Last minute Thanksgiving table ideas!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my USA peeps! Today I have a super quick, easy, last-minute idea for your supper table. The supplies I used today are from around the house and from Papermart.

I am always running around last-minute. That’s why I love the idea of letting kids help out. A flower frog on the table with crayons of colored pencils in it is great for keeping people busy while waiting for the food!

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The kids can make these shipping tag place-cards, they are pretty decorations and make a cute keepsake bookmark too.

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We all have mason jars. By wrapping a  bit of ribbon around them and placing them on a metallic gold doily we have an instant centerpiece. Don’t forget the basket for height and flat backed marbles for sparkle! You can find the beautiful crinkled paper here.

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A roll of burlap mesh makes a reusable table runner!

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I hope you have a happy safe holiday and even if you did not have a chance to use these ideas today you can try them out at your next dinner party! Happy crafting!

Tutorial: Make a Sleeping Bag and Tent for an American Girl Doll!

Did anyone get an American Girl doll for Christmas? Or any other 18″ doll? I made my twin 8-year-old daughters sleeping bags and a tent for their dolls this year.

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I did not use a pattern, I made it up as I went along. The sleeping bag was easy, I made 2 in an hour. I used double-sided quilted fabric that I found at Joanns. This stuff is pricey ($20 a yard normally) but it was on sale and you only need 1/2 yard to make a bag and pillow. you will also need a 18″ zipper, some bias tape, fiberfill and a sewing machine.

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To make the bag cut 2 rectangles of material 13″x20″. Insert the zipper then top stitch it down on the front side before you sew up the bag. Then sew up the bag and sew bias tape over the raw top edge. I like to use bias tape here rather than hemming it because it looks neater and has less bulk. For the pillows I simply cut two rectangles out of the leftover scraps, sewed them on 3 sides, stuffed it with fiberfill and sewed up the open side, easy as pie!

Tip: Rub the zipper with a bar of soap so it will be easy to open and close!

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For the tent I bought 1 and a half yards of two cotton fabrics from the clearance bin, cut it down to 27″ wide, pinned them right sides together and sewed it up on 3 sides (both short sides and one long side is sewn). Tip: If you sew it so the selvage edge is the un-sewn edge you won’t need to hem it! Turn it right side out, it will look like a huge, unruly pillowcase. Cut two 20″x26″ pieces of cardboard or foamcore and one 16″x26″ piece. These are the tent wall and floor supports. Now with the fabric right side out you need to sew 2 dividers in the fabric. I placed one of the large boards in the fabric and marked along the edge to get a line to sew on. You want the material to be tight against the boards.

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The flaps are tricky, after I made the tent I assembled it and traced the end onto newspaper and used it as a template to make the flaps then I sewed each flap to the front end. I kept the back-end open because I wanted to be able to remove the foamcore piece and replace it if it got bent or if I needed to wash the tent.

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Best of all the tent is reversible and can be folded up and tucked in a closet or under a bed when not in use!  You will need ribbons (or velcro) at each end of the tent as well as on each side of the flaps to keep the tent up and to tie the flaps back. It is probably better to catch the ribbon in the seams as you work but you can just as well sew them on afterward. It is up to you!

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This was a fun project and the sleeping bag and pillow would make a great sewing project for your child! thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Last-Minute Valentines & a FREEBIE!

 Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, don’t panic! Here are a few last minute cards & favors you can whip up tonight. Here is a teacher’s valentine using the library pocket from the Valentines Galore SVG set:

 

I love the sweet pockets, you could use them for anything. I think they would be sweet holding a journaling tag on a scrapbook layout.

 

My girls have a Brownie meeting tomorrow so I thought they could make these quick cute lollipop cards tonight:

I got this stamp set for $5 when ACmoore was clearencing their stamp department, when I saw them I thought “valentines!” There is no coloring, you just stamp the outline then stamp the layers in differnt colors, cool! You can use any wild animal stamp you have on these cards tho.

 

You can stamp any wild animal on the card. You get 6 cards from one sheet of cardstock. Click on the picture below to download.

 

To download: Click on the picture, it will open a larger picture of this printable, then right click on the big pic and choose "save as"

My son is making the iPod valentines from the Valentines Galore kit, I have prepared all of the supplies he will need to make them in the photo below. This is a very easy project that uses few supplies; to make 24 valentines you only need 3 sheets of cardstock and string. You can cut 8 of the mp3 die cuts from the kit on each 8.5”x11” paper then mix and match the colors when you glue them on. Fast & frugal! The boxes of conversation hearts are 4/$1 at the supermarket or dollar store.

Here is a look at the Valentines Galore SVG and Printable template set, if you need to make some quick valentines tonight it will o the trick!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. I have 3 dozen cupcakes to bake (and 3 expert cupcake decorators to help!) so I better get going on that! I hope you enjoy the freebie and til next time happy crafting!

 

A simple “bleep bleep” birthday card!

Hello there, today I wanted to share a card/tag/envelope set I made for a birthday the kids want to this weekend, it only took minutes to make;

 

I like to test my stamps out on a scrap before committing them to a card. In this case the test scrap made a nice tag. I wanted to make a matching envelope so I simply used the same ink to stamp gears on the envelope too, easy peasy!

I used stamps from The Paper Studio (all but the flag which is Pink Persimmon and the tiny green alien and tiny beep, those are from Basic Grey) Ink was from Stampin’ Up (Real Red, Only Orange, Tempting turquoise, and basic black) the only coloring was on the flag and done with a yellow tombow marker.

Honestly, it took longer to write this blog post them to make the card!

Here is a tip though, the clear robot stamps are cheapies from JoAnns, to get them to stamp well I scuffed them with a fine grit emery board (or you can use an eraser) then the ink will stick properly to them;)

Til next time happy crafting!

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