Friday, December 30, 2011

Foodie Friday #20 - Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread

I can't believe it's almost the new year already!  I hope everyone has a great New Year's Eve tomorrow.  I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all of you, my readers.  It still sounds weird to me to say that I actually have READERS.  I can't believe how much my tiny blog has grown since I started it -and that, of course, is all thanks to all of you.  So THANK YOU so much!

We tried this recipe I found on Pinterest for Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread (Pull Apart bread).  It's from Confections of a Foodie Bride.  It turned out pretty good, and I love the idea.  But I think I'm going to stick with normal pizza for awhile.  At least until my kids are a bit older.  It seemed to take me 3 times as long to get it ready to put in the oven, just because they were crazy and whiny (probably because their dinner wasn't ready yet!).  They enjoyed it when it was ready, though... between making faces for the camera! haha.

Happy New Year!

Guest Post up at So You Think You're Crafty

Hi everyone!
Hope you are all have a fantastic Friday.  Just wanted to let you know my guest post is up now on SYTYC.  I'd love it if you'd go check it out.  

I'm sharing this interchangeable wreath.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sorry I've Been M.I.A.

Hi everyone!  Sorry I've been absent lately.... I was taking a break for Christmas to spend with friends and family.  Sorry I abandoned you!  I am doing a guest post over at So You Think You're Crafty this week, though, so head on over there to check it out!  Hope you all have a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Week of Ornaments #11 and Wrapping It Up


 First off, sorry there will be no Foodie Friday this week.... between posting about all these ornaments, finishing up a Christmas present for my mother-in-law, and visiting with my awsome brother and sister-in-law who are visiting for Christmas.... I just didn't get it done.
And another apology.... there are no photo instructions for this one - since I made a few last year with the Primary kids from church, I just took one of those and wrapped it up. 
It's pretty easy.  Cut a donut shape from some thin cardboard (cereal box is fine).  Then get an old puzzle and spray paint the pieces green.  Then spray them with some of that fake snow spray stuff.  Glue them (tack glue or hot glue) to your "donut".  Tie a ribbon into a bow and glue that on too.  Hang it over a branch.  The end.  
Here's my little princess helper.... I wrapped the ornaments using brown paper bags and she put Christmas stickers on them... and on her hands too!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Week of Ornaments #8, #9, #10

 Here are three super easy ones.  The first two photos have only two steps -(1) Buy and (2) Paint!  That's right.  They sell a bunch of cute unfinished ornaments (for cheap!) at Michael's.

 Then this candy cane one is just cut out of salt dough with a cookie cutter.  When it's done, paint and string a ribbon on it.  The stripes are kind of sloppy... I had some busy little helpers underfoot.... gotta love 'em.  

Week of Ornaments #7

He's making a list, checking it twice....
I found this Santa's Wishlist Ornament on Pinterest and loved it.  So here is mine...

Bought a wooden spool at Michael's and painted it red.  Then printed up a list of toys (dolls, trucks, Lego, etc.), wrapped it around and fastened it on (I used hot glue, but you could use double sided tape or something too) leaving part of the list hanging down.  Then put some gold cord through the hole and tied it (to hang it with).

Have yourself a merry little Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Week of Ornaments #6

 Let's just make it an all snowman kind of day. For this little clay pot snowman, you basically do the same as you would for the Wooden circle Snowman I made earlier.

Paint it white and let that dry.

 Add some orange paint for a carrot nose.

 Then use the glue gun to add googly eyes.  And outline the nose and make a mouth with a felt tip marker.
Then cut a long strip of scrap fabric.  Use the glue gun to glue it around the brim like a scarf.  Make a loop of ribbon or string and glue it to the inside of the pot and sticking up through the hole.  Then take another piece of fabric and glue one edge around the top of your snowman's head.  Glue the "seam" at the back.  Then bunch it together at the top to make a hat.  I tied mine with some clear jewelry cord I had, but you could glue it or use thread.  The loop should come up through the top of the hat.

