Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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a great tutorial from Our Best Bites!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Scrapbook Bead Bracelets Tutorial


Material List:

  • * Scrapbook paper {9-10  different designs}
  • * Elastic cord {0.5 mm}
  • * Ruler
  • * Scissors
  • * Glue stick
  • * Pen
  • * Paper plate
  • * Nail Polish {clear or sparkly}
  • * Tape {not pictured…oops I  forgot}



Step 1: Measure

Use the ruler to measure approximately 3/4 inch at the top and angle it till it is comes to a point {as pictured}.  Take note that my scrapbook paper is 12 inches in length. 

Step 2: Mark

Using your pen, mark your paper.

Step 3: Cut

Cut where you marked.

Step 4: Glue

Glue back side of paper, making sure to cover completely.

Step 5: Roll

Roll paper, making sure you leave a large enough opening for your elastic cording to fit through.

Continue to roll, you may have to reapply glue as you go {our glue was drying quickly}

Completely rolled up!  Now REPEAT until you make approximately 9-10 beads.  For my wrist 10 was perfect, but I like my bracelets a bit loose.  For my 6 year old 8 beads was the perfect amount!

Step 6: Polish

Completely polish your scrapbook beads.  {This step could be eliminated but we want our bracelets to last a bit longer Smile}  After polishing let your beads dry.

Step 7: Cut your Elastic Cord

Measure your cording approximately 8 1/2 inches in length, and cut.

Step 8: Tape Elastic

Tape your elastic cord on one end so that when you thread your beads they don’t fall through the other end.

Step 9: Thread your beads

Thread your beads!!

Here’s another picture of my daughter threading the bead!

Step 10: Tie off & wear!


Tie elastic ends together and you’re done!  Wear your adorable bracelet!

Like I said earlier my Cub Scouts made these for their Moms for Mother’s Day and they turned out so cute!  All the boys are sooo excited to give them to their Moms. 

We also packaged their bracelets in a really cute way…I’ll be sure to share that with you on my next post!!!!  Smile 

- Cammie

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Back to Blogging-Behavior Charts

Well, it’s been a looooooong time since we last posted anything and the list of excuses is just about as long!  But, it’s a new year, and we are back in the game!!  Boy have we been busy!  The biggest time sucker was designing our new Pocket Full of Posies site.  We just pretend to know what we’re doing, so it took awhile, and a lot out of us!  But it was worth it.  And we love it!  And you probably will too!  This is the perfect time of year to get organized and tackle your meal planning issues!  We’ve got the perfect meal planning system!

Anyway, speaking of getting organized…I recently went on the hunt (thank you Pinterest!!) for a behavior chart/reward system for my 4 year old.  He loves charts, so I found a few ideas I liked and combined them into these:

Behavior Chart3small punch card

  small punch card





Here’s my system:
1. Every day we start on Wolverine/Ready to Listen (with a magnet).
2. He moves the magnet up when making good choices and down when making bad choices.
3. Once the magnet reaches “Time Out” and the time out time has been served, we start back over in the middle.
4. Each good choice = one hole punch on the punch card (to the right).
5. When all the holes are punched he earns whatever we decided on before starting the new card.  (He wanted to earn bigger things, so this system takes a little more time to earn a can easily be adapted for any amount of time and/or prizes)

Pretty straight forward, but it’s working pretty well!  We haven’t earned the prize yet, but we’re getting close!

If you want to print this and use it for your little super hero, right click and save to your computer.  I printed it as an 8x10 photo from Wal-Mart and then laminated it and stuck a magnet on the back so it could go on the fridge.  I printed a sheet of punch cards on cardstock.

Here’s to a more peaceful and organized home!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Our St. Patrick’s Day Party

We kept it simple yesterday and had a fun little St. Patrick’s Day party for all the cousins (15 to be exact!).  The treasure hunt was a success, even though we all got tired of going upstairs and then downstairs and then up again!  But first…I must show you the ADORABLE shirts we made! 

We stole borrowed the idea from eighteen25, only changed the process a bit!

We used the freezer paper stencil technique, and the turned out great!  Here’s how we did it in case you’re unfamiliar with the coolest way to use freezer paper EVER!
We used our friend’s Cricut and cut out our image on freezer paper.  Then ironed it on (glossy side down) to the shirt.

Then painted with fabric paint and pulled off the stencil.  SO EASY!!

