Gumdrop Wreath

I first made a gumdrop wreath in college.  It was an idea from a Martha Stewart magazine of course.

It was actually quite fun to do with my kids.  Bridget is 4-1/2 and was able to really help.

We used small cutters to cut the toothpicks in half (it would be quite difficult to break in half as suggested by MS.)

It is important that you use the round larger toothpicks because the small flat kind are not strong enough to hold on the gumdrops, which are a heavy candy.

It is also important that the point end of the toothpick go into the wreath.  If you use the end that you cut, it does not grip the styrofoam.

We are celebrating advent this year by using both the traditional advent wreath with five candles and a Jesse tree.  Each night we light our candles and remember what each one represents and then we hang our ornament on our Jesse Tree (or in our case faux white branches from C&B.)  The children get to eat a chocolate gold coin while we read the corresponding scripture for each ornament to remind us that God’s word is sweet and worth more than gold (and to get them to sit still.)  I am excited because even though they are young (two and four) they completely understand that we are getting ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus and that he came to bring light in the darkness.

While we still have fun with the spirit of Santa, Paddy is expecting a baby Jesus to show up Christmas morning.  Speaking of Paddy, he took me by surprise and completely potty trained himself recently.  He also had his first haircut. The  picture below  will explain why I finally had to do it. . .


mason jar snow globes

Sometimes you see things and think “I could make that.”  And sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t.  Sometimes it ends up being difficult and more expensive than anticipated- that does not mean it wasn’t worth it, but saving money is not always the goal when you make things.

I saw these snow globes at anthropologie and loved them, and then I saw the price.  I thought “I could make that”  and I did and it cost me about $1 per globe.  I found the trees at Wal-Mart and I already had jars and glitter.


Happy New Year

This is my new blog –  this is my first post!

A few pictures from our super amazing (If you’re under three anyways) New Year’s Party at my mom’s house.

She let the kids take all of the pillows of the couch and jump, and cut up newspapers to make confetti for them to throw!


I am in the middle of several craft projects- right now I am finishing three Christmas presents for my nieces and nephew in Argentina.  My niece loves Wonder Pets and I have to say Nick Jr. has some really cute craft ideas that we frequently try.  I tend to let Bridget watch Nick Jr. because it does not have traditional commercials on it, but they do run segments on themed activities and crafts that cause Bridget to run and find me to show me so that we can do them.  Anyways, I am making this for my niece  (my mom is going to Argentina at the end of the January to deliver all our presents)

A few notes about my changes to the craft. 

  • for the actual cape, I cut up a small mens t-shirt.  For older kids you can just leave the neck-band in place, but for smaller children, it could be dangerous, so I am cutting it and adding Velcro, so it could break away if needed
  • I also chose to sew the Wonder Pets logo in place.  Nick Jr. makes the crafts as easy and “no sew” as possible, but I find it is MUCH easier and more durable to sew than use fabric glue (although it is a great option for non-sewers)

I will post a pic as soon as I am finished!

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