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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My Favorite Free Christmas Fonts AND a link party!

Welcome to the party! The link party. Do you know what a link party is? I didn't until about 3 months ago. It's a party where massive amounts of really really ridiculously good looking people link up their blog posts {recipes, projects, DIY, fashion, EVERYTHING!} and we, as their friends, get to meet new people and get new ideas. If you were at my house for the party, we'd have marshmallow popcorn and vanilla coke and would end watching ELF. But, alas, we must party online. So get your own treats and link up below!!


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OK! Here is the MY link I'm sharing. My favorite FREE Christmas fonts! I love downloading new fonts and using them to make, well, ANYTHING. Printables are my favorite. But think how cute the word BELIEVE in one of these festive fonts would be in vinyl on a painted wood block on your mantel? Or Merry Christmas printed on a holiday card?! Hmmm...gets me thinking...

Since I am obsessed with all things MUSIC, my fonts are styled as some of my favorite Christmas songs.

Beneath the photo are the links to download my favorite Christmas fonts. ENJOY!



What are your favorite Christmas songs?!

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Now on to the party! Grab my blog button, if you want to link back to my party on your blog. Once I name the link party, I'll update the button. LEAVE A BLOG COMMENT with your suggestion for a link party name. If I pick your idea, I'll feature your link on my blog! {make sure to tell me which link is yours!}


I guess this is the part where I say the "rules." Well, my rules are like the pirate code -- they're more guidelines.
Follow my blog!
If you want to receive an email reminding you about the link party, leave your email when adding your link.
Link to your blog post -- not just your blog.
Share the love! Visit the other links and say who sent you.
If you enjoy a link, you can LIKE it {new feature!}
Adding your link gives me permission to feature you on my blog.

The party ends Sunday night. Link it up!

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Visiting Friends at My Personal Accent

Today I am over at My Personal Accent sharing a free Thanksgiving Subway Art Printable! 



http://www.mypersonalaccent.com/thanksgiving-subway-art

Click the link to check it out and get the download links!

{and don't forget to enter My Favorite Things giveaway! Ends Monday night.}
http://iputabirdonit.blogspot.com/2013/11/my-favorite-things-2013-giveaway.html?m=1


xo



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My Favorite Things 2013 {giveaway!}

One of my best friends does a "Favorite Things" blog post every November. I love it! I've always wanted to copy her idea and do one, too. Well, this year is the year of doing things I've always wanted to do, so I am officially doing it. It will be a fall tradition here at Put A Bird On It. I can't wait to look back in 5 years and see all the different things that were my favorite at the time. What are a few of your favorite things??




Sonia Kashuk lip balm in hint of coral
Goes on like butter. Sold at Target. Love!

Parenthood
Cry. Cry. Cry. Every episode. Start at the beginning. This is the best show on TV! I often text my sister-in-law that watches it and I vent how the storylines make me mad or I wish so-and-so did this...but I love it, because it's real life. And the soundtrack is amazing!

Forever 21 Polka Dot Sweater
I wear it every day. Ok, not every day. Some days I wear my Star Wars sweater. But basically every day. I'm wearing it now.

Toasted Marshmallow Hot Cocoa
This girl can't eat dairy {boo!} which 9 times out of 10 means NO hot cocoa. And what is wintertime without hot cocoa?! I found this hot cocoa mix at {of course} Target only. It is dairy free! And if it's not and I'm wrong -- don't tell me -- I can't handle the truth.

West Elm Throw
I love me a snuggly blanket. Ask my husband. We have one comforter on our bed that we share -- then my side of the bed has THREE other blankets. I love the comfort that blankets bring. I have this striped throw in RUST and it is my FAVORITE!! {keep reading -- you could enjoy the comfort of one, too!}

Starbust Studio Jewelry
This lady is my new best friend! Ok - maybe not in real life - but I love her jewelry. I just ordered a bunch during her Instagram flash sale last week! It is all quality handmade by Katie Stilwater. Plus, I love her blog for cute crafty tutorials {like this cute DIY washi tape bracelet}. If you're not following Starburst Studio on Instagram, you are missing out!


Well, there you have it! A few of my favorite things. I probably should seem grown up and put a book or a recipe I love, but reading and cooking come after the hot cocoa drinking and blankie snuggling.

