Thursday, December 27, 2007

New Years Crafting

Back to blogging! I hope everyone had a great Christmas. It was very nice to spend some quality time by eating, sleeping, and relaxing with all the loved ones. New Years is right around the corner. Looking around, seems like a lot of bloggers are still sleeping from all that great holiday cooking! After looking through countless blogs for a New Years crafting project, I resorted to Martha for ideas. Here's some great New Years kids crafts ideas for those who are awake!

new years crafts

Kids New Years Party Hats

new years kids crafts

Kids Confetti Eggs

Let me know if anyone has special New Years crafting ideas. Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Crafty Christmas Project Ideas

Looking for some crafty ideas for your kids to do during the winter vacation? Here are two blog postings that have recommended crafty ideas:

Fun Crafts for the Holiday Vacation includes directions for these fun activities you can do with your kids:


The Best Handmade Christmas Ornaments showcases unique crafty ornament ideas for the Christmas season:

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Crafty Christmas Centerpieces

I know, I know, Christmas is next week! I finally managed to find some decent Christmas centerpiece ideas from the web. Let me know what you guys think!

Christmas Centerpiece

Christmas Centerpiece

Christmas Centerpiece

Christmas Centerpiece
Christmas Centerpiece

Cranberry and Pine Basket

Create a Christmas Centerpiece with Kevin Ray

Designing Dream Spaces with Kevin Ray at Pacific Coast Home & Garden Demonstrates How to Make a Christmas Centerpiece.

Crafty Christmas Coasters

Just came across these cute little coasters and it may be another last minute one I may squeeze into the list for the week. Gretchen provides step-by-step instructions on her blog to make these adorable and functional crafts:
Altered Christmas Coasters

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Crafty Christmas Tree Skirt - O Christmas Tree!

The countdown is now at 12 days until Christmas and I just bought my Christmas tree! I was surfing around looking for some crafty projects that I can do with the kids to decorate. We have a lot of heirloom ornaments and have even hung some of the 2007 crafty ones. We reused last year's star and lighting. But what we needed to really tie everything together was a great new tree skirt. The old one just had to go. So why not create one with the family that we can use and reuse for years to come? Here are a couple of Christmas tree skirts I am considering - I know, I'd better hurry! :)

Here's an heirloom tree skirt that is easy to make for the whole family and will leaving lasting impressions. I found it on

Super Easy Heirloom Tree Skirt - perfect if you have a lot of kids!

Christmas tree skirt craft

Christmas tree skirt craft

Christmas Tree Skirt Patterns - these are a little more involving but the patterns are just amazing!

Basic Directions on How to Make a Satin or Velvet Christmas Tree Skirt

Here's a few more from - the site has step-by-step directions as well:

Christmas Tree Skirt

christmas tree skirt

christmas tree skirt

What do you guys think? Have you guys come across some really neat Christmas tree skirts?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Most Amazing Crafty Advent Calendar

I just had to post this advent calendar as it is just marvelous as a gift to a special one during this time of year. A little more complex for children, but with some parent supervision, you guys can probably manage to make something similar. Anyways, this posting is great and goes in step-by-step detail (with pictures) how to make your very own best advent calendar. A great crafty project = great crafty gift! What do you guys think?


Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Cute Coin Carry

I just came across this awesome craft blog and this posting was absolutely adorable and so functional. It's a coin purse making kit that is for the beginner crafter so pretty much anyone can make one. I haven't tested it out yet, but I plan to soon. You can purchase it directly from the Maker Store. Let me know what you guys think :)

Monday, December 3, 2007

Monster Craft Idea

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Got kids who love monsters? I came across this great blog post today: Monster Art! and thought they were just lovely for any kid who is not scared away by them. They are plushy and are created by talented artist Lizette Greco. Inspired by drawings, these monster plush crafts come to stunning life. If your kids are more on the wild side, tame them with a plush monster craft this holiday. You can view many of Lizette's work on her site.

Monster Art!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Cute Cold Blocking Critters

I saw this post on hollywoodflake's blog and thought it was one of the cutest ever. They keep out the cold, add a nice cute touch, and are easy to make. They could be a little messy to make for children, so adults may need to supervise. I also read on her comments that some people were using beans, rice, and even kitty litter to stuff. So be careful, you may get real critters eating on these critters with some of these stuffings!

Critters that Keep Out the Cold
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Easy Children's Gift - Children's Fleece Cap

Here's an easy children's gift idea that children love. Keep their heads warm this chilly winter!

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
Fleece Hat 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.

Fleece Hat 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.

Easy Children's Gift
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Kitchen Angel

Don't you just wish your kids really were angels? Kitchen Angels are adorable gifts that any child can make for their parents.

6-in. paper doily
Spring-action clothespin
Magnetic tape, 1 1/2 in. long
Gold pipe cleaner
Gold foil paper

Fold the doily in half and then half again, to form a cone shape. Point the clothespin closed-side down. Glue the doily onto the top prong, forming the angel's dress. Cut a head out of a photo, then glue it onto the point of the doily. Glue magnetic tape onto the back of the clothespin. Wrap one end of the pipe cleaner around the bottom prong of the clothespin, shape into a halo, and trim. Cut the gold foil paper to resemble wings and glue onto the back of the clothespin's top prong. Clip blank paper to the clothespin mouth beneath the skirt for holding messages.

Easy Children's Gift
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Rocking Animals

Rocking Horses from Goose Creek Enterprises!!!!
Hey guys, sorry for my absence....under the weather....BUT I AM BACK !!!!!!!
I found a website that has the cutest and most original rocking "animal" products and crafts; much more than horses. You can actually design it on the website. I made this bear drawing of what I wanted, then they make it for you.

ENJOY !!!!!!!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Pine Cone Lil' Turkeys - Simple Kid Crafts

Pine Cone Turkeys

Miniature Pine Cone Turkey's for the kiddies or for the table...ENJOY !!!

Yellow and red felt
Tacky glue
Googly eyes
Brown pom-poms
Pipe cleaners

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. For each turkey, cut out a yellow beak and a red wattle from felt. Then glue the beak, wattle, and a pair of googly eyes onto a pom-pom to create the turkey's head.

2. Glue the pom-pom head to the tip of a pinecone. Allow the glue to dry.

3. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle of the turkey's cone body, starting from the top and twisting it together a few times on the underside. Separate the ends of the pipe cleaner (below the twists) and bend each tip into a 3-toed foot.

4. For the turkey's tail, individually wrap 3 or 4 pipe cleaners around the back of the pinecone, starting from the underside and twisting them together a few times on the top of the pinecone to secure them. Then loop both ends of each pipe cleaner to shape tail feathers.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Fire Burning In Water

Fire and Water Candles

Place a glass vase inside another that is slightly larger (secure them with floral adhesive), and then pour tinted water in between them. Pillar candles are best for this project; not only are they pretty, but their weight will further anchor the interior vase. For added light play, make a series of these centerpieces in different shades of the same hue (a few extra drops of food coloring will yield the desired contrast

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Easy Kid Crafts for the Week

My Kiddy Crafts for the week segment.....
1. No Good Rock Frogs...uses real rocks that you glue together BEFORE painting them
2. Elephant Feet...Uses tin cans that are painted like elephant feet
3. Pipe Cleaner Iguana...Pipe Cleaners shaped to look like a lizard or whatever you choose
4. Painted Umbrellas...Use nylon umbrellas and acrylic paint and brushes

ENJOY !!!!!