Inspiring Creativity

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Welcome to Inspiring Creativity!
Where we share projects, crafts and recipes every Wednesday.

I am so glad that you are here! 
Thank you for sharing your creativity with us each week.


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I don't think that I have told you all that I've joined Curves {love it} and signed up for their 'Biggest Looser Challenge'.  In other words I have to be an extremely good girl when it comes to all of the holiday parties and goodies.  So if you have linked up a delicious looking item ~ I am living vicariously through you:


 Cupcakes with Mocha Cream Filling from
the Blackberry Vine
Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Chunck Cookies from
the Purplest Pecalin 
Breakfast Cookies from
Joyful Homemaking

Thanks for making me drool ladies!
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Now let's PARTY!!!!





xo Heather

Scrappy Gift Tags

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Here's a quick, fun Christmas project for you!  I pinned this idea awhile ago and have finally created my own...


 Scrappy Gift Tags!

I used:
Scrap patterned paper
Craft paper cut into squares
Glue stick
Egg/oval punch
Slot punch
Twine/hemp
Black pen
I punched oval shapes out of my patterned paper and glued them onto my craft paper squares.
Then I used my black pen to create a little reindeer image around the oval.
Finally I punched a slot at the top and added a loop of twine.

Now we have a bunch of whimsical tags to add to our Holiday Packages!

We have also been using these as part of our RAK Kids experience.  I have written "RAK Kids" and blog address on the back and the boys have been handing them out to whoever they want.  FUN!
 
Thanks for reading.
 
xo Heather

Stocking Hangers

Monday, November 28, 2011

May I start by saying, Holy Cow! 
Stocking hangers are hard to find in store.  I mean, really I went just about everywhere and there is a pretty meager selection, let me tell you!  Now granted I was looking for something pretty specific. 
 
I wanted to play along with Kari at UCreate this month and follow Jennie's fabulous tutorial for Stocking Hangers.  So I needed just the bottom weight and hook from 5 stocking hangers and I didn't want to pay a fortune because I would be dismantling them anyway.  Here's how it played out..

I love the final product!

 So I found these angel stocking hangers at the dollar store for $2/each.  YAY! 
Better than $8-10 everywhere else.
 I took them all apart and actually attempted to paint them with my acrylic craft paint...
the paint just beaded off of the gold finish.  Time for the big guns...
 Primer!  Take that tacky gold paint job!

And a couple of coats of Krylon Burgundy {love} spray paint later....
Five lovely stocking hangers!  I attached dollar store picture frames, that I also painted red, and voila!
Now Santa knows exactly who's stocking is whose.  Check out my Upcycled Sweater Stockings post for more on these fun stockings!
The boys' wore Rudolf noses for their pictures.  Cute eh?
I have always struggled having no mantel to decorate and hang stockings from but this ledge between our living room and kitchen seems to do the trick.
You can also check out my Upcycled Sweater Ornament Advent Calendar post for more upcycled goodness.  Thanks for stopping by.


 
Merry Ho Ho!
xo Heather

Happy Sunday!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I don't think that I have enough exclamation marks to
express how excited I am for this next month of blogging!!  Seriously!  Here's the run down...
 
December 1st we start
RAK Kids
where we share our Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar experiences with you.
Look for weekly updates on the blog and daily updates on my facebook page.

These cookies are just a sneek peak of what RAK Kids have up their sleeves.


 
December 11 - 17th is
One For The Boys
A quarterly event where we share crafts,
 projects, recipes and activities for the boys in our lives. 

We will have a fabulous giveaway and some really awesome Guest Bloggers!!!  I can't wait! 

See?!  You guys are going to love this... 
 
xo Heather

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Saturday, November 26, 2011

This super cute, super quick Christmas Tree cupcake was another addition to the Cupcake Creations class that I taught last week.
We used our 1M decorating tip to create lovely green swirls of icing.
Yellow smarties and silver sugar balls were used to embellish our trees.
Such a great way to say
Happy holidays!




xo Heather

Canvas People ~ Black Friday Offer

Friday, November 25, 2011

  The Canvas People are running an awesome special for Black Friday!!
A FREE 8x10 canvas!  I love the word FREE.  
We pay shipping but really that just means that I get a canvas print for under $15 which is still a great deal!
Or $55 off of any size canvas!! Holy cow! 
  Head on over to the Canvas People and get yours!


