Monday, January 31, 2011

Make Snow Cones

It's here. It's plentiful, so why not make use of it?!




My little guy could sit outside and eat snow for hours so I decided to bring it inside and make snow cones. It is oh so easy to add a little flavor and kick up the fun.


How to Make Snow Cones

1. Scoop up a bunch of clean fresh white snow.



2. Mix up some "snow cone syrup." I used one of those Welch's single serving packets meant for a water bottle and mixed it with about 6 oz. of water. Countrytime, Hawaiian Punch (get them at Dollar Tree) and Kool-Aid makes the packets too so you could have a variety of flavors.



3. Pour it on.



He sat there and ate it until it was gone.






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Friday, January 28, 2011

Heart Wreath

I love that this wreath is so versatile. I made it red so it would work for multiple holidays. Right now I have it all set up as a heart wreath for Valentine's Day, but can easily swap out the accessories to sparkly stars for the 4th of July or ornaments for Christmas.



There is a great tutorial on Simple Sage Designs for this crepe paper wreath, so I won't reinvent the wheel. But, this will give you a good clue as to how it is done.



I got it done with just the red, but it was missing something. I felt like it was just a big red blob.



So I cut a bamboo skewer to about two or three inches and inserted in the top.



Then, I added some of my fabric hearts.



I hung it up using an over-sized push pin on the back side of the door, but it still needed something.



So I took some advice from the Beatles, "All you need is love."


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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Fab Five-Blogger Style

Thanks to Trop 50 for sponsoring my writing about fabulous bloggers. This year Trop50 is granting 50 fabulous wishes. Click here to enter for a chance to win $1,000 to help grant a friend's wish!

Now, on to the Fab Five. These are five "crafty" (sorry Lara) bloggers I heart for one reason or another. There are a ton more that I blog stalk regularly so it was hard to choose five, but these are my faves for today.

Cheri at I am Momma Hear Me Roar



Having two boys of my own I love that she has so many fantastic boy ideas! You should see her son's new room, amazing! She also has adorable accessories for mom, which is super important when you are outnumbered three to one! Someone's got to up the girly quotient! And let's face it her blog title is just plain awesomeness. And wait, she lives in UT and I have never met her. How can this be?! Maybe someday.

Char at Crap I've Made



This girl has major skills. I would kill (or maybe just slightly mame) to be able to sew like her. Did you see her kids' Halloween costumes (Santa & Buddy the elf, Slurpee)?! I about died. Mostly, I just love that she does not take herself too seriously and makes me laugh all the time. And I love all the color in her house. (I was lucky enough to sneak over to Bunco one night when they had some friends cancel.) My house is a total snooze in comparison.

Jen at Tatertots and Jello



Jen is the epitome of class. She is such a sweetheart and even invited her readers over for a holiday cookie exchange. No wonder, her house is gorgeous! Her decor is even more beautiful in person, seriously breathtaking! When I grow up and don't have toddlers who will carry off anything within reach, I would love to decorate like Jen. She is the queen of subway art, decor pillows and pennants Sometimes, she even combines them. Oh, and I would trade closets with her any day! She always looks so put together!

Lara aka Ellie G at Less Cake More Frosting

Less Cake{More Frosting}

In so many ways, Lara and I are totally different. She loves the frosting, I like the cake. She lives on the East side, I dwell on the West. She loves cherry and dislikes cinnamon, switch that around and you'll find me. But according to Paula Abdul "Opposites Attract" and in this case it is totally true. I have had a friend crush on this girl since the moment I met her. She is hi-larious and has a super cool style (can I pull off that haircut?!), besides the fact that she is an amazing designer! Oh and she loves Disney, so that is always a plus in my book!

Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous


I featured Linda when she was first getting in to blogging and have loved her creations ever since. She gets bonus points because she is from my home town. Linda is master of zippers and gray (which I love, love) and does a mean re-purpose. Plus, she has two little boys, a toddler and a baby just like me.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

YW lesson 4: Preparing to Become an Eternal Companion Handout

I know this is last minute, but, well, that's how I roll. I came up with this idea for Young Women lesson 4 on "Preparing to Become an Eternal Companion" tonight and thought I would share. I liked the quote from the lesson that said, "There is no time to wait, only time to prepare." I think it is a great one for my Beehives who are 12 and 13 years old.



I wanted a candy to go along with it and thought of the Everlasting Gobstoppers. So I made another little note reading "Start preparing today for an 'everlasting' marriage."





