artsy-fartsy mama: October 2016

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I can't believe October is almost over already!! Hope you all have a fantastic and SAFE Halloween. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been working on 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:

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Green Hot Cocoa Halloween Drink by CraftCreateCalm
Faux Fur Custom Wig Tutorial by Sew Can Do
Potato Donuts by Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Halloween Cootie Catchers by Bloom Designs
Fang-tastic Non-Candy Halloween Treats by C.R.A.F.T.
Fudgy M&M Magic Bars by Delightful E Made
Cousin It DIY Trick or Treat Pail by DIY Inspired
Mini Brownie Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Parfaits by Cupcakes & Kale Chips

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Classroom Halloween Party

Thanks to Oriental Trading for helping make our Classroom Halloween Party even more awesome!

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This year I signed up to help with my daughter's classroom Halloween party. My plan is to have a main table as the central area of our party to hold party favors, treats and a few activities. I am really excited about it, but am also a little nervous since this is my first time doing this! Hopefully we can all learn some new tricks together, right?

After making a long to-do list, I realized that I won't be able to DIY this all by myself. Luckily, companies like Oriental Trading make life a whole lot easier when it comes to throwing a party for a classroom. I found everything I needed for my tablescape including the Boo Bunch Halloween Tablecloth, Halloween Character Pennant Banner and more to help our party be the best in the school while also saving money!

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One of THE most important things you need at a party is the food! Along with some healthy snacks, we're also going to have a few treats like cookies and cupcakes. Instead of traditional cake stands and platters, I found this awesome set of Black Cauldrons to display our spooky sweets.

To make this work, I placed a small plastic box in the bottom of a 12" cauldron and then sat my $2 cake plate on top of it. The plate fits over the opening of the cauldron beautifully and I love how the cupcakes look like they are bubbling right out of it! 

Classroom Halloween Party Inspiration and Ideas at artsyfartsymama.com

I also used an 8" cauldron to hold a plate of cookies. I didn't have a smaller, clear cake plate so I used a nice white plate I had instead. I still love how it turned out, but recommend a black or clear plate instead to it blends in better.

Classroom Halloween Party Inspiration and Ideas at artsyfartsymama.com

Every party needs a treat bag full of goodies, and these Halloween Character Treat Bags are adorably spooky. The purple bat, Frankenstein, and a black cat bags come already assembled and ready to be filled, but have that crafty look to make everyone think you did all the work!

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Here's a peek at what's inside the treat bags. Non-candy Halloween favors like Halloween Character Finger Puppets, Mini Pumpkin Stress Toys, and Ghost Prism Stickers are sure to be a hit with the kids and are a great price! I also threw in some healthy Halloween snacks like pretzels, popcorn, juice boxes and applesauce packets decorated as mummies.

Classroom Halloween Party Inspiration and Ideas at artsyfartsymama.com

For activities during our Halloween party, we will be playing Halloween Bingo and there will be a coloring station for students to color some Halloween Bookmarks (both available as free printables). I found some small crayon boxes for each student to use, but you could also use a large container of colored pencils, crayons or markers for them to share that works just as well! 

Classroom Halloween Party Inspiration and Ideas at artsyfartsymama.com

We are anxiously awaiting for Halloween to arrive so we can get our party on! I hope the students have a great time. I know I'm having a lot of fun getting everything ready to go. If you're looking for party favors, decor, and games for your classroom party or home, be sure to check out Oriental Trading to make life easier!

What do you think? If you've got any ideas or suggestions to help us make our party even better, let's hear them in the comments!


Free Printable Halloween Bookmarks

Download Free Printable Halloween Bookmarks for kids of all ages to color!

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I am helping to plan my daughter's classroom Halloween party and thought it would be fun to make all the kids some Halloween bookmarks to color! This activity will give kids (of all ages!) time to enjoy coloring as well as have something to take home as reading encouragement.

Free Printable Halloween Bookmarks for kids to color at artsyfartsymama.com

Print the bookmarks out on a heavier paper, like cardstock. Line the paper up on a paper cutter or use scissors to cut them out. Whew! The hardest part is now done.

Free Printable Halloween Bookmarks for kids to color at artsyfartsymama.com

There are six Halloween character bookmark designs: Frankenstein, witch, mummy, zombie, ghost and Dracula, which is great for parties or giving a group of kids something to do. So, get those colored pencils ready because this is going to be so FUN!

Free Printable Halloween Bookmarks for kids to color at artsyfartsymama.com

I hope you have a fun time coloring these bookmarks! Feel free to share them with your families, friends, and classrooms!!


