Archive | March, 2011

Build your own Easter basket

30 Mar

I remember two things about Easter when I was a kid – Easter egg hunts and an Easter basket in the morning. I looked forward to the Easter basket the most because it came with everything that I was in to and I always wondered how the Easter bunny knew exactly what to leave me.

Then I became a mom and realized – ohhhh, that’s how.

The best and cheapest way to light up your child’s face on Easter morning is to build one yourself.

Things to take into consideration:

how much money do you want to spend
how many children do you need to prepare for
what are the children’s ages
boy/girl
what kind of things are/is the children in to

Once you have those covered, go from there.

There are several choices on what kind of ‘basket’ to use. You could go with the traditional woven basket or opt for a plastic bucket that could be re-used for beach or park trips. Another good alternative is a reusable eco-friendly drawstring bag. The kids can use that for their arts and crafting supplies afterward or take it to the grocery store to put your produce in! My suggestion, because I am all things re-usable, is to find something that either the child or yourself can find useful in the house or re-gift to someone so it’s not tossed in the trash at the end of the day.

After choosing the basket you need to fill it. Traditionally that plastic ‘grass’ is used, but I suggest using paper from your shredder or 100% recycled paper pieces. But you might not even need that if you choose a decent amount of items to fill the basket.

Now for the cool stuff – the things that makes kids so happy. Think about what your child is in to – are they in to sports? Fill it with sports related items. Do you have a girl that loves playing with her hair? Fill it with hair accessories like headbands and a cute comb. You know your children well enough to gather the perfect items for the basket.

Don’t forget the candy! And candy filled eggs! Hollow chocolate bunnies and caramel chocolate eggs were my fave as well as Jelly Bellies. You could also make your own treats!

“Where should I find these things with out breaking the bank?”

The perfect thing about that is, building your own simply wont. But you could save even more if you shop wisely. Do you have a dollar store around? That is the perfect place to find most, if not all, of your items. Also, Walmart, Kmart, Target {dollar section in the front!}, CVS, Rite Aid, and thrift stores are other options as well. If, like my family, you’re big crafters, don’t miss the deals that Micheal’s, Beverly’s, or any other local craft stores have to offer. If you visit a craft store, pick up some embellishments for your basket as well to add a special touch and personalize it even more.

It’s very easy to throw this together without spending a lot. Yes, it might be easier to just go buy a premade basket, but most of the time they’re way too much money, they’re not personal, and the toys… suck. Make your child happy with out breaking the bank and have some fun doing it!

Hurry, Easter is coming soon!

REMINDER!!!!

In celebration of National Craft Month, us girls here are giving away a craft basket for kids filled with goodies! All you have to do is leave a comment on any post tagged ‘National Craft Month’, one comment per post, and you’re automatically entered to win. One day left to comment! The winner will be announced April 1! Comment away!

Happy Crafting!

 

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|Slightly Discouraged? No way, it’s your loss!|

30 Mar

Last Friday we had another installment of our ‘Freebie Friday‘ in which Breana {in light of moving} was giving away some pretty useful and awesome skeins of yarn.

The chance to win was easy, like our other installments – simply leave a comment stating what your fave craft is. Bonus: tweet  Me oh my! Win a prize from the girls at sewbastediwannapurl! @basteandpurl http://bit.ly/ht14nR #craft #giveaway #sew #knit and leave another comment with your twitter name to double your chances of winning. It ran Friday to Monday and winners would be announced on Tuesday.

Tuesday came – no announcement. “Why!?!??! What!?!?!” Well, thats because you didn’t comment!

I don’t know about you, but I love all things free – Monday at 11pm I was considering hopping on my personal blog account and leaving a comment of having my nine year old daughter comment from her blog just so our post wouldn’t fail. But it made me consider a couple things…. it made me think about promoting our blog more, posting more, letting more people know about who we are, what we are about, and what we’re trying to accomplish.

The first two installments were so successful that it didn’t cross my mind that we wouldn’t have a winner and since I follow a lot of crafting blogs and they have comments up the wazoo, I just figured we would announce a winner Tuesday. We are thankful, though, to our friends that commented on our first two ‘Freebie Friday’ posts – it’s nice to have that support on a more personal level. It definitely makes us happy. And we want more!

At first I felt a little discouraged, but then I realized that you can’t win them all! Plus, we literally just started this blog – we can’t expect to be big overnight. It’d be nice, but it just isn’t realistic. And we are okay with that.

We hope that you find our blog useful and enjoy the installments that we have. If there is anything you would like to see change or added, please let us know. We are always down for feedback and want to improve so we can reach our goals set for this blog.

Thanks for your support and for checkin us chicks out.!

Happy Crafting!

~Ashley

Freebie Friday!

25 Mar

So in the fun of moving, there’s the greatness of packing. Along with packing, though, does come this nice cleanse. I do enjoy being able to minimize my belongings and get rid of things I no longer need to hold onto. Well, lucky you guys! You get to benefit from my move.

So we’re gonna be giving away some yarn from my stash. The big part is some (4 to 5)  yarn skeins (40 yards per) I bought, and never used. These guys are not the greatest…feeling…yarn. However it would be great to practice, make some household goods, anything that you won’t be wearing I’d recommend, oh and it’s 100% wool. Maybe a small rug? It’s bulky yarn in a sexy shade of…tan.

