Easy Halloween Pom Pom Pumpkins

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kids

Sometimes it’s all about the simplicity.

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kids

Foam Pumpkins. Tons of assorted colors and shapes of pom poms. Hours of fun.

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kids

I found all of these at 60% off at Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Stores.

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kidsAll I had to do was put some glue in bowls and let Els figure out the rest.

(Just dip and stick.)

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kids

Kinda cute, right?

Easy Pom Pom pumpkin decorating crafts for tots and kids

And so great to paint too.

Grandma is visiting from Canada, so they did this together. We just put the music on in the background and had a nice relaxing crafting pumpkin day. Sounds sweet, because it is…

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My Very First Lemonade Stand

DIY Lemonade Stand. Fun Activity for Kids during the Summer.

We’ve been talking about it all summer and we finally did it! We had our first lemonade stand. Yes I said we. I wanted to have one equally as much as my daughter did. We were pouring, serving cookies, luring in customers… “Lemonade!!!!”

Lemonade Stand. Summer Activity for Kids.

I was looking for a way to build a stand myself without spending too much money, and/or being stuck with a bulky lemonade stand with nowhere to store it. With a simple google search, (love google) I ran into a blog where they used simple wooden crates. They went above and beyond and painted the crates a pretty yellow and added hinges to secure them together. But I thought I’d keep ours much more simple.

I used two wooden crates from Michael’s. (Don’t forget to use the 40% off coupon online).
And 2 long sticks that I also bought from Michael’s for 59 cents each.

I didn’t bother securing the crates together. I just placed them side by side, so that Els can reuse the crates after. (At the moment she loves using them as her baby doll’s bed.) The sticks, my husband glued on to each side.

I then went to work on the pom pom garland. Because yes, I still can’t get enough of pom poms.

DIY Lemonade Stand. Fun Summer Activity for Kids.

I used LionBrand Bon Bon Yarn. They were the perfect mix of lemonade-y colors.

DIY Lemonade Stand. Fun Summer Activity for Kids.

To find out how I made these pom poms, click here.

DIY Lemonade Stand. Fun Summer Activity for Kids.

I then just strung them one by one with a plastic needle on a piece of yarn that measured from one side of the crate to the other.

DIY Lemonade Stand. Fun Summer Activity for Kids.

See?

DIY Lemonade Stand. Fun Summer Activity for Kids.

I also made Els a pom pom necklace while I was at it.

DIY Lemonade Stand. Fun Summer Activity for Kids.

I then cut out some circles on scrap paper. (Els helped me stencil all the circles.) Then pasted some letters on each I quickly made from construction paper. (Els helped me glue them as well).

DIY Lemonade Stand. Fun Summer Activity for Kids.

I originally was going to use clothespins to secure them on the string. But I didn’t have enough. Ugh. So we used yarn and beads instead. That didn’t really work out too well in the wind…

DIY Lemonade Stand. Fun Summer Activity for Kids.

Put out some cookies. Some lemons. Straws. Lemonade in a pitcher and cups. Ready to go. Here’s Els eating up all the profits.

DIY Lemonade Stand. Fun Summer Activity for Kids.

So much fun all around. We had people doing U-turns and stopping traffic. How can you not buy a lemonade looking at this. Right?

Afterwards we told her she can use the money for anything she wants. So she bought a balloon.

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Let’s Celebrate New Year’s Eve

DIY New Year's Eve Kits for Tots and Kids

Happy New Year’s!

What a week! We had some friends over on New Year’s Eve for a little pre-celebration with the kids. And of course, I couldn’t have a party without something, so I made this:

DIY New Year's Eve Kits for Tots and Kids

Fun confetti bags.

(Paper bags, confetti, secured with washi tape).

DIY New Year's Eve Kits for Tots and Kids

Tissue paper crown hats.

(Leftover Christmas tissue paper. Cut out into a crown shape. Secured with glue on the ends. Folded neatly to fit in a bag).

DIY New Year's Eve Kits for Tots and Kids

DIY noisemakers.

(Small empty jewelry boxes. 79 cents at Michael’s. Popsicle sticks, or rather Coffee Bean stir sticks cut in half. Rice to fill).

DIY New Year's Eve Kits for Tots and Kids

And a bag of gems to decorate them with.

(I secured the lids on the boxes with a hot glue gun. And hot glue-gunned the sticks to the back of the box. I filled little cellophane bags with gems and a gold ribbon for the kids to decorate their own boxes with).

