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Indoor Snowball Fight

January 28, 2013 - Filed under How-to, Inspiration, Yarn

My apologies for the lack of posting around here lately. Things have been quite busy, and I just haven’t had the time. My family came to visit us in Mexico over the holidays, and we spent a big chunk of time searching for a new apartment. Then, we just barely got settled in the new place before Mike’s parents came down for a visit. They’re still here for another week, so posting has taken a bit of a back seat. But hey… with all the crazy holiday craftying in December, you probably enjoyed the break.

As I mentioned we’re in Mexico, and although I LOVE not having to shovel snow, there are parts of the fluffy white stuff that I do occasionally miss. When I came across this adorable idea for an indoor snowball fight I was instantly smitten, and knew I just had to share it with you.

Indoor Snowball Fight

You can use a pom pom maker like this one from Clover ($8.00 USD).

Clover Pom Pom Maker

Or you can always use the good ol’fashioned cardboard way: (Download Template Here)

How To Make a Pom Pom

Download Template Here

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts From The Kitchen

December 14, 2012 - Filed under Christmas, How-to

Because the holidays and food go hand-in-hand, and because my previous Gifts From Your Kitchen post was so popular, today’s last and final gift guide post is an extended version, with even more fabulous gift ideas for you to whip up in your kitchen!

In addition to the recipes, most of these ideas also come with printable labels or packaging ideas to make sure your gifts not only taste great, but look great too.

Handmade Gifts From the Kitchen

1. Fleur de Sel Caramels – All the rage right now, these salted caramels make a fabulous gift, and printable labels come in 3 styles.

2. Foolproof Fudge – Traditional fudge can be difficult, but this streamlined recipe is simple enough for kids to make.

3. Bacon Jam – Who doesn’t love bacon? This would make a great gift for pretty much anyone on your list.

4. Holiday Truffles – These easy chocolate truffles look festive in their Christmas Red and Greens.

5. Infused Vodka – When it comes to infusing vodka there are endless options. Try fruity with pineapple or strawberries, sweet with vanilla beans or spicy with jalapeños.

6. Homemade Jam – Traditional homemade jam is always a treat, and these cute labels come in 10 different flavors.

7. Flavored Coffee Syrup – Do you have any coffee lovers on your holiday gift list this year? This is a cute little idea takes your morning cup of joe to the next level.

8. Bite-sized Cookies in a Jar – Mason jars are perfect for packaging, and I love the way you can see these adorable cookies inside.

9. Marinated Goat Cheese – Bring artisanal flavor to plain store-bought chèvre with this simple marinade — then gift your haute-rustic handiwork in a gorgeous glass jar.

10. Flavored Salts – Elevate your favorite foodies’ cooking to another level with flavored salts. These make great gifts, and a little goes a long way.

11. Homemade Butter Mints – Homemade butter mints are soft, creamy, and not at all difficult to make. Just five ingredients and a bit of mixing, kneading, and rolling are required.

12. Pumpkin Butter – Fantastic spread on toast and muffins, over waffles, stirred in ice cream. The spices added to this treat are the same spices added to pumpkin pie, so it has all of the flavor, without all of the fat!

13. Easy Pickled Jalapeños – These quick and easy pickled jalapenos aren’t just for spicy Southwestern dishes though… They add a zesty zip to plenty of dishes, from burgers to soups, dips to salads and plenty more. Toss ‘em in cornbread too!

14. Oreo Truffles – These easy Oreo truffles make great holiday neighbor gifts, and the cute labels are free to print.

15. Homemade BBQ Rub & Sauce – Got someone on your list who loves to grill? Why not make them some homemade BBQ Rub, and delicious sweet & spicy BBQ sauce?

16. Homemade Pesto – This recipe is so impossibly easy, you’ll wish you’d started making it years ago.

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Children’s Nature Hunt

June 7, 2012 - Filed under Children, How-to, Paper goods

– – – UPDATED! You can now download the printable version here. – – –

Summer is just around the corner, and with the weather warming up, thoughts turn to picnics in the park, lazy days at the beach and all sorts of outdoor activities. To kick off the season I headed off on a weekend camping trip with my family. I was looking for something fun to do with my nephew and thought that a scavenger hunt would be a great way to spend some time together and enjoy the outdoors.

He’s only three, so I wanted to keep it picture based, with simple items we could easily find. I decided to laminate it so he could use it again either in his own back yard, or a trip to the park with friends. I’m really happy with the way it turned out, and we had a great time exploring nature together.

