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NicetomeetchaHappy Thursday everyone! I decided to make a Facebook Page for everything Once Upon My Fairy Tale!!! Feel free to give it a like if you’re on Facebook and want up to the minute updates on my ever-changing adventures!

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Thanks a million! Check back for lots of new Disney, DIY, and Halloween post coming soon!

alyssa

Ranger School Craft Challenge

When Zac left for Ranger School, I had no idea how I was going to occupy my time. I had a part time job, two fur babies and a whole lot of free time. We talked about all of the things I COULD do to fill my time, like working out, trying to make friends, or trying new recipes. And although I ended up doing all of those things, at the time the only idea we came up with that I thought I would stick to was a craft challenge.

The challenge was simple. For every week Zac was away, I had to complete at least one project and blog about it. In the end, he was gone for 13 weeks and I completed over 13 projects. There were a couple weeks I didn’t blog about my project because I didn’t want Zac to see it online before he saw it in person.

This challenge started as a way for me to fill time, but by the end of the 13 weeks, I had to find time to complete each project. I stepped out of my comfort zones and made friends, started going to the gym, and trying new things. When it was all said and done, this challenge jumpstarted my own “Ranger School” journey. I have changed and grown so much since the day I dropped Zac off. I did so much more than just wait for him to come home.

Well here it is! All the projects I completed in 13 weeks!

Ranger School Craft Challenge

Week One: Patriotic 4th of July Wreath

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Week Two: Travel Globe

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Week Three: Open When Letters & Batman Care Package

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Week Four: Office Chair Makeover

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Week Five: Rolodex Makeover

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Week Six: Keepsake Treasure Box Makeover

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Week Seven: Anniversary Care Package

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Week Eight: Paper Anniversary Gift 

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Week Nine: Olaf Painting

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Week Ten: Hawaii Care Package

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Week Eleven: Ribbon and Lace American Flag

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Week Twelve: Anniversary Date Wall Hanging

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Week Thirteen: Belle Dress & Beast Sign

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I am so glad I decided to do this. Not only did it give me something to do, it gave me something to talk to people about on the Ranger School Support groups. It made reaching out to make friends a little bit easier. And once I made those friends I found myself stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new foods, going to the gym, and eventually jump starting a new lifestyle. This challenge helped get me out of a funk that came from being in a new place by myself and now I feel completely at home. And completing a weekly craft or project has almost become a habit of mine now. I have several other projects in the works and I can’t wait to share them with you!

lyssa

Oreo Truffles

Last month, I was putting together my third care package for my husband. I had filled the first two with store bought goodies and he loved them. I decided I wanted to fill this one with home made love. So I made a couple things, and shared the extras with friends. Those friends made things for their husbands and gave me some of their extras. So a lot of what I sent was made either by me, or my close friends. I really think he is going to feel the love in that care package. I knew right away that I wanted to make Oreo Truffles for my ranger. We had made them together for Christmas and gave them to all our loved ones. They are so easy to make and they taste SO GOOD.

wpid-wp-1441144512075.jpegIngredients:

  • 1 Pack of Oreos
  • 1 block of Cream Cheese, softened
  • Melting White Chocolate

** Depending on the size you make your truffles you may need more or less white chocolate. I bought 4 boxes just to be safe.

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor, crush up all of the Oreos.
  2. Mix in softened cream cheese.
  3. Scoop out balls of the mixture in the size you need. I made mine very small so i could fit more in the containers I was using for the care package. If you aren’t packaging them up, I would make them the size of a cookie dough scoop. Place on wax paper covered, cookie sheet.
  4. Let sit in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes to set.
  5. Melt white chocolate, dip Oreo balls into the chocolate and place back onto cookie sheet.
  6. Let set in refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

lyssa

Disney Themed Ranger School Homecoming

wpid-wp-1443008426382.jpegAnyone who knows us, knows that my husband and I love Beauty and the Beast. Sure, it was kinda my thing that morphed into our thing. But Zac grew to love it so much that Tale As Old As time was our wedding song, that he happily walked around Disney World wearing Beauty and the Beast Tank tops, and that we decorated our living room with a painting of the Beauty and the Beast stained glass window. Like a lot of things in our lives, it went from “my movie” to “our movie”.

While Zac was in Ranger School, I made him a book using pictures from the movie to try to make him laugh. The book suggested that Zac was the Beast, obviously, and that Ranger School was Gaston. There were pictures of Gaston attacking the Beast, pictures of Belle giving the Beast a stern “talking to”, and of course, pictures of the Beast defeating Gaston. This book was going to be given to Zac when he was on his bus ride back to Georgia from Florida, so I thought I would keep the Beauty and the Beast theme going when I went to pick him up.

wpid-wp-1442941679447.jpegFirst I made my version of a Disney Bound Belle dress. (I didn’t end up getting many pictures of just the dress on the day of because I was so excited to see Zac. But I did take one while I was working on my outfit.)

To make this Disney Bound, I found a plain, strapless yellow dress. It was not an easy thing to do at the end of summer. Most stores were transitioning to Fall clothing styles, so most yellows were mustardy tones that just wouldn’t cut it for me. Luckily, I had my crew of amazing friends helping me look. We found a ton of different styles of yellow dresses at Forever 21. I found a lot of really cute ones, that were actually way cuter than the one I bought. But I knew this particular dress would be perfect for what I wanted to do to it. Next, I went on the hunt for yellow tulle and buttons. Surprisingly, Hobby Lobby didn’t have ANY yellow tulle. They actually had every color BUT yellow. I did snag the rose and a red flower for my hair from Hobby Lobby though, so it didn’t end up being a wasted trip. Next I hit up JoAnn’s Fabric. I have had a lot of success with them lately, so I wasn’t too surprised when I found exactly what I needed. I did have to paint my buttons yellow, but that was a simple fix. I attached the tulle and buttons to my dress by hand, and ended up securing the buttons with hot glue so they would lay flat if I moved. My last added touch was finding red shoes. I found a really cute pair at Charlotte Ruse. wpid-wp-1442941698548.jpegUnfortunately, I have baby feet and they didn’t have my size. I ended up finding mine at Rue 21. There shoe sizes are a little strange so the closest I could get to “my size” was a S/M so they are a little bit big, but they got the job done.

