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Milestone Birthday Bouquet July 30, 2012

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Do you have someone celebrating a milestone birthday soon?  My sweet friend entered the 30 decade last week.  This is the gift I made her for her surprise party.  It was a really fun project to make.


2 bags of Tootsie Pops

Scrapbook paper

Scrapbook paper circles and letters

Styrofoam Ball



Cover the box with scrapbook paper.  Measure each side of the box and cut the paper to fit.  Glue the paper to the box.  I also covered the edges of the box’s lid.  I set the box inside the lid to create some dimension.

I glued the paper circles with letters to the box.  I used the Cricut Keystone cartridge to cut the letters and the George Basic Shapes cartridge to cut the circles.

Place the Styrofoam ball inside the box.  Next, push the Tootsie Pops into the ball until it is full.


Pic-Bit! July 27, 2012

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Double Chocolate Bundt Cake July 25, 2012

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My aunts came to visit today to meet the new little guy.  I thought it would be fun to try a new recipe to serve for dessert.  I finally went into my “Favorite Recipes” board on Pintrest and actually made this luscious piece of chocolate heaven!   It was pretty easy and tasted yummy!  My 4-year-old kitchen assistant was at my side to help, too!  He just loves to help bake (and snitch a piece of something sweet as we work — he does have his mom’s sweet tooth).

The Pintrest post didn’t link to a website, so I’m not sure what the original source is.  There was only a picture and the recipe.

Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

1 yellow cake mix

1 box instant vanilla pudding

1 box instant chocolate pudding

4 eggs

3/4 cup oil

1 cup sour cream

1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Warning:  Pictured is a tub of Sour Cream with chives.  I didn’t realize I had bought that until I opened it to add to the bowl.  I was glad I saw the little pieces of chives in there before I dumped it in.  I had to drive back to the store and get plain sour cream – whew!

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, but only mix in 1/2 of the bag of chocolate chips.

Pour half of the batter into a greased bundt pan.  Next, layer the other 1/2 of the bag of chocolate chips (save a few to garnish the top of your cake).  Layer the rest of the of the batter.  Garnish with the remaining chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.



I served the cake with vanilla ice cream.  It rich chocolatey goodness!


stART ~ Bats at the Library July 24, 2012

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Today Will and I read the cutest book, “Bats at the Library” by Brian Lies.  The illustrations are just as wonderful as the rhyming story.  The bats are very excited to find that the librarian has left the window open at the library one night.  They all fly in for a night of fun devouring books, making shadows on the wall and copying themselves on the copy machine.  They are so engrossed in listening to books that they are startled by the sun coming up outside.  They flee from the library in hopes that the librarian will leave the window open again soon.



While looking on Pintrest I found this cute bat project from Enchanted Learning

This project was super easy and quick!


egg carton (3 sections)

black craft paint

foam brush

yarn, string or a rubber band

wiggly eyes

First, I cut the 3 sections from an egg carton.  I cut each one separate, but I should have cut 3 in a row and then cut a half-circle from the two outer sections to create the wings.  I had to later glue the sections back together.  Next, we painted the sections with black craft paint.   Let the pieces dry.

Once the pieces are dry (I had to glue them back together).  I poked a hole in the top of the center section and inserted a piece of yarn and tied a knot in the end and tied a loop at the top.  Last, we glued on wiggly eyes.

We are just hoping this is the only type of bat we have in our house (yes, we speak from experience – ew!).


Christmas in July ~ A Christmas Photo Collection Book July 21, 2012

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With all this severe heat we’ve been experiencing this summer, I thought it was a perfect time to recall the cooler days of Christmastime.  Each Christmas we are blessed to receive so many cards and photos.  Up to this point I would group each year’s photo cards together and put them in a box.  When I saw this idea I thought what a perfect thing to do with all those Christmas photos sitting in a basket next to my crafting desk!  So, today we are celebrating Christmas in July with a Christmas photo collection book.


Christmas scrapbook paper

Cardboard or Cardstock

 3 Book Rings

Rubber Cement or other adhesive


Christmas Photo Cards from the year

First, I sorted all the Christmas photos by size.  This way I knew how long and wide I needed to make the covers of my book.

Next, I cut two cardboard pieces to fit the largest and longest cards.

Then, I cut the Christmas themed scrapbook paper to the size of the cardboard.  I glued the paper to the cardboard using rubber cement.

The most intense part of this project is three-hole punching each of the photos so they fit together just right.  I punched the longest card and then used it as a template to punch the holes in the cover and the rest of the photos.

Hold your book together with book rings.  I tied ribbon to the rings to make it look pretty.

I also added a stamped title to the front of the book.

I’m going to plan to set my books out with my other Christmas decorations so the pictures can be enjoyed year after year.  It will be fun to see the changes as all the kids grow up.  I just can’t throw away those beautiful cards that people spend so much money on.  This way I have them collected in a way that I will surely look at them again and again.


Pic-bit! July 20, 2012

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stART ~ The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse July 18, 2012

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This week we read the book “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” by Eric Carle.  We love all the Eric Carle books!  This one was just perfect for my four-year-old because it was written with a pattern that he could easily memorize and “read” the book himself.  Each page has one animal and the text describes the color of the animal that the artist has made.  The artist in the book really uses an imagination with each animal (ie polka dot donkey).  The best part was seeing the excitement in Will’s eyes and his pride in himself when he could read the whole book to me!



For our project we decided to get creative with some animal pictures of our own.  We started by mixing up a couple batches of Kool-Aid finger paint.  Then we printed some animal coloring pages from the Internet.


I found the recipe for Kool-Aid finger paint here.


Kool-Aid Finger Paint

•2 cups flour

• 2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid (use different flavors for different colors)

• 1/2 cup salt

•3 cups boiling water

• 3 tablespoons oil

What you do:

1. Put the Kool-Aid, flour and salt into a mixing bowl.

2. Add the oil.

3. Slowly add the boiling water.

4. Start painting!


Here are the ingredients!

Adding and mixing the dry ingredients!

Add the oil and boiling water and mix.

At this point Will was no longer interested — he said it looked like “throw up” because some times when you throw up it is pink.  Well, I can’t say he was too off the mark.  As you add all the water and keep mixing it does get a lot thinner.  😉

So, these are the two pictures I finger painted since Will did not want to touch the paint or get messy.

The recipe makes A LOT of finger paint (even making just half).  I would suggest halving the recipe for sure if not making less than that.    I’m curious how long the paint keeps in a sealed container.


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