summer boredom gift guide

August 11, 2014
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Ads for back to school supplies are going strong but we don’t want this spectacular season to end  quite yet so here are a few fun finds for kids who are still soaking in summer vacation…

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for outdoor fun  86 summer fun outdoors

1.  Eyeball war is on with this silly monster popper. It shoots up to 20 feet! $11.95

2.  Your own wind power can make these jets soar in the sky $16.99

3.  The classic boomerang has met its match with this new modern marvel $13.95

4.  You can’t find this magical mixture at the beach or in your sandbox!  $24.95

5.  Kick it old school with some good old fashioned sidewalk games  $8.95

6.  Another classic find that spells summer fun ~ snappers  $.75

for creative imaginations

86 summer fun imaginative play

1.  Transform any hand into an instant puppet with these funny animal tattoos  $6.95

2.  Color these beautiful butterfly masks with your friends & perform a fantastical play  $11.99

3.  Or if you prefer to draw directly on your body, these doodlers will do the trick!  $8.95

4.  You and 19 of your friends can rule the world with cool color-in robot masks  $11.95

5.  Transform into a fairy with some help from these lovely lightweight wings  $18.95

6.  Googly eyes have the power to turn almost anything into a cool creature  $1.95

for kids who love art

86 summer fun artsy

1.  Turn yarn into adorable puppy dogs with this cool kit $19.95

2.  Turn your doodles into jewelry with this cool shrinking craft kit  $8.95

3.  Spread smiles in your community with super cool sneaky art projects  $12.99

4.  Catch the sun while it’s still shining with these pretty paper shapes  $9.95

5.  Get inspiration for new doodles with this snazzy drawing book  $12.95

6.  Create a super smelling picture using these scented glitter pens  $9.95

really great reads

86 summer fun books

1.  Q & A a day is a great way to create memories with your kid throughout the whole year  $16.95

2.  Take a break from electronics and become swift with some string games $14.95

3.  Need new ideas for these last few weeks of summer?  This is the book for you!  $25

4.  Talk about some sweet science projects!  $14.99

5.  Create your very own robot army with junk you find around your house  $26.95

6.  Learn simple ways to live green with this resourceful read  $12.99

for the fashionista

86 summer fun fashionista

1.  Need a little help drying your nail polish… this mighty cute monkey will work his magic  $13.95

2.  Go green and get some serious style by making paper bead jewelry  $11.95

3.  Ink some of your favorite doodles with these body pens $5.95

4.  Help illustrate a one of a kind magical and fashionable story  $6.99

5.  Turn your fingernails into a marvelous mini zoo $5.95

6.  Remember fashion plates?!  This mini version lets you mix and match to heart’s desire  $9.95

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delightful diy wedding shower

August 9, 2014
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I enjoy hosting parties… especially girly ones so when my friend, Suzanne got engaged recently I volunteered my nest for some wedding shower fun.

tulle pom pom garland

First, the garland.  I believe this sets the tone for a festive environment.  Whether it’s party pennants, paper streamers, or puffy posies… stringing this happiness through the house says ‘party time’.

diy tulle garland

I chose to make my pretty puffs with tulle.  I’ve made poms with tissue paper before, but honestly using tulle was quicker and it’s less fragile so I’ll be able to use this garland again at future functions.  For 7 inch puffs I wrapped the 6″ wide tulle ribbon around a 7 inch book 16-17 times and tied it in the center with yarn.  20 yard spools of tulle will give you 3 puffs.

tulle pom poms

After tying in the middle leave the strings long so you can tie it on your garland.  Cut each side of the tied tulle and fluff.  Repeat accordingly.  Then tie your puffs to the yarn or ribbon you plan hanging them on.  String wherever you want a bit of happiness.

zinnia flowers

Flowers also always fancy things up a bit and I was so happy it was zinnia season because I scored 4 giant bouquets at our local farmers market for less than $20!  These pretties looked perfect in aqua tinted mason jars and I gave a few of our guests these arrangements if they scored a lucky plate with surprise markings on the bottom. washi tape wreath supplies

Now on to more crafting… Suzanne’s wedding colors are coral & aqua.  So the original plan was to have all the shower guests apply washi tape to clothespins to create this memory wreath.  I played around with it at first to make sure my vision would work and quickly realized that I better do it ahead of time instead.

diy washi tape wreath

It’s easy enough to apply the washi tape to the clothespins, however positioning and gluing them to the embroidery hoop was where technical difficulty occurred.  Even after drawing out the 10.5 inch circle size on a pizza box and testing out the spacing… it was still tricky hot gluing the 56 clothespins on.  I tried to stay consistent in where I glued each pin and also staggered every other one so the clip part was facing in and then out.

