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This is truly adorable! What a fun project to make with your daughter. I think these are cute gifts for your BFF. I came across this beautiful project on OneCharmingParty
1. Using a metal skewer, pierce one side of the gumball. Hold the top of the gumball steady as you guide the skewer (see photo). This will prevent the skewer from slipping off the slick surface of the gumball.
2. Flip the gumball over and pierce another hole directly opposite to the first hole. If you try to poke a hole straight through both sides at once, the gumball will crack.
3. The hardest part is stringing the ribbon. Use a large needle to thread the ribbon through the gumballs. Thinner ribbon is easier to string. Tie a knot between each gumball as you string it.
Tip: Look for bags of single colored gumballs at your local party supply store.
Here are just a few of Artistic Goodies fabulous personalized bracelets for your 18 inch doll. These adorable bracelets are personalized with doll’s name and colorful glass beads. A great accessory to add to your 18 inch doll’s wardrobe. All bracelets are free shipping! These make a great stocking stuffer for your daughter, granddaughter and or niece. Visit Artistic Goodies for more beautiful choices.
Here are just a few cool ideas for Christmas Stocking Stuffers for your girl and her 18 inch doll.
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For me the best gifts are the handmade ones from my daughter. I treasure them and display them proudly. Here are some cool HANDMADE gift ideas that your mom will appreciate. Gifts from the heart are always the best!
Mother’s Day Newspaper – How sweet to bring your Mom great news to read on Mother’s day with your customized newspaper. Martha Stewart supplies clip art. made by printing and filling in our clip art.
Photo-Transfer Tote Bag – A wonderful lasting treasure gift and practical for Mom.
Mom I love you because…. Tote Bag – Another lasting treasure gift!
Dreamy Eye Mask – A fun spa gift
Mom Rules Clip Art - Here are some fun clip arts to create cards, tags, boxes and more!
Blossoming Brooch Pin – These are great and fashionable with the current fabric flowers on clothes.
Coupon Book for Mom - A great way to set up dates and and outings with your Mom.
Stamped Paper or Cloth Tablecloth - I love this! Personalized tablecloth, be creative use your own rubber stamp theme. Not only will you creative a conversation piece but it will be a lasting (cloth) treasure.
- Empty Valentine Candy Box (about 6″)
- Low Temp Glue Gun
- 15″ scrap of fabric (fleece will work the best since it is stretchy, the ends don’t fray and it is thick enough to cover without seeing through)
- 12″ of Cotton Batting
- Red vinyl tape
- Four pipe cleaners
- Tacky tacky glue ( Arianna and I swear on Fabric Tac we find that it works best for most projects)
Some boxes will work better than others. The box we used had plastic molded edges that fit nicely together. Boxes with cardboard edges will not work as well.
With the box closed, put a piece or red tape along one edge. This should work like a hinge so the box opens sideways.
Lay box on batting and trace around the outside. Do this two times and cut out both pieces. Lay box on the wrong side of the fabric and trace around. Remove the box, and draw another line 1/4″ around the outside of the line. Cut out on the outer line. Do this again so you have two pieces. Cut two pieces of fleece 1″ by 9″ for the straps
Glue batting to the box top and box bottom with a thin coat of tacky glue. Center fleece on top and glue in place, folding edges around the lip of the box and hot gluing. On the side that will be the back, glue straps to the inside of the box lip. See photo at right for positioning. Glue pipe cleaners around the box lip on both sides to hide excess glue and raw edges.
Thanks to Making friends for sharing this great craft. Girls share your creations, email us your photo of completed backpack. Happy crafting!
Did you know that Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar? Chinese year 4709 begins on Feb. 3, 2011, new year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to clean their home thoroughly fro top to bottom. It is believe doing so, will ward off any bad luck in the future and rid of any bad luck from the previous year. The cleaning must be completed by New Year’s eve and ready to receive good luck in the coming year.
Chinese New Year is a time for family, many travel a distance to unite, serving big dinners and celebrate with their family. Giving good luck gifts is another tradition. Adults hand out to children little red envelopes “hong bao” filled with money. This symbolizes wealth and prosperity for the coming year. Colors of Luck is Red and Gold and it is taboo to wear black and white during the holiday.
It is believe in China, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve animals came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. This year is the year of the rabbit, according to Buddha those born in rabbit years are popular, compassionate, and sincere.
I came across this cool cupcake bouquet from Amazing Moms and just knew I had to share it with you. This would be great for birthday parties, valentine gift, a yummy gift for mom on her birthday or Mother’s day!
