Chillin' wiht my Peeps

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Mini Photo Frame Banner

A cute and simple way to display mini pictures - come find out how to make one for yourself!

Pony Bead Lizards

Learn step-by-step how to make pony bead lizards

Glitter Felt Hairbows

Add a little sparkle to any little girls wardrobe with these DIY hairbows!

Perfect Crisp Lines

Find out the trick to getting perfectly crisp lines on name signs

October 29, 2009

Felt Birthday Hat

I suggested making a birthday crown for my daughter. She said to make it like a cake. And so the idea was born. Mostly her ideas, although I did suggest the sprinkles (glued on with fabric glue). This is the first time I've sewed with felt and it was soooo easy! I can see why people say making things with felt is addictive. You don't have to finish edges, it doesn't slide when sewing, there are lots of fun colors, it's inexpensive, etc. For this particular hat, we just freehand cut shapes and sewed them together - the hat has a piece of elastic in the back. She wore it all day long. Very fun!!

October 24, 2009

Phone Bling

This was so easy I didn't know if I could count it as a "craft". But here it is. My husband and I got the same exact phone (great deal we couldn't pass up) - but it was hard to tell whose was whose. So I grabbed a pack of stickers from Michaels and added some pink bling to mine. My 2 year old helped a lot with this one - share the fun. So if you need to spice up your phone and are too cheap to buy a skin, stickers are cute!

October 21, 2009

Easy Decorative Letters

A friend put together a cute and easy craft. Go buy some cardboard-type 3D letters (Michaels doesn't have them- try JoAnns or Hobby Lobby). Pick out some cute paper, trace the letters onto it and cut them out. Paint the edge of the letters. Glue the paper on with Mod Podge. Lightly sand the edges of the paper for a more finished look. Mod Podge over the top. She let us choose from "Boo" in halloween paper or "Noel" in Christmas paper. I went with "Abby" for my daughter's room. The letters come in all sizes, including giant - try getting one giant letter and doing your last name initial for a family room. Once again, super easy, super cute - go try it!


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October 20, 2009

Ribbon Shoelaces

Washing machine eat your laces? Are they just too gnarled? Quick and easy solution - puruse the sale/clearance ribbon, out with the old, in with the new and cute. Voila! Maximum cuteness, minimal effort.

October 14, 2009

Personal Recipe Book

I've been planning this project for quite some time. I had a grand idea: I wanted a recipe book full of recipes that we regularly cook, all with pictures so the kids could flip through and see what to make. I typed out the recipes long ago, but was waiting to put my picture idea into motion. Lofty goal. I still want to add pictures, but I thought the other day, as my recipe cards were spilling out of my cabinet - I should just print those recipes and get on with that book. And so I did.
For a personal touch, each recipe names who it's from. Then under that I tried to add a couple lines of commentary about each recipe - who loved it, when we ate it, etc. I am hoping to bring memories along with the how-to-make-it.
At first I searched book stores for a recipe book I could write in. Then I thought, why! Just use a three-ring binder. Trevor got me all the supplies as I gift I had been begging for. I love the page divider things he got - they have pockets, so in the pockets I put recipes that I want to try - ones that sound yummy, but I wasn't sure they would be worthy enough to be typed up and added as a page.

My categories are: Desserts, Main Dish, Breakfast, Appetizers, Breads, Side Dish. These work for me, but obviously you need to tailor your book to your family. I love how it can grow with time. Organizing recipes seems like such a daunting task, but this is soooo doable. Go grab a binder and start typing!

October 10, 2009

SpiderWeb Cookies

The cold weather puts you in the baking mood. Warms up the house. When I saw the SpiderWeb Cookies on Bakerella, I knew we had to make them. Looked cute and easy, requirements for me. Hers look more polished, but mine were sure yummy, and I had little helpers. I used a friend's chocolate chocolate chip recipe for the cookie - it calls for canola oil instead of butter, so it's healthy, right? For the icing I heated it up a little so it would drag smoother. Go make some! Super fun, super easy, super yummy.

October 1, 2009

Personalized Blankie

I often embroider things for other people - it is so fun to hear new ideas that others come to me with. I've put many names on blankets, but I love the idea to label a blanket as above. She is then going to crochet the edge of the fleece in hot pink to match. Too cute!!