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That Outfit that can’t seem to make it to the Hamper? Here’s the Solution.

“But I’m wearing it tomorrow!” Right, I’m sure you are. I’d like to say it’s my kids saying this, not my husband. ūüôā Regardless, that outfit that is messing up your house and can’t seem to make it to the closet or hamper? It¬†now has a home, or as my 3-year-old says “it lives on the sign.”

Sign for tomorrow's clothes, with hanging hooks.

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Do you or your kids/husband leave out clothes too?

Since I love a clean house, and LOOOVE making things, I’d love to make one of these for you. Head over to my etsy shop, and choose a color for your custom sign. Your purchase helps a NICU baby get human milk!

If you are the crafty type, head to the hardware store for a little lumber, wood glue & nails. Then to Ikea for a few hooks. Grab some paint and sealer, and voila! I cut the letters out of white vinyl on my silhouette cameo, but they could be painted as well.

DIY Clothing Sign

Outdoor Scrabble Set – DIY for $20

DIY Outdoor Scrabble Set

DIY Outdoor Scrabble Set

My mama loves scrabble, and the outdoors, so when I ran into this pin, I had to make one!! I found a sign company that would make the¬†tiles for $85. ORRR since I’m crafty, and like to do-it-myself, I bought some supplies:

I printed off the tiles on my printer. I applied the clear contact paper on front, and the wood texture on the back. I had the wood stakes & string on hand¬†(but it’s $2 at Lowe’s if you don’t have it!) Make sure you have a big helper to cut your strings. Such a fun summer activity!

DIY Scrabble Set

DIY Scrabble Set

DIY Scrabble Set

DIY Scrabble Set

 

I Forgot My Pump! So I Used My Hands to Express Breast Milk Instead.

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The nurse asked if she could grab my boob to get some breast milk out. Of course she could, I had a 3-hour old baby, and I would do anything for her. Plus, my body was making food for her, how freaking amazing would it be to actually see the food!? It was my second baby, and I thought I knew everything to know about breast feeding. But the nurse grabbed a plastic spoon from lunch, squeezed some thick yellow colostrum out, then spoon-fed my 3-hour old! It was magical!

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Greeting Card Giveaway (25 pack) – No April Fools! (Winner Announced)

EVERY april fools day, my mom gets me. It’s always¬†funny (except when it involves food!!). Like this morning, when she texted to say her car wouldn’t start and she needed a ride. Insert hashtag of choice. #sucker #gullible #everystinkingyear.

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A World Map Canvas Painting in 1 hour

There I was. Staring at 2 babies, thinking I should entertain them. Staring at the rain outside the window. Staring at the blank walls of my house, which have been that way for 3 years.

That was all it took. I had¬† an old art canvas I’d purchased at an art show. I had lots of paint and brushes on hand.¬†I had a baby that loves, loves, loves¬†to paint. I had an hour before bedtime. Time to repurpose that canvas! The excitement set in, and we got started.

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Thank goodness she loves bathing as much as painting.

DIY canvas world map

Amazingly, we had all of the supplies on hand. Here is what we used:

  • Acrylic Paint – like these, or the little 99¬†cent bottles from the craft store. We used¬†3 blues, 3¬†burnt-ish colors, white, gold and silver.
  • Paint-brushes, or tore-up old sponges.
  • Blank Canvas (hit up the¬†thrift store!)
  • Glitter! Usually available at the dollar store.
  • Polyurethane Spray (optional – holds the glitter on so it doesn’t end up everywhere.)
  • World Map Pattern, which happens to be available in my etsy shop.

Here is how we did it:

Close-ups of glitter and patterns and brush-strokes:

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It was serendipitous that the existing veins ended up looking like mountain ranges. Let’s pretend they line up with real ranges. Such a fun crafty project!

A Cake Topper Made From a Cereal Box for my Granny’s 79th Birthday Party

Granny says her bones are made of concrete, because she fell down 7 cement stairs, and escaped with a hematoma and some bruises. She’s the toughest lady I know!!¬†She always has a smile and warm hug for me and my babies. And since it’s not every day your granny turns 79, we had a big party for her. I decided to make a cheesecake with candied macademias and home-made caramel. YUM!

It needed a beautiful topper, but I didn’t want to spend $40 on etsy for a custom one. Since I have a silhouette cameo personal cutter, I decided to make one out of a cereal box. First, I made a sketch:happy79sketch.jpg

Then I pulled it into Illustrator to trace it. Next I imported the svg file into the silhouette studio software, and sent it to the cutter, with the blade set at 8, and speed at 1.

