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Flower Press Tutorial- May Day -Bunco

by Holly

We had so much fun planting flowers in our garden last month, and decided we should have some fun with them.  We made flower presses, and had a May Day Bunco Party!!

Here is how I did it:

For the flower press, we used 2 pieces of press board, (Home Depot)  My husband drilled 4 holes in them,  (make sure to drill through 2 pieces at the same time so the hole line up and mark the front and back corner of one side so you always know how to line it up later)  Add some nuts, bolts, and washers.  I had him cut 2 big sheets so each of my Girl Scouts could take home their own flower press to keep.  They cost about $2.50 each when finished.  :)  I also have a big one, with about 16 bolts in it my Dad made for me years ago.  Love it.  I have used it so many times.  Thanks again Dad for always helping me with all my projects.  (I have him working on another project right now)  :)

Adding Flowers:

Open the press, and lay a piece of white typing paper in the press over the bolts. add flowers.  Be sure to lay them face down as flat as possible:

Put a 2nd sheet of white paper on top of that.  Put the top of the flower press back on, and tighten down all the bolts.

Tighten them again every few days.  Wait about a month, and open your press.  Beautiful dried flowers!!

To laminate, I used laminator pockets from Wal-Mart, and a laminating machine, (also bought at Wal-Mart) and added all of my flowers and numbers (cut out on my Gazelle) and ran it through once.

Cut out and your done!

For the Bunco party, I hand painted flowers on each score sheets.  I did these in about 30 minutes, so excuse my not so perfect flowers:

I think this one was my favorite:

My Mom did the cutest little May Pole with mini Wine bottles for favors:

This May Pole was done with a styrofoam ball on a stick stuck in a bucket filled with cement.  Hot Glue, Hot Glue, Hot Glue!!

I made quick little cupcakes and added edible glitter for some sparkle.  Cute cups from Michael’s.

Here is the prize table/ Dessert Table:

Here is the dining table, love love love the twinkle lights and candles.  It was so cute:

Hope you as inspired to press some flowers in your garden.  I have been pressing flowers for years, and have made all kinds of fun things, and saved flowers from important events in my life.  Love all my little keepsakes.   My Girl Scouts made really cute book markers out of theirs.  Wish I had pics to show you.

 


Teacher Appreciation Gifts

by Holly

We are so blessed to have great teachers.  To show appreciation, we made a few things for them this week.  A cup that says “Mrs. *** Rocks (I did with vinyl letters on my Gazelle), a Starbucks gift card inside, a Key chain with their name embroidered on them, Berries, Chicken Soup for the Teachers Soul, flowers, and my favorite part, a notebook paper bag.  I had the kids tell me all the things they love about their teachers, and I printed it on notebook paper, and turned it into a bag.  Jack cracked me up, he added “Donut Sharing”  He thought that was important to thank her for them.  Love it!

Here is how I did it:

Here si Jack’s Bag after I ironed it:

and some berries.  Have I mentioned my love of bakers twine??  It’s so fun.  :)

I hope all of you teachers out there are having a great week.  Thank you for all you do!


Our little home-made Library

by Holly

This little project has been fun.  It all started with Lexi and I making bookmarks with charms for all the readers in the family.  Then we decided we needed to give books with them.  Then we thought about how all the girls in the family are always borrowing books from each other, and then one day… The Library was born.

The kids have has so much fun with this, and I did it with things around the house.

I covered a paper box with wrapping paper for our “Library” and printed a sign for the front of the box on colored cardstock.  We cut strips of cardstock and the kids glued cupcakes they made with a craft punch on them.  I found a date stamper in the desk drawer. (Perfect!  We needed that!)   I made library cards, library book slips and envelopes that we glued into each book.  Scroll down to download my slips, cards and envelope template.  I also made little pockets for the inside of the box to hold library cards and book markers.  The little yellow flower I cut out with a flower punch after I printed their Library name on it.  Last but not least, we added a bucket of pens so everyone can sign their new library cards.

