Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Darling bat silhouettes...........

Aren't these fun? I made these years ago and I had my kids make smaller ones. We put clothespins on the back of them and clipped them all over the house. They are so cute and festive! Click here for the know hows and the templates!

Monday, September 29, 2008

A fun contest for fellow bloggers....

Would you like to appear on the Martha Blog??? Well just click on the link below and enter in a message for Martha and then add this link to your blog and you could be on her blog! Good luck!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Darling Ghost Chair Covers....


Now is the time to start your Halloween projects!! Here is a perfect one to start with! I made these last year and they were such a hit with my family! My third child, Turner, can not wait to get these out and put them on our chairs! It adds such a fun Halloween spirit! Great for a Halloween party! What is fun about these is that you can make some for every holiday! I actually made mine out of white pillowcases, I just serged the sides to make them fit the chair a little better. But these are so simple to make! Click here for instructions and have fun!

Friday, September 26, 2008

~Kids love these COSTUMED CANDLEHOLDERS~



Aren't these fun? I found these in a Martha Stewart magazine back in 1998 and loved the idea! So I made some with cylinder vases as well as square ones. Every time I put these out this time of year people always make comments (mostly kids)! They not only work as candle holders but as flower vases too (as you saw in yesterday's post). When they are used as candle holders it is so fun to turn out the lights and see the faces glow! That is one thing that my kids love! Click here to see how to make these!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

We made the fall leaves tree!

We made the fall tree! It was fun to make. I found some branches and stuck them into a glass vase that we turned into a pumpkin face with tissue paper! I will show how to make that tomorrow... Anyways, the tree turned out so cute. My kids love it! We love how it brings fall into our home! Have a beautiful day!! :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

DIY Fun Halloween ~Ghost~ Pails........



Hello everyone! I just came across these adorable little ghost containers and had to share.... Wouldn't these be so cute for kids to make at the school halloween party to hold all of their goodies or to make for a friend or family member??
Here is what you need:


Blank food (take out) containers
2 Pipe cleaners
12 Black pony beads
Permanent Black Marker

Instructions:
Draw a ghost face on both sides of a clean, empty Chinese food pail. Beginning at one side, tightly wrap a pipe cleaner around the handle, threading on a pony bead every 1/2". Finish up with a second pipe cleaner. Trim.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Darling paper birds..........


Look at how cute and fun these colorful birdies are! Just using some scrapbook paper, paper clips and a few other household things allows you to make these adorable birds! I saw these on Family Fun and thought these were too cute not to share with all of you! Click here to see how to make them!

Monday, September 22, 2008

~Dressing up your Gourds~


Dress up your gourds! These are the funnest things for this time of year (yes my favorite time of year) Here are the instructions below:


GATHER YOUR MATERIALS You'll need an assortment of gourds or ornamental pumpkins. Choose ones that are free of mold and bruises (they'll last longer), and wash and dry them once you get them home. You'll also need a variety of natural trimmings, such as pine needles, pinecones, leaves, seeds, and the like, plus a glue gun or glue dots for tacking everything in place. Thinner glue dots (often labeled "paper thin") are fine for light items, but we preferred thicker ones (1/16 inch or more; 3-D dots work especially well) for pinecones and large twigs.
CHOOSE A DESIGN Once you've gathered your supplies, play around with how to arrange them, starting with the body. (One, two, or three gourds? Smaller ones stacked atop larger ones, or vice versa?) Next, try out some features. We used leaves for Maude's hair, Frank's bow tie, and Myrtle's arms, while our gallery of noses includes a berry for Frances, a single pinecone scale for Myrtle, a peanut shell for Neville, and a piece of a stem for Harriet. Small, round items, such as beans, berries, and Indian corn kernels, make great eyes, noses, and buttons, while sticks and stems work well for hair, arms, and smiles. But anything goes!
PUT IT ALL TOGETHER If you're using multiple gourds, glue them together (remove the stems from the lower ones first), then add the features. You can also connect them with round toothpicks or trimmed skewers (use a small nail to make pilot holes if necessary). If you plan to sandwich leaves between two stacked gourds, as with Neville's and Myrtle's collars, be sure to glue the foliage to the bottom gourd before gluing the top one in place. Gourd wobbly? Glue nutshells or small pinecones to its base to help stabilize it, as we did with both Frank and Neville. Your fall friends will likely last two to four weeks in a cool, dry spot.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A super easy yummy breakfast!


