Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Very Pinteresting Christmas Linkup 2014, Day 14: Foam Rudolph Suckers


Miss K's Winter Party is tomorrow. We always try to take a special treat for each of her classmates. This year's treat is inspired by this pin, and wouldn't you know it, there was not a pattern anywhere to be found on that site. I was determined to make it work. Here is my version. 



Items I used: 
Water bottle lid
tape
Tootsie Roll Pops
Foam Reindeer Shapes- I found mine at Michael's, 35pc for $4.49
Red foil wrapping paper. It makes the nose shine so bright!

The steps I took are below....
If you are lucky, between steps 3 and 6 you can enlist some help with facial details. Be sure they write who it is from on the back!


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"A Very Pinteresting Christmas" will be 15 days of Pinterest inspired/Pinterest worthy food, fun, crafty days of link-ups that all can be used during this wonderful season of joy. It will run from December 1-19 here at The 4-Crow's Blog. I hope you will join in on the fun, and be sure you are following my boards on Pinterest for all my ideas and fun!


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Very Pinteresting Christmas Linkup 2014, Day 13: Crow Bar Recipe & Bag Topper Tutorial


It's time to send the hourly subject teachers and the bus drivers their Christmas Gifts!

This year I am making my famous Crow Bars. So famous that Santa requests these. 

Print Recipe Card Here


I also made a fun bag topper. 




YES. I MADE IT. I love all the ones you see on Pinterest, but sometimes I find they are so hard to download, and sometimes you just want your own, right? Once again, I used PicMonkey

1. Choose the Design function. 4x6 canvas option. 


2. Rotate it. I left mine blank. I knew I was printing on green and red card stock since I was out of white and low on ink. 'Tis the season to run out of ink, right? 


3. Themes. I chose SantaLand. Santa's Buddies. Penguins are just so cute. 


 4. Time for the text. A simple Merry Christmas. Don't forget the back. Use the flip and flop buttons to turn the text upside down and around. I have no clue what those are really called. 


5. Then I added a fun candy cane border. And saved it to my computer.


6. To get it to print. You just open your word program. Add the picture 2x and then print, cut, fold and staple over a ziplock. Two bag toppers per page. Perfect. And getting that extra wave from the bus driver. Priceless. 

It's the season of generosity my friends. Making someone's day by giving something away.
"Be rick in good deeds...be generous and willing to share." 1 Timothy 6:18, NIV


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  • Keep it family friendly, I reserve the rights to delete any links that are not appropriate.
  • By linking up you are giving me permission to feature or show off your project! Of course I am going to link it back to you.
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"A Very Pinteresting Christmas" will be 15 days of Pinterest inspired food, fun, crafty days of link-ups that all can be used during this wonderful season of joy. It will run from December 1-19 here at The 4-Crow's Blog. I hope you will join in on the fun, and be sure you are following my boards on Pinterest for all my ideas and fun!


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Very Pinteresting Christmas Linkup 2014, Day 12: Gingerbread Girl Ball Ornaments


Today's Pinteresting project was inspired by this Etsy pin. I enlisted the help of Miss K for this particular one. Isn't she adorable? Yes, Miss K and the ornament. 


Items needed:
glass ornaments
glitter (espresso)
Glitter-It! (found in the glass section of Hobby Lobby, don't forget your 40% off coupon)
paint pens
ribbon
paper towel


Remove the top of the ornament. Sqeeze enough Glitter-It! into the ornament so that when you shake, it completely coats the inside. Cover the top with a paper towel.


Shake, shake, shake. Then pour any excess back into the bottle. I do not waste. 


Then sprinkle in your glitter. You might need to add more to get the ornament completely covered. 


Replace the top. 


Then decorate with paint pens. Let dry.


Make a bow. And hot glue to the top. I used rick rack. I love the look. 

P.S. I saw on Pinterest where some people use floor polish instead of Glitter-It! I didn't want a Pinterest fail, nor did I want to store a huge container. I have a lot of Glitter-It! left, so for a little over $3 it was totally worth it. 

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  • You can link up pretty much anything as long as you "created" it. (A Pinterest inspired/worthy food, craft or DIY project)
  • Keep it family friendly, I reserve the rights to delete any links that are not appropriate.
  • By linking up you are giving me permission to feature or show off your project! Of course I am going to link it back to you.
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  • Comment. Comment love means so much to others and builds those blogging relationships. Visit 2-3 other links and leave them a nice, meaningful comment. Thanks!

"A Very Pinteresting Christmas" will be 15 days of Pinterest inspired food, fun, crafty days of link-ups that all can be used during this wonderful season of joy. It will run from December 1-19 here at The 4-Crow's Blog. I hope you will join in on the fun, and be sure you are following my boards on Pinterest for all my ideas and fun!


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Monday, December 15, 2014

A Very Pinteresting Christmas Linkup 2014, Day 11: Snowman Ornaments


I showed you on Day 3 the projects that my little buddies helped make. Today's project involved a fun photo shoot with them. Then I made them into snowman ornaments for their Christmas trees. I sent them home before Thanksgiving. Their Momma's loved them also!  This craft was inspired by this post on Living Locurto



Supplies needed:
Scissors
Mod Podge (I used glossy)
foam brush for mod podge
round foam brush for snowman
paint pens
white acrylic paint
wallet size photos printed on copy paper.
glass ornaments

Directions:
1. Cut the faces out of the copy paper. Mod podge the cut faces onto the glass balls. Be sure to position it high enough and at an angle so you have enough room to paint your snowman around the head and below. Let it dry completely.


