UA-59651954-28 Crafty Allie: December 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Burlap Laundry Room Sign

Hello, all, after a week long break, I am finally ready to post again.
I made this sign for my mom for Christmas. She specifically asked back at the beginning of November for me to make her a Laundry sign for Christmas. I barely got it done it time, but I did and still got it to her by Christmas day, yay!

I started out by buying a stretched burlap canvas. I bought it at Walmart for only $5.
Canvas Corp Stretched Burlap, 8" x 8"
I believe though I got the 8 1/2 by 11 size.
Not bad at all for that price. You normally can't even buy cut wood at a craft store that size for that price.

I started by cutting our the words on my cricut machine with vinyl adhesive.
I used two different fonts.
I punched out the letters and stuck the stencil part on the canvas.
I have no idea why I put the OR like that in the first picture. But I stopped and moved it. I gotta say, too I rushed this project so it would be ready to wrap on Christmas eve. When you place it on the canvas, make sure to stick it on there really good and push up on the burlap from the back side to make sure it sticks. Also be sure to save the triangles, half circles and circles in the A's, D's, R's and O's.

Then I painted it with a black brown color. As  you can see by the photo. I wasn't very careful. I just wanted to make sure I painted it to where the vinyl stuck on there as I painted it.

And there you have it. The longest process was punching out the letters, and waiting for the paint to dry. To cut the letters, punch out the letters, laying them on the canvas and painting it only took about an hour.
It may have been a little less, I had a few interruptions.

My mom loved it and had forgotten all about asking for it. I can't wait to make some more signs now with the stretched burlap canvas!

I let it dry for about 10 hours just to be on the safe side, but it seemed to be dry after 6.

Thanks for tuning in! Until next time...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

The 12th day of Christmas: Kids Craft Ornament, Sponsored by Mom

Yay, were finally here!!! Day 12 of the 12 Days of Christmas, whew, a long haul. I made it though and just barely.

Today, I want to give a special thanks to Mom for  providing us with some really fun craft supplies.

There are feathers, pipe cleaners and tissue paper squares. I have a few more projects in store with all these supplies and I plan to post them all!

This time of year is a great time to get kids involved in crafts. While we as moms don't always have the time, it makes the kids feel a sense of accomplishment. My daughter is constantly asking me if she can help with my craft. Sometimes she can, but a lot of times not. She jumps at every opportunity to make something with her hands. As we all know, its a great feeling to say "I made that!"

When I saw all those feathers, I thought how fun would it be to make a feather ornament. So I grabbed some of the ornaments we weren't using and we began our transformation.

Then we began putting glue on the ornaments.

We used good ole Tacky glue to glue them on.

We selected all the baby blue and white feathers, so it would match the tree.
Cut the stem from bottom of the feather off.

And then begin gluing on the feathers one, by one.

The feathers go in all directions, but that is okay, we love them.
The kids love them, and I am sure Santa will love them too!

Thank you Mom for providing us with the craft supplies. We plan on making more, so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope EVERYONE has a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

12 days of Christmas, Day 11: Amazing Party Appetizers

Welcome to day 11 of the 12 days of Christmas series.  When I have family Christmas gatherings, I prefer to make appetizers. These are my 10 favorite foods to serve at any party.

1) As seen before I like to make these Mini Pizzas, they are fun for the kids to make as well.

Again, another favorite that I've blogged about. This Cream Cheese Ball is made up of green onions, ham, cream cheese and a dash of garlic salt.

3) Little Smokies
Well who doesn't love these. A package of little smokies, and a bottle of bbq sauce. So easy and so yummy!

4) Italian Meatballs
It could also be sweedish meatballs, but I like to add mine to tomato sauce and cook in the crock pot.
I usually just buy the frozen kind. We even like to get the small sub rolls along with some mozzarella slices and make mini sandwiches.

5) Summer Sausage. 
I don't know anyone that won't grab a handful of crackers, cheese and summer sausage at my parties. So easy and the a big tube is only $5, add some slice cheeses, and crackers.

