Favecraft’s Extreme Craft-tacular Grand Prize Giveaway!

Just a heads up here. Head on over to Favecraft’s  giveaway page to enter into this giveaway to win over $1500.00 in craft stuff!

I’m pretty much drooling over this.

JUST. LOOK. AT. IT.

Prize Includes:

  • SpellBinders Rectangles One-Silver, Dies-Ovals One, Labels Twenty Five, Build a Wreath
  • 7 Audubon Quilt Block Pattern Set
  • Sizzix Framelits Dies- Birds by Rachael Bright and Ornaments, Round by Rachael B; Sizzix Thinlits Dies- Labels, Long by Rachael Bright, Christmas #2 by Rachael Bright, and Lace Pattern Card Front by Rachel B
  • Book Assortment, including: 50 Yards of Fun; Christmas is ComingEasy Knitting for Baby;Simply Modern ChristmasBecoming a Confident QuilterPatchwork PlusSimple Quilts from Me and My Sister DesignsQuilts Made with Love; The Sock Knitter’s Handbook
  • TPP Quilt Calendar 2014
  • Lion Brand Heartland Yarn in Isle Royale, Great Smoky Mountains, and Glacier Bay; 2 balls Lion Brand Imagine Yarn in Purple Haze; Lion Brand Unique Yarn in Moon Shadow, Grapevine, and Passion Fruit; 3 balls Lion Brand Romance Yarn in Grey Shades
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Knit and Weave Loom Kit
  • 2 Crystal Golden Shadow Beads, 2 Pendants 6090 Topaz, 2 Pendants 6202 Dark Indigo, 2 Beads 5752 Sunflower, Fancy Stones MC 4584 Crystal, 2 Fancy Stones MC 4854 Crysal, 2 Flat Backs Sunflowers, 2 Fancy Stones MC 4137 Crystal Bermuda Blue, 2 Fancy Stones MC 4737 Crystal Bermuda Blue, Pendants 6202 Light Topaz 28 mm, 2 Beads 5301 Purple Velvet, 2 Flat Backs Crystal Golden Shadow, Pendants 6202 Light Topaz 40 mm
  • Crystal Jewelry Inspiration
  • 1/2 in Double-Sided High Tack Tape and 1/4 in Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Xyron Sticker Maker and Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker
  • Permanent Adhesive
  • 3/8 in Adhesive Dots and 3/16 in Adhesive Dots
  • Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit, Teresa Collins Plier Stapler, Teresa Collins Chipboard Punch
  • Fiskars AdvantEdge Punch System and Fiskars AdvantEdge Cartridges: Winter Frost, Perfectly Paisely, and All a Glow
  • Size 7 Straight Needles
  • Jimmy Beans Wool Artyarns Zara Hand-Dyed Yarn and Silk Splash Light Yarn
  • Red Heart Yarn Tote, Red Heart Yarn Sassy Fabric 3 Pack, Sassy Lace 3 Pack; Red Heart Yarn Vivid Yarn-Powerful Pink and Electric Blue; Red Heart Yarn Unforgettable Yarn -Tidal and Winery; Red Heart Yarn Midnight Yarn- Serenade and Borealis; Red Heart Yarn Treasure Yarn- Abstract and Watercolors; Red Heart Yarn Sashay Sequin Yarn- Champagne
  • Nov/Dec Crochet Today Magazine
  • Heart Shape Tape Measure
  • Tipping Points Knitting Needles 10″ 8/5mm
  • Bamboo Handle/Silvalume Head Crochet Hooks 5-1/2″
  • Yarn & Thread Cutter Pendant
  • COLORTOOL spray paint-Blue Bright, Burgundy, Coral Bright, Fuchia Bright, Holiday Green, Holiday Red, Spring Green, Tangerine, and Turquoise
  • Deco Mesh Assortment

Holiday Home Decor Giveaway

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

 

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Reblog: Make Your Own Baby Wipes.

This popped up on my news feed on Facebook (Compliments of Stay a Stay at Home Mom) and I had to share it… I’m tempted to try this out, but if anyone else does before I get a chance to, please share!

 

To make your own disposable home made baby wipes you will need:

  • Large container with square lid
  • Bounty paper towels (select a size variety)
  • Baby wash
  • Baby oil (optional)
  • Water

You can do this without the baby oil if you prefer or if you just want to reduce the cost a bit more. Now that you have what you need, here are simple instructions to make your own disposable baby wipes:

1. Cut the roll of paper towels in half, as shown in the picture.

home-made-baby-wipes-03; tough decisions sign2. Push the cardboard roll out from the center of your Bounty roll and throw away (or recycle).

3. Put your paper towels in the Tupperware container. 

4. Mix 2 cups of water, 2 tbsp baby wash, and 2 tbsp baby oil in a bowl.

5. Pour the water mixture over the paper towels in the Tupperware container.

6. Put the lid on your container and shake it up.

That’s it! You have just made your own disposable baby wipes for a fraction of the cost charged in local stores. Any stay at home mom can do this…and it is so fast that working moms even have time for it!

