Friday Favorites No. 326

I've been so busy trying to get all my ducks in a row for my trip, I didn't even realize Easter was almost here. I knew it was this month, but that's about it. I guess it's time to come up with a plan, huh? I'm pretty sure all the ideas here could still be pulled off in time!

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I love the idea of coloring Easter eggs with natural dyes. I've talked about it here before, but I've still never tried it. I would never have guessed what Honestly Yum used to make this brilliant turquoise.

I know this centerpiece from Southern Living looks complicated, but what I was intrigued by was the carrots hanging underneath. I don't think "arrangement of your choice" on top means you have to DIY it, does it?

This project from Landeelu is a great example of how you can spruce up plastic eggs to use as decor.  Besides the baker's twine, you could use yarn, rope or even twisted fabric instead.

These yummy-looking ham and cheese scones from Baker by Nature would be perfect for an Easter brunch. Making a note on my grocery list. Ham, cheese, scallions...

If you have kids to entertain on Easter, and these coloring pages from Juliya S on Creative Market are a great way to do that. They're printable, so you can either make a book for their Easter basket, or just print out a few of your favorites to leave on the table with some crayons or colored pencils. In fact, I might need some of these myself!

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

Kids’ Wedding Coloring Book

We knew there would be lots of little ones in attendance at my daughter’s wedding.  She really wanted to include them, but we were a little worried they might get bored.  We bounced around ideas like some yard games, but they really couldn’t do that during the ceremony.  We found a couple of cute kids’ coloring books for weddings on Pinterest, and once we decided to seat everyone at tables for the ceremony, we knew that would be a perfect way to keep the young crowd entertained.

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My talented niece Keely drew the photo for the front to represent Codi and John.  I love the way it turned out! 

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I made a word search using wedding and Codi and John-specific words for the first page on the inside, using this website from Discovery.  I probably should have used fewer words because the letters were pretty small, but I figured it would be a good challenge for the slightly older kids.

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The next page was just a simple cupcake outline, since that’s what we were serving at the reception, that could be decorated however the artist chose.

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Following the cupcake was my favorite page, Wedding Guest Bingo.  I was kinda busy at the reception, so I don’t know how the kids did on this, but it was fun to make.

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The Wedding Mad Libs was a tricky one, because you don’t want the participant to see where the words are going when they choose them.  I went with a brief description and lines for the words on one page…

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…and the Mad Lib itself to fill in on the next.

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I found this fun website that has mazes for all the letters of the alphabet in both upper and lowercase, so I chose an S for the newlyweds’ last name.  I also added their little heads to show the start and finish points.

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The back of the book had a spot for the artist to write his or her name, but I was stumped for a while on what else to add there.  It finally occurred to me it would be fun to decorate the getaway car!  They were taking my daughter’s Kia Soul, so I found a photo and traced it to create the cartoon car.

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It would have been easy enough to just lay these on the tables, but we really wanted to take it a step farther.  We put each book in a yellow bag and added a box of crayons, a small lollipop and a couple of glow stick bracelets for when it got dark later.  I made labels with each kid’s name on them and a second label for the bottom with their table number so whoever put them out would know where each one should go.

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It was kind of nice to have that pop of yellow scattered around on the tables.

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These bags were a big hit with the kids at the wedding, and none of them were left behind afterward.  I’m pretty sure those coloring books saved a parent or two’s sanity, if only for a few minutes!

Friday Favorites–My Favorites

Last Friday I listed the top 10 most popular posts from this blog in the past year.   This week, as we’re nearing the end of my First Anniversary celebration, I wanted to share some of my personal favorites.  There would be some duplicates, like the whole list, so I won’t go over those again.  These are a few that didn’t make the last cut, but still hold a special place in my heart.

 

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For some reason, I just really love making these pillowcases.  When you turn the whole thing out of the tube and you can see what the three fabrics are actually going to look like together...that’s my favorite moment in any project.

 

Lip-Shaped Bag

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I wish my photography had been better on these, because they are so much cuter in person than they came off here.  I need to make more of them soon.

 

Pineapple Purse

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I was happy this purse fulfilled my girl’s pineapple wishes for her birthday, but I also love it just because it turned out the way it looked in my head.  That doesn’t always happen. 

 

Bleach-Sprayed T-Shirts

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These were fun and a little dangerous, a thrill for my internal adrenaline junkie.

 

Crayon T-Shirts

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Any craft I can do with my kids, put Wonder Woman on, use crayons for and wear later is ok with me.

