Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Back to School: Apple Note

I cannot believe how fast the summer has gone by! It seems like my kids just got out of school, and here we are again, new backpacks and school bells ringing! Now, I am a little bit late on this post for back to school (Shocking, right?) ;) But I am so thankful for teachers and everything they do to teach and shape our children and our future!

This year for back to school we made these little "apple notes." And today I am going to share how to made this cute, super easy, and quick apple project! You can make these for so many other reasons, too! Back to school, Teacher Appreciation, or just a fun little note for someone.

All you need is a few supplies. I had all of my supplies already on hand, but if you do not have them already they wouldn't cost much to get. I happened to have a whole bag of these little spools on hand because I ordered them quite awhile ago from Oriental Trading Company, with the intent of wrapping all of my small ribbons around them for storage... However, even a crafty girl like me sometimes fails to read the product dimensions ;) (Oops!) So I have had these little guys corralled in one of my craft drawers.


Small wooden spool
Scissors (with a fun edging blade, I used the pinking sheer type)
Regular Scissors or Box Knife (for cutting dowel)
Baker's Twine
Green Grosgrain Ribbon
Fine Tip Sharpie
Red (or Green) Acrylic Paint
Small Paintbrush
Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
*Lighter (Heat Sealing the Ribbon)

First start by measuring the distance of the center of the spool where your paper message will be, and mark it on your paper-lengthwise. Marking it lengthwise allows you to make your message as long as you like.

Next paint the wooden spool with the red acrylic paint and set aside to dry. While it is drying (it only takes a few minutes!), cut out your measured strip of paper using your fun edged scissors. I used the pinking sheers style of scissor for my cuts. Make sure that you cut BOTH edges with these scissors.

Write your message or note on the strip of paper. Make sure that you leave enough space before your message for wrapping it around the spool and gluing it in to place later. I choose to write a teacher related quote on our paper. "Teachers plant seeds of knowledge that will grow forever." I decided to write it as a general message instead of something more personal since it is just the beginning of the year.

After the paint is dry, insert the dowel piece in to the center of the spool and glue in to place from the hole in the bottom. Let glue dry. Grab your green ribbon, and tie it at the base of the dowel (top of the spool), and cut off the excess. *Using your lighter lightly touch the ribbon ends with the flame to heat seal the edges so they will not fray. This step is optional and depending on the type of ribbon you may not want to do this step especially if it is a metallic or sheer variety of ribbon. I do not recommend letting children do this step, for obvious safety reasons.*  Then I added a small spot of glue to the dowel just above the top of the spool to hold the ribbon on so it will not slip off later. (I know, tricky tricky..)

Then using either your regular scissors or a box knife very carefully cut the dowel to the size that you want it to be to make the "stem" of the apple. When using scissors, I usually will make a cut on the dowel, turn the dowel, make another cut, and just keep doing that until it cuts all the way through.

Take your paper message strip, center it on your spool, and glue the empty space (before the message) on to the spool. Wrap the paper around so that it meets itself and put another dab of glue there so the paper is completely around the spool, and glued to itself. Your message should still be completely visible! Draw a couple of "apple seeds" on the blank portion of the paper that is glued to the spool.

Then wrap the message around the spool, and draw another set of "apple seeds" on the outside of the paper. Tie it off with some baker's twine, package it up, and you're all done! Easy peasy, right?!

So small and cute!

 I hope that your back to school has started off great this year! Now, to start counting down the days until winter break so that I have someone at home to play with! :)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Ghoulish Monster Hair Accessory

Today I am going to be showing you how to make this Ghoulish Monster Eye hair accessory!

First of all you need to gather your supplies.

• Scissors
• Hot glue gun & Glue sticks
• 12 ½” Ribbon of your choice
• Barrette or headbands (your choice!)
• Googly craft eyes
• Feathers in assorted colors & sizes
• Needle & Thread (Don’t worry-you don’t need to be a seamstress to make these-
it’s very simple, I promise!)
• Embellishments (Mine are craft picks from the wedding section at Michaels)
• *Optional* Hot glue fingertip protectors
floral picks
Step 1: Take your ribbon, and cut 2 pieces to 5 ¼” and another small piece at 2”. Heat
seal the edges with a lighter so the ends won’t unravel. Fold your first 5 ¼” ribbon to
make a bow, making sure the seam is in the middle. 

Always heat seal your ribbon edges ;)
Step 2: Using your needle and thread, tie a knot in the end of the thread and pull it
through the center of your ribbon, securing it. Repeat this step with the second ribbon,
stacking it on top of the first. After you have your two bows stacked and sewn in the
middle go ahead and pull the needle and thread through BOTH layers of the bow to make
it sturdier. (Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect, nobody will see it later anyway!!) Set


Step 3: Take your googly eyes and pick which feathers you’d like to use - it’s your
project - it can be as wild or tame as you make it! You can play around with your feathers
before you glue them down to make sure it is just how you want it to look. Once you get
a look you like, go ahead and apply a SMALL dab of hot glue to the feather and attach
the other feathers together. I added feathers to the front AND back of my base feather.

