Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared every week and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week!!

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16 Summer Salads

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Summer barbecues are the best! Getting together with friends and family and sharing delicious food is always something to look forward to. If you're in charge of bringing the salad to your next get-together, you're in luck! Today I'm sharing 16 delicious summer salads that I'm sure will be a hit at any barbecue, or even just for a quiet dinner at home.

16 Summer Salads at artsyfartsymama.com

1. Berry Delicious Fruit Salad from Dizzy Busy and Hungry
2. Chicken Taco Pasta Salad with Catalina Dressing by Chelsea's Messy Apron
3. Grandma's Potato Salad by Julie's Eats & Treats
4. Pasta Chicken Salad by Artsy-Fartsy Mama
5. Pesto Pasta Salad by The Pioneer Woman
6. Caprese Chicken Pasta Salad by The Blond Cook
7. Easy Bacon Pea Pasta Salad by Simply Stacie
8. Berry Almond Salad with Chia Seed Vinaigrette by Dinner, Dishes, and Desserts
9. Ginger Sesame Chicken Salad by Your Homebased Mom
10. Italian Ham Pasta Salad by Sarah Titus
11. BBQ Chicken Salad by I Heart Nap Time
12. Arugula Pasta Salad by Two Peas & Their Pod
13. Ranch BLT Pasta Salad by Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice
14. PiƱa Colada Salad by Artsy-Fartsy Mama
15. Buffalo Style Pasta Salad by 3 Boys and a Dog
16. Mom's Macaroni Salad by Favorite Family Recipes


JORD Wood Watches

JORD Wood Watch Review at artsyfartsymama.com #JordWatch

I'm a sucker for unique pieces of jewelry. Jord Wood Watches are made from all-natural wood, which makes them beautifully different from all the other rubber & metal watches out there. They come in multiple creative styles and designs for both men and women. Each watch has scratch resistant faces and are splash proof (not waterproof). The grain and colors of the woods vary so your watch is definitely unique to you!

JORD Wood Watch Review at artsyfartsymama.com #JordWatch

I chose the Ely watch in black, and I couldn't be happier with it! Though it is made of wood, it is surprisingly lightweight and I love that it can be worn with everyday clothes or with something a little more dressed up.



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I received the JORD Wood Watch in exchange for my honest review. As usual, all opinions are 100% my own.


DIY Dollhouse

Entertainment Center to DIY Dollhouse and Dress-Up Cabinet from artsyfartsymama.com #upcycle #dollhouse #Barbiehouse

This is my very first *big* furniture makeover, and I'm SO thrilled with how it turned out!! I can see why these kinds of projects can be addictive. It's so fun to see a piece of old, worn out furniture transformed into something new and beautiful!! My daughter has fallen in love with this dollhouse with a dress-up cabinet and we have so much fun playing together with it.

Entertainment Center to DIY Dollhouse and Dress-Up Cabinet from artsyfartsymama.com #upcycle #dollhouse #Barbiehouse

As with any furniture makeover, it's always fun to see the before & after shot. We found this old entertainment center next to a dumpster in surprisingly pretty good condition. The glass was missing from the left door, but that's really not a huge deal.

With a lot of people switching to larger flat screens, these types of entertainment centers are becoming a little useless. Because of that, you can most likely find one in a dumpster, on any yard sale site, or at a goodwill for cheap or even free!!

Every piece of furniture is unique, so take into consideration the type of wood, finish, and color/previous paint jobs into consideration before jumping into the project. Do a little research on the best ways to prep the piece, get the right paints, and what types of tools you'll need before starting to prevent any disasters.

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First, remove all the doors and shelves. Sand the entire entertainment center, inside and out with a 400 grit sandpaper. You're just trying to rough up the surface to help the paint stick better. Then, wipe the entire piece down with a damp cloth to remove any loose dust.

If you have any holes or scratches, this would be the time to use wood putty to fill them in.