DIY Nature Hunt

How to:

  1. Draw out your items – I did mine in Adobe Illustrator, but you could just as easily draw them by hand.
  2. Print, Cut, Glue – I printed 6 items to a standard 8.5×11″ page. And cut them out with an exacto knife. I found some really fun nature themed paper at my local craft store and cut them into slightly larger squares so you could see the fun pattern.
  3. Laminate – I wanted this to be something that would last, so I took it to a copy shop to get laminated, and then recut the squares.
  4. Put it together – I punched a hole in each of the cards and srung them together with some rustic twine and added a few beads for fun.
  5. Enjoy – Head out into your local woods and see how many items you can find.

– – – UPDATED! You can now download the printable version here. – – –

 

Nature Hunt

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Handmade Gift Ideas: For Pets

December 14, 2011 - Filed under Christmas, How-to, Inspiration

Don’t forget your furry friends this holiday season… they’re part of the family too! Pamper your pets with these adorable handmade gifts.

Handmade Gifts For Pets

1. Pet Food Canister: Recycle and old tin into a handy and stylish pet food container.

2. Stamped Metal Pet ID Tags: Mentioned this technique in the gifts for her post, and think it works just as well for pet tags. Check out this great tutorial on stamping metal to create your own.

3. Cat Nip Mice: A great way to use up fabric scraps and a perfect toy to keep your cat entertained this holiday season.

4. Dog Paw Stocking: Who says stockings are just for people? This cute dog paw stocking is a great way to include your furry friend in the festivities.

5. Dog Bed: Tired of sharing your bed or couch with your pooch? Why not make him his own comfy bed?

6. Rope Toy: This is a super easy gift and cheap too! All you need are a few dish towels and a couple minutes of time, and you’ve got yourself a new rope bone perfect for tug-of-war!

7. DIY Dog Collars: Is your pup in need of a new collar? Here’s a great tutorial for a cute collar sure to put a little bounce in your pups steps.

8. Dog Bowl Stand: You dine in style so why shouldn’t your pooch? Why not make him his very own dining table?

9. Cat Scratching Pad: Keep your cat away from your furniture and give her this cute fish shaped scratching pad.

10. Doggy Rain Coat: Pamper your pup and keep him dry on your winter walks with his very own rain coat.

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Handmade Gift Ideas: For Kids

December 13, 2011 - Filed under Children, Christmas, How-to, Patterns

Why not skip the expensive, battery operated, mass-produced plastic toys this year, in favor of something more unique and personal. Handmade toys are a great way to encourage creativity and activate your children’s imagination. These great ideas are inexpensive and easy to make, plus they’re sure to provide hours of entertainment.

Handmade Gifts For Kids

1. Felt Alphabet Letters: Help your little ones learn there ABCs with some cute felt letters.

2. Homemade Play Dough: Create a rainbow of colors and watch your children’s imagination run wild with this easy to make play dough. This is also an easy project to do with young kids and would make a great gift for their little friends.

3. Crayon Art Folio: Perfect for that budding artist on the go!

4. Car Caddy: Another great gift for little one’s on the go, that also helps encourage them to pick up their toys so you’re not stepping on them.

5. Felt Tool Box: Put your little helper to work on the home repairs with their very own tool set.

6. Molded Crayons: These fun crayons can been made is any shape or size, all you need are some fun molds and a bunch of crayons. How about spacemen & rockets or ballerinas and zoo animals.

7. Felt Stuffed Animals: Who wouldn’t love a cute and cuddly little friend for the holidays?

8. Snowman Kit: This is such a cute idea for little ones who love to play in the snow.

9. Painted Wooden Blocks: Build em up and knock em down. Your kids will have endless hours of fun, and may even learn to spell.

10. Fort Kit: I love this idea. This kit includes everything you need to build a fort, like sheets, close pegs, suction cups, rope and even a flashlight for when it’s all built. Perfect rainy day fun!

11. Buttoned Baby Boots: Help keep those little toes warm this winter, with this adorable little baby boot pattern.

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Handmade Gift Ideas: For Him

December 12, 2011 - Filed under Acccessories, Christmas, How-to, Inspiration

Lets face it… when it comes to giving handmade, girls are easy. It’s the men on the other-hand that are a little more difficult to make for. But, never fear, we’ve got some great gift ideas you can make for the special men in your life.

Handmade Gifts For Him

1. Bacon infused Vodka: I don’t know a man alive who doesn’t like bacon. Combine that with booze and you’ve got a winner on your hands.

