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Nov
20

paper mache jackalope

I made this little guy last week for a party, and to hang on Vivi’s wall, and thought I’d share the process because it was so much fun.  Seriously, this project was some good Mama therapy, so try it out if you need some kind of stress outlet.  The best part is that you can make this pretty much from things you have laying around your house, and is a great use for junk mail.

I don’t have the step by step photographed, but I followed this very helpful tutorial, and figured I’d share a few tips.

Here is what you need:

masking or painter’s tape | newspaper | cardboard | paper towels | water | flour | a plaque or something to mount it to (like this or this) | sticks for antlers | drill | screws (about four) | paint | hot glue

I followed this tutorial very closely, but for the paste mixture, I just simply mixed 2 parts water to 1 part flour and it worked great, no boiling needed.  Just be sure to mix it well, and you can also cover it and store it in the fridge to use for each step.  Using paper towels to cover the newspaper form was a really great idea, and made it easy to really give the bunny head some shape (I also made the ears from cardboard in the first step).  After applying the paper towel layer, I had to rig up some string to hold the ears up as they dried (I tied string around the ears and clothespinned the string to a shelf in the kitchen to keep them upright).  They were really heavy with the wet paper towels, and wouldn’t stay up otherwise.

Once it was all dry (which took a good 24 hours), they were hard as a rock and are very secure.  I did two layers of newspaper or magazine paper mache over the paper towels (and used the flour and water mixture, no modge podge, and it was fine!).  Before the last layer, I screwed the head into the wood base so the last layer of paper covers the screws.  I also drilled two holes in the top of the bunny head for the antlers.  I found drill bits about the same diameter as the antler sticks, and after placing them in the bunny head, I added some hot glue to hold them well and then put paper mache all around it.  I made sure there is about 3 inches of antler in the bunny head so it is extra secure.

The paper towel layer took the longest to dry, and the other two layers took about 6 to 12 hours, depending on how much paper you added.  Once it’s all dry, you can paint!

It was really fun just working with my hands.  The girls colored on the floor in their coloring books while I worked on it, and it was so much fun.  I’ll have to try one with Vivi next time!

paper mache jackalope

thanksgiving kid's table ideas

Today’s post is the second in a series of sponsored posts with Astrobrights Papers focusing on creative ways to use color paper for Thanksgiving decor, as a part of their Colorize Your Party campaign..  Yesterday was a bit more polished; today is all about the kids’ table.

thanksgiving kid's table ideas

We have this picnic table from my childhood that my parents let us have, and it’s the perfect option for a kid’s table.  I added those fun throws to the seats for some extra fluff (Brigie loves anything snuggly, so she was all about this) and I set the table with a few pieces of china (adore these mercury glass pieces!), those darling little vintage glasses Nana found, and some handmade feather crowns.

thanksgiving snack ideas

For some fun treats (seriously, the girls thought this was the best thing ever – waking up from naps for an outdoor treat picnic!) I used some Kellogg’s recipes to make these pilgrim hat cookies (but I used the dark chocolate Keebler Fudge Stripes and made the icing go all the way around because, well, icing) and this cranberry mango chutney with Keebler Club Crackers (because I’ll sign up for anything with cranberries – this treat was more for me) and then added in some pretty peppermint meringues.

thanksgiving snack ideas

The girls dove right in, and I’ll be honest, it was so much fun.  I was expecting this to be a bit more difficult, but they thought it was super special and I’m going to have to make this happen more often.  They were especially charmed by the straws in the big girl cups (I added on some little paper feathers for a festive touch) and it was like a for real tea party to them.

thanksgiving kid table ideas

thanksgiving kid table ideas

I’ll be posting details soon on how to make the crowns and other fun items from yesterday shortly.

thanksgiving snack ideas

Vivi was really excited about those pilgrim hats.  It was such a fun surprise finding a marshmallow in inside.

thanksgiving craft ideas

At the end of all the snacking, I was treated to a special dance performance.

You can see the sugar rush in Vivi’s eyes . . .

thanksgiving craft ideas

Thanks so much to Astrobrights Papers for inspiring such a fun and unexpected afternoon.  I’ll definitely be doing this more often.  Be sure to check out yesterday’s post for more inspiration and stay tuned for all the DIY details.  (Find Brigette’s super cute shirt here, and Vivi’s snuggly pullover here!)

This post was sponsored by Astrobrights Papers in collaboration with Kellogg’s.  I appreciate so much your support of Lay Baby Lay’s sponsors so that I can continue providing beautiful content.  I love working with sponsors who inspire creativity!

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Meg @ Peaches and Cake"TOO CUTE!!! "

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crib bedding ideas

Frequently, I get questions about crib bedding, so I thought it would be helpful to do a post with some tips about what bedding to choose.  I am a big fan of keeping it simple, with a neat, white crib skirt, and several different crib sheets so you can change up the look.  New Arrivals has a beautiful selection of crib sheets and crib skirts, so it’s a great resource for your registry!  I worked with them to select a few different crib sheets, so you can see how you can get a variety of different looks. (And, by the way, New Arrivals is offering 20% off with the code LAYBABY20!)

crib bedding inspiration

Above is the carnival crib sheet with the white pique skirt with gray trim.  I love this crib sheet!  The shades of orange remind me of my childhood (it goes perfectly with my old shopping cart above!), and it’s such a fun, happy neutral sheet.  It feels fresh and different, and I think it’s the cutest.

crib bedding inspiration

Next is the dreamweaver crib sheet.  This is a more feminine look, and the dreamy colors are so pretty.  It kind of dresses things up a bit, and it’s quite a different look from the carnival sheet.  I love the aqua!

