August 31, 2009

Pillow Pin Cushion

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I finally broke down and did it... yup - I made myself a pin cushion! I have not had one for I can't even remember how long. Every time I go to Joann's I look at them, but I never break down and buy one... I've stored my pins in a plastic container and as I sew I pull them out and leave them on the desk. Not a great system, I know! And it has always irritated me, but still, no pin cushion.
So what made me finally make one? Well, I was cleaning up my stock pile of crafting items, trying to finally get everything organized in my new crafting area. I found a pile of fabric scraps from recent projects and decided, tonight was the night.Perfect time for a quick project! For all of you who have been putting it off - grab a few scraps and a button and throw it together! I am so excited for my next project when I can grab and place my pins with ease - no more spills all over the carpet or hardwood floors!

Happy pinning!

August 29, 2009

A Digital Scrapbooking Resource

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Here is a really great site for all of you digital scrapbookers!http://www.storeide.se/gunhild/

Lots of tips and tricks and of course many fine freebies! I have used a lot of her embellishments in my books.

Building Block Alpha

Here is another freebie from my vault! A building block alpha with drop shadow available for download in png format.
Click here to download the set.

 
I would love to see your work with this font! Leave links to your layouts in the comments section and I will check it out. And as always, leave some love if you download this freebie!

Happy scrapping!

August 28, 2009

Shout-Out

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I just want to show some love to the Three Colomn Blogger for their easy to follow tutorial!  Follow the step-by-step instructions to give your blog a three column layout! You won't be disappointed.

Happy blogging.

August 27, 2009

What are little boys made of? Weekly Round-Up #3

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Welcome to the third installment of What are little boys made of? Weekly Round-Up! This week finds us with more crafty ideas for the lil' guys in our life.

NOTE: Of course my mission is to bring to you crafting ideas for our little men, many of the ideas in these weekly round-ups are unisex and I know many lil' girls who would love them too!

PUZZLE BAGS
Seeing this post at One More Moore instantly transported me back to my youth. My Pepere would make his grandchildren (all 36 of us) puzzles in all different shapes, cats, dogs, trucks, etc. out of wood. My Memere would paint them and then sew puzzle bags to keep them in. The easy to follow tut over at One more Moore will help keep your lil' ones puzzle pieces all in one place when being stored. No more opening the closet or cupboard only to have 20 wooden puzzle pieces falling on your head! Oh - and while you are perusing the blog, look for her Cozy Cone Motel post archived under May. If your litle dude is a fan of the cars movie, then this is a must have!

ROBOT APPLIQUE


I have made my own weekly round-up for the first time!!! Since I have succeeded in my first applique attempt I have become addicted! I drew a very simple robot outline, freehanded the part around the eyes and the belly piece and added the number 2. I was going to put an M instead for my son (Mason) but somehow got sidetracked and came out with a 2 for his age instead!

Mason LOVED the robot and actually walked around with the paper template for an hour before I could pry it out of his hands to trace onto the Wonder Under. I put him down for bed and made the shirt and when he woke up in the morning he LOVED his surprise. Unfortunately I only had a blank long sleeve shirt for him and it has been unseasonably HOT here, so he'll have wait to wear it for a few more weeks!

HOODED TOWEL

I LOVE this idea! I am already planning on making this for two lil' guys this Christmas. I am going to make a towel with their name on it and then get them a bath toy to go with it. I found a good tutorial over at Makes and Takes
, but if you google "easy hooded towel for kids" you'll find lots out there.

August 26, 2009

Tooth Fairy Bag, Buy of the Week and More!

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A couple of weeks ago I told you about this cute tooth fairy bag tutorial that I found at the purl bee. Well - I just made my first one and it turned out perfect! It took about 20 minutes start to finish. I made this one for my daughter and am going to whip a few more to add to gifts that I am currently putting together for several children in my life!

Oh - and we actually got to use it for the first time as well! My daughter lost ANOTHER tooth and she made a beeline for her bag. I was expecting her to put it under her pillow, but she actually hung it on her inside door handle! Boy, the teeth fairy lucked out this time! No crawling under that heavy pillow with fingers crossed that the sleeping child won't wake up to catch her!!! 

