Friday Favorites No. 316

You may have noticed a kink or two being worked out around here this week (thank you to my patient email subscribers!) and there are a few more to go, but overall the transition to my new blogging space went a little more smoothly than I expected. Yay!

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On to this week's Friday Favorites!

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I hear there's some sort of ball game happening this weekend? If, like me, you're one of those people who is only in it for the commercials, these printable bingo cards from Play Party Plan are for you.

Maybe you'll need something to do between the commercials. Or you might be someone who enjoys the game but could do without the sales pitches. Either way, this wire and nail heart from As For Me and My Homestead will keep your hands busy.

While everyone else is enjoying the wings and dips, I'm looking for the desserts. The secret ingredient in this one from Life Love and Sugar is Bailey's Irish Cream, so I'm in.

I had to include these cookie dough ice cream sandwiches from Mel's Kitchen Cafe because my daughter just told me there's a restaurant in New York that serves these, along with all other things cookie dough. A cookie dough restaurant. Let that sink in for a minute while I plan my cross-country trip.

I don't know if this 3D sewing machine box from the Silhouette store is as complicated to make as it looks, but it's cute enough to be worth the effort.

You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!

Kissing Bell

I’m still trying to locate some photos of many of the things we made for the wedding.  We were so busy that day, and the days leading up to it, we didn’t get a chance to take pictures.  Unfortunately, I’m starting to think some of it will have to live on in our memories and I won’t be able to share it all here.  While I wait it out a little longer, I thought I’d tell you about a fun thing we did that was a hit with the not-quite-tall-enough-for-a-rollercoaster crowd.

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At a wedding, guests will often tap their glass with their fork to make that clinking noise as a signal the bride and groom should share a kiss.  At the last wedding we attended before my daughter’s the newlyweds were driven a bit bonkers with glass-clinking.  But because we were using mason jars and those silver-looking plastic forks, that wasn’t going to be an option.  I wasn’t about to let them off the hook though.

I considering putting a small bell at each guests’ spot.  I also thought about just putting one larger bell in the center of each table.  As I mentioned last week, we had lots of kids in attendance, so I was afraid every parent there would hate me by the end of the night.  Instead, we decided to go with one bell, and it worked out perfectly!

I made this sign using my vinyl cutting machine and some of the leftover grey vinyl from the glasses.

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After a little searching, I found this bell on Amazon.  I was surprised at how good the quality was, especially for the price, and I’m pretty sure you can hear this thing ringing for miles.

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We hung it just above adult eye level to make it a little tougher for the kids to overuse it.  It was adorable to watch two little brothers we know try to help each other reach it.  We also added the “2 rings per customer please” to the sign to help with the ones who were a little older.  Believe it or not, it worked, and I’m pretty sure everyone who wanted a shot at ringing it found a way.

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We liked the bell so much, we hung it on one of the cedar posts by our front door after the wedding.  Without the kissing sign, of course.

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As if these two needed any encouragement.

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Silhouette Software Giveaway

Remember those Glass Block Bookends I made a couple of weeks ago?  That project would have been much less stressful with one of those electronic cutting tools from Silhouette.  I don’t own one, but you can bet it’s on my wish list.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve clicked on a photo of a cute project and found out it was made using one of those handy machines.

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The nice people at Silhouette contacted me recently to see if I’d be interested in sharing their Black Friday sale details with you.  I’m always up for a good sale, so of course I agreed.  I promised I wouldn’t release the details until Friday, but if you’re eyeing these like I am, you’ll want to come back!

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They also wanted to know if I thought you all would like to participate in a giveaway.    Of course!  They’re offering a copy of their Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software upgrade (a $50 value) to one of you!

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All you need to do to enter is follow Silhouette on Pinterest, then leave a comment here about what you would make with a Silhouette.  You have until midnight on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to enter.  The winner will be announced on Friday morning, along with the details of the Black Friday Sale.

Stay tuned…I’ll be sharing more giveaways and sales this week!