I'm sure many of you have had German/Swedish pancakes......... This is the easiest recipe in the world. I received this recipe from my mother-in-law, Heidi (a wonderful cook). Kids love these and they only cook for about 21-22 mins! Here is the recipe (Perfect for hectic mornings. I make the batter and put it in the pan and then I make lunches, do hair and tie shoes ;) while it is cooking)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
6 eggs
THAT'S IT!!
Put the butter into a GLASS 9x13 pan and put into oven set at 400. While the butter is melting, mix the flour and milk well and then add the eggs. Once the butter is bubbling, pour the mixture into the pan and cook for 21-22 mins! For some reason glass pans work amazingly well. I have made one in a Pampered Chef stoneware pan and it didn't rise nearly as high as it does in the glass pan. My two little boys are fascinated by the "rising pancake"! They love to watch it grow while it is in the oven, I just turn on the light so they can see it :o) You can serve it with fresh berries and whip cream or just powdered sugar or just good 'ol fashioned syrup!! HOPE YOU LOVE IT!!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

A super fun and cute fall project.........


I found another great project for the kids!! I think this is so cute and colorful! How fun to put this on your table! This is also a great project for teachers (each child make a leaf and help the teacher make the planter container and use it as decor for the classroom) This came from a fun website called Making Friends. Click on it and there you will find the patterns for the leaves! Have fun creating your fall trees!!
For tree you need:
Maple Leaf Patterns
Big Maple Leaf Pattern
Coffee Filters
Yellow, Orange, Red and Green Markers
Liquid Starch
Scissors
Stapler
Interesting Bare Stick (tree branch to attach the leaves to)
Low Temp Glue Gun
Wax Paper
Foam Brush
For planter you need:
Clean, Empty Container
Heavy White Paper
Liquid Starch
Yellow, Orange, Red Tissue Paper
Foam Brush
Rocks
Glue
Instructions for tree:
Print at least two of each: Maple Leaf Patterns and Big Maple Leaf Pattern.
Color the middle of six or more coffee filters with markers making patches of Yellow, Orange, Red and Green. Make sure you cover an area at least as big as your leaf patterns.
Use the patterns provided to cut maple leafs out of the coffee filters. An easy way to do this is to staple a leaf pattern to a coffee filter, stapling all around the outline and cutting on the line. Lay you leaves right side up on wax paper. Brush with liquid starch. Colors will run together. Let dry. Peel leaves from wax paper and use low temp glue gun to attach to your stick.
Instructions for planter:
Cut a piece of heavy white paper to fit around your container. Tear yellow, orange and red tissue paper into irregular shapes. Use liquid starch to attach the tissue pieces to the paper, overlapping colors. Let dry. Glue to container. Fill it with rocks and stick your Maple tree inside.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Recipe for the best PUMPKIN COOKIES ever!


My sweet sister-in-law, Liz, is the cutest thing ever and she gets so excited for holidays! She also loves cooking during the holiday season...well years ago she made these cookies and I fell in love with them instantly!!! I think they are the best pumpkin cookies ever! My kids can not stay out of the kitchen when I make them! They love to help me frost them too :o) Here is the recipe:
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cup flour (add last)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1 cup raisins or chocolate chips (opt.)
Mix the wet ingredients and then add the dry ingredients. Bake at 350 for 12-15 mins. Then when they are cooled frost them with this frosting:
2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
less than a Tbls. of butter
1 Tbls. milk
Mix together and frost the cookies!!
Bon appetit!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

It's September and leaves are starting to change!!

Did I mention how much I looooove the fall!!!! I am so excited to feel the crispness in the air! Well I have a little project for you to do starting about now and through the next couple of months (while the leaves are turning the gorgoeus colors)!! I made placemats for my kids with fall leaves. They are really simple but fun for this time of year!! All I did was take some clear contact paper and cut two pieces about as big as a regular placemat, I then took some beautiful red and orange colored leaves (that I pressed for a couple of days) and placed them on one side of the contact paper and then took the other side of contact paper and carefully placed it on top of the leaves and pressed the two pieces together. There may be some bubbles but I just pressed them until they popped. They are so fun and my kids love looking at the leaves while they eat! What is really fun is to have your kids pick the leaves and have them press them by putting them into a phone book. Then they can place them however they want on the paper, then they know which one is theirs!! Hope you have fun making these!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Tin Can Elephant Feet!!


The coolest elephants stomp through the playroom jungle on tomato can stilts. With a punch-type can opener, make holes in the sides of an unopened 15-ounce can of tomato puree; drain, rinse, and dry can. Use acrylic paint for toenails. Cut a nylon stretch cord to about 60 inches, depending on child's height; thread it through holes, and knot.
Don't you just love this idea?? I thought of how fun this would be to do for an animal birthday party! You could have all the kids make this super fun and CHEAP craft to take home with them!!
If you are looking for some fun crafts hop on over to Martha Stewart and there are loads of ideas or just keep checking back with me for some fun ones!!