Friday Favorites No. 327

I’m about to embark on the longest trip I’ve ever taken away from home, both in time and distance.  It’s also my first time flying directly out of the country – the other times I’ve been out of the U.S. I was on a cruise ship. I’ve never been to Europe. I’ve never crossed the Atlantic. I’ve never spent an entire day flying. But all that isn’t even the most exciting part.  I get to see my son again! The last time I saw him in person was at the Portland airport last May. I absolutely cannot wait. It's kind of a miracle I'm not already sitting at the airport right now.

Monday is the big day, and I'll be gone until late May. Since I didn't want you left with nothing new to look at all that time, I've scheduled a new Friday Favorites for each week while I'm away. When I return I'll be sharing some photos from my trip (which will hopefully include an Italian fabric shop!) and new projects and ideas that are already waiting in the wings!

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If you're like me, and love the look of a sliding barn door but don't really have a place to put one, Shanty2Chic has a solution for us. This nightstand has the style without the need for so much square footage.

Necklaces made from yarn can get a little warm to wear, which is why I think this one from Chabe Patterns is a perfect transition piece for spring. 

Fruit pizzas are one of my very favorite desserts (and that's saying a lot). I particularly love that Hungry Happenings used strawberries and kiwi to make this one look like a watermelon.

I've made homemade tortillas before, although not as often as my husband would like. I've never thought to make them flavored, but thanks to Amanda's Cookin', now I know how.

A while back I shared with you how I made notepads using a padding compound I'd found. I recently discovered that Chica and Jo also sell it in colors! As I write this, they only have red available. So many great project possibilities with this! **Edit - Now there's purple too!**

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.

Kids Wedding Coloring Book - Crafty Staci

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–Rainbows

Every year when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, the rainbows start showing up.  There was even one behind my house a couple of days ago.  Unfortunately, it didn’t come with a Pin It button, so now it’s gone.

Friday Favorites - 10 Rainbow Crafts and Recipes - Crafty Staci

If I use the last viable bit of a piece of fabric, but there’s still a scrap left that measures at least a couple of inches in each direction, I stuff it into a box.  My intention is to one day make a quilt from it using little squares, possibly in a rainbow.  Every time I see something like this Rainbow Migrating Geese Quilt from Sew Create It I think of that box of scraps.

Rainbow Migrating Geese Quilt from Sew Create It

I think I mentioned my Mother of the Bride Diet recently.  It’s pretty high tech.  If I eat something, I count the calories (using an app), keeping my total under a designated number each day.  I think I could work in this Rainbow Chicken Salad from Pinch of Yum.

Rainbow Chicken Salad from Pinch of Yum

These Rainbow Heart Transparencies from Twig and Toadstool would be a fun way to share a rainbow with the little ones.

Rainbow Heart Transparencies from Twig and Toadstool 

I have to try this Rainbow Sandwich Bread from The Artistic Farmer.  How fun would it be to make sandwiches with this?

Rainbow Sandwich Bread from The Artistic Farmer

This Rainbow Sunshine Plushie from Chez Beeper Bebe looks easy to make and would be a great gift for a new baby.

Rainbow Plushie from Chez Beeper Bebe

How cute are these edible Rainbow Cupcake Cups from Tablespoon?  I had no idea it was that easy to make fondant!

This Rainbow Streamer Party Backdrop from Creative Juice would be great for a St. Patrick’s Day party, but would also work for a birthday or baby shower.  How about a Wizard of Oz themed party?

Rainbow Party Streamer Backdrop from Get Creative Juice

This Origami Crane Mobile from A Piece of Kate’s would be pretty in a little girl’s room.

Rainbow Origami Crane Mobile from A Piece of Kate's

This Rainbow Stripe Crochet Blanket from The Crafty Mummy is just so bright and cheerful.

Rainbow Stripe Crochet Blanket from The Crafty Mummy

Here’s another recipe I’d be willing to fit into the calorie budget.  The beauty of this Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza from Gimme Some Oven is that if there’s a vegetable on it you don’t like, just replace it with another.

Rainbow-Veggie-Flatbread-Pizza-from Gimme Some Oven

I hope you’re not tired of rainbows now, because all this is leading up to a project I’m going to share with you next week.  Another hint…it’s coffee-sleeve-of-the-month time!

Friday Favorites–Will You Be My Valentine?

Before we get into today’s Friday Favorites, won’t you come join me at the Craft Warehouse blog?  You’ll find me there talking about the project I just made for them from the book Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders.  That’s right, a cute bag from only one yard of fabric!  I’d love to hear what you think.

Now, about those favorites - Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and there are so many fun things you can make for it, I decided it deserved two Fridays.  This week, I’m sharing a round-up of Valentines you can make for everyone you <3.

Friday Favorites - 10 Valentines - Crafty Staci

The Better Martha has some adorable, printable Love Bug mason jar Valentines.  This one just says “boy” to me.

Love Bug Valentines by The Better Martha

There are lots of Valentines out there that incorporate Smarties candies, but I really like this 3-D version from Tip Junkie.

Smarties Valentines by Tip Junkie

Valentines can include food without it having to be sweet, as proven by these Nacho Average Valentines from Skip to my Lou.

Nacho Average Valentines by Skip to my Lou

These Fruit Roll-Up Valentines from She Knows actually look super easy.

Fortune Cookie Valentines by She Knows

This Bubblegum Valentine from Project Denneler is so clever.

Bubblegum Valentines by Project Denneler

These Valentine Arrows from Creative Capital B are a fun change from the usual flat cards.

Arrow Valentines by Creative Capital B

Housing a Forest shows how to make several animals from cut-out hearts, but I especially like this owl.

Heart Owl by Housing a Forest

I haven’t seen the movie Frozen yet, but from what I hear I really need to.  If you’re already a fan, try out these Frozen Olaf Valentines from One Creative Mommy.

Frozen Olaf Valentines by One Creative Mommy

If you and I were in the same classroom I would give you a Sock Monkey Super Hero Valentine from Over the Big Moon.

Sock Monkey Superhero Valentines by Over the Big Moon

You’re going to need something to put all those Valentines into, so how about this cute Valentine Pocket from ThermoWeb?

Valentine Pocket by ThermoWeb

Visit me again next Friday for some Valentine’s décor!

Money Jar Wedding Gift

My family attending a wedding a week and a half ago that was a milestone, of sorts.  The bride’s mother and I have been friends since we were in kindergarten.  When my husband was first hired as a reserve (that means unpaid volunteer) police officer, it happened to be at the same department as her husband, before we knew that was where he worked.  They’ve been there together ever since.  Our kids went to the same schools and we live in the same little town.  The milestone I’m referring to?  This is the first wedding I’ve attended of a childhood friend’s child. I may be getting up there, but I still remember what it was like to get married.  Money is a great gift because it can be used to fill in the holes left by things you still need after all the other gifts are opened.  I decided to give Sam and Jeremy cash, but I couldn’t just put it in the card and leave it at that.  In hindsight, that probably would have been the smarter way to go.  And the card did turn out pretty cute after all…

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