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Hot Cocoa Kit HOW-TO MAKE A HOT COCOA KITby Destri of The Mother Huddle There just isn't much that a three year old can create that isn't something only a mother would love. I thought and thought about what my little boy could make his friends for Christmas and finally came up with a Hot Cocoa Kit. Over the course of a week we worked on little projects to add to the kit, and I can't tell you how much fun we had with it. If you find your kids getting restless for the big day to arrive this would be a great project to tackle until it comes. HOT COCOA KIT You may choose to only add one or two elements to the kit, but I will give you a list of what we used. Supplies: • hot cocoa • almond bark or chocolate chips • candy canes and sprinkles • coffee creamer, cinnamon, nutmeg • plastic spoons • marshmallows • mug • various containers and baggies to package Set The Stage I have learned that my son has a max attention span of about fifteen minutes. Chocolate and Peppermint Spoons Nutmeg & Cinnamon Creamer

Centsational Girl & Blog Archive & DIY: Paint Stick Sunburst Mirror - StumbleUpon My friends, if there ever was a bandwagon, this carefree DIYer is jumping right on it. For months, I’ve seen fabulous versions of the sunburst mirror pop up all over the blogosphere. And for weeks now, with every stop in the paint department, I couldn’t help but notice how those paint stir sticks might just make a very cool version of this decorative favorite. I couldn’t figure out how to stack them nicely enough around the center to make it worth my effort, but that little road bump didn’t stop me from snagging more than my fair share of free stir sticks at a time, like 8 or 10, over the course of a month. When I read how Danielle used an embroidery hoop, that convinced me to make my own version too! Those free stir sticks led to this latest creation: How to Make a (Paint Stir Stick) Sunburst Mirror Paint your embroidery hoop. Some paint stir sticks have a small curve in them, so I simply trimmed mine with my compound miter saw. (quick Photoshop examples)

Hey...Things Change!: DIY: Paint Chip Calendar *New and improved version of the Paint Chip Calendar is right here. Yesterday, while perusing some of my favorite blogs, I found this great DIY calendar idea from Design Mom. It got me thinking about a project I had put on the back burner for a while and it also reminded me that I have yet to purchase a 2011 calendar and here it is March! Supplies: paint chips, glue, white paper…I used a Crayola floor pad. I chose the floor pad because the top is hooked together with a strip of gluey stuff, making it easy to tear off each calendar page as the month ended while still holding the rest of the calendar together. I measured the squares on our old calendar, which was approximately the same size as the floor pad… …and cut the paint chips to the same size, 2.5” x 3.” I then recruited daughter 3, Lainey, to do some gluing. I also asked Lainey to make sure that no same colors were next to each other, so she laid out each row before she actually started gluing. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

How to make a rooster with egg carton Per questo lavoro consiglio di utilizzare le confezioni delle uova da 10, io scelgo Ovito, perché ha il cono centrale più lungo rispetto alle altre scatole, che invece vanno benissimo per fare le rose, narcisi e ciclamini, e quindi si presta meglio alla realizzazione di questo lavoro. Ritagliare i coni come nelle foto e incollando le giunture all’interno con una strisciolina di carta si iniziano a costruire i coni a misura crescente. Il primo, per la testa, sarà di 5 punte; il secondo di 6 punte; il terzo di 8 punte; il quarto di 10, il quinto di 12. L’ultimo ad 8 punte chiuderà il collo solo dalla parte posteriore. Ritagliare i bargigli, il becco (in 2 parti, per un gallo canterino come nella figura) e la cresta. Incollare i coni dal più piccolo al più grande con colla a caldo. Su una sagoma di cartoncino di 15cm di lunghezza, incollare con attaccatutto i petali…ops, le piume! Quando la carta sarà completamente asciutta, tagliare due metà non perfettamente uguali. Un abbraccio Rosi

Etched Portion Control Wine Glass | Craft Test Dummies - StumbleUpon OK, confession: I’m on Weight-Watchers. And a major part of the program isn’t completely restricting what you eat and drink, but you DO have to watch and control your portions. This goes for wine, too. And since I do like a glass of vino now and then, I thought I’d made my own special glass to hold my five ounces of joy! I chose a stemless wine glass and measured out 5 ounces of water and poured it in the glass. I used plain ol’ painters tape along the line, and burnished it down well with my fingernail. I then applied the Armour Etch Cream (see my review of that here) to the bottom of the glass. Now, you could leave it here and you’d have done the job- now you know just where to fill your glass! I chose the flower head icon of the Songbird Cartridge (using my “j” monogram) for the Cricut and cut it out at 3″, using some craft vinyl. So there it is…my special, portion-control wine glass. <A HREF="

Christmas tree ornament mobile This year we decided to do something a little different with our tree and I created this Christmas tree mobile consisting of ornaments suspended on clear threads. When I was shopping for ornaments to use found a lot on sale and went a little crazy. I decided it would be worth it to see how three different options would look. I did a variety of silver ornaments that came as a boxed set, green ornaments with three different textures and three sizes of clear glass ornaments that look a bit like bubbles. Here is the mobile in context of our dining room (please forgive the mid-present wrapping clutter). We have room to put presents below it, and are still able to peek out the windows to see if the neighbor’s cat is visiting our front porch. The view from below. The ornaments are hung on regular ornament hooks attached to jewelry monofilament secured with crimp beads.

