Swim Teacher Appreciation Day gift idea

Here is a fun and easy gift idea for your favorite swim teacher!

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Supplies:
Mason Jar
Swedish Fish
Gift tag
Markers
 
Have your child fill the jar with Swedish Fish.  We used a quilted Ball mason jar.  On the card write: You are FISHtastic!  Your guppy, (write child’s name.)  Or you can also write You are oFISHially the best swim teacher!  Have fun with it!  Don’t have Swedish Fish?!  No worries just use Goldfish crackers.  😉

Adorable Bunny Mason Jar craft

Here is an easy last minute Easter craft that can double as a super cute gift. It took me about 10 minutes to make these adorable Bunny Ear Mason Jars that I filled with treats for my mom and sister.

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Materials:

Bunny ears (I purchased mine from the dollar spot at Target)
Mason jar
E6000 (adhesive)
Scissors

Step 1: Cut the bunny ears from the headband. I followed the seam of the material and was able to cut each ear out. Some have stitches that can be cut that will release the individual ear. I also removed the wire from each ear.

Step 2: Using the E6000 glue the ears to the lid of the mason jar. Allow to dry.

Step 3: You may want to glue the lid to the metal ring. I found this part to be tricky just because the ring screws on and it was hard to set it just right. The first one I did the ears didn’t line up right once it screwed on. So I skipped this step going forward.

Step 4: Fill the jar with your favorite Easter treats.

 

Blessed Easter my friends!

Mason Jar Pin Cushion

Love to sew? Then you may need a pin cushion! Here is a unique and very simple pin cushion tutorial. It took me about 5 minutes to make. I just love easy, peasy crafts!  You will need material, pillow fluff, cardboard, and a mason jar.  I chose to use denim, but I found out that it is not the easiest material to manipulate because it is thick.

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Cut the material 2 inches larger then that of the mason jar ring.  Cut a piece of cardboard in a circular shape to match the size of the mason jar ring.  Place a handful of pillow fluff in the inner center of the material and place the cardboard cut out on top of the fluff.  Gather the material over the cardboard and stuff through the hole of the mason jar ring. Glue the gathered material closed around the cardboard.  Easy peasy!  You have a pin cushion!

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New Year New Memories

With 2013 behind us and 2014 turning the gears to awesomeness one begins to create New Year Memories. We are only 5 days into 2014 and I can already tell this year is going to be one to remember! So how do we preserve these memories so that we never lose em? I know! Make a memory jar! This is such an easy craft that you can do with your kids. It literally takes minutes to make your 2014 Memory Jar.

Take a glass jar (Ball Mason Jar or a upcycled pasta sauce jar)
Spray the inside with spray adhesive
Pour white glitter inside the jar
Seal the jar with lid
Shake the jar

The glitter leaves a beautiful snowflake, fairy pixie dust look. It is pretty and oh so magical! A perfect place to store your 2014 memories. Fill your jar with those special moments that you want to hold on to for a lifetime! On New Years Eve you can reflect back and remember how awesome 2014 was and forever will be!

 

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Christmas is in the air

It is no secret, more and more families are decorating fake trees at Christmas time.  We are one of those families.  Apartment life doesn’t allow me the freedom of having a real Christmas tree.  My kids and I agree that what is missed is the sweet smell of Christmas.  The Balsam pine and woodsy scent mixed with cinnamon is a favorite during this very special time of year.  The Columbia Fragrance Company in Toledo, Ohio has perfected a blend of cinnamon with woodsy undertones in a candle they call Home for the Holidays.  Their candles are a blend of paraffin and soy wax and they burn clean.  The lead free wick eliminates the grey smoke and the smell of burnt candle when extinguished.  Burn the candle alone or in unison with a balsam pine candle.  The scent of Christmas will fill your home.

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Today has been a relax and a catch up day.  The kids are enjoying Christmas movies and crafts.  I have also tried to sneak in the science fair project my daughter must turn in when she returns to school next year.  I will share details in a later post.  While crafting today the children made waterless snow globes.  They are quite easy to make and they are so pretty!  They make a sweet Christmas gift from the kids.

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Materials needed:

Mason Jar with lid

Epsom salt

Christmas Tree (mini figure can be found at the dollar tree or kmart.)

E6000

Glue the Christmas tree to the inside of the lid of the jar.  Pour Epsom salt and glitter (if you desire) in to the jar a lil less then half way depending on the size of the Christmas tree.  Let adhesive dry and then seal the jar with the lid (Christmas tree side goes into the jar)  Shake and watch the snow  fall over the Christmas tree.  Super easy!!!