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I'm Going There Someday Foil Temple Print

I’m Going There Someday Foil Temple Print

I’ve been playing around with the Heidi Swapp™ Minc™ machine and I’m in love with it! It is so much fun! My girls watched in amazement as I would place a piece of paper covered in foil in the sleeve, run it through the machine and voila! A beautiful foiled picture would emerge! Too fun!

I decided to make a temple print for my daughter’s rooms so they can see it everyday.

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I found a clipart silhouette of the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple. I then added the “I’m going there someday,” to the bottom in a script and also a fun block font.

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It was tricky to decide on the foil color so I did a few different ones and ended up loving them all but the silver with the turquoise stole my heart.

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Jellyfish Friendship Bracelets

Back in the day I was the queen of friendship bracelets. I remember spending my summers sitting with my sister and best friend working on the coolest bracelets ever! But this is one style of friendship bracelet we didn’t know about back then – the Jellyfish Friendship Bracelet. It’s call the Jellyfish Bracelet because the embroidery floss hangs down, like jellyfish tentacles while you’re making it.

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It’s a little different type of bracelet because it uses this handy dandy wheel. I designed one and cut it of cardstock out on my Cricut Explore (using the pen and cut).

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You can download the svg template to import into Cricut Design Space or use in Silhouette Studio.

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You’ll need 7 strands of embroidery floss, each 20″ long

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Tie the strands together, leaving a tail so you’ll be able to tie it once finished, and run them through the center hole.

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The wheel has 8 slits, so leaving the one with START above it empty, run 1 strand through each of the slits. Then, beginning with the Start slit, or the empty one, count left 3 strands. Which is the left mint strand here.

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Take that strand and move it into the empty slot.

 

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Then rotate the wheel so the empty slot is once again at the bottom, and count up 3 strands.

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Move it down to the empty slot, and continue turning the wheel and counting up 3 strands. That’s all there is to it!

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Soon you’ll have a bracelet emerging in the center of the Jellyfish!

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My cute niece made her  first YouTube video showing how to make these. Please hop over and show her some love!

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Jellyfish Bracelets


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We made these mini totes/Scripture bags for our Activity Day girls at church.  The girls loved making these bags.  Simple, easy, & cute!

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I found the mini totes at Hobby Lobby.  I used my Cricut Explore to cut out each girls name using the sparkly silver Cricut iron on vinyl.  (I love the iron on vinyl!) sm bag 5

After cutting out the names…I first ironed the bag (to make it hot) and then placed the name on the bag.  I ironed over the name and peeled off the plastic.   Such a fun way to personalize the bags. sm bag 2

We made Fabric Ruffle Flowers and added them to the bags with hot glue!  So easy!

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My girls love these totes!

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This is the most simple project….and it’s actually an idea that Q my 5 year-old came up with.  She is the best and so creative.  She did this one day and I thought, “what a great idea that is!”  She even staged a lot of this shoot which  I think is so awesome.  I love when she joins me in my shenanigans.  This is a fun project you can use for any age of girl.

SUPPLIES:  All you need is blank headbands.  They have a great supply over at Hairbow Supplies Etc.  The only other thing is washi tape.  Easy enough.

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HAVE I TOLD YOU I LOVE WASHI TAPE!!!!  I do…that’s all.   You can use any type of washi tape for this projects.  I noticed that when Q and I were making these, that patterned tapes look different when they are on the headband.  Ones I thought would be cute, didn’t necessarily look cute and visa versa.  So try out a bunch of different ones.

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Start at one end of the headband and wrap it tightly around the whole headband.  Easy enough! Finish it up with washi tape on each end to make it finished.

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There you have it.  Done.  These are fun because you can make any pattern, quickly and cheaply.

Wahoo, that’s what we like :).

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xo,  Kirsten


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Ok, so i’m usually long-winded here and my goal today is to make it short and sweet for your sake ;).

I love these headbands so much!  I’ve always loved the classic look of a simple striped bow. Here’s my quick version.  If you want darling ribbon to work with, you can go to HairBowSuppliesEtc.

