Burlap Bunny 2015

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I love this bunny, it is so easy to make and quick.  This project took 39 minutes to make from start to finish.  Super easy!

I have included the PDF patterns in this post for you.  If you make one of them I would love to see it.

Please head over to our Facebook group Maymay Made It and So Did I and show us your work!

Inner Rabbit Bottom

Inner Rabbit Head

Outer Rabbit bottom

Outer Rabbit Head

Enjoy!!

Bunny Wall or Door Hanging Tutorial, Step by Step instructions

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I did this burlap bunny wall hanging way back in 2012 and I still get more requests for this pattern than any other. Not too long ago I learned that I can embed pdf files on my blog. Who knew? Well, I didn’t!

So now I know and I am putting the files here, that way you can get them without waiting on me to respond to emails! I try to be quick but sometimes I fail!

I would also love to see your recreations of this burlap bunny, if you make one and take a photo please share it on my Facebook group called Maymay Made It and So Did I

Hope you enjoy this pattern and the video tutorial with step by step instructions.

Bunny Ear Pattern

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Glue Dots Dispenser Product Review

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Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 12.51.35 PMHi Crafters,

So I found myself at Walmart in the spray paint isle and these little guys were calling me!  I have never been one to love Glue Dots only because of the paper tape they are attached to.  It is so fumbly!  These dispenser rolls change that all together.

 

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 12.59.51 PMThis red dispenser is a repositionable glue dot.  A temporary bond that is said to be able to hold 2 lbs of pressure.  I don’t know that I would need to hold that kind of weight using a repositionable glue dot.  I do like how they roll out and are easy to use.  They also peel of the paper easy and leave no residue.

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The temporary dots have a much clearer color to them and seem to be “softer” around the edges.  They do hold well, I tested the hold on cardstock in my video so check that out to see them in action.

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 1.06.03 PMThe advanced strength is a permanent bond.  These dots are more uniformed in shape and much more sticky.  They seem to have a serious hold ability, see the test in the video.  I love how clean these come off and I do not have to have any tools to remove them from the paper strip or to place them on the paper.

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 1.12.59 PMThe dots seemed to roll out at about 6 dots per 4 inch pull of the dispenser.  I wouldn’t think you would have to do that, you would be able to be very specific with the dots and apply them one at a time as well.

All said, I love these guys, they are affordable too.  I paid $4.88 each at Walmart and found them online for around the same price.

My review video is here….thanks for watching!



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Vinnie’s Vittles Holiday Recipes Episode 2 Kris Kringles

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Hi Guys,

White chocolate and peanut butter, oh yeah, that is some good stuff. We call these Kris Kringles in our house and we love them! Check out the video to see me making them and a special guest taste tester at the end of the video.

Kris Kringle Recipe

12 oz bag of white chocolate chips (could also use 6 squares of almond bark)
1 1/2 cup crumbled pretzels
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cup spanish peanuts
2 tablespoons peanut butter

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and sit aside for later. Next, using a double boiler, melt the white chocolate and once melted add the peanut butter and combine till smooth. Pour the chocolate and peanut butter mixture over your dry ingredients and mix till thoroughly coated. The chocolate is a binder more than a coating so it will be a thin coat on the dry ingredients.

Scoop by spoonfuls on to wax paper to set up, place in the refrigerator to cool and become solid. Remove from the wax paper and serve. MMMMM, delish!

Vinnie’s Vittles Holiday Favorites Episode 1 “Sausage Balls”

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Hi Friends,

This week I make for you sausage balls, I remember mom made these for us each year and they were always a big favorite of mine.  Mom made the classic Bisquick version and that is what I am making for you today.

The recipe is an easy one.  However, if you aren’t available to get Bisquick in your area, we have found a recipe online for home made Bisquick.  I will include that below.

Truth be told, any baking mix would work.  Amy likes to use Pioneer Baking mix better than Bisquick so she would probably use that instead.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe and I will see you next week another family holiday favorite.  Next Saturday’s recipe is one that our 18 year old Josh can’t get enough of!

Sausage Balls

3 cups Bisquick or baking mix of your choice

1 lb Sausage (use different flavors of sausage to mix it up a bit)

4 cups of Sharp Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1/2 cup milk

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.  Grease two large cookie sheets or protect the pans with parchment paper.  Use a small cookie scoop or large table spoon and scoop the mixture out on to the prepared cookie sheets.  Bake the sausage balls in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until cooked through.  Serve with mustard or the dipping sauce of your choice.  Yields 45-50 sausage balls.

Homemade Bisquick Mix
4 cups flour
6 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoon shortening (butter or margarine)

Instructions
Mix all ingredients. Blend until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
Use as a substitution for Bisquick mix. Store in a dry cool place.

See you next week!  Enjoy!


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Swedish Fest Fun!

