InspireMe Crafts

Creative inspiration for the home, entertaining, and unforgettable gifts

Gotta Make It: Personalized Baby Outfit November 1, 2007

Filed under: Gifts,Gotta Make It,Kid Gifts,What's In a Name? — inspiremecrafts @ 7:45 am

“Love overflows and joy never ends in a home thats blessed with family and friends”

I am getting so anxious to go see our family and friends next week!  We’ll be there for my God-daughter’s first birthday so I have been busy making gifts in order to spoil her when we see her.  I wanted to get her some cute personalized clothes without breaking the bank so I went with doing it myself…imagine that!

I started out with this brown jacket.  You won’t believe the price I got on this and it is so soft!  I went to my local fabric store and the rhinestone “J” is an iron-on!  It was about $2 and was super easy and quick.  I then took the adorable pink and brown polka-dot ribbon and slid it through the hole on the zipper. I attached it at the ends with Stitch Witchery.  Stitch Witchery is a fusible bonding web that allows you to do hems, trims, and belts without sewing…just ironing!  This is great stuff for the person with their sewing machine in the box right now. 🙂  Now she’ll be a stylin 1-year old with the cutest monogrammed baby jacket that her mommy’s friends will think she got from a designer store. 

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But of course I didn’t want to stop there so I decided to make the jeans match the jacket with a small detail.  I took that same pink and brown ribbon and attached it to the belt loops to add a little spunk to the baby jeans. 

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And my last clothing experiment was a monogrammed onesie.  I also found this iron-on letter at my local fabric store and it came in a pack with the whole alphabet.  The cool thing about this one, besides the adorable flowers, is that it is frolicked.  So the monogramm is raised up and is that soft felty type feel.  Again, super easy and was super inexpensive with the deal that I got on this turtle neck onesie. 

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I had a lot of fun experimenting with some of these new products.  Most of the stuff I did was new to me, but I found it to be super easy and quick! 

Be inspired, get creative, and have fun!

See you tomorrow!!!

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Gotta Make It: Handmade Birthday Card October 31, 2007

Filed under: Cards,Gift Packaging,Gotta Make It,Kid Gifts,What's In a Name? — inspiremecrafts @ 7:30 am

“I have learned that being with those I love is enough”

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Here’s an idea for a cute handmade birthday card that took me only a few minutes to go along with the Letter Name Blocks and Gift Bag.  The pink & brown card was purchased in a pack at Impress, the flower sticker, polka dot ribbon, and “J” letter all came from Michaels, and the “happy birthday” embellishment was on sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics.  Once you have the materials it was pretty easy….you just attached them.  And Voila!  A cute, personal birthday card for a special girl. 

I didn’t go out shopping for any of these pieces to make this creative birthday card.  They were all pieces that I had in my collection.  And come to think of it- that is usually how I do my projects.  I look for good sales and if I like something I will grab it and figure out exactly what project its for later.  I actually like doing it this way because it forces me to be more creative and think outside of the box….and it saves me a lot of money!  When I go shopping for materials for a specific project I buy way too much and spend way too much.  But whatever works for you because its your project so…

Be inspired, get creative, and have fun!

 

Gotta Make It: Name Blocks October 29, 2007

Filed under: Gifts,Gotta Make It,Home,Kid Gifts,What's In a Name? — inspiremecrafts @ 9:03 am

“Everyday is a Gift”

Well, after some technical difficulties last night with our computer I’m finally ready to go for today’s post.  My husband decided to run “updates” on our computer and our computer and internet decided to revolt and shut down.  Funny how that happens.  And then guess who was up until midnight on the phone with Troubleshooting to get it fixed?  However, I can’t complain too much because to my surprise the person on the other end of the phone was extremely helpful and helped this non-technical person fix it in less than 30 minutes.  Now that is impressive! 

But on to the more fun stuff!  I’ve got children’s birthday parties and weddings coming up so I am concentrating on getting those gifts done this week and hopefully sparking some inspiration for you.  Today’s project are decorated blocks with paper, embellishments and GLITTER!  I used the wood blocks to spell out my God-daughter’s first name for her first birthday.    And look at how cute they are! 

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The blocks for this project are about 1.5-2 inches in size and can be found at most craft stores.  They are significantly smaller than the one large block I used for the Halloween block.  Here’s a general rundown of how I went about this project:

1.  I started out by painting the blocks a bright red. 

2.  Then I measured one piece of scrapbook paper to fit on the block allowing a red perimeter to still show.

3.  I used that piece as my guide to cut out all the other pieces.  I personally used 6 different pieces of paper so there would be a different pattern on each side of the  block.

4.  I then Mod Podged the paper to the blocks and allowed to dry.  This takes a little time since you can only do a couple sides at a time. 

5.  When the Mod Podge was dry I added the Glitter Stickers on the front in Pink. 

6.  On the top, I used words that corresponded with the letter of her name and added some embellishments.  I cut some them our of scrapbook paper and used rub-on letters for others. 

7.  Voila!  A great gift for kids of all ages. 

Get creative and have fun with this one!  You could also use this as an opportunity to teach your child their name and other things that begin with the letters of their name.  For example, on the “J” block you could put a picture of a jacket on one side, a jar, on another, a jaguar on the third, and so on. 

See you tomorrow! 