1.  Start with a foot and a half of ribbon and fold like so (with snake tongues cute out of each end).  Hot glue ribbon in the middle of the bow where everything comes together and on all layers.

2.  Wrap and glue one piece around the center. Done!!!

3. Glue along the metal headband and attach bow.

4.  Use one last piece of ribbon to glue onto the bottom side of the ribbon and over underside of the headband.

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DONE.  Enjoy.


Elastic Hair Ties

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.

Elastic for Hair Ties 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.

Elastic Hair Ties 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 wrist, but when they want to pull their hair up, they always have an elastic handy.

Elastic Hair Ties Once they are cut, you’ll want to seal the ends. I ran the ends over the top of a lit candle to singe them, but all the while I wished I had one of these cool gadgets-The Miracle Ribbon Cutter. How slick would that have been?! Then simply fold the elastic in half and tie a knot. It can’t get much easier than that!

**Edit** I’ve received comments that the Miracle Ribbon Cutter does not work on elastic. So please don’t buy one for this project!

Elastic Hair Ties and Printable Cards Our girl’s camp has a cowgirl theme so I made these fun Pony Up cards for the hair ties to go on. We’ll be giving them out as a tuck in treat, because of bears and raccoons and the need to keep all food out of our tents. Even though they aren’t food I think the girls are going to love them!

 

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Are you scrambling trying to find a last minute gift idea?

Print off our Mistle Toes tag and green mistletoe,

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attach it to nail polish with some baker’s twine and you’ll have the cutest little gift!

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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. mistletoesindividual

 


Happy Halloween friends!!!  Since Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday, I have seriously been crafting up a storm.  I shared these last week at the FABULOUS BLOG EIGHTEEN25!!  We have loved their blog for so long as I’m sure ALL of you have, and we have always enjoyed the fresh ideas that come from these fellow crafters.  We have LOVED looking at all the other Halloween ideas for their Spooktacular September….SO FUN!!

Today I will be sharing my LACE & RIC RAC SPIDERS.  I wanted to make some spiders this year.  I immediately knew I wanted to use Martha Stewart Fine Glitter, spray glitter, lace, liquid starch, patterned fabric, and some sparkly beads for the eyes.  As I went along, I added the pipe cleaners to stiffen the spider legs.

SUPPLIES:

  • 4′ ric rac or lace for each spider
  • Sta-Flo Liquid Starch
  • matching pipe cleaners
  • glitter spray
  • loose glitter
  • sewing machine
  • ribbon
  • patterned fabric
  • sparkly beads for eyes
  • glue and glue gun


Dip the ric rac and lace in the liquid starch and wring it out so there is still starch on the lace or ric rac, but no excess.  Next, hang them up to dry either over a bowl to shape the legs, or hang clothes pin them to a string.

The thicker lace needs more support with pipe cleaners, but the liquid starch still lends needed stiffness to the lace and ric rac.  Cut the lace and ric rac to the size of the pipe cleaners.

Glue the pipe cleaners to the back of the ric rac.  These are nice because they stay pretty hidden.


Then, shape the 4 pieces of ric rac into an “M” shape.
Let the lace dry overnight in a bowl that will shape the legs like so….

This is the smaller spider that dried in a smaller bowl.  After the lace dries, hot glue the pieces together and curl that legs like so.

Use a couple of pieces of pipe cleaner to make the legs point upwards a bit.  The starch makes the lace bendable, but stiff enough.

After the pieces of pipe cleaner are glued to the pieces of ric rac, glue the ric rac pieces together and mold the legs to your liking.

