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Must Make Monday – Not your usual holiday decorations

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Q and I made one of these today. It was super simple, although cutting the doll out was too hard for her little 4 year old hands. She could do the snowflake tutu just fine. She added a little paint to hers.

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I think these orange slices would be perfect for our annual Winter Solstice Party.

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These dressed up mason jars would be lovely for the party as well and so simple to recreate.

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This glitter village is glorious! And it’s made from cereal boxes! I think I might have to do a glitter village making craft instead of a gingerbread house this year.

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I have been going crazy for string art the past few months, but still haven’t tried my hand at it. This little doozy may just be the project. I LOVE STARS!

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Alright, for the crafter who likes to use the big tools, here’s the project for you. Yet another one that would be great for Winter Solstice! These cone trees would look great as a centerpiece, on the mantel, or even alone.

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This last one doesn’t have a tutorial with it, but if you are in need of a felted ball tutorial drop me a line and I’ll send you to a couple of good ones. I’ve made a few felt balls in my time and have been meaning to set up a little sweatshop, ahem!, I mean workshop with the kiddos to get some made for holiday decorations. Not sure why they didn’t just string these balls up with a needle and thread, but all the colors sure do look pretty!

What crafts are you making this holiday season?

Tuesday Thinking

This is going to be a quickie.

Attic 24 teaches us how to make a chevron blanket. I’m thinking turquoise and mustard for my living room.

 

I know. I know. I owe you guys some real sit down time since I’ve been awol and there was a weird virus thingy for a few weeks, (the site is all clean again – thanks crazy people who still came to my blog even when google was telling you not to. You must have really needed an Emily fix!), but this is all the time I’ve got right now.

Recipe Boy’s Raspberry Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

It’s my birthday tomorrow! My girly gals are taking me out for drinks tonight and one of my besties is taking me and the girls to Hood River for hiking and berry picking and picnicking and beaching tomorrow. Can’t wait!!

I’m thinking I’d like my hair to do this. What do you think?

I finally put the top and skirt together on the dress I’ve been making for myself for over a year now. It was abysmal. Apparently if you loose weight you have to account for that in your dress making. I tried to fix it and nothing was making it look any better. I think I’m over that particular dress. Next week I’m going to have a couple of days to work on whatever I want to and I’m considering whipping up one of Collette‘s patterns.

I really, really, really want to get a new tattoo. I’m thinking flowers.

So, sorry about the quickie. But this is what my thoughts are on this Tuesday. What are you thinking?

 

Fairy Princess Party or Quinby’s Birthday Party #2

Quinby turned three and we had a fairy princess birthday party for her last Saturday. It was nice because it was one of the first smaller parties we’ve done. (PZ always wants to invite EVERYONE. No joke, she actually invited an old man we met on the bus when we were visiting Seattle last year. She was genuinely disappointed and confused when he didn’t show.)

I had the idea to do a wigwam type natural structure in the yard. Hubs made it for us out of our apple tree branches, bamboo, and some scrap metal. We’re growing our peas on it, which I love! I added the parachute we used as a shade for the trampoline last summer. I’m glad to find a second repurpose for this. The structure made a great fairy tea house once I put some tables and chairs out beneath it and is something we can keep up year round.

We made these tissue paper flowers with pipe cleaner stems and dotted them around the yard and food table. I love how big and colorful they turned out.

Hubs and I had a glue gun date finishing up these star wands and making these clothespin fairies. (He did the hair!) Each girl got a different color ribboned wand as a take home gift and I placed the clothespin fairies all around the wigwam and surrounding garden. Right before the little girls went home, I had them search for a fairy to take with them. They hadn’t noticed them before so it was really cool to see how the little hidden fairies put a magical shine on the whole party. It was also cute to see how many of the fairies actually resembled the little girl who had chosen it.

My girls and I made some bubble wands out of chenille pipe cleaners and beads from my stash and I made bubble solution using this recipe.