But don’t worry that’s not all. I’m also including this awesome scrap stash. I know this doesn’t seem too awesome, but there’s actually a decent amount to make a little beanie for a doll, a coaster or 2, and how many patterns have you needed waste yarn or a stitch holder for and can’t find a contrasting color? And one more thing – this snazzy skein of orange yarn. I believe it is a worsted weight Cascade wool. But I can’t guarantee that.

This little bundle will be available to enter immediately.

First, Leave a comment telling us:

What your go to craft is? What is your number one crafting hobby?

I know mine is knitting, and Ashley is absolutely in love with sewing.

But wait! You also have an extra chance to win! If you tweet this lovely little ditty:

Me oh my! Win a prize from the girls at sewbastediwannapurl! @basteandpurl http://bit.ly/ht14nR #craft #giveaway #sew #knit

After you tweet it, just comment again with your twitter name. So you are allowed 2 comments, which makes 2 entries. Pretty exciting!

You know the fine print deal: Only USA residents, no duplicating more than 2 entries or you will be disqualified.

This giveaway will end Monday at 11:59 pm. That’s right, giving you a few more hours to enter! Winners will be chosen with a random number generator announced Tuesday.

Happy Crafting!

Breana & Ashley

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|Easter Egg Decorating Kit|

25 Mar

Last night Richard & I went on a lil’ date night to a show where my friends The Mighty Fine played and Bry went to her nannas so we werent able to do an Easter craft, but we still were able to prepare. Before the show we stopped off at good ol’ CVS and found a fun egg decorating kit. This thing is jam-packed with goodies! Stickers, silly circles and the usual supplies… for less than $2.00! Definitely worth grabbing and trying if you havent before. Easter is less than a month away so make sure you get one now – kids and adults alike have a blast dying eggs and eating them later!

~Ashley

Couple Crafting

25 Mar

As one of my going away treats and in celebration of National Craft Month, Ashley and I planned a girls crafting night. I thought this was such a great idea! Why not work on some wedding decorations! Origami will lead the way!

However, both of these ideas faltered, but the night still ended well.

First off, due to scheduling conflicts, some of the girls weren’t able to make it. Understandable, we invited our boys along to hang out with each other while we got wild with the paper. I was surprised when, instead of huddling around the N64 (like usual), they actually participated! :D.

Next I thought we could do Origami. I mean, c’mon, I made cranes when I was like 10. Ha. Hahah. HAHAHA.

Grand fail…at first. We gathered around a few books from the Library, and grabbed some paper from Michaels.

As people came over and we got our craft on, we started to find things we could make. There were quite a few cranes, tons of petals for flowers, an owl, a horse, a Samurai hat, boat, the list goes on. Not all of them were perfect, but that wasn’t quite the point.

The point was to get friends together and try something new. We had a little beer, a movie in the background and a lot of paper crinkling with random chit chat in between folds.

Oh! And Ashleys daughter came along and started on her foam, no wait… felt Easter egg decorating kit from Michaels, which marks the beginning to Ashley & Brys week long fun of getting prepared for Easter with D.I.Y. crafting! Her egg turned out pretty awesome!

I highly suggest to get some friends together and try a new craft. Maybe show some friends something you know but they don’t. Its something that will bring your friendship closer and aquire (or work on) a new skill.

Happy Crafting!

Bre

|New Product/Work In Progress Wednesday|

23 Mar

A while back I had mentioned that I was going to be introducing a new product in celebration of National Craft Month and going green. I am so very excited to have these products in my hands – kinda. I have finished one set of three entirely, and have made the main bags of the other two sets; I’m just waiting for zippers.

Since I am so excited {really, I am. Everyone I know and see I am showing them the snack bags, even if they’re not a parent or are 3 years old}, I decided to take the opportunity of going over to my friend Ravelle’s house to help her sew and sew a snack bag for her 3 year old daughter, Lyla.

She wanted to put her cheerios in there

She kept saying, ‘Ashely, did you make this for me Ashely?’ Approval! She totally loved it. Its great to hear the parents approval, but its most important to have the child’s who is using it, making sure the ‘fun’ in ‘function’ comes out.

I should have all the sets complete by Friday for another installment of ‘Finished Project Friday’. Check back for all three sets then!

Happy Sewing!

~Ashley

|Easter Crafts|

22 Mar

Easter is one month away! So now is a perfect time to get started on crafting D.I.Y. Easter projects – it will save you money and your family will be able to have that crafting time together as well.

All of this week, each evening when I get home from slinging diapers at my day job, I am going to sit down with Bry and do a different Easter craft to get us prepared for Easter. I will also be giving out other ideas that we might not be doing and great places to find Easter stuff.

One great store to visit is Michael’s Arts & Crafts. They have a nice selection of Easter crafts at very, super affordable prices. And did you know… they have 40% off coupons every time you purchase something so you can save even more! Bry and I visited Michael’s last week and picked up a neat foam Easter egg decorating kit, which we will be working on tomorrow night.

Visit Michael’s site to look at ideas and products they have available for all your crafting needs – it’s definitely a great place to start.

Happy -almost- Easter & Crafting!

~Ashley