Friday, October 17, 2014

Witches Hat Bow Tutorial

I am participating in the Masquerade Ball hosting by Adrienne from Freetime Frolics!

Today I would like to share with you a tutorial on how to make a fun witches hat bow for your little girlie! 
Witches Hat Bow #tutorial

Supplies: (I actually used a lot less than what is shown in the picture.)
-1 mini witches hat (I found mine at hobby lobby as a little pick in their halloween section, they had lots of different colors, but you could totally make your own)
-Black feathers
-3x6 inch pieces of black and purple tulle
-Small alligator clip
-Black thread
-Crochet Headband
-Hot glue and gluesticks

Start out by folding your black tulle into thirds.

Repeat with your purple tulle, and put it on top of your black tulle. Pinch them together in the middle to make a little bow. Then wrap your black thread around it a few times to secure your bows shape. Leave a tail of your string to help fasten it to your clip.

Hot glue the bottom of your bow to the alligator clip. Take the tail of your string and wrap it around your clip a few times to really secure it to the clip and make sure it doesn't go anywhere!

From there you just add your embellishments to the top of your tulle bow. I just glued on some feathers and then glued the little witches hat right on top of that! 
It's super easy and super quick...which is totally my type of craft! 
Here's a few more pictures of my little girlie in her costume! 

Please remember that all of my tutorials and printables are for personal use only. 
If you'd like to see the other costumes shared, you can head over to the following blogs!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Meet This Mormon

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We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints otherwise known as "The Mormons". We are proud of this part of who we are! We are excited to team up with over 65+ of us strong... to extend an invitation to see a film. A film entitled "Meet The Mormons". This film is not meant to be an "in your face" - you must join our church film. It is simply designed and produced to uplift and inspire you through six stories of those of our faith who have followed promptings to follow Christ more fully in their lives. We hope you take the opportunity to enjoy this film. We hope your hearts are made light as you feel the goodness that comes from following our Christ and Savior. All proceeds from the film will be donated to The American Red Cross. So not only will you be uplifted and inspired, your money will be going to an amazing charity!!

We also would like to take a moment and share our personal testimonies, stories of our own personal conversions, and our own stories of how following our Savior, Jesus Christ has changed our lives. The light of the gospel of Jesus Christ offers a joy and hope that only following him can provide. We hope as you click through and read our stories and testimonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you will feel uplifted and encouraged. We are by you! We love connecting with our readers, that is why many of us do what we do! Please be kind and considerate in your comments. It takes great bravery for us to open our hearts and our mouths to share with you such a tender and personal part of who we are. We share because we feel strongly the need to share the peace and the hope that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I'm A Mormon #1
Anita | Live Like You Are Rich, Landee | Landee Lu , Tara & Devin | Salt & Pepper Moms , Mallory & Savannah | Classy Clutter Kelli & Kristi| Lolly Jane
McKenzie | Girl Loves Glam , Pam & Lisa | Over The Big Moon , Melanie | Forty Eighteen , Sky | Capital B Adell | Baked in Arizona
I'm a Mormon #2
Andie | Maybe I Will , Shatzi | Love and Laundry , Robyn | Create it Go , Rachel | R & R Workshop
Tiffany | Feel Great In 8 , Katelyn | What Up Fagens? , Brittany | BrittanyBullen , Ginger | Ginger Snap Crafts , Stephanie | Crafting In The Rain
Chelsey | Cee Me Be , Amber | Crazy Little Projects , Kallie | Smitten By, Elyse, Kristen, Lauren, Steph, Kendra & Camille | Six Sisters Stuff Annette | Tips From A Typical Mom
Kierste | Simply Kierste , Tayler | The Morrell Tale, Jennifer | My Daylights , Cambria | Live To Be Inspired, Danielle | Today's The Best Day
I'm a Mormon #3
Nat & Holly | My Sister's Suitcase, Britni| Play.Party.Pin , Montserrat | Cranial Hiccups , Heidi | A Lively Hope , Ashley & Meegan | Flats to Flip Flops