- 18 – 24 cupcakes (not frosted, in any flavor your choose)
- flower pot for a 4″ or 6″ plant
- foam ball to fit snuggly into your flower pot
- marbles (used for weight in aquariums or floral arranging)
- wooden sticks 6″ – 8″ long (small dowel rods, or sticks for caramel apples work well)
- pink food coloring
- brown food color
- 4 cups decorator icing
- Wilton #1M decorating tip
- Wilton #32 decorating tip
- 2 pastry bags
- 1 square pink or yellow tissue paper
- Wilton Yellow Pleated Baking Cups (to make the sunflowers)
- floral tape (optional)
1. Pour the marbles into the bottom of the flower pot to add weight and create a stable base for the cupcake bouquet.
2. Cut the bottom off of the foam ball, and insert the top into the flower pot, round side up. The ball should fit tightly; if it doesn’t, you may want to tape it down with some floral tape to keep it stable when you add the cupcakes. The ball MUST be stable so it doesn’t come loose and dump your cupcake bouquet!
3. Cover the ball with a square of pink or yellow tissue paper to hide it, tucking edges of the tissue paper between the ball and the pot.
4. Color 2 cups of your decorator icing pink with the pink food coloring.
5. Color 2 cups of your decorator icing brown with the brown food coloring (or alternately, you can use chocolate frosting).
6. Fill a pastry bag with the pink icing and attach the Wilton #1 decorating tip (or a similar tip) to create rose cupcakes.
7. Decorate half of your cupcakes with the pink icing in a rose petal pattern: using your Wilton #1 decorating tip, squeeze the pink icing in a circular motion from the inside out on the top of the cupcake (see photo).
8. Fill a pastry bag with the brown icing and attach the Wilton #32 decorator tip (or similar tip) to decorate the other half of your cupcakes to look like the seeds in the center of sunflowers.
9. Make the sunflower center: put the tip straight down on top of the cupcake, squeeze and lift up to create a little star. Repeat to fill the top of the cupcake with little stars that look like sunflower seeds. Then slip the cupcakes into the yellow pleated cupcake wraps to complete the sunflower look (see photo).
10. Assemble the cupcake bouquet by insert one wooden stick into the top of the Styrofoam ball. Push the stick into the Styrofoam until it holds firm. Then push a cupcake gently (and carefully) onto the top of the stick. You may want to use the tip of a sharp knife to pierce the cupcake wrapper in the center of the bottom of the cupcake, before you pierce it with the stick.
11. Start inserting more sticks and topping them with cupcake flowers. Be very careful balance the weight as you go by keeping the number of cupcakes on each side of the flower pot as even as possible. If the cupcake bouquet gets too heavy on one side, it might tip over. Keep inserting cupcakes, alternating sides, roses and sunflowers, until the cupcake bouquet is as full all the way around.
Amazing Mom’s Tips
Add floral greenery between the cupcakes to help fill in space if you use fewer cupcakes.
Place the cupcakes closer together or further apart, depending on how many cupcakes you need for your party.
Every year for Valentine my daughter and I have tons of fun making unique funny Valentine cards. We embellished them and create funny stories with each card we make. So she asked one day, Who invented Valentine Day? Hmmmm ???? To me Valentine day was a reds and pinks, chocolates, fun loving cards, romantic dinners, flowers, tons of kisses for my daughter and husband, romantic comedies, you get the picture. Well, I was clueless of the saint part. Was there such a saint named St. Valentine or was it just just a name for a loving day, a loving month?
Well, I did some research and found many legends. Here are just a couple:
St. Valentine was a priest in Rome during the third century. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than married soldiers with families, he to outlaw young men to marry. Valentine believed this was an injustice and continued to preform marriages to young lovers. When Claudius learned of Valentine secret marriages, he ordered Valentine to be put to death.
It was believed that Valentine actually sent the first “Valentine” while in prison. Valentine fell in love with a young girl, who was his jail-or’s daughter. She had visited him during his confinement and before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.
Again, these are supposedly legends from so many that I came across. I must say from most of the legends I have read, Valentine seemed to be a romantic, sympathetic and heroic figure.
Valentine’s Day is mentioned ruefully by Ophelia in Hamlet (1600–1601):
To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn’d his clothes,
And dupp’d the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.—William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5
And they say the best way to a man’s heart it’s through his belly. Your dad is going to love his cake, especially made by you. Get creative and design your own with colors and patterns. You can omit the tie and create a crew collar with dad’s favorite t shirt. Real American Girls, let your creativity flow.
- 9 x 12 x 2 inch pan
- cake it can be store bought or home made from scratch or a mix
- pastel icing the color of dad’s favorite shirt
- a cardboard shirt box from the dry cleaner or recycle gift box
- wax paper
- tissue paper
- White paper for making a shirt collar into cuffs
- dark frosting for the tie
Don’t forget to send us your pics, we would love to see your creations!