I could not find small packs of Everlasting Gobstoppers, only the movie size so I bought a couple packs and put them in these little wedding favor boxes I had from Dollar Tree. It actually ended up being a lot cheaper that way too. I printed out the handouts 2 in x 2 in and glued them on.





Feel Free to Print off the handouts and use them as you like.


I used Everyday Mom Ideas free "The Dwelling Place" digital scrapbooking kit.



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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blogoversary coming up..

One month from today is my 2nd blogoversary. I can't believe I have been doing this almost 2 years! So, I am making myself a little goal and a goal not written down (or typed on your blog for all to see) is only a wish. I want to have 2000 public Google friend connect followers, 1000 facebook likes and 1000 twitter followers by February 20th. Doesn't that have a nice ring to it 2000 public followers for my 2 year anniversary. If I make it, there will be something fantastical in store. Not sure what it will be yet, but remember last time I made a promise like this? My one and only vlog. Gee, wonder why I didn't continue on with that. ;)

And now for the obligatory blog post pic because let's face it a post without a pic is like peanut butter without the peanuts.

No worries my peanut butter contains peanuts! "No, seriously, there are peanuts in this?!" Thank you Captain Obvious!

Oh, and happy bday to my big bro Josh. Not that he will ever see this message. ;)

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Valentine Banner

Mini Valentine Banner? Check. Made from candy? You know it. I had some cherry juju hearts left from my heart ball and heaven forbid I eat them, but could not let them go to waste. So, alas, the mini Valentine banner was born (or made).


Supplies:
  • Cherry juju hearts (I used 22)
  • Needle
  • Red thread
  • Sharpie
  • Ribbon
1. Turn your hearts over so the flat side is facing up. Take your Sharpie and write a letter of "Happy Valentine's Day" on each heart.
2. Thread the needle with a LONG string of thread. Make both ends even so the candy will thread over two strings.
3. Poke the needle through each heart (through the widest part of the heart, so the weight will hold the heart the right way when hung) until you have them all strung.
4. Make space between the words and tie scraps of ribbon on to the thread as spacers.




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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Decoration Ball

Silver bling is what was needed to finish off my Valentine decor shelf, so I challenged myself to another round of what can we make with what's sitting around. You may get a good laugh over this decoration ball. Or should I say aluminum foil ball. :)

Decoration Ball

Supplies:
  • Aluminum foil
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Hot glue gun
1. Rip of a 4 inch piece of foil. Fold in thirds so the shiny side is out.



2. Twist until it's about a half inch wide. This part is so easy a three year old can do it.



3. Wrap the first piece of twisted foil into a spiral and glue to the top of your ball.
4. Continue gluing twisted pieces around your ball until you finish with another spiral on the other side.



I put mine on the shelf with a hot lips candle display because you know I can't pass up some good candy decor.



Pair that with wedding pics, a heart ball topiary and some love birds and you've got yourself a fun Valentine's display for about $5!



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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Heart Ball

I love candy so instead of just eating it, why not include it in my decor as well. I found a pack of these juju hearts for $1 at Smith's (Kroger) and knew they would be perfect for my heart ball. Ready for another super easy project?! Here we go...

Heart Ball

Supplies:
  • Juju hearts (I got cherry because if they were cinnamon I would eat them all)
  • Styrofoam ball (got it at the thrift store, about 3 inches)
  • Pins
  • White glue
1. Stick a pin half way in to the back of a heart, then insert the pin in the Styrofoam ball. **I would recommend dipping the pin in glue to make it hold better. I did not do this, but some of my hearts fell out when I was putting my display together. The glue will make them more secure.



2. I started with a clover leaf shape with all the heart points in and then alternated directions on the next row with the points in the spaces between the hearts.
3. Next, do a row with two with points up and one with bumps up. Line them up so the two with points up are on either side of a heart from the row above with the point down. The heart with the bumps up should align with the hearts from the row above with the bumps down.
4. Next row just alternates every other one again.

Thanks goodness for pictures!!



5. Turn the ball over and start steps 1-4 on the other side of the ball. You will have to get a little creative on that last row and just kind of put the hearts where they fit.



Now style that baby! It would be cute in a bowl with a couple of other balls.
I chose to use these treasures I found at D.I. I think it was a dollar for all of it. Spray it will a couple coats of magic...



and BAM!! Two little love birds and a little romance for your shelf.





Total spent: about $2.50

Cha ching!

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