Twice-Dipped Chocolate Strawberries | Valentine’s Day Ideas


Every year on Valentine’s Day I make chocolate dipped strawberries for my kids and husband. They absolutely LOVE them and are so excited to receive and consume them. This year my 12 year old son decided he wanted to learn how to make them. So if he can make pretty strawberries, so can YOU!

Strawberries are not very good at the store until the week of Valentine’s Day. You can find “great-big-huge-giant” ones! Last year at Sam’s Club I even found them with the stem left on. This is especially nice when dipping.

Supplies Needed for the Project:

  • Strawberries
  • Dipping Chocolate- I prefer the Wilton brand.  You can buy it at Michaels, Joann, and Wal-Mart.  There are a few kinds at the grocery store.  Beware: do not buy almond bark!  It tastes like wax!  There is a brand in a small tub with chocolate chips that is good but pricey for quantity.  You can use chocolate chips but they don’t dry very fast which makes it much more time consuming and difficult.
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Cupcake liners-(optional) mini or small / depending on size of strawberries. *If giving away you want to package them! See video for tip.

I would love to hear about what kinds of traditions you have for Valentine’s Day.  What will you do this year for your loved one(s)? Please check us out on Facebook (Showmecute) and post photos of your Chocolate Covered Strawberries!  I would love to see!
Jenny

Make Your Own iPhone Cover | Craft Ideas


My Grandma used to say, “it’s a wonderful age we live in”.  She was always amazed at how much she had seen in her lifetime. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you how much I LOVE my iphone.  I can’t say enough about the iphone. It might be over dramatic to say, but I just don’t know if I could survive with out it! Ha, I could survive, life just wouldn’t be as fun and easy.

I’m always looking for cute covers for my phone but it’s not cheap. So when I saw this idea I was like a giddy little girl.  “Sqweeeeeel”! I ran to Best Buy and Hobby Lobby immediately!

Items needed for this project:

  • Clear plastic phone cover:  I found mine at Best Buy.  It comes with either a white rubber bumper or black rubber bumper.
  • Cute scrapbook paper:  My favorite stores are Joann and Hobby Lobby.  Scrapbook stores will definitely have your biggest selections. 
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Important tip!  There are lots of cute papers that have raised designs. If you try to use these thicker papers, the cover doesn’t quite come up around all the way.  It’s best to use regular printed paper or thin cardstock.

This is such a inexpensive and simple way to decorate and change up your phone. I would love to see your phone designs! Go to showmecute on facebook and post your pictures!
Jenny

Super Way Cute Earbud Decorations!


So… When my sisters and I really like something we refer to it as not cute but, “way cute” or “super way cute”! So I’m sharing my descriptive words with you on this project. This is really easy and mindless fun. Perfect for a gift or a project for you and your friends or kids. My kids and especially my nieces love to do projects with me. In fact, I don’t think there is a night that I can just sit and watch tv. I have to be doing something. This may make me weird, I don’t know?

Supplies needed for this project:

Perler Beads- these are the kids craft beads that you use and melt the backside to hold them together. I found a huge jar of them at Michaels but you can find them usually at Hobby Lobby, WalMart, and Target as well.  My large bucket was $10 but I had a 40% of coupon from online that I used.

Ear Buds-Scissors or Box Knife: Please have PARENTAL PERMISSION to use razor if you are under 18!

You can decorate your earbuds for your favorite Sports Team, your school colors, your favorite colors or just random looks really cute as well.  For Valentine’s Day you could give some to your kids in red or pink.
Happy New Year!

Jenny

Marble Pendant


Hello and Happy New Year! I have had a crazy busy Holiday Season. (Don’t we all say that every year?) But I’m ready to show you lots of cute ideas leading up to Valentine’s Day. This project can be for any use but would also work as a cute Valentine for your kids, friends, or LOVE! I love the dainty and classic look of this necklace. My daughters love it too. It is not always the case that we love the same things.

I saw this online and thought it was oh so cute! It was super easy and one of those instant gratification projects. For supplies, I found mine at Michael’s. But any Hobby or Bead store should have the supplies you will need.

