Nook Sleeve

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I am a big fan of books, so the thought of buying a Nook or Kindle was something I never wanted to do. However, being a college student, it is easier to get a Nook or Kindle to have the textbooks on because books take up a lot of space and can get a little heavy. Even though I am an English Major there are still plenty books that I am assigned to read but will probably never read again. So I broke down and bought a Nook in August for school. However, this is my last semester…yay graduation is just around the corner…and I don’t even need the Nook this final semester because all the books I needed I already owned which is great because I enjoy all the books on the list this time. So I gave my Nook to my seven year old son who loves books just as much as I do. So since he is only 7 and he likes to take his electronics like his iPod touch and now the Nook everywhere he goes I told him I would make him a sleeve/padded case to carry it in. I did my best to follow the tutorial for The Cottage Home’s Laptop sleeve here and this is the end result: 

Super Valentine!

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I found these cute little darlings via Pinterest and just had to share with everyone!

These were too SUPER to pass up. I have created a template that you can download Super Valentines for free. Just print them out and color them.

This will be my son’s Valentines for all the boys in his class this year. I will post pictures of our finished product once we finish!

Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane Kiss Cupcakes

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No Glue Gun Required for this project!

This is a great little cupcake treat that everyone will enjoy.

Peppermint Cupcakes

Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane Kiss Cupcakes

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix (any kind will work)

1 Bag Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses

Icing

Sprinkles

Cupcake Liners

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix all ingredients according to the instructions on the back of the cake mix box.

Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.

Scoop cake mix into the liners filling each 2/3-3/4 of the way full.

Put in the oven and bake for 5 minutes.

During this 5 minutes start unwrapping the amount of kisses you will need.

After 5 minutes of baking, slide the muffin tins out of the oven enough that you can push a kiss down into each one.

Continue baking for required time according to box.

After baking has finished take muffin tins out of the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.

Take Cupcakes out of tins and continue to cool before icing.

Once completely cool you can begin icing as desired.

Sprinkle with different colored sprinkles and add another Candy Cane Kiss to the top!

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.

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!