Kids’ Popsicle Stick Crafts

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We've moved!

We’ve moved!

We’ve been pretty busy over in this house with summer camp, doctor appointments, book releases, crafting, cooking, baby showers, and WORK! Here is a little weekend craft time I did with the kids. It started off as just the Diva (she is 4 going on 14) and me, but then the boys sensed the use of markers and insisted on creating with us. Who am I to stop their creativity?! I know I usually try to share tutorial style crafts, but this stuff was made up on the fly so there really aren’t many directions…but there are pictures!

It took me 3 tries to spell "Popsicle" correctly

It took me 3 tries to spell “Popsicle” correctly :-/

So we were trying to come up with something for my dad’s birthday as a present from the kids. While the kids are still little we try to do homemade gifts or pictures (Note to self: Get copies of spring pictures for the family).

My kids love to color, so we went with that (also, I will do anything to avoid paint while the little man is awake).

So I hot glued some sticks into a “square.” Sure, we talked about shapes and made this a little educational. I try. Really. But this barely looks like a square. Its all Wibbly-Wobbly (anyone…).

Then I glued some construction paper to the back of it and trimmed the excess. Not rocket science. At this point I had to start moving a little quicker…Liza was getting antsy to decorate.

Look how she is staring at the markers. You can almost sense her thinking “Mom, stop taking pictures and let me color!”

So her name is Eliza-Beth. We have called her Liza from day 1. Daycare calls her Eliza. She has now requested we call her Eliza. Per my father “She’ll always be Liza to me” and this present was for him so “L” was glued on. I have NO CLUE how you would do this with a curvy letter like Q. I am open to suggestions!

Finally I let her free to color! A large bag of crayons lives on our dining room table so that the kids can color whenever, but markers only get pulled out with supervision so they get excited. Of course by the time she started to decorate (and I thought I was going to clean up) the boys came in like a tornado. So I super quickly whipped up 2 more Initial decorations. Thankfully all 3 kids can have L’s (Liam, Liza, and London – 2/3 are nicknames) so I didn’t have to think too hard.

When they were all done I glued some ribbon to the back upper corners so that they could be hung up…when I eventually put them in a FedEx envelope and ship them to my dad. I am HORRIBLE about putting things in the mail!

The final masterpieces!! Notice “Eliza” on the top of her picture…

Well by the time they were done with these they were in full on crafting mode so Mommy had to think quick. So I just started gluing together popsicle sticks and ended up with little houses that stood on their own. Don’t ask me how I did it. There were 3 kids chomping at the bit so there are no step by step pictures, but I got a couple of them coloring them. I’m actually pretty proud that they stood on their own.

We, of course, needed refreshments by this point. Juice and cheapo fruit snacks anyone?

So there are my simple popsicle stick crafts to do with the kids this summer. Tomorrow we are making cupcakes for Father’s Day. I will try to get some pictures of my kids fighting over who gets to dump the flour in and who gets to stir…and something spilling somewhere. What projects are you doing with the kids on break?

Try these –  Bat Hair Bow or Coconut Oil Chocolates.
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The Pin It Party!!

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During my de-stress time at work (aka my lunch break) I decided to look into Bloglovin’ to expand my blog knowledge and reading. I entered the few blogs that I already check out and I got some amazing suggestions!! The one that has stood out the most is Creative Geekery.

This blog just screams me!!

Creative √

Geek √

So I went and checked it out. Ellie is fantastic!! One of the main things that I found from her blog is the idea of Pintrest Parties.

The Pin It Party - Creative Geekery

The Pin It Party – Creative Geekery

These are parties where you can add some of your most pin-able blog posts to a large list to have some great exposure. (I added some of my favorites #StitchFixFriday, That’s a Spicy Meat-a-ball, and Sunday Dinner During the Week)

Please go take a look at the great ideas that are posted and let me know which is your favorite. There are almost 90 right now and it is still open for 2 days!

 

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A Glimpse Into the Future

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So while I am trying to get my life together her is a glimpse into what I am working on for some upcoming posts!

Bacon and Egg cups

Bacon and Egg cups

Bacon and Egg cups with a side of avocado. Delicious. Simple. Paleo.

Snuggle Flannel

Snuggle Flannel

Amazing patterns of snuggle fabric that was ON SALE and I HAD A COUPON! This is going to be the start of a flannel quilt because when I try something new I try something big and new…but exciting!

Paleo Banana Muffins

Paleo Banana Muffins

My littlest helper and I made Paleo Banana Muffins the other day. He eventually had to be given his own bowl with ingredients that weren’t really part of the recipe because he kept sampling and declaring “So Nummy! Mmmmmm!” And he was right…they are so nummy!

Homemade Lara Bars

Homemade Lara Bars

I cannot get enough of these Homemade Lara Bars a la Chocolate Covered Katie! All of her recipes are amazing! As always I have my own little twists when trying other people’s recipes, but simple and droolworthy!

