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Spring Wreath April 24, 2013

Filed under: Art Projects,Crafts,Wreaths — Lizz @ 12:19 pm
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Those of you in the Chicagoland area know that we are currently going through what we all lovingly call “Chicago Weather”.  For those of you that are not experiencing this with us, allow me to recap the past week for you:

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Thursday: (high of 63 degrees) It rained so much that we had massive flooding in the area.  To date, a week later, there are still roads that are closed as they are under water.

Friday Night:  (high of 39 degrees) It snowed.  I had to scrape ice off my windshield.  Chicagoans never take the ice scraper out of the car.  Even in the summer.  Just incase.

Saturday: (high of 45) The sun peaked out

Sunday: (high of 53) A little more sun

Monday: (high of 66) Sunny, and I didn’t even wear a coat

Tuesday: (high of 59) Rain again, gloomy grey skies

Today: (estimate high of 49) might rain again tonight, or possibly snow.

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This weekend is supposed to get close to 70.  My allergies and sanity cannot take this much longer.

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As I dream about the nice spring weather coming our way (right?! please?!), and think about everything starting to grow, I went ahead and made something to make that dream feel like a reality:  A pretty colorful Spring wreath…

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I thought it turned out quite cute, don’t you agree?

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As some of you might remember, I made a white yarn wrapped wreath a while back, because I have a micro-sized apartment and don’t have the space to store more than one.  I like to put removable objects on the wreath so I can continue to re-use it. And that, my friends, is exactly what I did here.

(See how I made the yarn wreath) (Check out my sweet Halloween wreath)

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I went to my favorite craft store, Michaels, and found a really cool green yarn that looked like glittery Astroturf.  I also found some paper butterflies and clearance colored flowers.  Don’t forget your coupon! Random thought tangent…Did you know they have an app that you can get the coupon for them to scan right on your phone, meaning you never show up unexpectedly without your flyer again?  However, I found that they NEVER have good reception in the store and I can’t get the app to work, so now I open the app in the car and take a screen shot of the coupon before I go in.  Works like a charm…

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I wrapped the green yarn tightly around the bottom half of the wreath, so no white shows through.  This took one full skein, and I didn’t cut it at all.  When I’m done with this wreath I will be able to re-use the yarn (an other decorations) for other projects.  I secured both ends with a few T-pins.  Then I also used the T-pins to attach the flowers and butterflies.

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Simple. Removable. Reusable. Spring-y.

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So, what are you doing to make it feel like Spring really is here?

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Lizz

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Do you love this so much you want to pin it on Pintrest? Go right ahead…

 

First Aid Butterflies March 21, 2012

Filed under: Art Projects — Lizz @ 10:02 am
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In honor of Spring finally being upon us, here’s a fun and easy art project: First Aid Butterflies!!

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Things you need:

  • Paper in your choice of color
  • Markers
  • Gauze (or cheesecloth)
  • Band-aids

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Have your child use the markers to color the gauze squares.  It’s not a perfect science, just give it some color.  Then pinch the top and bottom of the gauze together, and use the band-aid to attach it to the paper.  Just add a face and antenna, and you’ve got yourself a butterfly!

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So cute!!

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But don’t use up all of your band-aids!  With the amazing weather we’ve been having here in Chicago, I see a lot of outdoor play and scraped knees in our future.

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Have a wonderful (85 degrees in March) day!!

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Lizz

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Wanna pin our cute art project to your Pintrest page? Click here: 

 

String Nest April 27, 2011

Filed under: Art Projects — Lizz @ 12:18 pm
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Before we get to today’s fun, I wanted to announce our total from the Online Flea Market that was held on Friday.  As most of you will remember, all the money raised has been donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  Are you ready for the total??

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The Flea Market Raised an amazing $566!!!

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Thank you so much to everyone that bid on all of the wonderful items, and I especially would like to thank the three lovely ladies that purchased my flowers:

Kelly from Cedar Park, TX

Wendy from Wheeling, IL

Kelly from Morton Grove, IL

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I hope you all enjoy your flower clips as much as we do!

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If you missed the flea market but want to contribute, there is still time! The PurpleStride Chicago 2011 5K run/walk is this Saturday.  I will be walking with Team Ripple, in remembrance of the wonderful Steve Omilinsky.  If you are interested in making a donation to help our team raise money for this worthy event, please *Click Here* to see my donation page.  Remember, every little bit helps!

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Okay, now on to the fun part of the day…Making a nest out of string!

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First, gather your stuff.  I know I always say that, but in this case, it’s important.  Once you get glue on your hands, you aren’t going to want to rummage around for anything.  Trust me.

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(I also have the items for chalkboard eggs in this photo)

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You will need:

  • A bowl about the size that you want your nest to be (width wise. It’s okay if it’s taller)
  • Clear plastic wrap
  • String or twine
  • Mod Podge
  • Another smaller bowl (to hold glue)
  • Newspaper, or table covering
  • Scissors

After you cover your workspace with the newspaper (and marvel at just how “busy” those supermarket ads really are), you will need to make a glue solution.  I didn’t measure this, but it’s easy to eyeball.  Pour some Mod Podge into your smaller glue bowl.  Add a little water and mix it up until it’s the consistency of milk.  It will look like milk too.  Don’t drink it.

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Next, take your nest-shaped bowl, and turn it upside down.  Cover it completely with plastic wrap.  Grab your string and you will be ready to go.

