Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bottle Cap Fun!

SO I was at my favorite co op store the other day and they had these bottle cap thingys all over the place. They were really cute, and I decided I needed to figure out how to make them. So I kind of did but I am not 100% happy with it yet! Anyways I went to my craft closet and pulled out this gloss glaze stuff I had bought for a previous craft and bam it hit me this stuff would work. So here we go... I made these ones as magnets but I have seen them glued to hair clips, or how cute would they be as paper weights, or glued to the end of a paper clip, I don't know??? What else???

So now that I had the gloss my next, thought was where am I going to get bottle caps? I guess this project is more popular then I knew because Hobby Lobby had them and Ben Franklin, who would have thought??? I thought I was going to be drinking the night away!

PS I bought the gloss from Hobby Lobby forever ago, and this stuff lasts FOREVER!

Next, I looked in my embellishment drawer, yep I have an embellishment drawer! I decide to test it with Halloween brads, I just tore the brad part off of the back. and I cut a circle out in Halloween paper glue them both to the cap, and then put my gloss on top.

 You have to let them dry for like 24 hours and there you go you are done! They are simple and easy!
I tried doing it with stickers, and plain paper too, but the gloss discolors your paper, so I am thinking maybe if you laminated your print first and then glossed it it would maybe work?? I am not sure, but for now I guess I'll just stick to metal or plastic objects!

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Finger Puppet Stocking Stuffers!

SERIOUSLY!! You know me I LOVE a good etsy shop, and I also love CUTE AND CHEAP!! Check out these darling finger puppets! I don't know about you and your kiddies but my kids Love love love to hear stories especially when we use picture books, flannel boards, or puppets. My cute friend Marie (you should check her out too) emailed me and introduced me to this shop. I love this idea for my kids Christmas stockings. Marie was able to actually meet these cute shop owners and said that they had all kinds of story sets such as the three little pigs, little Red riding hood, and even the nativity set. How darling! I can't wait to put my order in. The best part is that each puppet is only $2.00 each. Or if you are able to attend a boutique I guess their boutique prices are only $1.00 a piece! So if you live in UTAH (woo wooo) check out these boutiques and you find these darling puppets in person! (oh how cute would this be for a gift with the puppets and the actual book!!)

They will be displayed at:

Country Barn in Kaysville 3-6 November

Blue Goose in Lehi 4-6 November

Simple Treasures in Ogden 10-13 November

Candy Cane Boutique in Spring City 11-13 November

Holy Cow in Pleasant Grove 17-20 November

Sweet Tweets in South Jordan 18-20 November

Booth Barn in Pocatello 26-27 November

Beary Unique in Woods Cross 26 November- 4 December

Simple Treasures in Farmington 1 -4 December

Battlecreek in Pleasant Grove 2-4 December

Heartfelt in SLC 2-4 December

PS they do custom orders too!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Naggy Wife

First I need to add a little disclaimer: I AM WELL AWARE OF HOW MUCH CUTER THIS COULD BE! I mean really I could have added some more funky paper, maybe some ribbon, strings, or rick rack. I even thought about doing a little laminated square for it to be dry eraser but then I KNEW that we would just lose that blasted dry erase marker! (maybe I'll paint a chalk square) Ok now that I have that cleared up let me explain my little project...

Remember when you were first married and you hardly EVER nagged that cute hubby of yours??? And now that you are an actual grown adult it seems like you have like 5 things a day to nag your honey buns about. Well, I just get sick of always feeling like I'm an old NAG!! So we came up with a little  agreement where each Sunday I get to add three honey do's to this clip board. They can be whatever 3 things that I want and the rule is that by the next Sunday all three things HAVE to be done and then we start over! The clipboard hangs in our kitchen so it is his reminder rather then me and then he doesn't have to look at me like I am his constant reminder of all of the things that he has to do or isn't doing and instead he thinks of how hot I am and how he wants to just kiss me and buy me lots of pretty things!! It's a win win for both of us really! The only hard part is narrowing it down to only 3!!!

PS if you decide to make one and you make one waaay cuter then mine (which won't be hard!) send me pics I would love to see!
PSS I used a little clipboard rather then a large one that way it didn't take up so much space and wasn't as noticeable.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Last minute Easy baby spider costume

Hey Em!! Yep you are on my blog!! Is that ok?? I hope so. LOOK HOW CUTE this costume is!
Meet my sis in law! She is another awesome mommy always doing fun creative things
around her house and with her wardrobe. For our family Halloween party her and her
little boy showed up as a spider and web! It was DARLING!This afternoon I googled her costume
and found
this awesome step by step tutorial. So if you still don't have a costume for your little tots there is still some time!!
Have fun!!!

