Tuesday, March 25, 2014

DIY Decorative Stands

Pinterest has sucked me in once again. I take one trip to church for a Mom's Nuturing Mom's night and with Mod Podge and scrapbook paper, a beast has been born.

I've been looking for some plate stands to display the coasters I made that night and I haven't had much luck. Partially due to the fact that I'm stingy and can't bring myself to pay $20 for a stand (especially when I need 4 of them). I've found some for $5 at Wal*Mart but sadly they never have enough of the right colors......I need 4 of the same color and they can't seem to have them all at once and I can't just buy a 1 or 2 at a time......don't ask.....it's a curse LOL

So, while laying in bed the other day, it just came to me! What does every household have an abundance of?

Toilet paper rolls! LOL

So then I thought: "Well, I can just cut a shape out of it, making it resemble the stands they sell, right?"

So then you'd have this, but while it does what it's "made" to do, it isn't exactly pleasing to the eye.

That's where the scrapbook paper and Mod Podge comes in handy. :-)

You take your cut out and trace the outline on to the back of the scrapbook paper you're wanting to use.....like so.

Make sure you trace both sides, just in case one side is "off" a little more then the other. Then again, maybe there's no need in doing that, but *I* had too. LOL

Now it's Mod Podge time! :-D

Now you coat both sides of the TP roll with the Mod Podge. Make sure you coat it well.

Then you place your cut-out scrapbook paper onto the sides:

After your sides have been placed, coat the whole thing with Mod Podge and let sit to dry (doesn't take very long). Don't worry about the cloudiness, the Mod Podge will dry clear.

And voila, you're done! Toilet Paper Roll decorative stands. They work perfect to display my coasters although they aren't the sturdiest.......I probably wouldn't put anything too heavy or valuable on them with out some sort of reinforcement. With that said, they work perfectly for what I want and they look good and are cheap to boot! :-D

I've placed mine on top of my DVD towers and I love how they turned out!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Another Christmas Parade

Back in December, McKayla, Grandpa and I went to another Christmas parade and once again, it was because Chris was marching with his JROTC class. It wasn't as cold as the parade we went to the week before that but it WAS rainy. Luckily, we found a spot under Ace Hardware's awning that was nice and dry.

Because Chris was participating in the parade, we had to arrive an hour or so before the parade started. We were also at the END of the parade route so as to collect Chris easier after the parade was over, which meant the parade took longer to get to us, so McKayla and Grandpa took a stroll to relieve the boredom and wait for the parade to get to us (it was worth it in the end* :-) ).

Finally! The parade is coming but so is the rain :-(. JROTC is first in line once again. Which was great b/c that meant that we could watch the parade together. :-)

I ranted briefly on last parade's post about the teachers (or whoever) taking their (the kids) dress jackets away from them at the end of the parade when it was 30 degrees out. Well, apparently, several parents had a few words or questioned them b/c this time, they were able to keep their jackets and just had to return them the following Monday when they went back to school. Makes sense! I can't believe they took them last time......

Ok, enough words, you came for the pictures, so here they are! :-D

These poor parade riders, having to wear ponchos.

Clearly not part of the parade, but pretty important to have
nonetheless! They were great sports and were waving as
they walked along behind the horses. Say it with me:
"It's a shitty job, but somebody's gotta do it!"

Cute Corgi butts! :-D

I spy someone pretty important!

Hi Santa!

Even with the cold and the rain (more like mist), we all had a great time. McKayla racked up on the candy thrown. One of the perks of being at the end* of the parade route, is the parade attendees trying to clear out the rest of their candy. McKayla even ended up with a mini Beanie Baby bear. :-)
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read about my adventures! I hope you enjoyed! :-)

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I'm a SAHM and have 2 wonderful children and a fantastic husband who puts up with all my obsessions. We have a Great Dane, a Boxer-Pit mix, 2 cats and several fish tanks. I'd love to have more critters, but I've stopped.....for now LOL.