Box o’ Blooms

One of my favorite things to do when giving a baby gift is to make something. I don’t usually make my whole gift, but I love to put little things within the gift that are handmade because I feel like I am giving something of myself to my friend and their baby.  Here is a fun idea. Have you ever thought about using egg cartons as a gift wrap? I think I first saw this on eighteen25 awhile ago..they used theirs to wrap up mini cupcakes. So fun. Well, I picked up a few (you can always use empty ones you have)..and for this gift for a baby girl I made this:

 

and inside I put these:

I know as I had my little girl, having a ton of hair bows was SO fun! Imagine how fun to open this box to find 12 different cute flowers of all kinds.

What would you put in your carton?

Summer Sponge Bombs with Whipperberry {Fun in the Sun}

Thanks for stopping by for Day 1 of Fun in the Sun. Today we have the ever talented Heather, from Whipperberry. Not only is she a great friend, but has been a great mentor and cheerleader in my blog journey..and with 4 kids of her own, she knows how to keep those kids busy and having fun during the summer! Here’s Heather:

Hey guys it’s Heather here from WhipperBerry and I’m thrilled to be here at one of my all time favortie blogs, Kiki & Company!! I love that fact that I can call Kiki one of my sweet friends and I admire her and her talents so much! Here is my Fun in the Sun offering to you today…

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A few years ago I was planning an activity for our youth at church and I came up with our version of water dodge ball.  We used large carwash sponges and several huge buckets of water in a large field, broke the kiddos up into teams and let them go to town.  They LOVED it!!!  It has become a tradition every summer here in these parts. 

I thought that it would be fun to kick it up our water dodge ball tradition a notch and create some fun water bombs for the event.  I bought sponges, a mop and some drawer liners.  All very durable materials!

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The girls and I then cut up the mop, sponges and drawer liners to make our components for the sponge bombs.

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You then decide how big you want your bombs to be… I cut each sponge into thirds {tall thirds} and used two sponges per bomb. and then randomly added the color strips.

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We then gathered them and wrapped them with a cable tie.

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Cinch the cable tie down really tight…

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… and then trim the tail.

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You may be worried about he cable tie… but don’t.  By the time you cinch it down real tight the hard knob gets lost inside the sponges and it doesn’t cause any problems at all.  My kiddos have played with these for HOURS without any complaints.

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Trim the long strips to make it a little more uniform.  Fluff and grab a bucket!!!

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Aren’t they cute?!?

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Even my little guy LOVED them.

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Let the kiddos go WILD!  They LOVE these!!  Who needs Sponge Bob when you have SPONGE BOMBS!!! Thanks Kiki for inviting me to come over and play with you and your friends today!!

Isn’t she amazing? Thank you, Heather!  I’m off to find sponge bomb materials today. Go and check out Whipperberry where you will find tons of fun projects and inspiration…like these:

Portable Growth Charts ……Crayon Hearts…….Black Cherry White Chocolate Cupcakes in a Jar

See you back tomorrow for another Fun in the Sun idea.

DIY Saddle Shoes {Tutorial}

As you know one of my favorite things about making outfits for my kids are in the details. When I made this Knickers and Roses outfit for Project Run and Play, I knew I wanted it to be a modern, vintage spin on a golf outfit. I didn’t want to go out and find my daughter some golf shoes, but immediately thought of a saddle shoe to go with this outfit…as golf shoes often have the same type design.

To make the saddle shoe you simply need canvas shoes (like Keds..i found some at Wal-Mart for $5!), glitter and mod podge.

Make sure you take the laces out of the shoe. Do you see the diagram below of the black lined area?..that will be the area we will be working with on both sides of the shoe. On canvas shoes, it is outlined with stitching, so it is super easy to follow.  Simply use a paint brush and brush the glue onto this area in small patches, then glitter. Once you are done with the whole thing, let it dry for a bit and then take you paint brush again and mod podge over the entire  glittered area.

Once it is dry, you are good to wear them and know that the glitter won’t come off! I loved the project because it was quick, easy and easily customizable (use any color glitter you want)!

And I love how it took the outfit over the top to have her in her own saddle style golfing shoes!

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