May 18, 2013
I have been having a blast lately designing fabric. I still have lots to learn, but it’s a fun process. I entered a couple of contests on Spoonflower and even placed in the top 10 for my elephant design.
The best part is seeing my design on actual fabric.
I plan to enter a few more. It’s a good way to challenge myself. Next up is Mod Wallpaper.
January 31, 2013
Here is my new and improved hair accessory storage. When our girls were young, bows and barrettes were pretty much all they had in their hair. I used the tiny rubber bands too, but no big need to store them. Now that they are older, we had different storage needs since they started wearing bigger sized rubber bands and headbands. I still have the same amount of storage space and so I needed to make some adjustments.
I added a Velcro rubber band holder and a strip to slide in headbands.
Go here to for the basics on how to make the hair bow holder and then follow these instructions for the rubber band and headband storage parts.
To make the headband section, you will need a strip of ribbon. Your measurement will vary depending on how tall your canvas is and how many loops you want to make. Have enough length to wrap around the back side of the canvas and add 4 inches for each loop you want to make. My canvas measures 16 inches and I made 5 loops, so I used 40 inches of ribbon. Seal the ends of the ribbon with a lighter.
I just eyeballed where to make the loops because it didn’t matter to me that it was exact. If you like exact, you can measure and evenly space your loops.
Fold your ribbon several inches from the top (if you have a print on one side of the ribbon like I did, be sure to fold with the print side out) and stitch across.
Move down the ribbon and make another loop and stitch again. Continue until you have all loops completed.
Lay the ribbon on the canvas and attach it to the backside of the canvas. You can use a staple gun or fabric glue to secure the ribbon on the back of the canvas. Both options work well.
Rubber Band Storage
Take a piece of ribbon about 11 to 12 inches and small piece of Velcro to make the rubber band holder. Seal the ends of the ribbon with a lighter so it won’t fray.
Measure approximately 2 inches from one end of the ribbon. This is where you will sew the scratchy piece of Velcro. I put the scratchy half here because the other end will the the piece that you slide the rubber bands over and the softer side won’t snag any accessories or poke any fingers.
Stitch the softer side of Velcro close to the other end of the ribbon.
Attach the tail of the ribbon on the back side of the canvas so that the Velcro rests near the top edge.
Slide the rubber bands on the ribbon and connect the pieces of Velcro.
January 10, 2013
I finished the desk. I loved how it turned out, but more importantly, Emily loves her new art desk.
Here was the before:
Hands down favorite part for her is the chalkboard top. My dad did an awesome job making a new top for the desk. Thanks, Dad! It was pretty terrible before. In addition to at least 20 nasty pieces of gum, it had an entire corner broken off. So after he made a new top, I used chalkboard paint to finish it off.
I made a coordinating fabric drawer to go in the desk. She wanted to leave the other shelves open. I was happy to hear that. That was not a fun basket to make, but it sure turned out cute for her.
Then my mom found the chair for her desk. It was boring and brown, so I got out another trusty, rusty can of spray paint and now it’s perfect. Thanks, Mom!
Think this is a happy girl with her new desk? It was all she wanted for her birthday this year. I was glad I was able to pull it off for her!
January 1, 2013
My first project for this year is one I’m excited about.
I plan to turn this ugly desk into an art desk for Emily’s birthday. I have only a few days to get this transformation finished. To add to the stress, I have to do it while she’s home, but also keep it a surprise. I have my work cut out for me.
Imagine it pink with a chalkboard top. It will also have fabric bins in the shelves. I can’t wait to see it finished.
Now I need to get busy dealing with the old gum (gag!!) and rust. It needs a new top too. I have 3 days to complete transformation.
Wish me luck…
December 14, 2012
Everywhere our little Madison goes, Snoopy goes. She carries “Big Snoopy” and “Little Snoopy” to the car each morning and checks with me to see if I will be running errands while she’s at school since she doesn’t want them to get lonely in the car. He also happens to sneak into every family picture we take.
