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August 31, 2013

Vegas, Paparazzi Style

You may have noticed (or maybe not, since I had all my posts prescheduled) that I was missing last week.  I spent a few days at a Paparazzi Accessories convention, and it was so great that I wanted to do a little recap for you - - "When she feels beautiful, she acts beautiful.  When she acts beautiful, she believes she's beautiful.  When she believes she's beautiful, she... Becomes."

Paparazzi Accessories is $5 Jewelry - but it's much more than that.  There were so many inspiring stories about how someone could afford one necklace, and it made them more confident about themselves and who they were, etc - amazing power.

The keynote speakers were super inspirational as well and one shared this poem written by a high schooler for a contest - it is amazing to watch:

Skipper Top

Super cute sewing has been going on over here!  I tested The Skipper Pattern from Sew Much Ado and it turned out so great!
I don't have tons of pictures - sorry about that!  I sewed up a size 8 for my almost 7 year old (pink pants) and a size 9 for my almost 9 year old (blue pants).  The size 8 actually fits my older daughter better than the size 9 I made her, but I wanted a little room for growth.  But the pattern isn't a tight one, so I think next time I'll sew it true to size and stick with the size that they are in. (read more...)

August 30, 2013

Expression is the Point!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Nothing says back-to-school like new fresh pens!  We got to try out BIC Atlantis® - love these pens! 

upclose, since that blurry kid-photographed image above isn't all that great....
So, what do you do with pens?  Writing assignments, of course!  As a back-to-school project, I had all the kids write out a list of goals for fall.  We did this at the beginning of summer, sort of a Summer Bucket List.  We did most of those things and it was fun to check them off and refer to our list.  So as school started, I wanted to do a similar thing...

um, I'm not sure my preschooler really grasped the assignment - I think he drew a game of some sorts...
but the other kids came up with lots of fun ideas that we'll want to implement.

I know you have back-to-school lists - be sure to grab some BIC Atlantis® Pens and complete a project of your own.  I'd love to hear what you have on your fall to-do lists!

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Rosette Wreath from real leaves

One of my favorite projects I've done on this blog was one I featured several years ago using Fall Leaves.  Since I'm thinking not all of you read my blog back then, I wanted to revisit it's awesomeness...
It was for when I was in the midst of competition at So You Think You're crafty, and I had mixed up which theme was due on which week and so I had to think of a project and make it all in one day.  I told Trevor of my dilemma and his advice was "whatever you do, just don't make a wreath" - and I did anyway, and won that round.  Cause it was awesome.

Basically you take a leaf (the ones from the tree are best because they're not dried out) and fold it and roll into into a rosette.  And repeat that a million times.  Using fall leaf colors, it's a very vibrant way to bring the outdoors in.

You can read all about how to make this, in detail, on the original post: Leaf Rosette Wreath

August 29, 2013

Super Easy Bling Pumpkin Decor

I know, I know, it's only August - - but I have a fun pumpkin idea for you and I want to give you plenty of time to make it before fall (although really, it'll only take like 3 minutes to make....)
I was sent some blank foam pumpkins from Michael's, which is so fun because they're a blank slate - sky's the limit on what you can do with them!

I headed to Michael's to get some inspiration and immediately saw tons of things that would work... (sneak peek - that washi tape!  I bought several rolls and have a washi tape pumpkin coming up....)

I was drawn to those blingy swirls and shapes!  Perfect and EASY pumpkin decor!

Really, you just peel off the decals and stick it on your pumpkin.  Then I used some fun spiderweb ribbon to top of the look.  I attached the ribbon with a couple of straight pins pushed right down into the foam.

I LOVE using spiders in Halloween decor - - they are just "scary" enough.  Some stuff, like the mummies, etc, can get pretty creepy, but spiders, they're just right.

·         All Michaels locations are hosting a Great Pumpkin Event on Saturday, October 5 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. For only $6 (which covers the cost of a 9” carveable pumpkin) kids can create their own pumpkin design and a free face painter will also be on hand. A great weekend event for the whole family!

·         Did you know that Michaels offers custom carved pumpkins that can be personalized with a variety of designs and names? Prices start at $19.99 and you can them order at all Michaels locations, just make sure to place your order by Oct. 13 so that it will be completed by Halloween. Visit for more information.

Yep, craft shopping.  That's what I did my first kid-free fall day  - what else?!

I have 2 more pumpkins to create..... stay tuned!

UPDATE:  if you like SUPER EASY Pumpkin decorating, try out my Washi Tape Pumpkin  - just follow that link for all the details on it!

Reversible Capes - Tutorial!