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We painted with a primer paint combo using a 2 inch brush and a microfiber roller. The rollers give it a smoother paint finish, and the brush works great for covering the edges and corners. Since the primer and paint are combined, you only need to use one paint instead of two. Make sure to let the paint dry between coats. We ended up using about 3 coats so that it would be sure to stand up to my daughter and her dolls beating it up.

My daughter really wanted to be a part of this project, so we let her help do some of the painting! She loved that she was able to help and I love that it wasn't too hard to fix toddler painting skills after she was done.

Entertainment Center to DIY Dollhouse & Dress-Up Cabinet from artsyfartsymama.com #upcycle #dollhouse #Barbiehouse

To create a space for dress-up clothes and accessories, we installed a very DIY closet rod at the top of the left cabinet. First, we attached closet pole sockets to each side of the cabinet. Make sure they are level (or close to it), or your clothes won't be hanging very straight. Then, we placed a 1 1/4" PVC pipe cut 18" long inside and can easily hang up all the princess dresses with ease.

DIY Dollhouse from artsyfartsymama.com #upcycle #dollhouse #Barbiehouse

Measure the opening of the TV area for height and width. To create the four rooms of the dollhouse, you'll need to cut two interlocking pieces of 16" wide 3/4" Melamine. Cut one piece to fit the height, and the other for the width. Mark the center of each board and cut an opening about 7/8" wide with a jigsaw to the middle of the board.

DIY Dollhouse from artsyfartsymama.com #upcycle #dollhouse #Barbiehouse

After both boards have been cut, they should look like the one above. Put the boards together to form a + and make sure the edges match. If not, you might need to cut one of the boards a little more to fit.

Place the board that fits the height of the TV area in first. Make sure it's centered, then put in the cross piece (see finished picture below to see how it should look). Once the pieces are in place, attach them to the top and sides with wood screws.

DIY Dollhouse from artsyfartsymama.com #upcycle #dollhouse #Barbiehouse

To finish the back of the dollhouse, we used wainscoting measured to fit the backside of the opening. The dress-up cabinet backing stayed in place, otherwise we would have used this for that, too. Attach the wainscoting to the back with 3/4" nails.

DIY Dollhouse from artsyfartsymama.com #upcycle #dollhouse #Barbiehouse

We gave the dollhouse some fancy flooring by gluing on some pieces of linoleum cut to fit each room. We started by using some spray adhesive, but the edges kept popping up so we needed to use some stronger glues to keep them in place. My best advice is to use stronger adhesives in the beginning, and place some heavy books or clamps holding the linoleum in place until the glue is dry.

DIY Dollhouse from artsyfartsymama.com #upcycle #dollhouse #Barbiehouse

Instead of putting glass back into the dress-up cabinet, we went with some Plexiglas instead since I knew my daughter would most likely slam it shut at least once. Plexiglas can be cut at most hardware stores for free, so measure the openings before you go! Place the Plexiglas in with mirror mounting hardware.

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Reattach the  cabinet doors and put the shelf back in the dress-up cabinet. Then, add some new knobs to the cabinet doors, and your new dollhouse is ready for fun!! 

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The dress-up clothes and every accessory she'll need are now organized, which makes it easy to find whatever she needs and makes clean-up even easier! There's even room for a box of doll clothes for when her dolls need to get in on the dress-up fun, too!

Entertainment Center to DIY Dollhouse and Dress-Up Cabinet from artsyfartsymama.com #upcycle #dollhouse #Barbiehouse

We found some bins on clearance that fit perfectly in the bottom cabinets for all her Barbie dolls and accessories. We're working on a bunch more furniture and seating arrangements for the Barbies, but for now, check out these simple tutorials for the Barbie bed and the Barbie couch & chair!


Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared every week and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week!!

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Kids Fruit Jewelry

Kids Fruit Jewelry Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #kidscraft #summer

I think summertime is one of the most colorful seasons. I love seeing all the bright colors in the clothes, decorations, and especially the food! When my daughter saw these cute fruit beads, she wanted to make some fun summer jewelry with it. Of course I obliged, and she had so much fun creating some new summer accessories!

