How To Make A Team Mom T-Shirt – Iron On For Any Sport

Are you a team mom or just want to show spirit for your child’s sports team? I’m team mom for my boys’ baseball team this year so I whipped up this team mom t-shirt. It took me less than 15 minutes.

How To Make A Team Mom Shirt | Simple Iron On For Any Sport | @kimbyers

My boys play on the same team this year, yay! And my hubby is the coach along with another friend of ours, yay! So of course I volunteered as team mom, yay! I love watching my kids play so it’s a lot of fun for me. I keep the book during the game (and I only mess up a little…) and often stand in the dugout to keep the boys in line and ready. I get “in the hole” and “on deck” mixed up from time to time, but they help me out. {wink}

How To Make An Iron-On Design

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cricut Explore Air (or Cricut Explore with bluetooth adapter, or the new Cricut One for a lower price point and all the fun)
  • Cricut Design Space app for iPad® (or you can use your desktop/laptop if you don’t have an iPad)
  • my Team Mom T-Shirt project in Design Space (personalizing, resizing, changing sports, etc. is so easy!)
  • 12×12 Cricut Mat
  • Cricut Iron On (I used the black glitter)
  • Iron and Pressing Cloth

 It’s as simple as:

  1. Design – open the app, use my design or making your own
  2. Cut – load iron-on to mat and press go (make sure you click “iron-on” so that it makes it a mirror image… otherwise your design will be backward. Yep… did that once. It was like reading a secret code.)
  3. Iron – apply the design to a preheated shirt (just press area for 15-20 seconds), and use a pressing cloth so it doesn’t melt to the iron. I also suggest flipping it over and pressing from the other side once cooled a bit so you ensure adhesion. Just follow the directions on the packaging and you’ll be great.

If you’re not a team mom, you can make a spirit shirt or a spirit mug (with vinyl). The possibilities are endless. Go team!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Organization Idea – How To Make A Rolling Storage Crate With Chalkboard Stripes

Keeping things organized is the only thing that keeps me sane. With a business in my home, two kids and just life in general, there is soooooo much stuff! Even if you only have kiddos to deal with, I know you know what I mean. {wink}

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So here’s an easy organization idea. I know you’ve seen those unfinished or white crates stacked up in the center isles at your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. They’re so easy to paint and decorate, but my favorite thing to do with them is to add casters and make them roll!

I actually have several that I’ve made for different reasons around my house. My first was for my boys’ room to store toys, then we made a roller crate for library books (we tend to checkout 20 at a time!), and most recently I’ve made them for my office to help organize upcoming projects.

DIY Roller Crate for Organization | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

One of my favorite elements is the chalkboard paint because I can organize my project with a  reminder of when it’s due and then I can change the title when I move on to another project!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Crate
  • 4 small casters
  • Chalkboard paint (FolkArt has several colors)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Bistro chalk markers
  • Drill or screwdriver
  • Optional: Painters tape. I used Martha Stewart’s brand for the small edges and Scotch for the larger areas

And here are the easy steps:

How To Make A Rolling Storage Crate with Chalkboard Stripes | @kimbyer

 

  1. Add casters. Use a drill or a screwdriver to insert them into each corner. Be slow so that you don’t split the wood.
  2. Use painters tape or a stencil if you’d like a pattern.
  3. Use chalkboard markers to add a label. And then erase it when you’re ready and add a new label!

DIY Storage Crate with Wheels | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppecom

Now just fill it up with your kid’s toys, library books, craft projects, mail… the possibilities are endless!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Where Hope Grows – New Faith Based Movie Sneak Peek, Premiers May 15

Thank you to Pollinate Media Group® and Godspeed Pictures for sponsoring today’s discussion as part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign. All my opinions are my own. #pmedia #wherehopegrowsmovie http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

It’s no secret that I’m Christian. I lean on my faith daily to raise my boys and live my life. But did you know that growing up I had an aunt with Down Syndrome? She was amazing. The upcoming movie, Where Hope Grows from Godspeed Pictures, is a great new film that focuses on finding redemption through faith, hope, and love and it puts a shining focus on the pure heart of some really beautiful people.*

Where Hope Grows Movie Premier Sneak Peek | Kim Byers

My boys and I curled up Sunday and watched the premier of Where Hope Grows. It’s a powerful film that discusses some really difficult, but all too common, problems in today’s society. What I connected with most in the film, is that really good people can lose their way and sometimes the love of a kind stranger can bring them back. In the case of Where Hope Grows, that stranger is a young Down Syndrome boy, who goes by the nickname of Produce (because he works in produce at a local grocery).

