift @ Club Chica Circle

M&M Teacher Appreciation Gift @ U-Create

Thanks a Bunch Gift @ Design, Dining + Diapers


You're a Star Gift @ Tatertots & Jello

Hand Soap Gift @ Eighteen25

A is for Awesome Gift @ Skip to My Lou

Creative Juices Gift @ Tatertots & Jello

Pop Quiz Gift @ Tammy Mitchell Photography

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These are all so cute and thoughtful, don't you think?

Which one would you love to give to a very special teacher?

For more great teacher appreciation gift ideas from the past go HERE and HERE.


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