Friday, November 25, 2011

My last minute turkey napkin rings

So while I was up late making some mini apple pies in my cupcake pan (they turned out marvelous by the way), I made these cute napkin rings.

The napkin rings started out because I had these cute foam shapes and I got them all for 88 cents!  Even after our 10% tax it was still less then a dollar.  Yay!


I knew I had to make something with them.  So I finished up a paper towel roll and cut them into lots of rings.

Then I painted them some lovely fall colors.  I think I did three coats.

Then all I had to do was stick the foam turkeys on and they were the sticker kind so I didn't have to use my hot glue gun.

I just love happy napkin rings, especially when they cost me less then a dollar to make them all.

 I hope everyone had a very happy thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fall Leaf Banner

This is a quick and simple leaf banner that is great for keeping your fireplace decorated till thanksgiving and it is super simple to make.

All you need is some felt, ribbon, and some embroidery floss.

I cut out a bunch of of acorns, maple leaves, and oak leaves (remember you need 2 each for front and back!).  I wanted to put up my template but I have no idea where my scanner's power cord is.  If your backyard is filled with oaks and maples then just grab some fallen leaves and trace them...or look for leave images online and uses them as templates. Just making a bunch like this and spreading them out on a thanksgiving table would look awesome.

Now I just sewed the backs on with my sewing machine. 

Now you can embroider the front for some details on the leaves or keep them simple. Then sew them to the backs or glue if you are in a time pinch.

I just love the oak leaves.

Then hang them up!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hand Print Turkeys

I could just be crazy, but I had little Moose's playgroup over and I thought it would be fun to make crafts with a bunch of young toddlers. 
This is a simple craft, but it can get messy with the finger paint.
What you need:
white paper
brown paper
a little bit of orange paper
finger paint
googly eyes or a some other creative things for eyes

1. Now you can do these one of two ways.  You can take your toddler's hand and cover it in paint and press it on the paper to make a hand print, or you can let them go crazy and just paint away on a piece of paper and then trace your toddlers hand and cut it out when it has dried.

2. Cut a big brown circle for the body and cut a smaller brown circle for the head and glue them on.


3. Cut out a little orange triangle for the beak and some feet and glue them on.

4. Pick out some stylish eyes for your little turkey and stick them on and you're done!

For my playgroup, I went and made all the turkey bodies ahead of time.  With so many toddlers running around I wanted to make it as simple as possible.

The mommies thought I was crazy to have white chairs...


Monday, November 14, 2011

Quick Whimsical Pillows

In a week I'm expecting our nice new couch to arrive.  I can't wait for it come, because I hate the couches that we currently have, but they were free so I can't hate them too much.  Our current couches are much too country plaid for my tastes, and what is coming is black and modern.  Anyways, I made these pillows because I think they will make for a fun and whimsical addition to our couch.  It also gave me a chance to practice sewing zippers in, which I apparently stink at.

Little Moose is having a blast with them.  She doesn't mind the imperfections at all.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

1st Birthday Card

So my little Moose is all ready getting invited to birthday parties, crazy!  I didn't have to much time to come up with this card so I had to keep it simple, but it did give me a chance to play with my new Copic markers.  Yay!

What little one year old boy wouldn't want to open this?  Poor sock monkey looks like he is being strangled, oh well!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Photo Wall

It took me a while, but I finally finished putting up my photo wall.  I've been wanting to do this for so long, but I wasn't sure how to go about it.  It always looks great when I lay it on the floor, but everything gets off when I hang it up.  So for a week or two I had newspaper rectangles on the wall, which made for an interesting conversation starter when I had little Moose's playgroup over.  Then I found the 3M photo hanging strips and boy did that help me.  I never have had any luck when nailing a nail in the wall.  My nails would always be a bit high or a bit low and same thing when I used the hooks, but now I could just stick the picture on the wall and it stuck right where I wanted it.  I don't know why I never had seen them before.

The last piece that made it up was this photo box that now has the origami cranes in it.  For the longest time I couldn't decide what was to go here.


I love making origami cranes, I could make them in my sleep.

I tried to mix it up with more then just photos.  I have a special cross stitch that my friend made for me, my Moose's hand print, an initial (even though O isn't the most exciting of letters), and the shadow box of origami cranes. I used a lot of the frames that I have had for a long time and some didn't make the cut, and that's the hardest part of doing a photo wall.