Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nest Center Pieces

This years logo and theme for MOPS is beautiful and inspiring.
Our Co-Coordinator and I first started talking about eggs and
birds nest in April though our complete idea was not quite there.  
Mommy alone time is VERY rare
for me, especially in a craft store.  
If I am alone it means I'm on a mommy mission,
groceries or other toddler supplies for the house.
But I finally had that rare moment and went to a
local craft store to let my mind wonder and hopefully
find some inspiration for our MOPS center pieces.
I had an idea of what I was looking for in terms
of supplies and inspiration struck pretty quickly
once I saw what was available..  
Soon I had text messages going back
and forth with our co-coordinator and we had a plan.
I painted the rims of terracotta pots in the colors of our groups.
I pour plaster into each one to keep the branches up and give
our pots weight as we didn't want them to tip over easily.  
Later in the week a few of our Steering Team
Members came over to help me assemble them.
We lined the inside of the pots with moss and greenery.
We pleated burlap on the outside each
planter and embellished with ribbon.
We added eggs and birds to the nests in colors to match the
pot rims and arranged and glued them on to branches.

We are so pleased with the final centerpieces and
can't wait for our MOPS group to see them in August.
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Be You Bravely

PS - Mothers of Preschoolers has been a true blessing over the last two years. Not only have I a found a group of women that are supportive, but also share the same ups and downs of being a mother. It is my second year as the Creative Activities Coordinator and I'm getting excited about our upcoming projects.
This year our theme is "Be you bravely".
Isaiah 43:18-19 says, Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
I wanted to surprise our leadership with a gift to help boost our excitment for the up coming year. Our retreat is this weekend and I would like to present them to everyone then.
Our groups have already been determined so each leaders necklace has a pearl of thier group color and a burlap bag with their initial ribbon also in their group color. 

In our MOPS welcome kit this year each of us are sent a Courage Key so an extra jump ring has been added for the learship memebers to attach thier keys. My complete necklace is below. 

You can find the bottle cap tutorial here.
I'm hoping to share more this year.   I have some amazing projects lined up. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Teddy Bear Picnic

Today was the first day in months I sat down 
and thought, "What am I supposed to do?"  
No list of crafts or projects that need to be completed.  
Yet, there are a few I know I need to do, 
but are not in need of immediate attention.  
I was relieved though a little confused.

This past summer, I worked on 
everything we needed for the birthday party.  
I choose Teddy Bear Picnic since it speaks 
to all children and adult and it would go 
perfectly with a BBQ style party.   
The girls thankfully have just in the past 
month fallen in love with Minnie Mouse and it's
 still not a priority to do character themed parties.   

After talking to my mom about the theme I 
wanted she offered her beautiful 
back yard as the location.   I was thrilled 
and just needed to get a move on.  
 In May I started planning and 
purchasing items as I found them. 
Checkered/Gingham items are hard to come by after
 Independence Day.  In June I started on the details.  
In July I was lazy but still working :), it's so hot here.   
First of August I was still finding more items 
I wanted to add to the party.   The one items that 
took me forever to complete because I just 
could make myself do it was the banner 
and of course it's one thing I didn't get a photo of :(. 

Welcome to the PARTY! 
Justin worked hard that morning getting 
the sign ready to welcome guests. 
He did such a great job!

Our Welcome Table. 
All little guests had the option to pick 
bear ears, party hats or both. 
Treat Boxes had small coloring books, 
lady bug bubbles and crayons inside. 
Just in case we had older guests we had treat bags 
with true fact books, puzzle balls and bubbles. 
We used the large teddy bear painting on the 
left for our pin the bow on teddy game. 

Our little guests enjoying the slide. 

We invited two beary important guests to 
the party and the kids loved cuddling with them. 

Felt ears were by far my favorite detail, 
but the hardest project. 
A friend helped me attach them to the headbands 
one afternoon and has made me swear no more ears, haha.
There were so many steps in the ear making process that I agree. 
For the girls theirs were the only ones with bows.  
They had matching bows for their ears and hair, 
to help us all see who was who.  
Ava in pink and Olivia in green. 

