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This week I’ve been trying to save some money (Honestly I’m always trying to save some money) and I came across this great site called Money Saving Mom. It’s a wonderful blog that posts daily about coupon deals, free product promotions, and various ways to save money for your family! I love it and I follow them on Facebook which keeps me absolutely up to date.

I’ve always been drawn to crayola crayons. (hahahahahha drawn *face palm) When I was younger I just loved them. I’d arrange all my crayola sets on my bedroom shelf displaying them artfully to the world and letting everyone know how proud I was of their sharp unused tips. Fast forward 10 years to adulthood and recently I unpacked a box full of unused crayons and had absolutely no idea what to do with them until…   I found this great post over at 52 Kitchen Adventures that I just can not wait to try! All you need is crayons, a blow dryer, canvas/cardboard (some sort of artistic surface), and glue! When I finally get around to giving it a shot I shall share it with you all.

I hope everyone has a completely wonderful weekend!

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Do your house plants seem a little dull? Maybe they’re just lounging around being lazy producing absolutely no glitz or sparkle. Well that’s not their fault, they are only plants after all and sometimes it takes a little more than water and sunshine to make a girl feel pretty.

But do not fear! A Marble “plant bling” (I’m kicking myself for stooping so low as to use the word “bling”) tutorial is here!!!

And for those of you not into the whole DIY thing you can enter to win your very own 3 piece set by leaving a comment on this page (scroll down for details), and if you don’t like those odds head on over to my Etsy shop and buy some pre-made plant flair all of your own! for only $8 shipped!

This is what you’ll need!

Ruler

Copper Wire (I use 16 gauge but anything small will work)

Marbles (One marble per stake)

Wire Cutters (or funky scissors you don’t care about denting)

Needle Nose Pliers (I like the round ones)

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Want to make your own glowing jars? Maybe for Halloween? check out this  DIY Glow Jar Tutorial at Intimate Weddings.

If you wish to see any photos larger just give them a “click”

Thanks! Feel free to comment.

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My daughter is just starting to hit the age where she is able to imitate some of the things I do with my hands and being a big believer in Arts and Crafts I really wanted to start early with fun things like drawing and painting. She had her first finger painting session at about 6 months and it went really well. We both had lots of fun smearing the paint around and she didn’t even put any of it in her mouth, but paints are messy and I was looking for a quick easy project with little to no clean up.

I started out with a box of crayons, but with her little fingers and lack of quardination there was no way my 8 month old baby girl was going to be able to hold a crayon, so I got creative and made these SUPER EASY Pumpkin Toddler Crayons!

You will need:

A Box of Crayons

Tin Foil

2 Cookie Sheets

Scissors

Small Ice or Chocolate Mold

A Small Jar/Cup

To start you’ll want to dump out the crayons and sort them into groups by similar colors. They don’t need to be exactly the same shade because the colors will mix together when you melt them. Preheat the oven to 300 ° (Fahrenheit)

After sorting your crayons you’ll need to peel the paper off of each one. There’s no need for the papers so be a rough* and messy as necessary.

* You’ll break all your crayons later so if you break one now don’t worry about it

Place the jar or cup opening down on the table.

Tear off a piece of tin foil large enough to cover the bottom and sides of the jar.

Mold the tin foil around the jar.

Lift the tin foil off the jar and place opening up on the table.

With your scissors cut around the opening leaving about a 1/4″ lip on the edge. Be careful not to squish your tin foil cup

Fold the lip against the outside of your cup and use your finger to make a little pour spout on the side. You will need to make a cup for each color grouping of crayons.

Break up the crayons in each color grouping and place them in the cup.

Place the crayon filled cups on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil and bake for 7 minutes.

While the crayons are in the over prepare your second cookie sheet with a piece of tin foil and place your mold in the middle of it.

After the crayons have melted remove them from the oven.

Pick up each cup by the side opposite the pour spout and slowly fill each mold with melted crayon.

Warning: Be careful not to touch the bottom of the cup it is very HOT

Allow your Toddler Crayons to cool for 2-3 hours before gently popping them out of their molds

Note: To cool the crayons more quickly place the mold tray in the freezer for 30 minutes

Now you’re all set! Grab your little one and start Coloring!

Thank you for reading and please feel free to comment!

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This is a simple spider web I made using the “paper snow flake” theory with a little bit of a twist. All you need is;

Scissors

Paper

Penicil

Pen

Tape

Eraser (optional)

Start with your piece of paper on a hard surface.

Fold the bottom side (Side A) to the right side (Side B) creasing the paper at the bottom right corner (creating Fold C)

Fold, the left edge (Fold C) to the right side (Sides A and B) creasing the paper at the bottom right corner (creating Fold D).

Fold the left edge (Fold D) to the right side (Sides A, B and Fold C) creasing the paper at the bottom right corner so that Side A, Side B, Fold C, and Fold D all line up on top of each other.

Hold your folded paper up to the light and look for the silhouetted line of the edge farthest from the top.

Cut along the line you just found, and save the paper scrap for later.

Draw a curved line from the High point at the top of your paper to the Low Point about 3/4 of an inch from your Cut Line.

Cut along the line you just drew.

Draw a rough Guide Line along the right side of your paper about an 1/8 of an inch from the edge, Then draw curved lines about a 1/4 inch apart starting at the left side of your paper and ending at your Guide Line, and following the original curve of your Cut Line.

Cut along the curves you just drew, but do not cut on Guide Line.

Cut along all curve lines creating 1/4 inch paper flaps.

Cut out every other paper flap starting with the second from the top.

Unfold your Spider Web and Carefully smooth the folds.

On the Paper Scrap you saved draw a little Spider.

Cut around your little Spider, and tape him to your web.

Now you’re ready to hang it up!

Thank you so much for reading my Tutorial! I hope you enjoyed it!

Happy Halloween!

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Even your house plants need to be dressed up every now and then.

Click HERE if you like them —-> Copper and Glass Marble Plant Stakes

Thanks so much!

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Giraffe Stuffys in my Etsy Shop

I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with creating something out of my own mind. As a young child I was always making things out of bits of fabric and pieces of nature. Growing up in the country far from power lines and the conveniences of city plumbing I was always encouraged to use my creativity and imagination for entertainment, not to mention fortunate enough to have a mother with an endless surplus of craft supplies.

When I grew up I stopped sewing and creating for a lot of years, it had become to frustrating with the short patience I’d developed through teen hood, but when I got pregnant that all changed(for the most part). I suddenly had the patience to create patterns and replace seams. Small imperfections became unimportant and I no longer cared so much for the little things that no one could notice but me.

This week I redesigned a pattern I’d made previously and created a set of Ribbon Giraffes in Orange and Red. They are so soft and lovable, not to mention they stand all on their own. It’s definitely been hard to come to terms with the idea of parting with these little guys, but it is their destiny to be loved and adored by an active imagination on a safari through the African planes!

Take a moment and check out my shop on Etsy. Look around and be sure to let me know what you think!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/indiasroses

Thanks So Much!

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