Crafting Arizona

Last Friday night I went to an all night craft event called Crafting Arizona. It went from 8pm-8am! Jax and I went together and we only made it until about 4:45am or so. I met up with Vanessa from The Sewer, The Caker, The Copy-Cat maker and two of her friends. They were still there when we left, but they were looking pretty beat. I don't think they made it until 8 either. It was pretty strange that it was already getting light outside on the drive home. Normally I am NOT a night owl. We had a lot of fun together, and I can't wait to show you what I got done.

Here are some pictures I took from the night.

Lots of cute decor.
Handmade pretzel's were yummy! They also had the most gigantic marshmallows I had ever seen dipped in chocolate and drizzled with peanut butter. So good! They made root beer floats for everyone too.
This picture does not accurately show how large the marshmallows are. Although since it is sitting on my mat, you can see it fills a 2x2" square. Gigantic!
Pinwheels and hounds-tooth galore.
This is what you saw when you came in. The event was held at a collaborative workspace. Essentially people rent out desk space and occasionally come together to work on projects together. We were working over on the right at tables set up.
I really liked the hanging lanterns.
They also had a photo booth set-up but I don't think that anyone used it. Sad. I didn't get a picture of it, but it was a very cute background.

Check out this adorable crocheted Yoda. Vanessa's friend, Mary(I think), crocheted this over the course of the night. ADORABLE! She made the pattern herself too. My favorite part was watching her pick out some of the stuffing to make Yoda's hair.
I got a lot accomplished that night which I will show you in the next post. We are headed towards picture overload with this one!

Father's Day Recap

Father's Day was a little underwhelming in my opinion. We had a busy weekend and I didn't really feel like I did a good enough job celebrating my husband. He has had his Father's Day present for a few weeks and I can never feel like it's a real holiday without some present opening. Well Monday morning I was catching up with Google Reader and I saw a post on iCandy about this adorable Star Wars kit on Sandy Toes and Popsicles.
I actually pinned it on Pinterest figuring I would save it for a Star Wars themed party or next Father's Day. After I couldn't stop thinking about it, I decided I just couldn't wait and I declared Tuesday a Father's Day do-over. Here are some pictures of the Star Wars kit.

Wookie Cookies, Droid Chips(pringles), Yoda Soda, and Vaderade. The R2D2 Chips might be my favorite. The original instructions call for cutting the pringle can size down. Instead of doing that, I bought fat free Pringles which come in a shorter can and just added a strip of blue from the Leia buns to cover the difference.

Han's Rolos, Ewok Gummies, Leia Buns.

There is a tutorial for making the Wookie messenger bag too.
Here is everything tucked inside!

This is what Daddy came home to in his chair. I love the little ammo straps on the bag handle.
Thanks for the great printables Sandy Toes and Popsicles! She had several other cute food labels that I didn't use, so I highly recommend checking them out. The link to the printables and messenger bag tutorial are at the end of her post.

I do want to show I wasn't a complete slacker for actual Father's Day. A local grocery store, Bashas, let kids decorate a cake for their Dad's for $5 on the Saturday before. It was a great deal and the kids had a blast. They each got to decorate their own cake. One made Daddy's and the other one did Grandpa's cake.
Dad's also got in free at Jester'z Improv if they brought a child with them. So little man got to go out with Mommy and Daddy.
Sorry for the terrible quality picture. Cell phone pics, what can you say?

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day weekend. Coming up soon will be a recap of Crafting Arizona!

Diaper Bassinet Tutorial

It's been awhile since I have written a tutorial. I just may have forgotten how, but I will give it my best shot! :)
A long time ago I saw a photo of a Diaper Bassinet on Someday Crafts. The original didn't have a tutorial, but I thought it was such a cute idea that I wanted to give it a try.
Here is what I came up with:

Here is how you can make your own...
  • 12 diapers(I used size 3 because I had some in that size)
  • 1-2 large rubber bands
  • An old cereal box or some thin cardboard that you can bend a little
  • Ribbon or jumbo ric rac
  • A burp cloth or baby washcloth. I bought whatever was on the registry.
  • Clear Tape
Step 1. Take a stack of 10 diapers and rubber band them together. The folded end of the diaper is the foot of the bassinet.
Step 2: Cut your thin cardboard into a rectangle 4" x 7"

Step 3: Cut a strip 3" wide x by the whole length of the box. You can trim off any extra length later.
Step 4. Place your 4x7" rectangle inside a diaper.

Step 5. Fold the diaper back into shape and insert it at the front of the diaper stack. This is the headboard for the bassinet.
Step 6. Open another diaper up completely and insert your long strip of cardboard.
Step 7. If the cardboard hangs over the end of the diaper, trim off any excess. I trimmed the blue section in the photo below.
Step 8. Tuck the diaper into the rubber band on each side. This is the canopy of the bassinet.
Step 9. Now it is time to embellish! Fold up your burp cloth/wash cloth for the bassinet bedding. I rolled one end up to make a "pillow."
Step 10. Tuck your ric rac/ribbon into the rubber band and lay it across the top of the bassinet. Tuck the ric rac into the opposite side of the bassinet and cut any excess. Wrap the ric rac around the bassinet to cover the rubber band. I secured the ric rac with clear tape at the back.

Now you are done! I didn't get too frilly with this boy bassinet, but you could go all out if you wanted too.
I hope you enjoy and please let me know if you have any questions!

