Monday, February 14, 2011

My Valentines Present to YOU, A Guest Host

Today, I am starting a monthly series of guest hosts.  Once a month, I will have an amazing guest host share with you their awesomeness.  
Since this is my first guest, I thought it'd only be suiting that I start with the blogger that started all for me.  After seeing her blog, she inspired me to start mine and what a wonderful experience it has been.  I will forever be grateful to her.  So, who is SHE?  SHE is Ashley Ann, of Under the Sycamore.

SHE is a photographer extraordinaire, DIY diva (that's right Ashley, I said diva), craft artist sensation, and just all around do-gooder!  Her kids are absolutely adorable and from the stories in her blog, a riot to be with!

So without further adieu, I give you... Aaaashley Aaaann!


I am honored to be sharing here today. I 'met' Yanet a while back through comments she left on my blog. The title "3 Sun Kissed Boys" grabbed my attention immediately. I have three little boys (and a little girl) and I sure prefer them to be sun-kissed over layered in winter clothes! I enjoy arts and crafts and am constantly trying to get my kids to make something - anything - with me. Sometimes coming up with projects to do with the boys can be tricky. One of my favorite places to find inspiration and ideas is I know people love to hate Martha, but I am an unashamed fan. Several years ago I tore out a page from one of her magazines on how to make your own stickers. It is a great boy project, but works just as good for adults & girls. So today, I thought I'd share what we did with you.

Now, I admit this is really just another way to glue paper onto paper, but my boys loved the idea that they were making stickers. They got to pick the shapes and though they could have just cut the paper and glued it down - it was more exciting for them to do it this way.
Elmer's basic white glue
White vinegar
Scissors and/or paper punches
Foam brush

Step 1: Combine equal parts glue and vinegar. Mix until it is completely combined.

Step 2: Brush a thin layer of the mixture all over the back of your paper. You want to coat the paper well, but not so thick it isn't smooth. The boys used Star Wars scrapbooking paper found at Hobby Lobby. I used a simple girly graphic paper.

Step 3: Let the paper dry completely. If it is still damp it won't cut well.

Step 4: Once dry you can cut out your stickers. My boys followed the shapes on their paper. I used a circle punch for mine.

Step 5: Moisten your stickers and attach to paper. You can rub them with a damp cloth or lick them (but that would taste gross). You do need to get the stickers moist for them to stick properly. After putting their stickers in their art journals my boys began drawing stories around the pictures.

For adults and alternative could be to place several in a small box and give as a gift. You would want to include a note about getting them moist to use. You would also want to make sure they are stored in a dry spot so they don't start sticking together!

And since I didn't really include any pictures where you could see my crazy kids, here is a glimpse at my little family.

Thanks, Yanet, for having me.  I hope you all have a Happy Valentine's Day today!


Aren't they a great-looking family?!  If you run over to her blog, you'll fall in love with them as I did.  Even in photographs, Ashley's little girl's (known in the blog as FireCracker) personally just sparkles! Thank you so much Ashley for guest hosting and making my day!

Happy Valentines Day, everybody!
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Anonymous said...


Love your idea to guest host each month! Very sweet! Thanks for sharing Ashley Ann! What a cute family and she is oozing with awesomeness :)I'll be sure to stop by. I'm always looking for ideas to share with the kids.

Thanks for the birthday wishes. Have a Happy Valentine's Day! ~Michelle :)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I too am an unashamed Martha fan! Thanks so much for introducing Ashley Ann to us. Her family is just adorable. What a great craft idea for the boys. It's always harder to find stuff to keep the boys attention!

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

I love Ashley's blog too, Yanet, and it was fun to see her and her fun tutorial on your blog! :o) Happy Valentine's Day! xo

Miss G said...

very fun. Kelly

Danett said...

Thanks to both of you for this post. My kids are at the perfect age for this. I can't wait to give it a try! Happy Valentine's Day!

amanda torres said...

Yanet, I just love Ashley's blog. She and I used to be in gymnastics together when we were little and attended the same high school. She is the exact person she seems to be, but better. I've even had the privilege of having her photograph Little Man. The best pictures ever taken!

Christy @ MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

So glad to find your blog thru Ashley Ann's. I love your posts. And thank you for your comment on my blog!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

What a lovely guest post! I'm going to Follow!

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you have a wonderful day, and if you want some dessert please stop by!


Anonymous said...

{second attempt at leaving a comment}

I found my way here today through Ashley's blog and so glad I came! HELLO fellow South Floridian!!! I was born and raised in Miami, but currently living in Dallas. Oh how I miss HOME! I will come back here often. Please soak in the rays for me. :)


Melissa Lewis - Midwest Magnolia said...

This is a fantastic project. And I have so much scrap paper around the house I would love to use!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I had no idea you could make stickers. AWESOME!

michelle said...

What a great idea! Love this! Her family is adorable, love that photo!

Happy Valentines Day!

Teachinfourth said...

One day I'll do a post and teach everyone how to make cold cereal or something so I could be your star guest...