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Making the World Cuter: March 2010

A blog where one woman is on a mission to make the world cuter, one kid, cupcake or crafty thing at a time.


Woo-Hoo Wednesday-Giveaway! Scrappy Gifts!

I was asked to do a review for Maryanne over at Scrappy Gifts. And keep reading for a giveaway for a 12x12 scrapbook of your own!

I used to scrapbook a LOT, before blogging took over.
I just don't have the time for it anymore!
That's where Maryanne comes in!
She does all the work for you-and then you just fill your book with pictures, journaling and embellishments (unless you want her to do the embellishing for you-she'll do that too!).
These would make a fun gift for grandma's-which is what I am going to be using mine for.
I am going to fill mine with pictures of our family and mail it to her for mothers day-she will be thrilled!
Here are a few pics of the one she made for me...

If you are in need of a pre-made scrapbook, go over to Scrappy Gifts and take a look around, she makes them custom for you. She also sells some cute scrappy canvas and scrappy clock gifts.

Want to win a custom 12x12 scrapbook for yourself or to give away to a friend? It's a $35 value that will save you hours of time...
Here's several ways Maryanne has given you to enter-
  1. Leave a comment here telling Maryanne who this scrapbook would be for (1 entry)
  2. Become a follower of Scrappy Gifts, leave a comment (1 entry)
  3. Become a fan of Scrappy Gifts on Facebook (there is a spot to do this right on her blog under become a follower), leave a comment (1 entry)
  4. Tweet, Facebook or blog about this giveaway, leave a comment with the URL and then leave two more (3 entries)
  5. Purchase something from Scrappy Gifts. leave five comments (5 entries).
Winner will be announced next Wednesday!
Thanks Maryanne for such a fun giveaway!

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Toot Toot Tuesday-Felt Napkin Rings

For Easter weekend we are going to go on a picnic with the kids, and I want it to be festive and special. I decided to make some quick cloth napkins and some easy felt rings in springy colors.
These would also be great for a baby shower-so soft and cute, and super easy.

All you need is some felt scraps, scissors, buttons, thread & needle.
First cut as many felt strips as you need, I cut mine to be about 6 inches long, and maybe an inch wide.
Fold one side over like this...
Then cut a small slit right in the middle of the fold, this will be your button hole. I love felt for so many reasons, but this is one of them-no sewing a button hole! :)
On the opposite side go in a little bit and hand sew your button onto the felt.
Then button it up and slide it over your napkin. Easy!
In no time, you will have enough for all of your place settings and they can be as casual as can be, or even a little dressed up. I love when what I envision comes out better than I could have hoped!

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Making the World Cuter Monday {3.29} & Show-Offs

Did you see how many links we had last week? Almost 200!

Let me share some of my favorites, and then link up what else you've been up to---so much talent and cuteness oozing out of you people!

Heather at My Frugal Family made this adorable knock off of a very expensive wall art concept from Grandin Road. Way to be frugal my friend! It's way too cute!
Are you flipping kidding me? Sandra at Sawdust & Paper Scraps made this for her daughters closet. My husband, daughter and I stared at this forever. My daughter insists on having this for her closet when we get a house, and so do I. At first my husband was looking at the roof/awning thing thinking "is that just wasted space then?"Nope! Storage! Absolutely genius! My husband is now on board. This may be the cutest thing I've seen yet. You need to go see what it started out like-this takes vision!

Erin at Lemon Tree Creations made this awesome wreath with book page wrapped eggs. Looks time consuming, but so worth it in the end! Love the ribbon, the flower and how it hangs on a frame.
I'm hesitant to show this one because I love it so much, and I want to make them for all of my friends. Now they will know how cute and easy the ones Alison made at "How does She?" are and will probably scoff at mine! Such a fun happy day gift to give someone though, and those cookies look so yummy!
Sweet little Smoothie did something adorable to a plastic Easter egg using her Sunday paper, the perfect solution for someone who doesn't like to use books. My sister in law was asking what to do with all of the phone books she gets, this is one idea! I love the added cuteness of the ribbon and flower. If you were featured, grab a button-

Now it's time to link up your cuteness for this week...

I love it when my button makes it to your post...



Three Things Thursday-Easter Cuteness-Show-Offs

So as you may have noticed I am feeling a little burned out lately!

This blog is a priority, but so is my schooling, and homeschooling my kids, and resting with this pregnancy and spending time with my husband...I feel so drained at the end of the day, and look around my house and think, "What in the world did I get done today?"

So blogging and crafting have taken a bit of an unintentional backseat.

I am trying to get into a better routine and schedule with everything, and hopefully will be back to my old creative self soon enough.

I know I promised these show-offs earlier in the week, but like I said...burnout.

I thought I would share my three favorite Easter projects, (but there are lots of cute ones) from last weeks link party.

