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Learn How To Knit With Michaels

The Michaels Makers Challenge for the month of May was to take one of the many classes that Michaels offers. I was really excited because there are so many options and different classes I wanted to take. Cake decorating, oil painting, drawing, flower arraignment, knitting and crochet, all of these are things that I’d like to learn more about.

I went into my local Michaels and spoke with Bonnie, who runs the eduction part of our store. I loved talking to her and finding out more information. Did you know that Michaels offers free classes in their stores? You can try out a new craft skill for just the cost of supplies. 

When I spoke with Bonnie, she told me about the upcoming classes and showed me the projects that would be worked on. I decided to go with the knitting class because it was something I have wanted to learn how to do and this was the perfect chance.

Learn How to Knit

The class I went to was for a knit fringe clutch. It was super cute, but Bonnie let me know ahead of time that I would most likely just be learning the motions and that I wouldn’t finish in the class. I did learn everything I would need to finish at home, which I’m still working on. 😉

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Our class size was small; 4 students to 1 instructor, which was great for individual attention. I felt as though I could ask questions and get help when needed. I feel that is really important so you don’t get discouraged right from the start.

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I roped my sister into taking the class with me. This is her, on the right, and Bonnie the instructor on the left. Bonnie taught us how to read the pattern and sat down with each of us to show us how to get started.

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Here’s my first row. Hooray!

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and my second row.  I got a bit further in the class but I’m still working on it. Can’t wait to show you it all finished.

Another great way to explore your creativity is by trying out a craft kit. Michaels has everything from sewing kits to art kits and everything in between.

I’m dying to know what class would you take at Michaels this month?

Check out the classes the other Michaels Makers took.



Mother's Day Handprint Flower 2016

I’m a sucker for anything handprint from my girls. I love seeing the growth from year to year through their hands. You probably know this because I like to post project and gift ideas using handprints. Of course I had to make another Mother’s Day Handprint Flower Printable for 2016.

These always make a fun gift for grandmas too because it’s one of a kinda artwork from their favorite children.

They are quick but can be messy so I suggest having some wet wipes nearby. Also, clothes that are okay to have paint on them, and a surface that could get paint on it. 😉

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Other then the suggestions above, you’re going to need the free printable, which you can download below, some paint, a paper plate to put the paint on, and a paint brush.

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Paint your child’s hand so that you can control the amount. Then they can place the hand on a stem.

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You can also let them use their creativity to make flowers with their fingers or thumbs.

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This can get on the messy side so beware and have your wipes handy.

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I loved watching how she made each flower.

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A fun little action shot of her showing me her painted thumb.

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And there you have it. You can have each child complete one page each, or have each child do only one flower. This project is so fun and each one is unique.

To download the 3 stem option click below

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And to download the 4 stem option click below

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How to edit your iPhone photos

Hello again! Michelle here and today I’m talking about Photography and making the most of your iPhone photos. I know that you probably have thousands of photos that mean the world to you on your phone right now… I currently have 11,244 photos and 525 videos!!! omgoodness and I have to admit that those are all from this past year!

I use two cameras every single day. My Canon 5D Mark iii and my iPhone 6 (I’m holding out for whatever amazing phone comes out this fall). There are so many apps and filters and resources for photography on the iPhones of today, but I wanted to share with you my process for my iPhone images. There is a fine line between being obsessed and taking 40 shots for that one awesome image… or just taking a couple good images and still being present and involved in the activity that is happening around you. My goal is to never become so involved in getting an image that I’m not present with my family. There is of course a time for both instances of course. There are times that I become a little crazy and my family lets me know. So….. what do I do from taking a photo to posting it on my Instagram account?

First and most importantly, come follow me on Instagram

Camera

I use the built in camera of the iPhone to take my photos. I use the “photo” setting. I’m a wide angle kind of girl and I love to get as much into the frame as I can. I feel like the square setting limits a lot of what I can pull into the frame. There are camera functions within many of the photography apps, like VSCO, Instagram and countless others that you can use as well.

