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 !!!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Wednesday Picks

Here are my " Wednesday Picks", Fruit/ Flower Centerpieces . I did this because I am seeing ALOT of people inquiring about cranberry , fruit "decor". Once again I have decided to cut out the headache and share this cornucopia of fruit delights.....ENJOY !!!! Oh yes, thanks to Ocean Spray and Better Homes and mecca !!!!
1. Orange Topiary ( Orange Kumquats and roses)
2.) Cranberry Centerpiece ( Dried Cranberries and White Roses)
3.) Texture Centerpiece ( Pine Cones, White Pumpkins , Nuts and Berries )
4.) Lily Vase Accent ( White Pumpkins as a vase, Lily's and Berries )
5.) Fruit and Candles Centerpiece ( Candles mixed w/ fruit and pine nuts as an accent )

Monday, November 5, 2007

Pheasantly Loving This Wreath

I am still working on my next series topic I will start this week off with a Pheasant Wreath I found. The look of it is very eccentric...thought you guys might like it.

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Joy of Creative Centerpieces

So here it is...10 different centerpiece ideas for the Thanksgiving holiday !!!!!! More to come of course, just wanted to start you off nice and easy.........FYI : These are quick links so you don't have to go searching all over the net for ideas.....I do that for you...ENJOY !! Oh , PLEASE SCROLL FOR PICS OF LINKS !!!!!!

1. The Floral Pumpkin..w/ Orange Mums.....

2. Fall Candle Rings
3. All White Candle Centerpiece...Pillar Candles & White Pumpkins
4. Fruit Garnish...Orange, Lemon or Lime Slices
5. Up and Down...Uneven Pillar Candles
6. Waterfall Leaves and Pumpkins
7. Simple Candle & Floral Centerpiece
8. Swimming Vegetable Centerpiece
9. Plentiful Centerpiece
10. Pumpkin in a Bed of Leaves....