Friday, November 9, 2012

Candy Tins (an inexpensive gift to share!)

We are having a neighborhood craft night tonight with some fun Christmas ideas.  I thought I would share some of the projects we are making.

First, are these darling candy tins.  They end up costing only about $2.50 each.  They are great for neighbors, teachers, visiting teachers, etc.  So simple to make, but I will give details for those of you who enjoy all the measurements.
Items needed:

1 tin, 12 Hershey Nuggets, scrapbook paper, string, jingle bells, glue stick, paper cutter

FYI I bought the tins at Paper Mart they are number 6517060P, and $1.04 each.

Step 1: Cut paper to 1 inch by 3 ½ inch strips (12 strips total.)
Step 2: Wrap one strip around each candy, gluing at the bottom.
Step 3: Place candies in tin, close lid.

Step 4: Cut (1) 2 ½” by 10” strip of paper, wrap around tin and glue.
Step 5: Cut (1) 1 ½” by 10” strip of paper and wrap and glue over other paper.
Step 6: Cut a large piece of string (about 3 feet) and wrap it around paper.  Add bells and tie.

Perfect for a Super Saturday, right?

Project originally found here at Kerry's Paper Crafts.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fabric Envelope

We are making some spiritual survival kits for a Relief Society activity this week.  These cute kits included a bunch of pamphlets and cards that we can share should the occasion arise.  These are the instructions for sewing the envelopes.
11 x 11 (mine are like 11 x 10 1/2 but oh well) scrap of fabric.  We had so many to make we cut up a sheet.
11 x 11 piece of fusible interfacing
11x7 scrap of patterned fabric

First, iron the fabric.  Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the square.  Place fabric pieces right sides together.
Sew the 3 sides of the two pieces of fabric together.
Clip the edges and turn right side out.
Iron the bottom sides in.
Sew around the whole envelope.  This will top stitch the top and hem the bottom.
Iron up the bottom, making sure the pamphlets and papers fit, then sew up the sides.

Iron down the top and you are done!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Ambrosia Squares - A cool, no cook dessert

I am so excited to share this delicious dessert today!  I was asked to bring a treat to a church meeting for the ladies the other night, and knew I didn't want to cook.  It is just so dang hot here!  Turning on the oven turns my stomach.  I remembered this young 12 year old girl (who is now getting married!) many years ago telling me this was her favorite dish.  I remembered the basics, and changed it up just a little.  It is so yummy!

Ambrosia Squares
Crust Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter

1 8oz. package cream cheese
3 cups milk, divided
1 large (6 serving) package instant vanilla pudding
1 can mandarin oranges (I used peaches instead and they were awesome!) DRAINED and patted dry with a paper towel
3 bananas

1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

To prepare crust, mix all ingredients and press into a 9x13 pan

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese.  And 1/2 cup milk gradually while beating.  In a separate bowl, make pudding using remaining milk.  Add pudding to cream cheese and beat together.  Let sit until thick.

Meanwhile, slice the bananas and layer evenly on crust.  When the pudding is thick, fold in the oranges (or peaches.)

Pour on top of crust.

Beat whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form.  Spread on top of pudding.

There you go!  A delicious desert to share this summer!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

4th of July ideas

I wanted to share some fun ideas for the 4th of July.  These are all from last year, back when I blogged over at Turbo Bubble Gum.    Enjoy!

Red, White and Blue Cupcakes

Patriotic Sandals
Flag Shirt

Flag Onesie

Flip Flops

Have fun getting ready for the fourth!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pioneer Trek Part 7: Buzz Saw

When I saw this simple toy the pioneers made to play along the trail, I thought it would be a perfect thing to mess around with during our get-to-know-you time.

Buzz Saw
Items needed:
Large Button
String (I used embroidery floss because it's what I had around the house)

Simply thread the string through the button and tie in a knot.  It will look like this:
To play, just twist twist twist.  Try to keep it going as long as you can.  Here is a video of my hubby doing it.

So easy!  And seriously keeps those kids busy for a while!  Give it a try!

Trek part 6: Leather Cuff Bracelets

Last night I was dropping off some music at a friends house, and she showed me these cute bracelets she made for her Trek kids.  I was giddy.  She gave me supplies to make my own and I am excited to show you!

For more information on why we are going to Trek, click here.  You can also see tutorials on bonnets, pioneer shirts, padded buckets, and personalized chap stick.

I guess the reason I was so excited to make these is because not only are they rustic and fun, but they have a spiritual thought on them.  My friend Britt chose a scripture reference to put on hers.  But I have had this verse of "How Firm a Foundation" in my mind for weeks as I have thought about the trek.  Fear not, I am with thee.  I plan on using it as a teaching moment tonight (our FIRST NIGHT!!!) I really want these kids to remember that God is with us in our trials!  This will be hard, but with his help, all is possible.

To make, we used some leather scraps.  The thicker one is 6 inches by 3/4 inch.  The thin piece is 10 inches long, and really thin.  We also used a couple of wooden beads.

