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Best Projects of 2012

DIY Grey Bathroom Makeover

With 2012 coming to an end I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the best projects of 2012 on A Pumpkin & A Princess this year. I can’t even express how grateful I am for all of you! My first year of blogging I only shared 1-2  projects a month (if that!) and didn’t know ANY bloggers. This year, however, has been a complete 180. I’m so glad to be part of the blogging world and to have met so many amazing friends because of it. I’m excited to see what 2013 has in store and to continue to meet new friends along the way. Oh and have I mentioned I’ll be at SNAP in April? Eeeek..my first blogging conference! I’m also attending CHA in a couple of weeks. I’m demonstrating at the Plaid booth so stop on by if you’ll be there, I’d love to meet you!

Now lets take a look back at some of the best posts from 2012…

DIY Grey Bathroom Makeover

I’m still in love with my grey stenciled bathroom. It was one of my biggest projects in my home and I’m looking forward to several big DIY projects in 2013. Think master bath, laundry room, and kitchen remodel. I can’t wait!

Placemat Pillow Tutorial

Ahhh the infamous placemat pillow tutorial. These are ridiculously easy to make!

Mini Snickers Cheesecakes Recipe

Mmmm Snickers and cheesecake together? Yes, please! Mini Snickers Cheesecakes Recipe

DIY Safari Birthday Party Decor

First birthday Safari Party – My favorite party so far!

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Chocolate peppermint cupcakes were a big hit around here during the holidays.

DIY Washi Tape Coasters Tutorial

Oh washi tape, how I love thee! Washi tape coasters tutorial.

Organizing tips for a home office in a small space

Who doesn’t love an organized home office or in my case kitchen corner?

Beautiful and easy spring decor

Budget-friendly Spring decorEasy Valentines Day Treats

The marshmallow heart brownie bites are definitely on our Valentine’s Day treats list in 2013. The kids loved them!

DIY Glitter Polka Dot Easter Eggs

A great Easter craft for kids – polka dot glitter Easter eggs.

Easy Salted Caramel Turtles Candy Recipe

The easiest salted caramel turtles candy ever!

Easy Ice Cream Cupcakes Recipe

I’m still shocked at how popular the ice cream cupcakes recipe was. I loved receiving emails from you guys sharing your own creations!

I’m looking forward to continuing our creative journey together in 2013. Thank you for being a reader, the sweet comments, and emails. I appreciate each and every one of YOU!


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Organizing Craft Supplies

Craft Room Organization Tips

Every year as soon as Christmas is over I get anxious to start simplifying our home. Organizing craft supplies in my craft hutch was at the top of my list. This month with gift wrapping, handmade gift making, and lack of time its become total chaos in my craft space. We dedicated a corner in our master bedroom for my craft supplies so that I didn’t have to use the kitchen counter anymore. I thought it would be easier to keep track of everything but that’s not always the case. I’d show you the entire craft space but I’m not done organizing and decorating it yet, so that will have to wait for another post. But I will show you my craft hutch beautifully organized just the way I imagined it would be when I bought it last summer.

Craft Room Organization Tips

Its simple with neutral colors, definitely my ideal craft space!

Here is the before…

Organizing craft supplies

As you can see nothing matched and it was so disorganized that I had a hard time keeping track of what supplies were in which bin. These are only my most used craft supplies, half of our master bedroom closet is used for craft supplies as well-yikes! That’s a whole new project to work on in 2013, but for now I needed something to help me organize my craft space. I found a 4 pack of baskets on clearance for $13 at Lowes this week and was thrilled that they were exactly what I’ve been looking for. Organizing Craft Supplies

The tags remind me of faux chalkboard tags. To make them I used my Brother P-touch labeler, die cutting machine, Core’dinations Black Magic cardstock and sand-it set. Once my labels were cut I used the paper sander to lightly sand the edges and front of the tags. The black magic cardstock has a color on the backside that appears when you sand or cut it (for these tags I used the black and white paper). Then I created labels for each basket. The deco modes on the P-Touch Labeler are SO cute and there are a large variety of icons for any theme you’re looking for.

