Big Girl Bedroom

big girl bedroom

I can’t believe I’m writing a post about a big girl room! Feels like just yesterday I was posting about a Nursery and now here we are :) A lot of things are the same… gallery wall, most of the same furniture, rug… but yay for a new big girl bed!

big girl bedroom

big girl bedroom

big girl bedroom

big girl bedroom

This bed has a story too! I will save the story for the next post… the one where I write about how we restored the bed :) But trust me it’s a good story and the bed is now considered a family heirloom.

big girl bedroom

big girl bedroom

big girl bedroom

I had a little trouble with the layout of the new room once the bed was in here. I decided to keep the toy storage and the dresser on this wall so it made sense to keep the gallery wall the same. Not too sure about this rug in here now, it made much more sense in her nursery but I will keep it until I find something perfect.

big girl bedroom

big girl bedroom

I used the rolling cart (IKEA) to create a little book nook with her chair. Three years later and The Dot Wall is holing up perfectly! The wall art is from Hobby Lobby and Minted HERE.

big girl bedroom

big girl bedroom

big girl bedroom

big girl bedroom

This bedding. It’s basically my favorite thing… ever. It is from Biscuit in Houston and just love it so much haha! The big pillow is also Biscuit, and my friend monogrammed it :) Middle pillow is Wren and Rumor and the small pillow is Anna Joy French.

big girl bedroom

big girl bedroom

big girl bedroom

The Bee’s Farmers Market sign was painted by my sister @HandwrittenJane for Bee’s 2nd Birthday party and I couldn’t dream of throwing it away haha!

big girl bedroom

big girl bedroom

I played musical curtains in the house… moved the nursery curtains to the living room, living room went to the Playroom, these are new and I love them! They are from Overstock. I added a flower crown to one of her new animal friends on both sides of the windows. The unicorn is from Target and the Flamingo is from Hobby Lobby.

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Overall I love how it turned out! It’s a little whimsical and eclectic but also a little classic, I’m actually a little jealous of it :) Thankfully I know where she lives!

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big girl bedroom

Playroom Reveal

Playroom DecorIt’s finally here! Well… I finished this room back in December but the BLOG POST for the Playroom Reveal is finally here haha, Hooray!

Playroom Decor

Playroom DecorWe’ve  played some musical chairs in our house recently. Last fall the boys finally wore us down about bunk beds and Bryan started on those. Then just a few weeks ago Bee climbed out of her crib and got a “big girl room”. You know how parenting is… right when you get comfortable in the stage you are in – it changes. The “playroom” in our house is just an extra bedroom (because I use the formal living as my craft room) and they boys share a bedroom. So, it was the home to all of the boy’s toys. But the boys are in a new phase where they are either in the backyard, with friends, at sports or playing on the iPad. I looked around and realized they are kind of over the matchbox and train days. They still love legos but those are in a trunk in their bedroom.

Playroom DecorBut… guess who is entering the toy phase?! Little sister :) Her room was bursting the seams with dolls and books and pretend food. It was time for a switch (which always makes me happy haha). In other words, I got to girl the room up a little!

Playroom DecorBee has a ton of dolls already, so they live in this little bassinet that was actually my dad’s when he was a baby. I don’t know about putting a real baby in here but I love it for her dolls haha! My grandfather made it and we found it in my dads garage… amazing right?! She got the dollhouse from Santa this year and its a big hit around here! The curtains are World Market (that I stole from my living room) and the floating book shelves are IKEA of course.

Playroom Decor

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The pink baskets are there for odds and ends I find around the house at the end of the day… I try to have an area where I can throw the toys that have made their way into the living room haha!

Playroom decor

Playroom Decor

The little “kitchen area” is my favorite… its so fun! The play kitchen (tutorial found HERE) is something that Bryan and I made soon long ago! Ancient Taylor Made right there haha! I updated the colors to make it a little more farmhouse and less 2010 ha! I also found that market shelf but it was black so I painted it gold for a pop.

Playroom Decor

Playroom Decor

Playroom Decor

Playroom Decor

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How adorable is that little wooden baby bed. I got that in Pennsylvania when we visited the Amish Country last year, it’s handmade and gorgeous!

Playroom DecorWe painted the wall with chalkboard paint around the holidays, it has been super fun… in hindsight I would have made sure to sand the texture off the wall first but live and learn. Playroom DecorPlayroom DecorI made the TeePee a few years ago( TUTORIAL HERE). I just love the brother wall art in the corner over there :) The dolls are Anthro and Candy Kirby!