With the Holidays coming up this would be a fabulous gift idea for grandparents. So go check out the Canvas People now!
Have fun!


xo Heather

Movember

Mr. Twin Dragonfly Designs has been participating in Movember this year.

Darcy has been growing a moustache since November 1st to help raise awareness for Prostate Cancer.
Here is his {goofy} before and after:

Watch out ladies! 
 
More Movember goodies:

 But I'll shave it for later.
source

Even the cat's in on it!



 source
 
 
For more information on how you can help
go to Movember Canada.
 
 
xo Heather







RAK Ornament Advent Calendar

Thursday, November 24, 2011


I love, love, love how this Advent Calendar turned out!  I wanted to create something that would withstand the test of time and be used year after year. 
As seen as a guest post on the CSI Project.

{Random Acts of Kindness} is a concept that is near and dear to my heart.  I have worked with young children my entire life and one of the teaching tools that I have always used is Random Acts of Kindness.  Primarily children learn about service to others and empathy through fun, interactive tasks.  I'll explain more later.  But first, isn't this Advent Calendar cute?!?

I created 24 ornaments {with pockets for our RAK tasks}, clipped them to numbered clothes pins and strung them on a piece of twine.  Here's how:
I started with two cream sweaters that I found at the thrift store.  Then I traced 8 hearts, 8 stars and 8 trees onto the knit sweater and did the same to the fleece sweater {I ended up with 48 shapes in total}.  I cut out all of the shapes.  You can find a pattern for my shapes here
Next I matched up my shapes {ie. a knit sweater heart with a fleece heart} to create 24 ornaments in total.  I cut a little square of fleece and sewed one onto each of the fleece shapes to create a pocket.  Then I pinned the right sides of my knit and fleece shapes together.
At this point I also pinned a loop of ribbon between the pieces to act as my hanger.
I sewed the two pieces together {leaving a 1" - 2" hole for inverting}.  Then I inverted my ornament so the right sides were out, stuffed it with batting and sewed my hole closed {Can I confess? I was not looking forward to hand sewing 24 holes closed so I used my hot glue gun on the last 23 ~ so much faster!  I just can't really throw them in the wash}.  Finally I stitched a button onto each ornament.  The pocket in the back hid my knot and stitch work.
Now all that is left is to add our Random Acts of Kindness tasks for December.  We started doing a RAK Advent Calendar last year and the boys really got it.  You know?
I love that we give in service to our community as a family with these activities.  And really teach our children that it's not about what we get during the holidays but what we give.

Here are some of the tasks that we did last year:
{keep in mind these are uber simplified for toddlers}

Share a special toy with your brother
Say hello and smile at everyone you meet today
Paint a picture for GG
Put money in the salvation army cup
Invite a friend over for dinner
Find the home with the best Christmas lights and bring them a thank you card
Take in someones garbage cans
Leave kind notes for daddy all over the house
Call Meme and tell her that you love her
Draw a picture of the nativity
Make a gift for your brother
Deliver gifts to preschool teacher
Help mommy carry in groceries
Draw a picture on a card and leave it for the mail man
Decorate cookies and deliver them to a friend/ person in need
Make an ornament for Grandma
Sing Christmas carols
Compliment a stranger
Visit someone elderly
Help mommy wrap gifts
Help clear the table after dinner
Give doggy treats to Max.
Film a movie, thanking Jesus


I made scalloped circles with my Cuttlebug, numbers with my Cricut and glued them to wooden clothes pins.  I'm thinking of having the boys hang each one of these on the Christmas tree after we have completed each task.  What do you think?  I'll let you know how it goes!  Look for RAK updates the entire month of December!
I used a different button for each ornament.  These are a couple of my favs.  The one on the right says "Canada" which I love because I'm Canadian eh?!


Thanks for visiting!
I'm linking to these parties.
xo Heather



Inspiring Creativity

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Welcome to Inspiring Creativity!
Where we share projects, crafts and recipes every Wednesday.

I am so glad that you are here! 
Thank you for sharing your creativity with us each week.


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Our most viewed link last week was...
This fun Snowflake Wreath from
Michelle gives us easy step by step instructions!


Thanks for linking up Michelle!  Please grab an "I Was Featured" button.  Now let's PARTY!!!!





xo Heather