Christmas in July Guest Today’s Creative Blog

My guest today is the AMAZINGLY talented Kim with Today’s Creative Blog!!

Over at Today’s Creative Blog, we LOVE holiday crafts and ideas. I’ve got a few favorites like my advent calendar or my cookie decorating party, but my all time classic is my recipe for Reindeer Food. This is perfect for those of you who have little ones or you can make up a batch for the neighborhood kids.

magic reindeer food

Head on over to Today’s Creative Blog for the recipe and poem.

Kim is the founder of Today’s Creative Blog where she dishes up and features a new creative blog almost daily. You’ll find inspiration for DIY, Decorating, Crafting, Cooking and more.

Thanks so much, Kim for sharing this with my readers.  Be sure to check out the recipe. Kim also has a cute gift package idea with free printable, so you can share this cute recipe idea.

 

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Christmas in July Guest To Sew With Love

Today our guest is the beautiful Lelanie of  To Sew With Love!
Hi, lovelies. We are thrilled to be guest posting for Ami today. I am Lelanie of To Sew With Love, a blog where I share the same passion for sewing, giveaways and handmade with my sister-bff, Laarnie. We are geographically separated (I am based in Spain while my sister is in Japan) but our blog brings us even closer! 

Today, we will share with you one of the first projects we shared via our sewing blog. This is simple felt stocking project where your kids can help and participate. What’s great about this project is you can choose to sew it by hand, by machine or make it a no-sew project by using glue!

 Your kids can pick the colors and the design for their stockings.
My daughter helped in cutting the felt while my little boy handed to me each piece her sister has finished cutting so I can sew it on the  felt stocking.
We weren’t able to take step-by-step photos as my photographer (my daighter) was so busy chatting with me and her brother. ^^)
They loved their stockings!
I think, the main reason why they loved it (aside from the fact that the stockings turned out cute) is because they helped in making it. ^^) It’s always great to take all the chance you get to create something “cute as a button” with your kids.
If you are interested, you can download the pattern template here.
Have a happy weekend! Keep on creating! ; )
Do you know an expecting mom or a mom with small kids? Then you might want to check out this giveaway where you could be one of the two lucky winner to win a set of 3 What To Expect books. This set is comprised of What to Expect pregnancy, First year and second year book with free shipping worldwide!Thanks, Ami, for having us here! It’s always a pleasure and an honor! ^^)
 Thanks so much, Lelaine for sharing this with my readers!!

 

 

 

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Kleenex Hand Towels DIY Wood Holder & Shelf #CGC #CleanHands #spon

I’ve been wanting to pretty up our bathroom for some time now.  My brother, sister and their families will also be here in a little over a month.  Perfect time for a bathroom makeover!!

Having a house full of guests, along with three extra little ones, means a lot of trips to the bathroom.  One way to keep everything fresh and clean is to use Kleenex Hand Towels.  Y’all know when you have little kids, hand towels never stay clean.  They end up on the floor, sopping wet or wrapped around a package of hot dogs and placed in the fridge (true story).

Setting out a box of Kleenex Hand Towels, I really wanted to make some kind of holder for it.  My husband came up with this AWESOME idea.

He built me a wooden holder with a shelf.  Isn’t it fabulous!?!

He made it from an old fence board.

Here is my awesome husband working on the shelf.

Before paint…

We were both working here. Me on my mod podged stamped tissue paper glass containers and David on the shelf.  I found the idea for the glass containers from this guest post on Mod Podge Rocks

Here is the shelf after the paint dried.

He leveled it, drilled 4 holes and secured it to the wall with screws.

Now, he didn’t take pictures while he built it, but he did create this diagram for me to share.  It’s measured out perfectly.  I bought command strips to secure the box and it did not need it. The box slides in and is secure.

 All the pieces are roughly the thickness of a fence board. The back piece is plywood and is only a couple millimeters thick.  The angle cut side pieces he sawed down to 3″ wide.  He put the holder/shelf together with screws and used a high powered staple gun to secure the plywood piece to the back.

David also used a dremel tool to carve some sweet designs into the wood.

Here is how my tissue paper stamped mod podge project came out!

I painted the back of this shelf.  You can tell it’s a bit old, right?  It needed a little something to help it out.  I decided to paint the stripes green to match everything in the bathroom.

I had planned to paint two coats.  When David came to check on me, he loved the way this looked.  He told me it’s was great like this and looked a lot like bamboo.  So, I left it.

Alice decided so try out the Kleenex Hand Towels and holder while I was snapping pictures!

Isn’t she precious!?

Here is a close of that picture on the shelf.  It’s Alie digging in the sand.  I just LOVE this shot.

Well, there you have it!  An awesome holder and shelf to hold your Kleenex Hand Towels!  How will you display yours?

 Join the 14 million people who have already joined the Clean Hands campaign by using Kleenex Hand Towels, and click here for savings and more!

I was selected for participation in this campaign as a member of Clever Girls Collective.

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Christmas in July Guest Wildflowers and Whimsy

Our guest today for the Christmas in July series is the lovely April with Wildflowers & Whimsy!! 

Hi there AliLily readers! I’m April, and I blog over at Wildflowers & Whimsy. I am super excited to be here today to share with you a cute Ruffle Ric Rac Headband tutorial! I think this sweet little accessory would be the perfect match for your little princess’ Christmas outfit or make a great stocking stuffer!

All you need is a headband, a 5/8″ wide strip of fabric approximately 2x the length of the the headband, a 3″ wide bias strip approximately 2x the length of the the headband , a glue glue gun, and a sewing machine or needle and thread. (you can check out this post if you need more info on how to make bias strips. Also, you can use ribbon instead of fabric if your like.)

Please excuse the change of fabric, but it is easier to see in these pictures. Use a disappearing fabric marker to make marks every 2″ along one of the long sides of the bias strip. On the opposite long side, make marks centered between the marks at the top of the ribbon/bias strip. (i.e. I started marking at the very beginning at the top, and at the bottom, I started marking at the 1″ mark) Be sure to make your marks on the RIGHT side of the fabric and run your gathering stitch with the RIGHT side up because whatever side the bobbin thread is on, is the side the fabric will curve too.

Starting at one end connect the points from opposite sides with a gathering stitch, to form a zigzag as pictured above.

Now pull the bobbin thread to gather the bias strip down to the same length as the headband. Wrap the headband with the 5/8″ strip, and you are ready to apply the ruffled ric rac to the headband.

Find the center of the ruffled ric rac, apply a small amount of hot glue to the top center of the headband, and then, press the ruffle ric rac in place.

Continue attaching the ruffle ric rac to the headband down one side, then the other.

And DONE! Isn’t she sassy?!? lol

And the fun doesn’t stop at headbands! Ruffled ric rac would be a cute addition to stockings, ornaments, or any other project you can come up with! Hope you enjoy! And I would love for you to stop by my blog and say hi!

Thanks again, Ami for having me!

~April

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 SO CUTE!!  Alice has already informed me that she would like one!  Make sure you stop by and show April and her precious model some love!

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