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Monday, March 31, 2014

Instagram

Are you on Instagram?
Follow me! I will follow back. My instagram id is "mommycraftsalot".

I've been spending more time on Instagram and Pinterest lately (mommypinsalot). I think it's just so much more convenient for me to hop on my iphone rather than the laptop. I can do it in between juggling my other "mommy" duties during the day. Believe it or not, I've also been spending a lot of $ on there. HA!
I've bought several bows and even a smocked dress on there this past week. 

If you have a business then I highly suggest signing up for Instagram if you are not already on there. It's a great advertising tool for your "goodies".

Since I follow a lot of folks my instagram feed can be quite messy. I did a little housecleaning of sorts earlier with friendorfollow.

Friend or Follow is great because it will show all of the people that you are following THAT ARE NOT following you back. Some may have just fallen off due to inactivity or some may have just got rid of Instagram all together. I just like to keep my lists tidy and in order (unlike my craft room). So, I went through and removed a ton of accts. Now I can actually find more things to buy and more cute photos to like :)


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Saturday, March 22, 2014

How to create bottlecap images in Photoshop

Want to create your own BOTTLECAP IMAGES? Here's how to make bottlecap images using Photoshop.

*The Elements and GIMP tutorials will be up soon :)

Click this link for the bottlecap image tutorial. This is a PDF file so you may need a PDF reader if there is not one already installed on your computer.

Free bottlecap images too!
Click this image and save it to your computer. It will need to be printed on 4x6 photo paper :)


Plastic egg tea cups

The eggs are out!
Grab a few extra packages so you can make these cute "tea cups".

It's a fun project for your little ones too!



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Working with bottle caps

Bottlecaps are not NEW to the bow making scene. We have been working with them for as long as I can remember. I'll be honest though. I was NOT a fan of bottlecaps way back when....

Now? I have found NEW love for working with them.



Bottlecaps are great because they allow you to add ANY image you want to in the middles of your bows. 

I prefer flattened bottle caps.





I buy the majority of my bottlecaps via "group buys" on facebook. There are so many different GROUPS on facebook. I almost certain if you just type in "group buy" or "supply group buy" that several would pop up.
This is probably your best bet on finding them at discounted prices.

Here are a couple of other places that sell them :

Bottle Cap Co

Bottlecraft Art Supplies on Etsy (I have got some pretty good deals on "Scratched" bottlecaps from this vendor. The majority of the caps will have scuffs or "scratches" (Some not even noticeable) but they are easily covered up with a bottle cap image.) These would be great for other projects *Not limited to bow making.

Now that you have your bottle caps here is a list of OTHER items you will need : (or at least things that I use)

1 inch hole punch (This is for punching out your images) 1 inch is the perfect size to fit inside the caps.
Can be found at your local craft store usually in the scrapbooking section




Bottle cap images (the fun part) There are so many places to purchase bottle cap images. My two favorite are below.


Jazzy Caps 

I like big freebies (FREE IMAGES!)


Epoxy Circles
You can usually find these where you purchase your bottlecaps.
They go on top of your image to seal it and give it a better look :)





Felt Circles (one inch)
I use one inch felt circles on the backs of my bottlecaps before securing them to the project. It gives them better "grip".


If you are using the regular bottle caps (not flattened) then you may want to try these furniture pads (one inch) to go on the inside of the caps. This will provide a place for you to add your glue before attaching to your bow.



Watch this video for information on how to ATTACH THE BOTTLECAPS to your hair bows :







Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tips on TUESDAY

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Here's a couple of "crafty" tips for ya :)



Are you like me? Do you make a big mess in the craft room and then become too lazy to clean so you just shove things in a drawer? What? I'm the only one.



Well, if you ever do decide to shove ribbon in tiny drawers or fold it causing wrinkles then all you have to do is whip out your flat iron and "flatten" that ribbon. They also make a small flat iron (mini) that is perfect for ribbon.

This is also great for bows that have become SMASHED (eeeek!) Just take your mini flat iron on the inside of your loops and round them out again!


DULL Scissors?


Cut a piece of sandpaper several times OR a piece of foil :) This should help until you decide to buy a new pair.

Pesky glue strings?


Store your glue sticks in the freezer. This will help prevent the glue strings!

Still have them? a little heat will help them go away! Plug in the hair dryer and give your finished project some heat. If you are making a bow you can use your lighter. THE FLAME DOES NOT NEED TO TOUCH just a swipe around with the "HEAT" will do the trick :)


Don't like a FLOPPY bow? Want them to be FIRM or STIFF?
Try this trick:




     


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Monday, March 17, 2014

Lookie! Rainbow party printables

Stacy of I like big freebies made this RAINBOW party printable just for us!




For best results: Print on 8X11 cardstock or photo paper.
Included above: cupcake wrapper, cupcake toppers, bag toppers and banner printables.

Print out as many as needed!

