Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rainbow Turkey Cookies

When my children came to me TODAY and said we are making turkey cookies to take to school again right??? In my head I was like HECK NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT, that is over 90{we made 105} of those bad boys and they take forever to make, okay not forever but 3 hours roughly!!!  That was in my head but out of my mouth came of course we are lets go shopping for the stuff.  I tell you now if I am going to spend 3 hours making something then I am going to blog it, you can count on that(especially since I did not blog them last year). 
As I said early it was today and I didn't pick up a huge stash of candy corn so I had to do some thinking about what I was going to make the feathers out of and this is what I came up with...rainbow twizzlers!
So what you are going to need to make these cute little guys is:
rainbow twizzlers cut into 1.5 inch pieces or you can use candy corn
oreo double stuff cookies
candy corn
vanilla frosting
wilton candy eyes
red cake decorator frosting in a can with decorator attachments
How you assemble these guys is a lot of simple steps.
Step One with a sharp knife cut the oreo in half.  you can twist to separate the 2 sides but you have more breakage that way.
Step Two place the twizzlers in the red, orange, yellow, green , blue, purple pattern around the frosted half of the oreo.
Step Three take the other half of the oreo and using frosting as the glue place a candy corn in the middle of the cookie, then again using the glue add the eyes right above the candy corn nose.
Step Four use a dab{1 tsp} of frosting and adhere the cookie face to the top of the feathered cookie
Step Five using the round tip of the decorator tips using a squiggling motion make the red "gobbler" {that is what we call it around here}from right under the eye just past the one side of the nose.
Let them dry over night and they are all set to take to a Thanksgiving dinner as a special treat, your child's class, daycare, or even a play date.  I know my children's classes are going to love them and we even made some for my Fun with Books kids.

A Thanksgiving Table

Somehow and don't ask me how the picture of the whole table disappeared so this is the only picture I have....
I want to break it down into 3 parts for you.
1. Tablecloth  2. Centerpiece  3. Charger and Cups
The Tablecloth was a super lucky find for me it looks like burlap but it isn't and I absolutely love the rusticness of it.  What makes this tablecloth so special for our family is every Thanksgiving we write on the tablecloth with a black fabric marker something we are thankful for.
The Centerpiece was so simple to make. We went out into our yard and picked up a bunch of sticks and then cut them to roughly the same size.  I grabbed 6 canning jars and holding the stick upright filled the jars half way with fresh cranberries.  Easy right?  Then to each stick I added one letter to spell the word T-H-A-N-K-S.  To make the letters  I printed 1 inch letter onto tan card stock and then cut them out with a  1 inch circle punch.  Using one size larger circle punch I punched out a circle in red.  I adhered the tan circle to the red circle using double sided tape.  Once I had all the circles done I whole punched the top of each circle and then tied them to the sticks using raffia. 
The Chargers and Cups again were simple.  The chargers are tin chargers and I happen to love them and they were given to me.  You could recreate this look by buying inexpensive plate chargers and spray painting them perty much with whatever color or finish you wanted.  The cups I love and again I dove into the canning jar shelf.  I punched some extra red circles out when I was making the centerpieces and set them aside for this part.  I took the canning jars and wrapped them with twine and tied it on with a basic knot.  After I centered the knot on the front I slide the red circle behind the knot.
Hopefully you can tell from my little picture how rustic and happy it all turned out.  I love  a nice looking table setting and this was just the look I was going for and I adore how it turned out!!!
 { It was a small dinner for Thanksgiving but a few weeks later we had a much larger Christmas gathering and I did the same thing using the jars for cups and the twine and circles.  The great thing when it was a larger group about the circles was we wrote everyones name on the circles so we could all keep track of our cup through the night}

Monday, November 12, 2012

DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

I found this pack of cute little orange pumpkins at our local craft store and at Halloween they were displayed in a basket.  When Thanksgiving came around I felt like they needed a face lift and I had a need for place cards for Thanksgiving so I painted them with 3 coats of antique white paint.
As my pumpkins  were drying I cut some light gauge wire roughly 6 inches long and curled it 3 times around my finger.
Once the pumpkins were dry I poked the opposite end of the wire into the pumpkin right next to the stem. Leaving the circle I had made by wrapping the wire around my finger at the top. 
To make the actual name card I punched a 2 inch circle out of chocolate card stock and 1.5 inch circle out of cream card stock(you can use whatever color you want to to match your table and that same advice goes to what color you paint your pumpkin) with a circle punch. Once all my circles were punched I stuck them together with glue dots centering the cream circle onto the chocolate circle.   This is were I let the children get involved and they stamped their names onto the cream circle and then placed them into the wire. 
Now they are already to place on your Fall/Thanksgiving Table!!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

A Family Command Center

 Here it is a little project I have been working on for my little sister.
I loved how it turned out but most importantly she LOVES it!!!
It keeps all of her important information in one spot in her home and keeps her life more simple...it is amazing what a little bit of vision and a lot of planning can do to transform and organize a space!!!
It all started when I found these frames on the side of the road(I forgot to take the before I painted  them pictures)  I left them there for a few days and then I had an AHA moment and picked them up.
 On a side note: Do you not love my new carpet?  I HEART it, it makes me smile every time I see it
I spray painted them and then added fabric wrapped cardboard to one and (not pictured) sheet metal to another.
I then took this blank wall in her home and painted it with chalk board paint.
Added the frames...
and there you have it, a command center for all to use.  I have heard rave reviews from the children as well...the bottom 2 picture frames I added clothes pins to so they could hang their best work of the day on it and they love that!!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Our Thankful Tree

I have always provided away my children to write down something they are thankful for everyday the entire month of November.   I really love old and rustic looking items and so I came up with this "tree".  
This was so simple to make.  First get a pallet board for the trunk and then to make the branches I just cut pallet boards in random lengths one larger than the next all the way down.  I just took my brad gun to attach the branches to the trunk and viola you have a tree. 
Once you have the tree completed find a space in your home for it.  I provide silk leaves, a permanent marker, and glue dots in a basket.  Then everyday they write down something they are thankful for on the leaves and attach it to the tree. 
A fun and simple way to help your children recognize all their many blessings!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Kids Artwork and an Empty Wall

What to do with this empty space???
Like many of you I have a stairway down to my basement and I always think what can I do with this space and then I think and what problem can I solve at the same time.  I am also sure we all have children's artwork and what do children love to do with it hang it.  My children love to hang their art work and if I let them it would be hanging it on every inch of my walls.  There is not a day when they are not creating something(I wonder were they go that from) and I really wanted a place for it and so I came up with this:
Several years ago I went to Ikea and for almost nothing I mean I think I recall paying .99 for them I bought these magnetic strips complete with magnets.  I had used them for art work and our old home and couldn't decide where to utilize them in our new one.  Until I had a light bulb moment which seems so obvious to me know so we quickly got to work screwing these fabulous things in and readily hanging their current projects up.
My kiddos love their new art gallery and I love that I have a place to hang their artwork that makes us both happy!!!