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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.

Tiered Plates
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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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Disney Craft Ideas 50 More!

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About a year and a half ago, while preparing for our Disneyland trip, I collected a ton of ideas on fun things to make for a Disney vacation.  But since then I've found so many more great ideas I made a second list.  This list has 50 more Disney crafts that would be perfect for trips, parties and just for fun!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Vinyl Wall Art Confetti Dots and Giveaway

This post brought to you by Vinyl Wall Art. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Today I get to show you the evolution of my purse wall and how I put dark purple paint in the living room

You may remember this fun little spot near my front door from a couple of years ago.  I turned this small wall into some purse organization by adding a few hooks.  The paint color is Valspar Turquoise Tint, and the chevron stripes are white electrical tape!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Makeup Organizer Pattern

Makeup Organizer Tutorial by Crafting in the Rain

Over the last few months I've had the chance to use my makeup organizer in Portugal, Utah and Canada.  So it's well traveled, and works great at home too.  My mom loves her new makeup organizer I sewed for her birthday, and I shared it in the Gift It series at Bugaboo Mini Mr and MeYou will find similar instructions on my last makeup holder tutorial, but there were some changes here, and I love the buckle closure maybe more than the tied version I did before.  You should compare the two and see which you like best.

You will need:

  • 2 coordinating fabrics.   One inner, one outer.  2 fat quarters or 1/3 yards cut work great.  
  • iron-on (fusible) interfacing 10 x 20 inches, especially if one of your fabrics is lighter or slightly transparent
  • vinyl fuse if you want to be able to wipe the inside clean, 10 x 20 inches
  • ribbon 20 inches long
  • decorative buckle (mine came from scrapbooking supplies!)
  • matching thread
Ribbon and Buckle

Cut outer fabric to 10 x 20 inches and sew interfacing to wrong side.
Cut inner fabric to 10 x 20 inches and 8 x 20 inches.  Iron vinyl to the right side of the larger piece, following instructions on the product (make sure to not touch the iron directly to the vinyl, always have the protective paper under the iron)

Iron 8 x 20 piece in half, wrong sides touching, so it's now 4 x 20 inches.

Pin it so the bottom raw edges  match up with the bottom of the inner fabric piece.  

Draw lines on a piece of freezer paper or tissue paper and pin it to the inner section.  You will stitch along these lines to make the pockets to hold brushes, tubes and compacts.  You may adjust your measurements if you need space for more brushes, etc, but here's what I used, starting from the left side:

Once all the lines are sewn, tear off the paper and remove all pins.  

Fold ribbon so there is a 6 inch overlap and pin fold right about the top of the pockets as shown, on the left side.  

Pin outer layer to the inner layer, right sides together and sew around with 1/4 inch seam.  Be sure to keep the ribbon all inside (tucking it into one of the pockets helps) so it doesn't get caught in the stitches.  Leave a 5 inch opening on one side to turn it all inside out.

It will look better, I promise :)  When it's all out, iron the whole thing flat (only on the fabric side, not the vinyl side) Fold in the edges of the opening you used to turn it inside out and iron that as well.  Top stitch around the whole thing very close to the edge.

To attach the buckle, loop the short ribbon over the right side of the buckle, fold it under, and attach with stitch witchery or by sewing.  {1}

To close, fold up the organizer, wrap the longer ribbon around and loop it through the buckle, first under/over the middle, then under the left side.  {2}

And now it's ready to be filled up with pretty goodness!  Here's what mine looks like inside.
Makeup Organizer Pattern by Crafting in the Rain

With Christmas prep time coming up, I hope you guys will all find an excuse to make one of these soon :)

PS...I'm over at Craftaholics Anonymous today sharing Halloween Bean Bags....I hope you'll head over and tell me what you think!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Foot Soak and Lemon Scrub

Home Pedicure by Crafting in the Rain

A couple of months ago, Ashley put together a great series called Love Yourself Pretty.  Each post was about taking care of yourself somehow, and feeling pretty.  Our bodies, minds and spirits all need attention, and I posted about a great way to pamper your feet that can really take a beating.

For under the cost of one pedicure, you'll have supplies to do several at home, and if you have 20 minutes to surf the internet at the end of the day, you have time for this too.

At Home Foot Soak by Crafting in the Rain

Supplies to buy, though you may have some already:
Epsom salt...........$3
Peppermint oil..........$5 (I found mine at New Seasons. Most health food stores have oils, or there are direct companies you can buy from) 
Bucket large enough for both your feet (like a plastic dish tub)............... $3
Nail polish...............$8

These other items you likely have on hand:
Olive oil (can be the cheap kind) and sugar 
Nail file
Rubbing alcohol

File nails and do the following prep work:

  • In a bowl mix 1/4 cup sugar with 4 teaspoons olive oil. 
  • Cut a lemon in half.  
  • Lay a towel on the floor and put the bucket on top. Have another towel nearby.  
  • Fill bucket 1/2 - 3/4 full with warm water.  
  • Add 1/2 cup Epsom salt, 4 drops of peppermint oil and mix.  Pour marbles into the bottom of the bucket. 
Now soak as long as you like, letting the marbles massage the bottoms of your feet.  

