Artsy Corner Link Party #22

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NOW ONTO THE PARTY!
Thanks to all those who linked up last week, there were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

Finally, here are a few of my favorites from last week's party:

Garland Tutorials by R & R Workshop

Bunny Truffles by One Sweet Appetite

Crochet Hello Kitty Hat {Tutorial} by Huckleberry Love

Egg Shell Candles by Suburbia Unwrapped

Peanut Butter S'mores Baked Doughnuts by I Heart Eating

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Popsicle Stick Bracelets


My daughter loves playing dress-up, and most of all, loves jewelry of any kind. Sure, you can find all kinds of kids' jewelry for cheap, but sometimes you also get what you pay for...meaning lots of tears after a necklace or bracelet breaks after 5 minutes of wearing it. So, if you're wanting cute kids' jewelry that costs you almost nothing, then these popsicle stick bracelets are perfect! Plus, it's a fun way to spend an afternoon and keep the kids feeling creative.


To Make Popsicle Stick Bracelets, You'll Need:
Popsicle/Craft Sticks {I got mine from CraftProjectIdeas.com}
Emery Board or Sandpaper
Acrylic Paints
Paint Brushes {I got mine from CraftProjectIdeas.com}
Glitter Glue {I got mine from CraftProjectIdeas.com}
Acrylic Jewels {I got mine from CraftProjectIdeas.com}
Craft Glue


Step 1: Place popsicle sticks in saucepan filled with water*. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for another 20 minutes {You could also place the popsicle sticks in a bowl of water and let sit overnight}. This will make the popsicle sticks pliable and easy to work with.

*You may have a few sticks break or split while trying to bend, so prepare to have extras as backup.

Step 2: Start working the popsicle stick into a circle*. If you use larger craft sticks, you can fit them into the opening of a drinking glass to keep the round shape. My daughter's wrists are pretty small, so I ended up putting the sticks into the inside of a toilet paper roll.

*If they start to dry while you are working with them, they will most likely break or split. So, just get them wet again as needed. Hot water works better than cold water.

Step 3: Let the sticks dry overnight. Remove from glass or toilet paper roll and try them on your child's wrist. You don't want to make bracelets that don't fit! If they are too small or are bent weird, you can re-wet them and start again or adjust. If you have small splinters, you can smooth them out with an emery board or sandpaper.


Step 4: Time to paint! For little kids, these brushes worked great and I didn't have to worry about my nice brushes getting ruined. They are the perfect size for little hands! I also like to use plastic Tupperware lids for acrylic paint projects. It peels right off and works great as a nice little palette for the kids to paint with.


Step 4.1: Paint the outside of the bracelets in any colors you choose. You can paint the insides if you want, but with a three year old, that's a little more of a mess than I'd like to deal with... Let dry completely.

I also wanted to give Christy's Cuties a shout-out for making the adorable apron!


Step 5: Add glitter {of course!}. Glitter glue in tubes worked great for little hands. Sure, it got a little messy, but she had a lot of fun being in control of this part! She wanted to use every color of glitter in the package, and we even made a few shapes {like the heart in the picture above}. It was a great learning activity covering colors and shapes. You can leave the glitter on thick*, or paint a line and use a brush to even it out for more coverage. Let dry completely.

*If you leave the glitter on thick, be sure to keep an eye on it as it can {and will} run! It will also take longer to dry.


Step 6: Bling it up! This is another opportunity to talk about shapes, colors, and sizes. The package of acrylic jewels had a good variety to choose from, and it was fun to let her make her own decisions to personalize the bracelets. Glue the jewels on with craft glue, or use E6000 {with a lot of ventilation!!} for a better hold. Let dry completely.


Now you're done! These were so fun to make, and would also be a great gift or party activity.
The possibilities are really endless for personalization.


Thanks again to CraftProjectIdeas.com for sending us craft supplies to play with!

Lucky Banner: Free Printable

Lucky Shamrock Printable Banner & St. Patrick's Day Shelf

I'm so excited to share my St. Patrick's Day shelf with you today! It was so easy and inexpensive to put together. I love the look of burlap, but I really don't like cleaning up the mess after crafting with it...so I made a mess-free printable version of a St. Patrick's Day banner. It is super cute on it's own, but I added a little extra to give it some fun. You can also see how to make the St. Patrick's Day Clothesline Art here.

Lucky Shamrock Printable Banner

First, I printed out the Lucky Banner (download links at the end of post). If you don't want it to say "Lucky", I have also made a shamrock banner available for download. I recommend printing on cardstock for best results. Then, I carefully cut the banner pieces out.