DIY New Year's Eve Kits for Tots and Kids

All in a silver and white polka-dotted box.

(Bought at World Cost Plus.)

DIY New Year's Eve Kits for Tots and Kids

Yippeeee! Guess what Els’ favorite part was? I mean, besides the breadsticks.

The confetti, of course. Mine… not so much.

Happy New Year, everyone.

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It’s Going To Be A White Christmas, After All…

This Christmas, in LA, I can’t help but think of a movie I watched a long time ago, called Castaway on the Moon. It was about a man stranded on an island, who with increasing hunger, began to become obsessed with the idea of eating black bean noodles. In one scene, you watch a montage of his memories of all the times he’s turned down black bean noodles, or left them half-eaten, or not eaten at all. And he’s kicking himself in retrospect, like – Eat the black bean noodles, you fool!

I kind of feel like that with white Christmas’. Being born and raised in Canada, and now living in LA, I could see how I may have taken it all for granted.

So this year, I was determined to have a white Christmas, after all. Hence my white Christmas bottle brush tree, snow globes.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

These DIY, Anthropologie-inspired globes are all over Pinterest and the internet now. But I remember a couple years ago when I first saw them in the Anthropologie store, I was thinking – I could make these! And I did. For my daughter’s first birthday party, I made them and dyed the trees pink.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

This year, I decided to make them again, but dye them white, for my white Christmas theme. I used 50/50 water and bleach. I soaked them until they turned an off-white color. To get them whiter, I painted the ends of the trees with white acrylic paint.  A great idea I learned from The Decorated House.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

I also got some silver and brown pinecones to add to the jars, from Michael’s. 

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

Mason jars of different sizes.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

White glue. And glitter. Just dipped and rolled.

DIY white bottle brush tree snow globes.

And voila. Very white Christmassy right?

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

 I hot glue-gunned the trees and pine cone to the jar lid.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

 Filled the jar with some white glitter.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

 And that’s it. So simple. So pretty.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

I made enough this year to give away as gifts, as well. Along with my peppermint bark, of course.

DIY white bottle brush, mason jar snow globes.

One more day to go, before Christmas!

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I Hug Before I Go To Bed: My Coffee Filter Wreath

DIY Coffee Filter Wreath

Ok, so… I don’t know if you can tell, but I am totally in love with my wreath. I just sit and swoon and stare at it all day long. I can’t help it. It’s just so pretty … and white … and pouf-y. Plus, we shared four long and treacherous nights together. It’s only natural to feel like it’s a part of me, right?

I also love the fact that I was going to make a pom pom wreath this Christmas and opted out of it for a coffee filter wreath instead. Like as if it was going to be that much easier. This coffee filter wreath took me FOREVER! I think I could have made pom pom’s faster than making this. I lost faith in it a couple of times, for sure — hot glue gun burns coupled with skeptical husband… But I stuck with it! And my little girl cheerlead-ed me along. She would say to me every morning: “Your wreath is looking really pretty, mommy.” Aww. Even when it looked like a lump of nothing. I love her. Almost as much as I love my wreath. Ha ha.

DIY Coffee Filter Wreath

If you want to know how to make this, click here. She also has a tutorial on how to make a cute coffee filter Christmas Tree.

All kidding aside, this wreath was actually an incredibly easy, very inexpensive and exciting DIY project to attempt. Just be prepared to dedicate a few nights making it. Because it is pretty time-consuming.

I used: 2 packs of coffee filters, a straw wreath (from Joann’s), and a hot glue gun. That’s it! I reused the ribbon from the packaging on these wonderful chocolates we got as a gift.

Tobi Tobin Chocolates
Tobi Tobin Chocolates. One word: Decadence.

And…

DIY Coffee Filter Wreath

Here it is one last time… Hanging on our door, emitting all its fantastic glory.

Slowly, but surely getting there — My white Christmas, in LA.

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Part Two: Pom Pom, Feather Necklaces for Kids

So part two of my pom pom madness!

Pom pom, feather necklaces on a silver leather cording. I love these so much.

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

These were just as simple to make as the pom pom necklace in my previous post. It just required a little more material and a little more work.

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

First I needed to make more pom poms. To find out how I did it, click here. I then bought some feathers, some end crimps, silver leather cording, and tiny 9mm key rings. (All from Michael’s.)

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

To attach the ring to the pom pom, I threaded a piece of yarn through the pom pom, slid the ring on one end and tied a tight knot.