Kids Fruit Jewelry Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #kidscraft #summer

Supplies:
1mm Stretch Magic elastic cord
Fruit Beads (found at Wholeport)
Super Glue

Kids Fruit Jewelry Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #kidscraft #summer

Cut a 10-12" length of elastic cord, and tie a double or triple knot at one end. Pull the knot tight, and add a drop of super glue. Hold tight for a minute or so until the glue is dry. This will help keep your knot from coming undone.

Kids Fruit Jewelry Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #kidscraft #summer

Now your kids can have at it! Dump the beads out on a table, and let your child string the fruit beads to create some "sweet" jewelry! This could also be a great activity for smaller children to create patterns with the fruit.

**Ignore the cheesy fingers - we obviously are big fans of crafting and snacking!!

Kids Fruit Jewelry Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #kidscraft #summer

Add beads until the bracelet fits around their wrist comfortably. Since each bead is a different size and shape, it's hard to say exactly how many you'll need. Finish off the bracelet by double or triple knotting the ends together and seal with a drop of super glue.

Kids Fruit Jewelry Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com #kidscraft #summer

My daughter has loved wearing her fruit jewelry this summer. Plus, this was a fun project to keep her little hands busy, and it goes quickly enough that these would even be great for your kids to make for their friends!

I received product from Wholeport. All opinions are my own.
 

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared every week and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week!!

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Kids Bedroom Decor with Wallternatives

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We just moved into a new house, and I love how after a little fresh paint, it's kind of a blank canvas. We've collected a lot of wall art in my daughter's previous room, but I'm ready to make a change to her room decor instead of trying to make it all work here in a new place.

As soon as I saw these Colorful Woodblock Alphabet WallPrints Fabric Decals from Wallternatives, I knew they would be the perfect place to start on getting my daughter's new room to feel more like home!! I love the colors, and the different patterns and fonts. Plus, it's the alphabet!! So fun for any kids bedroom or playroom decor!! This set comes in three sizes (we used the large size), and also comes in blue for the boys!

Kids Bedroom Decor with Wallternatives at artsyfartsymama.com #Wallternatives

Wallternatives are an affordable, and easy way to add wall decor to your home without a lot of effort. These particular decals are called WallPrints Fabric Decals, and are made of premium polyester fabric instead of a paper or vinyl. The adhesive on fabric decals is repositionable, removable, and reusable. Yes, I just said reusable!!

The decals arrived rolled up, so we laid them out on the floor to flatten before applying them to the wall. I was pleasantly surprised hat it took almost no time at all before they were ready to go!

Kids Bedroom Decor with Wallternatives at artsyfartsymama.com #Wallternatives

First, we made a plan on how to lay out the design. The great thing about most of the Wallternative designs is that there is no rule on how they have to be placed. YOU decide on how to arrange the design! Each square was about 12", so it was pretty easy to do the math.

Using a tape measurer, a level, a pencil, and a really long box as a ruler, we marked a line where the tops of the decals needed to be placed. It's the most frustrating thing to work hard hanging up some wall art to find that it's completely crooked when you're done. So, measure two (or three) times, make sure the line is level, and then make sure again.

Peel the first square off the backing, and line the top left corner up on your marks. If you accidentally stick it on crooked, you can peel it off and reposition it and it sticks just as great as it did the first time. Smooth out any bubbles with your hand, or peel and re-stick if necessary. If you accidentally fold the decal on itself, don't panic! You can pull it apart without a problem and without having to cry in the corner. It will stick on perfectly. Since it is a fabric material, it doesn't peel, rip, or even show wrinkles or folds!

Kids Bedroom Decor with Wallternatives at artsyfartsymama.com #Wallternatives

Line up the next letter decals using the top line and the previous decal as a guide. As long as you marked your lines right, they should go on without any worry of them being crooked.

