Mother's Day Ring Garden Gift


Here's a sweet and simple gift for the kids to craft this Mother's day. Plant a little ring garden using golf tees, Styrofoam and felt. It's the perfect place for storing your rings and it looks darling on a dresser or vanity -- just slip your rings over the felt flowers. If this gift strikes your fancy just print out the tutorial and pass it on to dad -- he can help the kids get crafty.

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Royal Fascinator

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We are just TWO days away from the Royal wedding, and I'm really excited to share another wedding-inspired project for your viewing party. Lovely Kate Middleton has been photographed all over London wearing Fascinators, these feathered hair accessories are so pretty, fun and, guess what?
 -- they're easy to make too. Grab your hot glue gun and get wedding-ready - the tutorial is on Disney's family.com

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Royal Wedding Cupcakes

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With Kate Middleton and Prince William tying the knot in just a few days, I thought it would be fun to share a few Royal Wedding inspired crafts. 
Disney's family.com is counting down to the Royal Wedding with crafts for a Royal Wedding Tea Party, and I helped design a few family-friendly projects for parents and kids who want to get in on all of the princess fun.
First up, a kid-friendly take on the British tradition of wedding fruitcake. This recipe is made using a boxed cake mix and dried cherries. Top your cupcakes with British-inspired designs made from fondant and marzipan.
Find this recipe, and lots of other Royal Tea Party crafts and printables at this link

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Egg Hunt Placecards




Here's a simple way to dress up your Easter table. Create egg hunt place cards for each guest. These cards are made using card stock and scrapbook paper. Fold down the "grass" to reveal the hidden eggs (and guests' names) underneath.
Cut ovals of colorful scrapbook paper for the eggs. Glue them to the center of each place card. Cut patches of grass from green card stock and glue them in place with a small strip of glue or tape along the bottom edge. A tape runner is perfect for this. Now fold each grass patch over to make a crease, this will make it easier for guests to peek underneath.

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Featured: FamilyFun Pillowcase Puppet Theater

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I was thrilled to have one of my projects featured in the April issue of FamilyFun magazine. This Pillowcase Puppet Theater can be set up in any doorway using tension rods. It's simple to make, and can easily be stored away in a closet. Summer is around the corner, but this project is perfect indoor fun on those rainy April days.
Check out the full feature in the April issue of FamilyFun magazine, or click over to FamilyFun.com for the how-to.

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Tweet Little Easter Eggs


It's been very quiet here at MirandaMade, but Spring has finally sprung, and it's brought with it lots of inspiration for sweet Spring crafting. I couldn't let Easter pass me by without creating some fun Easter eggs. I loved the idea of creating a whole flock of spring birds, and these yarn and twine nests make them easy to display.
Be sure to let your eggs sit in the dye for a long time -- it takes a while to get these super-saturated colors. These eggs sat in their dye for at least 15 minutes. 

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Your Own Hollywood Star

It's Oscar weekend, and movie fans are gearing up for the Superbowl of all awards shows. Red carpet fashion, glittering movie stars, little golden statues -- it's classic Hollywood glamour at its best. Here's an easy way to create your own piece of Hollywood memorabilia -- the perfect project to keep the kids entertained at your Oscar party.

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DISNEY: Winnie-the-Pooh Paper Bag Puppets

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When I was a kid I loved Winnie-the-Pooh.
Okay, who am I kidding? I STILL love Winnie-the-Pooh. That silly old bear with his irrepressible appetite is so cute, funny, and oddly relatable.
And, while Winnie-the-Pooh books and movies appeal to children, there is so much wisdom to be gleaned from A.A. Milne's simple, direct writing style. Pooh's conversations with Piglet and the gang are often beautiful observations about love and friendship. How inspired and sweet is this quote from the Pooh bear??
"If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. I’ll always be with you."
- Winnie-the-Pooh
I created these colorful paper bag puppets for Disney's Family.com, and I love the idea of letting kids play with their puppets while coming up with their own dear Pooh-isms. Go to Disney's Family.com to check out the how-to and to download the templates.

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Wedding Planning: Candle Table Numbers


I'm full of craft ideas lately, but they have a lot more to do with wedding planning then they do with kid's crafts. To say I've been distracted would be an understatement. So, here's a budget friendly centerpiece idea I've been playing with.
Creating a wedding budget is a major priority for most soon-to-be-weds, and I've been thinking of all kinds of ways to keep our wedding budget on track. Fortunately, there are tons of really beautiful, simple designs out there, and I'm THRILLED that DIY weddings are popular right now. So, let the crafting begin!
For this centerpiece, table numbers are made using parchment paper and glass hurricanes. Be sure to choose a beautiful font, this one is Buttermilk, by Jessica Hische, I'm a huge fan!
While this project is perfect for a wedding tablescape it could be used for any kind of entertaining. Pretty glowing candle centerpieces would be elegant decor for a dinner party, or for your Easter table. Not sure if this project will make the final cut for our reception tables, but I'm happy to know something this pretty is so easy to make!

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Valentine's Day Sticker Fun

Here's a homemade Valentine idea for your dearest little one. Instead of making a card, create a little activity folder stuffed with sticker fun. I made the folder by taping two envelopes together. Slide stickers into one side of the folder, and hand-drawn activity sheets into the other. You could even download Valentine-themed coloring or activity pages online and scale them down to fit inside your folder.

Check out the simple how-to!