He even got his own seat on the plane when we left Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
So I’m really excited to offer the opportunity to giveaway a holiday movie from WB, especially since one of the movies available is the Peanuts Holiday Collection. Our girls watch these four movies all year. The other possible Blu-Ray you could win is another family favorite, the Dr. Seuss Holiday Collection.
I enjoyed playing around with this app. I learned a few things too. Did you know the guy who sung the Grinch song also was the voice of Tony the Tiger?
Enter with the form below to win the Blu-Ray giveaway. Warner Brothers will ship the movie right to you if you win.
You can enter up to 3 times by liking My Magic Mom on Facebook, Tweeting about the giveaway and by leaving me comment to share the name of your favorite holiday movie. You have to login with the form below to have your entries counted.
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December 7, 2012
Our girls love to write a letter to Santa each year. They usually get out some plain paper and fancy it up with some cute drawings. The content of the letter is usually just a rundown of the toys they want the jolly elf to bring them.
This year I wanted things to be a bit different so I made this letter to Santa template for them do write the letter. I thought it would be fun to have a bit of a review about their thoughts on the past year, their assessment on their behavior and what they enjoy reading. I plan to do this each year and save them. I think it will be fun to go back years from now and read them again.
I also left space at the bottom for them to sign it and include a drawing.
The girls had a great time filling them out and now Mommy has another keepsake.
Click the link below to open and print the pdf.
Letter to Santa Free Printable
I got the cute graphics from Smitten Blog Designs
December 1, 2012
I can’t believe it’s already Dec 1st! I need to get my rear in gear and put together some sort of advent calendar for the girls. Each year I think I’m going to have my act together by now and have some sort of really cute calendar, but here we are in December and I have nothing. I need a quick and easy since the countdown has already begun. I searched the web and these are my two favorite ideas for my last minute scramble.
Printable Bible Verses
You can get your free printable from Happy Home Fairy and then use the suggestions from Julie to add a verse to your child’s lunch box, let your elf deliver it each day or just make it part of your dinner conversation.
I’ve seen this idea all over and I love it. Wrap 24 Christmas books up and read one each day until Christmas. We pack away all of our Christmas books with the rest of our decorations and I need to drag them out this year and do this. I think we have somewhere close to 24. If not, I’m going to make a quick trip to the dollar store.
Source: Oopsy Daisy
We usually wait until Christmas Eve after the girls go to bed to put their wrapped gifts under the tree. So I like the idea of putting the Advent calendar books under the tree.
Next year I will have a cute Christmas countdown for the girls. I love the idea of making one out of felt, like this one from Homemade by Jill. It reminds me most of the wooden one we had growing up. Where is that thing, Mom?
So until my permanent Advent calendar is complete, I’m going to start saving up ideas. You can see more fun ideas on my Pinterest Advent Calendar board.
Enjoy your first weekend of December!
November 21, 2012
Doesn’t that sound like the start of some sort of jump rope song? Maybe it’s just me. I think I’ve had too much sugar while making these goodies today with the girls.
I got the assignment to bring gluten-free dessert and my “family famous” cheese ball to Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. I thought fudge sounded good since everyone likes just a bit of something later after stuffing themselves with turkey and all the fixings.
The girls had a great time helping make them too. Each one got to spend time alone in the kitchen with me and is an expert in one of the desserts.
First, Emily and I made the peppermint bark. It has three layers, but went together quickly and easily. We ended up melting the chocolate in the microwave and that made it go so much faster and it left us with a lot less to clean up later too. I got the recipe from here. The soft layer of chocolate in the middle is awesome.
Layered Peppermint Bark
20 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped, divided
30 peppermint candies, crushed, divided
10 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
6 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Line a 9×12 inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Melt half of the white chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. Spread the white chocolate into the prepared pan. Sprinkle 1/4 of the crushed peppermints evenly over white chocolate. Chill until firm, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt the dark chocolate, heavy cream, and peppermint extract together in the top of a double boiler over just barely simmering water, stirring frequently, until just melted. Quickly pour the chocolate layer over the chilled white chocolate layer; spread evenly. Chill until firm, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt the remaining white chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just barely simmering water, stirring frequently, until just melted. Spread quickly over the chilled bark. Sprinkle with the remaining peppermint pieces; chill until firm, about 20 minutes. Cut or break into small pieces to serve.