Lucky Shamrock Printable Banner

Next, I painted a thick coat of Mod Podge over the shamrock shape. It dries pretty quick, so you need to move fast.

Lucky Shamrock Printable Banner

My favorite part - glitter! Just dump the glitter over the banner piece and let sit for a minute or two. Then, carefully dump the glitter off onto a scrap piece of paper and tap to get the excess glitter off.

Lucky Shamrock Printable Banner

Now your shamrock looks extra sparkly and festive!! Repeat the glittering process to any of the banner pieces.

Lucky Shamrock Printable Banner

Carefully poke holes one both top sides of each banner piece. I used a thick needle. Then, thread your twine, embroidery thread, or whatever you like to use through the banner pieces to put it together! Leave a bit of extra string at each end.

Lucky Shamrock Printable Banner

Tie or attach your banner to a shelf, mantel, or wall. So cute, and so simple! Even better - it's free!!

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may not modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits and copyright.
*If you post this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama and linked back to my blog.


Rainbow & Gold Jars

On my shelf, I also wanted to add some rainbow - so I bought Skittles, had my daughter help sort the colors and layered them in my apothecary jars. Topped with some almond Kisses {or Rolos}, we're all set for St. Patty's Day!

Pinteresting Features n' Shtuff #70

Before I get started with today's features, I just wanted to remind you about our Artsy Corner link party that we have going on. Would love to see what you've been up to! Link up here.


Happy Sunday! St. Patrick's Day is only a few weeks away!
Here are 10 adorable and delicious St. Patrick's Day treats that I've recently added to my Pinterest boards:

{Source: Pin via HoneyBear Lane}

{Source: Pin via Love from the Oven}

{Source: Pin via Funky PolkaDot Giraffe}

{Source: Pin via Mega•Crafty}

{Source: Pin via The Fickle Pickle}

{Source: Pin via Your HomeBased Mom}

{Source: Pin via Amanda's Cookin'}

See you next week for more Pinteresting Features n' Shtuff!

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Giveaway: Origami Owl

I'm so excited about this giveaway from Origami Owl today!

If you haven't heard of Origami Owl, they are a custom jewelry company with a unique twist: they were founded by a 14 year old entrepreneur! You can read more about her story here. It’s been said that Living Lockets are the latest trend in jewelry. But the truth is, they’re so much more than that! Living Lockets are an extension of YOU – because each and every piece is custom designed to tell a story of your life, and of what’s important to you.


You can choose a Living Locket, or there are also really cute tags you can add to personalize jewelry even more. There are a lot of tags to choose from, including Empowerment phrases, Initials, Inspiration words, Accent shapes, names, and phrases, and Earth Elements jewels in 13 colors! Any of these would be a perfect unique gift for anyone you love {including yourself!}.


I was so happy to receive a Living Locket of my own, and it was so fun {and hard} to choose four charms to go inside the locket. There are so many charms to choose from, you are sure to find a combination that reflect what you are about! As you can see in the photo of my necklace above, I went with the Silver L with Crystals, a Laptop, a Plumeria Flower, and a Radiant Aqua Accent Stone.


Not only is the necklace unique and beautiful, the packaging was worth mentioning as well! Everything was packed neatly into a Chinese take-out favor box! Really cute touch! Inside the box is a gorgeous satin fortune cookie coin purse with the fortune/slogan "Every Locket Tells a Story" sticking out. Inside the coin purse was my beautiful necklace! Needless to say, it was a really fun way to open such a cool gift!

Origami Owl is also offering one lucky Artsy-Fartsy Mama reader their very own necklace!
You will win a Medium Silver Living Locket {16-18" silver ball chain included},
and four Charms of your choice!

Giveaway will end on March 1st at Midnight MST

Good Luck!

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Artsy Corner Link Party #21

Welcome to the Artsy Corner link party! I hope you all are ready to link up what you've been working on!

artsy-fartsy mama

NOW ONTO THE PARTY!
Thanks to all those who linked up last week, there were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

Finally, here are a few of my favorites from last week's party:

Magnetic Chalkboard Cartoon Thought Bubbles by Girl Loves Glam

How to Make Baby Doll Cloth Diapers by One Little Project at a Time

Crock Pot Baked Potato Soup by Mommy & the Monsters

Argyle Nails by Glimpses of the Moon

Popcorn & Pixie Dust {Peter Pan Movie Party} by Chatting Over Chocolate

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