Covert Robin 1 & 2

Hi Everyone! Thanks to my awesome friend Jennet from http://featheredneststudio.com

I found out about an awesome “Covert Robin” Swap. In this kind of swap you are assigned a random partner, and then make them something handmade, and in return they make something for you in return. Well, through only my own fault I somehow managed to sign up not once for such awesomeness but twice! So…for BOTH of my partners I sent them these:

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Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies!! I added some fun Spring/Easter stuff to the packages too. I was happy that both my recipients LOVED the cookies.

Upon returning from 10 days in warm, sunny, FL I came home to find one of my covert robin packages awaiting me…As I eagerly tore open the box, this is what I found…

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A GORGEOUS Spa Wrap! Could be used after a shower, but I will probably use it after my pool classes, to stay warm. I also got some bobbin babies (that I’ll pass along to my Mom since I don’t have a machine) and some hand made face clothes (that I think my toddler already claimed, since I can’t locate them anywhere for a picture!!) Thank You again Melle!! at: http://featheredruffles.com/

Then TODAY, after a long, tiresome morning, the post man brought ANOTHER awesome box to me….and HERE is what was inside!!

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This is just STUNNING, it’s a Cathedral Window pillow. Thank You Leslie!!! I cannot WAIT to use it for my often- too frequent- much needed afternoon naps! What a GREAT Convert Robin!!!

 

 

Little Pin Cushion Swap

So through my awesome friend Jennet’s blog: http://featheredneststudio.com I signed up for a pin cushion swap sponsored by: http://www.sweetlittlepretties.com

This is the pin cushion I made for my partner:

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I used Popsicle material, because who doesn’t like popsicles? Then I filled the jar with tiny sewing things, and topped it with pearl topped straight pins. I found the pattern on Pinterest. No sewing required.

While away on vacation I received this lovely pin cushion all the way from the state of Minnesota!

This is the front side: (a nice pattern w/fancy pins)

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This is the back (and I so do LOVE it, since I LOVE cows)

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Thank You, Thank You to my awesome pin cushion partner for an awesome swap!!!

Pot Holder Swap!!!

Hey Everyone!!!

I’m hosting a Pot Holder Swap!!! Simple rules: Sign up by March 1, get your partner, send them 2 NEW Potholders by March 15th. That’s right, two weeks to complete the challenge. Sign up NOW!!

Tye Dye Cake 101

So my friend’s daughter asked for a Tye Dye cake for her upcoming 12th Birthday…so my friend asked me if I knew how to Tye Dye a cake…well I have Tye Dyed the inside before, but never the frosting…so here are some steps if you want to make a tye dye cake…

Start with separating a white cake mix into 6 different bowls.

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Then add in the coloring/and stir it up…

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Flour (2) Round cake pans…

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Then pour in some of the batter into each pan, like this..(left picture).and then swirl it all around like this…(right picture)

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Then you will have two swirled/ready to bake cakes…

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Then you bake them as directed…

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Then you put frosting between the layers/and put the layers together/and more white frosting…

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Then use edible color gel to make circles of the rainbow (think ROYGBIV) Starting on the inside/and working your way out to the edge…

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Always make sure you have plenty of help in the kitchen (before you start), so here is my Sou Chef…Henry…

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Then use a food save paint brush to start by blending the colors, pulling out from the center toward the next color, wiping/washing your brush between each color or so…

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Then continue to work along until you’ve done all the colors, finally brush the whole cake gently from the center out to the edge for the full effect…

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There you have it….fun to do!!

Valentine Heart Stamps

What an EASY-PEASY craft to do with a toddler. You will need some red paint, white paper, paper plate, and a toilet paper tube. (Squish the top of the tube in to make a Heart shape). Spread some red paint onto the paper plate.

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Then let your toddler dip the heart shaped toilet tube into the red paint and “dob” the paper, you could make a pattern, or anything really…

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I really let our son go crazy with the dobbing, and painting, he really loved it!

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Wow couldn’t be must easier. Thanks Pintrest!!

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Snowman “Cup” Craft

So I saw this idea on Pintrest. First get some blue construction paper. Then get (3) circular containers (of varying sizes), and a plate of white paint.

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Dip the tops of the container in white paint, and press onto the paper (in a snowman pattern) large on the bottom, middle size in the middle, and small on top..(or how ever you want it).

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Then cut out hats, and glue on. (We made scarves, and our son added a sled, and some Google eyes, and noses). Since our son really likes to paint, so I let him add some “snow” with his finger prints on his pictures. Here’s our end results😀

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He was so proud of his final works😀

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Santa Salt Dough Hand Ornaments

I saw this great idea online…

First you would make some salt dough:

1/2 cup Salt

1/2 cup Flour

1/4 cup Water

Knead it all together until it forms a dough.

Roll it out and help your little one press their hands into it, making a deep indentation in the dough.

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Next carefully with a knife cut around the hand print (leaving a border).

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Before you bake use a drinking straw to poke holes in the top of each hand print, (the bottom of the hand print/not the finger part, like so..

Next bake at 200’F for 3 hours. (put directly on the oven rack, as this will allow the under side to bake equally.Image

Let them cool for a long time, and then you can paint them. After you finish painting them, let them dry again, and coat with Modge Podge or a sealing spray. Let them dry again, and then attach a ribbon or something as the hanger (we used a pipecleaner).

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Next you can hang one on your tree, and wrap the rest up for the Grandparents, God parents, friends, etc. Enjoy! Merry Christmas!!!