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As a special Father’s Day treat, we wanted to dedicate a post to our daddy; and share some ideas on how we intend to make the day special for him.
This Father’s Day we decided to add a special touch by putting a crafty spin on our gifts. To show how much we appreciate what he’s done for us, we added as many homemade touches as possible. After all, nothing says I love you like a gift made from the heart and in the home!
Every year we’ve made our daddy something for Father’s Day: food, cards, messes, broken dishes… just kidding! Whatever we made, even if it was silly, he never complained and was always very grateful and appreciative. He's such an easy man to please. We're so blessed to have him as our dad. This year we're going to go less silly, and more creative. We decided to surprise him with cinnamon toothpicks. He'll get a kick out of these! Toothpicks are to our daddy like sun is to Florida, which by the way, is not always a good thing! Florida is known as the Sunshine State for a reason just like daddy is known for his tooth picks for a reason. If you really know our dad then you know that after every meal he has to have his tooth picks. He goes through these slivers of wood like they’re candy, so what better way for him to enjoy them than by making them into something delicious?
This simple treat has only 3 ingredients: toothpicks, cinnamon oil, and time.
We put the toothpicks in a jar and drizzled about 1oz of the cinnamon oil over them. Then we screwed the lid on tightly and shook the jar a little to make sure the toothpicks were coated evenly. We then set the jar aside for 24-48 hours to allow the toothpicks to soak up all that good oil.
When you’re ready, take the toothpicks out of the jar and lay them on a pan lined with wax paper for 2 hours allowing them to dry. Place them in a clean jar and present them to your tooth-pickin' man.
That’s it! So easy, you'll have ample time to work on your other gifts!
Speaking of which…
Our next gift required a little more finesse while still adding that personal touch: a utility apron made from an old pair of jeans. We originally saw this idea HERE and fell in love immediately.
If your dad is anything like ours, then chances are he does a little bit of everything. To us, our dad is a modern day Superman, and what better way to treat our hero than to give him a homemade cape? Or, in this case: a utility apron.
Just to give you an example of how versatile our daddy is, here’s a glimpse into our childhood. In a single day, with three active girls, our dad could do everything from teach us to ride bikes, homeschool us, play Barbie's with us, and come up with the best bedtime stories. In fact, a shared memory that we still talk about today is the bedtime story of a family of ants. It was a story he made up as he went along and we absolutely loved it. Then guess what he’d do the next day? Everything all over again!
Anyway, that's enough reminiscing for now. Let me tell you how we made this nifty apron. First we took an old pair of his jeans (ones that he wouldn’t miss) and cut the legs off leaving about 2 inches beneath the pockets. Then we cut the zipper off. Next, we finished the edges with some black bias tape.
|Not very manly looking now, but just you wait!|
Next, add accessories according to what you think he’ll like. We decided to make a belt out of the pants legs, just to make use of the remaining fabric.
Cut the legs so that they’re lying flat; this will make it easier for you to measure. Then, cut the legs so that they’re 2 inches wide and however long of a belt your apron needs. Just remember that the belt will be used to tie around his waist, so it must be long enough.
After this, dress your apron up, manly style! We used a black bandana, chains, and stuffed the pockets with some items daddy could use for the grill. Even Super Hero's need gadgets! Our dad is no exception.
Can't wait to see him in his "grill-man" apron standing over this!
Yep, we got him a new grill too! If you could see the other one, you would know how much he needed this one. Now he has the best of both: charcoal and gas. He's truly worth every penny spent!
One more thing! What's Father's Day without a card? Our dad loves his cards! So much so that he's saved every card we’ve given him through out the years. In fact, it’s become a family tradition to save cards. We each have our individual stacks, but daddy’s takes the cake! So in true "Mini Me" tradition, we're paying tribute with a homemade card! Only this time we've gotten a little fancier. Strangely though, this is the easiest card we've ever made!
*We got the idea for this manly card from this site HERE.*
|How's this for manly?|
It wouldn't be a special day in the Mitchell/Rosenberg home if there wasn't a banner; so in conclusion, here you have it: our Happy Pappy Day banner!
- The "Mini Me’s" & "The Techie"