Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A New Beginning

I am excited to announce that I will now be blogging over at www.aprilknapp.com.

I am helping others  find the extra in the ordinary, to experience God and life in the every day, to find beauty in the ordinary.

There you will find cradt/creative posts as well as spiritual reflections.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

DIY St. Patrick's Day Mini Art


I made two mini art pieces for my 2.5x3.5 frame and  my 3x3 frame. 

The first one is a moss Celtic cross on a faux wood background:


For this one, I made a Celtic cross pattern and traced it on the back of the moss. I used some moss with a sticky back, so I was able to trace it onto the paper that you peel off. The faux wood is scrapbook paper.

The other piece is a doily four leaf clover:


I had a pack of mini doilies I found in the dollar spot at Michael's. I noticed the white ones looked like four leaf clovers and an idea popped into my head for this mini art. I dyed the doily green using the same technique I use to dye paper doilies. The stem is floral wire and the background is scrapbook paper.

I will post about my whole St. Patrick's Day bookshelf soon!
 
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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Big Sister Gift Idea


Our Little Man was born on September 13 and Cupcake adores him. It is so sweet to see her kiss him and fawn over him. 


I wanted Cupcake to feel special and loved when she came to visit us in the hospital, so I made her a Big Sister bag of goodies.

For the bag itself, I simply ironed on the letters (found at Hobby Lobby) and made the bows and glues them on.


Inside, I put some treats to snack on at the hospital and some other fun gifts. I found this baby brother doll at Target. Cupcake loves these little Circo dolls and they only cost $3.50!

Their clothes are removable, so I made some little diapers for the baby out of patterned felt.


I found a great free pattern for these size diapers at Doll Diaries and glued little Velcros on to fasten the diapers.


I also gave Cupcake one of her old burp cloths to use as a swaddling blanket.


She loved it! She plays with this doll over her bigger dolls and she loves to mimic Mama.

(Here she is swaddling him in her brother's hospital bed.)

(Here she is feeding him on my nursing pillow. Bless.)

I also made her a book about the day she was born. I got this idea from Stacey at Life As You Live It, who sells templates for a similar book if you don't have time to design your own.


In children's book format, I told Cupcake the story of when she was born, complete with photos.



This is a great idea (Thanks, Stacey!) because she already loves to look at photos of herself as a baby and because it helped her understand what was going on at the hospital.

 The Big Sis gift was a hit!


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Friday, November 6, 2015

Stamped Linen Advent Bags


There's 48 days until Christmas! I DO believe in giving Thanksgiving it's chance, but I really love Advent and I am super excited about all the Jesse Tree ornaments I made this summer so my family could start this tradition. I can't wait to show them all to you SOON.

I stamped these linen bags to hold the ornaments, but these bags would work for any kind of Advent-you could hang them from hooks or a tree with candy or little gifts inside.


All you need is linen bags, circle or doily stamp, number stamps, and ink. I found the linen bags in packs of 12 at Michael's. I used ink markers to color the stamps, so I could do different colors. I already had the markers, which is why I used them as opposed to ink pads. 

It's pretty simple and doesn't take much time. I stamped the circles in various spots to give the bags some variety.


I'll be sharing my Jesse Tree Ornaments soon, so come back!

 
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Halloween Preschool Activities and Free Printable


Here are some Halloween Themed Activities Cupcake and I have done for Preschool.

Counting and Color-Sorting Pumpkins

  I found these cute assorted colored pumpkins on sale at Michael's last year. They were in the floral section and are made of hard, acrylic plastic so they don't break. I used them for color sorting and counting with Cupcake. She loves them! She also loved having her counting bears "visit the pumpkin patch" while we counted. 


Counting and Color Sorting Spiders

 Cupcake has a weird love for spiders (that she did NOT get from me!), so we counted and color sorted spiders too. I used plastic spider rings from Target. I am pretty sure they have assorted colors at The Dollar Tree too.

We used these cute free web counting mats from Kidsparkz.


 Pumpkin Size Sorting

  
We used a free printable from Confessions of a Homeschooler for this activity.

Paper Plate Spider Craft

   
I got this idea from Kids Activities Blog. I loved it because it is super easy for young toddlers/preschoolers to do and it's cheap! Also, it encourages free creativity with the coloring. Of course, Cupcake is not a huge coloring fan, as you can see. :-) She loves every other type of art form, but coloring.

I had her help me string the pipe cleaner legs through for fine motor practice.
She loves this spider and still has it hanging in her room. (We did it last year).

Pumpkin Shape Sorting Sheet 

  I made these pumpkin shape sorting sheets, which you can download below for free to print. We use Creatology shape buttons with this sheet. 

Download Pumpkin Shape Sorting Sheets
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall Project Round Up

Here is a round-up of all my Fall posts past and present! Just click on the photos to read the details.

Decorations 
DIY Fall Art CupofDelightblog
DIY Fall Art
Fall Centerpiece
Fall Centerpiece
Fall Leaf Art
Fall Leaf Art
Fall Mantle 2013
Fall Mantle 2013/14
Fall Mason Jar
Fall Mason Jar
Mini Bookpage Pumpkin Art
Mini Book Page Pumpkin Art
Photo Frame Wreath
Mini Photo Frame Wreath
Mum Gate Fall Photo Display
Mum Gate Fall Photo Display
No-Sew Fall Bathroom Towels
No-Sew Bathroom Towels
Pottery Barn Inspired Fall Centerpiece
Pottery Barn Inspired Fall Centerpiece
Pumpkin and Leaf Bunting
Pumpkin and Leaf Bunting
Rustic Fall Centerpiece
Rustic Fall Centerpiece
Pumpkin Wreath
Pumpkin Wreath

Recipes
Maple Roasted Chicken
Maple Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
Pumpkin Cupcakes
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Other Crafts
Team Spirit Hair Ties
Football Team Hair Ties
pumpkin taggie
Pumpkin Taggie

Halloween

Halloween Costumes DIY
Costumes
Treat Bags
Pumpkin Treat Bags
Halloween S'mores Kits
Halloween S'mores Kits
Halloween Hair Elastics
Halloween Hair Elastics
Felt Treat Bags
Felt Treat Bags
Halloween Treat Buckets
Treat Buckets
Halloween Tags
Halloween Tags
Thanksgiving

Thankful Banner
Thankful Banner
Thanksgiving Bookshelf
Thanksgiving Bookshelf
Mini Turkey Art
Mini Turkey Art

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