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Next, I squished some straws onto the bottom pieces for stability, and spray painted the pieces. Added some glitter, and a polyurethane coating, and boo-yah. Custom, beautiful, fancy cake-topper from a cereal box.

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Then, cheesecake! Because … cheesecake!

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Oh my gosh, look how cute she is! I want to be just like her when I’m 79!!

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The Funny Conversation about Breast Milk that I have with my husband from time to time.

I have a conversation with my husband here and there. It goes like this:

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Me: Next time there are a few drops of breast milk that are going to go bad, save them. I have some new paint ideas.

Hubs: Yes mamm

This is a weird conversation to have, right?

WHY!!? One night, I learned you can paint with milk. Then between my husband’s innovative¬†mind, and my own crazy (or maybe just sleep-deprived) mind, we decided to try it with breast milk, and it turns out it works just the same! Ask your grandma and aunts if they ever painted with milk, it seems to have been a popular day-care activity back in the day.

How do I paint with milk? I grab milk, (the drops left in the bottle after I pump are enough), grab a brush, grab some paper and go. It’s white on white, ¬†but when thrown in the oven for 4 minutes at 400, it turns this beautiful golden color. Then I load it into photoshop, change up the colors, move everything around, and send to a printer.

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What do I paint with the few drops of milk that will no longer nourish my baby? Greeting cards. But it gets better: every sale helps a NICU baby get human milk. Check out my etsy shop, with cards, felt walls and more fun crafts.

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This is¬†my¬†latest card creation. A spring-time ‘Hey There’ card, perfect to say¬†hello, I miss you, what’s up, thinking of you. Also great for that birthday party you forgot to get a card for because you were busy being a mom. I feel ya.

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Top 10 ‘Gracias’ Cards on Etsy.

I don’t know why, but it’s WAYY more fun to say ‘gracias’ for all the things than ‘thanks’ for all the things. See:

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So in favor¬†of screaming ‘Gracias’ and having more parties with pinatas, here are my favorite ‘Gracias’ thank you cards on etsy:

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Velociraptor Fossil Cookies PLUS 4 Generations of (super cute) Skiers

My baby turned 3, and to celebrate, went skiing with her 84 year old great-grandpa!! How cool is that!!?? As she chased him down the mountain, she had the biggest smile and heartiest giggles. Actually, we were all trying to chase him down the mountain. He skis like he’s still 20. It was a magical night.

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She ¬†got a gajillion gifts at her birthday party, we’re spoiled! Many had a¬†dinosaur theme, including a velociraptor cookie cutter from Whitney. Naturally, we had to make cookies, and after a quick pinterest search, decided on fossil cookies. Check it out!

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We grabbed a sugar cookie recipe from pinterest. For the frosting, we¬†threw some powdered sugar and milk in a bowl until it was pretty thick. Put that in a ziplock, cut off a tiny corner and pretended we had a fancy frosting bag. Thank you ziplock for making my life easy. The dirt is some smooshed up graham crackers, butter, brown sugar and chocolate chips. Dig in! (Ha, couldn’t resist – #sorrynotsorry for the pun Mitz.)

5 Reasons You Should Send a Card for Leap Year

It’s leap year guys!! It only happens once every 4 years! Are you celebrating? Are you having a party? Are you sending out greeting cards? I know what you’re thinking. Who sends greeting cards? And for leap year, at that. Here are 5 reasons you should!

5 reasons to send a leap year card

  1. It will help you sleep. No, really, stay with me. If inside your card, you include some gratitude (ex. Mom! Thanks for raising me to be crafty, I’m so happy I have an extra day to craft this year!), you’ll receive many benefits, like better sleep, less pain, improved mood and more.
  2. Karma. You get what you give. Nothing happens by chance. What goes around, comes around. You know the gig.
  3. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Want a more loving, more thoughtful, more caring world? Send a loving, thoughtful and caring card to someone you like.
  4. business-cardIf you’re a business, it will help build customer loyalty. A Leap Day card¬†will stand out among the barrage of traditional holiday cards (and the bills!)
  5. Maintain relationships. Do you have friends you think about, but rarely make the time to call/text/email? Take an extra 5 minutes to send them an obscure Leap Year card. It could start a fun conversation.
  6. BONUS! You get to practice your hand-writing!

So what kind of card do you get for leap year? Here’s a BreastCardEver that works for birthdays, Christmas, graduation, Valentine’s day, Leap Day, and more. In fact, it works for EVERY holiday. But it may not be appropriate for MIL. Recipient should probably, maybe have some sort of sense of humor.

Happy Leap Year!

