It's not happening this year. I just can't seem to find the time and plus I STINK at painting things. Especially in intricate designs. I always end up getting stressed.
I've tried, believe me. But I always end up in the corner crying and covered in paint. Or yelling "THIS IS NOT GOING HOW I IMAGINED! I HATE CRAFTS!!!!". It's not pretty.
So in the interest of keeping it festive and simple I experimented with a few ideas.
I will not be sharing the pumpkin that is now in the dumpster outside of my apartment. Let's just say that flat nickel spray paint and pumpkins do not make a good match. It was the color of baby poop. HAPPY AUTUMN, Y'ALL!
Here are some easy peasy pumpkin ideas.
1. Spray a pumpkin with glossy white spray paint.
2. Coat a pumpkin in spray adhesive and then cover with glitter. I mixed together five or six different glitter colors for this pumpkin. Yellow gold, white gold, platinum, silver, etc. Spray pumpkin with hairspray as a final step.
3. Spray a pumpkin with glossy metallic silver spray paint. This one is my favorite. SO easy to do.
That's all for today. I printed a photo 3 days ago and I'm hoping to find time to do a page in the next day or so. Look for another scrappy post soon!
It's been a while since I talked to you guys about Kiwi Crate, so I thought I'd do another post today.
To see my first post (which includes an overview and review) you can click HERE.
In a nutshell, Kiwi Crate offers awesome art kits for kids.
I am a huge fan. They are put together in a thoughful way, they aren't "busy work".
The themes are awesome and the materials are top notch.
Another great option they are now offering? They now ship to CANADA!
Okay. Moving on. 🙂 This time we received the Farmer's Market Crate.
It was the perfect theme for us since we are longing for spring.
Each crate comes with 2 activities and extension activities.
The first activity was sewing fruit with shoestrings,felt,and cotton balls.
The girls worked SO hard.
Harper LOVED this activity. It was a bit too advanced for Sadie.
She gets frustrated very easily so this wasn't her favorite part.
But I sat her in my lap and help her put the fruit together and it was just fine. And I had an excuse to play too! 🙂
The second activity was making custom aprons with fabric oil pastels and stencils.
This one was a big hit.
The extension activity was punching out coins,dollars,and credit cards and playing store!
This has always been a favorite game at my house, so this one got two thumbs up. 🙂
Harper was fine with posing before they got started, but Sadie?
At this poing she was busy getting the cash register from the basement and pushing the shopping carts around.
That girl doesn't joke around when it comes to playing store.
So the final verdict? We loved it.
I do think the sewing is best for kids over five, but that's just me.
We LOVE Kiwi Crate and I still think it's the best idea ever!
Oh, one more thing…there is a HUGE contest going on for National Crafting Month.
You can win a kid's dream crafting room. One grand prize winner will take home one of
everything in the Kiwi Crate DIY Materials pop up shop and a Pottery Barn
Kids table! (Valued at >$750).
Yes, I entered. How could you NOT? Enter here!
Hope you have a beautiful and blessed Monday.
Disclosure: The link to Kiwi Crate is an affiliate link. If you choose to purchase a crate I will receive a small percentage of the sale (8%). If this bothers you, feel free to go to the website without using my links. 🙂
Happy Sunday! Today I have some really fun stuff from the folks at Martha Stewart Crafts!
You might remember a while back I got to review the Doily Circle Edge punch…well this time I've been sent some fun holiday products to share with you.
And make sure to read the promo info under each product…MS is sharing a fun discount code for all of you, not to mention a fun contest!
you should have seen harper and sadie's EYES when they saw this big box of glitter!
you should have seen MY eyes when i thought about what would happen if the babies got their grubby mitts on it. HAHAHA!
i waited for naptime yesterday and we made some pretty holiday ornaments.
here's a couple of close-ups…these are just the super cheap plaster ornaments (on clearance!) from Michaels:
i don't get too worked up about stuff like that. it's just glitter. and the bigs had a BALL.
next i decided it was time for mama to have craft time. here's what i made:
i have big plans to make lots more of these to adorn holiday gift boxes.
here's some info from martha stewart crafts:
Bling On The Holidays with a Glitter Girl Party!
The holidays are the perfect time to add some sparkle to your life. Create a glitter wonderland with help from Martha Stewart Crafts! Their glitter collections and project ideas will help you add dash of glitz to just about anything – from holiday decorations to party invitations. Why not share the fun and hose a Glitter Girl Party to get to glittering?! Invite your girlfriends over for some wine, snacks and an evening full of bedazzling creativity.