Lemon Sugar Scrub by Crafting in the Rain

When you're ready to scrub, spread about a small amount of the sugar mixture onto the cut end of a half lemon and rub it around on your foot, focusing on heels or other rough spots. Repeat with the other foot, adding sugar as needed. 

Rinse your feet off in the bucket and pat dry with the other towel.  Clean nails with alcohol and Qtip (so there's no oil left on them which will make it harder for the polish to stick) Paint nails and let dry.   

Be sure to enter yesterday's fashion giveaway from Flats to Flipflops too!

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Flats to Flip Flops ReLaunch and Giveaway

Ashley from flats to flip flops is one of my favorite fashion bloggers--I met her at SNAP a couple of years ago and I've loved staying in touch with her online.  She's even guest posted here before.  And today I am helping her celebrate her blog re-launch with a HUGE GIVEAWAY! If you like shopping then this is the giveaway for you!

Ashley has made a bunch of changes to her site and here she is explaining what new things she has in store! Take it away Ashley!

First..Meegan(said Mee-gan)! Talk about an answer to prayers! This gal is truly talented and I am so excited she said yes to joining me and my craziness! Coming from a photography background and with an eye for design and fashion..I know you guys are gonna love her as much as I do! I won't reveal too much..she'll be introducing herself a little later!

Second...Discuss With Us. I love sharing my tips and tricks and outfits with you guys but those of you that have been around here long enough know that doesn't make me immune for fashion di-sasters. And I know that you guys have a ton of knowledge to share as well! That's why I knew my site needed some sort of forum. So please don't be shy! Use the forum to ask questions, get and give fashion advice, share your latest purchase or the great deal you got on your latest pair of shoes! You can even upload pictures! So don't be shy!

Third..Strut Your Style. This is located over on the sidebar and is connected to the forum. Every pic that gets uploaded to the forum will automatically show up in a slide show on the sidebar! Think of it as an endless link party! So please come back on the regular and upload your latest outfit pics and if you blog, leave a link back to your blog in the description! And come back on the regular to get endless outfit inspiration.

Fourth..Styling. You know I love putting outfits together..but you know what I love even more? Helping other people put outfits together! Meegan and I have decided to start a styling service called Fully Clothed Styling. From closet clean outs to stylist services to a personal clothing style package(coming soon) that can be sent directly to your home, we are here to help you with any styling need!

Exciting, right?  In celebration of Ashley's new home I am joining her for a GIVEAWAY!  

Being a fashion gals and all Ashley and Meegan are giving away a few gift cards to their fav shopping spots.
1st Place: $50 to Forever 21 & $50 to ASOS
2nd Place: $25 to Forever 21
3rd Place: $25 to Target
And be sure to check out these other ladies who helped make today's giveaway possible!

Enter below! Good luck!
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Googly Eye Paper Decorations

{Paper decorations perfect for a Halloween or Monster party}

Googly Eye Paper Medallions by Crafting in the Rain

I've been busy.  I know you can relate. I've also been sick. You can probably relate there too.  I have several big projects in the works, and if you're following me on Instagram, you get little bits of the progress along the way, but the blog has been a little neglected as I haven't had finished results to show you yet.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Cute Felt Spiders

I'm kind of in love with these cute little spiders I made last week.  (The only time you'll hear me say "love" and "spiders" in the same sentence)  They even have sparkly eyes!

Felt Spider Pattern by Crafting in the Rain

I made them specifically for a game that I'm sharing on Brassy Apple this Friday, so be sure to watch for that.
(Here's the link)

Colored felt
Colored twine (or yarn or other string)
Hot glue
Rhinestones or googly eyes (optional)

For each spider, cut 2 circles of felt about 3/4 inch in diameter and 4 pieces of twine about 2 inches long.

Felt and Twine

Lay the strings across the center of one felt circle, put a bit of hot glue on the other circle and sandwich them together.

Making a felt Spider

I was looking for some tiny googly eyes I had, but found this sample bag of heat set rhinestones instead!  I attached them to the spiders and I love the bit o' bling.  They're just as cute without them though.
Green Felt Spider by Crafting in the Rain

Like I said, I made these for a game that you'll see later--but what would you use these little guys for?

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Best Banana Bread

Banana Bread by Crafting in the Rain

It seems to me that claiming the best banana bread recipe is like saying you have the best cookie recipe.  It just depends on what you like!  But this is my favorite banana bread recipe, and I've tried several.  It's changed up from an old church cookbook, and what I like best about it is that it doesn't come out "mushy."  That's the best way I can describe it.  I like the bread to be substantial, and if you put in too many bananas, or sour cream, the end result just seems undone to me.  

So if you like those versions of banana bread, fabulous.  If you want a slice that's a bit denser that can support some butter smeared on there, or handle going through the toaster (which is also really good if you've never tried it!) then maybe this is the recipe for you.

2 bananas, mashed well
1 cup sugar
1 egg
4 Tbs melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
Brown sugar 

Preheat oven to 325.
Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, mix bananas, sugar, egg, butter and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and stir to combine.  Pour into greased loaf pan and sprinkle about 2 Tbs brown sugar on top.  Bake for 1 hour.

**To make mini loaves, grease 6 mini loaf pans, divide batter evenly and sprinkle about 1 tsp brown sugar on each loaf. Bake only 30 minutes**

Best Banana Bread Recipe by Crafting in the Rain

So tell me, how do you like your banana bread?

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