Taking Your Images

I look for light when I’m going to take my photo. The most beautiful photos include natural light, whether they are outside or inside my home. Turn your subject so that the light is most flattering on them. Avoid very harsh light and raccoon shadows in the eyes.

Editing Images

I try to be spontaneous with my picture taking on my phone and not focus too much on editing them. I also keep my edits simple and clean. I have three favorite apps that I use for editing.

My first go to app is Photoshop Fix. I use this for the most irritating issue… that angry 11 between my eyebrows or a pimple, scratch, or jelly goo on one of the kids’ faces. Use the healing brush, click and poof it’s gone! If you are a Lightroom user, there is also a Lightroom app.

Next I use an app to edit the look of my image; color, contrast, brightness and sharpness, etc. My favorite app to use is VSCO. I use some of the VSCO presets in Lightroom when editing my photos from big girl camera, so there is some consistency when using the app. VSCO gives you a wide variety of tools to use for your images, including the vertical and horizontal tilt of your photos… for those people who for some reason can’t always take a photo straight. That would be me! Here are two examples and my settings in VSCO.

This morning we ventured to the awesome donut shop in town and this little guy was overwhelmed with the cookie monster in front of him.

How to edit your iPhone photos

All of my color images were edited with the A7 preset and I used the X2 preset for my black and white edit. Once I choose my preset or the filter that will be on the image, I then make the fine adjustments that are found under the tools. For the above two images I made the follow adjustments. Clarity +1, Shadow Save +1, Sharpen +1, Fade +1, Highlight Save +3, Tint +1, and Skin Tone +1.  Most of my adjustments were very minor. The only difference on the black and white version was a little added in grain of +2

How to edit your iPhone photos

This image is one that I used on Instagram to show what my car office looks like when I’m waiting for the kids at rehearsals and practices. This image was also the A7 preset with the following adjustments: Contrast +1, Highlights Save +3, Saturation +1, Sharpen +2, Clarify +2.

How to edit your iPhone photos

I’m a huge sucker for sun flare. Some avoid it like the plague, but I love love love a beautiful huge sun flare. This image was also done with the A7 preset. I went a little more drastic with my adjustments to bring out the sun flare more dramatically. Shadows Tint +7, Temperature +1, Highlights Save +6, Clarity +6 and Saturation +1.

I will also use Pic Tap Go for a quicker edit and also Instagram. In Instagram, I typically don’t use the filters at all but instead use the tools similar to VSCO to edit the images. In the end, the goal is to make your image look as close to real life colors as possible while adding a little extra oomph and interest. Avoid filters that make you look like an oompa loompa or an alien. Scroll through the multiple filters and find your favorites. Using consistent filters for editing will give your photography a consistent and clean look.

Backup

Since I have 11,244 images, backups are essential. Make sure that your iCloud is up to date and is backing up your images continuously. I’m terrified of a crash. I also use my external hard drives to periodically backup my images as well as an online backup system. I pay a small $3 fee each month with iCloud for an increased amount of storage.

I hope that you have fun doing quick and consistent edits of your iPhone images… and remember to be present and involved in the activities and get in those photos! Come visit me at Michelle Lea Creative.

-Michelle

How to edit your iPhone photos


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Science Teacher Gift Idea - Periodic Element Thank You

Teacher Appreciation week is coming up and I’ve been trying to think of a thoughtful gift to give when I saw these Method Pink Grapefuit Cleaners caught. These are my all time favorite cleaner (they’re even on my Amazon subscribe and save). Nothing freshens up a room like a citrus scent! And well, kids are messy and smelly so I figured teachers will appreciate it as much as mom’s do. When giving teacher gifts I aim for a consumable, something they can enjoy and use up so it doesn’t create clutter. And I try to not give treats or food, unless I know what their favorites are.

