Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wordless Wednesday-Independence

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mikarose $60 GC Giveaway: Happy Easter Dress to you!

Guess what I have in store for you?! A fun giveaway for Easter time. I am really excited about this one and wish I could win. No really. I could tell you exactly what I would order with my $60 gift card to Mikarose...

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Ok, so I would shop from the clearance section, but that is only because I LOVE what is in it and hello, I could get 4 things for $60ish bucks! I am in love with that black and white dress. No really, it is almost unhealthy how much I adore it. Love the spring hooded top and I will have a little girl someday right?!

Now if you banned me from the clearance section, I would go for...

EvaStyle # 3002Style # 2005

this, or this, or this. Do we see a trend here with the black and white. Or maybe I just secretly want to be blonde. Nah. I love how Mikarose incorporates classic silhouettes and modern design while keeping everything modest and beautiful.

So, enough about me. It's your chance to win!

To enter: Head over to Mikarose and come back and leave a comment on this post telling me what dress you like and why.

That's it! I am making it easy on ya! The giveaway will end on Wed, April 7th. Good luck!

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Monday, March 29, 2010

11 Ways to Decorate Plastic Easter Eggs

34 cent bag of small plastic Easter eggs, one challenge. Find 10 different ways to decorate them using only what you have in your house. You got it!!

I got a little carried away and technically there are 11 ways!

Starting tip:Paint your eggs open in half so you can put them on your finger to paint and they can sit on the ring to dry.

Nest tip: Get creative using scraps of paper, burlap, or twine and items that you already have sitting around.

1. Let's start simple with an Antiqued White Egg. Pull out your craft paint and give it a couple coats of vanilla. Let each coat dry. Take your sponge brush still wet with vanilla and dip it into tan. Dob it around to get on your paper to get excess paint off and then dab around the surface of the egg. Once there are spots of tan covering the surface, Use the flat side of the brush to give the egg the texture of a real eggshell. Just press it lightly against the entire surface of the egg a bit at a time.

2. Numbered Eggs-Use the same technique as the White Antiqued Egg and use a small paint brush to paint numbers in brown. You could use a stencil or rub-ons, but I did not have them on hand.

3. Paint Speckled Robin Eggs-Paint two coats of muted colors like cream, light blue and tan with a sponge brush. Use a paint brush or toothbrush to splatter paint uneven speckles in an opposite color.

4. Dyed Twine Wrapped Eggs-Dye your twine using food coloring diluted with water. For the teal, I used about 7 drops of blue and a few tablespoons of water and immersed the twine in a little ceramic condiment dish. For the purple, I used the existing blue mixture and added about 7 drops of red food coloring and a little more water. Let the twine dry and then wrap it around the egg hot gluing it along the way.

5. Glitter Dot Eggs-(I got this idea some where in blog land, but could not find it, sorry. Contact me if it is you!)
Place small glue dots (the ones you buy at the craft store) all around your egg then dip them in glitter.

6. Sparkle Eggs-Coat your eggs with mod podge using a foam brush then sprinkle glitter over them.
7. Sequin Covered Egg-Wrap a strand of sequins around your egg hot gluing as you go.

8. Glittery Monogram Egg-Use a tiny paint brush to paint your monogram using mod podge. Sprinkle glitter over it until thoroughly covered.

9. Paint Marbleized Egg-This idea was born when I accidentally dropped one of my painted eggs and it rolled and made a really cool pattern. Just paint your egg a color that contrasts with the plastic color. Then while the paint is still wet roll it around some paper making patterns all over the egg. Once the paint is dry coat with mod podge to protect and give it some shine.

10. Paper Decoupaged Eggs- Coat your egg with mod podge. Rip a little piece of paper (those will small patterns look best) and place on the egg. Paint over the paper with mod podge and smooth down with your fingers. Repeat until covered. Some of the papers may have to crease to accommodate the curves. Once covered paint on a final coat of mod podge to seal.

11. I guess this is the bonus idea. Dot painted Eggs-this one makes me feel a little retro for some reason. Use a tiny paintbrush or the pointed end or a pencil. Dip in paint and dot away making patterns.

Well that was one Saturday filled with some Easter "eggs"citement! Anyone need some eggs? ;)

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Feature Friday-Blog Swap with Smashed Peas and Carrots

Hi all! I am super duper excited to be here for the day...I just adore Michelle's blog, how much cool stuff can you find on here, LOVE it!!
My name is Maggie and I am the momma behind the curtain at the blog, Smashed Peas and Carrots, and my Etsy shop! That's me below.

I am a momma to two little ones (one boy and one girl) and one on the way...I'm due in July (woo hoo, half-way done!)...and I'm married to an amazing man that let's me go crazy in the crafts department, how lucky am I that he let me take over our dining room! I only have to clean it up for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter (and by looking at the calendar I better get cleaning!) My blog is about my life as a momma and the adventures and mishaps that happen when you have kids. I also have loads of DIY craft and sewing tutorials, yummy family friendly recipes, and easy projects to do with your little ones!

Michelle's One Minute Interview:

What is your favorite crafting tool or secret weapon?
WOW! There are so many to choose from...hmmm. I think my favorite tool is probably my rotary cutter! Weird, right? I use it ALL the time for cutting fabric, ribbon, felt, paper, the list goes on. It is 10,000 times better than a pair of scissors in my opinion. Everyone should have one, make that gotta get different sizes!

What is your favorite Easter tradition?
Oh my, I just love me an Easter Egg Hunt! They are sooo fun! I am loving having kids just so I can do them again and YAY that my kids are old enough to participate :)

Who would you have play the lead in a movie about your life story? Why?
My gosh, this one is hard, I never ever thought about it! I guess I would say Jennifer Lopez...please don't cringe! It's just that she is hispanic and so am Dad is from Peru (random fact alert!!) So, I suppose she is most fitting. Please don't all leave now!