Kids Bedroom Decor with Wallternatives at artsyfartsymama.com #Wallternatives

I wanted the next row to be staggered, so once the top line is done, center the next decal between the first and second squares. Luckily, the "K" design had a center already marked, so we used that one first to get the placement started. Keep using the other decals as your guide, and it should be no problem at all and seems to go pretty quick.

Kids Bedroom Decor with Wallternatives at artsyfartsymama.com #Wallternatives

Place the last line of decals, and make sure they're all stuck on smoothly. Once they're all in place, you're done!! Stand back and admire your work. I absolutely love these Colorful Woodblock Alphabet WallPrints Fabric Decals, and am so excited to finish decorating my daughter's room!

I received the decals from Wallternatives in exchange for this post, but all opinions are my own.


12 Free Father's Day Printables

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Father's Day is on it's way! Do you have any gift ideas in mind? If not, you can print off any of these 12 FREE Father's Day printables that will make a great gift for dad (or grandpa)!

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1. Tie-riffic Father's Day Set from Amanda's Parties To Go!
2. Free Printable All About Dad Book from Eighteen 25
3. Father's Day Stache Jar from Artsy-Fartsy Mama
4. Father’s Day Card & Gift Tag Printable from Elegance and Enchantment
5. “I’m Tied To You” Printable from The 36th Avenue
6. Father’s Day Mountain Dew Printable from Poofy Cheeks
7. Father's Day Treat Jar from My Sister's Suitcase
8. Printable Father's Day Cards from Landeelu
9. "I'm Nuts About You" Father's Day Printable from Designing, Dining + Diapers
10. Father's Day Countdown from Somewhat Simple
11. You're the Best Pop Father's Day Printable from A Pumpkin and A Princess
12. Father's Day Questionnaire from Fab N' Free


Summer Lovin' Word Set

Summer Lovin' Word Set at artsyfartsymama.com #summer #WoodCreations

It's always a lot of fun creating new decor for a new season! As soon as I saw this Summer Lovin' Set from Wood Creations, I knew I just needed to have it. The design is adorable, and besides the fact that it literally says, "summer", the sun and watermelon shapes mixed with the fun colors just bring the summer season into our home (without the heat)!

Even if you aren't much of a crafter, these word sets are so fun to put together and are easy to customize to fit your decor style. Wood Creations has three store locations (2 in Utah, 1 in Idaho), and they can also ship the unfinished sets to you if you don't live near the stores.

Summer Lovin' Word Set at artsyfartsymama.com #summer #WoodCreations

The set arrives ready to go, but I always do a little light sanding the edges of all the letters and pieces of the set.

Paint all the pieces with acrylic paints. I usually only need to do about two coats on each piece for full coverage. If you are covering with papers, you won't need to paint the fronts (unless you really want to). Let the paint dry completely between coats and before you start on any other steps.

Summer Lovin' Word Set at artsyfartsymama.com #summer #WoodCreations

I had some really cute papers and really wanted to cover the sun piece and the back of the watermelon with them. So, I took a chance and traced the papers and stuck them on the wood pieces with Mod Podge. Luckily, they turned out great!!

I'll be honest with you: I do not have the best record of successful Mod Podge/paper crafts. I usually mess it up somehow, or hate how it turns out, and end up ripping it off and starting over. So, when I really want to cover something, I try to do it in small pieces... I envy all you with the skills to do it perfectly!! So, honestly, I can't really give you any tips. Just keep practicing, I guess!! If you have any great tips to share, please leave me a comment! I need all the help I can get.

Summer Lovin' Word Set at artsyfartsymama.com #summer #WoodCreations

I covered the rest of the letters, front of the watermelon, and the back/rays of the sun with glitters. I just love how they look all together, sparkling when the light hits it. So fun!!

Glittering is pretty simple, and I'd like to think fool-proof. With a sponge brush, paint the front of the letter/shape with an even coat of Mod Podge. Place the letter/shape on a scrap piece of paper, and pour the glitter over the entire letter. Let sit for a minute or two, then stand the letter up on the paper and gently tap the letter to shake off any excess glitter. Then, carefully roll the paper into a cone to funnel the glitter back into the container.

