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.
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!
May 4th is coming up and you know what that means…..Star Wars Day!
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:
It’s that wonderful time of year….time when nature sprouts colors all across the US…SPRING TIME!
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.
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)
Handy dandy lil glue gun
Next was creating the layout before gluing everything in place.
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.
Are you all set for spring? What craft did you create in preparation for this amazing season?
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…
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!
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 🙂
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 Partythrew 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 fromPartylicious also put together another wonderful party filled with bright decor, amazing balloon art, and fun carnival games.
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!
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!