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Aside from crafting...

So my cute sister in law and some of her gal pals, have started this super darling dating blog. Each week they post a new cheap, creative, fun, date night for you and your honey!! So cute!!! You need to go check it out!

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Little Girly Shirt tutorial

I have been wanting to make my girls some shirts. I just kept putting it off and putting it off and then finally I pulled out my machine and googled little girl shirt tutorials. I came across THIS BLOG and this tutorial. An hour later I had two shirts made for my little meeza peeza! I love them they are so cute! Seriously if you are new to sewing you NEED to try this project! It is soooooo simple! and it takes hardly any fabric. Both shirts that I made came straight from my stashes of fabric I have spread all over my house! I was thinking how cute these could be out of Halloween fabric! But maybe next year I am way too cheap to go buy Halloween fabric for only 10 days of use!!! Anyways hope you enjoy!

I can't catch my cutie in a moment in the other shirt when it is actually clean! Maybe next week!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Spooky finger bread

I know I know another recipe??? Sorry but I am in charge of bread sticks for our family halloween party this weekend. I was hoping to try something new and I found this awesome hand to go with my Mama's awesome chilli! How cute is this???? Love it! Go HERE for more awesome halloween bread recipes!


Skills: Beginning

Prep Time: 8 min (not including thaw time)

Bake Time: 20-25 min


5 Rhodes Texas™ Rolls, thawed but still cold

1 egg, beaten

aluminum foil


Shape 3 rolls into a wide oval. With scissors, cut a deep 3-inch slice down one side of the oval for the thumb. Cut 3 more slices to form fingers. These will not be as deep as the thumb slice. Pull the thumb down and away from the rest of the fingers. Place hand on sprayed baking sheet. Spread fingers apart and push an indention into the bottom of the palm.

Press knuckles into the fingers by using the end of a spoon to cut small half circles.

Press your fingertip deeply into the ends of the dough to make depressions for fingernails. Roll another roll into a long rope and cut off 2 small pieces for warts and 5 pieces cut on the diagonal for nails. Shape nails into long, flat tear drops and press them into the depressions. Shape the small pieces into round balls and press into the hand for warts, where desired.

Shape the remaining roll into a long flat rectangle for the wrist. Place it slightly under the hand.

Slash hand and wrist with a knife to add spooky cuts and stitches. Crinkle up aluminum foil to form a log shape. Drape fingers over the top of a small, oven-safe bowl sprayed with non-stick spray. Use the foil where needed for support. Brush hand with egg. Let rise 15 to 30 minutes. Just before baking, pinch the sides of the knuckles. Bake at 350°F 20-25 minutes. Check nails and warts during baking and reshape if necessary. Let hand cool completely before removing from dish and foil.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Don't you just love these fun spooky witch fingers??? I don't think a year goes by that my sweet mama doesn't make at least 2 batches! They are so fun for parties or neighbor treats!!

Witches Finger Cookie Recipe

Yield: 5 dozen

1 cup sugar

1 cup Butter, softened

1 Egg

1 tsp Almond extract

1 tsp Vanilla extract

2 2/3 cups Flour

1 tsp Salt

3/4 cup whole Almonds, blanched

2 squares of melting chocolate, or chocolate bark

Combine the sugar, egg, butter, almond extract, and vanilla in a bowl. Mix in the flour, and salt. Cover and refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes, or until it’s firm.

When you’re ready to shape the cookies, only take out a small portion of the dough at a time. Shape the cookies into fingers by rolling and working with your hands. Score the top of the cookie with a knife or spatula to make it look like the wrinkles in your knuckle. Press an imprint into the tip of the cookie with your finger to make a spot for the almond finger nail. Press an almond into the tip of each finger to look like a fingernail.

Placed on a cooking sheet lightly coated with no-stick cooking spray and bake at 325` for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cookies are a very light golden brown. Let the cookies cool on a drying rack.

Use melting chocolate to go around the outside of the almond nail, giving a ghoulish appearance. Just melt the chocolate, put it in an icing piping bag, and cut a very small hole in the tip. Then pipe around the nail.

