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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Craft FAIL Book Giveaway

Today I am so excited to share a book that every crafter or hope-to-be crafter can relate to. Craft FAIL by Heather Mann is a hilariously fun book packed full of pictures featuring others failed attempts to re-create their own Pinterest-worthy creations.  Not everything I craft turns out perfectly and I get some sort of joy out of seeing other's failed crafts as well! 
Heather Mann is the amazing woman behind Dollar Store Crafts blog where you can find tons of amazing and fun ideas.

 I've loved flipping through this laughing, feeling bad for and empathizing with other failed craft attempts in so many areas from home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, and kid crafting fails.

The best part is I have 2 copies of this fun book and one of them could be yours!  Just enter below by following Tied Ribbon on facebook and/or following on Twitter. The giveaway ends in one week. Good Luck and may all your crafting adventures be successes!
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Fanta Orange Creamsicle Punch

I was compensated for this post from Fanta/Dasani through #CollectiveBias. All idea, photos and opinions are 100% my own.

Today I'm sharing a fun and easy recipe for Spooky Orange Creamsicle Punch using Fanta Orange. Swing by your local Wal-Mart to grab all these ingredients (& even a fun new drink dispenser) to make this delicious drink for your next Halloween Bash! Also, there will be an in-store demo at select Walmart locations October 24-26th featuring Fanta, as well as Wheat Thins and Halloween Oreos for you to see even more fun festive ideas!

-2 2-liter bottle of Orange Fanta Soda
-Vanilla Ice Cream
-Whipped Cream

Start by adding your first liter of Fanta into your bowl or drink dispenser.

Add in 3-5 large scoops of ice cream according to how cream-sicly you want it! Give it a quick stir.

Then add in the 2nd bottle of Fanta.

To finish it off, add a few scoops of whipped cream to the top. 
(Use a cookie dough scoop for easy serving!)

Yum! A delicious and festive drink that children and adults will all enjoy!

Follow Fanta & Dasani on social media for more fun #SpookySnacks for your Halloween festivites!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Happenings Lately

Still trying to convince myself it's fall despite the weather here in wonderful Arizona. I realized last week that I haven't slept in my bed for more than 4 days straight in the last month. It's been a busy, crazy, exciting and full last month. I'm so excited for fall, pumpkin carving, Halloween festivities and being able to drink hot chocolate without feeling like a weirdo! haha I leave you with this song by my favorite new artist Meghan Trainor. If you didn't know she's the one who sings "All About That Bass" that gets stuck in your head and that some have criticized for it's message. I love it more that you even understand (I've referred to it as my theme song), but this song will get in your head and also has a great message. So happy Friday!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Halloween Home Decor//Last Year

 Last year I shared part of my Halloween decor on my entryway table but never got around to sharing the rest. So with October officially here, I thought I'd go ahead and post some pictures from one whole year ago! I've been pinning lots of fun ideas on Pinterest and can't wait to get decorating and crafting this season!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Quote Pillow

Almost an eternity ago I shared this pillow on instagram, but I had actually taken a few pictures for a little tutorial to share! It's amazingly simple and I love the outcome.

Start by sizing your freezer paper to the size of a computer sheet and print your quote in block letters directly onto the freezer paper. (Make sure the the shiny side is up so it prints on the paper side.)
The rough cut them out and iron them into your felt. You can do it randomly or plan so the colors are spread out.

Now the most tedious part, cutting out all the letters! 

Once you're finished pull off the freezer paper to reveal those gorgeous perfect letters!

Lay out your letters to get the spacing and color juuuust right. Then I simply used fabric glue to attach the letters to the pillows rather than trying to sew each little letter.

Ta-da! For those wondering, this quote has been one of my favorites for a long time and was even my senior quote in my high school yearbook! It's from Abraham Lincoln.
This pillow goes in my son's room but you can easily adjust the colors and words and put one in your master bedroom or living room!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Modern Boy Bedroom Art with Stencil1

This post is sponsored by Plaid FolkArt; I was compensated for this post but all ideas and opinions are my own.

Heres a super fun tutotial to make some modern bedroom art for your boy (or playroom or even 4th of July decor!). The stencils & paints I used are from FolkArt Stencils & Paints and I'm obsessed with how thick and creamy the paint is!

Supplies: FolkArt Stencil1 (NYC pack)
FolkArt paint (I used a black, aqua, yellow, grey & silver)
FolkArt Stencil adhesive
foam brush
3 canvas boards
(All the paint and stencils can now be purchased at Michaels!)

After much trial and error I found my favorite way to do the "swiss cross" was to take a pencil, eyeball where I wanted it and then use the foam brush to freehand them. You can obviously tell that's what I did, but I like the ecclectic feel of it and it take 80% less time than measuring taping, re-taping and re-taping to make them perfect! So, embrace the imperfections!

While you're letting them dry, prep your stencils. Read the instructions and then apply to the back of your stencils and let dry. The awesome thing about it is it makes the stencil stay in place but is repositionable. It will dry clear and cleans up with soap/water.

When your stencils and canvases are dry, position your stencils on your canvases, pressing down to keep them in place.

Using a stencil brush or pouncer, apply your FolkArt paint over stencils.  To get my "graffiti" effect, I over-saturated the brush before applying to stencils. For the manhole stencil I let the grey dry and applied a thin layer of the silver paint.

Remove stencils and let dry completely before hanging or resting on shelf. My other favorite thing about the new FolkArt paint is that they're multi-surface so they can be used for more than just "normal" paint stuff.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Captain America Superhero Party with M&M's

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias

I am SO thrilled to share this party I threw!  This party featured Captain America, M&Ms and inspired kids & adults to "Be Your Own Superhero" because #HeroesEatMMs.

I went to Walmart & got the most important party prop....M&M's. I got a Large bag of regular M&M's and a bag of the MEGA Peanut M&M's. (Pst: get a coupon for your M&M's here!) Then I grabbed the rest of my supplies some of which included cake mix & frosting, soda, juice, party cups, mini pies, napkins, popcorn, straws.

I put the MEGA Peanut M&M's in clear baggies (from the party section) and topped them with striped paper I folded over, stapled and wrote "Be Your Own Superhero" on the top.

The cake may be my favorite part & mimics Captain America's shield.  I outlined the shape of the star with blue M&M's and filled in the rest of the top with red ones. Then eye-balled a line 2 M&M's wide around the cake.

This snack mix is so easy to whip up for your party! Here's the recipe:

-1/2 C. milk chocolate M&M's
-1 bag popped popcorn (kernels removed)
-1 C. pretzels
-1/4 C. peanuts (optional)
-1/2 bag melted white chocolate chips
Pour melted chocolate over all ingredients, mix until evenly coated. Spread in even layer on cookie sheet and let cool. Break into pieces and serve.

The mini pies were purchased at Walmart in the bakery section. Tied up with a napkin and fork and topped with a toothpick paper flag with the flavor written on it.

We had a fun activity for the kids to do while the adults socialized. I printed out blank mask templates onto card stock and set up a kid table with crayons and markers for them to decorate their very own superhero mask. It was a hit!

The kids loved all the treats- especially their very own bag of huge M&M's!

Everyone loved enjoying their M&M's while feeling fueled to be their own superhero like Captain America! You can have some superhero fun too! Head to HeroesEatMMs.com to discover the superhero in you!