green christmas inspiration.


i realize it’s only november, but let’s be real here, everyone is already thinking about the holidays.

 

here is a visual aid to help when shopping for various green branches this holiday season. it’s helpful to know the names of the different varieties nurseries use. my favourites include pine branches and cedar.

 

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look at these lovely GREEN christmas ideas. they are so simple, but beautiful none the less. sometimes keeping things simple is better!

 

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little things bring smiles

 

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i am working on posts for red, silver and gold christmas inspiration as well! check back for those holiday posts!

are you as inspired as i am to go clip a few branches and get creative?

happy crafting!

xo, mama lola

make your own bead keychains!

 

for father’s day the kids made these awesome keychains for their grandfather’s.

aren’t they amazing?

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all they used were various sized beads, pipe cleaner and a metal ring. we have purchased beads from all kinds of sources like thrift stores and garage sales, which tend to have wonderfully strange beads in the mix for a low, low price!

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the kids created all sorts of different patterns with the beads.

once they were finished beading, we wound the two ends of the pipe cleaner tightly around the metal ring. i think it’s good for an adult to do this part to ensure the ends are attached tightly.

 

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the grandfathers loved them… OF COURSE!!!

making these took only a short time. these colourful keychains are a perfect gift idea for anyone! and, they could make perfect zipper tags as well!

xo, mama lola

DIY birthday applique shirt!

 

my bear turned 6 in february, so i made him this fun applique shirt.

i bought a plain t-shirt for $5, found some fabric i thought he would like and then the night before his birthdy quickly sewed up the shirt.

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MATERIALS:

plain t-shirt

fun fabric for your number

hem fuser

thread

scissors

iron

sewing machine

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. iron the t-shirt and the fabric you will be working with. it is easier to work with flat fabric, plus your finished product will look that much better! leave your iron on, as you will need it later in the third step.

 

2. draw the number on your fun fabric lightly with a pencil, then cut it out. pin it on to your shirt.

 

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3. make sure your iron is still hot. before using the hem fuser, read the insructions on the package. cut the hem fuser into strips and carefully place them around the edge of your number. because, a 6 has so many curves i had to cut lots of small pieces to get around around the bends. Β i did leave some spaces between the strips to allow for flexibility.

 

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4. once the number is fused to the t-shirt, with your sewing machine sew around the edges of the number. i sewed around three ties. it doesn’t mater what stitch you use. i didn’t care about sewing it perfectly, opting more for a rougher look, which i think is perfect for this 6 year old’s bug applique birthday shirt!

 

and, he LOVED it! bear has received lots of compliments on this personalized shirt!

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happy sewing!

xo, mama lola

birthday party name tags!

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bear has asked for a dinosaur themed birthday! for this craft i couldn’t actually find any wee dinosaurs, but i found these cute lizards for 99 cents a pack and i thought they were close enough!

here’s what i did… first, i painted the clothes pegs with acrylic paint. i had to do a couple of coats to achieve a nice, solid, bold colour.

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then with my hot glue gun i attached the lizards to the painted clothes pegs. i then cut some cute flags out of card stock, wrote each child’s name on, got a paper straw and voila… DONE! i found the straws for $3 for a pack of 18 at michael’s.

how adorable are they?

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this is one of those crafts, where the impact is huge and process is so minimal!

the kids can then take the lizard pegs home and use them to clip important pages together or whatever!

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xo, mama lola

cute pom pom crafts!

 

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before christmas i shared a tutorial on how to make basic pom poms a few different ways; check it out HERE.

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recently i’ve been trying to think projects that are slightly out of (my) box and then it hit me pom poms! these soft, plushy, cute things can be made of any funky colour or colours; can be made big or small or HUGE; and you can use them for a whole lotta fun activities (just check the list fox & owl shared, link below!)

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pom poms are good for from fox & owl

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look at these adorable little pom pom animals! so adorable! a must try! how to make animal pom poms from mr. printables

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these sweet chicks are perfect for easter! easter pom pom chicks from chellsen clan

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a pom pom garland like this colourful beauty could be used at parties or in a kids room or wherever! pom pom garland from everything etsy

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how cute are these rings? perfect bling for anyone wanting to be fancy! pom pom rings (with video tutorial) from sew crafty kids

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i think i may need some of these for myself! love! pom pom hairpins from sugar bee crafts

so, which of these pom pom projects are you going try? i just love the all!

xo, mama lola

valentine’s day sewing crafts!

there are so many wonderful sewing projects out there for valentine’s day. i chose ones that i thought my kids, family or friends would enjoy. and, one’s that i thought i would and could actually sew! someone asked me which project was my favourite, but i couldn’t decide, as they are so delightful and lovely in their own way!

