artsy-fartsy mama: November 2015

Holiday Pampering Gift Basket Idea

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I think it's safe to say that there's at least one person on your holiday shopping list who is a bit difficult to buy gifts for, right? Christmastime is just so busy for everyone, and the last thing anyone thinks of is to take a moment for yourself and recharge. So, instead of the usual gift card, I decided to get a little more creative this year and give a gift to encourage that much needed time to pamper yourself!

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Even if you are on a tight holiday shopping budget, you can certainly adjust this gift to cost as much or as little as you'd like. I found everything in the basket at Walmart, and it was really nice to get everything I needed in one stop! I'll show you what I found for my basket to hopefully inspire you to create a basket for your friends, family, or even yourself!!

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First things first - EVERY pampering day should include chocolate!! I chose to include the GODIVA Assorted Chocolate Caramels and Assorted Milk Chocolates gift boxes in my gift baskets. The gift boxes are gorgeous enough to give on their own, or make a sweet addition to any gift basket. Visit Walmart this holiday season for GODIVA Chocolate Gift Boxes. Available in three 9PC varieties and also a 15PC Dark All-of-a-Kind (while supplies last).

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I know I always seem to feel a little prettier after doing my nails, so I wanted to include some items for getting those feet looking fantastic and feeling soft. Plus, since we are all working hard and getting our shopping done, our feet really need some comfort! I found some cute nail polishes and toe separators, and then some plush aloe socks to wear to keep feet warm and looking festive!

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Since the socks, nail polish, and separators looked strange loosely added to the basket, I decided to roll them all together and put them into a mason jar. Then, I added a cute "Mistle Toes" printable label to the top of the jar lid to add some Christmas spirit to the basket. You can download and print the labels for yourself if you'd like to use them on your own gifts:


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Personally I enjoy curling up with a warm blanket and watching a movie to relax. So, I've also created a printable to add a Redbox code (you can purchase promo codes on their site) so your giftee can go choose a movie they've been wanting to see anytime!


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At Walmart, I also found face mask, foot scrub, lotion, and lip balm. Then I arranged all the gifts and the GODIVA gift box in a cute wire basket wrapped with ribbon. I hope this holiday pampering gift basket idea has inspired you to create a gift for those you love and also makes your life a bit easier when you're shopping!

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What would you include in your gift basket?


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm so glad you're here and welcome to everyone who's new!! Every week the projects and recipes shared here at the party are so inspiring. I really appreciate everyone who linked up last party and I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

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Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments by Clean & Scentsible
Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Trees by One Little Project
Peppermint Monogram Wreath by Two Twenty One
"Nightlock" Berry Cupcakes with Berry Frosting by Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Hunger Games Cookies by A Mother Thing
Rustic Candy Cane by Domestically Speaking
Pumpkin Cheesecake Flourless Chocolate Cake Roll by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Peppermint Themed Hot Cocoa Bar by Dukes & Duchesses

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Frozen Snow Slime

Thanks to Elmer's for the supplies used in this post. All opinions are my own.

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Winter is upon us, which means my daughter will most likely be pretending to be a real live Elsa here pretty soon... For those of you who don't get snow or are looking for a much warmer option than playing out in the cold, we've been working on creating some Frozen Snow Slime with Elmer's for you!

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What you'll need:
Elmer's School Glue
Glitter - I used the white glitter from the Elmer's CraftBond Glitter & Glue Set
Small Black Buttons
Snowman Accessories (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
8 oz Mason Jars
Printable Labels (download available at the end of post)

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Frozen Snow Slime Recipe

4 4oz Elmer's School Glue
1 1/2 cup hot water (or use 3 glue bottles)
Glitter

Empty the glue bottles into a large mixing bowl. Fill three of the empty glue containers with hot water, then place the lid on and shake vigorously. Pour the water into the bowl. This way, you can get any excess glue out of the bottles! Stir the mixture until the water and glue are combined. You can also add glitter to your mixture if you'd like a sparkly snow!

1 1/3 cup hot water
3/4 teaspoon Borax

In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, add the hot water then the Borax. Mix together until the Borax has completely dissolved.

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Now, for the fun part!! Slowly pour the Borax mixture into the large bowl with the glue. Stir the mixture until it starts to thicken. Now, dig your hands in and knead, stir, and squish until the water is absorbed and you have the perfect slime.

