Toddler Made Canvas Stenciled Bag

This year, for Halloween, Annabelle and I made a trick or treat bag to match her purple butterfly costume.

Stenciled Canvas BagI figured it would be a nice craft for us to do together and that after Halloween, she could use the bag for other outings.

Ab with Butterfly BagAt Michael’s I picked up a canvas bag, a butterfly stencil and three different shades of purple paint.

Butterfly Canvas BagI put the the different colored paints out for her with little sponge brushes.

Sponge BrushesThen I held the stencil in place so she could paint, letting her pick the colors as she went.  I told her to tap the brush instead of sweeping it along the canvas.  She was really careful to stay in the stencil and she kept repeating “tap, tap, tap” softly as she went.  We even used the inside of the stencil to make a few of the butterflies.

Canvas Bag BackI love how she mixed the different shades of purple to make each butterfly.

Butterfly DetailWith Christmas right around the corner, I’m thinking these would make really sweet gifts for a grandma or aunt.  They could use the bag for grocery shopping, running errands, etc.

Happy Crafting!

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Organizing Tip Of The Week: Make Your Bed

Tip #7: Make your bed every morning.

I’ve written about this tip before but it’s so easy and makes such a difference, I thought I’d throw it out there again.  Making your bed each morning takes two minutes.  (Three if you’ve got a lot of fancy-schmancy pillows.)  Yet, it’s one of those quick and easy tasks that completely changes the state of your bedroom.  Instantly your room appears more orderly.  It’s a simple (daily) two minute transformation.

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Spooky Soap

Because of allergies, Annabelle’s school has strict policies on bringing food in for the kids.  So for Halloween, I needed a non-food treat for her classmates.

May I present Spooky Soap…

Spooky SoapI found the idea on Pinterest, originally from Milk and Cuddles blog.  She made her soap with spiders inside.  I used bouncy ball eyeballs as my spooky element.  (You can head on over to Milk and Cuddles to see exactly how the soap is made.)

SS Close-upI wrapped each Spooky Soap in a plastic bag and tied on a little tag that read, “Happy Halloween!  Frightfully Yours, Annabelle.”

SS PackagingI made the tags in PicMonkey and then printed them out in Word.

SS Tags In WordThen I mounted them on black cardstock and tied them with black curling ribbon.

Spooky Soap Wrapped and TaggedAnnabelle loves the soap.  It took her four baths, but she finally reached the eyeball and has since not stopped bouncing (and chasing) it.  She was very excited to share the soap with all her little friends.

This year marks the first Halloween that she one, picked her own costume and two, is excited to go trick or treating.  Here’s my purple butterfly all dressed up and ready for some treats.

Annabelle Halloween 2013If you’re looking for more non-food Halloween treats, check out the adorable Glow Stick Brooms Alex over at NorthStory made.

Happy Halloween, Everyone!

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A Little Spooky Inspiration

Hello lovely readers.  Happy October!  I apologize for my blogging absence.  Life has simply needed my focus at the moment, so blogging has been set aside for a spell.  I plan to be up and blogging again very, very soon…

Until then, I wanted to check in with all of you and offer up a bit of spooky inspiration from past Halloween projects.

Last year Annabelle and I made this adorable handprint spider

spider-handprint-2012And  footprint ghost.  How cute are they?

annabelles-footprint-ghost-2012How about some pumpkin painting for some messy holiday fun?  What kid doesn’t love finger painting, right?

painting-pumpkins1If you’re looking for some super simple DIY decorations, here are a few that I whipped up last October.  A little halloween word art

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And a framed BOO! (Both of these projects could easily be done for any holiday.  How cute would JOY be framed for Christmas?)

boo-framed-and-finishedWith Annabelle’s help, I also made crazy cheap centerpieces for our dining room table (using at home items like rocks and rice).  The spider web under the rock centerpiece was made with glitter and glue!

halloween-centerpieces-1Last year I hosted a Halloween Party and went in search of frightful food ideas.  Below are the dishes I ended up making.  All were surprisingly easy! (I linked to all the ones that were Pinterest inspired).

Spider Web Black Bean Hummus (This spider web could be done over any dip.  I bet guacomole would look properly icky!)

A Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Black & Orange (a.k.a. cantaloupe and black berry) Fruit Salad

Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats

Graveyard Pudding Cups

And finally, Spooky Oreo Faces.

