Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! Thanks to everyone who linked up last party. Everything that gets linked up at the parties is so inspiring and I'm excited to see what everyone has to share this week.

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

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
DIY Hanging Nightstand by The Weathered Fox
Copycat Monte Cristo Sandwich by Simply Designing
Natural Branch Coasters by Garden Therapy
Sunshine Pancakes by My mommy Style
Summer Berry Dessert Crostini by The Life Jolie
Harry Potter House Necklaces by Housewife Eclectic
Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce by Produce Gathering
Large Pick Up Sticks by Nap Time Creations

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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Encourage Kids to #KeepBuilding with LEGO®



Encourage Kids to #KeepBuilding with LEGO® with Free Printable Challenge Cards at artsyfartsymama.com

LEGO® Classic encourages a “no instructions necessary” building experience. The possibilities of open-ended building to inspire endless play. There are ten sets (ranging from $16.99 to $59.99) that make the perfect solution for those wanting to inspire their children to start building, to add to an existing LEGO collection, or to give as a gift. Each set includes classic LEGO bricks, a mix of special pieces and ideas to help you get started.

Encourage Kids to #KeepBuilding with LEGO® with Free Printable Challenge Cards at artsyfartsymama.com

STEM is a big deal in our house. Using LEGOs has definitely helps develop your child’s knowledge and skills to be innovative and imaginative. Building play is easy with these bright, colorful and versatile bricks! And because LEGO Classic spans so many different age groups, there’s fun for all the family (find inspiration here).

My daughter can spend hours building and playing with LEGOs, but sometimes comes to me asking what she should make next. I try to remind her that building can be satisfying and fun even if it’s simple! Choosing 20-30 random bricks and clicking them together is an easy way to get started and give your imagination a jump-start.

Encourage Kids to #KeepBuilding with LEGO® with Free Printable Challenge Cards at artsyfartsymama.com

To make imaginative building a little more challenging, I designed some LEGO challenge cards to help my Master Builder when she gets into a creative block. Building with guidelines is a great way to inspire more innovative and imaginative creations.

The first card she chose was to build an animal. She saw an alligator in the LEGO idea book and decided to follow the directions to build it herself. It doesn't matter where you get your inspiration - just keep building

Encourage Kids to #KeepBuilding with LEGO® with Free Printable Challenge Cards at artsyfartsymama.com


After that alligator, her confidence was boosted immediately. She decided to build a house next and whipped up this masterpiece in just a few minutes! I love the details she included like windows, the tiny door, and the smoke coming out of the chimney!

Encourage Kids to #KeepBuilding with LEGO® with Free Printable Challenge Cards at artsyfartsymama.com

When it came to building something to drive, dad couldn't resist not helping her out. It was so fun watching the two of them building together and coming up with new ideas to make it even better.

Encourage Kids to #KeepBuilding with LEGO® with Free Printable Challenge Cards at artsyfartsymama.com

The two of them also built this awesome airplane (that doesn't literally fly) together. They even went searching for some minifigures in our LEGO collection to take the plane for a spin. To me, LEGOs have always been about moments like this - having fun and creating special memories together.

Encourage Kids to #KeepBuilding with LEGO® with Free Printable Challenge Cards at artsyfartsymama.com

Encourage your kids to keep building with LEGOs by printing out these cards for yourself. They are totally free for you to use, and I hope you and your family have a great time building all kinds of new creations!


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

LEGO Systems and world-renowned improv group, The Upright Citizens Brigade, teamed up to show that all you need is a few bricks for hours of fun, inspiration and “out of the box thinking.” They encourage kids, parents and families to “don’t think” and let your creative juices flow. Check out this awesome video they put together:


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


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Free Printable Harry Potter Bookmarks

Print out these Free Printable Harry Potter Bookmarks to save your spot in your favorite books!

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To all my fellow Harry Potter fans, this one is for you! I created these fun Harry Potter Bookmarks as part of the annual Happy Harry Potter Series with other talented Harry Potter-loving bloggers. I have been reading the Harry Potter books with my daughter (just starting book 4) and she is loving it so far.

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Download and print out the bookmarks on cardstock. Use a paper cutter or scissors and cut out the bookmarks. 