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*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, or claim the design as your own.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit MUST be given and linked back to this post.


No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars

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The school year is well underway, which also unfortunately means that the germs are spreading like crazy. My husband is a teacher, so that means he's surrounded by adorable children (as well at their germs) all day, every day. Eating healthy snacks (like these No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars) and washing hands often obviously helps a lot, but by incorporating Centrum® vitamins and Chapstick into his daily routine, he's getting that extra boost of vitamins he needs to get through this season!

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By taking the Centrum MultiGummies daily, my husband and I are supporting our immunity, energy, and metabolism. Plus, getting to have gummies everyday definitely makes you feel like a kid for a minute or two!
New Centrum® MultiGummies® for Men and Women. So advanced, they have more Vitamin D3 than any other men’s or women’s gummy*
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Here in Utah the air is already dry, but in winter it's even drier. My lips get super chapped with the air conditions, so my go-to Chapstick flavor is always the Classic Medicated because of the way it moisturizes & softens for smooth lips everyday. It's literally Skincare for lips™!

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars Recipe at artsyfartsymama.com #Healthy4School

You can find Centrum MultiGummies vitamins and any flavor of Chapstick in the health section at Walmart. You can also grab all the ingredients to make some No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars while you're there!

These granola bars  are great snacks or fast breakfasts. They’re nut-free, so they'll be safe for bringing to school. Plus, making them homemade is less expensive than getting them from grocery store. Did I mention that you can throw these together in less than 10 minutes? Yep. Have I convinced you to try these yet? Because you totally need to.

Start with some crispy rice cereal and some quick cook oats and mix them together in a large mixing bowl. Meanwhile in a saucepan, melt some butter, brown sugar and honey together on medium to medium-high heat until it starts to bubble. Once's it's a steady simmer, lower the heat and let it cook for another 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool for about 5 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it cools, which is important for these granola bars to work!

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars Recipe at artsyfartsymama.com #Healthy4School

Pour the liquid mixture into the bowl of oats and cereal and combine together with a rubber spatula until all the oats and cereal are coated. Since it will still be a little warm, wait a minute or two before stirring in the chocolate chips so that they don't melt.

Put all the granola bar mixture into an ungreased 8x8 glass baking pan. Pack down the granola bars into the pan so that they will stick together. Don't worry, they'll still be delightfully chewy and delicious! Grab a handful of chocolate chips or chocolate chunks and sprinkle them on the top of the granola bars and lightly press them down so they stick well.

Let the bars cool, then cut them into 10-12 bars. You can even double that by cutting those in half to make smaller bars!

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars Recipe at artsyfartsymama.com #Healthy4School

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
Makes: 10-12 bars
Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray

Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups quick cook oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips or chunks, or 1/8 cup each

Directions:
1. Stir oats and rice cereal together in a large bowl and set aside.
2. Melt butter, honey and brown sugar together in a small pot over medium high heat until it comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool for about 5 minutes (it will thicken as it cools).
3. Pour honey mixture over dry ingredients and mix well to coat all of the oats and rice cereal. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Place granola bar mixture into a glass 8x8 baking pan and press firmly to pack it together really well.
5. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips and/or chocolate chunks onto the top and press down lightly.
6. Cool granola bars in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, or on a countertop for two hours.
7. Use a knife to cut into 10-12 bars.

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars Recipe at artsyfartsymama.com #Healthy4School

The granola bars can get too dry if they are left out. To keep them better longer, wrap bars in parchment paper or plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Store at room temperature to enjoy anytime, or place them in the fridge to enjoy in a lunch box.

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars Recipe at artsyfartsymama.com #Healthy4School

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars are great snacks or breakfasts, and pair well with Centrum and Chapstick to keep you feeling great!

What are your tips for staying healthy during the school year?


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm so glad you're here. I hope you get inspired from everything shared at the parties and please link up everything you've been working on 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
Free Printable Bugs and Kisses Halloween Treat Tags by Pink Peppermint Design
Apple Pie Fries by Cincy Shopper
DIY Faux Hydrangea Fall Wreath by The Turquoise Home
Cheesy Bacon Hasselback Bread by Kleinworth & Co.
Chicken Cacciatore Meatballs by Dizzy Busy and Hungry!
Fall Pumpkin Printable by Aspen Jay
Apple Cider Mocktail Halloween Drink Recipe by My Teen Guide
Spider Web Jars by Crafty Lumberjacks

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  • 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.
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Crushing it with a DIY Ta-Da List Notepad

Celebrate everything you get done today with a DIY Ta-Da List Notepad!

