Molar Bear Dentist Pun Shirt

Happy April Fool’s Day!

 

If you recall, last April 1 I participated in “TrendFest 2014″ with some bloggy friends, where we each tried to create a legit project out of as many craft trends as we possibly could.  Surprisingly, the result of that just-for-fun project – my mason jar pallet vase – is one of the most popular posts on my blog!

 

This year, a few of those same friends and I decided to do a “Pun Fest,” so I set to work searching for a great pun to turn into a crafty project.  And it just so happens that one of my good friends (who is a dentist) turned 30 last week, and I wanted to make him a birthday gift.  Kill two birds with one stone?  Why not!  Side note: a Google search for “dentist puns” will keep you entertained for quite a while!

 

Hilarious, "punny" shirt for a dentist or dental hygienist - the molar bear!

 

I decided on the hilarious pun and image of the “molar bear: fighting enamel cruelty” and I knew my friend would get a kick out of it.  So it was just a matter of creating the image and text in Silhouette Studio, cutting it out of heat transfer vinyl, and ironing it onto a pre-washed shirt.

 

Hilarious, "punny" shirt for a dentist or dental hygienist - the molar bear!

  Hilarious, "punny" shirt for a dentist or dental hygienist - the molar bear!

 

Presto, dentist pun t-shirt!  This would be a great gift for a dental hygienist, too.

 

Hilarious, "punny" shirt for a dentist or dental hygienist - the molar bear!

 

Hehe.  Enamel cruelty.  I love a good pun, don’t you?  (Thanks for instilling that all-important virtue in me from a young age, Dad.)

 

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My friends Kristy from Please Excuse My Craftermath and Deanna of From Wine to Whine are also sharing some clever pun projects today – hop on over for some more chuckles and groans! (Click on the photo to go to their posts)

 

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Bottle Tips from an EBF Mom

This post was sponsored by Playtex.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are completely my own! 

Really practical tips on bottle feeding for moms who are exclusively breastfeeding

 

I’m an “EBF” mom, which means I exclusively breastfeed my babies.  I’m proud to say that I breast fed my daughter for a year and a half!  And I plan to do the same with my 2 month old son.

 

Now, you may think that since I rarely give my baby a bottle, it’s a little odd that I’m writing a post all about bottles.  But actually, EBF babies can be the most difficult to bottle feed!  Babies that are used to the “real thing” can be really finicky about what types of nipples and bottles they’ll actually eat from.  I am no bottle expert, by any means – but I’ve done a lot of reading, tried a lot of bottles, and had a lot of advice passed on to me!  Of course, every baby is different and you need to adapt to do what’s best for your baby.  But here are some tips to consider when you are working on getting your little one to take a bottle.

 

Really practical tips on bottle feeding for moms who are exclusively breastfeeding

 

Introducing a bottle.  The experts say wait until breastfeeding is “well established” before introducing a bottle.  Once you feel like breastfeeding is going well and is comfortable for both you and your baby, it’s time to pump a bottle, give it to your husband (or another adult caregiver) and leave.  That’s right – go for a walk, go shopping, go sit on the front porch, but do your best to leave the house while somebody else gives the baby a bottle.  Having you in the same room with the baby may cause him/her to decide, “no way, I can smell mom, I know she’s right there, I want the real thing, not this imposter bottle!”  And I say leave the house, because I know when I hear my baby crying it is SO hard not to go try to help him stop – so just trust your hubby and go far enough away that you won’t be able to hear if baby is crying.  Once you’ve introduced a bottle – this is important – don’t stop giving the baby a bottle!!  My daughter took a bottle with no trouble when she was a few weeks old, and then the next time we went to give one to her (a few weeks after that) she would have nothing to do with it.  From then on, she never really took a bottle well.  So don’t forget to give baby a bottle every couple of days, or at least once a week.

 

Pumping a stash.  You definitely don’t need a fancy electric pump to do this – I have both a double electric pump and a single manual pump and much prefer the manual one – it’s just so much easier to get out, use, clean, and put away.  Anyway, it is a great idea to work some pumping into your routine to begin building a “stash” of pumped breast milk, even if you’re not planning to ever be away from your baby for extended amounts of time.  It gives you the freedom to go out on short notice – on a date with your hubby, for a longer shopping trip, or maybe even a mani/pedi!  Or perhaps your husband will get up for an early morning feeding and let you get a precious full night’s sleep.  Or you might want to have an occasional extra glass of wine with dinner.  Even in some kind of mild emergency situation (traffic, illness, injury) where you can’t get back to the baby in time for his next feeding, it’s good to know there’s breast milk in the freezer that his caregiver can use if necessary.  And as baby gets older, you can use it to mix in with homemade baby food purees, or even donate your excess to a milk bank or mom in need!

