Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DIY pendants made with toys

Making pendants for your bubblegum necklaces is EASIER than you think!

See those lalaloopsy heads above? NO, I did not yank them off of their bodies! They are actually pencil toppers (not erasers though).

And these My Little Pony's were the perfect size for dangling pendants....

They actually came from those "surprise packs" found in Wally World (aka Wal-Mart). Each package comes with a pony and a collector card. You never know which one you are getting hence "Surprise"!

You can also find the smaller ponies in packages sold together at your local Toys R Us.

With the help of a EYE SCREW, You can have sweet dangling pendants for your necklaces in the matter of seconds!

You can see how I did it below :

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

CHUNKY bubblegum beaded necklace tutorial

Hair bows move over.....make room for "Chunky Bubblegum Bead necklaces"!

Ay Yi Yi, Like I needed a new addiction, right? 

I started buying beads months ago and never made a necklace. I said "I'm over beads!" I did. Just ask my friends :) I made a necklace. I made another. I made another....Well, you get the point!


These bubblegum necklaces are really easy to make and they make great little photo props.

**I let Kennedy wear her necklaces ONLY when I am around her at all times. The beads are small enough and it worries me regarding choking.

Reagan wears the necklaces with no problem since she is older. 
I have even made myself a couple!

You can find the jewelry wire, crimp beads and clasps/closures at your local craft store.

If you need the beads try doing a search for "acrylic bubblegum beads" or "acrylic chunky bubblegum beads"

A few places that I have bought from in the past :

I also buy from many bead groups and bead destash groups on facebook. There should be a thread on my facebook page that was started not too long ago with a list of groups accepting members.

20mm and up is considered "chunky". I always work with 20mm and up.

So, when you are buying keep that in mind. 20mm and up (chunky!)

You can find a huge assortment of spacer beads and other findings on the Auntie's Beads website.

You do not necessarily HAVE to use jewelry wire. You can also use stretchy elastic cording or ribbon for your necklaces. I just happen to think the wire holds up a little better :)

If you are ready to make a necklace be sure to check out my tutorial below :

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Let there be LIGHT!

and BAM.....there was light!

Ok, I have such a hard time balancing my daylight hours (AHEM KENNEDY!!) Phew! That lil wild child is just all over the place now and it leaves me very little time to work on tutorials. **Which I miss dearly :(  

Anynoodle....(just made that up and I dig it!) I decided I would try and work when she goes to bed. ***PLEASE GO TO BED, KENNEDY! 

The room that I am currently working in has little to NO light. It's just plain nuts how little light there is. Even during the day, there is not much natural light coming in.

Long story short, I needed lights. I bought lights!

They came in and here's what I got (for those that are interested, anyway)...


10'x10' Double Muslin Black White Green Chromakey Backdrop Support Kit 700W 33" White Photo Umbrella Light Kit, LMS709

 I haven't had a chance to actually "work" with them yet but just by setting them up and playing around I can already tell that I am going to LOVE the extra light.


I will give my full opinion on the whole setup once again when I actually have a chance to film while using them. 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

How to make korker hairbows

Korker hairbow tutorial by MommyCraftsAlot 

lollipop ribbon sculpture tutorial

Lollipop hair clip tutorial by MommyCraftsAlot 

How to make the TWISTER TWO LOOP TOPPER for hair bows

This is my GO TO topper for stacked hair bows. It's very simple to make!

How to make a stacked hairbow

It's not as hard as you may think!

This is how to make stacked hair bows via MommyCraftsAlot on youtube :)

Be sure to visit MOMMYCRAFTSALOT on facebook for more fun!

Surround a bow tutorial

This is the techniques that I use when making my surround a bows.
(surround a bows are usually placed on top of your spikes and it is the piece that SURROUNDS your topper bow)

Surround a bow tutorial by MommyCraftsAlot

How to make the TWISTED BOUTIQUE hairbow

If you need help "Twisting" your loops try this tutorial.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pin it to WIN IT!

There are 2 new tutorials up on my youtube channel right now.

The Valentine's Day owl clip (above)...

and the LOVE NOTE hair clip tutorial (below)...

Now would you like to win the OWL hair bow at the top of this page?

All you have to do is PIN THIS POST on Pinterest (sharing the tutorials). 
Once you pin this post add the hashtag #mommycraftsalot in the comment along with a description of the pin, of course.

Come back here and leave a comment!

One winner will win the OWL hair bow *above!

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, February 5th. 
The winner will be announced here!

Pin with me!

Are you on Pinterest?
Are you as addicted as I am?

Let's be "pinning" buddies then :)

Leave your pinterest id in the comments section.

I am "My Name is Momma" on there.

Monday, January 28, 2013

See, I'm not hiding her!

Here she is!

Some of you were wanting to know where Miss Kennedy had been hiding. 
Oh, believe me....This lil chickie has not been IN HIDING! She is actually all over the place now. She doesn't like to stay still long enough for photos these days. 

We just received this super cute headband in the mail so I figured I better take advantage of the situation and snap a pic (Just to say HEY....she does still live here!) hehe!!

Headband came from The Petit Bowtique. Go ahead and click on that link and visit her! Tell her MCAL sent ya :)

Love is in the AIR....

I love Valentine's day!
I love the colors.
I love the cards.
Most of all, I love the chocolate!

Check out some of these LOVE DAY finds from Good Ol' Pinterest . . .
(click links below photos as they will take you to the original sites)

How cute is the "This is a STICK UP" valentine?
You can find the printables over on Sherelle Christensen

Need Valentine's Day printables? Here's a whole bunch of them ;)

These come from yesterdayontuesday blog.

Sweet treats are always nice!

Bird's Party Blog posted these Valentine's Day smores! I want to try these. 
The photo makes me wanna lick the screen too :)

Yum! This looks like a great snack to hide from the kids err I mean share with the kids!

Cupids Crunch from Plain Chicken

How I make my SPIKES for hair bows

Again, No secrets!

This is the method I currently use for my hair bows.

Remember: Do what WORKS for YOU!

Finished bow (from tutorial) 

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How to create an "MCAL" style hair bow :)

Ok, I have had a lot of questions regarding how I make my CURRENT STYLE hair bows. No secrets here, right? So, let's get some tutorials up for you guys.

BAM! (here they are) :giggle:

This is how I add marabou to my creations...

This is how I add TULLE to my hair bows...

And this is how I add my "MCAL POOF" in the middle *on top*...

I hope this helps someone out!!! Visit facebook and share your creations with me. 

How to make a hair bow (Figure 8 method)

I hope this helps you guys out!
"The Figure 8" method for making hair bows...

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