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Monday
Jan072013

Snowmen Cake Pops and Balloons: Repost

This winter and Christmas season we have been taking it very easy waiting for this little baby to come, just a little bit longer! I wanted to share some fun cake pops and balloon snowmen we made last year. The kids loved to make them and our snowmen stayed around for quite awhile.

 

Snowman Cake Pops

The faces could have been a lot cuter, but I just used what was on hand! I stacked three chocolate cake balls onto a stick and covered  all three balls in candy melts at the same time. Be a bit gentle, the cake balls can get a bit too heavy, break, and fall off. I only had blue candy melts but loved the color covered in the white sprinkles. Next time, when I have more supplies and time, I will make the faces a bit more endearing.

During our evening "snow" would randomly fall down upon us. "Snow" was in the form of marshmallows that I threw up in the air. The kids LOVED it and thought it was hilarious!

For our fun activity, we made...

Balloon Snowman

These turned out even better than I imagined. Besides the white balloons, I used materials I had on hand. My husband bought these awesome hats in New York City, I was so sad when my children grew out of them last year, but now we have a Logan and Hannah Snowmen that can wear them! For adhesive, I used crafting glue and glue dots. We also used some clear tape to tape the balloons together. I did tie two balloon ends together and then had to glue the bottom balloon to the top two.

A few materials we used:

Eyes and nose- buttons

Mouth and arms- pipe cleaners

Scarfs- fabric scraps

Other fun materials- rafia, marshmallows, chocolate chips, popcorn kernels, silly string, and sticks.


I would love to read your fun "winter" activities! I'm always on the lookout for new ideas!

 

 


Thursday
Dec272012

Stained Glass Snowmen: Repost

Wow, I have been missing in action! I have been missing this little place. I have been doing a few things, but really just taking it easy. This pregnancy has been a bit rough, but hopefully once we have our new little one here, I will be back to my regular self!

I loved making these snowmen last year and wanted to share again. The kids loved making them and they turned out to be a great decorating piece.


Stained Glass Snowmen

You will need:


  • tissue paper cut into squares... I used a light blue, dark blue, and white
  • googly eyes that can be found in any children's craft section
  • buttons for mouth and middle section
  • three different size circles that you can trace around... I used items found around my home
  • clear contact paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue dots or other adhesive
  • tape... I used painters tape since it is blue and easy to use
  • rafia or string to tie sections together
  • pom pom for nose

To make:

1. Cut out small squares from tissue paper (see above)

2. Trace each circle 2 times on clear contact paper.

3. Don't cut out the circles just yet, instead leave a gap and cut out a square around the circle.

4. Take off protective covering on one circle and have child stick on tissue paper.

5. When circle is covered with tissue paper, cover with the other piece that was traced. (see below)

6. Cut out circle

7. Repeat steps 3-6 for the other two circles

8. Cut several small pieces of tape in half and tape together by sticking the bottom half of the tape to one side and folding the top half to the other side. Do this for all 3 circles... this is the most time consuming step.

9. Using glue dots or other adhesive, glue on googly eyes, pom pom for nose, and the buttons for the mouth. Also glue on three buttons onto the middle section.

(Please ignore the dirty window!)

10. With scissors, on the largest circle, make a small hole at the top, be careful that you leave a gap between the top of the circle and your hole. Make another hole on both the top and bottom of your middle piece, and also the top and middle of the face.

11. Using rafia or string, thread through the bottom piece hole and one of the middle piece holes. Tie a knot in the back and clip off any extras. Repeat this step to combine the middle part to the head.

12. On the hole on the top of the head, thread rafia or string through and tie a knot.  Combine both pieces of rafia or strings at the top and make a knot for hanging.

13. Place in a window with a lot of light and enjoy!

 

 

Friday
Feb102012

Love Mailboxes

{I think I need to find a Valentine's button for the post starter... This month just does not invoke snowflakes to me.}

I can't believe it's almost Valentine's Day already! This month is sure flying bye! I do love this month of love though because I think it is a theme that can be celebrated all month long.

One of our little traditions in our home is our Love Mailboxes.

These are already all over the Internet, but thought I would still share. Each of us has a mailbox {Target $1} and everyday a reason why I love that person is placed within, including a small treat from time to time. Logan is always looking for his flag to be up and loves to open up Hannah's for her.

One recommendation... write all your slips at one time.

Wednesday
Feb082012

Theme Night: Twitterpated Thursday

For some reason, it seems like many have not heard of the word twitterpated. I, for one, love this word! So for those who have never heard of it... twitterpation = smitten. Ahhh, love.

February is all about love. This theme night we happened upon the most incredible dinner treat and started our "love" tree.

Love Tree

I've seen some little trees like this on the internet and absolutely loved them. I gathered broken branches from outside and arranged them in a vase using a Styrofoam bottom.

I thought it would be fun to add hearts on our little tree describing who and what we love. Each one of us fill one out each night at dinner time.

We accidentally happened on the "best" dinner treat. Maybe it was the night, but our dinner was oh, so good. Even better, it was the easiest meal ever!

Sourdough Pancake Whip Cream Sandwiches

Oh, wow. Even my husband was excited for these. I will share the recipe for the sourdough pancakes later this week.

I cooked two pancakes, cut them into hearts using a cookie cutter, and filled them up with whip cream. Oh, heavens I might have to make them again. No need for syrup.

Heart-Shaped Cupcakes

Lastly, we feasted upon heart-shaped cupcakes. I LOVE cupcakes and these are fantastic! This tutorial is fantastic.

Isn't love month great!



Monday
Jan302012

Snow Flake Window

I have an old window in my kitchen that I absolutely love. The look of it changes a bit from season to season and holiday to holiday. For January, I decided we needed some snow and snowflakes.

 

To make...

1. Buy snow spray (I bought mine off Amazon)

Note: This stuff is terrible. It took me FOREVER to get it to work. The top pop off and I had snow drizzling out all over the place. After a lot more time than it should have taken, I finally got it to work long enough to finish the window.

2. Cut out a template by printing a snowflake on paper and then cutting out the printed snowflake, leaving the paper as the template.


3. Tape the paper template to the window and spray into the cut out snowflake. I did this several times.

4. Spray a bit on the bottom for built up snow.

5. Enjoy your masterpiece!

I hope you are enjoying this Winter season so far!