 

Choosing the right bottle.  Here’s where it can be REALLY overwhelming – there are so many different kinds of bottles out there!  You could literally spend hundreds of dollars on bottles and accessories.  While there are tons of different types of bottles out there, babies are very particular when it comes to the size and shape of the nipple they prefer.  We recently tried Playtex bottles and I really love the variety that they have available in their line, specifically in the Playtex Nipple Variety Pack.  In one affordable package, you get 4 different kinds of nipples to try with your baby and see what he/she likes best.  There’s the NATURALATCH® Nipple (Most like Mother®), ANGLED shape (for upright feedint), BREASTLIKE shape (designed to mimic the breast) and FULLSIZED shape (for wider mouths).  And all four nipples are a perfect fit for both the Playtex® VentAire and Playtex® Nurser with Drop-ins® Liners bottles, which are designed to reduce colic – good news for my gassy little boy!  In fact, in a study of 350 moms who tried Playtex® bottles, 96% of Moms found a nipple that baby liked within the Playtex Nipple Variety Pack, and 97% of Moms would recommend The Playtex Nipple Variety Pack to other moms!

 

  Really practical tips on bottle feeding for moms who are exclusively breastfeeding

 

Want to give Playtex a try?  Here’s your chance!  I’m giving away TWO Playtex® SureFeed™ Discovery Sets to ONE lucky winner! (One for the winner and one for her to give to a friend!) 

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The Playtex® SureFeed™ Discovery Set is the perfect gift set for registry with all you need to get feeding right from the start, all in one box!

Gift Set Includes:

(1) Playtex® Nipple Variety Pack
(1) VentAire® Bottle
(1) Nurser with Drop-Ins® Liners Bottle
(5) Drop-Ins® Liners.

 

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Do you have any other tips and tricks for bottle feeding from your own experiences?  Or if you’re already a Playtex user, what nipple/bottle combination works for your little one?

Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers

Looking for some Easter Basket ideas for your 2 or 3 year old?  Me too!  This is the first year our 2.5 year old will really understand the whole Easter Basket thing, and I want to get her some things that she’ll love and actually use for more than a day or two.  We focus on the story and meaning of Easter (the empty tomb!) and though I don’t think we’re going to even do the whole Easter Bunny thing with her, I still want to give her a few small things in an Easter Basket, just for fun!

 

Now, I don’t really like cheap, plastic-y, electronic toys – I much prefer toys that will encourage imaginative play and creativity.  So if you’re like me and you’re looking for some ideas for your little one, here’s a list of some things that will be in our little girl’s Easter Basket (along with some things she already has and loves)…and the best part is, they are all “mom-approved” – nothing electronic, nothing too expensive, and no candy!!

 

Great, non-candy ideas for a toddler's Easter Basket, perfect for 2 and 3 year olds.  Inexpensive, but nothing electronic or plastic-y - all quality toys!

 

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers

 

Magnetic Block Set - these are even great for babies as young as around 10 months.  They’re perfect for throwing in your purse for entertainment on the go, like waiting at a restaurant.

Jellycat Bunny - incredibly soft and cuddly, and perfect for Easter!

Books - throw in a few new books, like this one – such a cute book with a great message!

“Wood” Foam Blocks - a friend of ours has these and they are wonderful, especially if your kiddo is prone to throwing things :-)

Outdoor Toys - as the weather warms up, it’s a great time to replenish your stock of sidewalk chalk and bubbles!

Paint with Water Books - this is  a low-mess way for your little one to paint at the kitchen table.  My daughter has already gone through one of these books and is halfway through her second!

Wooden Puzzles – you can’t go wrong with wooden puzzles, especially when they’re learning their alphabet and colors at the same time!

Play Doh – my little girl loves Play Doh, and how cute are these little egg shaped containers?

 

 

I hope this list inspired you with some new ideas!  What are some of your favorite toys for 2 and 3 year olds?

 

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Heart Shaped “Word Cloud” Vinyl Word Art

I’ve been SLOWLY sharing elements of my 2.5 year old’s “big girl room” as I have a chance to add them to her room…we’re nearing the completion of her room and hopefully a big reveal will be coming soon!  Gosh this thing has been so drawn out, haha.  It’s been mostly-finished since she moved in before Christmas, but I’ve just got a few more things to add to the wall and a dust ruffle to make for her trundle bed.  The latest addition is what I’m sharing with you today – some personalized heart-shaped vinyl “word art” for above her bed!

Make a word cloud in any shape you want, then import it into Silhouette Studio and cut the words out of vinyl for beautiful, personalized word art!

I needed something special to put above my daughter’s bed – something that she wouldn’t outgrow, that would be meaningful as she got older, and that I could make just for her.  I came up with the idea to create a “word cloud” full of words that describe her but was kind of stuck on how to make it look good without spending hours and hours on the typography and layout.  Some quick googling led me to a terrific (and free!) online tool called Tagxedo that will create word clouds in specific shapes for you automatically!

 

Make a word cloud in any shape you want, then import it into Silhouette Studio and cut the words out of vinyl for beautiful, personalized word art!

 

It is a really amazing little program with so many possibilities!  You can pick from their large library of shapes or upload your own, and then under the “load” menu you can either type in the words that you want to use OR select a file or webpage to use as your text!  It allows you to exclude duplicate words, common words, or numbers if you’d like.  Then you can play around with the number of words you’d like in your word cloud, how tight together the words are placed, the size variation of the words, etc.  My favorite part was playing with the “respins” – it will randomly select another combination of fonts, or colors,  or re-scramble the words, or change their orientation.  AND it will keep track of your image’s “history” so if you keep respinning and decide you liked the first one the best after all, you can easily go back to it!

