October 30, 2009

RIP Michael Joseph Cook

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Michael passed away last night. He was a brave, happy (and often times, goofy) young man who touched the hearts and lives of many and he will be sorely missed.

October 29, 2009

Taking a short leave

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Hello to all my faithful readers.
I just wanted to let you now that I am taking a short hiatus for a week or two.  My cousin is in the hospital due to a congenital heart defect and the outlook is grim.  He is only 20 years old.  Although we knew he most likely wouldn't live as long a life as you or I, this issue arose rather suddenly and shocked us all.  

Michael has a heart condition called Hypoplastic left heart.  According to the American Heart Association HLHS is where the heart’s left side — including the aorta, aortic valve, left ventricle and mitral valve — is underdeveloped.  The oldest living person (to my knowledge) with HLHS is 30.  Michael has had several open heart surgeries to correct the problem, but there is no cure, other than having a heart transplant, which his family chose not to do for many reasons.  Needless to say, because of this defect he had veins growing into his lungs which, overnight, started causing him breathing issues.  The next thing we knew he was in the hospital and his health was declining fast.  As I type this they are flying a special team of doctors in from Boston to perform a second surgery (he is not stable so can not be transported to them).  The first exploratory surgery they performed yesterday had to be stopped due to the amount of bleeding.

Michaels sister is one of my best friends and has been since I was six months old.  His parents were like second parents to me and my older brother growing up.  I love him and his family dearly and am praying for them during this dark time and we would appreciate all of your prayers as well.

Thank you all.

What are little boys made of? Weekly Round Up #12

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PIGGY BANK


This is such an easy little project, and how cute is it?!?  Just by using items from around the home, you can give your guy a fun little piggy bank to help him save up all his change!  Lacie at Creative Attempts explains how she and her little guy made this.  While visiting Lacie, check out some of her other kid friendly projects.  I especially love her easy (edible) finger painting recipe.

CAR SHADOW PAINTINGS


I really like this idea that Kasey at The Stuff Life is Made of... came up with.  It is very simple and would really dress up any little boys room.  See how she did it here.


October 27, 2009

Magnet Bookmarks

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I created some magnet bookmarks a few months back and was so proud of myself... I thought I really had come up with something new - and then I entered the blogosphere and found that I was not so special and MANY people had already done this!  I have been wanting to do a post on it for a while now and just recently came upon Controlling My Chaos and the ADORABLE Halloween Magnet Boo!kmarks she created and decided there is no need for me to do a tut now.  So everyone run, don't walk, over to this post and learn how to make your own fantastic bookmarks (she even provides downloads of the files she used to create hers).  Make them as party favors, or have them double as gift tags!  Have fun and please share with me all of your wonderful creations!

Before I close I thought I would share my latest scrapbooking layout for my daughters book:
The digital papers and embellishments (other than my own creations used on the page) are from Joyful Mini Kit available at Loreile Scraps.

Happy crafting!

October 25, 2009

Diaper box to a Treasure Chest Tutorial!

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As you may know I went off on a little tangent about this nifty little project in my last What are little boys made of?  Weekly Round Up.  I didn't get a great picture of the chest I used as a box for a family Christmas gift last year which really saddens me, but since my aunt has it displayed in her family room, I should be able to get one next time I go to her house!  You can sort of see it in these pictures:
(TUTORIAL IS BELOW) My aunts family is very into Pirates of the Caribbean, so I came up with the idea of centering their family gift on Treasure (gifting items to each individual family member based on what they treasure in life).  I doctored up $1, $2, $5, $20 and $100 bills (front sides only as not to break the law!!) and added each family members face to the bill in order of age (ie: youngest was $1, oldest was $100).  I printed a ton of these out and used it as stuffing in the box as well as had it hanging out of the box for the presentation.  The following was the contents of the box: Pirates of the Caribbean board game, Jack Sparrow christmas ornament, magnet with my cousins faces on the body of Elizabeth and Will, Snoopy Ornament and Calendar, NY Yankees shirt, Mega-Star Wars PEZ dispenser, Scrapbooking Kit, lip gloss and chocolate coins. Lastly, in order for them to get into the treasure chest they had to find the key.  I made a Guess Who game with pictures of family members who were at the party - printed it out on cardstock and cut it out to form a Guess Who game board.  They had to try to guess (just like in guess who) who had the key.  They made guesses such as "Does this person wear glasses?" and "Is it a boy?" and depending on the answer they folded down the people who were not it until they had one person left who had the key. 