Science Teacher Gift Idea - Periodic Element Thank You

Pick up a couple bottles of this, get one for you and one for the teacher! Download the printable of choice, I have a Thank You and a Best Teacher one to choose from, have your student write a sweet message, tape it on and your Periodic Element Teacher Appreciation Gift is ready to go!

Science Teacher Gift Idea - Periodic Element Thank You

The made up Periodic Elements go right along with the fun science pattern on the back and sides of the wrapper.

Science Teacher Gift Idea - Periodic Element Thank You

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Download the Thank You Element (as seen on Skip to My Lou below:

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Periodic Element Teacher Gift Idea - Scientific Thank You Printable

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13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Are you planning a Cinco de Mayo class party or family party?  We’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite Cinco de Mayo party ideas to help you out.  You’re going to love them!

Cinco de Mayo Table Setting Printables from The Crafting Chicks

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

DIY Cereal Box Pinata from Messes to Memories

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

Tostadas from Culinary Mamas

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

Cinco de Mayo Napkin Rings from Tiny Side Kick

DIY Cinco de Mayo Napkin Rings

Papel Picados from Create Craft Love

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

Mexican Street Corn Dip from Cooking and Beer

Mexican Street Corn Dip

Sombrero Cookies from Random Thoughts of a Supermom!

Cinco de mayo Sombrero Cookies

Fiesta Party Kit Printable from The 36th Avenue

Cinco de Mayo Party printables

DIY Sombreros from Craft Klatch

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

DIY Felt Sugar Skull Sachets from Adventures in Making

DIY Felt Sugar Skulls

Paper Fan Garland from The House That Lars Built

DIY Cinco de Mayo Paper Fans

Let the Fiesta Begin! Printable from Whipperberry

Cinco de Mayo printable

Fresh and Easy Guacamole Recipe from My Sister’s Suitcase

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!


Hey Everyone, it’s Kimberly with Get Away Today and I’m excited to share everything you need to know about California’s newest attraction, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’m so excited to FINALLY have this on the west coast at Universal Studios Hollywood! I got to visit this magical place and I can say it is even better than I imagined. Although smaller than the Wizarding World in Florida, it is so full of detail. And in my opinion better, because, well, like I said, it’s on the west coast! There is so much to absorb if you’re a fan of the series, so I put together my list of 7 things you have to do at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in California. Here they are:

Hogsmead

1. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is the main attraction and it is amazing. The actual ride itself is intense with HD, 3D virtual reality. To me, the best part of the attraction was the queue where you wander all the way through Hogwarts. The line has all sort of fun surprises including actual props from the films. It is incredible.

Harry Potter Hogwarts

2. Flight of the Hippogriff is a small outdoor roller coaster that although short is surprisingly fun! The queue here is also immersive. You’ll pass by Hagrid’s Hut where you’ll see and hear signs of the friendly giant.

3. Butterbeer is a must have when visiting Hogsmeade. You can get cold Butterbeer, frozen Butterbeer, and coming soon, warm Butterbeer. You can also find a rich Butterbeer pot de creme and an awesome Butterbeer fudge. You can’t go to the Wizarding World and not try at least one version of its #1 treat.

Harry Potter Butterbeer

4. Send a letter from the Owl Post. This was so much fun! There’s a little owl shop where you can purchase everything you need to send something via the post; owls, stationary, writing quills, and even Muggle stamps. You can get your envelopes stamped with an official Hogsmeade stamp then drop it in the Owl Post. I recommend sending yourself a letter via the Owl Post so you can extend the magic when you get home. Also, you may want to consider bringing your own Muggle stamps as they’re about triple the cost in the Wizarding World.

Harry Potter Owl Post

5. Watch a wand ceremony at Ollivanders. If you’re a true Harry Potter fan, you’ll want to be sure to catch a show. The entire show only holds about 20 people at a time and lasts about five minutes. It’s intimate and feels so authentic. One person from each show is chosen by a wand which can then be purchased. After all, Harry didn’t get his wand for free. Don’t worry, if you didn’t get chosen, you can still purchase your own wand in the Ollivanders shop. You can purchase a replica wand from the main characters from the series, or you can purchase a special interactive wand that can be used at 11 magical spots spread throughout Hogsmeade.