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Hi Crafter’s

A couple of weekends ago we attended Thorsby, Alabama’s Swedish Festival. Thorsby is a town only a short drive from our home and we love this little event. From the Swedish Fest website “Thorsby was founded in 1895 by people of Scandinavian descent who had previously settled in the northern United States. They came to Alabama hoping to raise fruits to sell and to use to make wine. The northern climate had proven unsuitable for growing grapes so Central Alabama was chosen as a good candidate for a new start. The idea of the festival to honor these early settlers began in the late 1980’s with the first event being held in 1988. It was called the Swedish Festival but it actually celebrates its truly Scandinavian beginning’s. Alongside those Swedish settlers were peoples from Norway, Finland, and Denmark as well.”

My family has attended as visitors and a vendor in years past. This year, I was just shopping! As I shopped I saw some of the most unique crafty items. I spoke with the vendors and artist at the Fest and asked if I could share their work with you guys. I made sure that each vendor I will mention in this post are able to ship their crafts because I promise, once you see these items you will want some of them!!!

I will show the beautiful creations in the order that I saw them on the day, sort of like taking you along with me as I walked around the park.

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These beautiful creations are made by Handmade Wreaths by Janet and Kim while talking with these sweet ladies I learned that they also make live wreaths and they are gorgeous!  They aren’t able to ship the live wreaths as they are too heavy to be affordable to ship.  If you’re local, then you are in for a treat on the live wreaths.  The prices in the pictures are subject to change.

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How stinkin’ cute is this lighted halloween wreath?  So cute with the geo mesh and deco mesh mixed together and the lights were purple spiders!

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I have to say that my favorite wreath at the booth was this pumpkin, I think I like it because it is shaped like a pumpkin and not just a circle decorated like a pumpkin.  Great job ladies, thanks for letting me share!

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The next booth I visited had these amazing vanity mirrors.  These were hand made by Jo Ann Coker and they are stunning, the photo does not do them justice!  They are made using vintage pieces like buttons, broaches and earrings and the best part!  That is a butter knife!!!  Great work Joanna, she also does custom burlap monogramming and embroidery…

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Can you believe how cute this is?  I just love it!  Jo Ann’s prices were great too!  Look at this framed and embroidered piece she makes for wedding gifts…

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The poor picture is my fault, way too much glare but how cute is that?  You can contact Jo Ann at her Facebook page for more info.  Another stunning crafter at work!

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What about these gorgeous hand crafted pieces?  These are from Jessie’s Jewels and they were super cute!

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I have to say that this peacock necklace was my favorite, the colors were so beautiful and the gold it is set in was rich and antique feeling.

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Another photo of Jessie’s Jewels, the colors were so rich and vibrant.  Jessie, you do good work girl!  Next I saw these adorable hair bows and these are created by Joanna Davis, Joanna doesn’t have an online store but she can be reached through her Facebook page.

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I loved this ice cream bow, how cute is that!  and all the bright colors.  I have to tell you that her prices were the best I have ever seen, to the point that I told her they were too cheap!!

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What little girl wouldn’t love a Nascar bow or a lady but bow?  Really!  Such cute bows for the little girl in your life.  Contact Joanna and get your hair bows, she does really nice work!  These pendants we stunning, they are created by Janet of Southern Sass on Facebook.  I don’t have a link to her store just yet but I will update it when I have it.

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I fell in love with these pendants!  The little candy canes and holly leaves are all deep set in a clear epoxy with great Christmas backgrounds.  Notice the Halloween one’s in the top left corner..so cute!  These are created by

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And then this happened!  Reclaimed wood and burlap?  Yes, please!  Oh my, I fell in love with all the items in this booth.  These photo frames were awesome, this company is called Burlap & Bows and I fell in love with everything!

 

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Can you spot the pumpkins?  I can, they caught my eye immediately!  The chevron cross art was amazing as well!  The colors in this booth were so inviting!

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These ladies have a flair for design and you really must go check them out on Facebook at Burlap & Bows.  I enjoyed this shop so much!

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I even bought a few things from Burlap & Bows booth and a friend of mine had a booth at the festival and I got some goodies from her as well.

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I have been looking for old box springs for quite sometime.  Short of buying an old box spring and putting it in my yard to rust, I thought I was out of luck!  Well, Burlap & Bows had them and for only $1 each!  Y’all know that is my favorite number!!  The bowling pin and tattered door knob were from my friends booth.  She offers a lot of vintage items that she scours around and finds.  That knob…$1!  The bowling pin, only $3.

I would say I had a great day meeting new people and got to take home some soon to be great craft projects for the Christmas season!  How did the rest of my crew fair on that day?

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This is my littlest boy Joe, excited about going home to watch the ball game!!  We stopped to wait for Vince to talk with some friends and I was able to snap this rare, smiling photo of Joe.  All in all, a good day.

I hope you enjoyed coming along with us, go check these folks out that I showed you by clicking on their names or the photos of the items and tell them Maymay sent ya!  I don’t receive any commission or anything, it’s just nice to let them know how you found them.

I have enjoyed sharing this little adventure with all of you!

Maymay Siggy

 

 

 

Santa Canvas Mixed Media on a Pedastal

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Hi Crafter’s

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Mom and I were shopping in one of our favorite stores a few weeks ago and I saw something like this and I had to try it.

