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Thursday, October 30, 2014

How to Make Braided Yarn Friendship Bracelets

Today I'm going to show you how to make these fun yarn friendship bracelets. They are super easy to do - if you know how to braid, you can make these bracelets. They are a perfect gift for a girls best friend!

How to Make Braided Yarn Friendship Bracelets

In fact, this year for Christmas, we are trying to make more gifts, instead of buying them. I'm hoping it will help instil the aspect of giving a little more in my kids. In order to not be stressed out during December, we've already started making our gifts. To start things off, we made yarn friendship bracelets for all the girls friends. Now I need to figure out what to do for my son's friends.

Braided Yarn Friendship Bracelet

Want to make your own braided yarn friendship bracelets?


For each bracelet you will need:

Yarn
6 foldover ribbon ends
4  {6mm}jump rings
1 lobster clasp
jewelry pliers or other small pliers

For the yarn, I like the multi-colored skeins.  That way you have multiple colors without having to buy as much yarn. I also like that you know they're going to match - although we ended up mixing and matching a little anyway.

I couldn't find any ribbon ends at the local craft store, so I got them online at Prima Bead. They have free shipping. I love that!


How to Make Braided Yarn Friendship Bracelet
1 - Gather your supplies.
2 - Begin by cutting 15 pieces of yarn at 9" for adult size, or 7 1/2 inches for kids. {You can always start larger and trim it down when you get to the end.} I tried to cut them so that each strand would be all the same color.
3 - Gather 5 pieces of yarn and place them in the ribbon end. Fold down the top and clamp down each side.
4 - Repeat with the other two colors of yarn. Connect the ribbon ends with a jump ring.
5 - Attach the top to something {I used my jewelry pliers but a clipboard would work better.} Braid the yarn down as far as you can go.
6 - Trim the end of one color of yarn and add ribbon clamp. Repeat with the other two colors. Once all the ribbon ends are on, braid one or two more stitches to make sure the braid goes right to the end. Attach ribbon clamps together with a jump ring.
7 - Add another jump ring and lobster clasp to one end. Add a jump ring to the other end as well, this makes it easier to clasp.

If you need to make it a bit larger, you could add a small length of chain to one end.

That's it! Take a look at the other color combos we did. I'll list the yarn brand and color, if you're interested in making the same colors.

Braided yarn Friendship Bracelet Peaches & Cream Azalea
 This is the Pinkalicious bracelet. I've got a pair of these in my etsy shop.  Made from Peaches & Cream - Azalea

Braided Yarn Friendship Bracelet Peaches & Cream Freshly Pressed
My favorite colors, green and purple. This one is from Peaches & Cream - Freshly Pressed.

Braided Yarn Friendship Bracelet Sugar 'n Cream Chocolate Ombre

 I made this one just for me - Sugar 'n Cream - chocolate ombre!


Braided yarn Friendship Bracelet Sugar 'n Cream  Emerald Isle
I love this color combo as well. Made from Sugar 'n Cream - Emerald Isle.


What gifts have you and your kids made for your kids friends? What kind of gifts do you make for 10 year old boys? I really could use some ideas!



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Friday, October 24, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are the perfect fall treat. They are easy to make and my family loves them. My husband loves a cake type cookie, so he especially loves it when I make these. They are moist and full of fall flavors {pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg} I really like them with cream cheese frosting, but most of my family likes them plain. I've included the frosting recipe for those of you with my good taste:)


Click here for a Printable Recipe

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


1/2 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. pumpkin
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. salt
1 c. chocolate chips

With a mixer, cream together shortening and sugar. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla and mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix just until moistened. Stir in chocolate chips.

Cream Cheese Frosting: {Optional}
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. butter, softened.
2 t. milk
1 t. vanilla
4 c. powdered sugar
Cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add milk and vanilla and mix. Mix in powdered sugar.




A few notes:
*I use butter flavor shortening.
*Instead of measuring, I either use a small can, or 1/2 of a large can of pumpkin.
*I usually use a large can of pumpkin, so I put half of it in a zip-top baggie and stick it in the freezer for the next time.
*I like to stir in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
*Don't over cook them, or they will be dry. They should not be gooey, but still look moist on top.
*You will probably only need 1/2 of the cream cheese frosting, unless you double the batch of cookies. I like to store store the extra in the freezer in a zip bag. It's perfect for Chocolate Chip Walnut Brownie Cupcakes, Carrot Cake, Cinnamon Rolls, Cream Cheese Braid, and Jiffy Cinnamon Rolls.

A few of my other fall recipes:




What are your favorite fall treats?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mini Wooden Dresser

As a young tween, I had an obsession with miniature things. I would save my money and buy small furniture. I would set up the different living areas in the top of a partitioned jewelry box, that's how small the furniture was.  I never played with figurines, I just liked coming up with different ways to arrange the furniture. The obsession has faded, but I still like mini things. 

I've had a couple of these little mini wooden dressers hanging around forever. I never really knew what I wanted to do with them. Well, I finally figured it out and I think it turned out pretty cute. I love the look of the stained wood contrasted with the painted drawers.

Mini Wooden Dresser

A few years ago, I bought a little console thingy to hold all our cell phones and things that needed to recharge. {It's that red thing with the sunglasses sitting on it.} It was handy until the cord went out and it would no longer charge anything. The problem was I'd started storing all the kids ds games in the drawer. So since I didn't have anyplace else to put them, I kept it.  Even though I no longer liked the red and it no longer worked.

Desk Area Makeover
Then I remembered the little wooden dresser and knew it would be perfect to hold all the kids games AND it would take up less space.

Here's the plain wood one next to the remade one.
Mini Wooden Dresser
I rummaged through the craft room and found the little knobs for the feet. Then I set to work staining the sections that I wanted stained. Then carefully painted the drawer fronts and base. I left the inside parts of the drawers unfinished. Once it was all dried, I hot glued the knobs to the bottom. Then I gave it a couple coats of lacquer.

Mini Wooden Dresser
It's perfect storage for all our small things. The bottom drawer fits the ds games and styluses. The middle drawer holds spare sd cards and memory sticks. And the top is mostly empty, but ready when I need a spot for something small.

Mini Wooden Dresser
I just added a few wire baskets to corral other stuff and and the area's got a whole new look.

Now tell me, did you like to play with miniature stuff as a kids? Or am I the only one?
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