Try starting with the “Rich Essentials Glitter Set” from MarthaStewartCrafts.com. The rich array of 24 elegant colors lets you shine on the sophisticated side, whatever you’re glittering. Creating party invitations or sending out holiday greeting cards? Another glitter get is the “Essential Christmas Glitter Glue” pack – perfect for writing on cards and scrapbook pages, and the fine tips are ideal for detailed and dimensional designs.
The Martha Stewart Crafts “Decorative Boxes,” in designs like stars, poinsettia and pine cones, can be covered in glitter and used as ornaments, decorations or unique gift boxes. One fabulously simple décor idea: glitter a group of them and then cluster together as a table centerpiece.
Worried about the mess from your Glitter Girl Party? Martha Stewart Crafts has the solution! Keep crafting surfaces clean by using the “Glitter Tray and Rack,” which features an opening in one corner to easily brush excess glitter back into its container. And, if something does spill, the “Glitter Cleanup Roller” makes removing it a cinch. Plus, the roller remains sticky even after washing!
So go ahead and add a sparkly sprinkle to your holiday cards, decorations, party invitations, place cards or gift tags! For project ideas and glitter guidance – and to find the items mentioned above – visit MarthaStewartCrafts.com. Order by 12/31/12 and save 20% when you enter Coupon Code BLOG20 at checkout!
Feeling inspired? Save 20% at MarthaStewartCrafts.com when you enter BLOG20 at checkout through 12/31/12 – and enter the Martha Stewart Crafts "Bag Your Holiday Bills" Contest for your chance to win $2,500! Contest entry & details: Enter here — or for mobile, here!
and one more share…
love these new baking packages. this is what i will use to package pumpkin bread or gingerbread for the h&s's teachers.
my favorite part is that they've included the sweet little tags and ribbons.and DOILY trays? i know. love.
confession- i tried baking a loaf of bread to show you how it will look, but a.i burned it and b.it was TOTALLY the wrong size.
but here's a look:
and some info:
You put so much goodness into your holiday cookies, why settle for boring packaging? Ditch those old beat-up tins! Decorative treat bags, boxes and wrappers from Martha Stewart Crafts add the finishing festive touch to your homemade gifts – so they’ll look as good as they taste!
Martha Stewart Crafts can even dress up your breads and fruitcakes with the “Wonderland Bakeable Trays.” Beautiful and functional, you can bake right in these trays – then use the cellophane bags, ribbon and labels to turn your confections into gifting perfection.
Feeling inspired? Save 20% at MarthaStewartCrafts.com when you enter BLOG20 at checkout through 12/31/12 – and enter the Martha Stewart Crafts "Bag Your Holiday Bills" Contest for your chance to win $2,500! Contest entry & details HERE.
sorry about the L O N G post y'all! but hopefully you found it inspiring.
make sure to take advantage of those discount codes!
disclosure: baking trays and glitter are c/o martha stewart crafts. so grateful for their generosity and kindess! 🙂
**note- i wrote and scheduled this post a LONG time ago…but i have to add something. thank you so much for the comments you all left on my post yesterday. i don't even know what to say. i'm astounded at the response, and very humbled. i'm trying to find a way to respond to each and every comment, but it might take me all year. 🙂 thank you,thank you,thank you!!**
well hello february!
and hello to all of you! today is the start of something fun…
all the things i love.from craft projects, to photos, to shopping, to guest posts to some of my favorite women. oh…and fun giveaways too!
from romantic love to crafty love, photo only posts to longer posts…well there's a little bit of everything.
because,after all, this month is all about love.
i love february. i love love. and pink and red and lace and flowers and…okay.i think you get the picture. 🙂
i wanted to celebrate my favorite month with something special.
here's the first project i'm sharing…
here's a closeup of each jar.
miss sadie's love jar:
inside each jar are 14 slips of paper. one for each girl to choose on every day through valentine's day.
each slip of paper has one thing i love about each girl.
"i love your big brown eyes" and "i am so proud of your kind heart" are a couple of harper's slips.
"i love your silly jokes" and "i love your snuggles" are two of sadie's slips.
simple and easy…but i can guarantee that each day these slips will bring huge grins to two pretty faces. 🙂 sometimes the bigs have a hard time in the morning. they are tired and grumpy and i'm thinking this will bring some much needed happiness and encouragement to our morning routine.
supplies for each jar:
chevron stamp (mine is a dollar stamp from michael's- thanks to my sweet friend jen)
studio calico notions (i don't believe you can buy these anymore)
1.5"x1.5" photos of each child
other ideas for the jar: love coupons, favorite candies, special photos, tickets, jokes, etc.
so glad you stopped by today! hope you'll be back for more love. check back tomorrow for some elle's studio deliciousness. 🙂