I know that I don't often talk about my beliefs here but when I feel like something is truly important, I want to share it with the world. I grew up a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was fully active in my religion and it made me so overwhelmingly happy. Around the age of 20, I had some tough experiences while I was in college, associated with the wrong people and ultimately left the church for a few years. I had grown to be increasingly anxious and depressed. It was only later that I realized when I am living close to the Savior Jesus Christ, and when I leave my burdens at my feet, he is what makes me whole. As much as I tried then to create my own happiness I always fell short.
I moved home and got my life back in order. I immediately started attending church again and I could feel my happiness increase as my depression decreased. I decided to go on a mission to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know often times missionaries can be viewed negatively from those who are not a part of the church. May I challenge you to take a moment to simply ask them why the decided to serve a mission. 95% of them will not respond with "to baptize people!"

For me, the reason I chose to dedicate 18 months of my life to serve the Lord in Italy (which is where I was called) was because I experienced the redeeming power of the Atonement of my Savior Jesus Christ. I went from feeling like I was worthless, unlovable and with nothing to live for. To feeling the love of the Savior and my Heavenly Father envelope my soul. They saved me from the darkness that the devil himself places in our paths to make us forget how truly special each and every one of us are. We are children of the Almighty God, of course we are special. Once I had this experience and had applied the Atonement in my life, I was happier. That is what I wanted to share. The true happiness that had come to my life through the Atonement. I wanted to share the love I felt for and from my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

I know that we are all children of a loving Father in Heaven, I know He and our Savior Jesus Christ are here for us. I am truly grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ, my Brother, that He willingly gave up his life for me, but even more so, I am so grateful that He lives for me. I want to spend the rest of my life living for Him.

If you would like to learn more about the happiness that I have found through the full Gospel of Jesus Christ, please feel free to email me or leave a comment. I would be honored to share with you a copy of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I love this book with my whole heart. Through my study of this set of scriptures as well as the Holy Bible I have truly come to know, love, and understand my Heavenly Father and His Son. I would love to share that knowledge with you.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mickey Themed 2nd Birthday Party

As I was looking through old posts I realized that I never shared any of my kiddos' birthday parties on here. It's a travesty I tell you! 
Since I shared the tutorial for the Mickey Mouse Cake. I thought I'd start with his 2nd Birthday Party first. It was so fun to plan. One thing I realized that I would need to do is have a mix between homemade and store bought. It is just to hard and expensive to do everything on your own!

I knew I wanted to make his shirt for sure. I wish I had a fancy embroidery machine but I don't so I did the best I could and I still think it turned out pretty cute!  
It was so simple. All I did was cut out a Mickey shaped head, cut a triangle out of red fabric and cut out a little pom pom shape and the shape for the bottom. I did use my cricut to cut out the 2 since I loved the mickey font. I put iron on backing on all of it and ironed it onto the shirt. Then I used a tight zig zag stitch and stitched slowly around the edges. It's not perfect but it adds to the character. 
Doesn't he look cute in it?

You can't see all of the decor. I hand made tissue flowers and hung them from the ceiling. Since my little man LOVES balloons I went all out with those. He was in heaven. The best thing you can do is find what your little one loves and go to town. 

As far as food goes, I had the intention of making everything myself. But time runs out so quickly! If you are familiar with Costco then you are familiar with my food spread. To class it up a little bit I did put things in dishes that matched my theme and voila...lunch is ready! 

I wanted a little something that guests could bring home so I gathered some jars that my mom used at my wedding and we used them for a Candy Bar. It was a hit. I love having these jars so much. You can use them for parties and in your holiday and every day decor. You will see one of these jars in a vignette post I will be sharing soon. 

It was such a fun party. It felt well put together and looked like I put a lot of time into it. While I did in some aspects, I loved that I could just focus on my little guy. Especially since at the time of the party it was only a matter of days until his baby sister was born. 
Man I love this little guy! I will be posting more of their parties soon! 
If you'd like to see those ideas and many more, be sure to follow along. I love new friends!