CLOSED: Treat it Forward: Wendy's Giftcard Giveaway

This weekend(June 18, 19) Wendy's is donating $.50 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption for every Frosty purchased. My family loves Frosties so I am sure we will be checking it out.
Wendy's actually has several different things you can do that will trigger a donation. Here they are:
  • purchase a Frosty
  • Like Frosty on Facebook and share with your friends. (Check out the Treat it Forward tab and press the "Post it" button)
  • Tweet about the promotion using the #TreatitFwd hashtag
  • check in at Wendy's using Foursquare or Facebook Places
To further spread the word Wendy's has given me a $7 gift card to giveaway to one reader. Yummy!
To enter(5 entries possible):
1. Leave me a comment telling me whether you prefer the chocolate or vanilla frosty.(1 entry)
2. Do something that will result in a $.50 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for adoption. (see list above) Leave me one comment for every act you do. If you buy a Frosty and tweet about it, that would be 2 different comments, for two entries. (up to 4 entries)

The giveaway will run until Tuesday June 21, 2011 9pm AZ time. I will contact the winner via email, so please make sure I have a way to get in touch with you.
Good luck everyone! Oh and enjoy your Frosty this weekend.

Mario Father's Day Printable

Last year I shared this Mario Father's Day Printable. I decided it would be fun to update it for 2011.

There are 2 options. I have it set that you just print out the image and give it as is.
Click on the image to get it full size and either save it or print. The full size image should fill a regular 8.5 x 11 sheet.
Option 2 is for those who are feeling a little adventurous. You can download a PSD file and customize the following:
  • Dad's Name
  • Dad's Birthday (Currently the date of Father's Day in there)
  • Number of Kids (Coins)
  • The year(In case you use this next year or beyond!)

Here is what you need to do to customize your own:
Step 1: Download the font "Press Start" and install it - It is a must!!
Step 2: Download the PSD file for the Mario card. (After you click the download link, there will be a 20 second delay before you can actually download the file.)
Step 3: Open in Photoshop(or GIMP)
Step 4: Select the text layer you want to change
Step 5: Using your Text Tool change the text to your desired text
Step 6: Print and enjoy!

Let me know if you have any questions!

My Memories Review and Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received the My Memories Scrapbooking software in exchange for writing a review. All opinions are my own.
I have been meaning to get into the digital scrapbook world for awhile now. So far it is a little overwhelming. I took years building up my stash of tools, stickers, papers, and embellishments. Since I am woefully behind on my scrapbooking, I still have most of that stash sitting around. When I was presented an opportunity to try out the My Memories Scrapbook software, I was ready to jump on board.
Here is the first design I created with this scrapbook software:
It was fun and pretty easy. I wasn't super impressed with the background options that came with the software but they do have packs that are free to download. They have a lot of backgrounds, I would just prefer more variety. Each background comes in every color of the rainbow, but I would have liked fewer color options and more pattern choices. The kit I used is called Scenes from Summer and it was FREE. It has a bunch of different backgrounds and elements that are summer related. I do like that you get a $10 download credit when you buy the software. The kits range in price, but you should be able to buy at least two with the $10 credit.

I have good news for everyone. I have a coupon code that I can give you for $10 off the regular price of $39.97. (That makes the software about $30) Just copy and paste: STMMMS2206 when you go to the shopping cart. $10 off plus the $10 download credit is pretty sweet.

The best news is that I get to give away one copy of the software. I want to keep this one super easy for you.
To enter the giveaway for the My Memories Scrapbook software go to and find a scrapbooking kit that you like. Come back here and tell me the name of your favorite kit. That's all there is to it! I will pick a winner on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 9pm AZ time.
Good luck everyone!!

Monster Tooth Pillow

On Monday I noticed that my little boy had a loose tooth. Ahh! Someone slow down the ride, he is growing up too fast!
I knew I had to get making a tooth fairy pillow for him right away. I remembered seeing a cute Monster pillow somewhere so I searched my google reader and just what I was looking for over at The Long Thread. She has a great tutorial with templates for the teeth. The only change I made was using big buttons for the eyes instead of felt.

He can leave his tooth in his pillow and in the morning he will find some money from the tooth fairy!
I think once he hears about the money part of this loosing teeth deal, he will probably start to wiggle that thing as much as he can! I do have a question for those seasoned Mom's out there. How much does the tooth fairy bring your kids? What's the going rate these days? Thanks in advance for your input!

Make an Animated GIF

My new camera has a continuous shoot mode where I just hold down the button and it will keep snapping pictures until I let go. I made a fun little animated GIF at of little Ms Foxy and her light-up disguise glasses.

R8ukUI on Make A Gif, Animated Gifs

There are a lot of sites where you can create animated GIFS. I chose this one because you could do up to 20 photos instead of only 10 like everywhere else. I had one complaint though. Once your GIF is created you can't make any changes, you have to start over again. It is a quick process but I would have much preferred being able to change the delay in pictures without having to start all over again. I think I did about 10 of them before I ended up with this one that I liked the best.

What I have been up to...

I miss blogging! I just haven't had my heart into creating the last few weeks. I think it has a lot to do with the end of the school year and getting adjusted to a new schedule, or lack thereof. I do want to check in and tell you what I have been up to though.

  • I finally pulled the trigger and bought a DSLR. This Canon EOS Rebel T3 to be exact. I haven't used it too much yet, but I love it so far!

  • I have been busy with engraving. This is awards season and I have been engraving lots of trophies and awards. Here is an engraved tile I did for a customer.
  • Some friends asked me to participate in a frozen dinner swap they put together. I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. Well the swap is on Thursday and the logistics of cooking 12 family size meals is setting in. I've currently got 3 crock pots and 3 large pots on the stove cooking beans. I am making Chalupa which is pretty much Mexican Chili .
  • The most exciting thing I have going on is that we were given our theme for the Rice Krispies Making Memories summer challenge. Our team will be making a recipe and display based around a summer pastime. We are getting together tomorrow to start planning. I am so excited!