stadium of Cheez-It fans

For my most recent project with Kellogg’s Snackpicks, I created a fun and simple idea for the upcoming Super Bowl party season. I know what you’re thinking, these aren’t going to be the Super Bowl colors! That’s because this project was created months ago. But now with the game only a few weeks away and with the teams being finalized soon, I’m thinking it might be fun to update these as a little free printable?! {smile} UPDATE: FREE 2012 printables are posted! AND 2013 Super Bowl party templates are posted!

For the stadium, I just picked up a wire spice rack, filled cupcake liners with my favorite Cheez-Its, there are tons of flavors, wrapped them in these little cups, gave them some pennants and done!

These could be great for all kinds of snacks too. Kellogg’s has these fabulous 100 calorie pack mini cookies that would be a perfect fit. They even have white chocolate covered pretzel hitting the shelves this month and they are super yummy! Confession: I had a bag last night with my evening cup of coffee… and I didn’t even feel guilty about it! {smirk}

Hop over to Kellogg’s Snackpicks for tons of Super Bowl recipes ideas too, like mini chipotle hamberger sliders, bruschetta bites, brownie rainbow pie and more! And no worries, I’ll link the free printables back to this post as soon as they’re ready! UPDATE: FREE 2012 printables are posted! And 2013 Super Bowl party templates are posted!

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

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crafting away the winter blahs

Hi Everyone! It’s Bridget, again. Since I haven’t shared in a while, I thought I’d kick off my first post of the year with some of my favorite ways to keep away the winter blahs. With school back in session and short, cold days here in Ohio, it’s pretty hard to get out and enjoy the world outside. So, as my littlest strapped on her new roller skates and desperately tried to find entertainment by rolling her way around my kitchen, I realized I REALLY need a plan! Preferably one that includes some fabulous boredom busters… and if my floors avoid inevitable demise, all the better!

My oldest is a science buff and fell in love with these Crystal Geode Eggs we found at Martha Stewart. I can see this project “hopping” up again in our future soon! {wink}  My middle one is a bit more crafty and has become enthralled with the world of  friendship bracelets. We couldn’t resist the sweet way to share her new passion that we found from Dandee Designs 

In a perfect world, I’d have this list of exciting, crafty educational ideas with which to fill my kiddo’s days. On second thought, I do… I just call it pinterest (these are Kim’s boards, but I have some too!); which was exactly how I found these fun and fabulous fingerpainting ideas, too. No parent who fingerpaints with the kids is bored!

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easy last minute Christmas crafts

With only a few days to Christmas and the boys out of school, we plan to host a cookie decorating party with a few close friends, make fun crafts, color in our coloring books, eat sweet things until our teeth hurt, etc. etc. {wink}

And these are a few of the fun ideas that we might try:

Reindeer ornament craft from Little Bit Funky; Winter wonderland snow globe ornament from Family Fun; Wishing spool from Family Fun; Construction paper wreath from Our Small-Town Idaho Life; Cork reindeer craft from Make The Best of Things; Print and build a printable nativity set via How About Orange; Straw Christmas tree craft from Reading Confetti

For more ideas, visit my Christmas ideas board on pinterest. As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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coffee filter cookie sleeve

For my most recent Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com article I created a DIY coffee filter cookie sleeve. Here’s how:

Just simple folds, insert your Keebler Chips Deluxe cookies and close with a band of patterned paper. Done! Hop over to Snackpicks.com to see more ideas on hosting a Santa inspired milk and cookies bar for your Christmas party. And visit the shoppe for all of our printable Santa party decor.

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

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milk & cookies Christmas party

For my most recent Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com article I created a simple milk and cookies party idea inspired by “the big guy” himself, Santa of course!

And the best part, I didn’t bake a thing! I let the elves handle that part, the Keebler® Elves that is! {wink}

The table was packed with all of your family favorites with fun holiday names: Keebler Fudge StripesTM {wreaths}, Vienna Fingers® {sleighs}, Fudge Sticks {North Poles}, E.L. Fudge® Elves {elves} and Chips Deluxe® {ornaments}.

Hop over to Snackpicks.com for ideas on how to easily embellish your cookie wreaths and North Poles, ideas on how to style your dessert table…

plus a DIY tutorial for my coffee filter cookie sleeves! 

You can also find my complete Santa printable party collection in the shoppe including beverage wrappers, dessert tags, cupcake wrappers and dessert table mat. As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY Santa party favors

I had a little DIY fun this past weekend with the boys. We were testing a few ideas for our cookie decorating party favors and we came up with these little Santas.

You’ll need red, black and silver cardstock, cotton balls, pretzel size cello bags, cotton balls, tape, stick glue and candy. I used soft peppermint sticks and red cherry slices. 

Punch or cut out a red 2.5″ circle and trim a out a quarter of it like a pacman.

Close the circle and tape it on the inside. Next unroll a cotton ball. Add a small amount of glue to the rim of the hat and to the tip. Edge the hat with the cotton ball and then form a small ball for the top.

Cut strips of black cardstock for the belt and small silver cardstock squares for the buckle. Fill in the center of the buckle with a black thin point Sharpie and attach to the center of the belt with a touch of glue.

Insert the candy, fold the cello over in the back and tape. Wrap the waist with Santa’s belt and top with Santa’s hat, using a small piece of tape to keep both in place.

Waalaa! Fun and super easy Santa party favor idea. As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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Christmas tree footprint art

I often wish I could freeze time. My little boys are the most precious part of my life and I just want to squeeze them and snuggle with them forever.

But every time I turn around they’ve grown another two inches, so I’m always looking for ways to capture their sweet little features… like their little feet!

For your Christmas tree footprint art, you’ll need: white canvas and paint: Christmas Green, Cranberry and Bright Yellow. (I picked up all of my supplies from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.)

And little feet. {wink}

Aren’t they sweet?!

Next, cut a piece of paper the size of your white space to the right of your print and write your child’s name on it. Then cut out each letter and place them next to the print. This will allow your child to keep good spacing when painting on their name.

Now it’s time to let the little ones paint. We started with a star to top our tree.

Next we added their names. I suggest starting with the middle letters in case they get a little high or a little low so you can correct the spacing with the top and bottom letters.

And we finish with the year.

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

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DIY Christmas ornament curtain

I’ve been hanging Christmas ornament curtains on my little kitchen window for the last four years and everyone that comes to visit comments on how simple and pretty it is. So this year I grabbed my camera!

You’ll need a small white tension rod, ribbon and pretty ornaments. (I picked my tension rod up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. I think I only paid a $1 or $2 for it.)

The toughest part was getting my ribbon lengths the same for each ornament set. Now I just store them on the ribbon so I never have to do it again. {wink}

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

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DIY turkey cello bag treats

Thanksgiving is only a day away and I’m still planning and crafting. Yesterday I made these favors for our Thanksgiving kid’s table (I also made Halloween monster cello bag treats last month)!

So simple to make. Cut feathers, beak and eyes out of card stock.

Select your candy. I chose REESE’S Pieces. They’re the perfect color for a turkey and super simple to find. I picked this box up at Target for $1 and used the entire box for one turkey.

Fill a pretzel cello bag and tie it off with ribbon. I picked the cellos and the ribbon up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

Arrange your feathers and glue them together with a glue stick.

Attach eyes and beak with another dot of glue.

Gobble! Gobble!

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Thanksgiving placecard ideas

I love placecards at Thanksgiving dinner. Mostly because that way I can make sure I’m the closest person to my mom’s cornbread dressing! {wink} Here are a few simple and lovely ideas for your adult Thanksgiving table:

And the kiddos have to have some fun too!

I hope your planning is going well and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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