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Hi everyone! Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day holiday! My long weekend started out great with the birth of a new granddaughter! We now have 10 grandchildren, 5 boys and 5 girls and we love them all so much.
Today I am finally sharing with you the beginnings of my new craft room. Madalynn has moved in with a roommate leaving my husband and I as empty nesters, at least until Jake comes home from his mission. So, the time of purging, organizing and repurposing rooms in our home has begun. The bedroom that always belonged to my daughters has many built in shelves and I have decided that it will be the perfect place to make my sewing/craft/blogging room. I am really excited about it. Alicia came over from California to help me get started. Unfortunately, we forgot about pictures until we had begun, so we only have one to show you as the before, plus there is one of the ugly floor.
I felt like it was going to be a beast to cover those dark blue stripes and sponge painted walls and stamps. But, we went to Lowe's and found Valspar Signature High Hiding Paint +Primer that did such a great job. Two coats covered everything perfectly!
In this small room, we didn't use rollers, but we used brushes. It really didn't take long to paint a wall and it takes a lot less paint than it does to roll. That roller absorbs a lot of paint and there is so much waste. Also, there was a lot of cutting in to do anyway with all of the molding and shelves, so it was easier to stick with brushes. Just get good ones, you don't want brush hairs coming out into your nice paint. We like angled brushes. They are great for cutting in. And, here's a tip*, save the cardboard holder it comes in. After you clean in, put it back in it to keep the brush's shape.
For all of that cutting in, we used Frogtape, a green painter's tape that sticks better than ever and gives crisper lines. (I wish I had had it when I painted those stripes!)
Isn't it amazing the difference a coat of paint can make? How do you like it? I am so happy to keep you updated on our progress. We have a few fun things up our sleeves that I can't wait to do and to share with you!
If you have any ideas for the floor, please share! Definitely not carpet, but nothing too expensive.
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Pom poms are so fluffy and cute and super popular right now! If you are like me, you look at cute fluffy things and wonder what you can do with them to incorporate more cute fluffiness into you life. Since I have two young granddaughters at my house right now, it has been the perfect time to do some pom pom crafting with them, especially since we are getting so close to Valentine's Day.
To begin with, I taught them the fork method of making our own pom poms! They were so excited and it is an easy craft for them to do. They did need help tying them tightly enough, but other than that, they were really good at it. If you haven't seen the fork method yourself, here is a quick video to teach you how!
I found a heart shaped wreath form by accident at Dollar Tree. (They also have round ones.) I thought it would be perfect for a wreath for Valentine's Day, so I picked it up. You can order them on line, so if you have a group crafting event coming, these would be great! At first I thought about a floral wreath, but then I saw yarn and thought pom poms and the pom pom wreath idea was born.
The girls and I started making pink, white and red pom poms. The wreath really takes a lot of pom poms, but they go quickly and they are a lot of fun to do. You can watch TV as you work. I used a large serving fork to make large pom poms, the girls used regular dinner forks for smaller pom poms to act as filler.
My granddaughters and I had so much fun that we couldn't stop there! We picked up some inexpensive t-shirts for them and decided we could do something cute with pom poms on them.
I've also seen ideas with sweaters using pom poms as polka dots, or in heart shapes. Here is a pom pom choker for just $4 right now at Lulus! The ideas are endless! If you don't have time to make anything with them, just keep one in your pocket as a warm fuzzy whenever you feel it in there! These cute fuzzy things can't help but cheer you! :)
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Hey guys! Alicia here with my favorite Cyber Monday deals. I am always looking for a good deal and I am always shopping online. I think this season I've had at least one package delivered a week! So Cyber Monday is a great day to go shopping. But it can be hard to sort out the actual good deals from the "fake" sales. So here is my guide for some awesome Cyber Monday Deals, including one from our own Etsy shop.
Cyber Monday Deals at 3 Winks Design Shop on Etsy
This season I have created a printable and a tea towel inspired by the printable. Both are now available in our shop! The printable is $2.00 and with that you get 4 files so you can choose which works best for you! For Cyber Monday thetowel is on sale through Tuesday for 25% off! So get yours before the price goes back up.
When I was creating my design I knew I really wanted Wonderful to stand out to remind me of all the wonderful things going on this season amid the hustle and bustle that arises. I love the idea of it on a towel that hangs in the kitchen because it can remind me that even if I've burnt the food or scalded the milk for my hot cocoa bombs, I still have so much to be thankful for and good to see. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do. And when you buy it in the shop, there won't be a watermark on it.
Cyber Monday Deals at Target
Readers, you can save 15% off your Target.com order* MONDAY ONLY! In addition to the 15% off offer, Target.com is also hosting these great deals below!
30% off select clothing for the family
And my favorite thing on sale at Target for Cyber Monday is this professional 5 qt KitchenAid Mixer. Usually $449 it's $199.99 today! What!? Such a good deal.
Also check out The Lion King on Blu-ray (with DVD and digital copy) is only $15 (reg $25). The Lion King is an amazing movie and this is a good time to add it to your collection.
Cyber Monday at Dating Divas
CYBER MONDAY is here and The Dating Divas have pulled out all the stops with their Mistletoe Madness Bundle! From the Divas on this amazing deal, "Christmas is right around the corner and who’s the most important person on your shopping list? Your sweet and sexy spouse, of course! Show them how much they mean to you this holiday season with a done-for-you Christmas for two!! In honor of Cyber Monday, we have THE BEST all-inclusive Christmas gift package for you to gift to your spouse. It has everything you’ll need to focus on your sweetheart during this Christmas season and well into the New Year! We’re talking EIGHT amazing printable packs all for ONE low price!"
This bundle includes Spouse Countdown, Stocking Stuffers, Neighbor Gifts, Reindeer games, NYE 2 Bags, and more!
Today only you can get 8 AMAZING packs for JUST $25! Individually, all those products added together would normally be $50! So you're getting 50% OFF JUST TODAY on Diva TOP PRODUCTS!
Cyber Monday Deals on Amazon
I may be Amazon's biggest fan. I love my Prime membership and all the benefits included with that. I also love the great deals they have got going on right now.
You can find out more about your heritage with this awesome deal on an Ancestry DNA kit, only $59 (usually $99)! You may think you know your heritage but many of my friends and family have been surprised by their results.
One of my favorite toys as a kid and an adult, is Legos. On Amazon they are up to 30% off today. Such a great deal! There's a handful of different sets in this sale, including the classic builder set! This is sure to be a treasured gift for any kid (or adult) in your life.
Also there are fantastic deals on Amazon devices. I LOVE my Fire TV Stick. I love that I can have all my streaming platforms in one easy to access place. It's very intuitive. You can use your smart phone as a remote if you misplace yours. And I love that I can access my Prime Music on the TV (the biggest speaker in my house). And I also love my Kindle Fire (we actually have 2!). It's durable and easy to use, I let my 2 year-old use it to read stories or watch his shows. And with the Amazon Underground app we get deals on apps for the whole family.
Have you jumped onto theInstant Pot craze yet? If not this might be the time to start. This is no ordinary pressure cooker, it cooks, sautes, steams, makes yogurt, and will slow cook if that's what you desire.. Instead of spending your time in the kitchen, let the Instant Pot do the work for you.
Cyber Monday Deals at Beau-Coup and Swoozies
Beau-coup and Swoozie's have 25% off your orders today, along with FREE SHIPPING!
Well there you have it, my favorite deals and sales today! Enjoy your day of shopping!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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