Kermit the Frog Magnetic Bookmark

I just finished booking a family trip to Disneyland for the fall, so I’m definitely in a Disney mood.  With that and the new Muppet movie coming out this week, it seemed like the perfect time to create a craft around my favorite little frog:  Kermit.

Kermit the Frog Magnetic Bookmark - Crafty Staci

This bookmark is made from cardstock and has magnets on the inside so it can hold your place in any book.  For the full instructions and pattern, come visit me over at Undercover Tourist!

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Friday Favorites–Rainbows

Every year when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, the rainbows start showing up.  There was even one behind my house a couple of days ago.  Unfortunately, it didn’t come with a Pin It button, so now it’s gone.

Friday Favorites - 10 Rainbow Crafts and Recipes - Crafty Staci

If I use the last viable bit of a piece of fabric, but there’s still a scrap left that measures at least a couple of inches in each direction, I stuff it into a box.  My intention is to one day make a quilt from it using little squares, possibly in a rainbow.  Every time I see something like this Rainbow Migrating Geese Quilt from Sew Create It I think of that box of scraps.

Rainbow Migrating Geese Quilt from Sew Create It

I think I mentioned my Mother of the Bride Diet recently.  It’s pretty high tech.  If I eat something, I count the calories (using an app), keeping my total under a designated number each day.  I think I could work in this Rainbow Chicken Salad from Pinch of Yum.

Rainbow Chicken Salad from Pinch of Yum

These Rainbow Heart Transparencies from Twig and Toadstool would be a fun way to share a rainbow with the little ones.

Rainbow Heart Transparencies from Twig and Toadstool 

I have to try this Rainbow Sandwich Bread from The Artistic Farmer.  How fun would it be to make sandwiches with this?

Rainbow Sandwich Bread from The Artistic Farmer

This Rainbow Sunshine Plushie from Chez Beeper Bebe looks easy to make and would be a great gift for a new baby.

Rainbow Plushie from Chez Beeper Bebe

How cute are these edible Rainbow Cupcake Cups from Tablespoon?  I had no idea it was that easy to make fondant!

This Rainbow Streamer Party Backdrop from Creative Juice would be great for a St. Patrick’s Day party, but would also work for a birthday or baby shower.  How about a Wizard of Oz themed party?

Rainbow Party Streamer Backdrop from Get Creative Juice

This Origami Crane Mobile from A Piece of Kate’s would be pretty in a little girl’s room.

Rainbow Origami Crane Mobile from A Piece of Kate's

This Rainbow Stripe Crochet Blanket from The Crafty Mummy is just so bright and cheerful.

Rainbow Stripe Crochet Blanket from The Crafty Mummy

Here’s another recipe I’d be willing to fit into the calorie budget.  The beauty of this Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza from Gimme Some Oven is that if there’s a vegetable on it you don’t like, just replace it with another.

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I hope you’re not tired of rainbows now, because all this is leading up to a project I’m going to share with you next week.  Another hint…it’s coffee-sleeve-of-the-month time!

Friday Favorites–Will You Be My Valentine?

Before we get into today’s Friday Favorites, won’t you come join me at the Craft Warehouse blog?  You’ll find me there talking about the project I just made for them from the book Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders.  That’s right, a cute bag from only one yard of fabric!  I’d love to hear what you think.

Now, about those favorites – Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and there are so many fun things you can make for it, I decided it deserved two Fridays.  This week, I’m sharing a round-up of Valentines you can make for everyone you <3.

Friday Favorites - 10 Valentines - Crafty Staci

The Better Martha has some adorable, printable Love Bug mason jar Valentines.  This one just says “boy” to me.

Love Bug Valentines by The Better Martha

There are lots of Valentines out there that incorporate Smarties candies, but I really like this 3-D version from Tip Junkie.

Smarties Valentines by Tip Junkie

Valentines can include food without it having to be sweet, as proven by these Nacho Average Valentines from Skip to my Lou.

Nacho Average Valentines by Skip to my Lou

These Fruit Roll-Up Valentines from She Knows actually look super easy.

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This Bubblegum Valentine from Project Denneler is so clever.

Bubblegum Valentines by Project Denneler

These Valentine Arrows from Creative Capital B are a fun change from the usual flat cards.

Arrow Valentines by Creative Capital B

Housing a Forest shows how to make several animals from cut-out hearts, but I especially like this owl.

Heart Owl by Housing a Forest

I haven’t seen the movie Frozen yet, but from what I hear I really need to.  If you’re already a fan, try out these Frozen Olaf Valentines from One Creative Mommy.