Be sure to visit I like big freebies as a THANK YOU :)


We are in the land of BREAD

We have been in this "new to us" city for 3 weeks now. It was time to "visit" a new church (and when I say VISIT I mean VISIT....I do plan to be back HOME attending our HOME church again.) Don't get me wrong I do like where we are now. It's just not "Home".

ANYHOO (Why do I always take a detour from what I originally intended to talk about?) We visited a church yesterday. It was a pretty large church (about 3 times the size of ours). I had been stressing the entire week about attending. Kennedy is ..... Well, KENNEDY! She does not like staying in the nursery. We had JUST got to the point where she would actually stay in our own church nursery (and she KNEW those people). So, I stressed. It was one of those "Mommy Stress moments". Ya know those? "What if she starts crying when we drop her off?" "What if she screams and kicks and grabs on to the door saying NO! NO! HELP ME! WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME? WHY ARE YOU LEAVING ME? PLEASE NO NO NO!!!"

See, a "mommy" stress!

I tried getting her excited the whole week. "You are going to play with your friends!" Her reaction: NO
"You are going to have so much FUN!" her reaction : NO!
"You are going to play with new toys!" her reaction : NO!

See why I get stressed now?

Fast Fwd to Sunday morning. I'm one big ball of nerves. (yes a little teary eyed as well) We walk in to this HUGE church and someone greets us and takes everyone to the proper place. "Will you be needing the nursery today?" she says   :GULP:  The husband shouts YES! YES! lol

We get there. DUN DUN DUN.... We try to shove her items to the closest hand available so we can get the heck out of dodge. Daddy puts her over the gate and I CRINGE!

Nothing

Nothing at all.

We pick her up after service and she is playing ball with another kid and she is SMILING! We actually had to call her over so she would acknowledge us.


This week I stress for my TEEN though. LOL! She will be meeting the "youth" next Sunday.
I can do this.


Bread? What bread? Yeah, like I said I venture off topic.

As "visitors" we received a loaf of homemade bread. These people love bread around here. I am not complaining at all. That was some AWESOME bread :)

Maybe that's a way for them to tell the visitors from the members? He who carries bread...Visitor! lol


Rainbow Round-up!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
St. Patrick's Day isn't one of THOSE holidays for us. We don't usually celebrate with green beer or leprechaun beards. However, I do LOVE me some COLOR! I've always been drawn to rainbow prints and BRIGHT colors except when it comes to clothes shopping. Hmm....might need to change that!

I figured that we could celebrate the day with a RAINBOW round-up. At the end of the rainbow you will find gold. Leprechauns seek GOLD, right? So, I guess you could say we are still in the St. Patrick's day category?

Here's some of my favorite RAINBOW themed crafts/recipes (most found on Pinterest). Be sure to click the links to visit the original source! Support the CRAFTY COMMUNITY.



rainbow cupcakes in a jar via Just Easy Recipes


mini rainbow cupcakes via Spoonfull






rainbow waffles via tablespoon.com


rainbow cookies via Living Locurto


"frozen" rainbow chalk via Reading Confetti



How to make a "liquid" rainbow via Kindergarten Lifestyle




To view my RAINBOW themed pinterest board click HERE.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

*Rewind* Peacock hair clip tutorial

Have you tried the peacock hair clippie?




Check out the video below or via the link above (to my youtube channel).


I like bread. Bread is good :)

Well, if you follow me on Pinterest then you will know that I tend to go overboard with the pinning. It's not just that I pin A LOT (because I do that) but I also tend to pick a category and go CRAZY. I don't just pin ONE cupcake recipe, I pin like 62!

Today I am stuck on "Breads".

The other day while I was upstairs sobbing and thrashing about (ok, not really) over the whole SUCKY week I had there was a knock at the door. Hubby answered and it was some of the neighbors. They wanted to welcome us to the neighborhood. Guess what they had? BREAD! Yep, she baked us a little loaf of chocolate tasting bread. It was pretty good.

DING DING! *NEW IDEA*
Why don't I dust off that box labeled "Bread Maker" and ya know....actually USE IT? (It's still sealed btw)
I can make something. Well, I can make bread.

Which brings me to pinning numerous bread recipes :)

I'm going to share some of my favorites. Well, I haven't actually tried them but I like the photos so that will make them my "favorite" until I actually try them. Ok? Yeah? ANYWAY . . .

Here's my "bread board" if you want to check it out :) I pin some cool things. I also pin some odd things. I would say more COOL than ODD though ;)

Texas Roadhouse rolls (copycat recipe) via My Recipe Magic


Apple Pie Bread via Cookies and Cups



Coconut Lemon loaf via Noble Pig






Loaded Bacon Cheddar bread via recipe chart





So, What's your FAVORITE bread recipe?

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I'm on Youtube and Facebook as well :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

And what I really meant was...

Ay Yi Yi! Moving
Moving is NO JOKE! This has been the craziest two weeks of my life. I had big plans for this week. It was going to be my "youtube" week. LIFE....Well, Life got in my way.






Let's see, where do I begin?