Watching this movie reminds me of my amazing Aunt Nita and her unwavering kindness and optimism. I’ve known multiple Down Syndrome children and adults throughout my life and they all have one common thread, happiness. Although they have mental disabilities and sometimes physical, God blessed this group of people with a happiness gene that I wish were contagious.

If you have someone in your life who has an addiction, needs some encouragement, or just loves a good faith based film, I recommend you take them out to the movies on May 15! Check your local theater for showtimes and availability.

Have you seen the trailer?

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Here’s another little peek called “the ride:”

You can check out more of Where Hope Grows, as well as get to know David (aka Produce) and all the wonderful actors on:

  • Facebook: @WhereHopeGrows
  • Twitter: @WhereHopeGrows
  • Instagram: @WhereHopeGrowsMovie

Where Hope Grows

Enjoy the film!

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* Just a heads up to parents with young kids, there are some difficult subjects in this film and a few intense teenage moments.

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Kids Crafting With Cricut Explore Air + $100 Giveaway

My boys have taken over my Cricut Explore Air… Really! We recently went on a Sunday hike at a local park and the boys went “off trail” to explore the creek. It was all the inspiration they needed to dream up a summer club for them and their friends.

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A huge thank you to Cricut for sponsoring today’s ideas!

When we returned home they snagged my iPad, opened the Cricut Design Space app for iPad® and my oldest designed a logo for their club, which they named Creek Kids Club. So cute right? The design has two people with binoculars overlooking water and their club name. I was so impressed. I had to help them resize it to work on their notebook (their first version of it), but since then they’re pros at it. The new app is really just that easy, easy enough for a 10 year old boy. {wink}

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Want to see them in action? I made a quick one minute video. I’m sure you’re going to love the crazy funky spy music… boys are so silly. {grin}

If you don’t have a Cricut yet, I highly recommend it. There are thousands of images in Design Space and more being added everyday from designers like me. Designs that you can pull apart, layer, enlarge, make small, change the color, write on… the options and the creativity are endless. Trust me, you’ll love it.

Has the investment been an obstacle for you? Well I might have the answer. Did you see that Cricut just came out with the Explore OneIt’s the same great machine, but a bit less expensive than the Cricut Explore (one step cut & write) and Cricut Explore Air (one step cut & write plus wireless). It’s the perfect starter machine because you can upgrade it if you want those other features. Compare all three machines and let’s get crafting.

Oh and guess what?! Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is letting me give one lucky reader $100 gift card for Cricut accessories, so no matter what craft you’re inspired to make, you can go grab some supplies! See how to enter:

Cricut Explore Air Giveaway

Want $100 in Cricut Accessories for your Cricut Explore Air… or the one you’re hoping to have soon!? And maybe to have your idea published on Cricut’s social media channels?? Just tell me what your favorite Cricut project has been or would be. Or, you can tell me what you love about Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. {grin}

Just leave a comment below by May 18, 2015! – UPDATE: Winner Announced!

First of all, let me say what amazing comments we received. You guys really do love your Cricuts and your Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. I knew we had a lot in common!! {grin} The winning comment was… drumroll please… Vanessa! Congrats and enjoy $100 in Cricut Supplies!!

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Make sure you hop over to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and see what all the Cricut Explore Air  has to offer. You know, it doesn’t just cut… it writes, it scores and so much more! {smile}

Did you miss seeing a bit of my office and lots of talk about why the Explore Air? Make sure you check out the post before you go!

From my family to yours, let’s get crafty! Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has everything you need.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Countdown To The Last Day Of School

Are your kids as giddy as mine about the last day of school?! Bring on SUMMER! {wink} You can all count down to the big day with a super easy to make Chalkboard Countdown Calendar!

Chalkboard Countdown To The Last Day Of School | @kimbyers

Here’s what you’ll need to make a chalkboard countdown to the last day of school … or to the first day of summer… and you can find it all at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores:

  • Chalkboard 12×12 (this one is magnetic for my next chalkboard project!)
  • Frame 12×12
  • Cricut Explore Air (or Cricut Explore with bluetooth adapter)*
  • Cricut Design Space app for iPad® (or you can use your desktop/laptop if you don’t have an iPad)
  • My Countdown graphic in Design Space (personalizing, resizing, etc. is so easy!)
  • 12×12 Cricut Mat
  • Cricut Vinyl Stencil
  • Cricut Transfer Tape
  • Chalk marker, fine tip
  • Optional: Tape, Ruler

Now for the super simple tutorial, just hop over to my latest post on the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores blog, Creative Spark. You’ll get the full written tutorial as well as a pictorial. I’m personally visual so the picture by picture helps me craft it the first time! {grin}

Countdown to Summer and the Last Day of School | @kimbyers

By the way, did you see that Cricut just came out with the Explore One? It’s the same great machine, but a bit less expensive than the Cricut Explore (one step cut & write) and Cricut Explore Air (one step cut & write plus wireless). It’s the perfect starter machine because you can upgrade it if you want those other features. Compare all three machines and let’s get crafting!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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How To Foil Paper – Introducing Heidi Swapp’s Minc

The trend in paper crafting is to foil paper, but it wasn’t easy to do it yourself until Heidi Swapp created the Minc. Have you seen it?

