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Decorative pom-pom Lanterns May 28, 2012

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I’ve been so excited to share this project with you.  Since I found out we were having a little girl (any day now), I started pinning tons of these pom-pom lantern things that are so popular.  I pinned tissue paper ones, rosettes made from crepe paper and then found these gorgeous lanterns made from fabric.  BINGO these were IT!  I found the idea on Pintrest which led me to a tutorial on A Simple Kind of Life.

This project was really pretty easy.  You don’t need many materials, but you need lots and lots and lots of time.  These things really were labor-intensive, but I LOVE how they turned out.  I could hardly wait to get them hung up once they were done.

Here’s what you’ll need.

Paper Lanterns (I found a cheap 3 pack of lanterns at Hobby Lobby in their Spring aisle)

Fabric (you will need about 2 yd. of fabric for the smaller lanterns and 3-4 yd. for the large one)

Good pair of scissors

Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Circle template and pen (I used 3-inch circles on the small & medium lanterns & 4-inch circles on the large)

First, I traced my circle pattern on to the fabric.  After the first lantern I learned to double the fabric and cut two at a time.  I also learned I needed new fabric scissors since my thumb was numb for nearly a week using dull scissors.  The plain fabrics work a little better since they are the same color on both sides, but the patterned one turned out okay, too.

This part takes a while as well, but it can be a relaxing activity to do while watching a movie or catching up on your television shows.  I enjoyed re-watching many episodes of Glee Season 1 making these lanterns.  (love that show)  Let me tell you that each lantern takes hundreds of circles to cover it and make it look full and fluffy.  I’m guessing the large lantern has nearly 500 circles on it.  I really should have kept track of how many I cut and glued.

Now for the finished product hung up.  My husband graciously put eyelet hooks in the ceiling.  We hung each lantern using white, glittered tulle.  See what you think.  I think it was the perfect girlie addition to our baby’s nursery.  Now she just needs to get here!


Pic-bit! May 25, 2012

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stART ~ The Sun is My Favorite Star May 24, 2012

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After a long (too long) of a break from our stART projects, we are going to try to get back on board for the summer.  We kicked off this week by reading “The Sun is My Favorite Star” by Frank Asch.  This is a simple, yet informational, book about all the things the sun does for us.  A great topic to kick off summer, right?

For our project we made Sunshine Cupcakes to share with our neighbors and daycare friends.  The idea came from Pintrest via Taste of Home.

I started by baking the cupcakes, yes, straight from the boxed mix!  I know, super fancy!  I also used the canned frosting.

Will helped with the decorating portion of the project.  He had a great time and it even kept his attention until we were done.  After that project, he did not have the patience to visit with our neighbors when we dropped them off.


Boxed Cake Mix

Canned Frosting (white)

Food Coloring or Paste (yellow & red)

Mini Chocolate Chips

Candy Corn

Yellow Sprinkles (optional)

After I frosted the cupcakes, Will was the official sprinkle guy.  Note we did this on a plastic tray so the many, many, many extra sprinkles could be returned to the bottle to reuse.  If I were to do this project again, I’d suggest skipping the sprinkles since it make it hard to stick the rest of the candy on.

Next, we placed two mini chocolate chips near the center to make the sun’s eyes.  I used red frosting to draw the smile.  The recipe suggested using red licorice for the smile.  The frosting worked pretty slick.

Last, we added candy corn candies around the perimeter of the cupcake to make the sun’s rays.

You are my sunshine!!!!


Pic-bit! May 18, 2012

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Family Birthday/Anniversary Board May 16, 2012

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Here is my latest project.  A friend of mine saw this idea on Pintrest and asked me if I thought I could make it.  I decided to make it just in time for Mother’s Day as a gift for her mother.  It was a fairly easy project (especially if you have others to help with the wood cutting and drilling).  The idea came from The Idea Door.



Wood Squares (1-1/2 inches)

Craft Paint

Foam Paint Brush

Scrapbook Paper

Modge Podge

Rub-on letters and numbers

Eye Hooks  (I needed 17 for this project)

2 Hangers to put on the back of the board to hang on the wall


I had the board pre-cut from another project.  I found the 12-in. wood pieces at Michael’s Crafts and had my husband cut them into small squares.

I picked out three coordinating scrapbook papers to cover all the wooden pieces.

I painted the back and sides of all the wood pieces to create a nicer finish to the pieces.

After cutting the paper to fit the wood pieces, I used Modge Podge to adhere the paper to the wood.   In addition to the large board, I also adhered paper to each of the small square pieces.  Before putting on the top coat, I used rub-on numbers and letters to the squares for the months of the year and the names/dates of the birthdays and anniversaries.

I put two top-coats of Modge Podge on all the wood pieces to create a matte finish and to protect the paper.

Here is where I needed the help of my dad and hubby.  They drilled very small holes along the bottom of the board and in the square pieces so they could be hung using the eye hooks.  This was probably the most challenging part of the project. We ended up gluing the hangers to the back of the board (one on each side) using epoxy glue since the nails were too long for the thickness of the board.

 What a fun project to make for a family gift (especially if you have a big family).


Pic-bit! May 11, 2012

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Monster Bars May 9, 2012

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Who doesn’t love Monster Cookies?  Well, when I saw the recipe for these Monster Bars, I had to try them.  They are very similar to the cookies, although the bars don’t have any peanut butter in them.  I may try to add some next time I make these delicious, sweet things!

I found the recipe on Something Swanky: desserts & design

Monster Bars

  • 9 full graham crackers
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • approximately 3/4 c. oats
  • approximately 3/4 c. M&Ms
  • approximately 3/4 c. chocolate chips


Place nine full-sized graham crackers in a ziplock bag and use a rolling-pin to crush them up for the crust.  Add the 4 T. of butter to the bag, seal and place it in the microwave for about 30 seconds to melt the butter.  Remove from the microwave and make sure to let the air out of the bag.  Smoosh the butter and graham cracker crumbs together to make the crust.

 Press the graham cracker crust into a well-greased 9 x 13 pan.

Pour the whole can of sweet condensed milk evenly over the graham cracker crust (this is the good stuff!).

Next, layer the oats, semi-sweet chocolate chips and M&Ms.  I used the M&M minis for fun.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until browned and slightly pulling away at the edges.

ENJOY!!!!  This is a yummy treat you won’t be able to leave alone or keep in the house long.  I took them to serve for dessert Saturday night to my family.  We had two left over and those two didn’t last any longer than the next day.


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