DIY Chalkboard Labels

Brother P-Touch Labeler

I’ve been using my Brother P-Touch labeler to organize the baskets as well as various other projects around the house. This little tool is a lifesaver! I’m a visual person, I like to see where everything is neatly put away and have some sort of organization system going on with everything in the house. We are in the process of tackling the kids rooms this weekend. Target has some pretty cute plastic bins for kids. We bought heart patterned containers for my daughters toys and we started labeling them by toy group. Santa brought her toys with way too many small pieces this year, so we need to make sure we don’t lose them!

Craft Room Organization Tips

 

How will you stay organized in 2013?

 

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I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Brother P-Touch and received a product sample to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

New Year’s Vellum Confetti Envelopes

DIY Confetti

Hi friends, I hope you had a great Christmas! We had a wonderful Christmas celebrating with family. This month went by so quickly and I’m not sure I was ready for the holiday season to end. But now that Christmas has passed we are looking forward to 2013 and all that it has in store for our family. I’m working on a few New Years Eve Crafts for the kids, including the vellum confetti envelopes I’m sharing with you today.

DIY Confetti

These confetti envelopes are SO easy to make and cost me less than $5 for ten envelopes.

New Years Crafts for kids

To make them I enlisted the help of my oldest for the DIY confetti part. I remember when my little sister and I realized we could make our own colorful confetti with a hole punch. We stayed up really late that night hole punching sheet after sheet of construction paper. The next day we surprised my mom by  throwing it in the air as she walked out of her room. Luckily it was her birthday or she might have been less than thrilled about the mess. Sheesh I must have been around 8-9 years old then, but its memories like this that I love!

To make the confetti we used a regular and 3/4in hole punch and glitter cardstock paper. I stamped the envelopes with Ranger archival ink and my dollar Happy New Year stamp, then filled them with the confetti. I thought it would be fun to have a couple of different things for the kids so a few of them have basket filler inside. Just in case you’re wondering I found the vellum envelopes at hobby Lobby and the stamp is from the Michaels dollar bins. The envelopes actually seal so there wasn’t a need for glue or tape but washi tape would look really cute on the back!

New Years Crafts for kids

So are you excited about 2013?

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Stitched Gift Tags & Celebrate Crate Giveaway

Stitched Gift Tags

Happy Monday, friends! Can you believe Christmas is tomorrow? I’ll admit that I was one of those last minute shoppers at the mall this weekend. I don’t know what I was thinking waiting until the weekend before Christmas but hopefully I’ll be a little more organized next year. Speaking of gifts I still have a few left to wrap which happens to be my favorite part! Over the weekend I made a few stitched gift tags to compliment my kraft paper gift wrap. Stitched Gift Tags

Last month I saw someone on instagram post a picture of a box full of fun baking supplies. I read in the comments that it was Celebrations new monthly crate subscription. Well imagine my surprise when I received an email recently asking me if I was interested in reviewing Decembers’ crate. I love trying new crafting supplies and was really excited to see what was inside.

Celebrate Crate

The Celebrate Crate is a monthly subscription filled with inspirational ideas and supplies to help you celebrate a special event, holiday, and everyday. Every month you receive a box filled with crafting, baking, or party supplies along with a card to scan to receive creative project ideas to make with your supplies.

The crate subscription is $20 a month with shipping already included! I love the idea of getting a box full of surprise items every month! You can learn more and sign up for the Celebrate Crate here.

 

The December crate includes:

Sew Easy stitch piercer and foam mat

45 yards of twine from The Twinery

6  white notecards with envelopes

12 white gifts tags with twine ties

Plus $50 in gift certificates!

 

I’ve been wanting to try the Sew Easy tool for awhile now so I was excited to make stitched gift tags. The way it works is you run the piercer along your paper then sew with the twine. You can switch out the piercer with a variety of creative patterned piercers.

Sew Easy Piercer

My tags were  a little bare so I used a couple of Christmas stamps to give them some life.

Stitched Gift Tags

My favorite is the the tag above. I love the red glitter and twine!

Stitched and stamped Gift Tags

The ink I used for the snowflake stamp was a little dull but the rhinestones helped brighten them up a bit.

Stitched adn stamped Gift Tags

 

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Duct Tape Poinsettias Flowers

Duct Tape Poinsettias Flower

This post brought to you by Duck Brand®. All opinions are 100% mine.