Easter is like only 10 days away my did that happen?

We are going very simple this year-we usually go a little overboard, but I'm excited to just spend the whole day with the kids, maybe go on a picnic and have them go for a mini egg hunt with their tiny baskets instead of the industrial size ones we usually put out for the bunny to fill.

This decision was brought about after Chad and I were up rearranging the kids' rooms this week, and we thought, where did all these toys come from?

After much discussion, (about 10 seconds worth) we came to a very important conclusion.
The Easter Bunny along with some other guilty characters were the big culprit.

Okay onto the show-offs!

This absolutely adorable topiary wants to be on my table for the whole month of April! Luckily for me and you-Julie at Less than Perfect Life of Bliss gives a full tutorial on how to make this little guy who can easily be translated into any shape you wish.
This giant egg was painted, embellished and perfected with of all things a lolly pop bought at Wal-Mart! How clever is that? Jamielyn at I heart naptimes shows you the steps to making your own cute egg, and the rest of her Easter table is pretty darn cute too. I for one am a big fan of the empty blue frame.This last one is so simple and easy, and bright and beautiful, it instantly became a favorite. Just a vase with some Easter grass, the colored eggs and some brightly colored daisies.
I can make this! Even feeling burned out, I can still make this...and I am giving all the credit to Cassie from Southern Domestic Goddess.
Well I hope you get a chance to look through the lists from last week and this week, especially if you just realized that you don't have anything done for the springy holidays coming up and get some inspiration!
Keep it cute!-Tiff



Toot Toot Tuesday-In-Law-Inspiration

While we were in Utah we stayed with Chad's beautiful sister and her adorable family.
This is actually where we usually stay when we go visit.
First of all...because they let us! :)
Secondly-they have kids all of my kids' ages, so they get to play with cousins non stop.
And lastly because we feel so welcome and at home in their BEAUTIFUL home.
It doesn't hurt that Grandma lives in their basement apartment and spoils the kids, and us rotten daily with her yummy cooking and willingness; make that actually wanting to babysit 24-7.
Well I love looking into other peoples' homes, (especially when they have good taste), so I thought I'd show you just a glimpse, actually just a room of her house, so you can see how dang cute it is.
Let me introduce them first-this is the ginormous canvas photo they have above their mantle, taken by their very talented neighbor over the beautiful rock fireplace that Chad's brother who is a super talented mason, did. This is them and 4 of their 5 children; baby Bree just came home from the hospital the Saturday before we left.
She finds the coolest stuff to fill beautiful jars up with. I know this is just potpourri, but it is beautiful potpourri.
This vase is a new addition, it is very tall, probably about 3 1/2 feet. It totally inspired me to make a knock off of it though. Don't you think I could with some cork paper, paint and a skinny box of some sort? Or even make a box out of a piece of ply-wood? I think it's so pretty!
This is so pretty just sitting on her dining room table all by its lonesome. I love the color of the pears against the black stain on her table.
This is a view of the living room, cozy and beautiful. I love the tree painting, it's on like a piece of metal or something, so it has a really cool shimmery effect. I am so making one myself! Heck maybe several! I kind buy a huge sheet of metal and do a whole bunch of them!
Also that cabinet with the arches? I know I can't make that, but I want it!
So I hope that you enjoyed the tour of her living room, and found some kind of inspiration in it.
Just in case you're interested, I know she got the couches and the bookshelf at RCWilley (a furniture store in Utah), the couches are like a corduroy texture, super comfy and have already had lipstick and all sorts of markers on them and have cleaned right off. My kind of couches for sure. :)



Making the World Cuter Monday (march 22)

It's late Sunday night.
We just got in the door from our long drive home from Utah, I wanted to get this up for all of you to share your projects before I hit the hay.
I will share some of my favorites from last week later in the day, or as soon as I get the energy I need! :)
Can't wait to see what inspiration you have for me!

I love to see my button out there! :)



Friendly Friday; Make it Sparkly Mama

Hi all, Happy Friday! Today we have Kelly here, and she is making the world cuter...and sparkly! I'll let her introduce herself...

Yeah! I am so glad to be posting here on Tiffany’s blog. Making the World Cuter was one of the first blogs I started following and I just love it. Every single post makes me smile! Thank you so much for having me over for my very fist blog swap.

My name is Kelly, and I document my creative endeavors over at my Make It Sparkly Mama. I am married to a complete sweetheart who is my best friend. And we have three crazy boys, ages 17, 8 and 18 months. I love them to pieces!

I started blogging about my projects at the end of January, however I have been crafting since the age of 12 or 13 when I secretly made my Mom a Santa for Christmas up in my bedroom. I got my first glue gun burn at that time too. I haven’t looked back and I am still getting glue gun burns.

