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Friday, November 30, 2012

Coffee Filter Christmas Decor

It's annual Festival of Nativities time here again, and I got to decorate in the chapel this year.  Last year I did a wall in the gym. So many volunteers put in so many hours of work to create the atmosphere and set up hundreds of nativity sets, and we love going as a family.  It's a great way to kick off the Christmas season.  

I wanted to show you how one simple item, in large quantities, can make a really dramatic impact.  

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Duck Tape

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Holiday Duct Tape
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I actually received a couple of the new Duck® Brand holiday patterned tapes to try out recently. While they are perfect for taping up a package that's going to be mailed, I knew there were more possibilites than just that.  My favorite was the peppermint pattern, so I dressed up a simple little box that won't ever see the post office.
I made the box from white cardstock, and similar plain box sets are available in craft or baking stores.   Then I placed narrow strips across the top, overlapping them in the center. To attach the candy to the box I just used a small adhesive dot.  In just a couple of minutes, my little white box went from drab to darling.  On a bigger box, like a shirt box from the department store, you wouldn't even have to cut the tape to make it narrower.  Just use the full width of the tape and arrange a whole handful of candies for a minty blossom right on top.  Who doesn't love bonus candy with their gift, right?
Christmas Duck Tape
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Photos, Shutterfly Giveaway, and News!

**Winner--#1 Val--Congrats :)**

I don't know if it's the thought of another year coming to an end, or just knowing that it's almost time to send out Christmas cards, but fall is usually the time of year when good-intentioned moms frantically raid closets and stores for perfectly coordinating outfits (yes, even the boys have to wear outfits) and scout out beautiful-yet-original settings for the new family picture.

If you've already captured some smiles from all your loved ones, yay!  If you're going the last minute route (like I did just last week) Shutterfly has some great tips on setting up a photo day and also snapping small moments that can mean more than having a whole group in a perfect pose.  

Our family photo day happened when we recently had a couple of clear afternoons, and I knew that if I wanted outdoor pictures, it had to be right away!  I got onto my favorite color inspiration site, Design Seeds, and loved this palette.  

Source: design-seeds.com via Stephanie on Pinterest

Using some items we already owned and picking up just a couple more, I had everyone dress in gray, blue, plum and lime green.

We got one whole family shot that I was happy with and then there was this picture of the kids that I absolutely love!

Are you still looking to order some Christmas cards?  Or a photo book for Grandma's gift?   Shutterfly is sponsoring a $50 giveaway to their site for one Crafting in the Rain reader.  Will it be you?

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Contest will run until midnight on Dec 6, 2012 (pacific) and winner will be chosen via Random.org.  Fine print: $50 off your order of $50 or more Offer expires 03/14/2013 (11:59 P.M. PST).  Offer is good for $50 off total order at Shutterfly.com.  Order must total more than $50 before taxes and other charges in order for discount to apply.  Offer valid for one-time redemption per billing address.  Cannot be combined with other promo codes. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. 

And finally, I can't end this post without giving a huge thank you to Shutterfly for sponsoring the awesome dinner I was able to attend this week with Kim from Today's Creative Blog.  I had a lot of fun meeting some other local bloggers and learning how to retweet!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Easy Bathroom Silhouette Art

Over the summer we had our hall bathroom remodeled.  It's the one the kids use, so I wanted to put some kind of cute wall hanging in there, and this is the easy way I did it.

I bought cardstock in gray and yellow/white polka dot and I already had the 3-picture frame in my collection.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Disney Ornament

Today you can find me over at the Undercover Tourist blog sharing how I made our souvenir Disney ornament.  

Saturday, November 24, 2012

More Ideas for Cone Trees

**ok, so it's not a crazy giveaway like you may see on some blogs this weekend, but for a tiny birthday treat, I'm giving away a pair of custom earrings--go check it out!**

If you liked my round up of Christmas trees the other day, you might like these too that I recently posted in the Holli Days series at Hiya Luv.

First up is the easiest of the bunch.  All you need is a cone, a doily and a glue stick!  Just make sure that the seam of the cone is in the back.

Next up I used a piece of eyelet trim to make pleated rows on the tree.  Start at the bottom of the cone, gluing with hot glue and periodically creating a pleat by gluing the trim back on itself just a bit.  

Cut the trim when you get back to the starting point, then start gluing the next row up the tree.  When you get to the top layer, pinch it up as much as you can (being careful of the hot glue please!)  This would probably look really cute with some kind of topper, but I couldn't think of what I had on hand that would look good.  What would you suggest?

Next is a ruffle tree that's much easier than it may look.  It's that ruffle fabric just pinned around a cone!  

In fact, the one here is a ruffle scarf I own.  I used a few straight pins to secure the end of the scarf at an angle, wrapped the fabric around, put in a few more pins and tucked the rest of the scarf up into the tree!  Just be careful if you do that since, remember, there are pins sticking into it now.

What's great about each of these is that they're so neutral they would fit in with any color scheme you have for Christmas.  But they could also be done with more color too.  
What have you done with these cones?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Cars Birthday Party

We had a pretty crazy week around here, celebrating 2 birthdays and Thanksgiving.  I've been excited to show off the few things I put together for Asher's Cars party.  It's obvious that I'm not a professional party planner.  But it just goes to show that a few little things here and there can make for a great and low-stress party!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Yay For Birthdays

Yep, today's my birthday!  If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw this snapshot of me running some errands :)  I'm predicting that 34 is going be a great year.  

