April Fool’s Brownies

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

Happy April Fool’s Day!  My oldest daughter, Olivia, woke up today super excited because it’s April Fool’s Day and she really wants to pull a prank on someone.  That someone is her dad so I went on Pinterest and searched for silly pranks.  There was one in particular that was cute, simple to do and silly enough for a six-year-old to enjoy.

So we’re baking a batch of brownies for dear old dad, oh wait did I just say/write baking brownies.  No, what I meant was we’re making brown E’s for unsuspecting, dear old dad.  Check it out:

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I left some E’s for Olivia to cut out once she got home from school, then we put a book inside the baking pan (so it could feel heavy), placed all the E’s inside, and closed it up with aluminum foil.

I even put it inside the oven, which prompted my youngest to say, “Oh no, the E’s are going to get hot,” even though I didn’t turn it on.  🙂

Needless to say, once my husband got home from work, the girls couldn’t contain themselves.  Sophia kept shouting, “April Fool’s Day!” so I quickly told my husband to sit down ’cause we made him some brownies before our prank was revealed.

We brought the pan of brownies and told him to uncover the pan completely.

The result:

My husband was surprised and happy with the brown E’s, but then really sad ’cause there wasn’t any real brownies. 🙂

Happy April Fool’s Day everyone!

Take good care all.

Until next time…

 

 

 

 

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A birthday cake mini poster/card

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

It’s always great to celebrate someone’s birthday and giving something uniquely handmade is especially exciting.  That’s why I loved this idea from Melanie Blodgett over at youaremyfave.com (one of my favorite blogs).

Check out her idea…

http://www.youaremyfave.com/2014/02/17/a-birthday-cake-you-can-send-in-the-mail-is-my-fave/

…and now take a look at my version/attempt.

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I made this mini poster/card for my mother’s birthday.  I used acrylic paint, paper (about 11 x 14), and paintbrushes.  After the paint was all dry, I rolled up the paper and tied it with a ribbon and presented it to my mom, who absolutely loved her cake plus the fact that it only had 25 candles.  🙂

Thanks Melanie for the great idea!

Take good care all.

Until next time…

Personalized Paper Bows

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

I’m officially obsessed with this paper bow template (http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2013/04/how-to-make-paper-bow.html) and that’s okay with me.  I’m going to my niece and nephew’s birthday party and I wanted to personalize their gift bows.  It takes a little time, but the end result is wonderful, at least in my opinion!

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I used construction paper for the first bow and printed out the name in various fonts on Word.

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For the second bow, I scanned the template and uploaded it on Word, then changed the color and inserted the name, here and there in various fonts as well.

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I love these personalized bows and can’t wait to make and use them for my Christmas presents.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

Washi tape to the rescue…

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

Here’s an idea to spruce up any plain boxes you may have around (in my case: a cardboard red box that stores my bracelets) or even gift boxes for upcoming Christmas presents.  You can use washi tape.  They come in many designs and can be easily removed so if you make a mistake or get tired of the design, just peel it off and reposition or pick another design.

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I chose a script writing washi tape that I found at A.C. Moore on sale.  These little tapes can be expensive so when they go on sale get as many as you can.  If you’re a crafter, you won’t regret the purchase.  I just covered the top of the box and lined up the tape so it would look like a continuous design.

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I wanted to see the finished box with a gift bow so I took out my scrapbook paper, which I also got on sale at AC Moore (buy, buy, buy) and my bow template courtesy of http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2013/04/how-to-make-paper-bow.html.

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I love my cardboard red box now more than ever and if I was gifting this box, I would add the paper bow.

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I decorated my kids play doh accessories box with the Super Mario (brand DUCK TAPE) design (found it at AC Moore, not on sale 😦 ).  I found the birthday duct tape and glitter tape at the dollar section in Target.  Yup, $1 .  Score!  The other washi tapes that I have are silhouette birds on a wire and cloudy sky with red hearts.  I have a strong feeling this tape collection is going to be growing.  I’m gonna need a big storage box, STAT!

Take good care all.

