Monthly Archives: February 2014

Anti-Valentine’s Day

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As you all know, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, otherwise known as National Singles Awareness Day. And if you are not as in loooove as everyone around you seems to be, you are more like me: unbelievably single.

That is why not only did I want to give you ideas for V-day gifts, but also to have a good (or bad, not sure how to phrase this) anti-Valentne’s Day.

May it be an anti-V-day party with friends or binge-watching netflix with a tube of cookie dough, as I will be doing, we’re all entitled to hating on the happy couples for this one day.
You’re in love, we get it. And we’re all happy for you, but there is no need to rub it in, which is why I will stay cooped up in my room wearing pajamas and making these crafts in honor of my single state.
Voodoo Dolls
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This one requires a little more effort than most of my other crafts, but it’s worth it!
Supplies:
Pipe Cleaners (doesn’t matter the color, you’re covering it anyway!)
Yarn
Embroidery Floss (or just colored string)
Wooden bead/ball
School glue
Hot glue (highly recommend, but not necessary)
Scissors
Needle (only for relieving anger once doll is complete)
Instructions:
1. Skeleton: Fold a pipe cleaner in half, and hot glue middle into the wooden bead
2. Body: Bend pipe cleaners about an inch away from head to make arms, then back to the middle. Then bend remaining length in half for the legs-it basically makes a star shape. If your pipe cleaners are very fuzzy, you may need to trim them
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3. Mummy: Tie the end of your yarn around the doll’s waist, then start wrapping! You want to wrap the entire body, including the head. If the yarn keeps slipping, feel free to use some glue (you will definitely need some hot glue on the bead)
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It’s ok if a little pipe cleaner sticks out around the hands and feet
       * If you like the mummy look, feel free to stop now, but I recommend you keep going!
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4.  Clothes: Next you will wrap the body in the colored embroidery floss. I would recommend starting by tying the end to the doll. You can use different colors to give the doll a shirt and pants. Again, feel free to use glue (especially on the hands and feet).
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I would also suggest spreading some school glue over the back of the doll to really keep the string in place.glue on backs
5. Personalize: This is where you can really have some fun. You can glue on googley eyes, buttons, felt pieces, or even a picture of your ex!
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6. Stab away (but only the doll!)
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These are great for party favors or just to spread all that ‘looove’ you’re feeling on this special day.
Supplies:
lollipops (the flat ones work the best)
paper (colored is better -probably not red or pink)
stapler
marker
Instructions:
1. Cut the paper so when you fold it over, it covers the entire head of the lollipop. It can be different depending on the size lollipops you have, but mine is 4 inches
2. Write your message on both sides of the paper. Make sure you right them in different directions, so when you fold it, the message can be read from both sides
ideas: “You Suck.” “Sucker.” “Suck it.”
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3. Fold the paper over the head of the lollipop, and staple it around the edges
4. Spread the Anti-Valentine’s Day spirit!
Those are just a couple ideas I had to share my loving spirit of this day. I hope all of you have a better V-Day than those annoyingly happy couples! Let me know how you celebrate Single Awareness Day!
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*And don’t forget the cookie dough and nutella so you can cope with your feelings the healthy way-by eating them.
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Valentine’s Day for the Love Birds

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While I personally do not condone this holiday, simply because I am outrageously single, I can understand why those annoyingly happy people want something special on the 14th of February. That is why I have put together a few ideas to give your Valentine something hand-made and personal.

“Origami” Fortune Cookie

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Don’t let the word Origami fool you, you only have to make like one and a half folds in this one!

Supplies:

Paper cut into a 4″ circle (can have a design or you can make one yourself!)

Paper cut into a 3-4″ long rectangle  for the fortune (type it or hand write it to make it extra personal)

Glue or tape

Instructions

1. Carefully fold the circle in half to make a crease only in the middle of the fold (about 1″)

2.  Place a little glue, double stick tape, or a small piece of rolled tape on either side of the crease, as pictured

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3. Place your fortune inside the slightly folded circle

4. Slightly push the center of the crease into the rest of the circle, move your finger quickly so the glue/tape can stick to the other side

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5. Give to your date!

