Saturday, October 25, 2014

ONE Minion Inspired Pumpkin and ONE happy girl!

What has been your favorite decorated pumpkin of all time? Well, this is my 9 year old daughters!

My fourth grade daughter got to go on a field trip with her class recently to a pumpkin patch. The following week they got to bring supplies to each decorate their individual pumpkins that they brought home from the field trip. She was soooo excited and knew immediately what she wanted to make!

Initially, I was supposed to be out of town the day they were decorating them. Parents were encouraged to come and help, and it tugged at my heartstings when she came up to me and said, "Mom, are you going to be gone? Because whenever you help me do a craft, it turns out so much better." Awwww...what's a mom to do?

Well, lucky for her, it ended up that my youngest got sick, and that along with other things kept me home and able to go spend the morning with her at school...decorating her Minion Inspired Pumpkin. And she was all smiles that whole day bc of it. (such a good feeling for me too!)

What do you think? Isn't he just awesome?! And really pretty simple to make too!

All you really need to make him is:
yellow spray paint
2 canning lid rings
some old jeans
and a few misc items that are optional (like buttons and pipe cleaners)

We started out by painting him in layers with the yellow spray paint.

Then we cut out his overalls from the leg of some old jeans that my son had outgown and town the knees in as well. Perfect for this! We just cut a long skinny rectangle with a little bib on it and wrapped it around the pumpkin. We grabbed some more denim for his straps to the overalls and attached them to the back with hot glue.

We tore off one of the little tiny side pockets off the jeans and added it in front. My daughter drew a black circle with a marker on the pocket and used a gold paintpen to add the "G" in the middle of it.

We just cut white paper and drew black eyes and inserted the paper into the canning jar rings for his eyes and goggles and then wrapped black ribbon around the pumpkin,

We used a little cricut tool  (An awl, or even a paperclip, would also work,) to poke little holes in the top of the pumpkin and then insert some pipe cleaners for his hair.

She then drew on his mouth with a paintpen (or sharpie).

Everything was pretty much attached with hot glue to the pumpkin and it worked great! A few more finishing touches...

So much fun and he's adorable. don't you think?!

And just for fun, here are some of the other fun designs made:

Friday, October 24, 2014

Attention to the Nativity Wood Chip Garland!

#nativity #woodchip #garland #lovechristmas
Today's post is based on a previous "From this to that Friday" post I made last year.

Recently I've had a lot of questions about how I made the nativity wood chip garland that I posted last year and I am so flattered! Thanks for all the interest! It is still one of my most favorite projects and inspirations to date! Love the natural wood look with the nativity. 
(I posted it on the blog here last year if you want to check out the original post.)

It really is so simple to make. All you need is a branch or two (about 2 inches in diameter) cut into wood chip "slices", a sharpie, and a stencil. (I do have the stencil that I used, for sale in my etsy shop here. That seems to be a number one question people have. I purchased the shapes from other designers, along with the commercial license.)

I love it and hope you do too! So easy, and so humble, just as Christ's birth was. Hope this answers some of the many emails and questions I am getting! Thanks again for the love!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

15 minute DIY Festive {Pumpkin (Jack-o-lantern)} tshirt Tutorial

Do you have 15 minutes? at any point in the day? How about some bleach? a tshirt? and just one of these three items? paper, contact paper (or adhesive backed vinyl), or wax paper? If you do, you have everything you need to make a fun festive tshirt!

Yep, that's all you need! I promise! Check it out! Here's a tutorial for you. ;)

First, lay your tshirt out. Get whichever of these that you have on hand...paper, contact paper (or I used vinyl, bc that's what I had) or wax paper. (Any of these will work!) Cut out some cute shapes. I just cut out the face of a jack-o-lantern. Super fast and easy. I didn't even draw it out first and I didn't use my Silhouette either. ANYONE can do this! Just cut them out and lay them on your tshirt.

If they are paper, just lay them as flat as you can or tape them down. If they are wax paper, you can iron them on.

If they are adhesive backed (like contact paper or vinyl), you can just stick them down. Smooth the edges down and get your bleach out. I poured just a little into this tiny little cosmetic spray bottle I 
had. (Do not water it down. Just use straight bleach.)

Put a folder or some cardboard inside the shirt to protect the back from getting bleached (
like in the bottom of the pic shown above). Then take your shirt outside and spray it lightly with bleach. The pic below seriously had maybe 5-6 sprays from that tiny bottle. 

Give it a minute to show up. I wanted a tad more, but not on the sleeves, so I folded them under this next time...

That's it! Peel off your stencil you made...

And wala! Let it dry!

 So easy and fun and creates a fun look...

 and smiles... just MINUTES!

So many possibilities, right? 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

HUGE Spook-tacular SIlhouette Gift Basket Giveaway

Today's the day! 
Happy Happy Wednesday!!! {Insert happy dance here!}

It's the BIG giveaway today! I'm excited to be part of histing this great Silhouette giveaway today of close to $300 worth of Silhouette products! It's huge! You can win the best of the best items and the newest!! and just in time to play with them for the holiday season!!
You're gonna love it!!!

