Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Great INDOOR activities for kids when it is tooooo cold outside......

Go HERE for some really fun ideas for inside play when it is too cold outside.............(& nope, it is not watching the t.v.! )



Tuesday, December 30, 2008

CUTE sweater pillows........

Found these today and I LOVE THEM! I am such a huge sweater person anyway, why not create gorgeous pillows out of them! The top ones are off of Martha's website and here is what she said about making them:

A trio of pillowcases incorporates sweater bodies, sleeves, and waistbands.
Customize one that works with the design of your felted sweaters.The white cover consists of a cashmere sweater's body that is sewn on one end; add ties (3/4-inch strips, rolled and whipstitched) to other end. To conceal pillow inside, fold another piece of the fabric over its edge and stitch one end to cover. The envelope-style orange cover (with darts at corners) uses pieces from a sweater's body and sleeves. For tan cover, make a patchwork top by piecing together sleeves; secure with a zigzag stitch.

The second pic I found off of FLICKR and I dont know who it belonged to otherwise I would give them credit for their GORGEOUSNESS!

I just think it would be so much fun to find children's sweaters and make pillow for my little guys' beds!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A darling easy to make fleece hat for the winter!

Isn't this so fun and cute and perfect for keeping those little heads warm??? It is really easy to make!

Tape measure
1/2 yard fleece fabric
Needle and thread
Buttons, appliqués, or felt pieces for decoration
1 yard decorative cord
Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. First, determine the size of the hat. (To avoid ruining the surprise, measure the head of someone who is similar in size to the recipient.) Now cut a piece of fleece that's 16 inches wide and as long as the measurement you took plus 2 inches. 2. Fold the fleece in half, right side in so the 16-inch edges match up. Sew a 1/2-inch-wide seam along this edge, stopping 5 inches from the bottom (see A). Just below the last stitch, make a 1/2-inch cut in from the side. Turn the material right side out. Now sew a seam along the last 5 inches of unsewn fleece (see B). 3. Roll the bottom of the hat up two turns, so the cuff conceals the bottom part of the seam. To keep the cuff from unrolling, sew on a decorative button, an appliqué, or a felt cutout. 4. Finally, gather the top 3 inches of the hat and tie a colorful cord around it.

If you want to see the little pictures that better help explain the instructions go here!

P.S. Sorry about not posting anything for awhile! We have had a busy Christmas season and family in town! But now I am back with some fun ideas for the new year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and hope you have a Happy New Year!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Here are some fun snowman things to do with your kiddos..........

Just some fun ideas for snowmen!! We have been dumped on in the last few days and I have had snowmen on my mind! So I thought it would be fun to find some fun snowman things to do!! LOVE THESE GUYS!! CLICK HERE FOR THE KNOW HOWS..........

Fun little paper plate snoman for little hands to make, CLICK HERE.

Cute huh?? Click here to make these....

Click here to see how to create these fun doughnut snowmen......

Click here for instructions for these cuties....


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Some fun ways to wrap for Christmas....

Loving these cute paper wallets.....perfect for the stocking!! CLICK HERE to see how to do it!

Fun kid wrap ........ have your kids draw on kraft paper (brown or white)

Photo copied FABRIC............ GENIOUS!!!! How cute to use children's fabric!!

Colored Paper Cones
Cones can be cut from plain colored paper or from greeting cards. To create, draw an arc onto a corner of the construction paper or card using a compass opened up as wide as it can go. Using a pair of pinking shears, cut inside the line. Roll the paper into a cone and staple; reinforce with tape along the inside seam. To decorate a plain paper cone, draw an oval (we used a stencil from an art-supply store) around a chosen image from a greeting card, and cut just inside the line with pinking shears. Glue the cutout to the front of the cone. Punch a hole on both sides of the cone, thread a ribbon through, and knot the ends.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Really cute and easy paper ornaments....

I was looking for ways to make easy paper ornaments for a church activity last night and came across this great idea on another Paper Garden's blog! They are soooo easy and adorable! Click here for her tutorial!
P.S. the kids would have fun making these for their teachers or even for their own tiny trees!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Tinsel Stars and Money Rolls............

Who doesn't love tinsel? Here's another way to use it: Twist wired tinsel (available at specialty-craft stores) into six-pointed stars. Cut three pieces of tinsel, two of equal length and one a little longer. Twist equal pieces together at centers, and wrap third piece onto the two twisted pieces, forming a star. Bend end of longer piece into a hook, and attach the star from the ribbon on a gift. Or hang as an ornament on a tree.

How fun are these money rolls!!! All you do is wrap a money roll in scrapbook paper (Martha has a different way of doing this that sounds a little more complicated) So I would use either use scrapbook paper or wrapping paper and then wrap that in cellophane and use yarn to tie the ends with a cute tag! How fun to put into a stocking!!

(Both ideas are from Martha Stewart)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Super easy thrifty sweater beanies!

Click on this picture to enlarge it so you can read it better!

Ok so I just made this today in about 5 minutes! Do you have an old sweater that is yours or your kids that you just can't throw away but love the print on it? Well here is a project for you......... Take the sweater and cut the bottom into a hat shape like you see in my lovely pattern above, making sure that you use the bottom of the sweater as the brim of the hat so that it is a little snug fitting. I first cut it a little bigger than my head and then used my serger to sew it up and shrink it down in about a second!! There you go, that is it!! You could make little tiny ones for babies too! They are really cute and look great!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Button wrapping paper....sooooo cute!!!

It looks so easy... I am trying this one for sure!

Button Gift Wrap
This button-stamped gift wrap is fun to make. Affix button to a cork with double-sided tape. Place plain paper on a piece of felt or a folded piece of fabric (this cushions the paper so the mark will be even). Top with a pretty button tied on with baker's twine.

Monday, December 1, 2008

A fun orna"mint" to make with the kids!

ARENT THESE CUTE?? I made these with my kids two years ago and my daughter loved it!! We just pulled out the one she made tonight in fact, and she remembers making these and said she had so much fun! I would recommend using a royal icing to bond the candy to each other because it hardens so well. Here is a recipe I found on Martha Stewarts website:

1 pound confectioners' sugar
5 tablespoons meringue powder
Scant 1/2 cup water
(Makes 2 1/2 cups)

INSTRUCTIONS on how to make the ornaments:
Peppermint Ornaments
With an icy tingle on the tongue and a pinwheel of Santa-red and snow-white stripes, peppermints are the coolest holiday sweets -- especially when transformed into edible hanging ornaments. Lay five or so peppermint candies in a circle to form a wreath; bond sides together with icing. Adorn front with cinnamon candies or mints. Let dry two hours before hanging. Loop twine around ornament; knot.

I'm back................

Sorry for "No Posts" for 10 days! Went out of town for Thanksgiving and just got back last night! I'm glad to be home but miss our family soooo much! I love Christmas time and can not believe it is only 3 1/2 weeks away!!! Didn't I just say that about Halloween??? Amazing how time flies! Well I hope to have some fun things to do for Christmas and for winter so keep checking back.............