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Sunday, September 25, 2011

EXTRAORDINARY Guest: Paper Plate Skeleton

Hello there, 36th Avenue readers!
My name is Chris.


I write about family, life, and creating over at Pickup Some Creativity.
 I was so surprised and happy to have Desiree invite me over today.
  I'm sharing my tutorial for making a Paper Plate Skeleton,
including a free printable template.


I love this guy.  I'm not big into Halloween, but this skeleton is based on a decoration my mama made when I was a little girlI recall hanging the skeleton up and getting excited about trick or treating as a child. When my oldest boy was 2, I called my mom to ask her how she made her skeleton.  She sent me a copy of the magazine photo that inspired her, and the paper plates to make him. 
This was all back in our very poor college days! 
Since then, we've had this skeleton.  My kids love him, and were so excited to see him when I pulled out our fall decorations.  I thought he might be a simple and easy decoration you could whip together, with stuff you probably have on hand.  So, I'm sharing my version of this fun activity. 
My little boy and I made a smaller version together so we could show you how to do it.  Making this paper skeleton is a fun and easy activity you can do with your kids, and have memories for years to come.


You will need:
  • 18 white paper plates, the cheap kind with fluted edges.
  • Templates, which you can find HERE
  • Pencil, Permanent Marker, and Scissors
  • Paper hole punch
  • Jute for tying everything together.
Step One. 
Trace all your pieces onto the paper plates.  Using your templates, trace 10 bones, and then one of each head, shoulders, ribs, and hips.  For the hands and feet, use your own.  It makes the project a little more personal. 


Step two.
 Cut all your pieces out. 


You should have one head, one shoulder/neck piece, one rib piece, one hip, two hands, two feet, and 10 long bones for arms and legs. 

Don't forget your skeleton's face.  This gives him a little personality.  

Step three. 
Punch holes for joining. 


Step four. 
 Cut out approximately 4" pieces of jute, and tie your joints together.  I used a square knot. 


Using this photo as a guide, tie all the pieces together.  You might want to sing along as you go.  "The head bone's connected to the neck bone..."






Keep tying, until he's all put together. 


Now he's ready to hang on a wall and bring a smile to your child's face.


There you go, a simple, fun activity to share with your kids.  

I would love to see what your skeleton turns out like.  
You're welcome over at my place anytime.  :)
 I have a whole page of tutorials,

a monthly Sewing 101 series,

and even a little pattern shop on etsy.

Thanks, Desiree, for inviting me.  
I'm still just tickled to have been included.

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I first saw this sweet simple project on Pinterest and I loved it!

I am always looking for inexpensive activities that I can do with my four little ones and this was just PERFECT...
It was a treat to visit Chris' blog and see so many great tutorials.

Take a minute to stop by and say hi to my girl!
Thank you Chris...
We'll be making our skeletons sometime this week ;)

 
Desirée




 

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sticker Time: For the Home

I am alive!
Yesterday we were celebrating my Girl's birthday...
Happy Sweet 11th!
I'm getting old!

...But today I am back!
What a Party!
We had over 225 entries,  thank YOU so much for taking the time to SHARE YOUR AWESOMENESS!

By the way there was so much AWESOMENESS that I found myself making not just one but TWO NEW STICKERS...

Ready to see them?
Here we GO!


These fabulous mirrors...



were made from these PVC pipes...



Hello!
No wonder why I am giving Thrifty and Chic the...


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I am giving the...

for her work of art... This dresser is so much FUN!


and the technique of the antiquing is just excellent...
Take a closer look. Pure Awesomeness!




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The NEW...

goes to Season with the Sewells.
I really LOVE the simple but elegant look of this wreath...The idea of hanging it on the window I think is great...perfect for my kitchen!
It was made with beans!



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My next sticker the...

goes to Sand and Sisal for creating this unique valance from some
Dish Towels from Target...

easy dish towel valance

This project was so easy to make and the finish look is awesome... go see how it looks in the room!

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The...

goes to Too Much Time on my Hands...

Again?

Yes, AGAIN! This wow-man is just a creation machine...
She made this amazing bookcase from a bunch of wood pallets...
Kim... you are amazing!



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I save my other new sticker for my favorite entry of the party.
I am giving the...



to beautiful Alicia from La Famille... for her gorgeous
Vintage Kitchen Wedding Shower.



This post touched me.. the pictures, the sense of happiness, the air filled with laughter and friendship took me to places in my heart where friends live forever and memories never get old...

{this post is a MUST see the details in this party are truly EXTRAORDINARY}

Elise, I wish you love the happiest fairytale!