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The slime is fun to squish your hands in, rip apart, mold and watch it melt. Adding things like buttons, plastic confetti, and more into frozen snow slime just makes it more entertaining! For a little more snow-like feel, place the slime in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.

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Another reason we call this "Frozen" Snow Slime is because it's the perfect way to play with Frozen figures! Elsa can create the snow for everyone, and kids can reenact their favorite scenes or create their own stories with their favorite Frozen characters!! The figures we found are plastic and washable, so they are a super fun accessory to the snow slime!

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And of course, whenever anyone brings up Frozen, at least one person in the room will start singing "Do you want to build a snowman?"... right??

My daughter has spent all afternoon building snowmen using buttons, beads, and a little wooden carrot nose. It was so fun watching her build snowmen in every shape and size, with all kinds of faces. Their imagination is really the limit!

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And like every snowman that has ever been built, eventually they have to melt. Snowmen built of frozen snow slime, however, start melting immediately and it's so funny to watch!! Roll the slime into a ball, set it down to put the face together, and within a few minutes, the snowman's face is melted!

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Frozen Snow Slime also makes for a super fun gift or party favors! Simply clean out a small mason jar, then fill it up with some slime. Add some buttons and snowman accessories at the top of the slime, then close it up with the lid. For some extra "Frozen" fun, you can stick one of my free printable Frozen Snow Slime labels to the top of the mason jar lid with some CraftBond® Permanent Dot Runner.

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Tie a ribbon around the jar, and the snow slime is ready to be given away! If you keep the slime in the jar or in a sealed plastic bag, the slime should last a few weeks.


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/watermarks.
*If you share this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

Have fun! I'd love to hear if you make these with the kids in your life. Leave a comment here or send me a picture of your project via email or tag me on Instagram (@artsyfartsymama)!!


Holly Jolly Christmas Necklace

Fizzy Pops provided me with the materials used in this post. All opinions are my own.

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I can't believe Christmas is just a few weeks away! If you're looking for some gift ideas for the fashionistas and jewelry-makers in your life, Fizzy Pops DIY Kits are should be at the top of your list. We love creating chunky jewelry, and I hope that we can inspire you to create some, too!

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Each kit comes with everything you need including beads, bead wire, lobster clasp, and more to create a necklace. The only other supplies you might need to purchase is some chain nose pliers and nipper wire cutters (which can be purchased from Fizzy Pops or can be found in the jewelry section of the store).

My daughter gets compliments all the time on her Fizzy Pops jewelry, but I often hear moms say all the time that they could never make one themselves. It makes me sad because it's SO not true!! These kits are for everyone. You can be a beginner (barely able to string beads onto a string) or an expert at jewelry making, and I can promise you that you can do this!!

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Before I start stringing beads onto the wire, I like to lay everything out on some flannel or felt fabric. This way, I can decide if I like the necklace pattern and rearrange beads without having to string and unstring the necklace a bunch of times. Since she'll usually be the one wearing the jewelry, it has been fun to include my daughter in the design process and allow her to help arrange the beads.

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At one end of the beading wire, add the lobster clasp and a crimp bead. If you have an active child or have problems with jewelry wire frequently breaking, I would recommend doubling the wire. Thread the wire through the lobster clasp then back through the crimp bead and crimp it closed. Start threading your beads onto the wire. When you get to the end, add the small chain and crimp bead and crimp it closed. Now your necklace is finished and ready for wear!

You can also find a fantastic step-by-step chunky bead necklace tutorial from Fizzy Pops if you need any help.

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Our Elf on the Shelf, Ollie, shows up at our house the night of Thanksgiving. This year, I plan to have Ollie bring my daughter her necklace to get her ready for the Christmas season! I can't wait to see her face and I'm sure she'll wear this necklace almost everyday.

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Handmade Gift Ideas with Free Printable Gift Tags


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I have always enjoyed creating handmade gifts for the holidays. There's just something special about someone using their talents to create something especially for you. My daughter is catching onto my holiday handmade tradition and has asked to make some gifts for her school friends. Cool Brands creative-based kits are a fun and affordable way for kids ages 6 and up to learn new skills to create handmade gifts that they can be proud of.

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The first kit I want to tell you about is the Text Cool™ Bracelet Studio. With the Bracelet Studio, you can turn texts into a fashion statement you can wear on your wrists! Make custom message bracelets by stamping letters AND emoticons!! It is so much fun to use that I might have made a bracelet or two for myself... This kit retails for $24.99 and is available at Target, Walmart, Amazon and Toys R’ Us.

