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The possibilities are endless for what you can frame on your walls with this wallpaper aptly named “Frames”.

Go right ahead, put a photo, drawing, hang your blue ribbons,  paste on a little bling or use your creative skills and attempt to paint something in one of the frames. It’s simply up to you! You’ll love how interactive it is.

“Frames”  by Taylor & Wood for Graham & Brown  is only $50 per roll, so you’ll still have some cash left over for markers and paints.

What do you think? You’re Framed?

Here is our all time most favorite seasonal decoration!

This DIY Halloween Garland idea may become your favorite too. So, go ahead and “cut that out”.

Templates for the cut outs can be found at Paper Crave

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Every year these Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs are always a huge hit. You might want to try making them with the kiddos for a fun cook together time.

Try laying (out) special spider eggs to creep out some of your friends.

Ingredients

  • 3 slices bacon (3 oz.)
  • 8 hard-cooked large eggs
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

1. In an 8- to 10-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon, turning slices as needed, until browned on both sides and crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. When cool enough to handle, crumble bacon.
2. Cut each egg in half lengthwise; gently scoop out yolks and place in a bowl. Mash yolks with a fork, then stir in mayonnaise, green onions, mustard, and crumbled bacon until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Spoon about 1 tablespoon yolk mixture into the hollow of each egg-white half. Serve immediately or cover and chill up to 4 hours.

 

Another new to us German tradition.

Early this afternoon we noticed many children around Hamburg with big proud smiling faces carrying very large colorful cones. What is going on here?

Cute cone

Carrying on a 200-year-old German tradition, a Schultuete is a cone-shaped package about three feet high that parents fill with treats, sweets and school supplies. It is usually given to German students at the beginning of first grade.

Later we discovered, everywhere we went the store isles were filled with both empty and pre-filled Schultuetes.

In Germany Einschulung (the first day of school) is a very special event that symbolizes the importance of a child’s formal education. The purpose of the Schultüte is to make children feel special on their first day of school rather than anxious!

Kindercone

Trying to find a Schultüte in America – it will not be and easy task. However, KinderCone online has traditional German cones that you can order and fill yourself.

 

Making a Schultuete at home is another option and looks rather easy. Once again Skip to My Lou to the rescue. Skip on over and she will give a pictorial guide for your DIY Schultuete.

Best wishes to all students first time or seasoned.

 

Make your own rainbows on a rainy day.

Sandpaper Printed T Shirts

Alphamom has instructions for this is a super simple sandpaper printing technique that will keep your kids busy while making a cool shirt! She buys all of the  supplies at the Dollar Store for only $2.00.

Supplies:

Good quality crayons, a t-shirt, iron and fine sand paper. The more coarse sandpaper will provide more texture. Get the 411 from alphamom. Can’t bring back the sunshine but there are rainbows waiting for you.

Sandpaper Rainbow T-shirt

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After a long day of indoor play, crawl into and rest your head in our Ferguson Bed. This is a combo bed with lots of storage and  pull-out trundle for your sleep over friends.

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Fishie Color Crayons DIY Do you have shoe boxes, tins or bags filled with with brightly colored broken nubs and stubs of color crayons?

You can transform those old crayons into little fish crayons like the ones pictured from make it and love it.

All you need is a silicone mold in a fish form or another favorite shape, plus a low temperature oven.

To begin, remove the paper wrappers from the crayon pieces. Making this step easier, you can place the crayons in a bowl of cool water. After about 20 minutes, the wrappers will loosen. Remove the crayons from the bowl and scrape off the remaining paper, or rub them off with paper towels.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F or lower.

Place the molds on a baking sheet and then stack the crayon pieces in the molds. You may have to break some of the crayons into smaller pieces so that you can fill the molds nearly to the top. Be sure to leave as little space between the crayons as you can.

Encourage kiddos to create color combinations; like a blue-and-white blend for drawing the sky or a mix of reds and oranges for coloring sunsets. Just close your eyes and let your kids choose colors that will go well together for new imaginative color combos.

Next, bake the crayons for 5 to 8 minutes, or just until they are melted enough to blend the colors and hold them together. Color caution: baking them until liquefied could create  just one dark color. Be sure the room is well ventilated whenever crayons are being melted. Overheating wax crayons during the melting process may release unpleasant fumes.

An adult should remove the molds from the oven placing them on a heat-resistant surface. Let them cool for 30 to 60 minutes depending on the size of the mold. Remove the crayons from the molds. If  they do not pop out easily, tap them gently on the counter.