Oh, that was fun! What a good idea Michelle,
I'm one of those silly people that love playing games!

Ok, so here's a little peek at some fun things you'll find on my blog:

I adore pretty-ing up my front door so I have lots of front door bling tutorials on my blog. Two of my favorites are the Fabric Rose Wreath and the Clothesline Wreath. I just made a Lettered Ribbon Door Hanging for Easter which I am totally lovin' these days, it would look great with the word 'Spring' too!

I have a tutorial for these super stylin' Glazed Fabric Button Rings I made out of fabric scraps. I just love how they are so customizable to the person or outfit. Plus, the glaze keeps the fabric waterproof so they won't get all icky and wonky after washing your hands all day long...a momma's dream come true...ok, maybe just mine :)

I'm currently having a love affair with my Crockpot, oooh I just can't get enough of it! I have tons of recipes which may or may not involve the crockpot on my blog. My family especially enjoyed this one for Banana a crockpot, how cool is that!?!

I also have a big thing for making felt foods, I think they are the coolest kids' toys out there. I have lots of tutorials on my blog for making your own. Some fun ones are the felt Cinnamon Roll and Blueberry Muffin, seen above in my Breakfast Basket.

Ok, man that was so fun! Thanks so much Michelle for letting me takeover your blog for the day!! Please blog hop, skip and jump over to Smashed Peas and Carrots and say 'hi' I always love to meet new friends :) I also have an amazing giveaway going on right now for some beautiful jewelry...come by and check it out!!


Um, I need to make some of those rings, like, now! I had no idea they were waterproof!! Just makes me love em more! Thanks Maggie for swappin' it up with me today!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

LDS General Conference Easter Activities

With LDS General Conference on Easter Sunday this year, I thought it would be fun to do a coloring page and activity with an Easter theme, but using words kids would hear in the conference talks. We are always in need of multiple activities to keep the kiddos entertained.

This first LDS General Conference Easter themed coloring page is meant for older kids who can read, but younger ones could just color it or get help from mom and dad.

Click on the pic above to make it bigger to print.

Original image source

Here is a little General Conference Easter egg hunt activity for the smaller ones who need the picture help. They can color the eggs each time they hear a word in a talk and tape them in the Easter basket. My little one loves anything to do with tape. You could even do an incentive at the end (like candies or nickels) based on the number of eggs they have in their basket.

Print Empty Easter Basket Here

Click on the egg pages below to enlarge them to print.

Topic Eggs page 1

Topic eggs page 2

Egg graphic source

You are welcome to print and use what you like. Have a great Conference/Easter weekend!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Join me for Sassy Scoops Girl's Night Out!

This is for you local Utah gals. As many of you know, I am one of the 9 bloggers that make up Sassy Scoops a local Utah business review site. Well, I am so excited for our first official Girl's Night Out where all of our friends are invited! It is going to be so fun!

Feel free to bring your girlfriend, mom, sister, niece, neighbor, stylist…anyone you know who’s ready for a night on the town (or at least a night at a yummy cafe in the heart of Daybreak). The evening will be full of food, fun, giveaways and of course gelato—quite possibly the best gelato in all of Utah. Here are the details:

Saturday, April 17th

7:00 p.m. ~ 10:00 p.m.

San Gelato Cafe on Soda Row

11259 Kestrel Rise Rd., South Jordan

SassyScoops girls' night outBecause San Gelato Cafe loves us as much as we love them, they’ll have a special that night for those who come to party with us: one free scoop of gelato with any purchase. Buy a scoop, get one free; buy a delicious panini, get a scoop free.

We will have some fabulous giveaways that night from some of our fave local business including San Gelato Cafe, Blend Fashions, My Dough Girl, and our ever favorite Girl Scouts. We’ll also be giving away one ticket to the upcoming Casual Blogger Conference, but you have to be in attendance to have the chance win it!

Mark your calendar now so you can come party with us. Consider yourself my personal guest! I would love to see you there!

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Monday, March 22, 2010

No Bunny Loves Me Like Ewe Do Easter Banner

I am really excited about this DIY Easter banner. I am usually not much of a paper crafter, but I had a lot of fun making this. I wanted something that said more than Happy Easter, so I came up with the saying "No Bunny Loves me Like Ewe do."

1. I started by cutting out all my letters and backing them with card stock. I did it free hand, but you could use a stencil or print a font from your computer that you like. I made the Os eggs to add a little more Easter spirit. I punched holes in the tops to hang them with paper clips.

2. Next, I made a bunny out of paper and burlap. The whiskers are strands of burlap I pulled out for this Easter Egg Pillow. I hot glued it all together.

3. I was inspired by Linda's twine wrapped heart idea, though I used a styrofoam heart and wrapped it a little differently. I attached the heart and S with ribbon.

4. I made the dot for the i with paper and burlap. I cut out different shapes, bent up the edges and layered them using sticky foam spacers to give it more dimension.

5. I made the lamb or ewe from some incredibly soft fabric. Not sure what it's called but the back looks like fake tan suede. I cut out a cloud shape with a tail and added a little oval for an ear. Then, I added feet and a head with brown card stock.

I hot glued the pieces together and on to a piece of paper to add color and hold it together better.

6. Hang all the pieces from a ribbon with paper clips and you're done!

I had a ton of scraps that I have big plans for. What do you think I will be making? Stay tuned....

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Skip to my Lou-Made by You
Making the World Cuter
Sumo's Sweet Stuff-Market yourself Monday
The Girl Creative-Just Something I Whipped Up
Craftaholics Anonymous- Easter Roundup

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