Friday, April 30, 2010

Feature Friday-Blog Swap with Making the World Cuter

Hey Tipsy People! I am so excited to be over here on Michelle's blog! She always has such fun tips and tutorials, and she likes German chocolate cake! I love German Chocolate, and I can't wait to sink my teeth into those cookies she makes! Although...I would be the only one who ate them at my house and that would be detrimental to my "trying to eat better, at least while I'm pregnant diet."

Let me introduce name is Tiffany, you can call me Tiff...I have 3 insanely cute kids that make my world cuter, and me and my adorable husband are expecting baby number four coming this fall. This picture cracks me up with my two boys being so darn serious! :)

I blog over here at Making the World Cuter. I am on a mission to make the world cuter, one kid, cupcake or crafty thing at a time! I hope you come over and say hi!I also love photography and have a little photography blog called Pumpernickel Buttons. I hope to start updating that a lot more soon, once the weather in Southern Oregon decides that winter is over!

Michelle asked me some fun questions to answer during this swap, what a fun girl! :)
  1. What is your favorite crafting tool or secret weapon? My favorite tool is my hot glue gun. What other tool can help you fake sewing, put together wood projects and about a million other things?
  2. What is your favorite gift you have ever given or received for Mother's Day? Every year for Mothers Day I give my mom and mother in law a picture of my kids holding the same signs saying "We Love You Grandma." It's fun to see them change each year, and the grandma's love them! Here is one from a couple years back that I pulled out...
  3. If you could spend tomorrow anywhere (no boundaries) where would you go and what would you do? I would spend it with my husband-just me and him, and we would be in Kauai, where we went for our honeymoon. And we would lay on the beach, and eat delicious fresh seafood, and spend all sorts of money on fun presents for me, and maybe a couple for the kids (there are no boundaries on money either-right?).
Here are a few of those "crafty" things that I have made in the recent past that have "cutened" up the world a least in my opinion! :)

This wooden tiled mirror...
I like to do furniture makeovers, this glider is my favorite-it was so hideous before!
I generally do easy and cheap projects (and no I am not either of those things-just ask my hubby), like this burlap wreath with fabric scraps and salt dough buttons.
One of my favorite things to make are napkin rings, here are a couple I have made that I really like, and they were practically free!

I love meeting new blog friends, and really hope you come by for a visit.

PS-I have a party every Monday where you show off how you made the world cuter, it's super fun, and I would love to have you!

Thanks Michelle for letting me take over your blog!

Isn't she the cutest? I have got to try her Oreo Madness Cupcakes! Thanks for swappin' it up Tiff!

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

This Vase Rocks!

No really, this vase is a rock. Take a rock, somehow drill a hole in the thing and voila a totally cool earthy centerpiece. Can't wait to show this one to the hubs. I'm sure his mind will start spinning thinking of the drill bit you would have to have to manage this feat. I love it!

I found this little treasure during my trip to Cabo last month with my wonderful, amazing, successful, gem of a sister Amy. Lucky for me she is a big wig at CompHealth (they are #26 on the Fortune's Best Companies to Work for list. I am convinced it is because my sis keeps them in tip top shape. ;) ) where she earned a spot at President's Club and picked me of all people to go with her! I spotted this neato rock vase in the lobby bar in our hotel the Fiesta Americana. (Don't worry, we weren't drinking, rather playing a mean round of Phase 10.)

Oh, and since I never shared, here is a little feast for the eyes of our trip...

I do a mean pirate face! That last one is a jelly fish that had washed up on the beach.

Here's to May flowers fast approaching!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday-Weight of the World

Trying on Daddy's work backpack.


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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rain Cloud Art & Music Activity & Teaching Toddlers How to Use Glue

Dear Spring,

Your killing us with all this rain. We are doing our best to keep busy and happy inside, but are hoping May brings flowers and no more of these showers. To show our appreciation for all this moisture we are dedicating this activity to you. Know that you are officially recognized and that you can feel free to go on your merry way!

Sunny Sky Hopefuls

So I'm sure many of you are like me and trying to keep the kids entertained and distracted from the fact that outside is not an option everyday. Here is a little Art/Music Project that is super easy, uses what you already have and will keep the kiddos busy for a good few minutes.

Items needed:

White Cardstock
Blue paper
Condiment dish

Since my little guy is not yet 2 1/2 I did all the cutting, but older kids can handle this on their own. Cut out a Cloud shape from the white and lots of raindrops in varying sizes from the blue. This can be a fun way to teach about big and small.

