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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It's Baby Season!

This is a first for our family, but we discovered these little guys just right outside our door
and their proud mama watching over them and feeding them.

So in honor of these new little critters I thought I'd share my latest of creations. I'll be attending a baby shower this weekend and to be quite honest I don't know the young lady very well but plan on being a part of her life real soon!
God has been stirring in the hearts of a few women specifically mamas in our church to mentor  and walk alongside some young inner city mamas, which I'm humbled to be a part of it.

So of course I LOVE to craft and can't wait to introduce them to this wonderful and sometimes therapeutic( at least for me) outlet of creativity.

So back to the baby stuff!
I started with the idea of making washcloths lollipops. Cute right?

These started as a 10 pack of REALLY inexpensive baby washcloths, each pop consists of 2 washcloths that I folded over about 3 times, laid flat one on top of the other. 
Started rolling from one end to the other, and stuck a piece of clear tape to hold it in place. Then taped a craft stick to the back, other versions use baby spoons.
I had nothing but sandwich bags on hand to wrap them in, which I cut a little bit shorter, and tied with curling ribbon.

But  my wheels kept turning.

  Diaper cakes have always been a great way to make a pratical and much needed gift look fabulous, but I always thought they were too complicated and time consuming to make, until now.

 (click link below)
http://www.babyshowerdiapercakesandmore.com/2010/08/baby-shower-diaper-cakes-instructions.htmlhttp://www.babyshowerdiapercakesandmore.com/2010/08/baby-shower-diaper-cakes-instructions.html
Here's my debut diaper cake, using the super easy method from the link above, a bottle of baby lotion(hidden in the center), the super cute washcloths and 10 diapers.
Oh and lots of curling ribbon!

XOXO
Leslie
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

From Pop to Pom

Well it's been a while since I've done a tutorial, however this is not anything that hasn't been done already, I just love the challenge of making something from nothing.
So after all the birthday party hoopla these last couple of months I was left with a few of these lying around.
That turned into these lying around!

So here's where garbage turns into fashion cheap and easy!

You'll need something small and round to make your template. What household doesn't have a medicine cup.

 Using your small whatever trace a circle unto a piece of heavy cardstock or in this case I used a piece of cardboard to make your template.
Now here's my contribution to the crafting world,  many tutorials will show tracing out individual circles, but it looks soooo overwhelming to have to cut out one circle at a time. Instead I fold up the fabric a few times, I hold up my template against the folded fabric and begin cutting...
...and here's what you get, multiple circles in one shot, you can make more than just four at a time depending on the thickness of your fabric.
Now start your petals, fold in half once
 then twice

and dab a dot of hot glue in the middle where your petal comes to a point then

press it down onto your ring pop base (I forgot to mention that I clipped of the little nub that stuck out in the center of the ring) continue gluing your petals all they way around your ring.

And VOILA!

Thanks to my daughter for the blue sparkle manicure.
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Monday, May 9, 2011

More birthdays, festival and Mother's Day!

First off a belated Happy Mother's Day to my mama, mother in law, sister in laws and friends. Hope your day was as wonderful as you all are!
Secondly, for those of you who know me, I'm not a materialistic person and certainly don't care about "brand names", however please allow me to honor my husband in saying THANK YOU for the most beautiful Dooney & Bourke Bag that he absolutely blessed the socks off of me with for Mother's Day!
Enough said!
And thank you to my wonderful children who without them I'd have no reason to celebrate this joyous day.
By the way I'm rocking the lastest in hairstyles, it's called "lying on the couch when all three kids jump on top of you"!

So I'm done with all the birthday hoopala, unfortunately I have no good photos of the cute Hello Kitty themed birthday party for my daughter(had to use the cell phone, so pardon the fuzziness, man I can't live without my Nikon)


But they had a blast!
Can you find the little brother in the picture who followed all the girls around.

And lastly we hit the SSF on Saturday where once again the kids had a blast with more friends, food and games!

 They even got to board a fire truck!


MAY is still not over yet!

Monday, May 2, 2011

It's great to be Seven!

Here are some of the wonderful things that make you - you!
You're sweet spirit.
You love to just be a kid.
You are bright and so creative.
You rock at Wii Just Dance.
You're sentimental (like your mama)
And crazy fun (like you're dad)
You're eyes sparkle and your smile is so sincere.
You're such a wonderful big sister.
And like I always tell you, You are so special to us because you taught us how to be a mom and dad.
We are so proud of the little lady you're becoming!
Happy Birthday Princess!
Love your mama and daddy!