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Monday, December 30, 2013

Top 20 Posts of 2013

Top Posts from 2013 | Crafting in the Rain

I hope you've all had a great Christmas, been able to take a break from some of your regular responsibilities, and had time to spend with family and friends.  We did, and it was wonderful!  To wind down the year, let's take a look back at what went on around here during 2013.  In no particular order of popularity... :)   Click on the link to see the original post.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hot Chocolate Stirrers

{Whip up these little stirrers to give as gifts or just have on hand for your own hot chocolate.}



 Just a few supplies and about half an hour and you'll have a whole stack of these cute peppermint and caramel candies on a stick.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Barilla Tortellini Bake

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Barilla, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #JoytotheTable  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

When I had the chance to try out some Barilla Tortellini and sauce, I knew just what I wanted to make.      


  

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Paper Earrings (and more!)

{Paper earrings are a cute and easy last minute gift}

I'd been thinking about some new paper earring designs for a while, so I finally shared them on Craftaholics Anonymous back in May.  


How to Make Paper Earring | Crafting in the Rain

Monday, December 16, 2013

#HappyAllTheWay Walgreens Holiday Guide

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The time for last minute Christmas gifts is nearly here!  Don't panic though, there's a solution that doesn't involve paying crazy rushed-shipping fees.  My guess is that you pass a few different Walgreen's stores as you run different errands during the day. We've been there fairly often recently as we've been trying a few different things to help combat my daughter's new-found cough-variant asthma. Fun times :)



LEGO Minifigure Holiday Card

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LEGO for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I don't know about the weather where you are this week, but we've had some colder-than-normal temperatures.  This has forced us indoors and even cancelled school one morning, just becuase roads were slick and icy.   (Have you heard of freezing fog?  It's a thing)  Anyway, on one of these cold afternoons we got to sit around and play with LEGO Minifigure Family and it was a lot of fun! Especially for my 5 year old who is just discovering the joys of LEGO :)  If you've got some down time this weekend, go check it out.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hexagon Thumbtacks

{Hexagon shaped thumbtacks will dress up any bulletin board and make perfect easy gifts}


Hexagon humbtack tutorial | Crafting in the Rain

A few weeks ago I headed to Scrap, a not for profit donation and resale center for crafty type items. I went with Aleisha from Britches n Boots and Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me and we found quite the collection of items!  

Friday, December 6, 2013

#WeddingRingWednesday 3

With last week being Thanksgiving I didn't do any ring features, but I wanted to jump back in again this week.  

These are all pulled from Instagram with the hashtag weddingringwednesday.  

I hope you'll take a couple of minutes to browse though these great stories!



Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ornament Gift with Extra Gum

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If you're stressing about a long list of people you'd like to give a little gift to, maybe this will help! You certainly don't have to spend a lot of money to come up with something fun and easy.  For this cute little gift, you just dress up some packs of Extra gum.  Perfect for the holidays because it's sweet but sugar-free!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Neverland Pirates Birthday Party

{Easy ideas for a Jake and the Neverland Pirates Birthday Party}


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Keeping Kids Healthy (and You Too!)

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #KleenexTarget  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

As the weather cools down everywhere, we know we're heading into cold and flu season.  You're not doomed to be sick every other week though! Here are my top 3 tips for keeping cold and flu germs at bay.


Easy Tips for Staying Healthy | Crafting in the Rain


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Roanoke Vanishing... My Friend Wrote a Book!

It's pretty cool when you come across a book that grabs your attention from the very beginning and keeps up the excitement all the way throughout the story.  It's even cooler when you know the author!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Photo Calendar Kit {A Great Gift Idea!}

This post is brought to you by Michaels and Recollections.  I received product and compensation, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Gift Calendar | Crafting in the Rain

Calendars make me happy.  People I love make me happy. Put the two together and it's a winning combination!  I got to try out this 2014 Michaels Recollections Calendar Kit (available for $39.99 exclusively at Michaels stores) and it's a fun and easy way to build a personalized calendar.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

#WeddingRingWednesday 2

I hope you guys like the collection I put together last week. Here are a few more beautiful rings and great stories to go along with them.  See more on Instagram with the hashtag #weddingringwednesday  Thanks to everyone who shared!