Playroom decorPlayroom decorPlayroom decorThe shelf is from Ikea and I used my Silhouette to label them. I also used some hot glue to embellish the boxes with scrap fabric. My kids love the VHS Disney Movies that my sister and I had as kids so I keep the TV/VCR in there which is hilarious and not really pretty but hey it works and they love it so why change it haha.

Playroom decorPlayroom decorPlayroom decorMy kids actually keep this room pretty organized! They closet is really neat too. They know that they can only take one box out at a time- for the most part this works but I do have to do a heavy clean about 2x a year which isn’t bad!

Playroom decorPlayroom decorThe cute yellow nightstand was in here when this room had a bed and I am not sure where it should live yet. And here is the other wall with the closet and the Book Bunting TUTORIAL HERE that I made from my moms vintage books from the 50s and 60s!

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The kids love this room and love that there is a big open space in the middle to spread all the toys out haha! Usually Bee is forcing her brothers to play house, they are good sports! Let me know if you have any questions about sources or how I made something!

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Classroom Valentine Ideas

Minted Classroom Valentines

Valentine’s Day is such a fun day for my kids. I told them this year they will be WINNING Valentine’s Day thanks to Minted! I posted a few weeks ago about how I was so excited to learn that Minted now carries Classroom Valentines so I thought I would share what we picked out!

Minted Classroom Valentines

I seriously had a hard time picking just three designs, everything was so cute… thankfully there is next year because it was hard to narrow it down. Of course in 2017 we moms couldn’t  just pass out a Valentine’s Day Card, could we… hehe :) I think adding a little something extra is fun, mainly because I love a good theme, so I’m going with it!

Minted Classroom Valentines

For the Boys, I gave them each three choices. That way it wasn’t overwhelming but they felt like they had a say. My oldest chose these hilarious Whoopie Classroom Cards. He’s in 1st grade and I know his class with LOVE these! He is a little older so I went with the tic-tac-toe option on the back. There are several backer options, patterns (like I chose for the littles, photos, messages… so cute) The stickers are so cute too! I found the Whoopie Cushions in a pack of 12 for $6 at Oriental Trading.

Minted Classroom Valentines

My middle son is my animal lover! Amphibians, fish and reptiles specifically haha. He chose the “Iguana Be Yours” Valentines then I found these reptile finger puppets, also at Oriental Trading Co. He is OBSESSED with them and cheered when everything came in so I will take that as a great sign haha. I love the back pattern on this one and of course the custom name stickers too!

Minted Classroom Valentines

For Bee’s class I chose these adorable little Llama Fun Classroom Cards with the wavy edge. I can’t handle them… also the Llama Lollipops? I mean come on. They are almost too cute to eat… almost. They are also from, you guessed it, Oriental Trading Co.

Minted Classroom Valentines

Minted as usual did an amazing job, the quality and selection is A+! Check out all of Minted’s Classroom Valentines HERE. Happy Valentines Day everyone! XOXO

Minted Classroom Valentines

Minted Classroom Valentines

Morton Salt Girl Costume

morton salt girl costumeCostumes are just about my favorite thing to sew, so this past Halloween I dressed Bee up as the Morton Salt Girl (so perfect right?!) Her short blonde “bob” was my inspiration :) Yes I know it is almost February… but better late than never on the blog post right?

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The costume itself was super simple, it’s basically just a yellow dress. I don’t like to plan a costume with a lot of moving parts for a two year old because it’s just inevitable that she will take it all off and end up looking like nothing. For her yellow dress I used the Lillian Dress Pattern by Mouse House Creations. When I saw the 1960′s-esque dress with the pin-tucks and black buttons I knew it would be the perfect dress for the job! I used Kona Cotton for the fabric.

Her shoes were her favorite part, she actually still wears them! I found white tennies at Walmart for $4 (yay) and I dyed them with yellow RIT dye. I always make sure to add salt, a little white vinegar and warm water when I do a dye bath. I usually only leave things in for 20-30 mins but I left these in for about 3 hours so it made them extra vibrant. I was so proud of the match job haha! morton salt girl costume

morton salt girl costume

The big debate was if the umbrella is light purple or if the umbrella is really white and they just used purple in the artwork for shading. It’s a serious online debate you guys, look it up ha! I always choose color when given the opportunity so I decided our Morton Salt Girl would have a purple umbrella. (Also, our friends just so happened to have one we could borrow haha!)

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Lastly… my favorite part… the Morton Salt candy basket. I wanted to have her carry a big cardboard version of the salt container then my mom actually threw out the idea of having the salt container as her candy basket. Genius! I used felt for the base, sides and handle which I sewed together. Then I printed out a picture of the salt logo and using hot glue and felt I kind of puzzle pieced it together. I love it so much that it was a little hard watching Bee actually use it on Halloween. Just kidding. Kind of.

