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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

JAR LID SNOWMAN ORNAMENT




What you will need:
*Could use any size jar lid from any container (I just happened to have a ton of baby food jars at the time!)
*also, you can get a pack of hair ties at the dollar store! they don't need to be the best for hair, just for hanging ;)  I used hair ties because I bought them for my hair a while ago but they weren't strong enough to hold my hair up...so I kept them because I knew I could use them for something! 

Directions:
  1. Cut out a circle the size of your lid
  2. Draw on your snowman or snow girl's face with markers ;)
  3. Then glue your face onto the lid
  4. take your Elmer's glue and glue around all of the facial features...black eyes and mouth pieces, nose.
  5. then pour on a good amount of glitter to cover the face, and then shake off all excess into a bowl (or something to catch the extra...reuse)
  6. do the same to your lid brim...glue around and then dip or roll it in the glitter...shake off excess
  7. Hot glue on your hair ties for hanging (or ribbon or whatever you'd like to hang your ornament with)




And there you have it! 
Adorable snowman and snow girl Christmas ornaments...make one for each member of your family!

Would love to hear what you think!
Leave a comment below :)

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The (anti) Shopping List


This for sure is always a great way to be sure you save a little bit of money! I just love this, and usually do this, which is why I had to pass this along. 

The (anti) shopping list is a winner for anybody! (looking to save some money that is ;)




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Converting to Crockpot

Crock pot Coversions


I came across this on Pinterest and just thought...HOW COOL!
Not sure about you all, but this could definitely make life a Good Amount easier around the kitchen, at least for me! But thought...I'd better share this!!
Just in case more of you are like me than I realize ;D

Ever Feel bound to eat out, because you will be gone on Sunday and don't have the time to prep, mix and cook dinner?? Or feel like you wont be able to have that super delicious meal you are craving because it requires you to be at home and you just wont be home that day!?

Well then, here is the answer to your long drawn out prayer--ha ha.  Crock-pot cooking time conversions from oven or stove to low or high setting of your beloved crock-pot. 

Have fun passing this one along!

Isn't this chart the coolest thing!?

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments (No Bake)

No-Bake Cinnamon Dough Ornaments --crafty-go-lucky.blogspot.com

So, I don't know about you, but I have always wanted to make those cute gingerbread man ornaments that looked like real cookies and smelled like cinnamon!

AND...Here they are, finally! 

My mom and sister came out in November to help with the kids and new baby, and we made a bunch! Just love how they turned out... Smell and all! Mmmm :) 

Smells like Christmas for sure!

These were all too EASY to make, by the way.
Work well for a family activity and/or as gifts to your friends, family or neighbors too!
I made some extra to gift with Visiting Teaching treats, although you could gift these alone :D

Here is the recipe we used...

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments:
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of very warm water

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Wash hands and then finish kneading with clean, dry hands.  If the dough is a little sticky dust your hands with a bit of flour and knead.   After a few minutes you will be left with amazing cinnamon ornament dough
- See more at: http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/11/no-cook-cinnamon-ornaments.html#sthash.2s00OeDC.dpuf




Would love to see your pictures of the Dough Ornaments you make!!
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Baby Jesus Ornament


What you'll Need to make your own:

Popsicle stick
small square piece of Fabric (~ 3 x 3 )
--I used a more rustic and woven kind, But any kind you like will do--
twine
scissors
pen
hot glue gun


The 'How-to':
  1. Cut off 1/3 to 1/2 of your Popsicle stick to be your baby Jesus
  2. Draw a simple face
  3. Cut your piece of fabric and warap around the baby--make sure a pointed end is above the baby's head, then tuck the bottom corner up (hot gluing as you go) and pull over the two outer corners to swaddle Him.
  4. Cut 12-15 (or more) small pieces of twine (this being a part of His manger bedding)
  5. Cut a strand of tine long enough to hang your ornament from the back and glue on.
Sweet & precious, Right?!


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Wash Cloth Snowmen Ornaments




      So, I made these in 2008. 
Cannot believe its been that long, wow!

