Monday, December 10, 2007

new venture...and a giveaway!!

My sisters and I are making these cute little flower pins that are perfect on a ski hat, scarf, or sweater. We are giving one away... and you could win by simply posting a comment before 12/13/2007!





Saturday, December 1, 2007

No snow in the house!

Yeah, I'm kinda crazy....but this little snowman is the perfect centerpiece for the dinner table. I made the snow balls and then put them in the freezer for a couple of hours so they were more like ice than snow. Sure you could use Styrofoam balls....if you're totally lame....the real snowman would be so much more fun for your kids to watch melt away (takes a little over an hour to melt if frozen)


If you woke up in Utah on Saturday you would have had no shortage of the greatest snow on earth. See below what it looks like when you wait a little too long to cut down your bamboo. Happy Winter!



Saturday, November 24, 2007

lumberjacks....

A fun and inexpensive full day family activity is cutting your own Christmas tree. click here for info A permit is only $10 per tree and every year it's an adventure and great memories are always made....once the frost bite wears off :-) Bring warm clothes, a saw and lots of treats.


Monday, November 19, 2007

the kids table....

The kids table is always the most fun place to be on Thanksgiving. The centerpiece is a leftover pumpkin from Halloween, I poked holes and used them as a crayon holder. I added some eyes and a red thing (seriously, what is that called on a turkey?) and it made a pretty cute face. I used craft paper instead of a table cloth that way it doesn't matter what spills and the little ones can draw right on it with the crayons from the centerpiece. Set the table with your fun dishes (these are from Pier1) and don't forget the crazy straws! I'm having dinner tonight with a 70 and 60 year old and you bet we're sitting at this table!!




These mini pumpkin pies can be used as a place card....yes I burned them.....I never claimed to be very Martha-ly only very Heatherly :-) The little pie crusts are down the baking aisle at the grocery store.





Thursday, November 15, 2007

center of attention


Here's a really easy centerpiece for Thanksgiving festivities. Run material down the center, toss on some fall foliage, light a few candles, and add some glass beads for sparkle. On a personal note, those who know me well know that every piece of clothing I own either has a bleach, Sharpie, or paint spot...now I can add burned sleeve cuff to my wardrobe. I got a little careless while snapping one of this pictures. I guess I'm branching out!






Tuesday, November 13, 2007

frosty and friends


Yahoo for winter! How cute are these donuts? They're a perfect and easy treat for a party or an activity with your kids. A box of mini powdered donuts, orange and black frosting (food clay, or marzipan are both good options too) and this snowman family comes to life!


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Boo!

Craft stores carry these fun paper-mache letters (about $2 per letter). The word possibilities are endless. I traced the letter onto a piece of scrap book paper, cut them out, painted black around the edges (it's slimming) and then Mod Podged the paper to the letter. They are so easy to do!





Thursday, October 25, 2007

spooky....


This one is so easy and kids love drawing and cutting out these goofy ghosts. I used regular computer/copy paper and taped them on to some old glasses with a tea light. They're perfect for a fun table setting, window display, or mantle shelf.


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Witches night out....


My sister in law Jessica threw a super fun "Witches and Bitches" party. There was a great spread of seasonal dishes and then we went to the historic Gardner Village for their annual "Witches Night Out". The costumes were amazing!



A very inexpensive costume idea is an all black outfit with tulle (88 cents a yard) wrapped around a witches hat, glue in a couple of spiders and you're done!



Monday, October 15, 2007

rickety-rackety, spooky decorations.

Gather together black items....vases, mirrors etc and throw in some orange foliage. I taped some black rick-rack across the mantel and cut out some polka dots from cute scrap booking paper. Use found objects and be creative!!



Sunday, September 2, 2007

mum's the word


Chrysanthemum is a hard word to spell, but a simple flower to make. The necessary materials are scissors, pliers, wire, tape and 6 coffee filters. You double the filters, fold them in fourths and cut the shape of petals. Twist the wire into a decorative knot, slide the filters on and tape after each one. These cute flowers can be used as bows on gifts, napkin ties, or simple decoration. Thank you Ashley for challenging me to do a craft with coffee filters and thank you Adam for the Chrysanthemum tea...this craft was a group effort!







Saturday, August 18, 2007

live, laugh, love

I've never seen a bride as beautiful as Jessica or seen my brother so happy. This craft is in honor and inspired by the returning honeymooner's. Here's a very easy project that costs less than two dollars. All the supplies you need are a couple sheets of vellum (or very thin copy paper), any drinking glasses you have handy, and some tea lights. You can print words and pictures on the paper and then fold or wrap around the glass and tape to the sides. I threw some decorative rocks around the candles and it turned out super cute!



Monday, August 13, 2007

summer evening dance

This one is a really easy art project that your kids will love and you can get as creative as you want! I used a recycled board from my garage and sealed it with acrylic gloss. Then painted some simple grass and a big blue sky with stars. I had a photo of the fabulous Wood family dancing at the most amazing wedding this weekend, so I cut them out and glued them on to their new summer dance floor. I added some simple dot flowers and surreal floating shadows, but the sky really is the limit and your kids will love to see your family's picture come to life!



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