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Here are the Valentines finished!

I got a few emails and messages asking me about the backdrops in my Valentines day cards.

I don’t know about you but I don’t need back drops enough to go out and buy the pricey ones. So I used fabric(which I have plenty of on hand. My bedroom gets the most natural light in the house from my big windows.

so I took a yard of fabric(for each backdrop)  and taped it to my door frames with a little packing tape

I set up my tripod next to my bed and zoomed in just right…

Thats it!

see you later peeps!

xoxo ModernJune

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I really wanted to do something fun this year! Of course Pinterest gave me the idea and then I expanded on it a bit…

each photo will have a mustache or lips attached to them. I did mustaches for boys and lips for girls.




and then their valentines together for teachers and family

I loved how they came out and I can’t wait to post the finished product with the props attached!

See you later peeps!

xoxo ModernJune

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So I am usually a pretty happy go lucky person but yesterday I had a day of it! I am rushing all around getting my kiddos out the door for school, start the car and grab coats, mittens, hats the whole nine. I shut the door and like a lightening bolt it hit me…crap I  just locked my house keys in the house.

How did I manage that you ask? Well it goes like this…Bessy my beloved beater of a van broke down this past week. So I have been driving my old Montero. Day before yesterday the hubs started the car for me and when I went to leave, the doors were all still frozen shut so I took the house keys off and took the kids back inside forgetting to put the keys back together later.

I call the hubs who is knee deep counting inventory at his restaurant and who I knew couldn’t possibly drive an hour to get my keys, but who could talk off my ledge. Well he missed that cue which cause me to snap at him which he completely didn’t deserve. So then I call my land lady who graciously agreed to meet me in town.  Of course today was a day I told my big kids they could buy breakfast at school which at this point they have now missed. And because you know my day wasn’t stellar enough I had on yoga pants, uggs, a tank and black boho sweater…it may sound cute but its not LOL especially paired with no make up and a hay stack for hair.

I start driving and the truck stalls on me…TWICE. I call the hubs again and again I snapped…poor guy(don’t worry I apologized). I get into town and head to the bank for money since I will now need to stop at burger king and get my kids breakfast – I know bad mommy.

I live in a small town – like super small, but I am fairly new so I didn’t think I would really run into anyone and had my fingers crossed NO ONE would see me in the state I was in! So of course I would run into my friend Tena at the bank drive through – OF COURSE. She gave me this look like girl what happened to you LOL. After chatting in the bank drive through – yeah that kind of town…I headed off to meet the land lady who also has never seen me like this and almost didn’t recognize me – not sure what that says about my normal look?

Finally get home to find that the dog grew more and more mad that I was gone longer than normal and decided to take it out on me by peeing all over my floors…awesome – thanks Roo!

Did I forget to mention my kids never even made it to school? In my frantic state I almost missed that their head colds had turned into fevers. So all four of us headed home for a day of couch lounging and tissues.

They are still sick today, poor kids I swear if it goes through school it comes to my house.

Right now all three are sleeping – can you believe it? Now that I have said it I am sure they will wake any second but it was good while it lasted right?

A little side note…had to snap this pic of Deacon today, how could you not love this face?

ok yesterday in all of that craziness I did manage to make a cute Valentines Day shirt for Daisy.

quick note I used a lighter jersey knit fabric for this instead of the one pictured.

This project cost me – well nothing – I had everything in house.

I used my cookie cutter to make the hearts. Cut them out and then used a gathering technique to scrunch the pink fabric.

Sewed it onto the white shirt and BAM – Valentines Shirt DONE!


I am going to get her a little skirt this week if I don’t have enough fabric to make one. She loves it and so do I!


see you later peeps

xoxo ModernJune


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I have been wanting to make a new wreath for a while so of course I went to my go to craft site…Pinterest!

I found this cute tut for a burlap wreath

I love it but it was a little too clean for what I was going for. I took my burlap and let it fray to its liking, then wrapped it in folds around my hanger.I put a few dots of hot glue through to make sure it doesn’t slide down the hanger over time.

Then using a simple rolled flower technique I made a few out of the fabric I have been using for Valentines day.

And viola! Done…

I am very happy with how it came out!

xoxo ModernJune

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It’s Halloween time in the ModernJune house and that mean costumes! Every year we go through the same thing…the kids change their minds on what they want to be about 100 times before we finally pick something at the store last min. I end up spending way too much on a costume no one is really happy with. This year I set out to change that. I wanted to make the Halloween costumes myself this year.  I am pleased to say that I actually accomplished this! The kids love their costumes and we are pretty happy with them too.