You should wait at least an hour before using your home made disposable wipes. I like to give mine a shake before I open them

 

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Ghastly Easy Halloween DIY!

Yes, that’s right. “Ghastly” easy because they are little ghosts and I don’t even care if that’s cheesy!

Haleybug and I knocked these little guys out in under an hour and they are pretty adorable. Best of all, I didn’t buy anything special to make these things, it’s just junk that I had sitting in my closet!

WHAT WE USED:

  • White crepe streamer
  • Regular 8 x 11 printer paper
  • Standard white ribbon (the kind you use for wrapping gifts)
  • A marker
  • Tape
  • Safety scissors (safety first!)

WHAT WE DID:

  • Take 1 sheet of the plain paper and ball it up
  • Cut 6 pieces of the streamer (these can be uniform sizes or different, it doesn’t matter)
  • Arrange the streamer in a star shape on a flat surface.
  • Cut another piece of ribbon about 8 inches long. This is what you will use to hang the ghosts, so he length really depends on your preference and intended placement.
  • I tied a quadruple knot on one end because I REALLY don’t want to have to re-string these guys.
  • Use the scissors to poke a hole through the center of the star shape you made with the streamers and put the end of the ribbon through, keeping the knot on the “inside” and place the paper ball over the knot.
  • Carefully bring all ends of the streamer together with the ball in the middle (this is where you should see the ghost starting to come together)
  • Cut a piece of the ribbon about 7 inches long and tie it around all the streamer pieces, right at the base of the ball (seeing it now?)
  • I tied the ribbon into a little bow because I’m fancy, that’s completely up to you. Cut the ends off if you don’t want to do anything with them.
  • Take your safety scissors and have you, or your little love, cut the ends on of the streamers to looked ragged.
  • I placed a little extra tape around the hole where the ribbon came out just to be safe, but that’s up to you.
  • Draw on some faces and hang these cute little guys up around the house for some fun Halloween decor!

ghosts 2 ghosts

 

100th Blog-stravaganza! (a giveaway?!)

So, it’s been a little longer than I originally anticipated and to be honest, it’s putting a lot of pressure on me to do something really great for this post. I was awake a lot last night and I started thinking of ideas for what to do and say and post about and here’s what I came up with:

Nothing.

I did decide that I’m gonna host a little giveaway to celebrate my 100th post, though! Also, I’m feeling pretty legit, reaching 100 posts and all, so I’m going to make myself a Facebook page for this blog!

With the holidays coming up (I keep telling myself that I’m gonna start early with my shopping), I’m giving away a little head start. Enter this giveaway for an awesome custom wood-photo project, perfect for, well anyone (including yourself, if you want!) An alternative: you can also win one of my diabetes bags (they can be found in the “Upgrade your D-Bags tab”), just let me know that you want that instead in the comments section!

Here’s the last one I made. I made this clock for my hubby with a picture on it of the girls. He loves it. You don’t have to have a clock, it was be whatever you want. There are trays, planks, all kinds of things!

clock!

To enter for this, just refer to the rafflecopter link and go from there!

Thanks for sticking with me for 100 posts, here’s to the next 100!

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Happy Birthday Haley!

haley

Somehow, my big girl turned 4 on July 31. I say somehow because 1) I can’t believe she’s 4 already and 2) I can’t believe she’s survived this long.

Last weekend, we had a mermaid themed party for her in the backyard. (side note: backyard parties are still not “cheap” for anyone trying to avoid dropping a few hundred on party crap for their kid) I did order everything, except for the cake pan which they were out of, from http://www.partycity.com/ and got all of it for under $100.00 ((including shipping and tax!) for 32 people! I made an Ariel cake (mistake!) and we bought some fruit and brownies. It was strange though, because this is the first year that there were actually a lot of kids at her party instead of a bunch of adults fighting over who gets to hold Haley on their lap.

My cake was sort of a cake-tastrophe, though I was assured that it was not nearly as bad as I thought it was. Simple yellow cake with hot pink dye, vanilla frosting, Wilton gel dyes, and this cake pan made up the wonder that was what I refer to as “the plus-size Ariel cake”.

So I’m no artist, but this definitely could have come out worse.

Haley and everyone else had a blast though, so it was, as always, worth it.

So, HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY, Princess! Mommy loves you, even when bring me to making a pros and cons chart on breathing 😀

GoGo Squeez Me! (food for thought)

I fully support, and am a little jealous of, moms who make all their baby food and do the all-natural, organic, clean eating thing for their families (come feed mine?).  On the other hand, that’s just not me. At least most of it isn’t.

My kids love these GoGo Squeez applesauce pouches. Harper uses them and doesn’t squeeze them all over the house, Haley loves them, and they are a great way to get my kids to have healthy snack without a fight (and on the go!) The problem? They are SO expensive. MY solution?  I bought a box of them and a jar of applesauce and refilled them. It worked okay, but I couldn’t see through the case, so I couldn’t be sure they were clean (not a good idea).  Then, I went out looking for reusable pouches thinking they were going to be cheap. WRONG. Wal-Mart wanted over 7 dollars for ONE pouch, I don’t think so, Wal-Mart.