Until next time…

DIY Minion

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

I have a great craft idea that came from my darling, beautiful and very crafty 6-year-old daughter, Olivia.  With a toilet paper roll, construction paper, glue, markers, scissors, and googly eyes Olivia made her very own minions from the movie “Despicable Me.”  She came up with this idea on her very own so I’m sharing it with you step by step.  Enjoy!

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My husband put up a ledge shelf for Olivia’s Arts and Crafts finished projects.  Here are her Minions – Ballerina, Mom, Dad, and Baby Minion

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I covered the toilet paper roll with yellow construction paper.  I added the googly eyes with the glue dots.  Then traced around the eyes with the silver marker to make the goggles and used the black sharpie to make the band.

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Using the sharpie I drew the smile and hair.  With the blue construction paper I made the front of the overalls, adding a pocket and the letter G for Gru.

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I glued the construction paper using the Fabri – Tac glue because it works best for me.  I used the glue dots for the small strips of construction paper.  You can always make the Minion with one eye like the toy figure pictured.

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Here’s my finished Minion.

This is a fun craft project for your kids and it’s also a great decorating idea for any Minion party!

Take good care all.

Until next time…

DIY Moving Announcement

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

I’m currently hooked on the HGTV channel and learning a lot about homes, renovations, design and concept.  I’ve been watching shows like Property Brothers, Love It or List It, House Hunters, and My First Place.  It’s great to see homes that need some TLC or more come to life with the right renovations and design touches.  I also like the advice and tips that are given, for example, in kitchens today the soft closing feature on drawers and cabinets enable you to close them without a loud banging sound or pinched fingers.  When you have kids this is definitely a feature you want in your home.

We are currently house hunting and all this newfound information (open concept, travertine floors, neutral colors, etc.) is going to come in handy once we find and settle into our new home.  When that happens I thought of a crafty way to announce our new address.  Here’s a DIY moving announcement that you can make and it’ll be a nice keepsake for yourself, your family and friends:

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I found this cute, little house cut out made out of wood at AC Moore craft store.  It’s less than a dollar and weighs less than an ounce so mailing it won’t be a problem.  I also bought a couple of Martha Stewart acrylic paint and I already had a booklet of rub on letters, which is going to make the wording on the house a whole lot easier if you’re not comfortable with your hand writing skills.  If you are, then you can always use a fine point sharpie marker.  The sand paper came in handy to make the house a little smoother around the edges.

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I gave the house two coats of this great color, front and back.

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I used the second color on the edges of the house, which made it look like snow.

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Using painter’s tape I painted a door.

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I outlined the door with black paint using painter’s tape as well and with a red pen, drew a heart for the door knob.  Of course, if you’re more artistic than I am you can add more details to your house.  Just leave enough space for your new address.

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Using my computer, here are two examples of wording for your moving announcement.  Again you can write it in yourself with a fine point sharpie marker or use rub on letters.

I think this is a unique and fun way to tell your family and friends about your new address.  You can also drill a hole at the top, add a ribbon and make this an ornament or hang it on your wall.

I can’t wait to make some more of these moving announcements once we close on a house, fingers tightly crossed.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

DIY felt Goomba, Bullet Bill, and Mario Star

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

My daughters absolutely LOVE Super Mario and friends.  They’re always looking at videos on YouTube and love seeing the cartoon on Netflix.  Two weeks ago my oldest found a tutorial video on how to make your own Super Mario star using felt.  Inspired by that video, my husband and I decided to make a couple of star buddies for our daughters.

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Fortunately, I already had a foam star from my daughter’s birthday decorations, which became a perfect template.  I traced four stars, front and back, on yellow felt with a disappearing ink pen (found in the sewing aisle at the craft store).  I cut those out along with four little rectangles using black felt for the eyes.  That was my job.  The sewing part went to my husband who’s better at sewing.  We used cotton balls for the stuffing since we didn’t have anything else.  Once the stars were done and presented, the squeals that ensued were proof enough that they came out great.

