Endless Summer Projects: Screen Printed Tees | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

I am head-over-heels giddy about this project. These screen printed tees have been in the works for months! It started out with wanting to use some cute animal shapes on tees for Sweet J and it morphed to so much more. Lollipops, ice cream cones and cute glass of lemonade got mixed in with the lion, croc and hippo (plus a slice of pie, giraffe, rhino, popsicle and watermelon).

I love making tees for my children. As a lover of simple design, I get frustrated sometimes when I can’t find designs I like. This project allows me the freedom to keep it simple. Plus, the tees can include items my children like and they can help decide how they look.

Endless Summer Projects: Screen Printed Tees | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

This project is a lot of preparation; it takes some time to get to the fun part, which is painting the shirts, of course. However, the steps I’ve laid out will help you create screens that can be used now and in future screen printing projects.

Endless Summer Projects: Screen Printed Tees | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

Endless Summer Projects: Screen Printed Tees | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

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Making Jam | this heart of mine

Over the holiday weekend, I tried something new. It’s not hard to figure out, if you take in the visual cues and the post title, so I’ll just come out and say it: I made my first batch of strawberry jam. All by myself. And it turned out deliciously. After we picked strawberries last Thursday evening, we had around 20 pounds of strawberries to use. The berries were delicious. Deep red all the way through and so very sweet however, that is a lot of berries to just eat. So I tried jam.

I watched my parents can food when I was young and my mom continues to do so, using items from her large garden. Salsa, beets, hot dill beans, tomato soup among other things. I ‘assisted’ in the process some but very marginally so doing it on my own really was a brand new venture.

Making Jam | this heart of mine

I don’t have a recipe to share today. I want to do a little more ‘experiencing’ before I give tips. However, I am looking for advice and tips myself for making jam at home. As I’ve said before, homemade just tastes better.

So, tell me, what is your favorite recipe? What tools do you find most helpful? Best tips for making the process more streamlined and simple?

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Endless Summer Projects: Firework Tablecloth | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

Hurray for the stars and stripes! Just in time for Independence Day, Alexandra Hedin has together a tutorial for a firework tablecloth the whole family can help with. It’s so fun! It will definitely add some pyrotechnic flair to your holiday fete.

I’m really looking forward to taking the children to a fireworks display this year. They already adore sparklers (see Instagram) and fireworks will make them totally giddy and fill their eyes with sparkles, like it did mine when I was little. Being a parent is so fun.

So get out your red, white and blue paints and try this action painting project together. USA! USA! USA!

This project is a part of Endless Summer Projects, a collaboration between Alexandra Hedin, Classic Play, Pars Caeli, Lulu the Baker, and this heart of mine to bring you fabulous summer projects for the whole family for the whole summer.

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Camping Made Easy

June 30, 2014

Camping Made Easy | this heart of mine

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I have admitted it before: I am not a camper. A glamper, maybe. I am not one for ‘roughing’ it. Call me what you will, I know my limits. However, I do find parts the camping experience fun and that would be the cooking, enjoying nature and being away from electronics. To take advantage of this summer season and the beautiful parks nearby, we did a ‘camping made easy’ version recently. It’s a version for the weak of soul like myself. It consisted of the parts I like and left out the parts I didn’t. The children absolutely loved it and I lived through it so I guess we’ll have to do it again.

We started out by collecting items we would need. Our ‘camping’ list was much short than the diehards but still sizable. There was the food, the food prepping items, the food cooking items and the food cleaning up items. Also chairs, towels, clean up supplies, place settings, water, kindling, a tool for igniting things among other items. We were out in the day but a lantern sure looks cool and is super helpful at night (similar lantern).

Camping Made Easy | this heart of mine

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Vintage Posters with Design Mom | this heart of mine

A tutorial I did on creating vintage-looking posters went up on Design Mom a few weeks ago. They are reminiscent of the old roll-up classroom posters used a few decades age. The project turned out great and allowed me to use my seashell collection as applicable props. My collection is a point of pride and joy for me. Not only did I find all the shells myself but I found them on the beaches near where some of my family resided in Florida. MJ, Bug and I traveled there a few years ago and if there were a hall of fame for vacations, ours would have definitely been inducted. It was perfection. And the shells remind me of that time.

Vintage Posters with Design Mom | this heart of mine

Get the full details for the posters on Design Mom.

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