DIY no-sew blanket! 

If you have ever tried to find a cute blanket for your little that matches the “theme” you’ve deluded yourself into thinking your son or daughter needs you have most likely come to the realization that either A. You can’t find what you are looking for in “toddler size” (for a toddler bed which is the same size as a crib mattress) or B. You have found what you are looking for and it is astronomically expensive. $60 for a toddler bedding set? Really?  

When we moved to our new house back in december, I was set on keeping Kalebs room the same theme, Nautical. We already had soo many sheets and wall decor I couldn’t bring myself to switch over. We just bought a house, it was Christmas time, he’s a toddler. He won’t even notice! 

Moving to the new house meant some changes. One of the big changes was that Kaleb would be in a toddler bed now. We were all so excited! I hopped online and started searching for cute Nautical themed sheets, blankets and pillows. To my surprise, they were super expensive! How can something that is made with half the fabric be almost 2 times more expensive! I was able to find a cute anchor sheet set and blue and white stripped comforter from Target around Christmas that wasn’t too pricey. Since then, it has been a struggle! 

A few weeks ago I was at my local Walmart picking up a few household necessities. I noticed they are starting to redo the floors and are moving everything around so you feel like you’re on a scavenger hunt just to find the paper towels! 

Right across the isle from where the paper towels are now located, there was a huge rack with all of their fabric options, now up to 75% off! I went over and perused the styles and options because you know I can’t just pass up a bargain! I came to the fleece fabrics and got the crazy idea of making him one myself! 

I had gotten a fleece blanket from my husbands family member for my baby shower and I instantly fell in love with it! It was soft, warm and cozy! And of course, it was a no-sew blanket! I had never attempted one before and was excited to try! I made Kalebs anchor blanket for a total of $11!! 

This project was super easy, inexpensive and only took 2 and a half hours to complete. It’s the perfect project to do while you’re binge-watching your favorite Netflix show! 

Materials:

  • 5 yards fleece fabric (2 different designs)
  • Scissors 
  • Favorite Netflix show

Instructions:

  1. Lay out your fabric on top of each other, designs facing outwards. I laid mine out on my bed since it was the biggest surface I had available.
  2. Start cutting 1 inch wide x 2-3 inch strips around the edge of the fabric. No-sew, no sew, fabric, anchor, anchor blanket, craftybombshell, thecraftybombshell, the crafty bombshell, Nautical bedding, Nautical theme
  3. Tie the strips into knots. You can either cut all the strips and then tie, or tie as you go. I cut all one side first and then tied them into knots. 
  4. When you’re done, enjoy your blanket! See, I told you it was easy!

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Hand-Lettering 101

Two months ago I was eagerly awaiting my new purchase from Amazon, Hand Lettering 101: An Introduction to the Art of Creative Lettering. Even with AmazonPrime I felt like it couldn’t get here fast enough!  I have scoured Pinterest and all it has to hold and instantly became enthralled with this art form. I instantly started doodling on anything I could get my hands on!

If you remember from my Dinosaur Thank You Cards post I’ve been trying to keep up this standard of etiquette that our generations before us have all held. Send thank you cards, birthday cards, even a thinking of you note from time to time to a special someone far away. Ever since I have started my practice of hand lettering, I have put a special touch on all the cards I have sent out. Below you can see some of the other projects and “doodles” that I have done, and also a peek into the book!

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In the book it explains about the different mediums you can use to hand letter, the different types of paper and also about different typefonts that work well together.

After trial and error, mostly because I couldn’t wait for the pens on order to come in, I found that Crayola Markers don’t work very well. Some of my favorite pens to use for hand lettering are Elegant Writers. They have a tapered tip to handle all those thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes.

This was a fun little St. Patrick’s Day craft that I did with my little man!

I got this idea from one project closer. Go check out her blog for more cute ideas!

The easter bunny even knows how to hand-letter!

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Valentine’s Treats!


Hey guys! Valentine’s Day is upon us and I wanted to share with you a few little things I made for my husband and son. In the past few years my husband and I have exchanged extravagant gifts for Valentine’s Day. This year I told him no flowers*, no gifts. Just a nice dinner out and a night to ourselves is all we are giving each other… but who am I kidding??? I just had to make my guys a few fun treats for today and the two that I picked were Oreo Balls and Rice Krispie Treats!

(*update* during the middle of writing this blog post my darling husband came home with flowers for me. He got Kaleb up out of bed and had him bring me the flowers. It was so cute and romantic and yes I said no flowers but… they are beautiful and I love them!!!) 