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Some people loved the costume then others were like “I don’t get it” haha. But I think it is one of my favorite costumes to date!

morton salt girl costume

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Who can believe that Valentines day is right around the corner? 2017 is already flying and you guys… I am about to make your life so easy. You can thank me later ;) I love custom gifts and today I am sharing some great ideas for any special someone in your life! It is no secret that I love Minted for invitations and Holiday Cards but now Minted is making it easy for Valentines Day too! They are featuring completely custom gifts, some of which include; custom vow prints, custom images showcasing “where you met”, “a special place” etc, and custom silhouette pieces which can be of children or pets! So fun and easy… which means more time for sewing ha!

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Something new this year… I love love love this idea! Petite Pairs are sets of Arts Prints that go together, for example a set For Him, Custom Recipe Art and Whiskey Print. My favorite part is that you can upload an old family recipe and it will print in the original handwriting, SO CUTE! MY husband would love this.

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How perfect is this Gold Foil custom Vow Art? Minted has an unframed or a framed option (with tons of choices). You just plug in your own vows, choose your foil color and pick out a frame. Couldn’t be easier!

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Valentines Day Gift Guide

I am literally DYING over these Custom Silhouette Art Prints!! I can NOT handle anything done on the Letterpress. Our Holiday Cards from Minted were letterpressed and I was in love. I definitely need 3 (and a dog one) right?! Hopefully my husband is reading this post :)

Valentines day Gift Guide

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My personal favorite might be the Custom House Portrait Art. LOVE these!

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A simple but super sweet idea is a a Quote Keepsake Art Print. I think both men and women would love this idea and it would look great in any room of your home.

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Of course you can’t go wrong with the Iconic Minted Snapshot Mix Photo Art! I love this copper frame!

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I also found my new favorite card… a Valentines Day Sewing themed card?! Come on!

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Be sure to check out the convenient shipping calendar to find out when you have to order your custom art. I am super excited about a post I have coming up in the next few weeks… Guys, Minted has CLASSROOM VALENTINES!!! I about died. These put grocery store cards to shame haha! I also have a cute (and affordable) little classroom gift set, super cute! Have a great weekend and Happy Valentines Day Shopping :)

Sweethearts Quilt with Wonderland

Sweethearts QuiltHappy New Year! I am so excited to be sharing today’s project with you!! This makes quilt NUMBER 9 totally handmade and completed by me. Emphasis on completed because I also have 4 quilt tops finished with no backs so those don’t count yet haha.

Sweethearts QuiltThis gorgeous fabric is the latest line, Wonderland, from Emily Isabella for Birch Organics. I went to Houston Quilt Market back in October and I absolutely fell in love with the line that, at the time, was about to be released. I actually gasped when I saw it, the colors were so prefect together but a little unexpected. I just knew I had to have it but I wanted to have all of the fabrics from the line together so I had to do a quilt. Fabricworm sent me this gorgeous set of Wonderland fat quarters then a little extra for the binding in Bows Blue (which is the prettiest color of blue) and enough for a few extra hearts in my favorite prints (like Croquet)!

Sweethearts Quilt

Sweethearts Quilt

Sweethearts Quilt

Sweethearts Quilt Last year when I finished quilt number 8 I decided I should try to somehow start adding the date on my quilts. Wouldn’t it be so fun for my kids kids to look at the year and think how long ago this is?! I used my embroidery machine and added a little message on one of the heart blocks.

Sweethearts QuiltThis isn’t the first time I had a love at first sight moment with an Emily Isabella line! Remember my love for the Homestead Line by Emily (pictured HERE on Bee’s Piggy Dress in Oink). I still love that entire line and I’m actually still hoarding a little bit of it. Like I said, my quilting skills are improving but I’m still pretty basic so I usually “stitch in the ditch” for my quilting. This time I actually broke out my Free Motion Foot and did some freehand wavy lines.

Sweethearts Quilt

Sweethearts QuiltI thought about making this for my daughter for Christmas but then I remembered a precious quilt pattern, The Sweethearts Quilt, with heart blocks and decided on a Valentines Day Quilt! I have been sewing for years but I wouldn’t call myself a quilter, I usually stick to triangles, rectangles or square blocks :) So, this pattern was a little challenging for me in the best way. It still uses triangles and rectangles just more of them and they worked together to build the hearts. I was so proud of each block that I would rush into the living room… “LOOK WHAT I MADE!” and my family agreed that this is their favorite quilt yet so maybe there is something to this little challenge! This fabulous pattern is the Sweethearts Quilt Pattern for Cloud 9 and I highly recommend it! The pattern and tutorial are free and its super east to follow.

