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DIY: Snow Globes

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One day this week for Preschool, I helped Ben and Abby make snowglobes for their craft project! They turned out very nice so I decided to put them up on my blog -under my Teacher Stuff and DIY Crafts tags, because anyone can do this craft, they're very pretty, and a bit mesmerizing!


I don't have step-by-step pictures, but I think a detailed explanation will suffice:

1. Start with a plain jar. Big or small? Doesn't matter.

2. The most fun part! Pour in all kinds of light-catching treasures such as sparkly beads, blue, white, or silver glitter (I used fine AND large flake glitter). Sequins, confetti pieces, and whatever else you'd like.

3. Pour in the water, leaving enough air at the top of the jar to shake it!

4. Screw on the lid and hot glue it- like crazy! I couldn't imagine one of the kids shaking the life out of that snowglobe and then the lid popping off!!

5. Shake, roll, and enjoy your pretty new craft!

I liked shaking it and holding it in the light. The glitter sp…

Polka Dot Tealight Jars

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Spring is coming, and so is the craft show I've signed up for!!!
No big deal, I'm nearly finished with all of my DIY crafts. I displayed all of my crafts and decor on our dining room table last night- and it looked awesome! Praying for a good turn-out on that day and a lot of people buy up my crafty stuffs....

So, I thought I'd share some of the crafts that I'll be selling at the show- along with a tutorial for each- so you can learn how to make it yourself too!

Verrrrry simple!

1. Buy a glass votive or tea light jar (obviously)

2. Put your hand inside to move it in around without touching the paint.

3. Using a rounded instrument (I used a pencil eraser), stamp white dots around the glass.

4. Be sure not to dab it on too thick, or it will begin to drip down as it dries - which is what mine did, and I had to do it all over again.   >:(

5. After it has dried, put in a tealight. I carefully wrapped a thin piece of cloth around the bottom half of the tealight (which is where t…

Best ever Chocolate chip cookies!

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This is, by far, my favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies- and they are always a big hit with everybody else we share with!

Here are the ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips (that's the same as
                                                                     a 12 oz. bag.)
Optional: 1 and 1/2 cups of walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts.


RECIPE:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Beat the butter and shortening in a large mixing bowl with a mixer on medium to high speed- about 30 seconds.
Beat the sugars and baking soda until combined.
Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined.
Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer and stir in the rest with a wooden spoon. Once all has combined, add the chocolate chips and mix in. Add the optional nuts as well.
Drop the dough with rounded teaspoons (about 2 inches apart) on an UNGREAS…

Valentine's Day Preschool Activities

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Here's a re-cap of what we did on Valentine's Day for Preschool: First, we started out by making heart trees. I traced their hand and arm, and cut out a heart shape in a makeup sponge. They dipped it in paint and dabbed away!

Then they colored the trunk when they were finished stamping.
Next, we made heart crowns. Easily made by stapling pink or red paper around their head, and attaching small hearts around the crown. In between our letter reviews, we stamped with toilet paper tubes-bent into a heart shape.


Another great activity we did- this was also great for fine motor. I taught them how to weave yarn through a large heart I had punched holes through.
And lastly, I helped the kids make their Valentines for Mom. You can cut out medium-sized hearts, and have the kids name things they love their mom or another loved one the best for! I attached a green pipe cleaner to each heart.
And of course, it was a big hit!


They had a great time at our little Valentine school day! Hope this helpe…

Timeless Vintage Necklace

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I'd say this necklace difficulty could probably be a medium-it wasn't super easy- but you know me- it can't be THAT hard if I made it! I don't like hard stuffs... Anyway, all you will need is: *String (My personal favorite is un-waxed dental floss--I have used floss for years on my necklaces-and none of them have ever become untied, snapped apart, or broken!) *Typical jewelry hardware (glue, jump rings, jewelry pliers, clasps, etc.) *The beads of your choice. (I chose tan, brown and pearl beads. *Vintage charm- I bought this at Hobby Lobby-and just for the record- I LOVE THAT STORE!) *Special beads-(ones that will give your necklace character, such as copper or silver spacers, rhinestone beads, or unique-shaped beads) Make a beautiful strand to your heart's content, and then add the charm either halfway through stringing, or afterwards- right in the middle.
I think that charm is so pretty! It also had a little piece of cute lace at the top of the charm-that's what caug…