Babies and Diapers

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This post brought to you by Huggies and Kleenex. All opinions are 100% mine. My sister and her family have been staying with us for the last week. Between the two of us there are two 2 year olds, and a newborn. Since those 2 year old are still in diapers-so in the last week we've gone through A LOT of diapers! And if there's one thing you never want to caught without it is a diaper.     That's why I buy the absolute biggest box of diapers I can from Sam's Club. In my 8 years of being a mom we've tried out a lot of diapers, name brands, store brands, and generic diapers and we always go back to Huggies® Little Movers. I love the elastic back to control the blowouts and the double grip strips on the sides for comfort that lasts. Right now specially mark boxes of Huggies® Products have a limited time photo offer. Check [Read More...]

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Rainbow Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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My second child asks for this cake every year on his birthday. I’m pretty sure he figures the taller the cake, the more loved he is. And he is pretty loved, because every year I dedicate hours of my life to this birthday cake. My first rainbow cake was disgusting and the birthday boy was the only one who even ate a whole piece. It went into the garbage it was so bad. So each year I try a new recipe, and I’m happy to say that after a few not so good version that this one is an A+ cake. I made a few changes to this recipe by Who Needs a Cape and loved how it turned out. Mix up your batter and divide it evenly into 6 bowls and add food coloring.  There’s about 1.5 cups of batter in each bowl. Spray your pan, line with parchment, spray again and then flour to be sure the cakes [Read More...]

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5 Stroller Must Haves

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I was provided the stroller for review, all opinions are mine. Eight years ago I became a mom, and eight years ago we bought two strollers that we have used like mad with all 3 of our kids. They’ve been great strollers and have taken us on many family excursions and adventures. But when B.O.B. offered to let us try the new Revolution Flex out, we jumped at the chance. I’m sure strollers have come a long ways in 8 years, but this is stroller was quick to impress even the harshest critic. My husband. Together we came up with this list of 5 things we never knew we needed in a stroller, but absolutely love now that we’ve tried them.   1. Swivel Front Wheel. This baby turns on a dime, but it also locks in place when dad wants to go for a run. 2. Extended Canopy. Before trying it out I thought the big canopy looked “dorky”, [Read More...]

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Bear it Well Printable

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I love this quote from this month’s Visiting Teaching message. How true it is that we can’t solve problems that our friends may be dealing with, but we can offer our love and support to let them know we care. I love that it talks about different ways we may reach someone and the different effects a that laugh, hug, or helping hands can have. Here are a few other uplifting quotes from friends: Lil’ Luna / UCreate / Simple as That For more uplifting ideas and images check out our Pinterest board: Pin It

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Fun Hair for Back to School

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With just 1 daughter I often wonder how my mom managed to keep her 4 daughters hair fixed! I’ve learned that the number 1 goal when fixing girls hair is to keep it out of her face and the 2nd is to look cute! Here are 10 fun ways to accomplish both of those: Waterfall Braid 4 Little Twists Quick Messy Bun Finger Burn Curls Celtic Knot Triple Dutch Braids Faux 5 Strand Braid The Bow Bun Shoelace Knot   DIY Hair Chalk   Zig Zag Updo Pin It

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Pineapple Zucchini Sheet Cake

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I’m back with another zucchini recipe! The Zucchini Brownies were a huge hit, so I figure I’m not the only one trying to find ways to use up piles of zucchini. There’s not any chocolate in this recipe, but the combination of zucchini, pineapple and coconut closely resembles my husbands favorite carrot cake recipe, so it’s a hit at our house. First, mix together your dry ingredients. Then add the wet ingredients. And stir it all together. With quick recipes like this I prefer to mix by hand instead of pulling out the mixer, anyone else? Once the cake has cooled spread cream cheese frosting on top. I pull out the mixers for this. Print Pineapple Zucchini Sheet Cake Ingredients1 1/2 cup flour 1 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup coconut 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 2 tsp cinnamon 1/4-1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 pinch ginger 3 TBSP oil 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 2 cups grated zucchini 1 (20 [Read More...]

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Frozen Yogurt Topping Bar

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This post is sponsored by Elmer’s. Topping bars are awesome because they cater to everyone’s tastes! We’ve done a pizza bar, pasta bar, baked potato bar, and hot dog bar before with great success. So when I was planning our dessert for a church activity I knew that I wanted to have a topping bar and frozen yogurt is so popular that I knew it would be a hit! I picked up some toppings and made a chalkboard art sign and it was a hit. I had teenagers oohing and awwing over the fruit even after we ran out of frozen yogurt and the Reese’s they were getting back in line for more blueberries, strawberries and kiwi. So I’m going to count this as a smashing hit. I’ve been a long time admirer of chalkboard art, but I’m not confident enough in my handwriting and proportion skills to every try it on a real chalkboard. Well Elmer’s new chalkboard foam [Read More...]

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Scallop Mary Janes

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Our team picked black and white for our theme in this month’s Cricut DesignSpace Star Challenge. The category is gear or fashion. Since I have a shoe obsessed 2 year old I put it all together and came up with these precious little Scalloped Mary Janes in black and white! You might remember my oohing and aawing over the Cricut’s ability to cut leather in my last challenge project, so of course I kept with the leather on this project. I designed a shoe pattern in Illustrator and imported the .svg into Cricut Design Space. It took a few revisions, but that’s okay cause I started out using paper for the mock-up. Thank goodness because I went through quite a few alterations. How sweet is this! To make things go smoother you’ll want to use a leather needle, and these clips are used for quilt binding-but worked awesome at keeping the leather layers together since pinning won’t work. And velcro [Read More...]

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Chalkboard T-Shirts

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This post is sponsored by Michael’s.  This month’s Michael’s Makers theme is Back to School….do you ever think it’s funny that we associate chalkboards with school, but you couldn’t find a chalkboard in a school these days if you tried! School starts for us next week and I’m excited to send my boys back wearing these fun chalkboard T-shirts. They’ll be great to break the ice with and since we can change what they say every time their personalities can shine though. Plus they’re easy to make! Supplies: T-Shirts Chalk Board Paint Freezer Paper Paint Brush  I cut a stencil out of freezer paper with my Cricut Explore to the lettering, but if you don’t have a cutter you can cut the rectangle shape with scissors. This is just freezer paper from the grocery store, that I guess you’d use to wrap  meat with. I just use it as a screen printing cheat like here. It is fun to use, [Read More...]

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30 Delicious Crockpot Recipes

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With summer winding down and our fall schedules picking up, I find myself pulling out the Crockpot for dinner. Not only are the meals warm and comforting for the autumn weather, but they also make getting dinner on the table a cinch. Here are 30 delicious recipes to add to you menu!   Lasagna Soup / Tracey’s Culinary Adventure  Memphis BBQ Pork Pitas / Creme de la Crumb  Vegetable Beef Barley Soup / Healthy Yummy Easy  Crockpot Apple Kielbasa / Very Culinary  Kalua Pulled Pork / Recipe Critic   Meatloaf / Life Made Sweeter    Easy Pepper Steak / Gimme Some Oven  Creamy Ranch Chicken / Six Sister’s Stuff  Beef Stroganoff by Yummy Healthy Easy Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Chili from Table Dulce de Leche / Chef-in-Training  Fire Roasted Tomato Pot Roast / Taste and Tell Blog Scallop Potatoes / Family Fresh Meals  Overnight German Chocolate Oatmeal / I Heart Eating  Crockpot Santa Fe Chicken / Chef in Training     [Read More...]

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Zucchini Brownies and THE BEST Milk Chocolate Frosting

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My husband swears these are his favorite brownies…but what he doesn’t realize is that it’s the frosting that he really loves! I seriously make these just for the frosting. I mean the brownies are okay, but it’s the frosting that makes them good. But first, the brownies. Do you have some zucchini laying around? If not I bet your neighbor does. It’s that time of year. We’ll need 2 cups grated, which I can get from a small-medium sized zuke. You can peel the skin off if it bothers you, but we don’t even notice it ones we’ve added it to the chocolate. Add the dry ingredients, flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa to the bowl and mix together. Then add in the wet ingredients. Oil, zucchini, and vanilla. I’m not going to say these are healthy, BUT I have noticed that they use 1/4 the amount of oil that my zucchini bread recipe does and they have no [Read More...]

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Inside the Lunchbox

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My soon to be 3rd grader refuses to eat school lunch, in fact he doesn’t eat much besides peanut butter and grape jelly–it must be jelly and it must be grape–or if he’s feeling daring he’ll take peanut butter and honey. He’s perfectly content eating this every single day and often asked for the same thing on non-school days (gag). I’ve found that having good reusable containers saves us money in the long run, and I don’t have the early morning panic when we’re out of sandwich bags. Plus it’s a small step in the direction of being earth contentious. Some links below are affiliate links. 1. EasyLunchboxes 3-compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers (Set of 4) – because touching food is bad, this container is great at keeping everything separated! 2. Rubbermaid Litterless Juice Box – sure there are more expensive water bottles out there, but the square shape fits nicely in lunch boxes and it comes with a small [Read More...]

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Flower Topped Pencils

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Disclosure: This is post is part of Michael’s #createtoeducate campaign and I received a gift card for my supplies. All opinions are mine.   Here’s a cute little back to school gift that is completely applicable and useful for the classroom!   Supplies: Americana Chalky Finish Paint 6″ Double-Sided Cardstock Pencils Mason Jar Bakers Twine Cricut Explore Step 1: Paint the jar with the the Americana Chalky Finish paint and while it is drying we’ll work on the flowers. Step 2: First, cut flowers out. I used a Cricut Explore and one of their 3D flowers. The hole is already in the middle and was the perfect size to fit over the eraser. I cut 5 layers that gradually get smaller from double sided cardstock. All 5 flowers fit perfectly on the 6″ cardstock, which was perfect! I love double sided cardstock because the colors always coordinate and you can get a different patterns without having to load and cut [Read More...]

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I’m A Dreamer Mixed Media Canvas

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I spent some quality time with my Cricut Explore this weekend. Even though I’ve had it for months, I haven’t been able to play around with it much. And since it was set up I decided to see what it could really do. I put it to the test with some glittered canvas that I found at Michael’s and some leather to create this mixed media canvas. To make one yourself, you’ll need the deep cut blade from Cricut, glittered canvas and a wrapped burlap canvas both from Michael’s. I used Cricut images for the cloud and the stars and the font is Elephant in Trees. It is so awesome that Cricut let’s you cut your own fonts now! I was most excited to cut leather. My mat wasn’t too sticky (I cut felt out earlier and it used up most of the stickiness) so I used washi tape to help hold it in place. I also found that it [Read More...]

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Table Top S’mores DIY

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Confession time. I pretty much hate everything about camping. The dirt, the bugs, and especially the smell of campfire without a shower nearby. But I happen to be raising boys that love dirt and fire. So we’ve come together and found the middle on this one. An evening at the park with our own tabletop s’mores roaster that is completely smokeless let’s them roast mallows and I don’t have to deal with smoke from the fire. We’ve gotten a lot of use out of ours already this summer! I made 5 and used them as centerpieces for a dinner party, and they’ve been a hit as our contribution to summer potlucks too! To make your own, you’ll need just these 3 supplies: shiny little pebbles, a small tin bucket, and a sterno can. While I was picking up the rocks I noticed that you can get all the supplies at the dollar store making this a $3 project. Not too [Read More...]

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Skirting the Issue-Knit Maxi Skirt

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We’re excited to be joining our favorite girls over at Simple Simon & Co and Project Run & Play for this year’s Skirting the Issue. For the month of July they are inviting us all to sew skirts and donate them to our local Foster Care. I have a good friend who is a foster parent and know that the girls will love getting a new cute skirt! You can read the details here. If you need a quick, cute, and comfy skirt pattern check out this knit maxi skirt tutorial. Skirting the issue is in its 3rd year and thousands of skirts have been donated! Will you be joining this great cause? Pin It

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Patriotic Bike Flags

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This post was part of Skip to My Lou’s summer crafts for kids series. My boys aren’t much into crafting, but I knew they’d join me for a crafternoon with a project that involved duck tape and their bikes! These patriotic bike flags drew them in and we had fun working together one afternoon to deck their bikes out. The flags come together rather quickly, so we were finished before their interest wained. To make your own flags you’ll need: An assortment of duck tape Straws Scissors Step 1:  Cut off a strip of duck tape and lay the straw in the middle. Step 2:  Fold the duck tape over. No worries if the tape doesn’t line up exactly, you can just trim of the sides and clean it up. Step 3:  Using the scissors trim off the straw next to the tape. Step 4:  Run the scissors along the top of the straw and cut a slit the length [Read More...]

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Easy Grilling Apron

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Summer is here and just thought of turning on the oven in the summer makes me hot. So most of our cooking is done on the grill. We’re big fans of grilled pizza at our house! Anyone else anti cooking during the summer? I have ruffley aprons, but they look a little out of place with the grill. Riley Blake’s cotton duck home decor fabric is a little heavier and tougher so I knew it would work great for a grilling apron. I chose Aqua Found Label and Gray Found Damask from the Lost and Found line by My Mind’s Eye. You’ll need 1 yd of the main fabric and .5 yd for the pocket, as well has 3 yds cotton webbing for the ties.   Fold the fabric in half (we’ll get a front and a back to the apron) and measure out 13″. Using a pencil or chalk, make a line at 13″ and up 20″ From the [Read More...]

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Okie Caviar

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This is one of our family favorite go-tos in the summer. Maybe it’s because almost all the ingredients are pantry staples. I like to keep a supply of canned fruit, vegetables and beans in my pantry because they cut down on meal prep time. Because of the canned beans and tomatoes this dish is so easy to put together. All it takes is a few turns of the can opener and you are almost done. Ingredients: 1 can SW black beans, rinsed 1 can SW petite-cut tomatoes 1 can black eyed peas 1 can Green Giant White shoepeg corn 1 can original Rotel tomatoes 1/2 bottle Italian dressing 1 green pepper finely diced 1 red onion finely diced No matter the time of year, you’ll always be able to these vegetables on the shelves of the grocery store. I live in a small town and am able to find all of the ingredients at my local grocer, Lee’s Marketplace. Since [Read More...]

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Independance Day Printables

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We’re excited to be partnering up with a new group of bloggers to be able to offer a new set of printables every month. First up, a banner for Independence Day. This USA Banner can go any where! Hang it from a shelf, on a door, wall, and even on a bike! I’ve always wanted an excuse to deck my kids bikes out in red, white, and blue so I couldn’t pass up the chance with this banner. I love it some much I think I might organize a bike parade for the 4th! Just download, cut out, and tie together with twine. It doesn’t get easier than that! Don’t miss the other 7 patriotic printables in the group! Click on the links below to check out all the red, white and blue awesomeness 1. Eighteen25: Have a blast this 4th of July with these fun tags that make great party favors! 2. The Crafting Chicks: Print, cut and hang [Read More...]

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DIY Glitter Shoes

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There’s something about girls and shoes. Especially if that girl is my 2 year old daughter. The biggest tantrum she has ever thrown was because I left a pair of (too small for her) neon pink Nikes behind. And she wanted them, dangit. It was a body flailing, ear piercing screaming hysteria which was followed by sobs as I carried her to the car. It was bad, so bad I’m sure the entire mall could hear her screaming. So when we discovered these blank canvas shoes at Hobby Lobby and she loved them and they cost like $6 (after coupon) and they fit, I made her dream come true and bought them for her. And what does the girl love almost as much as shoes? Sparkles. I pulled out some gold glitter and tacky glue and got to work.   Using the tip of the bottle of glue I made dots on the shoe. They don’t have to be perfect, [Read More...]

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1 Batch of Dough: 3 Types of Cookies

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Happy National Chocolate Chip Day! To celebrate, let’s talk cookies. My family is full of cookie lovers. One son will only eat chocolate chip cookies but another son won’t eat chocolate. So to keep everyone happy I mix up 1 batch of dough and end up with 3 types of cookies – without exerting any more effort. But they don’t need to know that. Remember the Rice Krispy commercial where the mom was in the kitchen whipping up a batch of Rice Krispy treats, but to keep the family impressed throws flour on herself? Yeah, it’s like that. Start with the best chocolate chip recipe ever! Seriously, I sucked at making chocolate chip cookies until Dana’s recipe came into my life. It makes a ton of cookies and is the perfect recipe for getting 3 for the price of 1. It makes 6 dz cookies, so after splitting it into 3, I still wind up with 2 dz of 3 [Read More...]

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Topless Chicken Pot Pie

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With the nice weather we had been having I thought this recipe would have to wait until this fall to make an appearance here. But Mother Nature has a mind of her own and it turned off really cold over the weekend. Cold enough for Chicken Pot Pie. I’ve been making this version for years and it is in the top 5 of my husband’s favorite dishes. I cheat and use store bought deep dish pie crusts. This recipe makes twice as much as our family eats, so I like to take one into a neighbor for dinner or freeze one of the pies for later. First, sautee carrots and onions in butter until the onions are translucent. While the carrots and onions are cooking, go ahead and chop up a potato or two. Through in some frozen peas to get us a little closer to 4 cups. And then add enough frozen corn to bring the potatoes + peas [Read More...]

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Simply the Best Teacher Tags

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It’s that time of year. You know, time to come up with a teacher gift to let them know you appreciate all the work and effort they have put in to teaching your child, but it can’t break the bank. I try to give consumable gifts, because I can only imagine how quickly little gifts can overrun a house. Also, we were faced with the problem of having a male and a female teacher this year. Not that that is a problem, just that I doubt the Mr. really cares for cute apple anything. So how about a bottle of flavored lemonade to take them into summer! I created 2 tags and then stacked them. The top one says #1 teacher and you can add the teachers name (I used the font Bebas Neue if you want to keep it seamless). The bottom one says Thanks for being Simply the best! and works great with Simply Lemonade. Because I have [Read More...]

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Cinco de Mayo Roundup

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Maybe it’s the tacos or the bright colors, but Cinco de Mayo is such a fun holiday to celebrate! Here are   Printable fiesta favor boxes from Template of a Box DIY Balloon Flags by One Charming Party Mini Tissue Box Pinata by Studio DIY Fiesta Like There’s No Manana Chalkboard by Little Baby Gavin 5 DIYs for Cinco de Mayo on Babble Must Have Recipes for Cinco de Mayo on The Party Dress Colorful Garlands from Sassy Style Redesign Flan by Blissfully Domestic Mini Pinatas from One Charming Party Cinco de Mayo fondant cake by I’m Topsy Turvy Cinco de Mayo Printables Pin It

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Easy Caramel Corn

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  Growing up popcorn was a Sunday staple, just like taking Sunday naps. Every once again my mom would sweeten our afternoon treat and turn our popcorn into caramel corn. I now treat my family to caramel corn now and then. This recipe comes together quickly, and doesn’t require you to own a candy thermometer or even know the difference between “soft ball” and “hard ball”. If candy making is intimidating, then this is a great recipe to start with! First, the popcorn. You’ll need 10 quarts of popcorn. We pop into one bowl and transfer to another to avoid having kernels or “old maids” in the popcorn. Nothing is worse than biting down on one of those when you aren’t expecting it. You’ll need about 10 quarts of popcorn. Just shake the bowl a little to have the kernels fall to the bottom and then lift the popcorn off the top to avoid any jaw breakers. Besides the popcorn [Read More...]

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Rainy Day Pinboard

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We’re back with this month’s pinboard! It’s our Rainy Day board and I’ve had so much fun putting it together for you. Whether you’re looking for cute rain gear, activities for rainy days, or even rain art (it exists!) – you’ll find it here! I’m kind of obsessed with umbrellas, maybe it’s because I grew up in windy Southern Idaho where there is no reason to even attempt using an umbrella. And boots-so many cute boots out there. Here’s a small peak at what you’ll find over there! Classic Striped Rain Boots / 25 Rainy Day Activities for Kids / Scuba Umbrella Polka Dot Boots / Rain Drops Wooden Sign / Striped Umbrella Smile in the Rain / 4 Chic Outfits for Rainy Days / 5 Steps to Building a Fort /  Rainy Day Hair Come check it out and follow us on Pinterest while you’re there! Pin It

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11 Ideas to Help Your Garden Grow

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Over the years I’ve learned that people are on either side of the yardwork fence, you either love it or you despise it. I’m a yard work junkie and find great satisfaction in having a weed free yard with a trimmed lawn and blooming flowers. Yesterday, I mowed our lawn for the first time this year! So to kick off the growing season here are 11 posts from around the web with information to get your yard and garden looking great! If you don’t know where to begin, check out these tips from Cottage at the Crossroads Sherelle has beautiful photos of her garden and the produce she raises. Even those with a black thumb will be wanting to grow garden produce like she does. They even have their own greenhouse–which I’m pretty envious of. This potted wall is a great way to bring color into a small space by Better Homes and Gardens Find tips on how to plant [Read More...]

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Twinery Giveaway

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This post is sponsored by The Twinery. All opinions are 100% mine. —– We have two words for you…BAKER’S TWINE!!! We’re so excited to tell you that we’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you a FABULOUSLY HUGE baker’s twine giveaway…we’re talking $150 to The Twinery, to choose whatever you want!!! Baker’s Twine is the perfect accessory when it comes to packaging, and is incredibly versatile. It can add just the right touch to any gift or package, and it’s a simple addition that makes a huge difference. The Twinery has an awesome selection–solid, striped, metallic, and more, plus tons of colors. You can buy them in small increments, or large spools—whatever you need! Because it’s one of our favorite things, we really wanted to share it with…YOU!!!! This huge baker’s twine giveaway is brought to you by these bloggers: You can enter on ANY of these blogs! Simply Kierste Whipperberry The Idea Room The Crafting [Read More...]