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 It’s truly as simple as one-two-three.

  1. Select a paper or chipboard - Use one of the Heidi Swapp papers, diecuts, cards, tags (and so much more) OR, laser print your own design like my polka dot pattern above,
  2. Cut - trim the foil slightly larger than the design and place in the sleeve (foil up),
  3. Foil - run it through the machine.

The Minc machine comes with a sleeve, foil and gift tags. Enough to get a taste of how fun it is!

Heidi Swapp MINC | Kim Byers

Here are just a few more key details:

  • Minc Foil Applicator and Starter Kit MSRP is $149.00 Minc Foil MSRP is $9.99 (foil is 12”x 10’) and Minc accessories MSRP from $2.99 to $12.99
  • Minc Foil Applicator and accessories are available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, as well as locally owned craft stores and online shops
  • The Minc is a fairly light weight and compact. It measures about 19.5” x 5” so it doesn’t take a ton of storage space.
  • Minc features:
    • Ability to accept a 12” wide sheet
    • Four pressure rollers (most laminators have two) to evenly distribute pressure across a 12×12 surface
    • A heating element that covers the entire 12”, as opposed heat focused at the outer edges (also common in every day laminators)
    • Adjustable heat settings that allows for foil transfer on sensitive materials like vellum, all the way to more robust chipboard and even thin wood veneer

By the way, you’re going to want ALL of these colors! I used silver on my frame art (above), but I think I’m going with the teal for my next project. {wink}

Heidi Swapp Foil

So if you love shiny crafts and girly things, you’re going to want one of these lovely little craft accessories! Just think of all the beautiful things you can personalize.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Weekly Family Movie Night & How To Style A Bar Cart

I’ve hosted a weekly family movie night since my youngest son was old enough to sit still, which is about six years now. It’s every Friday night and we all look forward to it each week by voting on our feature presentation. Good thing I like action movies, because I’m often overruled! {grin}

Movie Night Bar Cart

Recently Kohl’s invited me to share how we set our big night up in my house!

Since this is not just a time to watch a movie together, but has almost become a celebration to kick-off the weekend, we save our sugar calories (or at least I do) for our family movie night! Hence the bar cart full of donuts, chocolate, popcorn, soda… all those things that you would find at a real theater (but for a fraction of the price mommas!). And what’s also great, my way you can pause the movie if you need to run to the restroom. {wink}

Family Movie Night Treats

So let’s talk about what we need to set up our family movie night bar cart! I find that even though this is a family event, by having a specific day each week, allowing the kids to pick their favorite goodies, and making it super fun by setting up the “party” bar cart, the kids really look forward to it and actually don’t ask to do other things on “our” night together.

Shop this look at Kohl’s:

Movie Night Bar Cart with Marquee Letter

Marquee Letter, battery operated – this was a must. No one likes to turn the light on during a movie and this fun little marquee letter allows just enough light to prep your popcorn or grab a drink without turning on the overhead light.

Family Movie Night Ideas

Bobby Flay aqua rim cups and Bobby Flay aqua plates – I choose melamine because my kids are still… well… kids. And since I love the red and aqua color combo, I was immediately drawn to the Bobby Flay line of summer plates and cups

Vintage Style Popcorn Maker

Popcorn maker - I love the old fashioned look of this popcorn maker. Plus, it sits nicely in a small space, is easy to clean, and the kids can operate themselves.

WIre Basket Movie Night Treats

Red and aqua wire baskets - these are perfect for extra treats… I mean… you gotta make room for the chocolate!

Chalkboard food labels – and although it’s obvious, these are just darling ways to say SWEET and SALTY! And since they’re chalkboard you can change them anytime to say something like DON’T TOUCH… or MOMS ONLY! {grin}

I love styling a bar cart because you have build in dimension, you can move it around and you even have a few different surfaces to hang things from. 

