Category: Crafting

Craft Room Update

The main reason for my recent IKEA trip was for my craft room.  It was high time I finally replaced the old, cheap tables I was using with a proper table.

Clean Craft RoomThese old tables came from the Target clearance section after back to school season.  At the time I was doing a lot of stamping and scrapbooking so I really needed a lot of table space.  And they were great for that.  Especially when I had friends over to join me.  They weren’t that great for sewing, though, because of the way I had to configure them to fit in the room.  I wanted my sewing machine, serger and coverstitch machine to all live on the table and there just wasn’t enough room down the line to fit them all.

Craft room updateTa da!!  3 machines, 1 table.  My dreams come true!  While I might miss the depth of the old table I am loving the length!!  Each machine has it’s own space, with plenty of room around it, so I don’t have to shift machines over.  And the table is so clean!!!  My old table had marker scribbles all over it.

Craft room updateSee that?  They look so pretty all lined up!!

Craft room updateI love that you can mix and match table tops and legs, so I went with the long table top, 3 metal legs and one storage unit.  I’m excited to have a place to store the little things like my snap press and snaps, iron on label maker, and other small tools that didn’t have a home. 

Craft room updateIn additional to the extra length the new table is sturdier.  I used to have issues with machines bouncing on the old thin tables.  No machine bouncing going on here!  I also added a rubber mat under the sewing machine to keep it from shifting and it’s working out great. 

Craft room updateAnd another new addition to the room is this chair.  It’s much more comfortable than my old chair, which was totally worn out. I had to add a pillow to it to make it somewhat comfortable.  And I thought I’d have some fun with it by getting the blue chair to match my blue cart. 

I’m much happier in my craft room now!  Good thing since I spend so much time in there!  Now, I’m off to sew!


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Fall Fun: Pressing Leaves in Wax Paper

The girls took part in a library program that encouraged them to get outside and get into nature.  It was a partnership with our local (and amazing) parks system.  I loved this idea!  We love being outside and we love our parks!  We picked up a lot of fun books and had a great time reading and exploring.

One of our favorite activities was going on a leaf hunt!  We read the book Fancy Nancy and the Fall Foliage as the inspiration to go leaf hunting.

Leaf huntingLucky for us we have an arboretum nearby, so the girls and I headed over to find some leaves!  It didn’t take long to find some keepers.  We were looking for “unique” and “interesting” leaves. 

Leaf huntA lot of our leaves “looked like dinosaur footprints” according to Cupcake.  We spent a lot of time walking around and adding leaves to the bags.  We also climbed the tower and hit the trails.  It was a great morning and not very busy, which is always a bonus. 

In the book Fancy Nancy makes a leaf scrapbook, so we decided to make our own version of a leaf scrapbook by pressing the leaves in wax paper.  Once we returned home we took the leaves out of the bags and wiped them dry.

Cleaning leavesDry, flat leaves press best.  Then taking a sheet of wax paper the girls arranged their favorite leaves on top.

Pressing leaves in wax paper #crafting #fallThose leaves look like T. rex footprints.  They have 3 toed feet afterall. 

We then placed another sheet of wax paper on top.  And sandwiched that between two pieces of parchment paper (to keep it from sticking to the iron).

Pressing leaves in wax paper #crafting #fallI then ironed over the paper and leaf sandwich to fuse the two pieces of wax paper together, sealing the leaves inside.

Pressing Leaves in Wax Paper #fall #crafting The girls loved the outcome!  And we hung them in the window so we could see the pretty colors. 

It’s a really simple craft made with items you already have at home, so why not have some fall fun pressing leaves in wax paper?

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Fall Fun: S’mores and Pumpkins

I love this time of the year!  Fall is so fun with the leaves changing colors, the pumpkins, the cardigans.  It’s actually been a tad bit warm for fall around here, but we’ve not let that get in the way of our fun.  We had some friends over for a marshmallow roast and pumpkin painting party and the girls had a blast!

S'mores barI’ve never hosted a marshmallow roast before!  We didn’t have a fire pit until this summer, so there was never a spot to roast.  So I had a lot of fun getting this together.  I picked up two kinds of marshmallows (regular and chocolate), and two choices for a base (cookies or graham crackers), and four options for fillers (peanut butter cups, chocolate, peppermint patties and caramels).

