Summer Fun Making Crayons

Hi everyone—A few days ago I mentioned that I’m participating in a Summer Camp linky party with other bloggers to bring our readers lots of fun ideas to do with the kids this summer.

Well, today I’m guest posting over on Design Dazzle and sharing with you a fun rainy day, or sunny day, activity to do with the kiddos.

Would love for you to stop by,  join the fun and see how to make Colorful Crayons.

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If you have an activity you’d like to share with us just click here and link it up. We’d love to see what you’re up to.

Have a Colorful Day!

Bow Tie Napkin Rings DIY~Father’s Day Celebration

I had so much fun this year planning our Father’s Day celebration. The whole party was centered around one of Dad’s favorite past times, golf.
As promised, I wanted to share with you how easy it is to make your table a little more festive by just adding a simple decorative element like, in this case, a Bow tie napkin ring. And the real plus is that it only cost pennies and a few minutes to make.  (we love that, right?)
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1. Just download this Bow-tie and copy onto heavy card stock.

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2. Cut them out.

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3. Put a dab of hot glue on the back and push a thin hair tie into it. Hold for a few seconds to secure.

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4. Pull your napkin through and add a golf tee.

So, so simple! Doesn’t it look like fabric?

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So, so effective! It makes a big impact on your table!

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Have a Happy Father’s Day celebration!

{Party Theme} A Sparkly New Year’s Eve

Hi Everyone! Well, we’re in the final stretch now for Christmas and, New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. I put together some great New Year’s Eve party inspiration and am sharing it over on the Tiny Prints blog. Yep, that’s right.

I’m so excited to be guest posting on their blog today.   You know I love the selection of wonderful cards and invites they have and I always have so much fun putting together parties and DIYs for them.

My latest post,  A Painted Lighted Canvas, was part of the New Year’s Eve inspiration I created.

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In case you missed it, you can get the full DIY here.

Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll see over at Tiny Prints.

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I hope to see you over at their blog so we can toast to the New Year!

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Cheers and have a wonderful New Year’s! ♥

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{DIY} Painted Lighted Canvas

Greetings everyone! Have you’ve seen some of the wonderful lighted signage that seem to be popping up  in the stores?  I did a New Year’s Eve post for Tiny Prints blog (that will be posted this weekend) , and, as part of the decor for the post, I made this painted lighted canvas for our mantel.

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I chose the word SPARKLE which I thought was so fitting for the holidays and especially New Year’s Eve.

I thought a lighted canvas would freshen up the look of the mantel and add a little glitz!

They are fairly easy to make and don’t take to much time.  The result is so pretty, I think:)

If you’d like to give it a try it only takes a few items and about an hour or so.

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1. You’ll need a canvas. (decide how big you’d like yours to be. I purchased mine at the art supply store, which has a huge selection of sizes.

2. Choose a paint brush that will be the width of your lettering.

3. Gold acrylic paint.

4. Watercolor pencil. (This is important. Do NOT use a lead pencil because it will muddy up your letters when you paint them. The watercolor pencil is great because if you make a mistake  just dampen a cloth and wipe it away.

Now, you can be as creative as you want here. Either free hand your lettering or photo copy your word using the font you like. Enlarge it to your desired size and transfer it to the canvas. I printed off the word SPARKLE and free-handed mine onto the canvas.

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Take your time painting over the letters. It took 2 coats of paint to get the color I was looking for.

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After it dries, hold the canvas  up to the light to decide where you want to poke holes for the lights.

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I used a strand of 100 soft white mini lights. (you can use battery operated lights if your prefer) I’ve seen them at Target. I used the plug in ones simply because I had them on hand and I have an outlet on my mantel.

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To poke the holes in the canvas I used a very sharp pointy scissors. ( Actually I used my manicure scissors. They worked perfectly.) Be careful to only make the holes large enough to push the light through and snug enough to hold the light in place.

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For the Christmas season, I used my gold reindeer and silver glittered tree. For New Year’s just change out the reindeer for the champagne glasses. There you have it.

Hope you like it as much as I do and that you’ll give it a try. CHEERS!

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I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Be sure to come back over the weekend to check out my post on Tiny Prints blog. Thanks and feel free to pin away.

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{DIY} Wrapping it Up

Hello everyone,

I wanted to share with you another favorite one of my gift wrapping ideas that, again is so easy and cute to make.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to present gifts uniquely and beautifully.  I believe when you take the time and make the extra effort to wrap a beautiful gift it makes the gift all that more special.