If you use red melting chocolate the look will be even more dramatic, you can also make small drops of chocolate blood, or chocolate cuts on the cookies if you really want to gross out your guests.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Cheap Ghost Decoration

I saw these cheese cloth ghosts tutorials floating around and had to blog about them. My ma, sisters, and I made these a couple of years ago! I LOVED THEM! Not only were they so simple but they were super cheap! Really the only thing you need to go buy is the cheese cloth. You can get that at any fabric store and probablly even Walmart. If you haven't ever seen these or try these you totally should. Even you "not crafty" girls! This is one that you won't mess up. Also after you make your ghost you will have extra cheese cloth lying sround for more decorations. I like to hang mine around the house and on windows and then add spiders for cute little spider webs! So click here for a step by step tute and let me know how it goes!

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Free... or close to free center piece

Remember when I spray painted my branches for Valentines day??? Well I thought ohhh Halloween ones would be good to! So I went stick gathering again and actually got stopped twice by two people wondering if I was ok!! I am sure I looked completely ridiculous gathering sticks but that is just fine I am used to looking ridiculous!! We took them home spray painted them Orange and black and threw on some glitter. Then I had miss madi color me some Halloween pictures to hang and I have several wallet sized Halloween pictures from years past being printed right now. I can't wait to hang our memories from my spooky branches! I love Halloween!!! If you to have orange and black spray paint in your stash this too can be free for you!! I'll re post pictures once I have our Halloween pics hanging!

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010


For play group the other day me, my little boy and his buddies decided to make SLIME!!! If you are feeling icky and sticky or you need a fun boy activity,or halloween table prop slime is the answer! and it is soooo simple! My kids beg to play with it every day! Here's the recipe...Have fun!

Homemade Slime Recipe
White Glue
Food Coloring (optional)
Ziploc bag

1. Borax is available in the laundry section of the grocery store. Take a cup of water and add to it 1 Tbs. of borax. Stir until completely dissolved. I actually used prob 2 TBs because it was too sticky.

2. Add a 1/2 cup of glue

3. Add a couple drops of food coloring.

4. Stir really good!

5. Dig in and have fun.

6. Keep your slime in a sealed bag in the refrigerator or an air tight container

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Monday, October 11, 2010

In celebration of...

opening up our etsy shop again... I decided to post a few new shops that I have found and that I just can't get enough of. Seriously etsy for me really isn't any good. I sit down to check out my shop and then end up spending wwwaaaayyy to much time shop hopping around! People are so talented! I love to see what everyone comes up with. So here are a few new ones... Hope you enjoy!

I don't know what my deal is with burlap and banners but I LOVE THEM! and I randomly ran into this shop and just gasped! A burlap banner!!! Who would have thought!! Seriously go check her out right now!!

ok how about this one hand felted artful accessories!! Do you guys like felt?? I love felt! I love it's uniqueness and the texture! Can I please have that clutch!!! I guess I could if I went over there and bought it!!!

and look at these flowers!!! LOVE THEM!

Ok last one... I really like when I find things that are different from every body else. That's why I liked this shop. I love love love her use of newspaper and egg cartons! Who would have thought to make a necklace out of an egg carton? And it's cute too! Also check out her art she is amazing. She has two etsy shops and a blog so head on over and see her stuff. She has some freaking cool chandeliers that you have to check out!

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Halloween Advent Calendar

My mom saw this really cute idea on one of those morning talk shows so for craft night we got together and made these babies! I think they are so cute! So you can't really tell but the numbers are little metal party favor boxes. The lids have the numbers glued to them and then on the inside you place little candies, toys, goodies, love notes etc for the kids to open each day. I am going to add in mine clues to where to find bigger treats, jokes, and maybe some that say do the monster mash or different silly things for the kids to do. I also LOVE that I can flip this around and do Christmas on the back. The numbers are glued to a plastic circle on the lid so I can flip them and do Christmas numbers on the other side.

So here is the info:
We bought the magnet boards at the Heartland scrapbook store.
We bought Halloween scrapbook paper and used a cricket for the circles, square, and numbers.
Ribbon to embellish and or hang
And the the party favor boxes we bought at Michael's with a 40% off coupon.
And then just glued it all together.

Total cost was probably $19.00 which is kind of pricey but think it is for two holidays and it can become a family tradition!!! Plus I was thinking the other day I bet you could get cheaper magnet boards at home depot or Lowe's if you just went and got a metal sheet???

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