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

For the feathers, I had to attach an end crimp on the end of the feather. I used regular pliers I found in my husband’s tool box to secure tightly.

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

I then had to slide the end of the crimp through the tiny key ring. (Exactly like sliding a key through a ring.) This was the most challenging part, but still easy enough. Once done, I put the leather cord through the rings like so:

DIY pom pom necklaces

 I love the different color combinations.

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

To fasten the ends together, I bought a tiny pack of assorted closures. I then put crimps on each end of the cord. Next I put a tiny ring through the crimp on both sides, and then finally a closure on the one ring.

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

Those little rings just open and close by twisting it open carefully, and closing back together.

The finished product:

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

 And Els …

DIY Pom Pom Feather Necklaces

Wearing handmade mittens by grandma, and a handmade necklace by mom.

And can’t forget, more handmade Christmas presents for Els’ friends.

DIY pom pom feather necklaces.

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DIY Pom Pom Necklaces for Tots and Kids

I can’t believe I’ve only just discovered how to make a pom pom.

And now, I’m obsessed. They are so fun, and easy to make and I can’t get enough of them.

DIY Pom Pom Necklaces

I was telling my husband, I’m going to make pom pom everything! There’s going to be pom pom’s EVERYWHERE!

DIY Pom Pom Necklaces

And then I remembered a pom pom necklace I wanted to buy Els when we were in K-town a while back. I also remember it feeling outrageously priced. Screw that. I’m gonna make my own, I said. And so I did. Pom Pom necklaces for everyone! (For Christmas, that is.)

Here’s what I did:

DIY Pom Pom NecklacesI bought some yarn. Specifically, Lion brand BonBons Yarn in Party. It’s a metallic, in red, teal, sparkling taupe, gold, dark purple, magenta and copper.

DIY Pom Pom Necklaces

It’s a very fine yarn. But the colors are so pretty, so fall/winter, and just enough sparkly.

DIY Pom Pom NecklacesBecause it was so fine, I had to wrap it around each fork 100 times.

DIY Pom Pom Necklaces

After wrapping the yarn around the fork, I took the same color yarn and cut a 20 cm piece to wrap around the yarn through the middle of the fork. I needed my husband’s help to tie the knot, because I found that it had to be really really really tight. I then slid the yarn off the fork. Took scissors and cut through each side. I then trimmed and trimmed until it looked just right.

DIY Pom Pom Necklaces

I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty time consuming. But it’s totally worth it. Once you have them in your hands, all pom pommy and soft… it’s like holding a little puppy. You’ll just want to sit and stare at them for a while.

I also bought some purple necklace string and a plastic sewing needle.

DIY Pom Pom Necklaces

I threaded the needle with the string, tied a single knot, and strung through each pom pom to make a necklace. I used five per necklace in different color combinations.

DIY Pom Pom Necklaces

I then tied two knots on each end, to make an adjustable string. Just take one end and tie it to the string, and vice versa.

DIY Pom Pom Necklaces

Ta da! A handmade pom pom necklace.

DIY Pom Pom Necklaces

I love the colors and the tiny specks of glitter.

DIY Pom Pom NecklacesThe perfect handmade Christmas gift for kids, I think. I made one for all of Els’ little cousin’s and friends. Total $ spent: $8.00. (The yarn was $7.99 for the pack, but I used a 50% off coupon at Michael’s.)

Pom Pom Necklaces

My new motto: You can’t go wrong with a pom pom.

DIY Pom Pom Necklaces.

All packaged and ready to go.

DIY Pom Pom Necklaces.

I found these little gift pouches at World Cost Plus. The necklaces fit in them perfectly.

DIY Pom Pom Necklaces.

Next up: Pom Pom Feather necklaces on a silver leather cording.

DIY Pom Pom Necklaces.

Stay tuned for Part Two of my pom pom madness.

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Mini Garden. Mini Me.

Mini Garden for Toddlers.

It’s never too late to build that garden, I say.

Even if it’s miniature. And succulents. (Requires no work) And party favors from a wedding. What matters is that you did it.

Mini Indoor/Outdoor Garden for Toddlers.

Just added some washi tape on the bottom.

Mini Indoor/Outdoor Garden for Toddlers.

A magnifying glass. Outdoor decor. Creatures. Friends.

Mini Indoor/Outdoor Garden for Toddlers.

And a miniature watering can.