2. Bay Rum Aftershave: Give your man a manly smell with this Bay Rum Aftershave. Get the recipe here.

3. Mustache Etched Pint Glasses: These would make a great gift for the beer lover on your list. Check out this tutorial on how to etch glass to see just how easy it is.

4. Beef Jerky: Another classic manly gift. Package it up in a nice jar and you’ll surely put a smile on your guy’s face.

5. Bicycle Brake Clock: Does your guy love mountain biking and all things out doors? Why not make him this bicycle brake clock for his office so he can count down the hours till he can hit the trails.

6. iPad Sleeve: A handmade iPad Sleeve doesn’t have to be cutesy or girly. Use rugged and durable fabrics like wool and leather to create a sleeve that’s functional and masculine.

7. BBQ Rubs: Does your guy love to grill? Here are some easy recipes for yummy rubs, complete with downloadable labels.

8. Black & Tan Beer Soap: No lavender and rose petals here… this soap is all man.

9. Typographic Coasters: Skip the lace and doilies in favor of cork and plywood with these typographic coasters.

10. Screen Printed Tie: Spruce up a plain tie with unique screen printed designs like these ones from Etsy seller 20twenty. Or check out this screen printing tutorial to learn how to make your own.

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Handmade Gift Ideas: For Her

December 9, 2011 - Filed under Acccessories, Christmas, How-to, Jewelry, Kniting, Patterns, Sewing

December is officially in full swing, and it’s time to start talking gift ideas! First up in our handmade gift ideas series are gifts for her! Whether that’s your mom, or your sister, your girlfriend or your bestie. We’ve put together a list of easy gift ideas you can make yourself that are sure to impress any woman on your list.

Handmade Gifts For Her

1. Personalized Coffee Sleves: Cute and reversible, the perfect gift for your coffee loving bestie!

2. Rosette Bracelet: A great accessory to dress up jeans or any outfit for your fashionista friend.

3. Stamped Metal Jewelry: A crafty yet stylish way to express yourself, and your friendship.

4. Handmade Lip Balm: Got lots of girlfriends on your list? Lip balm is an inexpensive gift you can make in bulk.

5. Homemade Bath Salts: What girl wouldn’t love some homemade bath salts to help unwind after a busy holiday season.

6. Stenciled Mugs: Dress up plain dishware to reflect your friend’s style and color pallet.

7. Monogrammed Tote Bag: Encourage your family and friends to say goodbye to plastic with this personalized tote bag.

8. Knit Cowl: Spread the love, and warmth this year with a cozy knit cowl.

9. Matching Apron & Tea Towels: Got a foodie on your list? Why not make them an apron with matching tea towels. Check out this screen printing how to.

10. Ruffled Throw: Give someone a bedroom makeover with this unique ruffled throw.

11. Spoon Rings: Looking for a way to recycle extra silverware? How about turning them into rings?

12. Paperclip Earrings: Super simple and super cheap, these paperclip earrings are also super cute.

13. Fabric Clutch: A girl can never have too many handbags, and this easy to sew fabric clutch is no exception.

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Felt Bat Pillow

October 19, 2010 - Filed under Felt, Halloween, How-to

More often than not Halloween decorations can be pretty tacky, or over the top, but I love this subtle tone-on-tone bat pillow from Ameroonie Designs. Check out the tutorial and make your own. While you’re at it, why not try a white one with ghosts, or an orange one with pumpkins!

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DIY – Cardboard Haunted House

October 14, 2010 - Filed under Halloween, How-to

Where does the time fly? I can’t believe it’s already the middle of October and I’m just getting started on my Halloween posts! Ooops…. Well, hopefully to make up for it, I’ve got a great project to share with you from the fabulous people at Alpha Mom!

This Halloween Fun-House is perfect for those of you with little ones, but it also makes a great prop if you’re throwing a party or just want to decorate your lawn.

All you need are a couple of cardboard boxes, some paint, and your imagination! With the help of this tutorial, you can have your own spooky haunted house in no time!

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Printable Sewing Cards for Kids

September 22, 2010 - Filed under Children, How-to, Sewing

Looking for a way to get your little ones excited about sewing? These cute printable sewing cards are a great way to teach your kids how to sew, without worrying about small sharp needles. You can download these templates and print them from your own computer. Then simply cut them out, punch some holes and your kids will be learning to sew in no time.

– Download the PDF here

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