This post is part of a paid campaign for Blueprint Social and Disney Super Buddies.

You know what just came out, right?!  The movie Disney Super Buddies!  We were lucky enough to be able to preview it before it was released and my kids have been watching it TONS.  It's one that they all like, from the 4 year old to the 10 year old, from boys to girls.  Those movies are hard to come by!  You know your kids will want to see it, so Get Ready for an Epic Tale... (um, yeah, pun intended!)

Of course, I had to show off a craft along with all the movie talk...  every Super Hero needs a cape!  Do you know the Super Heros rules?  These are from the movie, but are actually pretty profound and I love the message they send:

Rule #1: You don’t have to have super powers to be a super hero
Rule #2: A super hero must always conceal his identity to protect the ones they love
Rule #3: A super hero is friend to any being in need of rescue
Rule #4: A super hero does good for good, not for glory

August 28, 2013

Showing Off - my picks

first up, I need some help - I want to re-write my "About Me" section but I don't know what to include - if you could let me know what you like to read on other's About Me's, that'd be super awesome (you can add it to the discussion on facebook, or as a comment below)

and did ya notice that I didn't get a chance to do features last week?  i was out of town and just didn't make it happen - - but I missed it!  So back at it this week, look at these great below to find out the links to details of each project - -

Love this scrappy tote from Pieces by Polly:

These handmade toy soft blocks are perfect - from Just Another Project:

Love this plate vignette from Little Bit of Paint:

A Typical English Home shows us how to put washi tape on photos using picmonkey:

I'm in love with these rain boot planters from Decoratrix:

A cute way to make hoop art with just using sharpies, shown over at Chapter 37:
with back-to-school, how about a teacher pennant banner - - Mabey She Made It shows off a cute one:
Kindergarten Pennant Banner | Mabey She Made It

Homework shows us how to paint a colander - I can see this in my future!
A Splash of Yellow via homework13

If your'e looking for tips and tricks on how to write with chalk, here ya go... from Tied Ribbon:

Grow Creative shows how to make fresh flower wrist corsages - so pretty!

and........most viewed link..........

the cute banded tee from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom - I want one!

How to make a Dolman-Style T-shit from a self drafted pattern.  (All you need is a few supplies and a t-shirt you love. You will be surprised at how easy it is. No reason to spend money on a such a simple pattern- you can totally make your own!)

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Back-To-School Shopping with Gordmans

My girls look forward to back-to-school shopping all year long!  They love being able to pick things out, and try things on, and have a great time in the process.  They get giddy about their first day of school outfit.  This year we headed to Gordmans and found them each an awesome top ("it's exactly what I wanted!!")
And here they are, in their First Day of School glory (yes, I whipped up those signs that morning - you think I would have planned ahead!)
But anyways, back to Gordmans - - they are awesome.  Big discounts on name-brand apparel - - and I love how they tell you right on the tag how much your saving - I love to know that I'm getting a good deal!  Like this top - half price!  Gordmans carries only top quality, current-season department and specialty store merchandise at savings of up to 60% off the competitions ticketed prices every day.

And Gordmans makes shopping fun - they have a section for the dads to sit and watch sports (hello, that's an obvious win for shopping) and, it gets better  - - a kiddo section so the kids can watch a show and be occupied while you actually get time to look through their section.  Yes, for real!  Info straight from them:
Our stores are meant to provide a fun and entertaining atmosphere with features like:
“Gordmans Giggles” a children’s theatre with fun, colorful seating where kids may view children’s programming on a large-screen tv.
“Gordmans Grandstand” is a comfortable seating area in the men’s department where guests may view sports-oriented programming.

Trying on accessories - super cute!  They kept running around from rack-to-rack like they couldn't believe all the awesomeness that was out there.

So guess what - - here's a secret to broadcast to the world....
Gordmans has a rewards program called GRewards! - you earn 1 point for every dollar you spend.   And you'll get a $10 reward for every 200 points - - so on top of the amazing savings you're already getting, you get bonuses - it's a win-win!  And as if that's not enough, you get a 10% savings bonus when it's your birthday - sa-weet.  So, right now, SIGN UP FOR THEIR REWARDS PROGRAM - wahoo!

  • Teachers a discount of 20% on a single item when they show their Teacher ID at checkout. Runs August 1-Sept 2nd.
  •  Gordmans has teamed up with a charity called No Place For Hate that is taking a stand against bias and bullying in schools. Guests are able to donate $1 or more at checkout to this cause. See attached for more information.

So - are your kiddos naturally excited for back-to-school shopping?  How to you get them excited??  Join the conversation below for a chance at the sweepstakes - good luck!!

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