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!