Before I put these together, I used a little tool Britt loaned me that burns on leather.  I think a thin Sharpie would work, too.  Mine says, "Fear not I am with thee Trek 2012"

Punch 2 holes, one on each side of the thicker piece of leather.  Poke the skinny piece through, add bead and tie knot.  We used a hammer and nail to punch the hole.


These would be awesome to make for girls camp or a family reunion, too.

Trek Part 5: Personalized chapstick

Did you all know that packing tape is the same size as the chapstick container?  This makes personalizing it a cinch!
I simply googled Orange Paisley Bandana and found a background picture.  Went into Picmonkey and added text.  I made some for my friend, too, using a googled image of parchment.

I pasted a bunch of my finished photo onto a word doc and hit print.

Cut out, taped on.

I do think they would be a bit cuter if you took off the factory sealed top, but I decided to leave it on, anyway.  Now we have chapstick to give to all our kids on Trek!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Visit Newport Beach, CA

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We LOVE visiting California.  I was born and raised in LA, but when we go back it's the coastal areas we want to visit.  In Novemeber we visited Newport Beach with some great friends of ours.  They came from Oregon, and us from AZ.  It was a good place to meet up.  


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One visit to the Newport Beach websiteand you will have your bags packed and your family in the car.  This website helps you plan your entire vacation.  Where to go, what to do, where to stay, where to eat.  Everything. You can even make hotel reservations and find city information.

Two years ago when we visited Newport Beach, we visited the LDS temple which is so beautiful, then headed over to see some tide pools.  It was amazing!  

Last year, it was Novemeber and we weren't sure of the weather.  So we headed over and simply played in the sand.  You can see the Christmas tree the girls made and the toilet the boys made.  haha!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

More Teacher Clocks!

Last year, I made these clocks for a teacher's end of the year gift.  They were a hit!  I had random teachers in the hall saying they wanted my kids in their class.  lol!  So I made a few more this year, and thought I would share the designs with you, as well as a tutorial update.

For the tutorial, click here.

This one was simple.  The easiest, yet my favorite!  Just some quick bling in the center of the flowers.

This chevron was fun.  Pink paper, with green vinyl.

The Math Nerd clock.  Definitely the hardest to make.  All those little pieces of vinyl.  It looks a little "off" in this picture, but it's pretty well spaced and even.

As for the tutorial update, I found that if you simply pull off the hands of the clock, it's so much easier to glue on the paper.

Just be careful to not bend the hands.  Pull from the middle and be SO gentle.

So, which one is your favorite?

Linked today at:  Home Stories A to Z, Junk in their Trunk, Creations by Kara, A Little Tipsy, Lil Luna, Ginger Snap, DIY by Design, Uncommonly Yours, The DIY Dreamer, Tater Tots and Jello, Lolly Jane

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pioneer Trek Part 4 - The Padded Bucket

We have to fit all of our belongings for Trek in these 5 gallon buckets.  My husband was supposed to be in charge of the buckets.  He bought them.  Then he worked on them for a while and claimed finished.  This is what I found.

Oh that is so cute.  You actually think that the duct tape tag is going to cut it.  hehe.

And on a related note, this whole "no pillow" thing was stressing me out a little.  I figure I will go through a whole bottle of Advil, since I can't have a pillow.  Well, I came up with a little solution.  The Padded Bucket.  I can sit on it softly around the camp fire, and sleep with it at night.   I remember seeing these many years back when I lived in Utah for Girls Camp.  But after searching around online, there weren't really any tutorials,  So I made my own.

For more on why I need this pioneer stuff click here.  For pioneer shirts click here  For bonnets click here.

(1) 5 gallon bucket and lid (Mine are from Home Depot because I wanted the orange lid.)
1 fat quarter of fabric

Tools needed:
Jig Saw
staple gun
hot glue and gun

First, I used this pressboard stuff I had in the garage.  It was like $8 at Lowes for a HUGE sheet.

Using a compass, I made a circle that fit on the top of the lid.  I cut it out with a jig saw.  It was NOT a perfect circle.  :)  But I tried.

Next, I piled up the batting into a square on top of the wrong side of the fabric.  I probably used 1/2 yard.  I wanted it really cushy.

Place your *absolutely perfect* circle on top.

Pulling the fabric tightly, staple it to the circle.  When the circle is complete, cut off excess fabric.  It will look something like this.

Now, hot glue the crap out of it and stick it on the lid (while your little child is rolling around in the excess batting.)
Here is the top:

I added vinyl to mine to make it personalized.

And as a side note, my husband will NOT let me touch his bucket.  He likes it with duct tape.

Linked today at: Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, Not Just a Housewife, Mommy by Day, Our Thrifty Ideas, Sugar Bee Crafts, Home Stories A to Z, At Home with K, Hope Studios, Rae Gun Ramblings, Lil Luna, Ginger Snap, Creations by Kara