ALSO, I am doing Thanksgiving this week 🙂 My dad is coming down to visit and we haven’t spent a holiday with family in 3 years so we decided to bump it up a few weeks. I had originally hoped to make it all Paleo, but that probably won’t be happening since my eldest has already requested (actually kind of demanded) my dinner rolls! Also, my dad thinks I am nuts with “this Paleo thing.” 😉

Well that is just a little taste of what is to come!! Please let me know what you think and If there are any crafts or recipes I should try!

 

 

 

The Thrift Store Princess

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So I realize that is has been almost 2 weeks since Halloween and a week since my last blog. I apologize. Life has been having it’s way with me! Between work, kids, and preparing for company (which includes Thanksgiving 2 weeks early) I have been a bit preoccupied. I have still been creating, I just haven’t been publishing. I am hoping to catch up this week…somehow.

Anyway…on to my Halloween costume! I was a princess! I typically make whatever costume my kids tell me. It is a bit of a game. Last year I was a horrible version of Tinkerbell…

So we hit the thrift store on the Monday before Halloween (which also happens to be the day that the whole store is half off) to scour the goods for something that could be a princess dress. The two smallest midgets and me walked up and down the aisles and nothing was workable. I was afraid I was going to have to come up with something else :-/ BUT THEN while giving the long dresses section another once over I found it!!

THE DRESS!

THE DRESS!

So I quickly scooped this up (for $5!!) and took it home and twirled and twirled and twirled. I have always liked a good twirling dress and this was PERFECT. And then is hung in my closet for the better part of a week. I would look at it a few times a day waiting for inspiration. Then finally after trick or treat (did I mention that I needed to dress up for a party that Saturday, not on Halloween) I sat, watched Parenthood, drank an adult beverage, and got crafting!

Sequins

Sequins

Back of the sequins strip

Back of the sequins strip

Since I am new to crafting and sewing and the such I wasn’t quite sure if I was supposed to sew the entire strip on like a ribbon, or cut the sequins off and sew on by hand…I went with the latter. 🙂

Pile of sequins in my lap

Pile of sequins in my lap

I decided to sew these pretty little things onto the waistline to give it some umph and make it more princesslike. Nothing too complicated just a simple up and down stitch to secure them. Shockingly they all staying in place!

The master at work

The master at work

All the pretty sequins right in a row

All the pretty sequins right in a row

 

After finishing that I decided to embellish the bottom of the dress as well. I tried to find some tulle to make it a bit fluffy, but alas all of my tulle was the wrong color and in small strips from making tutus. So I just took 2 small gathers halfway up and added a few sequins to make them stand out. I also decided to add a little gathering to the bodice to add some emphasis 😉 This was mostly because this was a super simple bridesmaid dress and it was very conservative. I don’t have any pictures of these alterations because by that time the adult beverages were hitting me and I forgot to take a picture.

In the end it came out perfect!

ta da

ta da

Thrift Store Princess!

Thrift Store Princess!

^^^ You can see the embellishments really good in this picture taken by my friend Brett Landry !

Sorry again for being so long between posts!! I will try and be better about that 🙂

-AM

Quick and Painless Craft: Colored Bobby Pins

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Super fun Bobby Pins!
Plain Jane Bobby Pins

Plain Jane Bobby Pins

So the other day I went to put a bobby pin in my hair and was sad. It was just plain and boring black (like my hair). I wished I had more exciting hair adornments for my precious pixie but, but alas I refuse to spend too much money on bobby pins! But then I was struck with a bolt of crafty genius…NAILPOLISH!

My crafty genius

My crafty genius

I gathered up a couple of these half empty and well loved bad boys and started painting!.

Mean Green Machine

Mean Green Machine

Glizzeratzi

Glizzeratzi

Poppin' Pink

Poppin’ Pink

In literally a minute I had an assortment of new hair accessories to match every outfit!

Super fun Bobby Pins!

Super fun Bobby Pins!

 

 

 

 
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BOOm!!! The time has come!

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WELCOME!! This is my new blog Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated!

I blog about:

FOOD! I am living a mostly Paleo lifestyle these days some most recipes will be of that nature, but occasionally others will sneak in because we all deserve a cheat day or two.

CRAFTS! I have always been a crafter (scrapbooks, sorority crafts (Go Chi-O!), and the ever popular child’s tutu) but I am expanding! Over the past year I have been trying to teach myself to sew and I recently became obsessed with painting. I am also NOT scared of glitter…

COFFEE!!! And tea, but mostly coffee. 95% of the time I am drinking coffee or green tea. I have a Starbucks obsession to be honest.

I will probably throw in some other random posts (like about my work with Susan G Komen or how crazy my kiddos are) but I am going to try and keep focus 🙂

Feedback is always welcome, but hatred is not. Find another spot to be cranky other than my blog. Every mama deserves their therapy!

 

Thanks for coming,

Anne Marie

ME!!

ME!!