Thursday, July 2, 2015

Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks...

My friend made a beautiful coffee filter garland for her daughter's birthday party. I loved everything about it and when I decided to throw a baby shower for my niece I gave it a shot. It was just as cheap and easy as I was hoping for.
Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower
Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower
You can find hundreds of instructions searching pinterest - they're all pretty much the same. Here's just a few tricks I learned in the process.

First off - I used 1000 filters (although not all of them ended up being strung, I ran out of time!) I used the larger filters that are for 12-16 cup coffee makers.

Many instructions tell you to put color water in spray bottles and spray the filters. This would've taken forever to dye 1000 filters. After dying 25 filters with a water bottle I became more efficient.
Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower
Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower
I mixed water and dye in a medium sized bowl. I then separated the filters out into groups of 50 (my filters came divided at 50 filters). I took the entire stack and dipped them in the bowl.
Each bowl of water covered 100 filters and then I would mix another bowl of water and dye. Each bowl had different ratios which gave a great color variance.

Some stacks I would dip just one side and let the color bleed to the other. Some stacks I only dipped the outside edges. Others stacks I saturated the whole stack.
Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower
I then separated that stack into smaller stacks and layed them across my backyard to dry.

Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower
Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower
They took a warm Arizona afternoon to dry and once they were dry I threw them in a large garbage sack.
Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower

Then it was time to string them. 1000 filters could make one 8 foot garland with really dense filters. I needed more than 8 feet so I spaced my filters using clear drinking straws cut into 1/2" sections.

Using fishing line and a sewing needle I strung 2 filters and then a 1/2" straw section, 2 filters, straw section...repeat.

The finished product was several 6 foot garlands that I hung from the ceiling using command strips.

They were the main focal point of the shower. The wow-factor. And they were so darling I couldn't bring myself to get rid of them. So...they're now sitting in my attic just waiting for someone else to have a baby boy so I can throw a party!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Let them be little...

Let me paint you a picture. It was a toasty afternoon - 114 degrees. The kids were swimming their little hearts out. They got out of the pool and I started getting the BBQ ready for dinner. I was rushing around prepping food and cleaning up before Steve walked in the door and I noticed I had a little shadow. He followed me outside to the BBQ, back inside to the sink to wash my hands, to my bedroom to put some things away, back outside to check on the BBQ. I didn't say a word to him but I watched his moves behind me. Finally, he said with a giggle and Hunter's hat on backwards, "I'm following you mommy, that's silly, huh?!"

I looked into his big dark eyes and got lost for just a second. Immediately the country song by Billy Dean started flowing through my head:
So let them be little 'cause they're only that way for a while
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh just let them be little


As soon as the words flowed through my head, my next thought was - he's not so little anymore.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Trip to the mechanic...

Our trip to the mechanic was supposed to be short and sweet - a simple tune-up (even then I tried to find a place for my kids to play during it but came up short). It was hot and there wasn't a waiting room. We found the only shade in sight and got situated. Our 20 minute visit turned into an hour turned into 2 1/2 hours. We were all hot. And although the morning as a whole was not what I was hoping for - and hope to never have to repeat - there were a couple of wins. The iPad videos weren't working which meant the default "watch a movie" wasn't an option.
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Hunter went right to work collecting "treasures" and building stuff. At first he was the only one interested, but once the others saw all the trinkets he was finding, they all started searching. Another win - the mechanic also happens to service a doughnut truck. The man showed mercy on these kids and gave them a box of doughnuts to help pass the time. Thank you doughnut man. We were prepared with water - but a treat was even better.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Pool hoppin'...

Arizona summers consist of seeing just how many pools you can jump in before you return to school. The pools are adding up quickly as we've taken friends up on most invitations for a swimming get together, not to mention the countless hours they spend in our own pool.

This particular day was spent breaking in our neighbors new pool. The kids agreed it won't be the last time they swim there!
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We clearly missed the sale on orange rash guards that the neighborhood stocked up on!
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Bennett must have jumped off these rocks 5o times - and every time he tried a new jump!
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It's still June and we've gone through three bottles of sunscreen. We've got a couple bottles left to use up.
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