This was my first week on my own with the girls after all our family left. I was a bit scared at firs, but I think the transition has gone fairly well. Much better than I thought it would! I’ve been trying hard to make it a point to do something with Paisley every day so she doesn’t feel lost in the shuffle. On Tuesday we painted an Easter bunny cutout together, Wednesday she had a friend over to play, and today we made these Rice Krispie eggs. I found this recipe on The Pioneer Woman (my idol)’s page and thought it seemed like a great activity to do with big sister. We had a lot of fun making them together and it was just something she got to do with mommy by herself.
– 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
– one 10 oz. bag mini marshmallows
– 4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) butter
– Hard shelled Cadbury chocolate eggs
– assorted sprinkles
– plastic Easter eggs
Begin by melting your butter in a large stock pot. Once the butter is melted, add in the whole bag of marshmallows. Using a wooden spoon, continue to stir the mixture until the marshmallows are completely melted. Remove the pan from the stove (so the mixture doesn’t burn) and add in all the rice cereal. Stir until completely incorporated.
Now, take your plastic Easter eggs and lightly spray them With nonstick cooking spray. Fill the bottom of the egg with some of the marshmallow mixture and press into the egg. Place a chocolate egg in the center of the mixture and press firmly. I made a little well with my finger and then let Paisley put the egg in, it was easier for her than putting the egg in herself. Now, fill the other half of the egg with more of the marshmallow cereal mixture and close the egg firmly. When you open it up, you’ll have an adorable egg shaped Rice Krispie treat 🙂
Place the treat eggs in an empty egg carton and decorate with the assorted sprinkles. You can roll the eggs in the sprinkles, but Paisley just decorated them right in the carton.
Store in an airtight container and enjoy!
I’ve been planning this Mickey Mouse party for my daughter’s second birthday for months now. I really wanted to do something different and unique for the center pieces. So, I thought of taking the inspiration for my Valentine’s wreath (see Valentine’s Day wreath post) and applying the same technique for the Mickey heads. I wasn’t sure how they’d turn out, but was pleasantly surprised that they came together just how I had envisioned 🙂
– 1 yard of black felt
– 1 yard of red felt
– 2 medium sized styrofoam balls (for the mouse heads)
– 4 smaller styrofoam balls (for the mouse ears)
– close to 500 straight pins (I know it seems like A TON, but I promise they’ll go super fast)!
– a 3-inch in diameter circle template
– a black sharpie
– a hot glue gun
– 2 thick wooden skewers
– 2 clear vases
– tissue paper
Begin by tracing and cutting out your circles. I’m not sure how many circles I cut out, but it was probably close to 500, because I used close to that many straight pins. Now, this is for the full 2 Mickey heads, you can certainly scale it down to just making one, and it wouldn’t be so much work. This project probably took me close to a week to complete. So, it’s not a speedy project, but I just worked on it at nap times and bedtimes, so if you work on it more often, it probably won’t take you as long. The results though are really cute and I think are absolutely worth the time and effort! 🙂
Once you get your circles cut out, start by folding a circle in half, and then in half again. Pin your straight pin straight down through both layers and attach to the styrofoam ball. You’ll want to keep pinning in a straight line and just working your way down.
Once you get close to covering the ball, leave a few appropriate spacial openings so that you can glue the ears to the head. Glue on the ears to the head, and hold it firmly for a few minutes so it adheres correctly. Also, a tip, don’t glue the ears on until you have the head covered in the fabric. It will make it a lot harder to keep the ears secured while you’re trying to pin the fabric onto the head.
Insert a wooden skewer into the bottom of the head once completed, and set on a clear vase. My pictures don’t show it, but I plan on filling the vases with coordinating tissue paper, (which will hide the skewer) and put a “2” on the outside of the vases. I’ll post the completed picture once I get them all done.
I hope you enjoy your center pieces!
I’ve had my Valentine’s wreath still on my door for a few weeks. Since it’s been over a month since Valentine’s Day I decided it was time to make a new one 🙂
I just bought a grapevine wreath, made a burlap bow, and made some rolled rosettes 🙂 I’m happy with the results, although the top burlap bow looks more green in the picture when it’s actually grey.
I recently got invited to a “busy bag exchange”, which is essentially a get together of moms with toddlers, where everyone makes a craft in a bag and then you swap. Depending on how many moms participate, you can really collect quite a few different crafts for your little ones. I think the idea of the exchange is to have different crafts that you can take in your purse and entertain the little tots at appts, grocery shopping, car rides, etc. This sounded like such a fun exchange to me, and I loved the idea of having a bunch of different crafts at the ready for whenever! I also am a big time crafter and I thought it sounded like something right up my alley! If you search “busy bags” on Pinterest there are tons and tons of activities that you can find, I sort of just came up with my idea from a quiet book that my Aunt had made me when I was younger.
So, my craft that I decided to do was a felt ladybug with velcro dots 🙂 this ended up being sort of like my stocking project and was a bit more than I bargained for when I started out. However, I’m really happy with the results and Paisley loves putting the spots on her ladybug and taking them off, AND she hasn’t destroyed it yet, yay!