THEN EMBELLISH!! At this point, you use the spray glitter and add the Martha loose glitter while the spray glitter is wet.  Then add the orange Martha glitter to the Mulit-colored spray glitter when it’s still wet.  I love the way the different glitters add to the vintage feel of the spiders.  You can’t really see the glitter on the white spiders, but oh it’s there….believe me, it’s there.  Now for the SPIDER PHOTO SHOOT!  Mr. Black Spider Magoo…

To make the scrunched up fabric, all you do it cut a piece of fabric that’s 3″ wide and about 36″ long and sew along the edge, then turn the fabric piece right side out.  Then, choose a ribbon to string through the center and fasten both ends of the patterned fabric so the ribbon so it doesn’t slide off the string.  Glue the scrunched up fabric to the middle of the spider body or anywhere that makes it hang straight.  Add glitter pom poms for the body.

SHOT #2 of the dainty spider.

This spider is much bigger.  I WISH WISH WISH you could see the glitter on the body, it’s magnificent!  For the body of this one, I made a polkadot rosette and folded it into a cylinder then glued it to the spider legs.

Each one turned out with a unique little personality.  I made two of these and this one just fit nicely resting on my corn husk pumpkins.

This guy looks a little spooky here, he’s starring at me with his wee beady eyes.

So that’s a wrap!  You can use these spiders in a variety of ways….add to a wreath, hang from a chandelier or anything for that matter, rest on a tabletop or other decoration, etc. etc.  Happy Crafting!!

xoxo, KIRSTEN


Hello everyone!!  Happy Summer.  It’s the perfect time to make a walking stick.  I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but in Utah there are SO many places to hike, most of which I’ve never been to, sadly.  But, I think it’s time to get into the mountains a little more, especially since I don’t have a baby to lug around :).


I have always loved being in the outdoors and it’s so fun to experience new things with the kids.  So our goal this summer is to go on three different hikes.  This may not seem like a lot, but it’s a start for us :).  There’s something very thrilling and fun about being in the outdoors with the kids and yes, there’s always a way to add flair to something for CHEAP…..enter the walking sticks, Oh…..and let’s not forget COUSIN BROOKIE.  We are SILLY when we get together, we dance, sing, make weird faces, totally make fools of ourselves.  This occasion was not an exception.

So a couple of people working on girls camp with me, harvested walking sticks last night.  I couldn’t wait to use some of these for the kiddos for our summer hikes.  The best kind of wood to use around Utah is Water Birch or Dogwood.  We found our bunch of sticks up Blacksmith Forth Canyon near Logan, Utah.  I shouldn’t say that I helped too much because I spent most of my time making sure my kids didn’t get sucked down the river.  Luckily we all survived :).

We got to use some of the shorter sticks for mine and Brookie’s kids, and you kind of have to know how to do things the right way before you help 200 girls do it at Girl’s Camp, and yes, that’s where I’ll be in a handful of weeks.  So here are the steps in a nutshell:

1.  Strip down the sticks to the light-colored wood with a pocket knife. (Brooke’s little toe makes me laugh every time I see it :).

If the wood has just been cut, it’s much easier to strip down, but if you wait, it takes much longer.

Brooke’s a cute little nerd.  I can say that because she’s my cousin.  Do do dooooo!

Remember Jaden from past posts.  He’s our neighborhood ring-leader, helping where he can.

The paint we chose, SUCKS.  But that’s ok because you can see the grain of the wood through the top layer, whatever.

2.  After the stick is sanded, paint or stain it to your liking.  Here we painted one coat, then we put the painter’s tape in a curly-cue pattern and used the gold, which ROCKED.

This is what we were both doing after the kids were trying to play with the spray paint cans & knives the whole time….I admit I was a bit of a crabby patty at times.  Brookie has the best faces ever.  

This is what my garage looks like right now…..no comment.  I’m not going to lie, our yard looked liked a tornado passed through it when we were done….shavings everywhere, paint everywhere, popsicle juice everywhere….and I mean EVERYWHERE.

This is what we came up with.  There were no cuts and only minor paint infractions to our driveway….but we won’t mention the grass :), no biggie.

I love the way they turned out.  We measured each stick to fit each of the kids.  I think the best length for a stick is to fit a little above the navel to the chest.

It kind of looked like a scene out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The gold was so cool, so we used it on almost every single one.