1@chelseaannmain
I guess #weddingringwednesday is a thing on IG now. I don't have my wedding band yet, but my engagement ring is a 3 carat morganite stone with a rose gold band and diamond halo. Jesse got it from a small jeweler in California & it was exactly what I wanted because I picked it out!  I have an April birthday so my birthstone is a diamond & I wanted something other than a diamond for my wedding ring. #morganite #rosegold
2@craftinomicon
We met at a pirate party he didn't want to have and I didn't want to go to.#weddingringwednesday

3@saffroncrafts
We met at grad school - hung out in the same circles and kept running into each other. I ran into him at the library one rainy afternoon and we went to have coffee at the on-campus coffee place. We ate croissants and drank endless cups of coffee until the morning shift staff took over. We had apparently talked all night. Our first date. We've been together since. Going to get coffee is still one of our favorite favorite things to do. There is no one I enjoy coffee with more. :) #weddingringwednesday

4@rycrafty
#weddingringwednesday I love a bandwagon! Hubby picked a low-profile engagement ring so it wouldn't interfere "with work, or your yarn". The wedding band was custom made and has a diamond of a pair from his granny. Its mate is in his step dad's wedding ring, which passed to hubby recently. There's also a stripe of rose gold that only shows in some lights. Hubby ended up picking a ring with a rose gold stripe too, unintentional matching!


5@hnija
#weddingringwednesday My husband asked me out two weeks after I started a new job where he works. We dated for almost two years before he proposed to me in a local bar where it was a complete surprise with a dozen long stem roses. We were married three months later. This year is our 5th wedding anniversary and I feel blessed to be married to my best friend. My rings are what he calls "the pacifier" because he promised me custom rings that he has designed. I designed his wedding ring and commissioned it from a local jeweler where they incorporated the gold nuggets that I panned myself from my dad's gold mine. He loves his ring and I love my pacifier that I will pass down to my daughter. He has given me two great gifts in my life: his love and a beautiful daughter. #loveofmylife #iamgrateful

6@starbate
I met my husband on Teddy Thompson's Facebook page four years ago (yes, really). We got engaged 15 months ago in NYC and celebrated by going to a TT show at the City Winery. The next day we went to Greenwich Jewellers and walked out ten minutes later with a Todd Reed original. The lovely people in the Colorado workshop agreed to make our wedding bands and posted them to Oz so we could exchange them at our wedding 2 1/2 months ago. Seems like only yesterday (well, it's not like it was *that* long ago, eh). #weddingringwednesday
7@ilikeorangetoo
#weddingringwednesday. I've been with @aquaman65 for 17 years, married for 15. This isn't my original full set. I have matching wedding and anniversary bands, but they have each cracked in half and are missing stones; I just chalk it up to all the bad luck we've had and really don't care to get them fixed because it just reminds me of all that stuff. Literally everytime we were down on our luck, a stone would fall out or the band would crack!! I don't think it's a coincidence either (sort of superstitious) I wear my late gramma's wedding band instead and it makes me just as happy. And for the record, he doesn't even wear a band because he's lost it (in my presence) 3 times!! We just decided that it wasn't worth it to keep purchasing new ones. Oh well, I still love him with or without one.
8@lpsimpson
#weddingringwednesday on Thursday! Have loved seeing these pop up in my feed! We've been together 7+ years and married for 3! Two boys, one house, one dog and a lotta love and challenges :) Phil proposed on Christmas Day in 2009. He went to so much effort to conceal his plans! This ring is made locally in Wellington. It's a Celtic symbol and is called eternity. I love that it's floral and flat! Perfect for me :) x


