Monday, July 9, 2012

I Need Some Ruby Red Slippers!

We're leaving for Kansas today! It's a much needed vacation. It's the first vacation that my mom hasn't made a specific plan for each day of the vacation. Maybe I should have made another pair of ruby slippers :P. I have a lot of Summer of Crafts posts to post when I get back. Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Headbands are expensive and it's ridiculous to spend $10-$20 for a headband. Want to know a secret? They are incredibly cheap and easy to make. I have figured out how to make a wide variety of types of headbands. This is the Square cut headband.   
 I made some Fourth of July ones for the girls. It cost me a total of $5 dollars and I still have a ton of materials left to make more. I like to use fat squares (fabric that is pre-cut for quilting) because there is more than enough fabric and  you can buy it for under $2. For these headbands I bought red and white fat squares, blue ribbon, red-white-blue ribbon that was on sale for a dollar/roll, and red felt. I also bought some elastic headbands from Target.  

First I cut several squares of fabric and ribbon. To do this I used my mom's O'lipfa Ruler (also known as a quilting ruler) that has a lip edge. You can find them here.  You can use a regular ruler but I think that this type of ruler is easier to use. Then cut two felt small felt circles. I cut mine about the size of a milk gallon cap. 
Next I made my little fabric "bursts". To do this put a dot of hot glue in the middle of your square and then squeeze the the fabric together. If you twist the bottom of fabric it creates a tighter burst. 

Be sure to hold the burst for a few seconds so the glue has time to set.
If you don't, it will just fall apart. 
After I made my pile of bursts, I cut off the ends so I had a flat edge. By cutting off the end, it makes it easier to glue on to the felt. The end isn't really needed, it's just extra fabric and glue.  Just be sure not to cut off to much or else the burst will fall apart. 

Now it's time to make the actual headband piece! On my little felt circle I put a dot of glue in the center.  
Then put a burst on the glue dot. Hold it for about 5-10 seconds so the glue can set. Then add another dot of glue and add another burst. Keep doing that process until the red felt isn't visible or until your happy with your headband piece. Try to keep the bursts close together. To do this, I put put my dots of glue touching the burst that was already on the glued onto the felt. 

Pretty pile of bursts. 

Let's attach this to some elastic! I like to use elastic headbands that can be found at Target or Walmart. This particular brand is Goody. You can use hard plastic headbands, I just don't like them because they hurt my head and I think these are more comfy for little kids to wear. To attach my bursts to the headband, I first cut my second felt circle to a smaller circle. This is just so that the elastic curves better around the wearer's head. Next cover the smaller circle with hot glue. Then place the elastic head band in the hot glue. I then quickly stuck it to the bottom of the larger felt circle that the bursts are attached to.  

Normally the black band does't show. Peyton wouldn't let me tuck it under
her hair. She just wanted her pretty back in her hair!

I also put one on a hair clip. We made Dad wear it and then we made the dog wear it all just to get Peyton to put her headband on. 
Isn't he pretty :P

Yeah this stayed in her fur for about 2 minutes and then she some how
got it out.

Road Trip to the River

Over the weekend my parents, little brother, and I went to the grand Ole Mississippi River. There have been a bunch of storms north of us in Minnesota so the river was full of tree logs, rocks and cement (yes, cement. Apparently it floats...). We stayed with my aunt and uncle. They have a lodge on the bluffs. My dad got us lost (We're going to Kansas for vacation next week. Lets see ho much he gets us lost then...). To his defense, there's a lot of forks in the road. 
We went for a boat ride Saturday night. Noah did not enjoy this because we couldn't go fast and we couldn't tube. Those were the only reasons he even wanted to go! 

There were at bunch of eagles swooping across the water. We were all excited. Whenever we see an eagle we say "Hi Grandpa." That may seem silly but when he died there was an eagle flying over the cemetery and someone made the comment that it was Grandpa and it stuck. 
 Can you guess this store? If you guessed Cabela's then you are the winner! We love Cabela's. There is so much to look at when we're there. Mom and I bought some Under Armour 4D Foam  flip flops. They are the most comfortable flip flops ever! You should get some :) 

Have a Happy Fourth of July!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Spray Tye-Dye Shirts

My mom and I co-crafted last week because the pool was closed for a swim meet. We decided to make tye-dye shirts for the Forth of July. To avoid the mess that would happen with the rubber bands and the dunking of t-shirts into buckets of dye, we spray painted them. You can buy tye-dye already in spray bottles but is cost more and there's not much in them. So we made our own. 
            To make the dye we poured a little bit over a fourth of the bottle of Rit liquid dye into a spray bottle. I picked our spray bottles up at the Dollar Tree and our dye up at Walmart. 

We then filled up our bottles with HOT water and were ready to go. You may have to add or use less dye just depending on the size of your spray bottle and how you want your color to look on the fabric. 
After we made the dye we laid mats on the patio and helped the kids spray their shirts. 

Look at all of the pretty shirts :)

Look at my pretty hand...
It was in the line of fire. But at least it's festive. :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

REALLY?! SERIOUSLY!? Come On, It's Supposed to be Summer...

I had three awesome crafts planned this weekend, but when I woke up at 2 in the morning on Saturday with a fever and a swollen throat I knew it wasn't going to happen. My mom and I went to Urgent Care and sure enough my strep test was positive. I haven't had strep in forever! I also have no clue how I got it. I'll get the new posts up as soon as my head stops spinning. :) For now   enjoy this picture that I sent to my friends. Isn't my hair just lovely?
At least I still look a little tan :P

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Obleck Slime!

If you are a neat freak don't attempt this. I tried to keep it as clean as possible and it didn't work so well. But the boys had a lot of fun with it and it kept them busy for a really long time so it was totally worth it. Here it is Obleck! 
It's really easy to make, almost too simple! I used a 2:1 ratio, 2 parts cornstarch and 1 part water. I also added some food coloring which turned my hands green... Obleck is not easy to mix together. It likes to be stubborn. I ended up just using my hands to mix it together. 
After I got it all mixed up, I put some disposable placemats down on the table. They have sticky backs so they stayed on the table. They ended up doing absolutely nothing!  

Ollie decided that the tractor needed to be slimed... 
I poured the slime into 3 different cups and gave them to the boys. They had a lot of fun with it and I had a lovely time cleaning it all up. :P 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Popsicle Cupcakes

Aren't these super cute?! I saw a picture of them on Pintrest and decided that I was going to make them tonight. They're super easy too. All you have to do is cut a bunch of toothpicks and stick them into Mike and Ike's. It's just that easy! :)
Look at all of those pretty little Popsicle. I put Josh to work to make the sticks. We started out using flat toothpicks but then I would have to poke the candy with a normal toothpick to make a hole so the flat toothpick wouldn't break when I was trying to put it in the candy. That got really frustrating so I just started using normal toothpicks. 
He really enjoyed being my helper :P He got a new game in his phone and he was super enthralled with it. 

Hope these cool you off on a hot Summer day :)