How To Style A Bar Cart

So let’s talk how to put it all together:

  • Top level of bar cart - this is where you should place anything that you need to “make.” Meaning if you have to do more than just grab the item, it needs to be on top. And I strongly suggest leaving a little open space for people to sit things (like that soda your kiddo grabbed before making his popcorn).
  • Bottom level of bar cart - this is where you place things that can be easily grabbed, like sodas, cups, and oh yes… donuts!
  • Spill over onto the floor - I see no need to keep it contained to the cart, these super fun baskets are easy to place and easy to move. Fill them full of goodies and set them in front. And if your kids are anything like mine, you might find your basket sitting next to them during the movie. I don’t allow them to go “overboard” on treats. I mean they do have to pick one or two things (and the rest is safe until next week), but that doesn’t mean they don’t try!
  • Go up - we often leave our cart out, so I added more permanent decor to the wall, including this fun chalkboard ticket (that I made). The kids love to write the week’s movie title on with a chalkboard pen. Just another way to keep them excited!

DIY Chalkboard Movie Ticket | Kim Byers

Here’s a closer look at the ticket. It was super easy and lots of fun. And I simply love that my kiddos can write the feature on themselves with chalkboard markers each week. I’ll show the easy DIY on the blog next week.

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Family time is so very important to me. I need that scheduled time, something we can all look forward to. And I love that my kids are excited about it each week. What will I do when they’re old enough to date… Eeek! I have a few years… like six… or twenty… so I guess then I’ll just have to invite their dates. {wink}

Movie Night Ideas with Kim Byers

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By the way, my kids are wearing Kohl’s too, the Tony Hawk line. They love his style!

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From my family to yours, I hope you have a special night of the week, or month, whatever works into your schedule, just make time to be together. And don’t forget to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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How To Build A Gift Basket for Mother’s Day + $6,000 Giveaway

I’m so very blessed to have an amazing mom. She has been there through ups… downs… and sideways… {grin} And now with Mother’s Day just a few short weeks away, I wanted to build the perfect gift basket for her.

Mother's Day Gift Basket for the baker in your life! Tutorial with Kim Byers.

A huge thanks to Cost Plus World Market for sponsoring today’s tutorial.

We’re southern and food is our language of love, so I decided to build a basket full of baking tools and goodies from World Market, plus some lovely personalized treasures from Shutterfly. Not only will she love it, I bet she bakes me something! {wink}

Build a baker's gift basketShop this gift basket:

And then hop over to Shutterfly for a personalized iPad cover so she can have her favorite recipes at the ready, a personalized cookie plate and a Mother’s Day card featuring her favorite people!

Cookie Jar Gift Idea | Kim Byers

In addition to all the goodies in the basket to help mom bake, the kiddos and I thought we should kick start her gift and bake something for her. I fell in love with this lovely aqua blue jar and don’t you know that World Market had the perfect whisk shaped favor tags to go with it!

We baked, stacked the cooled cookies in cupcake liners, sealed the jar and tied it with a sweet message from my boys. I mean, what grandma doesn’t love to see her grandkids’ handwriting on her gift.

Shop this gift:

  • Mason jar shaped cookie jar
  • Aqua blue glass jar with airtight lid (in stores)
  • Whisk “homemade” gift favor tags with aqua baker’s twine (in stores)
  • Cupcake liners (in stores)

I also picked up a clear cello bag and twine to finish the gift off. It makes it easy to carry with no worries of losing treats along the way!

Rather see a quick video of how it all comes together?

 

Want more Mother’s Day Gift Ideas or other Gift Basket goodies? World Market has tons!

Oh, and don’t forget to enter World Market and Shutterfly’s #MyAmazingMom Giveaway. You could win a $5,000 World Market gift card and a $1,000 Shutterfly gift card to treat themselves to the ultimate shopping spree! {So wish I could win!!!}

 

#MyAmazingMom Giveaway with World Market and Shutterfly

 As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy early Mother’s Day!

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Mother’s Day Brunch in Soft Pinks & Bright Yellow

Host a Mother’s Day brunch this year with these lovely ideas from Christina of Something Chic. I’m just in love with the yellow tulip centerpiece!

Mother's Day Brunch

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Christina created an intimate mother daughter brunch using inspiration from Tiny Prints Pretty Wreath stationary collection.

She tells me that she normally plans a large brunch, but chose to focus on hosting an intimate gathering this year with lots of personalized touches. Isn’t the color palette darling and just perfect for mom! Soft pinks with bright yellow, and the complements of pastel green and purple to visually enhance the style, perfection. These colors are even the focal point of the gifts. Notice the Forever Dots: Goldenrod pillow, perfect for any mother. Also, the khaki on khaki Herringbone full name throw (my personal favorite gift!).

I’m a fan of using things in new ways and Christina didn’t disappoint. Filling the birdcage with fresh blueberry muffins and butter croissants strategically worked perfectly for the design. And what about those darling pastel mini cakes from Maribelle Cakery topped with wood cake topper sticks with personalized labels.

Shop Christina’s look for your Mother’s Day brunch!

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