Here is the best part!!!

TWO PEOPLE WILL WIN ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS!!

I am giving away a West Elm striped throw {in gray! swoon} and the necklace pictured above from Starburst Studio! Enter using Rafflecopter widget below. There will be TWO winners. One for each prize.

Good luck! Enjoy my favorite things!

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CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS!

1) West Elm Throw -- Nikki
2) Starburst Studio Necklace -- Dresden
**Email me at {danieladavis17@gmail.com} to claim your prize!**

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Giveaway ends Monday, Nov 25 at midnight!

xo





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Monday, November 18, 2013

Burlap & Polka Dots Quote Display *GIVEAWAY*

Happy Monday!

Today, I am excited to share my easiest craft ever.

But you can't find it here!

Nope. I am GUEST POSTING on Best Day Ever!

Head on over for a full tutorial and chance to WIN one of these cute quote displays with a 12-pack set of my favorite quotes.

Happy Monday!



Printables by A Step in the Journey and Simply Kierste
 
Love the quote I'm displaying from President Monson? Click the link below to download for FREE!



Free Printable - President Monson Quote


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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Doubt Your Doubts {free printable}

I don't normally post on Sunday, but I wanted to share a FREE PRINTABLE I made that shares one of my most favorite quotes. It is from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Whether you are Mormon or not, this quote can mean something for you.

I teach the 12-14 year old youth in Sunday School at church {www.lds.org}. This month's lessons are all on becoming self-reliant. Today's lesson was on finding answers to your own gospel questions. At the end of the lesson, I felt compared to share this very quote. "Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith." I think it is easy to have doubts -- and hard to have faith. The negative always seems to stick out more than the good, in any situation. But it shows true courage, I think, to doubt your doubts and rely on your faith. Find the good in everything. Have hope. Believe.

If you care to read the talk from President Uchtdorf {give during the October 2013 session of General Conference for the LDS Church}, you can find it by clicking HERE {Come, Join Us}.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!




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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Christmas Magic "Reindeer Food" Tradition

**Just hear those sleigh bells jingling ring ting ting a ling too...**

Oooooh, aren't you just SO excited for Christmas?!?! I know, I know. There are still some Scrooges out there that aren't on the Christmas sleigh yet -- but we'll get them. Oh, we'll get them.

If you are kind of bah-humbug, maybe this idea will help get you in the mood for some jolly holiday-ing.

Every year, my family has a tradition of putting "reindeer food" on the lawn on Christmas Eve, so Santa's reindeer know where your house is! It is really fun if you have small kids; but, even if it's just YOU, this is a fun tradition to start. I, at the age of 25, still love feeding the reindeer! We all have a little Christmas Magic inside us. You could even give these as classmate gifts, teacher gifts, church/Primary gifts, etc.

The reindeer food is a mixture of oats and glitter. Each person gets a bag of reindeer food, goes outside, and you read the poem while sprinkling reindeer food over your lawn! I've even been known to say, "Santa FIND ME! Santa FIND ME!" {hashtag I'm 25}.

*NOTE: You don't eat the reindeer food!!! It is full of glitter, after all. It is for sprinkling on your lawn on Christmas Eve for "Santa's reindeer to find our house!" It sparkles in the snow {or lawn!}. If you are concerned about the glitter -- you could use red & green sprinkles.**

Here is what you need:

For the Reindeer Food
Oats
Glitter {green, red, christmas tree sprinkles -- whatever you'd like}

That's it! Mix together!

For the packaging
Cellophane bags
Ribbon & other embellishments
Christmas Magic poem

Scoop your reindeer food into your bag. You could use a cute jar, if you like. OR, I think a mini plastic ziploc bag works perfect for small kids to hold. Add your ribbon/embellishments and reindeer poem.

Seriously -- how easy is that?! It's a perfect project for kids to help make. Put on your favorite Christmas Pandora station {might I recommend Michael Buble?!}, drink some hot cocoa and the whole family has a fun night IN.

