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}

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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!

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

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Boy Bedroom Idea: Easy Personalized Baseball Vinyl Decals + $100 Giveaway

My boys’ bedroom needed a little freshing up for spring and as they are little sports fanatics they wanted something that would reflect their current sport, baseball. And with the Cricut Explore Air from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, I was able to whip up these vinyl baseball decals in no time!

Boy Bedroom Ideas - Personalized Baseball Vinyl

See… they play all sports. Or at least it feels like it. Thank goodness God blessed me to enjoy watching and attending sports when my children are involved. In all honesty, I actually get really into it. Always in a positive way, but I am that mom that claps, cheers and yells encouraging words on occasion. They’ve not asked me to stop yet. {grin}

Baseball Boys

So you guessed it, I was inspired by my boys. Watching them play, in-between taking pictures of them with my iPad, I was looking at Cricut Design Space app for iPad® and pulling in images that might work for their bedroom. So easy to do and with the app and you never have to lose that moment of inspiration! By the way, you don’t have to be a designer, or even have your own images to upload, Cricut Design Space has thousands of things to choose from. Yep… thousands. {grin}

Baseball Bedroom Vinyl with Cricut Explore

So I finished my baseball design in just a few clicks on the Cricut Design Space app for iPad®. And what was best, my boys were able to get involved and tell me what they liked and didn’t like before I spent too much time crafting! {fist bump}

Baseball Designs on Cricut Design Space

From there, it’s super easy. You’ll need a few things and it can all be found at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores):

And for the super easy steps:

  1. Design – Open my project in Design Space. Customize it any way you like. Change the colors, make it longer, resize it. Edit the child’s name. Add their team name or jersey number. Then send it to your Cricut Explore Air to cut.
  2. Transfer – Using transfer tape, gently peel the design off the mat.
  3. Apply – I used a ruler and pencil to mark placement on the wall before applying. Once I had my spots, I gently applied the tape to the wall, stood back and made sure it was just where I wanted it. Now gently peel from one corner, smoothing out an bubbles as you go. Not extremely comfortable with Transfer Tape, read on for a few tips and tricks! {wink}

How To Use Vinyl Transfer Tape

Cricut Vinyl Transfer Tape is just a few dollars is worth every penny! It will save your patience, especially when there are multiple elements and small cuts. Trust me. I speak from experience. {wink} But if using it makes you nervous or you have questions, I’m your girl!

  • Applying tape to vinyl - start at one end. Peel off an inch or so. Apply to vinyl corners. Start slowly pushing transfer tape off the roll onto vinyl using the wooden tongue depressor included in the kit.
  • Peeling transfer tape off mat - go slow! If the vinyl pulls use the hook tool (or your finger) to gently pull the vinyl from the mat.
  • Getting wrinkles during application – gently rub them out with your fingers or the included depressor. Go slow and don’t crease. Vinyl peels up and re-sticks easily. Just be patient and go slow.
  • Sticky mat causing problems - use an older mat for intricate designs if you have one. And if not, go slow so you don’t wrinkle.
  • Small vinyl details came up with tape - most of these will come off when you apply to final finish. If not, use a small hook tool to scrape them out.

One of the things I truly love about vinyl is that it’s an inexpensive way to personalize a room (or phone case, coffee mug, gift wrap, etc). So when baseball is over and we’ve moved on to football in the mid-summer, I can simply peel the baseball off and update it with a football scene. You can even save the vinyl for the next season if you’re really careful. (Just save the vinyl backer that you peeled it off of.)

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!

Giveaway ends April 21, 2015 so hurry!

AND THE WINNER IS: LIZ

Winner

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!

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

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Earth Day Crafts With Kids

Earth Day is April 22, only a few short weeks away, and these are some of the adorable Earth Day crafts I’m thinking of trying with my kiddos.

Earth Day Kid Crafts

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a tree hugger {grin}, but I do love all things God made, all natural elements of this world. We live in Ohio and spend much of the winter hibernating… or throwing snowballs and sledding down hills for fleeting moments in a four month abyss. But the rest of the year, we’re hiking, biking, running, walking, swimming… and on and on in this big beautiful outdoor world of ours.

These are just a few of the Earth Day projects I’m considering. I think we’ll start with the simple paper mache earth… but the terrariums will be a close second.

This Earth Day I hope you’ll take the time to share with your littles the importance of loving God’s amazing Earth. It’s not just beautiful, our protection of it is our future.

