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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Yo Gabba Gabba

If your a mom or dad to little ones then you know whats hot right now and that is Yo Gabba Gabba. The Nick JR. show hosted by a character named DJ Lance Rock is a series feature of mix live-action segments featuring cartoon costumed characters - Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee and Plex - and many short animated sketches and musical numbers. With it's many celebrity guest appearances ( Jack Black, Leslie Hall, The Shins, The Aggrolites, Andy Samberg, Cornelius, Biz Markie, Shiny Toy Guns, Supernova, Mark Mothersbaugh, Rahzel, The Postmarks, Sugarland, Tony Hawk, The Roots, Low, Laila Ali, Elijah Wood, Mýa, The Salteens,) and a personal favorite of mine and my husbands the The Aquabats.

The show in my opinion is on of my favorites. With a 50 inch tv that is manly on the Nick JR cable channel and dosen't get much grown up time, I have to say this is one show I love to sit down and watch with my little ones. Since I love to sew and make my girls fun new toys my 4 going on 5 year old asked me to make her the Yo Gabba Gabba gang. I have since then got 4 out of the 5 main characters down. It's really fun to take a few sheets of felt and get these little guys out of it. It takes a lot of time and patience but the end product and happy kiddo makes it well worth it. I recently did a set of Muno and Brobee for a friend of mine. 

 She purchased the cute little set for her Nephew who is a big fan of the show.

The set is one of my favorite to make, Brobee is my favorite out all of the Gabba gang.

Here are a few of the other Gabba dolls I have listed in my Etys shop:

 If you have a little Gabba fan and are interested and getting handmade Gabba buddy for them check out my Etys store HERE. I am offering free shipping to all my blog readers with the coupon code ( YO GABBA GABBA )


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Egg Decorating

Melted Crayon Eggs
When the most humble of art supplies meets the shell of a just-boiled egg, the crayon wax softens, and the colors swirl together in a magical way. The results are fast, fun, and gorgeous.
  • white eggs
  • tongs
  • empty egg carton
  • crayons
  1. Hard-boil white eggs. Remove them from the hot water with tongs or a slotted spoon, dry them, and rest them in an empty egg carton or on plastic bottle caps (an adult's job).
  2. Color them with the crayons' tips or remove the paper coverings and use the crayons' sides. For a speckled effect, grate a crayon and sprinkle the bits over the eggs. The waxy eggs are very slippery, so take care when turning them to color the underside.
     When you're done coloring, leave them to dry for about an hour.

     I plan to make these with my little girls on Friday, I have so many broken crayons it is a great way to use up all the left over crayons. My advice for parents with small kids is to make sure the eggs are not to hot before you let your little ones handle them. Hope you all enjoy!

Spring time treasury

The other day I put together a great Spring time Etsy Treasury that I thought I would share with everyone! It's a mixture of all kinds of fun and beautiful spring pieces.
Some of my favorite sellers are featured in this treasury. Each piece is perfect and will help bring a little color into everyone's life. Check it out here Spring has Sprung 
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C(")(") Let me know what you think .

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Featured Etsy Seller: Liz Olson from Baby Threads By Liz

I am younger mom to three beautiful little girls and have always loved the new cute look to some of the handmade stuff there is for all these cute babies! I recently found Liz's shop well doing a search for some clothes for my soon to be big 5 year old. Baby Threads by Liz has some really cute and fun clothes and accessories for your little ones. A lot of her stuff is for your younger babies 0-3 months and also a good collection of cute onesies dresses and Tie onesies in sizes 0-12 months.Youth sizes are available as well.

Each piece is perfect to help make your little cutie the center of attention. From super heroes for the little boys to cute little rocker chick for the girls.

At Baby Threads by Liz you will find cute sport team dresses and onesies ties for you little boy or girl. Perfect for when football season is back.

There are even cute little bows to finish off the super cute sports outfits.

