Monthly Archives: December 2011

Gifts for the Ladies in your life…

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I absolutely Love LOVE Love jewelry…especially earrings, the danglier the better. But I had a hard time finding a way to store them when they weren’t being worn. But thanks to Pinterest and a few blogs I have come across this fantastic way to organize and store my earrings.

THIS IS ONE THAT I MADE FOR MY BEST FRIEND FOR CHRISTMAS WHO LOVES EARRINGS EVEN MORE THAN I DO!

 

Today I’ll show you how to make this lovely Earring Display with a cheap frame, wire mesh (or lace, burlap, ribbon…)

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Cheap old or new Frame of any size.

A piece of wire mesh, lace, burlap, picture hanging wire…

Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue Sticks

Scissors

Ribbon

To measure the wire mesh or material that you are using…I found it easier to just measure the inset of the frame where the glass would usually go and then measure and cut the material to match your measurements. It is ok to have a little extra…it can always be cut off later or glued down.

Once the material of choice has been cut you can run a line of hot glue down one edge of the frame where you will be placing the material, line up the material and press it down on the glue…Careful not to burn your fingers…Lord knows how many times I burned mine while doing this. Do this all the way around the frame, pulling it as tight as you can. When the material is glued down to the frame, you can glue a piece of ribbon over where the material is glued to the frame.

Add something to hang it on the wall if needed.

I WILL ADD STEP BY STEP PICTURES LATER.

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Teacher Gifts

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Each year we always like to make something different and creative for our kids’ teachers. This year thanks to Pinterest and many different blogs that I came across, I found this adorable Crayon Monogram Art. This is a super cute Teacher gift or something to use as art in your child’s room. Print out your background with the teacher’s name, and create a monogram out of crayons, breaking them to get the right widths. Glue crayons on, pop in the frame, and you’re ready to go back to school! You can also substitute other school supplies such as colored pencils or regular #2 pencils.

First you’ll need a piece of cardstock, a template for your letter of choice, 2-3 boxes of crayons (depending on your letter and the size), a shadow box, hot glue gun, adhesive for the cardstock, a cutting board and a knife. Oh, have an old towel on hand, too.

I used my son’s writing tablet as the background for the crayons. 

Before you start, go ahead and stick your crayons in the freezer. I know this sounds crazy but I fully intend on trying this the next time because I heard it helps so so much!!

Print your letter out in your favorite font. Keep in mind the size of your shadow box and make sure your letter will fit inside. A simple block/basic font is the easiest. Cut your letter out and trace it lightly on your cardstock. I even went back and erased lots of my tracing so nothing would show up in my final project.

I took my template and just eyeballed the size of the crayon pieces I would need. Cut your crayons to your desired lengths and then hot glue in place.

To cut your crayons, you’ll want to take them out of the freezer and dump them on your workspace – (I’ll be trying this next year: Run your knife under the hot water for a few moments and dry off quickly and cut your crayon.) You will only have to saw back and forth a little bit before the crayon just pops in half. You’ll get a super clean cut this way. I however,  just cut each crayon with a regular knife  on the cutting board and there were pieces everywhere.

Once you have all your crayons glued down, go ahead and trim your cardstock to match the backing to the shadow box. I applied adhesive to the edges and through the middle of the backing and placed my finished cardstock on top. I wanted to write the teachers name but you could print it if you wanted on your cardstock first.

Next time I’m going to hopefully find a larger frame so I can make the letters look a lot better and less jumbled!

From Santa

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One of the hardest parts of the Christmas Season is finding cute identifiable gift tags from Santa. You want them to look different then the gift tags on the rest of your gifts. I found these cute little guys through Pinterest.  North Pole Gift Tags. Thanks to Brooklyn Limestone my Santa Gift Tags just got even better!

 

Fabric Flower Pom Pom Headband

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I have ONE niece and a GAZILLION nephews…so when I discovered how to make these adorable headbands…my glue gun and needle and thread came out! I couldn’t resist myself and made a bunch of these adorable headbands. I found the Pom Pom Headband Tutorial here on the Little Miss Momma Blog. Here are some of the headbands that I made…I think they turned out pretty good. I Can’t Wait for my Little Annie to open her gift with all her new headbands!

This one is a Kelly Green Pom Pom Headband that I made her for when she comes to my Nephew’s basketball games. His School Colors are Green and White!!

Pale Yellow Pom Pom Headband.

What Little Girl doesn’t need a Pink Pom Pom Flower Headband?!

I Love the way this one turned out! It is a Navy Blue Pom Pom Flower!

Hot Pink…Because you just can’t have enough pink headbands!

 

Stocking Stuffers…

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WHAT MAKES THE PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER?

HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH!!!!

It is soooo easy to make and way better than the stuff bought at a store!

This recipe makes the best, most squishiest, longest lasting playdough you have ever played with!

You can make your kids’ favorite colors and put them in cute little containers to throw in their stockings at Christmas!!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 CUP FLOUR

1 CUP WATER

1/4 CUP SALT

2 tsp. CREAM OF TARTER

1 Tbsp. VEGETABLE OIL

FOOD COLORING OF YOUR CHOICE ( use as many drops to reach your desired color)

Just dump all the ingredients into your pot and give them a good stir.  Enlist some small help if possible – they will think you are magic.

Put your pot on the stove and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it forms into a ball.

As soon as it joins into one big glob, take it off the heat and dump it onto your counter or some wax paper.  Wait for it to cool, then knead it a few times until it is nice and soft.  This is where you have to use a little self control to let the kids have a turn too.:)

This would make a perfect gift for any kid – not just for Christmas, I’m thinking birthdays, party favors, gifts for the classroom kids, cousins, neighbors, anyone!

You can use these printables to decorate your container or choose from many others from ishare.

 

 

Christmas Crafts

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So this Christmas…I had to get a little crafty with my decorations and even a few gifts. I am in love with Christmas time and all the decorations that come with it. Including Santa decorations. Which is why when I found these Santa Cones by Thrifty Decor Chick, I just had to make them myself. Mine look a little different but I didn’t have the bling to put around his belt.