Step 4: Taking your craft picks disassemble them-so you have many smaller picks with
one or two rhinestones on them. I curled up the ends of the picks using a new glue stick-to tuck
away the sharp edges and give the pick a little more stability in the hair piece when I glue
them down. Once you have done this glue it to the back of the feather stack. Then glue on
the googly eye to the front of the stack. Set aside.

Step 5: Grab your barrette and open it up. Remove the inside piece and set aside. Then 
take your bows and center them on the barrette, and use your needle and thread to attach
it to the center of the barrette. Secure the rest of the ribbon to the top of the clip with your
hot glue-making sure not to use too much so it dribbles out the sides. Then take the 2”
piece of ribbon and dab glue on the center inside the barrette to secure the ribbon with.
Replace the piece you pulled out earlier. Then flip the barrette over and put glue in the
center and wrap the edges of the ribbon up to the middle. (See, now you can’t even see
the stitching!)


Step 6: Now for the best part!! Take your googly eye and feather stack and glue them 
down on to the top of the bow! Fill in feathers if necessary to cover glue spots. Let dry.
And Wha-La!! A Ghoulish Monster Eye hair accessory any ghoul girl would be thrilled
to wear! 

*TIP* If you are using a headband instead of a hairclip, you can do the same steps as
above only attaching the pieces to the headband instead of the clip! If I am making hair
accessories for a small baby/toddler I like to make it as a bow, and then clip the bow to
the headband so the hair accessory can still be worn as the child gets older*

I shared my tutorial with my friend Keisha over at Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams for her annual 13 Days of Handmade Halloween! Jump on over and see what other goodies she posts up!

Specimen Craft (Kid Friendly)

SK Designs

For this project you will need:

• *Hot Glue Gun & Glue sticks (This part YOU will have to do before hand, unless
your child is older and can do it without getting burned & is supervised for safety)
• Silicone craft molds –Mine are Martha Stewart brand that I got for ½ off at Joann’s
• Scissors (Again, please make sure you cut out the paper unless your child is old
enough to handle scissors or has child approved scissors & is supervised)
• Stickers from Oriental Trading Company
• Scrapbook paper
• Small picture frame
• Non-toxic paint & Paintbrush
• Embellishments

silicone molds

Frame of choice

If your kids are anything like mine they LOVE to do craft projects!! This one is so simple
and it doesn't take very long either; which is great if your child has a shorter attention
span (like my youngest!) This project is also great to do as a quick project for adults too.
Literally it only takes a few minutes and you’re done!

For this project we used small picture frames that hang in the bathroom, which I can switch out seasonally, you can use any frame for this project!
This is my little helper, Kate! 

Step 1: Using your silicone mold squeeze some hot glue in to the mold to fill it up, set aside for a minute and let harden. (It doesn't take long at all!!)

Step 2: Gather up all of your scrapbook paper (or plain colored papers), and a picture frame. Open the frame and remove the glass. With adult supervision, have your child cut the paper down to fit inside the frame you have chosen for this project. Insert the paper in to the frame; place the glass back inside, and close up the back. By doing it like this, your child can decorate their paper and glue the 3D "specimens" on and you will know your glass is safe, too!

I outlined on her paper where to cut so it would fit in the frame.
It is easier if you do this for smaller children
Step 3: Have your child paint the dried glue with non-toxic paint. Then set it aside to dry.
(A hairdryer on low setting will help to speed up this process!)


Step 4: Using Halloween stickers, let your child decorate the paper any way they like.
Our stickers are from Oriental Trading Company. Add embellishments if desired, too!


Step 5: Glue the "specimen" on to the paper in the frame and set it out/hang it up for Halloween!


And there you have it! A very simple project your kids can do!

*NOTE: I used items from Oriental Trading Company that were provided to me free of charge by the company, I provided my own honest opinion. Other people may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. No other type of compensation was received.* 

I shared my tutorial with my friend Keisha over at Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams for her annual 13 Days of Handmade Halloween! Jump on over and see what other goodies she posts up!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

13 Days of Handmade Halloween 2013

Hello!! Happy October!! 

I am just taking a minute to tell you about the AWESOME, 2nd annual blog series by Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams called "13 days of Handmade Halloween" that will run from October 14th-October 30th!

It's a series dedicated to craft projects that are pretty simple to do and absolutely adorable for Halloween!! It is put on by Keisha and some of my other party peeps!! You don't want to miss out so make sure you head on over and check it out!

Don't forget to stay tuned for more projects from some pretty crafty ladies, myself included! ;) 
My post/tutorials will be up on Friday, October 18th at noon!! 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

September, The Party Month!

I had a VERY busy September, I had 3 parties to do! The first one was my daughters birthday party, Rain Forest Safari. The second was a "Love & Coffee" bridal shower, and the last one was "Candy Land" :) All of them were a lot of fun to put together!