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The kit comes with 35 bracelet bands in multiple colors, 35 clasps, two stamping wheels with over 60 letters and emoticons, and the base which includes storage compartment for the stamping wheels when you aren't using them.

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Was anyone else obsessed with their label makers as a kid?? This works the same way. Place the bracelet into the base, then install the wheel (alphabet or emoticon). Now all you have to do is stamp your message and add emoticons to your heart's desire!!

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Once you're done, pull the bracelet out of the base and add a clasp. Now the bracelet is done and your child can wrap them up to give to their friends and family!

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After finding a craft book at the library, my daughter has been asking to learn to knit. Knitting isn't really my forte, but the Knit's Cool™ Knitting Studio is an amazing new tool that makes learning to knit super easy. You can easily design your favorite fashions like scarves, boho headbands, cute purses and more without having to hold any needles! This kit also retails for $24.99 and is available at all major retailers.

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In the kit, you get 3 different size knitting posts, 60 yards of yarn in 3 different colors, a sewing needle, 4 buttons/charms to decorate your creations, and the base also works as an accessory holder! There are instructions also included to guide you through 3 projects, and you can also watch some how-to videos online to learn to create more fashionable accessories!

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Since neither of us knew what we were doing, the kit instructions sure came in handy and were easy to follow. Honestly, our first scarf took a bit of time to finish, but it was a lot of fun. My daughter can't wait to pick out more yarn for making scarves and headbands in the next few weeks!

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Once you have your handmade gifts finished, you need to wrap them up! I love adding more of a handmade touch to gifts by using brown paper or tissue paper to wrap up the boxes, then tying them up with colorful yarn or twine. We have also been having fun making pom poms to add to our gift wrapping. They are so easy to make and look adorable!!

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Of course, you'll need a gift tag on your gifts! To share with your friends and family that their gifts were specially handmade for them, I've designed some sweet, free printable handmade gift tags for you to print and attach to your gifts! There are 8 different color combinations that I hope you love.


Some things you should know before downloading:
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*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you share this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm so glad you're here and welcome to everyone who's new!! Every week the projects and recipes shared here at the party are so inspiring. I really appreciate everyone who linked up last party and I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week.

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

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Pumpkin Spice Almonds by A Night Owl
DIY Christmas Ornament using Temporary Tattoos by Vikalpah
White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake Bars by This Silly Girl's Life
Cute DIY Heating Pads by Crafts a la Mode
10 Minute Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Rae Gun Ramblings
Snickerdoodle Bars with Cinnamon Ice Cream by Our Table for Seven
Jingle All The Way Box Silhouette Tutorial by Save More Spend Less
Fried Ravioli with Spicy Marinara by Grace and Good Eats

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Reversible Superhero Apron Tutorial

The awesome vinyl in this post was provided by Expressions Vinyl. All opinions are my own.

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My daughter has been obsessed with watching cooking shows and wanting to learn to cook for herself. She has also been on a superhero kick lately. So, I decided to combine the two and create a superhero apron to give to her for her birthday next month. I couldn't decide on one superhero, so I took the apron-making a step further and made it reversible so she can pretend to be Wonder Woman or Batgirl!!

Confession: I got her to try on and pose in the apron by telling her I really made this for her cousin's Christmas present. I can't wait to see her surprised face when she realizes it's for her instead!! Anyone else full of lies around Christmas and birthdays??! #sorrynotsorry

First, you need to choose your fabrics. Your imagination is the limit, but try to simplify things. Do some research on the superheroes of your choice and narrow the color scheme down to three (i.e. Wonder Woman is red, yellow, and blue) and feel free to choose fabrics with some pattern to them! Solid fabric is totally fine to use, but I personally love the look of mixing patterns. Another fun idea is to let your child create their own superhero and color scheme!

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Next, you'll need to cut all the pieces out. To me this is really the scariest part - but once it's done it really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. There are no pattern pieces to cut out, so I hope that makes things a little easier.

Apron Pattern Pieces
**Cut pattern pieces for each side. This list is for one side of the apron. This apron fits my tall 5 year old perfectly, so feel free to adjust measurements to fit your child. The seam allowance is 1/4 inch.