Frozen Olaf Valentines by One Creative Mommy

If you and I were in the same classroom I would give you a Sock Monkey Super Hero Valentine from Over the Big Moon.

Sock Monkey Superhero Valentines by Over the Big Moon

You’re going to need something to put all those Valentines into, so how about this cute Valentine Pocket from ThermoWeb?

Valentine Pocket by ThermoWeb

Visit me again next Friday for some Valentine’s décor!

Money Jar Wedding Gift

My family attending a wedding a week and a half ago that was a milestone, of sorts.  The bride’s mother and I have been friends since we were in kindergarten.  When my husband was first hired as a reserve (that means unpaid volunteer) police officer, it happened to be at the same department as her husband, before we knew that was where he worked.  They’ve been there together ever since.  Our kids went to the same schools and we live in the same little town.  The milestone I’m referring to?  This is the first wedding I’ve attended of a childhood friend’s child.

I may be getting up there, but I still remember what it was like to get married.  Money is a great gift because it can be used to fill in the holes left by things you still need after all the other gifts are opened.  I decided to give Sam and Jeremy cash, but I couldn’t just put it in the card and leave it at that.  In hindsight, that probably would have been the smarter way to go.  And the card did turn out pretty cute after all.

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Instead, I got 50 $1 bills and proceeded to start folding them into hearts, using this tutorial:  http://www.instructables.com/id/Dollar-Bill-Oragami-Heart/.  Each one took me quite a while, and it started to become clear that if I wanted to finish before the wedding, I was going to have to come up with a different plan.

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In the end, I folded about half of them as shown above, and the other half using this tutorial, which took less time:  http://www.origami-instructions.com/easy-money-origami-heart.html.  Of course, I forgot to take photos of those.

To hold all this cash, I bought a jar from Craft Warehouse and etched a P on the front.  It’s almost impossible to see in the photo, but I actually etched a circle with a P left clear in the middle.  I really liked how it turned out.

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To fill in the space inside the jar, I stuffed in some Lindt truffles.  And we might have eaten a few as well.  I tied some silver wire ribbon around the jar, curled it around a pencil and slipped the whole thing into a bag.

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I just hope the bride and groom don’t come over and throw eggs at my house after they spend way too long unfolding paper money hearts.  They were folded with love and only a hint of deviousness.

Friday Favorites–Foxes

It’s funny that there are animal fads.  Really, I think if we were all watching from the outside, the idea of fads at all would be pretty hilarious.  We’re all little ants and one ant says “Hey, that bread crumb looks pretty good.”  Everybody runs to that crumb until someone else says “I like this one” and crumb A is abandoned for crumb B.  Mason jars are the new owl!  Or something like that.

Forgive my rant.  I’m just as guilty as anyone of succumbing to whatever is of the moment.  Before Christmas, I saw something adorable that had a fox on it.  I don’t remember what it was, but I do remember that I liked it and now want something with a fox on it.  Yep, I’m queen of the ants.

This DIY Fox Scarf from Prudent Baby looks warm.  I love the fox-colored plaid fabric.

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I love bookplates, but somehow I’ve never had any.  I might have to remedy that with these from By Wilma.

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If you’re a fox fan, but not a DIYer, check out this Fox Pillow Cover from maureencracknell on Etsy

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These Felt Fox Pockets from CathGrace are adorable on the coat she made, but could be added to a pre-made coat as well.

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Maybe you want to be a fox yourself?  Try these fox ears from Sew Wrong.  I won’t judge.

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These clever Fox Face Cookies from The Bearfoot Baker start out with a star.

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If you happen to be one of those lucky people with a Silhouette cutter, try out their Fox Sewing Pattern.

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Curious and Catcat used three different fabrics to give this Little Fox Rattle more textural interest for baby.

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This hand-stitched fox from How Did You Make This is impressive, but if you really want to be wowed watch the video showing the 10 hours it took to make compressed into 2 minutes.

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Don’t Eat the Paste shares a fox coloring page based on her Spoonflower fabric design.

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Valentine’s Day is coming, so it’s the perfect time for these Foxy Valentine Favors from P.S. Blog.

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We’ve been through owls, octopi, foxes…any guess what the new “It” animal will be?

Illuminated Paper Trees

I love making Christmas decorations from paper.  I can enjoy them for the one season, but not necessarily have to pack them away for years and years.  I’m picturing these little trees in the center of a buffet.  You don’t even have to worry about getting food on them.

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There are three different options here for these trees.  I have a plain, white version here so you can let the littles decorate them, a set of three in varying shades of green here and, my favorite, a set of three in colorful prints here.  You can even go crazy and display all of them together.

