Minky Baby Blanket


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


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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{Summer Fun by the Crafting Chicks}

Here are some fun summer ideas for you and your family. Happy Summer! xoxoxo the Crafting Chicks 60 Days of Summer Chart-Jamie I got this amazing idea from the fellow Crafting Chicks Kirsten & Brooke! My family made a list of fun things to do this summer. I thought it would be great to make this poster to motivate us and get us excited about summer! Most of these activities are very simple and easy to do, but the kids will think they are awesome! (You can click on the poster to enlarge and get ideas for your family) I am going to blow this up to a 16×20 at Costco and then hang it up. We will put stickers on our chart after each summer fun activity. Summer Cooking-Becky I have my 3-year-old signed up for a fun cooking class this summer. She will come away with a fun little recipe book full of things she can make. I [Read More…]

Medallions Ribbons and Donuts to Share


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!

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…]

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…]