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Bathroom Renovation: Custom Vanity

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When we bought our house a couple years ago, we knew the downstairs bathroom needed some work. We just didn’t realize how much work it was going to take. Remember Becky’s post about taking a bathroom from drab to fab? Yeah, none of those would have helped this space! Here’s where we started.  And a list of visible offenses that came with it: •ugly white shower board covered every wall •the dryer vent ran through the window, which was covered with a board blocking all light •the door was a ripped accordion sliding door, providing very little privacy •what little privacy there was left was taken care of by opening the closet doors in the family room, giving a straight shot look into the bathroom as well as holes in the back wall that could be looked at through the storage room •this vanity did not sit flush with the wall, and therefore the drain was not secure It is a [Read More...]

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Lucky Hedbanz

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We had so much fun with our Valentine Hedbanz cards, that I’m back with a set for St. Patrick’s Day. If you aren’t familiar with the game HedBanz* here’s a quick break down. You wear awesome plastic headbands that have a slit to hold the card. Without looking at the card you insert it into the slit, and then by asking questions you try to figure out what you are. Kind of like 20 questions. Only instead of 20 questions, you are racing against a timer. If you get it before your time is up you pick another card and keep asking until your time expires. Then it’s the next person’s turn. When it comes around to you again, you pick up asking questions where you left off before. It promotes logical thinking and a lot of laughs! If you don’t have the game, I bet you could make elastic headbands, like the elastic hair ties only larger, and they would [Read More...]

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DIY Running Belt

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My husband runs. He doesn’t like to be called a runner, but he does run. Last year while training he was faced with a problem – he liked to run with his phone, but hated all the armband cases. He said the phone was too heavy to have on his arm, I said he could run with his old iPod Nano. He said he relied too much on a running app on his phone to leave it at home. What to do, what to do? Then one day he sent me a link to a running belt and asked if I could make him one.  It didn’t look too difficult, so I picked up some Spandex and gave it a try. He loves running with it, so I thought I’d share instructions in case you are stuck in the same predicament. You’ll need Spandex for the belt. The stretch allows the belt to fit snuggly around the waist, and hold [Read More...]

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Sour Cream and Banana Whole Wheat Pancakes

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Okay, I’ve become my mom. I absolutely hated these pancakes growing up. HATED. And I swore I would never, ever, ever make my kids eat them. But now I do. I tell myself it’s okay because I made one tiny change to the recipe, so really they aren’t the same. Right? The recipe is Bosch’s Blender Pancakes. And the blender was the part I’ve always hated. Apparently you’re supposed to add wheat kernels and the rest of your ingredients in the blender, turn it on, and voila! the wheat will turn to flour and you have whole wheat pancakes just like that. Except, it never turns to flour. So what you get are crunchy pieces of wheat in your pancakes. And that’s gross. I do hear that the newer blenders (like Blendtec and Vitamix) do a better job with the wheat, but I’m not going to find out. Instead I substitute already ground whole wheat for the wheat berries and [Read More...]

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Valentine’s HedBanz

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HedBanz* has quickly become a family favorite at our house, so I made a Valentine’s version to play for Family Night this week. If you aren’t familiar with the game here’s a quick break down. You wear awesome plastic headbands that have a slit to hold the card. Without looking at the card you insert it into the slit, and then by asking questions you try to figure out what you are. Kind of like 20 questions. Only instead of 20 questions, you are racing against a timer. If you get it before your time is up you pick another card and keep asking until your time expires. Then it’s the next person’s turn. When it comes around to you again, you pick up asking questions where you left off before. This would be a fun game to play at a class party. If you don’t have the game, I bet you could make elastic headbands, like the elastic hair [Read More...]

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Valentine’s Tic Tac Bow

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This post brought to you by Duck Brand provided by ShurTech Brands, LLC. All opinions are 100% mine. Every year I send Valentines to my family, and I know my nieces will love this interactive one! They are the perfect age for Tic Tac Toe. Did you catch that play on words? Just you wait, there’s more where that came from! Have you seen the fun colors and patterns Duck Tape® has? They’ve come a long way! After looking at these Valetine Duck Tapes for a few days, and them begging to be made into tiny, shiny bows I gave in and made them as a Valentine’s Day craft. They are so simple to make, but put a really fun twist, as they look more like patent leather than Duck Tape® when they are finished. Step 1: Cut off a strip of Duck Tape®. About 4″ long is a good place to start. You can trim it later if you [Read More...]

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Tips for Printable Success

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We love a free printable just as much as the next guy (which is why keep making them), but we also know that finding a free printable and then not being able to get it to work is super frustrating! There’s nothing like finding the perfect thing (for free!), falling in love with it and having it hanging in your house in 5 minutes. Here’s some tips to make the whole process fast and fun! Download and Unzip (if needed) All of our files will need to be downloaded, so click on the download button and pay close attention to where it is being saved on your computer so you’ll know where to find it later. Once the file i s finished downloading, go to the folder it was saved in and open it. Occasionally, when we’re packaging up more than 1 page we will zip the files together. Before you can access these they’ll need to be un-zipped. Unzip [Read More...]

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Glittered Jars

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Disclaimer: This project is sponsored by Elmer’s. Are you looking for a way to add a little glam to your home for very little cost? Well, then this project is for you! I love the sparkle and shine, and who would guess this was once a pickle jar! And it is so easy too (given you have warm temperatures this time of year). To make yourself, you’ll need empty glass jars, spray paint, and matching glitter colors. I loved the Craft Bond glue and glitter from Elmer’s. First, spray paint your jars. I love how pretty these jars are with a coat of paint on them. Spray on 3 light coats, or until you can’t see through the jars. I like to start with the tops down, and coat the bottom and sides, then flip and get around the top and a little on the inside to make sure it is all covered. Give the jars time to dry and [Read More...]

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Valentine Happy Mail – Party in a Box

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Valentine’s Day is hands down my favorite time of year to send mail. A pink envelope in the mailbox is a very happy surprise in the dead of winter! I took it a little further with this party-in-a-box for my nieces and nephews. I’m a sucker for holiday sprinkles, it is impossible for me to walk by an end cap of jars full of colorful little jars of jimmies and holiday shapes without stopping. I just can’t. I mean, look how cute these are. As my collection kept expanding I realized it’s actually quite difficult to use an entire container of sprinkles per holiday. Let alone 3 or 4 containers. That’s when I it hit me that if I divided them into small containers I could share! And if there’s one thing I love more than sprinkles it is sending happy mail to my sisters and the nieces and nephews. Someone’s got to be the favorite aunt, and why shouldn’t [Read More...]

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A Year of Printables

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We’ve gathered all of our printables from the last year — from Valentine’s Day to the 4th of July to New Year’s Eve and everything in between and put them all right here in one post. Consider it your one stop shop for the coming year. So, stock up on printer ink and pin away, we’re sure we’ve got something you’re going to want in 2014!! Bubble Valentine  /  Fish Valentine  /  Maze Valentine Sharp Valentine  /  Valentine BINGO  / Ring On It Love Always Wins Banner  /  Frog Valentine  /  Strength of My Love Posters I Am a Child of God  /  Pollinate the World  /  2013 Primary Posters Lucky  /  Shamrock Soda Labels  /  Springtime Fun Tooth Fairy Stationery  /  Tooth Pillow Pattern  /  Toddler Incentive Charts Peep Tags  /  Mother’s Day 2013 Flower Card  /  Pony Up Cards for Hair Elastics Make Your Own Italian Cream Sodas  /  Cinco De Mayo Place Settings  /  National Rootbeer Float [Read More...]

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Candy Cane Chase

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This past weekend I put together an Amazing Race style Christmas party for my husband’s side of the family. We’ve done Meck Mom’s Halloween Party for the last 6 years and I knew it would be so much fun to do with a Christmas twist! We did it in in downtown Salt Lake City and I kept all locations within the Trax Free Fare Zone, which allowed for us to have teams greater than 6 people and not have to worry about car seats and parking. Plus it was a fairly central location for us. We sent out this letter ahead of time, with teams assigned and the rules to give everyone a better idea of what they were getting into! I really thought it would have been fun to include a Front Runner train ticket for everyone to ride into the city on, but well, schedules and my budget wouldn’t allow it. It would have added another element of [Read More...]

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Staching Through the Snow Gift Tags

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We wrapped these fun tags around mustache magnets for another quick gift. Add them to any sort of mustache for a clever gift that will bring a smile to the recipients face.   All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. Here are some other tags that make for quick and fun gifts: Brightly Beaming tags for flashlights Mistle Toes for nail polish Homemade Gift Tags Fleece Navidad tag Reindeer Noses for candy   Pin It

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Fleece Navidad

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I’m back with another clever gift tag. I’m sure Feliz Navidad is a song you are all too familiar with (since it easily gets stuck in your head). This tag is a fun play on the “Feliz” and tied around a soft blanket makes for a quick gift.  Bonus, the recipient will be singing the song for days! All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. Here are some other tags that make for quick and fun gifts: Brightly Beaming tags for flashlights Mistle Toes for nail polish Homemade Gift Tags Reindeer Noses for candy   Pin It

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Christmas Class Party Ideas

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I have a printable post all scheduled and ready for today, but our download manager is not working right. Maybe you’ve noticed? We’re working on it and hope all of our downloads will be working ASAP. But since that wasn’t going to work for this morning, and I realized we only have 5 days until class parties, I thought I’d share some ideas for class activities, just in case. Okay…..I might be the only one…but, just in case there are other’s of you out there that have fallen behind on your carefully planned December to-do list, this is for you! Class party ideas that you can quickly throw together! Mitten Mayhem Crayon Ornaments Don’t Eat Pete Build a Snowman Snowball Toss Pin the Heart on the Grinch Minute to Win It Holiday Style Santa Says, Snowman Freezes, etc. Holiday Hedbanz Memory and Tic Tac Toe Christmas Mad Libs Christmas Charades Pin It

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Brightly Beaming Gift Tags

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I’ve found that giving small, inexpensive gifts still has a ‘WOW’ effect if there is a cute or cheesy tag attached. The tags takes it from “I didn’t have anything so I quickly grabbed this for you” to “time and thought went into this gift just for you”! See how easy that is!? The first is for a flashlight, or head lamp. The men in my life are obsessed with lights, so I’ve been giving flashlights as Christmas presents (to my dad) since I was a little girl. They run the range on prices, so pick one in your budget and add this tag! That’s all you need to do! All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, [Read More...]

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Uncommon Goods

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Sponsored by Uncommon Goods. One of my love languages is gifts and I can spend hours searching for the perfect gift. I search high and low and try to put a lot of thought into each gift I give. When I’m shopping for the hard to buy for person (hi dad!) Uncommon Goods is my go-to. They have products you won’t find at box stores and everything is neatly categorized so it is easy to narrow down the options to just the right one. I would wear each of these necklaces. Number 3 makes me smile, because often that’s exactly what motherhood feels like. 1. Latitude Longitude Pendant   2. Kaleidoscope Necklace   3. Mother and Child Necklace And here are some other gifts I would love to give or find waiting for me under the tree! 1. Nesting Prep Bowls   2. Periodic Table Building Blocks   3. DIY Lip Balm Kit   4. Hand Embroidered State Pillows   5. Cookie Stamp [Read More...]

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Black Friday Sale: Silhouette

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If a Silhouette is on your wish list, you might want to tip Santa off on this fantastic deal. Click on the button or this link to be taken to the Silhouette store for Black Friday pricing. Use code CRAFTINGCHICKS from now through Dec. 8th and get holiday pricing! Check these out: (1) A Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, a dust cover (the color is decided by Silhouette), a $25 download card, a hook, a scraper, a spatula, and a pick-me-up® tool for $229.99. Retail price for all of this would total $406.93 (over 40% savings!) (2) A Silhouette Portrait®, Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, a dust cover (the color is decided by Silhouette), a $25 download card, a hook, a scraper, a spatula, and a pick-me-up® tool for $129.99. Retail price for all of this would total $286.93 (over 40% savings!) (3) A Silhouette CAMEO®, a Silhouette Portrait®, and two $25 download cards for $299.99. That’s right: [Read More...]

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Christmas Cinnamon Rolls {Christmas Traditions Series}

Hi there!  I am so happy to be here with you and the sweet ladies of The Crafting Chicks today!     I’m Laura from Inspiration for Moms and I’m excited to share with you two of my families favorite Christmas traditions! First, no Christmas would ever be complete without watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This movie cracks me up every time I watch, year after year. One of my favorite quotes from that movie is: Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark? Clark: No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights. The second Christmas must have is my sweet, warm Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls.   These delicious rolls are a perfect breakfast to enjoy while opening presents.  Honestly, they couldn’t be easier to make— the bread machine does all the work! So today, I’m going to share with you the recipe. Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls For Dough: 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F) 2 eggs, room temperature 1/3 cup butter, melted 4 [Read More...]

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Deer Silhouette {Christmas Tradition Series}

Jessica’s tagline is “creating a happy home on a real life budget”, which is something we’re all working towards I believe! We’re happy she is joining us today! ****************************************** Hey, hey Crafty peeps! I’m Jessica from Mom 4 Real, and I am so excited to be hanging here with some of the coolest chicks around! I am totally obsessed with silver and white this year, and have created my version of a Winter Wonderland in my breakfast nook. Today I want to share a simple and inexpensive Deer Silhouette Christmas Decor project… I started with a wooden deer silhouette of a deer head that I picked up for $1 at Michaels, a roll of Merry Christmas wrapping paper, some glitter, glue, ribbon and jingle bells. I started by painting a very thin coat of decoupage on the front of the deer silhouette, then placing it face down on the back side of the wrapping paper. Once the decoupage was dry, [Read More...]

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Handcrafted Christmas Tree Ornaments {Christmas Traditions Series}

  Hi everyone! I’m Kim of The Celebration Shoppe and I’m thrilled to be joining The Crafting Chicks today to share one of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions. Our Christmas tree tells a story. The holiday story of our family. And I love every inch of it! Almost every ornament was either collected during a holiday outing, given to us as a gift or handmade by my sweet babies. There is nothing designed or matchy-matchy about it, but it’s completely beautiful and wonderfully sentimental! This paint dipped, hand-drawn snowman ornament is our latest ornament addition. To make these with your kiddos, you’ll need: circular, flat front, clear plastic ornaments (I picked mine up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores) pearl white craft paint orange and black Sharpies flat paint dish or plate sheet of paper To make your own: Trace an outline of the ornament on a sheet of white paper and draw a simple snowman face in the outline [Read More...]

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Holiday Cookies {Christmas Tradition Series}

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Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod is about to blow you away with 6 mouth watering holiday cookies! We are so glad she stopped by to share with us this afternoon! ************************************************************************************** Hi, it’s Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod. I am thrilled to be guest posting today for The Crafting Chicks. Don’t tell the girls, but I am not crafty at all…I can’t even sew on a button. True story. I love reading The Crafting Chicks blog. They always come up with the best stuff. I want to be them when I grow up! I am excited to share my favorite Christmas tradition today and don’t worry, it doesn’t involve a craft. You are safe! It is no secret that I love cookies. We have close to 200 cookie recipes on our site and we have a cookie cookbook, Cookie Cravings. I am a cookie fanatic 365 days of the year, but during the holidays I am [Read More...]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars {Christmas Traditions Series}

Welcome Heather from WhipperBerry! We love this lady. Her photography is killer and so are her desserts! ******************************************************************* Hey there Crafting Chicks friends… I’m Heather from WhipperBerry!! I’m super excited to be hanging out with you guys today, I just adore all of these ladies and each of their amazing talents. When I think back to my favorite memories as a child, the traditions that I remember fondly are the memories made in the kitchen. Making all kinds of Christmas goodies, but these tasty little bites were one of my favorites. I couldn’t wait until Mom made it through the others and finally made the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars… Some of my earliest Christmas memories are hanging out in the kitchen with my Mom and sometimes my Dad while they made their famous holiday concoctions. They had a few staples on the list… Fudge, peanut brittle (not my favorite,) your classic Christmas Sugar cookie and then my favorite the chocolate [Read More...]

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Countdown to Christmas Calendar {Christmas Tradition Series}

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We’re excited to have Cassia here today! Maybe we’ve mentioned it, but anyone with twins is a superhero as far as we’re concerned! ****************************************************************************** My Mommy Style | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram My name is Cassia and I blog over at My Mommy Style. We are 4 mommies who blog about Family, Food, Fashion, Photography and Fun. Pop on over for a visit, we’d love to have you! I am so thrilled to be guest posting on Crafting Chicks; we have been avid followers of the Chicks and are constantly inspired. I love all things Christmas! I love Santa and reindeer, presents and caroling! Although, as I asked my 4 year old this week why we celebrate Christmas, he said, “A’cuz Santa comes and brings me toys!” Ugh. Mommy Fail. It’s no wonder why. Everything on TV and even all of my decorations are trees and reindeer, Santa and elves! So I wanted to figure out a better way [Read More...]

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Christmas Bread {Christmas Tradition Series}

We’re excited to have Kiki here. You might know from her awesome printables but did you know she also knows her way around the kitchen! ********************************************************************************** Hi everyone. I’m Kiki from Kiki and Company and SO excited to be here sharing one of my favorite traditions as a child. I have loved reading the traditions that have graced the homes of everyone who has shared so far in this series! I remember as a child sitting at the kitchen counter watching my mom bake. I always loved watching her make bread. There was always something so fascinating about watching such simple ingredients mix and rise (and of course, I LOVED eating it as well). Each December, my mom would make loaves and loaves of Christmas bread to give to neighbors, friends and co-workers. It filled our home with the sweetest smells. It’s how I learned how to braid and as a child, anything with sprinkles just made any gray day [Read More...]

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Southern California Giveaway

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Can you feel the warm sun on your face as you smell the sweet ocean breeze? Me either, but we want to make that dream a reality for one lucky person. So we got together with some fabulous businesses and bloggers to give you the chance to win a Build Your Own Southern California Vacation Package.   Details: One lucky winner will walk away with all the loot. Vacation Package – 3 nights in an Anaheim, California area hotel and $1,000 to use towards attraction tickets.  Pick from Disneyland® Resort, SeaWorld San Diego, Universal Studios Hollywood and more!  Vacation package provided by Get Away Today, providing family fun vacations for incredible prices. DSLR Camera – Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm lens.  Camera provided by Storybox, a new family entertainment and streaming company.  Soon-to-be launching a family movie and tv show streaming service. Jayde Designer Camera Bag – Functionality and style combine in this great looking camera bag from Jayde. Fully [Read More...]

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“Wishmas Tree” {Christmas Tradition Series}

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Hi there! I’m Chris from Just a Girl, and I’m so happy to share a holiday tradition with you. We are a very traditional family, so we have plenty to share! As my kids got older and the Christmas lists got longer, I looked for a way for them to think outside of their wants for Christmas. Several years ago, I came up with our family “Wishmas Tree”. Lowes has small tree tops for about $15, so I knew it would be the perfect table top accent for my project! I simply strung it with some lights and cut strips of paper for my kids to make wishes for other people during the holiday season. With very little guidance from me, they took over and knew exactly what they wanted to wish for! I was so proud of the things they came up with, and I keep them in a box to look back on every year. We usually write [Read More...]

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Christmas Card Display {Christmas Tradition Series}

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Jill believes that everyday is worth celebrating and we are so happy to have her today! ***************************************************************************************** Hiya! Jill from Every Day is an Occasion here to share one of our family traditions…well, a way to display one of our family traditions. How many of you out there send a Christmas or holiday card? We most certainly do. It is one of, if not THE FAVORITE, tradition. I love coming up with ideas and designing it. So SO fun! I also love getting the cards in the mail. Seriously though, how fun is it to run out to the mailbox and nab all the Christmas cards? I love seeing everyone’s family photos. Such a fun tradition! Today I’m going to share with you my Christmas Card Display, so you can proudly display your family’s card on your mantel or on a shelf, etc.. Christmas Card Display This was our Christmas Card from last year. I loved it so much! I’m [Read More...]

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Peppermint Crunch Ice Cream Pie {Christmas Tradition Series}

Six Sisters are a blogging sensation and we’re thrilled they’re sharing with us this afternoon! ************************************************************* This is one of our favorite traditions! Not all the sisters love pie – but ALL of us love ice cream! This Peppermint Crunch Ice Cream Pie is always at our holiday gatherings. It is so easy to throw together, and it is sure to be a huge hit! Peppermint Crunch Ice Cream Pie Ingredients: 3 pints (1 1/2 quarts) peppermint ice cream 1 Oreo cookie pie crust (or other chocolate-flavored pie crust) 1 (12 oz) jar fudge ice cream topping Crushed Candy canes Whipped topping Directions: In a large bowl, stir ice cream until softened. Spoon ice cream into pie shell and spread evenly. Return to freezer for about 3-4 hours (or until completely frozen). To serve, let pie stand at room temperature for about 5 minutes before slicing. Serve topped with fudge topping, whipped cream, and crushed candy canes. Makes about 6-8 [Read More...]

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake {Christmas Tradition Series}

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Leigh Anne is the sweetest and we’re thrilled to have her sharing this sweet tradition. Hi! I am Leigh Anne visiting from Your Homebased Mom. I am so excited to be here at The Crafting Chicks. I had the opportunity to meet Brooke in person earlier this year when we both were on KSL Studio Five the same day! She is such a cutie! We have lots of holiday traditions at our house. Tradition runs deep at the Wilkes household and I have learned that even though my children are now young adults I can’t ignore those long standing childhood traditions. Some of our favorites include our Breakfast with Santa, Christmas Eve fondue dinner, Christmas Day traditions and others that are on my blog and I hope you will visit. Our family even made the newspaper and the nightly news when someone tried to mess with one of our family traditions a few years ago! Today though I want to [Read More...]