 

Gotta Make It: Flower Pot Placecard October 12, 2007

Filed under: Entertaining,Gotta Make It,Uncategorized,What's In a Name? — inspiremecrafts @ 6:00 am

“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”  – Theodore Roosevelt

It’s Friday and its time to have those friends and family over for a good ‘ole hearty meal!  For a quick and colorful setting consider using a piece of your favorite scrapbook paper as the placemat.  Then top it with some of your favorite dishes.  The red square plate is one of my favorite dishes and was found at TJ Maxx…gotta love that place!  The green flower plate was found at my other favorite shopping spot – Target.  Since this was last minute ( I wouldn’t do it any other way) I looked around the house to find the supplies for the place card.  I cut out a flower from some scrapbook paper, stuck a pin through it and put it into the mini pot and voila!  You have a quick and easy place setting that cost you so little! 

Enjoy your family and friends this weekend and let those creative juices flow!

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Gotta Make It…with the kids: My Very Own Crayon Holder October 11, 2007

Filed under: Gifts,Uncategorized,What's In a Name? — inspiremecrafts @ 6:00 am

“It’s not how big your pencil is; its how you write your name”

 

 

 

As my toddler continues to grow, I find myself always looking for more storage ideas.  My latest problem?  Crayons….everywhere! 

I imagined myself using a nice stark white box with a lid that opens…it would be the perfect “blank canvas”. The box can easily be found at Michaels for as little as $1.99, but I was just too busy to go to Michaels.  Ok, ok, ok…you caught me in a lie.  I had plenty of time to go, I just didn’t feel like getting in my car to go there.  The car for me use to be a sanctuary…a time for ME.  Now it looks like a tornado came through and left McDonalds, Subway, Starbucks, and Toddler snacks as proof (I still can’t figure out where that rotten smell is coming from).  It needed to be avoided for my sanity!  So needless to say I started the scavenger hunt around my house to find something that I could use.  It was a blessing in disguise because it really does prove that you do a project with almost anything.  If you don’t have a large budget it doesn’t matter….just be creative!  No one can put a price tag on that.  

If your kids are old enough they would love livening up a plain tin can with their own unique touch…and name, of course.  Since my 17 month is just a little young I will take the pleasure of decorating one for him.   You could even use this idea for a back to school party and have everyone decorate it themselves.  Use this opportunity to sit down with your kids and enjoy each other’s company.  Ask them what they think about today’s quote and share with them how it has affected your life.

 

 

Be inspired, get creative, and have a blast!

 

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Gotta Have It: Personal Stationary October 10, 2007

Filed under: Gifts,Uncategorized,What's In a Name? — inspiremecrafts @ 6:00 am

“Good men must die; but death cannot kill their name”  – Proverb

  

OK….pet peeve of mine.  Here’s the aggravating scenario (I’m such a drama queen):

I get an email from a prospective real estate agent looking to obtain my business.  OK – no problem because I really do need to sell our house and this “For Sale By Owner” just isn’t working out when we are half way across the country (yes, I got a little ambitious).  So you ask what’s the problem with someone trying to build their clientele list and help me?  Well nothing really, except they spelled my name wrong.  But who can blame them?  It’s a weird name so I will give them the benefit of the doubt.

  

I respond to their email with my name clearly spelled correctly in listing my new mailing address and again when I leave my signature at the end of my email.  Pretty obvious now…right?!

 

Wrong! I get a response with my name spelt wrong…again. However, this time it was clear as day if he would pay attention to the details (it wasn’t even really a detail as much as a main part of the email).  I thought we learned how to duplicate and match things in Kindergarten…did we lose that skill with age? 

  

I am really not a bitter person and am actually quite laid back …it’s just a pet peeve of mine!  But just as I have pet peeves, I am sure I am “pet peeving” many of you with plenty of grammatical errors ( I used to be so good at English!).  So I will apologize ahead of time.  For now though, let’s celebrate making the correct spelling of our name just a little more obvious to everyone and we can work on my grammar later.  Below are some “Gotta Have” stationary samples from weddingpartydivas.com that will not only guarantee someone to notice your name, but will guarantee they get it right!.

  

GOTTA HAVE IT:   PERSONAL STATIONARY

 

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Gotta Bake It: Chewy Coconut Macaroons October 9, 2007

Filed under: Entertaining,Gifts,Gotta Bake It,Misc,Uncategorized,What's In a Name? — inspiremecrafts @ 6:00 am

“Good will, like a good name, is got by many actions, and lost by one”  – Lord Jeffrey

 

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This recipe is from the Better Homes and Gardens Homemade Cookies cookbook.  It is a guaranteed crowd pleaser and just way too hard to have only one!  

Prep: 15 minutes   Bake:  20-25 min    Oven:  325    Makes:  30

2 2/3 cups flaked coconut

2/3  cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

4 egg whites

½ teaspoon almond extract

2 ounces semisweet chocolate (optional)

½ teaspoon shortening (optional)

 

  1. Lighly grease and flour a large cookie sheet; set aside.  In a medium bowl combine coconut, sugar, flour, and salt.  Stir in egg whites and almond extract.
  2. Drop egg white mixture by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheet.
  3. Bake in a 325 oven for 20-25 minutes or until edges are golden brown.  Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool completely.  If desired, in a heavy small saucepan melt chocolate and shortening; drizzle over cooled cookies.

Nutrition facts per cookie:  54 cal; 2 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 0mg chol, 26 mg sodium, 8 g carbo, 0 g fiber, 1 g prot

 

 

 

 

With such yummy cookies to share with friends, family, and maybe even some strangers, we have to package them in something just as memorable!  See the picture below and hopefully it will inspire your creative juices to come up with something just as yummy to share with everybody….and don’t forget to celebrate their perfect name! 

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