Over the [Button] Rainbow

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Happy Monday! Make a button rainbow!

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I’ve been seeing a lot of rainbow-inspired button art kicking around on Pinterest lately, and I thought I’d make my own.


I included my fave crafty sidekick a.k.a. Kid #1. She is the best.

Step 1: Put on your Christmas PJ’s  and draw the outline of a rainbow. I traced a bunch of different sized lids to make it perfect. Kid #1 just wung it. (Or would that be “winged it” or “wang it”?)

Step 2: Color in the rainbow:

OMG. Mine is SO much better…

Step 3: Buttons+glue=me+you= Love, do you hear me? See, I do remember Math 10.

Step 4: You can add clouds, or you can write “Mercie” in swirly, pink letters. Either-or, really ;)

Step 5: Frame without the glass- ISN’T THAT CUTE???

This piece of artwork would be perfect to brighten up that little spot in your hallway that needs a ray of sunshine. Or…

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Remembrance Day

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I updated my Remembrance day post- Its meaning has expanded for me in the last couple of years.

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I’ve wanted to paint poppies for a while now, and I finally unpacked my painting supplies, (it was a long month without them!) so I figured it was the perfect time to try it! And it happens to be Remembrance Day in a few days too, so this is extra-good timing.  I painted this for my dad: (Can you see the hidden paper plane in the sky? I thought that would be an interesting touch!) I used a big, circle piece of mat board as my canvas and acrylics as my paint of choice. My dad’s dad died in World War II, so I think he will extra-appreciate this painting. Here is a write up about my grandfather and his aircrew that went down on Feb 20 1944: http://www.aircrewremembered.com/raf1944/2/bowenjack.html He was Pilot 2. It’s so crazy to see how young most of these men were when they made such a huge…

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Do You Want to Build a Jack-O-Lantern? Olaf Pumpkin Tutorial

olaf tutorial Do you want to build an Olaf Jack-O-Lantern? Well, I know about 8 million 3 year olds do! My 3 year old is obsessed with Olaf, or “Ooh-Luv” as he pronounces it! I asked him what color cupcakes he wanted for his birthday, and he said “Ooh-Luv”, when I thought he’d say ‘Lello’ or something easy… So he got these: olafcupcaks I tried to blur out the most inebriated-looking ones… lol.

Link loves Olaf so much, I needed to make him a matching costume!


I just found a white hooded sweatshirt and used hot glue to affix a bunch of felt. Anyways, back to the jack-o-lantern tutorial! It is easier than you’d think!

All you need to start with are some twigs and 3 pumpkins (make sure they sit pretty flat and that the bottom two have nice long, straight stems.) olafstart To stack them, simply cut a hole, big enough to fit a stem, into the bottom of your two stacky pumpkins! See how that worked so well? Now, on to the face! olafface I just pulled up an Olaf image from the interwebs, and free-handed a face like this! It doesn’t need to be perfect, and you can wash off any leftover pen when you are done carving. olafpumpkin3 For the eyebrows, I just scored lightly around the edges, and then scraped off the orange layer with a sharp paring knife. Then I simply carved out the mouth, eyes and nose. Since I didn’t use the usual method of scraping out my pumpkin guts, I took this opportunity to clean out the head pumpkin through its mouth! P.S. this is probably the BEST time to draw attention to my manicure: photo 3 Haha. Cute though right? I guess these Jamberry Nails really do hold up like they say! This is the China Rose pattern and they are FUN! Back to the pumpkin… and specifically, the nose: photo 4 I thought I couldn’t have genetically modified a better Olaf nose! But alas, it was too big… photo 5 …So surgery was necessary. photo 2 Once you clean up the blood from the rhinoplasty, insert the carrot into the nose hole, and trim up some twigs to shove into their respective locations on the subject. Man, beauty is pain- wouldn’t you say, Olaf? olaf outsideolafpumpkin Well, there he is! I just used brown felt for his buttons, and pinned them in place. Because this only really involved carving one simple pumpkin, it actually didn’t take much longer to create than your usual run-of-the-mill Jack-O-Lantern. My kids LOVE him, and as a bonus… olafhug He likes warm hugs. Happy Pumpkin Carving! ~Dot PS Catch me in my natural habitat-on Facebook where I post a good mix of my fun creations, as well as other random awesomeness :) And for more of my Halloweeny posts, including more pumpkin carving ideas, nifty decorations, and recipes, check out my Halloween category HERE. Happy Halloween!

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