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White Elephant Photo Gifts {Christmas Tradition Series}

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We love Kristyn! We love hanging out with her at conferences and we love that she’s hanging out here today with us! *********************************************** Hi there! It’s Kristyn from Lil’ Luna. I’m so happy to be here on The Crafting Chicks (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these girls) today sharing a fun Christmas Tradition. And the tradition may be a little strange but it has brought our family so much fun and laughter. Every year, the entire Luna clan comes over to my mom’s for a White Elephant Exchange on the first Monday in December. We all wear our pajamas, and we always have breakfast for dinner. The menu is filled with every delicious Breakfast food you can think of (Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Donuts, Chorizo, Cinnamon Rolls – you name it!!) We eat and always have a White Elephant Exchange followed by a visit from Santa for the kiddos. It has become tradition for me to give the same thing for the Exchange [Read More...]

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St. Nicholas Day from Skip to my Lou {Christmas Tradition Series}

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We are so honored to having Cindy here with us today! ********************************************** Hello everyone! My name is Cindy and I blog at Skip to my Lou. I love making home made gifts and celebrating holidays! When we were living in Germany we celebrated St. Nicholas Day. We have brought this tradition home to the states and our children big and small still love it! The night before December 6th, children (however we do our whole family) leave their shoes by their door for St. Nicholas to bring them gifts and treats. Traditionally the shoes are filled with coins, sweets, fruit and or small gifts. Saint Nicholas was a real Saint who was known for being kind, helping those in need and his love for children. A wonderful model for us all this time of year! What I loved most was that this simple gift giving from St. Nicholas happened early in the month and then the focus shifted to the [Read More...]

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Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Cream from Simply Kierste {Christmas Tradition Series}

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We’re excited to have Kierste here today. She makes the simple things beautiful! Take a look at these simple, but oh so cute, jam labels she created. ******************************************************** Hello, friends! It’s so fun to be here with you and the darling Crafting Chicks today! I’m Kierste, from Simply Kierste, and I’m excited to share with you one of our favorite Christmas traditions. I ADORE Christmas, and all of our traditions are what make this season so special! Hello, friends! It’s so fun to be here with you and the darling Crafting Chicks today! I’m Kierste, from Simply Kierste, and I’m excited to share with you one of our favorite Christmas traditions. Every year we look forward to the day after Thanksgiving…it’s the day we go cut down our Christmas tree! I grew up having a real Christmas tree, and I knew that I wanted to continue that tradition with my own family. We bundle up–some years there has been snow [Read More...]

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Advent Activities by KoJo Designs {Christmas Tradition Series}

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We met Kirstin a couple years ago at SNAP! and she is much fun, plus she has some mad sewing skills! ********************************** Hey Crafting Chicks friends! I am Kirstin, half of the sister team that blogs at kojodesigns and Shiny Happy Sprinkles, and I am thrilled to be here today as part of this Christmas Traditions series! We have a lo-ong list of Christmas traditions in our house- from an annual ornament exchange to making and enjoying special holiday recipes (my mom’s fudge, my dad’s green chile, my mother-in-law’s seven layer bars, my sister’s green chile cheese ball!) to always getting new jammies on Christmas Eve, to a whole list of special holiday movies that we watch each year, to baking a birthday cake for Jesus. Our Christmas tradition that wraps all of these into one, however, is our Advent Calendar. We fill each day’s pouch with a treat and an activity- and we make sure to hit all of [Read More...]

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3 Gifts from Entirely Eventful Day {Christmas Tradition Series}

Aly is completely adorable and we are thrilled she’s joining us this afternoon! ************************************************************************************* Hi friends, it’s Aly from Entirely Eventful Day. I am so excited to be guest posting for The Crafting Chicks! I just love this blog, and these girls! So I’m pretty much in heaven right now. I love Christmas and I really love Christmas traditions. I think one of the best things about being a grown-up at Christmas time is that WE get to create our own family traditions. We have a few fun traditions at our house, but my very favorite is our tradition of gift giving. We have three little ones, the oldest is 9 and the youngest is 3. They adore Christmas almost as much as I do. But what’s so great is that they know what Christmas is truly about. At our house we enjoy the gingerbread houses and Santa songs but we love to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Jesus was [Read More...]

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Sugared Nuts from Design Dazzle {Christmas Tradition Series}

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Not only is Toni from Design Dazzle sharing one of my favorite holiday treats, but her site is chuck full of fun ideas. Like this “Milkaholic” baby shower. She is awesome and we’re happy she’s sharing with us today! ******************************************************************************* Hello! My name is Toni and I blog at Design Dazzle which all about celebrating childhood (come visit us). A big thank you to The Crafting Chicks (love all their ideas) for inviting me to be a part of their Christmas Tradition series. I have so many Christmas traditions it is hard to choose which one to share. So, come on over to see more traditions, crafts, and decor in our Christmas Wonderful series which features ideas and traditions to make YOUR Christmas wonderful! One of our Christmas traditions is to make gifts for our family, neighbors, church leaders, teachers etc. ALL of our family gets involved in this. Everyone helps to make, create, cut ribbon, cut paper, apply embellishments, [Read More...]

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10 Free Fall Fonts

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Chicks Picks: Lips

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You’re never fully dressed without a smile! So today we’re sharing our favorites to keep our smiles looking their best. Not only are these little round EOS lip balms unique, but they work well. Kirsten has always been a lover of lip yummies and loves to get new ones.   Nikkala is never caught without her Burt’s Bees. She prefers the refreshing tingle of the peppermint. Becky loves the lip glosses from Bath and Body Works. Brooke’s top pick for her kisser is Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit Lip Balm.   You may also enjoy our Favorite Cleaning Supplies, Favorite Scents, Favorite Makeup, and Favorite Treats Pin It

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Cruise into Fall Giveaway

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It’s FALL and it’s time to celebrate with a fabulous giveaway, with some AMAZING prizes. Yep, one lucky winner will win a Beach Cruiser bike (my favorite), a Nikon D3100 SLR camera to capture all those fall memories, and of course you get to choose your favorite bag from Jo Totes to carry your new camera around in. How cool is that?! Please make sure you follow our blog friends on Instagram who helped make this giveaway possible. (We promise you will love them as much as we do!) From cooking tips to party planning, to crafts, couponing, hot deals and DIYing, they are definitely the best of the best, and we want to make sure you don’t miss a thing! Simply click on each blog name to follow. You’ll be done in a jiffy!! Groopdealz Jo Totes Lil’ Luna Craftaholics Anonymous Kara’s Party Ideas Crafting Chicks Addicted to Saving (her FB page) — But WAIT! If you don’t have [Read More...]

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Halloween Activities for Class Parties

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We’ve rounded up 17 of the cutest, funnest and quickest to throw together games and activities the web has to offer for your classroom Halloween party! Some activities will be better suited for younger kids and others will do well with the older kids–but with this many you are sure to find what you need to make this years party a success! Math Fact Cake Walk by Paging Supermoms Boo Bowling by It’s Written on the Wall Jamie’s Build a Jack O Lantern Game Pumpkin Spice Play Dough By While He was Napping Build a Skeleton from The Idea Room    Creepy Touch Halloween Game by The Idea Room Pin a Bow Tie on Mr. Bones Halloween Memory  Halloween Minute to Win It Games   Mystery Bowls from Parents (scroll through, it’s #5) Roll a Pumpkin by Happy Home Fairy Witch Pitch by Chica and Jo Halloween Bingo by Artsy Fartsy Mama  Monster Slime by 36th Ave Halloween Science Station [Read More...]

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Pin the Bow Tie on Mr. Bones and 11 more Halloween Printables

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Hello! We are back with another round of printables–this time it’s all about Halloween!! Don’t miss the fall printables from last month. Check out that awesomeness above–I’m so excited for every one of these printables! Raise your hand if you are a room mom! Or if you are planning on having a Halloween party. Or if you just like to print really big things for a tiny bit of money. I’m the PTA room mom coordinator for our elementary school this year, so Mr. Bones here was created to help make all room mom’s a little less frazzled when they are put in charge of a game for the class party. You play just like you would pin the tail on the donkey, only using bow ties. And at 3 feet wide and 4 feet tall, Mr. Bones is practically life size. The secret to getting him printed so big for a killer price is to upload him to Staples [Read More...]

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Halloween Decor by American Crafts at Target

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Last week I got together with my cousin for a little Crafternoon. While the kids played, we whipped together some Halloween crafts. I love when you can start and finish a project in an afternoon, while spending time with your favorite people. Never mind that some of those favorite people threw food across the room and cried to be held most of the time. But that’s how great these projects were, even the toddlers couldn’t stop us from finishing! We used some of the American Crafts Halloween line you can find exclusively at Target. These were made for an afternoon of crafting with friends (especially if you or your friends are less than crafty). Every thing is pre-cut, has adhesive on it, and is so easy to put together. Not to mention they are really cute! Our favorite part was opening the packages to discover everything was ready for us to assemble. This banner only required us to peel and [Read More...]

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Ice Cream Cups get a Halloween Facelift

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The season to BOO is drawing near! You know, when someone leaves treats on your doorstep, rings the bell and runs, leaving instructions for you to do the same. My kids are crazy for Booing! In fact somehow they convince us to do it many times (most of the time without us being Boo’d first) during October. Do you know what that means? It means that at the last minute I’m supposed to throw together a treat worthy to share. Luckily, Rice Krispie Treats come together quickly. But when I open my cupboard to find a plate to put them on, often I find only leftover Christmas or Fourth of July plates–which are less than ideal presentation when you’re trying to glam up some ordinary treats. Last year I remembered a stack of ice cream cups I had bought from Bake it Pretty at Queen Bee Market. So I grabbed a Sharpie and drew a jack-o-lattern face on an orange [Read More...]

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Halloween Plates

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This was originally shared as part of Spooktacular September on eighteen25. My Halloween decor is black and white with a few pops of color here and there. I fell in love with Rhonna’s Insta Spooky font last year and knew I needed it in my house. Rhonna originally designed the font to use on Instagram, but since it is a true type font you can use it in your Silhouette Studio–which opens up all sorts of wonderful things you can do with it! And with 26 designs you can’t go wrong. So instead of buying the Halloween plates I’d been drooling over, I created my own. I started with 3 silver trays I picked up at Dollar Tree. And gave them a good coat of black and white spray paint. Because my kids are vinyl pickers I prefer to use the vinyl as a stencil, so I made sure my bottom color was the color I wanted my image to [Read More...]

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Fall Giveaway: Boots & Loot

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 The smell of Fall is in the air and we want to get you and a friend styling and ready! Head on over and pin it to win it! It’s easy and fast to enter. Oh and share with your friends for added entries! Enter in to win ONE of the following prizes: 1 pair of boots for you and a friend from Joy Folie (valued at approx $250 a pair) or a gift card to Anthropologie! $200 for you and $200 for a friend (Valued at $200 per gift card) or a gift card to Sephora! $200 for you and $200 for a friend (Valued at $200 per gift card) or a gift card to Target! $200 for you and $200 for a friend (Valued at $200 per gift card) 8 total winners Thanks to the sites participating for the donations of prizes. We sure love group giveaways! GO enter HERE! Pin It

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10 Minute Super Hero Costume

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My 4 year old was invited to a dress up birthday party a while ago. Although we have a drawer full of costumes to choose from, he wanted to be a super hero. A real super hero. No amount of talking was going to get him to go as a pirate or dinosaur. The instruction he gave me were, 1. An L on the back of the cape 2. A mask 3. Arm bands With these instructions, I did what any mom in a hurry would and I turned to Google. I found this instruction for a superhero mask, and this one for superhero arm cuffs, as well as this one for shoe wings. I pulled out some leftover orange Naugahyde (which was remnants of a Halloween costume years ago), silver iron-on vinyl from Cricut, and grabbed a cape that has been floating around the house and we set to work. Because I figured it would be faster (hello, no [Read More...]

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Girl’s Camp: Johnny Lingo’s 8 Cowgirl

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This summer I was able to help plan our church’s girls camp for the 12-18 old girls in our area. The adult leaders worked with the youth camp leaders to plan a 4 day camp. Our YCL’s thought having a cowgirl themed camp sounded like a lot of fun. So the adult leaders set to work coming up with a way to tie the cowgirl theme into a learning and spiritual experience for everyone. Our leader had the idea of basing camp on Johnny Lingo’s 8 cow woman. If you’ve never heard of Johnny Lingo you can watch the original movie, or enjoy the newer movie on Netflix or Amazon. After we explained Johnny Lingo to the YCL’s they were excited about being “8 COW-Girls” so we ran with it. After watching either movie you would probably think a tropical island theme would be the no brainer way to go, but we had a lot of fun using it in [Read More...]

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Dream Dessert Bars

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Looking for a simple and delicious bar cookie recipe? These have a soft and creamy chocolate center surrounded by a slightly chewy oatmeal cookie. So good!  They are practically a chocolate filled blondie. And that is a winning combination my friends.   Dream Dessert Bars 1 cup butter 2 eggs 2 cups brown sugar 2 Tbs. vanilla 2 1/2 cup flour 1 tsp. soda 1 tsp. salt 3 cups rolled oats. In mixer, cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Then add the flour, soda, salt, and rolled oats. Place two-thirds of the mixture in a greased 9 x 13″ pan. Press down. Filling: 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 can sweetened condensed milk 2 Tbs. butter 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp vanilla Melt chocolate chips and butter. Add sweetened condensed milk, salt and vanilla. Pour chocolate mixture over oatmeal dough and spread. Drop pieces of the remaining dough on top of chocolate layer. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Let [Read More...]

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Mega Back to School Giveaway

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It’s so hard to believe that it’s already time to think about back to school shopping! Where did the summer go? We are so excited to present to you today a mega back to school giveaway! Where you have the chance to win 1 of 10 $100 gift cards to one of the awesome shops featured above! This giveaway is brought to you by Mom’s Best Network, Babiekin’s Magazine, Lunchpails and Lipstick, The Little Style File, No Biggie, The Crafting Chicks, The Dating Divas, Stylish Littles, The Happy Gal, Momentity, and No Diets Allowed A huge thank you to our sponsors, Ruum Kids, Tea Collection, Joules clothing, See Kai Run, and Pac Packs for making this giveaway possible.   To Enter: 1. Leave us a comment about your favorite back to school item from one of our sponsors above… As part of the rafflecopter entry You must ALSO make sure to leave the same comment with the main host of [Read More...]

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Back to School USB Charger Teacher Gift

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This post is part of Michaels Back to School Challenge. When Michaels asked us to participate in their Back to School Challenge, things suddenly got real around here. Summer is almost over! On the first day of school I try to send a small gift and a note for his teacher, letting them know we are excited for the year and that I would like to be involved in their classroom. I find that it not only helps my relationship with the teacher, but is a great ice breaker for my timid guy on the first day of school.  There’s nothing like giving a gift to help you feel like friends. This year he will have a male teacher half of the day, and I realize cute things are lost on them. These bright USB car chargers caught my eye on an end cap at Michaels! And who doesn’t need a car charger?! Plus I think it qualifies as an [Read More...]

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How To Ride a Bike

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Earlier in the summer I shared this tutorial on Paging Supermoms as a Tuesday tip. It’s so simple that you still have time to cross “learn to ride a bike” off the summer to-do list before summer is over! Riding a bike is a right of passage for kids, and teaching them how to ride falls on the parents. Be a SuperMom and teach your child to ride without any scraped knees! It’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s frustration free! Of course you’ll need a bike. You’ve seen those cool looking balance bikes, and instead of buying one, we’re going to convert a traditional bike into one. Just a regular old bike will do. It just needs to be small enough that they can touch flat footed while on it. Step 1: Remove the pedals. One pedal will be threaded backwards (so it doesn’t come unscrewed while riding). You’ll need a wrench to take them off. Step 2: Drop the [Read More...]

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Chicks Picks: Apps

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The world of apps is huge and we all know our phones are capable of more than Candy Crush–but how do you know what apps are worth downloading? Today we’re sharing some of our favorites and would love for you to share your faves in the comments!   Disneyland Explorer My kids love this app. It has been the fun flavor of the month. Their favorite part is finding the yeti on the Matterhorn!    Kid Chatteroo My Job Chart This app has been so helpful in getting my girls motivated to help around the house.  Each night they login and mark off what they have done.  Sometimes they want the points and will run and do something they may have forgotten to do. Love it! Nike+ Running I’m not a runner, but it works for walking too ;). I love that it keeps track of distance, route, time, and pace. And it let’s us have a friendly competition amongst [Read More...]

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Felt Monsters

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This is a really fun project that I did with my oldest a few years ago. It would be a great summer activity to do together when it is too hot to be outside! It is fun to watch their little minds work as they are planning their creatures, and even more fun to watch the excitement as their drawings come to life! We started with a large piece of paper, and I followed his directions and drew body shapes. Once we had quite a few monster bodies, I let his imagination ran wild as he added faces to the little creatures. The drawings will be what you use to make your monsters. Be warned, the thicker and chunkier the body shape the easier it will be to cut out and sew. After he was satisfied with his monsters, we picked out some of our favorites to turn into stuffies and cut them out of the paper. Then I traced [Read More...]

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20+ Summer Crafts and Activities for Kids

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  Is summer boredom setting in at your house? We’ve rounded up over 20 crafts and activities to keep the kids away from the TV, or computer, or iPad….well you get the idea! Melted Bead Accessories from 36th Ave / Hot Rocks from eighteen25 / Lava Lamps by Lil’ Luna on 36th Ave Sponge Balls from One Charming Party / Watercolor Glue Art from eighteen25 / Pony Bead Suncatchers from Workman Family DIY Angry Birds by Brassy Apple / Best Playdough Ever by Kojo Designs / Paracord Bracelets by Kirsten   Lemonade Stand Banner by Nikkala / Watercolor Bubble Art by Cakies / Glitter Slime from 36th Ave Chalk Paint by Northern Cheapskate / Paper Lanterns by Jamie / Tin Can Stilts by Babble Dabble Do Fairy House from Musings of a SAHM / Paper Dream Catchers by The Craft Train / Water Blog from U Create Paper Beads from 36th Ave / Jolly Rancher Suckers by A Girl and [Read More...]

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12 Summer Printables

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We’re excited to share this fun map of the US as our summer printable! Frame it,  take it on a road trip, or help the kids learn that Grandma lives in the green polka dots! The sky is the limit with the cheery map. Download So far we’ve featured 12 Cinco de Mayo printables, 12 printables for Spring, and 12 4th of July Printables and now we have my favorite set yet! Check out how awesome these 12 free summer printables are!   1. The Dating Divas – Everything you need to throw a fun “Getting To Know You” BBQ with your neighbors! 2. Somewhat Simple – 4 different Summer themed party invites. Just print, fill out + send! 3. Whipperberry – A glow stick or sparkler printable for your summer picnics or barbecues 4. Crafting Chicks – Summer in the USA 5. Tatertots & Jello – Printable Lemonade Stand bunting and signs. 6. L’il Luna – GOO’D Summer Gift [Read More...]

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Chick’s Picks: Cool Treats

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What’s your favorite treat when it is hot out? Here are some of our favorite treats to help us cool off.     image source Be Different Act Normal Dryer’s Outshine Fruit Bars   image from southernliving.com Ice Cream I live in an ice cream mecca! We have Aggie Ice Cream, Casper’s Fatboys, and Creamies all made right here in our valley.   Jell-O Popsicles I make these for the kids, but love to treat myself to them too! Chocolate Creamies Pin It

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How to Make Elastic Hair Ties

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Have you seen these cute elastic hair ties in stores? You can often find them next to the register, begging you to take them home. You can find them at Ulta, Sephora, and even Anthropology, but making them yourself will save you some money and guarantee the colors you want. You will need 5/8″ elastic. The plain elastic with the line in the middle is called “fold over” elastic. I’ve ordered it from Pick Your Plum, and recently have seen it on the shelves at Michael’s and JoAnn’s. But the cute chevron and glitter I got from Sunshine Shoppe. Psst…the chevron is on clearance right now. Making them is as easy as cutting and tieing. First, cut the elastic to the length you want. Somewhere between 8-10″ is a good length, depending on how thick your hair is and how big your wrist is. A lot of girl’s like to wear them as bracelets. Not only are they cute on [Read More...]

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Organizing the Shower

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This is post 1 of a 5 post series sponsored by Command™ Brand. Our downstairs bathroom is a problem area. I try to spend as little time down there are possible. Not only because it has the washer and dryer in it, but it also has a teeny tiny shower. It has become the kids bathroom (scary!), but it is also the one our overnight guests use (so it does get an occasional cleaning). Pin It

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Summer iPhone and iPad Wallpapers

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Click on the links below to download. If downloading on your mobile device the image will open in a new window, hold down on the image for a few seconds and then save to camera roll. From there go into settings and choose as your wallpaper. If you don’t have an iDevice, you aren’t completely out of luck. Readers have let us know they have downloaded wallpapers and they work on HTC phones as well! If you try and have success on other phones/tablets let us know! iPhone 4 or 4s / iPhone 5 / iPad iPhone 4 or 4s / iPhone 5 / iPad iPhone 4 or 4s / iPhone 5 / iPad Pin It

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How to Make a Party Hat

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Kids love party hats! They can turn the most simple events into full on parties! Making your own is quick and fun. First, download template and print on cardstock. Cut out the hat. Fold into a cone shape. To make the cone shape, I’ve found that running the hat shape over the edge of a counter gets the curling process started and makes it easier to make a cone. Then glue the tab into the hat. I like hot glue because it dries fast. Then decorate however you want. I used the rosette ribbon from Close to My Heart around the bottom. To make the pom pom on top, I used the same rosette ribbon and tied into a loose knot and tucked in the ends to make the ball shape. And finally glue ribbon or elastic on each side (inside the hat).   Pin It

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Chicks Picks: Summer Favorites

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Hey! Who’s excited for summer!? We’re mentally gearing up for the change of pace that summer break brings to our homes. And we’re sure you’re probably doing the same. So we’re sharing our favorites summer things that help make our summers enjoyable. Between the 5 of us there are 17 kids! So these are tried and true   Sports-Brella XL This is a huge umbrella that blocks wind rain and the sun. It is a must have for soccer games, camping, and the lake!  L’Oreal Paris Sublime Glow Daily Body Moisturizer and Natural Skin Tone Enhancer Thank heavens for this!  I love being able to look like I have some summer color without tanning! Banana Boat Ultramist Baby Tear Free Lotion SPF 50  I have 4 fair skinned kiddos and this sunscreen spray is heaven sent. I love how quick and easy it is to apply! Time saver! Summer Fun List THIS LIST IS MY VERY FAVORITE ITEM OF SUMMER.  [Read More...]

