Tuesday, December 18, 2012

26 Random Acts of Kindness for the Angels of Newtown...

We are all crying with Connecticut. This tragedy is simply beyond comprehension. We are heartbroken as a human race.

Everyone wants to do something-anything to help-but no one seems to know what. I feel helpless and am trying to think of anything that we can do, to band together to bring a tiny bit of joy in such a sorrowful time. I would like to pay off 26 random Christmas layaway accounts for families in Connecticut. One in honor of each of the extraordinary + heroic angels that have left this world way too soon.

26 random acts of kindness for 26 random families of Connecticut. In honor and awe of 26 beautiful, perfect angels.

All donations will go towards paying off random layaway accounts in the area of Newtown. I would love to be able to pay off 26, but even if we can pay off one, it will still make an impact on one special family and the world. Christmas is in a few days, and this needs to be completed very soon. Please give anything you can and please spread the word.

Wishing you all peace and love in your hearts.

12/22/12 UPDATE. I am no longer accepting donations-the stores need to finalize everything in time for Christmas Eve. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. Wishing you all peace, love and happiness. Always.

12/24/12 UPDATE: With the generous of strangers around the world, we raised $4800 and were able to secretly pay off 31 layaway accounts in full and put down chunks of additional money on 4 others in time for Christmas. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your selfless generosity and kindness. Being able to give a tiny bit of happiness to others is simply beautiful and soul touching. I am honored to have been a small part. xo

Friday, December 14, 2012

Visions of Sugar Plums~Pin It to Win It!

HO HO HO! 'Tis the season to be jolly and to make cute Pinterest boards:)

When my Lova Across the Pond graciously asked me to participate in her sparkling Pin It to Win it Christmas Extravaganza Giveaway~I could not refuse due to the pure awesomeness of the event.

A dazzling group of stylists + bloggers whipped up themed Pinterest Boards to share ideas and inspiration with the world and to give you all the chance to win one seriously fabulous Christmas Stocking filled with over $1200 worth of shiny swag.

You can enter to win the GINORMOUS SWAGGER STOCKING below or on Bird's blog! The prizes for one lucky winner are simply astounding.

You can pin my board and the brill boards in the days that follow to gain 3 BONUS ENTRIES! Just pin with the hash tag #PinParty.

My board is was dubbed "Visions of Sugar Plums." Color palette I needed to use as my inspiration was pink, turquoise and fuchsia. Not sure what a sugar plum really is, but it sounds good and sugar smacked, so I am all in.

Good luck! So thankful for you~Lovas. Wishing you the happiest of holidays and a peaceful, beautiful new year.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Glittery Gift Guide Day 6 {Chickabug}

Day 6 of the Glittery Gift guide and we are getting personal with a whole lotta awesome, personalized _ custom picks from the Chick behind Chickabug~Heather:)

Chickabug dishes out hip +  high-quality paper goods and easy-to-use, fully personalized DIY printables for parties. Girlfriend can design and dazzle.

Fa la la la la. La la la la. Top picks from hot stuff Heather:

Christmas t-shirt designs by Society Shirts - the listing is for a printable design, but you can also buy a pre-made shirt - all of the money goes to charity

Boy or Girl Elf Iron On Shirt Designs - You pick COLOR, NAME & GRAPHIC

Custom Sock Monkey

Sockmonkey Princess CUSTOMIZED FOR YOU

Personalized coin purse - good for grown-ups but also so sweet for a little girl

Personalized coin purse red  initial blue bird

SUPER HERO Cape personalized Child Holiday gift  - Boy Custom Letter with a Lightening bolt

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Snow Bro Tute {Pet Snowballs}

The No Sew Sock Snow Bro Tutorial~ Pet Snowballs for Little Hipsters

Nothing more adorbs than a Pet Rock. Except maybe a Pet Snowball. I whipped up these little cuties as a super quick, easy, el cheapo, no sew snowy day craft for my Wild Chimps~the bros.

Devastatingly hip for home, school crafts, parties, gifts and holidays.

Adorableness made from socks~simply rocks.

