Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dr. Seuss Truffula Tree Bookmarks

Dr. Seuss Truffula Tree Ribbon Bookmarks

This week we celebrate Read Across America day; otherwise known as Dr. Seuss Day (in honor of his birthday.) Our school district is having a week long Read-a-Thon, and has asked the kids to read as many minutes and pages as they can. We love books and any excuse to read is a good one, so we made an extra trip to the library to stock up on books. It was quite the haul. (We have 6 kids X 3-4 books each -you do the math!) I decided to make them each some ribbon bookmarks to celebrate this week and of course they needed to be Dr. Seuss themed.

I am proud to show you my Dr. Seuss Truffula Tree Ribbon Bookmarks, patterned after the truffula trees in The Lorax. (If you haven't read it, I highly recommend you do- it's a favorite and my kids adore the movie, too!)

Ribbon Bookmarks are actually really easy to make. You can use a sewing machine, but it is really just as simple to hand stitch them. All you need is a button, a hair elastic, ribbon (length depends on what size book you intend to use it on), needle and thread and the special ingredient for this project is a small fuzzy pom pom. 

Dr. Seuss Truffula Tree Ribbon Bookmarks


To make your own:
Cut the ribbon your desired length.Then you fold over one end of your ribbon placing the hair elastic in the seam. Sew it shut. Then, on the other end of the ribbon, sew on a button. Finally, attach the fuzzy ball by gluing it directly onto the button. (Use a strong adhesive or glue gun so it won't pop off easily. (For more examples, see this previous post: Ribbon Boomarks ) Let the glue dry completely and then use it with your favorite book! 
Happy Reading and Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Dr. Seuss Truffula Tree Ribbon Bookmarks


Dr. Seuss Truffula Tree Ribbon Bookmarks

Dr. Seuss Truffula Tree Ribbon Bookmarks

 Like this? Then check out this free Dr. Seuss printable!

Monday, February 27, 2017

BEE PARTY #2

#BEE PARTY

Thank you to everyone who linked up at last week's BEE PARTY! It's always exciting and scary to start something new, and I was so happy to see all the creative posts that were linked up! I really enjoyed browsing through your projects and learning more about each of you through your blogs. Please continue to link-up and share with your friends to help this party grow! 

Here's just a few of the features from last week's party:

I was in awe of the talent and skill that it took to handcraft this DIY Vintage Looking Rabbit from Raven Would .

DIY Vintage Looking Rabbit for Spring & Easter Decor

I also was impressed with the Dresser Makeover with Shutters from Savvy Apron. You really should go check out the before and after pictures... impressive!

I make this beautiful dresser with shutters from an old dresser and a pair of thrifted shutter doors.

This last week was the end of an era at our house. My youngest is almost 3, and we finally packed up the crib. We have 6 kids, so it is the first time in 15+ years that we haven't had a baby in the house, occupying the crib. It's bittersweet for sure. 

So when I saw this tutorial by Two Chicks and a Mom about their One Hour Receiving Blanket, it brought back so many memories. My mom used to make blankets just like these every time I had a baby and they are the best! Be sure to check it out!

One Hour Recieiving Blanket tutorial

Now onto BEE PARTY #2
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Dr. Seuss, Magic in a Book ... {Frame it! Friday}

In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday and National Read Across America day on March 2nd, I have dedicated this week's {Frame it! Friday} to Dr. Seuss. His stories are a favorite in our household and we have read them many, many times, as they are a bedtime favorite. They really are magic in the form of a book! Last year my son's class dressed up as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters. You can see him pictured below as his beloved Fox in Socks!
I hope you enjoy this week's printable. As always, simply print, frame and enjoy!

Dr. Seuss printable quote. There's magic in a book!



Dr. Seuss printable quote. There's magic in a book!

To print, click HERE

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss. Fox in Socks costume!

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**Want some free printable Dr. Seuss bookmarks? ThisAutoImmuneLife has some fun ones! 
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Spring Bunny Frame

I am ready for Spring. I am ready for warmer days, daffodils and cute baby bunnies. I made this very simple DIY Spring Bunny Frame to help reflect my mood. It's perfect to welcome Spring and then later for Easter, too! Here's the instructions so you can make your own...

DIY Spring bunny frame

FIRST, gather your supplies.
Frame (with small square opening)
Polka dot ribbon
Burlap ribbon (a leftover burlap square would do just as well)
A piece of light blue card stock
Buttons
Embroidery thread
Glue

DIY Bunny Frame Supplies

SECOND, cut your ribbon and papers to make your "background".
I traced around the glass square to get my paper cut into the right opening.
I also cut a piece out of my burlap the same size. Luckily my ribbon was exactly the right height, so I only had to but the width. I cut it slightly larger than the square so that it would tuck into the frame nicely. I then layered them in this order: GLASS (on the bottom), then PAPER, then BURLAP and put everything back into the frame.