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Christmas towels and placemats are everywhere and so darn cute. For this project you’ll need a kitchen towel (the cotton thin ones)  and a placemat. (I showed how to make the bottle here)

I found this adorable placemat at Crate and Barrel and it’s perfect because the design is in the corner. (Sorry, slightly out of focus and cut the corner off, oops!)

 

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Lay the mat flat and then fold it in half matching up the side and bottom.

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You’ll need to secure them together.

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You can either stitch them together down the side and bottom or iron on stitch witchery or use a bead of glue. I choose the hot glue here. Gently press and hold for a few seconds.

It makes a beautiful finished bag!

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Now you’re ready to insert your gift and secure with a ribbon.  What do ya think?

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Next, I purchased this towel at Crate & Barrel also. I liked it because of the cute ball fringe. Bonus!!!

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It’s also an extra wide towel so I’ll get 2 bags of this one. woo hoo!  Lay it flat, press and cut down the center.

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You will need to finish off the edge that is cut. Fold over the raw edge 1/4 inch and press.

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Now to finish,  place the bonding tape carefully along the edge of the towel and press. Fold the towel back over taking care not to move the tape. Now press to secure.

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The bag on the left is the finished one I just showed you how to make.

To get the bag on the right simply leave open one side and glue down the other side and the ball fringe edge.

This is perfect for giving a magazine subscription.

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How you’ll try this idea.

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Do you know anyone that would like to receive one of these? Give it a try and you’ll be happy you did.

Have a sweet day!

The party I’ve linked to: Tater Tots & Jello

{DIY} Unique Christmas Wrapping Idea

Hi Everyone,

I’ve always been the type of person who loves the presentation of a gift.  So, I’m always trying to think of new ways to wrap.   I love the look on the recipients face when they get the gift. It makes me so happy to make someone else smile.  My mother used to say, when I handed her my gift, that she just wanted to hold it awhile before opening it just to look at it. (thanks sweet mom)!

One easy, inexpensive way that always packs a punch, is using Christmas socks. (I always love them and want to buy them).

This idea is so much fun and you can actually make it just before walking out the door to your party. (providing you have the socks on hand).

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Just cut off the heal of the sock because you won’t be needing that part. (sorry cute little toes). (I used the knee-high socks here).

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Secure the bottom with double stick tape, add a gift tag with twine and you have a gorgeous presentation.

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There you have it!

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So  hurry out and get your socks. I always keep some on hand for a quick hostess gift or in case friends stop over. You’ll have a beautiful gift for them.

Have a sweet day!

I’ve linked up to the following linky parties: Tater Tots & Jello   Bloom linky party here 

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{DIY} Christmas Sock Cup Cozies

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to begin the month off with an oldie but goodie.  I made these cup cozies a few years ago and was so happy with the way they turned out. I was thrilled when they were  chosen by Celebrations.com as their favorite craft of 2011.

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It is one of the easiest and sweetest DIY you’ll ever make. So without further ado let’s get started. The idea came about when I wanted to have something for the neighborhood kids when they came around caroling. It’s been a tradition in our neighborhood for years. With it being so cold in Chicago in December, I figured I’d serve them hot chocolate. But, of course, I couldn’t just serve it in regular old styrafoam cups. They are so boring, right?  So while at Target I saw these darling Christmas socks and the light bulb went off. Cup cozies!

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After deciding on the cup you’ll be using, cut off the foot portion of the sock.

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Next,  pull the sock over the cup and adjust it.

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On the underside of the cup you’ll attach the rough edge of the sock  using double sided tape.

It should sit perfectly for you.

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Just finish it off by adding these cute straws   Remember not to make it too hot so they can sip through the straws. So there you have it..

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Didn’t I tell you how sweet and easy they are?  Hope you have a sweet day too!

I’ve linked to the following party: Tater Tots & Jello

{DIY} You’ve Been BOO-Ti-Fied

As it’s getting closer to Halloween,  it’s time to get the treats ready to start BOOing the neighbors. (oh, that didn’t sound right, he, he).  It’s such a fun tradition to surprise  your neighbors with a fun treat. It’s a great build-up to the big night too!

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My kids would drop the goodies at their doorstep, ring the doorbell and run.  They’d hide behind a bush and watched on as the neighbors would open the door and be surprised.  It was always such a thrill for them. They liked giving as much as getting.

I’ve teamed with Sweet Works and they sent me these gorgeous gumballs for this fun project.

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So, on with the project. I decided to Boo-ti-fied this little ghost with a gumball necklace.

It’s easy, fun, super cute and takes very little time to make.