I decided it was high time my guy had his first experience with Elmer's so I pulled out a few helpful tools to minimize the mess.

He loved dipping the Q-tips in the glue and doing it all by himself. After a while, the cotton starts to stretch so I recommend changing Q-tips a few times so the end stays intact and easy to work with.

He also liked choosing which raindrop to use and where to put it. Sometimes with toddlers it is all about giving them choices. I like that this made him feel really independent. Frankly, I have never seen him this quiet and concentrated!



After our little Rain Cloud Art Project, I taught him some rain songs. Basically, the only ones I could think of, I was too lazy to look any up.

We sang:
  • Rain, Rain, Go Away
  • I'm Just a Little Black Raincloud (from Winnie the Pooh)
  • It's Raining, It's Pouring
I have been realizing that lots of little kids rhymes and songs are kind of gruesome. Now, my little guy insists that the old man "broke" his head, not just "bumped" it.

Here's a little clip I caught halfway through...

When I told the hubs what we had done, he suggested the song "Rain drops keep falling on my head." That may have been one with a happier spin. ;) I can't help that my songs have one saying "Go AWAY", one pretending to be something else so you can steal, and one with a man dying.

Just thought I would share. I know if you live in UT you will have plenty of time to use this in the next three days with highs in the 40s!

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Feature Friday-Blog Swap with Infarrantly Creative

Hello Tipsy Readers!
My name is Beckie and this is the face behind Infarrantly Creative...

Infarrantly Creative? Huh...what does that mean?

My last name is Farrant. I am playing off the word "inherent" which means: existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable element, quality, or attribute. So I am Infarrantly Creative, pleased to meet you.

I am a DIY gal with a big vision and a small budget. Come join me as I showcase all of my random projects. I do everything from furniture refabbing to sewing, painting, reupholstery, decoupaging, and cooking.

I have been married to my best friend for 11 years. I have an active, rambunctious four year-old boy named Isaac and a sweet, innocent (so far) baby girl named Kayla who is one.
Here are some of my favorite posts (click on the pictures to go to the tutorials).



Ballard Designs Acanthus Cut-Out Plaque:

One of my most favorite things I blog about is Roadkill Rescue. It is the term I have coined when I find something curbside and give it new life. Here are a few Roadkill Rescues…

Roadkill Rescued Hutch


Roadkill Rescued Doll Crib


Roadkill Rescued Puppet Theater/Snack Shop

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and while I am bragging here is my latest love: Reupholstery!


Thanks for allowing me the spotlight. I would love to for you to come over to my house for a visit. I have got plenty of room…come grab a chair. :-)




Visit, can I move in?! Thanks Beckie for swappin' it up with all these AMAZING projects! You are truly talented!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

YW Birthday Gift Idea

Ok, so I shared this idea long ago, but finally took pics and got the saying for you. It's only like a few months later. ;) But, I thought they were cute so I wanted to share anyway.

The note says (by Diana Lee):
"Be strong
Be of good courage
Be not afraid
Follow in HIS footsteps and thou will not be dismayed."

I love how it ties in to this years mutual theme Joshua 1:9.

They could be a fun tuck in treat for camp.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

DIY Interchangeable Butterfly Headband

Do you want to join the headband craze, but not for $25 a pop?! Me too. I am loving all the adorable headbands you find everywhere and decided to try one out for myself. Enter the DIY Interchangeable Butterfly headband!

Isn't she a doll?! I saw this adorable headband (below, sorry it's hard to see, it's the only pic I could find because cute Quinn is always behind the camera!)on my friend Quinn a few months ago and thought, I bet I could make one of those!

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I went on my quest and found this dandy three pack of headbands at the Dollar Tree. I am good with 33 cents!!

Next, I headed over to Hobby Lobby and found these little beauties for $1.99! I did a little dance in the aisle. I love the colors and the little wings are made out of stiff feathers which gives them a cool texture.

You could easily glue the butterflies right to the headband, but I wanted to be able to switch out colors. The butterflies came with a wire sticking out of them, so I just secured the wire in the butterfly better with some glue and wired it right on to the headband.

Now, I can wear them and change them around as I please!

I think I might go get some of those permanent stick black velcro dots and attach the butterflies with those so they are easier to change out.

Oh, and nothing like wearing a bug on your head for Earth Day!;)

Linking up with:
Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design
Look What I Made @ Creations By Kara
Works for Me Wednesday
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Bring Spring @ Scraps n Strings

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Wordless Wednesday-All Hail Spring

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