My family had a VERY fun night IN making reindeer food. My mom, sister and her kids all got together to make ornaments for the Ornament Club my sister is a part of. Plenty of Bing Crosby {or is it Bing Christmas?!}, yummy treats and tons of SILLY were all present that night. I have some good blackmail photos too {mwah ha!}. My sister turned her reindeer food into {20!} ornaments for the Ornament Club she is a part of. She put the reindeer food in a square glass votive jar, then put that in the cellophane bag. My favorite part was that I got to teach my mom, sister and niece how to use VINYL!! I cut out a silver vinyl 'Christmas Magic' to go on each of the glass jars. It was sooo fun to show my family how awesome the Silhouette Cameo is and just one of the many things you can make with it. My mom was the crafting queen!! Or as we call her -- the Krazy Krafting Kraut! She may say she can't craft -- but I have the photos to prove otherwise! It was really easy and fun, and I promise you will all have a blast making your reindeer food {especially if someone awesome and cool puts Skittles up her nose!}.

I hope you found a little Christmas Magic in this family tradition!
 


 
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And don't forget your Christmas Magic Reindeer Food Poem to attach to your bag!!
Click the link below.



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Monday, November 11, 2013

DIY Music Christmas Ornament

I don't know if you know this about me, but I love music. I started playing the piano at the age of 3. I've played ever since. Music has always held a very special place in my heart. When I was little, anytime I was sad or having a bad day, I would sit at the piano and just play. Within a few minutes, my mood was always a little better and my burdens a little lighter. To this day, music still touches my soul with it's power to move people.



I've always wanted to do a music themed Christmas tree.  I saw one at The Festival of Trees here in Utah last year and LOVED it. So when my sister asked me to help her make homemade Christmas ornaments last week, I knew I HAD to make a music themed ornament. We had to make 40 ornaments in one night, so I also knew I wanted it to be SUPER EASY and not very inexpensive. I created THIS little beauty. I love it SO much. You can use any sheet music inside you want. I was making 20 ornaments, so I printed off 5 sheets of 4 different Christmas songs. I downloaded them for free online {click here for the website}. The rest of the supplies you need are clear ornaments {I bought mine from Michaels - use a coupon!}, scissors, ribbon, bakers twine. That's all! The tutorial is below. Get your craft on!




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Thursday, November 7, 2013

How to Dye Fabric {with your washing machine}

Why would anyone possibly want to dye fabric?? I get for making your own clothes, or maybe quilting, or sewing, or something else that this girl doesn't do. But seriously - I never thought I would be purchasing fabric dye - using it - and loving it. But I did. To make a DIY Baby Wonka Bar Costume. Click the link to read all about that little Halloween chocolatey adventure! I needed a brown baby nightgown, but that kind of didn't exist either. Anything I found was too patterned or way too pricey. ENTER: FABRIC DYE. I ordered a white, cotton baby nightgown off Amazon for $13 {plus free shipping through Amazon Prime}, plus the $3 bottle of fabric dye and my project is costing me less than $20. And it REALLY WAS EASY! The fabric dye instructions are clear and, if you follow them, you won't fail. Oops. I didn't follow them the first time and, yep, I failed. Turns out - fabric dye does not like polyester. So don't do it. Don't try. Don't think you'll be the magic exception, because you won't be, like I wasn't. Just stick with the approved fabrics. CLICK HERE for a link to the FAQ section of Rit Dye's website. It was super helpful and answered any questions I had! I only used RIT Dye, because it is sold at Joanns, so easy to obtain that first errr second bottle of dye.


Supplies
  • Fabric dye
  • Fabric
  • Washing machine {I used my washing machine, but you can do it by hand!}
  • Dr Pepper {yep, a total necessity for the wait time during washing}

 The Fun Part
  • Set the temperature to wash HOT and rinse COLD.
  • Set the cycle to wash twice and rinse once. My washing machine has an 'auto soak' setting, so it basically washes it for a long time, then rinses once. If yours doesn't have this setting, just watch for when the wash cycle finishes, then RESET to wash again.
  • Start the water running. Wait until it gets about half full, then add the fabric dye. I used the entire bottle, just to be sure, and I knew I wouldn't need to save it for any reason. The link above to the FAQ section of RIT Dye gives details on how much to use depending on what you're dying.
  • The fabric needs to be unfolded and damp before adding to the dye. This is super important! I didn't unfold my fabric on one item and it came out splotchy! I just use the running water to dampen my fabric.
  • Once your fabric is damp and unfolded, add to your lovely dyed water.
  • Sit back - drink that DP - and wait for the magic to happen.
That's it! If you have to reset your washing machine after the first wash part, remember to pay attention, so you don't miss it. I hang my fabric to dry. The End!

