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{washi tape}

Dear Washi Tape,
I love you. Let me count the ways. I love your colors, your ability to stick and un-stick, your crafting & decorating prowess. Thanks for making parties, packages, crafts & cakes pop! You even help us take care of chores and keep track of our stuff. We love to use you in our smashbooks too…your uses are endless. I think I should actually show you how much I love you because as they say “a picture IS worth a thousand words” and this time it is no exception. May you stay in our lives for years to come!
Sincerely {and quite certainly},
Two of your Biggest FANS {laura & paige}
P.S. You can click HERE for more ideas on Pinterest.
making packages pop border
making parties pop border making cake pop borderwashi wall art border crumbsmash book mommy border smash book paiegy paige art border making crafts pop border
you can find out how I made this little St. Patrick’s Day decor HERE
P.P.S. if you emptied out my purse…here is what you would find
washi purse31 days (250)

getting sandy {with SAND ART}

My sweet friend Mishawn {also one of my BFF’s} is so creative. She is always coming up with fun and simple ways to be creative {with her kids and for herself}. I love that she can do everything from sewing to cooking to baking to crafts and all with a smile on her face and four kids at her toes! She amazes me!
Last summer when the kids were all together she came up with this little project to use up leftover sand from a kit for making sand art in a bottle {pictured below}. It was simple…but the kids loved it. They each drew out pictures on cardboard {with a pencil or crayon} and then used the popsicle sticks to add glue to each desired area. Next they sprinkled the colored sand on the glued area of choice and shook it off {like cinnamon toast}!
 Summer is just around the corner and I am trying to round up ideas for keeping my kids busy! I am adding this one to my list for sure.
For other fun summer projects check out my Pinterest board: summerFUN

a quick recycled CRAFT

Paigey and I made this bird house out of two cardboard six-pack bottle holders. I helped her construct it and she added the stickers and coloring. She told me exactly how she wanted it.  It was not a long project but fun for her and free for me…a win/win! I hope it inspires you to go make something like this with the little’s in your life! Click HERE for more recycled crafts that you can find on Pinterest!

getting crafty for st. patrick’s day

I don’t have any St. Patrick’s Day decorations. It’s always fun for us to eat Corned Beef {something I don’t care for but make for my husband once a year}, wear green and listen to Irish music but it’s just not something we celebrate in a huge way around here. However, I wanted to create something green and cute to make that day{and our fun dinner} more special. Some time ago I came across a few cute little projects HERE @ the nesting place and they sort of stuck with me. I was inspired to make my own twist on these projects using just four materials and little bit of my time, on a Saturday afternoon. This is what I came up with.
::material needed::
paint chips {or card stock}
washi tape {i found this four pack at Target}
circle punch {i used this Martha Stewart brand punch from Micheal’s}
 punch out paint chip circles {this one is approximately 1 inch}
attach paint chip circles to yarn with washi tape {i alternated my green colors but you can do all the same or an exact pattern if you prefer}
fold a piece of washi tape in half {over the string of yarn} attaching it to itself until it makes a little flag
cut a small pointed banner shape with two quick snips {see picture below} to the end of your washi tape flag
continue until you reach desired length
You will end up with a cute little pile of goodness that you can string up just about anywhere! This is a quick and fun project for any color combo or occasion! Change it up with different string or by stapling or hot gluing your paint chip circles to the string or even using card stock instead of paint chips! Good Luck!


unique place cards {CAKE POPS optional}…

Spring is coming and at our house we love tea parties {we love any party we can get our hand on}! A few years ago I made these cake pops and cute place-card holders for a church tea party that my mom was a part of hosting…check out my cake-pop post HERE!
You will need:
a camera
card stock
color printer
metallic pen {the kind you shake that smells funny}
adhesive {or double sided tape}
regular pen {such as a sharpie}
wrapped cake pops turned upside down {optional}
I took this picture of a tea cup my mom has that I love! I made the tea cup off-centered in the shot because I wanted space to write each name.
Next I added the picture to a business card template {in Word} and printed it out on a solid sheet of card stock using a color printer. Using a regular black pen, I wrote each name out {you could type it out or use stickers or stamps if you prefer}. I also added some gold details with my metallic pen {I simply highlighted the tea cup where there was already gold on the real tea cup}.
Next, I cut out each place card and adhered them one by one to some pretty paper. I cut around that whole thing and attached it to the cake-pop sticks with a simple piece of tape. If that is too casual for you, simply cover the back of this up with another piece of paper or use pretty washi tape. At this point you could fold the pretty paper into tents and attach the picture place-card to that instead.
You can take a simple picture of something you love {you do not need a fancy camera} and make it something special and unique. Who needs clip-art when you can use a little bit of your creativity and a fancy metallic pen!

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