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10 Easy Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Let’s face it, finding the right gift to let Dad know just how much he means to us is H A R D! Father’s Day is getting close, so we’ve compiled our top gifts for dad right here. Have the kids fill out the cute questionnaire–their answers are sure to be funny! If that doesn’t melt his heart, well, head straight to his stomach with some of our Dad approved recipes! 1. Dad Album 2. Dad and Grandpa Questionnaires 3. GPS Coordinate Welcome Mat 4. Handprint Tree 5. Coupon Book   6.  Message Plaque 7. Father’s Day Word Art   8. Personalized Tie   9. Grilling Apron   10. Food!   Pin It

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Two Tone Kitchen Reveal

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With a handful of paint chips and the Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer to try out the colors with, I quickly whittled my options down to Peppercorn. But then, the second guessing started so on my trip to buy paint, I decided to ask the Sherwin-Williams staff for their opinion. The girl there was so helpful and asked me questions about the space and what I was after. I wanted a color that could take a beating since little feet sit in this space and leave kick marks. Also, the adjoining room has a lot of color in it. There’s an orange zebra rug that is pretty much an attention hog, and I didn’t want a color that would compete with it. Also, we have light gray bar stools, and I wanted a color that would make them stand out. She recommended using a complementary color, and we settled on Peppercorn (just like the Color Visualizer had). See part 1 of the process [Read More...]

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Father’s Day Tie

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Giving Dad a tie for Father’s Day is kind of a no brainer–but this year give him one he’ll never forget! A couple year’s ago, we started the tradition of having the kids help me decorate a tie for my husband. They proudly give it to them Father’s Day morning and love that he puts it on and wears it to church. I think he likes being able to wear it once and then hangs it in his closet with the other Father’s Day ties, and there are no questions asked of where it went, or why he doesn’t use it like so many of the other creations they give him. This one was super easy. We started with a bargain tie. I found this one for $5 (some years Micheal’s sells all white ties just for this), and taped off diagonal stripes using painters tape. The kids painted the lines while I cut out their cute little heads and [Read More...]

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Splash into Summer Giveaway

EDIT: Winners Jennifer M (from Glenpool, Oklahoma) – bounce house Anne S (from North Las Vegas) – camera Are you ready for another awesome pin it giveaway? We’ve got 2 A.MAZ.Ing. prizes up for grabs. FOR FREE. You’d be the coolest house on the block if you win the 11 in 1 bounce house/waterslide combo and break it out for some summer fun! Oh and don’t forget to share this giveaway with your friends so they can win the camera and take the sweet pictures of those priceless smiles! The Prizes up for Grabs: #1 Endless Fun 11-in-1 Inflatable Bounce House and Water Slide Combo (Donated By Sam’s Club) Pin It

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Chicks Picks: Yard Favorites

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Disclaimer: We are Amazon Affiliates, so if you buy from Amazon through us, we receive a small kickback. Things are finally warming up here and we are thinking about yard work! So today we are sharing our favorite things that we use in our yards! Preen is necessary if you have flower beds and don’t want to weed every week.  Just follow the directions and you will have a lovely flower bed in no time at all! Garden Hopper This is a great way to keep all your gardening tools at hand, and also gives you a little seat. Zinnias I have always loved this kind of flower since I was walking one day and there was a whole field of them in someone’s yard.  I had to knock on the door and ask what they were called.  I have always loved the colors and textures that they offer. Hardy Hibiscus When we moved into our house, they was this [Read More...]

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Two-Tone Kitchen with Sherwin-Williams

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Within minutes of closing on our house, I dragged my husband across the street from the title company, and we were standing in our local Sherwin-Williams store, picking out paint colors. I had talked him into a white kitchen, and I wasn’t giving him time to change his mind. He comes from generations of cabinet makers and a great love of wood, and it was a hard fought battle to get the go ahead to paint over perfectly good oak. I know some people absolutely love oak, and even have a mom who worked hard to get her oak kitchen, but oak is not for me. We came home with the Sherwin-Williams color, Alabaster, and set to work taking off doors and prepping them for paint. I was so excited to watch the transformation, and crossing my fingers that I would love it as much has I had built it up to be. After the last door was hung, the kitchen [Read More...]

Personalized Bargain Backpacks

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Our local DownEast has piles of name brand backpacks and luggage with names embroidered on that no one ever buys, because the who wants the wrong name stitched on their bag? The larger backpack has wheels and a pull out handle–perfect to use as luggage for trips to grandma’s house. Even little travelers can wheel it along. Here’s a quick way to take advantage of these mis-named bags and personalize them with the names you want. Step 1: Score some bags. These backpacks cost less than $15 for the two (together the retail price is just shy of $100). Step 2: Using your electronic cutter, cut out correctly spelled names using heat transfer vinyl. Remember to mirror the name before cutting. Step 3: Prep a piece of matching fabric. Cut to size, iron under edges, and stitch to prevent fraying. Step 4: Iron name onto fabric piece. Step 5: Use fabric glue to adhere the new name right over the [Read More...]

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Top Fonts

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  Ostrich Sans / Tangerine / Abraham Lincoln / Quaver / Corki / Mathlete / Megalopolis / Saying Goodbye / Florence / Haymaker Pin It

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Pelmet Box

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This project was originally posted as a member of their project design team on the Riley Blake Design blog. I’m so excited to show how I gave my kitchen window a make over in 20 minutes and for $5! We’ve painted our kitchen cabinets, the walls, and replaced the light above the sink but something was still missing in here. That something happens to be the Serenata peacock fabric from Riley Blake Designs. I love the entire line, but this particular fabric makes my heart sing. In fact I had a hard time deciding which room to use it in, and have restrained myself to only using it in 2 rooms! (Maybe you remember it as the pillows in my front room in this chalk paint post.) I made a pelmet (or valance bow or cornice box or whatever you want to call it) adapted from these instructions by Little Green Notebook. The supplies: batting, duct tape, stapler, foam board, [Read More...]

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Raspberry Twists with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Move over cinnamon rolls, there’s a new sweet bun in town! About 6 years ago we were living in Blackfoot, ID and the Downtown Bread Co. there made these delicious raspberry twists. They were super popular and you had to get there early before they sold out. We’ve since moved, but the raspberry twists lives on! Raspberry Twists may not look like cinnamon rolls, but they use the same dough. First, let’s make the dough. I use my favorite roll recipe–it’s my go to for dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, and raspberry twists. You can find the entire recipe at the bottom of this post. Add the water, yeast and sugar and let sit until the yeast gets all bubbly. I’m mixing it in a Bosch mixer with the dough hook. Pin It

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Shamrock Soda

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I was so excited to stick these in my kids lunch on St. Patrick’s Day…until I realized that St. Patty’s falls on a Sunday this year But I think they might get a green lunch surprise on Friday instead. Oh, and wouldn’t they be cute little good luck drinks for a sporting event or test day? Just download the file, print, cut, and wrap around the bottle. I used little bottles of Sprite and secured the label with tape. {Remember, all printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to send your friends and link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.} Pin It

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DIY Chalk Paint

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For months I’ve been fascinated with chalk paint. You’ve probably heard of brands like Annie Sloan and CeCe Caldwell, right? The thought of not having to sand or prime before painting instantly had me sold! But the price…ouch!  I really wanted to try it on our crib, but decided to start with something a little smaller before I committed to a very spindly crib (because the last thing I want to do is sand off a paint job that I tried just so I wouldn’t have to sand!) Our old coffee table became my trial subject. It was looking a little worse for the wear and the stark black wasn’t working in our front room. Here it is on it’s way out the door, with the hardware removed. Now, there are a few ways I read to do this, but decided to use the unsanded grout method. I stopped by Lowe’s and picked up the grout (white) and a premixed [Read More...]

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JessicaSprague.com Photoshop for DIYers Giveaway

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Remember the awesome Love  Always Wins banner from yesterday? Today jessicasprague.com has an awesome giveaway for you! Yes you! Learn how to make beautiful things in Photoshop, even if you’re not into scrapbooking! You’re a die-hard DIYer with a passion for envisioning and creating gorgeous things. You may have heard of Photoshop, but it is often in the same sentence as digital scrapbooking and that really just isn’t your thing. Jessica Sprague is offering a new class that is perfect for you – Photoshop for DIYers. You are awesome. You love making awesome stuff. Jessica will show you how to be just a bit MORE awesome with a few simple techniques in Photoshop. Pin It

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Guest Post: Love Always Wins with Jessica Sprague

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  EEK!  We are so excited for today’s guest post! Jessica Sprague is our Photoshop hero and she’s sharing a super cute project, complete with a free download just in time for Valentine’s! Hello Crafting Chicks! I am Jessica Sprague and I am so excited to be here today to share with you an adorable Valentine’s Day banner that I designed just for you. Click here to download a zip file which includes the printables for the project and a full color PDF of the instructions and some extra display options. You’ll have to unzip the file after it is downloaded. First, gather up all of your supplies, don’t worry – you won’t need anything fancy. • Premium Presentation Paper (PPP) or Cardstock • Color Printer • Cutting Board • Scissors • Foam Adhesive • Tape Runner • 1 1/2” Circle Punch • Baker’s Twine Second, print off 4 copies of the banner and one copy of the banner letters [Read More...]

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Valentine’s Wallpapers for iPhone and iPads

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Happy 1st of February! Here are some new wallpapers for your iPhones and iPads. They don’t scream Valentine’s Day, but still convey love. Click on the links below to download. If downloading on your mobile device the image will open in a new window, hold down on the image for a few seconds and then save to camera roll. From there go into settings and choose as your wallpaper. EDIT: If you don’t have an iDevice, you aren’t completely out of luck. Readers have let us know they have downloaded wallpapers and they work on HTC phones as well! If you try and have success on other phones/tablets let us know! iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad More wallpapers: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Pin It

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Snappy Bags

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Snappy Bags are perfect for keeping little hands busy (they take a while for them to get open) or to hold the small items hanging out at the bottom of your purse. They use pieces of tape measure in the top to “snap” closed when you let go, so they automatically stay closed! So tricky. To make some Snappy Bags of your own you will need, fabric (scrap or fat quarters work great), a tape measure (my husband freely handed over a broken one), and decorative trim if you so desire. First, cut two pieces of fabric to be the same size. I found that 6″x12″ was a good size (but you can make them to fit anything!). And place them right sides together. Then sew the ends with a 1/4″ seam. Next, flip it so the right sides are out. Press with an iron. Here’s the trickiest part. Take a screw driver and remove the screws from the back [Read More...]

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Top 10 of 2012

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Before we return to our regular posting on Monday, we wanted to sneak in and share our favorite posts from 2012. We had a lot of fun in 2012 and are so thankful for all of you, who stop by to see what we’ve been up to! We’re excited for 2013 and are working on some big plans! Mother’s Day Gallery   Framed Birth Announcement     Chevron Wall Father’s Day Handprint Tree Gallery Wall ABC’s of Me! books Muslin Blankets Office Chair Makeover Movie Night Doll High Chair Pin It

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Mistletoes: Last Minute Gift Idea and Download

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Are you scrambling trying to find a last minute gift idea? Print off our Mistle Toes tag and green mistletoe,   attach it to nail polish with some baker’s twine and you’ll have the cutest little gift! I dropped individual bottles of polish into pretzel treat bags and tied the tag on. It took about 20 minutes to put together 12 of these for my Activity Day girls.   Pin It

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Home Depot Blogger Network: Decking the Hall

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Want to know a little secret? Not every house has a beautiful mantle decorated for Christmas. sshhhh….I know right? They seem to be everywhere and everyone seems to have one, but our house is very lacking in the mantle department. I almost convinced the husband to help me build a faux fireplace just so I could have the mantle. But luckily for him, I came to my senses when I realized we don’t have a spot one would work in and took to decorating our stair area instead. I love what Home Depot’s Director of Trends and Design, Sarah Fishburne says, “Find the designer within and deck more than just the halls. Start with the front door and go from room to room, adding a wreath here and some garland there.” And that’s exactly what I did! Home Depot’s Style Guide is full of great advice and ideas for decorating your home. Download the latest Style Guide to enter your [Read More...]

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Pick Your Plum Giveaway

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Today’s giveaway is one you’re going to love! Pick Your Plum is giving a lucky reader a gift box (valued at $75) stuffed full of their goodies–just because you are awesome! Not familiar with Pick Your Plum? They’re a deal a day site–1 deal, 5 days a week. Every day they feature a new goody, from craft supplies to clothing and accessories, that you will want to get before they run out! Pin It

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11 Christmas Printables

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We’ve pulled together our Christmas printables and put them in 1 place–RIGHT HERE! Click on the link below the picture for the corresponding post and download! Polar Express Tags Peace on Earth Chalkboard Art Santa Stationery Homemade Christmas Tags Letter to Santa Reindeer Noses Magic Key Polar Express Tickets Christmas Countdown Cookies for Santa 12 Days of Christmas All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Please link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you use our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. Pin It

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Chalkboard Art Mini Frame

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I currently have a big fat crush on chalkboard art. And I love the miniature frames from PoppySeed Projects. And this project combines the two. Originally this projected was posted on their blog, but I wanted to be sure you saw it (and got a chance at the free download at the end) First thing that I love? Poppy Seeds miniature frames! You know how small things are adorable? Well, it’s the same with these frames! I think they are so fun painted a bright color and left empty on in a wall collage. In fact (don’t tell Kim or Holly) I think the mini’s are my absolute favorite of all their frames. I used the Miniature Eleanor Frames, sanded and painted a metallic red. Because the frame is so small I decided to keep it pretty simple and just a solid color. And the other thing I’m loving right now is chalkboard art! So I created this little bitty [Read More...]

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Christmas Wallpapers

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Enter our All I Want for Christmas Part 2 giveaway. I went bright and cheery with these Christmas wallpapers for your iPhones or iPads. They may not be traditional, but they sure are merry! Click on the links below to download. If downloading on your mobile device the image will open in a new window, hold down on the image for a few seconds and then save to camera roll. From there go into settings and choose as your wallpaper. iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad Papers and trees by Crystal Wilkerson.   Pin It

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Home Depot Blogger Network: Hammered Nickel Tile Wreath

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Wreaths aren’t just for the front door anymore! They’re finding their way to practically every room of the house. And when you’re creating a wreath to celebrate the season or a special occasion, you’re only limited by your imagination. There are some great wreath ideas in The Home Depot Fall Style Guide. We have a very light kitchen–white cabinets, white backsplash, light countertops, stainless steel appliances, light gray walls, and white board batten  around the dining room. I love how bright it is, and actually chose it to be that way, but I like a pop of color to liven things up. We have a weird upper cabinet that angle out towards the dining room. One day I hope to put glass doors on it and fill it with bright serving dishes, but until then I try to keep wreaths hanging on the doors. I love this tip from Home Depot’s Fall Style Guide: “Create your home’s oasis with the [Read More...]

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All I Want for Christmas….

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**This giveaway is closed and the winners are posted at the bottom of this post. Thanks!** Christmas is coming a little bit EARLY this year… …and we just KNOW you are going to be JUMPING FOR JOY when you see the eye candy we are about to show you!! Now that Black Friday is over, you are completely done with your Christmas shopping, right? NO?!? {GASP!!!} Ok, just kidding…. we aren’t either! BUT – what would you say if I told you that THIS POST is going to help you out with that l’il dilemma? ARE YOU SITTING DOWN?!? INTRODUCING… BEST. GIVEAWAY. EVER!!  Yep, we realized that if WE were entering a giveaway… then we would want to be able to choose which item we wanted! AND TA-DAAHHH!!!! The idea for this giveaway was born!! Are you ready CHOOSE YOUR PRIZE?? A little more about each prize… #1) Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera #2) iPad with Retina display Wi-Fi [Read More...]

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Baby Party Dress with Riley Blake Designs

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We’ve recently joined the Riley Blake Designs Project Design Team and this is the first project I made for their blog. A few months ago we added a little dolly to our family! It has been fun to have a baby girl to dress up after the jeans of tees 2 boys. I fell in love with the colors of the Millie’s Closet line, with the very girly red with purses and the coordinating blue. It had something to make each of my kids happy! Finding a baby dress pattern that was what I wanted was a lot harder than I had expected, even after sifting through my mom’s pattern collection. What I learned was there aren’t many dress pattern written for itty bitties, so my mom helped me piece together a few patterns.  Sew Much Ado’s infant peasant dress pattern was used as a starting point and a yoke was added to accommodate the top ruffle. I love this [Read More...]

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Thanksgiving iPhone and iPad Wallpapers

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Is your Halloween wallpaper still on your phone like mine? Here are some new ones for November! To download straight onto your device, click the link, then download, which will open up the image. Click on the image to save to your camera roll and then set as your wallpaper. Dresden iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad Gratitude iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad Thankful iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad  A big thanks to Crystal Wilkerson for the use of her Color Combo 4! Pin It

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Glitter Blast Halloween Wreath

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My Halloween decorations are a never ending project. Every year I just add one or two things, but my storage containers can’t hold it all anymore! One of the additions this year was this Glitter Blast wreath for the front door. This project uses a black wreath, Halloween berry garland, and Krylon’s Glitter Blast from ConsumerCrafts.com. I loved shopping on ConsumerCrafts.com. It’s an online craft store without a closing time and with great prices! Pin It

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Halloween Wallpapers

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How about some Halloween decor for your mobile device! Instructions: Select either the iPad or iPhone option below, download, save to your camera roll, and select as the wallpaper under settings on your device. boo! iPad, iPad Mini /  iPhone 4, 4S iPod Touch /iPhone 5   Witch iPad, iPad Mini / iPhone 4, 4S, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 Happy Halloween iPad, iPad Mini / iPhone 4, 4S, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 Happy Halloween! All papers and scrapbook elements are from Crystal Wilkerson Pin It

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How many of you think taking small kids to the mall (or any store really) is your idea of a good time? What! None of you?! Me either. Which is why I am so excited to introduce you to Wittlebee today! Wittlebee is a subscription kids clothing club. I’m going to be completely honest with you here, because we met Toby from Wittlebee at EVO this year. And as she was telling us how it works, my head was nodding but inside I was thinking, “I’m totally a bargain shopper. No matter how good of a deal you think it is, I bet it costs way more than what I spend on my kids clothes cause I don’t pay full price!” Really. Here’s what I learned. Pin It

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Pin to Win with Black River Imaging

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Every year there is an unspoken need I have to come up with cuter Christmas cards than the year before. And I was very happy with my cards from last year, so I didn’t know how I could beat them until I heard about Black River Imaging’s die cut cards! Check out all of their options. Seriously, so cute! We’ve used Black River Imaging for our business cards for the past 2 conferences we’ve gone to and have been so impressed with their quality, options, and they have super fast turnaround time! We love them so much that today we’re trying something new here on The Crafting Chicks. A Pinterest giveaway with Black River Imaging! Here’s how it works: Pin It

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DIY Muslin Swaddle Blankets

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With my most recent baby I discovered muslin blankets (which I’m pretty sure weren’t around with my other 2 babies). And I absolutely love them! Maybe it’s because she’s a summer baby, but I love the stretchiness of them and how light weight they are. They are big and great to feed under too! But they are kind of spendy. The fabric they are made from is called gauze and not muslin. Although they call the blankets muslin. If that isn’t confusing then I don’t know what is! I made a trip to JoAnn’s in search of the gauze fabric and all our store had was a cream color. I didn’t love, or even like the color, but brought home 4 yds and a box of Rit dye. Because the gauze was 44″ wide, I cut the fabric 44″ long to make them squares. Then I hemmed the sides. I used pink thread because my cream thread was a polyester [Read More...]

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How to Ombre

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Here’s a short tutorial on how to dye fabric with the popular ombre effect. I took these pictures for a tutorial back in May and just realized I never posted it while I was ombre-ing a baby gift this weekend. So here’s how to ombre and I’ll be back to share my ombre project with you soon! I used 100% cotton and a box of Rit dye to achieve the ombre. First step: Add equal parts dye to three buckets and some salt, maybe a tablespoon to each bucket to help set the dye. Then add different amounts of water to create 3 different shades of the color. In bucket #1 I added 8 cups of water, #2 I added 5 cups of water, and bucket #3 I added 2 cups of water. Starting with bucket #1 (the lighest) I dunked the entire piece of fabric and let it sit until it had reached the desired color. Squeeze out the [Read More...]

