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Monday, March 19, 2018

DIY Craft: Fabric High Gloss Resin Serving Tray

This is a sponsored post from ETI-USA and was live on Resin Crafts Blog previously.
Affiliate links included, opinions all mine.
DIY Craft: Fabric High Gloss Resin Serving Tray
I love serving trays.  There's an amazing little store by my house that sells seconds from places like Downeast and Potterybarn.  They are usually monogramed or embroidered, messed up and sold for nearly nothing.  They had a big stack of lacquered serving trays with a last name etched on them.  What's a person to do with that?  Buy a bunch of them.
By simply updating the tray it has new life and purpose.  It is gorgeous, shiny and easy to clean.
Perfect for a gift, awesome as a tv tray, sweet for breakfast in bed, or as a catch-all on the counter or table.
Tray (ready to be upcycled)
Fabulous Fabric (mine's from Hobby Lobby)
Mod Podge
Envirotex Lite High Gloss Resin 16 oz. kit

Begin by cutting a piece of fabric to fit snugly inside the tray.  A little border around the edges is great.  Then use Mod Podge and paint the tray, place the fabric down and cover it with more Mod Podge.  Let it dry completely.
Then read the instructions carefully for the resin.  Work in a well ventilated area, wear gloves, work on a disposable surface and follow the directions.
You will need stirring sticks and mixing cups as well.  Mix one part resin and one part hardener in one cup.  Mix well for two minutes.  Then pour the resin in the second mixing cup and use a new stick to stir again for one full minute.  Proper mixing is crucial to the outcome.
Then pour the mixed resin in the tray and tilt the tray to cover all the base of the tray.
Cover it with a board to prevent dust and debris landing in it while it cures.  Let it sit for 20 minutes, then remove the cover and use a heat gun to gently pop any bubbles that have surfaced.  Cover the tray again and let it cure for 24-48 hours.  (temperature plays a big part in how long curing takes)  Generally if it still smells like resin, it's not cured yet.
Once it's cured, it's ready to use!
Get some cookies, your journal and pens and head to the couch for some doodling, snacking and binge watching!
Once you've used high gloss resin, you'll want to put it on everything!  It is such a fun medium!
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Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints General Conference Bingo Cards!

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
General Conference Bingo Cards!
There's 8 different layouts, so the family will get BINGO at different times!
 If you are LDS or know about the Mormons...
You'll know there is a World wide broadcast twice a year,
called General Conference.
It's held for 4 sets of 2 hour sessions...2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday 
(with a priesthood session on Saturday night as well)
It will be held March 31st and April 1st.
We watch it live streamed online...LDS.org
We love Conference and are commonly doing crafts while we listen.
My kids enjoy doing Conference Bingo...so I made up 8 varieties.
Print them off...laminate them if you want!
If you laminate, you can use dry erase markers to mark what's been said!
I made them simple color schemes and white backgrounds
so it is gentle on your printer to print them off!
 Give each child one...and some candy, buttons, 
or some other kind of place-marker.
Then as the speakers say the key words the kids can mark them off!
My kids love to go for black out! 
We like to buy candy like m&m's or smarties as the markers...
but for older kids, 
I have them put one candy on each square and when they
 hear the word, they can eat that treat!
 Free printables, right click to save off...8 varieties!
Personal use only please.

 And these last 2...if you want them 4 on a page!
Great for Conference packets or to pass out in Primary!

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Transform Home with Natural Area Rugs

I received a rug from Natural Area Rugs in exchange for this post.
All opinions are my own.
You can instantly change the look of a room with a great rug.  During the cold winter a plush, soft rug is just what we need to help keep our feet warm on the wood floors.  This is the Grandeur Contemporary Rug in white.  I love it--it's so thick, soft and deep.
It makes the space cozier and gives a soft place to sit on the ground.  Perfect for homes like mine that have no carpet.  Low pile rugs, outdoor rugs and runners are available at Natural Area Rugs.
I mean, if this doesn't sell you on how wonderful it is, nothing will.  This rug vacuums well with a high shag setting.
I love to instantly update, transform and make over my space with one simple, yet fabulous rug!

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