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The supplies:

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Begin by making a hole in the gumball.  I used a clean awl and gently pushed with a slight twist, into the gumball.

You have to be slow and careful so you don’t crack the gumball. Once you get through the initial outer shell, it is hallow in the inside. Now, turn the gumball over and make another hole on the other side so you’ll be able to string it.

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After you finish your first gumball,  you’ll get the feel for it and it goes pretty quickly.  Get 5 gumballs ready.

I threaded a large needle with a ribbon and inserted it into the gumball.

Just like when we were kids stringing beads.

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Using ribbon is great because the gumballs don’t slip around.  They’ll stay put where you want them.

Aren’t they pretty?  I have to admit, I just love gumballs! (a few may have disappeared during this post)

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Finish making the necklace.

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Now print the ghost on white card stock. ClickBootified_Ghost-1  for pattern.

Cut ghost out and attach with double stick tape to the black bag.

Next I filled little bags with an assortment of the gumballs so the neighbors can make their own little gumball necklaces.

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After you fill them, just drop them in the black bag and you’re ready to attach the necklace.

I just taped the strings of the necklace to the black bag because it stronger than taping it to the ghost.

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 I hope you’ll BOO-Ti- FY someone today!

Designer: Debbie of Party Patisserie

Candy Gumballs: (Celebration by SweetWorks Gumballs)

{DIY} Poison Apples (Purple Candy Apples) Part 2

Hi everyone,

Last week when I did the post on Poison Apples (see here),   I promised a pdf for you to create the Witches Spell Book.

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Begin by finding a book that’s about the size of your paper. This one was perfect because it was really old and had the perfect color I was going for.

To age the pages you can always use a little coffee or tea to rub on the pages to darker or even an ink pad. But use a very lite touch. It doesn’t take much to get the aged look.

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After you print out the pages, you’ll want to tweek them the size of the book.  I used glue dots under the pages to lift them a bit and tuck them into the binding of the book.

I also rolled up the edges of pages to give it that much used look. And finally you can add a ribbon or cord to mark the pages with. My book all ready had the cord and I added a piece of ribbon for color.  I tried it both ways and couldn’t decide which I liked better.

When I finished,  I loved the way it turned out and made a little vignette on my kitchen counter.

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You can download page one here and page two here.

{Sweet Treat} Poison Apples (Purple Candy Apples)

Remember the witch in Snow White and the poison  apple?  It got me thinking, and inspired

this next DIY.

Poison apples! Well, not really poison, but Candy Apples.

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I never made them before and thought I’d give them a try and I’m so glad I did!

They are  surprising easy to make with only a few ingredients and don’t take too much time either.

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These apples are covered with a hard, sweet candy covering.  The kind you lick until you get to the apple.

Just like a tootsie pop sucker.  I know they seem to be popular at fairs.

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The ingredients are simple and few.

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Ingredients

    • apples (washed, dried & stems removed) room temperature (important) amount of apples depends on the size you use. (I’m using fairly large apples)
    • 3 cups of white sugar
    • ½ cup light corn syrup
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract or any flavoring  you like (I used grape flavoring)
    • Candy apple wooden sticks
    • Purple Food  Coloring (I used Wilton)
Other things you’ll need:
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Non-stick Spray
  • Heavy Duty Sauce Pan or a Double Boiler (I used a heavy pan)
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Rubber Spatula

Instructions:

Combine white sugar, corn syrup and water in your pan and stir just a few times. (It comes together quickly)

Insert candy thermometer and clip on side of pan with the thermometer in the mixture but not touching the bottom of pan.  Turn heat on medium and leave alone until it reaches 300 degrees.

 

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While it is heating, coat a cookie sheet with a non-stick spray, and insert the sticks into your apples.

When the temperature reaches 300 degrees turn off the heat and quickly, but gently, stir in your flavoring and coloring.  I used 1/2 tsp. of purple food coloring. This gives the apple a very dark color, which I was after.

Next,  you must move very quickly. Dip the apple in the purple sugar mixture, tilting the pan to help coat the apple entirely. (the sugar is very hot, be careful)

The mixture will be dripping off the apple.  Let it drip for a few moments and quickly place on the greased cookie sheet and continue with the next apple. The apples will harden very quickly.

(Sorry I don’t have pictures of dipping. This is a very fast process because the sugar is thick and wants to harden, so you must work quickly.)

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I was so pleased with the way the apples turned out that I set aside one of the apples to make a little vignette in my kitchen complete with a Witches Spell Book,  of course.

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Come back tomorrow to get the template and the instructions on the Witches Spell Book.

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