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Ocean Room Decoration with over 40 Movable Pieces

It’s penguin awareness week! Well, at least at the Living Planet Aquarium! To celebrate, we made an ocean with … you guessed it – FELT! These felt walls are such fun toys for my kids. It’s great entertainment for both of us, and easy for me because there’s minimal mess!! Much better than the day I attempted a mess-free activity. ūüôā

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We ended up with over 40 pieces! Ocean life, sea shells, eyes and bubbles. Lots of bubbles. Not sure what it is about toddlers and bubbles. Blowing bubbles might account for over 50% of the job description of mom. Turns out felt bubbles are almost as cool.

My oldest is starting to tell stories with all the sea life. Some days the jellyfish likes the shark, others not so much. It’s magical.

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So, how does this magic all come together? The felt scenes stick to the wall with a few command strips (included). The easy-to-move felt pieces stick right to the felt wall. The pieces are so easy for toddlers to play with, and it’s amazing to see them use their crazy wild imaginations. I love watching my babies re-arrange their underwater world over and over.

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SPECIAL!! If you use code ‘penguin’ you’ll get 5% off AND a free felt penguin to swim through your ocean!

Promo code valid through Feb 29, 2016.

The 3 cutest monsters you’ll see today. Fun kid craft.

 

Some days I make time to do fun things with my babies. Today was one of those days.

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We made monsters!! And they’re super versatile. Did you know that felt sticks to felt! And it’s the perfect hold for toddlers to move all the legs and arms and eyes around to build wonderful¬†creations! I LOVE watching my babies and their imaginations. We’ve come up with some pretty fun guys.
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Holy Moly! Look what we did!

You bought 350 crafts from EmIsCrafty in November 2015, and together we sent $700 to help new mamas and babies get human milk!¬†The money went¬†to the¬†Rocky Mountain Children‚Äôs Health Foundation (RMCHF), Mothers‚Äô Milk Bank (MMB). It’s all part of the cause, and I can’t wait to see what we do in December!! Thank you to everyone who bought a craft! Thank you¬†to everyone who helped¬†make crafts (family, neighbors, friends, and fellow etsy sellers)! Thank you to the supportive hubs who helped package crafts until it was almost time to go to work the next day. I love you all!!

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November best seller:

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Other crafts from Em:

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12 Facts About Micro-Preemies, Preemies and Full-Term Babies

Did you know that a micro preemie sometimes eats only 1 oz of milk a day!!? That means in 8 days, they’ll have consumed 1 cup of milk! I am lucky enough to have 2 full-term babies that eat much more¬†than that. Unfortunately, not¬†everyone is so¬†lucky, and¬†I wanted to find a way to help. Keep reading to learn more¬†about micro preemies, and learn about my cause!

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What is a micro preemie?

A baby born before 26 weeks or weighing less than one pound, 12 ounces is considered a micro preemie. Sometimes, this definition includes babies weighing less than Continue reading “12 Facts About Micro-Preemies, Preemies and Full-Term Babies”

Lots of Indians died. Lots of Turkeys died. But don’t worry. I won’t kill you. Happy Thanksgiving.

That’s what my sister told me to put on my thanksgiving cards hahah! She is hilarious. Perhaps it¬†isn’t appropriate for a greeting card? So this instead. ūüôā

An addition to¬†the BreastCardEver series, this turkey helps you say ‘Happy Thanksgiving!” Then it helps a NICU baby get human milk!

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Infographic to help decide if you should paint with breast milk.

Have you ever asked yourself if you should use oil paint, a sharpie, or breast milk to make art? Wait, you haven’t? Oh. Well, I realize this is a little weird! It‚Äôs kind of an extreme form of art. But it‚Äôs okay! Because it‚Äôs all going to a greater cause: getting human milk to NICU babies in need! Buy a card, feed a baby.

Should you paint with breast milk? Infographic

Still want to know more about the BreastCardEver? Read the FAQs! Then buy a card today from my Etsy shop!

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The Ana Bear!

EEE! The Ana bear is¬†the cutest! We’re all going to be Brave characters this year for Halloween! Jess and I will be Merida (you can never have too many princesses!) And Papi and Ana are going to be bears. I hired my crafty friend Whitney to do the crocheting for the Ana Bear, so this post should be called WhitneyIsCrafty. Seriously, she’s got crochet skills.

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The Jess bear had to test out Papi’s outfit for him.

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Can’t wait to update this with a pic of all of us in our costumes, we’re going to be adorable!

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New baby? New promotion? Friend who has decided to date a coworker? Tell them ‘good luck’ with the latest BreastCardEver.

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