9@violetcraft
Justin proposed to me on a giant rock in the Pacific Ocean while the tide came in. As in, we almost got stuck out there. It was incredibly romantic and I had no idea he was proposing until I turned around and he was on one knee. Okay, to be completely honest we mostly almost got stuck because I needed the perfect selfie on the rock before I'd get down :) Saturday is my 11 year anniversary. #weddingringwednesday
10@mrs_destructsean
#RingTalk: We started discussing "the next step" pretty soon, and I actually went back and forth quite a bit. while I love older styles and admire them endlessly, I always found myself coming back to this classic three-stone-setting sort of ring. Sean proposed to me with exactly what I had in mind. Classic, simple, clean lines. And that stone just blew me away. So clean and sparkly (actually that was my one request: sparkly) And what's more, he spent months saving for it and picking it out without me ever knowing. He went as far as to have cover lunches and hang outs with a good friend who even checked him in places he wasn't to throw me off. (If I didn't trust them both implicitly, this might be a cause for alarm - but anyway) Sean worked with a local jeweler who spent time picking out just the right setting and finding the perfect stone for it, which I think is so sweet in this era of assembly line everything - so few are willing to go that extra mile. (And that is why I love small businesses, but that's another story for another time) I love my rings and feel absolutely naked without them. That constant reminder of love makes me happier than I can put into words.

11@missjessm
Before we got married in June by Elvis, we got matching stars... Binded together with a marking that could not be removed.... Then to find a wedding band that would match my bold and un-conventional style led us to this designer ring by @byamt_studio! It is never coming off my finger! I love you @maca710 with all my heart! #weddingringwednesday #love

12@andasbackpack
We've been married for 12 years; together (mostly) for 17. I don't wear a wedding ring, although I have a diamond solitaire engagement ring and a diamond wedding band. Instead I wear this plain, rose gold NON-wedding ring on my 5th finger. Greg bought it for me as something that is so perfectly me, and our way of saying that it doesn't matter at all what everyone else does. He wouldn't love me if I was like everyone else, he loves the snotty, dirty, quiet, snide me. I wear the diamond ring on special occasions, usually when someone else is getting married :). #weddingringwednesday


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

College Gift Basket

{Finals survival packs almost feel like Christmas when you're in college!}


Thursday, November 14, 2013

#WeddingRingWednesday

Yesterday it started with a single picture.  Just one I snapped on my phone of my weddings rings and asked my friends to post theirs too using #WeddingRingWednesday so that I could see them too. 



My story is like this: We met in a college history class.  We were friends for a couple of months before he asked me out. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sheet Music Flowers

{How to make flowers out of sheet music, perfect for wreaths or other decorations}



If you've got Christmas crafting on the brain, you've probably noticed that sheet music is a pretty popular material to work with.  I've seen it on ornaments, canvases, picture frames, and today I've got a tutorial on how to make flowers with it.  I posted this along with a decorated wreath a couple of months ago on Craftaholics Anonymous.

Here it is again in case you missed it, plus I updated the wreath to work for Christmas.

Start by gathering your music.  Sometimes you may be lucky to come across some old looking stuff at garage sales, but you can age "new" music with tea (if you want a lot of music, try checking with a school band or orchestra teacher to see if they have any extra that would just get recycled anyway)



How to tea stain: Make a strong cup of tea with a 2-3 tea bags (we don't drink tea, so I just used the cheapest stuff I could find)  When it has steeped and cooled off, pour it into a pan or cookie sheet and dip the sheets one at a time.  Set out on paper towels to dry, or even place in a warm oven (do not leave unattended).  If you live somewhere that's still warm outside, that's an option too.