 Now you might remember from one of my older posts, I have made these Oreo Balls for you once before. They were in The shape of bats for our Halloween bash we threw in 2015. These are one of my husbands favorite treats! 

I’m giving them a sweetheart flair with “cupids” sprinkles I found at Wal-Mart. 


Oreo Ball Supplies:

  • 1 package of regular oreos
  • 1 package of room temperature cream cheese (any brand)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • 1 package of chocolate chips (I bought the Hershey’s chips like you see in the photo and they melted quite well in the microwave)
  • Sprinkles
  • Baking sheet
  • Wax paper
  • Blender, food processor etc. 

Instructions:

  1. Blend entire package of Oreos in blender, ninja, food processor etc. (save out 1/4 cup of crumbs for topping later)
  2. Add cream cheese & blend until completely mixed 
  3. Line baking sheet with wax paper
  4. Roll Oreo mixture into 2 in. balls
  5. Add lillipop sticks to each ball
  6. Freeze balls for 20 minutes
  7. Empty chocolate chips into microwave safe bowl
  8. Melt on high for 30 second intervals until melted, stirring each 30 seconds 
  9. Take balls out of freezer and start dipping in chocolate. You might have to use a spoon in this step to completely cover your Oreo ball. 
  10. Decorate your Oreo ball however you’d like!
  11. Repeat steps 9 & 10 until you are done
  12. Refrigerate & enjoy!!

This sweet treat is sure to bring happiness to everyone you gift them to!

Another fun treat I made today were heart shaped Rice Krispie Treats. I have never made them before (although they were a staple in my household growing up) so when shopping for the ingredients this morning I had to turn to the Rice Krispie legend herself, my mother. 

My mom has been making this treat for as long as I can remember, and it’s no wonder everyone loves them!!! She gave me her recipe which I noticed is different from the one they give you on the box, and I will share it with you!!


Supplies:

  • 10 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 bags of marshmallows
  • 1 bag of Hershey’s chocolate chips (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter on low heat in a large pot
  2. Add marshmallows & melt completely
  3. Remove from heat and add 10 cups of Rice Krispies
  4. Mix well
  5. Pour on greased cookie sheet 
  6. Spray your hands with cooking spray (so it doesn’t stick to you) and pat down until flat and even
  7. Refrigerate for 20 minutes
  8. Empty chocolate chips into microwave safe bowl
  9. Melt on high for 30 second intervals until melted, stirring each 30 seconds 
  10. Take your cookie cutter and start cutting out hearts
  11. Dip your hearts in chocolate. You might have to use a spoon in this step
  12. Decorate as you would like
  13. Enjoy!

A few other things that I made for this Valentine’s Day are custom Valentine’s using my cricut.  I left these for the girls I work with from Kaleb. The Mickey Mouse valentine was something that I had thought up and then I took it a step further with Kaleb’s Valentine’s Day card from us! 


What are some crafts and recipes you’ve done for Valentine’s Day? I would love to see your DIY’s!

And because it wouldn’t be an official day off without having to fix something…  today we get to go to the hardware store and get new plumping for our kitchen sink which leaked all over the place last night, and a new screen door hinge since it was so windy here yesterday the door blew open and it broke.. ahh the joys of homeownership 😂

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Anchors-away!

Hello again! Just wanted to share with you this easy wall decor idea! Since we moved into the new house Kaleb ended up with a bigger bedroom than what he had at the apartment (lucky kid!) and I thought it was time for a more mature theme for him. If you remember from my canvas & vinyl tutorial his nursery was grey, teal and chevron. There wasn’t really more of a theme than that other than a few whale blankets, a shipyard painting, and anchor sheets. 

Since we started with a blank slate, I wanted to enhance his theme more (lest I go buy everything over again) and I decided to go full blown nautical themed! 

I’ve been looking around for some wall decor that wasn’t too expensive, as my husband rolls my eyes everytime I bring a new piece of wall decor into the house 😂 and I couldn’t really find what I wanted. I wanted something that would tie in the new blanket for his big boy bed (I can’t believe it!) and the new curtains we got, both which are navy blue and white stripped. 

So what would any sane person do? I went to my local Hobby Lobby and perused the isles until something jumped out at me. 
I know I know, you must be thinking “hobby lobby has sooo many different categories for wall decor, surely you can find something there to fit your theme!” And I would tell you you are not wrong! But you can’t beat this project coming in at under $4.50! 

