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Here is the latest craft we have done around here…I think it would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift…or any day of the year really!

To learn how to do it a little better than I did check THIS out!

If you feel like crafting some more gifts or decor projects for Valentine’s Day I suggest you go to Pinterest first. I mean seriously, you will find all you ever wanted and a bag of laughs over there. Here is a condensed list of a few things I came across that were too cute to pass by! Enjoy!

Easy Kid Crafts:
Your favorite super hero will love THIS
Any preschooler would appreciate THESE
Crafts for Adults:I love hearts & would love to make THIS someday
The other day I found the cutest vintage valentine wreath HERE
And then I found these adorabletwig arrowsHERE

And I am really hoping to make THIS someday


popsicle stick {CRAFT}

Last week the kids and I sat down to craft (Grant wanted to practice cutting paper) and came up with these little puppets on accident!

He asked me to make him a rocket ship & a dinosaur.
Here is what I came up with.

All You Need:

popsicle sticks (sometimes called craft sticks)
card stock or construction paper
sharpie or markers
glue of choice (i used glue stick and E5000)
drawings of an object of choice (I drew these by looking at some illustrations online but you can always print something out and trace it if you are not comfortable doing it by sight)

This was my first dinosaur drawing…um…I’m not sure which part is the head…but as soon as I looked online under “dinosaur drawing” I was able to re-create this cute blue one instead {below}! To make him stand out a little I added an empty ribbon spool before I glued the popsicle stick to the back.

Little miss Paige requested a princess…so I looked online and found this drawing and did my best to recreate Rapunzel for her. It turned out pretty darn cute I think. All you need is a little imagination sometimes!

I think FUN was had by all!


beautiful birthday girl {ELLA} & a few tutorials

This past weekend we got to celebrate one of my favorite things:
our little friend Ella’s 1st Birthday
I knew I wanted to make her a special party hat and banner but I was not sure where to start.  So I got out my scraps, used the invites & cupcake toppers for inspiration and got to work.  Here’s how it turned out! Cute! Right? Well it helps when the little model is gorgeous! Check out my Crepe Paper Flowers & Party Hat TUTORIALS below.  Hope it inspires you to try!
first you gotta make a few Crepe Paper Flowers…here is a quick TUTORIAL with pictures
Party Hat TUTORIAL {for babies & the young at heart}

*the invite for the party and these graphics are from*

a VALENTINE advent project

Here are the steps I took to make this project …for my little Family!
I got the idea HERE from Shabby Chic Crafts blog
1st…I downloaded & printed 3 sets of these FREE “I love you because…” TAGS!
2nd…I filled them out for each member of my family & attached them to cute paper (I’m not a fussy crafter…so I do not worry about cutting perfect lines or the perfect paper…I just like to make it special and not worry too much about the details)!
3rd…I made a spot for each of them to find their notes each day! Paige & Grant get one each in this little mailbox every morning (from the $1 spot at Target)! And Aaron gets one on the mirror each morning!
4th…I will attach them to our little pink strand of lights that are currently hung on our decorative window in the kitchen.
5th…I will either save them in a little jar or attach them to the pages of their love letter journals or discard them…we’ll see how I am feeling when the project is all said and done!
What a fun way to tell your loved ones how much you care!


Crafting with kids this time of year is great…its a win-win!  Even if you don’t like to craft try it. The kids get to do the work and you get to make them into gifts that people (like your family members) will love! My friend Mishawn was just telling me they make an ornament every year for the grandparents and write the kids names & the year on the back. Now it’s a tradition that everyone looks forward to! So get creative…have fun…and enjoy!  And be sure to check out the dollar stores and dollar sections of stores like Target…they usually have great ideas like these “stain-glass window” ornaments!

 Here is one where I had to get really creative…my snowman is on the left and Paige’s is on the right.  I just grabbed a few random things and we made it work.  If you have not used oil pastels you should check it out…they work great on colored paper because the colors stand out  more than crayons. This is just plain old black construction paper. Paige’s snowman family consists of a “pom-pom” child,  a mommy (made with the cotton disks used to remove make-up), a “button” child, and a pastel drawn daddy! There is no wrong way to do it…with a little guidance and open mind you can have fun!
Wrapping paper fun…
 If making the crafts into gifts is too much of a stretch for you…why not make the wrapping paper?  Just add pretty ribbon!  Elsie helped me make this wrapping paper a few years ago…it’s just brown paper on a roll and finger paints!  You can do this with sponges or stamps.  You can make stamps with corks, apples and even potatoes cut into any shape you like!  Play around with dipping different textures like wadded up plastic bags or Brillo pads or even loofah’s in the paint and make a pattern.  Throw some stickers on there and call it good!
Finger paints are so fun that Paige and i did this last year…these became little pieces of wrapping paper for books and CD’s…I just figured stripping her down was the best way to go to avoid going crazy if she stained something!
Here are some other fun ideas:
Happy Crafting this weekend!
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