On to the flowers.  Cut cardboard templates at 2.75, 3.75 and 4.25 inches (or something similar...that's just what I used) and start cutting circles from the sheet music.  Each flower needs 2 of each size.  (cut 2 or 3 sheets of music at a time to speed the cutting process)

Now cut wavy lines around each circle.  Spritz lightly with water and crumple them up. To speed the drying process, place on a cookie sheet in the oven at 275 for just a few minutes.  When dry, the paper will be quite stiff.  Smooth them out just a bit and layer the 2 large then 2 medium then 2 small, securing in the center with a brad (I had to poke a hole through the layers with a nail first, the brad wasn't strong enough to do it)



And now you've got a fluffy little music flower to put on your tree, a present, a candle (preferably one that is electric or won't be lit ;) or a wreath like this one.  The little banner says "cheer" but the glitter letters are hard to read in the picture.


As always, let me know if you have any questions, and I'd love to see pics if you make some!  Leave a link here, or on Facebook, or tag me on Instagram.  Have a great Wednesday!


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Friday, November 8, 2013

Thankful Wall Art

{An easy Thanksgiving decoration you can leave up all year long}


This pretty wall art made from a cabinet door is actually something I made last year.  I just kept forgetting to write it up (and my fellow bloggers will back me up on this--often the picture taking/editing/post writing/etc takes way longer than actually doing the project in the first place) And I don't even have pictures of the whole process of this one!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Glitter Sequin Pumpkins

{Gold glitter pumpkins make the perfect fall and Thanksgiving decoration}


Gold Glitter Sequin Pumpkin | Crafting in the Rain

If one sparkly thing is good, then two sparkly things are better, right?  These pretty little pumpkins are topped with gold glitter and gold sequins and they're so easy to make.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Point of View --Tabletop

Now that Halloween is over, have you started thinking about your Thanksgiving table?  I love finding simple ways to dress up the table.  We're already putting so much energy into the food, right?


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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dollar Store DIY Serving Dishes

{Make party-perfect serving dishes from items at the dollar store}

I made these specifically for my kid-friendly Halloween party, but I'll be able to use them for anything.  And they're cheap enough that you could make a couple sets for different color schemes.

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Dollar Store items: Pizza pan, pie plate, candlestick

Monday, October 28, 2013

Surviving Allergies with Kleenex

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Kleenex but all opinions are my own. #KleenexAllergy #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

It's no secret that I live in a pretty rainy place.  Rain means things grow. Growing things mean pollen.  And of course, pollen means allergies.  Every spring and fall something kicks up around here that really gets my allergies going.    


You know, the fun itchy eyes and throat, and sneezes that catch you at the worst time.      

Am I the only one who's reached for one of these to deal with a drippy nose.  Toilet paper?  Paper towels??  Why do I do that to myself?  When you're already feeling crummy, why torture your nose any more?  



This fall I'm ready though.  I stopped by Target, and using this coupon I picked up a multi-pack of Kleenex and got a free 3-pack of Pocket Packs. 



No more stuffing my pockets with pieces of toilet paper as I leave the house! 



So print out your coupon, head to Target and be nice to your nose this allergy season.  

Buy Kleenex 4-pack, get free wallet pack (2-pk) or pocket pack (3-pk): http://goo.gl/186og3  While supplies last. 



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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Week in Review

I feel like I've been so busy cranking out projects lately (which is a good feeling--don't get me wrong!) but that means I haven't done very good at sharing what else is going on around here.  Interested?  Here's a bit of life in general.

This last week I was the "picture mom" for the Harvest party at preschool.  Here we're all dressed up as farmers and ready to go.  Which reminds me--I need to start editing those pictures!  


I got the best mail this week: Issue #8 of Kids Crafts 123, has one of my projects in it, and they sent a copy to me!  It should be on shelves at places like Walmart or Michaels. It was one of my goals this year to be in a magazine, so this was huge!


I bought my ticket to SNAP and I'm super excited about going back again after attending the first year in 2012.  Leave me a comment if you'll be going! 
Today I was supposed to play the organ in church (I rotate with some other ladies, so I play about once a month)  But the organ wouldn't turn on!  Luckily it didn't just die out in the middle of a hymn and I was able to just switch to the piano instead.  I heard it working later in the day though--so strange (and yes, we did check to see if it was plugged in :)

Other than that, we've been enjoying a visit with my parents who took an impromptu trip from Idaho to see us. 