Supplies:

  • Cardboard Anchor 
  • Foam brush (can use paint brush)
  • Choice of paper (I used thin stripped scrapbook paper)
  • Modge Podge
  • Pencil (to trace the anchor)
  • Scissors 

The final result! (As you can tell by the two canvases I LOVE to make wall decor for Kaleb’s room) 

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Dinosaur Thank You Cards!

This is going to be a short post since I am in the midst of writing out thank-you cards from Kalebs second birthday, but I wanted to share these with you! 

We just bought a new house three months ago, and as any new homeowner comes to realize, saving money is key! I’ve started to make my own things here and there and let me tell you, making your own cards is so cost effective it saves you money in the long run!  I went to my local Joann Fabrics the other day looking for blank notecards and envelopes so that I could make some custom dinosaur thank you cards for everyone who came to Kalebs birthday a few weeks ago. What I was not expecting was to walk out of the store with 3 boxes of blank cards (130 total!) for less than $15!!!! I mean, that comes down to 11¢ a card! 

Since moving into our new home I have taken on this notion of “perfect mom, perfect wife perfect house, perfect life”.  And part of that delusion is making sure everyone I know gets a birthday card in the mail.

By all means I am not perfect, there’s dishes in the dishwasher that need to be put away, animal hair has been building in the corners all week, but that’s ok. Because this is what life is. It’s ignoring the “chores” and spending the afternoon sledding with your little man. 

It’s finding ways to make sure everyone you know gets a birthday card that you made. I don’t know about you but spending 2,3 sometimes even 7 dollars on a birthday card is too much when you have three or more birthdays in a month. (?!? Yes I spent $7 on the last birthday card I bought because I didn’t pay attention and was in a rush) 

You can make your cards as fancy as you want! You can have them say just what you want, and you can gift them with pride saying “I made that!”

These cards were super easy to make. I cut out the footprints on my Cricut machine my lovely husband bought me for Christmas, and also had it write “thank you!” In silver on them. Used Elmer’s Dot Runner glue to fix the footprints to the cards, filled them out and sent them on their way!

 All in all including postage, these cost under 75¢ to make! What a deal!!! 

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Handprint Snowmen Candle Holder

Hi! If you are reading this chances are it’s probably because you searched for easy, last minute, handmade gifts to give to grandparents or family members. Believe me, that is EXACTLY what this is! This Christmas season one morning I was frantically trying to think of a heartfelt gift to give to the grandparents from my son.  I searched amazon high and low for “grandparent gifts” and nothing really stuck out. I went to my go to Pinterest and started to search for homemade grandparent gifts. A whole cornucopia of ideas popped up and one that was incredibly cute was a snowmen ornament made out of hand-prints. How Cute!

We recently moved into a new home in the beginning of December *yay* and with it we also inherited a few things that the previous owners left behind. Looking around, I realized that we were never going to use the wine glasses they had left (we own more than I am proud of already) and I looked at Kaleb and said, “You want to paint a craft with mommy today?” What toddler says no to paint??

These were simple supplies that I had on hand already but in case you are new painting here are some things you will need!

Supplies:

  • Wine Glass, Ornament, Canvas – the options are endless!
  • Paint – White, Black, & Orange * (for the snowmen themselves)
  • Paint – Any Color Paint for the scarves!*
  • Ribbon or Bow
  • Foam brush
  • Smaller Paint Brushes

*(I used acrylic, but if you want to be able to wash and use the glass, I would recommend glass paint that you bake in the oven)

This craft will probably work best with a sleeping newborn, or an older toddler. I tried to do a few handprint and footprint crafts with my little guy when he was younger and it never worked out due to a squirmy baby!

First things first!!! Make sure you are starting with your toddler strapped into his or her high chair or booster seat, wearing old clothes you don’t mind getting paint on (for both of you!) This is a messy craft. I was able to come away unscathed as this literally was a last minute decision one morning (I tackled this before coffee mind you.)  I had no idea it was going to happen. I just looked over, saw the wine glass and decided to go to town!

When you have all your supplies set up (you will only need the white paint and the foam brush to start) Coat your little one’s hand with white paint using the foam brush. Then, take your object you are using, in my case, wine glass and gently press your little one’s hand onto the glass. Press down all their fingers gently and then slowly and gently peel their hand away. You just made a successful handprint!