As an added activity and gift for all our little 
guests they were able to dress their own 
teddy bears with felt vests, party hats and scarves. 
This was a last minute add on activity. 
Ava trying to find Olivia, "You forgot your ears!"

We did hamburgers & hot dogs as our main meal, 
with regular BBQ sides like potato salad, 
pasta salad and chips.  As an added touch I made 
lady bug crackers, (Ritz crackers, cherry tomatoes, 
cream cheese, olives and chives.)

And I couldn't help but make Teddy Bear Trail mix.
Honey Combs, Teddy Grahams, 
Gold Fish, Pretzels, & M&Ms.

Another late addition to the party 
was a pull-string lady bug pinata.
The kids loved it.

And you can't have a birthday party with out Cupcakes! 
I did decorate the cupcakes myself and I am 
beyond happy with how they turned out, 
funky daisy flowers and all.  
I ordered sugar lady bugs and bumble bees to add on top. 

Candles for the birthday girls! 

Our cupcakes and ice cream table.
We did small cup ice cream with 4 
different flavors to choose from. 

Our birthday girls blowing out the candles.
Yes they did it all on their own. 
Don't you love Daddy's hat?



 Elisabeth with Olivia with her very lovely icing face.

Papa, Ava, Olivia & Nana. 

Our big furry guest exhausted after the party.
How they got like this no ones knows.

The party was wonderful and everyone had a blast. 
We took so many photos it's hard to share them all. 
It's two weeks later and I still feel like those bears.

Happy Birthday to my beautiful little girls, Olivia & Ava.
Thank you all who shared in their special day with them.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Washi This, Washi That...

So many possibilities!
I love to decorate home decor and alter items.
Washi tape is a new favorite medium.

We recently did a busy bag swap at MOPS 
and it got me thinking about what else I 
could do to keep my {gasp} toddlers busy.
They are getting so big :(.   
For Christmas we bought them a 
quilted type fishing set and the love it.
So I thought miniatures would be perfect.
I lined the bottom of the tin with blue 
washi to make water as well decorated the
 top with washi tape in the colors of the fish.  
I then used a cricut image to top it.  
I used Paper Doll Dress Up and Animal Kingdom.
I made a template for the fish 
with chipboard and traced it onto felt.  
I just cut, sew and stuff and tada fish!
I used a small dowel for the fishing rod 
attached bakers twine, and asked my 
husband to sew Velcro on the end. 
These were perfect for the diaper bag. 
We put them to use on Mother's Day and the girls loved them.

Wooden peg dolls are adorable but with 
washi tape dresses they look so much fancier.
I drew on the faces then went to work with dress designs.

I found this little shelf at Marshall's on clearance a few weeks ago.  
Had it gone where it was intended it might have stayed just white.
But it didn't work there so I am using it in my craft room instead.
The washi tape just started wrapping its self lol.  

I did my light switch to match of course.

I used a bath tile to create this little piece of art.  
The background is all washi tape.  

What have you washi taped?

Washi Cards

I love that Washi Tape can be used just like ribbon. 
You can make flowers and even bows with it!  
Amazing stuff!
Here are the cards I've created.

For our National Scrapbook Day Crop I made 
each cropper a mini card set to take home.  
 These 3x3 cards were perfect projects to work 
on while in the living room watching Tv.  
Remember washi tape looks best on a light colored back ground.

Strips of washi tape going down with 
banner style ends help embellish a card.

Doing an actual banner is even better.   
You can also write & stamp on washi 
tape when you use permanent ink.
I used Stazon ink to stamp the little presents here.

This has been a card posted multiple times on 
Pinterest and I loved the idea so much I had 
to do my own.   I love it, so simple and adorable.   
I would love to make more for our Christmas 
cards this year, however I'll have to use 
some thing else to make the ornaments .  
Inspired by this card:

Another idea from a Pinterest card.   
Just line up your tape on a piece of 
copy paper and puch out your desired image.
Inspired by this card: 

I hope these inspire you as well. happy crafting!



Challenge runs from October 1st - October 31st 2012.