One of my favorites is the Cat in the Hat Dress. Perfect for your Dr. Sues fan. There is even a matching set for brother and sister priced at $35.90. All the kids clothes at Baby Threads by Liz are adorable and great in price!
If you have a unique little one who should always be the center of attention take a look at Liz's Baby Threads Etsy shop! Let her know that KMR crafts sent you her way.You can even visit her FB Fan page .

I would love to know what your favorite item from Baby Threads by Liz is. Please comment below. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Elena's vervain filled locket

Yes once again I am going to admit, I am total sucker for ALL things Vampire Diaries. Recently well searching around Etsy to find some more favorite items and shops I found these three lockets. I found a total of three that I think are the perfect gift for you or any TVD fan, I even found 3 different great price ranges.
Gorgeous sterling silver plated, antique finish locket is inspired by the locket worn by Elena in the Vampire Diaries. It is embellished with a blood red crystal drop.Locket measures approximately 1.25" and necklace measures approximately 18 inches.

This locket by Birdz N Beez is the cheaper of the three. It is priced at $24.00. It's not perfect like some of the others but it pretty darn close. It's great for someone on a budget, or for someone who wants to buy more than just one.

Jewelry Type: Necklace Brand Name P & A Main Material: 925 Sterling Silver  Main Stone: Garnet Size: diameter: 2.5cm Height: 1.5 cm Weight: 15g Length of the chain: 50 cm PLEASE NOTE:It will take about 7-10 day for delivering. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me.

 This locket from Meng709032 is my favorite  of the three. Don't get me wrong I love all three. I am not sure what it is but I love it! It's priced at $69.00. I think it's the one I would pick, since it looks so much like the locket worn on the show.

This pendant was inspired by a popular TV show.
In the first 3 pictures it has not yet been given a patina to darken the silver, let me know if you prefer it that way. The back can be personalized with a short name if you let me know at time of ordering. These photos are actually 4 different pendants that I have made, no 2 can be exactly alike because they are handmade. It is embellished with a 4mm Lab-Grown Round Ruby Cabochon, but if you request a lab-grown garnet or lab-grown orange carnelian This pendant has a hollow pouch so that you can put essential oil in it for aromatherapy. It does not open and close like a locket. You can put oil directly into the pendant or you can soak the oil in cotton, felt or a small piece of sponge to remove it easier. It has an image of silver swirls and balls. The back is polished silver with my tag and hallmark. If you don't want to put oil in then it will also hold crushed up leaves, herbs, tiny twigs, or nothing at all. It could also be used to hold a message, a written wish, a lock of hair, or whatever will fit. Since they are hand built they all vary slightly as you can see, there are 4 different ones in the pictures. These particular ones measure about one inch in diameter, not including the bail. In cross section they average about 10mm (pouch size) or 12mm from the highest silver ball. The 18 inch sterling silver curb chain is included, or you may opt for the sterling silver chain that is embellished with tiny silver oval balls all the way to the clasp, (shown in the second photo) let me know your preference. I have other chains to choose from as well.

This locket by Surfing Sliver is beautiful! It's higher in price but its pretty dead on. I am sure the $115.00 will be well worth it for any TVD fan. 

If your a huge fan of the show you should check out these Etsy shops. I would love to know which of the three you think is the one that is close to the one worn by Elena ( Nina Dobrev) on the show.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Etsy Treasury: Vintage style watch lockets

I recently went and started to take advantage of making Etsy Treasury list. They are pretty fun to put together and you end up finding some really neat stuff. This list is made up of some of my favorite "watch lockets". Some are pocket watches and some are necklace's. They are all beautiful and have a really cute and vintage feel. The great thing about Treasury is the list is suppose to be diverse so there isn't a repeat of one seller there are 16 different sellers all to take a glance at and find something you'll love! Please take the time to take a look at my Watch locket's treasury.
I would love to know your favorite from the list.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Featured Etsy Seller: Wreaths n Dolls's

Wreaths are not just for Christmas! Amy from Wreaths n Dolls has proven this with her very unique Etsy shop. She has all sorts of wonderful creations. For each of the holidays or for all year round. Some of her most unique items are her OOAK wreaths.

                      Classic Americana Old Annie Wreath

              "I'm just a Raggedy Ann living in a Barbie Doll World" 

                                Monet Mermaid Wreath

With a cute little mermaid in the center who is place there not only to be the center of attention but to be taken down and played with by your own little princess of the sea. This original ooak wreath is a very rare and unique find! 

                        Mad Hatter Tea Party Yarn Wreath 

                   All Hallows Eve Flickering Candlelight Wreath 

This wreath is how I found her cute little shop. Back in October I was searching around for fun Halloween decorations. I have to say it is one of my favorites. Just the look of it in pictures gives me that magical feeling of being a kid and going trick or treating. After all the fun going home with a huge bag of candy and sitting down to watch Hocus Pocus. This wreath definitely belongs on the door of those witch sisters!

                                   Coffee Lover's Wreath 

                                My blood type is Starbucks



I saved what I think to be the "In crowd favorite" for last. I am not a coffee drinker myself but I do love me a Thai Chai latte. This is definitely unique and a coffee lovers dream art! It's even covered in their favorite coffee bean scent, 2 lbs of dark roasted espresso beans to be exact. 

If you are looking for a great gift or a unique wreath that you could hang up all year long Wreaths n Dolls shop is the place to be looking. If you find anything you love let Amy know Aja from KMR Crafts sent you her way. I would love to hear what everyone thinks of this cute and unique "Starbucks is my blood type" wreath.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Featured Etsy seller : Kelly Smith ( Gothic Glitter)

Where should I begin ! I love everything about Kelly Smith's Etsy store! Each one of her hand crafted piece's are just amazing and beautiful. Her Etsy shop profile read's :
"I am a metal clay artist.
While I’ve always been artsy, the idea that I would one day make and sell jewelry never once entered my mind. For the first 20 years of my life, I drew. The last half of that period focused exclusively on graphite.
While obtaining my BFA, I used some cheap beads to decorate my steel sculpture. I felt an instant connection with those shiny bits of glass and plastic. I immediately bought beading wire and made the ugliest necklaces known to man. However, I was quite proud of them and wore those necklaces everywhere.
Since then, I’ve abandoned graphite in favor of jewelry. I’ve dabbled in stringing, chainmaille, wire wrapping, and vintage filigrees. Eventually I returned to metalworking, merging it with jewelry by means of precious metal clay."
All I can say is Kelly I am so glad you abandoned graphite in favor of jewelry.Ever since I can across her Etsy shop months ago searching for the perfect "Caroline's ring, yes I am a sucker for all that is Vampire Dairies" I have been in love and slowly penny pinching to save enough to buy myself one. If that dosen't happen I have been throwing slow hints to my husband here and there in hope that he will buy me one and surprise me with it one day.
The quality of this ring is just,well I can't even find the
word for it. It's amazing how much it looks just like the ring from the show.

My love for this stone go's way beyond my love for the show. Ever since I read the books based on the show and searched the Lapis Lazuli stone I fell in love. It' an amazing sapphire color and tiny flecks of gold are never once the same in any stone. So the unique stone will never truly be the same in any one ring. As you can tell from the photo below with the many different stones featured in the picture.

I have read almost every review from the many sales she has received on this one piece and felt it a must to include some of them :

"I realize it's been said again and again, but the pictures do not do this ring justice. It is stunning, and as far as I can tell, it's identical to Caroline's ring.
The cut of the stone picks up light beautifully and sparkles.It honestly makes me wish I had better looking hands. :) Kelly was very helpful, patient and accommodating. She answered all of my questions promptly and even let me request the shade of stone I wanted. Overall, I'm very happy with this transaction and wouldn't hesitate to do business with Kelly in the future. Thank you so much for making this beautiful ring! "

"Absoutely Stunning, and EXACTLY what i've been looking for!"