Free Printable Harry Potter Bookmarks at artsyfartsymama.com

Lucky for me, my daughter is a book nerd just like her mama. She helped me throughout the design process of making these bookmarks to make sure they turned out right. There are four characters included in this printable. Just in case you are *gasp* new to Harry Potter, they are: Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Albus Dumbledore.


Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, or claim the design as your own.
*If you share this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

Free Printable Harry Potter Bookmarks at artsyfartsymama.com

We love how they turned out and are a fun and magical way to encourage reading!

For more Potter-iffic fun enter to win these TWO amazing Harry Potter Prize Pack Giveaways!!

Harry Potter everything. Great book nerd gifts and book swag.

Prize Pack #1 See more about each prize and sponsor at this giveaway post! Winner must have a US address or be willing to pay for international shipping.

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So many awesome Harry Potter gift ideas. Great for readers

Prize Pack #2 See more about each prize and sponsor at this giveaway post! Winner must have a US address or be willing to pay for international shipping.

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Who is your favorite Harry Potter character? Let me know in the comments!

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party and happy Thursday!! I'm glad you're here!! Thanks to everyone who linked up last party. Everything shared at the party each week is so inspiring and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week.

artsy-fartsy mama

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

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
Sesame Chicken Meatballs & Lo Mein - One Pot Dish by How To... This and That
15-Minute Sunglasses Case Tutorial by Gluesticks
Maple Bacon Waffle Ice Cream Cake by Dizzy Busy & Hungry!
Crochet Granny Square Earrings by Whistle & Ivy
Printable Doughnut Tic Tac Toe Game by Busy Mom's Helper
Strawberry & Berry Colada Cocktail by Premeditated Leftovers
Coloring Book Jeans by Sew Can Do
Very Berry Fruit Salsa by Finding Zest

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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Girl Scout Bottle Cap Hair Bows

Create Girl Scout Bottle Cap Hair Bows in less than 15 minutes!

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Last year was my daughter's first year being a Girl Scout. She loved being a Daisy and has learned and grown so much from the program! She's also been able to make some great new friends and is really looking forward to bridging to Brownies this year! To get her ready for some new adventures, we decided to whip up some cute Girl Scout bows for her to wear to her meetings and activities.


Some of my fellow blogging friends are also sharing some creative scout craft ideas that all take 15 minutes or less to make! Click the image above to see all the Craft Lightning projects!

Girl Scout Bottle Cap Hair Bows at artsyfartsymama.com

Creating bottle caps is really simple! You can use these bottle caps for pretty much anything: hair bows (of course), jewelry, zipper pulls, and it's even a fun Girl Scout Swap idea! The printable bottle cap images include something for everyone, including general Girl Scout images to Daisy, Brownie, and Junior logos with their Journey images!

To make these bottle caps, you will need:

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Punch the image(s) you want to use in the bottle cap out with the 1 inch circle punch.

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Avoid touching your images before applying the epoxy sticker. Any oils or substances on the image can cause the bottle cap to appear bubbled or blemished when image is adhered to sticker. Remove epoxy sticker and hold with sticky side up. Do not touch the adhesive backing on the sticker as this will cause permanent fingerprints.

Place image face down onto adhesive side of epoxy sticker. Use the edge of credit card or fingernail to rub the back side of the image to remove any air bubbles or lines between sticker and image. Repeat until image appears clear and smooth.

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Apply a small amount of super glue or E6000 on the center of the bottle cap. 

Girl Scout Bottle Cap Hair Bows at artsyfartsymama.com

Place the image into the bottle cap and press down to evenly distribute the glue. Let the glue dry according to package directions or overnight (just to be safe).

Girl Scout Bottle Cap Hair Bows at artsyfartsymama.com

While the bottle caps are drying, you can get going on the bows! They are easy to make, and come together quickly. First, you need to prep your clips. I used alligator clips and hot glued a strip of ribbon over the top and on the underside of the top clip. Set aside.

Girl Scout Bottle Cap Hair Bows at artsyfartsymama.com

For this style of bow, you'll need three ribbons in different sizes and colors. The largest ribbon needs to be 1.5 inches wide. The two other colors of ribbons can be any width smaller than 1.5. For this general Girl Scouts hair bow, I chose to use 3/4 inch white ribbon, and 5/8 inch ribbon in brown polka dot to go with the 1.5 inch green polka dot ribbon.