I'm sure you have seen how VERY much that I use my Silhouette! I seriously use it almost daily. (Well, I MAY be a little addicted, I admit, but I LOVE it! In fact, I even used it to cut fabric this past week and became even MORE in love with it! {if that was even possible!} lol

I have used it the past couple of years with my son's Minecraft obsession based costumes. lol (Such a simple costume really, a few boxes and lots and lots of little green squares...throw in some adhesive and wala!)

Then the following year, he had a zombie character we did:

And then one year, I just HAD to make him an ornament too! lol He loved it!

So many things you can use the Silhouette for and they even just announced a new Cameo coming out!

So...I'm teamed up with over 20 other bloggers that all love Silhouette and their products. AND we all want to see someone lucky win this great SIL basket, so make sure and enter and share with your friends. PLUS!!! You can check out all of the great ideas and inspiration on each of their blogs. SO many ideas and fun things that you can make too! 

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Don't forget that the giveaway goes from today until Oct 27 at 11:59 pm! Enter today to win!!!  
and Good luck! (AND check back again soon to see how I used my SIL to cut fabric. It was so much easier than I thought it would be!)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Feature a Fellow Blogger: nelliebellie's Individual Cupcake holder

I'm excited to get to share a fellow blogger's adorable genius with you today! I have to say that I love finding new finds and sharing them, bc 1) We all can use more ideas, right? and 2) We all can use a little love and a pat on the back, so I love sharing the real sources behind what I find too! 

It's a win! Win!

Today I found the cutest thing ever! It's almost like an edible snowglobe. haha SO cute and looks so yummy too! And even better, I bet anyone can make this without too much trouble! What's not to love?!

You can see it over on NellieBellie here. She's even got a tutorial included among other fun ideas, so head on over there and let her know what a creative genius she is!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Butterfly Kisses and Ladybug hugs...Sleep tight little one.

#repurpose #upcycle #diy #wordart #butterflykisses #createitgo

Happy Monday!!! I have to say I am loving this fall weather and the colors that we have here in NWA. I even took a quick shot of the tree in our front yard this am. LOVE it! 
Makes my heart happy! And ready for the week ahead!

Do you have a favorite bedtime routine with your little ones? I used to always say the "Later Alligator! and "In awhile Crocodile" when my boys were little. I have also loved this quote for years and am so excited to have it ready to put up in my little ones bedroom now!

"With a butterfly kiss and a ladybug hug, sleep tight little one, like a bug in a rug!"

I found this sample of flooring at a local little thrift shop and thought it would be a great backdrop for something. I love the natural light wood look and just wanted to add a little bit of soft color to it. 

I cut the letters out of vinyl and the butterflies out of paper on my Silhouette machine and placed them all onto the sample flooring with just some little glue dots (love the simplicity of those little lifesavers!), added a hook to the back and it's ready to hang on the wall or place on a table or dresser. So fun! And I love the dimension the 3D flowers give to the whole thing.

What are your plans for the week? I'm excited to share my GF waffle recipe with you among a huge giveaway I am participating in later this week as well, so stay tuned!  And enjoy those fall colors out there!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Cookies with a healthy twist!

I love From this to that Fridays! Love seeing how you can make one thing into another!

Today is a first in that I am doing this with a recipe!

First I have to say that I LOVE the original recipe! I grew up eating this recipe of snickerdoodle cookies and they are sooooo good! BUT as I have grown older, and as we have learned of some of my husband's hidden food allergies...AND have tried to eat clean and more healthy...I avoid white refined flours and sugars the majority of the time now. So...I set out to see how I could adapt this yummy original recipe.

 So I started with these:

And went to these:
(which had a great flavor, but needed more cohesion...)

So, I made a few adjustments and added some pumpkin, and got these!

Now...if you have ever baked with GF flours, you know how crumbly recipes can turn out. (even with adding xanthum gum!) You might also know that it is NEVER going to taste the same as the original recipe! It's good still, but different. I think as you start to eat this way, you develop and even crave a more natural flavor in things. That's how these cookies are. They are good, but different from the traditional snickerdoodle you might be used to. BUT, oh so much healthier!

So, here is the "healthified" version for you for these
 Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Cookies 
(GF and (white refined) sugar free!
(By the way, this recipe is HUGE, so scale it down to half this much if you aren't wanting to share with the whole neighborhood! haha)

Cream together:
2 cups shortening
3 1/2 cups organic unrefined coconut palm sugar (or 2 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar and 1 cup stevia)
5 eggs

Add dry ingredients:
4 1/2 cups Natural gluten free Cafe all purpose baking mix
2 cups Bob's Red Mill All purpose Baking flour
(or mix your own GF flour-I use sorghum and millet flour with tapioca starch and xanthum gum when I make my own mixture.)
5 tsp baking powder (aluminum free)
1/2 tsp iodized sea salt

Add 1 can pumpkin and mix all together.

The dough is a bit sticky, but you need it to be with those GF flours. Roll into balls and then roll into your "sugar, but not sugar" mixture. I made this out of the organic coconut palm sugar and pumpkin pie spices. About a 4-5 tsp of the sugar to about 1-1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spices.

Place them on the cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 8-9 minutes. If you want them flat, then gently press down on them before baking.

So much more healthy and takes care of the sweet pumpkin craving! Happy pumpkin season!

 What's your favorite thing to make with pumpkins? Me? I love all things pumpkin! :)