Mistle toes and festive fingers

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Twenty five years later, my parents still have the cinnamon ornaments my sister and I made at school as kids.  They adorn the mantle every year at Christmas time, bringing the perfect waft of cinnamon-y deliciousness.  So, when I was thinking about some fun things my mommy friends and I could do at our weekly get together, it was the perfect time to make some for our mantle.

Crazy to think they’ll last 25 years…But, considering they contain three ingredients (all which you can buy at the grocery store) and only took a few hours to make, bake and decorate…it seemed incredibly cost-effective.  Oh, and fun!

According to Martha, here’s what you need per batch (I doubled the batch and made 6 1/2 ornaments the size of hamburgers):

  • 1 jar of applesauce (1/4 cup per batch…there will be PLENTY left over)
  • 2 big containers of cinnamon (1 cup per batch, just about used all of it)
  • 2 bottles of Elmer’s glue (1/2 cup per batch, used all of it)

Martha’s blog has more details, but in short, all you do is mix the cinnamon and applesauce together with a spatula, then add the glue.  Let it rest for one hour.  Roll out the dough on a cool surface with a rolling-pin, 1/4 at a time.  Make them anywhere from 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.  Use cookie cutters or a circular shape to cut out your ornaments, then use a straw to poke a hole at the top for your string.  Cook at 200 degrees for 2 hours (or until dry).

Next, round up all of the fun craft items you have around the house.  I pulled out some paints, glitter, glitter glue, gold sharpies and paint pens.  I put a tiny dab of paint on a plastic plate, let baby W rub his hands around a bit, and then WHAM!  Right onto that cinnamon-y round of awesomeness.

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I highly recommend making these with friends or family.  Not just because the holidays are about spending time with those you love, but because trying to dip a toddler’s hand or foot in paint and successfully make contact with a small target (and ONLY that target) is challenging.  It helped to have a few moms playing with the babes while the others decorated, and then switch.

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We will definitely be making a few more batches and gifting to grandparents!  I know the hubby will be excited to decorate a few with his little guy 🙂

Yours truly,

MomME

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Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List

Today is exactly why I love Fall.  The sun is shining.  The air is brisk.  And a sweater and jeans feel just right.  So, with W down for nap number two it seemed the perfect time to finish up my latest DIY craft project.  Inspired by a fellow mommy-blogger, Modern Mama Loves, I set out to create a fall bucket list!  Though W is too young to appreciate this right now, I think this will be an awesome seasonal tradition that isn’t expensive to keep up with!  (There’s nothing worse than DIY “crafty” things that break the bank).

Right now an “outing” is often pretty overwhelming – between timing it with naps and the sheer amount of stuff that seems to accompany the little guy.  But, with the hubby home on weekends, I think this will make exploring the seasons and this beautiful state something we really look forward to showing W!

So, like any crafty biatch, I headed out to Michael’s and stocked up for only $15.99.

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1. Galvanized bucket 2. Jute rope 3. Scrapbook paper 4. Clothespins 5. Adhesive (I actually used scrapbook “dots”) 6. Chalkboard stickers 7. Paint pens

It was super easy to chalkboard paint fun excursions onto the chalkboard stickers, stick them onto fun paper, cut them out and stick to clothes pins.  They’re hanging right near our command center so we don’t forget…and they’re so darn cute!  Next up, taking the “bucket list items” off of the rope and putting them into the “bucket” once we’ve gotten off our butts and done them.  Here’s what one of the “bucket list” items looks like!

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I used the “Pink and Orange” mum design because it seemed appropriate!

Now that I have the bucket (the most expensive item ringing in at only $6.99), each season it should be easy enough to make new items on some seasonally appropriate scrapbook paper (I love alliteration) and save them for next year.  Each page of paper is only .59 cents and every once in a while we might need a few more clothespins, but those are super cheap, too.  After a year, we’ll have a set of bucket list items for each season, that, as W grows up and our family changes, we can add to!  I have to imagine, though, some of them will be pretty timeless – you can’t go wrong with apple picking in the fall 🙂

Other items that made our bucket list?  You’ll have to stay tuned and follow along as we check them off drop them in the bucket!

Yours truly,

MomME

PS – this is my first go at using Polyvore for collages!  With nap-time coming to an end, there wasn’t a ton of time to fiddle with it…but I’m pretty impressed with how easy it was.  Gotta love Google 🙂