Cards can be the most important part of a Valentine’s Day gift because that is where you can really tell that person how you feel. you can be as funny or mushy as you want. I think hand-made cards are the best because it shows you really put the effort and thought into your grift.

The Love Bug

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Supplies:

Colored paper/tissue paper

Scissors

Marker

Googley eyes (optional)

Instructions:

1. Cut three small hearts out of each color paper, one large heart out of one of the colors, and two tiny hearts out of the other color

2. Glue them onto the front of the card, alternating colors (see image above)

3. With the marker, add legs, antenna, and a face

4. Glue googley eyes on, or draw on eyes if you don’t have any

5. Write a cute message on the inside and give it to the one you love!

I got a little help with these last couple cards, but they’re so cute I had to share them! They are simple

We Fit Together

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All you need are a couple puzzle pieces and paint them red, or you can draw your own!

Perfect Match

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Take out all but two matches from a matchbook, write “We’re a Perfect Match” on the inside, and glue it onto the from of a card!

Flip a Coin

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Just attach a quarter to your card to make a super cute Valentine!

What was your favorite Valentine’s Day gift? Have you ever made your own gifts?

I hope you all obnoxiously in love people have a good Valentine’s Day while I stay at home with my Valentine….

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4 Simple Tips to Upgrade Your Super Bowl Bash

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBAAAAALL? I can’t believe this Sunday is the end of football! So I thought, why not go out with a bang and throw an awesome party? There’s only one problem: I’m running out time and money.

That is why I have put together this list of 4 quick, easy, and cheap tips to bring your average football-watching party up to Super Bowl level.

1.  Football Field Table Cloth

Does your table need to be a little more festive? Try this simple tip:

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Supplies:

  • Butcher paper or an equivalent (brown or green would be best)
  • Masking tape/paint/marker

Take the butcher paper, and cut it the length of your table. Then make yard lines to make your table into it’s own football field! You can do this by painting or drawing them on (you might want to use a ruler), or even just using  masking tape for the lines.

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Make sure to tape down the edges so the field doesn’t move under the players!

2.  Toothpick Pennants

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I think your food needs some team spirit too!

Supplies:

  • Toothpicks
  • Paper
  • Glue stick
  • Markers

Cut out a long rectangle (about 3 in) from paper of your team’s colors. Fold them in Half and then you can cut them to make other shapes if you want.

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Write the team name, logo, draw a picture, or whatever you want on both ends, but on the same side, of the paper.

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Then put glue all over the back, place the toothpick in the middle, then fold the paper around it, lining up the ends.

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These are perfect to stick it on your sliders or cupcakes! If you have people rooting for both teams, make some of each or just make them neutral with footballs or yard lines.

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Step up your party with these next two activities that are perfect to make Sunday a double game day-play games while you watch the game!

3. Chalk Field Goal

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This is a great game for the kids at the party, or even for the adults!

Supplies:

  • Large piece of butcher paper or an equivalent (darker color is best)
  • Masking tape
  • Sharpie (optional-only for labeling)
  • Chalk (big sidewalk chalk may be easier)
  • Football (doesn’t even have to be a real one, a foam ball is actually better!)

Simply hang the butcher paper on the wall and make a giant goal post our of masking tape.

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Then put masking tape lines on the floor, representing the different yard lines you can throw from. (Obviously you would put them farther apart, this was just to give you an idea of what I meant)

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The next step is to play! Rub some chalk on the tip of the football, so when you throw it, the ball leaves a chalk mark on the paper so you know where it hit. Keep score if you want to and enjoy this Super fun game!

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4. Commercial BINGO!

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Personally, the commercials are the best part of the Super Bowl, so why not make a game out of them!

Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Markers

Create a 5×5 grid by hand or on the computer, and in each square, put a different company or product that you think is going to be advertised this year during the game. The first one to get five in a row wins!

It’s really fun if everyone has to make their own board and guess this year’s top commercials!

What are your favorite Super Bowl decorations and activities?

Well, I hope you all have a great Super Bowl Sunday!

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