Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Three Cheers for March Break (with Fancy Friendship Bracelets)

Once the magic of Valentine's Day is gone, winter kind of gives me the blues. I’m not a skier or snowboarder, and I don’t like making snow angels or having snowball fights. Skating is fun, but only once or twice a season... Basically, to me, winter is a months-long excuse to hide under the covers and read. But then March rolls around and this wonderful thing called March Break comes along to give us a taste of the free spirit of spring.

My March Breaks were usually spent in daycare, along with the other poor saps whose parents weren’t crazy enough to brave the hordes of families descending upon Disney World. The six or eight of us extra kids would be stuck playing baby games with the preschoolers while our friends basked in the sun and ate turkey legs the size of their heads.

But it wasn’t all bad... Sometimes, after some theatrical sighing, my mom would pack a big-kid activity to keep me entertained. Finding that treat in my bag was like a one-day ticket to my very own Magic Kingdom. I would pick a special friend, set up camp in a corner (away from the babies), and go to town!

This year, when I found a copy of Fancy Friendship Bracelets in my bag, I tore into it with the enthusiasm of my younger, daycare-stranded self. These colourful bracelets are miles ahead of those embroidery floss, summer camp faves and totally updated with bright, spring-coloured cord, tons of tiny seed beads, and six cute charms to finish them off! 

If you’re looking for a fun, big-kid-approved way to spend your week of freedom, try out this cold weather craft with a ton of spring fling!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Valentine's Bouquets (with Paper Flowers and Fabulous Flowers)

Last year, I made some Klutz: Fabulous Flowers to bring spring to my winter garden. Those pretty paper petals have been on my mind ever since! So, this Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing my floral obsession with all of my sweetie pies! And I’m adding in Chicken Socks: Make Your Own Paper Flowers to the mix, so all ages can play.

Each of these colourful kits comes with tons of fun floral pieces to mix, match and mount; with pre-cut pieces and pipe cleaner for the littles (ages 4 and up), and punch-out shapes and wire stems for the more advanced bouquet maker (ages 8 and up). First, I made our house a little more festive with a pretty bouquet on a cute cake stand. Next up, this one-of-a-kind watering can card, with a little gift tag and sweet Valentine note that my momma will love. And finally, I popped some fabulous flowers in an old milk jar and brought them to my BFF. With these pretty little blooms shining bright on her windowsill, she won’t even notice the snow storming outside!

I hope your Valentine’s Day is fabulously floral and fun! For more Klutz Valentine’s Day fun, check out what I got up to last year.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Sticker Shock (with Sticker Design Studio)

My love of stickers began one hot summer day when I was nine and my mom took me to the Sandylion Warehouse Outlet. I stood amid rolls and rolls of stickers, and wondered how I would ever choose just one to come home with me. The shiny stars? No... the fuzzy puppies! But what about those glittery hearts? I needed the glittery hearts!

Unable to cope with the pressure of this monumental decision, I threw a total fit and sobbed for my mom to buy them all. This (obviously) didn’t have the intended effect and instead my mom swept me out of there, empty-handed and brokenhearted. I don’t think I’ve ever really recovered…

Until this!
Sticker Design Studio is pretty much the coolest thing to happen to stickers since the sticker book! With page after page of cute, funky, and even sparkly stickers to colour, I felt the hurt of my childhood sticker trauma start to disappear. I might have even stayed up into the wee hours of the morning because I just. couldn’t. stop. colouring!

The next day, I confessed the embarrassing source of my sleepiness to my friends and one chimed in with a story of her own. She had purchased Sticker Design Studio to share with one of her babysitting charges. But when she set the little girl up to start colouring, the glittery stickers caught her eye and it wasn't long before she plopped the girl in front of a movie and stole the sticker book for herself.

Stealing stickers from a baby… Oh yeah, it’s that good!