FABRIC COVERED MAT- HOW TO Well, awhile back I promised I would show you how to create some of my favorite craft items... This one happens to be one of the items that my sisiter-in-law and I used to sell at craft shows. These simple fabric covered mats add big impact to a framed picture. This tutorial is for creating a 8x10 mat that holds a 5x7 picture. a rectangular piece of cotton fabric approx. 11x13 in. or a bit bigger (it doesn't have to be cut perfectly)a 8x10 mat - you can either purchase a pre-cut mat or cut your own out of mat boardspray glue -nothing beats 3M Super 77 found at Hobby Lobby or hardware storesa scissor - one you don't mind getting glue ona sheet rocking knife with a thin blade... an x-acto knife/craft knife will work, tooMod-podgesmall foam brush 1.With all your supplies laid out and ready to go, spray the back side of the fabric and the front of the mat with a generous coat of spray glue (outside). 2.Lay your glue covered fabric on a table, glue side up. 5. Blessings,

Mod-Mood Quilt 6 ~ Get Your Curve On | daintytime ~ Sherri Lynn Wood Step 6: Get Your Curve On I hope as you work through step 5 the sections of your mod-mood quilt are beginning to fall into place like pieces of a puzzle. If your sections are curved like mine it can be a little tricky sewing it all together. I was able to machine piece most of the gentle, smaller curves but larger, complex, and severe curves required hand work. Machine Pieced Curves: Try sewing your curves by machine if they are gentle and there are no inset corners. A. B. C. D. E. For another take on machine piecing curves visit Thea’s grannygoodstuff blog here. Hand Pieced Curves: When working with extreme curves or inset seams, it’s easier to sew them by hand. A. B. C. D. Step 7 is a big surprise, so stay tuned! Make Your Own Modern Mood Quilt If you are entertaining the idea of making your own mod-mood quilt, I want to hear from you. If you are already working on a mood quilt, post an update or any questions you have about the process or techniques and I will respond.

home - Old Pallets - they are NOT garbage DIY Planter Box Centerpiece - StumbleUpon Hey friends! After finishing my mirrors in the dining room, my table started to look naked! So… I dressed her up today. This is a super easy project and I LOVE the results! This is the wood I used for the project… 2 – 1x6x4 whitewood boards 1- 2×4 stud Total for wood was under $10… Yippee! I also used Gorilla Wood glue to attach it all together. I cut my 2×4 the same length as my other 2 boards (4ft) I used wood glue and nails to attach the 1×6′s to the 2×4 like this… Then I cut 2 small pieces of from my stud to finish off the sides. I made some dings all around the whole box, and I also used some furniture upholstery nails around the whole thing because I like the way they look. I decided to try a new product out to finish my box. It’s Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain. I LOVED it. The Rust-Oleum stain dries in no time. It’s also much less stinky and sticky than the others I have used. Once it dried I was all finished. I used the 12 ounce sauce bottles from their site (SAU12) What do you think??

Lucky Wishing Stars Tutorial You’ve probably seen these little puffy origami stars before. They are really quick to make, and you don’t need any special materials to make them. You can buy lucky star pre-cut strips from origami stores, but you can just as easily make your own from medium weight coloured paper, e.g. scrapbooking paper, or even strips cut from magazine pages – as the strips are so narrow, the original text or image won’t be obvious in the finished star. Anti-clockwise from top left: pre-cut strips, paper cutter, scrapbook paper, magazine page. Now on to the tutorial! To give you an idea of size, I’ve made stars in 3 different sizes to show you: blue stars (from pre-cut strips): 35cm x 1.25cmpink stars (from a magazine page): 30cm x 1cmgreen stars (scrapbook paper): 15cm x 0.6cm The finished star will be approx 1.5 x the width of your strip, so pick an appropriate size for the size of star you’d like to end up with. For the rest of this tutorial, I will be using a paper strip cut from a magazine page.

6 Life-Changing Uses for Binder Clips (That You Couldve Easily Thought Of)... Yes, it may seem like an ordinary binder clip. And it is. Make no mistake -- it will keep your papers organized with the best of them. The BEST. But it's so much more. Oh so much. 1. (via) 2. (via) 3. iPod Dock Just go to your local Apple Store, pretend like you're interested in all the MacBook Airs, and walk right out. (via) 4. (via) 5. (via) 6. (via) How to Make a Magazine Reed Box April 17th, 2009 Email 261 users recommend Tightly rolled magazine pages make gorgeous reeds, which you can use to cover all kinds of things. Diane Gilleland You can use ad pages, article pages, or text pages to make your reeds. Here's a simpler magazine reed project: covered picture frames. Photo: Diane Gilleland I'm getting fairly obsessed with magazine reeds these days. What you'll need: Magazine pagesTwo bamboo skewers (the narrowest ones you can find)Glue stick (see note below)RulerPencilAleene's Tacky GlueMoist towelSharp, strong scissorsSmall boxMod Podge and brush A note on glues: For this project, you'll want a glue stick that sticks strongly and isn't too wet. Incidentally, you'll end up with a lot of glue on your fingers during this project! Part 1: Make a Magazine ReedFirst, tear out a pile of magazine pages. Fold each page in half lengthwise, as shown. Cut the page in half along your foldline. Place a bamboo skewer on the bottom right corner of the paper, as shown. See?

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