4 Perfect Uses for Pom Poms

pom pom wig lisa storms

Could this pom-pom clown wig from Lisa Storms be any more perfect? I love how vibrant the colors are!

And while you’re making all of those colorful pom poms, set some aside to use as bookmarks, as seen on Design Mom:

pom pom bookmarks designmom

pom pom ears llevoelinviernoThis pom pom headband looks like little bear ears when worn…so perfectly cute! (Tutorial from Llevos el Invierno)


pom pom gift topper craftaholics anonymous Check out the t-shirt pom poms from Craftaholics Anonymous as gift toppers in the first issue of Make it Yourself (from Better Homes and Gardens).


I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! From what I gather, this is a busy time of year for everyone, with fall festivals, and Halloween, and school fundraisers, so I’m trying to to feel too bad about my absence this week.

How about you? Are you finding these days more hectic? Any tips on managing one’s time during the onslaught of the holidays?

Googly-Eyed Headband Tutorial

We’ve been getting Halloween costumes together around here and came up with some fun eyeballs for monsters or aliens. Neither of my girls are dressing up as monsters or aliens for Halloween, but they are having a ton of fun wearing these around the house.  These are so quick and easy to pull together so if you need something quick, you could definitely pull together an alien costume at the last minute using these silly googly eyes!

A few extra notes about the project: I used different width headbands on mine and found that the thicker widths (1/4″ maybe?) did a much better job at holding the eyes up steadily. However, if you want some super goofy wobbly eyeballs, then a thinner width would be perfect.  Also, I made a pair (not shown) without craft eyes and just cut some black foam into circles, which I hot glued on, and those worked well also.

I might not be back for a few days, so Happy Trick or Treating everyone!

Homemade Spaghettios, DIY Painted Boots, and Some Fabulous Sewing Tutorials

Happy Friday, friends!  Here are a few posts from my Reader that caught my eye this week. Enjoy!




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Sack Lunch Field Trip Stickers (Part 1)

Sack Lunch Field Trip Stickers from One Crafty Place

I’m popping in quickly with the first installment of a little free printable I’ve been working on.  It’s taking a little longer than planned as I’ve been preoccupied with birthdays and fundraiser obligations.  Do you find yourself unable to say “no” even though you really don’t have the time?!

My 6 year old went on her first full-fledged field trip a few weeks ago! They visited the aquarium and were instructed to bring a clearly labeled, brown-bag lunch with disposable utensils and napkins and such. I was truly excited for her to go on this field trip and thought it would be fun to dress up the brown bag a bit.

I ended up with a cute, albeit poorly drawn, fish blowing bubbles into her name.  And while I was struggling with my well-intentioned fish, I thought about how easy- and fun- it would be to just slap a sticker on the bag and carry on with the field trip excitement. Of course, the sticker would still have to be appropriately themed.

So, here you have the first two sticker labels of four that I have conceived.  These first two are a Crab and T-Rex  for aquarium and science museum field trips. What I love about these labels is that they are big enough to wrap over the top of the brown bag and seal where the fold goes (to help keep all those lunch goodies inside!). And there’s a little clear area at the bottom for an extra message, or a teacher’s name, or any other info you might want to add!

Here is the Free* Printable PDF file.

You should be able to just put some printable sticker paper into your printer and print as usual, but please let me know if you have any problems!

*Please enjoy these for yourselves, but do not sell them.

Crafty Halloween Links

trick or treat pillowcase armommy

Armommy brings out the pillowcases for some old-school Halloween trick-or-treating and shares a free template!

cats and ghosts from cakiesMy Cakies shows how to dress up some Christmas lights for Halloween (I love the spooky eyes!).


cone girls mr. printableHave some fun with these Halloween Cone Girls from Mr. Printables (via How About Orange)


jack o lantern pinata blissfully domesticTonya Staab shows step-by-step how to make this festive jack-o’-lantern at Blissfully Domestic.


kid zombie silhouettes

These zombie silhouettes from Crafts Unleashed are super-spooky! (via Crafterhours)


spider game

My kids would have so much fun with this DIY spider racing game from Llevos el Inviernos.