Without further ado, here is a tutorial with pics to help you make your own pirate treasure chest.

You will need:
  • Large diaper box
  • Tape
  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors/Knife
  • 2 yards Fabric or paper
  • Cord
  • Ribbon
1.  Start with your diaper box.
2.  Tape it closed.
3.  About 1/3 of the way down the box, cut open both sides and the front. Fold the box top up - you may score along the fold line if you would like.
I do not have photos of the last steps, but is easy enough:

4.  You want to wrap your fabric around the whole box.  I found it easiest to glue the fabric to the inside front of the lid and then wrap the fabric over the top, back side, bottom and front of the box.  I glued the edges down with a glue gun. 

5.  To cover the sides I cut out panels, folded a 1/2" seam all away around, pressed it and then glued the panel of fabric onto the side. 

6.  To cover the seams, I used hot glue to glue gold cord along the edges of the box . 

7.  I also added a 1.5" gold ribbon 5" in from both sides.  I glued it the same way I did the first fabric panel.

8.  Lastly I added a loop and clasp I made out of thin cardboard painted gold. I put a small lock (off from a Dollar Store Diary) on the clasp to hold it closed.

You may find an easier way to cover your box, but this worked best for me.  I also lined the inside of my treasure chest with the fabric.

Happy treasure making!


October 24, 2009

Baking Birthday Party

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This is the first year my daughter will not be getting two birthday parties (time constraints, three kids, you know the drill)... she may be a little bummed, but she isn't showing it. We have such a large family that we have always done a separate party for her school friends and her family. This year, she had to choose just one. She originally chose family, but when I told her she would still see her grandparents and several of her aunts/uncles, she decided on the friend party.

So the brainstorming began... and we decided on a cooking party. My little sister did this a few years back for her 10th birthday and it was a hit. Cassidy loved the idea and decided she would do it for her 9th party.
I already gave you a sneek peek of the invites that I created - VERY SIMPLE.  I made them on the computer, printed them onto cardstock and then added some ribbon.  I stuck them in envelopes and my daughter handed them out to her friends at school. (Don't want to design them yourself?  I have them for sale in my Etsy Shop).
I also already gave you a sneak peek of the favors a few weeks ago and they were really a hit.  They couldn't believe they now all had their own cooking ware!  We used their rolling pins to roll out the dough for pizza and each girl got a chance to put toppings on the pizza. 

Once we got the pizzas in the oven we set to work making the cupcakes.  We took turns on everything and all the girls were laughing and having a great time.  We took a little play break while the pizzas finished cooking.  The lunch was great, the girls did a terrific job.  After lunch Cassidy opened some fabulous gifts.  We had a little more playtime while the cupcakes cooled and then the real fun began.  We separated the frosting into three bowls and colored each one.  We also had a bowl of sprinkles.  Each girl got their own butter knife and set to work frosting their cupcakes.  Most were very stylish with major frosting and sprinkles.  It was such a blast.   The girls each brought home a cupcake that they frosted in cupcake boxes from Michaels. I printed shipping labels with cupcakes on them and wrote "Thanks for coming. -- Cassidy" and stuck those on the lid.

Above: Just a few on the yummy cupcakes the girls made.
And since this blog didn't exist last year, I thought I would show off my cake from her 8th party (because I'm still proud of myself)!

The theme of this family party was Rock Star! I found some great guitar goody bags (can sort of see them behind the cake in the first pic) and filled those up with lots of fun things... Hannah Montana was featured on all the plates, cups and table linens. And of course - she got her Guitar (the cake was modeled after). She is still going strong with it, lessons every friday and she loves it. I also made a rock star poster (with a cartoon Cassidy in rocker get-up) that we hung on the door welcoming all the Groupies to the party! :)

I used the Wilton Guitar cake pan (purchased at Michaels) for the cake and colored vanilla frosting to match the guitar.