Spring Bunny Frame background supplies.

I then used a bunny template and traced a bunny onto my polka dot ribbon and cut it out. Glue in place. (Tip: If you have a problem with your ribbon fraying, you can apply an iron on backing first, and then trace and cut out. You can then iron your bunny in place, or glue it onto the burlap background.)

NEXT, thread a small amount of embroidery thread through your buttons and tie a small bow. Use glue to adhere the buttons directly onto the background.

CIY Spring Bunny Frame

FINALLY, enjoy your finished Spring Bunny Frame!

DIY Spring Bunny Frame

Monday, February 20, 2017

BEE PARTY

My Busy Beehives will now be hosting a weekly link party! 
I would enourage you all to BE BUSY, to BE CREATIVE, and to BE YOU at our #BEEPARTY . The link party will start every Monday morning at 8 am, and run through Friday, at midnight. 
 Please link up any sort of family-friendly craft, project or recipe ideas and be sure to let others know about the party, too! Features will be chosen weekly and shared to social media.  I can't wait to see all your creativity!

BEE PARTY link up at mybusybeehives.com


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Friday, February 17, 2017

Lucky Shamrock... {Frame it! Friday}

Today's Lucky Shamrock {Frame it! Friday} is the perfect way to bring a little luck of the Irish into your home, just in time for St. Patrick's Day. 
As always, just print, frame and enjoy!

Lucky printable for St. Patrick's Day

Lucky... a free printable for St. Patrick's Day

To print, click HERE

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Love is a Stuffed Yellow Duck

Love is a Stuffed Yellow Duck...

If my 4th child had a super power it would be the power of snuggle. He was born ready and willing to cuddle. Any time. Any place. It doesn't hurt that he is probably one of the sweetest kids you'll ever meet and his eyelashes are oh-so-long and mesmerizing.

He was the type of baby and toddler who was happiest sitting right next to you... all the time. I do really mean all the time. While endearing, it was also occasionally (dare I say?) a little bit annoying. I'd be cooking dinner and he'd need a hug. I'd be reading a book to his sibling, and he needed to sit between me and the book, preventing me from seeing the page. He didn't want to watch a movie without a snuggle buddy. Ever.

There were perks, too. Like the mornings (-actually every morning-) when he'd crawl into bed with me, pull the covers up to his chin and burrow in for a few cuddly minutes before starting his day. Every day after school I'd look forward to almost getting knocked over when he'd be so excited to see me that he'd run into my arms at full speed.

But, as was bound to happen, he started growing up. He doesn't charge me after school any more and other than asking me "How soon is dinner?" he mostly leaves me alone in the kitchen. At least he still likes to cuddle during movie night. Eventually our wake-up morning routine disappeared too.

I knew this day would come, he has 3 older siblings and I've seen it before. As their world gets bigger and more interesting Mom becomes less and less the focus. But with this particular kid, the absence of such extreme affection was particuarly noticeable. Some days I kind of miss the younger version of my little guy- the one who was always ready for a hug.

This last year, I've noticed a strange phenomenon.

To fully understand, you need to know that my son loves birds, particularly ducks. He has several yellow stuffed animal ducks that he is very protective of. If he even lets you hold one of them you should consider yourself a trusted friend.

But these ducks keep crossing my path. Some mornings I wake up to find that he has tucked one of his beloved ducks in next to me during the night. When I'm reading a book, he sometimes plops one into my lap. (Of course placed in such a way that I can't see the page.) When I sit down to dinner, there might be one sitting on my chair.

When I'm sick he brings me a duck. When I'm having a bad day the duck appears. When I went on a trip last year, he tried to pack one in my suitcase. They're everywhere and they've become a familiar reminder that I'm still very much loved by my not-so-little little boy.

So sometimes, Stuffed Yellow Ducks = "I love you, Mom."

I may need to buy him some more ducks.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Flag of Wales (my son's homework assignment...)

My son is doing a report on the country of Wales for his 6th grade class. Part of the assignment is to recreate the flag's country in a creative way. Some kids brought in cakes with the frosting decorated like their flags, and other's have done macaroni glued renditions. 
All my son would say is "I don't want it to look like anybody else's." 
Inside I'm thinking... "Great. Ummmmm... got nothing." 
Then I looked at the flag and realized that we had a complex dragon to deal with. Why couldn't he have chosen a country with an easy striped flag?   But since the assignment was looming over our heads we got creative and decided to try our hand at paper quilling. It was a lot more time intensive than we anticipated, and we ended up going through all the red paper we had in the house to complete the dragon. (I'm going to say it was a creative choice and he's "variegated" on purpose!) Overall, I think my son did a great job, and it definitely won't look like anybody else's. :) Yea, Wales!