Harry Potter Wand Marker

6. Watch the stage shows. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed these shows. The Frog Choir performs in the morning and the TriWizard Spirit Rally performs in the afternoon. The stars of the shows are available for photos and to visit with guests after each performance.

Harry Potter Frog Choir

7. Shop till you drop. There are so many unique shopping opportunities at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My favorite shop was Honeydukes full of all kinds of whimsical sweets and treats. I really could’ve spent hours (and hundreds of dollars) there.

Harry Potter Chocolate Cauldrons

I don’t want to give away all of the surprises, but know that if you are a Harry Potter fan, you HAVE to go. Universal Studios Hollywood has something for everyone with their Studio Tour, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, Jurassic Park – The Ride and so much more.

If you decide to make Universal Studios Hollywood part of your Southern California vacation you can either stay right near the action in Universal City. I recommend the Sheraton Universal which is within walking distance, but also has a free shuttle. Or, make Anaheim your home base for your vacation so you can take advantage of Get Away Today’s free night hotel specials and exclusive offers. You can even get a Disneyland Resort/Universal Studios combo ticket to save a little more. If you want more information about Universal Studios Hollywood, check out www.getawaytoday.com or call our agents at 855-GET-AWAY. They can walk you through the entire process and will help you find the very best deal. Use promo code: CraftingChicks at check out and save an extra $10 on any 2-night or longer vacation package.

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7 Things You Have to do at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter


Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!

The sun is shining and the flowers are coming up… it’s time to get outside!  We are so ready for Spring activities around here, how about you?  This roundup has a little something for everyone… little ones and big ones alike.

Spring Kid Activities

Spring Windsock from The Crafting Chicks

Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!

Color Changing Flower Experiment from Go Science Girls

Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!

Walking Sticks from The Crafting Chicks

Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!

Noodle Sunflowers from Crafty Morning

Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!

Patriotic Bike Flags from The Crafting Chicks

Patriotic Bike Flags

Q-Tip Painted Handprint Cherry Blossom Tree from Glued To My Crafts

Qtip handprint cherry blossom tree kid craft

Bubble Blower Painting from Childhood 101

Bubble Blower Painting

Thumbprint Flower Pot from Upstate Ramblings

DIY Tumbprint Flower Pot

Handprint Flower Bookmarks from Live.Craft.Love

Handprint Flower Bookmark

Grass Head Pots from Non Toy Gifts

Grass head flower pot

Squirt Gun Races from Made From Pinterest

Squirt Gun Races

Homemade Bird Feeders from Growing Family

Homemade Bird Feeder

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint from A Little Pinch of Perfect

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Spring Kid Activities - walking sticks, bird feeder, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint, crafts, windsock, water games, and so much more!


Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

I’m Amy.  I work with The Crafting Chicks on the back side of their blog.  Years ago my cousins and I had a little blog to share all of our crafty projects.  We got busy and the blog disappeared.  But I still love to craft.  And I still get to work with the wonderful Crafting Chicks!

My parents have a piece of property that they stay at over the summers.  The grand kids just LOVE to go camping out there too.  Think…. 4 wheelers, zipline and archery range… yep.  The kids (and adults) LOVE it!

Last summer my parents were given a 1972 Rancho el Rae Camper Trailer.  The idea was to slap some paint on it and turn it into a guest house for their property.  As soon as I saw this trailer, I knew it needed to become a Glamper!  Let me show you what we did… (with links to tutorials that will help you to do the same!)

Retro Camping Trailer Remodel

Before

The base of the trailer was in fairly good condition.  But boy oh boy, was it dated.  (Don’t you just love that carpet?!  Yikes!)  We liked the aqua trim.  But the dark paneling, carpet and floral print just had to go.

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After

What a difference!  Oh it turned out SO cute!  The color.  The light.  The retro feel.

Love. Love. Love!