PARTY #1: Rain Forest Safari

My daughter Alorah wanted to have a wild birthday party! This Rainforest Safari Party features lots of bright and funky animal prints in the birthday girl’s favorite colors bright teal and purple! As the adventure began a “warning” sign on the front door let safari guests know “Party Animals Only” were allowed…

Once outside, hanging vines and leaves immediately caught the safari guest’s attention. The rainforest theme continued on in the gazebo where party-goers were greeted by more vines complimented with butterflies, birds, and monkeys.

I contacted my friend Carli of DimplePrints and had her make the party printables. She always does an AMAZING job and her designs are adorable! (And if you have never heard of DimplePrints-do yourself a favor and go check it out!! She has a ton of different printables and cute things to see!) From banners to signs, fun printables from Carli at Dimple-Prints gave the added touch to the Safari atmosphere.

The main attraction at the dessert table were the delicious “Wild” themed Cake Pops by Christina at 4KidsCakes, Vanilla Blackberry, Double Chocolate, & Chocolate Mint-YUM!!

Old fashioned candy jars were filled with treats such as teal and purple gumballs, trail mix, and rock candy suckers. Purple striped straws and lollipop sticks were adorned with happy birthday flags. Individually decorated ice cream cups were accompanied by hand-stamped spoons from PartyOn! Designs. Animal print wrapped water bottles and glittered “party animals” helped make this area special.

Young explorers were invited to grab safari hats and animal masks for some safari games, where they had a “wild time” at the Alligator obstacle course, the target pop game, and the alligator ring toss!

How cute are these kids?! I mean, REALLY?! I love it! 

At the end of the day guests took home party favors; Safari hair bows and giraffe fans that said “Thank you for Coming. Hope you had a Wild Time!”

PARTY #2: Love & Coffee Bridal Shower

A “perfect blend” of the bride to be’s favorite things. Tiffany blues, creamy browns, and crystal jewels came together to create a rustic chic feel for this special occasion.

As the celebration commenced, bistro-style chalkboards stood out to greet family and friends to the bridal shower. Tania of Tania Fischer Designs designed the chalkboard & lace cupcake wrappers, banners, & the large invitations. They really tied the theme in to the party!

The “buzz” was under way as guests enjoyed hot coffee and beverages. “Here comes the bride” coffee stirrers along with small decorated coffees helped set the mood at the “coffee bar”. Of course there couldn’t be drinks & coffee without treats! To keep with the rustic feel, guests ate delicious food with hand-stamped utensils by PartyOn! Designs

 A “Love” desserts table was not far away filled with cupcakes and cookies. But the main attraction there, thanks to Christy of Itsy Belle, was a gorgeous tiffany blue ruffled cake! This melt-in-your-mouth cake certainly took center stage!

Amid the “Coffee-Bar” and the “Love” desserts table was a keep-sake journal paired with rustic tree branch pencils. This spot was visited by well-wishers throughout the day to write Love & Marriage advice for the happy couple. As the festivities came to an end, guests were thanked “a latte” and presented with miniature coffee sacks filled with the bride to be’s favorite coffee beans.

PARTY #3: Candy Land

This party was for a little girl with a BIG sweet tooth! And what better way to celebrate than with the sweetest stuff there is? Candy! My inspiration for this party was cotton candy... But since the real stuff is rather sticky, I found another way to bring my vision to life. Once again I contacted Carli of DimplePrints and had her "whip" me up some "sweet" designs using my color scheme and her awesome creativity! (Perfectly yummy right?)
I found some faux treats at my local hobby lobby and "scooped" them up right away! I lined the sidewalk to the house with large balloon lollipops to lead guests in to this candy land, and once inside the house they were lead in to the party spaces by colored squares similar to the game. I filled the table with tons of treats sure to send anyone with a sweet tooth in to a sugar rush-or sugar coma!! ha ha :) The kids were in heaven!! 

I wanted the backdrop to be just as decadant as the table setup, as if it was dripping frosting. I bought some fabric from JoAnn's and started sewing!! I used some party circles as sprinkles, hung the banner, and Wha-La!! Instabackdrop!! ;)

There was plenty of food and treats for all of the guests to enjoy (and take home!!) The kids had lots of candy themed games to play to entertain them. I think mostly they had fun just running around and playing with eachother and eating treats that you wouldn't normally get to indulge in ;) Guests had a super sweet time at the party and took home cotton candy party favors with the most adorable double sided tags ever! 

Vendor Credits: 

Rainforest Safari Party: 
SK Designs-Concept & Styling Design
4KidsCakes-Custom Cake Pops
PartyOn! Designs-Hand-Stamped Spoons

Love & Coffee Bridal Shower
SK Designs-Concept & Styling Design
Tania Fischer Design-Chalkboard Printables
Itsy Belle-Ruffle Ombre Cake & Topper
PartyOn! Designs-Hand-Stamped Spoons

Candy Land Party
SK Designs-Concept & Styling Design