Happy 9th Birthday Cassidy!

PARTY RUN DOWN:
  • Apron Invites Designed by Me and printed on Cardstock already on hand, with ribbon embellishments
  • Cooking Ware Favors
  • Cupcake Favor Boxes from Michaels
  • Printed shipping label for top of Favor Box
  • Pizza making - simple, fun and easy to clean up
  • Cupcake Decorating - Provided the girls a fun way to show off their fancy style
Great party for a great girl!

October 22, 2009

What are little boys made of? Weekly Round-Up #11

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 EGG CARTON SPIDERS


This is a great activity for the lil' guy who wants to do a last minute Halloween decoration!  Mommy Guru (a mommy to two very sweet little boys) has a quick and easy to follow tutorial for you here.  While visiting, check out her other Kids Crafts - she has some great ones and most involve items most crafters already have.  Add some Egg Carton Bats and pumpkins and voila - your house is festive!

SHOE BOX TREASURE CHEST


Very simple way for you and your little one to make a very cute pirate treasure chest out of a shoebox.  Very simple to do with this mini-tut!  I will be posting in the next few days a great tut on how to make a larger treasurer chest out of a diaper box... I have been toying with this post for a while now.  I made a great chest for a christmas present last year, but didn't get a great pic of it... it is really easy to do and I know a lot of people would love to make it, so I'm just gonna make another one!! Check back soon! (WHEW!  Don't you just love my little, er, uh, long - tangents?)

THREE LITTLE PIGS FINGER PUPPETS

I love these little guys... aren't they just adorable.  And I know all those little princes out there would love to be that big bad wolf!!! I know these perfectly sewn puppets make the project look intimidating, but the tutorial over at Obsessively Stitching really breaks it down for you... before you know it you will have these awesome little puppets working double-time!

October 20, 2009

craft hope - so inspiring

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Craft Hope Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time
Hello all!

I recently learned of this great site, Craft Hope, and just had to share with all my creative girls. 

About Craft Hope: Craft Hope is a faith-based, love inspired project designed to share handmade crafts with those less fortunate. It is our hope to combine our love for crafting and desire to help others into a project to make a difference around the world.

The premise of this project is every so often the founders of Craft Hope pick an organization that would benefit from handmade crafts.  Previous projects included dresses/shorts for an orphanage in Brazil,  and dolls/sock monkeys for orphaned children.

The most recent project that was just announced is calling all quilters to make quilts that will be given to Margaret's Hope Chest, a quilting non-profit organization that serves other people in seemingly hopeless situations.  The quilts are planned to go to homeless children in need.

Please, if you are a quilter and have the means to do so, go to Craft Hope to get more information.  And for non-quilters, check it out as well!  You can provide fabric and volunteers will craft the quilt for you, or you can just keep an eye out for the next project that may be more up your alley.

As the Holiday season is fast approaching, lets give back to those in need.  We need to support those that are less fortunate than ourselves.

Happy Crafting.



October 17, 2009

Master of the Grill Recipe Cards

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And now a recipe card for the manly chef out there!!! 

Download the card here.

Happy Cooking!

October 15, 2009

What are little boys made of? Weekly Round-Up #10

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PIPECLEANER PUMPKINS


This is a fun little project that your lil' guy will enjoy doing.  What kid doesn't like helping decorate for Halloween, right?  Sharla at My Little Gems gives a quick tut - all you need is pipecleaners and scissors and you to can have these adorable little pumpkins in your home.  I love the Garland idea that Sharla said her and her kiddos did.  Hmmm - maybe we'll make some for our fireplace mantel...  Oh - and when you are visiting My Little Gems, take a gander over to her Homemade Snickers recipe! Can everyone say YUM?!?