Yesterday's adventure was the pumpkin patch, and the kids reluctantly agreed to choose small pumpkins that they could carry on their own. (Notice how they don't know what to do when the sun is in their eyes?) 


Then rounded out the evening with a Halloween party at a friend's house.  Hope you guys have all had a great week too--here's to another one! 
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tomorrow Boxes

{Smooth out the morning routing by starting the night before...posted on Brassy Apple last month}

Starting the morning off right make such a different for how the rest of the day goes.  Aren't things so much harder when you hear your kids saying "I can't find my other shoe!" "Have you seen my jacket?"  "Where's my yellow notebook?"   I'm sure I'm not the only one!



In an effort to make things run smoother we created Tomorrow Boxes.  Every night before the girls go to bed they pick out the clothes they want to wear the next day and put them in the box, including shoes (at least next to the box, or they go in first so no dirt will get on the clothes)   This way, if someone runs out of pants or socks (though this doesn't happen when we stay on our laundry schedule...but that's a post for another day) there is time to fix the problem.  

The best thing of course is that you can just use them in a way that works for you!  Use them for school library books, homework due tomorrow, etc.

I bought a 2-pack of boxes from IKEA and a roll of wood-grain shelf liner from the dollar store.  Cut the liner in half the long way, and it will wrap all the way around the sides of the box.  Snip the corners and fold the excess down into the box, and underneath, like wrapping a present.



I had the girls each decorate their own label by painting on a piece of posterboard 3 x 6 inches.  When the paint dried I cut their names from white vinyl and pressed them on.  A bit of tape behind each corner holds them to the sides of the box and now they know which one is theirs.



Hopefully this little project can help you and your kids be less stressed on school mornings!  Do you have tips for an easier morning routine?


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Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Recipes and Games for Kids

Last week we made some Halloween recipes as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® and shared them with our friends at a Halloween celebration.


#SpookyCelebration | Crafting in the Rain


My preschooler was so excited when I told him we'd be having a Halloween party with some of this friends while his sisters were in school.  We kept it pretty low key with just a few guests and some simple foods and Halloween recipes.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ghost Toss Halloween Math Game

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Cottonelle but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #CottonelleTarget http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

Are you looking for a classroom Halloween game or just something fun to play with your kids?  This ghost toss game may be just the thing to sneak a little math into your Halloween party.



Start by printing off this coupon and heading to Target to get the Cottonelle Triple Roll 12 pack and a FREE box of Kleenex! Offer available while supplies last. 

You'll also need some string, small buckets or baskets, and way to put numbers on each one.

My buckets are metal, so I made small labels from cardstock, sealed them in clear contact paper (a laminator would be awesome too if you have one) and glued a small piece of magnet to the back.  Now I can easily change the numbers on the buckets with a dry-erase marker. 



Another option would be to attach chalkboard labels to clothespins and clip those to the tops of the buckets.

To make the ghosts you need 3 strips of Cottonelle toilet paper, each 3 squares long.  Lay two pieces across each other. Roll the other piece into a ball and place in the center of the other two. Wrap flat pieces around the ball, gathering to make the head, and secure with a piece of string.  Add two eyes and a mouth with a marker. Make at least 3 ghosts.



To play the game, have a child toss the ghosts, one at a time, until they get 2 ghosts into a bucket (it's ok if they're the same bucket)  Then based on their skill level, give them a math problem with those two numbers.  For example: 4+7 or 8-3 or 5x5.  For preschoolers, they could even just identify the number.  So many possibilities here, right?



My sweet 4th grader was hoping that if they got the answer right (3x5=15, then that would mean she would win 15 pieces of candy!  I'm afraid I burst her bubble on that one :) 


Would your kids like this game?  I hope you give it a try and let me know! (and don't forget the coupon!)

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