Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thank you!

A big thank you to Tiny Sea and Pinterest for the new background! Here's a link.

So awesome!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Baby Shower Extravaganza!

Recently I organized a baby shower for four (yes 4!) of the mommies-to-be-again in my wonderful mom's group. I guess the correct term is a baby "sprinkle," but it turned out so well that I just had to share!

Game #1: We made babies out of play-doh! 

These turned out super cute--those mamas sure are creative!!  
I had everyone vote for their favorite and the winner received a prize. 
(The winner was the purple one!)

Game #2: Pin the Sperm on the Egg
This ended up being really funny! I found the picture online, printed it out and taped it to a 12x12. If I was better at drawing, I might have tried to re-create it on some tagboard.

Games #3 and #4: Guess how many cottonballs are in this jar and Guess what kind of babyfood this is! 
A couple of guessing games rounded out the evening. 

And on to the prizes...

Prize#1: A bouquet of baby towels and washcloths.

(I was super happy with how this turned out!)

Prize #2: A Box of Mama Essentials (lip gloss, lotion, a razor, some candies, emery board, nail polish and a few other things)

(I covered a sidewalk chalk box with card stock and added some stickers)

Our other prizes were a cute display of baby food with some bibs and a piece of artwork with this quote from Winnie the Pooh / A.A. Milne: 

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. i'll always be with you.”

And then of course there was a bunch of yummy food (potluck) and birthday cake (because we were also celebrating another mama's 40th birthday!). A fabulous evening!!


Monday, November 28, 2011

Flower Hair Clips

Since I've been making a bunch of hair clip holders, it only stands to reason that I'd need some hair clips too! These little beauties are a cinch to make and look cute too.

Felt or Thin Craft Foam (I got this in a 8 1/2"x11' size at Hobby Lobby) in coordinating colors
Embellishments (Got the little bug in the scrapbook section)
Hair Clip
Hot Glue / Hot Glue Gun

1. Cut one of your felt / foam pieces into a flower shape and one into a circle for the middle of the flower. You'll need a half-moon for the back. I had to cut out several pink circles, as the bug had a little circle on the back, but it just created more dimension, so I didn't mind. :)

2. Assemble everything using hot glue! This is what the back will look like. My hair clips had a few holes in the end (under the white half moon) and the half moon helps to keep the whole thing together and not look like you've just used a bunch of hot glue.

3. Wear and enjoy! I've yet to get a picture of my daughter wearing this, but it's on it's way--stay tuned!  I have given these as gifts and they've held up very well!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Easy Hair Clip Holder / Bow Board

Lately this hair clip holder is my go-to for birthday party presents. It's easy to make and every little girl needs a place to put all of her hair clips and bows!  I usually clip a few bows that I've made (more on that coming soon!) onto it so they know what it's for. I love the way this one turned out, it's spunky, just like the little girl I made it for.

You will need:
-Artist's Canvas (size of your choosing-depends on how many bows you have!)
-Fabric (enough to cover canvas and additional for a backing piece (optional))
-Embellishments (optional-mini decorative bows for example)
-hot glue gun and hot glue

1.Measure and Iron Fabric:
You'll want to measure out enough fabric to cover the front of your artist's canvas and to fold over so that you can hot glue it to the back of your canvas. I usually just lay the canvas on the fabric and eyeball it. Cut it out and iron it (makes it look neater). If you are adding a name to the front of the fabric, this is the time to do it. Measure where the middle of the fabric would be and place the name there. I like to use my embroidery machine, but there are lots of options: sticky felt letters, applique, puffy paint, use whatever you have!

Note on fabric: This is a great project to use up a larger scrap of fabric that you have, since the canvas that I'm using here is an 8 x 10. You could also pick up some Fabric Quarter's at JoAnn's when they go on sale (for like 99 cents) and use those--they are a perfect size!

2. Hot glue everything!
Now it's time to assemble everything. Lay your fabric on your work surface, name side down. Lay your canvas wrong-side up as well.  Fold the fabric over each side and hot glue it on to the wood.