Then I found this. Infantino’s Fresh Squeezed refillable pouches. They actually have an entire line out for people who make their baby food. The line comes with the steamer, grinder/processor, the pouches, and the pouch filler station. Since I am done with the baby food stage, I didn’t really need all that, I just bought the pouches. Now let’s be clear here…. The pouches clearly say not to refill them so I’m pretty sure I can’t tell you to do that. I can tell you that I refill them. I can tell you that it works great. I can also tell you that I have yet to have a problem refilling them. But, I can also tell you that a box of 50 was only 16.99 at Target, so not refilling them isn’t really going to kill you.

The other thing that I like about doing this is that I can be as ambitious or lazy as I want. I have made both fruity and veggie batches of applesauce in the pouches. I actually used some sweet potato, carrot, and squash stage 2 baby food that I had left over and mixed it 50/50 with the applesauce and loaded the pouches with that. The kids loved it and didn’t even notice that thy were eating veggies! (win) I also just made a batch the other day with 1 part applesauce, 1 part thawed frozen mixed berries, and a little splash or orange juice, all blended up. Even I enjoyed that! If I’m feeling lazy, I can just use plain applesauce in there and call it a day. I usually make like 10 at a time for them and they go pretty quickly. You obviously don’t HAVE to use applesauce, you can do blended yogurt, smoothie, or if your kid likes veggies unlike mine, some other kinds of puree.

The time they can be out depends on what’s in them. I take them with me in the diaper bag when I’m out for the day. If where I’m going has a fridge, like a friend or family member’s house, then I stick it in there, if not, then so be it. I wouldn’t leave these out overnight since they aren’t sealed like the applesauce pouches you buy from the store.

If anyone has any ideas for veggie or other mixes, or if anyone has tried/uses/tries this, leave a comment and some feedback!

Time for Crafting (literally!) A Tutorial?!

This is probably one of the coolest crafts/projects I’ve done to date.

For Father’s Day this year, I made my husband’s gift from the kids. What did I make?

A freakin’ clock with the kids picture on it!

Yes.

Super simple stuff too. Here it is:

clock

How adorable is this? Scrunchy faces because well, look at them!

What I used: 

  • Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium 
  • Mod Podge in gloss finish
  • ArtMinds Quartz Clock Movement Kit – 3/4 inch thickness (make sure to note the measurement of this against the piece of wood you are using!)
  • 1- 10″ x 10″ piece of square wood with a hole drilled in it for the clock mechanism (I found this by the clock parts in the craft store)
  • 1- 10″ x 10″ LASER COPY of my photo of choice (you NEED a laser copy, this will NOT NOT NOT work with an inkjet printer copy. Staples, and almost any other commercial copier service, uses laser printers, so these are still easy and cheap to get your hands on, don’t worry)
  • Sand paper (medium or light grade)
  • A medium size sponge brush

 

What I did:

  • First, I sanded down the edges of the wood to make it smoother and a little rounder around the corners, and sanded the front of the clock to make a more even surface.
  • Next, I took the image transfer medium and applied it EVENLY (not too liberally, but to too thin either) on the entire front of the clock (This part is really important) What I chose to do for this was to add a little brush texture to the edges of the wood so that the image would have a distressed look. You can go for that too, it looks awesome, but I would suggest trying this out as simply as you can first and then getting a little fancy with it. 🙂
  • Then I placed the image ink side down onto the wet transfer medium exactly where and how I wanted it to be. Be sure to get allllllllllllll of the bubbles and pockets of medium flattened and out from under the paper before you let this bad boy dry! I’m not sure if moving the image after placing it will mess anything up, but why chance it right?  Then I let the sucker dry overnight.
  • In the morning, I grabbed myself a wet paper town and laid it over the paper on the wood to get it all wet then used a much less wet, but still damp, towel to gently rub all the paper off of the wood, leaving me with a block of wood covered in adorable scrunchy faces! Be careful with this part. You do NOT want to go to town on the wood because you WILL take the image off and leave but white spots on the wood that will look like crap, I promise.
  • I covered the entire block with a pretty thin but even layer of gloss finish mod podge to seal the image to the wood and make this a little sure durable. It only took about 15 – 20 minutes for this to dry completely, but it did take over a week for it to completely harden and not have that slightly sticky, sort of tacky feeling to it. I know online it said to wait 2 to 3 weeks if you plan on using a mod podge item for storage or for something that will get dinged up (a tray bottom where you throw your keys or something maybe)
  • After this was dry, I added the year to the bottom because it WAS a Father’s Day gift after all.
  • Then, I grabbed the clock parts (which were a lot easier to assemble than I thought they were going to be). I only used the quarter points instead of all 12 spaces, but obviously all 12 are provided. I did have some trouble with the mechanism not fitting properly, and we did end up using the hands upside down because they didn’t seem to really work the way they were supposed to be, but it didn’t really affect the overall result.

 

My husband loved this and I did it in one day. This only cost about 20 bucks and it is a great project to do (fun, quick, and easy-ish) and it’s super personal and professional looking. I’m sure you would pay a reasonable amount more for this to be custom made.

I’m actually thinking of selling these!