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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tissue Paper Pom Pom Topiary

I was asked to make a centerpiece of some kind for our Church's Relief Society Birthday dinner.  They needed to be cheap, easy and in my opinion colorful and springy so after some brainstorming I came up with these little lovelies.

You can line them all up

Or bunch them up in the center

Or they look cute all by themselves.

Scalloped edge pot with tissue paper bow and stuffing.

Cut your tissue paper into a rectangle these were semi small so mine were about 10" by 13".

 About 6 to 8 sheets.

Now make 1" to 1 1/2" accordion folds.

Secure in the middle with wire or string but not to tight or it won't fluff up like you want.

Trim each end...I did both rounded and pointy and they both look cute, if you want them to look more flowery I would go with rounded.

 Now fan it out and separate all your pieces until it looks nice and full and flowery...gotta love the pink sparkly one it was my personal fav.

Now for the pots...I used some super cheap foam cups and filled them with gravel and put my sticks and leftover curtain rods in, they were already white.  If you don't have gobs of junk scraps laying around like I do in my garage you could by dowels and paint them white.

 I covered my cups with textured card stock and scalloped the upper edge.  I laid the foam cup on my card stock and traced the top and bottom as I rolled the cup this will give you the perfect size sleeve to slip over your cups and you could make them any color or design you want this way.

Covered cups

 I used hot glue to attach the pom pom to the sticks and they held up great. 

 If you want add a matching bow...strip of tissue paper and some left over green tissue paper cut into squares and stuffed in.
That's it a colorful center piece for around a dollar!

I have ten of these puppies so afterwards I think we will hang some of the pom poms from my girls ceiling.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Skinny Blueberry Muffins

We have been trying to eat a little healthier around here lately. In my search for a healthy muffin recipe I stumbled upon this recipe from Simply Kierste and substituted the sugar with honey and used whole wheat flour and they were really yummy.  

My kids even ate them...and that's sayin somethin!

Skinny Blueberry Muffins

3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 cup White Flour
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp Salt

 6 oz container Vanilla Yogurt
1/3 cup Honey
1/4 cup Egg Whites
2 Tbs Oil
1/4 cup Skim Milk
3/4 Tsp Vanilla

3/4 cup Blue Berries (Fresh or Frozen)
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. In small bowl combine oil, egg whites, milk, yogurt, and vanilla; mix well. Add yogurt mixture to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Gently stir in blue berries and  chocolate chips.
  3. Divide batter equally into muffin cups. Sprinkle with sugar(opt). Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Simple Easter Decor.

Did you know Easter is right around the corner?  I really thought I was getting a jump on things until my Mom mentioned that Easter is in March this year...WhAt!!  Has this ever happened before?  Not that I can my opinion Easter is meant for April but I suppose I will get over it.

 So I thought I would share my fun new Easter sign that I'm in love with...pastels are my absolute favorite.  Sadly I did not make it this time...sometimes when things are cheap enough I figure it's not worth my time. 
It was only 5.99 at Walgreens.

But you could make one easily enough out of wood (if you have the right saw), cardboard, card stock...and then just paint it up and add some glitter letters.

If you are in need of some super cheap and cute Easter decor check out my post from last year on how to make an Easter Egg Tree

My kids have just a titch of spring fever...can you tell?  I love all the melting snow around them, I found them all out on our mini trampoline just soaking up the rays!  And when I say mini trampoline I mean the workout type trampoline.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fabric Flower with Beaded Center

My little girl was baptized last weekend, it was such a great day with family and friends.  She felt so loved and everyone went out of their way to make it an extra special day for her.  I wanted her to have something from me that was made especially for her.  I already had the dress from a yard sale, yep you heard that right...a yard sale!   
 It was brand new and fit her perfectly, score.  

So I made her a flower from some fabric scraps and beads I had in the cupboard and I love the way it turned out.

 Her Aunt brought this beautiful cake that said Congratulations Ellie surrounded by white roses and lattice, it was so pretty I had to share.  FYI Costco $17.00

She is getting so grown up

If you're interested in making a flower click on read more.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Bubble Gum Chore Chart

 I have another chore chart today my ice cream chore chart was for my little girl. My three year old was feeling a little left out so we whipped one out for him.  I'll be honest he likes playing with it but actually doing the chores... not so much.

Every gumball has a chore on the back, I drew pictures for my non readers.

When they get the chore done into the gumball machine they go.
There is plenty of room for storage at the bottom when the chores aren't done.

I used a printable gumball machine coloring page, copied and pasted it into Word and printed it off on some scrapbook paper, you can also add any lettering you would like.

The gumballs are card stock and scrapbook paper circles that I laminated at our local library for cheap, I have an obsession with laminated things!  I used Velcro dots cut in half to attach my gumballs.

Go ahead and make some chore charts and put those little rascals to work for makes cleaning so fun they won't even know they're working.

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