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Baby Shower Gifts

So, I’ve been meaning to write some blog entries on all the crafts I’ve been doing, but I never got the chance.  Also, since I’m new to this, I keep forgetting to take pictures!  I did, however, remember to take a few pictures of some gifts I made for a friend’s baby shower.

Some good friends of ours are having their first baby due in July.  They decided to not find out the gender so everything related to the baby has been gender-neutral so far.  I decided to make a “diaper tub” and a onesie that is geared for each parent.

For the “diaper tub” I bought a plastic tub from Target (located in the seasonal summer section) and filled it with the brand of diaper listed on their baby registry.

Next, I cut thin slivers of baby blue cardstock and rolled them around a mechanical pencil, resulting in curly strands that represented the “water” in the tub.  I taped down the “water” to a paper plate and then added cotton balls and a rubber duck.  To complete the look, I used my Cricut machine to cut out vinyl to decorate the tub and to create a card.

To go with this gift, I bought a Johnson & Johnson baby bath gift set, along with a duck wash cloth.

I also used my Cricut machine to create two cute onesies that represents each parents’ occupation.

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I love hand-making gifts. I think it provides a personal aspect and shows that you really care about the recipient. Not only do these items serve as a gift, but also the time I spent into planning and making each one.

Looking forward to finding some more ideas on Pinterest for the next shower in July!

Remember…the Force will be with you, always

May 4th is coming up and you know what that means…..Star Wars Day!

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According to StarWars.com:

“May the 4th be with you.” What started as pun warmly shared by fans has become a full-fledged Star Wars holiday: Star Wars Day, a special once-a-year celebration of the galaxy far, far away.

One of the earliest known records of “May the 4th” used in popular culture is in 1979, as described here by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm: “Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.”

So for all of you Star Wars loving fans out there…we found some crafts online that you can do with the kiddos.  Without further ado, here are the crafts…..Ok…just one more ado:

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  • Death Stars art. Get the instructions: Fun A Day

  • Chewbacca birdhouse: Get the instructions: Make Great

Quite a few fun crafts that we will be trying out….let us know how yours turn out.  We hope the force will be with you and we hope you have a rocking good time…just like rocking Yoda here:

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Camp Out

One of my favorite themes we prepped for a birthday was for my nephew’s first birthday…Camping!  It was so much fun to bring nature and outdoor living to the home.

First thing first…we start with creating the decorations:

Then we put everything together:

Then….it was time to make the desserts and dessert table (which is the most fun part!):

And the overall look of the dessert table:

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Great event to craft for…fun and very versatile.

The chocolate covered pretzels, Oreos and marshmallow treats were

created by  Ronda’s Sweet Treats !

Spring Time Wreath

It’s that wonderful time of year….time when nature sprouts colors all across the US…SPRING TIME!

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It’s spring! Let’s Dance!

This past weekend my sister wanted a spring wreath for her home but, as most of you know, pre-made wreaths can be really expensive.  So she decided to make one herself.  It was an easy craft that came out beautifully.

It started with the basics: branch wreath as the base.

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Yellow flowers are her favorite so she went with artificial Yellow Forsythia, yellow ribbon, and some accent stems.  While at the craft store, she also bought the cutest hot glue gun! (huge fan of polka dots)

Next was creating the layout before gluing everything in place.

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After creating the layout and a few snips here and there, she started to glue her craft together.  Let me tell you, it might have been a quick craft but it came out very nice…giving those pre-made wreath a run for their money.

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Are you all set for spring?  What craft did you create in preparation for this amazing season?

The History of Easter

Easter. A holy day of miracles for those of the Catholic faith, and a day of candy for pretty much everyone else.

How did the origins of the Easter bunny come about? A rabbit delivering eggs and treats? Whaaaat?

Well, we did a little digging for you. According to History.com, the Easter bunny originated in Germany and first arrived in America in Pennsylvania:

According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests.”

Well…there you have it folks. The history of the Easter bunny. Check out our home page for a link to fun Easter crafts on Pinterest…

Easter Craft for Kiddos

Crafting can be fun and relaxing, but it’s even more fun to craft with the kiddos. We found a simple, fun, and inexpensive craft for Easter…Yarn Eggs! All you need is small water balloons (minus the water), different colors of pastel yarn, school glue, water, a bowl, a ruler, and scissors.

First step is to cut 8 foot lengths of yarn, in which 3 lengths will be used per ballon.

Next, you mix 1 cup of school glue with 1 cup of water and blow up the balloons.

Once you have the prep step complete then you are ready to create some eggs! Dip a length of yarn in the glue mixture. Ensure to saturate well, and to squeeze out the access (using the thumb and forefinger). Start wrapping the yarn around the balloon and make sure to tuck in the ends. Continue with 2 more yarn lengths.

See? Easy peasy!

After you have finished a balloon, put off to the side to dry. Note, drying does take a while and they needed to be turned. Ensure to give at least 2 days of drying.

After the eggs dry, then you pop the balloons… viola! Eggs are done!

Cute…right? Give it a try…tell us how they turned out!