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My First Succulents

Here they are -- my first succulents. Aren't they pretty?
I don't think I'll ever stop missing the towering Maple, Oak and Pine trees of the North East, but I've found myself feeling quite smitten with Southern California's plant life lately. It still surprises me to look out my bedroom window and see towering palm trees, and while hiking in the canyons I'm amazed at the resilient, irrepressible cacti that grow wild and full along the twisting paths.
But, my new favorite Southern California flora are succulent plants. I'm in love with their earthy colors -- which range from rusty oranges to soft grey-greens.  And, when a variety of plants are potted together you can really appreciate their varied textures and subtle color differences.
I picked up a few varieties including Hens and Chicks (love that name!) and I'm planning to re-plant them in new pots this weekend. This will be a test not only of my gardening skills, but also a sort of training session. I would love to use succulents for our wedding decor, and what better way to cut-costs then to DIY the centerpieces? So, I'm embarking on my first little succulent experiment -- woohoo. I'll have pictures of the process and completed project to share soon.

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Valentine's Day Papel Picado


I've totally fallen in love with these beautiful paper flag banners or Papel Picado. The name Papel Picado translates to "perforated paper" and when created by true Mexican folk artists these flags are absolutely stunning. In the Mexican tradition Papel Picado are actually chiseled from stacks of tissue paper. While not nearly as beautiful as traditional Papel Picado, my version is a quick and kid-friendly using just paper punches and scissors.

I've been doing lots of wedding "research" (i.e. drooling over photos on wedding blogs) and these paper flags have made an appearance on a number of my favorite sites.  Matt and I decided to get married in California, so I've been thinking a lot about what makes a California wedding special. I've found that many of my favorite California weddings incorporate Mexican influences, like these flags. It's incredible how elegant they look when cut from white paper. Papel Picado would be a beautiful and cost-efficient way to dress up an outdoor venue.

I'm not sure if we will end up incorporating Papel Picado into our wedding, but I had to come up with an easy at-home version. What could be better then a banner of bright flags for Valentine's day? Create your own Papel Picado, with the tutorial after the jump.

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Rustic Heart Banner


Isn't this just the sweetest little heart banner? I love the unexpected combination of rough, rustic burlap and soft red felt. You can hang the banner in a doorway or over a fireplace, or dress up your chairs for Valentine's day dinner. Write whatever message you like on the hearts -- I used jute twine and hot glue to add the lettering.  Or, you could use yarn, ribbon or fabric paints to display your Valentine's day message. Check out the simple tutorial!

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Heart-felt Headband

Lately I've been spending far too much time gazing dreamily at wedding blogs, and far too little time crafting. My weekend should have been FULL of crafting, but instead it was full of wedding planning, wedding re-thinking and coming to terms with wedding realities. 
While planning a wedding is exciting and wonderful I've come to realize that the process bears some resemblance to the 7 stages of grief:
1. Shock & Denial - "Your site fee is what?? Oh no, that can't be right. We're talking about JUST the location right?"
2. Pain & Guilt - "This is crazy, we're out of our minds if we spend this kind of money on just ONE day of our life."
3. Anger & Bargaining - "Weddings are silly anyway, right? I mean who needs cake and flowers and all of that pink??"
4. Depression -- "Ohhh... I'll never have a wedding. I'll never get to have cake!"
5. Upward turn - "Okay, so my wedding won't be in Martha Stewart, but it will be perfect for US"
6. Reconstruction & Working through - "Who cares? I'm the luckiest lady in the world -- I'm marrying my best friend, the love of my life."
7. Hope - "We can get married on a street corner, it's going to be the best wedding ever!"
Yup, that's pretty much how my weekend went. If you've been through the process maybe it looks familiar...
Fortunately, somewhere between Shock and Reconstruction I did manage to make one simply-cute craft that would be adorable to wear on Valentine's day, or any day you're feeling love-ly. It's a felt heart headband that requires no glue, just scissors, ribbon and felt. So pretty - check out the tutorial 

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Popsicle Stick Puppets

Check out these cuties, aren't they the best? Those pipe cleaner arms - hilarious and so expressive! This one fits the bill if you're looking for a craft that's simple, budget-friendly, and won't make a mess of your kitchen table. Plus, I love that these puppets will inspire hours of imaginative play.
Do those craft foam shapes look familiar? Yup, I used them in my last post too. I have to confess - my craft cabinet is a crazy mess and needs to be re-organized, re-thought and re-done. Instead of diving into the madness I decided to use the first materials I could get my hands on. Sometimes limits really help to spark creativity. I love these little guys, and I hope you will too. Check-out the how-to.

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Five Minute Art: Whimsical Craft Foam Pictures

What to do with stir-crazy kids on a snowy winter afternoon? How about a five-minute art project that will get kids thinking creatively? This one is so easy, and it's good for all ages. The best part is that you probably have everything you need stashed away with your craft supplies.

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Fresh New Year


Hello friends, Happy New Year! We had such a wonderful holiday visiting family and friends on the East coast. We made stops in three states and spent time with so many of the people that we love and miss. It was a joy and we had so much to celebrate. 
I love the holidays, but there's something great about a fresh start, and this year I have lots of things to accomplish. First up - getting back to crafting!
Yesterday we took down the Christmas decorations and packed them away for next year. I felt a little sad to see the holiday sparkle go. I lit lots of candles and bought some bright yellow flowers to fill the void left by all of that lovely Christmas greenery. 
At the farmers market this morning I was drawn to the citrus fruits with their cheery yellow skins. I bought a pound of Meyer lemons -- even though I'm not sure how I'll use them. For now they'll sit in a bowl, decorating my dining room table.
Thank you for checking back, I'm looking forward to a fabulous 2011 full of fresh ideas!

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