Whenever we take long road trips I try to keep myself busy in the car. I find it impossible to sit in the car for 5-6 hours without doing something productive. Magazines and books usually do the trick but sometimes I just need to craft. Now crafting in the car isn’t always easy, but I did keep myself busy on this last trip making duct tape poinsettia flowers. I’m really happy with the way they turned out and quite impressed that I was able to make several of them in the car. Duct Tape Poinsettias Flower I recently received a box full of Duck® Brand duct tape with fun holiday themed patterns and was challenged to create something with them. As soon as I saw the red I knew I wanted to make Duct Tape Poinsettias to decorate my tree with. duct tape crafts Easy DIY Duct Tape Poinsettia Flower Tutorial Supplies: Red Duck Tape® Scissors Floral Wire Wire Cutters Floral Tape Easy DIY Duct Tape Poinsettia Flower Tutorial I began by covering a piece of floral wire with the Duck Tape®. I found its easier to work one petal at a time, but if you’re patient you could do long pieces of tape and add 3-4 stems at a time. The tricky part is folding over the tape evenly without any creases, but if you can it will make this project a lot quicker. Easy DIY Duct Tape Poinsettia Flower Tutorial Then I free handed cut the flower petal. It doesn’t have to be perfect because the flower will be a little forgiving once its put together. Easy DIY Duct Tape Poinsettia Flower Tutorial Once all of the flower petals were ready I gathered them together and twisted one of the stems around to make one solid stem. I don’t have this pictured but I later went back and wrapped floral tape around the stem to give them a finished look. The tape has also made it easy for me to wrap the flower stem around things easily. Easy DIY Duct Tape Poinsettia Flower Tutorial

The center is a scrapbooking brad that I found at Hobby Lobby.

Easy DIY Duct Tape Poinsettia Flower Tutorial

The great thing about the duct tape poinsettias is that you can make them in various sizes. Its hard to tell in pictures but the flower below is half the size of the flower above. I made a few for my tree and plan to use them as gift toppers as well this Christmas. Fore more creative holiday ideas be sure to like Duck® brand on facebook!

Easy DIY Duct Tape Poinsettia Flower Tutorial

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InnoTab 2S Review

InnoTab 2S Review

Do you remember your first computer? I still remember when my mother came home with a computer for my sisters and I. At the time it was cool to have a computer in your home, so naturally we were excited to try it out. I still remember that it took us hours to figure out how to use it. Fast forward many, many years and our little ones are now surrounded by high tech electronics that make my first computer seem like a dinosaur.

InnoTab 2S Review

About a year and a half ago, prior to owning an iPhone (I still don’t know how I ever lived without one), my daughter used to play with my old phone, completely puzzled that nothing would happen when she touched the screen. It seems that at a young age she was so used to my in-laws touchscreen phone even though I had barely even held an iPhone in my life! We now embrace her interest in technology with fun, educational games and gadgets that aid in her development. Our new InnoTab 2S is just the tool we’ve been looking for to provide hours of engaging, educational fun.

When we purchased our iPad early this year little did we know it would become loaded with games and apps for the kids. I have one app on the iPad..ONE! The kids? I couldn’t even tell you off the top of my head. Needless to say we have been looking for a tablet like game system for the kids to use. The InnoTab 2S has far exceeded our expectations and although we are new to using it, I’m very pleased with the features it offers.

InnoTab 2S Toy Review

The InnoTab 2S came with one cartridge along with several other activities and features installed in the tablet, you can purchase new apps and cartridges separately. The cartridge is loaded with a reading activity, a learning game, and a creativity feature called Color & Pop -my daughters favorite! Some other great features my daughter is enjoying is the ability to listen to music, download books, take photos and videos, and the tilt sensor (that she’s used with a balancing game that was installed in the InnoTab).

InnoTab 2S Toy Review

As a parent I like that my daughter is engaged in the educational activities and is always excited to show me what she created in the color art studio or what game she did well on. The Learning Lodge Navigator also allows me to track her progress. The InnoTab 2S can register four profiles, making it easy for each child to enjoy their own preferences. The best part about the InnoTab 2S is that it has a secure wifi connection, allowing you to download new games and apps without connecting to a computer. There’s also an SD card slot allowing you to extend your memory capabilities.

InnoTab 2S Toy Review

The only downside that we can say about the tablet is that it didn’t come with a rechargeable cord. Replacing batteries isn’t a big deal but it could be a downfall on long trips. We haven’t had to experience that yet but a charging cord is definitely something we would have liked to see with the InnoTab 2S.

