Thursday, December 29, 2011

Felt Flower Headbands

After I made the felt flower pins and barrettes using the tutorials I found on Craftiness Is Not Optional, I decided to try out some headbands.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Moves Like Jagger T-shirt

I wanted to make each of my kids at least one handmade gift this year for Christmas, and since my son loves to get his groove on to "Moves Like Jagger," I figured I'd make him a t-shirt to share his love of it to the world. I used a simple freezer paper stencil for this project. I find the stencils a rewarding way to make a very personal t-shirt.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Felt Flower Barrettes

Since my first felt flower project turned out so darn cute, I decided to have a second try by making these simple rose barrettes. Again, I used a tutorial I found on Craftiness Is Not Optional.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thank You : Parent Map

Thanks, for featuring one of my projects! You're the best!

I foresee many children running around like crazy with yellow birds on their heads!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Family Christmas Photo

My family has a problem. Specifically, my family has a problem taking family photos in which all of us look normal. Seriously, I don't know what the deal is, but in every photo we take together, one of us ends up looking silly or downright crazy. So this year, I decided I'd take individual photos of us and put them all together.

I think the end result looks pretty cute!  I was pleased everyone went along with wearing my props without whining. And I had to take several photos of everyone -- especially the kids -- or else one of these would have ended up on the front of our Christmas card this year...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Felt Flower Pins

I've seen felt flower tutorials all over lately, and I decided some felt flower pins might make simple little gifts for Christmas. I used a tutorial from the blog Craftiness Is Not Optional to make the flowers for this project. I highly recommend heading over to this blog to check out all of it's wonderful ideas!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Snowflake Ornaments

This year, I wanted to make sure my son made gifts for his teachers himself. Earlier this year, my son noticed that a flower he had made using "Perler" beads looked a lot like a snowflake after breaking off a few of its pieces. We decided together that turning the partial flowers white would finish their transformation into proper snowflakes.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Key Chain Ornaments

I blogged earlier this week about my Christmas tree serving as a gallery of memories for my family. Back when my husband and I got married, we thought it might be fun to get an ornament whenever we went on a trip or did something special together. But we found out quickly that one can't always find an ornament when it isn't Christmas time. So I came up with the idea of converting key chains into ornaments.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tree of Memories

Our Christmas tree holds a collection. There are bits and pieces that have no value for anyone but us. And every member of my family sees the tree with different eyes.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Silver Sharpies

When my daughter broker her leg, the one thing that made everything okay was that she knew she'd be able to draw all over her cast. She did a pretty good job covering the surface of her white cast with Sharpie doodles. But when the doctor decided to over-wrap my daughter's cast, my daughter chose purple. Not a bad choice considering her glasses are purple, but when she realized her markers wouldn't show up on the new darker surface of her leg, I thought we'd be in trouble.

Silver Sharpies to the rescue!

The markers show up wonderfully on the surface of her cast and my daughter can resume personalizing her leg. The silver version of these markers have the exact same tip the other colors have which is a big plus for me since normal silver paint markers can be a little bit awkward. Yeah, silver Sharpies!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Inexpensive Leg + Toe Warmers

Necessity may be the mother of invention. For me, this week's necessity has given me the opportunity to funnel my creativity somewhere I hadn't planned... C'est la vie.

My daughter broke her leg... on Thanksgiving Day. And while she's been absolutely ecstatic about the idea of having a portable canvas, I've been thinking about how to care for her changing needs. I mean, we are approaching December and the poor girl has one leg covered with toes exposed and the other leg is left uncovered.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Handprint Turkey Puppets

My kids have always loved making handprint turkeys, so we absolutely had to do this project.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Watercolor Leaves

When I look outside, we still have a little bit of fall color. I know it will come to an end soon, however, and the cold, bare branches will become nearly transparent next to the evergreen triangles that surround us. For now, we'll try to squeeze in the last of our fall projects before the season ends.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fall Trees Paper Collage

So my kids weren't as impressed with this project, but at least they tried it. I think the placement of the tiny pieces of paper was too tedious. Or maybe it was a little too similar to the tissue paper pumpkin project. I'll have to do a little bit better with my project planning for them.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tablecloth Redesign

My family room has a problem: it has way too much brown. Not that there's anything wrong with brown, but when almost every piece of furniture in a room is the same chocolaty shade, the room can be a little boring. But I never intended the room to end up this way. My husband and I bought the couch, and when we moved into our home, we didn't have enough furniture (or the funds) to fill our home. But we have a generous family who gave us many of their unwanted used furniture pieces so that we could have places to sit and eat and sleep. Here we are three years later and not much has changed. So I decided to begin by making a table runner for the library table behind the couch in an effort to break up the brown.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Leaf Rubbing Garland

Leaf rubbings are a great way to preserve the colors of the season. Joining the rubbings together to make a garland creates a simple and colorful decoration that will last throughout all of your Fall celebrations.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tissue Paper Pumpkins

I've been meaning to give my kids an art lesson each week since our school system doesn't have a very good art program. As we were close to entering the last month of Fall, I realized I hadn't done many projects in celebration of the season with my kids yet. So I've decided to try to do a minimum of one art project a week with my kids. This was the first project we did right after Halloween.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Clothing Journal Recap

On the first day of September, I began a personal challenge to wear a different outfit each day for the entire month. Two months later and sixty-three outfits later, I finally decided to end my challenge. I could have gone on much longer, but I decided I had successfully built some good, creative clothing habits during the two month period and that it was time to use what I had learned from the exercise and build off of it.