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Savoring the Seasons

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Some of our families favorite recipes come from Our Best Bites. Like their Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos. I make them when I want to impress without looking like I’m trying too hard. It works every time. Maybe that’s why I love Sara and Kate (the ladies behind Our Best Bites) so much–because the have delicious and realistic recipes that busy mom’s can make. Their newest cookbook, Savoring the Seasons, is available today! And can I tell you how validated this book made me feel?! For years my husband has rolled his eyes at my “season appropriate food” spiel. Which means every food Pin It

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The Mother of all Giveaways

We know all of you hard working women and mothers out there could use a little break, right? We’ve teamed up with GroopDealz and some of our other all-time favorite sites to bring you the MOTHER-LOAD of all giveaways! These are some ridiculously HUMUNGOUS prizes to help make your lives a little simpler and sweeter. Ok, on to the prizes! 3rd runner up will win a shiny new Kitchen-Aid in the color of your choice! (Yum!) 2nd runner up will win a fancy Nikon D3100 SLR camera to capture all of those special memories. And the grand prize winner will receive (are you ready for this) a SAMSUNG FRONT LOAD STEAM WASHER AND DRYER! Yes, hallelujah you heard right! That’s over $3500 in prizes! Pin It

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Peach Dessert with Cookies and Cream

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It’s no secret we love our Utah peaches! Brooke has shared her Homemade Peaches and Cream Pie recipe, and Becky’s shared their Peachy Keen Dessert and today I’m sharing our favorite Peach Dessert! If we weren’t already married when my husband tried this at a family party, I’m pretty sure it would have sealed the deal. He can’t get enough of the stuff–we love us some Peach Dessert! When they start selling peaches on the other side of the mountain, I start stocking up on Nilla Wafers since they are the only part of this recipe that I don’t keep on hand. It’s not that we don’t like them, they just disappear too quickly if I’m not constantly reminding that they are for Peach Dessert! Last week we took a drive through the canyon and brought back a half bushel of peaches. They disappear so quickly, peach milkshakes, smoothies, on waffles and pancakes, and of course some made their way [Read More...]

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Grilled Pizza Party

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Grilled pizza’s are one of our favorite summer meals, so it made sense that we would serve them at Gracie’s blessing dinner. When feeding a group I try to find a meal that everyone can customize to their tastes, and so we sat up a pizza bar with different sauces and toppings. A table in the driveway next to the grill held all the fixings and allowed easy access in and out of the house. To decorate I cut sheets of coordinating paper (this was double sided paper from Close to My Heart) in about 1″ strips in varying lengths and sewed them together. For the twirly ones above the table I sewed down the middle and the banner hanging on the table I sewed along the top. They were a last minute idea that came together so fast and I love the fun colors. To speed up the pizza building process we cooked all the crusts the day before–this way [Read More...]

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Baby Blessing Dress and Birth Announcement

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After two boys, I had pretty much convinced myself that we would only have boys. But in May we welcomed a little girl to our family! She is the most precious thing and is absolutely the world’s best baby. I’m not kidding about that, she really is! In the LDS church infants are given a name and a blessing by a worthy Priesthood holder. I knew I wanted her dress to be special for the occasion, and spent a lot of time wondering what to do. Finally, I decided I would make it and that ruffle fabric would make the perfect dress. A quick search on Pinterest for “ruffled blessing dress” led me to this one from Sew Much Ado. It was perfect, simple and super cute. I used her ruffle diaper cover too! Luckily, my mom was in town to help me with it–so it went together pretty fast with her on the serger and me on the sewing [Read More...]

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Minted Giveaway

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Ready for some eye candy? Today we have a giveaway from Minted! Minted is a site I’ve spent hours drooling over perfectly designed invitations and announcements. The baby shower invitation collection is to die for! Seriously. Makes me want to have another baby (okay, maybe not really-I do have a 2 month old) or throw a shower for an expecting mom (that sounds much easier!). In addition to the invites and announcements, they’ve added art prints as well. These are beautiful pieces of art you’ll want to hang in your house! Along with their art prints they have Art Boards. Which allow you to create different boards of your favorite prints. I love that it lets you see them together, cause I tend to be matchy matchy but love eclectic gatherings. You can either create your own, or (my favorite) use them as inspiration by clicking on a print you love and at the bottom of the screen you will [Read More...]

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Lemonade Stand Printables

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Not all lemonade stands are created equal. My husband swears that the best lemonade stands are the ones with ice cold lemonade. And I judge a stand by it’s appearance–if it’s cute that’s all that matters to me. Know of some kids dying to have a lemonade stand? I’ve created a little “lemonade stand in a box.” My kids would be so excited if something like this arrived in the mail! Inside the box you’ll find; paper straws, plastic cups, lemonade, and a cute banner! All the makings for the cutest lemonade stand on the block. The papers used are from Crystal Wilkerson. Just add ice and some cute kids and you’re set! As always, downloads are for followers of The Crafting Chicks and for personal use only and cannot be sold. Thank you! Pin It

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Grandma’s Camp: The Indian in the Cupboard

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Last year I introduced you our Grandma’s Camp. This year Grandma chose Indian in the Cupboard as the book of the year. It worked out great, and the kids were at Grandma’s Camp while I was at EVO’12. They had so much fun and assure me they didn’t miss me even a little. She made each kid a little Indian costume, and together, her and my dad made this teepee for the kids to sleep in! And they don’t mess around–this thing is pretty much a full sized teepee. Just like Little Bear in the book, she had the kids paint the teepee. They also made beaded necklaces, headbands and bows and arrows. I don’t know what else they did, as all my boys can talk about is this teepee! I think Grandma has set expectations pretty high for future camps!   Pin It

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Hula Hoop Croquet

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With the 4th of July just next week, BBQ season is in full swing! And with BBQ’s at our house also comes a yard full of kids looking for games to play. And even though my boys have never played traditional croquet, they really love this modified version–a cross between kickball and croquet! It is an easy game to create and I picked everything up from the dollar store–so the expense was minimal. To start, use a hack saw to cut the hula hoops in half. These balls came right off the shelf at the dollar store, but seem really ugly to me in comparison to the fun colors of the hula hoops. So I gave them a good coat of spray paint…and waited… and waited for them to dry.  I wasn’t sure how spray painting these balls would to turn out, but after about 2 days they were finally dry. (And I breathed a sigh of relief that the [Read More...]

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Chewy Granola Bars

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Is my house the only one that it’s impossible to keep snacks in during the summer? It seems the kids are bottomless pits, and then there’s the trips to the pool, picnics, and friends that all require more snacks. This is a family favorite recipe that you can customize to fit your families taste. It’s a simple recipe and chances are you already have everything you need! And the best part is they taste way better than store bought granola bars! Chewy Granola Bars 3 c. rolled oats 1 c. flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 c. melted butter 1/2 c. brown sugar 1/2 c. honey 1/4 c. oil Combine ingredients until mixed, then add: 1 c. chopped nuts 1/2 c. raisins 1 c. chocolate chips Side note: I’ve never actually used this combination, I always substitute and mix and match ingredients. This recipe is very forgiving so let your creativity take charge! Press [Read More...]

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Kids Laptop Makeover using Mod Podge

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  I was pretty excited when a box of goodies from Mod Podge arrived on my doorstep! But was totally shocked when I opened it up and it seemed to never end-there were so many new products! We’ve all seen the crazy things that have been Mod Podged–like cars. This project wasn’t as big as a car–but it was definitely a stretch for me. My husband knows how much I love mixed media art and totally encouraged me to makeover this laptop for the kids. If he wasn’t there pushing me to do it, I’m pretty sure I would have backed out! Want to see how I did it? There’s a mess involved. I started by Mod Podging book pages to the top of the computer and then added some paint for added color. I was excited to try out Mod Podge’s Crackling Medium. After I’d applied a thick coat and let it dry I painted the blue color over [Read More...]

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Father’s Day Gift Idea: For the Geek

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Am I the only one who has a hard time crafting up a gift for dads? Seriously, I love to give a handmade gift–but also try to give something they’ll like and those two don’t always go together when it comes to dads. They’re not really into the cutesy stuff like moms are. It’s not very often my husband gets excited about using supplies from my craft room! So I knew this was a success when I suggested it as a Christmas gift for my husband’s boss, and the husband was on board. And then he made more to give to co-workers and his dad. It’s a welcome mat, but instead of putting an initial or last name it uses the GPS coordinates to the front door. Let’s get our geek on: To find the GPS coordinates you can either sneak up to their doorstep with a GPS unit, or using Google Earth you can locate the house and the [Read More...]

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Mother’s Day Gifts from Paper Coterie

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I can’t be the only one who struggles with finding gifts for my parents and in-laws when holidays roll around? Am I right? At least in our case, if they want it, they’ve already got it. But I have learned that gifts full of memories and their favorite faces are always a smashing success. Which is why we’re so excited to offer you all $15 to use at Paper Coterie! Just use code GIFTFAVES at checkout from now until May 14th. They have super cute items that you can personalize with the faces Grandma absolutely adores! Take a look at the different types of calenders ranging from $17-25. Swatch books (which start at $15, but with the code they are free!) Memory keepers so store little treasures in to remind you of fun things that have happened ($40). And there’s a lot of other really cute products any grandma would love for Mother’s Day. Let your imagination run wild of [Read More...]

Business Card Wallet

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We just spent the weekend at SNAP! and met so many great people! And if there’s one thing I’ve learned from attending conferences, it’s that business cards are everywhere. Typically, you can find me digging around to find one to hand out, and the cards I gather end up a scattered mess. To help with this problem I sewed up a little business card wallet. I shared this tutorial on Kojo Designs as part of her Sewing for Me series. And just the other day I realized that if I made it a little bigger it would also be perfect as a passport cover. It’s a small project and I found everything I needed in my stash. Fabric, interfacing, elastic, and vinyl. To start, cut 2 pieces of fabric and 1 piece of interfacing down to size. Mine were 4.5″ x 5.5″. I also cut the elastic to 6″ and 2 pieces of vinyl 2.5″ x 4″. Go ahead and [Read More...]

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Last Chance Silhouette Heat Transfer Promo

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Just popping in to remind you that today is the last day of the Silhouette Heat Transfer Promo, where you can score either the CAMEO + heat transfer kit or just the heat transfer kit for a great price! CAMEO + Heat Transfer Starter Kit $269.99   Heat Transfer Starter Kit $24.99

Silhouette Heat Transfer Promotion and CAMEO Giveaway

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•••Giveaway Closed••• Silhouette sent me one of their heat transfer kits to play around with, and even though I’ve used the heat transfer before I’ve never used the hook. It made a world of difference! Weeding was a breeze! I whipped this dish towel up in no time (the mixer came from svgcuts and the font is Folks) and love how bright it is! It would make for a fun hostess gift or part of a gift basket, especially if you have friends that are great bakers and you want to encourage them to share! Nothing like a not-so-subtle-hint, right? Right now Silhouette is running a promotion: 1 Silhouette CAMEO and 1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit for $269.99 (MSRP $340). This is $30 less than the CAMEO by itself! This is what you get: Heat Transfer Starter Kit + Silhouette CAMEO® You won’t be able to find this discount on their main site. To get the bundled discount use this link [Read More...]

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Office Makeover: The Filing Cabinets

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When we moved into our house a little over 6 months ago there was only one room we didn’t paint–the office/craft room. Which meant it was used as our holding ground for everything that belonged in the rooms that were being painted. image via Pottery Barn And 6 months has gone by and it’s finally time to tackle the mess that’s still hanging around. I’ve been filling up a pin board with ideas of what I wanted to do in here, but my absolute favorites happen to all be made from Pottery Barn components. And well, at $270 x 4 for the cabinets plus the desktop, I knew our money would be better spent somewhere else (like maybe for baby #3). But I’m slightly obsessive and when I get an idea I research and search until I know just what I want until I’m completely consumed by it. And I was consumed 100% on redoing this office. I looked at [Read More...]

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Studio J Giveaway

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We’re back with another giveaway from Studio J! Every time I use Studio J I discover new-to-me ways of customizing my pages! I played around with the distressing options on this layout to give some boring gray paper a little texture. It’s things like this that make Studio J so great! Have you fallen behind in your scrapping, or just want to get started? Well, then this giveaway is for you! Studio J is giving a 5-Pack and a 12×12 faux leather album to one of our readers (must be US or Canada resident)!! {A 5-pack includes 5 two-page layouts, 5 Memory Protectors®, and free shipping and handling.} To enter you must be a public follower of The Crafting Chicks and leave a comment on this post. For optional extra entries you may do any of the following and leave separate comments for each: Become a fan of our Facebook page Follow The Crafting Chicks on Twitter Become a fan [Read More...]

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Office Chair Facelift

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Our poor office chair went under the knife (and stapler–but no sewing!) to give it a new look. I picked this chair up for $15 a couple years ago when an office was updating their furniture. So it was a little worn when I brought it home, but add on a few years and it was plain nasty. Perfectly comfortable and in great working condition, just old and dirty. Instead of replacing it, I decided to give it a facelift. I’m sorry I’m even exposing you to these pictures but want you to see just how bad it was…the bottom right has pink highlighter drawn all over it and the then the dirty seat above. My 6 year old loves to spin around and around in this chair and I think what you see is the result of too many dirty shoes on the seat. When I found this duvet cover on sale ($17 for a queen duvet cover=a lot [Read More...]

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Clearance Blanket turned Chevron Quilt

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I spent a long time looking for the perfect bedding for my boys room. They are 3 and 6 years old and everything I found either looked too babyish or was very themed. (Enough with the balls already!) Or was way out of my price range, since buying 2 instantly doubles the price! One day in the depth of the search I stumbled upon these black and white quilts on clearance at Target. Sure they look like hotel bedding from the 80’s, but check out that price tag! Just $7.48! The other side was a solid black and the wheels in my head started turning. I just couldn’t pass up a quilt for $7.50–since you can’t even buy batting for that much. And they were already quilted and bound! I decided to add a design on top of the black in an applique type manner, to make the black a little less black and a little more like a little [Read More...]

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Indoor Climbing Wall

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Although neither of our boys asked for a climbing wall for Christmas, Santa surprised them with one Christmas morning! The idea of a climbing wall came about when I was trying to figure out what to get our soon to be 3 year old for his birthday. The boy loves to climb–chain link fences, retaining walls, kitchen drawers! Unfortunately, the idea came a little late to make a reality for his birthday so we decided to save the project for Christmas. Neither my husband or I are climbers, so I spent some time learning about the parts we’d need, reading how to put it together, and finally ordering the parts the beginning of December. The actual construction of it was left to my husband. And in true fashion he waited until Christmas Eve day to pick up the missing piece (a sheet of 3/4″ plywood) and put it all together. While I kept the boys out of the house on [Read More...]

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Top 10 Projects of 2011

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Thank you for following along during 2011! We had a great year and hope we were able to share a few ideas to inspire you throughout the months. We’ve gathered our Top 10 projects from 2011 (according to Google Analytics) which means they are the posts that had the most page views, and we’ve listed them below. There’s a link below each photo collage that will take you to the original post in case you may have missed it the first time around, or want to take a closer look. And here they are; The Top 10 Crafting Chicks Projects From 2011: 10. Little Gifts for St. Patrick’s Day 9. Summer Activity Jars and Grab Bags 8. Tweet Tweet You are Sweet Easter Treat Ideas 7. DIY Treat Stands 6. Felt Flower Pillow 5. A Fancy & Fabulous 5th Birthday Party 4. Chocolate Covered Oreos 3. Family Photo Wreath Valentine’s Day Style 2. Angry Bird Cupcakes 1. Rick Rack Rosettes [Read More...]

Homemade Christmas Tags

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We gave loaves of homemade bread as neighbor and co-worker gifts this year. And while delicious, there isn’t much fancy about a loaf of whole wheat bread! They are pretty plain and simple. I hemmed and hawed over how I could dress them up to be presented. And settled on red glassine wrapped around the bagged bread, tied with a string, and topped with a sticker made just for the occasion! While we used it for homemade bread, there’s no end to the homemade gifts this tag could be used on! If you’re doing some last minute wrapping, perhaps on handmade gifts you’re just finishing up, maybe they’ll be useful to you too! This download is for followers of Crafting Chicks and for personal use only.   Download the tags from box.net Credits: Tag: Crystal Wilkerson Spring/Summer 2011 Labels Snowflake: Crystal Wilkerson Merry & Bright Element Pack #2 Font: Fling Pin It

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Studio J Giveaway

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  We’re back with another Studio J giveaway! Brooke has written before how great their software is to use (in this post and this one). But I tried it out for myself one afternoon and quickly created these two layouts during naptime! It doesn’t get any more simple than that! Studio J takes you through the entire creative process step by step. I had a great time making my decisions along the way and before I knew it my pages were finished! You guys have gone crazy over these giveaways in the past–so I know you know how great Studio J is!! Studio J is giving a 5-Pack and a 12×12 faux leather album to one of our readers (must be US or Canada resident)!! {A 5-pack includes 5 two-page layouts, 5 Memory Protectors®, and free shipping and handling.} To enter you must be a public follower of The Crafting Chicks and leave a comment on this post. For optional [Read More...]

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Your Creative Lens on Life

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For the last few years I’ve given each of my kids a photobook full of memories from the past year for Christmas. These are always the prized gifts and the ones that continue to be used throughout the year! The Hot Wheel racetrack is forgotten as they sit thumbing through the pages Christmas morning, looking and laughing at the pictures. Seriously, they can spend hours looking at photos of themselves! So when Snapfish invited us to participate in their “Your Creative Lens on Life” holiday campaign we were so excited to be a part of it! Photobooks are perfect for picture snapping, digiscrapping moms like ourselves.  We’re no strangers to making our own books, but rarely do we upload everything and have it printed and bound in a hard bound book. But wouldn’t the little color book Brooke made be such a cute keepsake made into a photo book? And her collection of happiness mini albums too!  Can you think [Read More...]

Shailie:: Revolutionary Dress Up Toy for Girls

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What kind of girl doesn’t love playing dress ups? Admit it. You do too! Now what girl wouldn’t love designing and playing in her own dress-up creations? The inspiration for Shailie came when a mom couldn’t find toys for her daughter that inspired the same creative energy for girls that her sons’ toys did for boys. From a young age her son had train sets, Tinker Toys, and Lego’s. She wanted a toy that would provide the same creative energy that her sons’ toys did for boys. “What if dresses could come in pieces?” “What if girls could mix and match dress pieces to create their own fashions?” And from that idea, Shailie was born. Shailie is a revolutionary, new dress up kit for girls. Shailie dress kits come in ready-to-put-together parts that are a breeze to put together, take apart and put together again. All dress components are interchangeable using Velcro. Girls can mix and match to create endless [Read More...]

Ruffled Turkey

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I fell in love with this tree skirt by Ashley via Pinterest a few weeks ago. It automatically went on my “must do” list. But really, who am I kidding. There’s no way I’ll actually get around to re-doing my tree skirt + matching stockings to go with it. So I applied the same idea on a much, much smaller scale and created a ruffled turkey! Step 1: Gather supplies. Burlap, an old sheet, scissors, glue gun, and a squash. Step 2: Cut the burlap into strips and rip the sheet. Step 3: Use the size of the squash to estimate the spread of the tail feathers and cut out of cardboard. Step 4: Start glueing, creating the ruffles as you go. Step 5: Continue layering burlap and whit until you’ve fill up the card board. My original idea was to use a butternut squash, but in the end decided I liked the pumpkin much better. Can you see a [Read More...]

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Just Ask Bucket List

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CONGRATULATIONS LORI, comment #29!! You are our bucket list winner!   This weekend marked the 5th anniversary of my mom and a nasty health scare. I still remember the phone call from my dad that night. He was scared. We were all scared. I remember thinking about my youngest sister who was still in high school and how unfair it would be for her to have to face the rest of life without a mom. And now I think how unfair it would be for my own kids to lose their mom. And well, I still have a lot I want to do before I kick the bucket! Our friends at Just Ask want you to stay around for a good long while so you can cross activities and achievements off that bucket list of yours. That’s why they’ve developed a test that could save your life—the BRACAnalysis test—by warning you about your chances of getting breast or ovarian cancer. [Read More...]

Halloween Shadow Puppets

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With the days getting shorter and the weather getting cooler, I’m finding it is harder to come up with activities to keep my boys busy. Luckily, they love flashlights and have very active imaginations! So shadow puppets are working well to fill the time. I searched for Halloween images I could cut out with my cutting machine and then hot glued them onto coffee stir sticks. Now we just turn on the flashlight, hand over the shadow puppets and enjoy our bowl of popcorn while the boys entertain us with their crazy stories. Last year we mass produced the shadow puppets and gave to my sons pre-school friends. It was easy to do since I let my Silhouette do all the work for me, and the kids loved them! *I use a plug-in in Adobe Illustrator that allows me to cut SVG files with my Silhouette. Sources : Haunted House via Quilling Patch Trick or Treaters via Images by Heather [Read More...]

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Coco Print Giveaway

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We’re excited about today’s giveaway! Coco Prints is a new shop selling original designs professionally printed on thick, premium matte paper. They have beautiful prints for everyday and holiday. These prints are so cheerful and would brighten up even the saddest of spaces! I have a gallery wall in dire need of this happy family print! And shipping is always free, no matter the order size–you can’t beat that! Coco Prints is giving two winners each a Love Quote and Trick or Treat print, both 8×10″. To enter: 1) Check out the shop at www.cocoprints.com and let us know your favorite Coco Print. For an additional entries: 2) Like Coco Prints on Facebook. 3) Subscribe for email updates at www.cocoprints.com Giveaway will close on Sunday, with winner being announced on our Facebook page. And…. ***Coco Prints is offering Crafting Chicks readers 25% off through October 31st! Coupon code: CRAFTINGCHICKS **

DIY Sunburst Mirror

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A little over a month ago we closed on our first house! We’ve been busy painting and the other day I realized we haven’t hung anything on our beautiful walls. On one of the many trips to the home improvement stores I saw an end cap of wood shims and remembered a sunburst mirror I had seen on Pinterest using them. So I threw them in the cart and brought them home with the rest of the supplies I had gone for. Then a few days later I noticed my husband had been using them on various projects! Oh no he didn’t! That was all the motivation I needed to pull the glue gun out during naptime and use the shims for their intended purpose before he used them all up. I used: 2 packs of wood shims ($5 ea) 10″ mirror (on sale for $2.50) foam circle (but a cardboard circle would work too) ($7) glue gun Gorilla Glue [Read More...]