Friday, September 26, 2014

Quick & Easy Custom Onesie Tutorial

I made this adorable custom onesie for my baby girl for her first Halloween. It was so quick.
It is such an easy and fun tutorial! If you have any questions, please let me know! Custome Baby Onesie,

I made this as a gift for my friends baby shower and it seriously took less than 15 minutes. It is so easy! Here's the tutorial:


Onesies or T-Shirt (white works the best)

Piece of cardboard that will stretch out your shirt

Fabric Marker (I prefer the "Stained" brand by Sharpie, they work the best)

Print out using black font of what you'd like your shirt to say

To start out, I searched for free Harry Potter fonts and downloaded them. Then I typed up "Mischief Managed" and "Muggle Born" in my desired fonts. Print them out on cardstock. Trim them to fit in between your shirt and your cardboard piece.

Slide your cut piece in between your shirt and your piece of cardboard.

Anchor your shirt AND the writing so that your shirt is taught and your cardstock underneath doesn't slide around.

Then you just trace over your phrase with your marker carefully.

It won't look identical but it will be pretty darn close!

It was such a seriously quick project that I cranked out several of them at the same time!

If you would like to see how I made the rest of my baby girls outfit, I will be sharing the bow tutorial soon, and you can find the tutu tutorial with a twist here. I used 2 strips of purple and 1 strip of black polka dot tulle.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I love having you here to visit!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mickey Mouse Cake Tutorial

Hi friends! I wanted to share with you guys my simple Mickey Mouse Cake tutorial using things you most likely already have at home! I wrote this back when I was Cox's Corner, but it is still one of my favorites! 

Cake mix
Pyrex Bowl
Construction Paper
Can or other round object
Double Sided Tape
Black Food Coloring
Golden Yellow Food Coloring (I used the wilton ones)
Star Tip
Writing Tip
Disposable Frosting Bags

Bake your cake according to the mix directions in your pyrex bowl. I just searched google to help me figure it out. It's pretty straight forward though...
Step 1: Dye your frosting. I used the end of a spoon for the black and a toothpick for the yellow. You will use a LOT of black food coloring...and heads up...don't freak out if your little ones "business" is a funny color the next's because of the food coloring. Just telling ya like it is. Make sure you mix your frosting really well. There should be no streaks. You basically keep adding color until it's to your desired tone. With the black though, it will still be gray, but as it sits, it gets darker, so keep that in mind...

 Step 2: For your ears, find a round can or stencil, whatever you can find that will give you the size of ears you'd like. I was able to just use a can of peaches and it worked great! You will need 4 circles. Double Stick tape your toothpicks to a circle, then place another circle on top of them. Then stick your ears in your cake. Easy peasy. You can totally see the cake taking shape now!

Step 3. I like to keep a damp paper towel next to me when I'm working so that when my tip gets goopy I can wipe it off and continue. Start in the back of your cake and make starts all the way around your base. To make a start tip you basically start close to your cake and squeeze your bag slowly, once your star is the size you want, STOP squeezing the bag, lightly as in barely push your tip in and then pull it straight out away from your cake. If my description was WAY too confusing, I highly recommend just searching on you tube! :) Once you finish a row, start another one right above it and repeat. When you get close to the top of your hat, You may need to add a little frosting to make it more rounded at the top. Just squeeze some frosting on there until you get your rounded shape, then cover it up as you continue your row of stars.

Step 4. To decorate your ears, start from the outer edge and work your way in doing rows of stars. You will do the same thing to all sides of your ears.  And that's it for the black! Easy right? This cake seriously took me only 30 minutes to decorate!

 Step 5. For your writing, you can choose a larger tip or a smaller one. I personally prefer the smaller tip, but I wanted to show you the difference between the two. I just free handed the writing. If you're uncomfortable with writing, there are tools that you can buy that will help you stamp out the letters and then you just trace them. Or I bet you could use a toothpick and lightly write the letters in your frosting and then go over it with your writing color. could just leave it blank! It's all up to you!

I just love the way it turned out and it was SO easy to make! If you have any questions please let me know!

Thanks for stopping by! If you liked what you see, I'd love for you to follow me! I'm always thinking up a new tutorial or idea!


