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Celebrate the iPhone 5… Free template

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Click for your free printable iPhone 5 template download

Click for your free printable iPhone 5 template download

After 3 long years, my cellular contract is up and I’m finally, finally able to upgrade from my iPhone 3G. Yes, I said 3G. Considering the fact that I’m a bit of tech toy junkie I consider this wait to upgrade a momentous triumph – also considering I’m about the least patient person I know.

Finally this past weekend I got my new phone and I couldn’t be happier with it.  I was able to pick out a free cover to go with the phone (although the choices were pretty slim) so I picked a very simple see through cover, purple in honour of my daughter’s favourite colour.  After I got home, I thought that it was actually a pretty boring cover and I had to do something to spruce it up.  I had the idea to add some nicely designed paper to the back cover.  This wasn’t a novel idea but I measured everything and laid it out properly using illustrator and had it fine tuned to one sixteenth of an inch.  A few posts back I added a free Project Life journaling card template so I thought I’d just use the same design elements to create the printable iPhone templates to go under my phone case.

They turned out so well… I just love them. I’ve decided that they’re too nice to keep for myself so I want to share them with you HERE.  Just print and then cut out.  I used an xacto knife with a swivel blade for the little hole where the camera is and it worked really well.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

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Doodle Easter Eggs

| Crafts & DIY, Design & Technology, For the Home, Kids Fun

Doodled Easter Eggs

Doodled Easter Eggs

What fond memories I have of Easter from my childhood.  My parents always made a big thing of it as they did most holidays.  Every single year up until I was a teenager, maybe even a young adult (sad to say), we dyed eggs.  My brother and I used to see who could make the best design and yes, I won every time (in my opinion anyway).  To this day my parents still talk about the mornings of the Easter egg hunt and how I would find all the eggs and there wouldn’t be any left for my little brother. When we (I) was done, my Mom and Dad would have to divide everything in half so my brother got his share. Poor Marc, he never stood a chance against me.

Luckily for my daughter, she’s an only child and doesn’t have to worry about sibling competition. For the past few years we’ve dyed eggs with Noelle but this year I thought we’d doodle instead.  I boiled up eight eggs, let them cool and then brought out the sharpies. I just did a really quick search in google images for some bunny ideas and then started doodling away. Yet again, my daughter completed all five of her eggs and was ready to move on to the next project while I was just starting egg number two – she hasn’t quite learned to savour the experience yet. Sometimes my husband ask me “is this project for you or Noelle”.  I genuinely had noble intentions with this one and it was all about Noelle but as soon as I started getting into it, well… dinner was late again.

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3 Minute DIY Bubble Maker

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Bubble fun in the sun - using the 3 minute DIY bubble maker.

Bubble fun in the sun – using the 3 minute DIY bubble maker.

3 Minute DIY Bubble Maker – How cool is this!  It literally took me 3 minutes to make and my daughter spent almost an hour playing with it outside. The neighbour kids saw Noelle playing with hers and wanted their own, so I whipped some up for them too.

What you need:

  • Small plastic bottle
  • Sock (I used one of my daughters old but clean tiny socks)
  • Elastic
  • Dish detergent & water (about half and half) in a small bow
  • Sharp knife or box cutter
Everything you need to construct your bubble maker in only 3 minutes.

Everything you need to construct your bubble maker in only 3 minutes.

What to do next:

Cut the end off the bottom of the bottle, slip the sock over that end of the bottle and secure with elastic.  Go outside.  Place sock end of bottle into the dish of soapy and then blow into the top of the bottle.

That’s it! How easy was that!  Now the kids will be entertained so you can go sit down, have a tea and watch them enjoy their new toy!

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Craft stick dolls

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Craft stick dolls

Craft stick dolls

Aren’t these little sweeties just the cutest things!  Of course, like all my projects, I found this on Pinterest.  Here’s the original post – which is fabulous by the way.

I have a 6 year old daughter who’s an only child and I’m always on the search for ways to keep her entertained – since I’m not only mom but also her full time playmate.  She has an incredible imagination (as most only children do) so as soon as I saw these cuties I knew I had to make some.

All you need is some washi tape, sharpies and coloured markers that don’t bleed too much (Le Pen markers by Marvy are wonderful for this). Just wrap a few pieces of tape around the stick, draw the head and legs above and below the tape and then add the detailing for the shirt and skirt on top of the washi tape. That’s pretty much it. What a quick and fun project! You could spend much more time on these then I did and make them quite intricate by adding ribbon, buttons, lace, felt and more.  I’m sure when Noelle see’s them she’ll want to make some friends for these sweet dollies herself!

Later, Noelle decided that they needed a town so I took a cardboard box apart and drew a little village background for her.  As I sit here writing this post I can hear her playing with them all in the other room.

The dolls playing in their custom made town.

The dolls playing in their custom made town.

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