Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How to Make a Wire and Bead Wrapped Headband

I love making hair accessories for my girls. I made them beaded hair clips a few years ago. Last summer I made my daughter a pearl and crystal headband. Today's project is very similar. A wire and bead wrapped headband with a fun flower focal.

How to Make a Wire and Bead Wrapped Headband

How to Make a Wire and Bead Wrapped Headband

You will need:
a metal headband  {I used a Snap in Style Headband with a Flower Filigree Snap}
28 g silver plate wire
4mm grey pearls
8mm X 6mm oval beads
6mm bicone beads

How to Make a Wire and Bead Wrapped Headband
 1 - Wrap wire around the headband 1/4", wrapping over the end of the wire.
2 - Add beads to the wire and continue wrapping, adding 1 or 2 beads to each wrap, depending on the size of the bead.
3 - Continue to wrap until you reach the snap. {If you are using a headband without a snap, ignore this step} Make sure as you wrap around the snap, that the two beads adjacent to the snap are the larger, flat beads. This way the beads will not interfere with the snap.
4 - Continue adding beads and wrapping until you near the end of the headband.
5 - Insert a folded over piece of wire onto the inside of the headband. Wrap the wire {without the beads} tightly over that piece of wire for 1/4". Clip the main wire so you only have a few inches of excess wire. Pull out the folded over wire and insert the end of the wire and pull tight.
6 - Add snap to headband.

I love the black and silver - it will pretty much match with everything and I can't wait for my girls to wear it.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

In an effort to encourage fruits as an after school snack, I recently tried this easy and delicious fruit dip at our house. We could not get enough of it! My kids were gobbling up strawberries and bananas. I loved it with blackberries. The dip is divine, I found myself wanting to eat it by the spoonful. It's really easy to make with a just a few ingredients. I whipped it together in no time, which is essential at our house after school - my kids are "dying of hunger" when they get home. A few of them may be a bit dramatic about it.

Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Want to try it? Here's the recipe

Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip Recipe

Print Recipe

1 c. sugar
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 container marshmallow fluff
1 small container whipped topping
1 t. vanilla

Mix together cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add in marshmallow fluff, whipped topping and vanilla. Mix just until combined. Enjoy with fruit - we liked strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and bananas best.

Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
Do you have any favorite fruit dips at your house? I'd love to try other recipes. Feel free to share in the comments, or send me an e-mail {rchlnielsen@sfcn.org}
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Simple Handmade Card

Have you received a thoughtful handwritten card lately? I was the recipient of such a card this last week and another earlier in the summer. It got me thinking about the power of the written word. One of the things my mom is really good at is expressing her thoughts to her family in writing. As a kid, I remember randomly receiving little notes of encouragement and love from her. Being able to have a tangible reminder of those thoughts is valuable to me.

When paired with a handmade card, a note becomes even more thoughtful. So today, I'm going to show you a simple handmade card I came up with.

Simple Handmade Card

I used to spend a lot of time making paper cards. I would stamp them, embellish them and make them super cute. I really enjoyed it. Then I had more kids... I simply don't have the time I once did to make elaborate cards. But don't worry - this card will not take all afternoon. It will only take a few minutes.

Simple Handmade Card

How to Make a Simple Handmade Card

You will need:
a sheet of cardstock
paper cutter / scissors

**A quick word about the charm. This charm and the ones I used in my ribbon bookmarks are sold exclusively at Michaels. The charms are made with Swarovski® crystals so they have that sparkle and shine that no one else can quite replicate.  I received the charms from Cousin Corporation for use in projects of my choosing as part of my role as an ambassador for the company**

Simple Handmade Card
1 - cut the cardstock to 5 1/2" X 11 1/2"

2 - punch one end of the paper

3 - fold card into thirds

4 - write a thoughtful note

5 - tie twine around card in a bow

6 - attach a charm to the bow

If you were to mail this card, you would of course want to insert it in an envelope. For hand delivery, it's perfect as is.

Simple Handmade Card

Imagine the delight on a child's face as they see this on their pillow when they get ready for bed. The anticipation they will feel as they open it up to see what Mom has written. The tender feelings of love they feel as they read words written especially for them.

I hope I can instill these feelings in my children as I try to emulate my own mother in writing notes to them.

Do you enjoy receiving handwritten notes? Who will you write to? 

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