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You may notice a lack of process photos for the next few steps.  Remember how I said you won’t want to touch anything when your fingers are gluey?  That includes fancy cameras.  This is probably a good part to have the kids do, and I probably shouldn’t have done it myself at midnight.  Insomnia…grrr…..

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Anyways, I digress…Cut the string into long pieces.  You will have to judge this one on your own.  You don’t want them short, but too long is hard to handle.  Take your cut string and submerge it in your glue solution.  Give it a minute or two to soak.  Then, find the end piece.  As you pull the string out of the glue, run it through your pinched fingers to squeeze out the excess liquid.  Then lay your string all over the plastic wrap covered bowl.  Repeat this process until you get a nest-looking thing like this:

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Let this dry overnight.  The next day, you can flip the bowl over, and peel off the plastic wrap.  You will be left with this:

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A nest!

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Now you have a lovely place to put those amazing chalkboard eggs I showed you yesterday.  Did you miss them?  Check them out *here*.  I think this nest would look lovely with just about anything in it.  If you try this, let me know what you put in it.  I would love to see it!

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Have a wonderful day everyone!

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Lizz

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I will be submitting this project to the following link-up parties:

(Please click the links to see the other amazing projects too!)

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DIY Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s Blog

Link and Learn @ No Time for Flashcards

Made by You Mondays @ Skip to my Lou

CraftOManiac Mondays @ CraftOManiac

Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

I Wear My Crafty Pants on Monday with Miss Craft Pants
Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie
Tuesday Time-Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework

Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

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Muffin Tin Monday – Flower Garden April 11, 2011

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 7:34 am
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Some of you that read our little blog here regularly may have noticed a lack of posting lately.  It’s been a crazy busy sort of week, but I promise I will do my best to get back on track.  Because of this crazy busy week, I didn’t (and couldn’t really) come up with a theme for this week’s muffin tin.  We all know that I do much better with a theme, so Skylar and I wracked our brains to come up with something at the 11th hour.  Sometimes these last minute tins turn out to be some of my favorites, and I really like this one:

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Left to Right: Olive flower with an ants-on-a-log stem, Mac and cheese flower with a string cheese stem, Chocolate pudding flower with a pretzel rod stem.

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I love finding an excuse to buy all the cute little accessories I want for muffin tin-ing, and this week I finally bought those cute silicone flower cups.  It was so easy to just fill the cups with something yummy, and find stems.

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Traditionally, ants-on-a-log is made with celery, peanut butter, and raisins.  Skylar asked for them, so I went to the store and got celery.  I realized later that I didn’t have any raisins! Ugh.  Time to improvise!  So, I went with chocolate chips instead.  Plus, that celery I bought provided great leaves for my stems.

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Super easy, super cute tin that got a very quick approval squeal from Skylar.

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If you want to see some of the other great tin made this week, check out Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Have a great week!

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Lizz

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Tip Junkie handmade projects
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Muffin Tin Monday – First Day of Spring! March 21, 2011

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 12:02 am
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Skylar has been talking about Spring for the last few weeks now.  She just couldn’t wait for it to officially be Spring.  I have been waiting for it to not be winter anymore.  So with yesterday being the official first day of Spring, complete with rainstorms, it seemed appropriate to do a spring muffin tin meal.

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Before I show you the tin, I wanted to show you the gift I bought myself:

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Food Markers!!  I’ve been wanting these for a while, and since this tin required a lot of little details, I figured it was the perfect time to treat myself.  (If you are jumping out of your seat, wanting a set for yourself, I got mine at Michael’s, and I’m sure you can get them anywhere that sells cake decorating stuff)

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On to the cuteness…

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Top Row (left to right): Babybel Ladybug, Egg Flower w/ Apple Leaf, Bees and Honey Combs

Bottom Row: Ramen Noodle Nest, Chick Cheese Sandwich, Broccoli Trees

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I thought I would give you a few upclose pictures to show you what I did.

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For this lovely ladybug, I used babybel cheese and cut sections out of the wax.  I used the negative to create the little bowtie, and used my new food safe markers (squee!!) to draw the black dots.

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I have made these egg flowers before. (If you want to see how to make them, click here for my egg mold tutorial) I made this mistake this time of using large eggs instead of extra large, so they don’t have as much definition as I would have liked.  They still look lovely, and were one of the first thing Skylar ate.

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We love Ramen around here, and it made for a perfect nest.  I found some adorable egg picks during my Michael’s trip to use here.

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The cheese sandwich was pretty easy.   I used cookie cutters for the bread and cheese, and I used my food markers to make the details on the chick’s face.

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I thought the bees came out really cute.  I took a few picture of how I made them.  You will need some yellow candy melt, pretzel rod broken into smaller pieces, almond slices, and black food markers or decorating gel.  First, melt the candy according to the package directions.

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I used a pair of kitchen scissors to round off the edges of the broken pretzel.  Drop it into the melted candy and cover it completely.  Set it on a piece of wax paper to cool.  If there is a lot of excess candy, move the pretzel over after it’s done dripping.  Once the candy cools a bit but before it hardens completely, you can stick the almond slices in to look like wings.

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Once completely cooled and hardened, use a black food safe marker, or black decorating gel to add the lines and eyes.

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If you want to see the other muffin tin meals that were created for this week, check out Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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.Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Happy Spring Everyone!!

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Lizz