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Spring Blog Hop! Keepin’ it Fresh, Clean & Simple for Spring!

Spring Blog Hop ButtonHappy First Day of Spring!

Wow!  Throw back the shutters, drag the heavy linens off the bed and put on a pair of shorts!  It is spring!   Welcome to Every Day is an Occasion Spring Blog Hop!  If you came from the most amazingly talented and tough act to follow, Holly from Ribbons and Glue, then you are hangin’ out in the right place.  If you just joined me, you will not want to miss this hop, so head over to our lovely and talented hostess, Jill from Every Day is an Occasion and start there.

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Spring is full of colored pastels, brightly colored eggs, bunnies and peeps, but to me spring means fresh, new, clean and simple.  This is a time where I purge and clean my house from top to bottom and a time my citrus trees are in full bloom and fill my house with sweet fragrance.

Since I am currently in that spring clean mode, I decided to make a wreath the reflects how this time of the year makes me feel.  I know, me and my wreaths, but I collect and make wreaths the way some collect shoes!  I have to have a wreath for every occasion!

This wreath was so easy to make and is made with 100% all natural crafting products!  How fresh is that? I was lucky enough to have Dave from Hemptique pass along some of  their A-M-A-Z-I-N-G product to play and create with.  Among the goodies, I received some Hemp Yarn and Variegated Rainbow Hemp  Spool and just fell in love with the textures and colors!

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I made the base by wrapping a flat 12 inch wooden ring, that can be found at Michaels or Hobby Lobby, with the Hemp Yarn.  This was easy to do, but a bit time consuming but I did it while watching a movie with the hubs one night.

Then I made these colorful flower blossoms using the Variegated Rainbow Hemp by cutting around 24 inch strands and folding them in half and tie in a bow.  I made three bows fro each flower blossom.  Once all bows were made, I then used a hot glue gun and attached each bow to each other, one on top of another in a way that formed the flower blossoms.  Once the flower blossoms were completed, I trimmed off the excess length and then added a linen button from, Close to My Heart, with hot glue to the center of each blossom.  Once all blossoms were complete, I attached each blossom to the wreath using hot glue.

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On the top portion of the wreath I cut enough Rainbow Hemp to be able to wrap around the wreath to showcase why it is called Rainbow Hemp.

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To finish the wreath I hand-bound together a nice length of  the Hemp Yarn and looped it around the top of the wreath for hanging and trimmed any excess length.

This wreath is super clean and fresh and because it is made with  the durability of the 100% natural hemp, I have a feeling it will hanging on my front door a lot this year!

Now for the blog candy! 

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Who does not love mini chalkboards on a stick or should I say 8 chalkboards on 8 sticks?  And since I have been gushing about how cool Hemptique product is, I thought I would throw in a ball of the amazing Hemp Yarn! Hey maybe you can make a project combining both these goodies!  All you need to do is :

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I will be announcing the randomly picked winner on Monday, March 25, 2013! 

Now be sure to head over and check out the sweet and very talented Lisa from A Mermaid’s Crafts to keep hoppin’ along!

Just in case you lost your way . . .

The Blog Hop Line Up!
Jill- Every Day is an Occasion
Holly- Ribbons & Glue
Arin- A Piece of Life’s Pie (You are here)
Lisa- A Mermaid’s Crafts NEXT
Kelsie Ann- Cut Craft Create
Missy- Quick Chick Designs
Court- Court’s Craft Corner
Heather- The Hunny Pot
Shelly- My Paper Love
Jamie- So Much Better With Age
Thanks for sharing a piece of ‘keepin’ it fresh and clean” pie with me!  Be sure to head over to my other creative spring idea I have going on for Decorate to Celebrate!
Linking Up To:
Gotta Create: Wildly Original Linking Party
Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty – Submarine Sundays
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Fit for a Perfect Two Year Old Princess

I am in the midst of a HUGE and I mean HUGE project. . . one of those projects that I am trying to keep a happy heart through, but keep asking myself, why did I get myself into.  In the end I know I will be happy I did do it, but right now I am in my own mental anguish (kind of like being at mile 15 of a marathon). What I am doing is making handmade scrapbooks (no pictures, just the base) for 14 moms in the co-op preschool I attend with my kiddos.  I did have some time last week to whip together a card for one of my hub’s fellow engineer co-worker’s sweet little girl’s second birthday.

There is a movement around here where many moms from all types of social economic backgrounds have come together on Facebook and use that platform to swap, sell or look for items (mainly toys, baby gear and clothes) that we all have instead of buying new. Since it is via Facebook and you have to be from the area and be invited to the group, it is much easier and safer than Craigslist.  I know I have padded my crafting mad money selling my beloved Gymboree collection that my youngest no longer fits into.

I found someone who was selling a huge bag of dress up cloths (Disney Princess) for only $10 that were in great condition.  I packaged up the clothes and added this card for a little gift! This idea was right up this family’s alley since they are very aware of the environment and love recycling through goods.

Thanks for sharing a piece of “recycled gifts can be a great idea” pie with me!

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Recipe:

Cricut Cart: Once Upon a Princess cut at 3.5 inches

Cuttlebug: Swiss Dots

Paper: PTI and Recollections (white)

Ribbon: Celebrate It

Recollections Gems

Ink: CTMH (close to my heart) Cotton Candy

Stamp:My Pink Stamper:  Sweetest Cupcakes

More Fun Cards and Gift Ideas . . .

I find it hard to mak cards for grown men.  My husband’s sister and family were in from out-of-town and both his sister and her husband’s birthday are this month.  They came over for dinner last night and I whipped together these two cards and gift ideas yesterday kind of on the fly.  They loved them and the card was not too girly for a manly man!

Supplies Needed:

Paper was from Die Cuts with a View Summer Stacker

Stamp was from Tart and Tangy – Stampin’ Up and Pink Stamper

Ribbon – even though there was no brown in the actual paper theme, I thought it complemented the theme and added some masculinity to it.

Tin gift box with window – Michael’s – He loves M&M’s so I filled it with those.

Scallop was from Storybook Cricut Cartridge (Shadow Setting -M) I made it at 2 inches.

I used Martha Stewart craft markers to color the stamps.

Cherry Card:  I added a loose tea leaf ball that she could use for brewing her loose leaf tea that she wanted.

For the cherry card – see my pervious post on the details: