Monday, April 21, 2014

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}


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Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

Are you well rested from the hustle & bustle of Easter weekend? Well don't relax to much - it's time to start thinking about Mother's Day crafts and gifts. {Seriously - where did the time go?} After looking at my calendar and realizing it's only three weeks away - I panicked. If you are like me - you like to stay on top of things and get things squared away long before the actual day. Although three weeks seems like a long time - it does creep up fast.

Well my friends - YOU have no reason to panic. Today I'm going to showcase TWO handmade gift ideas that not only look {and smell} great BUT they also fit well in a tight budget & don't take too much time either. How am I doing it? With Kool-Aid products!

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

While shopping at my local Walmart Supercenter - I was able to grab ALL my supplies. {This makes my heart happy because I'm a one-stop-shop kinda gal} Although the Kool-Aid brand is primarily known for their drinkable juice drinks  - I'm thinking outside the box and showcasing how YOU can get crafty with the brand! I'm sure you are anxious to know how I did it, so let's get right to it!

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

Watercolor Cards w/Kool-Aid 
This is a fun way to personalize your paper and make handmade cards with it.
Did I mention the end result will smell amazing?

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

Supplies:
* Kool-Aid products in Various Colors
* Paintbrushes
* Cookie Sheet
* Plastic Cups
* Wire Rack
* Cardmaking supplies {Cardstock, stickers, glue etc.}

I used Kool-Aid Liquid {undiluted} in Cherry, 96oz Ready-To-Drink Kool-Aid in Grape and Kool-Aid Bursts in Berry Blue.

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}
Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}
Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}
Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

Directions:
* Pour your various colors of Kool-Aid in separate cups. I did not dilute the Kool-Aid liquid but you can if you like.
* Place your wire rack inside the cookie sheet {I did this so my work area would not get wet and the excess Kool-Aid could drain off the paper}
* Set a sheet of cardstock on top of the wire rack.
* Dip your paint brushes in the Kool-Aid and draw/paint out designs on the paper.
* Hang your paper or place it in an undisturbed area to let it dry completely.
* Once dry - use as you normally would in your cardmaking.

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

Kool-Aid Lip Balm
A simple & tasty way to make homemade lip balm.

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

Supplies:
* Kool-Aid Packets
* Coconut Oil
* Small Plastic Lip Balm Containers {Found in most craft stores}

For my lip balm I used Lemonade & Pink Lemonade Kool-Aid packets. {Very delicious but sour} Please keep in mind - that when picking your packets that you don't pick wild/dark colors. Whatever color the lip balm turns, is what your lips will be stained with!

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}
Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

Directions:
* Place 1 cup of coconut oil in a microwavable measuring cup.
* Melt coconut oil in microwave for 1-2 minutes, until smooth and easy to stir.
* Next, add one Kool-Aid packet and stir until well blended.
* Pour mixture into your lip balm containers.
* Let sit for an hour {undisturbed}
* Place lid on container and gift!

{Before washing your measuring cup - take a paper towel and try to get as much coconut oil out as you can. This way the coconut oil won't mess up your plumbing!}

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

And that my friends, is how YOU can great crafty with Kool-Aid. {Simple, right?} And when the work is over - take the unused leftovers from the bottles and have a tall glass to celebrate!

To end this post - I have some exciting information to share! Jim Dillard, pro fisherman, could be coming to your local Walmart! There will be product giveaways, t-shirts, games, and more fun activities! {I'm a bit jealous for those who can attend!}

Dates and locations:

Friday May 30th 5-7pm:
    13675 Highway 43 Russellville, AL WM Supercenter
Saturday May 31st 3-5pm:
    3100 Hough Rd Florence, AL WM Supercenter
Saturday May 31st 6-8pm:
    517 Avalon Ave Muscle Shoals, AL WM Supercenter
Friday June 20th 5-7pm:
    1210 Mineral Wells Ave Paris, TN WM Supercenter
Saturday June 21st 3-5pm:
    1225 Paris Rd Murray, KY WM Supercenter
Saturday June 21st 6-8pm:
    809 N 12th St Murray, KY WM Supercenter
Friday August 8th 5-7pm:
    360 Harbison Blvd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
Saturday August 9th  3-5pm:
    1326 Bush River Rd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
Saturday August 9th 6-8pm:
    2401 Augusta Rd West Columbia, SC WM Supercenter

I hope this crafty post inspired you! Stay tuned for more Mother's Day crafts & gift ideas in the next few days!!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Last Minute Spring & Easter Inspiration {Roundup}


Last Minute Spring & Easter Inspiration {Roundup}
 
For some reason {in my opinion} this upcoming Easter holiday weekend really came up fast. I'm normally really on top of things and have EVERYTHING planned out for weeks. When it comes to the holidays, I don't like to mess around. But as I was planning out my blog posts and such - I just felt like there wasn't enough time. I had all these ideas in my head, but lacked the days in my calendar. I felt extremely rushed and wondering where my time went...

If you are like me and feel like the past month flew by - don't feel alone. Although I got quite a few things done the last few weeks, there are still SEVERAL Easter themed things I wanted to get done for my blog. I guess there is always next year - right? I'm only human and I can blame all this on the fact that we were enjoying life. That is the best excuse I have.

So for today's blog post, I decided that instead of a new craft tutorial, I will do a recap on all the spring/Easter things I have shared on the blog so far. I have a few more spring kid crafts to share next week {after all - spring is still going on strong} but I won't be sharing anything Easter related. {this makes my heart ache} I hope this post roundup gives you some last minute inspiration before you celebrate this weekend, as well as giving you some inspiration for other spring activities you might do!

Free Easter Printables
Easter Card Inspiration
Decorative Marble Eggs {Kid Craft}
Polka Dot Eggs {Kid Craft}
Handprint Carrot Gift Bags
Easter Chick {Kid Craft}
Some "Bunny" Loves You Gift Bags {Free Printable}
Handprint Flowerpot {Kid Craft} 
Tips For A Perfect Picnic
Egg Carton {Earth Day Kid Craft}
Salt Dough Gift Tags
Flower Gift Bags
Mini Easter Baskets
Clothespin Bunnies {Kid Craft}
Plant & Grow {Busy Bag Idea}
Handprint Sunshine Canvas {Kid Craft}
Styrofoam Carrot {Kid Craft}
Welcome Spring Printables
Spring Welcome Sign
Rays of Sunshine {Kid Craft}
Egg Carton Flowers {Kid Craft}
Coffee Filter Umbrellas {Kid Craft}
Egg Carton Caterpillar {Kid Craft}
Cherry "Pop" Artwork {Kid Craft}

As I share more spring related posts on my blog, I'll be adding them to this roundup. So be sure to bookmark this page for future reference!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Crafty Thursday Obsessions {Week 16}


Crafty Thursday Obsessions {Week 15}

Happy Thursday my friends! Ready for another Crafty Thursday Obsession Linkup Party, where we feature YOU? I hope you are! I'm going to jump straight into things and share with you ALL my current obsession. {Although it's not exactly crafty}

Drum-roll please!!