   I bought the 18 pack of wash cloths from Walmart (link above) and figured I would make a whole bunch and gift them! 
   So I did, and gave them to Siblings, and friends, people at church, etc. 

They all thought they were too cute too! 



Scroll below for the folding directions! 
Super easy...

But you will FIRST need:

A Wash Cloth
Felt
 (or another fabric for your nose, hats/earmuffs)
fabric scrap (For scarf)
buttons
googly eyes
hot glue gun
twine (for hanging)
Polyfil
 (or some other stuffing for inside your washcloth snowman)
twigs or straws (for your arms)



Waving Straw Arms





Once you have folded your snowman and made your hats, the rest is totally up to you! Get creative :)

What do you think of them!??

I also placed a couple on a mantle, loved them!




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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Check IT out ~ Ramshackle to Rubies!~ on Facebook

Ramshackle to Rubies

One of my new Favorite Sites!

Taking ramshackle or outdated finds and turning them into

 beautiful home furniture or d├ęcor.


CLICK HERE:

This is my younger Sisters love & hobby and I would like to share it with you all :) Take look! 

Maybe their will be something you want ;D

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Turkey Treat Tags!



I fell in love with these turkeys when I was making my Turkey Day Bunting and Matching Place Cards So I decided to make same extra and use them as Treat tags...For friends, Neighbors, and Visiting Teaching Treats!

 I just love them, what about you!??

Click on the above 'Turkey Day Bunting' Link for the 'How-to' on making these awesomely CUTE Turkey Treat Tags...Then make or buy some treats and gift them away!




Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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Mini Fall Pumpkins (recycled!)


Save those Dole fruit cups!  Made this craft a few years back and they are just the perfect touch for Fall to add to your home, or office! Also could make a fun friends gift...


These adorable D.I.Y. mini pumpkins are perfect in bringing the feeling of fall to any mantel or window sill! (not to mention bookshelves, entertainment centers, work desks, kitchen or sides tables!) With just a little bit of orange (or yellow or white...whichever you prefer ;) its enough to bring some fall flavor to your home, while also taking no time at all, which is what I am mostly about! ha

To make your mini Fall pumpkins, you will need the following:

1.) any dole brand/or off brand plastic cup (the kind you find fruit cups in at your grocery store) emptied and washed/dried, of course.
2.) spray paint of the color of your choice, or just a layer or two of acrylic paint (as I chose because that is what I had at home) and a layer of modge-podge once the paint layer has fullydried.
3.) pipe cleaner for the stem [take a push pin or sharp edge of any kind and push through top center of cup, push cut-to-size pipe cleaner through, flip over and bend flat under the cup]
4.) and ribbon to tie onto the pipe cleaner for the leaves/vine, and whoa-la! You have got your own special mini-pumpkin :)

Have Fun!
How Easy and Simple, right?!
Let me know what you think!

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The 'I am Thankful' Wreath






                                    Click here for the 'How-to':  The Thankful Wreath
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Turkey Cup Cakes



So... I made these like 5 years ago!! For my sweet little Sunbeams Class at church :)

**I have many ideas of how else to make some cute turkey cup cakes, but that will have to wait until next Thanksgiving!

To make these you will need:
Frosting of your choice
 (I made a basic one that I Google'd--base was powdered sugar)

Food coloring (of choice--I used purple for the head and the plain white for the body)
RED Twizzlers Candy (gobbler and beak)
Chocolate chip eyes
scissors
markers (of choice) to color stripes on a...
 half piece of cupcake liner! (not edible, obviously! but CUTE)

Do you have any fun turkey-Day Themed foods you love to make!? Would love to see them!



~Have a wonderful Holiday!~

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Turkey Day Bunting & Matching Place cards!


Finished Product:
  • Bunting/garland = 6 total turkeys (2 of each pattern scheme) BUT if you do double sided, like me its really 12 turkeys!  

