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

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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

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pops


Oh my goodness these are so yummy! I have to admit I decided to make these on pure “cute” looking factor alone. Much to my amazement… they are as yummy as they are cute.

Confession #2- I am not a huge chocolate fan. Don’t get me wrong, I like chocolate alot, I’m just not a chocoholic! I usually like tart or creamy desserts. Favorites include Lemon Bars, Cream Cheese things, Cupcakes, etc.
These taste totally different once the chocolate has hardened into the candy state rather than a fondue consistancy. I think that is what I like. The other thing I love about these is the range of usage! One could really get creative there.

Items needed for this project:

  • Marshmallows: either Large or Jumbo
  • Chocolate Candy Melts:  I prefer the Wilton brand.  Hobby Lobby carries another brand and I don’t like the taste as well.  DON”T ever use the almond bard or baking crap you get at the grocery store.  Gag!  You might as well eat wax.  ( I hope I am not too harsh about that. 🙂 )  You can find the wilton brand online, Michaels, WalMart, and Joann.
  • Optional- If you want pops you will need candy sticks or something to use as a stick.  I used a cute striped straw.
  • Sprinkles or embellishments (Optional)

This is so easy and fun.  I’m pretty sure Chocolate makes everything taste better!

Merry Christmas!

Jenny

Sweater Leg Warmers


Hi Everyone!

I am really really loving Cute leg warmers or over the knee socks this year!  So when I found this super easy tip, I thought I needed to share.

I made this pair out of an old sweater I already had.  You can use an old sweaters from your closet, or go to Goodwill and find some there as well.  I wouldn’t recommend buying a new sweater as you could just buy leg warmers cheaper probably.

There are so many options as to embellishments.  Buttons, lace, bows, etc…

Items needed for this project:

  • Sweater sleeves
  • Scissors
  • (Optional) sewing machine, surger, hot glue gun, embellishments.

Other places I have seen way cute leg warmers:  Forever 21, H&M, & Target.  So many places carry them but I just wanted to let you know a few cheaper places to start.
Keep warm, stay cute, & Happy Winter!

Jenny

Burlap Placemat


This is a way cute idea for your Thanksgiving table! It was so easy!  If you like a more fancy look, this is a great option for a kid table.  You can also do this for everyday use with different words.  For this project you will need the following:

  • Black Sharpie
  • Burlap (yardage depends on qty of placemats) Can be purchased wherever you can buy fabric.  If unsure, google it! A standard placemat is roughly 14″ tall.  Folded in half you would be able to get 6 placemats out of 1.25 yds.
To get started you need to go to your word processor on your computer.  I printed mine in the landscape format (which means the direction the paper is turned when you print).  The font that I used was called American Typewriter but of course you can use any font you wish.  The size I used was 125 pt.  I had to manually type that into the space it shows the size as the automatic options were to large or too small.  I was able to print 3 words per sheet of paper.
I love this kind of project that gives such a cute result with such little effort.  I am confident it will be just as fun and easy for you.  Cuz it is super cute!  I would love to see your projects. Go to showmecute on Facebook and post some of your projects.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Jenny

Button Rings


I know some of you have been wondering where the heck I have been the last week or so. I’ve been so completely swamped with family and work and life! We’ve been just busy with soccer and parent/teacher conferences, etc.  I’m so sorry it has been so long between posts.  No worries though… I have ideas running constant in my brain.  Crafting, decorating, baking, and shopping is what keeps me going. It’s my life!

I saw this idea for making rings out of Antique buttons… they were so cute! But I don’t have any antique buttons. So I have been looking for buttons everywhere I go. I go to antique stores often, but haven’t found good buttons yet. I’m still hunting!

When I started looking for buttons, I found that there are so many things you can use to make rings. My little sister made a bunch of rings out of old necklace pendants she didn’t use anymore. They made super cute rings!

For this project you will need:

  • Buttons ( fabric stores! )
  • Ring Base ( I found them at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Joann’s.  My favorite were at wide band from Joann’s.  Michaels were least desirable. )
  • Jewelry Glue ( jewelry section at your craft store )
  • Wire Cutters
  • Metal File (can be found at local hardware store )
You will find more button selection at fabric stores.  I found a bunch at Joann’s.  Don’t forget to take your coupon with you as buttons can be a little more $$ than you would think sometimes.  You can print coupons off their website.  I pull them up on my iphone and just show the cashier.
Make sure to look at the back of the button to make sure it has a surface that will work for a ring.  I bought a couple that were domed on the back and don’t work.
I would recommend taking your rings off when you wash your hands or get your hands wet, as it will preserve the metal longer. I hope you have as much fun as I have!   I would love to see what you come up with.  Go to my facebook (showmecute) page and post your photos!
Jenny