Baked with Love: Valentine’s Date

V COVERLove and sugar was in the air at my house for a fun Valentine’s play date. Give your kids frosting and they are entertained for hours. While my oldest daughter had a blast frosting and making cupcakes my other daughter had a blast eating all the sprinkles. Valentine's diy waffers Easy and pretty- Melt some white chocolate and drizzle over your wafers. Add your sprinkles right away so they stick to your chocolate.baked with love baked with love 1baked with love Wrapped up to give awayTarget Dollar Section I found these cute cupcake crafts in the Target Dollar section Free valentines printable Starbucks glasses with a free printable click picture belowlove cupcake

Have fun throwing your Valentine’s bash!

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Free Valentine’s Day Printables

Valentine's day free printables

Valentine’s day is around the corner, and we have some free printables to share. Simply click on the photo to download. New this year is my countdown to Valentine’s day. I threw some Hershey kisses in a jar to go next to my sign. Simple decorations for me!

Countdown to kissesLove quote Mother TeresaBaked with love printableValentines treat bags countdown to kisses post

I found these adorable paper doilies in the dollar section at Target along with these mini glitter paper clips, so my girls and I created a little Valentine’s banner. I had my girls write down or draw what they love.
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Fun with Elf on the Shelf and DIY clothing for your Elf

ELF DIY Clothes and fun

We have an Elf on the Shelf named Bob. He has come to visit us for 4-5 years now. I decided to post some of his fun adventures he has had at our house and some fun clothes that you can make for him.

A lot of the stuff Bob does is similar to the elves you see on Pinterest. Sometimes he stands out on his own.

  • He has left me a message in the fridge to throw out Thanksgiving left overs.
  • He put a lot of my daughter’s stuffed animals in the dog kennel and put a sign on it saying “Zoo”.
  • He was caught eating the filling out of oreos and trying to put the empty cookies in my daugher’s lunch.

Chalkboard Christmas tree

He was tired of waiting on us to put up the Christmas tree, that he drew his own on our chalkboard.

Snowmen marshmallows

He printed off some basic elf cards one year.

Dog biscuits

He got into our dog’s treats.

Super hero elf

Our star was leaning one year and he decided to save it.

Elf super hero cape

Closer view of his super hero cape.

Elf super hero cape

It is made with 3 different colors of felt and some hot glue. The felt sheets are from a pack that was purchased at Dollar Tree. I did not cut the width of the yellow. It is the size that it came. I cut a “V” in the top. The royalish blue felt I cut into a shield pattern small enough to fit on the yellow. The lighter blue, I traced a “B” initial on it before cutting. The “B” stands for his name, Bob.

Super hero Elf

Once I hot glued all the felt pieces on top of each other, I tried it on Bob. I then made it loose enough to go over his head and hot glued the top of the “V” cutout together at his neck, but not to him.

Horse riding elf

Bob loves Rapunzel and the next day he took her for a stroll on their horse. Still wearing his cape.

Elf riding surf boardWe have a surfboard ornament that I got years ago when I worked at Hollister. Bob decided to ride it on the tree.

Elf clothes from a sock

This year my youngest daughter wanted Bob to have clothes. I decided to make him some elf clothes myself. This sweater is made from a Toddler size TMNT sock. It had lost it’s mate, so I recycled it. The sleeves are made from white felt that I had on hand. I cut the sock and fitted it over his chest and stomach. Then I cut out the white felt and covered his arms. I hot glued the white felt seams while on the two arms, but left them loose enough to come off. I sewed the white arms to the top of sock. It is very easy to get off and on.

Sock into Elf clothes

Another toddler sock that I turned into a sweater for Bob. I completed it the same ways as above. This would be great with any holiday socks you may have or buy in the Dollar bins.

Elf apron

I came across this last year and loved it, but not the price. My kids do not need another apron either.

Elf on the shelf apron

So I made an apron for him this year. He is wearing this with a note saying it is time to make cookies.

Elf apron

I saved a Barbie size apron template on one of my Pinterest boards. It is the perfect size to fit an Elf. I got the template from Brassy Apple here. I just placed the template on the felt and cut it out. You can use fabric, but I wanted to sew as little as possible during this project. No sewing is needed on felt.

Elf apron

I did use the stretchy elastic thread that Brassy Apple does, but I hot glued it down to the felt. I then cut very small rectangles and hot glued them over the elastic to make it more sturdy.

elf apron

Closer view of what the elastic and felt look like.

