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Game Day Crafting

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I’m not gonna lie that I watch the Super Bowl for the food and the commercials. I’ll be in the kitchen stuffing my face with bean dip and buffalo wings so call me in the room when it’s a commercial break. I think a couple years ago Collin even caught me crying during one of them. Usually they’re witty or funny but I didn’t expect to cry. haha This year I was excited when Persil asked if they could send some Super Bowl craft ideas for our family. They sent foam sheets, felt, yarn, glitter glue (every kid loves glitter glue), and all sorts of fun stuff. I want to print off more of their free coloring sheets for the game. One of the printables is to make a foam finger. Which Myles is proudly wearing and still carrying around!
Just print it out, cut out template, trace onto foam, cut out foam and glue two fingers together. I sewed around the edges which I do not recommend. In case you didn’t know, foam doesn’t sew well. It worked but it’s not pretty. :) Stick to the Persil instructions which say to use hot glue. Much better option.
There’s even a free Game Day Bingo printable which would be great entertainment for the kids to do so we can stuff our face in peace.  IMG_0961
Persil also included some of their soap to clean up our mess. They get what crafting with kids means. Especially with paint involved. And as the mother of four kids who know how to make a mess, I really appreciate their thoughtfulness. 😀
Printables and sponsored post by: Persil
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Fringe Boxes DIY

Valentine DIY Boxes
Tiny heart boxes with tiny mini books inside and a tiny bear holding tiny ice cream cones in a tiny bowtie is just too much to handle. Getting a jumpstart on the gushy love holiday and not just because I get to sneak the cinnamon hearts all day now. Although that is a plus! Here’s some pics and a short video to share! Lots of new Dear Lizzy goodies that will be available soon! including the arrow paperclip, “top notch” prize ribbon with epoxy brad, pink and red polka dot paper and word stickers.
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Valentine DIY Boxes

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View the video here if you are not able to see it above. The ad on the video is for the music so just click it off for now until I fix it.
As I was snapping a few quick pics of these darling fringe boxes for Valentine’s Day also filmed some clips of the process for a short video. My daughter loves to “help” me with everything and filling the boxes with treats was a great way for her to join in. This video was completely spontaneous and I hope you enjoy! And subscribe to my YouTube channel because I am planning on making more videos each month. xoxo

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DIY: Watermelon Garland

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This is such a great kids’ craft for summer and would make cute decor for a BBQ or party!
First, I diecut most of the shapes using my Silhouette Cameo.
Then, my girls help fold all the pieces and also handcut some of the half circles for the watermelon layers because sometimes I like having less perfect cutting. Gives it a little more charm. Next, they added watermelon seeds with a Sharpie to the red shapes.
Last, I hot glued all the shapes together and glued them to some twine.

watermelon garland

watermelon garland

watermelon garland

watermelon garland

watermelon garland

DIY: Abstract Art Quote

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In partnership with Glade I wanted to share a DIY of how to add a feminine touch to your home decor. I’m really enjoying painting abstract canvases around my home lately. Such an easy way to freshen up the color scheme plus it is cost efficient too. Mix that with the new Peonies and Cherries scent from Glade and my home is ready for spring!
This particular quote art I made to match my daughters’ room. I already want to create another one and have them help me because it would be a fun mother/daughter craft.

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. -Roald Dahl

The quote is from the book The Minspins written by Roald Dahl. It was published a few months after he died which makes it quite intriguing to read his last incredible contribution to literature. We have a few of his books when we bought them in a set from Costco but that one wasn’t included. I will have to add it to our summer reading list.
I want my girls to not look for the beautiful things in life in the most unlikely places. To keep their eyes open for new discovery and not only look in common places.