Ah, customers!!  Each client is issued a Library card, which they have to fill out and sign.  They pick out a book, the slip gets filled out and stamped, and they are told a due date.  Lexi, being the little entrepeneur that she is, has strict late fees.  $.25 a day!!  So get to reading those books!!  Jack happily gives each person a book marker, and thanks them for visiting their library.

You can download my Library Card and Book Slips here:

Library Cards    Book slips

Here is the Pocket:

This little traveling library has been great!  I hope you have fun making one of your own.

Happy Reading!!


Fabric Washi Tape Tutorial and Scrap Fabric Fun

by Holly

Let me first start by saying, it kills me to throw out fabric.  I know even the tiniest piece can eventually turn into something wonderful.  With that being said, I have a stash… Yes, I keep all those extra pieces in a clear plastic zipper bag, a set of sheets once came it.  I love it, because I can turn it all around, and see all the scraps, and zip it when I’m done.  Not only that, the kids know they can get into that stash when they want to, and make anything they dream up!  I love it!!  They have created some really awesome things!!

Here is my Stash:

Lexi and I made Washi Fabric Tape with our scraps for our scrap books.  It was a fun little afternoon.  See tutorial below.

Lexi made a crown out of scraps for her little Beanie Boo.  The Beanie Boo is now a Princess!  She glued a piece from the stash onto a piece of paper, let it dry, cut it out, added some bling, and Volia!  She has a beautiful crown. She even made a necklace from the bead scrap stash.

Here is how we did it:

You will need:  Fabric scraps, Double stick tape, wax paper, and scissors

1st, wash your hands.  (You don’t want to lose your sticky on your tape.) Iron your fabric.  Lay a piece of tape on the wrong side of your fabric.  Turn over, and press onto a piece of wax paper with your finger tips.  Trim along the sides of the tape as close as you can.  Trim the ends with Pinking sheers.  Store on wax paper until you are ready to use.


Valentine’s and a Toddler Wedding!

by Holly

Toddler Wedding

I had to share this.  It was just too cute.  Lexi and her BFF Bella wanted to be sisters.  Soooo, they decided to marry off their little brother and sister and we were all invited to a surprise wedding!!

They dressed up the Bride and Groom with clothes they found in the closets. They did Ella’s hair with glitter and a tiara.  Beach towels for the aisle, Rose Petals, Cake, and Vows.  Of course , all the Beanie Boo were guests.  The flowers were picked from the yard to make the bouquet. They had Danny walk Ella down the aisle, while Bella played the wedding march on a kazoo. The Groom waited for her with his Daddy as the best man.  It was a perfect little wedding.

Feeding each other cake:

Tossing the bouquet:

The Ring:

The happy little Bride:

a little history on these babies

My BFF Calista pinky swore years ago that if I ever had another baby, she would have one too.  When I got pregnant with Ella, they started trying right away.  It took them 2 1/2 years, a miscarriage, and a tubal pregnancy before she got pregnant with this little guy.  He just turned one a few days ago, and we just love him to pieces!!  Thanks for following through on the pinky swear Calista, I love you!

Fun for Valentine’s Day

My Girl Scout Troop was earning their Jewelery Making Patch last night, and I decided to add this one I found on Pinterest in as a started activity.  The girls really had fun with this one.  They wore them through the whole meeting and kept flashing their bling!  Lexi and Jack are going to pass these out to the girls in class on Valentine’s Day.  Easy and Cute!!  Love it!

Hersey Kiss Rings:

 Heart S’mores!!  I had fun making these.  They were quick and easy.  I did them in about 45 mins and the girls loved them.  Perfect little snack for our busy meeting.

Heart Shaped S’mores

Wishing you all a Happy Heart Day!! Now go make something for someone you love!


Valentine’s Day Bunco Party Ideas and Flower Pencils

by Holly

I threw a Valentine Bunco Party.   Take a peek:

I covered the 1′s with heart stickers.  This makes them wild!!