Monday, September 22, 2014

ABC-I Love You Free Printable in 5 colors

I shared an ABC I love you printable on my blog a while ago. 
It was only available in one color, but for you I have decided to make 5 more!   All you have to do is click on the picture and save it to your computer and you've got yourself a cute ABC/I LOVE YOU Printable! 

If you're looking for even more colors, my favorite can be found on ETSY and she can totally personalize the colors just for you!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Halloween Bucket List Printable

I've been getting so excited for Halloween. Since October is coming in just a matter of days I wanted to do a countdown of sorts for October to get my babies excited for Halloween since I am for some reason. So I created a Halloween Bucket List with 31 activities on it. 
I've included the one I will use as well as a blank on for you. 
Here's mine with all of our activities on it.  

Here's the blank one:

Just in case you can't read the activities on the list or would rather create your own here are all of my activities. I will try and provide a link to as many of them as I can find links for. I'm so looking forward to October! 

Go to the Zoo
Trick or Treat at Daddy's Work
Watch Hocus Pocus
Decorate Pumpkins
Backyard Campfire

Friday, September 19, 2014

Jack-O-Lantern Trio Tutorial

These Jack-O-Lantern blocks turned out so cute! I'm kinda bummed I gave them away. I think I will have to make myself another set this year! 
 It is made from three 4x4 pieces of wood ranging in height of 4, 6, and 8 inches. The coolest thing about this is that you can use them for halloween and then flip them around for fall! 
Love it! She is selling her own finished sets on her site at or you can just buy the wood and vinyl. My kit consisted of the wood and vinyl and I put my own spin on the project. If you'd like to try mine here's the tutorial! You'll have to let me know if you try it!
Scrapbook paper (I used 3 different sheets of orange and one sheet of brown)
Jack-O-Lantern trio OR 3 pieces of 4x4's cut to 4, 6, and 8 inches long.  And 3 stems.
Pumpkin Faces
Orange & Brown Paint
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Orange Glitter Tulle
Craft Wire

To begin trace each of your pieces of wood onto your scrapbook paper twice. So you will have a piece for the front and a piece for the back of your pumpkin in each of your three different sheets of scrapbook paper.

Paint each of your pumpkins and your stems and set them aside to dry. I started from the biggest and went to the smallest so the biggest had the longest time to dry.

I had to make my own brown for the stems and added the scrapbook paper to the top.

Choose which faces go with which scrapbook paper design. Then start mod podging your papers to your pumpkins. I worked largest to smallest again. Front to back. I'd attach the paper to the wood on the front, then attach it to the back. Then I would put a layer of mod podge on top of the scrapbook paper in the back and set it aside and do the next pumpkin.

After they all had a layer mod podge on top of the back piece of the scrapbook paper I went back to the largest pumpkin and started attaching the faces.

After the face was attached I put a layer of mod podge on top of the vinyl and scrapbook paper to make sure I had a nice seal and make sure my project was more durable.

Then I started prepping the toppers while the mod podge dried. I cut tulle into rectangle pieces approx 3x6 and pinched them in the middle and fastened it with string so they looked like little bows. I made two per pumpkin.

Then I cut 11 pieces of craft wire 5.5 inches long and wrapped them around a dowel to get them to make a cute little spiral.

I went to work in the tops. For the tallest pumpkin I glued in the stem first with a huge amount of hot glue in the middle of the stem so that it stuck up a little from the top of the pumpkin. Then I added my tulle bows to the front and the back of the pumpkin and 4 of my wire spirals. Two in front, two in back.

For my middle pumpkin I did the same as the tallest except I arranged the wires differently to resemble bangs.

And then for the baby pumpkin I did the same as above with the stem and the tulle, but I only added one curly in the front for a cute little curly q and had two in the back.

I love how they all have different personalities! They look like a little family! Here's another picture of my cute little pumpkin family from the front:

And again from the back:

Isn't it so fun?! There are several other bloggers who took part in this series and you can head over here to check out the different ways that they personalized their kits! It's really cool to see the different ways that people create. I love it!