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

Click HERE for the how-to
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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