My tables had to be festive too.  Chocolate covered heart pretzels and candy hearts to eat.  Silk Rose petals all over the tables:

and ALL over the floor:

The kids loved these!!  We kept them for a week. (they are silk, bought at Michael’s)

Berries in the Bubbly:

I made Heart Shaped Ice for the ice bucket.  I added real roses I picked in the yard.   I must admit,  I love these.

I found heart-shaped cheese ravioli at Costco.  Then, we (and when I say we, I mean my husband) dipped them in buttermilk, rolled them in Italian bread crumbs,  fried them up in olive oil, and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.  Yummy Yummy!

Marinara dipping sauce ( in chaffing dish to keep it warm) for dipping the ravioli:

Yummy Salad to go with:

For dessert, Personal Fondue for everyone:  Plates of Berries, Chocolate Fondue for dipping. and a Strawberry Cupcake.

Rose Pencils for Score Keeping:

To make the pencils:

These are the regular #2 yellow pencils I painted.  Just keep dabbing on Pink and white acrylic paint.  Once dry, coat with acrylic spray.

Stack them, and sew along the edge, ( I like to use a ruffler foot on my machine)

Hot Glue to the end of the pencil, and wrap and glue as you go.  Wrap until you like the thickness of your flower.


Trip to the Snow

by Holly

Let me start off by saying, we are beach people.  Warm weather and sand under our toes.  That’s our thing.  We live in Southern California, and can wear flip-flops almost all year.  Feeling like a bad mom because our kids haven’t been to the snow very much, we decided to take a trip to Lake Tahoe for 8 days!  So thankful to our friends Michael and Calista for inviting our family to go with them. 4 adults and 6 kids.  Defiantly a recipe for a good time!  They had sleds, jackets, snow pants, gloves, snow boots for all of us.  It was great!!  The kids had the time of their lives!!  Snowball fights, snowmen, snow angels, sledding, ice skating outside at Heavenly, Circus Circus, hot wings, and of course I had crafts going all the time in the cabin.  I know, I am crazy, but I didn’t want them to get cabin fever.  Funny ha ha, Lexi thought cabin fever is something you catch, and get an actual fever.  Made me laugh.  Danny and I aren’t much better.  While driving up, our window was dirty, and Danny decided to wash it.  It froze all over the window.  LOL  We are so out of our element. and to think I used to go snow skiing all the time before I had kids.  I need to do that. I really love it.

On Jan 1st we started our smash books.  I brought books for all the kids in the cabin.  I cut out their names with my Gazelle, and stickers to decorate.  Here is Bella’s.  I think it turned out cute.  Jack’s has dogs all over it.  It’s adorable too.  I need to take a pic.

We colored the snow with food coloring in water bottles.  Kids thought this was really fun.  The cabin is on a huge lot, so they had a giant canvas to paint.

And..  The Fairy Town…  Complete with colored snow and glitter.

I hot glued rhinestones on gloves for all the girls.  They loved them because they liked looking like they were wearing giant diamond rings.

I also did a pair of mittens for little Ella with Heart shaped rhinestones. (Matching bling on her socks too.  Love it!)

We cooked all kinds of fun things in the cabin.  We made Playdough, Cinnamon Snowflakes and Peanut Butter Balls.  We decorated gingerbread men, and played games.  It was a really relaxing trip.  Much needed after all the Christmas excitement.

Cinnamon Snowflakes:

Flour Tortilla, fold twice, cut out little triangles here and there.  Unfold. Fry in butter in a fry pan on both sides until it browns.  Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on both sides immediately.  Eat and enjoy!  We made a stack of these and they were gone in a flash!

“Mommy’s Famous Peanut Butter Balls”

Do you like the name? My kids are too funny.  Everything that tastes good is famous.  These are one of their VERY favorite things I make.  definitely making the A list.  These were so popular in the cabin, I had to make them, not once, but twice!!  No bake, and fun to make!!  Love it!  These are easy, and great to take to a party. You can make them heart-shaped, egg-shaped, decorate to match your theme. You can download the recipe on my Yahoo group under files.  Lots of other freebies on there too!  Click on the Pic to get there.  Bet ya can’t eat just one!!