Since it falls so close to Thanksgiving this year, and my husband took the whole week off from work, I even got to sleep in this morning while he got the kids all ready for school.  It was wonderful :)  Tonight we even get to go out on a date for dinner (with no school tomorrow, it was no problem getting a babysitter)

Now I'm off to work on the cake for my son's birthday tomorrow.  You'll get to see a picture of it when I post about his party--and either you can use it for inspiration, or we'll all laugh together about how it didn't turn out.

And while it isn't a huge birthday bash or anything, I'd like to give away just a little something on my birthday.  
If you want a chance to win your choice of paper earrings, (I'm even wearing some in my picture above)  leave me a comment telling me how you like to celebrate your birthday.  Giveaway open worldwide and ends Tuesday November 27 9pm (Pacific) 

Good luck--and thanks hanging out here with me now and then.  You're the best!

**Giveaway winner comment #4--Anna**  Congrats!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Doily and Paper Utencil Pockets

{Paper utencil holder with doilies and washi}

Little touches make a big difference at a holiday dinner.  And that's a good thing too, because I'm much better at little touches that big giant productions.  These silverware pockets are quick and inexpensive, and can be customized to fit any color scheme.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Meet Tutus and Tea Parties

I'm showing off another sponsor today, and it's Lauren from Tutus and Tea Parties.  I first really got to know her when she created a leather project for Make a Splash back in April.

She loves crochet, crafting, and education, and of course her "bug" and often posts about kid-friendly activities.  She also hosts a weekly link party "A Pinteresting Party."

I hope you'll take a minute to go check out her blog, especially her instructions on how to make this adorable necklace onesie!  This is actually how I first found her site and they've been real hits when I make them for gifts!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Easy Handmade Cards

Last week I got to participate in the Handmade Gift Series at Shaken Together and knew I wanted to write about something easy and meaningful.  

My gift idea:  Send snail mail!  

For the last 3 years I've made this the Christmas present for my Grandma and my husband's Grandma.  We all live in different states and don't get to see them very often.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Turkey Card

We'll be celebrating Thanksgiving just one week from today.  I'm excited!  But don't tell this little guy.

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Turkey file: I combined two of them from the Make the Cut gallery
Papers: Teresa Collins
Brads: Making Memories
Chalk: (black around the edges of all the cut outs) 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Don't Be Dumb Like Me

I'm going to be honest with you--I wasn't sure I wanted to publish this post.  Nobody really likes to talk about when they did something dumb.  I'm not talking picking a bad paint color or leaving the salt out of a recipe.  I'm talking really dumb.   Like put people in danger dumb.

I'm going to tell you about an experience I had back when I was 20 and a college student.  I was at BYU, and every year they had people do "Don't Drive Drowsy" presentations during the week before the Thanksgiving break.  I admit to not paying too much attention.  

Monday, November 12, 2012

Our Thankful Tree

One of my favorite parts of this family activity is finding out all the creative things my kids are thankful for.

Asher drew a roller coaster and the letter A
Meagan listed "bags" because they can help you carry things
And Emily included "toothpaste, because it makes your teeth clean"

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cone Christmas Tree Ideas

Cone Christmas Tree Ideas, cone crafts

There is no end to the possibilities of what you can do with those cardboard or foam cones at the craft store.  Here are just 20 ideas to get the wheels turning for what you can create this holiday season.  Just click on each title to go the original source for instructions.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Buy Those Clearance Witch Hats!

My picture I'm showing you right now isn't even a finished project, but I had to share it halfway done just in case anyone has a Cars party coming up any time in their future.

I was at Craft Warehouse over the weekend and their Halloween stuff was 90% off, making these cardboard witch hats only 30c each.  

Just trimming 4 edges off gives you a perfect traffic cone shape!  They'll still get painted orange, but this is so much easier than trying to make my own out of paper.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Glow in the Dark Road Costume

Even though Halloween is over, I have to show you the shirt I made for Asher.  He told me he wanted to be a road for his costume--and here's the easy way I did it.

I bought a plain black t shirt and cut strips of glow in the dark Duck Tape to make road lines.  Then I took one of his toy cars and sewed embroidery thread around it to attach it to the shirt.  I even cut out a little stop sign for him with an exacto knife and wrote the letters in black marker.  I had tape going around the back of his shirt too, but then he wore a jacket and you couldn't see it anyway.

Now that we don't need the costume any more, I cut the thread, peeled off all the tape, and now he's got a regular shirt to wear.  Though I am thinking about what I could put on it for his Cars birthday party in a few weeks :)

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Cutting Edge Magazine 2nd Issue

The November/December issue of CuttingEdge Magazine is live today, and it's packed with even more info and great projects than the last one!

There's a discount code in there for Lettering Delights, a chance to win Pazzles cutting machine, information about cutting icing sheets for decorating cakes and cupcakes and inspiration for Christmas, Thanksgiving and more!

Here are some peeks of a few things I contributed to this issue:

To keep getting all the latest info, as well as links to blog posts from all the creative team members, be sure to check out the Facebook page.  And lastly don't forget to submit one of your projects to be featured in the January/February issue!