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I made these You Are Awesome Key Chains as a Random Craft of Kindness
sponsored by Consumer Crafts and Blueprint Social.
I absolutely love the idea behind Consumer Crafts’ Random Crafts of Kindness campaign:
With the help of 40 awesome bloggers, we are setting out to spread love and kindness by performing random acts of kindness with handmade crafts.
Sharing happiness and good cheer with crafts? I am totally on board!
Instead of making and gifting one craft project, I decided to make 15 small “You Are Amazing” key chains and leave them at random locations all over town to remind perfect strangers just how amazing they really are!
My five year old son helped me assemble and distribute the key chains and loved the stealth aspect of this assignment. I loved the opportunity to talk to him about what a random act of kindness was and how it could make people feel. Life gets so busy and hard sometimes, we forget that we are more connected than not…even with a perfect stranger. Want to share the love? Here’s the tutorial!
You Are Amazing Key Chain
- 1 pkg Brass Plated Key Chains (15 pcs)
- White Plastic Shrink Film
- Black Fine Tip Sharpie
- Core’dinations Medium Creative Core Tags™ in White
- Baker’s Twine
- Free “You Are Amazing” Key Chain Printable
- Free “You Are Amazing” Tag Printables (Tag Template & Tag Design)
1. Use the black Sharpie to trace the Free “You Are Amazing” Key Chain Printable. Cut around the edges and punch a hole in the corner.
3. Print out the Tag Template free printable. Use low adhesive tape (I used some washi) to stick the tags onto the paper. Feed the paper through the printer (making sure that the flat tape side goes in first!) and print out the Tag Design free printable.
My son and I had fun thinking of all the random places we could put the key chains. We left one at his preschool, a few taped to shopping carts, a couple at a check out counter, and a handful taped to gas pumps. We had one left, my son asked it we could give it to our neighbor so we sneakily placed it in their mailbox and ran away laughing. As always, the joy we received in giving was 100 times greater than the worth of a simple key chain.
Thank you to Consumer Crafts for allowing us to participate in this wonderful campaign!
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There are some vegetarians who have little to no temptation when it comes to meat…I’m definitely not one of those vegetarians! I still see pictures of BBQ dripping with sauce or a big juicy hamburger and think “Oh yum.” I’ve been a vegetarian for more than 10 years now so I realize that what I imagine the food tastes like is probably nothing like the reality but that doesn’t stop me from trying to recreate some of my favorite pre-veg foods.
When I received my package of Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces, all the sauces looked great (Tavern Style Pot Roast, Sweet Korean BBQ, Hawaiian Luau, Moroccan Spiced Stew, Mexican Red Chile Taco) but it was no contest the minute I saw “pot roast.” I haven’t had pot roast in freaking forever!
Naturally, the first thing I check was to make sure all the ingredients in the sauce were vegetarian (check) and that I could pronounce all of them (check check). I knew I had some vegetables left over from our CSA box and a couple boxes of seitan just waiting to be used. AND…it just so happened that I was planning on going out that night and needed an easy weeknight dinner for my husband and kids.
Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce to the rescue! I quickly chopped up the carrots and potatoes, tossed them in a slow cooker with the seitan, poured the sauce over everything, and cooked on low for 4 hours. I was able to create a simply amazing weeknight dinner with just 5 minutes of prep!
I know you all have super busy lives, what shortcuts do you sometimes take in the kitchen?
Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving? Yeah, me neither. With all the stress of the holidays, don’t forget to devote some crafting time to yourself. You’ll be happier after a little alone time with your craft supplies and it’s cheaper than therapy. Here’s a fun craft that I originally posted on Crafts Unleashed that will let you craft and prepare for Thanksgiving all at the same time!
Your holiday menu is set, the linens are pressed and the centerpieces are assembled. What’s the final touch to your perfectly arranged table? A Thanksgiving Customizable Butter Mold, of course. Whether you use the finest china or paper plates, your guests are sure to enjoy this fun presentation!
Butter molds have been used for centuries but the antique ones can be pricey, hard to find and difficult to work with. With this quick tutorial you can make your own mold with just a few craft supplies and some standard household materials. From design to size, everything is customizable. Your choices are only limited by your imagination!
Thanksgiving Customizable Butter Mold
- Precious Impressions® Precious Gel Mold Making Powder (12 oz.)
- Thickers Foam Stickers (I used City Park but you can use any font)
- Jumbo Craft Sticks (optional)
- Household supplies for molds (more detail below)
1. Decide what shape you want your butter to be and find small household containers to fit this shape. Each mold will need two containers – make sure that one is smaller than the other so that you can press it into the molding compound. I used two small loaf pans for the rectangular butter shape. For a circular mold, I used a measuring cup and a glass ramekin.
I know this step may sound confusing but just look at the pictures and you’ll see what I mean. (If you’re wondering what the popsicle sticks are for, I used them to stop my container from reaching the bottom. Might be necessary if your containers are close in size.)
2. Add decorative elements to the container that you will be making your mold from. I used Thickers Foam Stickers to write out “peace” but you can do pretty much anything. Just don’t make it too detailed. I tried to use a flower brooch on the round mold but it didn’t take and came out looking like just a blob on top of the butter. Learn from my mistakes and go simple!
3. Following the manufacture’s instructions, mix together the Precious Impressions® Precious Gel Mold Making Powder. One cup of the powder worked well for the rectangular mold, 1/2 worked for the circular mold. Quickly pour into mold!
6. All you have to do now is press some softened butter into your mold and put it in the coldest section of your fridge for about half an hour. I would suggest keeping the mold in the larger container to maintain it’s shape. To remove butter, take the mold out of it’s container and invert over a butter dish. Press the top and sides in gently to pop the butter out.
Of course, your butter art doesn’t have to end when the holiday wrapping paper is thrown away! I’d love to see this done with an elegant monogram for a wedding. Or what about using a Han Solo in Carbonite toy to make the mold?! A buttery version of Han would be absolutely amazing on so many levels! I tell you, the possibilities are endless. What would you use for your Thanksgiving Customizable Butter Mold?
This time of year is always difficult for me as far as decorating goes. Do I put up Thanksgiving decorations even though they’ll only be up for a couple weeks or do I go straight for Christmas and bypass one of my favorite holidays? We’ve been so busy this year, I decided to go with the third option…put out both at the same time with a Reversible Thanksgiving & Christmas Faux Chalk Deer!
I absolutely fell in love with this Standing Wood Deer Figurine over at Consumer Crafts. It’s such a beautiful cutout that I knew would be perfect for the holidays but I couldn’t decide which holiday to make it for. Why not both?! One side says “Giving Thanks” and the other, “Joyeux Noel.” So, when Thanksgiving is over, all I have to do is switch out the grapevine wreath for a frosted sisal one, flip the deer over and now I’m ready for Christmas! So easy, right?
Now if only I could figure out how to make Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner reusable! :D
Reversible Thanksgiving & Christmas Faux Chalk Deer
- Unfinished Standing Wood Deer Figurine
- Americana Multi-Surface Paint (Black Tie)
- Americana Multi-Surface Paint (Warm White)
- White Graphite Paper
- White Paint Pen
- Grapevine Wreath (2″)
- Frosted Sisal Wreath (2.14″)
- Extra Fine Sandpaper
1. Paint the deer portion of the wood cutout with black paint. Allow to dry completely.
2. Trace the deer outline onto a piece of paper and draw out the letters. You can also use a printed font.
3. Cut out deer outline and position over wood deer with a piece of transfer in between. Trace over your words to transfer the design.
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