Barbie felt apron

I also made one in pink for his “Barbie” friend. Her’s has white felt pockets and pink tulle at the bottom instead of fabric like Brassy Apple made, but it is cute and easy to do. The tulle, I gathered and ran a running stitch through by hand. Then I hot glued the pockets on and the tulle.

Elf and barbie aprons

They are ready to make some cookies.

Michael's sweater ornaments

I came across these sweater ornaments at Michael’s while they were 50% off, making it $2.98. You can usually find a coupon if they are not on sale. They do fit the elves, but mine needed cut at the top to fit his head. You may find wine bottle sweaters or clothes that will fit elves too.

Elf wardrobe

Here he is wearing one of the sweater ornaments. It comes with a hanger, so I decided to hang up some of Bob’s new duds in Barbie’s wardrober. My daughters bought Bob some presents from Target this year too. They were more expensive at $9 a piece.

Christmas Decor Ideas

hot cocoa bar #christmas #holidays #christmasideas
Christmas is finally here!! I am officially allowed to decorate the house, listen to Christmas music and watch Christmas movies.  This year I did a hot cocoa bar set up for my family that I can keep up through the winter. Once it gets cold outside, my children have to have hot cocoa. Here is just a little glimpse of my home for the holidays.hot cocoa bar #christmas #hotcocoa

I created this poster on Picmonkey and emailed the file to my local FedEx and had them make a copy and blow it up. Because it is a black and white photo it only cost little over $2.00 to make. Next, I went to Dollar Tree and purchased these snowflakes. I used command strips to stick to my walls. I suggest using a few on each snowflake because the next day i had snowflakes falling off. hot cocoa bar #christmas #hotcocoabar

You can buy hot cocoa cups for your keurig, but my kids complain they are to watery. I use my keurig to make tea and hot cocoa just by running the hot water over my tea, or hot cocoa, with no k cups inside. hot cocoa bar #christmas #hotcocoa Christmas ideas #christmas #masonjars #antiques

So I have a little obsession with vintage mason jars. I thought the teal mason jars would look pretty on my fireplace lit up with some string lights. One of my favorites this year! Merry Christmas!

Halloween Home Tour

Halloween decorating ideas #halloween #fall #halloweencrafts

October is here, so I had to get my decorating on so I can enjoy Halloween for the whole month. Some of my decorations I have made myself and others bought at some of my favorite stores.  One of my favorite things I did this year, is cover up one of my photos with black scrapbook paper and command strips and used this $1 Drink up Witches sign I found in the Target dollar section, for literally $2.00 I made the cutest sign.halloween cheap decorations

halloween decor Pretty sure I was a witch in my past life because I love anything, witches. I created my little witches corner. I found my Witch at Tuesday Morning for $24.99. They have all different Witches to choose from, but I suggest going in early September because by October they are gone. Learned my lesson from last year. halloween decor A few years back I made these DIY spell books Diy Post here. I found my little potion bottle in the Target dollar section. It completed my little witches corner. halloweenEvery year Target has these spooky talking phones, that my kids love. I covered Dollar Tree cobwebs over everything because my children can’t keep their hands off everything.halloweenI bought this little bag of bones while I was in New Orleans, however I saw the same bag at Stein Mart for $6.99

halloween decor I found these Day of the Dead decals at Jo Ann’s (2015) here is my diy post. halloween decor This year I am having a Day of the Dead Halloween Party, and my color theme is black and white, so when I came across this at Joann’s I had to have it.   halloween82015

I crafted this little sign together with a piece of scrapbook paper and these foam stickers I found at Hobby Lobby.

batsYou can find these sticker bats at Target and they are only $5.00. I bought this picture at Kirkland’s a few years back, and I have so many friends that love it that I made a copy-cat free printable, you can print it out and frame.Free Halloween Printable #halloween #halloweenprintables #halloweenquotes

fall porch ideas
My little fall porch set up I did this year. I went to wal-mart for the best prices for mums. Don’t buy your mums from the display, first check their nursery for better deals. When I checked their nursery they had over two full rows of 50% reduced mums, not because they were dying just because they were the older batch. Each Mum only cost $1.99. Another tip, of course buy your Halloween decor the day of Halloween or the very next day. Wait any longer and it will be picked over. I found this sign for less than $5 at kirklands last year after Halloween.  flowers
full of new budshalloween porch ideas

Christmas isn’t the only holiday you can decorate your house with lights. You can buy a box of orange or purple lights for less than $4.00. I added black tulle every foot on my string of lights. I added more this year under my roof of my porch sweeping back and forth, to make it a little more magical. Yes, I’m a little kid at heart.

