10.29.2013

The Contractor Chronicles

Hello Friends!! Long time no see…. But I am back! Not back here… but at the new website that I mentioned in my “good bye” post! The Contractor (My husband, Spencer) and I have been busy working on projects for our house and we cannot wait to share them with you!!

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I would love for you to stop by and say hello and stick around as we fill our website with brand new exciting projects and show you how to do them too!

Amanda

6.12.2013

The End

I have thought long and hard about this decision and I feel like it is time to say goodbye from Every Creative Endeavor. I would say "bomb dropped" but with my lack of posting and enthusiasm lately you all probably saw the end coming a mile away!

While I was at SNAP a couple months ago I felt like now was the time for me to let go of this blog and move onto something I have been thinking about for a while. SNAP was really inspiring for me this year and I felt like ideas and thoughts just kept coming the whole entire time!

When I started this blog I had no idea what I was doing... if you could see behind the scenes and see how jumbled everything is on my end you would totally agree. There have been so many times that I have just wanted to start over and do it "right." So I am...

I am starting over, but not alone this time! I approached my husband with a few ideas and he is on board with those ideas (and a few of his own) as we begin a new chapter and a new website/blog called The Contractor Chronicles. It will be a Husband and Wife website full of Do-It-Yourself Material.

We have been actively working on the new site and new content the past month and hope to launch on the 9th of September. That seems so far away but the summer is really busy for us and we didn't want to "overload" our already full schedule.

I hope you will join the Contractor and I as we embark on our new adventure together. I am really excited about this new website as it will combine the things I love and I hope to get rid of the "torn" feeling I felt as I plugged away on this site.

I will not be deleting Every Creative Endeavor so you will still have that as a reference for any of my projects or recipes. However,  I am going to be moving all my social media over to the new site. Since there will not be anymore updates on the ECE twitter accounts and Facebook accounts... and since I still love all my followers/readers and hope you will follow me as I make this move... I figured I would take you with me and we can all start fresh and new together!

Thank you so much for reading me and encouraging me and being my friends! I love you guys!

Amanda


6.03.2013

Collapsible Growth Chart

Good morning and happy June! Sorry I disappeared for a few weeks – I have been so busy with my three little ones and my wonderful husband that blogging and crafting sort of took a big backseat! I felt like I was playing catch up and then finally just threw it out the window and decided that it was more important to play with my kids during the day and didn’t worry about it anymore. If my kids are like yours – then they are all growing faster than weeds and it sort of makes me want to burst into tears in a “I love that they are growing and learning new things and becoming their own people but its happening so quickly I might lock them up forever” kind of way. I am sure you all understand! So speaking of growing and getting bigger – I finally made a project that has been on my list for a while -

A Collapsible Growth Chart

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Growing up my family had a wall in our house where we would measure how tall we were. It was always so fun to see how much we had grown. But then we remodeled… and moved and the wall went away… as did our “growth chart.” I wanted something for my kids that could move with us but was still simple and easy to store. The collapsible growth chart is perfect because it simply folds in half and you can store it away.

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Using items I already had around my house I whipped this up in an afternoon. It was really pretty simple and I love the way it turned out.

Make A Collapsible Growth Chart

  • Cut a 6 foot pine board in half
  • Stain (or paint) the two boards your preferred color
  • Attach the boards together using piano hinges.
  • Use a measuring tape and mark your feet, halves, fourths, eighths and sixteenths
  • Use a permanent marker and draw your lines to the length you want using a ruler.
  • Add your vinyl numbers and a cute quote if you want and your done!

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I picked up my hinges at Home Depot. They come in a set of two and include the screws. I attached them to the back so when the chart is open there is a simple little seam that you can hardly notice.

I wanted to keep the chart simple but also wanted it to have a little bit of personality. I love quotes and thought it would be fun to add one about growing and came across this one.

“It take courage to grow up and become who you really are.” by e.e. cummings.

I love it for a lot of different reasons but mostly because the world we live in is scary and it will be hard for my kids to grow up in this day and age and make good choices and decisions when the world tells them not too. I want them to know they are brave to stand up for what they believe and I hope I can teach them that early on in life and pray they remember it always!

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How do you guys document your kids growth… or do you? Do you have a wall like we did? or do you do it some other way?

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5.02.2013

Etched Root Beer Mug {Gift Idea!}

I wrote this post as part of a sponsored campaign with Plaid and The Blueprint Social. All opinions and love of Martha Stewart Crafts are my own.

Father’s Day is coming up next month and I have been thinking about handmade ideas for my dad and my husband. Sometimes it is hard to come up with a handmade items for the boys since usually men aren’t “crafty!” I was in the store the other day and saw some bottles of Dad’s Root Beer and the gift just came together in my head – How about a personalized root beer float!?! I knew the Martha Stewart Crafts would be perfect for this project!


I used the Martha Stewart glass etching cream to make etch “Dad’s” onto the ginormous mug I found! The etching part was so easy and worked liked a charm.

How to etch glass
In 6 easy steps you can etch your own glass as well:
1. Pick your lettering Stencil – and peel off a little bit of the border for a straight line.
2. Apply your straight line – using a tape measure to make sure it’s straight.
3. Apply your stencil letters.
4. Spread your Martha Stewart Etching cream EVENLY into your stencil – using your glass paint brushes.
5. Wait 15 minutes and peel off the stencil.
6. Wash off the extra cream and ENJOY!

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

 

Martha Stewart Crafts has a whole line of glass paint, etching cream, stencils and brushes at Michaels to pick from. One of my concerns was that I would only be able to uses the stencil one time… but nope! They are adhesive backed and are sort of plastic-y so they cleaned up perfect and applied back onto the sheet as if I hadn’t even used them. I love that!!


For more totally awesome Mother’s Day and Father’s Day ideas follow along with PLAID on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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For even more projects - click on these fun projects as well!

Love for Lilies

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of iBulb for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.



There is always an occasion for a girl to recieve a bouquet of amazing flowers - whether it be Mother's Day (coming up!), birthdays, anniversaries, or just because you're loved!  I love getting flowers of all kinds - but I admit, getting an arrangement where I know my husband was thinking "outside" the box is even better! Which is why I love the idea of lilies, gladiolus and irises instead of picking up some plain jane roses. 



Lilies, gladiolus and irises make beautiful arrangements for your home and add much needed color so easily and with minimal effort! They brighten up any space and can make anyone happy! Why wait for your significant other to purchase some flowers?? Head out right now and pick up some fun arrangements for each room in your home! I love the many different colors and styles each one comes in. I also adore how many different looks you can create simply by adding a few fun colors to a simple clear vase with some ribbon! 


These fun flowers come in potted bulbs as well. Buying potted bulbs is a great gift idea for women who want the beauty of flowers but don't want to take care of them. Not sure what potted bulbs are? They are lilies, gladiolus and irises (and others) that you can plant in darling little pots inside your home and will bloom for a period of time. The best part is... when they have died back inside, you can replant them in another pot for next year or take them out to your garden to enjoy every Spring. I think it is such a great idea to watch them pop up every spring and have that bright little reminder of the reason you received them in the first place. And when they bloom... why not cut off a few and bring them inside? You can find potted bulbs at grocery stores, garden centers and flower shops. 



Visit this Pinterest page for more bulb inspiration and ideas!

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