To make these, print out your trees on regular paper.

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Cut the V shapes on each tree.  I found this was easiest with a cutting mat and Xacto knife.  Cut around the tree.

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Clip in on each side of the star, but leaving the center attached to the tree.

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Roll the tree into a cone, matching up the edge and dotted line on the back.  Secure with tape.  This is easier if you have an extra set of hands so one person can hold the tree while the other applies the tape.

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To curl the branches up, lay a pencil on top of the V and hold the paper while twisting the pencil upward.  I gave up trying to curl the very top V under the star.

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Your tree is finished!

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To light these up, set them on top of a battery-operated tea light.  DO NOT use a tea light or other candle with an actual flame.  I didn’t really need to tell you that, did I?

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I actually really like them even when they aren’t lit up.

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These might get packed away and brought back out next year after all.

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Fire Starter Hostess Gift

I’m starting to feel that anxiety of a busy week coming up.  I don’t mind the chaos.  In fact, I sometimes like a little crazy.  The part that makes me tense is the thought that I’ll forget something important.  When there’s so much to do, something is bound to slip through the cracks (FYI – as I was typing this I wrote “crafts” instead of “cracks” – psychoanalyze that!).

One of the things I want to make sure to remember is a hostess gift for Thanksgiving.  My husband is still away and my sister invited me and my kids to spend the holiday with her family.  Hosting Thanksgiving is no small task, so I want to thank her properly.  Before you think I’m giving away the surprise here, this isn’t the gift I decided on, but I love it and wanted to share it with you anyway.

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Everywhere we have lived has had either a fireplace or a woodstove.  I love being able to have a fire in the winter.  What I do not enjoy is wading up balls of newspaper to start it.  I decided instead to make something I could just grab out of a basket and throw in under some kindling.

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To make the fire starters, I used cardboard rolls.  Mine are toilet paper rolls, but you could also cut down a paper towel roll or the center from the wrapping paper.  Speaking of gift wrap, you’ll need some of that too.   You’ll also need some cotton string and something flammable to stuff inside, like shredded paper.  I’ve even seen these made with dryer lint.

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I used shredded paper for mine.  I also wadded up pieces of the instructions that come wrapped around interfacing and stuffed that in the ends of the tube so the shred wouldn’t fall out while I was working with it.

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Cut the gift wrap into pieces about 6” by 10”.  Starting from the larger side, roll it around the stuffed tube.  Secure with a small piece of tape.

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Squish the ends just above the tube and tie with a 6” piece of string at each end.

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To use, simply stick a couple under some small pieces of dry wood…

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…and light the ends.

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I normally use a butane lighter to start a fire, but I thought something prettier would make this a better gift.  The Burlap Bag had shared a match jar project that was exactly what I was looking for.  The only changes I made were to not cut a hole in the top and use the lid insert under the sandpaper.  I actually had a partial box of strike anywhere matches that I’m pretty sure has been around our house through most of our marriage.

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After I made the first batch of these using Christmas wrap, I happened to find some wood grain print paper at Target.  Now they’re perfect!

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Throw in a few dried pinecones and you have a gift that’s both functional and pretty – if your hostess can bring herself to actually burn it.  The wood grain starters will probably still be sitting on my hearth in April.

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Printables and Padding Compound

I’m a list maker.  My memory is a little hit-and-miss, so it’s really the only way I can keep track of what I need to do.  I do it so often, it’s a family joke.  The funniest part is when my adult and nearly-adult kids come and ask me for a packing list when they’re about to go somewhere.  They’re broken.

Because I make so many lists, I go through a lot of paper.  I’ve tried cutting up scratch paper and just using it as I need it, or securing a stack with a binder clip, but something is missing.  I think I like the ripping sound it makes when I tear off a completed list and triumphantly throw it in the trash.

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A few months ago, I came across a project on Chica and Jo that had my name written all over it.  They were making notepads with something called padding compound.  Making my own notepads?  Out of whatever I want?  I was so in.

I finally got around to ordering the padding compound from Chica and Jo through Amazon.  It’s $7.99 for a bottle.  I waited, as I always do, until I had a large enough order for free shipping.  It took the tiniest amount to make the three pads, so this is a great value.  It seems like I could make a million of these before I run out, but Chica and Jo have kindly provided an estimation guide that says it’s more like 120.  I took this photo AFTER I made the pads shown.

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I’ve never been happy with the size of the grocery shopping list pads I’ve bought before, so getting to make my own in a larger size made me pretty happy.  You can download that printable here.