diy abstract art
how to

STEPS:
Start with a few shades of paint and a piece of chipboard. Mine is 8.5″x11″.
Cut small pieces of chipboard into various widths about 1/2″-2.5″ and use those as a paint brush to paint onto the chipboard. Cover the board in random steaks of color. You could use foam brushes as well.
Next, let dry.
Once dry, add white and layer over some of the colors. Love when the bottom layer color is peeking through. Go over any colors that may not look right too.
Then, diecut a quote with gold foil paper with Cricut or Silhouette.
Adhere to paint with Modge Podge or I used a glue stick then set a piece of plastic (like saran wrap) and a heavy book on top until dry.
That’s it! Frame it or leave on chipboard and display to enjoy!
diy abstract art

diy abstract art

diy abstract art

diy abstract art

diy abstract art

diy abstract art

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When her hair was cotton candy

pink hair chalk

pink hair chalk

I was kind of surprised yesterday, as this sweet girl with her cotton candy hair blew away the dandelion seeds, and out of any wish she chose, “Bless that the bird in our garage will be ok and fly away to his home.”
Yes, at this moment there is a bird in our garage. I think Collin called it a morning dove to be exact when he was researching what it was and what to feed it. He found in the grass in our backyard then set it up on the fence post with some bird seed and headed off to work. The entire day the girls kept their eye on it and reported-it didn’t move one bit. Then the sky started pouring rain and I forgot about it. Collin came home after it rained for hours and rescued it, put it in a box in the garage with a warm light and a paper towel ground. Up high so the kids can’t touch it. It’s much more chipper today and is eating and walking around. But one eye is blind and it seems like one wing isn’t working very well. This is typical Dr. Collin Doolittle. Once he recused a stray dog in an industrial park when we were in a cool building for an event. Brought the pup home, nursed it to health and found a loving home for it. The bird will probably die but Collin didn’t like the idea of the bird ending its life in the cold, pouring rain. Sweet, right?!  And I’m so helpful, just only there to remind him to wash his hands anytime he’s near it.
So, yesterday when Quincey and I were taking pictures in her pink hair. (Because how often do you have pink hair in your life-we better document this!) And out of any wish in the world, she wished that the bird will be ok! Taking a fast breath between each word and blowing each flying seed off its stem. I love how Collin shows these girls how to love and care for others, even creatures of this earth. Telling them the bird might have to go to heaven… Which also teaches them how bad it sucks when someone you love flies away to God.

Yep, so my sweet Q in her cotton candy locks, praying for a hurt bird and living any little girl’s dream to have mermaid hair for the day.
These are the things that fill my day and I kind of love it. Lots and lots.
pink hair chalk

pink hair chalk

pink hair chalk

pink hair chalk

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pink hair chalk

pink hair chalk

pink hair chalk

pink hair chalk

pink hair chalk

pink hair chalk

pink hair chalk

pink hair chalk

To dye her hair pink I used hair chalk from here: 
Sexy Hair Chalk.

It works best with light colored hair. I got her hair wet at the room and more dry to the bottom because it was a bit easier to put on when it was dry. At least with her hairs consistency
Step 1: Dampen the hair because it will last longer if you apply when it’s wet
Step 2: Work the chalk from the roots to the ends with a small portion of hair. Twisting the hair as you go to get all sides.
Step 3: Blow dry or air dry
Step 4: Use a curling iron or style as you wish
Step 5: Hair spray to seal the color
Step 6: Wash with water and soap to remove easily
xo Lizzy

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Don’t Get Pinched: Girl Hair Clips

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It’s a tragic day in second grade if you forget to wear green on March 17th. Quincey has been hounding me since last week to get her all green outfit laid out and ready to go. She definitely did not inherit my procrastination gene. But today we finally put together some fun, green accessories. I shared the green bow tie diy for Myles, now here’s some super quick girls’ ideas to put together.

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The first are some modern style barrettes.
I used some fabric scraps and glitter POW cardstock from American Crafts. Love that stuff.
-First, I cut some acrylic 2.5″ x .5″. You can use thick chipboard or foam board anything really.
-Next, cut the fabric slightly larger and wrap the acrylic like a present. Hot glueing each side as you go.
-Last, slide a bobbi pin on a 2.25″ piece of ribbon. Add hot glue to the back of the barrette and then attach the bobbi pin and ribbon. That’s it!
If you are making the glitter cardstock  ones it’s the same steps just cut the glitter cardstock slightly larger than the acrylic and then add the ribbon and bobbi pin the same. Use Modge Podge or Tackly Glue and glitter and it will work just as great. Just make sure the last step is modge podge to keep glitter in place. Should be quick since it’s such a small piece.

