Thanksgiving kid activity: thankful tree

My little ones NEED fun things to keep them busy on Thanksgiving Day because the rest of us congregate in the kitchen a lot. Not always cooking… more like nibbling… as my mom cooks.

So this year my boys are going to be decorating part of their own Thanksgiving kids table. First craft up, a Thankful Tree, but instead of cutting out or punching out leaf shapes, they will be rubbing real leaves with crayons and they will be collecting said leaves as well. The reason? I want this activity to take longer than 3 minutes. {grin}

Join me over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for more Thanksgiving Day kid activity ideas, and some very fun Thanksgiving kid treats from me and other fabulous bloggers.

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

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DIY candy corn wreath + video tutorial

I’m a huge fan of candy corn, more so the nostalia of it than the taste, but love it all the same.

And today I’m sharing how to make a candy corn inspired Halloween wreath using pine cones! My boys were playing a game where they would throw their footballs into three pine trees in our side yard to see who could knock down the most pine cones. Needless to say we had an overabundance and I felt challenged to make something out of them. {grin}

I’m pretty proud of how my pine cone wreath turned out! Here’s what you’ll need to make your own candy corn inspired pine cone wreath: 

  • 15-17 medium size pine cones (if you can’t find them in nature, you can pick them up at your local JoAnns Fabric and Craft Store)
  • orange, yellow and white spray paint
  • base wreath (this one I upcycled from an old project, but you can pick them up for a few dollars at your local craft store)
  • orange ribbon
  • orange, yellow and white cardstock
  • stick glue
  • tools: scissors, glue gun

And here’s a easy how to video tutorial to show you all the easy steps for making your own pine cone wreath craft:

Oh, and don’t forget, my Candy Corn Halloween Party Collection (like these dessert labels) is free for download right now! Enjoy! 

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

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easy no mess pumpkin decorating

Looking for easy ways to decorate pumpkins that doesn’t involve carving, painting or hot glue?! Well this one is for you!

I really want to save this little pumpkin for baking (these are the best size pumpkins) but I needed a fun way to dress him up to go with my new Candy Corn Pine Cone Wreath (tomorrow’s post). So with a simple black masquerade mask from the craft store and harlequin pattern witch hat we made a few years ago, he’s a masquerading pumpkin!

He’s adorable AND I can still make him into a pie. {grin}

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

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DIY headless horseman costume


My oldest was reading A to Z Mysteries, Sleepy Hollow Sleepover when we started talking Halloween costumes for this year and so it didn’t surprise me when he decided he wanted a Headless Horseman costume!

I’m not much for super scary or gross costumes, actually, we typically go as super heroes, as you can see from his little brother (aka Batman) in the background, or civil service (e.g., police swat officers, fireman). 

I tried to talk him into carrying a carved pumpkin, but that was a no go. I also tried the “I’ll paint your face and hair orange.” That too was a no go. He wanted it to sit on his head… well, you can immediately understand the issue.

Then my friends at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores came to my rescue and didn’t even realize it. They sent me some Halloween goodies and among them were Funkins!

Super simple pumpkins to carve, no mess. It was great and he got so many compliments this past weekend at a local park’s Trick-or-Trail Halloween event, where this pic was taken. One man even asked us if it was real. Really?! Like I would put a oopy goopy pumpkin on my little one’s head! But my guy loved that the man wasn’t sure and I guess it’s a testament to how good Funkins look.   

Here’s what you’ll need:

Carving suggestions and tips:

  • Measure the Funkin and your child’s head before you purchase it. You don’t want their head to be squished!
  • Consider cutting small divots in each side of the pumpkin so that it sits on the shoulders and doesn’t slip back and forth on the child’s head.
  • Insert any padding and tack with hot glue inside the Funkin.
  • Now that the padding is in and shoulders cut, have the child place the pumpkin on and point to where their eyes are.
  • Take the pumpkin off and make a small hole. If the child can see out that hole, go ahead and carve 

For Halloween night we may let him carry my iPhone and play horse whiny noises when he goes door to door. {grin}

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

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easy Halloween apothecary jars


Make your own spooky Halloween apothecary candy jars in less than two minutes! Actually, it might not take you that long! {grin}

I was shopping Target last week… when I got that gray cake plate I shared on Instagram and in this pumpkin muffin post!… and found these fabulous Halloween stickers. They were only $2 for 16 stickers. You couldn’t print them for that price!

And then I found these glitter spider stickers from Jolee’s of EK Success Brands in the scrapbook section and I knew I was going to “spook” up my apothecary jars (which by the way I picked up at Target two-years ago… I know… I’m there a lot!)

You can also get lots of pretty apothecary jars at JoAnns Fabric and Craft Stores. They have tall ones, short ones, fat ones… on and on. I have a ton from there too!

I filled the apothecary jars with black licorice, attached my Halloween labels, attached a few spiders and finally strung a bit of web and now I have classic and a bit modern apothecary candy jars for my neighborhood boo bash this Halloween!

I do LOVE an easy craft!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! Happy Friday everyone!

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easy Halloween party favors


I LOVE this time of year. I just get giddy over the weather, the fun costumes, the decorations, the baking, the photo ops with my kiddos… and oh yeah… the crafts! {grin}

And I’m thrilled to have hung out with the fabulous ladies of Eighteen 25 this week sharing a little Spooktacular fun for their annual Halloween blog party! So many fun ideas from so many talented bloggers. You’ll want to check it out!