With father’s day just around the corner. Here’s a are two great ideas you can make for your dad. We will start with this adorable puppy pencil holder
What you will need to make this adorable pup
- 4 pinch style wooden clothes pins
- wood glue
- googly eyes
- a pom pom
- a marker
- a pencil
Don’t forget to email us your pics, we would love to see your creations.
What is Chinese new year about?
Chinese New Year is a holiday that celebrates the beginning of a new year according to the lunar calendar. It is considered to be one of the most important holidays for Chinese families. Family gathering, gift giving, symbolic foods, and beautiful colorful festive decorations. In China the celebration last for a month. Some chinese traditions for Chinese New Year are:
1. Clean house from top to bottom. It is believe doing so, will ward off any bad luck in the future and rid of any bad luck from the previous year. The cleaning must be completed by New Year’s eve and ready to recieve good luck in the coming year.
2. Decorating the house . Families hang up posters and signs on doors and windows with the word “FU” written on them. Fu means luck and happiness. Flowers is also another favorites and symbolizes the coming of spring, a new beginning.
3. Family gathering at the table. On New Year’s eve, family visits are common and having a huge dinner. They serve about 8 or nine dishes, partly beacuse of their lucky numbers. The Chinese word for 8 is “baat” prosperity and fortune. nine = longlasting, often used for weddings.
4. Giving good luck gifts is another tradition. Adults hand out to children little red envelopes “hong bao” filled with money. This symbolizes wealth and prosperity for the coming year.
5. Red and gold are lucky colors. Black and white are never worn on Chinese New Year, they bring bad luck during the holiday.
Find out what animal zodiac are you below:
|Western Year||Chinese Year||Date of Chinese New Year||Symbol|
|2007||4704||February 18||Boar (pig)|
Good Luck Goldfish Craft – compliments of Familyfun.com
|Prep Time: Afternoon or Evening|
|What you need:|
|Seasons: New years, Winter|
|Materials: glue, tissue paper|
|1.||To make one, first draw a large goldfish outline with a 1/2-inch-thick border on an 8 1/2- by 11-inch sheet of colored card stock and cut it out. (You can also print a template.)|
|2.||For the scales, fold a 1- by 6-inch strip of colored tissue paper in half 3 times. Leaving the folded sides uncut, trim the paper into a crescent shape, then unfold the paper for a chain of colorful, wavelike shapes. Repeat with as many colors as you like.|
|3.||Next, tape a large piece of plastic wrap to your work surface and slip the fish outline underneath it. Use a paintbrush to spread white glue onto the wrap. Lay the tissue paper strips vertically over the fish, trimming them as needed, overlapping them and alternating colors for a vibrant mix of scales. Gently brush more glue over the tissue paper strips once they’re in place.|
|4.||When you’ve covered the fish, remove the outline from beneath the plastic and set it in place atop the scales. Add more glue for a stronger hold, if necessary. Let the glue dry overnight, then trim the excess tissue paper and plastic wrap from around the fish and hang it in a window.|
Arianna and I love baking especially during the holidays. We are always in search of new cool recipes and ideas. We came across this recipes which we are excited to try out and share with you. We also want to thank AllRecipes staff for sharing. What we found exciting, is that it’s a great replacement for cards and candies. What a fun project for mom and her real american girl.
Checkout the video on how they tweak the original recipes.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 3 drops red food coloring
- 2 1/4 ounces colored candy sprinkles
- 60 long red vine licorice
- Cream 1 cup butter or margarine and 3/4 cup white sugar together. Blend in egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and grated lemon peel. Sift together 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and baking powder. Add to creamed mixture and blend well. Cover and refrigerate dough for approximately 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Use a floured heart shaped 1 to 2 inch cookie cutter and cut dough into heart shapes. Place the cut-out hearts on greased cookie sheets.
- Using the drinking straw, make a hole at the top center of each heart before baking. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes until very lightly browned. Cool the cookies on a wire rack.
- To Make Butter Frosting: Mix 3 cups confectioners’ sugar and 1/3 cup butter together. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons milk. Beat until smooth making sure frosting is of spreading consistency. Stir in food coloring to create a pink or red colored frosting, if desired.
- After cookies have cooled, frost and decorate them with nonpareils, sprinkles, dragees, or colored sugar. Use a toothpick to dislodge the hole, if necessary. Let the frosting dry.
- To make a necklace, tie the ends off of two pieces of red colored licorice with a knot. Thread it through the hole at the top center of the cookie. Tie the other ends off with another knot to create a “chain.” Makes approximately 30 heart necklaces.