Friday, November 30, 2012

Weekend Show Off Party!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know we did, things are getting crazy busy with our addition, want a quick photo update... well you are going to get it, LOL.

Yup, I have been stenciling, and I will have much more to come, carpet is coming on Tuesday, and it is just so close I can feel it!


I just found out on one of my favorite blogs (A girl and a Glue Gun)

Kimbo is getting into the spirit of Christmas by helping a friend fulfill a goal of giving 50 children in Argentina a Christmas by giving them simple gifts of stickers and oranges... These are children that will have no Christmas gifts waiting for them, and stickers are huge in Argentina!

All you need to do is acquire  some put it in a basic envelope (nothing bigger!)... address it to the above address.  They will forward it to Argentina!

Pretty simple way to help someone need, and if you are like me you probably already have stickers at home!  The thing is, it needs to be mailed by DECEMBER 1st, so you must hurry and get this project done!

I can not wait to see what you have been up to!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kindle FIre Giveaway

I am so excited to bring to you a fantastic giveaway! I was able to team up with some amazing bloggers to bring you this giveaway, I hope you will go visit them and enter to win a KINDLE FIRE!
'Twas the month before Christmas
And all throughout blog land
Were patterns and recipes,
Ornaments and cake stands.

Your favorite bloggers
Were busy as could be
Making projects and tutorials
For all to see.

Then we got an idea
For something to do
To make the holidays brighter
For one of you

All year round
You bring us such joy
Why not give one reader
A special Christmas "toy?"

We thought and we thought
Till our brains were quite tired
Then it came to us,
"A Kindle Fire!"

We all joined together,
Now today is the day
So get in your entries
For this special giveaway!

Amy @ One Artsy Mama
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Gift Idea under $5~ DVD Art Case, with Mod Podge!

 I love to make homemade gifts for Christmas... for just about everyone!  With the help of Mod Podge, this year I made my nieces fun art cases, by upcycling old DVD Cases.  This is a simple gift to make that won't break the bank... In fact I don't think I spent more than $2 on the whole thing!

Items Needed:
Original Mod Podge
Sparkle Mod Podge
Mod Podge Circular Roller
Scrapbook Paper
Old DVD Case
Colored Pencils (I bought mine in the fall for 50 cents)
Podgeable Shapes (Optional, I used mine for an embellishment)

 Step 1 Make a Cover: Using Scrapbook paper I had on hand, I made a cover.  I used the old DVD cover as a template. I laid out the design of each of the covers, and simply used just a little big of original Mod Podge on the back of each shape to stick them down.

Step 2 Make Pencil Holder:  To make a pencil holder for the inside of your DVD case all I did was cut the colored pencil box in half.  Then I brushed a little Mod Podge on the back of the scrapbook paper and elements to keep them in place, and embellished it.

Step 3 Make Notepad: Using the inside of your DVD case as a guide make a notebook. I simply cut printer paper in the desired size, placed it in a card stock cover and stapled it together.  I also put sheets of stickers in between the pages, because everyone loves stickers.

Okay just a recap, you should have your DVD cover, pencil holder and notepad complete, it is simple right?  Now onto my favorite step....

Using Mod Podge circular roller and SPARKLE Mod Podge cover your DVD case cover, pencil holder, and notebook cover. This will help your project elements stay together and give your project plenty of sparkly goodness, without the mess of glitter.  Seriously Sparkle Mod Podge is my new best friend!

Now all you need to do is let the Mod Podge dry and put it together.  I used a hot glue gun to secure the notebook and pencil case in the DVD case.

 There you have it a fun inexpensive gift, that anyone can make! I can not wait to see what my nieces think of them!

For more great Holiday ideas using Mod Podge visit the links below.

I would also like to than the awesome people at Plaid and Mod Podge for sending me some amazing Mod Podge goodies to try out! 

For products and ideas, visit Plaid Crafts on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

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I like to LINK at these great parties

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cutest Turkey SHirts EVER with Artsy Fartsy Mama!

I am so excited to introduce Lindsay of
 Artsy-Fartsy Mama not only is she talented but she is a great friend as well!  She has made the absolute cutest turkey shirts!

 Hello friends & Ladybird LN readers!
I'm so excited to show you guys the shirt I just finished for my daughter to wear on Thanksgiving!

I've never done an applique {gasp!} and it was much easier than I expected. So, if you're a beginner and have wanted to try it, DO IT! It's so fun. For those of you who are pros at this and are laughing at my excitement over something so simple, try not to judge too much!

Anyway, on to the tutorial!