MAKE YOUR OWN KNIGHT HELMET

Spangelhelm to be correct.  This looks like it could take some time, but looks very realistic and all for under $5!  A perfect tutorial for all of you with a little Knight junkie!  Check it out over at Dan Beckers Homepage.

MUMMIFIED FRANKS


With Halloween fast approaching I thought I would share this little recipe that I found at Better Homes and Gardens.  I make my kids pigs in a blanket every once in a while using crescent rolls and hot dogs, and it is simple as pie (well, pie really isn't simple - at least the crust!  But you get my drift).  This is an adaption of that, using breadsticks and capers.  What a great Halloween treat!

October 14, 2009

DIY "Talking" Card

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Here is another craft I learned as a child.  It is perfect for kids to make for any occasion, especially Easter! Add lots of color, a splash of sparkle and it can transform into something fabulous.


Materials Needed:
Cardstock and colored computer paper
Glue Stick
Markers
Scissors
    1.  Fold the computer paper in half. 
    2.  Fold it in half again.
    3.  Fold down top right corner.  (See picture below).
    4.  Unfold.  Cut a slit in the middle of the diamond you just made.
    5.  Push top and button "triangles" into the inside of the card to form the mouth.
    6.  Open paper flat.
     
    7.  Fold the cardstock in half.  Find the center and color it in red (so that the inside of the mouth is red when card is opened).
    8.  Glue the bird onto the cardstock, decorate and voila! you are done. 

    We have made this card lots of times... one with arms outstretched asking for a hug, many saying happy birthday, etc.  Kids love to make it and they can be really creative with this.

    Happy card making!

    October 13, 2009

    Wedding Pictures

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    Ever since our youngest joined our family our Wedding pictures slowly were replaced... have you ever had that happen?  Having to rearrange your pictures because of an addition?  There is only so much space.  It was sad to see our pictures disappearing, so I scanned them in and arranged them in a collage with the speech that our best man gave and it came out like this:
    (I know the picture isn't great and I put a fingerprint on the glass while I was trying to adjust it! But hey, I still love it!) And because this is a creative blog and the speech that Jeremy, our best man gave, was extremely creative and maybe the best best man speech of all time, I have decided to share it with you.

    I'd like to thank the parents
    of Kim, the blushing bride.
    Your love and hard work shine today,
    and in your face shows pride.

    You've raised your Kimmy well,
    you taught her wrong and right.
    I know it takes strength to let go,
    the girl you held so tight.

    And to the parents of Jake Conner
    who is this day the groom.
    I'd like to give my thanks
    and show my gratitude.

    And now to the Newlyweds
    on this your Wedding Day.
    I'm so glad you found this path,
    that love led you this way.

    So hold her Jake,
    and hold on tight.
    Walk with her in sunshine,
    protect her from the night.

    Laugh with her and cry with her,
    always let her know you care.
    Pamper her and flatter her,
    run your fingers through her hair.

    Tell her that you love her,
    don't take for granted that she'll know.
    Keep watering loves flower,
    and it will always grow.

    So, now, Kim heres my charge for you,
    you know he's my best friend.
    Love him, hug him, treat him well,
    and only good will end.

    And now here is my toast to you,
    its time to let 'er fly.
    All friends, loved ones, and relatives,
    please hold your glasses high!

    To the Newlyweds...
    May you live happily ever after!

    -- Jeremy M.

    Happy creating!

    October 12, 2009

    Chic Recipe Cards

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    Here's another recipe card I designed for my girls!  Download is available here.

    Happy cooking!

    October 10, 2009

    Praying for Ezra

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    I wanted to share this blog I happened upon about a month ago - Praying for Ezra.  Ezra is 2.  He has Leukemia.  He is a very brave little guy.  Please visit and read his story.  Almost every post I read I have tears in my eyes thinking about this strong little guy and what he is dealing with... and what his family is dealing with.  Let's give them all of our love and support.  And if you can manage, there is a donate button on the page - please click it.  This little guy is in and out of the hospital, having tests run weekly, not to mention his medications, so any monetary support would be greatly appreciated, I'm sure.

    Hang in there Ezra.  Many people are praying for you.


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