Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Turkey Bow Tutorial

Howdy, Islandes!  I'm sharing this post again for the turkey bow.  It's easy and fab and such a great accent to any outfit.  ENJOY!

**Originally published November 26, 2013**

Good morning, Islanders!

It's finally time to share the infamous Turkey Bow tutorial.  I've received requests for this tutorial since 2010 when I made Munch's first bow (see the post with its debut here) so I know you're excited!!


- Brown Ribbon (20 inches)
- Pink Ribbon (less than 1 inch)
- Ribbon for Feathers (your choice)
- String
- Hot Glue Gun
- Lighter
- Clippie or Headband


Note: thinner ribbon works better for this design.

1. Cut the brown ribbon into the following pieces - 3 in., 2 in., 1.5 in., and two (2) 1 in. pieces

2.  Glue the ends of the 3 in., 2 in., 1.5 in. pieces together to create a loops like this:

3.  For the 1 in. pieces, create a flat loop (pictured below to the far right):

4.  Stack the loops according to size (dabbing glue at each layer's meeting point):

Back view

Front view

5. Repeat with the two remaining loops to create the turkey head.  Glue the head on top of the body:

6.  Cut 5 pieces of the feather ribbon(s) to be 2 in. long.  Create the open loops:

7.  Glue the loops to the back of the turkey:

8.  Cut a small triangle for the beak and a squiggly strip for the "turkey jiggle" (as Munch calls it):

9.  Glue to clippie (after covering with brown ribbon OR to piece of felt for headband.

10.  Enjoy your festive and fabulous turkey bow!!!

Once I made one, I stopped measuring and whipped up bows for all of our friends.  They make great gifts for little girls:

PLUS, a few spools of ribbon really go a LONG way!


Thursday, November 10, 2016

TBT: Thanksgiving Decor For Less!

This post was originally published on Your Finances Simplified in 2011!  I was reminded of it today and wanted to share this gem.  I guess it is Throwback Thursday!

Am I the only person who woke up to the reality that Thanksgiving is upon us? By wake-up, I mean my “Countdown to Christmas Decor” announcement was interrupted by my 5 year old asking, “how you gon’ decorate for Christmas when we haven’t done anything for Thanksgiving and I don’t have to go to school for that either?!”

UGHFine. I’ll give the holiday its due. I’ll decorate and bake and do the whole turkey thing… I apologize, Thanksgiving, for treating you like the Wednesday of holidays and joining the rush to the holly and the jolly that is Christmas. There. Happy now?
I was faced with the dilemma to decorate on just a few days’ notice.  Of course, this wasn’t going to be a major investment – $15 is all I was willing to give.  After all, this ain’t Christmas! 
When I’m short on cash but big on ideas, I head to my local dollar store, park in the spot with my name (in my head) and walk the aisles until I’m inspired… Here’s how I thriftily (it’s a word, don’t worry) created our last minute Thanksgiving decor:

Friday, November 4, 2016

Halloween 2016: All I Ever Want.

If you've been on the island for awhile, you are well-aware of my crafty mom status.  As you can imagine, I go all glue-crafty crazy for holidays and especially for Halloween.  Remember the $5 costume series of 2015?

Queen of Hearts, anyone?

The crafty clown costume of 2013:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

My Littles: Alani Rose

In my last post, I mentioned that I'm expecting to be an auntie all over again later this spring.  Can I just say, I'm just so excited my list of littles is growing... like, so excited that I could just explode.

Speaking of my littles, do you recall Melina's pink tiffany-themed baby shower?

Well, as you can see in the baby shower photo above, baby was on the way.  Mommy was ready.

I had my snack basket (included in my guide of 13 things you should do for new parents, remember?) ready to go so, I was also ready!

It was August 10th.  I arrived to the hospital for the second time that day to help take care of the other little ones present.  At some point during the afternoon, the delivery room cleared and it was just Melina, her sleeping fiance, her mom, her older sister, and me.  

A drugged Melina called me over to her bedside.  When I got close, she started to speak...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

MaseFace: The Baby Dedication

While we're talking about my awesome nephew and the events surrounding his first birthday, I can't forget to share a great day for our family.  In the weeks before his first birthday, Mason's baby dedication was scheduled for one Sunday during church service.  What's a baby dedication?

A baby dedication is a ceremony where parents and family members commit before witnesses to submit a child to God's will and raise that child according to God's word and ways.

For Mason's graduation, family came from near and far.  There were aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and great-grandparents.  My dad, the Pastor of our church, took a seat for the ceremony to be the Pop-Pop.  A close family friend and Pastor at our church officiated the ceremony.  With the eyes of his family and friends on him, my nephew couldn't resist the time to make eye contact with each family member around the room and wave.  It was so cute.

The ceremony was short and sweet. The cuteness was too much for my soul.  The love was real.  It was a great day.  Afterward, lunch was served.  On the cake, there was a message.

The message was different from the photo above.  In parenthesis beside the word child, scribbled in frosting was 'x2.'  Wait, child x 2.  As in 2 kids?  Wait.  I looked over from across the room.  Dad was crying and hugging sis-in-law around the neck.  Dad glanced over to mom.  She started crying... What is going on here, people?!  He looked at me and held up 2 fingers.

2 fingers.  Oh, 2 FINGERS!!!  Does this mean what I think it means?  Yep, dos... as in two.  TWO babies... that are *like* mine.  Islanders, my brother will have another little one and I am going to love that baby like it's my own.  It was real.  Then, it was public information.

You see the pic.  My neph is wearing the shirt. Big brother status 'round here.  Love him.  Love this.  Love my soon-to-be new little so much already.  You know what this means, Islander.  There will be more cuteness coming your way in the very near future!!

Auntie Status!!! OMG!  You do realize that I've been promoted from amateur auntie to a PRO!  Stay tuned! More littles coming your way!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Where the Wild Things Are DIY Water Bottles

Hi, Islanders!

The last we spoke, my family was celebrating one year of MaseFace fun.  While I'm still dealing with the realization my sweet nephew is an entire year old, I wanted to share an easy party craft I came up with for his party.

Where the Wild Things Are Water Bottle Craft

In the case of MaseFace's birthday party, my sis-in-law was actively planning the event and I offered to support as little or as much as she needed.  A few days prior to the event, she asked me to handle a few minor tasks which included picking up water bottles.


Let me put this into perspective, Islander.  I didn't design the invitation.  I didn't help with the cake.  I didn't make favors.  I. Did. Nothing.  I mean, I received one photo of a canvas she was using as the inspiration for the party color scheme and decor earlier in the planning process but that was it.

I knew this task to pick up water bottles was my only opportunity to do something for my nephew's first birthday so I seized it and I came up with something easy to fit the theme.

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