Fall Pumpkin Decorations

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Using some of the examples posted on Pinterest (e.g.: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/573223858804166326/) I went to my local craft store and found some latex transfers.  This was such an easy project!  I was able to simply rub the transfers onto the pumpkins.  No cutting, no worrying about our toddlers poking their fingers into them and/or cutting their fingers.  They loved rubbing the paper and seeing the magic of the images come off on the pumpkins.

Great option for parents with small children!  We live in an area where pumpkin patches are everywhere and so inexpensive. Our little guys picked out their own pumpkins and decorated them when we got home.  No mess – no fuss!

Materials:
$15.00  Pumpkins
$10.00  Latex Harvest Blessings transfer
$ 5.00  Latex pumpkin face transfer
$ 8.00  Latex Boo Transfer
$ 2.00  Latex spider transfer
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$40.00

 

Heirloom Child Footprint Easter Bunny Plate

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Inspired by the canvas print I saw on Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/351912451841921/ – I thought I would TRY and see if my little 21 month old would let me do this on a plate … it took a few attempts, but eventually it worked.  It helped to have family and friends with me to take her afterwards.

I walked my daughter through the process … she was VERY good at letting me paint her foot and press it against the plate, but then she wanted to curl her toes … that was the challenge.  Touching it up was the trick.  It turned into a rush job – as she started to melt down … note to parents who try this, don’t do this around nap time.  Thanks to family / friends was able to knock this out quickly.

Materials:

$25.00 pottery plate

$0.00  pottery place provided all paint/brush supplies and cost for firing plate.

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$25.00

 

Heirloom Child footprint Easter Plate

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Inspired by the Easter footprint example on Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/44613852531120415/, my family and I visited a paint your own pottery place and tried to replicate the concept.

With the help of my son, I was able to walk him through what we were going to do – and what we were going to make.  He’s 3.5 yrs old now – and has a better understanding what’s involved in the process now.  There for awhile we had to take a break from taking prints – as he didn’t really understand what was going on – now he’s into it!

So it was helpful to have baby wipes on hand and family/friends to help.  I explained that the paint would feel cold and damp, but we are going to make a carrot and bunny out of his footprints and he was very excited.  It took 5 minutes to do both foot prints – and he was very good to be very still when we did them.  A week later when we picked up the plate – we were really happy with the results!

Materials:

$35.00 pottery plate

$0         pottery place provided all paint/brush supplies and cost for firing plate.

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$35.00

Christmas Child’s handprint tree plate

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Now that out 3 yr old son and 18 mo old daughter are older – I wanted to make something that allowed both of them to create together – after looking through Pinterest, the answer was a handprint tree, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/492649935267856/.

This is the first time our son and daughter have collaborated to make anything and/or do a craft together – the outcome was amazing!  And they were both SO good at working with each other during this project.  As always, it helped to have family and friends with us to do this … I had our son go first and painted his hand light green and put his hand print on the plate, then we painted our daughter’s little hand light green and had her put her hand on the plate … they had a great time and really enjoyed it.

I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out but just went with the creative flow.  Adding the string of Christmas lights helped tie the shape of the tree together and adding the base with the planter grounded the image and gave it more structure.

What was a rainy day when we decided to do this craft turned into a fun afternoon with an ever lasting heirloom keepsake.

Materials:

$55.00 Plate

$ 0.00  Paint, brushes, firing provided by pottery place

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$55.00

 

Thanksgiving Turkey Pear Decorations

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Was tasked with providing the decorations at this year’s Thanksgiving, so I went on Pinterest to look for inspiration and what I found was the following: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/455285843564782516/

So armed with this vision I found on Pinterest I went to the grocery store … and I started searching … and searching … and searching for anything ‘dried’ to create the tail portion of this cute little decoration … finding dried mango, dried cherries, dried anything is tricky in Texas grocery stores (unless it’s outside).  So I found myself improvising on some of the items – for starters my pears are not green, but rather brown, which I was good with – because after all, who has ever really seen a green turkey (as was in the Pinterest example)?!

Once I found the baking aisle I started sifting through all the dried fruit options and thinking through what I could use that would fit in with this … I settled on dried cranberries, dried pineapple and raisins … less cutting and easier to thread on a toothpick … and note to anyone who tries this – get the GOOD toothpicks!  Don’t get the flimsy ones I did without thinking … they are impossible to stick into the pears without breaking – fortunately my sister-in-law had some good sturdy toothpicks I was able to use instead.