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Pick Your Plum Giveaway

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**This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for entering.”   We’ve professed our love of Pick Your Plum before! It’s an awesome 1 deal a day site–with offerings of craft and home decor items you’ll want to get before your neighbor does! My favorites are the days they offer customizable stamps, because 1) the prices are great! and 2) they are stinking cute! I jumped on these address stamps and ordered a ton for birthday presents! And they were a smashing success–everyone loved them! Lately, they’ve had ca-ute Halloween things–like ribbons, rick rack, and vinyl. Everyday there’s a new temptation! And shipping is a flat fee, no matter how many you order. We’re an affiliate and you can find their daily deal over there in our column. It goes live at 7 am MT. Today they are offering a 3 pack of wooden frames. Becky turned her’s into a monster frame awaiting a picture of her little goblins for Halloween! [Read More...]

The Big Book of Spy Stuff (Review)

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{Recently the Chicks were sent a variety of books from Gibbs-Smith, one of our awesome sponsors, so we will be posting about them over the next few months.} I was sent The Big Book of Spy Stuff to review, and there’s no kidding around. This book is BIG, 304 and pages big–and jam packed full with everything you could ever want to know about being a spy! Here’s the description: “From chaos to counter-intelligence, and secret messages to gadgets, The Big Book of Spy Stuff opens top-secret files on sabotage and espionage with humor and amazement. With King’s entertaining book as a guide, you can pull the cloak of mystery away from history’s sneakiest sneaks … and can work on your own spy activities! But before you’re granted a security clearance, take a good look around. Somebody might be watching you right now!” The author, Bart King, has a fun writing style that you don’t want to put down. It was too advanced [Read More...]

Minky Baby Blanket Simplified

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Remember the minky baby blanket from way back when? I think I called it the perfect baby blanket. Well, I love them just as much now as I did in the beginning. Knowing there were a few babies due to arrive in our crazy month of August I spent a day and made these 3 blankets. I love how quickly they sew up and cruised through them until it was time for the binding. And even though I had really cute coordinating fabric picked out for the binding I just couldn’t talk myself into going through all the work for the binding. The cutting, the ironing, the sewing–too many steps. So I cheated. Instead of adding binding I did a rolled hem stitch. Fold it over once. Then fold again and sew. There’s no messing with tricky corners of a binding, just be sure you have all the ends tucked in before you sew it up. That’s all there is [Read More...]

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Home Made Simple Winner

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We’re excited to announce the winner of this beautiful Home Made Simple book. Thank you for participating–it was so fun to see the photos of your projects! You all have some serious talent! We wish we could give a book to all of you, but we can only pick one. Our winner is Katie who shared her “Date in a Jar”. “I love to give handmade gifts! This one is a “Date in a Jar”. For a bridal shower gift I thought of 20 things you could do on a date for only $1. Then I typed out the date idea and attached it to a rolled up dollar bill with twine. For the jar I made a Homemade Apothecary jar out of dollar store items. For a better explanation here’s the link to my blog.” I love it! Such a cute gift! Congratulations Katie! Please email us your shipping address within 48 hours so we can get this book [Read More...]

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Giving Handmade

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I love to give a good gift and spend hours thinking of the perfect gift. It’s pretty obvious that my love language is gifts! My favorite things to give are hand made, I guess the more time I spend on a gift the more love I’m actually giving. Some of my favorite gifts to make are: Washer Necklaces Rick Rack Rosettes Minky Baby Blanket Felt Flower Pillow Sometimes I think of the perfect gift but then realize I don’t have the time, or skill to make it myself. That’s why I was excited when Blog Frog introduced me to Handmade Marketplace, because now I can give a handmade gift even if I lack the right tools for the job. The Crafting Chicksadmire your creativity!  Share your favorite handmade creation with us and get entered to win a 300-page hardcover copy of the book,“Home Made Simple: Fresh Ideas to Make Your Own”. Three Ways for Readers to Enter & Win  Each entry requires a separate [Read More...]

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Grandma’s Camp Book

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Chances are our grandma is more fun than your grandma! Okay, she’s not my grandma, but she is my mom, which makes my boys super lucky because she is their grandma. A few years ago she started Grandma’s Camp, and it is now the most talked about–most anticipated event of summer (I think after this year she’s starting to wonder what she’s got herself into!) To announce the theme and dates for Grandma’s Camp she mails each family a book to read. And then on the designated day we hand the kids over to Grandma for days of fun! She keeps them for 3-4 days, including overnight, and has each day packed full of activities and they come home with a special edition Grandma’s Camp shirt. It’s a pretty big deal. As a little thank you for the great memories my boys have made with Grandma I made her this Grandma’s Camp book that I hope turns from a scrapbook [Read More...]

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Science Camp

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You guys we only have 5 weeks until school starts! My oldest will be starting kindergarten this year, so it is the first year that our summer will really end when school starts (boo). And our summer fun chart shows we still have a lot to do before summer is over! Time to get crackin. Science Camp was a hit last year, and so I’m determined to do it again. It is the most time consuming activity left on the chart, and I’ve been trying to come up with an outline for this year’s camp. But there are so darn many projects that look fun (and beautiful) but I can’t stream them together as themed days. So I didn’t. The girl who loves herself a good theme has thrown all caution to the wind and is going to hold a science camp simply because it looks fun. Cause let’s be serious, I have a 2 and 5 year old and [Read More...]

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DownEast Giveaway #3

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**This giveaway is now closed. The winner was announced on our Facebook page.** We’re having a great time at EVO! And again want to thank DownEast for sponsoring our clothing the the conference. Check out this post from earlier in the week to see which DownEast items we’re wearing! And now, the final giveaway from DownEast Basics–the winner of giveaway #3 will win their choice of a dress or skirt! Whether you are heading to a summer wedding, or just trying to stay cool in the heat of July, you’ll find the perfect item at DownEast! Romance Revival Dress Ritz Skirt Pretty Parisian Dress Follow DownEast on Facebook and see how you can recreate celebrity fashions with DownEast clothing –and be the first to know about their sales! Giveaway for a DownEast Basics dress/skirt: This giveaway will run today through Sunday and the winner will be chosen using random.org. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. The winner [Read More...]

DownEast Giveaway #2

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**This giveaway is now closed. The winner was announced on our Facebook page.** We’re back! Today DownEast is giving 1 lucky winner an item from their denim line! They have different styles of jeans, shorts and even a skirt to choose from! Rock Star Shorts Rock Star Jeans Hot to Trot Skirt Follow DownEast on Facebook and see how you can recreate celebrity fashions with DownEast clothing –and be the first to know about their sales! Giveaway for a DownEast Basics denim: This giveaway will run today through Sunday and the winner will be chosen using random.org. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. The winner will be announced on The Crafting Chicks Facebook page Sunday and contacted by email. Check back tomorrow for another great giveaway!

Day 1 of DownEast Giveaways

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**This giveaway is now closed. The winner was announced on our Facebook page.**   We promised some DownEast fun while we’re at EVO this weekend, so let’s get started! Today DownEast is offering one lucky reader their choice of top! Are you familiar with DownEast? They have the cutest clothes at very reasonable prices. And something for every body! Mirror, Mirror Top Mini Ruffle Tee Antique Top Follow DownEast on Facebook and see how you can recreate celebrity fashions with DownEast clothing and be the first to know about their sales! Giveaway for a DownEast Basics top: This giveaway will run today through Sunday and the winner will be chosen using random.org. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. The winner will be announced on The Crafting Chicks Facebook page Sunday and contacted by email. Check back tomorrow for another great giveaway!

Frozen Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes

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Happy 4th of July! We’re already worn out from all the celebrating (our town did fireworks on Friday) and the real celebration is just beginning! Here’s a yummy treat that’s perfect for your summer BBQ’s. Frozen Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes, a gourmet cupcake made in your own kitchen! The name’s a mouthful, but don’t let that scare– you they are so simple to make. In fact, you may already have everything you need to whip these up before the fireworks tonight! The key ingredients are of course, chocolate cupcakes, and Nutella, strawberry jam, and cream cheese frosting. Bake the cupcakes (from scratch or a box mix, whichever you prefer) and let cool. Then frost with a thin layer of Nutella. Top with a spoonful of strawberry jam. I used freezer jam, but you could use regular jam. Raspberry jam is delicious too. Just call them Frozen Rasbperry Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes instead. Put the cupcakes in the freezer until the jam [Read More...]

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Old Glory

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As much as I would love a beautiful mantle to decorate, well, I just plain don’t have one. Instead I have a trusty shelf that gets changed out with the seasons. You may remember seeing it all decked out for Halloween. A couple years ago I painted a flag onto an old window, kind of like this one on U-Create, and I loved it! Unfortunately, last year it took a fall off the shelf and much like Humpty Dumpty couldn’t be put back together. In fact, I think I finally removed the last piece of glass from the carpet. I loved the flag window so much, but there was no way I was going to relive that broken disaster. As I was trying to figure out what was missing on my shelf (the flag!) I remembered my love of mixed media art, pulled out the supplies and soon had a new flag. The best part about this one is that [Read More...]

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Tattoo Mustaches

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For as long as I can remember my dad has had a mustache. He is famous in the community for the handle bar mustache he had for years. So when he turned 60 we thought it was only fitting that we celebrated his mustache too! We set up a photo booth with mustaches and dry erase thought bubbles and the guests had a great time picking out their ‘staches and writing little messages for the birthday man. You can find patterns for the mustaches on Easy Makes Me Happy. At the last minute I thought it would be really cute if all the grand-kids wore mustaches like Papa for the party. As we were running out the door I printed some mustaches on Silhouette tattoo paper. If I would have had more time I could have ran them through my Silhouette and have it do all the cutting for me. As it was I ended up using scissors to cut [Read More...]

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The Perfect Pair Giveaway

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It is finally getting warm! Which means our schedule is filling up with BBQ’s and outdoor parties. Which every year leads me to wishing for new, fun accessories to wear to these summer parties. You too? Meet The Perfect Pair. Your source for flower earrings, vintage necklaces and felt headbands (and even a few goodies for the home). Tiffany, the brain and power behind The Perfect Pair is Mom to two little boys, and the wife of a med. student. She says she loves all things girly even though she’s surrounded by her darling boys! She’s giving one lucky reader a $40 gift card to use in her shop! Yay! The Rules:: ::We ask the you are a follower of Crafting Chicks. ::To enter, simply leave a comment telling us what your favorite summer accessory is! The winner will be announced on our Facebook page Sunday.

Lazy Day Summer Activities

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Summer is here! Not only because of Memorial Day has come and gone and school getting out, but because our forecast finally shows sun for the next 7 days! Bring on the heat! We’re kicking things off with some ideas to fill those dog days of summer from around the web! My kids get excited when I produce a Mickey-ish looking pancake, but look these awesome pancake creations on Jim’s Pancakes! Half the fun of this hot air balloon is finding the perfect weighted toy! Watch as it take off and lands with just the right weight. From Bloesem Kids Gather shells and make this Tic Tac Toe spin-off, Pinch My Toe by Bunny Cakes. Cool off with a slice of watermelon pie from Make and Takes. I can’t think of a more perfect summer afternoon than a reading in this tent by The Reed Life. You’ll have to scroll down to find this shot, but I doubt you’ll mind [Read More...]

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Summer Skill-Building Merit Badges

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This was posted as part of Brassy Apple’s S.O.S. series. Summer is such a fun time of year, but it seems to go by way too fast and I want to make sure we make the most of it. My oldest starts kindergarten this year, so along with having a great time this summer I want to make sure he is set for school! My mom always said “summer vacation doesn’t mean it is a vacation from life”. One summer when I was in 4th or 5th grade, and long before Google was around, she hauled 6 kids to the library every week and had us write research papers on different Native American tribes from our area. Using old school card catalogs, we would look up the topic she had assigned for the week to research about our tribe. Luckily, we were young enough it seemed like fun and not torture! And as a huge bonus, I’ve never met a [Read More...]

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Family Subway Art–Freebie

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This subway art was designed for The Savvy Mom’s Guide relaunch party in April. We wanted to be sure our readers here were able to download it too, and we added 3 more color schemes just for you! They are all sized at 11×14, but can easily be re-sized to 8.5×11, or even smaller, if you prefer. When printing at a photo lab, be sure to uncheck the auto color correction box as no correction is needed. Download Beach Download Nature Download Metal Download Spring Pin It

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Questions and Answers With the Chicks

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It’s time for a little Q & A session here with the Crafting Chicks! If there’s anything you want to know from or about us, now is the time to ask! We know you have questions, because we get some great emails sent our way and we have a hard time getting them answered. Want to know what our favorite fonts are? Questions about past projects? Cameras? Software? Favorite books? Gardening questions?  The sky’s the limit. Just leave your question in the comments and we’ll respond there as well. Remember there are 5 of us, so if you get bombarded with opinions we apologize in advance! ETA: We will reply to your questions within the comments section, so be sure to check back for all of our answers, or you can check the box to receive comment responses by email. Pin It

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Design Memory Craft Giveaway

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**This giveaway is now closed and the winners have been announced. Thanks for entering!** I’ve been obsessing over Christy Tomlinson’s mixed media She Art lately. Have you seen it? When Design Memory Craft asked if I’d like to try their mixed media I invited my sister down for a weekend of crafting. We spent the weekend playing around with the Faber-Castell goodies and created a masterpiece for our mom for Mother’s Day. See that mess? You should have seen the rest of the house as we let our 5 kids run wild! Neither of us had used Gelatos before–they are creamy sticks (kind of like lipstick) of brilliant color that you can dissolve with water to create a watercolor effect, or leave dry for a burst of color. I preferred to leave them dry and smudge with my finger. We also played around with Stamper’s Big Brush, Gelato Metallic Stick, Pastel Pencil and Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor pencil from the [Read More...]

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House 8810 Craft Challenge

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We’ve mentioned in the past how much we love the products from House 8810, so we jumped when they invited us to a challenge! They sent each of us a different tablecloth to use to create something new. Their tablecloths are seriously rad, so cutting them up was a little difficult. Now our projects are competing against each other in a friendly little competition over on House 8810’s blog and you can vote for your favorite! This is the first time we’ve ever been pitted against one another and it is fun to watch the votes come in. We’d love for you all to go check out what we did with the tablecloths and be sure to vote, the winning Chick will be announced on Monday May 9th! See all the projects made with these fun tablecloths! Pin It

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EPIC Review and Giveaway

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Although I’ve been obsessed with letterpress for years (more years than I’ve been married in fact), I’ve never actually had a chance to try it. Back in the day a roommate and I had big plans of constructing our own press, and I still have a file full of different plan designs and sources for plates. But soon I got married and she moved to England and that dream was put on hold. So when Lifestyle Crafts sent an Epic our way I was giddy! It was like Christmas at our house and my 5 year old could sense it. After using the unopened box as a bribe throughout the morning I let him pull it out and play with it as soon as the little brother was down for a nap. He thought mixing colors and using the brayer was the best. We made a huge mess practicing and quickly learned that just a little bit of ink is [Read More...]

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Sponsor Shoutout

We’d like to thank Crafting Chicks’ April sponsors! Not only do they have great products, but they are really fun to work with and we know they would take good care of you as customers. ::The Stacking Picture Blocks from Poppyseed Projects would make a great Mother’s or Father’s Day gifts! ::Help the Tooth Fairy play her part with the Official Tooth Fairy Kit from House 8810. ::New Sheer Creations has everything you need to get started making nylon flowers at home! ::The Lovebird kit from Pixelbooking is perfect for scrapping the memories leading up to summer weddings! Also, today is the last day to use code “CHICKS” to save 30% off rhinestone supplies from Silhouette!   Pin It

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Foiled Eggs

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Even though Easter is late this year it seems to have snuck up on me! I barely bought our first bag of Easter candy this weekend.  Easter is this Sunday people! For reals. These eggs are quick to do and bring a little of that candy feel to your decor. I really like the bright colors amid the other pastel decorations I’ve got going on around the house. Don’t they look like they’d be full of chocolately goodness with a cream center? Or maybe caramel?   But nope, what you’d find inside is a paper mache egg. This project only uses 4 supplies and chances are you already have them. Mod Podge, tin foil, eggs (plastic eggs would work too), and some ink. Tear off and crinkle a piece of tin foil. Then apply Mod Podge and little pieces of foil. Be sure all edges are glued down and don’t worry about the wrinkles that come–it just adds to the look. [Read More...]

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Thank You Sponsors

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::When spring finally arrives I get the urge to re-decorate. This flowery vine from Modern Wall Company will give new life to a room without blowing the budget! ::Wondering what to give the person in your life who already has everything, including a massive collection of books or movies? How about this personal library kit from House 8810. ::I love this vinyl grow chart from Say It With Style. Growing up we loved marking our height on a wall in the laundry room. This is so much cuter than the wall! ::What better time to fill in your family tree than with your cousins at Easter brunch. This kit from Pixelbooking lets your family tree keep growing with new additions! ::Do you have spring fever? This wool felt table runner from Wool Felt Central is perfect for Easter, and I love the plaid felt they used for eggs. Wool Felt Central has a huge selection of colors that would be [Read More...]

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Pixelbooking Winners

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Thanks to all who entered the Pixelbooking giveaway! Here are the lucky ladies that get $50 to spend on digital scrapbooking goodies! First, the two Facebook winners: And the winner who signed up for the newsletter and left a comment on the post: If you weren’t a winner, be sure to pick up the cute Easter freebies from Pixelbooking! Congratulations ladies! Please email us within 48 hours to claim your prize (craftingchicks at gmail.com).

Pixelbooking Giveaway

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You guys are going to love today’s giveaway! Pixelbooking has been a sponsor of The Crafting Chicks for about a month and now you get a chance to win some of their great products! Pixelbooking is giving away $50 worth of digital scrapbooking supplies to three (3) lucky Crafting Chicks fans. Not a digital scrapbooker? That’s okay! You can actually download and print their graphics and paper scrapbook with them (or create any other fun craft you can imagine!). You can enter one of two ways: 1) “Like” their Facebook Page and write on their Wall telling them why you think you deserve the prize. 2) Sign up for their Newsletter at pixelbooking.com and leave a comment on this blog post once you’ve signed up. Bonus! Download one of their really cute Spring/Easter Digital Freebies while you’re at it! Here are some of the fabulous digital scrapbooking supplies you’ll find on Pixelbooking: Check out some of the adorable crafts you [Read More...]

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Rick Rack Rosettes

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A friend gave me this flower ring and necklace, when she handed them to me I thought they were porcelain–there’s a very vintage feel to them. From a distance you really can’t tell that they’re made out of rick rack! Yes, rick rack! She shared how to make them with me, and now I’m sharing with all of you readers! The wow of the rosette comes from a few simple steps! She found this tutorial, in Portuguese I believe. First, cut 2 strips of rick rack. She said that the medium sized rick rack works the best–so that’s what I’ve used. No need to find out for myself, I’m taking her word for it. I cut the rick rack 10-12″, depending on how big of a flower I want to end up with. Then twist the two pieces of rick rack together, like this. And then run a stitch down one side to hold it all together. Like so. And [Read More...]

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Rae Gun Winners

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We are excited to announce the winner for the Rae Gun giveaway! Congratulations Emillie and Jenny! Please email craftingchicks @ gmail.com within 48 hours to claim your prize. A big thank you to Marissa for the great tutorial and giveaway!

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**GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED** The winners have been announced here. Hi, I’m Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings. I blog about all things crafty, tasty, pretty and just plain life. I’m an insanely huge Harry Potter fan, can’t stop making cheesecake and homemade pasta, and have a new addiction to making hair accessories. Hopefully you’ll stop by my blog and see some of my latest adventures. I also run a handmade baby and toddler clothing shop on Etsy called Rae Gun. Today I want to share with you how to make your own iron-on’s, as well as give away two gift sets from my shop. First of all the tutorial. I love making iron-on’s because you can use them on virtually anything, it’s perfect for using up scrap fabric and it’s a quick and easy way to give items your own personal flair. What You’ll Need   Ultra Hold Heat Bond (you can find this in the notions section in packs [Read More...]

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Sponsor Roundup

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A big thanks to the sponsors of Crafting Chicks ! We’ve said it before, and we will say it again–there are seriously some talented ladies behind each of these companies! We are excited to share some of our favorites from them today. 1::Check out the cute St. Patrick’s Day kits from Pixelbooking.com 2::Modern Wall’s blowing Cherry Blossom tree is giving me spring fever! 3::Keep track of family activities with Say It With Style’s family calender! Use coupon code  ILOVECC11 for 20% off. Wahoo! 4::Poppyseed Projects is looking for additional teachers–you could be the one teaching others how to make these stylish family photos! 5::Felt bundles from Wool Felt Central make me happy inside. 6::Simplify 101′s home reference binder will help you get organized and save time! 7::These Happy Birthday Towels from House 8810 are too cute to use! 8::Get motivated with Say it On the Wall’s fitness sayings! Pin It

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St. Patrick’s Day Ideas: Leprechaun Traps

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Hey! Kirsten and I will be on Channel 2’s Fresh Living today sharing fun ideas to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your kids! Set the DVR or tune in at 1 pm if you want to catch us (you can see the segment right here!) In our house there’s a mischievous little leprechaun that visits  St. Patrick’s Eve and he wreaks all sorts of havoc on our home. He leaves little foot prints all over the house, clues that takes us on a gold hunt are mysteriously left behind, our furniture is turned over, and he always turns our milk green. Trouble I tell you! In order to put a stop to this we’ve started leaving out a leprechaun trap in the hopes of taking care of this leprechaun once and for all. Here are a couple different ideas, if you’d like to set a leprechaun trap this year too! The main point is to have fun and let imaginations [Read More...]