Then my daughter declared that she was going to make Bullet Bill.  She told me that she needed black, red, and purple felt.  And tape!  Those aren’t exactly the colors of Bullet Bill, but I indulged her anyway.  With her scissors she got to work and asked me if I could cut out two big circles from the red felt and two smaller circles from the purple felt.  These circles were going to be the eyes.  She tried her very best and taped something up that was supposed to look like Bullet Bill, but wasn’t quite holding up since she used tape.  My husband soon stepped in and improvised with what we had in hand (supplies were running low).  Without a template, just a picture of Bullet Bill and their creativity, a felt buddy/villain was created.

But that wasn’t the end.  Oh no, another request, and a trip to the craft store (cotton balls finished), was made several days later.  Why stop now?  Let’s make one more.  Let’s make Goomba!  Again, with the help of a picture of this little villain as well as a sketch template of the body, which my husband did, they got to work and had a lot of fun seeing this little guy come to life, especially with its new stuffing (we purchased a 12 oz. bag of Poly-Fil 100 percent Polyester Fiberfill).

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Here are the newest additions (missing a star) to my daughter’s plush Super Mario and friends toys.  They absolutely love these guys.  As you can see my husband added some red and pink felt streamers to Bullet Bill (not part of the original picture, but creative).

I know more characters are going to be requested and we’re going to do our best in bringing them to plush life because it’s a lot of fun.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

Fourth of July Flag Craft Project

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

The Fourth of July is a couple of days away and I wanted to find a craft project for my daughter, Olivia, to do for this day.  I found a great project with craft sticks and here’s what we did:

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You will need the instructions (http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/july4/craftstickflag/), craft sticks, glue, blue paper, white stars (I used a small star puncher that I have), paintbrush, and red and white acrylic paints.

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We painted the sticks, let them dry, and then glued one long stick in the back and broke another in two and glued those in the middle and on the other side of the craft sticks to make the flag sturdier.  I didn’t have enough craft sticks that were required in the instructions, but we were still able to make the flag.  No biggie!

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Olivia glued a small blue square to the corner of the sticks and then glued on the stars.

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We glued the final craft stick to make the handle longer and I also used masking tape on the back of the flag and the handle to secure it better.

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Happy “Early” Fourth of July

from the Mercado household and themercadoproject.com!

Take good care all.

Until next time…

DIY FELT BOW

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

I’m having fun with Jessica Jones’ paper bow template and this is definitely not the last post in which I feature this bow because I freaking love it and the fact that she made it and offered it to us all.  This time around I decided to make a bow out of felt.  I couldn’t resist buying this houndstooth pattern at AC Moore craft store.  I found it to be a bit sturdier than other felt squares and the reverse side is plain white making it perfect to trace, using the template, and cut it out without any problems.  I also used glue dots to secure the bow.

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I made this bow for my husband’s father’s day gift (a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey).  He loved both, but we all know which one he loves the most. 🙂  Cheers!

With the felt you can make these bows into hair bows by sewing a clip in the back or even attach them onto headbands!  The possibilities are endless, which is why this bow template is awesome.

http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2013/04/how-to-make-paper-bow.html

Take good care all.

Until next time…

DIY Super Mario and Friends Treat Bags

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

This year for my daughter’s birthday we decided to keep things simple.  We found a bowling place and invited Olivia’s cousins who live out-of-state.  Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperating making driving dangerous for our out-of-state family (same thing happened last year) so we had to postponed our gathering.  We did go bowling ourselves because we wanted to take her somewhere fun, plus we wanted to check out the place, which turned out to be great.  I also went ahead and made treat bags for my daughters and their cousins.

Here’s what I did:

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I purchased plain red treat bags at Target.  Then I searched online for Mario and friends.  Print, cut and glued the characters onto the bags.

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I found Super Mario and friends mini notepads, erasers, pencils, and pencil sharpeners at partycity.com.  I got all the candy and birdie whistle from orientaltrading.com.  The fruit snack packs, which come in a great family size box (50) are from Market Pantry available at Target.

I labeled each bag and my daughter, Olivia loved her birthday treat bag.

Take good care all.

Until next time…