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Slim Jims & Nuts Beer Mug & Sunday’s Best Linky

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Today is Valentine’s Day, a day for love & romance. It is also a day that I scramble to try to figure out what kind of gift to buy my husband. Hallmark, Russell Stover’s and every jewelry store and flower shop in town are kept busy with the swarms of boyfriends and husbands grabbing their clichéd Valentine’s trinkets for their wives at home. The men have it easy. It is us women that have to play the guessing game. There will be no stuffed animals or lip shaped chocolates being given to my husband. Perhaps if they made stuffed animals stuffed with bacon or chocolate covered beer cordials this might fly, but otherwise no. Luckily for me, the Patriots made things easy this year & won the Superbowl, which opened up my gift list to Patriots’ paraphernalia. Thanks guys. I owe you one. Before the Pats’ brought home the victory, Mai & I had another idea in mind for our favorite guy.

Slim Jims & Nuts Beer Mug

Tape two canisters of nuts together.

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Tape a string of mini Slim Jims together so that they are even. I used 16 of them.

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Wrap the Slim Jims around the outside of the canisters with the label facing the outside. Secure with a rubber band & then tape into place.

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On a piece of construction paper, cut out an oval & write your message.

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Mat it to another piece of construction. Dab the back edges of the paper with a glue gun & secure.

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Cut out a handle shape . Bend the edge of the paper that will secure to the mug & lightly glue into place with a glue gun. Add cotton or tissue paper to the top for the foam.

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Now on to to our link-up. Welcome to week 7 of the Sunday’s Best Link-Up.

Welcome to Week 7 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup Each month we will feature a theme, this month the theme is Love Is In the Air. Smooches! Please share your favorite posts on anything or anyone that you love. This can be recipes, Valentine’s crafts, scrapbook layouts, how you met your husband or significant other, your children, how you spend Valentine’s Day etc. You decide.  


Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. Anything goes here. You may link as many posts as you would like. Each week a post will be selected and featured the following week.  An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog.  Be sure to check back to see if you’re the Sunday’s Best featured blogger of the week. 



Please meet my new co-host, Kim, and her beautiful daughter from Pinterested Parent. Kim shared a great post last week Pasta Love Bug Crafts. They are adorable and perfect for rainy or snowy day. Please check it out and connect with her.  


           Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother                                  Kim – Pinterested Parent




If you are interested in co-hosting the next Sunday’s Best linkup, please contact me for details.   

Get your post(s) ready for March.  The theme is Spring Forward. We’re looking for spring crafts, Easter decorating ideas, Easter tablescapes, recipes, anything that you love to do in the spring and would like to share.  



Here’s the rules, please connect with Kim and Me on social media before you leave or subscribe to our blogs :  


Mother 2 Mother: Please like my 
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter,  Google+, PinterestBlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right before you leave.   



The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.  




 

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One last thing before we get the party started, please grab the Sunday’s Best button above and place it on your sidebar or Tweet the linkup using the hashtag #SundaysBest. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares.  




The Sunday’s Best Posts are:

 



Kim selected 15 Pretty In Pink Valentine’s Day Treats by – Dreaming of Leaving


and 


 

 I selected Peanut Butter Hearts by – Dabbling Momma 
All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up.  We honestly had a hard time making selections, and would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post again this week. While your’re here take a minute to visit these great blog and connect with Jessica and Susen.  These ladies are quite crafty.   


Now, lets link up those posts and be sure to visit a few other bloggers who have posted while you’re here. This is a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love.     


 

Paper Swedish Heart Baskets

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It has been a rough winter in New England. On Monday, we had yet another storm, a big one.  We added another foot of snow to last week’s accumulation.

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Sufficed to say, we were snow bound & stuck home. My mother-in-law got caught up in the storm & was snowed in with us. Mai & I were making glittery paper hearts, when my mum-in-law asked me if I knew how to make a Swedish heart. I did not. She gave me a quick tutorial & weaved a lovely heart out of newspaper to practice.  They were so cute & easy to make. She showed me how they formed a little pocket & I thought how cute these would be for our daughter to give out filled with little Valentine’s candies.

Paper Swedish Heart Baskets

All you need for this craft is some paper, glue & scissors.

Choose 2 different colored pieces of paper. Fold each piece in half. Cut out a shape like shown below, rounding the tops of the unfolded edge.