3. Hot Glue Ribbons
Place and measure your ribbons.  You'll want to use sturdier ribbons for this project, as it will be used for clipping hair bows, so you don't want to use cheap or flimsy ribbon that will rip or tear. I use ribbons in coordinating colors and eyeball where I want them to go and how long they need to be. I cut them and hot glue them in place ON THE BACK of the fabric covered canvas.  I do not glue them to the front, except sometimes I do a tiny dot where the ribbons on the front of the canvas overlap one another. I like to do three ribbons hanging down in whatever length I choose. I also just eyeball the length of the hanging ribbon to whatever looks good. 

4. Add Embellishments (optional)

As you can see in these pictures I added small ready-made ribbons to the places where the ribbons on the front overlapped. I found them near the ribbons in the store and they came in with a bunch in a package. (I'm talking about the small white bows here--that big bow on the purple board is for your hair.)  In the second picture, I used a larger canvas, so I added a second row of ribbons all around, so that it would use up the space better. You could also use a thicker ribbon if you wanted.

5,. Heat Seal the ends of the ribbons that are hanging down.
You'll want to cut the hanging ribbons so that they are even and then heat seal them. I do this step with a cigarette lighter and hold it real close to the ribbon edge until it melts a little. This prevents fraying.

6. Backing Piece (optional)
I like to finish off my hair clip holder with a backing piece. Basically I take a piece of cardboard and cover it with a piece of fabric that matches what I'm using.  I hot glue the fabric onto the cardboard by folding it over the sides and then hot glue the whole thing on the back of the bow board, to cover up the open space. If you didn't want to do this, you could leave the back open, and then it could either be hung from the hanging ribbon that you've hot glued on, or from the wooden back of the artist's canvas. I think that the hot glued ribbon is pretty strong (as long as you use a good quality ribbon) as I've had my daughter's hanging up for a few months now and it's never come off or even budged. 

7. Hang up your bows and clips and enjoy!
I like to use a mix of store-bought and homemade clips when I give these as gifts..stay tuned for a hair clip tutorial!


Feel free to pin on Pinterest, just link back to this original post! Happy Crafting!

Craft time!

I've been in a creative mood lately so stay tuned for some new craft ideas and projects!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Halloween is on it's way!

Today I was feeling in a holiday mood and wanted to make a Halloween banner. After doing some internet surfing, this is what I came up with, a pretty good first attempt. And since we don't have a mantle, I had to settle for the downstairs bathroom door. :)

I'd love to make another banner, maybe out of felt, and have it reversible for different holidays..maybe Halloween / Thanksgiving, Christmas / Valentine's Day..it would be so easy just to flip it around for the next holiday. Genius!  Quick! To the craft table!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Six Steps for Enjoying Time with Your Children More from Gimundo (Good News... Served Daily)

What a great article on how we can learn to let go of things and be fully present for our kids. The journey of learning along the way is part of the fun too.

Bread making!

So after waiting four years to get out my Kitchen Aid stand mixer, I finally took the plunge a few weeks ago and made some homemade bread. Well, let's just say that failed attempts are good for blogs and funny stories with friends, but not much else! Apparently there is more to making a loaf of bread than just plopping it in the pan! Which is precisely why I chose this no-knead recipe from King Arthur flour. Just mix, plop, wait 90 minutes, and bake. Then enjoy the smells and taste of yummy homemade bread! I loved it, hubby said it was good, but the kids wouldn't try it. Success? To me, yes! It was edible, after all!

Quote: "When you know better, you do better."

This quote comes from a FB friend, and I love it. Not only because I have a blanket love for quotes (which I totally do) but because it's so true. Once I learn about something, it causes me to change my entire way of thinking about it, usually for the better. Although sometimes I can see myself not wanting to learn, because it's convenient for me. "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got." And who really wants to shake up a good status quo, right? "Knowledge is power." "Ignorance is bliss." Gosh, how I love quotes!!