So here’s how I made them:
– black and red felt, depending on how many you’re doing I would say a yard of the red, and a 1/2 yard of the black. This was enough for me to make 10 ladybugs out of.
– black velcro, I just bought it in the package from the fabric store, it will come with two pieces, a fuzzy side, and the rough side.
– needle and thread
– a hot glue gun
– cardboard to make your ladybug template out of
– thin black sharpie
– small circle template for the dots
Begin by tracing a large oval (for the body) and then a smaller circle (for the head) on a piece of cardboard. Trace the shape of your ladybug onto your red felt (however many times you need) and cut out your ladybugs. Then do it again a second time, so each ladybug will have two pieces of red felt (or two bodies). This just helps to make them thicker and has more substance for little hands to hold onto.
Next, do the same thing on the black felt, but with the circle template for the dots. You’ll want to do multiple dots per ladybug. I did 4 dots for each ladybug. Cut out your dots and place them in a pile.
Now, place the velcro’s together (the fuzzy side and the rough side), and cut the long strip into uniform pieces. You’ll need one cut of velcro for each dot.
Start hot glueing each piece of velcro to the dot and the top layer of felt. So you’ll glue the rough side to the ladybug body and the other piece, the fuzzy side to the dot. Then, once you put them together, your dot will velcro to the lady bug body 🙂
After you have all the dots glued and velcroed, start sewing up the two ladybug red felt bodies together.
As a final touch, you can freehand and cut out some antennas for the ladybug’s heads. This step isn’t necessary really, but I think it makes them look that much cuter 🙂
Place them in gallon ziploc bags and stash them, send them, or gift them to the littles in your life 🙂
Have fun! I promise all the work is worth it 🙂
I started this project way back in December, and just now finished painting the ornaments. I’m going to send them off to the Grandparents in Oregon 🙂 better late than never, right?! 😉
There are a lot of tutorials online on salt dough ornaments, but this one I found is a keeper. They held together, no cracks, and firmed up nicely. I’m going to do this each year with Paisley’s handprint, so I can see how it changes over the years. (Excuse me while I go and cry in the corner)! 😉
Ok, here’s my method 🙂
– 1 cup flour
– 1 cup salt
– 1/2 cup water
Preheat oven to 200F.
Knead ingredients together until a dough forms, it will be really gritty from all the salt. Roll out the dough, you want the dough still pretty thick, I would say about an inch to an inch and a half thick. Use a large circular item as your “cookie cutter”. You want it big enough that your child’s hand will fit in the circle.
Once you have your circles cut out place them on a baking sheet and grab your little one! Press their hand into the dough to make an imprint. Using a straw, cut out a small hole at the top, so you can string a ribbon through to hang it.
Bake for 6 hours. I know it seems like a long time, but you really want to ensure that your dough is completely dried out.
Remove them from the oven and let cool. I would let them set at least a day in a cold atmosphere before painting, just to make sure they’re nice and hard!
Paint your ornament as desired and spray it with a clear gloss finish after the paint has dried. The clear gloss will give it a nice polished look.
Have fun making memories!
Here are some pictures of some of the projects I’ve been up to and how Christmas is looking in the new house! 🙂
My wreath! Super simple, all you need is some Dollar Store ornaments of different sizes, a glue gun, and a wire wreath. Plus a ridiculously large bow! 😉 you just remove the ornament tops and then glue them upside down to your wire wreath so the tops aren’t showing. Add a bow and a ribbon to hang it and voila! Christmas wreath, I made this for under $20!
This year I decided to make homemade stockings for us… I don’t own a sewing machine, so I made them all by hand with a needle and thread. They were a lot more of a project than I was expecting, but I’m really happy with the results and am thinking I need to invest I. A sewing machine in the near future 😉
I’ve seen these adorable mugs that people make, and just fell in love with them! I made a bunch for some family and friends for Christmas and they came out really cute 🙂 I’ve read different versions of how to make them, and this way seems like the best for keeping the ink on. I have not tried this myself and am not 100% sure that the ink will not come off in the dishwasher, so it might be best to hand wash them just to be certain it stays intact.
Here is my method:
– ceramic mugs, I just bought mine at the dollar store
– sharpie pen
– cookie tray
– rubbing alcohol
Start by cleaning your mug with rubbing alcohol. This will take any of the oils from people’s hands off the mug and make the ink stay better. Once dry, decorate your mug with the sharpie any way you desire.
Place the mugs on your cookie sheet and place them in your cold oven. Turn your oven to 350F and let the mugs warm up in the oven to temperature. Once your oven reaches 350F bake your mugs for 30 minutes. Once the time is up, turn off the oven and leave the mugs in to cool off completetly. This is supposed to help the ink set better than just baking and removing them.
Once cooled completely, remove the mugs and wrap up! I placed a packet of single serve hot chocolate mix in each one as well as dipping a plastic spoon in chocolate and rolling them in marshmallows.