I love to create things with paint, fabric, beads, scrapbook supplies and I currently have a love affair going with the dollar store! Sometimes the projects that I make are big, like my 40" Easter Egg Tree that was inspired by Pottery Barn.

And sometimes my projects are small, like this chalkboard soap dispenser. So easy and fun!

I create for every holiday, and St. Patricks Day was no exception.

I also love to create things that stay in season all year long, like this cordless heating pad.

Thank you so much Tiffany for having me over here today, your great projects and darling children are definitely making the world cuter!

Thanks Kelly, be sure to pop over and say hi to her, her blog is so fun! :)
Have a great weekend everyone!



Woo Hoo Wednesday-Recipe & Winners

First of all-Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway for Art Prints for Kidz, and thanks to the awesome people of Art Prints who generously donated 4 prizes for the day! If you are looking for beautiful art work for your childrens rooms or playrooms then please take a look over there and see if you can't find something just perfect.
Now onto the winners, if you are a winner, please contact me by the end of the week with your mailing address and the print of your choice, so that I can pass it along to them. Thanks!
Heather said...

"The World Is Full" is beautiful, it makes me happy looking at it. Thanks for hosting such a neat giveaway!

KatrinkaJane said...

I like the Steadfast Tin Soldier and all of the watercolor alphabet animals.

The Family of Logo said...

WOW! I really can't decide between "A Thought" and "System" they are both beautiful. Maybe if I win one, I'll buy the other? HAHA! Thanks for the great new site!

Laney said...

I am so glad I added you to my Reader! Hehe. I wanted vintage book prints for my kids' playroom, but didn't want to tear up some vintagey book. I would get the letter K and have to buy the letter R for my kids' initials. Too cute!

Remember to make sure to get me your mailing address and your choice of print by the end of the week, by contacting me here.

Now I have a fun little Easter/Springy recipe for you....

I'm sure all of you have a recipe for no bake cookies, but I thought I'd throw mine out there too, this is something I did a couple years ago for Easter with some of those Cadbury mini eggs. The kids helped, and loved to eat their little bird nests!
  • 3 c. oatmeal
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. cocoa
  • 1/2 c. butter
  1. In seperate bowl combine oatmeal and vanilla
  2. In heavy saucepan combine the remaining ingredients, stirring until just melted
  3. Stir hot mixture into oats and vanilla mixture
  4. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper
  5. Refrigerate until cool.
To make nests, just stick the eggs in the cookies, you can do this before putting them in the fridge or after they've cooled.

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Toot Toot Tuesday-Childrens Book Artwork

***Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter the giveaway for the Art Prints-there are 4 winners, so hurry and get entered!

This tutorial is really self explanatory and can show you how beautiful pictures from childrens books can be.
My sister in law put these together about 8 years ago for her sons, and then when another sister in law had her first little boy they were handed on to her. They are now in her youngest sons room mingled in with Safari animal pictures, statues and lush animal print fabrics for blankets, pillows, rugs and anything else. This room is gorgeous, and I still think my favorite part are these prints from one of my all time favorite (and I'm sure everyone else's as well) childrens books.
Some of the pictures have a bit of a glare on them, but you can still see how awesome they look. I don't know where she got all of the frames, probably from all over, but I bet most crafty people out there have a good collection of frames that you can fix up to match whatever look you are going for.
I love these, and I hope it inspires you in some way like they do me. :)

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Technical Difficulties

Okay-so I had a fun little project to show you today that my sister in law did, and I took all these pictures.
I went to upload them to my husbands laptop, and he doesn't have Adobe anything on it.
I shoot all my pictures in RAW, so I can't get them to open.
I will have to re-take the photos when there is better light (I am typing this Monday night), and I will try to get it up later today, (Tuesday).


Making the World Cuter Monday-(Mar. 15)

Well I am here in Utah enjoying my family immensely.
I am loving cuddling with these adorable tiny baby girls and I have a new sassy sister in law too!
I was hoping for some warmer weather...but hopefully these adorable Spring worthy projects from last weeks list will warm you up a a bit, like they did me!
Check them out and then link your project below! :)

Jen at Just for Rachel made this super fun door hanging for Easter, you need to get a close up of her little birdie egg-too cute!

Christy at Embellished Bayou went to the dollar store and came back with all the supplies needed for this festive, fun and easy to put together wreath. She has it decorated for Easter, and right now her birthday. Isn't that adorable?
Creative Jewish Mom made this beautiful piece of artwork with cut paper silhouettes and some ric-rac. Just perfect for welcoming spring...when is it coming again?
Maryanne from Domestically Speaking never fails to amaze me-I loved her twineified eggs before, but look how cute she made them with a Sharpie and a penny on the bottom for a base! Love this!

Thanks for adding my button! Hugs! :)