"This ring is exquisite, and even more gorgeous in person. When I first opened the package, I'm even more stunned by just how beautiful it is. This is the work of a professional, no doubt about it. She makes such a faithful representation of the ring Caroline wears in TVD, and I believe it's even identical. Throughout the entire process, Kelly has been so kind, generous and patient with me, and I really can't ask for a better seller who cares about her work and her customers. So thank you Kelly, and I'm really grateful and appreciate everything you've done, from the bottom of my heart. ♥♥♥"

Gothic glitter is not just a place to find a beautiful TVD inspired ring it also has some really unique necklace's,earring's and ring's! Kelly's page dose say : Not Everything Dark is Dull
Here are some of my other favorite items: 
 Beauty and the Beast
This whimsical double-sided pendant features fancy floral filigree on one face and a weathered gargoyle on the other.

Measuring 27 mm (1.125 inches) in diameter, the .999 pendant was formed out of PMC. A single yellow CZ sparkles from the center of the filigree side.

The 23.5 inch rosary-style chain is composed of freshwater pearls which have been hand wrapped with sterling silver wire. One small citrine rondelle accents each side 4 inches above the pendant. The clasp is a 7mm sterling silver spring ring.

The last two photos show a detail of the front and back of the pendant before I attached it to the chains.
Rapunzel:  A long, golden tassel flows down from the bottom of this ornate shield pendant.

Nestled in the center of the shield’s intricate pattern is a brilliant blue aquamarine (manmade). Matching turquoise beads connect the .999 pure silver pendant to sleek gold-filled chains.

The tassel is composed of vermeil findings (24 karat gold over sterling silver) and various lengths/styles of gold-filled chain. It measures a total of 4.25 inches long and 0.25 inches wide.

1mm thick and 1.4 inches in diameter, the silver shield pendant has a slight triangular dome. Three small flowers on the back reinforce the three loops. It has been antiqued (blackened in the crevices) to show maximum detail.

The necklace is 22 inches long. The silver pendant and tassel dangle almost 6 inches past that. See the fourth photo for an example of how this beautiful long necklace hangs when worn.

The Repunzel necklace is a favorite of my oldest daughters. She is about to be 5 and already has amazing taste! If she ends up picking Rapunzel for Halloween this year I would have to purchase this item just to complete her look. If you are looking for some really unique and beautiful jewelry take a look at Kelly's Gothic Glitter Etsy shop where Not Everything Dark is Dull
Let her know KMR Craft's sent you! I would love to know every one's thoughts on these amazing and unique handmade vintage style jewelry piece's.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Current Easter Item

With Easter on it's way I have listed 2 adorable bunny's in my shop. They both range in size and are to cute! Perfect gifts for the the little ones in your life!

Perfect little bunny just in time for Easter. She is all hand stitched completely jointed made with 100% Eco-fi a high quality polyester fiber made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Stuffed with Poly-Fill 100% Premium Polyester Fiber Fill.She is measured at 16 inches from head to toe.Made with chocolate brown and light pink felt. Ready to ship and fill your little ones Easter basket. Each item is hand stitched completely, no glue used at all in this little bunny!

Perfect little bunny just in time for Easter. He is all hand stitched completely jointed made with 100% Eco-fi a high quality polyester fiber made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Stuffed with Poly-Fill 100% Premium Polyester Fiber Fill.He is measured at 7 inches from head to toe. Ready to ship and fill your little ones Easter basket. This little guy is perfect for Baby's 1st Easter. In a beautiful light blue and white felt.

If you are intrested in either one of these little bunny's please check out my Etsy Shop (KMR Crafts)

Featured Etsy seller : Janet (Intothetrees)

Janet of (Into The Trees) is a self taught artist native of Florida in the land of sunshine and palm trees. She creates her original fun art on found reclaimed palm frond wood.She has been doing this for about 10 years. Never knowing what that new found frond is going to turn into. All of her items are as original as you can get! She is truly talented and her use and love of recycling palm frond wood has made many beautiful and original art pieces. Palm frond Mask Decor, Palm fron Mermaids (my personal favorite) and the extremely cute Palm frond fish are what you will find in this Etsy sellers shop.