 

I spent a while playing with all the options and finally settled on a version with all uniform font and slightly larger letters to make the vinyl easier.  Then I saved it as a PNG and opened it with Silhouette studio to trace and make into a cut file.

 

I knew I wanted to use multiple colors of vinyl, so I went through my stash and decided on the 4 colors I wanted to use.

Make a word cloud in any shape you want, then import it into Silhouette Studio and cut the words out of vinyl for beautiful, personalized word art!

 

I selected my trace and picked “release compound path” to be able to manipulate each word individually – then I had to go back in and select all the pieces of each word and pick “make compound path” so I was able to easily fill them with color.  Then I randomly filled each word with one of my four colors – white, gray, light pink, or dark pink.

 

Make a word cloud in any shape you want, then import it into Silhouette Studio and cut the words out of vinyl for beautiful, personalized word art!

 

I grouped my words together and resized the whole image to be the actual size of my frame (16″ x 20″).  Then I duplicated it to keep a view of my final product and dragged the copy off to one side, and ungrouped the original image so that each word was it’s own shape.  Since the shape was bigger than my machine can cut (and it would waste a LOT of vinyl!) I sorted the words into their colors, then rotated and moved the words to condense them as much as possible.  Then it was easy to cut out the words from their corresponding color of vinyl.

 

Make a word cloud in any shape you want, then import it into Silhouette Studio and cut the words out of vinyl for beautiful, personalized word art!

 

After weeding, I saved time by applying transfer tape to the whole sheet of vinyl first, like this -

 

Make a word cloud in any shape you want, then import it into Silhouette Studio and cut the words out of vinyl for beautiful, personalized word art!

 

And then cutting out each individual word, like this -

 

Make a word cloud in any shape you want, then import it into Silhouette Studio and cut the words out of vinyl for beautiful, personalized word art!

So then I had a big pile of words, and somehow had to get them onto the glass of my floating frame in the right layout – easier said than done, right?  Actually not…I’ve discovered a super easy way of getting vinyl to line up PERFECTLY on glass.  You can read the full tutorial in this post.  Essentially, you just print out your design and tape it to the back of the glass, then apply your vinyl to the front.  Easy peasy!

 

Make a word cloud in any shape you want, then import it into Silhouette Studio and cut the words out of vinyl for beautiful, personalized word art!

It is SO difficult to take good photos of glass…so here is the final project with black paper behind it, so you can really see all of the words and how it turned out -

 

Make a word cloud in any shape you want, then import it into Silhouette Studio and cut the words out of vinyl for beautiful, personalized word art!

And here’s how it looks in it’s actual spot above the bed -

 

Make a word cloud in any shape you want, then import it into Silhouette Studio and cut the words out of vinyl for beautiful, personalized word art!

 

The vinyl on a floating frame is such a neat effect!  But I am most excited about the encouraging words that my daughter will see each day – once she can read, that is!  But in the meantime, you can be sure that we’ll be reading these words to her regularly so she knows what a smart, creative, and beautiful little girl she is.

 

Make a word cloud in any shape you want, then import it into Silhouette Studio and cut the words out of vinyl for beautiful, personalized word art!

I love all kinds of word art, don’t you?  I feel like it’s a little bit more accessible form of art that everyone (even non-artists like me) can attempt and be successful…though I am also head-over-heels in awe of true typography artists that can create incredible works of art using only letters!

 

The Silhouette Challenge Facebook Group

 

One of the things I love about my Silhouette is how well it lends itself to creating word art – vinyl lettering on all sorts of things, stencils on canvases, lettering on pallets, sketch pens on paper, heat transfer vinyl on shirts or tote bags…truly endless possibilities!  So I am really excited that this month’s Silhouette Challenge is all about “Word Art.”  Take some time to browse through the amazing projects below for lots of terrific word art inspiration!

 

St. Patrick's Day Gift Tag with {FREE Cut File} The Fine Print Mr. and Mrs. Word Art He is Risen Easter Silhouette Art DIY "Make Pretty Things" Graphic Tee Bride & Groom Baseball Shirts Using Sketch Pens (and Markers!) For Beginners Heart Shaped Vinyl Word Art Star Wars Light Switch - Silhouette Challenge Pallet Wood Roman Numeral Anniversary Sign how to cut LARGE Vinyl Decals Creating Labels with Sketch Pens - March Silhouette Challenge Ain't No Party Like A Gatsby Party T-Shirt DIY Faux Enamel Tags Harry Potter Word Art Where the Wild Things Are Pallet Sign "At Last" Framed Vinyl Word Art Lucky Pallet Sign St. Patrick's Day Etched Glass Jar Gift The Fault In Our Stars Inspired Shirt - Okay? Okay. Silhouette Craft Projects: Framed Irish Proverb Sketch out an Inspiring Quote

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What’s your favorite kind of word art?

 

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