Buy of the Week
I found this adorable insulated lunch tote (being modeled by my oldest daughter) at Christmas Tree Shops for $4! Whoa - what?!? Yes - only $4. I purchased it for my daughter for school this past weekend. I kicked myself for not grabbing myself one (and the shop is a 40 min drive). Well it turned out I needed to be in that area yesterday so stopped in and got myself one as well! I know these won't last long on those shelves - you better run out and grab yourself one!

TEACHER SURVIVAL KIT
As a follower of Little Birdie Secrets I see some great creative items come across my reader. With school starting, I wanted to give my daughters teacher a welcome back gift, and then Little Birdie Secrets posted this and I knew just what to do!
I turned the Schultüte into a Teacher Survival Kit.
I did mine all digitally, but you could totally do it the way it was done on Little Birdie Secrets and add a tag with the contents of your kit. My tag read:

TEACHER SURVIVAL KIT
I found this survival kit wording a while back and wrote it down because I thought it was sweet. I added the Chocolate Line - thought a nice little treat would be appreciated! There are so many other items you could add, just be a little creative.

We added this closing to the tag: Welcome Back {Teachers Name} and then put a heart with my daughters name.

Happy Mid-Week!

August 25, 2009

HAIR CHALLENGE: Beautiful Lengths - Hair Donation

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I have made the decision to cut my hair... it is currently 22 inches from the crown of my head to the bottom of my longest layer. Little Miss Livie keeps grabbing handfuls, and I am shedding like crazy. So I decided to take the plunge and cut it (soon) and why not contribute to a good cause at the same time?

Your salon does not need to be a participant in any donation program. I found a perfect place to donate my hair: Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths is a program that provides free wigs to cancer patients around the nation. More information on the program as well as hair requirements and cut information can be found at their web site, http://www.beautifullengths.com/.


Here is my proposal: it takes 6-8 ponytails to create a wig. I would love to have 7 readers commit to growing their hair out (must have 8 inches of hair) and then having it cut and donated to the cause.

Once you commit (via comments below) - email a current picture of yourself to
jkcmmd@gmail.com and I will post it on my blog along with the others who have committed. Once your hair is long enough and you get it cut, send me a picture of you with your new do and your ponytail in hand so everyone can see the fabulous new you! Why not do this as a group and guarantee that at least one person will receive a wig to help them in their moment of need?

Heck - lets see how many people we can get to commit to the cause! If I have any takers I will create a weekly post to update everyone on our progress!


I have not made my hair cut apointment yet - I want to grow it a few more inches before I do. I will keep you updated.

Happy growing/Happy cutting!

August 23, 2009

Flower Barrettes

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I found a great ribbon flower at Little Birdie Secrets. It is really easy to make and thought it would make a perfect barrette. I made the flower and then sewed (can also be glued) to a barrette. Looks great in my daughters hair!

August 22, 2009

Time to hunt!

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I made a bug card/tag that I tied onto the handle of the tote. My lil' guy loved the bug so much, he made his own, so I added that too. In the pocket I added a little card that had all of the contents of the Bug Hunting Kit spelled out. I purchased a small net and attached a key chain LED light for close inspection. I also purchased a composite notebook to act as his "Field Journal" for keeping track of his close encounters with the creepy crawlies. I found a cute little bug apron (looked like a moth) from, of all places, the dollar store! I also purchased a magnify glass and fake cockroaches there as well. I bought two different containers to hold his finds so that he can keep them contained as he inspects the *icky* little things. Lastly I found some butterfly fact puzzle cards that were a perfect activity to top it all off.

I was determined to do a fun gift for my nephews seventh birthday. I racked my brain trying to think of the perfect idea and finally... I GOT IT! A Bug Hunting Kit. What little boy doesn't like inspecting insects?
First I "made" (I actually bought a pre-made tote from Joann's and embellished it) a tote with his name on it and added a pocket out of a bug fabric. On the back I added a little bug that peeks out from behind when you carry the tote.
Very simple to do and cost under $20.

Happy Birthday and Happy Hunting Noah!

August 21, 2009

Trying my hand at applique

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I just completed my first applique and am pretty satisfied with the way it came out:
I got the birdie template from amazing mae (I just thought it was adorable!). I already can see myself putting appliques on bags, bibs, onesies... so many things! Just another item in my arsenal for baby shower gift ideas!