Sweethearts Quilt I found this back fabric at Joanns and I don’t even know what it is called, it has a texture almost like a seersucker but more square and larger. I love it and it is perfect for a thin and cool quilt backing.

Sweethearts Quilt I love how this gorgeous quilt turned out and I really hope I did the pretty fabric justice. Thank you so much Fabricworm for providing the fabric for this project!

Sweethearts Quilt

2016 Minted Holiday Cards

2016 Minted Holiday CardsOh Happy Day… look what is here!! My 2016 Holiday Cards by Minted. I LOVE Minted, which is no secret around here! The quality, colors, designs, uniqueness.. I love it all :) When I see a Minted box on my doorstep I throw a tiny little party haha! I can’t be the only one right?!

2016 Minted Holiday Cards

2016 Minted Holiday CardsI searched and searched this year for the perfect cards (read more about that HERE) but when I saw the Letterpress option I couldn’t pass it up. I have always wanted to do Letterpress cards and I actually didn’t even know Minted offered it until last month! I chose the “Every Happy Thing” cards and they are just SO. GOOD. They have a ton of options too… check them out HERE. We have had a pretty traditional Christmas Cards for the past few years so this felt like a fun change! I also took a little risk because you can’t really preview the neon color on your screen. I trust Minted though so I knew it would be good!

2016 Minted Holiday CardsThis year our photos are from the talented Laura Elise Photography. I highly recommend her if you are in the Houston, Texas area! She is super talented, I love her photographic eye, her colors and crisp images but the best part is she is amazing with kids :)  I felt like we had so many good options that I went with the collage picture!

2016 Minted Holiday CardI also LOVE that Minted addresses your holiday cards for… wait for it… FREE! The envelope design options are super cute too… this design wasn’t actually designed for the card I chose but I thought they looked super cute together.

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2016 Minted Holiday CardsThe quality never disappoints, I am kind of a paper product nerd so thick, expensive feeling paper is really exciting, ha!

2016 minted holiday cards Overall I am super happy with how they turned out. Now I have to actually get myself to the post office to buy stamps. It’s kind of getting ridiculous how often I DON’T have to shop in person haha… thank you internet! I hope everyone has a great “week before Christmas” and thanks again Minted for the fabulous Christmas Cards yet again!

2016 Minted Holiday Cards

2016 Minted Holiday Cards

Grinch Munch Popcorn

Grinch Munch Popcorn I can’t believe we are 13 days away from Christmas! For some reason this year, the Holidays really crept up on me! I felt like this last year but it really had nothing on my current status haha! We are super busy, I think that comes with having kids that are getting older. Each one of them have more and more functions…. super fun and kind of exhausting. Ha! We are currently in the last week of school over here and you know what the means… field trips, parties, book exchanges, jammie day, and teacher/class gifts.

grinch munch popcorn I have the teachers covered. All of the kids have amazing teachers this year who go above and beyond so we are getting them gift cards to their favorite restaurants. But… that leaves me with class party treats. I came across this Grinch Munch Popcorn from Imperial Sugar and I actually gasped at how perfect it was! Imperial is an amazing resource if you are looking for last minutes gifts  (like me haha) that your kids can help with or just for fun crafts to do together over Christmas break. This treat is super cute and yes, it is sweet, but I think popcorn is a pretty decent snack that kids actually love. This one is super simple but pretty, so people will think you went to more trouble than you actually did haha!

You Need:

-Popcorn Kernels

-Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar

-Vegetable or Coconut Oil

- Sea Salt

-Green Food Coloring

- Christmas Sprinkles/Non-Pariels

Grinch Munch Popcorn Start by heating up 1/4 c of oil in a skillet or dutch oven with a lid. I like to use coconut oil with popcorn, but vegetable will work fine too. Put 2-3 kernels in the oil and when they all pop you know the oil is ready.

Grinch Munch Popcorn When the oil is ready, add in 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, 1/2 cup of Imperial Granulated Sugar, and green food coloring. Remove from heat, add lid and wait about 30 seconds.

Grinch Munch Popcorn

Grinch Munch Popcorn

Grinch Munch Popcorn Put back on heat and watch carefully (so you don’t burn the sugar) cook for 4-5 more minutes or until the popcorn pops slow down :) Add your Christmas sprinkles or non-non-pariels and sea salt.

