Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. We had a great time visiting with family and eating way too much. This being my little bug’s first holiday season, it is a pretty big deal to me. I want to make all her first memorable and special. Handmade keepsakes, for me, complement photos. I made a blanket, and her little costume, for her first Halloween that she could use for her first trip to Boo at the Zoo.

I have loved hand turkeys forever. There is just something about this Thanksgiving classic that is just the cutest thing to me. That is why I chose this as her Thanksgiving keepsake.

Salt Dough Hand Turkeys

·         Salt dough
·         Your little one’s hand
·         Paint
·         Clay tools (these can vary depending on what embellishments you want to do)
·         Oven

1.       Start out with mixing up your salt dough. Combine 1 cup salt with 2 cups all-purpose flour. Kneed in a cup of warm water and work until dough is smooth.

2.       Flatten dough to be about half an inch thick and help your little one press their hand into desired spot. You can also use tools that would normally be used with polymer or air dry clay to embellish your piece. Here I have used letter stamps to add the wording.

3.       Bake your piece for 45 minutes at 325F. For thicker pieces, more time may be needed. You will want to check your turkey every little bit to make sure that it is not warping. Let it cool completely. 

4.       Decorate your turkey and enjoy.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pine Cone Turkeys!

Holiday Crafting Time!

This time of year is so fun for our little ones. No matter what your family believes there are exciting things taking place whether it is a fun holiday or a snow day. With Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to take a look at fun turkey crafts you can make with your little pilgrims. I hope you enjoy creating this little guy and remember that there is no wrong way in arts and crafts. 

Pine cone Turkey

You will need:

Good sized pine cone
Construction paper in brown, orange,red, and yellow
Googly eyes

1.      Lay your pine cone on its side. It is helpful to choose a pine cone that will stay put when laying down. 

2.       Cut construction paper in to feather shapes and a head for your turkey. The shape that I used is close to a stretched rain drop with the tip cut off. 

3.       Glue feathers into the wide end of the pine cone and the head into the narrow end. The type of glue depends on personal preference, however, I do not recommend a glue stick for anything but the face. 

4.       Add the eyes and waddle to his little turkey face and glue into the front of your pine cone. 

5.       Have fun with it! 

You can use smaller pine cones to make smaller turkeys to add into wreaths or a big one and use as a cute center piece. Your kids will have a blast helping to make the decor and even more fun showing them off to family. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hello Internet!

It has been a super huge year for my family. As they say, we grew by 2 little feet and we bought our first home. No more apartment living! Starting this new chapter of life as parents, I figured I would start this fun little blog and finally get my store going.
I found out that I was pregnant last year right before Christmas and things haven't slowed down since. To keep my mind from turning on me and coming up with scary things that could be wrong with me or my baby, I scoured Pinterest for all the little projects I could find. How would I decorate the nursery? What toys or clothes could I make? Toys are my favorites to make yet blankies have been handier. My little one has a tendency to be cold just like her mommy.
My family has always been crafty. It is basically tradition. My great grandmother started teaching me to sew when I was very young and my interest has only grown from there. Handmade items are a big deal for us whether sewn, quilted, knit, or whatever other skill you may have. Crafting for kids is really a ton of fun and, with this blog, I would love to share what I know and have found with all of you so you can craft for your own little wild child. Now I have been told so many times, now that my little bug is here, that I have to do things for myself as well. That being said, I have some fun things for Mommy as well. 

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