This project was pretty simple to complete, and once you have the supplies it is affordable as well. I purchased the shirt for $4 from Target. I used felt for the bird and black embroidery thread for the legs and "Tweet"s. I used Wonder Under before sewing the bird on and used a light fusible interface for the inside of the shirt (so the knots wouldn't rub against my daughters skin). Look for more appliqued items from me in the future. I will probably try my hand at creating my own patterns as well (and if any of them turn out any good I will share with you guys!).

Happy appliqueing!

August 20, 2009

What are little boys made of? Weekly Round-Up #2

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Welcome to the second edition of What are little boys made of? Weekly Round-Up! This week I have found some really cute projects that I think all your lil' ones will enjoy!

JUICE BOX BOATS

Perfect for the litle sailor in your life. This would be especially fun if you have a creek running near your home! Set them loose and see how far they sail. The tut for this can be found over at Inchmark
. I just recently discovered this blog and have really enjoyed looking through all of her very creative ideas. I especially love their speech bubble thank you cards and have every intention of putting this idea to use! Sorry, got a little of track here, but trust me, you are going to love that blog!

BABY BOY PEE-PEE CONE
This is for all you mommies with a little boy at home. The name is just as it sounds - you put this handy little cone over your lil' ones privates as you change their diaper to prevent the dreaded spray action! The tut can be found at Little Birdie Secrets.

STUFFED BAG MONSTER
This is the PERFECT activity for your little monster!!! Check out the tut at No Time for Flashcards.

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK for the next edition of WHAT ARE LITTLE BOYS MADE OF? WEEKLY ROUND-UP!

August 17, 2009

Next it'll be poker!

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Mushu picture taken by www.michellechappel.net

August 14, 2009

Headband - Piece of Cake

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As I was perusing the crafting blogs looking for ideas for new hair accessories for my daughter I came across this really simple and inexpensive yet fabulous headband at Chocolate on my Cranium and just had to share! This is so in right now and my daughter thanked me up and down for the one I whipped up in about 10 mins! I plan on making more very soon!

4Shared Account - Downloads Available

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I have created a 4Shared account to make it easier to share items on this blog. From now on if I am posting something for others to use, I will include a link to 4shared for download.

You can download items from past postings here:

Daily Reminders Sheet
License Plate Game - No longer available
Monkey Head Embellishment - No longer available

All of the above are for personal use only.
Please leave some love if you download any of these freebies!

Catch the crafting bug!


August 13, 2009

Frogs and snails, and puppy dogs tails...

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As I have stated in my profile, my mission is to contribute projects for the lil' guys in our lives that seem very hard to find. I have decided to do a weekly round-up of all the great ideas that I come across.


So without further ado, here is the first edition of "What are little boys made of? Weekly Round-Up"!


MILK CARTON DUMP TRUCK
What little boy wouldn't love to make (and play) with this adorable truck brought to us by Oragami Mommy? Click here for the tutorial.


CAR ACTIVITY PLAY MAT

I found several cute crafts over at Fiskars Crafts including this perfectly portable play mat and this Tic Tac Toe board for the older boys (and girls):

FELT TRAVEL BOARD

Although this is obviously a girly craft, I could easily envision this with cars and truck shapes that would keep your lil' guy busy during car trips, visits to the doctors office, restaurants, etc. You can find the tutorial here courtesy of Katie's Nesting Spot.

Happy Crafting!

August 11, 2009

Oldnavyweekly.com

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My new obsession is oldnavyweekly.com. This site gets updated weekly with fabulous coupons such as $75 off $100 and $50 off $100 and many more. You have to hunt through the page to try to find where these have been hidden. The big ones go fast, so it is really a race to see if you can snag one (I was lucky enough to get a $50 off $100 this week).

They carry great clothes for the kiddos, very stylish, durable and priced right. I was able to get my son 4 pants, 4 long sleeved shirts, a hoodie and socks for $50 with the coupon!

In recent weeks they have also had a great feature where you can share the coupon with a friend (you get to keep yours AND send one to a friend on Facebook). How fabulous is that? Imagine your friends surprise at receiving a $50 off $100 coupon when they login to Facebook.

I must warn you it is very addicting, but well worth it.

Here is what I know - it appears that the site is updated on Thursday nights - it has been as early as 8pm EST (last week it started the reload at 11:27 and the site was up for hunting at about 11:45pm).

Happy Hunting!

August 10, 2009

The Tooth Fairy Came!