As always, I hope you’ll craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Personalized Easter Egg Pails In Just 10 Minutes

My kids have the pretty wicker Easter baskets that the Easter Bunny pours sweet treats and a little gift into. But honestly, I don’t want them dragging it around the yard all day and getting it dirty while hunting eggs. {wink}

Personalized Easter Pails | Kim Byers TheCelebrationShoppe.com

So I picked these simple pails up from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and used my Cricut Explore Air to whip up some personalized Easter pails! What’s best, my boys got to have input. They could actually play around with the Cricut Design Space app for iPad® and add different design elements they liked.

Personalized Pail | Kim Byers

I also made a general one that said “HOPPY EASTER” in case anyone forgets theirs. Or if I want to hunt a few eggs. {wink} It might just be my favorite.

Personalized Easter Pails | Kim Byers

And if you have a child with an “O” in their name the ears work great there too. Or just add the ears to another letter in their name.

To make this easy 10 minute craft you’ll need:

And for the super easy steps:

  1. Design – Open my project in Design Space. Customize it any way you like. Change the colors, make it longer, resize it. Then send it to your Cricut Explore Air to cut.
  2. Transfer – using transfer paper, apply the design to the pail. It’s as easy as putting on a sticker with transfer tape!
  3. Play – add grass, and eggs and play.

It’s that easy! {smile}

Personalized Easter Pails | Kim Byers

Did you see the Easter chick bunting I posted yesterday?

Easter Chick Banner with Kim Byers

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

Fuzzy Easter Chicks | Easter Inspiration with Kim Byers

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Easter Chick Bunting & Capturing Inspiration In The Moment

Where do you find inspiration when you craft?

Fuzzy Easter Chicks | Easter Inspiration with Kim Byers

I personally can see a lovely fabric pattern and start wondering how it would look painted on Easter eggs. Or, I can be wandering the isles of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and see fuzzy little Easter chicks and start dreaming about how they would look as a garland on my mantel. {wink}

Designing Easter Chick Bunting | Cricut Air with Kim Byers

Which is by the way exactly what happened. My kids love to paint Easter eggs. You know… the old fashioned way with paint brushes and craft paint. It’s a long story but we have this old fairy-tale book and the bunnies paint with brushes. {grin}

That same afternoon we ran into Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to pick up a few things for a project I was planning and I found these darling fuzzy little chicks in the holiday isle. I love bunnies for Easter just like the next girl, but there was something about these little cuties that inspired me.

Know what I did… I pulled my iPad out and searched the Cricut Design Space app for iPad®  for Easter chick images. I carry my iPad around with me most of the time and within seconds I had some fun ideas to pull into a new project mat. I hit save and finished it up when I got home, but the best part is that I didn’t lose the idea. You know those times when you have great ideas, but by the time you get back to your laptop you’ve forgotten part or all of it… Yep. It’s happened to me a bunch too.

Easter Chick Bunting Inspiration | Kim Byers

Easter Chick Banner Inspiration | Kim Byers

So now back at home I was able to sit my little chicks around with the sweet eggs my babies painted and from those two things I was able to finish up my Easter chick bunting.

And because the Cricut Explore Air is is bluetooth capable I never went to my computer. I created my entire project, and sent it to the machine to cut, right from my iPad. It may just be me, but for some reason it feels more organic and less like work using my iPad. Maybe it’s because I associate my laptop with work… or maybe it’s because I never had to sit down. {wink}

Easter Chick Bunting with Cricut Explore and Design Space App

So let’s get crafty and making some Easter chick bunting!

You’ll need (everything can be found at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores):

And for the super easy steps:

  1. Design – Open my project in Design Space. Customize it any way you like. Change the colors, make it longer, resize it. Then send it to your Cricut Explore Air to cut.
  2. Assemble – using glue dots, or Zots, and foam adhesive squares. I like to use the foam because it gives paper a 3-D feel.
  3. Hang – attach your chicks and eggs to ribbon with more Zots and hang.

It’s that easy!

Easter Chick Banner with Kim Byers

I couldn’t stop there though. After whipping out my Easter chick banner in a matter of minutes, I decided to start work on some new Easter pails for my kiddos. Again… inspiration struck while in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and I picked up these sweet little metal pails. They have tons of colors. I personalized some and made some general ones. Here’s just a glimpse of what I did. More detail along with the Design Space inks to create your own tomorrow!

DIY Personalized Easter Pail | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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!

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

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Decorating Easter Eggs With Paint Pens

Are you decorating Easter eggs yet? Have you tried paint pens?