diy hair clips

diy hair clips

Next is a clover flower that Quincey helped me make. Great for a beginner sewer.
-Cut 3 clover leaf shapes.
-Then sew a running stitch along the bottoms.
-Last, pull thread to bunch together and tie a knot. Would be cute in other colors and more petals. Love Amy Tan’s embroidery threads and needles for this.
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diy hair clips

diy hair clips
Happy St Patty’s Day! xoxo, Lizzy

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Don’t Get Pinched: Baby Bow Tie DIY

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Avoid letting your little guy get pinched this St. Patty’s day and make him a green bow tie. Seriously it was easy and I didn’t even sew… just used a trusty hot glue gun and some fabric scraps.

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BOWTIE diy

For Myles I cut a piece of fabric 4″x7″
Next fold in the width so it’s around 2-3 inches wide and hot glue seam leaving the length 7″ long. Iron fabric.
Now fold in the ends and hot glue at center.
Pinch so there are three folds and glue each one (Make two of these up to this point)
Layer each one and glue together
Cut a strip of fabric about 2″x4″ fold in the width and glue seam. Iron. Wrap around layered bows.
Measure baby’s neck and add ribbon and velro to back. There you go. You can still pinch those cheeks but not because he’s not wearing green… because they are too squishy + cute.
Kisses from momma…
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Filled up an entire SD Card taking pictures of this face since literally the end of his front teeth are popping through… and I am going to miss those gummy gum gums.
diy baby bow tie

bow tie diy

That green holiday: Snack & Craft

St Patricks day craft

As much as I love jello, apples & Shrek it’s typically not the first color I reach for when creating… with the exception of anytime between March 1st-March 17th. Then I’m all about it. Such a cheerful color.
Here’s a quick snack to make with your kids then package them up and deliver to your friends or loved ones. All you need are pretzels, chocolate, m&m’s and you’ve got yourself an edible shamrock. Definitely good luck if you eat a few of these.

St Patricks day craft

Once the chocolate cools & hardens pop them in a bag for special deliveries.
I am including a download for the file I used to die cut the shamrock confetti, shamrocks and “you’re my end of the rainbow” phrase. I loved Oh So Pretty’s printable & did my own spin with die cutting.
The bottom left kraft bag was embossed with my Dear Lizzy embossing folder the pennant banner design is cheerful. Then I added “LUCKY” with Dear Lizzy thickers & last a Studio Calico gold heart.
Glassine envelopes or bags are something that I always try to have on hand for fun occasions.

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St Patricks day craft

St Patricks Day

St Patricks Day essential scrapbooking supplies

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If you want a free download of the cutable file I used to make the shamrock confetti, shamrock cutouts for bags and the “you’re my end of the rainbow” then download here from Dropbox. It’s a file to use with Silhouette. I have never done this before so let me know how it works. Or if it doesn’t work. : ) I can email it to anyone too.  xo, Lizzy

Pancake Party: Cooking with littles

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Lola loves to help me in the kitchen, whether it’s baking or putting away dishes, she’s right there wanting to do something. And we all know how much help a three year old is.
Some days we don’t have enough time, or momma doesn’t have enough energy, to make a cookie smorgasbord–start to finish & clean it up. Like this morning. Which is tragic news to a three year old. But I am trying to get her from asking to play with the iPad as soon as her sisters leave to school and she has no one to play with. I purposely tried the wrong password enough that it locked all our kids out of it because I was so tired of them asking for it. Then I couldn’t figure out how to unlock it… haha but that’s a different story.
An easy solution for not having a lot of time to bake is to make pancakes.  And it’s the perfect alternative for Lola wanting to get her Betty Crocker on. She get’s to stir, pour in ingredients and if we make whipped cream she gets to turn the mixer on weeeeowwwy fast. Plus, there’s a spoon to lick clean. Which we all know is one of the best parts of cooking.

Make mini cakes, invite some tiny friends, raid the party drawer and you’ve got yourself a pancake party… as well as some serious mommy brownie points… pancake points.

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pancake party

pancake party

pancake party

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