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Digi Scrapping :: What is it?

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We refer to digi scrapbooking and Photoshop (or PSE) often here on Crafting Chicks, but it turns out our most asked questions are about digi scrapbooking. So if you are a veteran digi scrapper or PS user, then sorry, but this post isn’t for you (check back tomorrow for a great valentine project!). If you are baffled by the idea of scrapbooking digitally then hopefully this post will answer some of your questions! There are so many great sources introducing newbies to the world of digi scrapping so I’m going to rely on them and go through the basics. screenshot of a layout in Photoshop CS4 1 :: How does it work? Does digital mean it stays on your computer? Nope, well it can, but usually scrappers choose to have them printed. Either at a photo lab or home. It is digital because it is done on the computer. Just like walking into scrapbook stores, there are many online digital [Read More...]

We Love Our Sponsors

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If you haven’t had a chance to visit each of our sponsors over there on the right, you should! These are ladies with great talent and adorable products. I’ve gone through their shops and picked out some of my favorites to share. 1 :: Moo Moos & Tutus newest Valentine printables will make hosting a Valentine’s party a cinch. 2 :: I love this monkey hat from  The Rosey Posey. Keep a little head warm and adorable in it. 3 :: Vinylize It stick figure shirts would make any family reunion fun. 4 :: Wool Felt Central’s sugar cookie blooms look good enough to eat. 5 :: Poppyseed Projects offers so much more than framed portraits. Check out their smaller projects. 6 :: Say It on the Wall‘s date dice would make a great Valentine’s gift for your love. We’d love it if you’d visit their sites and check out more of what they have to offer. After all, they [Read More...]

Chocolate Covered Oreos

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How do you make milk’s favorite cookie even better? Cover it in chocolate! My sister gave these out as her Valentine’s last year and I’ve been on a hunt for a mold of my own ever since. Turns out they’re not hard to find, I found this one at Hobby Lobby by their other Valentine baking things. You can also buy the colored candy melts, but I went with white and dark cocoa. That way I can color the white to be any color I want and won’t be limited to only red or pink later. You could use real chocolate instead of the candy melts, but then you’d have to worry about tempering the chocolate so it didn’t bloom. The melties are easy to use. Step 1 :: After you’ve melted and colored your white melty’s pipe it into the mold using a ziploc bag with the end snipped off. Step 2:: Use a toothpick to spread the chocolate [Read More...]

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Shade Tree Photography Giveaway

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This Giveaway is now closed. This is for our Utah readers–OR anyone willing to travel to the Wasatch front for a mini photography session! Shade Tree Photography is offering a mini session to a lucky Crafting Chick reader! The mini session will include: Photo shoot and editing of: 8 enhanced images to be put on DISC 2 for 1 pricing on prints and you can add All images on DISC for 1/2 the normal cost! Kristen with Shade Tree Photography shoots family, infant, child, high school senior, or wedding –so whatever you’ve got coming up she’s the photographer for you! Be sure to look at her fabulous photos on the Shade Tree blog and the Shade Tree website and if you want a chance to win (and why wouldn’t you?!) Just leave a comment on this post. Winner will be announced on Monday! Good luck Utah!

As Seen on TV

Valentine Craft Videos Watch The Crafting Chicks on Fresh Living. Watch Kirsten on Studio 5. You can find links to all of the projects we shared here (we’ll be adding to this list over the next few days-so if we don’t have what you’re looking for please check back later): Valentine Cupcake Toppers and Free Download Vintage Paper Chandelier Felt Envelopes {Pottery Barn Style} Vintage Valentine Paper Chandelier Vintage Paper Wreath (this is the Halloween version) Mini Valentine Mailboxes Giveaways going on this week: DownEast Basics Shade Tree Photography Mini Session

Felt Flower Pillow

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These felt flower pillows have been all over the place lately–they were demoed at our Super Saturday, I’ve seen them on a few blogs, and even spotted one sitting on my cousin’s couch! When my sisters decided to exchange handmade gifts for Christmas, I knew this is what I’d be making! And just because I’ve seem them doesn’t mean you have-so here’s a tutorial just for you! All you need is a little felt and a glue gun. Our local JoAnn’s had wool felt before Christmas for much, much less than quilt stores sell it for. When I asked about a different color an employee told me to just be happy they had what they did. She said it is a rare thing they carry and had been 2 years since they’d had it in stock. Deciding to just be happy I bought more than I thought I’d need, just in case. The petals are half circles in 3 different [Read More...]

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Merry Christmas

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We’ll be spending the next bit with our families–wrapping up loose ends, celebrating and enjoying time with our kids. We hope you’ll be doing the same!  Thank you for following us along on our crafting journey–we’ll be back at the first of the year with more crafty goodness! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

December Sponsors

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We want to give a little shout out to our sponsors for December. After all, they help make Crafting Chicks possible. And the nicest ladies are behind them all! We {heart} our sponsors! Moo Moo’s & Tutus Poppysed Projects Vinylize It Down This Road Say It on The Wall Miss Plunkett Puppies and Patches **To learn more about becoming a sponsor of thecraftingchicks.com email us craftingchicksatgmail.com**

Remodelaholic Guest Post-Paper Christmas Ornaments

Cassity from Remodelaholic is guest posting here today. Cassity and her husband are ultra talented and do amazing things on a small budget–just check out the chicken coop they built for their lucky chicks! Hey There- I am so excited to be here on Crafting Chicks!  Thanks for doing the swap with me.  It was so fun when I found out that my friend from college Nikkala is part of this collaboration of these great girls.  I am sure you love their site too! Well, to introduce myself, I am Cassity from Remodelaholic (I also just started a small crafting blog Polly Want a Crafter)!  I am a SAHM of one really rambunctious 16 month old girl, and have another girl due mid February.  My husband, Justin and I love to remodel. Here we are this Halloween, because, I love that holiday!  (and I don’t know about you, but I always love to see a face with a name? right?  (Live long and Prosper!- [Read More...]

Christmas Gifts for Groups

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We all have them– co-workers, friends, neighbors, and family who we like to give gifts to but sometimes time and money end up stopping us. Here are simple and inexpensive gift ideas for the groups in your life. So simple and so inexpensive that it is borderline embarrassing for me to disclose how little I actually spent on the gifts! **Edited** If you downloaded earlier versions and found a misspelling (Santa’s Key) or low resolution (reindeer noses) both have been fixed. 1 :: Reindeer Noses. Add your favorite red and green candy (jelly beans, gum drops, Christmas sours, or M&M’s) to a glass jar, tie with a ribbon and add this tag I made and you are set! I used spice jars from Ikea (4 for $2.99) and peanut M&M’s. 2 :: Embellished Picture Frame. I found this brown corduroy frame at the dollar store Honk’s (does your Honk’s have 88¢ Tuesdays?) and added some simple rolled flowers from my [Read More...]

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Black Friday Deals

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Are you a Black Friday shopper? Usually I am, but right now we are in the middle of a blizzard with sub-zero temperatures expected to move in and stay for a few days. So instead of braving the weather I’ll be doing my shopping from the comfort of my couch! Here are a few deals from our affiliates on our favorite products we thought Crafting Chick readers would enjoy! A little Black Friday deal for you! Canvas People is offering 50% off everything and free shipping when you use coupon code “blackfriday” at checkout. This deal is good until Dec. 3rd, so if you’re planning on giving a canvas for Christmas–here’s your chance. Save $50 — one week only off of Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 ($30 instant rebate + $20 mail in rebate). Photoshop Elements (PSE) is a great photo editing program that you won’t be able to live without once you have it! If you’ve been wondering how to [Read More...]

Handmade Christmas Winners :: Friday

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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This was so much fun that we are little sad to see Handmade Christmas with the Crafting Chicks come to an end — it was also a lot of work, so we are a bit relieved too! We hope some of the shops were new to you and gave you great ideas for Christmas gifts. We’d also like to thank the shops that made this week possible! Without them this week couldn’t have happened! A big thanks to: AJ’s Bowtique, MB Art Studio, Poppy Seed Projects, Simple Serendipity, Miss Plunkett, Moo Moo’s & Tutus, Trieste Prusso Design, Puppies and Patches, Polka Dot Tot Spot, One Little Belt, the r house, Something Sweet, Crimson Clover, Heart 2 Heart, and Sugar Drop Shoppe! And now our final set of winners: Winners, please contact us at craftingchicks at gmail.com with 24 hours to claim your prize!

Handmade Christmas Winners :: Thursday

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Congratulations to our winners! Please email us within 24 hours to claim your prize! craftingchicks at gmail.com Today’s our last day of Handmade Christmas giveaways! Enter to win fromHeart 2 Heart Stitches, Poppy Seed Projects, and Puppies and Patches.

ONE little BELT*CLOSED*

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My aunt tipped me off to ONE little Belt because she knows how hard it is to find quality, good looking items for little boys. Her and I have kids the same age (kinda weird, I know) and she is a huge fan of ONE little Belt. They make the tiniest leather belts–0-6 months! for little boys. The belts are so handsome! They have casual belts to use as a leash on the younger brother for everyday. And dressier belts for church or, I don’t know, Christmas parties? ONE little Belt will be giving away a giftcard of $40 to the winner so they can choose what they would like to spend it on. Three ways to enter! Choose a favorite product from the store and comment letting us know what it is. Become a Facebook Fan (and comment here). Post about ONE little BELT on your blog (and comment here). ONE little BELT is offering a discount code to [Read More...]

Handmade Christmas Winners :: Tuesday

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Isn’t this fun!! Remember, you only have 24 hours to claim your prize if you’re a winner. A couple prizes went unclaimed yesterday–so double check today to see if your name is up here! Please email us within 24 hours at craftingchicks at gmail.com. If a winner does not come forward we will select a new winner and post it tomorrow. We have three more great giveaways going on today Crimson Clover, Sugar Drop Shoppe, and Sweet Something.

Simple Serendipity*CLOSED*

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Jewelry is the perfect gift! And Simple Serendipity makes pieces so affordable you can give them to everyone on your list! The owner, Sara, has 3 little boys and says she creates jewelry just to counteract the testosterone level in her house! Can you believe nothing in the store costs over $5!  I love how beautiful and unique each piece of jewlery is.  This shop is surely one to not miss out on.  If the gift is for you, your mom, mother-in-law, or your best girlfriend, she won’t be disappointed! 2 readers will each win $20 gift certificates to use at Simple Serendipity! To enter: :: Browse through Simple Serendipity and then comment back here with what you’d spend your gift certificate on! :: Like Simple Serendipity on Facebook and leave a comment here letting us know! Good Luck! This giveaway is open for 24 hours.  Winners will be announced after that and the winner will need to email craftingchicks@gmail.com [Read More...]

MB Art Studio*CLOSED*

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MB Art Studios is dedicated to bring beauty into people lives. Mary makes one of a kind clocks, plaques, and plates featuring her favorite quotes. Her pieces are timeless white with black lettering. Each piece is handstamped. Just look how beautiful they are–wouldn’t they be the perfect gift for that hard to buy for someone on your Christmas list! MB Art Studios is giving a Crafting Chick reader a $50 gift card! To enter pop on over and look through their products. Then come back here and leave a comment letting us know which is your favorite! Good Luck! This giveaway is open for 24 hours.  Winners will be announced after that and the winner will need to email craftingchicks@gmail.com within 24 hours to claim their prize.

The Food Nanny Winner

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It’s nice to know we’re all in the same dinner predicament! Unfortunately, we can only pick 1 winner though. Congratulations Tambryn! Please email your mailing address to craftingchicks @ gmail.com within 72 hours to claim your book! The Handmade Christmas giveaways are still going on so be sure to enter to win the neighbor gifts,  the skirt, the necklace, and the hair accessories!

AJ’s Bowtique*CLOSED*

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Alisha Jane is the mastermind behind AJ’s Bowtique.  She started off making bows when her daughter was born and as the babe started growing so did the Bowtique. Alisha now makes adorable clothes for the littles, quilts, and has even written some of her own patterns! Wouldn’t this be the perfect holiday skirt! And her leggings are perfect for the little lady who has a hard time sitting ladylike. And they are so much cuter than the plain jane leggings from the store. Alisha is giving away a skirt and leggings to 1 Crafting Chick reader! The winner will be able to choose from size 6-12 months up to youth size 8 and you get your choice of the legging color! There are 3 ways to enter. Leave a comment letting us know what your favorite item in the shoppe is Follow AJ’s Bowtique on Facebook and comment letting us know. Follow the AJ’s Bowtique blog and comment her on [Read More...]

Chicken Manicotti

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Thanksgiving is still a couple weeks away, but I’ve got a recipe that combines my favorite flavors of Thanksgiving. It’s a great way to use up left over turkey too! Chicken Manicotti 1 box manicotti pasta 1 (6 oz) box Stove Top stuffing 1 1/2 c. sour cream 1 can cream of chicken soup 2 c. grated cheese 6 skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed Season and cook the chicken (or use rotisserie chicken and skip this step! Add the manicotti tubes to a pan of boiling water. Boil for 12 minutes and be careful not to overcook. The noodles start to tear if overcooked. It is also a good idea to stir them occasionally so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Prepare the Stove Top according to the direction on the box. I love Stove Top. In a medium bowl, mix together soup sour cream, 1 cup of the grated cheese. Reserve 1 cup of this [Read More...]

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We’ve got a winner!

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WOW! You people really want some Silhouette product to play with! We loved reading through the comments and gleaning ideas from you brilliant readers. A lot of you are hoping for a Silhouette for Christmas or hoping you win so you’ll have an excuse to get one! Remember the coupon code CHICKS will save you 25% off Silhouette accessories through midnight on the 13th. Congratulations to commenter #7 danielle What a great giveaway! you won! Please contact the cratingchicks at gmail within 72 hours to claim your prize Thank you all for making this Silhouette bundle the biggest giveaway on Crafting Chicks yet! Be sure to check back on Monday as we kick off our week of Handmade Christmas giveaways! ::The Crafting Chicks received a bundle of product from Silhouette for review and this giveaway. Our opinions are our own.

Silhouette’s Heat Transfer Paper & Reminder to Enter

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If you haven’t entered to win the Silhouette product bundle giveaway — go now!! Leave a comment on the original post to enter. The winner will be announced Wednesday morning, so time is running out. I whipped up this little shirt over the weekend, and boy is their heat transfer paper fun to use! It took me a bit to figure out, but now that I have the hang of it I may just give up my freezer paper screen printing altogether! It was instant gratification-none of this waiting for the paint to dry stuff. Just cut, iron and done!

Silhouette Giveaway and Coupon Code

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We are so excited for November! The Crafting Chicks have been busy planning to make this month a great one for our readers! To kick things off we’re starting with an awesome giveaway! We love our Silhouettes (we have 5 of them amongst us!) and you’ve seen some of the projects we’ve done with them: Becky’s Be Thankful Board Jen’s Sweet Wall Words As much as we wish we were giving away an actual Silhouette SD, we’re not–but we have the next best thing! Silhouette product! And the great part is you can use them whether or not you have a Silhouette! Silhouette has come out with some really fun products–magnetic paper and tattoo paper (that you apply with water), and their heat transfers! Check out their site for more product information. The Silhouette blog is full of great ideas too! Silhouette is Giving a $50 Bundle Package away for FREE! And it includes… 2 Heat Transfer Rolls {Yellow & [Read More...]

Happy Halloween

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We hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween! Be sure to check back in Monday to see what we have in store for November! image via kirsten craft

Glittered Witch Shirt

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We’re doing some last minute glamming up over here with The Crafting Chicks. We’ve shared freezer paper screen printing, but today it’s all about the sparkles in our glittered witch shirt. When the October Country Living came I fell in love with the witch on the front cover–like almost every other blogger out there. I thought she’d look so cute on a shirt, so that’s where I put her! Here’s a video tutorial showing you step by step how to make a last minute Halloween shirt for your kids or why not even you! I did the witch with glitter and screen printed the words in black on after. Here’s the witch silhouette already for your shirt. You may have noticed that she’s the same witch framed in this post. Witch silhouette

Halloween Decor:: Starring White Pumpkins

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A neighbor walked into my house, and after seeing all the pumpkins asked, “Who has the white pumpkins on sale?” The answer: No one. We planted 1 mini white pumpkin plant in our garden and it went crazy. So, in sticking with my theme of inexpensive decor, they are everywhere in this year’s Halloween decorating. And can I say that I love what my Halloween decor has evolved into!? I do. When my husband comes home to find our house decorated for holidays he thinks how much did this one cost me. I was happy to report that only $7 was spent on this year’s decor. I’ll break down the cost and let you in on a few of my secrets. See my black flowers from last year? I love how they look in the pot and it freed up my skeleton hands to mix in with the potpourri. This orange tray I picked up on summer clearance for $3, [Read More...]

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Halloween Tattoos

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My four year old thinks he is a tough guy. And what is more tough than tattoos? I came across the cutest Halloween images (I know, cute isn’t tough but come on, he’s four) and knew they would make the perfect tattoos for my kids! I have never used tattoo paper before, but picked some up at the craft store. It is different than I was expecting. I thought it would work like the store bought tattoos and I would print with my inkjet printer and apply with water. But that’s not how the stuff I bought works. You do print with your home printer, but then remove the backing and are essentially left with a sticker that you put on the skin. There’s no need to mirror images, and they wash off really easily. Silhouette says you use water to apply their tattoo paper though, so I must not be too crazy. Check out that beefy arm! If that [Read More...]

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Heart 2 Heart Winners

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Congratulations to #39, #19, and #10! You are the winners of the Heart 2 Heart Stitcheries! Please email us your contact info within 72 hours to claim your prize! And if you didn’t win, the coupon code is good through Nov. 23rd!

Halloween Flashback

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We’ve climbed through the cobwebs and dug out these Halloween ideas from previous years on The Crafting Chicks! Spooky Decor Spider Cupcakes Spooky Treats Halloween Goodies Spooky Tree Halloween Countdown Cutest Halloween Cupcakes Ever Quick and Cheap Halloween Decor

Heart 2 Heart Stitches

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Have you seen those cute stitcheries, but don’t know how to get the wow effect in your own? Kassie is here sharing her tips to turn your needlework into art! Not only are her patterns adorable, she is also one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. (Pumpkin Stack Pattern #909 — Cedarberry Stitches) The above photo shows a good example of a stitchery framed with just the tea dye effect and one that has a bit of color.  This was my first attempt at using chalk to add color to my stitcheries and I have been addicted ever since.  Many of you have probably used paints or crayon to color fabric, but this is so much easier!  I am so excited to teach you a few tips and tricks on how to add a little color and sparkle to your stitcheries.  I did make a quick video demo for you and have longer writen instructions here as well. (Try and ignore the [Read More...]

Fridge FHE Board

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I’ll just come out and say it, we LOVE Family Home Evening at our house. My 4 year old lives for FHE and insists that we have it at least 3 times a week. What I don’t love are the FHE boards–we had one growing up. I can still picture it, a half circle painted blue with 6 bears representing each family member and hearts hung on small nails underneath with our responsibilities. My mom was a huge tole painter so it was way fancier than it sounds–lots of dotting, floating, and c-strokes. I don’t know what I have against them–because I recognize their purpose, I just don’t want to give up wall space I suppose. And then there is the whole issue of whether your family is done growing or not. Do you make a new one for every child, or put plenty of extra blanks on just in case? After one too many arguments over who was in [Read More...]

Flashback Friday

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It’s Flashback Friday on The Crafting Chicks! We’ve dug through the archives and found some oldies, but goodies to share from long ago in the year 2008. Brooke’s Color Book. Becky’s Crayon Roll. Jamie’s Super Saturday Ideas. And for a current post, check out Jen’s over on UCreate today.

DIY Lacing Cards

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We started our second year of Joy School this week, and it just happened to be at our house. Of course, late the night before I thought, “Do you know what we need? Lacing cards.” The more I thought about it the more convinced I became that they were a necessity. For Joy School. For church. For car rides. So I made some. Here’s how: 1. Choose your image. Mine come from Crystal Wilkerson’s sticker packs. 2. Enlarge to the size you want. Mine are each half page size. 3. Print on glossy photo paper. Glossy photo paper is tough. It was my solution to not having a laminator and they have held up well so far. 4. Cut around the shapes. Try not to cut out too much detail–smaller sections can be torn easier. But unless you have an unusually long hole punch, you’ll have to cut fairly close to the image. 5. Punch holes. 6. Use a fine [Read More...]

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Winners Announced

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It looks like you all love Crystal as much as we do! First, the winner for the blog class: Congratulations Amelia! We can’t wait to see what you learn. If you didn’t win, don’t worry class registration begins today for blog class. There is an “Early-bird” $5 off special if you register today 8/30 or tomorrow 8/31.  Register at www.jessicasprague.com.  And we heard from a good source (okay, straight from Crystal) that everyone who takes the class will get a 40% off coupon towards her digital kits!  They are also offering a class “add-on kit” for the class if you don’t have Photoshop or would rather just use their designs.  The add-on kit is $20 & includes: 20 backgrounds, 20 generic banners, 20 post-dividers, & 20 happy art. And the winner for the $50 gift certificate is: Congratulations Toni and have fun shopping! Amelia and Toni, please email us (craftingchicks at gmail.com) and we will get you in touch with [Read More...]

