Thursday, December 30, 2010

Old Maid

We play a lot of Old Maid and Go Fish around our house.  The ladybug always had such a hard time trying to hold all those cards in her tiny hands.  She always ended up spreading her cards across the table to see all of them.  This was our solution to that pesky problem:


Sometime last year I found this really cool idea in a magazine.  
You just cut large slots across the bottom "cups" of an egg carton.  It works for us!  
It works great if your using tiny Princess Old Maid cards,


or big Cars version Go Fish cards. 


The Ladybug is a well balanced girl...
she loves all things frilly and girly, but still loves cars and lizards!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Valentine Mini Banners

These are some fun little mini Valentine banners just added to my shop.   
Yes, I know Valentines Day is over a month away, but I wanted them done early.  
You never know what kind of chaos can throw off the best made plans!



Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mickey birthday invitations


Hot Dog!    Hot Dog!     Hot Digity Dog!


My little guy is turning two in few weeks!  Sometimes I can not believe how fast time goes by.  I usually do themes for their parties to make it a little more exciting for them.  He likes Mickey Mouse these days so it seemed appropriate to do a Mickey theme.  I wanted to make some fun invitations to match, so I got to it last night when the kids went to bed.  Here is what I came up with...

{Find the tutorial HERE}

I looked online for an outline of Mickey's head and used that for the template.  
The Mickey head with all the info slides into the the red bottom. 



They're all ready to be mailed.  Next project for his party will be making cupcake toppers.  
I'll share those when they're done, too.   More to come!


Linking up with some of THESE fun link parties!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Craft Catwalk {no.10}

Time to link up!
Thanks to all who linked up last week!
Here are a couple of my favorite finds in last week's link up....

Christmas Joy submitted by Clean & Scentsible
You could easily alter this for any season!


Martha's Magazine Trees submitted by Make the best of what's around
I'm envisioning some pink and red Valentine trees! 



If you were featured, grab yourself this button!


Now it's time to link up!

Link anything you made or created.  
This is a great way to get some blog traffic, some comment love, and maybe even some followers. 
Some things to remember...

1.  Please link to the post you would like to highlight, not your main blog.
Only family friendly content, please.
It's okay to link to a blog post of something you made and are selling, but
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Delightful Christmas

What a week!  
Sorry for the lack of posts this last week, but we have been enjoying Christmas activities galore!  Here are a few of the things we've been up to lately...

We've had many long talks with Santa...

we've been wrapping a lot of presents in the spirit of giving....
we even discovered santa's footprints in our entryway on Christmas morning....

we've waited very patiently to open presents....

we got extra fancy/handsome for Christmas dinner...

we even shared lots of Christmas treats with one of our favorite doggies...

I hope all of my wonderful readers are enjoying the season as well!!!
Come back in the morning for the Craft Catwalk!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Catwalk and Features {no. 9}

Here's a few of my favs from last week...

Christmas Wreath submitted by Just Made That Way






Skirt turned purse submitted by Fast Daze




Holiday lamp submitted by The Magic of Ordinary Things




Shutter Christmas card holder submitted by Sassy Sites



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1.  Please link to the post you would like to highlight, not your main blog.
Only family friendly content, please.
It's okay to link to a blog post of something you made and are selling, but
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Feeling Festive

Hope your enjoying all sorts of festive fun!
Hot Chocolate, Christmas music, and twinkling lights galore!
Check out this fun display set to music.  My kiddos love watching these ones.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

I Puffy Heart Etsy


I love Etsy. 

On facebook I'm going to start sharing some of my favorite finds from that wonderland of fun filled creativity. I hope you'll check it out HERE

Here's what's new in my own Etsy shop...




Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gingerbread House Cards

I'm in love with these cards!  I think they are the cutest!  
The ladybug fell in love with making them.  
I found this idea in Family Fun magazine.  
You can find the template for the card HERE
We used adhesive trim for the "white icing" on the house, glitter card stock for the doors and candy dots.
First I used a hole punch for the dots, but ladybug got so frustrated trying to work with such tiny dots.  I cut out bigger ones for the rest.  Then she didn't want to stop making them!
They're all ready for her sweet little drawings inside!  
She is going to love giving these out.
 


Linking to....
Pinkapotamus
Blue Cricket Design
Crafty Soiree
Paisley Passions
HOH
Fingerprints on the Fridge

Saturday Mornings

Today I am featuring Dana over at Saturday Mornings!






She has been nominated as a Top Blog of 2010! 


 Now she needs our votes to stay in the contest! 
To vote click the link above, 
and then it only takes one more click to place your vote! Easy!

Here is some of what you'll find over at Saturday Mornings...
 
Crafty ideas!



A Strut Your Stuff party on Wednesdays!





And she has an Etsy shop!


I know she would be so grateful if you could check out her blog and give her a vote!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Craft Catwalk and Features {no. 8}

Inspiration from Catwalk no. 7...

Paper Snowflakes from Vintage Wanna Bee


Christmas door decor from The Magic of Ordinary Things

Wine Cork Christmas Trees from I'm a Yarner



And find a TON of free Christmas printables gathered at Sassy Sites



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Now it's time to link up!

Link anything you made or created.  
This is a great way to get some blog traffic, some comment love, and maybe even some followers.
Some things to remember...

1.  Please link to the post you would like to highlight, not your main blog.
Only family friendly content, please.
It's okay to link to a blog post of something you made and are selling, but
please do not link directly to any shops.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Snowman Lanterns

We are getting more snow!  As long as it sticks around for Christmas it's fine by me!  
So today is a perfect day for a snowman post.
Remember those pumpkin jar lanterns that were all over blog land over the last year? 

and mine

Well, why not snowmen?!  Put a little glitter mod podge over the white tissue paper and they sparkle like the snow.



Have a happy Sunday!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Our Christmas Tree

I love real Christmas trees.  They smell good, and picking out a tree makes for fun memories.  One year our tree stand leaked and completely warped the wood floor.  The next year the tree dried out within 2 weeks.  
Since then we've gone the fake route.  Real ones just do not cooperate with us!


Someday I'd love to have a tree in golds and reds.  All shiny and pretty!  Now we have a hodge podge of sentimental ornaments. I like it that way too.


Some ornaments are priceless to me.
  
These were my Grandma's and love them!  


The hubs has a few sentimental ornaments from his childhood.



Hubs gets a lot of policeman ornaments.  
I wonder why.... : )
 

Every year my kids get their own ornaments to add to the tree.  When they're grown they'll have their own box of ornaments to take when they leave home many, many years from now.
 George is HUGE in our house.  Ladybug and little guy adore that monkey!


Ever since I was little I have been collecting these little houses from Hallmark.  
They're so cute!  They're like mini doll houses.  How could I resist?



Our stockings are hung on our railing since we don't have a fireplace.  
I love these sweater stockings.  They were only $10 at Target!  
Not too bad since most other cute stockings I found were double the price.



If the ladybug and little guy had it their way, all these little lights would be on all day long. 
The excitement in their eyes when the tree lights up is priceless!  I Love it!

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