There is a lot more time to do extra fun things with my daughters since school is out for the summer. Last night we had a breakfast dinner and we went all out! We do not have an outdoor table at the moment so I brought out our coffee table and put pillows down for seating. I went with pancakes as the main dish and used this recipe to create cinnamon roll pancakes. They were a hit!!! So delicious. I even created this cute little banner to go on the pancakes. I made it in the Cricut Design Space and it reads “You had Me at Pancakes.” Isn’t it cute? It’s a #CricutSummer project. You can print and cut your own here if you like. I’m going to make a list of more ideas that we could do later today. What are your favorite summertime activities to do with your kiddos? -jess
This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week and I managed to get a few special things done. This was one of the gifts I gave my daughter’s teachers, although I used different packaging because I ran out of time to get these adorable little egg cartons. I’m sharing today the parts of this gift along with the free teacher appreciation printable, “Thank you for taking such good care of my little chick”, in case you would like to do something like this for a teacher or someone who takes care of your children.
To make this gift you will need the free teacher appreciation printable printed on card stock, packaging of choice (I found these cute cartons at Hobby Lobby, but used strawberry baskets from Michaels for the other ones), embellishments for package (I used baker’s twine, fabric scraps, eucalyptus leaves, and a mini clothespin), and baby chick cookies (I found a cookie cutter from World Market for $.99).
I made my own baby chick cookies and decided to try doing the royal icing where you flood the cookie. I used this sugar cookie recipe, which was very delicious! Not super sweet, maybe more of a shortbread cookie taste but soft consistency of a sugar cookie. I don’t remember which royal icing recipe I used. It was one that I had all the ingredients for lol. I used piping bags and frosting tips, but I think next time I would like to try the little squirt bottles. I did okay, but I need to work on this skill. hahaha. I was doing these late the night before and just trying to at least have them look presentable. So I’m happy for my first try 🙂
You can fit up to six of these cookies in the little egg cartons but these won’t sit quite this neatly if you want to close the top. I also suggest wrapping them in plastic wrap if you like. These are uncovered for picture purposes. I put the ones we gave the teachers in little plastic baggies to protect them. I also thought it would be cute to maybe just put two to three cookies in and then add two Easter eggs filled with candy too. Wouldn’t that be cute? -jess
Valentines Day is coming soon and I have been getting supplies ready for my daughters to help them create Valentines for their classmates. My youngest is four and loves stickers so I decided that this would be a nice little goodie for her to give out. I found the cutest stickers in the dollar spot at Target and created a simple valentines free printable to add them too. This is a great opportunity to let a child practice cutting, gluing, and writing if they are at that age.
- Valentines Free Printable (Blue Green Orange Pink Purple Yellow Black) printed onto cardstock
- Optional: Paper Cutter
Once they are all cut out determine the amount of stickers you want to use on them. I had a sticker pad and cut it into pieces that would fit on the card but you can add the stickers however you like.
Put some glue on the middle of the card and then stick on the stickers. I made these so there is enough room to write a “from” name on the bottom and add a “to” name at the top if desired. I find it easier to just make a bunch with only the “from” so my girls can hand them out easily.
I have one more sewing Valentines idea that I will share next week to add to the Valentines ideas here on the blog. Until then, enjoy these! -jess
Bloggers everywhere are creating fun Valentine printables and I wanted to join in on the fun. These are geared more towards grown ups and are not only for Valentines but anytime really. I recently had a book of old stamps given to me. These stamps were ones I used to help my grandfather collect. I remember waiting for the mail to arrive at my grandparents house so I could see what fun stamps might be on it. I loved adding them to the book back then and am now enjoying looking over them all over again now. It makes me miss how most mail used to come with stamps instead of printed postage. I used these stamps as the base for these printables.
I went with four different color schemes and took pictures of them. I then used the sketchbook app on my ipad to fade the photo and write on top of it. I wanted that messy handwriting look for these and chose quotes/sayings that pertained to letters/stamps/mail.
I hope you enjoy these and if you use them, please share using #happytogetherbyjess on social media or sharing on the Happy Together facebook page.
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I love putting together little gifts to have on hand. One thing I like to add in those type of gifts are mini clipboards with a cute printable on it. I sometimes can find them ready made, but they either sell quickly or are more on the expensive side (in my opinion). So I found some supplies at Michaels to make my own. Now I can customize them however I want and not be limited to what I find in a store.
- Metal Clips (make sure they have a flat back)
- Wood rectangle (I found these two sizes: 4.75″ x 6.75″ and 5″ x 6″)
- E6000 Glue
- Printables/Pictures (I find that the Project Life cards work well too)
- Any other supplies to decorate your clipboard such as paint, glitter, stickers, yarn, fabric, fun papers, etc.
Start by painting and decorating your wood and clips as desired. I painted one clipboard white and left the other two plain. Then I painted two of the clips and added glitter to one of those.
Once everything is dry, add glue to the flat side of the clip and place on wood. I liked the top of the clip to hang off the top a bit myself, but you can put it where you like.
Now that you have some gifts made you can wrap them. I used some clear bags I found in the baking section at Michaels to package the clipboards in. I also grabbed a bunch of random stuff to use as wrapping decorations. I like to create fun packaging and the more supplies I have for that the better!
I stamped some tags as well (tags found here).
I taped on a piece of streamer that I had ruffled on my sewing machine to this one first. Then I added some pom poms on top of that. I stuck a candy cane in the middle and then used a mini clothespin again to attach the tag.
Do you have any go to diy gifts that you make? Look below to see all the other gift ideas brought to you by the Michaels Makers. Happy Crafting!
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