6) Queso
 There a lot of different versions but I usually just make 4 oz of Velveeta and one can of Rotel. I never drain the juice. It makes it thinner and won't thicken when its cooled down as much as if you do drain the juice. I love to add this to tortilla chips but also to the tequitos to dip in.

7) Tequitos
You can buy these already made in the frozen section. I cook mine then split them in half. Looks like you have more and it goes further.

8) Tortilla Roll-Ups
I can't tell you how much I love these. I love it too when I have left overs. I can eat these for days.
I get the burrito size tortillas and a block of cream cheese, and you add either salsa, or green chili's.
Spread it on the tortillas and roll them up refrigerate them  for about 5 hours and then cut them into slices.

I love making these. You can see how to make them here.

You can view how to make these yummy sliders here.

I added a few more...
A veggie tray, and pigs in a blanket, lol.

Thanks so much for tuning in! I hope to see everyone for the last day of Christmas (DAY 12).
Until then...

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday Follow Along Party

It's PARTY Time!

So grab a hand and follow the leader!

If you have a blog or website with any article pertaining to family, fitness, being cheap (I mean frugal), crafting, recipes, or is just plain fun.... 

  •  There are no real rules-except nothing x rated! 
  • Link up at least 1 post (max of 2) AND 1 social media site so we can all follow along!

  • Visit as many links as you can and leave comments! 

  • Its just like the game Follow the leaders (host &cohosts) and  follow at least the person ahead of you and behind you. Follow others via twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin', etc 
  • Link back if you can and when!   Not required but appreciated!
  • If you have a blog hop today or this weekend...go ahead and link it up!  


And our oh so savvy Co-host  Brittany from MOMMY ON DEMAND!

This girl has some AMAZING recipes and has been featured here and on other bloghops more times than she can count!

Follow Her at your favorite site:


Since it is our year end hop, I thought I would share a post from our lovely co-hosts who work so hard to make this party happen every week!

NOW....LETS GET YOUR PARTY STARTED!!! Link up and PARTY ON! Now....Its time to MINGLE!!!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

12 Days of Christmas, Day 10: Small Christmas Gift Ideas

Welcome to Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas Series. I am here today to share some small gift ideas.

What do you get that teacher, neighbor, co-worker, or acquaintance that you want to give a gift to,but don't want to spend  a lot money on? 

We've all been there! And some how we always come back to homemade gifts. These gifts are sure to help you stay on budget, but put a smile on their face.

It's always the thought that counts they say, but you can really put a smile on their face, with some of these unique homemade gifts.

1) A drinking glass that we got from the good ole' dollar store. Yep, and its only $1. 

To personalize it we, cut the teacher's name out with my cricut machine. But you could also just buy the stickers too.

2) Homemade Hot Salsa

I have already blogged about this already for 10 Teacher Appreciation Gifts, but this is a great gift to give even to a relative. Friends, co-workers, neighbors you name it, anyone would love to get this. Pinterest has a lot of yummy recipes. I'd share mine, but then I'd have to kill ya, lol.
 Put the salsa in a jar, and slab on a homemade label. 

3) Coasters

There are so many you kinds you can make. You can paint them, or put photos on them, quotes, etc. Go here, to see how I made these coasters.

You can fill Mason Jars with just about anything from candy to nuts, to cookies, hot chocolate. Decorate them cute and holiday pretty, and its a super quick an inexpensive gift!

Remember these, I posted in November? If you know how to crochet, these are super easy to make, and you can personalize it by the color and style of the yarn!

I recently did a guest blogging post on these! I love them, and I know those coffee lovers will love them too. You can personalize them with a heart, owl, letter, so many ideas!

You might want to buy some wine to put in it too. Don't drink it first either, lol. 
This is super easy to make on knifty knitter.

Well I think you can get a lot of more ideas here.

Ideas from baked goods, to little plants,and other homemade ideas.

Make it from the heart, and put some old fashioned LOVE into your homemade gifts and they are sure to love them!

Thanks for tuning! Hope to see everyone for the last 2 days of Christmas. 
Only 5 more days till Christmas, so yes of course, I'll finish up those last 2 days very soon, lol.
Until next time...

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