Frame And Display A Love Letter

Frame and display a love letter

The problem with love letters is that they get tucked into a box only to be read once every few years. Why not pull them out and put them on display where they can be enjoyed all the time?

My brother-in-law started a tradition where he writes a love letter (I’m not sure if he calls it that) to his kids on their birthday. He shares stories from the year, personality traits they developed that year, and whatever else he wants to write about. He writes their name and which birthday it is and seals it up. He stores it in a safe and on his kids’ 18th birthday, they will receive 18 letters, one from each birthday over the past 18 years. It will be like a diary of their life through the eyes of their dad.

I just loved that idea and got his permission to copy it :)

Early one morning, before anyone else was awake, I was writing my daughter’s birthday letter. Writing these letters is always fun because it’s a few precious minutes to just reflect on that person and on the year we shared. I think its easy to get so caught up in the day to day of tending to our kids physically and emotionally that we really don’t get the chance to just completely focus on their strengths in a gushing, lovey-dovey kind of way.

As I was finishing up my letter, my daughter came downstairs. I remember feeling more in love with her than ever. It’s amazing what a little focus on a person’s good qualities can do for your state of mind and the relationship.

That got me thinking…This might be a good exercise to do with all of the people in our lives, especially the difficult ones. Having trouble with a coworker, boss, or feisty child? Try writing them a love letter in the morning forcing yourself to list all of their good qualities, and only their good qualities. This isn’t easy, but you might just notice a big shift in your relationship.

Anyway, about my project. :)

My daughter’s walls were bare and needing some lovin’ and I decided to frame a love letter to her and display it on the wall for her to read and enjoy. Now this would be a much better idea if she could actually read, but I overlook details sometimes!

To begin, I wrote a letter and typed it out on the computer. I decided to highlight the character traits of my daughter in pink so those stood out from the text.

Frame and display a love letter

Next, I took an old brown picture frame and painted it white. I wanted to paint the inner section of the frame silver but went with hot pink at the last minute. Once that dried, I put the letter into the frame and hung it in the center of the room.

Frame and Display a love letter

I scrounged around the garage and found some other random frames I had (most didn’t have glass) and just painted them silver, white, pink and one copper. I arranged the frames around the letter to create a wall collage.

Frame and display a love letter

And that was it.

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Frame and Display a love letter

Now her walls, and hopefully her heart, are full.

 

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Make a Balloon Bouquet

If flowers are your go-to gift for holiday celebrations, you might want to consider a balloon bouquet. It definitely brings the “party” to any room you enter with it.How to Make a Balloon Bouquet

All you need is:
A vase
Some pebbles, sand, or gems to fill the vase with
Balloons
Sticks  (Head outside. They are free.)

First, fill your vase about 1/4 of the way with your pebbles, sand, or gems. Set aside.

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Next, blow up a balloon and as you begin to tie the knot, wrap the long knot area (whatever that part of the balloon is called!) around the top of one of your sticks. I would wrap it around once or twice and then tie the knot.

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Your knot will be holding the balloon securely on the stick.Make a Balloon Bouquet for parties-Maggie May's Gifts

Add one or two more balloon onto the same stick for a full effect.

Your knot will be holding the balloon securely on the stick.

Repeat on about 5-8 sticks (depending on how big your vase is).

Arrange the sticks in your vase and there you go!

Your knot will be holding the balloon securely on the stick.

Now your get together is a celebration.

How to make a balloon bouquet

How cute is my 88 year old grandpa, by the way? :)

How to make a balloon bouquet

Not only are these festive, they also last a lot longer than flowers. Fun fact: I gave my grandpa this bouquet last November and they still have the vase on their table with most of the balloons still intact. They are smaller but definitely still there. It’s the party that just won’t quit!

 

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50 Life Lessons Shared By Regina Brett

You may recognize this image that has been floating around the internet for years. It usually precedes a list of life lessons shared by a 90 year old woman. Regina Brett's Life Lessons Turns out, someone just assumed it was a 90 year old woman. Or they assumed only a 90 year old was qualified to dole out life lessons, so they changed her age on the viral post. Either way, this list of life lessons was actually written by Regina Brett, an author and journalist from Cleveland, Ohio,  when she was 45 years old and newly diagnosed with cancer. It’s a great list of reminders and it is worth re-reading regularly.

50 Lessons from God Never Blinks

  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
  9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
  10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
  13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
  16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
  17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
  18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
  19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
  23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
  24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
  27. Always choose life.
  28. Forgive everyone everything.
  29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  33. Believe in miracles.
  34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
  35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
  36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.
  37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
  38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
  39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  45. The best is yet to come.
  46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  49. Yield.
  50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift..

If you enjoy little nuggets of wisdom like this, you may enjoy some of Regina Brett’s books. God Never Blinks-Regina Brett Be the Miracle-Regina Brett God is Always Hiring-Regina Brett Who do you all enjoy reading or listening to when you need a little pick-me-up? What inspirational book have you read over and over?

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Make Sparkle-Toed Shoes With Glitter and Mod Podge

Somehow I have accumulated about a dozen pairs of ballet flats and they are all either grey, black or brown. I wanted to play around with a pair to see if I could add a little pop of color.

