Tuesday, March 31, 2015

'Springy' Easter Printables




Here's a little bouncy Easter treat that doesn't involve candy---
and I don't think the kids will even notice?  Do you?



Start with some colorful Slinky toys. 
(These were found at Target last year on Easter clearance.)



 
 
You'll also need some light gage wire and colored cardstock
 
 
 
and these printable tags.
 
Click here to print these Easter cards with He is Risen.


Click here to print cards plain.


Trim tags and adhere to cardstock, trim again.


Next, make a 'spring'.  Wrap wire 3-4 times around a glue stick.  Tape one end of the wire onto the back of the tag.



Slide other end of wire 'spring' into the top of the box.



You can even use these tags with bouncy balls, instead of Slinky toys.



Happy Easter!
 









Click here for more Easter printables.



Easter Peeps and Jesus


Eggs-tra Special Eggs


Easter Printable Tags

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Eggs-tra Special Easter Treat for Teachers

 
Have an Eggs-tra special teacher in your life? 




Want to make those teachers a fun little Easter treat that they rip open to find the candies inside?
...or maybe you just want to see how I made them?

Begin with these adorable patterned paper sacks. 
(I found these at Michaels.)


Gather some egg shaped candies... 
Wrapped chocolate eggs and jellybean eggs work well.



Next, cut an oval egg shape out of cardstock for a template.
Trace the oval onto the sack.
Cut directly on the traced line.  (You now have 2 small ovals.)
On another paper sack,
cut around the template with a quarter inch gap.
This gives you two different sizes.  One bigger than the other.
(This also gives you 2 small sizes and 2 large sizes.  Supplies to make 2 eggs.)

Place the small oval on top of the large oval. 
Printed sides facing out.
Using a large stitch on your sewing machine, begin sewing the two pieces together, leaving a small edge on the egg.
Once you have sewn halfway around the egg shape, insert the candy.


Continue sewing around the egg with the candy inside.
Because the candy sticks up, some of the edges will crinkle and buckle a bit...no worries, keep going.

Once finished.  Trim the edges off all around the outside of the egg.




Next, print out the teacher tags. 
Cut around the circle tags with scissors.


Click here to print your own tags.



Final step.  Washi tape--my favorite!
Use bright and colorful washi tape to adhere
the tags directly on the outside of the eggs.




Hand deliver to your favorite teachers.  Happy Easter!








 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Peep Bunnies and Jesus

 
 'No bunny' loves you like Jesus!
 


So often, the real reason of Easter gets overlooked
with candy, eggs and bunnies.
 


That's why I just love this double-pun-meaning message.
No bunny and nobody will ever love us like Jesus does.
Because of His love, we celebrate Easter.
 


There are 4 tags on a page. 



The first two tags can be cut with the top 3" of white paper.  Fold extra white paper over to create a tent. 
Slide cellophane bag in-between 'tent' and staple to secure.
 
 
If you want to add colored cardstock, use the bottom tags and trim all the edges.  Adhere to cardstock with a 3" top, fold over and staple to cellophane bag.
 
You don't have to use Peeps.  This could work with any kind of candy bunnies.  My personal favorite...
 
 
 

**A blog reader found my old Peeps and Jesus post and asked me to make a printable for her to use.  I love interacting with the readers of my blog-- thank you for reaching out, Pam! 
To see original post, click here.





Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Crazy Part of Moving


Hello Friends!  I've been a bit 'occupied' lately.
When things get crazy, blogging is the first thing to go...hence the reason why you haven't seen me in awhile.

So, what have I been doing?  Oh, just a few little things...




Packing, cleaning, moving, unpacking, organizing, rearranging, shopping, painting, more rearranging, decorating, entertaining, volunteering, ...oh, and a little vacation in there--just to name a few small things.





We moved from our home of 16 years to a new home closer to the kids' school. We're saving so much time on our commute, that I'm wondering why we didn't move sooner.  We are LOVING the new location...Lake Washington is right down the street from us!

 
 
And (of course) living in a brand new home is wonderful! It's so clean and fresh, that I'm paranoid to make a mark on the walls!  Yikes!  (I've already had to get out the touch up paint.)



Besides the normal craziness of moving, the hardest part for me has been re-establishing all the everyday routines.  We had smooth, organized systems happening in our old home and now, not so much...yet.
 
For instance, where should we hang our coats and leave our shoes when we walk in?  Where should the lunchboxes go and the backpacks and the car keys?  What about the mail and the papers from school?  Where will we post the calendars and the important dates?  Where will the dirty clothes go and the cleaning supplies and the extra toilet paper and the tissue boxes?  Why doesn't this house have a linen closet?  Which side of the sink should we stack the dishes and where are we putting the scrub brushes and the chip clips (those are important!).  Where will all the DVD's go and the books--there's no built-in shelves!  ...And where in the world should we put the grocery sacks and why don't the Ziploc bags fit in the drawers?  (I think you get the picture.)

The amount of energy it takes to re-organize a house and then re-train the family members has been quite exhausting.  It's coming...but slowly. 


AH (awesome hubby) has been a bit confused as I organize the kitchen one way and then he comes home the next day to find things have moved.  Apparently, it takes me awhile to process the best spots for all our gear?  (You have to have the potholders close to the oven, but what do you do when you have two ovens far away from each other?  Two drawers of potholders?  Or one in the middle not next to either oven?  Really?  Who knew I could waste so much thought over potholders?  And then there's the issue of where to put the drinking glasses when you have two sinks and a water dispensing fridge on the opposite side of the kitchen...)  Please don't think I'm complaining about the kitchen--I LOVE the kitchen...it sparkles!




Determining 'designated spots' is time consuming, especially because I want to make sure the systems are efficient. This house is a little bigger than our old home, but it doesn't have the storage space that we're used to.  This has forced me to get rid of excess and only keep the things we love and use.  A new house has also given me a clean slate to organize and decorate.  (You can imagine that I'm loving that part!)  I hope to share some of the organization projects that have kept me so busy and give you a tour, so please come back and visit!




By the way, it's nice to be blogging again.  I've missed you! 

 

Friday, December 26, 2014

'Rollin' in the New Year Party Ideas



Whether you're hosting New Year's with a crowd or just the family, these pun printables will have everyone ready to 'roll' in the new year!

 
Simply print out the tags and cut them out.
Click here for link.


Mini forks and coffee stirrers work perfectly with the tags.



 Stick a tag in a mini fork and place in a big pretzel crusted roll.

 
 
Attach a tag to a coffee stirrer and stick in these swiss rolls.
 
 



 Rolo candies make perfect party favors. 
Attach tag and tie candies up in a bow.



Other candy treats to fit the theme...
Fruit Roll-ups!



and don't forget Tootsie Rolls!



Of course you can expand on this 'roll' theme with the dinner menu.
Why not serve up egg rolls or sushi California rolls or even give my yummy Chicken Roll-Up recipe a try.

'Roll' the dice to play Bunco and be sure to award the highest roller a Cinnabon gift card.  (Get it?  cinnamon 'rolls'.)


 Have a rockin', rollin' great New Years!  Happy 2015!
(What would you add to this theme?)








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