I decided to go with something that would be wearable long after Halloween and warm for the weather. Solution: Hoodie costumes. I saw these on Martha last year and loved them but I just didn’t have the guts to try them. – YET

So first up…

Little Red Riding Hood – Total Cost 26 bucks

I got the hoodie from Target and the lace frill from the Walmart and the basket from Michaels. She already had the shorts and I got the shirt off clearance and made the skirt from a 4th of July dress off the clearance rack too. A few quick stitches and it was done. Now as I said I followed the Martha Stewart tutorial but I altered it to be more versatile.

Next up…The Big Bad Wolf – Total Cost 9.88

This one was really fun and super easy. I got the hoodie from Target and the felt from the Walmart. I followed the Martha Stewart Tutorial again changing a few things to get the look I wanted. I added fluff inside the ears and sewed everything on instead of fabric glue.

Last but not least my little Dinosaur…I am calling him a cutie-a-saur…Total Cost 10.32

Hoodie from Target, felt from Walmart. This one was the most time-consuming but I love it so much I might make another for David. I found a tutorial on Pinterest and loosely followed it. I changed the shape of the spikes and added eyes claws and teeth.

That’s it! Now my kiddos will be super cute and super cozy trick or treating! I had a lot of fun with these I hoped you enjoyed them too!

xoxo ModernJune

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and its raining 😦

My kids start school tomorrow and they are pumped up for it!

Red(David) is going into Kindergarten. We held him back from going last year. We thought he was there in terms of knowledge but his maturity level left something to be desired.  He cant wait to go! Daddy however wishes he could stay home forever.

Daisy starts 2nd grade and she is dying to go back. Daisy loves school, when she was 3 she started begging to go to school. It was like her missing link. School just made her a happier kid. I love that she loves school so much and I hope this love affair she has with it will last as long as possible!

I got their bags packed and will be making their lunches tonight. I started leaving Daisy little sticky notes in her lunch when she started kindergarten. Just a little something like I heart you or have a good day. In first grade I started writing longer notes to her, good luck on your spelling test so on…This year I decided to do joke cards in their lunches. David loves jokes and Daisy loves to tell jokes so I think this will be a cute treat for them:)

As a special treat for you I have decided to make them a freebie! (Personal use Only Please)


The pack includes 4 blank cards for you to write(or type) your own jokes on and 8 bonus cards with jokes already on them!

Have your kids started school yet??

xoxo ModernJune

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Spring Paper Bag Wreath


Have you been to Pinterest? I am officially obsessed. being able to house all my favorite craft projects, recipes, photographs in one spot and to see what others like to is just too much fun! The other day I saw this adorable spring wreath from MaryJanes and Galoshes and “repined” it for me to come back to later.

Cute right?  I of course needed to put my own twist on it and I knew I could make a wreath just as cute for way cheaper.

So here we go…


Now the original calls for a scalloped circle paper cutter and a butterfly one too…the scalloped one will run you 24.95 and the butterfly ones 17.00, 13.00 and 9.00 for the three sizes. I instead bought these for 1.99 to get my scalloped circles

I went to Google and simply searched “butterfly template” for the one that I liked and printed it on plain white paper for tracing purposes.

I bought 3 thick scrapping papers at Michaels for .99 cents each

a bag of 100 brown paper bags from Walmart for 1.29

and a foam ring for 3.99

(I also had to restock my glue stick supply for 4.00.)

Now onto the project.

In the original you used the scallop punch to get 4 circles from each bag. I however chopped the bottom of the bag off and then cut it down one side to make a longer sheet I was able to then get 8 circles per bag.  Using a glass I traced circles on the bags then using my special scissors I cut the scalloped circles. It took a while but any good craft does right?

After I had them all cut out I began the wreath, now this was easy but tedious so patience is needed.

Using the tip of a pencil I pressed into the center of each circle and then twisted(loosely) the paper around the pencil. It will make a flower type shape. I dabbed a little glue on the end and pressed it into the foam wreath.

Now continue with that process all the way around the wreath

when I got closer to being done it help to pre-push the  holes so that I didn’t have to grab the wreath too tightly and smother the paper.

In the end I had this

Now using the templates I printed I traced the butterflies onto the papers I bough and cut them out. Remember my couch cover that’s seen better days? Well she came through for me again and I snipped another strap.

The using the glue gun I stuck the butterflies on the side in a trail formation. I glued the ends of the strap and weaved it through the bags to get it in hanging position.

So here it is hanging on the door

My husband once again surprised me by telling me he loved it. I think its pretty cute and spring like.

Total Cost of the project not including the glue stick supply:

$ 10.24

I would love to see what kind of wreath you put up on your front door!

xoxo ModernJune

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