Patriotic BBQs

I’m patiently waiting on the chilly east coast for summer to finally be here.  Besides looking forward to my two kiddos’ summer b-days, I also look forward to celebrating the patriotic holidays with family and friends.  While waiting for the spring weather to finally arrive, I’ve been searching the web for some great ideas for this summer’s barbecues 🙂

Stars and Stripes Mason Jars

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Cupcakes in a Jar and free printables!

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Free printables from Hoosier Homemade!

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Can-Do Cans from Martha Stewart with free printable!

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Paper Bag Lantern by Hoosier Homemade

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Big Top Circus and Carnival Party

With summer quickly approaching, I can’t stop thinking about the fun party themes that can be done in my backyard.  Currently, I’m leaning towards a Big Top Circus and Carnival theme for my son who turns two in July.  After researching on the internet, I found some really amazing sites where moms really knocked it out of the park.  I think I will be drawing inspiration from them this summer!

Cristina Riches from Bird’s Party threw an amazing joint party for her two kiddos which included great food, decor, and even carnival games!  You can purchase party printables and supplies from her online store.

 

Carol from Partylicious also put together another wonderful party filled with bright decor, amazing balloon art, and fun carnival games.

Alice In Wonderland Birthday

In terms of themes, I don’t think you can get more whimsical than Alice In Wonderland, and Via Blossom took that terminology to a whole other level.  The decor was inspired by the book and the movie.  The bright flowers and large cutouts really brought the magic out in this wonderful fairy tale tea party.  The gorgeous party supplies were created by Via Blossom and can be purchased from their online shop.  These pictures have provided great inspiration for my next party!

 

 

 

Easy Peasy Easter Egg Wreath

I knew I wanted a new wreath for Easter but didn’t want to spend $40 for a pre-made one. So I decided to do it myself! Having never made a wreath before, I wanted to find something fairly simple but cute. The Mom & Wife blog had a cute picture come up on a Google search, so I checked out their page and read through their instructions. I tweaked a few things but was pretty happy with the outcome and it only cost me $15!

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Adventure Awaits…

When we found out that my sister, Amy, was pregnant with a boy…we couldn’t be more excited. A family full of girls and now we will finally welcome a boy! Immediately Amy knew she wanted an adventure themed nursery, so I naturally began to plan an adventure themed baby shower.

I decided to start with a list of items what we wanted to create for the party: dessert table set up, wishing well, centerpieces, party favors, prizes for games, etc.

One of the best ways to begin planning for a party is research and more research on a little thing I like to call…the internet. I found a few good ideas on what I actually wanted to create and was able to design and craft original works.

Since it was an adventure theme, I decided to go with hot air balloons as the main source of travel. It had an old time whimsical feel, and fun idea to create. For the centerpieces, I decided to create hot air balloons with stuffed animals in the baskets. I ordered the nets on Etsy. A great find!  For the wishing well, I decided on a travel trunk would be really cute. I found a great trunk on sale at The Hobby Lobby. Bonus…it counted as a gift since it could be used to hold the lil guy’s toys in his nursery.

The party favors were a jar of candy and a mini bottle of champagne to celebrate when the lil guy is born.

Creating the dessert table is by far the most fun part for me. I created a small travel case with old-fashioned items I had at home. The case was my grand mother’s, I had the camera for years, and the travel guides and globe were taken right from my book shelves at home.

I found an amazing wooden sign from Etsy with a mountain and “Adventure Awaits”, and I found small wooden planes at The Hobby Lobby. These would also end up as a gifts for the nursery.

Since Amy cannot eat gluten, I decided to get two cakes.  One cake was gluten-free that was ordered from Sweet T’s Bakeshop in Haddonfield, NJ.  The other cake was ordered from Sweet Eats Bakery in Voorhees, NJ.  Both cakes turned out great and were super tasty!

Adventure Awaits was such a fun theme to craft for and a great party to throw.

What about you? Tell us what adventure theme crafts you have created.

My First Attempt at a Full Sheet Cake

So, this morning I completed my very first full sheet cake.  A friend of the family wanted a one-layer beach-themed cake for her wife’s 60th birthday party today.  Needless to say, I was very nervous about getting it done, being that I’ve never done anything this large before.

I baked the cakes last night and put them in the refrigerator until this morning.  I had to use 4 boxes of cake mix for each flavor to fill the pan (thanks for the sale, ShopRite!).

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I used a bread knife to even out the two halves, and then created a crumb coat with a butter cream recipe from Betty Crocker (Link to Recipe).

I added more frosting and used my spatula to create texture between the two halves. The left side was wavy (for the water) and the right side was smooth (for the sand).  I then added blue food coloring to clear piping gel and applied it to the left side and used a mixture of ground up Nilla Wafers and Keebler’s Graham Cracker Crumbs for the right side.

I then decorated the cake with items I bought on Amazon.com:

Wooden Adirondack Chairs and Fence

Minature Fairy Garden Beach Flip Flops

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I used my Cricut machine to cut out the 60 and attached it to toothpicks. The couple also likes to collect sea glass, so I purchased rock candy and laid some on the “sea foam” and in a thimble by the chairs.

All-in-all, it wasn’t a crazy project.  There weren’t as many hiccups as I usually have when doing something for the first time.  But now I must go and clean my kitchen!