You know my love for burlap, but the way the paper just seemed to be a part of the canvas was so cool to me.  I decided to find a way to make it happen.

To see me attempt it step by step check out the video tutorial below.


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Halloween Witch Treat Holder That You Can Wear?

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IMG_4249Hi Crafter’s,

I had so much fun making this one.  Jamie sent me these hats quite a while ago and I have to be honest, I just didn’t know what to do with them.  To me they were just hats, then I saw some people making witch hats out of paper and stuffing them with candy.  Well, that was all fine and good but these were too nice to be used as candy holders and then tossed away.

That is where the “costume” part came up, why not add the little elastic band to the hat and wear it after you open it.

So fun and easy to do but the recipient will think you worked a spell to make this happen!

You can get your hats here!

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All Aboard The Birthday Party Train

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Hi Crafter’s

We celebrated my three year old cousin Jett’s birthday this weekend.  Jett and my son Thomas have birthdays one day apart so each year we usually end up celebrating on the same day.  However, Jared and Samantha came home to visit for the week, so we moved Thomas’ party until they got home on Monday night.

The minute I arrived to the party I knew I had to share this with you guys.  I know how many times I struggled to come up with party ideas for my boys and this would have a been a fun one to do.  Check this great party out!

Jett’s mommy Jeannine and her helpers did a wonderful job on this train themed birthday.    First, let me introduce you to this beautiful family.  This is Dwayne, Jeannine and Jett.  Jett is the cutie in the train conductor outfit, in case you might have thought Dwayne was the three year old!  Dwayne is my cousin and Jeannine is his wife and Jett’s mommy!

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The cake was made by a local bakery and it was so cute.  Two tiers of choo choo train yummy sweetness!  The train cars wrapped around the cake in bright blues, reds, and yellows.  Pretty white fluffy circles of steam comes out of the engine and made the cake come to life.  Not to mention that adorable railroad crossing sign on the top announcing we should stop for Jett’s birthday.

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I think the next part was perfect, Jeannine took a toy train and added snack filled “train cars” with little black circles for wheels and chalkboard labels to tell you what that car was carrying.  Simple and smart, a great way to make the best of the train theme.

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They also added black electrical tape on the table cloth to represent the train track.

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There were railroad crossing signs made using upcycled materials, Y’all know I am all about that!  Jeannine and her team took paint cans and lids and created these adorable stop and go signs.  Using electrical tape for the crossing marks and stick on letters for the R’s.  Genius!

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Centerpieces where made using little buckets and tissue paper, railroad signs and candy.  The little train was a wooden piece that was written on to remind us we were on the Jett express.

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 In the driveway was this adorable train track.  Made from tape and designed to look and feel like you were crossing the tracks to the party.  So cute!

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Jett’s Grandma had these adorable crossing signs on either side of the driveway in front of the tracks.  There were two of them and they flanked the driveway.  They are made using foam core board, sticky letters, paper plates, a stick and a bucket.  Frugal and fun!

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Jett was dressed for the day, in his navy shorts and and train embroidered tee.  I couldn’t get over how adorable he was looked, he is always a picture perfect little guy, but this outfit took the cake!  The train conductor hat and bandana were the perfect touch!

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I have to say that they looked better on Jett than Daddy!  Daddy is so silly!

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Dwayne and I are one month to the day apart in age.  I am older!  He will be glad I admitted that!  We grew up very close and I will always love him like a brother.  We all love his little family, we are proud to call Jeannine family and Jett is a blessing!

I hope you guys enjoyed this little peek into our weekend and this absolutely fantastic party. Can’t wait to see what they do for his fourth birthday!!!

Maymay Siggy

Fall Decorating…what do you mean it’s too early?

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I spent my weekend decorating for the “not gonna get here fast enough” fall season.  I love Fall and all the colors and themes that go with it.  Christmas is my favorite time of year but Fall just paves the way for that season.

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I am pretty lucky in that I already have Fall colors all over my home, I decorate with them all year round.  Our open dining room is red and brown, my couches are a red-orange with very Autumnal colors in the pillows and I have two side chairs that are completely done is the colors of Fall.

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You guys may recognize the avocado jar in this photo, well, the walnut and the acorn were ones I already had in my collection.  I just love the three of these together.  I think they make a cute little set.

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Don’t forget to use some of your current decor for Fall as well.  This little three tiered stand is one that I use all the time to hold a set of really large mugs.  I love how it really shows off the three pumpkins.  Can you tell that I like to decorate in threes?

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These books are something I use all year as well, I know that it says Autumn but I just really like how they look in my living room.

In the video I have included in this post I will show you how I dress it up with a few items from my Fall collection.

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For my last picture from my decor, this is what I see as I walk up the stairs to my living area.  The pilgrim hats were made by one of my subscribers, Gareth, he did an amazing job on them.  You won’t believe that the hats are made from CD’s and yogurt containers.  I just love them!

There are a couple of tiny DIY tutorials in the video above.  Just a couple of things that might help in you in your decorating.

Happy Fall Y’all!

Maymay Siggy

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