Something’s a little fishie with this week’s recipe for fun. Now, start coloring!

We usually have piles of pallets accumulating behind our store.  On a daily basis they are taken away by pallet pickers .  What they do with them? Your guess is as good as mine.  But, look what other clever folks have done to transform or upcyle old pallets; pallet love.

Pallet Bed

Just add a futon.

pallet swing

For Swingers.

pallet garden

Vertical Gardening.

pallet shoe storage

Shoe storage.

pallet rolling storage

Rolling storage cart.

pallet table

Pallet Table

pallet playhouse

Little playhouse.

Pallet big house

Big real house.

Disfuntional Designs says: “Recycling shipping pallets into furniture, home decor and art is currently one of the biggest DIY trends! But before you can create anything with wood pallets, you first need to take them apart!”  Go on over to their website to learn the first step, how to disassemble wooden shipping pallets, they have a good 411.

If you have crafted from pallets, please share with us.  We would love to post your pictures.

– Kelly

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You must try this! Santa Claus and his amazing PNP (Portable North Pole) console will be online during the entire holiday season. With just a few clicks, this technological marvel will let your loved ones receive a personalized message from Santa Claus himself, sent directly from his village in the North Pole. It is not only very cute, but FREE. Give it a try, we have been using it every year and must say it was a fun little video message that Oliver receives from Santa.
Welcome Santa to your house with the important cookies.  Share a jar with your friends and neighbors. Make It Do will show you how to craft the cheery covered jar and Bakerella has the recipe with the ingredients to fill the jar.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>    Remember Rudolph too. A fun craft for the family to make together: Popsicle Stick Reindeer to make and hang on your tree or gift away. Expat Mom has the steps, one, two, three. rudolph

Sock and Glove

Easy to make…easy to love!

If your house is anything like ours you probably have a “Department of Missing Socks” also. Do not mourn the sad loss a mate. Look what you can do with some of your favorite mateless socks.

Sock Elephant

Step-by-step illustrations and instructions can be found in the Sock and Glove book by Miyako Kanamori.  There are thirteen delightful projects that are quick to make-and certain to amuse and delight.  You can have new menagerie, including monkeys, elephants, piglets, bunnies, and even an insouciant fish.

These whimsical creatures make perfect gifts and inspiring companions.

 

Fly Away

Today we fly away, off to the High Point Fall Furniture Market where we will be seeking out what is new, fun and exciting for kids.

The High Point Furniture Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 85,000 people to High Point, North Carolina twice a year. There are 180 showrooms offering an overwhelming
10 million square feet of furniture and accessories causing  your head to spin and feet ache.  If you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.

We always find this market inspirational; a place to recharge the creative juices while learning all of the new trends and color forecasts. Annie describes it as “walking through the pages of a decorating magazine”.

Keep your eyes on the blog as we post our amazing finds for kids.

 

Celery Airplane

While in an airplane mode, how about treating your little one to this week’s recipe for fun? Fly on over to Made to Be Mama blog for the easy peasy instructions for this healthy snack.

Airplane Craft

This colorful idea from Jeannette Fender, we are saving for a raining day craft.  Or, this would be great before and up coming trip. Her blog, The Adventures of J-Man and Miller Bug holds the secret to building these aircraft.

Wishing all of you a pleasant weekend as we challenge our feet walking through as many of the showrooms at the High Point Furniture Market.

 

ping pong ball lamp

Everywhere you turn these days there’s another gotta try it DIY project. Looks like this weekend’s project is inspired by an older Marie Claire Idées using ping pong balls, upcycling an old lamp shade and a few cans of spray paint to create this whimsical pendant lamp.

Rescue an old lampshade, then remove the covering exposing the wire frame.  Thrift stores are great places to find lamp shades if you don’t have an old one laying around. For the ping pong balls try a Dollar Store. You’ll also need heavy nylon thread, a sturdy needle and a hot glue gun.

Spray paint the balls in groups using a different color for each layer. If you are using 6 rows, you will need about 30 balls per group for a total of 180 ping pong balls. After the paint has dried, with a large needle, poke a small hole into each ball on opposite ends.  Using nylon thread, make garlands of balls and knotting one end, then pulling the thread through each ball from one hole to the other. It’s just like beading. Fill up the garland until all of the balls fit around the diameter of your lamp shade’s frame. Tie the garland of balls around the lampshade structure. We will be using a hot glue gun to secure the balls to spots on the frame. Repeat each row of ping pong balls until the entire shade is covered.  For the light, pendant cord sets are available at IKEA HEMMA.

Please share photos of your creations.