Monthly Archives: November 2015

Leather Photo Frame Ornament with HP Envy

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’re getting into the Christmas spirit! Every year we try to make new ornaments for our tree. This year I decided to put together a photo frame ornament with some fall photos of my sons I snapped on my smart phone and printed with my HP Envy 4512 All-in-One Printer/Copier/Scanner purchased from Wal-Mart.

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I just picked up the new printer today and had it set up and printing photos from my phone in 11 minutes. I realized that I have over 2000 photos on my phone and I have print outs of…none of them! With this printer, I can snap a photo then wirelessly send it to the printer from wherever I’m at in my house. This will be great for sending photos to family members in our Christmas cards this year. To print the photos I just used the HP All-in-One Remote app from my phone. The app worked smoothly and I was able to print my photos without ever using a computer. Here’s just a few screen shots showing the main app screen. I just selected Print/Share, then Photos, then selected the photo from my camera gallery. After selecting the photo I hit the printer icon in the upper right and then selected Print and out it came!

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To make the photo frames, I picked up some leather scraps from my local upholstery shop. The leather is super soft and feeds easily through my sewing machine with a rolling foot. To get started I cut a back rectangle at 3.5″ x 4.5″ out of the leather. Then I cut a front frame the same size and cut out a center rectangle leaving a 5/8″ border all the way around. Then I cut a piece of clear vinyl to 3.25″ x 4.25″.

Photo Frame Materials

I first sewed the vinyl piece inside the frame using my longest stitch length and a rolling foot on my sewing machine. Then I sandwiched the back leather piece, the photo and the front piece together and sewed 3/16″ all the way around the frame. When I got to the top I inserted a 9″ piece of ribbon behind the photo and in between the layers of leather so it was caught in the line of stitches.

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If you want to be able to change out the photo, sew a line of stitches on one side of the frame piece, then stack it on top of the back piece and ribbon and sew the other 3 sides together (so you have 1 open side and 3 closed sides, but stitches all around).Then I glued on some holly leaves cut from grosgrain ribbon and little red buttons. Now we’ve got this memory of the boys preserved for every Christmas!

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If you want to have some Christmas decoration fun without putting together the photo frames, click the links for these free and adorable Mickey and Minnie stand up characters! Happy Christmas crafting!

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Toddler Moms, What’s In Your Bag? Backpack Essentials + Zipper Pouch Tutorial

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Toddler Mom Purse Essentials

Leaving the house with a toddler is a little easier than packing up for a day out and about with an infant. These days, I’ve ditched my diaper bag for a backpack, which I can easily throw on my back, leaving my hands free to wriggle my 22-month son in or out of his car seat.

I thought it would be fun to share my go-to purse essentials that we take with us all the time, and see what’s in your bag that helps make running errands with a toddler more enjoyable. Then, I’ll share a free tutorial with you to show you how to make a cute quilted, zipper pouch to carry those little bag essentials!

Toddler Mom Purse Essentials

Here’s what’s in my backpack at the moment:

  1. A diaper and wipes, because we don’t want to be caught without them
  2. Trail mix, an energy-boosting snack that works for me and my son (he eats the peanuts and saves me the chocolate)
  3. New Centrum VitaMints are adult multivitamins with a refreshingly minty taste you can take/enjoy any time of day with or without food or water
  4. Emergen-C Immune+ Chewables for extra Immune support during cold and flu season because… who has time to deal with that?
  5. Travel-sized Advil Tablet Vial, in case my husband or I do catch a cold/flu bug! You can use Advil tablets for headaches, minor arthritis and other joint pain, muscle aches and pains of the common cold
  6. Infant’s Advil quickly soothes teething pain and fever, and it’s a must in our bag
  7. ChapStick Total Hydration instantly smoothes and moisturizes chapped lips
  8. An applesauce pouch, my son’s go-to snack
  9. Prescription sunglasses, because we still get some sunny days in the south, even during the fall and winter
  10. A water bottle with a straw, which works for my son and me
  11. Toys, books and other distractions!
  12. My cell phone, keys and wallet

 

Purse Pouch | Craft Buds
Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Do you want to learn how to sew a quilted zipper pouch like the one I use in my everyday bag? I’d love to share a quick and easy tutorial with you!

  • Outer fabric, lining fabric, and batting: 15 1/2″ x 15″ of each
  • 1 All-purpose zipper, 14″

Instructions:

Make a quilt sandwich

1. The first thing you’ll need to do is make what is called a “quilt sandwich.” This means you will layer the batting between the main fabric and lining fabric, so the pretty sides are showing outward. Take this to your sewing machine and quilt the layers together in any design you’d like, then trim the quilted panel to 14 1/2″ x 14″.

Place the zipper right side down

2. Next, position the zipper face down on one 14 1/2″ side of the main fabric (floral), with the lining fabric (pink) face down.

Stitch the zipper to the quilted fabric panel

3. Using a zipper foot, stitch the zipper to the quilted fabric panel along the left side. Fold the fabric in half so the unstitched edge of the zipper is face down on the right edge of the main fabric. Stitch the zipper in place along the right edge to make the fabric panel into a tube.

tube after zipper is sewn

4. After you’ve sewn the zipper down, this is what the tube will look like

Topstitch zipper

5. Next, turn the tube right side out and topstitch along both sides of the zipper to make it secure and to keep it from flapping around!

Stitch 1/2 from each side

6. The next step is to turn the tube wrong side out again and unzip the zipper halfway. This is very important! Position the zipper in the center of the flattened tube. Close the tube by stitching 1/2″ from each open end, right across the zipper ends to make your pouch.