Christmas Projects I’ve been working on…

by Holly

Sooo, it’s Christmas and I have been crafting my little heart out!!  I have too many projects to post right now, but here are a few:

1st… a freebie for you!!

You can download these little Snowman Hand Warmers free right now on my Facebook page. 

They are sure to warm your hands and your hearts.  :)

Painted Chip Clips

 I decided to pretty up cloths pins.  Some of them are modge podged with scrap book paper, and some I hand painted, (the roses, and the polka dots are painted ) and of course some bling! 

How to Paint Easy Roses and Polka Dots

To paint the roses, (2nd, 4th, and 7th in top row) Painted clips all pink and let them dry.  Then swirl pink and white together on the clips .  I use the acrylic paint from Michaels, Craft Smart, they are about $.50 each, and come in a bunch of colors. The leaves were easy peasy, just dip your paint brush in green and white, and paint one little stroke.   For easy polka dots, use the other end of your paint brush.  Just dot dot dot… Give it a try.  I did these one afternoon with the kids.  We always have fun painting together.  We talk, laugh, and paint.  It’s one of our favorite things to do.

We had so much fun, we did a set for all the Aunties and Grandmas for Christmas, can you tell what my favorite color is?  I need to think outside the box a little more on colors, but I can’t help it.  Pink just makes me so happy.  :)

I finally got my Gazelle (by BossKut) paper cutter turned on, and here is my 1st project I did with vinyl letters on a drink cup,(and a little bling of course.)  I have to tell you, I am in love!!  I can tell this machine and I are going to be great friends:

Hope everyone is having fun crafting this season!

Merry CHRISTmas,

Holly


Dog Birthday Party!!

by Holly

I am so excited to share this 1st birthday party with you!!  My sister-in-law out did herself.  She is a new mom, and new to embroidery.  She did everything so adorable, it just couldn’t stop taking pictures!!  Take a peek at my little nephew Cole’s 1st Birthday Party:

She sewed out a Birthday Banner from TheYummyFactory:

She embroidered a YummyFactory High Chair Banner:

She made TYF in the hoop dogs for all the kids to adopt:

Kids loved coloring the dogs.  She even had adoption certificates and collars for them.  My Grandma wanted to take one home, so the kids did a pink one with a bow.  I wish I had a picture of them all, they turned out so cute!!

The cookies were sugar cookies and Oreos.  Click on the pic for the tutorial page:

The Paw Print cookies are chocolate dipped Oreos with M & M’s and Hersey Drops.  So cute!!

Cake Pops.  Ears done my letting melted chocolate dry in a spoon, nose is a half of an M & M.  Eyes piped on with royal icing. (recipe in my cookie tutorial.)

She wrapped water bottles,  and fancy tags on the straws

had little bones glued on toothpicks for the cheese picks.  The Dog Bones were made from Pretzel sticks and marshmallows dipped in chocolate.  Really yummy, kind of like a s’more!

Here is our tag on the presents we gave Cole.  I had fun using a paw print in his name on the tag  to go with his theme.

We all sang Happy Birthday to the little man, as Sparklers lit up his cake!!

What a great Party Jennifer!!  I love you!  I am so glad you’re my sister-in-law.

Hugs,

Holly 

 


Pumpkin Hat

Monsters and Pumpkins

by Holly

Jack picked out a pumpkin for me…

It sat on my counter just waiting for a fairy godmother to stop by…

Adopt a Monster.  Free download for you!!

Monster comes with a Birth Certificate too!

Pumpkins for Baby’s hair:

Fall Freebie for you!

In the hoop Pumpkin!!

and my little Pumpkin Ella…

I love love love this Halloween outfit.  The Pumpkin Hat is done in the hoop with just a few extra stitches by hand.  Easy Peasy!

Last but not least..  Don’t forget to make some cute cookies for all your friends

I have done a complete tutorial on how to make your cookies look like these:

Wishing you a wonderful Halloween.

Hugs,

Holly


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