For me, I made these easy and totally kid friendly jack-o-lantern Halloween party favor crafts using plastic Easter eggs. You needed something to do with all of those anyway, right?! {snicker}

You’ll need:

  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Mod Podge & brush
  • Crepe paper (orange, black and green)

Super simple steps:

  1. Fill your egg with candies.
  2. Paint your closed egg with Mod Podge and wrap it with orange crepe. Allow it to set for a few minutes.
  3. Add a funny or scary jack-o-lantern face with black crepe and Mod Podge.
  4. Twist a 4″ piece of green crepe for the stem and attach with Mod Podge.
  5. Allow the eggs to set for several hours until completely dry.

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

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DIY Halloween trick-or-treat bags


I’m hanging out over on my blog at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com today sharing some fun and creative DIY Halloween trick-or-treat bag ideas! 

With Halloween just around the corner I’m getting excited. And as you ladies know, I love to craft, bake and in general create with my two boys and the holidays just give me a specific reason to pull them into the kitchen or the craft room.

I also like to volunteer in their classrooms and these simple, economical and creative Halloween treat bags will be perfect for their class Halloween parties this year.

I whipped up four ideas using colorful lunch bags: a Monster, Owl, Spider Web and Cat. I hope you’ll hop over to Snackpicks.com and join me for all the easy DIY details and of course a step-by-step pictorial of how to make each bag!

Oh, and there might be a coupon or two for your favorite Kellogg’s products if you join the newsletter! {grin}

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

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DIY coffee cozy teacher gift


Greet your new teacher this year with a mod apple coffee cozy. I made this one for me! Yes… I know… but I made it with Montia of Sew Jewell and it was just as easy to whip out two as it was one. Or, that’s what I told her! {grin) And since she’s also my mom she let it slide.

But in my defense, I did make one for a wonderful teacher friend of mine too! And what’s better, Amy started her own blog at The Teacher’s Chalkboard just last week. I’m so thrilled for her! Like any new blogger she’s just starting to find her way in this new world, but she has some amazing ideas. Just give her time! You’re gonna love her!

So, how do you sew one of these up for your teacher… or for yourself?! {wink}

Step 1 - Snag a coffee cozy from your favorite coffee shop for a template. {sideways whisper – I’ve had this one for over a year and I’m just now getting to this project!} You’ll want to cut your fabric 1/2″ wider than the cozy.

Step 2 - Select your fabric, weigh down or pin your template and fabric so that it doesn’t shift while you’re cutting (LOVE these little weights Sew Jewell had in her craft room!), and cut. (NOTE: Double your fabric back to back so you cut out both sides at once. Feel free to fussy cut it if you have a more intricate design!)

Step 3 – Select a batting (to insulate your cozy). We suggest an iron-on fusible batting.

Step 4 – Overlay your fabric on the batting, weigh it down and cut again.

Step 5 – Now take to the sewing machine and stitch the edges, making sure your fabric is turned the correct directions as shown above (fabric, batting in center, fabric) leaving a 2″ hole to turn your cozy with a fabric pointer, pushing out the edges. And then iron it flat.

Step 6 - Hand stitch or fabric glue the open end closed.

Step 7 - Now for the button hole, hopefully you have a machine that does it for you, or you could use strong adhesive Velcro dots.

I know what you’re thinking… what about that fun apple design?! Well if you have a monogramming machine like Montia…

you monogram and applique the project before you cut out the cozy. And if you don’t, no worries!

If you want one, but don’t want to make it, Sew Jewell is adding them to her etsy shop today for $15.

Or, if you do want to get creative, there is this fabulous invention called Wonder-Under Fusible WebJust make the cozy as we’ve shown, cut out a design (e.g., initials, Halloween, Christmas, anything) and then follow the Wonder-Under instructions to attach it/iron it on. Walla! You made your very own applique design! 

You can find all the supplies for this project at craft stores like Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

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

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FREE back to school printables



I love greeting our teachers each year with a little teacher appreciation gift from the kids. This year I made “Mint To Be” candy wrappers and wrapped them around boxes of Junior Mints! It will make them smile and breaks the ice for what will hopefully be a wonderful year of learning!

And of course I’m giving them to all of you, because I appreciate each and every one of you way more than I can ever express!

There are two versions of the candy wrappers and both can be personalized with your new teacher’s name right inside the file before printing. No special applications needed, just Adobe Reader.

The two candy wrappers say:

  • You were “mint to be” my teacher!
  • I was “mint to be” in your class!

DOWNLOAD these fun FREE back to school PRINTABLES NOW!

Oh, and I’ve included last year’s free owl lunch box notes too! {grin}

Happy Monday everyone and happy back to school planning! {3 more weeks for us… let the countdown begin!}

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camp Cole birthday party part II

So yesterday I shared part I of my little boy’s camp birthday party, including all the games and festivities, and today I’m sharing more party decorations including a few treats from the CAMP COLE Snack Shack. {All camp printable party supplies are available in the shoppe: invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}

I just loved my little tent and campfire napkin wrappers!

Our tree house was adorned with a Welcome To Camp Cole sign,

and all guests received a monogrammed “I survived CAMP COLE” t-shirt upon arrival. {Personalized t-shirts are available from Sew Jewell on Etsy!}

We had so much fun that day… even though it was close to 98 degrees! Ugh! Make sure you hop over and see all the games and activities in the part I post and you can find all the printable camp party supplies in the shoppe, all of which can be personalized for your little camper! {camp party invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! Happy Friday!

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