Category Archives: Celebrations

I am still blinking

HOLY THREAD BALLS, people!! I am FREAKING out!

Do you remember Archer the Fox?

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WELL, I WON the Grand Prize!!!!

I am still hyperventilating about it...and screaming. I was up against some AMAZING stufties made by incredible people.

You can read all about it over at Sew Mama Sew!

And if you want to see my original post about Archer, click here.

SQEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I am going to go and dance around my house some more!

What a fantastic way to start the weekend.

I hope you have a good one too.

Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

Spring is here! Time of renewal and warmth, growth and blooming!

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Whatever you celebrate, I hope you have a whole lot of all of those things: renewal, warmth, growth, and blooming!

Easter ALREADY??!!

OK, with all my room painting and cleaning, I neglected any Easter projects I wanted to do. After all, EASTER IS TOMORROW! Really, is it just me that it sneaked up on?? So yesterday, I sat at the table and tackled the one I wanted to do most:

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Egg Holding Buns!

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I found this project over here on the Sculpey website.

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They were fairly easy to make, and awfully fun. AND since I haven’t really done anything to prepare yet (and we are hosting) it felt good to get started with something so cute.

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*Seriously: we haven’t even dyed eggs yet (that is today’s project- we are using the natural dyes we have used in the past). The eggs shown in this post were made by Falafel when she went to a friend’s house, and they were kind enough to let her take some home.

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I ran out of white Sculpey (affiliate link) pretty quickly, so I just used two other light colors that we had.

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Not perfect, but they work. And they are sweet.

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Have you made anything for Easter or are you a big ol’ procrastinator like me?

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Falafel has a sprained wrist, and on top of that has gotten sick, so St. Patrick’s day just sneaked up on us this year. She is actually in bed with a fever, so no dressing in green for her (and I won’t pinch her for it). The Bee has plenty of green to wear and didn’t request anything special for her High School self, so it looks like I am off the hook.

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I felt like I should at least wish all you folk that celebrate today a happy day, though..and maybe write you a limerick.

*ahem*

There was a young girl with a cold

who was only a mere 9 years old

she rested in bed

while her Mom played with thread

to make her a dress that is bold

♥

There was a red headed teen

who loved to wear clothes that were green

she wore a belt that was cinched

so she wouldn’t get pinched

and had a grand ol’ time being seen

OK not the best limericks, but have a Happy day anyway!

Do you celebrate St.Patrick’s Day?

I give because I Love.

To celebrate LOVE, I have a giveaway for you today!

Remember the shirt I made a few days ago for Falafel?

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She has decided (after only wearing it for the photo session) that she would like to give it to one of you!

If you would like to see the details of the shirt, read the post, and then come back to enter.

Just enter through the Rafflecopter below….

Winner announced below!

And Happy Valentine’s Day!

*disclaimer: I had trouble with the snap tool, and consequently the top snap is bent strangely and only sometimes closes. While I will work on this before sending it, I cannot guarantee it will actually work. Other than that this shirt is AWESOME and made with love.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Punny Valentines

I wanted to keep the Valentines for school this year simple. Not candy. Nothing fussy or expensive. I usually tend to go a bit overboard, but this year I ran out of steam.

I looked around at what we had in the house, and landed on oranges. Yup. We have 25 of those!

I then went to my good ol’ friend, the internet  and found these adorable printable tags from Crafting in the Rain, and that was it.

I ran it by Falafel for her approval even though I knew she would because that girl appreciates a good pun.

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Absurdly simple.

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We always have cello bags in the house.

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Perfect!

What are you giving out for school Valentines?

Rounding up the hearts

I thought it might be helpful to do a Valentine round-up of my past projects as inspiration for you!

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Here are a few posts (you can tell we really liked these) about making Gluten-Free salt-dough Valentines

here , here and here.

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Heart bags

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Pocket Hearts

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Need something to keep your love notes in? Here is one of the first tutorials I wrote for a messenger bag!

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Felt chains

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This is one from 2010 using watercolors and salt.

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This is one of my favorites!

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Special skirt? YES.