Every one of her art pieces are perfect for that island retreat getaway decor your looking for.They are wonderful to have as a decoration for that Island theme party you are throwing. Or just a great add to your outdoor pool retreat.

If you would like to purchase one of your own Palm Frond Recycled art pieces just contact Janet and let her know KMR Crats sent you!  Click here for her Etsy shop link: Janet (Into The Trees)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A fun Easter time craft

I love to recycle all my crafts supplies, I keep a huge bag full of left over felt and what not. It is better not to waste. After Easter fun is all up and the kids have eaten all the yummy goodies from the inside of those little tiny eggs, really there is not much you can do other than throw them out. With this super cute and fun craft you can make your kids a cute little herd of animals to play with!
I love to use felt, I think it is super easy to work with and the possibilities are endless. You can even bring the little ones in on this. Just make sure you use safety scissors when cutting. If you plan to do this one alone I would like to recommend using those tiny scissors you get in a pedicure pack. I love those things and you can cut out perfect size ears,legs,tails and more with them! Hope you all enjoy I know I will and can't wait to make my girls some Eggimals!

A Herd of Eggimals
After they've given up all their Easter candy, give your plastic eggs an adorable second life as an owl, skunk, dog, cat, pig, or mouse.
Total Time Needed : 1 Hour 
        * Plastic Easter eggs
        * Tiny pom-poms
        * Felt
        * Crafter's Pick The Ultimate glue or hot glue
        * Black permanent marker
       1. To make the felt features for your critters, you can download our template. We used Crafter's Pick The Ultimate glue (hot glue also works well) to attach the pieces to the eggs and a black permanent marker to draw the face details.
       2. Pig: Curl a 4-inch piece of pipe cleaner around a pen to make the tail, then glue it in place.
       3.  Mouse: For its tail, glue on a 3-inch length of yarn, knotted at the end.
       4.Skunk: First glue the rear half of the stripe to the tail, then glue the tail and front of the stripe to the body.

Right below is a link to the site so you can print out a template and get a good look at the super cute and fun

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Featured Etsy seller : Liz Plane (leapinglizzie)

Back in September I was looking for the perfect Snow White dress for soon to be 2 year old's Snow White birthday party. Being me and wanting every little detail to be perfect I had a very strict story book look in mind. I really do not care for the in store princess outfits you find these days. I have bought a few and honestly they just end up in the trash after a few wears. Liz had everything I had in mind in her store!
 The item listed read:
"Snow white dress and collar made from yellow red and blue taffeta or cotton blend for a real princess feeling!! I can custom make this from infant size to girls size 8. If your little girl will be wearing it for 'dress-up' more often and you would prefer this be made from a good quality cotton blend so that it can be laundered much more easily just let me know."
I feel in love with this dress the moment I found it. I chose the cotton blend for my little one so she could also wear it for Halloween and for our upcoming trip to Disneyland for three days! I can honestly say she is going to feel like a real princess when we visit, Snow white her self will be jealous.
Kadyence in her dress :
After all the Snow White birthday cake and apple cupcakes. The outdoor Giant sized snow white Pinata this dress washed to brand new! It is still in great condition after Halloween and play time dress up!
Dose not just make your perfect Halloween dress but she also makes beautiful Christening Suits/Dresses:

Here are a few more of her listed items:

You will find all you need for your little ones at LeapingLizzie's Etsy Shop anything from: Christening outfits, Halloween costumes, Girls dresses, Hats, Mittens, Baby blankets you name it. Everything is beautiful and all handcrafted by the very talented Liz Plane. Please take the time to check out her Etsy shop : http://www.etsy.com/shop/leapinglizzie?ref=seller_info