Grinch Munch Popcorn

Grinch Munch Popcorn This batch I made was huge so I bagged some up for the class party and my kids all had a really festive after school snack! This would also make a super cute girlfriend or teacher gift in a cute bag with a custom tag, So may options! Be sure to check out Imperial Sugar for more Christmas Recipes, and Holiday Crafts with kids. Imperial is also hosting a Holiday Baking Bonanza Contest with tons of amazing foodie loving prizes. Check that out HERE. Happy Holidays everyone!

Grinch Munch Popcorn

Grinch Munch Popcorn

Grinch Munch Popcorn

Siberian Husky Costume

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I love creative people and when I got an interesting Halloween Costume request (again) from my son, I couldn’t say no. Remember last year when he asked me to make him a Roach Costume?! Some people were grossed out but I was just excited that he wanted something different… that’s my boy! This year he asked me to sew him a Siberian Husky Costume, Hilarious and random!! Of course I had to deliver.

Husky Costume

The biggest thing was he wanted to still be comfortable because they wear this costume to school (and we live in Texas, hello!) so I also didn’t want him melting. I found THIS HAT on amazon and it was perfect. Why make life harder than it needs to be when you can have a Husky hat at your door in 2 days, right? Thank goodness for Amazon.

Husky Costume

For the base of the costume, I used a grey t-shirt and grey shorts that he already had, yay! I found some perfect grey and white faux fur from Joann’s. I sewed white fur to the “belly part” of the shirt and the grey fur to the entire back. I didn’t even try to hem it, I just sewed it right on the top. The tail is a simple tail shape, white on bottom, grey on top and sewed to an elastic band.

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husky costume

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I found grey gloves at the dollar store and cut the fingers off. Don’t tell but I used hot glue to attach the fur haha! I mean, Halloween is one day after all, I thought about sewing fur gloves and then realized that was crazy.

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After I thought I was done, he said what about my husky legs?! So I had to make him some leg warmers. He likes details :)

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The whole costume was very “semi-homemade” but I loved how it turned out.  Thank goodness for fake fur, a sewing machine and a glue gun!

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Mosaic Corn Art with Kids!

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Today I have a super fun Thanksgiving craft to share with you guys. I can hardy believe that I am typing the word “Thanksgiving”! It’s still back-to-school time in my head. I guess I need to catch up… and this craft will help :) I found this kids craft for Mosaic Corn Art on the Imperial Sugar website and fell in love! I remember doing something similar when I was little… it’s a little old school and a little modern. If you had everything ready ahead of time this could be something fun to have on the kids table on Thanksgiving Day. Imperial Sugar has a ton of kid crafts and recipes on their site and the best part is they are organized by holiday (look at how many Thanksgiving crafts they have!). We made the Salt Dough Leaves a few years ago and I’m thinking about trying the Glitter Leaf Votive Holders next!

For this craft you need:

  • -gel food coloring
  • -popcorn kernels
  • -white vinegar
  • -sugar
  • -flour
  • -water
  • -cardstock

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My kids loved this project because it was almost three different mini projects in one. First, you make the sugar paste (that will be your glue for the final project).

Mix the following ingredients together in a mixing bowl:

1 cup flour, 3 tablespoons Imperial Granulated Sugar, 1 cup cold water and 1 cup boiling water.

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Mix until smooth, bring to room temp, then store in an air-tight container.

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Second… time to dye the popcorn kernels, which also happens to be our personal favorite. My kids LOVED doing this for some reason. Actually I did too haha. We used clear plastic cups for this step which I think made it even more fun. Add 1/2 cup water and 1 tbsp white vinegar to some small cups. My two year old measured all the water and my 5 year old got to do the vinegar :)

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Next add a few drops of gel food coloring to each cup.  They gel is really fun to watch… we had clapping and shrieking! Then add 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels to the cups. Let them sit for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

Mosaic Corn Art with Kids!

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The next morning I took the kernels out and placed them on a pan to dry, that also takes a few hours.

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After they were completely dry I got some cardstock and the kids started planning. I showed them the original Mosaic design that I saw on the Imperial Sugar website but they went rogue haha. I put some sugar paste in a baggie and trimmed the end to make it easier to handle. You could also use a paintbrush to apply the sugar paste.

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We had a sun, dots, stripes and an abstract scene. After we finished we had some colorful kernels left over and now I’m thinking about placards for the Thanksgiving Day Table??

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Imperial is having a Holiday Baking kit contest so check that out HERE! And be sure to also visit them for so many more Thanksgiving crafts, recipes and even printables! Check them out HERE.

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