And SOOOOO cute!!

We did a few different patterns, all equally adorable!

Especially on our kiddos!

Everyone wore their cute shirt to the party, and the fun began…

After the treasure hunt, we ate treats and played.  It was a GORGEOUS day!  Yay for spring!!  and yay for parties!  Hope everyone was “pinch proof” yesterday!

All of these cute kids sure were!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A St. Patrick’s Day Party for the cousins!

st pat party invite

This is a little last minute, but we all know that’s how we roll around here!  We are having a cousin St. Patrick’s Day party tomorrow and I just had to share the cute treasure hunt I came up with!  All the thinking and planning is done (and believe me, that was no easy task!), so it works for those last minute planners out there!  Just print and go!  See if you can figure out all the places that sneaky leprechaun will leave clues in my house!

clues 1clues 2clues   labels

Along with the clues, the sneaky leprechaun will leave green things, like green pee in the toilet (green food coloring in the potty!), a cup of green milk in the fridge, green sparkles in the bath tub, and lots of shamrocks!

The “end of the rainbow” is under our swing set in the back yard.  I have rainbow colored streamers to hang for the rainbow, and little bags of gold goodies for all the cousins!  This is what will be on each bag:bag labels

After the treasure hunt, we’re having leprechaun pie that I found over at Oopsie Daisy, Lucky Charms, and green Kool-Aid.  We’re keeping it simple, we aren’t the blow out kind of gals!  But, it should be super fun!  I can’t wait to share all the pics…I need to get some stuff ready!  Happy St. Patty’s Day!

*Updated to fix download problems*

To print the clues click on the images to enlarge and print from their.  There are 2 images with 4 clues and 1 image with 2 clues.  Doe the same for the labels below.  Happy St. Patty’s Day!

bag labels

Monday, March 14, 2011

A St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway!!

Checkout our FACEBOOK PAGE to enter a fabulous giveaway!!

We’re trying something new…a giveaway on Facebook!  Here’s what you could win:

giveaway pic

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy

I don’t know what came over me last week, but I went PROJECT CRAZY!!  It all started with my sister having her baby.  You see, she lives in Washington state, FAR away from me.  Her sweet baby Rose is SO cute and I haven’t gotten to hold her yet.  And, she had a GIRL!  So, I may have gone a little bow-making crazy first.  And I don’t know if any of you are like me, but usually, once I start crafting, I can’t stop!  So, thanks to my far away sister, I now have:
new couch pillows
new curtains in my kitchen
new curtains in our master bedroom
window panes hung on our master bedroom wall (they had been leaning against the wall for like 6 months!)
2 new chalkboards
some newly painted picture frames
and a new camera strap!
Oh, and little Rose is about to receive a LARGE supply of hair bows!

After the bow making subsided, I found the cutest pillows at Wal-Mart (of all places!) for my couch…and had to have them.  Then, once they were on my couch, I had to change the curtains in the kitchen and while I’m making curtains I may as well make some for my bedroom!  (I sound like that book If You Give a Mouse  Cookie! ) And so, the project spiral continued!  And I love it when that happens, really, because I now feel happy looking at all my newly created things!

So, you want to see some of them?!  I can only show you SOME, because I haven’t taken pictures of EVERYTHING yet!  Don’t worry, I won’t forget to share!

One of the chalkboards.  I used a cabinet door, painted it with chalkboard paint, and then painted the edges.  Then I modge podged on some fabric…easy peasy!  
The kitchen curtains…even easier than the chalkboard!  And you’ll never guess what I made them out of!!  SHEETS!  Yes sir!  You should try it!  You only have to sew about half as much as you would with regular old fabric!  I used a full sized flat sheet I got from Target for $11, cut it in half, hemmed the raw edges and top for the curtain rod and called it good!  I’m for real…so easy!  and SO cheap!
Now on to the master bedroom…I LOVE the windows!  and I LOVE the curtains!  I originally planned on adding pictures to the window panes and using them like a picture frame, but now I’m not so sure!  I can’t decide!  And how cute are those curtains?!  I love what they add to the room!

And guess what…these were sheets too!!  I got a full sized flat sheet from Wal-Mart for $8 and whipped these babies out in no time!  You make them just like you would the panel curtains only shorter, and add some ties and tie them up!  EASY!

Like I said, I’m missing a few things…so stay tuned!  -Em