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My oldest lost her 13th (!) tooth the other day and it got me thinking about the time she placed her tooth under her pillow (always in a plastic zip-lock bag). The tooth fairy took the bag and tooth and placed the money under her pillow. When she awoke, the tooth was gone and there was NO MONEY! Turns out it had fallen behind her bed while she slept. The tooth fairy always placed the money inside the bag after that! As we were placing her tooth in bag under the pillow the other night, I thought about ideas for handing that precious tooth over to the fairy and hopped on the Internet to see what was out there, and boy there is a lot!

There are various pillows boxes, and bags, and even an adorable
Official Tooth Fairy Kit! Go ahead, Google away!

As I sorted through all of these items, a light went off above my head. Remember that cute little Hoot, Hoot Owl I made a few weeks back? Why not turn that into a tooth fairy pillow? 

All you have to do is not stitch the top of the nose shut and voila! You have a place to store the tooth, and if you make the nose a tad bit bigger, even a pocket to hold the loot.... I just came up with a perfect name for it: the Hoot, Loot Owl! :) And for those with light sleepers, you can always add a handle to the top of the owl so that it can be hung from the bedpost!

Because my daughter has already lost the majority of her teeth (and my two youngest are not near loosing theirs), I decided that for our needs at the moment I would make this simple tooth bag. Our plastic baggy has worked, but let's liven up the experience and make it even more fun! I found this quick and simple, yet bright and fun bag and decided it would be perfect for us! I am going to make mine a bit bigger than the 3" x 3" in this tutorial, just to make the tooth/loot exchange a bit easier. As soon as I have completed it (when I find the time now that I am back to work full-time! But again, this is quick and simple so I know I can make it happen!) I will post pictures!

Now if only these bags could remind the tooth fairy that she has a pick-up! This last tooth my daughter lost was diligently placed under her pillow and she obligingly went to bed, but the tooth fairy failed to arrive. It was explained to the saddened child that because she slept in her fort (that she made under her bunk bed) and because there was a thunderstorm, the tooth fairy was either unable to make it or unable to find her and she should try the process again that night. The tooth fairy was very distraught over this whole ordeal and decided to reward the innocent child for her patience and understanding. When our daughter woke up this morning she found three gold $1 coins under her pillow. Can you imagine waking up to such a treasure at 8 years old?!? She had never seen such a thing and was utterly amazed. Tooth fairies negligence erased!

Feel free to share your tooth fairy tooth/loot ideas in the comments section!
From one tooth fairy to the next, cheers!

August 5, 2009

Circus Birthday Party

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I have come to the realization that I am horrible when it comes to recording (photographing) the projects that I have done. I was looking through my pictures to post into this blog and realized that I missed many of the fantastic items I had created for my sons first birthday... and it is a real shame. My new mission is to make sure I photograph EVERYTHING so I can look back at it years from now and say, oh yea - I remember that!

As I mentioned previously, I have been notorious for making crowns for kids parties and the kids always love them. Below are some of the different ones I've done over the years.

They are very simple to make. I use Adobe Illustrator, obviously most people don't have this at their disposal, but it is possible to make these in both MS Word and Publisher easily enough. I print them onto 11x17 cardstock... usually this isn't long enough to wrap around an older childs head, so I also print an extender piece on the same piece of cardstock. (See image below).I like to add embellishments and names to make them more unique, but they are cute plain as well. And of course, if you prefer you could always just cut out a crown from white cardstock and let the child decorate when they arrive at the party!

And since I'm on the topic of parties, I'm going to share a few pictures of items from my sons first birthday. It was a terrific day (80's, clear sky). I went with a circus theme and had a couple of "circus tents" pitched in the yard to provide shade. We had a ball pit, a kiddie pool and a slip n slide. I had popcorn boxes (purchased at local supermarket) filled with popcorn and we also did face painting (with the sticks which are a lot easier than using a brush). I added special little touches to the goodie bags which were just plain brown lunch bags, but I added a sticker of the child (whom I had turned into a clown on the computer - see pics below). I also wrote and illustrated (all done on the computer - I'm a graphic designer) stories for each attendee... I included pictures of the child throughout the book (in picture frames on the cartoon childs wall, etc. I printed these out and spiral bound them - see next post).



(My SIL took the stickers off her kids bags and put them on her fridge! )


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