The popular choices were the cookies and the peanut butter cups!  The caramels were a bust!  The cooler air made them firm up so they didn’t quite work out. 

The girls also had a blast painting pumpkins!

Painting pumpkinsI put out a bunch of acrylic paints, foam brushes and paper plates and everyone picked their colors and got painting.  Cupcake wrote her name and painted a smiley face on her pumpkin.

Painting pumpkinsPumpkin was all about covering her whole pumpkin in purple. Check out that seriousness!

The fire was still roaring as it got dark and we hung out around the pit and Cupcake told scary stories.  More marshmallows were roasted, s’mores made.  The girls stayed up way past their bedtime!  And thankfully we all slept in the next morning.

If you’re looking for an idea for some fall fun, bust out the marshmallows and have a delicious time!

Lace Princess Crown

One of the projects I made for Pumpkin’s Purple Princess Party was a sparkly, lace crown for her majesty to wear.  She wore it for maybe 10 minutes of the party.  It was just getting in the way of all her fun.  Nonetheless it was very cute, particularly when it was on her head!

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princesspartyIt was a fun project to make, though, even if it left glitter everywhere! 

Start with a piece of lace.  I got this one from Hancock Fabrics.

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessThen you need some stiffener, a bowl, some gloves and parchment paper.

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessI used Stiffen Stuff.  I poured some in a bowl and soaked the lace for a minute or two.

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessOnce the lace is soaked you can remove it and lay it out on the parchment to dry.

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessOnce it’s fully dry it should be stiff!

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessI then moved my work outside (luckily it was still nice out!) and gave the lace a coat of silver spray paint on both sides.  And then it was time to get messy!

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessI gave one side a spray with some adhesive and sprinkled on the glitter!!!!!!

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessAfter drying I gave it a quick spray with some sealer and then hot glued the ends together and ta da!!!

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessIt really was a little something special for the birthday girl.  Even if she preferred the paper crown that she decorated. 


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Pumpkin’s Purple Princess Party

On Saturday my precious, little Pumpkin turned 3.  I tried to keep her 2 a little longer, but she just refused.  So we celebrated turning 3 with a purple princess party!

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princesspartyThis girl loves purple and he loves princesses!  So, when I asked her what kind of birthday she wanted this year there was no hesitation.  Princess! 

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyI kept the food simple.  I ordered a platter from Jimmy John’s and made chicken fries.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyThere were purple grapes and strawberries. 

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyPurple cauliflower, carrots and tomatoes.  Princess Goldfish, pasta salad, pretzel thins and hummus and Go Go Squeeze.  And there weren’t many leftovers! 

Dessert is my favorite part of the party!  I love to bake! So of course we had cookies.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princesspartyThese were so fun to decorate!  I enjoyed coming up with different ways to decorate the crowns and stars.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princesspartyThis was probably my favorite cookie, though. 

And of course there was cake!

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princesspartyI decided to go super simple on the cake, but I really like how it turned out!  The hardest part was finding a crown without a Disney character on it!  Thank goodness for the Halloween section!  I also make cupcakes which I just frosted with white buttercream and topped with silver sprinkles and a purple chocolate crown.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyI also put out some cake balls that I made with leftover cake and candy melts and a little tin of dark chocolate Kisses (because they have purple wrappers!). And I picked up this gorgeous frame at IKEA and then picked up a wood letter and spray painted it silver, then adhered lots of big silver glitter to it!  And then we raided the Christmas decorations for the lights.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyFor craft time I picked up these fun colored paper crowns from Oriental Trading and I also ordered some sticky gems for the kids to decorate.  They had so much fun putting their personal touch on their crowns and then wearing them for the rest of the party.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyOf course Pumpkin picked the purple crown!  And even though she had a pretty silver crown from lace I made her for the party she wore the paper crown more.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyAfter crafting and eating dinner the kiddos were getting super antsy for cake!  Including this princess dinosaur! 

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyWe lit 3 purple candles and sang happy birthday.  The birthday princess sang along, too!  She was so cute!  And she couldn’t wait for us to finish the song before trying to blow out the candles. 

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyAfter cake and ice cream, there were presents.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyAnd my sweet girl was spoiled rotten by her friends and family!  She loved everything and is now in princess heaven!  She and Cupcake had a great time playing with all the new princesses yesterday. 

I can’t believe my baby is 3!!! 

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #party

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