Top: 8.5" x 6"
Bottom: 16" x 12"
Waistband: 16" x 3"
Side Ties: 20" x 3" (cut 2)
Top Ties: 16" x 2" (cut 2)
Ruffle: 30" x 3"

This tutorial is for personal use only, please! Thank you.

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Line up the top tie pieces, right sides together. Sew along 3 sides, leaving one of the small sides open. Cut the corners at an angle (but not through the thread) and flip the ties right side out. Iron the ties so they lay nice and flat. Top stitch around all three sides.

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To create the top of the apron, lay both top pieces right sides together and pin along the side edges. Making sure the tie fabric is facing the right top fabric (i.e. yellow ties facing the red fabric for Wonder Woman), slide the ties in between the top pieces and line the raw edges together and pin in place. Sew the three sides leaving the bottom open. Backstitch over the ties for extra strength.

Flip the top right side out and iron. Top stitch over the three sides (you can leave the bottom open).

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Next, make the ruffle. Line up the ruffle pieces, right sides together. Sew along the two short sides and one long side. Flip the fabric, iron, and top stitch the 3 edges. Then, using the longest stitch with the greatest tension, slowly sew the open side closed and create a ruffle (do not backstitch the edges). If you'd like, you can use a different color thread (you'll see why soon).

To adjust the gathers, keep the threads on each side long. Hold one thread and carefully adjust the gathers until the ruffle width is slightly smaller than the width of the bottom pieces.

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Place the bottom pieces right sides together and sandwich the ruffle piece in between. Make sure the ruffle fabric is facing the correct bottom fabric piece (i.e. yellow ruffle fabric facing blue bottom fabric). Pin together and sew the sides and ruffle edge. Leave the top edge open.

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Flip the bottom of the apron right side out. Iron and top stitch the three edges. You can also remove the thread you used to create the ruffle. Since you didn't backstitch it, you should be able to remove it without too much effort. If you used a different color thread, you can easily see which thread to remove!

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Now you need to attach the side ties to the waistbands. Line the waistband piece up with one of the side ties, right sides together. Sew along the short side, then repeat with the other side tie on the other end of the waistband. Now you will have one long piece with the waistband piece in the center. Repeat for the other fabric to go on the opposite side of the apron.

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Place the two waistband/side tie pieces right sides together. Sandwich the bottom of the apron in between the fabrics, centering it with the waistband seams. Pin the raw edges together, then continue pinning the waistband along the edges until you get back around to the sides of the bottom apron piece. Starting at the side of the apron bottom on the tie, sew all the way around until you get to the other side. Now the only part of the waistband/side ties that should be open is the bottom edge.

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Carefully flip the waistband/side ties around and iron. Now the bottom should be attached to the waistband with the top center of the waistband open. Fold the top edge of the waistband in about 1/4" and iron so they stay folded. Slide the top piece of the apron in the open waistband between the two fabrics about 1/4" and pin in place. Top stitch around the entire waistband/side ties.

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Now your apron is completely sewn together!! The apron is ready for use, and you can keep it just like this OR...

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Add some superhero symbols with vinyl to really take your superhero apron up a notch!! Expressions Vinyl is my go-to for heat transfer vinyl. I love both the quality and how many types of HTV they carry. The Batman symbol was cut out of Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl in Blush, and the Wonder Woman symbol was cut out of StripFlock™ Heat Transfer Vinyl in Lemon Yellow.

I cut out the symbols with my Cricut Explore, so I was done in minutes!

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I centered the Batman logo on the black and pink side of the apron. For best results with HTV, press the sticky transfer tape down first to help keep the image in place. Carefully cover with a drop cloth and get your iron heated up - highest heat and no steam. Place the iron down over the vinyl and apply pressure for 20-30 seconds. Let the vinyl cool, and remove the transfer tape. If for some reason the vinyl doesn't stick, cover it with the drop cloth and iron again.

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Turn the apron over and apply the vinyl to the other side. You iron the Stripflock HTV the same way, but I found I needed to iron this type of vinyl a few seconds more than the glitter vinyl.

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Now that you've dressed up the aprons with vinyl, they are ready for some super baking!! I am so excited for my daughter to open this up on her birthday! She will be ecstatic that she gets to keep it for herself and will feel like a superhero in the kitchen. I'm also sure we'll be creating more superhero aprons in the future...

What kinds of superheroes would your kids like on their aprons? While you're thinking about it, fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win a $50 gift card to Expressions Vinyl! Good luck!



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