Next, Katelyn and I made Reese’s Fudge. I found the recipe here.
3 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened Condensed Milk
Dash of salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 pkg. Reese’s Peanut Butter chips
1/2 cup whipping cream (I used heavy cream since that’s what I had for the other recipe)
- Line a 8 or 9 inch square pan with wax paper.
- Melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and salt in heavy saucepan over low heat until the chips melt and everything is mixed and smooth.
- Remove from heat and stir in 2/3 cup Reese’s Peanut Butter chips.
- Spread evenly into prepared pan and smooth to the edges.
- Melt 1 cup of Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips with 1/2 cup whipping cream over low heat. Stir until, thick, smooth and glossy. Spread over the chocolate layer.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Turn fudge onto cutting board; peel off wax paper and cut into squares. Store covered in refrigerator.
Finally, Madison and I made the old family favorite Fantasy Fudge recipe from the side of the marshmallow creme jar and also found on the Kraft site here.
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine
1 small can (5 oz.) evaporated milk (about 2/3 cup) (Do not use sweetened condensed milk.)
12 oz. BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped
1 jar (7 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
1 cup chopped PLANTERS Walnuts (I leave out the nuts)
1 tsp. vanilla
1. Line 9-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Bring sugar, butter and evaporated milk to full rolling boil in 3-qt. saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook 4 min. or until candy thermometer reaches 234°F, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
2. Add chocolate and marshmallow creme; stir until melted. Add nuts and vanilla; mix well.
3. Pour into prepared pan; spread to cover bottom of pan. Cool completely. Use foil handles to lift fudge from pan before cutting into squares.
We cut them up and tried them all tonight. We wouldn’t want to bring funky tasting stuff to a party, right? The girls liked them all, but voted the fantasy fudge as their favorite. I guess it will remain a family tradition.
November 18, 2012
I rounded up some fun ideas for neighbor and teacher gifts this holiday season. I hope you can use on of these ideas. Check back later this week and I’ll show you what I’m planning for teachers and neighbors this year.
1. Snowman Soup
Snowman Soup is more than just a bit of hot chocolate, it’s a mix with a poem! Here are several ways to dress up the idea.
1. Kori Clark at Papers and Pigtails offers a free printable for Snowman Soup here
2.This Snowman Soup is packed in a cute mug with a poem attached to the mug at Our Creative Life here
3.Homemade Gifts Made Easy puts Snowman Soup into a festive cone here
4. This other cute printable Snowman Soup topper is from Papers and Pigtails here
2. Wrapping Paper
I did this last year for our neighbors. It was quite a hit. I got the wrapping paper on sale after Christmas the year before and made sure I dusted off the cobwebs from the garage before wrapping it with a ribbon. I added a tag that said “We hope you get wrapped up this holiday season!”
Photo Source: What’s the Deal
You can do this for folks who drink alcohol and those who don’t. Just substitute root beer for the regular stuff. I’m thinking it would be best to leave it as root beer if you were gifting this to a teacher too!
This idea is from Life of a Modern Mom
4. Disposable Dishes
This will be my neighbor gift for next year. I looked for cups, plates and napkins at the store to do this now, but at full price, was too cheap for this one! I’ll be hitting the after Christmas sales this year to stock up.
Source: Cinnaberry Suite
My final idea for today is a bottle of hand soap. This is also another idea where you can gather up the soap during some of the awesome sales during the year and hand them out during the holidays.
This idea and photo comes from Char at Crap I’ve Made
September 29, 2012
I have memories of growing up carrying a plastic, orange jack o’ lantern bucket to collect my trick or treat candy. When our girls were old enough to go out and collect up candy from our neighbors, they were into everything pink and glittery. So, naturally, they had pink, glittery princess buckets to carry on Halloween. The sad part about the buckets were they would spontaneously open at the bottom and each year someone would wind up with all their candy in the street. This year, the poorly made princess bucket are out of here because I made them some new trick or treating bags.
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