Thursday, December 16, 2010

Easy Peasy Teacher gifts

Easy Teacher gifts

Had you ever had that feeling that you forgot a gift? That is just how I felt last night. Monkey had not been feeling well and did not go to school that day. So instead of getting done what I needed to I was playing nurse. Well around 6pm last night I started to feel a panic but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then it hit me Teacher gifts! So a quick trip to target and after toying with a variety of different ideas I remembered that Monkey’s teacher is a bit of a photo bug. So I picked up some small photo books for $1.99. They are kinda blah so this morning in the wee hours I cuteified them. What do you think?

I then added some cute rock magnets that I made a while back, a candy cane and an owl ornament made by Monkey!{The owls are a foam kit from Target} I just think they came out so cute!

When monkey woke up she put stickers on the frog one and didn’t want to add any stickers to the flower one. Since everything was in my stash I was able to complete this project for only around $3.50 a gift which is extra sweet since my budget was $5.00!
This is the whole gift set before wrapping

This is how I am packaging them I put the magnet in a Ziploc bag twisted then out a clear ponytail over the twist and cut of the top zip lock part to make this cute little bag!

Since this is the last day before Christmas break I ran them over there this morning with lil Monkey still not feeling well.

What are you making your teachers for Christmas this year?

Excuse the pictures I am using my backup camera and it is hit or miss!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

J Crew Necklace

It is so hard to sleep with Christmas so near! I haven't had a chance to do anything! Monday was my birthday, and my finals! Lets just say I am happy that am done with school for now. So with Christmas drawing near I have been thinking about what I could use in my stash. and Last year my brother gave me these beautiful beads. Now I have never really made jewelry so I was excited at the chance to learn. Since this was a gift to me I thought that this would be perfect to make myself a necklace to wear for my birthday. I found this tutorial for a cute a J Crew necklace over at Samster Mommy. I just had to make it! Wouldn't you it is so cute. I love it, my daughter loves it....don't tell her but I am making a mini one for her for Christmas!

How is your Christmas list coming? I have a ton o things to work on....who knows if I will get done!



Monday, December 6, 2010

A couple of easy kid gifts!

Here are some fun ideas you can give the kids on your list !
My niece is a little princess and loves Snow White, so I made her a Snow White bag filled with coloring stuff. The Snow white is appliqued on with permanent applique so I did not have to sew it! The contents of the bag were princess crayons in a crayon roll that I made from my stash, a coloring book from the dollar store, a drawing pad also from the dollar store, and candy jewelry.

Here is the crayon roll, with an A appliqued on the front.

Skip to my Lou has an awesome tutorial for crayon rolls!

Then for the little man in your life (Which I have three nephews) these little applique shirts are super adorable!

Which Christmas gifts are your go to easy gifts to make?

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Reindeer Feed Buckets tutorial and a Freebie!

So all my homework is turned in to school and now all that I have left is finals I have time to make my blog something great! In honor of Christmas I would love to show all of my past and present all time favorite Christmas Gifts! This first one is from my old blog but I give it every year so I thought that I would share with you as well! I have also updated my gift tag and in honor of my return would love to offer it to you! Just leave me your email address in the comments and I will send it your way!

Now it is your turn to make them! Here is what you need:

First you are going to need a bucket or you can use a cute little gift box. I got my bucket at Target when their Halloween stuff went for 75% off that is why it is orange. Then you are going to need Holiday paper of your choosing Mod Podge which comes in different finishes I chose to use the matte-mat finish
Then you need a sponge brush
And Ribbon to embellish with

The first step is to deiced on the right size of paper. There is an easy trick that I do to achieve perfect sizing. To do this is I put one edge of the paper at the top and make a crease in the paper by bending it at the bottom and then I have a perfect piece of paper to cut.

Cut 2 pieces to size Glue the bucket with your mod podge and sponge brush; then glue the back of the paper and put it on

Before you place on your next sheet of paper place it on there to see where you are going to need your thin strips to hide the orange
Cut a strip to cover the open spot and decoupage the strip on the bucket.