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I named my to-do list What To Do, because it sounds less bossy than To Do.  There are three pages to this printable, which you can download here.  That’s mostly because I like to play with fonts, and wanted to use all the graphics I drew for my blog.

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Making these couldn’t be easier.  Print out as many pages as you’d like on regular paper and cut them to size.  I went with about 40 pages per pad.  If you’d like the back solid, like a pad you’d buy, also cut a piece of cardboard the same size.

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Clamp the pages together with a couple of binder clips.  If you want to protect the top page from excess compound, you can put a piece of cardboard or popsicle sticks (which I read about in the comments on Chica and Jo’s blog) at the top edge.  I’m storing the sticks with the compound so I can just use the same ones every time.

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The next step is to brush the padding compound onto the top edge of the pad with a small brush.  My binder clips were very large, so I didn’t have any trouble getting the brush in there, but you may want to try clipping from the side if yours are smaller. 

I ended up leaving this overnight, but from what I understand it dries quickly.  I removed the clips and added a second coat.

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After that dried, it was just a matter of peeling off the popsicle sticks and the pads were finished!

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I’m anxious to make more, especially with the holidays coming up.  These could be personalized or make from scrapbooking paper, and combined with a cute pen, would make a useful teacher’s gift.  Actually, these would make a great, inexpensive gift for anyone.

Don’t make the mistake I did though.  I put one on my desk and one in my sewing room, so I had two lists going at the same time.  It was pure chaos.

Mousekeeping Tip Envelope

I am extremely appreciative of the housekeeping staff whenever we travel.  One of my favorite things about leaving home is that I get a break from all my usual cleaning duties, so the people willing to do it for me are my heroes.  We always make sure to leave a tip when we check out, but I never thought to leave it in something cute.

My friend Erika sent me a link to a cute envelope someone had made to leave a tip for the housekeeping staff at Disneyland, otherwise known as Mousekeeping.  When we were planning for our recent trip, I decided to come up with one of my own.  I thought Mickey’s wizard hat from Fantasia was appropriate.  I was able to make this using only simple shapes in MS Publisher.  The font is Waltograph and can be found at Dafont.

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Just click on the image below to download the printable PDF.  Print out on white cardstock.

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Cut out, cutting around the two yellow tabs at the bottom and carefully cutting the two black slits just above the writing.  Cut around the top of the ears and hat only above the faint yellow line (do not cut the line).  I found the best way to do this was with an Exacto knife.

Fold in at the bottom of the red area and at the faint yellow line.  Tape or glue the sides of the red area closed.  Slip in the cash (I promise we left them more than $1 – this was for the photo)…

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…tuck the tabs into the slots and leave somewhere for Mousekeeping to find.

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I’m anxiously looking forward to the next time I can make use of one of these envelopes!

Friday Favorites–Red, White and Blue

Here in the United States, our team colors are red, white and blue.  There’s no shortage of the stars and stripes this time of year, but you won’t see me complaining.  I once had a bathroom decorated in red, white and blue, so I’m all in.

I’m not usually much into wreaths, except at Christmas, but this Nautical Wreath from Etsy seller TheBakersDaughter is adorable, as is everything in her shop.

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I think this might be too much frosting to actually eat, but I’m not sure that would stop me from trying this Patriotic Rose Cake from I Am Baker.

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I love the whole ombre trend that’s going around right now.  Somehow, Eighteen25 managed to pull it off using red, white and blue in this Subway Art printable.

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I think the simplicity of these Victory Wine Crate Herb Gardens from Kaleidoscope of Colors is what makes them special.

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A Pumpkin and a Princess shares a round-up of her previous Patriotic Crafts.  This Paper Chain and the Mini Star Pies are my favorites.

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I love the waviness of this Bargello Flag Quilt Pattern from Country Woman.

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This No-Sew Table Runner from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom would be a great last-minute decoration for an Independence Day party.

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As I said, I’m not one to shy away from using a red, white and blue color scheme in decorating, although I’d probably tone it down a little more these days.  These Cubby Holes from Better Homes and Gardens would be cute in a kids room or maybe even a mud room.

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Need an activity to keep everyone busy while you’re waiting for the fireworks to start?  Try these printable 4th of July Bingo Cards from Makoodle.

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These Snow Cone Cupcakes are the cutest thing I’ve seen all day.  You just can’t go wrong with Bakerella.

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It’s going to be a little quiet around here next week because I’m going to be in…drumroll, please…DISNEYLAND!  It’s my daughter’s graduation present and we couldn’t be more excited to get there.  I’ve got a couple of Disney-inspired projects to share with you when I get back!