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

Vintage camper trailer

Vintage Camper Trailer

Retro Camper Trailer

Patching Holes

If you’ve got an old trailer, you know that you’ve got to do some repairs.  We had some water damage.  So my amazing Dad jumped in and started patching holes.  Here is a great tutorial to walk you through the process:  Patching Holes.

Camper Trailer Remodel - Patching holes

Paint

A little bit of paint makes a HUGE difference.  The white opened up the space and gave it a completely different feel.  The red drawers gave it that pop of color we were looking for.

Painting a Camper Trailer

Flooring

The first thing to come out was that carpet. Yikes!

We just fell in love with the black and white checkered tiles!  So much easier to clean and so fun!

Here is a great tutorial for installing new flooring:  Trailer Flooring.

Camper Trailer Remodel - Flooring

Reupholstering Cushions

Our polka dot cushions turned out beautiful!  We used Riley Blake Fabric.  The cushions are a Home Decor fabric called Medium White Dot on Black.   If you haven’t used their fabric before, you are missing out!  Oh my!  It’s like sewing with clouds.  Truly.  (I just did another project without Riley Blake Fabric… it was like working with sand paper.  Awful!  I’ll be sticking with Riley Blake.)

Luckily, the kitchen table cushions were in great condition once we flipped them over.  Now the Aqua color shows beautifully.

My Mom tackled the bedroom cushions.  And they were a beast.  But she’s a miracle worker and they turned out adorable!!  The couch that folds into a bed was super complicated.

Here is a tutorial to help you with cushions:  Cushion Tutorial.

Camper Trailer Cushion Remodel

Curtains

The curtains are Riley Blake fabric as well.  We needed to double the material on the curtains, since the windows don’t have blinds.  We wanted the trailer to be light and bright during the day, have privacy at night, and keep the sun from peaking in during the early morning hours.  We made curtains ties to hold the curtains open during the day.  We attached the ties to the curtain on one side (so they don’t get lost) and they just velcro together in the back.

In the bedroom part of the trailer we used Four Corners Teal, Medium Dots Black, and White Swiss Dot on Black.

In the kitchen part of the trailer we used: Small Red Gingham, Medium Dots Black, and White Swiss Dot on Black.

We also made some accents pillows with Medium Dots Aqua/Red.

Camper Trailer How To Curtains

Before and After

What a difference!

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

Painting the outside of a trailer

At first we had visions of a bright white trailer with a red stripe down the side.  Maybe a few polka dots here and there.  Then we decided NOT to paint the outside of the trailer.  Let me tell you why…  This trailer is, right now, sitting on mountain property surrounded by 5 feet of snow.  We can’t access the trailer for a good portion of the year.  That means that we can’t check on it to make sure that it hasn’t been broken into or being lived in (yikes!) as often as we would like to.  So we decided that it would be best to keep the outside of the trailer looking a little run down.  We don’t want the whole mountain to know what a darling trailer it has become!

If you want to paint the outside of your trailer, here is a great tutorial:  Painting the outside of a trailer.

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

The circle stick-on mirrors are from Amazon.

The adorable red teapot is from  Bed, Bath and Beyond.

The plates, table runner and vase are from IKEA.

The furry animal friends were added by the grand kids and are from KOHLS.

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

Do you have a trailer that is just begging for a little TLC?  What are you waiting for?  It isn’t as hard as you think and it’s so rewarding to transform an entire space!

Happy Glamping!

 


DIY Garden Markers - A fun way to add color and personality to your garden! A great activity for kids too!

DIY Garden Markers

Spring is in the air and I’m anxious to get outside!  However, it’s not quite warm enough to start planting my garden.  So today we are gathering DIY Garden Marker ideas… you can get them all ready to go now and dream of warmer days.  Get the kids involved, they’ll love it!

Kid Painted Garden Markers from A Girl and A Glue Gun

DIY Garden Markers - A fun way to add color and personality to your garden! A great activity for kids too!