SOOO easy, right?? I can't wait to try other fabrics for other projects. Fabric dye has kind of opened up my mind to a whole new world of color. Don't let not finding the right color of fabric or clothing item for your project stop you from fulfilling your chocolatey Wonka-y dreams.

"We are the music makers...and we are the dreamer of dreams." - Willy Wonka

 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

DIY Baby Wonka Bar Costume

It all started when a certain spouse of mine decided Ava should be a WONKA bar for Halloween. *sigh* He might have a slight obsession with the Willy Wonka movie -- the old one -- not the Johnny Depp version. Well, you can't just go out and BUY a baby wonka bar costume. They don't exist. Even if you could, I wouldn't, because Halloween costumes cost one gajillion dollars. So I knew I had to get my craft on if I was going to make my husband's Halloween dream come true. And it really wasn't even that hard. I can't sew. Nope! I even have my grandmother's sewing machine, but I've never learned. That's definitely on my TO DO list. But, until then, it's a no-sew life for me. I decided to use fabric dye and fabric paint to make Ava's wonka bar costume. Like I said earlier - it wasn't even that hard. YES - I did fail the first time I tried fabric dye. And YES - I thought about giving up. And YES - I did eat almost 100 mike & ike's out of frustration. But it all worked out in the end.

SO.

To check out how to dye your fabric brown, click HERE for my Fabric Dye Tutorial.

In order to do this, you will need my Wonka Bar Costume stencil. You can find it {along with my other Free Printables & Stencils} by clicking on the links below:




Now, don't you feel super special knowing you are one of the ONLY people on the planet to have a Wonka bar baby costume stencil??!!!! Welcome to the cool kids club.

I'm definitely a visual learner, so the rest of the tutorial will be through pictures. Have fun! And remember -- candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.

**Note: I used fabric paint, because I'm kind of obsessed with it, but you could use heat transfer material, too. Just cut out the different shapes and letters in the colors you want. That would work quite splendidly!**





Pull up the stencil file in Silhouette Studio. You'll have to change the settings to looks like these. The main ones to note are:  change the width to 9 and the height to 15 and change the cutting mat to NONE. These are the settings I used for a 6-12mths size baby nightgown. You can adjust to whatever size you need. 












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1. Load your vinyl in your Cameo or Portrait. I used 9" vinyl, but you can use 12" as well. 
2. In Silhouette Studio, send the file to the Cameo to cut. Once you choose the Vinyl as the item you're cutting, the rest of the settings change for you. Remember to make sure you have your blade in your Cameo set to what setting it shows on your computer screen. Once it's all set, press CUT! Sit back, and watch the magic.
3. Cut off your vinyl stencil!
4. Using your hook tool for assistance, peel away the letters and border, so you have the negative space left.
**here's a tip. if you don't have a hook tool {yet!}, i've used a fondue fork or even scissors to help peel away the vinyl. but the hook tool works the best!**
5. Apply the transfer tape to the front of your stencil. I peel a small portion off and press it on the end of the stencil, then peel & roll the rest of the tape over the stencil. Peeling all the tape off and then applying it to the stencil makes for lots of wrinkles.
6. Flip the stencil over and use your scraper tool to adhere the vinyl to the transfer tape.
7. Peel the transfer tape backing off. I use my hook tool to help press down any vinyl that didn't stick.
8. Keep that shiny backing piece. You'll use it later!
 9. Apply the stencil to your fabric. Carefully remove the transfer tape. Press over your stencil to make sure there are no bubbles.
10. Insert the shiny backing from the transfer tape you saved in Step 8 inside the nightgown. This will keep any fabric paint from bleeding through to the other side. What's nice about using this backing is that it doesn't stick to the dried paint!
11. Use your fabric paint to paint over the stencil. This is the fun part! Let dry for several hours {I usually leave mine overnight}. Peel away stencil and view your beautiful, delicious, scrumdiddlyumptious Wonka Bar!!


 As you can see, this is fun for a family Halloween costume set, but I think it would be cute for a Wonka themed birthday party! Which, knowing that certain spouse of mine, I could see being requested in the future.


xo

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