Wednesday, March 21, 2012

World Down Syndrome Day - Check this out!

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Today is World Down syndrome day:

World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on the 21st day of the third month of each year to symbolize a third copy of the 21st chromosome in Down syndrome. This year is especially exciting as it is the first year that the date is officially recognized by the United Nations!

In honor of this day, parents of children with Down syndrome were asked the following question:

If they could go back right before they had, or adopted, their child(ren) with Down syndrome, 
what would they tell themselves?

Watch the following video for their answers, it's beautiful!

(My youngest daughter has Down syndrome, 
so that is why this clip is very touching to me.)

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring is here!

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We're excited about the days getting longer, 
the yard showing some signs of life again,
and even some warmer days here and there...

So that's a good reason to celebrate spring with this banner.

I really like buntings or banners:
They're so easy to make, so it's a quick and fun way to add some seasonal decoration.

I just printed some sheet music on plain cardstock.
Then I cut them into banner shapes, first by cutting a 8.5 by 11 sheet of cardstock into 6 rectangles, and then cutting out a triangle from the bottom.

I added some scalloped circles, the word "SPRING" and some tiny flowers.
(I used my Silhouette Cameo, but you could also just print your letters, 
or cut some basic spring-y shapes, like flowers...)

I used tiny wooden clothes pins to attach them to some twine, and that's it...

(By the way: I thought it's pretty hard to take a good picture of a mirror, this one is hanging in our stair case, and I had a hard time keeping the reflection of unwanted elements, like light switches and steps out of the picture, therefore the funny angles...)

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Flower Burlap Wreath for Spring

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Our front door 'needed' something to get ready for spring.

So I made this flower wreath.
The best thing? I only used materials that I had on hand, so it's a cheap project.
Also, it was a very quick project, it took me about an hour I think.

I didn't take any pictures of the process, there are SO many flower tutorials available online!

One thing that I did do different, is that I didn't use felt, but some fleece scraps.
Fleece is very easy to work with, and it doesn't fray.

I used a dollar store wreath and wrapped burlap around it.

And, I used LOTS and LOTS of hot glue!!!

I love easy, quick & cheap projects!

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