  • 3 oz earth friendly dish soap (I used Mrs. Meyers)
  • 1 oz glycerin
  • 24 oz distilled water
Add all the ingredients together and let them sit uncovered over night. I put mine into little colored glass jars with cork tops and each fairy princess got to have her own with the bubble wand of her choosing. 
The cupcakes actually were repurposed from the Coca-Cola cake I made for her a few days before on her actual birthday. I made two sheet cakes and had one left over for the fairy princess party. I simply used my biscuit cutter to make cake rounds, put them into flower cupcake papers and put a sliced strawberry on top for garnish. The cake was just as good the second time around!
The food could probably be a post in and of itself. Remind me and I’ll do that later in the week! I got all my mismatched china tea cups and saucers, little rose covered plates, strawberry sugar bowl, lemon tea pot and china serving trays from Goodwill and yard sales a few days before the party. I think all the little three year olds and even the big five year old girls had a great time drinking from the little china cups.
Quinby’s wings (first picture) I made using two wire hangers, contact paper, and flower petals from our garden with two pink satin ribbons to secure them to her body.
When the girls weren’t running around blowing bubbles or daintily (yeh, right!) sipping tea, they played on the see-saw I scored at a garage sale at the beginning of the summer. They also jumped on the trampoline (no wings on the trampoline was quickly established as the rule), made fairy rhythm music on our permanent banging wall, and of course opened presents! I’ll tell you about the handmade ones later on in the week. Over all I think the party was a success. Now, what to do for MY birthday? It’s only a week away!

 

How to Become a Handmade Domestic Goddess: Pt 2

So as you might have seen yesterday here and here, I’m being a bit lazy this week since I’m hosting two parties. My Must Make Monday list is being stretched out into a week long list. Make sure to come back tomorrow for Pt. 3!

Today I’ve got a couple of tips for you to help on your quest to become a Handmade Domestic Goddess. Even if you have no intention of reaching Goddess status, these tips are handy for anyone!

We are paying homage to a few of the great today. Starting off is none other than Martha Stewart herself. There is no way you can have avoided going to her site or reading her magazines or seeing her TV shows, but here is a great little tip that I can’t help but share and hopefully its one you haven’t seen before.

Martha shows us the best way to clean cast iron pans. I actually learned this one from Hubs. Anything to do with salt and he knows about it. I’m not even kidding!

This one from Real Simple was a new one for me, but what a great idea for keeping your stovetop clean!

I LOVE to bake, but my cake decorating skills are horribly lacking. This tip from Country Living is one I’ll definitely be using in the future. Maybe even today!!

Stay tuned for more great tips all you Handmade Domestic Goddesses you!

Must Make Monday: Kids Clothes for KCWC

I’m very excited for Elsie Marley’s Kids Clothes Week Challenge. I’m planning on making the bulk of my girls’ spring/summer wardrobes this week. Yay! All last week I’ve been pinning tutorials and inspiration photos and am ready to start sewing. In case you are just hearing about KCWC or are still trying to find that perfect piece to sew, here are a few of the tutorials I’ve been considering.

Schwin & Schwin’s Petal Sleeve TopMakin’ It ImMACKulate’s Summer TopPrudent Baby’s Pillowcase Dress

Everyday Chaos’ Apron Dress

From an Igloo’s Shirred Twirly Dress

Me Sew Crazy’s Old School Shorts

Sewing for Scarlett’s Smock Top

Must Make Monday – El Cinco de Mayo Revisited

El Cinco de Mayo is one of our favorite holidays around here. May 5th, 1995 marks when Hubs and I first got together. 16 years! We’ve been together almost half of our lives. Whew!

Well, if you like to celebrate this fun holiday too, here are some great tutorials to help you out. Make sure to check out the ones I gathered two years ago.

Margarita popsicles from Hostess Blog.

Plantain Chips and Guacamole Dip from The Vegan Stoner

Mini Pinatas from One Charming Party

Annie’s Eats Margarita Cupcakes

No tutorial, but I love the Sweetest Occasions Buenas Noches Fiesta handkerchief garlands. There are a bunch of great diy ideas for a great party on this site.

Must Make Monday – Cardboard

Last week I spotlighted some great tutorials for upcycling your vintage sheets. Now let’s look at your recycling bin for all the cardboard you’ve been tossing and see all the cool things we can make.

LIEr from ikat bag gives a wonderfully detailed tutorial on how to use cardboard as a building material. She then goes on to list 3 dozen different toy ideas to make once you’re ready, the boomerang and car are included. Terrific!

maya*made has some really great cardboard tutorials, too. Check out her cardboard easel and milk carton art caddy, (I’ll have to put that book on my look for list!), and her children’s table and chairs made from her own design.

Robert Maher, whom you may recognize from such greats at MaherDrygoods.com and the Junior Society, has done these wonderful crafts for Cuties mandarin oranges. This doll bed is adorable and now I wish I’d saved more of my Cuties boxes. Next year!

Joel Henriques of madebyjoel is another one of my favorite crafty gentlemen and he does lots of cool cardboard toys, like these cat and dog box pull toys and this imaginative marionette.

If you are still looking for more things to do to reduce that cardboard pile by reusing it into something fantastic, especially for your kiddos, check out The Crafty Crow‘s cardboard section. Pretty grand! Enjoy and try not to get a paper cut, will ya!