2. Using the round sponge brush, dab paint around the face. It's okay if you get a little on the face. Then move down to your next snowball making it a little bigger, then to your next. Let it dry.
3.  Take a black paint pen and give it buttons, hat, and arms. Use another color of paint pen and write the name and date on the back. Then embellish it with more snowflakes if you wish. 
4. Then tie a cute ribbon or burlap onto it for hanging. 

Super cute and super fun. 

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  • You can link up pretty much anything as long as you "created" it. (A Pinterest inspired/worthy food, craft or DIY project)
  • Keep it family friendly, I reserve the rights to delete any links that are not appropriate.
  • By linking up you are giving me permission to feature or show off your project! Of course I am going to link it back to you.
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  • Comment. Comment love means so much to others and builds those blogging relationships. Visit 2-3 other links and leave them a nice, meaningful comment. Thanks!

"A Very Pinteresting Christmas" will be 15 days of Pinterest inspired food, fun, crafty days of link-ups that all can be used during this wonderful season of joy. It will run from December 1-19 here at The 4-Crow's Blog. I hope you will join in on the fun, and be sure you are following my boards on Pinterest for all my ideas and fun!


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Friday, December 12, 2014

A Very Pinteresting Christmas Linkup 2014, Day 10: Flat Apple Cranberry Pie by Recipe or Not


Today's A Very Pinteresting Christmas is brought to you by my friend Jordan who is author of the blog Recipe or Not. I met Jordan through the Oklahoma Women Bloggers. She is an Okie born and raised, but recently packed up her life and moved to Wisconsin. We didn't even know she moved, and then she just announced it one day along with a Chai Spiced Muffin recipe. That is what is so great about the bloggy world, we didn't miss a beat, even though we do miss having her in our backyard. Be sure you pin this recipe, and follow Jordan at the following sites: TwitterPinterest, and Instagram


If Christmas were a pie, I’m certain it would be this. The apples and cranberries may seem like the stars of this pie but the supporting cast (cinnamon, nutmeg and orange) is what really gives it the Christmas pie status.

Reasons why I love this pie (other than the fact that it tastes like Christmas) include its simplicity and rustic look. You’re only dealing with one pie crust and you don’t have to worry about trying to make a perfectly crimped edge around a pie pan. Just fold the edge and bake. It’s simple, festive, and delicious!

Flat Apple Cranberry Pie

Serves about 6

1 pie crust
¼ c. sugar
1 t. ground cinnamon
¼ t. ground nutmeg
¼ t. orange zest
small squeeze of fresh orange juice (½ - 1 T.)
1 & ½ granny smith apples, thinly sliced
¼ c. chopped cranberries

Preheat oven to 350. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest, and orange juice. Then stir in the apple slices and chopped cranberries until they’ve been covered in the sugar and spices. Roll out the pie crust to about 12-13 inches in diameter, transfer to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Place the apple & cranberry mixture on the pie crust, leaving a 1 ½ ” edge between the filling and the edge of the crust. Fold the edge of the pie crust up in sections to enclose the filling. (Optional, brush the crust with egg yolk for a brown, glossy finish) Bake for 40 minutes until the crust is brown & flaky and the apples & cranberries are tender.
 


Be sure to tune in each day this week as I bring you "A Very Pinteresting Christmas" Link-up and if you have any Pinterest inspired activities throughout the week, be sure to grab the button below and link-up your ideas!

I do have a few rules:
  • You can link up pretty much anything as long as you "created" it. (A Pinterest inspired/worthy food, craft or DIY project)
  • Keep it family friendly, I reserve the rights to delete any links that are not appropriate.
  • By linking up you are giving me permission to feature or show off your project! Of course I am going to link it back to you.
  • I would love if you linked back to my site and mentioned on your blog, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, G+, Instagram or any other social media site about the link-up. Help me spread the word please.
  • Comment. Comment love means so much to others and builds those blogging relationships. Visit 2-3 other links and leave them a nice, meaningful comment. Thanks!
"A Very Pinteresting Christmas" will be 15 days of Pinterest inspired food, fun, crafty days of link-ups that all can be used during this wonderful season of joy. It will run from December 1-19 here at The 4-Crow's Blog. I hope you will join in on the fun, and be sure you are following my boards on Pinterest for all my ideas and fun!


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Elf on a Shelf 2014 Linkup with The 4-Crow's: Week 2


Week 2. The elves didn't exactly stick to the calendar plan. Well kind of, but not really. But isn't that what a calendar is for. To change occasionally? 








Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? Won't you please grab the button below, link up, and play along once a week until December 26th? You can share seven pictures, a few, or just one of your favorite Elf moments/memories of the week. All you have to do is grab the button and put your blog link in the linkup form that I will provide each week. I look forward to seeing all of the Elf games and fun you are having!


Elf on a Shelf with The 4-Crow's 2014 will be posted the following Friday's, hope you join in!

December 12
December 19
December 26

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