What you'll need:
Fabric in colors you want to use - I used plain, old felt
Sewable Iron-On Adhesive
Sewing Machine, Iron, etc

I freehanded all the shapes and cut them out. You can use a cup, paint bottles, etc for the circles, and folding the feathers in half to cut them out made things a little easier. Trace the shapes onto the iron-on adhesive and cut those out. Follow the instructions on the packaging and iron the adhesive to the wrong side of the fabric. Felt doesn't have a wrong side, so just pick a side and try to remember not to accidentally turn them over (the adhesive may not fit right).

Iron your shirt well and peel off the adhesive backing on the pieces. Place the pieces where you want them to go on the shirt. It said to hold the iron on for about 2 seconds, but the felt needed to be ironed for a lot longer since it was thicker than regular fabric.

I sewed the back feathers, white part of the eyes and beak first using white thread. You can pin down the edges if you'd like. I noticed a few of my edges popped up a little during sewing since I had to bunch up the shirt sometimes to get to certain areas of the shirt. I sewed inside the shape a little bit (you can see what I mean in the photo below).

Next, I ironed on the pupil part of the eyes and the "gobbler" thing.
Then I sewed it on using black thread.

And that's it!! I love it!!
I still need to add a little bow above the left eye to make it a little more girly.

Thanks again, Carlee, for having me be part of your Turkey Month!

I hope you all have a fantastic holiday season. I'd love to have you stop by Artsy-Fartsy Mama and say hello!

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Weekend Show Off Party

Ladybird Ln Turkey Month
Guess what I am doing this weekend?

Painting, our new addition!

Yes it has come that far, sorry my blog has been a little neglected, I have been so busy with my house, getting baby turkeys (today, 15,000 of them), and seeing so many of my wonderful friends at the Utah Farm Bureau Convention!

Today, I wanted to feature some turkeys!

Sew incredibly Crazy crocheted a turkey, how cute is that!

A Mom on Time Out, made some adorable Pilgram Turkeys!

Pinkie for Pink had some fun making finger painted turkeys with her daughter!

Finally if you want to wear a turkey, the Moody Fashionista, has just the thing for you!

Thanks for showing me your birds ladies, you are all fabulous!  Now I want to see what you have been up to!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Turkey Month: Guest Post Seven-Alive

I am so excited today to have miss Kadie from Seven Alive all Livin' in a Double Wide, she has a super fun blog, and is the kindest person to boot!

Hello Lady Bird LN readers!  I'm Kadie from Seven Alive all Livin' in a Double Wide, I'm super excited to be here.  Lady Bird LN is one of the fist blogs I started reading after I began blogging. Carlee is such a kind person, and so giving.  I joined in her pillow case drive a couple of summers ago and had a wonderful time.

 I LOVE this time of year, and LOVE the month of Turkeys here at Lady Bird LN!   I have a very easy decoration to get you and your kiddos in the mood for Turkey day.  First I have a confession, it should go something like this " Hi my name is Kadie and I have an addiction to Washi Tape.  It's been 2 hours since the last time I used.  I have washied everything from windows to books, I even washied my cell phone (that one didn't turn out so well). "  I'm sure you get the idea I REALLY like Washi tape! So we are making a Washi Turkey! Yay!!  As I said it's very easy, you can even get the kids in on the washi fun.
I found my wooden Thanksgiving Turkey at Hobby Lobby for only a couple of dollars.
You could use acrylic paint to paint your turkey body and Thanksgiving sign but I wanted something really easy for all of us to do together. So we used the plethora of markers we have lying around our house.  I used a darker brown for the wings, and a lighter brown for the body and head, orange for the beak, red for the gobbler, yellow for the buckle on the hat, and a large black sharpie for the hat, shirt collar, and outline of the Thanksgiving sign. You can't get in every little nook and cranny with the markers but I was going for kind of a rustic look so I'm okay with that.  If you are not okay with that, you might want to use paint. Take out all of the metal pieces "holding" the feathers.  This will make it easier to cover the feathers. Cover your feathers with the washi tape of your (or your child's) choosing.  Let the tape over lap the edges of the feather.  Cut that back down with a small pair of scissors or exacto knife.
  After you have covered all the feathers replace any hardware you may have taken out.  You may need to use a pair of pliers to twist them back together. That's all,  take a step back and admire your cute, colorful turkey that you made with your kids.
 Thanks so much for let us come over to play today Carlee!
We would love to see any of you around the Double Wide some time, of course you can find us on facebook, twitter, or pinterest too.

Oh wow, that is darling, and to come in a kit like that, so fun!
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