Mini Indoor/Outdoor Garden for Toddlers.

Indoor. Outdoor. Whatever! It’s a mini garden, for mini hands.

Mini Indoor/Outdoor Garden for Toddlers.

What more can a 2 and a 1/2 year old ask for?

Mini Indoor/Outdoor Garden for Toddlers.

Even though I missed those extravagant summer garden plans, I’m planning on taking these babies to winter…

*At some point these will have to be transferred to bigger pots. (I assume.)

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Rethinking the Free Pile: Beads and String.

When I was a kid, Halloween came with strict rituals.

1. Grab the biggest pillowcase you can find, even if it must come straight from mom or dad’s pillow.
2. No matter what, keep up with big brother.
3. Never miss a house.
4. Once done trick-or-treating, commence indoors, dump everything out.
5. Separate into categories.
6. Once all parties are done organizing, move on to ‘tradsies.’
7. Never get bullied into trading your favorite candies.
8. Discard unwanted items. In other words, create a free pile that usually is eaten by dad.
9. Hide your stash.
And finally,
10. Eat everything within a week. (Before big brother finds it).

Number 8 is interesting to me. Because it is this very free pile, this unwanted, undesired, unattractive sort, that I have been pondering through, as to what my child shall receive from us, for Halloween. And then I thought, who am I kidding? Peanuts? Raisins? Apples? (Back when apples were given by normal people and not the evil witch). 

Not going to win anyone over, let alone my toddler. And so I conjured up this:

Halloween Bead + String Gifts.

I took old glitter containers I had from decorating our pumpkins, peeled off the sticker, painted the caps black and filled them with assorted Halloween colored beads. I then bought some black plastic gimp rope and tied it around each tube.

Halloween Bead + String Gifts.

I thought it would be a cute and fun gift for Els, and some for her playmates as well.

DIY Halloween Bead + String Gifts.

So colorful and fun. Not to mention, great practice for their little fingers.

DIY Halloween Bead + String Gifts.

And appealing, even if it is essentially – candy-less.

DIY Halloween Bead + String Gifts.

I would like to think, these would NOT have ended up in my discarded, black licorice filled free pile…Right?

DIY Halloween Beads + String Gift.

*Warning: Always supervise small children when playing with beads.

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Getting Ready for Easter: Homemade Flowers by Tots

Every so often, as they come, I like to take mental notes of ‘things I never expected with having a baby.’ And today, added to the list was: BUSY, NO REST WEEKENDS.

I’m starting to feel like I’m in a strange SCI-FI  flick, where my present and future self are somehow altering my past, including my memories. Like what it felt like to sleep in uninterrupted. How my couch felt like when it was expertly molding itself to my back. What soft lazy slippers sounded like against clean, hardwood floors. And how a hot cup of tea could rest in my hands with the same reverence of a tiny newborn puppy while staying put so fine and so warm.

But alas! I must not think of such frivolities anymore! As there are things to do, and things to accomplish! And no matter how busy our weekend has been, look what we managed to create.

Easter Arts n' Crafts. Flowers with beads and pipe cleaners.

Homemade Easter flowers.

Easter Arts n' Crafts. Flowers with beads and pipe cleaners.

Made in: Recycled baby food jars. With: Easter colored beads, pom poms, feathers, modeling clay, pipe cleaners, gems and washi tape.

Easter Arts n' Crafts. Flowers with beads and pipe cleaners.

To beautify the jars, I took pink and white polka dotted washi tape and secured it around the top.

Easter Arts n' Crafts. Flowers with beads and pipe cleaners.

We then took pink and yellow modeling clay (it is very soft and spongy) and smoothed it into the bottom of the jar. Added some pom poms and gems on top.

Easter Arts n' Crafts. Flowers with beads and pipe cleaners.

Cut up some pipe cleaners into different lengths, stuck them into the clay and fed beads through them. On one, we  decided to stick in some pretty feathers.

Easter Arts n' Crafts. Flowers with beads and pipe cleaners. Oh, and can’t forget Els’ favorite part. Little Easter chicks.

Easter Arts n' Crafts. Flowers with beads and pipe cleaners. And there she is. In of course, her new pink bathing suit.

Easter Arts n' Crafts. Flowers with beads and pipe cleaners.

Happy Easter.

Easter Arts n' Crafts. Flowers with beads and pipe cleaners.

PS. *Always supervise your toddlers/kids when playing with beads and glass jars. Plastic cups are also a good alternative.*

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