I couldn’t find any of these ‘candy eyes’ that the other person used, so I got some white candy pearls and used those as eyes a black frosting gel for the dot which made up the eyes.

Kids love to help! And my sister-in-law was really grateful that I had a project that kept her 7 yr old daughter busy … my niece and I had a blast making these little guys and she was quick to create the toothpicks with the fruit that created the tail on the pears.

These little guys added to the fun and were a cute addition to the kids table.  Fun holiday project and easy to do!

Materials:

$25.00  Pears, dried fruit, toothpicks, baby carrots, candy pearls  & black frosting gel

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$25.00  Total

Thanksgiving Relish Tray

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Was tasked with creating this year’s Thanksgiving relish tray with the requirement that it MUST include radishes (for my mother who is the only person who eats them).  So I did a little research on Pinterest and found some really great ideas … like this one: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/371758144215121283/!  Mostly because it incorporated radishes!

So armed with the vision … I went to the grocery store and loaded up on all the wonderful condiments that I thought folks would like in a radish tray … the result can be seen above.  I managed to get this picture off before my brother and dad devoured all the olives.

Our toddlers and nieces and nephew thought it was comical and entertaining to have a plate of food styled to look like a turkey … my mom was pleased to have a bunch of radishes and I was glad I didn’t have to cook!  Win-win all around!

Materials:

$25.00  Olives, pickles, carrots, RADISHES, celery, cherry tomatoes, sweet pea peppers

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$25.00  Total

Baby Easter Photo

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I love to capture photos of our little guys on every holiday as they change so fast when they are so little as they are right now.  For our daughter’s 1st Easter, I wanted to capture a photo of our son and daughter in matching Easter outfits which I was able to find on Etsy.

For their photos, my husband used equipment he had from a work project to do a quick photo shoot.

You never know what is going to happen when you work with children and animals they say, well ours didn’t disappoint … neither wanted to sit still and they both wanted to play with the eggs and props in the photo. Out of dozen of shots my husband captured with a really nice camera and lens only about a handful came out.

All in all the few we got out of the shoot create a wonderful memory of our daughter’s 1st Easter and were worth the effort to prep for.

Pinterest inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/241575967482310985/

Materials:

$ 0.00  Studio

$50.00  Matching Sibling Outfits (Etsy)

$25.00  Easter Props (lamb blanket, basket, eggs)

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$75.00

 

Old fashioned Christmas Tree Décor

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As a working mother of two toddlers, I hardly have enough time to shop let a lone wrap gifts, bake, decorate, and do all the fun things that I enjoy doing over the holidays.  Keeping our Christmas tree decorations simple helps!  Especially by keeping all the breakable ornaments off and just putting on wood and fabric ornaments make a huge different to our piece of mind when it comes to keeping our kiddos safe.

I used a plaid table cloth for the tree skirt and simple ribbons to make bows that we just placed scattered on the tree.  For garland we use some silver broad ribbon and gathered it at the top in lieu of an angel.  This was as baby proof as we could get for our daughter’s first Christmas Tree.

Pinterest inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/207306389073127182/

Materials:

$80.00  Fresh cut Christmas Tree

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$80.00

 

DIY Fall Pumpkin Door Wreath

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Inspired by fall holiday posts on Pinterest (e.g.: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AdC52G8bRMzEEpAO-owLRJrWO5HHM2tQloX4h74BGzoIqIA6AjFZW9s/), I went to Dollar Tree and purchased all the materials to make this wreath.  Using a hot glue gun and some creativity – I was able to finish this craft within 30 minutes.

Materials:
$  5.00  grapevine wreath
$  5.00  Orange spray sprigs
$  5.00  Metal pumpkin sprigs
$  1.00  Holiday wire ribbon
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$ 16.00

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Father’s Day Child Photo Gift

Father's Day Child Photo Gift

Father’s Day Photo Gift Ideas

This was a fun photo session with our son using a white sheet for a background on our bed and some of his foam letters from his play mat. Using some free iPhone apps I was able to do quick color corrections and fun collage arrangements before uploading to Costco’s Photo shop online for print processing.

Materials Used:
– White Sheet (for background)
– Foam letters from child’s play mat
– Regular digital camera
– Downloaded PS Express iPhone app for color correction
– Downloaded ‘Snap Collage’ to make photo arrangements
– Costco Photo Shop
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$4.50 Costco Photo Shop