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Overlap the shapes so that they form a heart shape.

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Draw a faint line across the top edge of the overlap on each side of your heart.

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Cut 1 slit 1/3 of the width of one of the shapes. Cut from the folded edge up to the line that you just drew. Cut a second slit another 1/3 of the way the same way. Do this to the other shape as well.

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This should give you 3 even loops on each.

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Start weaving your two hearts together. Stick the 3rd loop from the green through the first loop on the purple shape as shown below.

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Pull the same purple loop through the 2nd green loop.

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Work that same purple loop all the way over & insert the 1st green loop into the purple to finish off the first weave.

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Push the purple shape all the way up to the top of the green shape to make room to start your next loop. Start this row the opposite way this time, pulling the next purple row through the green & then continue to alternate in this pattern until the end.

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Add a couple of strips of paper to the inside of each side to make handles.

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Fill the basket with some treats.

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Thanks Nana for teaching me something new. These will be adorable to give to Mai & her friends.

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Valentine’s Day Rubs

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For Christmas this year, one of my dear friends bought my daughter Fashion Plates. When Mai unwrapped her gift, it was Mommy’s face that lit up not hers. I loved Fashion Plates as a girl. I felt like a young girl again. As I sat on the floor rubbing a crayon against the plates, I thought to myself this is probably something that we can do at home with our own designs.

Valentine’s Day Rubs

What you will need:

A few squares of cardboard

A hot glue gun

Crayons

Paper

Directions:

I cut a few squares out of a cardboard box.  Be sure the squares are clean & even. With a glue gun draw a design. (For adult use only) Keep your designs simple & try to apply the glue as evenly and level as possible for the best effect.

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For our Valentine’s themed designs, we went with a heart, an arrow & the word love. The glue should dry in a couple of minutes.

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Once dry, place the squares under a piece of paper. Using the side of a crayon, rub back & forth & watch the design transfer onto the paper.

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Unfortunately for me, not all of my ideas are winners with my daughter. Like the Fashion Plates, this was more entertaining for mommy than her. She made one arrow & then moved on to drawing a picture of a monster family.

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It was not a total waste for Mai though. We discovered that the rubs also make a lovely paint stamper.

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Pasta Love Bug Crafts

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My daughter is a mix of girly girl & tomboy. She loves tutus & dressing up like a princess, but she also loves bugs & playing with trucks. In the summer she would chase around the bugs in our yard. I had to keep her from trying to grab the bees. With Valentine’s Day nearing, my little love bug & I were going to craft some love bugs of our own using our favorite crafting medium. It is time to break out our pasta boxes.

What you will need:

Assorted Pasta shells: Jumbo shells, ziti, medium sized shells, elbows, wagon wheels, bow ties & spaghetti

Paint – reds, pinks, purples, black

Glue Gun – **Glue guns should be used by adults only**

Directions: Paint your pasta pieces using assorted colors. A breakdown of pasta pieces & colors used for each bug will be listed below.

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Let dry.

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Pasta Lady Bug

Pasta used: jumbo shell, medium sized shell & 2 broken off pieces of spaghetti.

Paint the jumbo shell red for the body. Paint the medium shell & spaghetti black. The medium shell will be the head & the spaghetti is an antennae. Let dry. Paint black hearts onto the body for the lady bug’s spots. After all of the paint is dry, use a glue gun to assemble your lady bug.

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Pasta Butterfly

Pasta used: ziti, 4 medium pasta, wagon wheel, 2 broken off pieces of spaghetti.

Paint your pieces in colors of your choice using the ziti for the body, shells for the wings & wagon wheel for the head & spaghetti for the antennae. Glue all pieces together. Let dry & finish off by painting hearts on the wings.

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Pasta Spider

Pasta used: jumbo shell, medium shell & 8 elbows.

Paint the shells in your choice of colors. The large shell will be the body & the medium will act as the head. Paint the elbows black. They will be legs. Let dry & glue together. Paint a large heart on the body.

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Pasta Bee

Pasta used: Jumbo shell, medium shell, 2 bow ties, an elbow & 2 broken off pieces of spaghetti.

Paint the jumbo shell in a color of your choice. You will use it as the body. Let it dry & paint black stripes around it. Paint the medium shell, bow ties, elbow & spaghetti black. The medium shell will be used for the head; the bow ties will be wings, the elbow for the stinger & the spaghetti for antennae. Glue the pieces together & add a heart to the head.