Wales Flag dragon (paper quilled)

Flag of Wales, dragon is paper quilling

You had me from Hello... {Frame it! Friday}

In  April of 1999 the song You Had Me From Hello (by Kenny Chesney) was released. My husband and I had met in January of that same year, fell in love and were engaged in April. The song seemed to describe us, and the timing was perfect. While I don't know that it ever "officially" became our song, every time we hear it on the radio it brings us back to that time when we were young and first in love 18 years ago. 
So, with Valentine's Day quickly approaching I decided to dedicate this week's {Frame it! Friday} to my sweetheart, who pretty much literally "had me from hello." 
Happy Valentine's Day!

You had me from Hello

You had me from Hello

To print, click HERE

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

BEE PARTY Announcement!

I am happy to announce that starting February 20th, MyBusyBeehives will be hosting a weekly link party!  BE BUSY, BE CREATIVEand BE YOU at our #BEEPARTY.  

The link party will start every Monday morning at 8 am, and run through Friday, at midnight. Please link up any sort of family-friendly craft, project or recipe ideas and be sure to let others know about the party too! Features will be chosen weekly and will also be shared to social media. I can't wait to see all your creativity. Please help me get the word out; invite your friends and share the party, the more the merrier!


Weekly Link-Party at mybusybeehives.com, #BEEPARTY

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Puppy Love... a {Frame it! Friday} Trio

Puppy love... it's a real thing! 9 years ago we adopted the cutest little black lab border collie. Our oldest boys named her Sally after the little blue porsche in their favorite movie, Cars. She has been there to welcome the next three kids into our family, and sticks pretty close to me most days.  (She loves the kids, but truthfully, I think I'm her favorite!) This week's {Frame it! Friday} is dedicated to all our furry little friends out there, and especially to our Birthday Dog, Sally, who turns 9 tomorrow. We will be celebrating with cupcakes for us and dog bones for her.
As always, the printables are free, so just print, frame and enjoy!

Puppy Love... a trio of free printables


Live, Love, Bark... a free printable

To print, click HERE

Home is Where the Dog is... a free printable

To print, click HERE
LOVE, a free paw-print printable

To print, click HERE


Here's a picture of our Sally:

Sally, our black lab border collie

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Love is in the Air! (free printable Valentines)

Love is in the air! with these adorable heart parachute Valentines.
It is amazing what you can find when you check out the holiday dollar bins. We found these super fun heart parachutes* and knew we had to have them! I designed this card and had it printed as a 4x6 photo print at our local Walgreens. Hint: I've found that it is actually cheaper to have stuff like this printed somewhere like Walgreens or Walmart, especially if you have a photo coupon. It saves a lot of money on my printer ink and card stock. 
PS Sharpies work best to sign your name on photo paper!

Love is in the Air! free printable Valentines to go with heart parachutes

Love is in the Air! free printable Valentines

Follow the link below to download and print your own!

Love is in the Air! free printable Valentines with heart parachutes

Love is in the Air! free printable Valentines

To print, click HERE

*I found the parachutes at Walmart!


P.S. Sometimes, I start a project without fully thinking through the logistics... like how long it would take to help 4 kids punch holes, thread ribbon and finish these Valentines. (All together it was like 80+ Valentines!) So even though the ribbon is a great option if you're only making a few, we came up with PLAN B. Glitter tape! Quicker, easier, and "bling-ier", too! Here's what they look like now:

Love is in the Air printable Valentine.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Race Car Valentines (a free printable!)

Race Car Valentines! (Non-candy, non-girly!)

Race Car Valentines

I have 5 boys, and the one complaint that we get around Valentine's Day is that everything is "too girly". I have to admit that it is probably a fair complaint. With all the shades of pink, the heart motif and then add in the doilies and lace Valentine's Day is just not a very masculine-looking holiday. So, this year we made our own valentines in a race car theme to try to appeal to the boys in our house.

Our inspiration started in the holiday section at Walmart, more specifically in the dollar bins where we found these cute little heart shaped pull-back cars. 

Heart-shaped pull back cars

I then designed the card with a race car, added the words, "You make my heart race!" and had them sent to Walgreen's to be printed as a 4x6 print. Truthfully, I could have printed them at home, but I've found that it is actually cheaper to have stuff like this printed somewhere like Walgreens or Walmart, especially if you have a photo coupon. It saves a lot on my printer ink and card stock. I was able to print enough for 4 kids classes and paid just a few dollars. 

The only supplies needed were the cars, the cards and a small length of ribbon.

race car valentines

Here they are complete except for the names! (Hint:Sharpies write best on photo paper!)

Race car Valentines


Here's the card, just click on the link below to download and print. 

printable race car Valentines

 To print, click HERE