Supplies needed
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Marbles-  After much testing, I found that the only marbles you can see the crackle through is the lighter colored plain marbles.  For example: clear, pink or teal.  You want to stay away from dark or patterened marbles.  I got some in a bag in the floral supply section of Hobby Lobby. You can also look in the toy section of some stores.  I also found a marble company in Bonner Springs Kansas called Moon Marble Company.  They were awesome!

Bead Caps- I found the cute studed caps I use in the video @ Michael’s.  You want to make sure that you match your bead up to the cap as to not get one that is too small or too large for the marble.  It needs to be proportionate to the marble.  You will see what I mean when you watch the movie or look at photos of the finished project.

Eye Pins- found in jewelry section of craft stores or bead stores.

O Rings- found in jewelry section of craft stores or bead stores.

Jewelry making tools:  small wire cutters, needle nose pliars, rounded needle nose pliars

Necklace to hang your pendant from!

It was incredibly hard to capture a good picture of this pendant.  It is much cuter than I can photograph.  My camera will not cooperate with my mind….kind of like kids, animals, computers….ah.  Well good luck with your pendant making.  I hope it turns out as cute as your mind envisions!
Jenny

Christmas Photo Booth Props!


I have seen photo booth ideas all over lately.  People have been using them at parties of all kinds.  With four kids, I decided several years ago that I can’t keep up or afford to have “friend” birthday parties every year.  So I told kids that we would do “friend” parties every other year and on the off year we would have family parties.

This year was my baby girl’s “family” year and she wanted entertainment for her guests.  So I was straining my brain trying to think of something that would be fun for everyone and low stress for me.  The photo booth is what we decided on. She was so happy, and everyone had a great time playing with the different crazy photos they took.

Birthday was last month and this month I was in charge of our church Christmas party.  So I decided to make Christmas props and have a photo booth at the party.  You can make your props for all kinds of occasions and themes!  For more ideas you can google “photo booth props” and find all kinds of ideas for your party.

Items needed for this project:

  • Cardstock (colors depend on your props )
  • Sticks- I used wooden sticks found at craft store.  Mine were about 12″
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun, or tape

This link might help you get started:

http://blitheavenue.blogspot.com/2011/05/and-again-coz-it-makes-me-happy.html
I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  This is an excellent idea for New Years Eve!

Jenny

Easy Gift Wrap Idea!


I have two really talented sisters.  Last year I spent Christmas at my older sisters house.  She lives in Dallas so I don’t get to see her too often but when I do, we have lots of fun together and we go crazy in the creating department. 

Because we traveled for Christmas (with four kids) I had most packages mailed straight to her house.  But had to wrap everything when I got there. My sister took me to her supplies and I go t everything done in about an hour!  It was so great.  These boxes were definitely the key! I swore I would go home and get boxes like these for myself. 

Items needed for this project:

  • Printed (plain would work too) cardboard boxes ( I found mine at Hobby          Lobby @50% off.  I also saw them at Joann, Michaels, Target, and Wal Mart)
  • Tule  ( I’ve seen it at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Wal Mart, and Joann )
  • Tissue
  • Scissors

I’ve already had several people comment on the youtube channel asking about a bow tutorial.  I will definitely add it to the list of things to come.  I hope this makes your gift wrapping easier and faster.  I love a pretty package!

Jenny

T-Shirt Scarf!


I posted this video a couple of weeks ago on the youtube channel and somehow didn’t get this blog up.  I sencerely apologize. The holiday season as well as THREE kids with birthdays intermingled, plus the busy season for work has caught up with me!

I know I just posted about how much I love leg warmers this year.  BUT, I have a longer running obsession for scarves.   So when I saw this idea, I was compelled to try!  It’s a really different look for scarves and especially popular among teens.

I really love that this idea can be free and makes good use to things I might have thrown away.  So here you go…..  Items needed for this project:

  • L or XL  Men’s t-shirt
  • Scissors

My two oldest daughters. They are so beautiful! Oh how I love them!mt

These are alot of fun to make.  The one thing I really love is the instant gratification for this project. There is no sewing, no gluing, no waiting!  Just cut and voila!
Have fun and if you have cut pics of your project.  I would love to see them on showmecute facebook!

Jenny