Cheer Mom Musings – Cheerleading Stunt Stand

I have been a cheer mom for a couple of years now.  My daughter didn’t do Pop Warner leagues or competitive cheer when she was younger.  She did ballet and soccer.  She didn’t get bit by the cheer bug until middle school where she was on the pep squad in 7th & 8th grade and then the cheerleading team her 8th grade year.  She really loves cheering and I am super excited she is doing something she loves.

She tried out for her high school team and made JV, big congrats to her and all of the other squad!  She is a flyer and really loves flying.  As for myself, being her mom, I’m of course nervous every time she stunts.  Since she didn’t do cheerleading when she was younger I didn’t have all those years to get used to it.  She has been doing great so far and has her half and full down.  She’s been working on her liberty and she did have a fall and bumped heads with one of her bases.

I know that cheerleading is dangerous so I wanted to find a way that she can practice at home safely on balancing and building up core muscles for her stunts.  After researching I thought it would be a good idea to make a stunt stand.  Since I do like to save money and like DIY’s, I did have my husband make her a stand but that didn’t turn out as planned.  The problem was, he didn’t make the foot rest thick enough so it broke when I tested it out.  I still have a nice bruise on the arch of my foot from it breaking in half when I stood on it.  With it being redone with thicker wood I am sure it would have worked out great.  I just didn’t have the confidence with my daughter doing stunts on it, so I started researching pre-made stunt stands.

After quite a bit of research and videos I decided to go with the stunt stand.  It’s super sturdy and the foot rests can be changed out for different levels of stunting. This particular stunt stand had 5 stars with over 100 reviews. I think those are awesome stats and I did want something where she and I both felt confident with it advancing her skills to be able to stick her stunts.

She has been practicing on it ever since it has arrived and she has definitely built up more confidence practicing her liberty’s.  She’s even been practicing arabesque’s.  I think this stand is awesome and so does she.  I feel much safer with her getting her balance skill up to par on the stunt stand rather than in the air.  The ground is a lot closer than in the air.  I’m really proud of her hard work and love the confidence she is gaining with each stunt she sticks.  If you want too see it in action, I’ve inserted a short video at the end of this post of her using her stand.

Liberty Stunt with Stunt Stand

I know the price is a bit high on this particular stunt stand and I was a bit reluctant at first. If you aren’t able to fit the stunt stand in your budget there are some other great options such as these here.


Here is a short video of my daughter using the stunt stand.

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DIY Neutral Fall Wreath

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My goodness I am really excited to show you how to make this gorgeous neutral fall wreath. I love how the white pumpkins and flowers stand out against the eucalyptus leaves. Eucalyptus is very popular right now in farmhouse decor.

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You will not believe me when I tell you that it is very easy to make. Also, it’s very inexpensive to make. I know it looks super expensive but it’s not at all. If you bought this in the store it would be a pretty penny, but not today folks. In today’s video I am going to show you how easy it is to make, so check out the video below if you want to see how.nbsp;

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Materials
12″ Grapevine Wreath Form
Eucalyptus Stem
Small Pumpkins
Flowers
Pine Cones
Hot Glue Gun & Glue
Scissors/Wire Cutters

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DIY Fabric Pumpkin

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Fall is almost here and I am extremely excited. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before on how Fall is my most favorite season. It’s definitely my most favorite time of year besides Christmas.

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If you are like me and think that fabric pumpkins are really cute then you are going to want to see today’s video tutorial. I am going to show you how to easily make a fabric pumpkin out of an upcycled thrift store sweater.

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The best part about these fabric pumpkins is that you can make them any color you want depending on the color sweater you find. They can be embellished  with so many items from sticks, ribbon, raffia, flowers, and even broaches. Go crazy and make it your style.

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Since I’m going for the farmhouse style in my home decor, I found neutral sweaters from my local thrift store. I paired the off white sweater with jute cording, neutral scrap ribbon and a stick from my yard as the stem. I just love how they turned out.

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Watch below on how to turn and old sweater into fabric pumpkins.

Materials:
Old sweater (thrift store)
Fiber Fill
Embroidery floss
Embroidery needle
Jute/Twine
Yarn Needle
Small elastic
Embellishments

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DIY Farmhouse Scroll Sign, Farmhouse Decor

DIY Farmhouse Scroll Sign

Yes, you read that right, DIY Farmhouse Scroll Sign! I love the farmhouse style and thanks to Joanna Grimes many of you do too. So, today’s video tutorial I am going to show you how to make a simple yet gorgeous farmhouse scroll sign. Look at how gorgeous it is. If you prefer video tutorials, then scroll to bottom of this post for the video tutorial.

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To make this farmhouse scroll sign you will only need a few supplies. I used a roll of kraft paper from the Dollar Tree, twine/jute, vinyl letting and paper clips.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to design and cut out my quote from black vinyl. I weeded the excess vinyl away from the lettering and placed transfer paper on top of it.  If you need your own vinyl quote, then you can find many farmhouse SVG files over at SoFontsy. I will warn you beforehand that you will love everything you see and want to buy it all.

DIY Farmhouse Scroll Sign Step 1

Next, I rolled up the bottom part of the kraft paper a few times and secured it with clothespins (optional).  I used the clothespins to secure the roll in place so the bottom wouldn’t roll up when I applied the vinyl lettering.

DIY Farmhouse Scroll Sign Step 2

After securing the bottom roll I placed my vinyl lettering/transfer tape sticky side down onto the kraft paper. (I made sure to measure the top and sides of the kraft paper so the quote would be centered on the paper). Once the vinyl lettering was adhered to the kraft paper I removed the transfer paper.

DIY Farmhouse Scroll Sign Step 3

DIY Farmhouse Scroll Sign Step 4

Next, I took the twine/jute and ran it down the center hole of the top roll and tied it in a knot. I hid the knot inside the center hole on the top roll.

DIY Farmhouse Scroll Sign Step 5

DIY Farmhouse Scroll Sign Step 6

To finish the scroll sign off I removed the clothespins on the bottom roll and placed a paper clip on each side and moved them to the back of the roll so they would face the wall when the scroll sign is hung up.

I love how this farmhouse scroll sign turned out! It’s one of my favorite projects and it’s easy enough to make different quotes and quotes for the holidays. I am definitely planning to make another one for Christmas.

Materials
Kraft Paper Roll
Twine/Jute
Vinyl Lettering
Paper Clips
Scissors

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DIY WEDDING WANDS

Wedding wands are so gorgeous and you can make them to color match any wedding. In today’s video I am going to show you how easy they are to make.  These will be great for any wedding and they are such a lovely way to send off the bride and groom.  Also, they make gorgeous photos instead of the bride and groom being bolted in the eyes with bird seed.

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DIY Wedding Wands Gold and Ivory Wedding Wands

Supplies:
Ivory Ribbon 5/8”
Tan Ribbon 5/8”
Silver/Gold Glitter Ribbon 7/8”
Ivory Ribbon 1/4”
12” Dowel Rod
Jingle Bell
Hot Glue
Scissors
Measuring Tape

 

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