Decoupage all the remaining pieces on

Once you are finished you need to seal it with the mod podge so paint the out side with glue Once it is dry you are ready to embellish, I like to embellish the handles with ribbon, and then the bucket with ribbon on this bucket I tied ribbon on the handle.

When the bucket is done you are ready to fill the inside with feed. To do this fill an Ziploc baggie with Oats and edible glitter or Christmas sprinkles. To make the top less ziplocey(A new word I just invented) before sealing twist and take a clear rubber band and seal it off cut off the Ziploc part tie a ribbon around it an you have a cute bag filled with reindeer feed to give to friends and family!!!

Don't forget to add a cute tag with the reindeer feed poem that you can find at craftbits, and you are done! Also if you would like this tag leave me a comment with your name and email and I will send one your way!


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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Where in the heck have I been????

Hey all! I know I have not posted in awhile please be patient. I am still serving on a Jury Panel and I guessI will be until December 28th ! I am working on alot of things and am hoping I will be getting back to "normal" next week after a craft fair I have been working on as well! Until then!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Flash Back Thursday: Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

With fall right around the corner and the temps hopefully getting cooler, my family and I like to take neighborhood walks. Monkey would get so bored that we came up this classic idea!
So one of our new favorite activities right now is Neighborhood scavenger hunts. We have had allot of good conversations and fun filled discovery... {including a secret park} Monkey loves it so much that we are now committed to doing it every week a least once. Last weeks hunt had the following,
A green Leaf.
An orange box
A dog
A blue House

I had no idea how much she would love this and it was so easy plus we got some good exercise!
So I thought I would show you how The paper I put together since she can't read yet we did pictures. The left space for me to write {This is so I could ask her questions like...What color is it? How many petals are there? What does it feel like? What does i sound like? Is it big or small?}

If you would like a copy of this Scavenger hunt just leave me a comment with your email and I will send it your way! Megs just loved it and is still talking about it.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bad Blogger!

I feel like taking a newspaper and swatting my hand while saying bad blogger! I really have no excuse except that I am super tired and am planning a girls night party this Saturday. So please bear with me I will have a ton of crafts staring next week! Yeah. Tomorrow I will do a flash back and on Friday I will give you some fun links. Hopefully that will make up for my absence a little? Hmm I will just try harder.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Flash Back Tuesday: Jean Apron.

For today's flash back Tuesday I am sharing the first thing that I ever sewed and was {and still am} proud of.
Hey so today I whipped up something for my first craft- diet item! I took an old pair of cut off jeans and cut them in half then I took the smaller side and I made Monkey an apron with a dog on it Because if you know Monkey then you know how much she loves dogs! So I of course of pictures So the first one is of the side of the pants,

This one is of the apron itself:

And these are action shots!

With the other side of the jeans I am going to make myself an apron which I will of course post, but my next craft well have to be a surprise! {I don't even know what it is going to be yet!}

Blogs that inspire (Still true)
This site has a lot of crafts to do with your children!
This site would have to be my fav of the week it is very cute and has patterns and fun things to make and is also very inspiring!
Monkey loved this site it has a virtual paper doll which was fun to dress and it also had build a robot plus it had very cute coloring pages you could print!
This site truly inspires with all of it color. It is a designer Anna Maria Horner and she has the most beautiful things on her blog
5. {I really want to try her emergency candle}
This site has some very beautiful quilts, aprons and other crafts!
I think the title says it all , I thought that I would include this because one of my New year resolutions was to keep a clean house and although I am on my way this site inspire me to what I could become!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Got Jury Duty?

I do... so click on the inspiration tabs and check out some cool new blogs and I will see you tomorrow, with some awesome new craft ;) !

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Birthday Pjs Tutorial!

So last Christmas when I was at Joannes with Monkey and she saw this Halloween material that she loved. So I went back and secretly bought saving it for her forth bday. So now since it is her 5th bday, I decided to make her pjs. I haven't written alot of tutorials so any tips or comments would really help me out thanks and enjoy!

*Sorry I meant to say this is the side you just sewed.
Sew up the black lines sides. ugh who knew writing basic directions could be so hard?*

I hope that this tutorial was clear, if you have any questions feel free to contact me.