  • Turkey place cards= 10 turkey cards (mixture of same patterned papers in same & different sizes of patterned circles)



What You'll Need:

  • Popsicle Sticks (8-12 for two-sided bunting---depending on type of legs you choose) Mine was about 8 sticks [2 overstuffed turkey leg (need only one per turkey when doing these), and the rest (4) were standing (double sided) legs]
  • 3 Circle Stencils OR 3 Circle Cookie Cutters (Different sizes)
  • Pen or pencil to trace...& Scissors
  • Candy corn noses (I used 12 for my double sided bunting---6 front 6 back)
  • At least 3 different patterned papers (I used 9 different prints---2 turkeys with each set of 3)
  • 2-3 different colored cardstock papers   Will be for the 'feathers'
  • Small heart Cut outs (or cut out your own) I used a CriCut Machine and it gave me various sized ones, which I thought was fun!
  • Hole punch
  • Puff Paints  black and white (for the eyes)
  • Hot Glue and Stick or Elmer's Glue
1. To make one turkey, trace two large circles in same print (on the back of the paper), two medium circles on a different pattern paper, and trace two small circles on your last patterned paper.

**Glue your circles in place with stick or Elmer's glue, and add candy corn nose and heart 'gobbler' with hot glue for strong quick hold!


2.  To make the 'over-stuffed' turkey legs...cut one Popsicle stick right down the middle (or shorter if you like) and cut the end off of two other sticks to give you two rounded pieces for each leg (saving the left over stick pieces for your regular turkeys legs to come)
**Now...Hot glue your toes to the end of the legs and then the legs totally horizontal under your turkeys body. And then you can put another matching turkey body on the backside (hot gluing only at the base---on your Popsicle sticks---you will see why later!


3. To Make the Pigeon-toed Turkey legs: Put together another turkey body and only glue on the candy corn nose at first to give you a good idea of where you want to place your legs...Now use two of your raw edged sticks (like from your first turkey above---left over pieces) and cut off two smaller ends. Glue those together and onto the FRONT of your turkey! Now flip over and hot glue on your matching turkey body and make a second set of the same legs to hot glue behind your first ones (and still only hot gluing the legs and lower body together to keep the upper body open!)


4.   Grab your scissors and make some rounded triangle like snips (I did 4 on each turkey) 


OR you can wait until the end and fray your turkey instead, or do some of each! 
(still making sure to not snip any of the middle card stock at the center top!--to be able to hole punch and hang)


5. Next, take your biggest circle Cookie cutter/stencil and make 6 circles (for your bunting--one circle will show on both sides if you are doing the double sided bunting) keep it a full circle if you are only doing one-sided

**if doing double sided: once you cut those out, trim off the bottom part of the circles. Doesn't have to be perfect because you only will be seeing the tops at the end. If you are making the matching place cards as well you can cut out more circles in this or your other colors now too!



6. NOW THIS IS WHY I WAS SAYING TO ONLY HOT GLUE THE BOTTOMS...you are going to slip in these card stock "half-circles" into the middle of your turkeys...hot gluing only the bottom edges to your biggest circle layer. Will need to pinch it a little so be careful because is it HOT glue ;)

**Once that is glued and dry you will hole punch behind your top center flap.

7. MAKE YOUR EYES!  I did some black with white centers and some white with black centers. Mainly because I didn't want my white paint on whiter head to get lost and washed out...but it also added a nice variation  :)

8. MAKE your own triangles (like this) OR BUY some triangles for your bunting to add to your strand of turkeys
For this bunting I used  Huggies wipe dividers and decorated them simply with sharpy markers



& HANG UP!


         ~~Matching Place Cards~~        



 **You will make one sided turkeys (just like in the steps above)

Can choose to add eyes or leave empty for a more mature or modern look :)

Extra Materials needed:
  • Card stock of your choice to have as your cards and any different colors to use for your bigger circle 'feathers'
  • Marker or pen to write names

Love these like I do!??


**If you are in a total-turkey mood, make these fun turkey treat tags with extra turkeys from this craft!!



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Any Occasion...Party Bunting and Colorful Party Garland 'How-to'



Need: Scrapbook paper, scissors, pencil, any kind of glue, string.

