Monday, November 15, 2010

Guest Post: Kristin from Shabby to Sweet

I'm so excited to share today's guest post with you. It's my pal Kristin from Shabby 2 Sweet. Kristin is a friend in my ward who is so crafty and cute. Her house and yard always look amazing. Her daughters' hair is always perfect, and always adorned with a darling bow Kristin made. She is our Activity Days leader and the girls idolize her for all the fun things she comes up with for them to do. 
Go check out her blog, here are some of the fun things she's been up to:

Adorable new pillows for her master bedroom.

Refinishing furniture. Kristin is such a genious at finding awesome peices at yard sales or thrift stores and fixing them up. How cute is this little desk?

Old windows. She is so clever with using antique windows. She created this little flower box for her baby's room. Isn't it adorable?

Lego Wall Art. How cute is that? Her boy LOVES Legos and she figured out a way to hang some up on his wall.
Kristin is a super star. We're so lucky to have her with us today!

Hello Friends of Small and Simple!! I am really excited to be featured for Laurie's "Thankful to be a Mother" series. Today I am going to show you a fun craft you can do with your kiddies. First off, I asked my babes what kind of craft they thought we should do for this post and they said, "Make a Turkey !" Alrighty then, we will make a turkey, good thing Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

I decided to use supplies we already had in the house. I did not purchase one item we used.

For this project you will need the following:
Crystal Lite containers (we buy generic brands) just use what you have
Paper of all colors and patterns
Glue (can be glue sticks, elmers, hot glue-with adult supervision of course, glue dots)
Googly eyes
And any other materials that you choose: we also used yarn and ribbon

Step 1. Take the paper label off your container and measure it on the paper your child chooses and cut it to fit.

2. Wrap & glue the paper around the container.

3. Trace the lid of your container two times onto some orange cardstock. These will be your turkey's feet.

4. Trace your child's hands onto 3 different colors of paper. Cut them out.

5. Glue feathers onto the cut out hands.

6. Glue the feathered hands onto the back of the turkey.
7. Glue the feet onto the bottom.

8. Glue on the googly eyes, beak and wattle (the red thingy by his beak)
9. Glue yarn onto the lid of the container for hair. Or you can use more feathers.

10. Have fun with your turkey! Be creative. I mean, come on Turkeys have 3 eyes and fangs right?!

Now, go show these Gobblers off!!
The fun thing about this craft is that the lid comes off the container. The kids can put money in them, they can write a note to someone and give this as a gift, they can fill it with candy or their own personal little treasures. My babes have decided to write things they are thankful for and put them in their containers. Also, wouldn't these look cute as snowmen for Christmas?!
The most important part of crafting with your child is to let your child be creative and have fun. Your child will remember these moments and as a parent we get to treasure the crafts they make!
Thanks again Laurie, I had a great time crafting with my babes!


  1. Thanks for inviting me to be a guest on your blog and holy cow thank you so much for all the sweet and nice things you said about me! You are such a sweetheart! I just wanted to tell you that I love the way you write, it is so inspiring and uplifting. Thanks again Laurie!!

  2. adorable! Wish i would have seen this sooner.