Shopping and To-Do List Printables

I came here today to share some colorful, cheery printables, but I have a bit of breaking news first.  I heard from Mary, the winner of the Uncommon Goods gift certificate in my recent giveaway, and you HAVE to see what she made!  If you’re thinking “Made?  I thought Uncommon Goods sold ready-made items, not supplies,” you would be correct.  However, that didn’t stop Mary, who made some adorable quilts using tea and coffee themed towels.  She was kind enough to send me photos, with her permission to show them to you!

This is the coffee quilt:

Mary's Coffee Quilt

And the tea quilt:

Mary's Tea Quilt

In case you missed those corners, check out the adorable paper-pieced coffee cup:

Mary's Coffee Quilt Corners

And tea cups:

Mary's Tea Quilt Corners

She has one more towel, with a beer theme, that will also become a quilt with mug corners.  I love that a handmade project unexpectedly came out of this giveaway.  My thanks to Mary for letting us see her creative idea!

Back to our regularly scheduled program.  I made some printable to-do and shopping lists a couple of years ago, using this great padding compound from Chica and Jo (no Amazon affiliation here, I just love this product).  I thought it would be a fun thing to include in the giveaway but when I sat down to print them out, I couldn’t do it.  Miss an opportunity to play around and make something new?  Not me!

Free Printables - Craft Room To Do List or Grocery and Menu Pad from Crafty Staci

I’ve mentioned before (or many times) that I love a list.  I have different sorts all over my house.  I don’t know if I make lists because I can’t remember things, or if I can’t remember things because I’m so used to making lists.  Hmm.

Anyway, I’ll start with the do-to list.  I made it to include in the DIY giveaway set, but I think I might need one of my own.  I used a rainbow of colors, and inspirational words.  You know, to keep you moving when you’re crafting.  You can find the printable here, which consists of 7 sheets, for a total of 28 lists.

Colorful To-Do Lists by Crafty Staci

I used the same technique as before, cutting a piece of medium weight cardboard to fit the size of the pages and clamping it all together with large binder clips.  I slipped a wide popsicle stick under the clips to prevent them from denting the pages. 

How to make a to-do list pad - Crafty Staci

I brushed a heavy coat of padding compound across the top and hung the pad up to dry for about a day.

Allow padding compound to dry for a day - Crafty Staci

I especially love the shopping list.  It was included in the Kitchen Set, but I can’t wait to try it myself for ease of weekly menu planning.

Shopping List and Menu Pad - Crafty Staci

On each printable page there is a shopping list and a matching menu page.  The file includes 12 pages.

Menu and Matching Shopping List Pad from Crafty Staci

I hope these bright. easy-to-make pads make the beginning of your week a little sunnier!

Kids’ Wedding Coloring Book

We knew there would be lots of little ones in attendance at my daughter’s wedding.  She really wanted to include them, but we were a little worried they might get bored.  We bounced around ideas like some yard games, but they really couldn’t do that during the ceremony.  We found a couple of cute kids’ coloring books for weddings on Pinterest, and once we decided to seat everyone at tables for the ceremony, we knew that would be a perfect way to keep the young crowd entertained.

Kids Wedding Coloring Book - Crafty Staci

My talented niece Keely drew the photo for the front to represent Codi and John.  I love the way it turned out! 

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I made a word search using wedding and Codi and John-specific words for the first page on the inside, using this website from Discovery.  I probably should have used fewer words because the letters were pretty small, but I figured it would be a good challenge for the slightly older kids.

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The next page was just a simple cupcake outline, since that’s what we were serving at the reception, that could be decorated however the artist chose.

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Following the cupcake was my favorite page, Wedding Guest Bingo.  I was kinda busy at the reception, so I don’t know how the kids did on this, but it was fun to make.

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The Wedding Mad Libs was a tricky one, because you don’t want the participant to see where the words are going when they choose them.  I went with a brief description and lines for the words on one page…

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…and the Mad Lib itself to fill in on the next.

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I found this fun website that has mazes for all the letters of the alphabet in both upper and lowercase, so I chose an S for the newlyweds’ last name.  I also added their little heads to show the start and finish points.

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The back of the book had a spot for the artist to write his or her name, but I was stumped for a while on what else to add there.  It finally occurred to me it would be fun to decorate the getaway car!  They were taking my daughter’s Kia Soul, so I found a photo and traced it to create the cartoon car.

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It would have been easy enough to just lay these on the tables, but we really wanted to take it a step farther.  We put each book in a yellow bag and added a box of crayons, a small lollipop and a couple of glow stick bracelets for when it got dark later.  I made labels with each kid’s name on them and a second label for the bottom with their table number so whoever put them out would know where each one should go.

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It was kind of nice to have that pop of yellow scattered around on the tables.

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These bags were a big hit with the kids at the wedding, and none of them were left behind afterward.  I’m pretty sure those coloring books saved a parent or two’s sanity, if only for a few minutes!

Mickey and Minnie Mousekeeping Tip Envelopes

With only a couple of weeks to go, I’m working on wedding stuff like a madwoman.  However, after that’s over we have another big event coming – a trip to Disneyland!  We’re celebrating a marriage, a birthday, two high school graduations, two college graduations and just life awesomeness in general, so it’s kind of a big deal.  But behind all the fun and sparkle are the unsung heroes of Disney Mousekeeping.  That’s right, the fantastic people who keep us from living like not-cute, not-cartoony farm animals while we’re staying at the Happiest Place on Earth.  And boy, do they deserve a tip when we leave.

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You might remember Mickey from a couple of years ago.

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But I added an option for the fans of his girl, Minnie.

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To find out how to make these and download the free printables, visit my froggy friends at Undercover Tourist!  I can’t wait to use these.  I might have to split the tip in half, just so I don’t have to leave a mouse behind.

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!

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.

Rainbow-Veggie-Flatbread-Pizza-from Gimme Some Oven

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.

Fortune Cookie Valentines by She Knows

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.

Money Jar Wedding Gift 1 - Crafty Staci

Instead, I got 50 $1 bills and proceeded to start folding them into hearts, using this tutorial:  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.

Money Jar Wedding Gift 2 - Crafty Staci

In the end, I folded about half of them as shown above, and the other half using this tutorial, which took less time:  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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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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