Scrapbook bunting: Draw on the backs of your chosen scrap book paper, large and small OR large and medium sized diamond shapes. Think about if you want a pattern (more than one print or color of paper) so you can estimate how many you will need of each. Decide where you want to hang this garland so you can measure out your string and guess how many flags you will need...

After cutting them out, fold them right down the middle and the either tape, glue or hot glue (a dot OF WHICHEVER KIND) them together. Leave a good amount untouched by glue or tape where you folded the paper down the center so that you can string your ribbon, string or twine through for hanging!





So I had these straws and just about every single one that I took from the bag to put in a drink would break as soon as I pulled on the accordion neck (where is should bend). This really bothered me! ha ha...I was mad they didn't work, but then thought...I am sure I can make some use of these some how...hmmm...As I have used these same colored straws in a snowman craft a good few years back (will put that link on here soon!) So I came up with this colorful straw and bead garland!

I think it would be most perfect for a carnival or circus themed party!!! But really it can go with any colorful decorations (used first for my sons birthday party and then with the 'snug as-a-bug' baby shower decor!)

Need: Bag of color striped straws (can get at the dollar tree), acrylic beads (i used ones that were a little clear (gave it a bit of a sparkle when lights shone through, and mixed in some solid black beads too), scissors, string.

Party Garland: Cut the straws in half or in thirds (removing the bending part completely). Strand them on your string alternating with the beads. THATS IT!
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Saturday, November 1, 2014

'Give Thanks' Blocks








So I had some of these cedar wood blocks laying around, and thought they would be perfect for a fall craft! 



What you'll need:

This is exactly the kind that I used (same thickness and size) but you could always go get some wood pieces cut at Lowe's or home depot in ANY height you want. Just keep a decent width to allow them to stand on their own ;)

Wood Blocks of some kind 
(I have 12 total, to spell give thanks and the two fun ones)
Paints  
(lots of colors of your choosing)
Scrapbook paper
Modge-Podge OR Elmers glue 
(clear drying) for a top finishing coat

    Steps:   

Paint your blocks background colors
I alternated colors with both words 
(My GIVE=creamy orange and then creamy yellow. My THANKS=creamy green and then creamy orange) and also only painted my front and rounded sides--left tops and bottom paint free.

Then choose a (totally different) color to be the color directly behind the letters 
(mine is a nice light-med. brown color)

Free hand some bubble letters 
(spelling out 'give thanks', don't worry about cutting out a center
 for your g, e, and a if you don't want to)

Glue on your letters

Paint on any last finishing touches
for example 'stitch' markings or polka dots...
OR a couple fun blocks (like my turkey and pumpkins)

Let totally dry and seal with your modge-podge!



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Tear-free! Pirates Map [don't toss those HUGGIES wipe dividers]

 Any of you moms out there like me and have come across these wipe dividers, over and over and over again?! Well put them to use!!

These are a great idea for kids play OR Party favors/Party Activity (make and take favors!)


ALL  YOU NEED:


Hope your kids love them as much as mine!!


Have you made these for a special event? Let me know how it went!

Other ideas for these tear-free plastic dividers? 
I want to hear about them! 

(I have a few other ideas up my sleeves...future posts :)
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Papa Murphy's UTAH ----------Cans for cookie dough!


What a great opportunity to help out the Utah Food Bank as well as bring home some yummy cookies!


HAPPY PANTRY SEARCHIN' AND COOKIE BAKING!
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Witch Hat Cookie Decorating


All You need is:

Sugar Cones

Frosting 
(a few different colors)
I mixed my own:lime green, pink and purple

Plastic knives and plates 
to put hats on before decorating

Sugar cookies
I bought some medium size ones from Walmart, but large ones would be pretty awesome! (bigger brim)

Sprinkles 
(a few different colors made it fun)
I had red, green, yellow, and a rainbow mix

Candies to embellish!
I used candy corn, but many candies would be extra fun!

This super simple idea turned out to be soo much fun, and a fun cousin reunion activity at that :D We decorated for a good 45 min-1 hour. 
I got enough cookies to let the kids each decorate two, and then eat of course (if they even wanted to). 

Yours could end up being just too pretty to eat! ;)

What do ya think?!?


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