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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Knit and Crochet Today

Over the break my little girl and I learned to knit with my sister who was visiting, she bought this book and knitting needles at Wal Mart for 5.00 and by the end of the evening we were all knitting. 

The two crochet needles were a little difficult for six year old fingers to handle so we decided later to crochet and it was alot easier for both of us and my little girl whipped out this cute headband in one day working on it off and on.  I helped her with the flowers.

We used this video to learn the basics of crochet.

And I used this one for the flowers

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Teacher Gift

Easy gift for the teacher or bus driver, on the other side of the heart we put Mrs. Smith is "write" on!

What you need:
hershey kisses
yellow paper
pink paper
red paper
tin foil
hot glue

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fishy Purse With Sparkle

We have been busy busy with Christmas parties, programs and the regular day to day life.  I have been making this purse a little bit here a little bit there for about four days now but I'm finally finished and I love the way it turned out.  I saw this purse last week over at Ashley's  and couldn't resist making one for my little girl for Christmas.  The best part about it is I had everything on hand to make it so it was 100% free!

Sparkly colorful scales, the sparkle scales were my little girl's idea and  I think it made it really cute and fun.

Double pullstring at the mouth so you can load up your stuff and cinch it shut.


This was really quite easy and fun to make and the tutorial was great and very easy to follow and the results are really rewarding.  You can find the tutorial here.

I thought I might try and find this story to give along with it, mainly because it's cute and matches and also has a great message on sharing, my 4 year old needs this book.

Monday, December 5, 2011

CHRISTmas Ornaments

Love this video clip, I found it to be very inspiring.

Easy CHRISTmas ornaments for my tree, I only have one made so was a busy weekend.
I cut my image a little small for my frame so you can see some rough edges but other than that I love it.  It really jumps of the tree because the lights shine through and make it glow a little bit.  I found my images on google and printed them onto vellum and made a frame out of a cereal box then glued and glittered with the fine Martha Stewart glitter.

It really glows at night

Friday, December 2, 2011

Ready For Christmas

Nothing quite like a cute baby in Christmas Jammies decorating the tree to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Yay lots and lots of balls to throw around!

 She did most of the work and did a great job decorating

 All finished

My busy school girl did homework and decorated the tree

 Many hands make light work or does it go many little hands make a mess

 So excited!

I'll be back monday with some CHRISTmas ornaments for the tree that I will be making over the weekend.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Magnetic Wipeable Bib

I finally got around to making this bib that has been on my to-do list for about six months now.  It has already saved me from having to wash bib after bib every time my toddler eats a meal usually just wiping it down is sufficient.


 The magnetic closure works like a charm and well it's just cool, in order for the magnet to be strong enough to go through all the layers of fabric you have to use Neo magnets (I found mine at Michaels)

I used this pattern on Tricia's site over at Leafy Tree Top Spot and you can check out her bibs as well.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Diapers and Wipes Clutch

This is my version of the clutches I have been seeing around lately, the only difference with mine is it folds out so you have a changing pad too.

Magnetic snap closure

Pocket for diapers and wipes

Changing Pad

This was really easy to make and you don't even need a pattern, I will have a tutorial up soon.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Home Made Christmas Ideas

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Fleece Rice Hearts for coat pockets

Polly-fleece team up with rice to keep your hands toasty. Just pop these little cuties in the microwave for 30 seconds and then slip them into coat pockets to keep hands warm for up to an hour.

                                                                                                              Toilet paper rolls used as gift boxes

Pringles  containers wrapped in scrapbook paper and filled with cookies
Wrap Pringles containers to give cookies as gifts!  Great idea!

Aprons for my girls

Home made saltdough ornaments with baby's handprint click here for the turtorial.
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Christmas Bulb Wreath made out of a wire hanger
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Emergency kit for the car made from a pot holder.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Advent Muffin Tin

Wow it's been a while, I even had trouble logging into blogger it's been so long.  So we have been super busy with planning our Super Saturday(our church's craft day/luncheon).  We are doing Christmas Advent Muffin Tins, I didn't make this one but was in charge of taking orders and figuring out how much it would cost.  I also found some that I thought were really cute, the idea is to put a piece of candy or Christmas activity on a slip of paper inside each pot.

Circles with cute bottle caps inside each pot so you can take one out each day, makes it a little more visual.

Double Bow

Completely Covered

Christmas is my favorite time of year(summer being a close second) we started listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween.(the music is one of my favorite things about Christmas so why not)

Sooo if you're in the Christmas spirit and are interested in making a countdown I just happen to know exactly how much it will cost.

Magnets by the sheet-Porters $3.99
(if you have 6 people that want to make these you can buy a big roll and bring it down to about $2.00)

Muffin tin-Walmart $5.00

Embellishments $2.00
(you can use glitter glue to give it a little sparkle and if you have a fancy paper cutting machine you could cut out your numbers and embellishments that way)

Scrapbook Paper-$2.00

Regular gluesticks work just fine for this project, so that's right around $12.00 or if you already have a muffin tin and spare magnets on your fridge it could be really cheap.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Texas Road House Rolls!

I found this recipe today on pinterest, these rolls are my absolute favorite.  I have not tried making these yet but will be trying them soon. 

(They have to be delicious if they look like this)
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Texas Roadhouse Rolls - Copycat Recipe
adapted from: Good Stuff Maynard

4 tsp. active dry yeast
1/2 c. warm water
2 c. milk, scalded and cooled to lukewarm
3 Tbl. of melted butter, slightly cooled
1/2 c. sugar 
2 quarts all purpose flour (7-8 cups)
2 whole eggs
2 tsp. salt

Dissolve yeast in warm water with a teaspoon of sugar.  Add yeast, milk, sugar and enough flour to make a medium batter.  Beat thoroughly.  Let stand until light and foamy.  Add melted butter, eggs and salt.  Beat well.  

Add enough flour to form a soft dough.  Sprinkle a small amount of flour onto counter and let dough rest.  Meanwhile, grease a large bowl.  Knead dough until smooth and satiny and put in greased bowl; turn over to grease top. (I used the dough hook on my Kitchen-Aid to knead this for about 4-5 minutes).  Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk.  Punch down.  Turn out onto a floured board.  Divide into portions for shaping; let rest 10 minutes.  Shape dough into desired forms.  Place on greased baking sheets.  Let rise until doubled.  

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Baste immediately with butter.  Yield: 5 to 6 dozen.  

Friday, November 4, 2011

DIY Ballerina Sock Monkeys

 Luckily I found a two pack of socks on sale at Wal-Mart and they worked great just a little skinny....that's why we decided to make them ballerina monkeys with tutus and bows.

 They are quite lanky

And I'm gonna have make another one for my little boy who has fallen in love with these, I think I will go the more traditional route with his.

If you would like to make your own this is the tutorial I used, it was very simple and easy to follow.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thanksgiving and Christmas Ideas

Just for fun I was browsing some Thanksgiving and Christmas ideas, sometimes it's just fun to look and maybe make later( if I ever get my house cleaned).

I want to make these for my old fashioned Christmas tree that I'm hoping to do.
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Fun idea to do with the kids
great ideas for Thanksgiving!

Cute gift idea
Indian corn favors and other great Thanksgiving ideas

I think these look really cute and easy maybe even without the cupcake,  all you have to do is shape store bought caramels into the acorn shape dip into melted chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles and top it off with a chocolate chip.

Thanksgiving banner idea

Classy burlap Christmas stockings
Burlap Christmas Stockings {How-To}

Jingle Bell Shadow Box

Katie likes these little mice ornaments from Hersheys kisses

Have a great day!
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