Friday, December 31, 2010

Feature Friday-Blog Swap with Just Between Friends

I'm so excited to be here at A Little Tipsy, and I'm even more excited that Michelle is taking over my blog! I love Michelle's fun dating ideas and her caramel apples look like something straight from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. YUMMY!!!

Now, if you don't mind, Michelle, I am going to take over your blog.
Let's get down to the nitty gritty.....


I'm Jonie from Just Between Friends. I am married to a man that loves to fish and we have a 17 month old little girl that seems to always keep us busy. I am pretty new to blogging. I started my blog just this last August, and I love it! It has been such a great motivator for me as well as a creative outlet.

Some of my favorite projects I've done are:


#1. Scrap Wood Shelves My daughter loves to read and I wanted a way that I could store her books without her needing to throw them off the shelf to see the cover. That is how I came up with this idea.



She still seems to need to throw her books everywhere, but at least she knows what book she is grabbing before she throws it.


#2. Fireplace Mantel When we moved into our house, there was no mantel above the fireplace. Talk about bor-ing! I decided to take a stab at it using just some 2X4s and some other various wood. I LOVE the way it turned out and I am having so much fun decorating it for the holidays.





Some day I am going to try putting up brick or stone or something like that in the space between the fireplace and the mantel. One thing at a time.

#3. Front Room Makeover I wanted to surprise my husband with a room makeover while he was out of town. I am pretty sure that when I told my husband I had a surprise for him he didn't imagine this. He of course likes the way it looks. (I don't think he would dare tell me otherwise)




One of my favorite parts about this room is this pillow. I made it from the skirt my sister wore at my wedding. You can read all about how I made the pillows here.



I think that is enough to get you started in my blog. I really would love for you to stop by and follow along in my many crafting adventures.

Thanks so much Michelle for having me over! You can have your blog back now :)

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Be sure to check out her awesome ribbon holder too! Thanks for swappin' it up Jonie!



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Thursday, December 30, 2010

A New Twist on New Year’s Eve

After having kids, it is inevitable that every New Year’s Eve won’t be the all-night bash it once was. Instead of thinking about how that sassy little party dress is just hanging in the back of your closet, why not have a celebration with your children? Help your kids make a few party accessories and create some memories together. Sure, it isn’t the same as sipping bubbly at the hottest new club downtown, but I guarantee you will ring in the new year with a smile. Roll up your sleeves and dig in!

Times Square Ball

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The Countdown Ball

Your kids may not be able to stay awake long enough to see the infamous Times Square ball drop at the stroke of midnight, so what better than having them make their own? You can find everything you need at your local craft supply store. Take a single, metallic chenille stem (known in my day as a “pipe cleaner”) and push it into a simple 2-3” Styrofoam ball. You will want about 1-1/2” of the chenille stem stuck into the foam. Then, have your child cover the entire surface of the foam ball with sequins, using either craft glue or stick pins to attach them. If you use glue, allow the glue time to dry.

Crown

A plain, foam crown can typically be purchased from any local craft store. But, you can also fashion one from a piece of poster board if you feel comfortable drawing the shape and cutting it out. If you go the poster board route, you will just need to use a stapler or glue to attach the two ends together. Using sticky foam letters or perhaps some glitter paint, help your child write “Happy New Year” or “2011” on the front of the crown. Your child can decorate it however he or she wants to make it their own.

Shakers

Have some empty water bottles in your recycling bin? Take them out, wash and rinse them, then remove the label. Use construction, wrapping or scrapbook paper to cover the exterior. Let your child get creative with stickers, paint, markers, crayons, sequins, ribbon and any other supplies you may have to personalize their shaker. Once the shaker is decorated, fill it with simple dried beans, then screw the lid on very tight.

Noisemaker Horns

No New Year’s Eve is complete without noisemakers. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Are you kidding me? My kids are loud by themselves and they already have a zillion toys with lights, buzzers and whatever else that give me a headache.” As a mother, I can attest with every ounce of my being that my children are indeed noisemakers on their own, without the assistance of a novelty toy. Trust me. However, on this one special night, I think making noisemakers is mandatory. Take a piece of poster board and shape it into a cone. Glue or staple it into place. Then, take shiny wrapping paper and cover the outside of the cone, attaching it with glue or double-sided tape. If you have curling ribbon on-hand, cut a few pieces and curl them with scissors (parents, please do that part!). Then take some glue or double-sided tape and attach the ends of the curled ribbon to the inside of the wider end of the cone. Voila! A simple “horn” the kids can yell or blow through, but nowhere near as noisy as the store-bought kind. Perfect.

Click here and scroll down to print image as coloring page.

You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to make some fabulous New Year’s Eve crafts with your children. Simple ideas, familiar supplies and a little creativity will go a long way to make precious memories. And, if you are lucky, your kids will have so much fun during their little party that they will wear themselves out and fall asleep early, leaving you and your significant other with some peace and quiet to sip champagne and toast to the New Year!

Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education, where recently she's been researching online mechanical engineering degrees and blogging about student life. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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Thanks to Maria for some fun ideas to do with the kiddos! I love the idea of making your own countdown ball. Many times we let the kids watch the ball drop in NY (10 o'clock our time) and then get them off to bed. :)


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Vacating for the Holidays

Hello all! Just wanted to say I will be sparse around these parts the next week or so. I am taking a break to enjoy the holidays with my family computer free. Woo hoo!

I'll be sewing some of these...



and making some of these...

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drinking some of this...




opening one of these...

KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer

and the baby will be playing Jesus in our Christmas Eve family production of this...
http://www.pretendtobee.co.uk/images/ww/side%20bar%20images/nativity-new.jpg

We'll start fresh in January. Until then, Happy holidays!

Oh, and in case you were wondering...;)

The winner of the Babybjorn Synergy carrier is...

Jacob And Angie Ward said... I am a follower!

Congrats!

Merry Christmas!!

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Feature Friday-Blog Swap with Just Sew Sassy

Hello all you fabulous A Little Tipsy fans!! We're super excited to be posting here today:) We LOVE this blog, and feel honored to have been given the opportunity to share a little something with you!! We're Staci and Marina from Just Sew Sassy, Make sure you stop by our blog today to see what Michelle is sharing with us!!



Allow us to introduce...

I'm Staci. I've been married 7 years to a man I met in Bolivia. You know, just some man. J/K we were missionaries together over in the Santa Cruz mission. I'm now a barely sane SAHM of three darling kiddos 5yrs and younger. Crafty things make me happy, and are probably what help me keep my sanity.

And I'm Marina, I have been married for almost 9 years to my amazing supportive husband. I have two little girls that are the inspiration behind most of my crafty attempts. We are two best friends that love to blog, sew and create...

Stop by Just Sew Sassy on Monday for our "yummies" edition of treats...

Come by on Tuesday for some simple tutorials and projects...

We also have some silly wordless Wednesday posts...

And Thursday Treasures where we highlight some new items from our Etsy shop!!


Michelle asked us to answer some fun questions for Christmas...


What is your favorite crafting tool or secret weapon?


Staci: Hmm, when all else fails, use a hot glue gun! It works on paper, fabric, pretty much anything you need to STAY in place!

Marina: I would have to say my sewing machine! I can always whip something up in no time!


Describe a childhood Christmas memory.

Staci: I wanted a puppy for like my entire childhood existence, and never thought I would have one. So, one EARLY early Christmas morning when I was about 12 yrs old, my parents woke me up by putting the tiniest, cutest, cocker spaniel puppy ever, (still wimpering and crying) right in bed next to me. I was so happy I cried. I would love to do that for my kids someday... (Now I'm the one telling my kids "no" to a puppy).

Marina: Hmmm... I had lots of good ones but for me it would have to be when I got my first 10 speed bike, hahaha I know I'm a nerd but I rode that thing everywhere!


If you were a character from a Christmas special who would you be and why?

Staci: Ok, this is a hard one b/c I'm the nerd that watches all the cutesy, (is that a word) tender, little hallmark specials on TV. So I don't even know which I would pick. You've probably never seen the shows... So I'll stick to the classics. I would probably be the mother on Home Alone. I feel so frantic, forgetful, and overwhelmed during the Holidays that I could forget a kid (lucky for me, that hasn't happened yet). Is that a confession or what!! I still LOVE the holidays, frantic or not:)

Marina: That's a good one! I'm not sure who I would be!

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I do adore that ruffly scarf! Thanks to Staci and Marina for swappin' it up!

The winner of the Dinner kits and $25 Visa Card is...

Karin said... Enjoyed hearing about your dates-- Fun, easy to do ideas!


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Babybjorn Carrier Review & Giveaway

If there is one thing I have learned making the rounds with baby number two it is that you can't skimp with baby products. If you buy cheap diapers they leak, discount bottles will give baby's tummy bubbles and economical carriers will make your back hurt. When it comes to baby I have my favorite brands and I do not stray. Straying causes stress and who needs more stress?!



Babybjorn makes my carrier of choice. I tried a couple of carrier brands with my first son. I borrowed a carrier from my sister and when she had a baby a few months later, I borrowed my sister-in-law's Babybjorn carrier. I had no idea what I was missing. The Babybjorn carrier was so much more comfortable! It was easily adjustable to fit like a glove on anyone who wore it. I love that it has lumbar support for me and proper support for my little guy's wobbly head. There are also little loops by the legs that can hook to make the leg holes smaller for newborns. Love! It makes me feel like my little one can sit comfortably without being flailed about as I move. He loves being all snuggled up and toted about.


(I didn't put his arms out the holes because he is still little and likes having them close by his face.)

So, guess who has her very own Babybjorn carrier now. Yep, me! It is super festive in bright red. One of the few things for this little guy that aren't hand me down from my first. Happy new carrier buddy!

What is that you say? You wish you had one too. One that was made from mesh so it is cool and breathable? It should have a cool name (well, besides Bjorn which is a pretty cool name in and of itself!) too like trifecta or verve or synergy. Well call me Fairy Godmother because ...



We are giving away a Babybjorn Synergy Carrier to a lucky Tipsy reader!
($170 at Target)

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Giveaway closes Wednesday, December 22nd. Good Luck!

