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Monday, July 28, 2014

Handmade Monogram Stationary

Today I'm over at Thirty Handmade Days sharing my Handmade Monogram Stationary

This is a great scrap-busting project you could make in an afternoon for yourself or a friend. I love cute and unique stationary and you can always use more. Plus, it's super cheap because you probably already have all the materials you need on hand! Bonus!

Head on over to Thirty Days for the tutorial! 

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Succulent Hostess Gift and No-Sew Banner

 Hello friends! Today I'm over at Thirty Handmade Days with this super easy tutorial on a Succulent Hostess Gift with a No-Sew Banner! 

This is the perfect quick and easy hostess, housewarming, whatever-you-need gift that can be easily thrown together in less than an hour. Go check it out!!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Handmade Sewn Birthday Cards on Thirty Handmade Days

Today I'm sharing my Handmade Sewn Birthday Cards with free printables on Thirty Handmade Days! These turned out so super cute and are very cheap and pretty easy. 
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Sketchy Dot Placemats


Today I'm over at Thirty Handmade Days with this super fun tutorial, Spring Sketchy Dot Placemats!


























I definitely may have just taken down the Christmas placemats before putting these on the table so (in March) it was high time for a change - a bright and happy spring-y change! 


Go check out the full tutorial and more pictures at 30Days! I'd love to hear what you think!

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Fabric Heart Coasters Tutorial on Thirty Handmade Days

So I just realized today that I never shared this super fun news with you! I am still contributing for Mique at Thirty Handmade Days, but I am no longer just a jewelry contributor there (which means I'll be sharing more jewelry here!), I'm a "craft" contributor. The word "craft" can mean pretty much anything so I'm excited to share lots of different types of projects over on 30days! In February, I shared some Fabric Heart Coasters
I wanted to be sure and fill you in on them since they're so easy and sweet and would add the perfect soft touche of color to your own home or would make great gifts. You should definitely head over to 30Days and check out the full tutorial
While I made them for Valentine's Day, hearts are great for any time of the year in my opinion and you can make them in some fun spring-y colors. They are a fabulous scrap-busting project, too. Go check them out and be on the look out for my next contributor post, too. Hint: it'll be another great spring sewing project!  
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Apple Banana and PB Green Smoothie

Today I'm excited to share with you my newest obsession: Gree Smoothie Awesomeness. Today I'll be sharing my recipe for my Apple Banana and PB Green Smoothie! 

Seriously, if you haven't hopped on the green smoothie bandwagon, you totally should. These are so good. Have trouble getting your veggies in? Don't eat enough fruit? Looking for an easy and healthy on-the-go lunch or breakfast? Want something that is both delicious and filling? You have found it in the green smoothie. I've heard of lots of people using this as a meal replacement, but it could also make a great afternoon healthy snack as well! 

And guess what! They don't taste "green" at all! Especially not my recipe. It's pretty delicious actually. And if you've never tried a green smoothie, this is the perfect "Beginner Green Smoothie" recipe.

After trying a few really great recipes from Simple Green Smoothies and loving them I decided to try out their easy Green Smoothie Formula  and create my own recipe.
And, it turned out great! It is definitely one of my most favorite green smoothie recipes I've made! 

This recipe will make about 4 cups or so depending on the size of your apple and banana so you could split in in half after making it and share it with a friend or save the other half of it for the following day. 

Apple Banana and PB Green Smoothie 
Ingredients:
Liquid: 2 1/2 C Unsweetened Almond Milk and 1/2 cup of water
Greens: 2 Cups of Spinach (mine was frozen)
Fruit: 2 cups of chopped honey crisp apple (one medium honey crisp apple), 1 cup of frozen banana (1 banana)
Boosts: 2 Tbs of reduced fat peanut butter, and 1/2 cup of Greek vanilla yogurt
When you make smoothies, be sure to chop your ingredients into small pieces and it's also a great idea to freeze your fruit espeically ahead of time. You can also freeze your greens too (everything but the liquid if you want!). Freezing your fruits will make your smoothies more frothy and frozen without adding ice. Adding ice takes away from the flavor. 
Add your greens and liquid to the blender and blend those first. 
Then add the rest of the ingredients- chopped apples, chopped banana, yogurt, and peanut butter and blend again.
When everything is blended and smooth, pour it into a pretty glass and enjoy! 

The additions of the peanut butter and Greek yogurt make this smoothie extra filling and delicious. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you try it! 

Thanks for reading!
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dr. Seuss Door Decoration: I Can Read With My Eyes Shut

Every year on Read Across America Day the Kindergarten, first and second grade classrooms at my school have a Dr. Seuss Door Decorating Contest to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and encourage reading! It is definitely one of my favorite times of the school year. I know a lot of teachers celebrate Read Across America Day so I thought I'd share our door from last year featuring the book, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut" by Dr. Seuss. 
I love this book! It really encourages kids to read by telling them about all the great things they can learn about and the illustrations (as usual with Dr. Seuss books) are great. 
"There are so many things you can learn about. BUT...you'll mss the best things if you keep your eyes shut." "The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you'll go!" 
"If you read with your eyes shut, you'll likely find that the places you're going is far, far, behind...SO....that's why I tell you to keep your eyes wide. Keep them wide open...at least on one side."
We used the above Dr. Seuss quote from the book. It's a popular quote, but I love it. 
The kids and me are holding our own "books" they made themselves. I took pictures of them with funny glasses made from pipe cleaners on (that they also made) and then we colored and glued on some  Cat in the Hat bows and hats. So fun. 
Then I used the last quote from the book as well. I just love those cats winking at each other. Favorite part of the book.

Here's our full door. If you're curious about how to make the cute little books and the characters at the bottom, read on! 

Let's make the characters first. 
Use an overhead projector/document camera to project the picture you want to use from the book on the wall. 
Then, tape some paper the same color as the character (I used some fancy sparkly scrapbook paper) on the wall and trace with a marker-one that won't smear. Be sure to trace all the sketchy parts! 
Now we've got a cat! 
For any other parts of the pictures that are different colors, tape the different color papers on the wall and trace the parts that are that color. Fort he red, I traced the bows and stripes of the hat. Then cut them out and glue them on top of the character. Continue until all parts are complete! 

Ok, now let's make the kid pictures and their books. 
First you'll need to help your kids make some fun pipe cleaner glasses, and then take pictures of them and cut the pictures out like shown below

For each student they'll need a little book cover cut from some fun scrapbook paper and some little "hands". I just hand drew these to match the size of the photos. Easy. 
Your little book covers should look like this. 
If you want to have some fun, staple in some folded white paper and have your kids write their own books. 
This makes the books look a little more like a book, too. 
Staple the books to the pictures of the kids by pinching the books up and stapling the book to each side. 
And done. 

Add a Cat in the Hat bow and hat and you've got some cute "cat" kinders reading!

These would make great decorations or crafts for a Cat in the Hat or Dr. Seuss party, too, if you don't work at a school! 


Hope you enjoyed this post! If you're looking for more Dr. Seuss Door Decorations or crafts, you should check out my doors from the past couple of years, 

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! 
I'll try to share what we do for this year soon. First I've got to figure out what we're doing.... Ha. 
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