InnoTab 2S Toy Review

Overall its a high quality tablet, with a bright color touch screen, and numerous great features that keep my daughter engaged and entertained. If you’re looking for a tablet for your child this holiday season I highly recommend the InnoTab 2S.

 

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for VTech and received a VTech InnoTab 2S to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and my daughter really, really likes her new InnoTab 2s!

Peppermint Tea Mug Gift

Tea mug gift set

We are starting to have some cold weather here in California. I’m sure its not nearly as cold as other places around the US but highs of 40-50s is pretty cold around here. That means I’ve been cuddling on the couch with a hot cup of tea a lot more than usual. I mentioned awhile back how this is my “me” time and it really is how I enjoy spending my time to relax. I often find myself drinking a big cup of tea with a good book or catching up on my favorite blogs. Last night I watched an old favorite Christmas movie with a warm blanket, comfy socks, and a big cup of tea. It was the perfect evening!

Tea mug gift set

I also recently invited my best friend to come over to enjoy a cup of tea and to make a few ornaments. Whats better than great friends, tea, and crafting?

I found these plain white mugs at Walmart for $1.75 and knew they would be perfect for holiday gifts. We bought a few for my small gathering and a couple to giveaway as gifts. Another great find was this Bigelow peppermint tea pack. Holidays + cold weather + peppermint tea = bliss!

Peppermint Tea

With a small amount of washi tape I shaped two candy canes into a heart then added a tea packet to each one inside a mug. The white and red pom pom trim was a cute way to dress up the mugs. I plan to wrap a couple in cellophane to giveaway. This peppermint tea mug gift is the perfect gift for a tea lover and you could even add a gift card inside as well.

Mug gift ideas

Christmas Party Ideas

The tablescape for our small gathering was simple, made up of holiday decor from around the house. The tablecloth is disposable which was a great idea since we had the kids decorate their own edible Christmas trees. They were a big hit! All it takes to make edible Christmas trees is a sugar cone, frosting, and candy for decorations. The kids had a blast making them!

Christmas Party Ideas for kids

While the kids enjoyed hot cocoa we enjoyed the Bigelow peppermint tea with snowball cookies. Tea pairs well with cookies, right? :)

tea party ideas

Have you tried peppermint tea? This was my first time trying it but I have a feeling its going to replace my lemon flavored tea during the winter months. It has a nice smooth minty taste and reminds me of the wonderful smells that the holiday season has to offer. To learn more about Bigelow tea visit them on facebook and twitter.

Tea mug gift set

What is your favorite flavor of tea? What else am I missing out on!?

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Gift Wrapping on a Budget

Brown Paper Package

This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

“Brown paper packages tied up with strings

These are a few of my favorite things”

Its no secret that I adore pretty gift wrap. I know some people dread wrapping gifts, I am not one of them! However I’m in sort of a complex with my style lately. Metallics are fun and bright, but kraft paper is classic with a shabby feel. I adore both styles and chose to combine them for a shabby chic modern look this Christmas.

While I like beautiful gift wrap I don’t like spending a fortune on it. I recently read in a magazine that dollar stores are the best place to buy gift wrap, saving you about 60%. I was also recently challenged to go to Dollar General with a $10 gift card in hand to select gift wrap items. I was pleasantly surprised to find quite the selection of paper, tags, boxes, and even ornaments to use as gift toppers. I tried to stick to my ten dollar budget but I ended up picking up a few extra things that I just had to have.

Here is a break down of what I purchased: Mesh Ribbon $2.25 Glitter Bows $1.50 Glitter Star $1 white boxes $1 large white boxes $2 mini snowflakes $1 Gold glitter ribbon $1 silver glitter ribbon $1 Silver foil wrapping paper $3 Kraft paper $1 The mesh ribbon is my favorite! I picked up a roll of this to use with the kraft paper and really like the contrast it gives.

Silver and gold combined are big this year so this is my metallic gift for my sister.

With the small box I used the kraft paper with the silver glitter ribbon and gold glitter star ornament. Ornaments make a great gift topper and usually you can find 2-3 in a pack.

I was able to find all of my gift wrapping essentials at Dollar General and still have plenty of supplies for neighbor gifts. For more gift wrap ideas visit the Dollar General Gift Center and Dollar General on Facebook.

 

So I have a question for YOU…

Do you use different wrapping paper for gifts from “Santa” or leave them unwrapped?

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