Monday, June 28, 2010

Patriotic Ribbon Topiary

I love this Patriotic Ribbon Topiary as the centerpiece for my burlap ruffle table runner! I saw this topiary from Whitney Caroline Designs last year and got started making my own. I just didn't finish it until this year. ;) I am not only celebrating the freedom in this great country, but the freedom of finally having this project done!

It cost me about 5 bucks to make. I had a syrofoam ball left over from my DIY moss ball project. I bought three spools of dollar ribbon and a dowel. I recycled a piece of Styrofoam packaging to hold it up in the target dollar section bucket and topped with some paper filler that came decorating a gift from a client. Oh, and I already had the pins.

It took quite a while to cut and pin all those little ribbon circles which is why it took my short attention span one session last year and one session this year to complete it. I sure do love it now that it's done!

Lucky for me, I live in Utah where we celebrate Pioneer Day on the 24th of July so I get to leave my Red, White and Blue up the whole month of July!

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Teaching Toddlers Colors

This fun toddler activity combines hand eye coordination with learning colors. They get to build a tower increasing their coordination, but can only use the specified color.

For instance, we used yellow. He had to find a yellow block and then add it to the tower. Once the tower was built he would knock it down and we would start again.


He loved playing it over and over and it really helped with his color recognition.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Feature Friday-Blog Swap with Ucreate

I am so excited to be featured by Kari over on Ucreate today!! I was so lucky to spend some time with her at CBC and was thrilled when she asked me to be a guest on Ucreate. Be sure to run over and see the tutorial I did just for her. It involves washers, nail polish and lots of accessorizing...

Now on to the fun stuff. I asked Kari to answer some questions so we could all get to know her a little better.

U Create

What is your favorite crafting tool or secret weapon?
  • This depends on what type of craft I'm working on. Right now I would definitely say my new Silhouette machine! I'm having so much fun with it and will be showing my readers some really cool things to do with it soon!

If you were a candy bar what would you be?
  • Hands down candy bar on the planet! Just had one.
If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life what would it be?
  • I like stylish clothes, but I am so into comfort! I would pick my favorite jeans, a cool graphic tee, and flip flops for sure!! (At CBC, she had on a super cute Ucreate owl t-shirt she made!)

What is one of your favorite summer activities to do with your kids?
  • It's hard to chose one, but I would have to say picnics at the park. We bring frisbees, balls, etc...feed the ducks...and eat a picnic lunch on a blanket.

Thanks to Kari for a fun Feature Friday!!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Burlap Ruffle Table Runner

This is a fun patriotic table runner with a little burlap ruffle for added cuteness. I made it for the 4th of July, but it can easily be done with alternate fabric for any occasion.

Supplies needed:
2 cotton towels or fabric
Denim (slightly more than 1 pant leg)
Burlap (at least 1 ft x 4 ft, preferably more)
Sewing Machine
Glue Gun
Hot Glue

My patriotic cotton towels are from Dollar Tree.

1. Cut towels in half. Measure how long your table is to see how much denim you will need to make the runner long enough. Alternate material.

2. Pin and sew the edges of the denim to match the towel width.
3. Put the bright sides of the fabric together. Pin and sew the edge together to connect the two fabrics. Continue until all the pieces are sewn together in a strip.

4. Cut burlap in to six 2 inch wide and about 4 foot long strips. Snip and pull out one of the burlap strands to make cutting straight a snap.
5.To make ruffles, hold on to the strand in the middle of the end a burlap strip and CAREFULLY push the material to gather. Do this from each end until the gathering meeting in the middle and you have a ruffle. Be extremely gentle with the strand. I broke mine multiple times. When you are happy with the amount of gathering, tie knots on the end of each strand to keep the ruffle in place.

6. Now hot glue your ruffles on each seam. Wrap the edges of the burlap around the runner and glue down for a finished look.

I was so proud to show off my Denim and burlap ruffle table runner to the hubs when he got home. Too bad he asked what it was and was confused. He claims he has never seen a table runner before. I know he has seen them tons of times at my moms house. Such a man.

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Belated Birthday Gift

Anyone else feel a little behind lately? Just because you might be late doesn't mean you aren't thoughtful. ;) Here is a belated birthday gift I took to my YW adviser and friend. The card reads, "I'm so sorry I missed your birthday. I give you official permission to light this candle, blow it out, and make an extra birthday wish!"

I went with a vanilla candle since it seems to be a scent everyone likes, plus it is a neutral color that matches any decor.

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Uncle Ben's Brown Rice Review

When Mom Central invited me to review Uncle Ben's Brown Rice, I was excited to do so! I have really been trying to find fast and easy ways to incorporate healthier foods in to our diet. Brown rice is a great source of whole grain and thus a good switch to make.

"To give home cooks the choice, Uncle Ben’s has developed a few types of whole grain brown rice – Natural Whole Grain Brown, with the traditional cook time (30 minutes), plus Fast & Natural Instant Brown Rice and Boil-In-Bag Whole Grain Brown Rice (both ready in 10 minutes) so you can decide which type of brown rice fits the type of meal you are preparing, but still know that you’re getting whole grains on the table."

Over the last week, I have made meals using both the traditional brown rice and the fast brown rice and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

First, I made sirloin and rice with the Fast & Natural rice. I was running behind getting dinner on the table and it was so fast! I had dinner on the table in 20 minutes. My little one was so anxious to try it you can see him trying to snatch it away in the picture.

Here's a little video of him eating it. Sorry about the huge bite and talking with mouth full.

I used the traditional brown rice to make Chicken Fried Rice (one of the few ways I will eat cooked peas or scrambled eggs) which was another big hit. After the fast rice turning out so well I was worried that this one would have more of the brown rice tinge, but it was just as good as with white rice. The boys loved having Chinese night pairing the Fried rice with Egg Drop Soup.

Sometimes, picky eaters will cringe at brown rice, but the texture and taste of this rice is really great! My family could not even tell the difference. I think this will be one healthy substitution that will be seamless in our household. I would recommend giving them a try and see if you can fool your family!

FTC Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Uncle Ben’s and received samples to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Flower Table Cloth Weights

I love those disposable plastic table cloths for birthday parties and summer BBQs, but they are pretty plain and annoying in the wind. I decided to make some Flower Table Cloth Weights to keep the table cloth in place and also add a bit of flair. It is so easy to make your own and they work really well!

Supplies needed:
Clips with a hole in the top
Glue Gun
Glue sticks
*all my supplies were purchased at Dollar Tree. I know big surprise. ;)

Since I bought stems of white daisies at the dollar store, they were kinda sparse. I pulled them apart and combined the petals of two flowers to make them look nice and full.

Before putting the green back on again, I added some glue to the stem to make them stay together better.

Then just add glue to the green stem and stick it through the clip hole.

It's as easy as that! Then just scrunch up the bottom of the table cloth and clip the flower on.

To store, place flower down flat in a gallon ziploc bag.

I made 8 flower table cloth weights which used 8 clips and 16 flowers. You could make 10 weights with 2 packs of clips and 3 bunches of flowers ($5).

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Father's Day Art Project and Gift Wrap Idea

My little one wanted to paint today, so I turned it into a Father's Day Art Project. It turned out so cute that the art project then turned in to the gift wrap for our Father's and Grandfather's Day Presents.

I just drew the outline of a tie on a big sheet of white paper and let him have at it with the finger paint. We did one color and let it dry for a bit, then added a second color.

Once he was done I traced the outline with a Sharpie to make it stand out and cut the tie out. We wrote a little note on the one being sent in the mail and attached the other two to blue gift bags.

Happy Father's Day!!

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