Inside Out Halloween Printables

My girls just love anything Inside Out, so I was disappointed I haven’t found anything Inside Out for Halloween. I whipped up this spooktacular Halloween free printable. Cut, use a hole puncher and attach to any treat bags.

Inside out halloween

 

These would go great with Inside Out fruit snacks by Kellog’s. They can be found at grocery stores and Target.

Inside Out fruit snacks

Halloween Monster pencil toppers DIY

monster pencil

While Sierra and I were out shopping one night, we came across cute googly eye pencil monsters at Target. They were in the Dollar Spot section. Not a bad deal, but when you have several kids you would like to give them to for Halloween – it adds up.

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These cuties were my inspiration.

pom poms

I got these pom poms at Hobby Lobby for $2.99, but with a 40% off coupon.

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It came with different sizes. The large and medium worked great for this project. I will keep the really small ones for a class project this winter.

Halloween pencils

$1 pencil packs from Dollar Tree.

pom pom alien

I hot glued the googly eyes on first. Then hot glued the pom pom onto the pencil. My youngest daughter asked about using the eraser. I hot glued one pom pom monster onto an eraser cap for her pencil. That way she can take the cap off and use the eraser underneath.

pom pom pencil monster

On a few of them, I twisted a pipe cleaner around the pencil. I already had pipe cleaners on hand and googly eyes. Both can be bought at craft stores and Dollar Tree.

monster pom pom pencil topperThey are cute!

I made 24 pencils for $4-5. Even if I did not have the supplies on hand, it would only have been $6-8. If you only need 1-6, buy them at Target, need more = make them.

Free Minion Halloween Printables

Minion Free Halloween Printable #minion #halloween #schooltreats
If you’re looking to make any Minion things for Halloween or for Halloween treats- I created this fun free printable. You can use a hole puncher and tie to a treat bag or to these cute candies I found at Target.

Minion Halloween Free printables #halloween #minions #printables Download Here

If you know you are having a minion birthday party within the next year, pick up these candies. Minion Halloween

 They also have minion fruit snacks. Minion fruit snacks

minion cheese nipsMinion Cheese Nips for Halloween school bags

Minion tic tacs

Minion Tic Tacs for Teacher gifts.

DIY Fall Yarn Felt Wreath

diy fall wreath

This cute Fall wreath is too cute not to share with others. Mary had one hanging in our office last fall and I loved it so much I had to replicate it.

What you will need to make this wreath:

Styrofoam wreath

  • Styrofoam wreath from a craft store. I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon. People also use pool noodles and tape them into a circle. Pool noodles can be found at Dollar Tree and way cheaper then the styrofoam kind.
  • Yarn of your color choice. I stuck with a tan, neutral color. Coordinating color yarn to be the x’s on the felt diamonds. I choose goldish-yellow that I had on hand.

Fall wreath felt

  • Felt. I choose burnt orange and chocolate brown for my argyle diamonds. Got mine at Hobby Lobby.
  • Fall decorations. I choose fall color flowers, leaves, pumpkins, and acorns. Can find at craft stores and Dollar Tree. The key is to find an assortment for $1-2.
  • Fall color ribbon. I went with orange solid I already had on hand.

Wrap the styrofoam wreath with your base yarn. I used one skein of “I love This Yarn” brand.  I used hot glue to seal the ends onto the wreath.

Cut the felt into equal squares. I only needed 5 of each color square. It depends on how big your wreath is. I hot glued the squares to the base yarn. Then I wrapped the gold yarn over the diamond in an  “X” pattern to create the argyle. I hot glued the back only.

I then did the orange ribbon. I looped the ribbon through the wreath and tied into a bow at the top. I measured it to my nail before I cut it. I seal my ribbon with a lighter, but you can use sealer. While the wreath was hanging, I arranged my flowers, acorns and pumpkins. I then hot glued them in place. Some people like to arrange their wreaths on the ground. I just found it easier to do it while it was hanging.

Total cost was: $8.

 

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Free Halloween printables 2015

Halloween is so near! Because it is one of my favorite holidays, and it kicks off the holiday season, I made some Free Halloween printables to share. Below I bought this sign from Kirkland’s, that I love, so I had to make a copycat – so I can share with my friends.  Happy Halloween!

Free Halloween Printable #halloween #halloweenprintables #halloweenquotes
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Nevermore Halloween Printable Download

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Final Happy All Hallows even halloween printable #halloween #freeDownload Here