Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Children's Christmas Craft : Easy Reindeer Fun

This is one of the easiest and cutest Christmas crafts I have come across for children...especially little ones about 2-4 years of age.

1. Using brown construction paper, trace your child's shoe and cut out (this will be the reindeer's face)

2. Trace your child's hands on paper, and cut out (these will be the antlers)

3. Draw and cut out two ears for the reindeer.

4. Glue the antlers together at a slight angle, then glue on the ears. Glue the head onto the antlers, then glue on eyes and nose.

In the picture shown here, plastic eyes were used, and red pom poms for the nose. However, you can easily have crayons for the kids to draw their reindeer faces, or cut out eyes from black construction paper, and the nose from red paper.

This Christmas Craft idea for kids comes from amazingmoms.com

Friday, December 7, 2007

Quick Christmas Cash

Christmas is a wonderful season, but finances and shopping can mean lots of stress too.
here's an idea for making some quick extra cash for a present or too--

Gather up clothes and baby items and sell them to a consignment store. If you have baby clothes, toys in good condition, stroller/car seat/ high chair, etc.that are in good condition and meet safety regulations, find a local consignment/resale store and take them in. You might get more cash than you think. The best part about consignment/resale stores is that if they buy your stuff--you get money on the spot.

Christmas Gift Ideas

Running out of ideas for Christmas Gifts?
Check here for some more shopping and gift possibilities.

Handmade "Cranberry" Wreath

You will need:

Styrofoam wreath form (craft stores will have these)

Red Nail Polish

Red Material That Can Be Glued or Pinned On Wreath To cover

Red Beads (can be all the same size or different sizes you will need around 200 or so for an 8 inch wreath)


Flathead pins (one for each bead)

Cover the Styrofoam wreath shape with the red material. You will want to wrap the material around the form and overlap it slightly so that the form is completely covered. Red yarn can also work; just make sure the wreath is completely covered. Use pins to secure material to wreath.

Use the red nail polish to coat the top of the pins so they will blend in on the wreath. Let dry.

Slip a bead onto a pin, and pin it onto the wreath. Continue until the wreath is fully covered in beads. It will look even better if you cluster the beads so they do not look evenly spaced out; keep an image of cranberries in your head as you decorate the wreath so as to try and create that image on your wreath.

Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

You can use patterned christmas wrapping paper, christmas cards that you have cut the cute front pictures out of, or even family pictures for these decorations. Put a silver Christmas-Shaped Cookie Cutter on top of the wrapping paper, or christmas card picture, or family picture ( use a copy of the family photo for the decoration, not the original photo), and trace the shape. Cut out the shape from the paper, and glue the paper design or picture onto the cookie cutter's edge. It should now look like the cookie cutter has a pretty christmas picture/scene inside it. Thread a ribbon through thetop of the cookie cutter by using a needle to go inbetween the picture and the cutter at the top. Slip a bead over ribbon's ends; knot.

Christmas Crafts and Fun For Kids

Here is a place to find all kinds of fun activities and crafts for your kids! Angel crafts to Gingerbread Houses and a lot more!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Pumpkin Cheese Pie

Pumpkin Cheese Pie

1. 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
2. 2 cups pumpkin puree
3. 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
4. 3 eggs
5. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
6. 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch single crust pie

2. Cooking Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Mix cream cheese and condensed milk together until smooth. Stir in the pureed pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and eggs. Mix until well combined. Pour batter into the pie shell.
3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted 1 inch from the edge comes out clean. Serve warm.

Yield: 8 servings

This recipe comes from Allrecipes