Only 4 more sleeps 'til Christmas!  Yippee!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Week of Ornaments #5

I love how this little snowman (or should I say snow woman, since it has a pink scarf?) turned out.  
All you need is a flat wooden circle (whatever size you want), paint, some googly eyes and a small scrap of fabric.  Easy peasy!  Ok, so you know I've been hanging around my kids too long when I start saying "Easy Peasy"... I love 'em, what can I say?

Take you wood circle and paint it white.  Hard work, I know. 

Add a carrot nose with orange paint (when the white paint is dry, of course).

When the paint is dry, outline the nose in black felt tip marker.  Add a mouth with the same marker.  Put on a couple googly eyes with your glue gun.  Then the trickiest part.... cut a narrow strip of fabric and, using your hot glue gun, attach it to look like a scarf.  Note: that isn't actually a knot... just glue it around your snowman's neck until the ends meet, then make one side wrap around.  Glue down any parts that stick up more than you want.  And make a loop out of some string or ribbon and glue it down on the back to hang it up with.

Look at that crazy stare and silly grin -aren't snowmen just a bunch of flakes?!

Week of Ornaments -#4

Ok, can someone PLEASE tell me why Blogger thinks it should rotate my photos?  So frustrating..... so just, you know, tilt your head to the right to look at the one above.  
Here's another easy one.  Who am I kidding, they're all pretty easy.  
Again at Michael's I bought a clear ball ornament.  I just removed the top and dumped some white-ish glitter in to look like snow.  Then tied a bow and a ribbon for the "handle".  If I could have found some cute tiny little snowmen or Christmas-y things I probably would have thrown those in too like an I Spy ornament. 

Week of Ornaments -#3

So... I'm kind of annoyed how Blogger keeps flipping my photos... but anyway.
I found some snowy pine cone ornaments at the Dollarama 4 for $1, so I picked up a package.

But I thought they were too boring just plain, so I added a bow with some ribbon I bought last year at Michael's after Christmas and haven't used yet. Nothing fancy, but what can I say?  It's been busy lately.

Snowglobe Shaking Card

For those of you who missed my guest post at Naptime Crafters.... here is the tutorial I shared.

Today I'm sharing how to make a "Snowglobe" Card. 

So let's get started!

You'll need:
- cardstock and paper (various colors)
- scissors
- 1/2 inch foam core
- white Tic Tacs (or other small white candies)
- one overhead transparency sheet
- gluestick or tacky glue

Start by drawing a snowglobe shape like the one above.  I folded it in half to make it symmetrical, but you don't necessarily have to.  
Trace that onto cardstock (I used cream colored).  Do NOT cut the hole out of the center -this will be your back.  Then trace it again, but this time only the top "globe" part.... but make the bottom a little longer and cut the inner circle out.

Now trace and cut the base out of whatever color of cardstock you want so that the globe piece and the base piece fit together...

Like this:

Cut a piece of blue paper or cardstock just bigger than the inner circle from your snowglobe.

Add some snow using white paper.

And a snowman

... and some little green trees.  I did mine with two shades of green.

Use your gluestick to arrange the snow, snowman, and trees.

Then glue the whole scene onto the upper side of your BACK piece so it fits into the place where the hole is on the other piece.

I used some fine tip markers to add a face and hat to the snowman.

Trace the snowglobe onto the foam core. 

And cut that out carefully with an X-Acto knife.

Glue the foam core on top of the BACK piece (the one with the scene) so you can see the snowman scene through the "window".

Using the "top" piece (the globe part), trace that onto the clear transparency sheet.  Cut it out (just inside the lines so it is slightly smaller than the outer edge).

Glue that onto the "globe" piece like below.... sorry, it's kind of hard to see the clear in the photo...

Put some Tic Tac's in on top of the snowman.

Then glue the piece with the transparency on top to keep the Tic Tac's inside.

Add the base, overlapping it on top of the upper portion a little bit.

Add a "Merry Christmas" or something on there if you want. 

Then shake it to make it snow!