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I love crafting with pasta because there are so many variations that you can use. Have fun with it & flex your creative muscles.

After our bugs dried, Mai played good bug, bad bug with them. Apparently the spider is really mean to the other bugs.  We had to put him in timeout.

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Cardboard & Yarn Craft Ornament

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Since Mai has started daycare our craft collection has doubled itself. We have a collection of home crafts & now the take home ones as well. Our kitchen island has a pile of them. This week, we hung up a few of our favorites to display them. This weekend we decided to make some crafts that were meant to be hung. Since Halloween is over & Christmas is everywhere, now was as good a time as any to make our first ornament.

What you will need:

Cardboard

Paint

Yarn

Glue

Directions:

Cut out your desired shape

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Cut out notches in the cardboard.

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Paint the cardboard shape.

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Wrap yarn around an empty toilet paper roll to make it easier for little hands.

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Pull the end of a piece of yarn through one of the notches. Pull tight around another notch & continue until you achieve the look you like. Younger toddlers may need a hand with this.

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Pick a side that you like better. Glue a string to the opposite side.

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More Valentine’s Day Fun For Kids (Guest Post)

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This guest post is brought to you from Hefty. I am happy to welcome Katie from Hefty to the Pinterested Parent today.

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it!  Little kids love to join in the celebrations of Valentine’s Day, so here are a few more ideas for celebrating with them:

  • Wear Red  One of the easiest ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to simply dress your kid in red or pink.  There are always shirts with hearts, too!
  • Valentine’s Day Breakfast  If you have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, then you can try cutting toast out in the shape of hearts.  Just add some red jelly or fruit preserves for a touch of the signature Valentine’s Day color.
  • Make Cookies for a Neighbor  You and your child could make cookies together for an elderly neighbor.  The neighbor will appreciate the thoughtful gesture on this holiday, and you and your son or daughter will have fun making the cookies together.  You can give the neighbor the cookies on disposable dishes so you don’t have to worry about getting the plate back later.
  • Decorate the House  Take foam plates and decorate them by using crayons or cutting hearts out of red and pink construction paper.  You can bind multiple plates together by using ribbon.  Thread the ribbon through holes that you make in the lips of the plate.  This decoration could then be hung up above a fireplace or on a wall.
  • Make Cards  Homemade cards will surprise your family and friends, and your little ones will love giving them out.  Construction paper, colored pencils, doilies, crayons, glue, and stickers will all help to make fun Valentines.

Have a very happy Valentine’s Day!

Author Bio: This is a guest post by Katie F. on behalf of Hefty®. Visit www.hefty.com to find products like trash bags and more that can help you out with your busy life.

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Valentine’s Day String Art

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String art has had me curious for a while now, but I was not brave enough to tackle it. It seemed so time consuming & difficult that I did not have the motivation to try it… until now. This was my first attempt, so I had a few crafting bumps & bruises along the way but all & all I was happy with the finished product. Here is what you need..

Supplies:

A square of solid cork board (You can substitute wood as well)

A box of small nails

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Embroidery threads of varying color. I used shades of purple with green as an accent

Lightweight paper

A pen, pencil or a marker

Tape

Glue

 

Draw the design of your craft project out on paper.

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Tape it to your cork board or wood.

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Using a hammer lightly tap your nails into the pattern. Only tap about halfway in, leaving room on the nail to wrap your string. Remove your paper template carefully by tearing it out from under the nails.

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To start, tie a piece of the embroidery thread to the nail that you intend to start with. Use a dab of glue to secure in place & let dry.

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Wrap your thread around the nails, weaving it back & forth between nails. You can weave it however you choose as long as you make sure to follow the design of your pattern. Keep an extra sketch of your drawing handy for reference. It is easy to lose your pattern in the nails after a while.

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Continue to weave your thread around the nails following your pattern until complete. Tie off your thread at the end & use a dab of glue to secure. Be sure to tie off your thread in between colors too.

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Hang up your finished product.

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This was a fun project. I think I might have the string art bug. I can’t wait to design my next project. It takes a little getting used to. I lost myself a little in my lettering but once I referenced my drawing I was able to decipher my pattern again. This is a very forgiving project. There is plenty of room for error & to go back.

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http://daisyanddaydreams.com/2014/01/30/valentines-day-decor/