washi tape clothespin wreath

It did end up turning out okay but some pins were definitley more slanted than others.  I hung it with a ribbon tied through the top of the embroidery hoop and had each guest write down a few words or a sentence about a special memory they had with the bride.   We clipped them to wreath for a lovely keepsake gift.  There are plenty more spots on the wreath to clip future memories or blessings the bride will want to remember or celebrate.

washi tape cards

Since Suzanne was a guest at a baby shower I hosted last fall, she did have a couple requests for her special gathering — one of them involving crafting.  This gathering was considerably larger than the previous baby shower so I did some serious pinterest perusing and found something hopefully everyone would feel comfortable doing.  I came up with these diy favors.  Everyone got a pack of 4 colorful blank notecards (one card already washi taped up), 3 clothespins with magnets adhered to the back (one already covered in washi tape) and a party pennant pen.

wash tape card ideas

I did up a variety of card designs so the guests would have some ideas with what to do on their other 3 cards.

washi tape Each table had a bowl of assorted tapes and scissors and I was totally impressed with the creativity of our guests!  The clothesline design won my blue ribbon… how cute would that be for baby card!? I also love that Suzanne’s mom’s flower card totally matches her blouse ;-)

cookie bar Since all my crafting got a little out of control, I delegated the dessert to a few of our friends who graciously offered to help out.  I remember seeing this ‘cookie bar’ idea for graduation open houses and thought it was so clever.  So I we had six different delicious cookies the guests could indulge in.  Knowing we would have many left over, I purchased cello treat bags they could fill up and take home with them along with the recipes of all the cookies offered.  Steve was hoping to come home to feast on these leftover sweets, but I have to say the gals only left him a few crumbs.  This worked great as an additional favor for our guests.

wedding shower food Other eats included fruit kabobs, chicken pasta salad, artisan greens with feta, strawberries, grapes, candied walnuts and dried cranberries with poppyseed dressing, berry cups and lemon blueberry muffins.

girls wedding shower

tiaras and mustaches wedding shower game After dining & crafting we returned inside for a silly game of mustaches and tiaras.  Another friend worked out all the game details and I transformed kabob sticks and fun foam into amusing props our guests needed to participate.

suzanne and  nathan All in all it was a fun and memorable afternoon celebrating Suzanne and the exciting next chapter of her life with best beau Nathan.

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beat the summertime boredom blues with an empty cardboard box

August 5, 2014
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So…you’ve run out of ideas to keep the kids busy this summer? As you will see below-some of the most fun activities can start with just a simple, empty cardboard box.

cardboard box toys

No matter how ambitious you are, we’ve rounded up the perfect project for you and your little ones to tackle–everything from an inventive cardboard box camera to a cardboard box airplane.

Once you create this cool Shadow Puppet Theater using the instructions from Jennifer on Classic Play, the kids can re-enact a favorite fairy tale or better yet–ask them to come up with their own creative storyline.

Boys and girls alike will spend hours playing with this clever Cardboard Box Toy Box. The Little Red Window Blog also includes photo ideas for furnishing this cute little house!

Say cheese! Got an aspiring little photographer at your house? Now you can make them their own Cardboard Box Camera using the easy instructions provided by Leslie on her Pink Stripey Socks Blog. She says this project was inspired by her son eating cheese and wanting to touch her camera.

Get ready for take off….please your little pilot by whipping up a Cardboard Box Airplane. Sarah of Repeat Crafter Me said that making this took only around 30 minutes and her kids played with it for over 2 hours.

If your little ones would rather take to the open seas than fly into the great blue sky, then this Cardboard Box Pirate Ship is just the ticket.  Michelle from MollyMoo got her idea after taking her kids to see the latest Tinkerbell & The Pirate Fairy Story at the movies.

There’s a reason the blog is called Make It & Love It…who wouldn’t love these cool Cardboard Guitars???  They’re perfect for any aspiring rock star :)

If you’ve got an extra computer box in the garage or basement, head over to Frugal Fun for Boys and find out how to make a Skee Ball Game with it. It’s a nice activity for those summer days when it rains or when it’s just too hot to play outside.

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I'm April McCrumb ~ a creative gal from Michigan that loves to share clever gift ideas, simple recipes, my favorite tunes & all things crafty.  Thanks for stopping by my whimsical world. I hope you enjoy your visit.

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