Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Grinch Pills

Yesterday after school, the boys and I made "Grinch Pill Packs" for teacher gifts and whatnot. There's always someone that crosses our path that needs a little gift and it's great to be prepared! These are so cute and fun to make! Plus they don't require the obligatory dipping in chocolate mess, like our next project probably will...Oh yeah!
Brief instructions follow the pictures.



These are simple to make. It took us about an hour and a half to make a dozen, my kids are 11, 7 and 5 years old. Any age level appropriate embellishments can be used, we used stamps and stickers.

  1. Using standard card stock in green or red, cut in half vertically, into two pieces, 4 1/4" x 11". 
  2. Score them before folding to make crisp folds. Measuring from the left edge, score at 4" and 8 1/2" and then fold away from the score. This makes a nice envelope type fold, though the sides will be open.
  3. Trim the edges with fancy scissors.
  4. With the two flaps folded in, punch holes through the flaps, so the holes will match when you are threading the ribbon closure.
  5. Now decorate however you want, with stamps, stickers, glitter, markers, rick rack, ribbon, punches, whatever you have on hand.
  6. I found little zip bags in the craft jewelry and  beading department at Walmart and put in about a dozen green M & M style candies that I bought at Fresh Market. You can use any green candy, jelly beans or mints would be fine as well as any small bag for the candy.
  7. I taped the bags inside the pouch, though you could staple if you like.

The poem came from here, which was posted on Pinterest and I pinned to my Christmas board. Also from Pintrest, the idea for the pouch came from here, though I modified it to the size I wanted and changed how the ribbon was used.
You could make these in lots of ways, there's a poem out there for Snowman poop or other kinds of "pills." I thought about the winter blues and blue candies, and a poem like "Has winter got you down? Can't get to town? Just pop a pill or two and say goodbye to the blues!" Or some such thing...
I hope you try these!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Community & Homeschool Families EXPO & Used Curriculum Sale

I haven't had my Etsy shop, Bag & Baggage, active for a while, but this Saturday, I'm participating in this Expo as a quilter, crafter, sewist, beader, etc...I have a little of everything and the pics to show it...

Ever have trouble at the airport luggage carousel, trying to recognize your suitcase from everyone else's? Luggage tags measure 4"x3", with a strap to attach to the handle of the suitcase.

 Little bags, coin pouches, ID pouches to wear around the neck, cell phone pouches, etc...

Baby shoes, what more can I say but CUTE! 
 These thingies are the most handy items! They are microwave bowl or mug holders. Have you put something in the microwave to heat and then the bowl or mug is too hot to touch? Put one of these under the dish before heating and just pull out by the holder. No more burned fingers!

 Fun hats for young children! A Viking, a mohawk and of course a cow for wearing to Chick-Fil-A on free lunch day! Others include a bunny, cat and elf.

 This tea party set includes a handbag for the party goer, tea set and a tote to carry everything. Perfect for the little lady in your family!

Kindles, Nooks or other readers will fit nicely in these covers. They can be turned into an easel to make watching a movie or reading with no hands easier.
The small covers are for a phone or iPod and will turn into an easel as well.

These little beauties are knitting markers. I have several assortments of different beads. This one is purple glass beads, including an odd shaped one to mark the end of a row, the center or whatever special marking your pattern might need.

These are burpie and swaddler sets. 100% cotton flannel, double layers.
And of course, an assortment of handbags. I got into handbag making when the kids were really small and I needed quick to sew projects to feel like I was accomplishing something!

I hope you'll drop by my table at the Expo at Boones Creek Christian Church on Saturday, December 8, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. There will be lots of other vendors, including:
Kari's Heart Foundation
Gingerbread knick knacks
Tutoring Solutions
Eli & Zobella's Boutique
Everything Erin's Jewelry
Rodan & Fields skin care
The Sweet Tooth
Used Homeschool curriculum 
Cruise Consultant
Elizabethton co-op
Mary Kay
Visalus Rep
Gold Canyon
Tomboy Tools 
Baskets by Vickie
Organmi Owl
I got your back
Mystic Momma
Homemade Crafts
Crafts & Puppy Treats
Kreative Kristy 
Young Living Essentials Oils
Bags & Baggage
Initials Inc
Pet Friends Forever Daycare & Boarding
Al San Bella Treasure's
J Commons Photography
The Pampered Chef
Kreative Kristy Gifts & Jewelry 

See You There!