For additional awesomeness~see Exhibit A~The Sock Snow Dudes

Snow Bros

Stuff you need:

  • Kid size ankle or no show socks to form the snowballs (you could use larger ones if you want larger Snow BIG Bros)
  • Adult long socks in crazy patterns. These will form the hat. Was able to get four hats out of one pair of socks
  • Poly stuffing
  • Dried beans
  • Purple hot glue gun
  • Tiny rubber bands
  • Googly eyes, buttons, felt or gems for eyes
  • Pom Poms, felt or anything else for nose
  • Cording, yarn or anything else for the mouth
  • Ribbon, yarn, trim for tying off hat

Gather up all supplies. Anything you can reuse or recycle from your craft room ~all the better

Step 1: Put about 1/4 of a cup of dried beans into the bottom of the ankle socks. This will weight the sock down and keep him upright. If you would rather have lighter snowballs for an indoor snowball fight-omit the beans~no one wants to get pegged in the head with a sock filled with legumes;)

Step 2: Stuff the ankle sock with the poly. Pack it in tightly and shape the snowball into a round shape as you are working it in. Leave a little space at the top because you will need to close that part up.

Step 3: Secure the top of the ankle sock with a tiny rubber band, yarn or if you are an overachiever, you can sew the sock shut.

Repeat with remaining socks then take a break, watch some tv, text a little, check Facebook and return to your cute little snowballs of love.

Step 4: Time to cut up the long socks. I was able to cut the long sock into two sections with the bottom part of the sock left over. The bottom part could be used as well. If not, save for another craft!

Hats all cut up and ready to go. Take another break~get a snack, go roll around on Pinterest, come back to craft.

Step 5: Put the hats on the Snow Bros' heads. There is no "right or wrong" end to use. Banded or the loose end is fine. They are supposed to look quirky and handmade! Make sure you leave enough room for the "face." Affix the hat  all around the inside with a few dabs of hot glue. This will keep the hat on securely and prevent an embarrassing craft fail.

Step 6: Tie off sock hats with ribbon, yarn or anything else you can find.

 Step 7:  Using purple hot glue gun, make a cute face on your Snow Bro. If kids are doing the craft, they can certainly use regular craft glue, but make sure you allow enough drying time before handling. *If you do wish to use these for an indoor snowball fight, you may wish to use felt for the eyes and face. 

 Step 8: Admire the cuteness, take a pic and send it to me. Cannot wait to see what you whip up!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Snow Bro Rave:)

Few things, besides bananas, excite my sweet Chimps in the morning like hearing those two awesome words~ SNOW. DAY.

The giddy happy elation that follows is always a perfect reason for an impromptu celebration.

Why not throw a tiny + effortlessly cool Snow Day Rave? Snowballs, a mountain of cotton candy snow, an adorbs paper snowpeep banner, a simple DIY Snow Bros craft and some laughs are all anyone needs to spend a cozy day at home avoiding school. And housework;) Parties trump vacuuming. Always.

DIY Snow Bros pet snowball tutorial coming tomorrow.

Special thanks and moonlight skate to Bird's Party for the ridic Snowman printables that I fashioned into paper snowpeople dolls and assaulted with glitter;)

Pet Snowballs are the cutest + easiest. Ever.
Snow Bros

Any design can be made into a paper doll chain~attached with brads.
Adorbs and super simple. Ribbon around the house used as additional garland.
Printable design by my Lova Across The Pond

Since Hostess went under and I could not find actual Sno Balls~Had to make some fakeys~stunt snow balls. Don't tell anyone!

Mt. Snowmore. A mountain of cotton candy about to be scaled by the Yeti. Come on, funny!

Snow Bros:)

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Glittery Gift Guide ~Day 5 {Bird's Party}

Happy Monday! Kicking off this fab work week with top gift picks from my bestie across The Pond.

The brill + beautiful Bird dishes out the dazzle all over the world. She speaks about a mil languages and designs about a zil cute things. Check out her shoppy, Bird's Party, and check out her top gift picks for 2012:)


Gift for Bakers: Sugarlicious Book: http://thedecoratedcookie.com/all-about-sugarlicious/

Gift for Cake Lovers: Cupcake and Cakes 2013 Calendar: https://www.facebook.com/CharityCalendars

Gift for Bloggers: Coton Colors Personalized Ornament: http://coton-colors.com/born-to-blog-ornament

Gift for Candy Lovers: Candy.com Gift Cards: http://www.candy.com/Gift-Cards_c_371.html