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paper valentine candy filled hearts from in my own style

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valentine’s day love letters from beneath the rowan tree

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heart felt bracelets from holiday crafts and creations

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zippered heart pouches from purl bee

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valentine’s day reverse applique pillow from she said sew

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dip dyed mittens from an old sweater from my story: modcloth

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XOXO pillowsΒ from craftaholics anonymous

time to go see what kind of fabric i have in my stash and get the ol’ sewing machine plugged in and going!

happy sewing!

xo, mama lola

valentine’s day crafts

valentine’s day will be coming up quickly, so it’s good to have some crafts ready for the kids to get busy with.

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i’ve incuded some really sweet crafts here; a wreath, some fancy jewelry and even a wonderful heart shaped birdseed treat for our outdoor friends! at our house valentine’s also happens to be bear’ birthday, so we tend to focus on that more. but, i do love to decorate with hearts, so i think i’ll make some suncatchers with my afterschool kids, make some of those pretty jars for our dinner table and o know the boys will love to make the heart bracelets for their friends!

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heart wreath from planet forward

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bird seed heart from no time for flash cards

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heart shaped bracelet from make and takes

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beaded heart from toddler craft

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paper mache jar candle holder from fabulessly frugal

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easy heart suncathcher from happiness is homemade

which craft will you make with your kids?

xo, mama lola

DIY bird feeder round-up!

we here in SW ontario have been having some wild, winter weather. to help out the birds, we have put out all sorts of yummy things for the birds to eat. i know some people are against bird seed and bird feeders, but i think they are wonderful. our whole family enjoys watching the variety of feathered friends that come to visit!

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this round-up includes bird feeders that kids can help make. these kinds of projects are a great way to teach children about the natural world. i value my kids’ connection to their surrounding environment greatly and am always looking for ways to help initiate more curiosities with it.

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simple orange bird feeder from confessions of an overworked mom

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heart shaped bird feeder from alpha mom

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classic cheerio feeder from hands on as we grow

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milk carton feeder from chic steals

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toilet paper roll feeder from a thrifty mom

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toilet paper roll feeder with sticks from play from scratch

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DIY grapevine suet feeder from the garden roof coop

i have made some of these kinds of feeders before. one christmas i made little bird seed feeders with various holiday cookie cutters, like the heart shaped ones. not sure how practical they are, but lion and i had fun making them and people were delighted to receive them as gifts.

have fun making your own feeder. tweet, tweet!

xo, mama lola

winter branches.


i know many of you might be slightly crafted out from all of the holiday projects, but this is a super easy craft with big effect. my mum taught me how to make these gorgeous winter branches.

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MATERIALS:

tissue paper

scissors

green branches (pine, balsam, spruce, cedar…)

white glue

glitter

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. cut the tissue paper into tiny pieces. keep in a container.

2. place branches in chosen vase or basket.

3. add glue generously to branches and needles, sprinkle cut tissue paper onto wet glue. add glitter as desired to wet glue. ensure the tissue paper is evenly spread amongst your branches creating a realistic snowy effect. that’s it.

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now that christmas is all packed up, these winter branches are a wonderful decorative touch for the first months of the year. i have received so many compliments on my branches!

xo, mama lola

christmas orange pomanders!

christmas pomanders are something i make every year. they are a wonderful gift for others and beautiful decorations in your own home.

they smell like christmas!

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all you need to make these are oranges (or clementines) Β and cloves. i have made pomanders with different patterns; spirals or hearts, so pretty! adding a ribbon is a nice touch as well, just remember to add it first. some people suggest placing a rubber band around the orange to guide in making a straight line. just take a clove and poke it through the rind. it can get painful for your index finger after a bit, but it’ll be s worth it in the end… trust me!

i made a pomender three years ago and it tried beautifully and still smells yummy!

xo, mama lola
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