 

Microwave Homemade Caramels

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I just made these again for Valentine’s Day and they are still ridiculously delicious.  I mean they were.

 

When I look back at my projects from the past year, there isn’t one I wouldn’t do again.  I’ve made mistakes, but I’ve learned a lot.  That’s why we’re all here, right?

Don’t forget, you can enter my First Anniversary Giveaway until midnight tonight!  You could win your choice of any of my tutorials…made by me just for you!

Friday Favorites–Valentine’s Day, Part 1

I doubt there is a more craft-friendly holiday than Valentine’s Day.  The projects tend to be a little on the simpler side and don’t involve a ton of supplies.  Kids can make many of them.  And they’re all about love, doesn’t that just make you feel all squishy inside?

Sometimes a craft using food is confusing.  It’s edible, but too pretty to actually eat.  I’m afraid these Sweet Gumdrop Roses from Craftberry Bush fall into that category.  But totally worth it.

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My kids are past the school Valentines age.  These iPhone Valentine printables from Living Locurto make me wish that wasn’t so.  I might have to make these for them.

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These Valentine Bookmarks from Holiday Crafts and Creations would be a perfect reusable Valentine to make with the kiddos.

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If you can still find candy canes, these Valentine Candy Cane Lollipops from Pleasant Home would be the perfect way to use them up.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I still have some in a cup in my kitchen…

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I’ve seen several of these embroidered love notes made to look like notebook paper, but this ps…I love you version from Flamingo Toes is one of my favorites.

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We have a giant container of old crayons in our house.  I think Pretty Window Valentine Hearts from Quiltish are the perfect use for them.

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I remember making these candy airplanes when I was a kid, but we never thought to take the wrapper off the Lifesaver roll.  It gives these Valentine Candy Airplanes from Shabby Chic Crafts a whole new look.

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These BFF Puzzle Necklaces from Speckless are brilliant.  My daughter doesn’t usually have just one person she would call her best friend – there are several.  With this project, she can have a whole box full!  This could even be a fun classroom game if you made them for each kid and had them assemble the puzzle.

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Join me again next Friday for Valentines Day Part 2!

It's my birthday, so here's a few of my favorite things

Today is my birthday, so I thought I'd share a list of ten things I think are kinda awesome.  Some of them are crafty, others not so much. 10.  Let's just get this out of the way:  I'm not a swimmer.  Furthermore, my bikini days are gone.  I don't usually notice swimwear but this bikini caught my eye in InStyle magazine.  I couldn't find it on their website, but here it is at Dillards .  For some reason it makes me wish for it.

9.  I am the queen of tiny injuries in annoying places.  I used to wear the kids' Blues Clues bandages, just because it's what we had in the house.  Now I want something not so flesh-toned of my own.  You can find these at Perpetual Kid, whose website is just fun to browse anyway.

8.  I really just want to see if these FitFlops are as great as they say they are.  Ok, I like the studs too.

7.  I really want an indoor herb garden, and I love that this one from Craftzine is made from recycled materials.  The only problem is, I would also need an indoor herb gardener to keep it alive.

6.  I love pens.  I am constantly searching for the perfect one.  This Crayola version at Perpetual Kid might be it.

5.  I love all the zipper detail on clothes and accessories right now.  I'm not usually a brooch-wearer, but I'd make an exception for this one from JoAnn.  It's just the right combination of girly and punk.

4.  I have some of my best ideas in the shower.  Unfortunately, as soon as the water's gone so is whatever I was thinking about.  This waterproof notepad from Incredible Things isn't a want...it's a need.

3.  Hello.  My name is Staci and I'm a sugarholic.  This is just enabling my problem, but it gives me something to do with the debris from my other addiction:  coffee.  That makes it ok, right?  Right?!?  Thanks to the artist at Instructables who came up with this.

2.  If you've kept up with my blog, you know I'm a Wonder Woman fan.  I have been since I was a little girl.  Remember the Crayon T-Shirts?  This is another version of Wonder Woman by a different artist at Deviant Art that I would love to have on a shirt.  Or the hood of my car.  No?

1.  When I was a kid, we had this one odd spoon in the silverware drawer.  I don't know where it came from, and it wasn't particularly fancy or anything, but my sisters and I used to fight over it.  This one looks nothing like it, but made me think of it anyway.  These can be found at Think Geek and I have to get one.  Don't tell my sisters.