baby bedding inspiration

This sheet looks girly without being too frilly.  It also pairs great with the white pique skirt with gray trim.

baby bedding inspiration

This is the sprout bumperless crib sheet.  It gives you the tailored feel of a bumper, without the extra fabric, if that causes you concern.  If you like the bumper look, I think this is a great option; I love being able to peek in on baby from the door, and the pared down bedding really highlights the lines of the crib.  This is a really sweet look.

crib bedding inspiration

(And by the way, the Jenny Lind is such a gorgeous crib.  It’s a fantastic look for the price, and I think it would work well for a boy or a girl.  I just adore this crib.)

baby bedding inspiration

Lastly, this is the piper sheet in gray.  This is more of a modern look, and is also a great neutral.  I love the way it pairs with that vintage plaid blanket.

baby bedding ideas

I also like the play on scale with the pattern society union rug.  So fun to see how you can get a range of different looks with a collection of crib sheets!  All these patterns are vastly different, but they still work really well in the same space.  With a little one, you will be changing the sheets frequently, and it’s fun to be able to freshen up the space in between washings!

baby bedding inspiration

(See more details about this room here.  Walls are Benjamin Moore Lido Green, and the print above the crib can be found here.)

Thanks so much to New Arrivals, Inc. for sponsoring this post.  I appreciate so much your support of Lay Baby Lay sponsors so that I can keep providing beautiful content and inspiration!

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Emily Hunter"This room is just stunning! There is something so nice about that sleek and simple look that seems to be …"

Anne Croudace"I loooooove this one! gonna share it with a labor doula client who is needing some inspiration! Beautiful! "

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Vivi is turning four in a week and a half (!) and I’m working on her party, and trying to figure out what to get for her.  There are so many cute little girly things out there right now . . . here is my wish list if I were turning four:

(1) Bow Headband; (2) Gunner & Lux Necklace; (3) Sleepy Kitties; (4) Ice Cream Set; (5) Merci Poster (email Sophie to purchase – thanks, Molly!); (6) Ava the Unicorn; (7) Pipsticks Sticker Subscription; (8) Furry Booties; (9) Bow Puffer Coat; (10) Sleepy Fox Print

Also, my friends at Babyli.st just launched a new app called little list where you can share a list of gifts that interest your little ones, and keep track of their ever changing clothing and shoe sizes – so great!  You can share it with grandparents and relatives, and since it keeps track of everything, there are no duplicated gifts!  It’s a great way to share what your child really needs (a new winter coat, shoes for school, a new bedtime book, etc.) so gifts are extra meaningful and helpful!  Check it out here!

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Yolonda"She has great taste, love the puffer coat. "

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Nov
03

Operation Christmas Child is an organization I hold close to my heart.   For starters, I just adore what they do to bring joy to children worldwide.  It’s just the most precious thing.  Not only that, but they also share with them the good news of Christmas, and Samaritan’s Purse is also working so hard to serve those who are suffering in this ebola crisis.  I once heard a woman speak who received a box as a child, and it was touching enough to make sure we send boxes every year.  The collection week is usually close to Vivi’s birthday, so it has become a special tradition to pack boxes for those little ones who have next to nothing as a part of celebrating her big day.

This is such an excellent opportunity to have conversations around those in need and what it means to give to others.  I threw a very tiny little shoebox packing party to hopefully inspire some of y’all to do the same!  If you don’t know what OCC is all about, you just pack a shoebox full of fun items for a boy or girl in an age range you select.  I find it to be a fun challenge to see what all I can fit into that small box.

kid christmas party

It’s so fun to have a reason to enjoy a little of Christmas a bit early.  I just put together some sandwiches and picked up some cookies from our favorite local bakery, and had fun hanging all our Christmas ornaments (Land of Nod has the most whimsical Christmas decor!) from last year over the table for a festive touch.  I found these boxes on the table at Michaels’ – you are supposed to use regular shoeboxes, but I didn’t have quite enough!

DIY Christmas Banner

These large banners are so fun.  I used black butcher paper, and painted the words with white paint and the design with gold sharpie.  I stapled them to wooden dowels and hung them with string.

The place settings have little jingle bell and wood bead necklaces as a little treat for the kids.

To stuff the boxes, I just ran to the store and bought a bunch of goodies, and the other moms pitched in, to keep it simple.  We included some dolls, crayons, notepads, stickers, fun sunglasses, hair accessories, princess tissues, play doh, toothbrushes, and more goodies, and the girls sort of “shopped” the table to fill their boxes.  (poster here.)

The girls decorated the boxes with crayons and stickers before stuffing them.

And if you think for a moment that maybe it’s crazy asking little ones to fill up boxes with toys they won’t get to keep or play with, then you would be right.  But that’s why it’s so good, isn’t it?  The girls were surprisingly on board with it, and did a good job of  “shopping” the little table to fill up their boxes for these special girls half a world away.  Sometimes I underestimate their ability for generosity.

I thought it was fun to put out the globes and write “joy to the world” because that is precisely what this project is all about.

Ahh, my favorite cake plates from Minted.

I’ll probably be leaving all this festive-ness up for awhile.

christmas party ideasSo, there you have it.  I hope you will consider packing a shoebox with your little ones.  It’s such a sweet reminder of what this season is all about!  You can also include a note, and you may get a response from the child who is on the receiving end of the goodies!

christmas party ideas

 

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Kristin"I love these posters! You should sell prints! "

Molly"You are beyond talented! And what a wonderful, age-appropriate way to teach little ones about compassion and helping others. Thank …"

KItty"Just love this idea! "

Emily"This is so great! I love your heart Joni! You have inspired me to throw a party to help. Our …"

Saraj"What beautiful decorations! Seriously sooo cute! "

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