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Do you ever feel like no matter how much you seem to do during a busy day that you still aren't getting it all done? I have been feeling like that a lot lately and it really gets overwhelming. Instead of focusing on the things on your to-do list that isn't getting crossed off, we should be celebrating all the things we DO get done. That's why I created a Ta-Da List to share with you to make us all feel a bit more like we're crushing it! Sometimes those seemingly menial achievements feel like like an epic win, and THOSE are the things that really matter!

You'll be crushing it with a DIY Ta-Da List Notepad at artsyfartsymama.com #CupForCrushingIt

Every morning as we're rushing to get out the door, and I end up chugging my breakfast drink so I can get going, or worse - or I skip it altogether. After incorporating Dixie® To Go cups into my routine, it’s one less thing to worry about in the morning. The leak-resistant lid & insulated layer keeps your drink toasty and contained for the best on-the-go experience. Most importantly, it's also one less dish I have to wash!! No effort, no clean up, no worries. More time to focus on “crushing” those things may seem small to the outside world, but are important to me - like having time for a shower or putting on "real" pants for the day...

DIY Ta-Da List Notepad with Free Printable at artsyfartsymama.com

To make your own Ta-Da List Notepad, download and print out the Ta-Da List printable. There are two lists that will fit on one sheet of regular copy paper. Print out about 20 sheets or so, depending on how thick you want your notepad to be. Cut along the guideline on the center of the printable.

Next grab a cereal box, thick cardstock or chipboard and cut it to the same size as the list pages (approximately 4.25″ x 11″).

DIY Ta-Da List Notepad with Free Printable at artsyfartsymama.com

Stack the sheets on top of your chipboard. Turn the notepad upside down and tap the top edge on a table until all the edges are perfectly aligned. Clip one binder clip or clothespin to each side of the top of the notepad to hold the pages together.

Use the brush of some rubber cement and paint a thin coat of glue along the top edge of the pages. Let it dry completely (about 10 minutes), then paint a few more thicker coats.

DIY Ta-Da List Notepad with Free Printable at artsyfartsymama.com

Add two more clips or clothespins to the top edge of the notepad while the glue dries. Remove the clips once the glue has dried, and your notepad is ready to use!

DIY Ta-Da List Notepad with Free Printable at artsyfartsymama.com

The Ta-Da List has really helped change my "busy" frame of mind to feeling more positive in the things that do get done during the day. Even the little things like singing bedtime lullabies and getting through the day without gluing myself with the glue gun can be big achievements. Let's learn to celebrate the things that get done today!! 

Download Free Printable Ta-Da List

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'd like to share this project, credit MUST be given and linked back to this post.

What kind of things do you add on your ta-da list to show how you're “Crushing It”? Dixie® To Go helps keep my fuel nearby so I can “crush" the things that matter most!

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No Tricks Just Treats Gift Idea

Surprise your friends with this No Tricks Just Treats Gift Idea!

No Tricks Just Treats Gift Idea with Free Printable Tag at artsyfartsymama.com #popcornboxparty2016

Halloween is such a fun time of year! It's finally fall, there's pumpkin-flavored everything, and dressing up is a blast. I've always been a little anxious when it comes to trick-or-treating though. What if someone decided to trick instead of treat?! Well, with this gift idea, there's nothing to worry about. The box literally tells you what's inside. No tricks. Just treats. Perfect for your favorite teachers, friends, and co-workers!! 

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First thing you'll need to make this gift is a box to put your goodies in. It might not look the part right now, but this World Market Popcorn Box is a cute and convenient way to package up some sweet treats for your Halloween gift. All it needs is a little paint and a touch of sparkle!!

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To cover up the red and white stripes, I added a couple of coats of black spray paint to both sides of the box while it was still folded flat. Each coat of paint needs dry completely. Then, I added some gold sparkle with FloraCraft Spray Glitter. Let the box dry while you prepare your treats!

*If you choose to use spray paint, keep in mind that any food that is added to the box MUST be packaged. Using acrylic paints or paper to cover the box would make a better food-safe option.

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Print out the No Tricks Just Treats Gift Tag, cut it out, and stick it onto the popcorn box with some glue or tape. I really love using Aleene’s Tacky Line Runner for projects like this because it holds strong and is easy to use.


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'd like to share this project, credit MUST be given and linked back to this post.