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And this is it!

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BUTTON-UP!

&
 HERE to ENTER the last MINUTE  
"Don't Panic!" Vinyl Stencil  Facebook GIVEAWAY.

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I'll be talking in church today so if I never come back it is because
I died from a heart attack in the middle of my talk... ;)

Besos and have a HAPPY Sunday!

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Yarn Lamp Makeover

 I am excited to share with you all this little project that I shared previously in Toni's fabulous blog,  Design Dazzle

For the last few weeks I've been working hard on trying to make our house a home,
{we just moved back a month ago} so I am sharing with you
one of my projects in this  journey:

Mimi's Lamp Makeover!



This is what I did...
I started with this:
The lamp base, the lamp shade, some yarn, an embellishment strip and spray paint...
and as you can see I love the colors.



However the lamp shade to me was a bit... boring.
You see... this lamps is going to Mimi's Room.
Yes...I have a sweet little girl that loves pink... and tutus... and pink...
and drama... and pink... and cutesy... and PINK!

Let me just show you who I am talking about...


So something had to be done...

{First}

I spray painted the lamp shade. I didn't want to paint it completely,
just enough to change the color from a bright pink to a softer tone.



{ Second }

After the paint dried I started to SPRAY glue the yarn horizontally all around the lamp shade. I sprayed as I went, little by little, section by section.

This step took me somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes...
If you do this project DON'T PANIC if you see glue all over the shade...
by the time you are done it will be all covered...

Cute, huh?



{Third}

I added the  pom-pom strip... You can find it at any fabric store.
I got mine at Wal-Mart with the yarn.
{ I love that the yarn has the three colors}


OK, back to the Tutorial...
So, all I did was to spray the glue carefully around the bottom edge of the shade to glue it...



{ Fourth }

It was time to sit back and enjoy the view...
So here it is... from ordinary to EXTRAORDINARY!
{ at least that is what my little Mimi thinks }





Here is some other projects that are part of
Mimi's Room Makeover...






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Oh! Make sure you visit Design Dazzle today...
Toni's  link party is OPEN on  Fridays!
Design Dazzle


I'll be back tomorrow with
STICKER time PART 2...

Have an EXTRAORDINARY weekend!

Desirée
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

STICKER TIME {17}



I am sooo excited to give STICKERS tonight...

I just wish I had some pumpkin pie to go with it ;)

Dear Fall here I come!


I am giving the...

to Sugar Swings for these cupcakes.
They  are toooooo cute!
Look at their little sweet  faces... I just want to...
EAT THEM!

ghist cupcakes

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The...

goes to Babblings and More  for this BURLAPLICIOUS wreath!
The colors and textures are so perfect for the Season...
 It makes me feel warm and wanting to drink my first HOT Chocolate!
LUV!
Go visit and CHECK OUT the TUTORIAL



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A drum roll please...
tatatatatatatataaaa

louder please
TATTATATATATATAAAA

Now sit down because here come EXTRAORDINARY for you...



Jessica your blog Two Shades of Pink makes me happy and this is why...
YOU DO A FANTASTIC JOB!

So I am giving you the newest and very special STICKER...


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I am giving the...


 to Andi from Jane of All Crafts   because I am  loving the happy colors of her Fall Wreath.
I am seeing a lot of white for Fall this year and I like it!
Look how sweet this wreath is....


a closer look...



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The...


goes to  Brown Paper Packages for these 
HANDMADE   Pumpkins...
if you don't believe me go and check out the TUTORIAL...
If you look at them you may know why I call my party SHARE YOUR AWESOMENESS!
...Perhaps I should have called it WOWsomeness!



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If you have not made a wreath yet I think this next one from
will make you want to do your own...



I love the colors... the simple elegance. I am so glad that you came visit... love your style!


This is why I am giving to Crystal the...


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The...

...goes to  Scissors and Spatulas.
It is official I want to move next door to beautiful Jen
and hang out with her at her house let's say a LOT...
{more like all the time}

Until then... behold INSPIRATION!


and how  A D O R A B L E is the decor in this shelf...
I love all the pups of orange! So fun!


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And I am finishing with one of my favorite places
 the Lady Behind the Curtain
and one of my favorite treats...

Candy Corn Caramel Apples

Yummmmy!

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If you were featured please feel free to
BUTTON-UP!

Now keep entering your projects...
the party will be OPEN until Saturday.
Click and PARTY!

See you tomorrow with more STICKERS...
and keep creating ;)

Besos!



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