Set the letter/shape somewhere where it won't be bumped or bothered for a few hours (or overnight if you're nervous about it). Then, place all the pieces onto a scrap piece of cardboard and give them a few coats of clear spray paint to seal in the glitter. This really helps so you don't have a huge mess of glitter every time you move the letters around.

The Summer Lovin' Set also comes with vinyl. Apply the vinyl to the block, the front of the sun, and the watermelon. The watermelon front was covered in glitter, but I added a bit more clear spray paint to help it be a more even surface for the vinyl to stick to - and it worked great!!

Glue the front of the watermelon to the larger watermelon piece, and the sun pieces together with some E6000 or hot glue. Then, glue the sun onto the "S". Let dry completely, and your Summer Lovin' Set is complete!!

Summer Lovin' Word Set at artsyfartsymama.com #summer #WoodCreations

I love this set so much, that I think one of YOU should get the chance to make one, too!! Wood Creations is so awesome to let me give one of these Summer Lovin' Sets to one lucky reader. The giveaway will end on Friday, June 13th (who says Friday the 13th has to be bad luck??)


Wood Creations sent me this set in exchange for this review. All opinions and images are my own.


Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared every week and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week!!

READ MORE TO JOIN THE PARTY!


Free Printable Summer Bingo

Who's excited for summertime?! Playing games is a fun way to keep the kids entertained, and Bingo is always one of our favorite games to play. I had a lot of fun putting this Summer Bingo set together. With the game being all images, it's easy for kids of all ages to play! So go grab some buttons or candy, print out the Bingo sets, and get playing!

Free Printable Summer Bingo at artsyfartsymama.com #summer #freeprintable #printable #bingo

Just like my Halloween BingoThanksgiving Bingo, Christmas BingoEaster Bingo, and Birthday Bingo, I'm sure this version will be a hit with everyone, young and old!

Download the Summer Bingo Set
(single PDF file includes 8 Bingo cards and calling pieces)


I've gotten a lot of requests to make more than 8 Bingo cards for larger groups that will be playing Bingo. To help solve this problem without having to create a whole bunch of card designs, I've put together a version that will make it easy for everyone to customize their own Bingo card.

Free Printable Summer Bingo at artsyfartsymama.com #summer #freeprintable #printable #bingo

Print out the Blank Summer Bingo Set, which comes with a blank card (with the "free" space already added), all 24 Bingo pieces, and the calling cards. Print out the cards on cardstock, and the Bingo pieces on cardstock or regular copy paper.

Cut the Bingo pieces by following the lines. Glue the pieces wherever you want on the card with glue stick or Elmer's glue until all the spaces (except the "free" space) are covered. This would be a fun activity for older kids to do all on their own. Younger children will need some assistance with the cutting, but my daughter had no problem gluing all the pieces down herself.

(single PDF file includes blank Bingo card, Bingo pieces, and calling pieces)

Free Printable Summer Bingo at artsyfartsymama.com #summer #freeprintable #printable #bingo

Game Instructions 
1. Pick some kind of object to mark your squares: buttons, candy, beans, M&Ms, wrapped candy, cereal, or any other small items work great!
2. Give each player a Bingo card and markers (or put your own together with the DIY set). Have each player put a marker over the free space.
3. The caller will draw a calling piece and announce the item on the card. Each player will cover that item on their card with a marker. Once a player has 5 squares covered in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), they call out "BINGO!" and win the game!

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you post this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to my blog.

Download Instructions:
On the top left under "File", click the "Download" option. A pop-up window should appear. Make sure the "Save File" option is selected, then click OK to download.

To lengthen the life of the prints, I would recommend printing the Bingo cards and calling pieces on cardstock and then laminating. All files are 8.5x11 inches and put together in a single PDF format.


Have fun!! Would love to hear from you if you play using my printable!


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