Disclosure: Babybjorn provided me with a carrier for review and one to share. Aren't they swell.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Guess what came in the mail?! The Jack and Chloe Santa suit arrived and the little guy could not be more thrilled! He wanted to put it on right away so I let him try it on before bed.

Then, we saved it for his birthday party with his Aunts & Cousins where he walked around handing out candy canes and saying "Ho, ho, HO!"

It survived the boy for a night and a trip through the wash so I am giving the little suit props! He will wear it to meet Santa at story time tomorrow and again on Christmas eve. He's such a happy little Santa.

Don't fret if you did not get your suit from Jack and Chloe this year. They have adorable non-Christmas items too!
I love the appliqued onesies and well this shirt is just tutu cute!

Custom set of 3 ladybug onesies-you choose size, name, and monogram letterCustom baby onesies gift set- you choose size, colors, name Toddler Girl tutu cute shirt in hot pink and black

She's having a destash sale so run over and stock up!

Disclosure: Jack and Chloe provided me with the Santa Suit, but the opinions of her shop are my own.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Stay Home Date Ideas & Giveaway

As much as we love to go out on extravagant date nights, sometimes budget and or time constraints just don't allow for it. The hubs and I have found a good alternative to going out for these times when you still want a fun date night, but just can't make it out. The stay home date night. May sound kind of lame at first, but trust me it can be just as fun as going out. Here are some stay home date night ideas to get you started. Just put the little ones to bed and enjoy the time to yourselves!

Candlelight Scrabble Date

I actually surprised my husband with this one and set it all up while he put our son to bed. He loves word games so I chose a few of his favorites to have as options. Then, I spread a blanket on the floor, turned off the lights and surrounded it with plates of candles.



There is something about candlelight that makes everything special. He chose scrabble and it was an extra long game. We melted the candles all the way down.



Then the hubs threw in a twist of his own, pulled out one of his old college books (he was an English major) and read me some Shakespearean Sonnets. Some were romantic, some just kind of weird, but all fun nonetheless.



Chinese Date Night

I was inspired by this Chinese Date night idea from Love Actually. A trip to the party store (Zurchers) and the Dollar Tree and I had everything I needed to pull off our Asian theme. Ours had a little Christmas flair with the green tablecloth. I would do black if it were not December. :)



On hand: tablecloth, red ramekins, river rocks, battery tea lights

Dollar Tree: Serenity Garden (thing with rocks sand and rake), place mats, dishes

Zurchers: Asian hat, chopsticks, black take out boxes, fan, Chinese finger trap

Amazon: Asian spoons, Smashburger: Take out boxes

Smith's: La Choy fortune cookies (in the black boxes)

I spent about $25, but it is all stuff I can use again.



I adorned some of the items with little notes, like "You're stuck with me" on the Chinese finger trap and "I'm so fortunate to have you" on the fortune cookie box. I realized later I should have put "I'm your biggest fan" on the fan. :)



I am still in easy dinner mode so we started out with egg drop soup and then tried an Orange Chicken meal kit by Wanchai Ferry. It actually turned out really good. The directions were easy to follow and all I had to have on hand was chicken and water. The rest was in the box. Nice! Sometimes that's about all we have in stock these days. ;) The flavor wasn't really orangey, but had a little spice to it. We would totally make it again.




Sick of giveaways yet? Hope not cause here comes another one! We are giving away a Date Night prize pack that includes one Wanchai Ferry dinner kit, one Macaroni Grill dinner kit, and a $25 Visa gift card that you can use to create a magical date night at home! Sweet, I know!




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Wanchai Ferry and Macaroni Grill provided me with the free product, information, and prize pack through MyBlogSpark.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

2011 Mutual Theme Subway Art

I wanted something special to give our young women at our Christmas lesson. Each year we give them something that reflects the next year's mutual theme. The 2011 mutual theme is the 13th Article of Faith so I thought it would be really cool to go with the latest craze and turn the key words in to subway art.

It was so easy to create the mutual theme subway art using wordle. I just popped in my words, listing twice the words I wanted larger. Then I played with layouts and color schemes. I stuck with black and white to keep the emphasis on the words instead of the colors. This will also make it easy to print at home without plowing through my colored ink keeping the cost minimal.

I am going to print our subway art on cardstock and put it in black dollar store frames. I may find a two sided one and put the pictures we took of our girls at the temple in the other side.

Total cost will be just over a dollar each! Yay!

If you want to download it straight from wordle, click the icon below.

Wordle: 2011 Mutual theme blk/wht

See our past mutual theme Christmas gifts:

2010 Stamped Necklaces



2009 Believe Blocks


I have always stayed up late working on them with my last YW adviser Amanda who was released a few months ago. She had her adorable baby girl on the same day I had my little guy. Miss you girl! Wanna come put subway art in frames for old times sake? ;)

Here is a slideshow I made for the 2008 lesson as my Personal Progress Faith Value Project. This was the lesson where we gave out the believe blocks. The music is "You Were Always There" from the Jenny Phillips Parables cd. I LOVE this song!


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