Hi Everyone! I am so excited to blog swap with Sister's stuff today. They have so many cute ideas that I can't wait to try.
I am Crystal from Crystal's Craft Spot. Its my little spot to share my current craft projects, tutorials, recipes, and ideas I want to use in the future. I started my blog a few months ago because I didn't want to overload our family blog with my new creations. I try to post something new almost everyday and I enjoy a variety of crafts. It is my way to relax and take a break from a busy day. Here's a little more about me:
I've been married for over 5 years to the greatest guy ever.
I am a stay at home mom of two adorable little girls (4 and 1). They keep me very busy. When they are awake we spend our time playing, learning, making messes, and occasionally cleaning.
I teach my daughter preschool at home and we post our fun activities and crafts on our family blog along with our daily happenings. (The Harris family-this is the name that shows up when I leave comments). Feel free to check it out-the labels on the side will help you quickly find our activities.
I love to read-mostly fiction and yes I love Twilight
I don't watch much TV except for LOST-I am addicted. I do love movies!
I also love sweet-tarts, Reese's and Sprite (all necessities while I craft) okay and any other sweet treats we have in the house.
I love Blogs! I love looking at others for crafty inspiration, I love staying in touch with old friends and making new friends
Here are some of my favorite projects you will find on my blog:
So, I know many of you are looking for Christmas gifts and are trying to get all of your holiday shopping done! Well, I know of some amazing places where you can beat the lines and get some awesome gifts, that will be perfect for whoever is on your list this year!
Fun and stylish jewelry which any girl would love! I have one of their bracelets and love it! It has big funky beads and it's so cute! I always get tons of comments when I wear it! These would make great socking stuffers!
Scribble It has very cute and unique vinyl and also fun projects that you can put together yourself! Their metal nativity is also a favorite, especially for the Christmas season.
Flapper Fashions Flapper fashions has tons of beanies, headbands and jewelery that anyone would love! The beanies are perfect for the winter months! I love everything on the Flapper Fashion esty site so go and check it out for yourself!
This is one of myFavorite Christmas Traditions that we do in our family.
Starting December 1st, we do something fun each day up until Christmas. The kids get to find the note for the day in our little Countdown to Christmas house. It tells us what to do that day. We tell the kids that the elves deliver notes and surprises while they are checking on their behavior and reporting back to Santa.
On December 1st, the fun begins with this basket full of gifts that go with different activities during the month. Each gift is marked with the corresponding day. The kids get to open that gift after reading the note for the day. (not every day has a gift) It is a lot of work getting it all planned out and ready, but so much fun!
One of my friends wanted my Christmas countdown ideas. So, here they are:
*Note: This is not the order that I do them in. I adjust them to fit our schedule each year. For example, we usually do the movie nights on the weekends and allow the kids to stay up later than usual.
Christmas Countdown Ideas
1. Make Ornaments for the kids tree.
2. Make a Christmas Craft
3. Family Game Night
4. Write a Letter to Santa
5. Play Christmas Bingo
6. Look at Christmas Lights
7. Bake Cookies
8. Make a Gingerbread House
9. Have a Pizza Party
10. Get Hot Cocoa and Donuts
11. Watch Mickey's Christmas Carol
12. Watch Frosty the Snowman and make popcorn
13. Take around neighbor gifts
14. Send out Christmas Cards
15. Help wrap Christmas Gifts
16. Take Christmas gifts to teachers
17. Breakfast for Dinner
18. Give Gifts to Someone in Need
19. Decorate yard with Dad
20. Read Favorite Christmas Stories
21. New Christmas pajamas
22. Get a Fun Treat
23. Have an indoor picnic
24. Act out the nativity Story and Open 1 Gift
Go Christmas Caroling
Decorate Christmas Tree
Ride the Polar Express
Go Ice Skating
Go to a Christmas Concert
Watch the Nutcracker
P.S. Let me know if you do something similar, or if you have any more ideas that I could add to my list.
We have just enjoyed a delicious batch of these Harvest Pumpkin Bars. I am not a huge pumpkin fan. In fact, there are just a few pumpkin recipes that I like. But these are so Yummy! I think it is the cream cheese frosting that makes them!
Harvest Pumpkin Bars
2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 2 cups pumpkin (16 oz) 3/4 cup oil 4 eggs
Mix dry ingredients together; add pumpkin, oil and eggs. Mix until smooth. Pour into greased 15x10x1 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Michelle from A Little Tipsy was my swap partner. She sent me lots of fun stuff. As part of the swap, she sent me all the stuff to make these cute turkey cookies. For complete step-by-step instructions click HERE.
Also, check out her great idea for organizing all that ground beef that needs to be stored in your freezer HERE.
We are so excited to introduce you to Flapper Fashions! McKell is the creative mind behind these darling accessories. Her site has headbands, beanies, clips and jewelery. They are so cute and trendy. Perfect for the cooler months. She is giving away this black headband to one of you! This give-a-way opens today and will run until Friday at midnight. The winner will be announce Saturday. So, be sure to check back. If we do not hear from the winner with in 48 hours after the winner is announced, another winner will be randomly selected.
To enter to Win you must: 1. Be or become a follower of Sisters' Stuff 2. Go to Flapper Fashions etsy page and tell us about your favorite product besides the back headband she is giving away 3. Leave your e-mail address so we can contact you if you win
Leave all of this in 1 comment please. Only 1 chance to win! Good Luck!
We are sad to see that we got sent home from SYTYC. It was fun while it lasted. Here is the tutorial for the Grateful mini-album.
I took 4 regular brown paper bags and cut off the top so that they measured 6 1/2 inches.
Then I rounded the corners and punched holes the the paper bags for the metal rings I put in later. *I was only going to to 2 rings, but later changed my mind and added the 3rd hole.Then I glued the bottom of two paper bags together, and glued another set together and had one more bag that I decided not to use.
I then cover the bags with patterned paper and card stock. I wanted one of the ends to be a small page and the other to be a pocket. The pocket page I glued on three sides (top,bottom and inside) to form a little pocket.
Here is another look at the same step.Here are the first pages finished.
Here is another look at the first pages finished.
The middle pages finished.
The last pages finished.
The back cover
Here are the tags that go inside the four pockets of the bags.