Letter Tile Garden Markers from The Farm Girl Gabs

DIY Garden Markers - A fun way to add color and personality to your garden! A great activity for kids too!

Painted Rock Garden Markers from Crafts By Amanda

DIY Garden Markers - A fun way to add color and personality to your garden! A great activity for kids too!

DIY Garden Plant Markers from Grey Luster Girl

Garden Plant Marker

Brick Herb Markers from Simple Details

Brick Garden Markers

Beaded Garden Markers from Paging Fun Mums

Beaded Garden Markers

 

Wood Spool Marker from Eighteen25

Wood Spool Garden Markers

 

Painted Garden Markers from Ready Set Read

Painted spoon garden markers

Chalkboard Garden Markers from Handmade in the Heartland

Chalkboard Garden Markers

Recycled Spoon Garden Markers from Domestic Simplicity

Recycled Spoon Garden Markers

Rainbow Garden Markers from Living Well Spending Less

Rainbow Garden Markers

 Indoor Chalkboard Garden Markers from The Crafting Chicks

Indoor Chalkboard Garden Markers

DIY Garden Markers - A fun way to add color and personality to your garden! A great activity for kids too!


A Spring or Summer Luncheon with Kneaders

A Spring or Summer Luncheon Idea on The Crafting Chicks…

I love hosting a luncheon for friends or family.  This month my mom and I hosted a ladies’ lunch and I can’t wait to share the pretty details for this Spring or Summer Luncheon.  We partnered with Kneaders to make this spring luncheon even more delicious and pretty.  Catering is the way to go folks, for a less stress event.  We love Kneaders and I will share some of our favorite menu items below. sm lunch 14 We wanted to make this spring luncheon simple and sweet…but we didn’t want to have to spend hours preparing for it.  We wanted to enjoy the luncheon with as little stress as possible.   sm lunch 1 For a pretty table scape we used my moms pretty china…break it out folks!  You only live once.  Break out those pretty dishes.  To make your silverware a focal piece of your place settings, try wrapping the silverware in a napkin and tie with a bow.  Add a spray of boxwood or other greenery.  I LOVE this fancy gold silverware that my mom has.  It’s my grandmas.  So pretty and fun to add to our Spring Luncheon!
sm lunch 2 Try layering your place settings…start with a place mat, then add a charger plate, your plate and top off with the fancy wrapped silverware.
sm lunch 12 sm lunch 11 Centerpieces for the Spring or Summer Luncheon…add greenery and fresh flowers to your table.  I love these mini green plants from Ikea..and the white pots.  You can mix in fake plants with fresh flowers.  I love these white flowers in clear glass vases.  The white and green will go with any color. sm lunch 10 sm lunch 13 Now for the best part!  The food.  I love Kneaders and their catering service.  Look at those desserts…need I say more?  Divine!   sm lunch 9 They have soups, sandwiches, breads, desserts, salads and more!  All delicious.  We catered our Spring luncheon with Kneaders’ Salad, mixed sandwich platter, and a variety of their desserts.  My favorite is their turkey sandwiches on focaccia bread.  I love their poppyseed salad dressing on their fresh salads.  And the key lime tart is my very favorite dessert. sm lunch 8 sm lunch 5 Plus the food is so pretty and makes a great presentation at any luncheon. sm lunch 6 sm lunch 7 We had some very happy guests.  And happy hostesses that had much less work!  Look how pretty those colors are with all that fresh yummy food!  This is the perfect way to celebrate any event.  A baby shower, bridal shower, family get-together, and more! sm lunch 4 We are excited because we will  be giving away a $50 gift card to Kneaders.  A lucky reader will be able to try Kneaders’ catering service.  You will love it!  Make sure you are following the Crafting Chicks Instagram and stay tuned for our giveaway! Visit Kneaders for more details on their Catering service at Kneaders.com. sm lunch 3

This post is part of a campaign with Saxton Horne Communications and Kneaders Bakery and Cafe, but all my opinions are my own.


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