We had many visitors last week. 3-4 cars pulled into the driveway EACH DAY! We had people knocking on the front door, knocking on the back door and even peeking inside my windows. They were eager to meet us? WRONG! Those people were actually people that wanted to RENT my house. Come to find out some "BEEPITY BEEP BEEP" <---which I am sure translates to something really nice PERSON decided to choose THIS house out of ALL THE houses and run a little scam (Or at least TRY to run a scam). You see what he did was copy the home's information from the realtor's site, Slap it up on Craigslist and then posted one HECK of a DEAL for my HOME! ($500 per month with utilities included) Yeah, sweet huh? I WISH we had a payment arrangement like that.

Anyhoo, once he got people interested (which was A LOT OF PEOPLE) he would tell them to visit the home and check it out (look inside the windows if needed) and if they liked the house they could wire him the money. You see he was in Malaysia on "business". UMM HMMM  Once money was received he would mail the keys.

People fell for this. A LOT of people fell for this. I swear I felt like a broken record explaining the situation to everyone. Phew! We had so many people coming in and out that I was afraid the neighbors would think we were doing a little WALTER WHITE experiment over here ;)

I was to the point that I was going to start accepting their first month's rent and deposit. I was ready to pack up and leave. The house had other surprises in store though . . . .

Like a FLOODED BASEMENT!
Yeah, that was fun! Really

So, as you can see I've been a little "occupied" with very little time to do anything else.

When I said THIS WEEK was going to be my return what I had ACTUALLY meant was NEXT WEEK ;)
Yeah, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I hope everyone else is having a great week. The sun came out and surprised us for a bit yesterday. I'm hoping to see it again real soon.

While you wait . . .

OLD SCHOOL MCAL


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ribbon Ribbon RIBBON!

I know it's been awhile since I posted a list of "favorite" ribbon suppliers. I feel the need to "update" the list a little :) Some of the suppliers I mentioned before (in a very old video) are not in the business, some I have not purchased from in quite awhile and some have just fallen off of my "favorites" spot.

So, I thought I would take the time and post a couple of my CURRENT favorite ribbon suppliers until I can get the full list revised :)



Ribbon Queen- I have been ordering ribbon from Wendy ever since she opened (11 years ago! WOW, Time does fly when you're having fun!) She is awesome to work with, has a nice selection of solids as well as prints, prices are great and she ships SUPER fast.

Ribbon Queen website
Ribbon Queen facebook page

All About Ribbon (another Wendy!)- Another great ribbon supplier to work with that ships fast! I love the swirl ribbon she offers and she always has great sales going on.

All About Ribbon website
All About Ribbon facebook page

Oh My Goodness Boutique- I have not ordered from Oh My Goodness Boutique as of YET however she did send me a nice collection of ribbon goodies in the mail awhile back and everything was lovely! She is also super sweet. I have only heard great things about her and from the looks of her facebook page everyone is pleasantly "pleased" with the service! She offers a lot of the character print ribbons :)

Oh My Goodness Boutique facebook page


Tell them "MommyCraftsAlot" sent ya :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pinning Anonymous ?

I'm addicted to Pinterest. I will admit it. 
I love pinning.
Do I actually make any of these things that I pin? Uh...  ..  .. .

That's another story! lol

Have you made anything that you found on Pinterest?

What was it?

Here's some of my favorite pins from today.

Slow Cooker Cheeseburger soup via kitchen meets girl


Smores French Toast via Creme De La Crumb


I've also become quite addicted to anything "printable". I have re-pinned quite a few. You can find them in my Digital Goodies board.


Follow me on Pinterest, Mommy Pins A lot




Hello everyone!

Wow! Things have been pretty hectic (CRAZY) around here lately. I've been MIA and I apologize :) My husband got a promotion and we moved nearly 2 hours away from our hometown. (He applied for the job on a Friday. He went on the interview the following Tuesday and got the call on THURSDAY saying he got it. Needless to say we had to move FAST!) We are still not really "settled" in but we will get there.

Yes, there is a craft room. No, it is not fully set up! I plan to have it organized this weekend and start filming again on MONDAY. There will be some BIG changes to the Youtube channel.

New video line up: (Starting on Monday, March 10)

Monday: "MOM"-day On Mondays ANYTHING GOES! I may do a craft haul, I may answer questions or we may just chat about crafts in general. It will be a more relaxed FUN type of format.

Tuesday: "Tips on Tuesday" On Tuesdays will be a series of Craft tips and helpful pointers!

Thursday: NEW TUTORIALS (A NEW tutorial on Thursday)

Friday: FUN FOOD FRIDAY I'll be honest. I'm not a fan of cooking (meals). However, I do enjoy cooking with my kids *Fun recipes (mainly sweets or snacks) So, on Fridays we will have a little "fun" in the kitchen.

4 videos each week! Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri

There may be the occasional extra video posted on the weekend but from now on this will be the schedule. I need a "Schedule" lol.

Ok, that's it. I wanted to update everyone on the craziness. I am ready to get back to normal.

Don't forget to find me on Facebook too :) MommyCraftsAlot

Youtube channel, MommyCraftsAlot