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Special outfit? Emphatic YES!

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soft heart necklaces

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And last, but SO not least….the food.

conversation hearts,

candycane hearts

chocolate hearts

Meringue kisses

So, how about you? Are you making anything special this Valentine’s Day? Food, clothing, decor, or gifts?

Felt Valentine Chain and an impromptu Link party

I finally got around to making something Valentine-y for our home that didn’t require any sewing!

My girls LOVE making paper chains. I can’t stand that we always have to get rid of them because the paper rips, and out here, the paper would get wet and it would inevitably become a moldy mess.

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That is when you make…. FELT chains!

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I started with cutting different colored 2″x8″ strips of felt. A whole bunch of them.

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Then came some hot glue to glue them paperchain-style, and you get….

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A felt chain that you can keep year after year! Make it as short or long as you’d like!

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It doesn’t even need to be perfect. Just hold the glue in place long enough for it to stick (a few seconds). Falafel wanted to help, but last time she handled the hot glue gun she was burned, and even at 9 years old didn’t feel comfortable giving it another go. And that is OK. *So make sure if you have kids helping, they are old enough (capable and comfortable) of handling the hot glue gun.

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Super simple project and it totally makes our house seem festive again (I actually missed having the Christmas decor up!).

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Now it is YOUR turn! Show me what you made! It can be anything related to Valentine’s Day.

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Happy New Year

We have had such a crazy end of the year, I feel like I haven’t truly caught my breath yet. Please bear with me as I gain my footing and get back into the swing of things around here.

I have no idea what was different about this past December (Well, other than adding The nutcracker performance to our already packed month), but I felt one step behind every single moment. Very unlike me and my carefully planned self.

We did have a fabulous start to this New Year beginning with incredible news from Falafel’s Endocrinologist. This was the first visit with this Doctor since her old one retired. We really liked him a lot. He was incredibly thorough, went slowly and explained everything, and reviewed her entire chart along with all the tests she has had. At the end of lots of measuring, charting, and a bone age scan, he declared our little girl perfectly healthy, growing at a good rate, and just “a late bloomer”!! The best part is she doesn’t need to come back to the Endocrinologist . We just have to monitor her growth through her regular doc.

She is small (her bones actually “think” she is 6 years+10 months old, when she just turned 9), but he had every confidence she would grow normally in her own time. I cannot tell you what a relief this is, after being worried about it for 5 years now.

Then to make things even better, we celebrated New Year’s Day with our very good friends. And there were sparklers.

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I do believe in a balance to all things. You know one of my favorite stories is from Zen Shorts. No “good” or “bad”, it just is.

BUT I admit that I did a little cheering after that doctor appointment, for sure.

How is the start of YOUR year??

Gearing up for the New year with a repost

I hope your holiday was spent the way you wanted and love and kindness were in abundance! Our Christmas went by fast this year, and Santa was very good to us all.

And now, I cannot believe we are beginning a new year! I was scrolling through my archives and came across this post from 2012 and it seemed like I just wrote this yesterday. So I am reposting for your viewing pleasure!
I guess I have liked crafting with plastic animals (like these and these) and toilet paper tubes for some years now. At least I’m consistent. Ha!
Enjoy.
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With all of the whirling activity of Christmas coming to end, I felt the need to craft one more frivolous celebratory thing.

Gold and Silver animals to put in New Years’ Crackers!

I just hand painted silver and gold acrylic paint on some cheap plastic animals that we already had. Then after the coats dried, I brushed on some glitter glue to make them sparkle.

Even though my nose is so incredibly congested and I feel like something scraped off the bottom of a shoe, I wanted to break up the monotony of blowing my nose 4000 times, with a productive activity.

This was the perfect low-energy/ high yield craft.

The hippo is my favorite. He is so pretty.

I love looking at them all. It amazes me how a simple coat of paint can transform these cheap plastic toys into something quite festive.

I can’t decide which ones I like better, the Silver or the Gold.

Will you make a craft to ring in this New Year?

Anyone else fighting colds or flus right now?

Have a safe and sparkly New Year’s Eve!