You may have to touch up some parts of the handprint where their little hand either smudged or didn’t quite touch the glass. You can do this with the white paint and a small paint brush.

Next step, and I can’t stress this enough, is to let your handprint dry thoroughly. You will need to cover some of it and you don’t want your colors mixing together.

After a few hours of dry-time, it was nap time and I was able to complete the snowmen!

There is no right or wrong way to decorate your snowmen. If you want your little one to help you of course go for it! You can add little snow flakes around them, make their faces all different (I love how the middle snowman look like he’s angry)

The best part about making a present by hand is giving it to the person and know that they will cherish it forever!

If you have pictures of your handmade snowmen handprints I would love to see them! Post them in the comments section below!

 

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Halloween Party Foods

LHalloween Party Foodsast weekend was Halloween! One of my favorite holidays like I mentioned in my last blog post. I had been talking with my sister-in-law about wanting to throw a halloween party and we decided that this year we were going to do it! So after weeks of planning and waiting for the party day to arrive, we had a successful halloween & pumpkin carving party!

I wanted to share a few of the food items that I made for the party! They were really fun to make and really easy.

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Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

The first I can’t take credit for. The Pumpkin Deviled Eggs were the result of my wonderful husband. I just contributed the idea of making them look like pumpkins 😉

  1. Prepare them like normal, hard boil the eggs, let them cool a little, de-shell them and cut them in half.
  2. Take the yolks out and place in a bowl.
  3. Mix with a little mayonnaise, ground mustard, hint of ground pepper and orange food coloring.
  4. Put into a piping bag (can use a zip lock bag, just cut the corner off to make a piping bag) and fill the center of the eggs.
  5. Next, chop up some celery and place halfway into the filling to make the “stalk” of the pumpkin.
  6. Enjoy!

Oreo Bats

IMG_6155Ingredients:

  • 1 Package of Oreos
  • 1 Block of Cream Cheese (softened)
  • Melting Chocolate
  • Candy Eyeballs
  • Candy Lollipop Sticks or Paper Straws(pictured)
  • Wing Stencil (click here) & wax paper
  1. Finely crush up Oreos in blender or food processor.
  2. Mix Oreos in a bowl with softened cream cheese until well blended.
  3. Form 2 inch balls (can be smaller if you wish) with the mixture & set on wax paper lined cookie sheet.
  4. Stick lollipop sticks/paper straws in Oreo balls.
  5. Set in freezer for at least 1 hour.
  6. While the balls are in the freezer, start making the bat wings (I did this the night before & just put the wings in the refrigerator overnight.)IMG_6108 copy
  7. Print off your stencil & cover with wax paper.
  8. Melt some chocolate & put into a piping bag (again you can use a ziplock bag with corner cut off.)
  9. Start tracing the bat wings with the chocolate.
  10. Trace twice as many as you have balls and place in the fridge when done.
  11. When the balls are cool enough, start melting the chocolate down. I used a chocolate that I found that comes in a microwave safe container and melts down in 60-90 seconds.
  12. Take the balls out and start dipping! you’ll want to do this part carefully as to not over cover the balls. Should be able to evenly coat the balls & let chocolate harden a little before putting down. (to avoid a flat spot, get a foam block to stick them in.)
  13. While the balls are still wet add the eyeballs to the bats & the bat wings one at a time. If you need to, coat the end of the batwing in chocolate and stick to the ball.
  14. Optional: you can add tiny chocolate chips to the top of the balls to make little horns/ears.
  15. Enjoy! – These were a big hit and I promise they will go fas

IMG_6125Mummy Oreo Pops

Ingredients:

  • Oreos
  • Paper Straws/ Lollipop Sticks
  • White Chocolate
  • Candy Eyeballs
  1. Stick the lollipop sticks or paper straws into the middle of the Oreos. (if using paper straws you will want to cut them in half and flatten the part you are sticking into the Oreo.)
  2. Freeze/Refrigerate the Oreos for a half hour.
  3. Start Melting the white chocolate, making sure to save out some for the “wrapping”
  4. Dip the pops into the white chocolate giving it a good coat.
  5. Lay on wax paper & add candy eyeballs
  6. Wait until they are completely dry & start adding wrapping.
  7. In a piping bag (or zip lock – as you can see I love using this option due to the easy cleanup factor!) place the melted white chocolate and start drizzling over the pops going back and forth to make it look like a mummy who’s all wrapped up.
  8. Refrigerate until ready to eat!
  9. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Leave me a comment below if you have any questions or want see something specific!

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