 

Flatten corners

7. Now it’s time to box those corners! Flatten and pin each corner as shown, with the seam pressed open.

draw a line 2 1/2" long across this corner where your pin is

9. Draw a line 2 1/2″ long across this corner where your pin is, and stitch across each corner of that line.

Trim off the corners

10. Trim off the corners with pinking shears, or use regular scissors and finish with a zigzag stitch. Also, trim off any excess zipper ends inside the pouch. That’s it! Wasn’t this easy? If you’d prefer, I’ve also saved the instructions to a free 6-page PDF pattern, which you can download and save to your computer!

Purse Essentials at Walmart

The next time you are at Walmart, you can look for ChapStick Total Hydration and Emergen-C Immune+ Chewables in the same aisle, with the other immune support products (Top Left). Look for Infant’s Advil near in the same aisle (Bottom Left). Travel Advil for adults can be found with the other travel-sized toiletries (Top Right), and you will find Centrum VitaMints with the other adult vitamins, or in their own special display!

Purse Essentials

As a mom who strives to be frugal, I can often forget about the importance of stocking up on vitamins and immune boosters. But then when one person in the family gets sick, we’re spending even more money on doctor’s visits and medicine. Plus, it throws off our whole weekly routine, with playdates or daycare. That’s why I’m so glad I’ve stocked my purse essentials zipper pouch with things to make life just a little bit easier!

I’d love to know…. what’s in your purse or everyday bag? Check out more favorite products for every part of life!

Football OREO Cookie Balls

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When a friend has a party I always like to bring a special homemade treat. If I can come up with something that fits in with the theme of the party, even better! I thought these football shaped OREO cookie balls would be perfect to snack on while watching the game.

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I stopped by my local Walmart to pick up ingredients. In the photo above you can see they have tons of flavors of OREOs in the cookie aisle. You can use any flavor OREOs in this recipe as long as it’s not OREO Double Stuf. I love peanut butter and chocolate so I went with the peanut butter flavor.

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OREO cookie balls just require a few ingredients and are pretty easy to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
    • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
    • 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
  • Make it!
    • MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
    • SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
    • CUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills.
    • REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
  • Optional ingredient: White chocolate for the football laces decoration.

Oreo Process

I put the OREOs in my food processor to chop them up into fine crumbs, then mixed in the cream cheese. After mixing I made the football shapes and froze them for 10 minutes. I melted my chocolate in a tall narrow cup in the microwave, then used a cake tester to skewer each football and dunk it into the chocolate. I used the tip of a knife to gently pull the football off of the cake tester after dunking. After the chocolate hardened I used a frosting bag filled with melted white chocolate and a round tip to pipe on the design.

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These were a big hit at the party I took them to! Guests were wondering if they came from the fancy local chocolate shop. There are tons of different flavor combinations or shapes that you can make to customize these for any holiday or party. For more holiday OREO Cookie balls recipes, check out this link and let us know if you have any favorite OREO cookie and chocolate combinations!

 

kraft·tex™ Monogram Pet Stockings + Gift Tags

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I know you’ve all started thinking about your holiday shopping list, and jotted down a few gifts ideas for your friends and family. But let’s not forget those very special friends with four legs!

Monogram Pet Stockings | Craft Buds

Pets are a big part of our family holiday celebration. Our cats Murph and Chloe have stockings that hang right with the rest of ours, and we have two mini schnauzers, Zoey and Moses, in my family who always look forward to dinner gatherings and food that might drop to the floor!

My husband’s favorite treat to buy our cats is a big 16 oz. tub of TEMPTATIONS® Treats. He likes to top off their regular food with the treats every morning, so we easily go through at least one of these containers a month.

TEMPTATIONS Cat Treat Stocking Stuffer | Craft Buds

For the holidays, I thought it would be fun to take this treat and make it a little more special, and wrap it up as a stocking stuffer for the kitties. Since our house has been invaded by a toddler, the cats get less attention from me. If it were just up to me, I might forget to feed them… thank goodness for my husband and his attentiveness to the cats!

Looking for an easy stocking pattern for beginners? I sewed the Holly Jolly Stocking pattern to make these pet stockings, but you can also start with any store-bought stocking to make your project even quicker.

TEMPATIONS Cat Treat Stocking Stuffer | Craft Buds

Using kraft·tex™ (it’s a new product that comes in a roll and it acts like both paper and fabric), I cut out some simple monograms for my cat’s initials to put on top of the stockings. After cutting them out with scissors or a rotary cutter, you can take the kraft·tex™ right to the sewing machine and accent with a single line of stitching. Widen your stitch length to 3.5 for the best results.

Kraft-tex Pet Monograms

Sew or hot glue the monograms to any standard stocking to personalize it for your pet. You can also cut out a fish shape or a dog bone to add a cute accent. Kraft·tex is easy to write on, stamp on, print on… you can really use your creativity!

Pet Stocking Stuffer Kraft-Tex Name Tag | Craft Buds

For the dogs in my family, I put together a little gift with the PEDIGREE® Jumbone. I cut out a little dog bone gift tag from kraft·tex™ and stitched a border on it using my sewing machine. I added the pet’s name with a fine tip Sharpie, and slipped it under the ribbon.

Pet Treats at Walmart

If you’re looking for the best pet stocking stuffers for your cat or dog, check out Walmart in the cat and dog food aisles. This is where I can always find the big TEMPTATIONS® Treats 16oz in the plastic tubs for our kitties and a PEDIGREE® Jumbone (to keep those puppies busy while everyone is opening gifts) or Pedigree DENTASTIX® (great for canine chompers!) for the dogs in our family.

Cat Treats Stocking Stuffer | Craft Buds

So, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed these easy gifts for the cats and dogs in your life. Be sure to check out more great gift ideas for pets.

Christmas Pet Stockings for Cats and Dogs

Do you have any furry friends you’ll be buying gifts for this holiday season?

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