I actually don't have that much clothing and all of my outfits were extremely comfortable. I've had a lot of compliments, and people seem to think that I spend a lot of time on myself -- which I don't. And suddenly I feel so much better about myself. Sometimes if I don't feel that great, but if I feel like I look good, then my attitude for the day changes. It's so simple, really. Spend an extra five minutes in the morning and suddenly everyone treats me differently... and then I treat me differently.

Some friends have asked some questions about how I achieve my look every day and about how I've built my wardrobe, and I'll try to blog about these subjects as I think of them!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pumpkin Party Prize Cards

After our pumpkin carving party, I needed to send prizes to winners of our carving contest. I decided to whip up some quick personalized cards to tuck the prizes into.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Decorating Pumpkins

One easy craft idea my kids enjoyed this Halloween was decorating mini pumpkins. During our pumpkin carving party, I set out a huge bowl filled with mini pumpkins and I also set out bowls of foam stickers, regular stickers, and adhesive googly eyes. I also set out markers and tubes of glitter glue and I let the kids go wild! Because of the glitter glue, the pumpkins took a little bit of time to dry, so I lined a windowsill with strips of tissue paper for the kids to set their completed works to dry. I was impressed by the individuality of all of the pumpkins -- everyone did a fantastic job!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Robot Costume

This year my son wanted to be a robot for Halloween. When he mentioned it, I knew he had some ideas about what he wanted it to look like, so I made sure to sketch a robot I was pretty sure I could make out of boxes just so that we'd be on the same page.

After I was sure it was something he'd like, we started collecting items we thought we could recycle into his costume. We set aside some applesauce containers and bottle tops of various shapes and colors. When I had a couple of boxes for the project, I set to work.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pumpkin Carving Party

After talking about it for years, we finally got around to having a pumpkin carving party. We had a great time!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Spooky Window Silhouettes

One inexpensive Halloween decoration with high impact is homemade window silhouettes. I made mine a couple of years ago using silhouettes I found online and then I used Visio to enlarge the silhouettes and print them out to fit my windows. The silhouettes were printed out using several pieces of paper that I cut out and then I pieced them together like a puzzle to make each silhouette. I then backed each image with pieces of tissue paper. Once I attach the silhouettes to the insides of the windows using painter's tape (this type of tape holds strong but comes off cleanly), all I need to do is wait for night to come and then I turn on the lights -- the silhouettes show through wonderfully!

To make the images stronger, this year I "laminated" the silhouettes using packing tape. After Halloween celebrations were complete, I stacked the images from a room and rolled them up together for storage in my attic.

I love the effect so much that I will make some more for next year's pumpkin carving to cover a window in my house that has an unsightly view. During the day, the sunlight will "turn on" my silhouettes and add some Halloween spirit to the room!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Hello Kitty Costume

My daughter's world is all about Hello Kitty right now. When she told me she wanted to be Hello Kitty for Halloween, I honestly had no idea how I was going to make that happen. Then somehow I ran across a Hello Kitty hat on and I thought maybe I had a fighting chance!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mini Pumpkin Jack-o'-lantern

Every year, I like to carve a mini pumpkin to decorate the center of my dining table. Mini jack-o'-lanterns are always so darn cute, and many people don't realize that mini pumpkins can be carved just like normal-sized pumpkins.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pumpkin Party Favors

When planning our pumpkin carving party, I thought we needed some crafts to keep the kids busy during non-carving time. I ran into a Martha Stewart project and altered it so that kids could make their own pumpkins.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Fireplace Mantel

The last two weeks of October are generally dedicated to Halloween preparations in my home. I have had a great deal of fun celebrating the season by letting my creative juices flow, and unfortunately, I've fallen behind on my posts because of it. So many fun posts planned, so little time! So I decided to kick off my attempt at catching up on posts by showing the makeover I gave my fireplace mantel in preparation of my family's celebrations.

I wrapped the painting over the fireplace with craft paper and used painter's tape to attach an old pumpkin face my Mom bought a long time ago to the center. I wrapped the potted plant's base with tissue paper and used a purple ribbon to cinch the paper together around the pot. Using small removable hooks, I swagged a strand of pumpkin lights across the edge of the mantel. Then I added a paper honeycomb black cat, a glass pumpkin elevated on a wooden box, and black branches dusted with purple glitter. Small changes, but I think the mantel reflects our celebrations well!

More Halloween fun coming later this week!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Marshmallow Fondant Pumpkins

Ever since I used marshmallow fondant to make green pigs for my son's Angry Birds birthday party, I've been drawn to making special cupcake toppers out of fondant ever since. The latest fondant creations I made were these little pumpkins. So far, the pumpkins are the simplest cupcake toppers to make yet.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Paper Circle Garland

I've been seeing these circle garlands everywhere lately, and since we're having a huge pumpkin carving party this week, I thought it would be the perfect time to give this project a whirl. I've been a little scared of this project because I literally have never used a sewing machine. Seriously. Never. So I'm here to let you know that yes, even a beginner at sewing can make this circle garland. The beginning of my garland looks pretty gnarly, but after a couple of feet, I finally got the hang of it. I'll just hang the gnarly bit somewhere less noticeable...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Tied The Knot Gift Tag

One of my favorite card ideas for a wedding is to glue a small knotted piece of ribbon to the front of a card and simply write "tying the knot" below it. Today's wedding gift tag is just a slight variation of my normal card, and I thought it turned out beautifully.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hello Kitty Party

Because we held my daughter's birthday party in an entertainment venue where most of the party details were covered, I did not have to do much planning for her party. However, she did ask to go with the theme of Hello Kitty, so I did my best to tie her theme in to anything I could. Below, I've posted links to what I created for this party.

Have fun creating your Hello Kitty party!