And what’s Fall without a little Spiked Hot Apple Cider?

Happy October!!

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First Day Of School!

Wishing everyone a very happy first day of school!

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P.S. You can check out how I made Annabelle’s First Day Of School sign here and see her pictures from last year here.

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Instagram…Here We Come!

I’ve been so busy behind the scenes lately getting ready to make the leap to self-hosted, that posts have been really light.  I apologize.  The switch is happening soon…STAY TUNED!!

I’m itching to get back to my bloglovin’ reader that is exploding with lovely posts from all the wonderful blogs I follow.  I can’t wait to have a moment to dive back in and catch up.  I miss reading what you all have been up to!

blogging soon!

In the meantime, I wanted to let you all know that Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons is now on Instagram.  Just click on over to follow along…

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Annabelle’s 3rd Birthday Party Invitation

Tomorrow my little love turns three.  (Seriously, when did that happen?!)  So party planning is in full swing for a little family bash we’re throwing for her on Saturday.

Her first birthday party was a Garden Party.  Her second, a Sesame Street themed affair.  For this year’s theme, because Annabelle and I frequentley like to get crafty together, we decided on an Art Party.

AB Invite FrontI’ve been busy planning lots of fun artsy activities for Annabelle and all her little cousins.  The weather currently calls for rain, so I am trying to remain calm as visions of 10 paintbrush-weilding kiddies running around my house, dance through my brain.  The picture I used on the front of her invite is her painting a Christmas gift for daddy.  And her little paint covered hands on the back of the invite are whipping up some handmade thank you notes.

AB Invite BackCan’t wait to share all the fun birthday details with you!

P.S. Click here to read all about The Yoga Babies Third Birthday Party.

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Last Day Of School Sign

You may remember that way back in September, when Annabelle started school for the first time, I made a sign to take her picture with each year on the first day of school.

I made it dry erase so I could personalize the bottom each year with the date, her age, grade, etc.

First Day Of School With PersonalizationOn Friday, her last day of school for the year, I thought it would be cute to take a last day of school picture, to see just how much she’s grown over the course of a school year. So I took out her First Day Of School Sign and simply crossed out the First and wrote in Last. Here she is heading to her last day of school. (The blocked out portion says the name of her school).

Last Day Of School June 2013!And here she is way back in September on her very first day of school…

First Day Of School Sept. 2013Next week…she starts camp!

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The Yoga Babies Are Turning THREE!

If you’ve been following my blog then you know all about the Yoga Mamas.  My sweet mommy friends.  My sanity.  My fellow life-rafters.

When we first met, our babies were a few months old.  And now they are (incredibly) turning three. Together, we have watched our babies grow.  As a group we’ve cheered on their first steps and marveled as they each grew into unique little people.

Our babies are all summer 2010 kiddies, the oldest being born in May and the youngest the very last day of July.  There are 11 original yoga babies but in three short years the number has almost doubled to a staggering 20 yoga babies.

When the original eleven turned one, each mama threw their own 1st birthday party.  But last year, for their second birthdays, we decided to throw them a joint birthday party.  A lovely tradition was born.

This year’s party was at a local farm.

Annabelle & Daddy YB Party 2013

Connor YB Party 2013Each child was given their own cowboy hat and bandana.

Annabelle & Mommy YB Party

Clara YB Party 2013They got to pet bunnies…

Evan With Bunny YB Party

Desi YB Party 2013

Annabelle Petting The Bunny YB Party 2013And feed goats…

Annabelle Feeding Goat YB PartyAnd enjoy little pony rides…

Megan YB Party 2013Then it was inside for pizza…

Eating Pizza YB PartyAnd giggling…

Annabelle & Daniella YB Party 2013And cupcakes…

Cupcakes YB Party 2013

Ivan and Stella YB Party 2013Prior to the party we put the kids’ names in a hat and each mama bought a gift for one child.  Of course no party would be complete without an attempt at the ever-challenging-group-shot.

Group Shot YB Party 2013It is a gift to be able to celebrate our children together.  I feel so blessed to have found this amazing group of women and to be a part of their children’s lives.

Annabelle & Mommy at YB PartyHappy Third Birthday Sweet Yoga Babies!

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