Perfectly Clear Packaging

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We made 12 of the screen printed number shirts for all of the summer birthdays we celebrated! They took care of niece, nephew and neighbor birthdays. I wish I would have taken photos of all the shirts before gifting–we had 2 years through 10 years and I was pretty pleased with how they turned out. As happy as I was with the shirts, I was tickled pink when I came up with the packaging! I snapped these few photos on my way to the post office to ship this shirt to a new 3 year old. Don’t judge me. Yes it is a dish towel. See the clear container? Any guesses what it is? Yep, a Crystal Light container with the label removed! It is the perfect size. The shirt was tied with a bow and slipped into the tube. I taped the lid shut (just to be safe) and added a label–using a digi element of course. This little [Read More...]

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Tuesday Tip: Keep School Clothes Looking New

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We all know that kids can ruin clothes super fast. And we also know that all those new school clothes cost plenty of money–and we aren’t looking to replace them any sooner than we have to. I have two tomato loving boys, so we know all about stains. I used to hate to let them eat tomatoes, or ketchup, or salsa, or pasta sauce….because of the stains. Then I learned this simple trick. The magic of sunshine! My 4 year old was eating cherry tomatoes straight out of the garden, and his shirt ended up splattered in a few places. I went ahead and sprayed it with Shout just so I could show how much of the tomato remained. The picture on the left shows the shirt straight out of the washer. Can you still see the stain? I ran into some issues getting the photos to upload and it doesn’t show the orange spots very well.  They have faded [Read More...]

{After School Convo Cards} Back to School Brainstorm

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Maybe it’s because I have boys, but I get one word answers to my questions (and they are still little…I can’t imagine when they are teenagers!) And I want to know every last detail about everything. These little cards should get kids talking after school.   You can send the convo cards in their lunch box to fill out before they get home, or they could fill them out while they are eating freshly baked cookies and cold milk after school! You do that right? Every day? With only 3 questions per sheet, it’s just enough to get them sharing about their day, without seeming like another school assignment. The goal is to keep the conversation going after the three questions have been answered! Download your own set of conversation cards here. The adorable papers are designed by the talented Crystal Wilkerson. **Disclosure** Crystal Wilkerson has given The Crafting Chicks access to all of her kits with an agreement that [Read More...]

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Illustrator Spots Still Available

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If you haven’t signed up for Illustrator 101: Digi Scrapping with Alma there are still spots available (7 to be exact)! Alma is a pro at repeating backgrounds. You know, like the ones you’d use for scrapbook paper or as Twitter backgrounds. Like these, these, or these she has shared on her blog. Want to know a little more about this class? You can read the intro and if you have more questions, ask us– in either the comments or send us an email. We want to spend the day with you as much as we want to learn Illustrator!

Grilled Pizza

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At the beginning of the summer, when my husband wanted a new grill I let him think it was all his idea. We graduated from a little portable-burn-your-eyebrows-off-when-you-try-to-light kind of grill to one with an electric ignite button, so-easy-a-girl-can-do-it grill. (And it is red. I love red things.) Like I said, it was all my husband’s idea. Grilled pizza has become a regular on our menu. My boys love it because they can pick their toppings. I love it because I don’t feel like I’m cooking (isn’t that illegal in summer?) And my husband loves it because 1. he’s being fed and 2. it uses the grill. Making the dough:: Pizza Dough 1 cup warm water 1 TBS sugar 1 TBS yeast 2 TBS oil 2 1/2 – 3 cups flour 1/2 tsp salt Add yeast and sugar to warm water and oil. Wait until it foams and then add the flour and salt. I use 3 cups of flour [Read More...]

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Welcome Sponsor: Sugar Pop Designs

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The Crafting Chicks are excited to welcome our newest sponsor, Sugar Pop Designs! Their camera straps are a great way to add a little spice to your camera! My sister and I have the same camera and are always getting them mixed up–this would eliminate skimming through the photos for an indication of which is whose! The straps are  lined with minky fabric (and you know how I love the minky!) so they are soft around your neck! Check out all of their cute options! Welcome Sugar Pop! If you are interested in being a sponsor of The Crafting Chicks we have a great summer pricing package! Email us for more details. craftingchicks at gmail.com

Illustrator 101: Digi Scrapping with Alma Loveland

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Nikkala + Alma While at EVO we were able to meet some awesome and blog famous people. One of our favorites was Alma Loveland of ollibird.com. Isn’t she just adorable? The Crafting Chicks and Alma struck up a deal bound by a pinky promise. She’s agreed to teach a class all about Adobe Illustrator geared towards digital scrapbooking for our readers! This is a brand new class just for you! Alma will teach us (yes, us. you better believe we’ll be there too!) the basics of Illustrator and we will learn to make: patterned backgrounds, stamps, die-cuts, photo borders, and overlays. That’s everything you need to know to start designing your own stuff! Alma has been teaching Illustrator classes since 2008, and is currently teaching with Nicole’s Classes–which offers both live and online courses in Illustrator, Photoshop, and photography. Alma works alongside her husband, Mike doing graphic design and digital portraiture. They are a dynamic duo! And she’s a pro [Read More...]

Minky Baby Blanket

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Months ago I watched a friend make one of these minky blankets and I couldn’t stop thinking about them! I found myself wishing I knew someone having a baby, just so I could make it. Everything about it is the perfect baby blanket. It is soft. It is just the right weight. Not too heavy and not too light. And best of all they are stinkin’ cute! Luckily, my brother and sister-in-law gave me a new little nephew to make one for. Oh yeah, and it is easy. There’s no piecing and no turning needed! The quilted look comes by sewing straight lines between the minky dots. Every 4 dots you sew a straight line down between the dots and then turn 90 degrees and do the same thing. Because of the dots there is no need to mark where to sew! Instructions: 1. Cut fabric and minky to the same size.  (I used 42″ squares) 2. Place fabric wrong [Read More...]

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Other Ways to Use Digital Scrapbooking Products

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While I consider myself a digital scrapbooker, I haven’t scrapped a page in over 4 years. I learned how to digital scrapbook about 5 years ago and it seems once I figured out Photoshop the excitement was gone. But I still love Photoshop and I love the products. Much like non-scrappers have huge stashes of paper and scissors filling up closets, there’s a pretty good stash of digital products filling up our hard drive. I’m sharing a few of my favorite ways to use them here. Digital products let you have a well put together project in no time, especially quick pages and layouts just waiting for photos. My favorite way to use brag books? Shipping labels. They have the perfect spot for an address–right where the photo should be. They take practically no time, and I like to think that I’m cheering up the receiver’s day as well as the postal workers! This poor box is the link between [Read More...]

How does your garden grow?

This may be too late for most of our readers, but if you have been slacking and haven’t gotten around to planting your flowers (ahem. me.) then this is for you! A nicely planted flower box is made up of the same design elements used in all forms of design–interior, graphic, fashion, floral and of course landscape! The Rule of Odds:: Our brains like to see odd numbers. Even numbers look like they are fighting to balance each other. 1 spike, 3 geraniums, and 5 lobelia will result in a balanced basket. Color:: Pick a color scheme, any color scheme you can’t go wrong. Monochromatic (one color), Analogous (colors next to each other on the color wheel), Complimentary (2 colors opposite on the color wheel) or Polychromatic (any and all colors). Mix Textures:: Just like fabric has a texture, so do plants. Some plants have feathery leaves, and others have spiky. Texture will add another dimension to your container when [Read More...]

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Medallions Ribbons and Donuts to Share

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I’m sort of really – a lot in love with these medallion ribbons! It all started with the Minute to Win It prize, and has continued through the end of school and on! I don’t know if I’ll ever get enough of them. National Donut Day is this Friday, and I think these ribbons would make a drop-by surprise of donuts to your friends even cuter. Use with just 1 donut, or go for the whole dozen if you are feeling generous! I really wanted to share the Super Teacher one with all of you, but as far as I could tell sharing isn’t allowed with the papers I used. So I came up with this cute one using a free kit from Shabby Princess for National Doughnut Day. Does anyone know the real spelling of doughnut/donut? I couldn’t find a definite answer so I went with donut as it fits on the tag easier! They are so simple to [Read More...]

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Minute to Win It

I love to throw parties! And often on Sunday night, as we are watching Minute to Win It, I comment on what a fun party it would be. So last week I made it happen as a surprise party for my sister. Because I went through the effort to put stuff together I thought I’d share it here with all of you! If you haven’t seen Minute to Win It, the object is to complete a task in 1 minute and then move on to the next–earning money with each completed task (much like Millioinaire). There are 3 chances that can be used before you are finished. So you can re-try a game if you don’t pass it on the first attempt. MTWI supplies There are a lot of games, but these are the ones we chose to do because of the ease of setting up/we already had most of the supplies. We used a church gym, with the basketball [Read More...]

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Fruit Bouquet

The Crafting Chicks are moms and we know that crafting isn’t always picture perfect. And sometimes it is downright hectic and doesn’t go as planned–especially when you are in a hurry! I was asked to make a fruit topiary for a mother/daughter tea party and honestly when I bit that hook I could not visualize what a fruit topiary was. But I thought I could figure it out – with a little help from my friend Google of course :). After consulting Google I sat off to the produce section and came home with the smallest head of cabbage I could find (it was still rather large), cantaloupe, grapes, and a box of toothpicks. I had read that places like Edible Arrangements use cabbage as their base. I don’t know if it is true but gave it a try. Number one, it is cheaper than a foam ball. And number two, I didn’t have to make another stop at the [Read More...]

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Fruit:: Tip and Dip

Have you ever experienced the last minute rush to throw something together for a party? Here’s a quick tip and easy recipe that will make it seem you are in complete control! Fruit Dip 1 (8 oz) container of Cool Whip 1 (6 oz) container of flavored yogurt (Key Lime, Strawberry–whatever is in the fridge) Mix together and serve with your favorite fruits. I used to think lemon juice (or the fruit preserve stuff I never remembered to buy) was my only option to keep my apples from turning brown. And the lemon juice is pretty sour. But you can just dip your bananas and apples in Sprite or 7-Up before arranging on the plate. The citric acid in the pop will take care of the browning, and the mild lemon lime flavor isn’t noticeable. No more puckering when eating an apple!

Give Away #5::

I’m so excited for this giveaway! Giveaway now closed. Maybe it’s because I have all boys, so when I see all the cute things for girls I get a little jealous. I set out looking for the equivalent of cute flowers for boys and this is what I came up with (but I didn’t want you to feel left out either)! Everything turned out so adorably that I made 2 of each–one for you and one for me. Okay, here’s what you will win:: Custom washer necklace for mom:: The back is blank, so you will be able to choose your word that I’ll add before shipping it off! Tie:: One for dad and one for the little guy in your life. The little guy tie is size 1-3, but it’s the size my 4 year old wears with room to spare. The big daddy tie is just the right size for the man in your life. To enter, leave [Read More...]

Framed Silhouettes

I knew I wanted the silhouettes of our boys hanging in our bedroom, but didn’t want life size prints of their heads nor did I want the 5×7″ oval frames we gave the grandmas. A big impact with smaller photos is what I was after. To get this, I found frames at the thrift store and painted them black. I really love the octagon frame and hope to some day have a few more interestingly shaped frames to add to the mix. Then I cut foam core (you know the stuff they mount posters on) to fit the frames. You can pick foam core up at office supply stores, art supply stores, and my favorite–Dollar Tree. If your frames have glass you can trace it as your pattern-but the foam core doesn’t leave room in the frame for the glass so it isn’t necessary. I then painted the foam core. I chose a fun color to add some color to [Read More...]

Silhouettes for Mother’s Day

Last year for Mother’s Day we gave the grandmas silhouettes of our boys. It is a timeless gift that grandmas love! I plan to continue this tradition every year and they can swap out the new head for the old and watch the changes as the boys grow. I also hung some in our room, because once the silhouettes are complete there are countless ways to use them. And they are really simple to do! I’ve seen tutorials using Illustrator, but I am pen tool challenged so I used Photoshop. First, you need a profile photo of your child. A solid wall would work best, but sometimes you’ve got to do what you have to. Here he is sitting in his bumbo as the older brother entertains him. I’m using Photoshop CS4 here, but other versions should work just as well–all you need is the magnetic lasso tool. Select the magnetic lasso tool and start selecting the child’s face. Pay [Read More...]

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Freezer Paper Screen Printing

I love looking through the Chasing Fireflies catalog when it comes. And when I saw their number shirts last year I fell in love. How much would your child like to sport around his/her age? Yeah, a lot. But that price tag. Ouch. I knew there had to be a cheaper route to get the same effect. So I set out to learn as much as I could about screen-printing at home. Yudu is all the rage, but still, a Yudu for a birthday shirt? It seemed a bit much. I found solid colored long sleeved tees on the clearance rack at Old Navy for 74¢ and figured this was a good opportunity to practice! Freezer paper screen-printing won out for this simple design. And worked out awesomely for my nephew’s “5” shirt. A green (his favorite color) 5 on a gray shirt. So awesomely, that I was mad I didn’t take any photos, we made a “4” shirt for [Read More...]

Personalized Card Holder

This is so simple and won me the Mom of the Year award, well, at least the Mom of the Week. My 4 year old loves to play games with us, but cards are so hard for his little hands to manage. And it is so hard for me to play fairly when I can see all of his cards laid out on the floor (really–why would I pick up the Old Maid if I can see her?). For a while we would steal a clip off the chip bag for him to use and then I got crazy and made him his very own. I’ve seen the card holders at game stores, but these are so much more fun (and these clips cost $1). Start with a clip. Any old clip. Measure to know how big your paper needs to be and add a name if you wish. You will want one for the front (name) and one for [Read More...]

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Evil treats for the sweetest sweet

I’m a fan of not messing with something that is already great. Kathleen at Twig & Thistle has adorable printables for Valentines. I’m sure you have seen them around–they are awesome! When I saw her brownie bags I couldn’t stop thinking about brownies. My mom makes the best brownies. They are fudge-y and chewy, soft and crusty, and even after days in their dried out state are still so delicious. They are evil. But oh so good. So, I set out to combined the pretty package with the evil brownies.I ran into a couple snags along the way. First, I tried to print on regular brown paper lunch bags. My printer had a hard time and they came out with black ink smeared across them. Looking like they had been ran over and were now covered in tire tracks. I couldn’t find bags (like Twig & Thistle’s) at Micheal’s. Because I had a pan of {evil} brownies sitting on my [Read More...]

Spooky Treats

Quickly turn your candy jars into potion ingredients even Hermoine would be impressed with with awesome labels from Love Manor. They added the perfect spookiness to the treats at our Halloween party this weekend. I glanced through the labels before heading to the candy isle so I had some idea of what I was looking for. The are a lot of possibilities. After returning with the sweets, I printed the appropriate labels and used double sided tape to attach them to the various jars I scavenged from around the house.

Halloween Decor

If you haven’t noticed, I like my crafts cheap and quick. In the past Halloween hasn’t been that big of a deal–I skip it and go straight to my fall or Thanksgiving decorations. But this year, I decided to change things. It is still a work in progress, but luckily Halloween isn’t tomorrow so I still have time. I’m posting these ideas now–and hope to post more in the next little bit–in case you are suffering from Halloween blahs and need a little decor refresh in your house. The black and white pennant flags, I love them. Raided my stash of black and white fabric and created this. How many holidays will black and white work for? I may leave it up all year. My mom made this silver tray chalkboard for me. She found a silver tray at the thrift store, and painted it with chalkboard paint. She intended it to sit on a small easel on the counter–but [Read More...]

Industrial Strength Jewelry

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My mom, sister, and I have been on a washer necklace making kick lately. Here’s what you do: Phase 1 Supplies: Stamps Hammer Washer (we use fender washers) Hard surface Hair Spray Magic Marker Scissors Scrapbook paper You can buy the metal stamps from Harbor Freight Tools for about $5 (here’s a 20% off coupon if you are interested). Once you have decided on a saying or word for your washer, hold on tight to the stamp and give it one firm and quick swing with the hammer. The wood actually wasn’t hard enough and we ended up moving to the tile floor. Concrete would also work. Once you have the washer punched, color the entire surface with a black magic marker. After the marker has dried, spray with hair spray and wipe off. This will turn the letters black and help them show up. Then trace the washer onto the paper and cut out. Phase 2 Supplies: Sand paper [Read More...]

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Order Up!

A few weeks ago I saw these. And then a week later Bakerella posted these. By then my love for mini hamburgers was official. How adorable are they? While visiting my sister we decided this would be a good project for the boys to help us with. They are 3 and 4, so we opted to go the Nilla wafer route, because of durability. I could only imagine the crumby mess that would result after my helper had done his helping. We combined the best of both worlds, the cookie burgers with fries. I ran to the store to pick up the Nilla wafers, and after much deliberation in the aisle, decided to go with the generic (for less than half the cost) instead of the real thing. When I opened the impostors up I was met with some very ugly cookies. But since we were in rural Idaho and the store isn’t just around the corner, we dealt. And [Read More...]

{GIVE AWAY}

Corrine, the owner of the newly opened etsy shop, Sicily’s Shop is giving away one of her darling finished banners. This banner will come to you ready to hang on the wall straight out of the box! Check out her blog for more Young Women ideas. Leave a comment here, before Monday, February 2nd at midnight and check back Tuesday morning to see if you are the winner!

iPod Re-vamp

My sister found this template for a new iPod look. The Dollar Tree has all sorts of iPod Nano 3G covers, and she had just bought the hard, clear plastic one and wanted to dress up her silver nano. I dropped some digi paper into the template (Heather Ann Designs) and printed it off. Cut around the pink lines and ta-da! A completely new look for $1!

Inauguration

Whether or not you voted for our incoming president, history will be made next Tuesday. We will celebrate with cupcakes and paper airplanes.

Advent Calender

To start the Christmas season, I made each of our primary kids an advent calender to give them today (so they can start the countdown to Christmas tomorrow). You can find them on Alma Loveland’s blog. I did change the colors to be more traditional Christmas colors, and then printed them off on cardstock (10×7″), cut around the ornaments, and stuck the 2 pieces together with double sided tape. Because we teach 5 year olds, the activities under the flaps are very simple, free, and things that need little supervision. I am excited to make a larger one for our family with different activities and hopefully start a tradition with our little family.

Pimp your Pumpkins

I just came across these simple, but oh so cute, ways to make your pumpkins absolutely adorable this fall. Heather Ann Melzer Dreamy White Pumpkins

Father’s Day Foods

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Father’s Day is only two days away… …and my father-in-law is officially the hardest person to give to…so a few years ago I decided to only give him edible gifts. They are the only kind that seem to get used! Last year we gave him ice cream, homemade hot fudge and crunchy topping. This year we are giving him some yummy trail mix that I think he’ll enjoy. It is made up of almonds, cashews, dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds (shelled), and chocolate chips. I normally would have added walnuts, but he doesn’t like them so they were left out. I dumped the mix into a large plastic Chinese take out container and added a ribbon and tag and another Father’s Day is taken care of! Here are my recipes for hot fudge and the crunchy topping if you have a hard to buy for dad in your life! Hot fudge: 1/2 cube butter 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1 cup [Read More...]

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Ingredients: 1 3/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup peanut butter 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons milk 40 Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees 2. Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda; set aside 3. Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well. 4. Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin tin. 5. Back at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and carefully remove from pan. I used my mini cookie scoop–it made the perfect sized balls.

Notebook Makeover

I wanted to make a little Conference gift basket to give the ladies I visit teach. I looked all over and couldn’t find a cute notebook that was reasonably priced. These composition notebooks were at the dollar store and decided I could give them a face lift. I printed off the cover pages, glued them down, smoothed the edges, and added the ribbon to finish it off. They were really simple and so much cuter than the boring composition book. I added a bottle of water, a new pen, gum and life savers to complete the little conference gift.

Easter Buckets

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I made these Easter buckets last year using sand pails I found at a dollar store, some fabric, buttons, ribbon and ric-rac. My sister embroidered our names on and the panels tie around the buckets. You could easily use a hot glue gun and glue everything right onto the buckets though. Pin It

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Wheatgrass

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Although we still have a foot of snow on the ground, the recent appearance of the sun has given me spring fever. A really easy way to bring spring inside is to plant some wheatgrass. It only takes a few days to appear and every time I walk into the kitchen I see a little piece of spring sitting on my counter. The only thing you really need are wheat berries (whole wheat). You can find them in most grocery stores (look for whole wheat) or beg some off your neighbor with a wheat grinder. A cute container with potting soil, or even a plate with wet paper towels will work, although the grass will last longer in the potting soil. Sprinkle the soil or paper towels with the wheat seeds and keep them moist, I usually cover the container with Saran Wrap until the seeds have germinated. Now sit back watch your grass grow and don’t forget to water [Read More...]

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Spring Chicks

Two years ago when these cupcakes first appeared in Martha Stewart Living I made them with a 4 year old we were entertaining for a night. They turned out so cute! Every year since I have searched her site for them…and I finally found them today.

Be Mine Directions

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These were super simple to make. Directions: White cardstock: 8.5″ x 3″ corners rounded Pink cardstock: 8″ x2.5″ corners rounded Open 6 different pink digi papers Resize to 1.2″ Add letter in desired font and color Print off Cut out Glue down Add flower and button. (I found the flowers in the dollar section at Target 40 flowers/$1). The buttons were part of my stash from Oriental Trading. Pin It

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Be Mine

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Every year my family sends out Valentines. It is unwritten rule of sorts. This year I went the easy way and massed produced the same card over and over to send to my family and my husband’s. I’m not sure his side feels it as important to send Valentines, but who doesn’t like to hear they are loved! Share the Valentines you make or receive! Pin It

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