Not long ago, I made sparkle dresser knobs with only some Mod Podge and glitter and they were really easy so I thought I’d see if it would work on shoes.

All you need is a pair of ballet flats, Mod Podge, and glitter. With spring on the way, I chose a pastel blend of glitter.

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If you want to trace a half moon on the tips of the shoes with pencil to make sure they are the same, go ahead. If you’re like me and don’t want another step and really don’t need them to be perfect, just grab your Mod Podge (or DIY Mod Podge) and get started.

Using a sponge brush (or any type of small paint brush), paint a half moon shape with glue onto the shoe.

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Then immediately sprinkle your glitter all over the gluey area and press down to really make it hold.

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You’ll probably have some stray sparkles on the shoes, so just wipe those off with a wet paper towel.

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Let that dry and put another layer of Mod Podge on top of the glitter. It will look white, but it will dry clear. This will seal your sparkles down.

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Let that dry and you are done! Super simple.

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So, on days where you don’t want to worry about what to wear, throw on a black shirt and black pants and let your shoes do the talking. :)

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How to Make Little Drawers Out of Tissue Boxes

I recently shared a way to use Kleenex boxes to decorate your home. For that project, I cut the box up to make a photo mat and a decorative votive candle (decoration only). Make home decor from a Kleenex boxAfter I shared the post, Kleenex reached out to let me know that they have a new line designed by Betsey Johnson. They mailed me a few samples for inspiration, which I was excited about because they definitely are bright and cheerful. Plus, I love a challenge.

My mom had given me some cabinet knobs that she was done with and I thought it would be fun to use them somehow with these boxes. The shape and size of the boxes actually make perfect, little drawers. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts All I did was cut a tiny hole in the middle of the box. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts When I put the screw through, I realized it was too long and the knob kind of just hung there. I lucked out and found these wing nuts in our garage and it worked perfectly. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts I put the wing nut on the part of the screw that is on the inside of the box and then tightened it to make the knob secure. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts Here is one of her other designs with a knob installed. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts The knob actually comes in handy if you keep your Kleenex stored a little higher. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts You can grab it easily. Plus, it gives a fun, decorative look for the bathroom or any room. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts These boxes fit perfectly in this shelf over my desk. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts You can use one for tissues and use the other empty ones for office supplies, candy, pens, or whatever you want. Make drawers out of Kleenex boxes-Maggie May's Gifts I have a couple more ideas for these boxes that I’ll share later. So, if you’re not sick of tissue box ideas yet….stay tuned. :)

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A Creative Way to Use Up Your Celery Stalk Ends

I was cutting celery the other day and my 4 year old kept saying, “It’s a flower.”

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I couldn’t figure out what she was talking about until she pointed to the end I cut off and said we could make flowers with it.

DSC07051I was a little surprised and thought, “Well, aren’t you a smartie?!”

We got some paint and paper and got to work.

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We just poured a little acrylic craft paint onto a plate and dipped the cut-off part of the celery stalk into it. I had to trim a few of the celery pieces down a little bit so it didn’t transfer as one big blob.

We stamped away and then washed it so we could layer our flowers with a different color.

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That gave us this look.

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We put them into frames and are going to enjoy them for a while :)

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So, next time you cut some celery, leave a little time for crafting afterwards :) This is a great way to make use of your scraps and have a little fun with your kids (or by yourself!)

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What is the most unusual item you have used in crafting? Please share in the comments!

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Spring Floral Craft Using Coffee Filters

Let’s get ready for spring (because we all are ready!) with a little flower craft. I had a lot of fun making winter wreaths using coffee filters, so I decided to play around with them again.

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The great thing about this project is that you may already have most of the items. I made these two big flowers using one diaper box, 2 yard sticks, 1 package of coffee filters, some acrylic paint and a hot glue gun (with plenty of glue sticks!). You will also want some packing tape for reinforcement.

First, I cut out 4 large circles and two squares (in the shape of a flower pot) from my diaper box. Here is the rough draft of the potted flower.

Make a floral craft using coffee filters http://maggiemaysgifts.comThen I painted my flower pots metallic gold using acrylic paint.

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Then it was time to get my coffee filter petals prepared.

Simply, take one coffee filter and smoosh it together in the center.

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Then staple in the center of your smooshed part :)

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Pour some acrylic paint (in whatever colors you want) onto a plastic plate and dip the ruffled ends into the paint.

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This gives you this colored tip.

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Set aside and let dry.

Once they are dry, start from the center of your cardboard circle and hot glue where the staple is onto the cardboard.

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Continue doing this kind of stacking the filters alongside each other until the cardboard is covered.

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You will end up with this very textured, colorful flower. Do this on each of your cardboard circles.

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Paint your yardstick green. Once dried, you can hot glue your gold flower pot and flowers onto the yardstick. The flowers are heavy so you will want to also reinforce the backs with packing tape.

You can prop them up somewhere or hot glue a large bent paperclip to make a hook for hanging on your door or in the house.

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Happy (almost) Spring!

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