Cut TWO pieces 1.5 inch ribbon 9 inches long
Cut TWO pieces 3/4 inch ribbon 7 inches long
Cut ONE piece 5/8 inch ribbon 7 inches long

Once all the ribbons are cut, you need to seal the edges. Use a lighter and carefully run it across the cut edges and it will melt the ribbon slightly so it won't fray.

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Start with the 1.5 inch ribbon. Fold it in half and use your fingernails to press the fold. When you open the ribbon up, you should be able to see the line.

Make sure the ribbon is laying face down and add a thin line of hot glue NEXT to the fold line. Fold the edge of the ribbon over to the glue and press down. Repeat with the opposite side and the second ribbon. The ribbons should look like the image above.

Girl Scout Bottle Cap Hair Bows at artsyfartsymama.com

Turn the ribbon over so the seam is in the back. Accordion fold the ribbon and hold in the center to give that "bow" look. Grab some thread and tightly wrap it around the ribbon to hold the fold and tie it in the back. Repeat with the second ribbon. Now you'll have two bows!

To make a more boutique-style bow, we're going to combine the two bows. Bend one of the bows so that the top corners of the bow touch and leaves the bottom center kind of flat. Add a drop of hot glue to the center. Fold the other bow the same way and press the two flat edges together. You can see the glob of hot glue in the center of my bow in the image above.

Girl Scout Bottle Cap Hair Bows at artsyfartsymama.com

I repeated the same steps with the white ribbon to create a smaller bow. Be sure to wrap another bit of thread around the entire center or each bow to keep them secure.

Girl Scout Bottle Cap Hair Bows at artsyfartsymama.com

For the smallest piece of ribbon, I folded, glued and wrapped it with thread. Then, I added some hot glue to the front of the white bow and placed the brown bow right in the center. Hold in place until the glue is set.

Girl Scout Bottle Cap Hair Bows at artsyfartsymama.com



Girl Scout Bottle Cap Hair Bows at artsyfartsymama.com

Now add some glue to the front of the green bow and place the white/brown bow right in the center and hold in place. Tightly wrap some thread around the entire bow to keep it together. You can also glue the alligator clip to the back of the bow at this point.

Add one more glob of hot glue to the center of the bow (on top of the brown ribbon) and glue the bottle cap on. Hold it in place until it is completely dry.

Now the Girl Scout bow is complete!!

Girl Scout Bottle Cap Hair Bows at artsyfartsymama.com

My daughter is excited to be a brownie this year, so we made her one to wear to her Girl Scout activities and meetings. The elf image is from the Brownie Journeys she will be working on, and I think this bow turned out so cute!

Girl Scout Bottle Cap Hair Bows at artsyfartsymama.com


Do you have daughters or granddaughters in the Girl Scouts? Are YOU a Girl Scout? I'd love to hear what you think!

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party and happy Thursday!! I'm glad you're here!! Thanks to everyone who linked up last party. Everything shared at the party each week is so inspiring and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week.

artsy-fartsy mama

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

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
Rainbow Ice Cream Sandwiches by Party Fetti
Succulents in Chalk Paint Pots by Classy Yet Trendy
Easy Pesto Chicken Salad by A Cultivated Nest
DIY Lego Travel Kit by Coupons and Freebies Mom
DIY Splash Pad by The Joys of Boys
Mini Potato Salad Bowls by A Worthey Read
Silly Selfie Quiet Book by Our Peaceful Planet
Salsa Verde Tostadas by Kleinworth & Co.

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party and happy Thursday!! I'm glad you're here!! Thanks to everyone who linked up last party. Everything shared at the party each week is so inspiring and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week.

artsy-fartsy mama

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

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
East Strawberry Peach Pie Bites by One Little Project
Modern Card Catalog Table by Not Just a Housewife
Grilled Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps by Honey & Birch
Make Unfinished Wood Look Like Weathered Barnwood by Petticoat Junktion
A Gorgeous Garden Party by Heart Handmade UK
New York Pizza Burger by Live Like You Are Rich
Luau Tissue Pouf Pineapple by Frog Prince Paperie
Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone by The Domestic Life Stylist

Please grab a featured button!

artsy-fartsy mama

Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

Please grab a button and share the party with your friends!!

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