We had some really happy kids at the end.  These will be really fun to use on our hikes this summer :).  Do you have a favorite hiking spot in Utah or any other place in the world?

xoxo,

KIRSTEN

HAPPY HIKING!


I can’t believe I just mentioned Christmas.  Well, I said it.  With Christmas around the corner and chilly Halloween nights for that matter, this is a cheap/fun present for any lady in your life from babies up to mamas and grandma’s if she’s hip.  These (without flowers) are also fun for boys, yes boys.  These are super popular at my kids’ school and they call them Spirit Arms.  These gray ones are fun for the boys minus the frills.

STEP 1.   So I purchased these cute socks at Target in the ladies section.  They were $2 per pair.  That’s a great present for darn cheap, WOOT WOOT.  You can’t beat handmade either.  You can find these and others at Target.  There are also some that are $5 which are also really cute.

STEP 2.  Take each sock and cute each one right above the ankle.  The best part is that you don’t even need to sew the cut end.  If you are making Baby Legwarmers or Spirit Arms without thumb holes, stop here.  You are DONE.  If you are making the thumb hole, continue.

STEP 3.  Mark a quarter-sized hole about 2″ below the cinched end of the sock.

STEP 4.  Cut it out.  After you cute it out, PUT IT ON.  This will stretch out the fabric just slightly to perfection.  Don’t try to stretch it out, it will stretch on its own.

STEP 5.  Take the bottom part of another sock or the bottom of the same one depending on what color you want it to be.  Cut a one inch “tube” out of the bottom part of another sock. 

STEP 6.  Choose a fun color of embroidery thread (don’t separate individual threads) and weave in and out of the piece that’s wrapped around the inside and outside of the quarter-sized hole.  Do this until the tube piece is sewn around the perimeter of the hole.  Sew a little bit past the beginning to ensure that the hole will not stretch any more than it already has.  Repeat this step to ensure that this piece in secure.

STEP 7.  Sew the other matching one just like you did in step 6.  You don’t have to worry about whether it’s the left or the right until you attach the flowers.

STEP 8.  Make the flowers by using the bottom part of one of the remaining socks.  Cut the bottom of the sock 3/4″ wide and about 1 foot long.  Do this by cutting it into a corkscrew shape until you get 1 food of the sock.  Wrap the fabric around until you have a flower like so…(step 8).  Sew the flower with the embroidery thread.  Sew the flowers into place so if you were to put them on, they would land on the hand or wrist.  Now, ENJOY a unique, one-of-a-kind accessory for the Fall and Winter season or better yet, a gift for someone, or MANY gifts for EVERYONE.  You can’t beat $2.

Baby Leg Warmers:  I made these ones for Quincie.  They go up to her mid-thigh, they are so cute.  These ones happened to be $1.  The solid colors are this price.  These took me literally 10 seconds to make.  I love how they turned out.  I think this is the first time my hubs has made it to the craft blog, shout out to my honey 🙂  He probably won’t be bragging to his friends about this appearance 😉  They are both pretty darn cute aren’t they.

Another cute group of BOYS wearing the Spirit Arms.  The three younger ones are mine and on most days I would claim my neighbor as well 😉 ha ha Jaden.  Porter begged for $8 to buy some blue and white stripped “spirit arms” from school.  He earned them and yes, we bought them to help out the PTA.  My other boys then wanted a pair to wear to school.  I immediately thought back to Jamie’s Post HERE.  We immediately went to Target and purchased some socks with patterns the boys could handle.  They LOVE them.  They work well under t-shirts, seriously they LOVE them.

You can either do these with or without the thumb hole, either way they are easy and go with any outfit.  The tweens dig these as well.  I plan on making a set of these for each of my tween nieces for Christmas. 

So whether they are Baby Legwarmers, Hand Warmers, Spirit Arms, for girls or boys, they are a great gift idea and fun new accessory for anyone, and CHEAP!!!  Merry early Christmas people and thanks for stopping by.

We are always on the look out for inexpensive gift ideas, what are your best ones?

Happy Crafting!!



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