Next I needed to make a sign. I knew showing up dressed as a Disney Princess could be potentially ridiculous, so I needed my sign to tie everything together. I decided to make it say “I’m here for my Beast.” Just to make sure there could be no doubt in anyones mind, I decided to draw the Beast on the sign too. I chose to draw him in his cape and angry so he’d be more masculine. I outlined everything and drew in stained glass throughout the outline.

Zac’s face when he saw me was exactly what I expected. A big ole’ smile and a goofy laugh. I know I could have shown up in sweat pants and he wouldn’t have cared but I was glad I did something silly. It gave me something to do and made him laugh before I even made it to him. And hey, now I can dress like Belle when ever I want to. I am NOT mad about that! 🙂

lyssa

Hawaiian Themed Care Package

My husband and I are lucky enough to be to be able to say that our first duty Station is Schofield Barracks, HI. Knowing that we are moving to Hawaii when this Ranger School journey is over, has made all the difference for me. It gives me something to plan and look forward to. Honestly its not something I feel like I need to explain; WE. ARE. PUMPED. So it was really a no brainer when I had to pick another care package theme.

wpid-wp-1441632255503.jpegSupplies:

  • Priority Mail Box
  • Card Stock
  • Letter Stickers
  • Decorative Stickers
  • Glue or Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Hawaiian Leis
  • Packing Tape

Directions:

  1. Construct your box using the packing tape.
  2. Use your card stock to cover every surface of the inside of your box. Some people leave the inner walls of the box uncovered. I prefer to cover it all so it looks uniform and complete.
  3. Using stickers write out: “Almost Time To Get Lei’d” on the top and bottom flap. I wanted to make the word Lei’d really large, so I cut it out of card stock myself. You should be able to find big letters at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, I am just picky.
  4. Cut the lei’s and be careful not to lose any of the flowers, Tape around the inside of the box. You may want to tape in several places.
  5. Use decorative stickers to decorate the other two flaps.
  6. I added a Hawaiian bucket list to one flap that included all of the things we had talked about doing together when we got there. I hoped that might lift his spirits.

Remember, you know your solider better than anyone. Add as many personal touches as you can. Have fun with your package and she/he will see the love you put into it. I know my husband is going to crack up when he sees this.

** This care package was featured on the Creative Care Packages Instagram page.

lyssa

Anniversary Care Package

wpid-wp-1440963923295.jpegI some how forgot to post my last care package! I decided to make an Anniversary themed care package since he was supposed to receive the package only a few days before our first anniversary. I thought it would be fitting since I would have to use paper to decorate it. It turns out they held the package and he still hasn’t gotten to open it yet. But I know he is going to love it when he finally gets to open it! I used a lot of personal touches, like clips from our “thank you” cards, and pictures from the photo booth. Hobby Lobby has a large selection of wedding stickers. If you don’t want to spend the money on the stickers, you can always draw on the paper. I just like the extra touch the stickers give, and scrap booking supplies go on sale at Hobby Lobby all the time. Don’t forget to take your 40% coupon!

wpid-wp-1440963912696.jpegSupplies:

  • Priority Mail Box
  • Card Stock
  • Letter Stickers
  • Decorative Stickers
  • Glue or Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Photographs
  • Packing Tape


Directions:

  1. Use the packing tape to construct your box. Make sure its taped up extremely well if you are shipping to Swamps Phase of Ranger school. They have a serious ant problem.
  2. I chose card stock in the colors of our wedding, pink and navy blue. But you can choose any colors your solider will love. Glue or Mod Podge the card stock on the inside surfaces of your box.
  3. Use the stickers and photographs to decorate the box in a personal way your Solider will love!



Remember, no one knows your Solider like you do! Don’t be afraid to be cheesy, mushy, or just plain funny. You are supplying smiles and happy thoughts where they don’t come often! I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Happy Crafting!

lyssa

Ribbon and Lace American Flag

Living near an army base, in Georgia, everyone decorates with American Flags. We have them hanging both in and outside of our home. I decided I wanted something different to decorate with, so I began collecting ribbon. This project is very simple and easy to customize to your space or personality!

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  • Wooden stick
  • White Paint
  • Various White Ribbons and Lace
  • Various Red Ribbons and Lace
  • Various Gold Ribbons and Lace
  • 1/2 a Yard Blue Star Fabric

Directions:

  1. Paint wooden stick white. Allow time to dry.
  2. Cut all the ribbons to a similar length. (to determine the length, you should measure where you are gonna hang it first)
  3. Staple the ribbons to the wooden stick, starting with red. There should be 13 sections of alternating red and white ribbons. Add gold in random places to add a flare. wpid-wp-1440877958571.jpeg
  4. Staple the fabric over the ribbon on the upper left side.
  5. Tie a neutral colored rope to the stick and staple it in place.
  6. Hang your master piece for all to see.

wpid-wp-1440897979325.jpegMy favorite thing about this project, is how each person’s flag could be completely different. There are countless types of ribbon, and endless stores to buy them from. Have fun with your flag and make it your own! I would love to see what you come up with!

lyssa