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Fill the box with some orange shredded crinkle paper and package your treats in a Halloween cellophane bag. For a little extra cuteness, I tied the top of the bag with some black pom pom ribbon! Now the gift is ready to share with your favorite friends, teachers, or whoever might need a little treat in their lives!

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Since this is a Popcorn Box Party, here are the rest of the awesome projects other talented bloggers created using the same popcorn box that I used in my project! You can also check out more images on social media using the hashtag #popcornboxparty2016



DIY Leather Bows

This post is sponsored by Cricut. As always, all opinions and ideas are my own.

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I always love making new hair accessories for my daughter. These DIY Leather Bows look chic and are totally affordable. Plus, it helps that they are easy to make using the Cricut Explore machine!

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For these bows, you'll need some faux leather. This is the first time I've ever used Cricut Pebbled Faux Leather, and I'm positive this won't be the last! It looks and feels like real textured leather, but doesn't cost as much! It's also not as thick as most faux leathers out there, so you don't need to switch to a deep-cut blade.

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If you've got Design Space, you can create your own leather bows with this bow design. Place the leather sheet on a StandardGrip cutting mat, and turn the dial to the "Custom" setting. I selected the Light Leather setting. It cuts the design three times, so you're sure to get a clean cut. 

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Lay the pieces out on your work space. They should look like the image above. This is also a great time to heat up that glue gun!

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To assemble the bow, turn the curvy piece so it's face down. Add a line of glue along each end, then fold them into the center (top image). Hot glue works fine for this, but it needs to go on thin. After a few bows, I seemed to have much better success using E6000.

Add a line of glue to the back of the bow, and place it seam-side down and centered on the back piece (with the pointed sides) of leather. Hold the pieces together with a clothespin and let the glue dry.

DIY Leather Bows at artsyfartsymama.com

Once the glue has set, it's time to finish assembling the bow. Fold the bow in half, right sides together, then fold the top and bottom half back to create the "bow" shape. Hold together with your fingers and add a bit of glue in the back to keep the folds in place for the next few steps.

DIY Leather Bows at artsyfartsymama.com

Turn the bow over, and add a drop of glue to the center. Place the leather band piece over the glue face-up. Let it set for a minute, then wrap it around the center of the bow one time.

If you want to attach the bow to an alligator clip, add a drop of glue to the band and hold the clip in place for a minute. Then open the clip and pull the leather band through and wrap it around the center of the bow one more time. 

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Glue the end of the leather band in place and let the glue dry. Now your bow is ready to wear!

DIY Leather Bows at artsyfartsymama.com

By adjusting the size of the bow design in Design Space, you can create bows of any size! They do make beautiful hair clips, but you can also attach them to headbands, glue them your fashion accessories, or anything you can imagine adding a bow to! 

DIY Leather Bows at artsyfartsymama.com

What do you think? Will you be making some DIY leather bows for yourself and the girls in your life sometime soon?

I'm excited to join 22 other super talented bloggers for the Fall Cricut Challenge. Check out what these talented ladies created below and enter to win a HUGE box of supplies from Cricut!

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DIY Faux Leather Jewelry from It Happens In A Blink

DIY Trick or Treat Bags from Housewives of Riverton

Easy Triangle Garland from Our Thirfty Ideas

Halloween Skull Leggings from 7Alive

Fall No Sew Buffalo Check Pillow from Lydi Out Loud

Brand Sparkling New Onesie from Tastefully Frugal

Cinderella Pumpkins from Auntie Tay

DIY Halloween Pillow from The Happy Scraps

Falling For You Shirt from The Quiet Grove

Faux Leather Flower Clips from 5 Little Monsters

Something Wicked This Way Comes Banner from Albion Gould

Blessed Flower Arrangement from Crafting In The Rain

Squad Ghouls Halloween T-Shirt from Housewife Eclectic

DIY Leather Bows from Artsy-Fartsy Mama

BOO Halloween Headbands from RaeGun Ramblings

DIY Flower Skull From Cloudy Day Gray

Kids Thanksgiving Graphic T-Shirts from Over The Big Moon

Faux Leather Floral Cuffs from Hello Creative Family

Fall Paper Leaf Wreath from Frenchie Wraps

Glitter Apron from Midge and Madge

DIY Fall Mantel from Major Hoff Takes A Wife

Halloween Party Props from Nite Owl Creates

Disney Savings Jar from Inspiration Made Simple

DIY Farmhouse Sign from A Southern Mother

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