Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Year (Day?)

Since today's a leap day, I figured I'd put together a little round up of 'Leap Year' fun!

Whether it's a party or just a snack, why not celebrate it in a way to teach your kids all about it.
First off, what the heck is a leap year anyway?
According to Wikipedia:
"It is a year containing an additional day in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with astronomical or seasonal year."

In other words, if we didn't have a leap year every four years, over time, the calendar year would drift through the seasons too quickly.  We would then be having winter in the summer.

Let's move on to the fun now shall we?

Leap year printables from Creative Party Buzz.

Leap year frog cookies from The Celebration Shoppe.

Leap year card printables from Scrappy Sticky Inky Mess.

Leap year frog marshmallow pops from Sweet Simple Stuff.

Origami jumping frogs by Family Fun.

Origami Frog

Leap year party from Grey Grey Designs.

Leap year time capsule from Quirky Momma.

how to make a time capsule

Have a fun Leap Day!!

Remember to enter my Blogiversary giveaway or take advantage of the 20% off at the Etsy shop!  (Click below for details)

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

St. Patty's Day Wreath

Well, in a few days it's officially March.
Winter has passed us by and I am so glad for that.  It was a great winter, mild and warmer than usual, but I am a spring and summer kinda gal.
With spring around the corner comes St. Patrick's day!
So today I thought I'd share with you a cute and festive St. Patty's Day wreath.  I'm not Irish, but I do consider myself lucky!
Here's what we're making:

What you'll need:  
wreath form (I found mine for $1 as Christmas clearance)
fabric scraps (lots of green colored fabric)
hot glue gun
felt scraps, ribbon, any other embellishments you wish to use

Take your green scraps and rip or cut 2 inch strips.  

Hot glue the end of one strip and start wrapping your wreath.  

Add hot glue every so often and continue to wrap your wreath until it's all covered.

Using a knit jersey like fabric (it doesn't have to be, just as long as it's a light and flowy fabric), an old t-shirt works great, cut out 3 inch circles.

I'm not sure how many I used, but I'm guessing about 15-20.  Also, your circles don't have to be perfect since it won't matter.

With each circle piece, add a dab of glue in the center.

Then bunch the fabric at the center point with your fingers.

This will make small gathered pieces like this.

Start gluing them onto the bottom corner of your wreath, keeping them fairly close together.

You can make your ruffled bunch as big or as small as you like.  This is what you'll create.

Now get to your small scraps.

Cut small triangle pieces out of a few different fabrics and cut a piece of thin ribbon about 12 inches in length (also depends on the width of your wreath).

Glue along the top of the back of your triangle.

Attach the ribbon along the top.

Keep attaching your traingle pieces along the piece of your ribbon.  You should only need about 5 or 6 triangles on your mini bunting.

Hot glue the two ends of the bunting onto the wreath.  Then trim your ribbon ends.

Using your felt scraps and a template of a shamrock (I used my kiddo's foam stickers, but here's a good template), trace and cut them out.

I did a smaller size out of the white felt as well.

Now hot glue each shamrock to the ends of the bunting.

Then glue the white ones on top.

And that's it!

Now you have yourself a St. Patty's Day wreath!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!
And remember to enter my giveaway if you haven't done it already!!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Free Printable Friday: My Blogaversary!

To start things off today, I am happy to announce that it's my 1 year blogaversary (in other words, blog anniversary)!
How the heck did it turn into a year already?  Seriously!
Anyways, I'm celebrating it on Monday (officially) with a GIVEAWAY!  Are you excited!?
Probably not as much as me!!  HA!

Just a hint:  it's something made by me!  So if you're wondering what the heck it could be, take a look at my etsy shop and you'll get a little taste of what's to come.

I'm doing a week of celebrating, so a big sale at the shop all week!
So stay tuned and be sure to be back Monday to enter the giveaway.

Anyways, moving on to the printables.  
Since it's getting closer to St. Patrick's Day, I figured a few festive freebies would be appropriate.

Check out Catch My Party for these cute party printables made by MJ Paperie.  I love the plaid!

Looking for some sweet party circles for a kids St. Patty's Day party?  These are perfect!  Found at Living Locurto.

St. Patricks Day Free Printable Rainbow Tags for Cupcakes

And last but not least, a St. Patrick's version of the Keep Calm and Carry On from Two Twenty One.  How clever is that! 

That's all for today!  Remember the upcoming giveaway.. See you Monday!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Toddler Tool Belt Tutorial

It seems my boys are no longer babies.
Well, that was a given since their 2nd birthday.
But they're sitting on a chair at mealtime, going to the potty, starting to dress themselves and playing nonstop with their tools and trucks (or 'chucks' as they call them).  On top of that, if my husband's working in the garage.. they're there!
So it was time for their very own tool belts.  

It was a quick project (since I was having to make two) with little supplies, that I figured I'd give you a tutorial.

Here's what you'll need:
roll of grosgrain ribbon (you won't need a whole roll)
old jeans or sturdy material
scrap of another material (can be cotton or denim)

First off, cut a piece from your old jeans.  I actually used this pair for this project first. 
My piece measured 8" long by 14" across the bottom and 11" across the top.

Lay your denim piece over the scrap piece, both laying right side down, with the top 1/3 off the fabric.  Be sure the top of the scrap piece is straight (this will be the top of the front pocket).

Cut around the denim piece in the same shape.

Fold over the top of the cut piece and press with an iron.

Sew a hem just along the top.

Place the piece over top of the denim piece, lining up the bottom and sides.  Pin it on and sew around the outer edges, leaving the top open.

Sew two more seams going down the front for pockets.  Here you can choose to do two pockets as well or even a few narrow pockets.

Now fold over the edges of the sides and bottom of the apron and pin in place.  You'll be sewing a hem around the edges of the apron.  You can do the top or leave it like I did, either way it will be covered up.

Now press your edges with an iron.

Next, get your ribbon and cut a 4" piece.  (You may want to make this longer, depends on your child's toys.  Once I was finished, I noticed some of the toy hammers are too big to fit in the slot I made).

Fold in half and pin onto the side of your apron.

Then sew it on.

For the top, you'll lie the top of the apron over the ribbon leaving excess ribbon on either sides of your apron.  I had about 6 or 7 inches on both sides.  You may need to measure your child's waist to see how much extra you'll need.

Pin it and then sew your ribbon onto the apron.

For the edges of the ribbon, I burnt the edges with a lighter so they wouldn't fray.

Now take a 4 inch piece of velcro and pin them on the ends of your ribbon.  Make sure you're sewing them on the right sides.

This is how it should look when you're done.

You now have a cute tool belt for your little handyman!

Try them on and play away!

My boys really are growing up.. they'll actually stand still for a picture now! 

A perfect place to put all your tools.

Have a great day!

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