Decorating Easter Eggs with TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I fell in love with these pens last year at SNAP. I started out with silver, then I picked up gold and aqua and white… they’re just too much fun and the colors always pop. On a side note, they work great for class projects. My sons have ran a few of them dry.

But this is all about the egg.

Easter Egg Decorating with TheCelebrationShoppe.com

No template, just scribbling, but it’s lots of fun, super easy and the kiddos can get involved. 

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

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Easy DIY Easter Egg Balloons

These amazing Easter egg balloons from Balloon Time and Studio DIY are just darling. So simple and creative. I’m in love! So when Balloon Time asked if I wanted to share, it was an easy yes! ;)

Easy DIY Easter Egg Balloons from Balloon Time

Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy DIY Easter Egg Balloon Craft:

  • 9” or 11” Latex Balloons
  • Balloon Time Helium Tank
  • Acrylic or Craft Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • String, Ribbon or Twine
  • Clear Shipping Tape

Easy instructions:

  1. Inflate balloons using your Balloon Time Helium Tank and temporarily tie a loose knot to the tail so they don’t slip away.
  2. Flip your balloon over so it looks like an egg shape, and use your paintbrush and acrylic paint to paint your favorite Easter egg designs on them. Use enough paint to get even coverage, without it being too thick. (You don’t want to weigh down your balloon.) Then let dry.
  3. Once dry, carefully untie the string from the tail and use a small piece of shipping tape to adhere the string to the “top” of the balloon, which will now become the bottom. Done! Tip: Do not try to remove the tape once it is on there or the balloon might pop.

Hop over to Balloon Time for more photos and more ideas! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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My Office Remodel & My First Must-Have

I’m remodeling my office and I still have a bit to go, but I wanted to share my first must-have, an electric hanging fireplace from Build.com. Oh yes! Oh my! This southern girl is going to win the war (at least inside my house) against old man winter!

Home Office Remodel

Have I told you… I know I have. I strongly, emphatically, dislike January through mid-April in Ohio. I don’t mind the snow when it’s 28 degrees and you can play in it. But when the windchill is -28, as it was much this winter… I’m dreaming of hot chocolate and warming my toes near the fire. So one of my first choices when remodeling my office was just that. I decided to get a wall mount fireplace to keep me from freezing when I hit the office in the early morning hours.

I was planning this DIY on my on and I have to be honest, I was a little nervous. My hubby is amazing at installing things, painting things, helping with things… but he is also an incredibly busy guy and so when I was searching for just the right fireplace, I needed it to be something that I could manage.

Which meant I needed to buy it from somewhere that had good descriptions, great customer service for all my questions, and would deliver it right to my house. Build.com had me covered! On each product page, there are different sections with PDF instructions, installation videos, Q&A, reviews, and product specialist contact information help. They want to make sure your project goes as smoothly as possible and they mean it! And what’s more, the delivery man in his huge 18-wheel truck in my little neighborhood was even nice. {wink}

And since the house thermostat is located in my office, I decided to upgrade us to a new programmable thermostat so I didn’t end up warm and toasty and freezing the rest of my family. Yep… It would have happened!

What’s best about the thermostat is that you can operate it with your cell. Not that I’m lazy or anything {rolling eyes}, but the fireplace has a remote and the thermostat can be operated from my cell. Let me paint the picture. Me, early in the morning, with a blanket on my lap, fireplace on, two remotes… Oh… and a cup of hot coffee. It’s a bit of heaven and I’m super productive! {wink}

So for us ladies looking to tackle DIY home projects on our own, I highly recommend Build.com. They’ll walk you through it all and with the videos, if you need to go through it again you have a constant resource. Plus, you can just call them!

Resources and specific products:

Build.com

Dimplex Fireplace

Programmable thermostat

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and decorate! Now go check out Build.com and start planning your next home DIY project!

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Easy DIY Bunny Ear Chenille Headband

Want a super easy Easter craft? These bunny ear chenille headbands come together in less than two minutes!

Easy Chenille Bunny Ear Headband

To make this darling chenille bunny ear headband, you’ll need:

  • Metal headband (Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has $1 headbands covered in gray ribbon… perfect!),
  • Darice Chenille Stems,
  • Scissors, and
  • Super cute little girl to wear them!

Super easy steps:

  1. Wrap – Just start at one end and wrap one stem. The metal interior holds them in place perfectly.
  2. Ears – band two stems in the middle and attach to the top of headband. I chose to bend one ear. {wink}
  3. Wrap – finish wrapping with Chenille and cut off excess at the end.

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